Boeing: Administration’s Latest Shocking Assault on Free Enterprise

We are increasingly witnessing a clear narrative from the Obama administration—not just rewarding friends, but punishing “enemies.” As one writer puts it, the administration is operating off Nixon’s Enemies List on Steroids in which it is attempting to implement the anti-speech regulations originally pushed in the DISCLOSE Act through an executive order:

The order would require any company bidding for a government contract, its political action committee – and its senior officers—to provide in a convenient single report a list of all of their contributions to political parties and candidates for the past two years. These disclosures currently are required, but made in various reports to different government agencies. In addition, for the first time ever, companies and individuals would be required to report donations to “third party entities” including membership dues and charitable donations made to organizations that may engage in political speech in addition to their other activities.

That’s for their political enemies. What of the supposed enemies of their allies in Big Labor? Union bosses view efforts by Boeing to expand their production beyond a unionized factory in Washington State to South Carolina, where the company believes it can avoid the devastatingly costly type of labor strife it has faced in the past. So the union bosses have run to their partisan friends sitting on the National Labor Relations Board, which has filed a complaint that could possibly stop the company from expanding its operations (and, of course, killing jobs slated for South Carolina).

But as Boeing CEO Jim McNerney explains in the Wall Street Journal, Boeing is pro-growth, not anti-union and the NLRB has taken a terrible step toward wrecking free enterprise:

The NLRB is wrong and has far overreached its authority. Its action is a fundamental assault on the capitalist principles that have sustained America’s competitiveness since it became the world’s largest economy nearly 140 years ago. We’ve made a rational, legal business decision about the allocation of our capital and the placement of new work within the U.S. We’re confident the federal courts will reject the claim, but only after a significant and unnecessary expense to taxpayers.

Unfortunately, this problem is part of a larger assault on jobs and the economy, particularly at the NLRB. As Halt The Assault spokesman Brett McMahon writes over at The Daily Caller:

The action against Boeing is not an isolated event; indeed, it is only the latest symptom of a greater problem. Obama’s board has curtailed the rights of employees to seek a secret ballot election, shortened the period of time employees and employers may discuss important issues before an election, granted paid union organizers unprecedented access onto private property, cherry-picked employees to form a swarm of micro-union organizing drives that will drive small businesses out of business, and opened charter schools to greater unionization.

The laundry list of attacks on the ability to operate a business free from coercion by Big Labor and Big Government continues on as strongly as the president’s first 100 days, when it appeared the president’s men had locked onto key corporate targets and were going to exact a pound of flesh. But with the pattern having continued so long, one gets the feeling that it’s not one company or two companies that are really the enemy for the administration, but rather the notion of capitalism, free enterprise, and allowing entrepreneurs to create jobs.

This entry was posted in Free Enterprise Alliance, Intrusive Government, Jobs in America, The Economy

5 Comments

  1. Steve
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    The only thing Commies know how to do is seize power, thus leaving anyone who is not with them powerless. I believe Political Correctness (Truth Hider) is to blame. The left is VERY well organized and even better funded. Pray for America.

  2. James M Porto
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    All employers and states should be a “Right To Work” region. All Tax Payers (employees/employers) should have a Right to choose to work or not work, where ever they choose and whom ever they employ, regardless of what the Government or Unions want. This is supposed to be a FREE country, dispite of what the DICK-TATER Obama thinks. Employers have the “Right” to build their products where ever they choose, without any Government interference.

  3. Judy NYC
    Posted May 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Will Congress propose a RIGHT TO WORK law including the right to a SECRET BALLOT for all workers to vote on anything – so that workers may determine if they want to join a union or if they permit a portion of their dues to be used by Union leaders to support candidates of THEIR choice?

  4. Ken Brown
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Chicago politics in DC, only on a larger scale. Go figure….

  5. ponchobay
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    If Boeing is prohibited from moving from Washington State to South Carolina I can see many future contracts going to Airbus inFrance. I emphasize the word “prohibited”. This Obama administration is completely ruining the economy from every angle possible. Health Care, Big Gov’t., forcing unions on unexpecting companies, and trying to disrupt out free enterprise dreams of existing in a free market. There is no way he should be re-elected. I can’t for the life of me begin to understand this new way of government and can’t believe it is healthy for us. Please America, wake up. Please Republican Party, consolidate your rank and file to keep the party from becoming so fractured. Don’t lose the strength necessary to win in 2012. I don’t care if it’s Mit Romney or Newt Gingrich. Just gather to focus on one thing – Remove Obama from the white house before he “borrows” us deeper into bakruptcy, ruins the right to work, discontinues offshore exploratory oil drilling, weakens our borders, ruins the health care system. I’m sorry his way of thinking is so popular in the “give it all away to them” black community that the high level of achievement is lowered just to appease the students and black communitites. Where in the world is this way of thinking have a proven record.

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  1. [...] With one hand firmly planted in union bosses’ pockets, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got on his high horse in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon to hypocritically castigate Republicans for calling out the union fanatics at the National Labor Relations Board and latest their attack on Boeing free enterprise. [...]

  2. [...] With one hand firmly planted in union bosses’ pockets, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got on his high horse in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon to hypocritically castigate Republicans for calling out the union fanatics at the National Labor Relations Board and their latest attack on Boeing free enterprise. [...]

  3. [...] With one hand firmly planted in union bosses’ pockets, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got on his high horse in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon to hypocritically castigate Republicans for calling out the union fanatics at the National Labor Relations Board and their latest attack on Boeing free enterprise. [...]

  4. [...] Hypocrite Harry Reid’s High Horse Must’ve Kicked Him in the Head With one hand firmly planted in union bosses’ pockets, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got on his high horse in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon to hypocritically castigate Republicans for calling out the union fanatics at the National Labor Relations Board and their latest attack on Boeing free enterprise. [...]

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