Friday, December 23, 2011

Boeing Can Cut Jobs Without NLRB Involvement

The recent hoopla over the National Labor Relations Board complaint filed by union leadership over Boeing moving work to Charleston, S.C., was painted as a "job killer" by Republicans. More so, the same Republicans wanted to protect Boeing's interests rather than qualify union members and their issues with the company.

But, as Republicans tend to do, they overlook facts and give you - the people - bits of what you need so you'll fall right in line. To them, the NLRB was going to end jobs.

Below, you'll see Boeing can do that just fine without any NLRB involvement. This comes from the beginning of 2011.

LONG BEACH - Stung by dwindling domestic demand and efforts to slow production, Boeing said it plans to cut 900 more workers from its local C-17 workforce by late 2012. The downsizing, announced late Wednesday, is the latest in a series of reductions to Long Beach's once-mighty aerospace industry, where employment has dropped from more than 20,000 in the 1990 s to less than 7,000 today. And it comes on the heels of a painful year in which more than 1,000 local Boeing jobs were outsourced, transferred or simply cut amid a company-wide restructuring program.

However, Boeing wasn't really "stung" and they weren't slowing production. They found it cheaper elsewhere

Global aircraft manufacturers, Boeing received final approval on Wednesday from the Chinese Government confirming a $19 billion aircraft agreement. The contract involves a delivery of 200 aircraft comprising of 737s and 777s over a period of three years (2011-2013). The agreement with the Chinese government was part of a trade deal which took place amid an official visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to the US. During the state meet, Jintao announced that the Chinese government would invest a total of $45 billion in US products and services.

 The truth and nothing but.

Love makes a family

Wow. YouTube said on Monday that more people watched me speak about my two moms than any other political video this year. More than 18 million people in total!1
Testifying before Iowa's state legislature was the best way I knew to fight back against attempts to codify discrimination into our state constitution and protect my moms' marriage. But I never imagined that my speech would touch a chord with so many people.

Frankly, I've been overwhelmed and humbled. And most importantly, I've been inspired that so many strangers care about protecting my family and families like mine. So to spread that inspiration this holiday season, MoveOn members have joined me in creating a new online project: Love Makes a Family. Hundreds of families of all stripes have sent in Love Makes a Family holiday photos and we've put together a great video featuring them.

One of the things that I have learned along this amazing journey is how simple acts like sharing a video have a huge effect on people. I've gotten so many emails from people who saw my speech and were moved so much by it that they changed their perspective on marriage equality. Simply put, love opened their hearts.

It's why I am so excited about this Love Makes a Family video. We can touch people's hearts and change the conversation about equality for all families with something as easy as hitting share on Facebook. Can you help me change a few more hearts by sharing the video right now?

Thanks for spreading love this holiday season.

Zach Wahls

P.S. I've been so honored that so many people shared the video of my testimony, and I'm working overtime to finish my book about all of this, appropriately titled "My Two Moms"—please check it out!


1. "Son of gay parents, Obama comedy speech, Perry campaign ad top YouTube 2011 political videos," The Washington Post, December 20, 2011

MegaVote: SC 1st, 12/23/2011

Recent Congressional Votes
  • House: Motion to go to conference; Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011

Editor's Note: The First Session of the 112th Congress has come to a close. The House is scheduled to convene the Second Session on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. The Senate is scheduled to convene on Monday, January 23, 2012.
Recent House Votes
Motion to go to conference; Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 - Vote Passed (229-193, 11 Not Voting)

With this vote, the House rejected the Senate's two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax reduction and requested a conference to consider a yearlong extension. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stated he would not call the Senate back into session. The standoff ended later in the week when the House agreed to pass the two-month bill and the Senate agreed to name conferees to work out a yearlong extension.

Rep. Tim Scott voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Thursday, December 22, 2011

What Would Haley Do With E-mails If Not Caught?

Shady South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. What would she have done if it wasn't for the scrutiny over deleting governmental (and public) e-mails?

The Post and Courier recently reported on controversial emails obtained from a state agency that revealed Haley’s influence over a nonpartisan, taxpayer-funded committee she established to decide how South Carolina should implement the federal health care overhaul.

Let us all remember this. Haley and Republicans have a track record in this state. Nothing has significantly changed as far as who runs the show here. So, whether we all know we're being screwed or not, how many of us will eventually get tired of Republicans running out of lubricant?

They already dip into your wallets and pocket books. They meddle in women's choices. They just about want to control your thinking process... wait, they already do.

I strongly believe Haley would delete as much as she could so there would be no track record. Funny, others are getting the picture she's not the "transparency queen" often touted on the campaign trail.

Ashley Landess, a conservative political operative, pointed out that Haley promised voters her administration would "fight for accountability and transparency." "When you run on a platform of fully open, transparent government, you better be the most open elected official at the table every time without exception," said Landess, an architect of Haley's most notable victory while in the Legislature, roll-call voting.