Update: Secret recipe for cooking Rice? Answer: FIGHT. The news that’s breaking: Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as Secretary of State. This quit even before nomination is the first clear domestic policy defeat for Obama post election. It’s exactly the lesson we write about below.
As for who gets blamed for cliff jumping? A new poll answers by declaring that both the GOP and Obama will get the blame. It will only get worse for Obama if he goes to Hawaii for three weeks vacation while the United States goes from the ditch Obama has put us in to over the cliff. The answer for GOP: FIGHT.
The topic we focused on below is the GOP strength in the states. Michael Barone discusses the important news from blue Washington state in which some Democrats have joined the GOP and taken control of the state senate.
“Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country. [snip]
But the administration would still be left to set up exchanges in at least 30 states, a challenge that is raising questions about how successfully U.S. officials can implement a key provision of the health care reform law.
Hint: FIGHT! Don’t whine. Don’t retreat.
There’s a lot of news that should cheer Obama opponents, particularly Republicans. First, let’s walk down memory lane and get some lessons from history.
In 2008 Barack Obama sent his gay-bashers to South Carolina in order to beat Hillary Clinton and win the socially conservative black vote in those parts. Throughout the nomination fight Obama used subtle and not so subtle misogyny and hatred of women to bash Hillary. Against John McCain and Sarah Palin the tactic was to trash war hero McCain as a doddering senior citizen (seniors were never part of the Obama Kook Klub) and Palin, well Palin was a woman so misogyny remained in style with the Obama campaign.
By race-baiting, senior and gay bashing, along with woman hating, Barack Obama won the 2008 popular vote by 7%. Obama Dimocrats won control of the House as well as the Senate by large margins and very soon a quisling Republican would give Obama Dimocrats a filibuster proof 60 vote majority. Big Media declared resistance to Obama futile.
The debate among Republicans after election day 2008 was whether or not to enable Barack Obama. Right from the start Obama bumbled and bungled and made a fool of himself (recall the president-elect seal and the garbled oath?) and Republicans decided to fight. Obama opponents such as those here soon saw Obama popularity plummet and by June the Tea Party was swinging.
In 2009 came Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell and most shocking of all Senator Scott Brown. Big Media wept as 2010 election results came in. The evidence mounted that resistance to Obama could very easily be successful. But you had to fight thug for thug, Chicago rules.
In 2012 Barack Obama was back in his element. A campaign of fear and smear began. Race-baiting was the Obama card. Mitt Romney replied with “Obama’s a nice guy” even as we advised otherwise.
On election eve 2012 the results gave Obama a 2.8% margin and the Republicans kept control of the House. Big Media declared resistance to Obama futile.
This week however, Republican resistance appears to be less than futile. All that is required is a will to fight. Hint: Michigan.
Consider Michigan a Republican 12 step rehabilitation program. It’s part of the election night story most in Big Media do not want to discuss and certainly not highlight:
“Twenty-four states will be controlled by Republicans, including Alaska and Wisconsin, where the party took the State Senate, and North Carolina, where the governorship changed hands. At least 13 states will be Democratic, including Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon, where control of the legislatures shifted, and California, where the already dominant Democrats gained a supermajority in both chambers. [snip]
“The fact is, they can do whatever they want now,” Chris Larson, the Democrats’ newly chosen Senate minority leader in Wisconsin, said of the Republicans in his state. He noted, glumly, that they have been holding planning meetings behind closed doors since the election.
Robin Vos, a Republican selected last week as the speaker of Wisconsin’s Assembly, voiced a willingness to work with Democrats, but also quickly ticked off plans to press for an income-tax cut, education changes and a “top-to-bottom review” of state regulations.“
It’s a series of amazing numbers (2/3rds of states under one party control and Republicans at a surge of state capital power greater than in the past 60 years). These numbers from election night rarely get discussed, and oddly even with Michigan in the eye of the storm this week, few are noticing that Michigan is just part of the much bigger picture for Republicans.
It’s a much bigger picture than the one presented by Big Media. For instance, when we last discussed “Unravel #5” – Obama’s health scam – there was a question in our subsequent update concerning Tennessee. The question was answered when after a Tea Party rally the governor of Tennessee announced he will not set himself up as a bowling pin and approve an ObamaCare “exchange”. In that December 1 article we wrote the number of states rejecting Obama’s health scam was 17. Now?:
“More and more I’m convinced they are making this up as they go,” Haslam said. “It’s scary, quite frankly.”
With the governor’s announcement, Tennessee joins nearly half of the U.S. states in rejecting a state-run health care exchange. Tennessee became the 23rd state to do so.
Additionally, eight states have rejected expansions of Medicaid programs.
Chris Christie, a Republican governor in a very blue state, said “NO” bringing the resistance states almost to the 50% mark:
“Until the federal government gives us all the necessary information, any other action than this would be fiscally irresponsible. Thus far, we lack such critical information from the federal government. I will not ask New Jerseyans to commit today to a state-based exchange when the federal government cannot tell us what it will cost, how that cost compares to other options, and how much control they will give the states over this option that comes at the cost of our state’s taxpayers.”
“Financing the building and implementation of a state-based exchange would be an extraordinarily costly endeavor,” continued Governor Christie. “While the federal governmental has enabled states to apply for grant funding to cover some of the initial costs of such an endeavor, the total price for such a program has never been quantified, and is likely to be onerous. Without knowing the full scope of which exchange option would be most beneficial and cost efficient for New Jerseyans, it would be irresponsible to force such a bill on our citizens.”
A lot of states are rejecting Obama’s health scam for some very good reasons. As we go to press there is a breaking development as we learn today that Pennsylvania won’t be setting their own state exchange either:
“Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning,” Corbett said. “Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars.” …
Corbett said it “would be irresponsible to put Pennsylvanians on the hook for an unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not been fully written.” …
We’re getting awfully close already to half the states saying “No” to Obamacare, But it is not just Obama’s health scam that is in trouble in the states. Enter Michigan (btw, did AP ever ascribe “ruthless” to anything Obama has done (such as ramming through his health care scam?)):
“As the chants of angry protesters filled the Capitol, Michigan lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to right-to-work legislation, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a state that has been a cradle of the movement for generations.
The Republican-dominated House ignored Democrats’ pleas to delay the passage and instead approved two bills with the same ruthless efficiency as the Senate showed last week. One measure dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed them within hours. [snip]
Once the laws are enacted, the state where the United Auto Workers was founded and labor has long been a political titan will join 23 others with right-to-work laws, which ban requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.”
What’s happening in Michigan is pretty much what happened in Wisconsin and for the same historic reasons and for the same cupidity of Big Labor:
“For the unions, the workers became less important. The workers essentially became only dues payers. The Big Labor bosses increasingly ignored the plight of the workers and only cared that the dues were paid. With the money from the workers’ dues unions paid for political protection and friendly negotiators in the public service labor arena. Instead of spending all their money on union organizing and increasing their ranks, unions saw their easy path on the political highway. Republicans noticed.”
“When continually focusing in the media on being “forced” to represent people who don’t pay dues under a right-to-work law, union heads are implying that they spend the vast majority of their money on contract negotiations, representation or other non-political work. That is a myth.
For example, according to the most recent federal filings, the Michigan Education Association — the state’s largest labor union — received $122 million and spent $134 million in 2012. They averaged about $800 from each of their 152,000 members.
According to union documents, “representational activities” (money spent on bargaining contracts for members) made up only 11 percent of total spending for the union. Meanwhile, spending on “general overhead” (union administration and employee benefits) comprised of 61 percent of the total spending.
So MEA members who disagree with the leadership of the union are paying up to 90 percent of their dues, but the union is only spending about a tenth of the dues money representing them. [snip]
A look at other groups yields similar results, and no major union spends the majority of its funds on local representation. The UAW spent about 41 percent of its receipts on “representational activities.” The Michigan branch of the SEIU got most of its money by forcibly unionizing home caregivers the past few years and used it to try and lock that into the state Constitution. Search for any major union with the United State Department of Labor here.
In the meantime, unions spent $4.4 billion from 2005-2011 on electing candidates and other political spending and twelve of the top 20 political donors going back to 1989 are unions. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, only 3 percent of union political spending goes to Republicans – while 40 percent of union members typically vote Republican. Here in Michigan, an MEA survey of its membership found that 45 percent of teachers under 30 classify themselves as “conservative” while 63 percent aged 40-49 say the same. At the same time, the union endorsed 97 percent Democrats. [snip]
In Wisconsin, allowing union members to have a choice in paying their dues has led to a shift in emphasis and positive changes. After the state’s largest union lost membership, the amount they spent on politics was refocused to “a potential shift to a much more grassroots model of advocacy and support for educators.”
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “That could mean becoming better advocates for different practices in teaching or for methods that recruit, train and retain high-quality educators … That could mean organizing teachers to champion what’s working best in the classroom by bringing new ideas to the school board, or working to get the community to support specific practices. It means working more collaboratively, and offering solutions.”
What’s happening in Michigan, and Wisconsin is not really about workers at all. It is about politics as the main purpose of these unions. The unions have become party activists with little concern for the workers (other than getting dues money from them) they are supposed to represent and so there has been a political response. Until Big Labor returns to making workers the focus of their activities, not the political pals of the big chiefs, they will always have to fear the day when workers are no longer a captive membership.
In Michigan as in Wisconsin Big Labor screwed itself:
“Democrats depend on millions — actually, billions — of dollars in support from the forced dues of union members. If that money supply were to dry up, or even just decrease, the Democratic Party would be in serious trouble. [snip]
In Michigan, they pushed what was known as Proposal 2, which would have enshrined union collective bargaining powers in the state constitution. If Proposal 2 had passed, what state GOP lawmakers are doing now would have been literally unconstitutional.
But Proposal 2 was decisively defeated on Election Day, 58 percent to 42 percent. The path was clear for Republicans to act.”
And act with alacrity they did. Via Huff n’ Puff:
“Republicans attempted to make the bill repeal-proof, attaching a $1 million appropriation on the measure for enforcing right to work. According to Michigan law, spending bills can’t be put on the ballot for the public to vote on.”
That was a brainy thing to do. If you fight and don’t give up resistance is not futile no matter how much Big Media tells you so. Resistance to the resistance is what is really futile.
Lesson for national Republicans from Michigan Republicans: fight.