Kevin Fobbs
'There will be blood!' vows Michigan Democrat leader after Obama visit
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By Kevin Fobbs
December 12, 2012

"There will be blood," angrily threatened State Representative Douglas Geiss openly from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday, according to Fox News. His frustration in the chamber was shouted out by thousands of organized labor supporters who rallied outdoors in the state capitol in opposition to Michigan's 'Right to Work' law. The legislation was signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder late Tuesday afternoon. Is union tyranny over?

Over the past several weeks, union unrest over right to work legislation had surfaced into slowly burning embers waiting to be ignited. On Monday, the igniter-in-chief arrived. So on Monday when, President Obama visited the Detroit area; he had been scheduled to discuss the fiscal cliff and its impact on Michigan families.

Instead he moved to shove Michigan elected Republican lawmakers off the legislative cliff. He eagerly chided legislators for supporting Right to Work legislation coming to a vote the next day in Lansing, the state capitol.

His invasion into the privacy and sovereignty of the state of Michigan was unnecessary, unwanted, unneeded and served to ignite hot language in an already combustible atmosphere. Instead of sticking to his script or teleprompter, Obama forgot his place and scolded Michigan's governor and state house and senate leaders by sarcastically stating:

"These so-called 'right-to-work' laws, they don't have anything to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics," He then went on to add, "What they're really talking about is they're giving you the right to work for less money." President Obama

It is abundantly clear that Obama never took an economics course, if he believes that out-of-whack union wages and benefit packages have not placed a stranglehold on state, and local government budgets as well as private sector job creation. In fact, according to Fox News, seven of the states that have the most improved job creation numbers have Right to Work legislation on the books.

If you are a resident of Michigan or any other state and are or have been a member of a union, you know what it feels like to be threatened by union goons. They openly tell you when you can work, and when you cannot, and who you have to support for political office and who you should not. This is not union protection of wages, this is union thuggish behavior, used to harass, threaten and intimidate you!

To add insult to injury all of this is done courtesy of union dues paid by workers!


Yet, the Right to Work drive for Michigan workers arrived this year, past due on the desk of state capitol legislators. Just how could this happen in the cradle of organized unionism? To workers who have long supported this effort, it seems crystal clear. They want the right to jobs and the right to work!

For many of the workers on the lines and on the factory floors in the other 23 states that have Right to Work laws, union intimidation days are over. Organized labor has organized itself right out of legitimacy. Across the nation, its public unions are bankrupting state and local governments, where dwindling services are paying for skyrocketing labor and benefit packages.

Workers across the country are seeing that more and more companies are cutting back, laying off and streamlining their workforce, because unions demand more, want to work less. These same unions threaten workers who gripe about misuse and abuse of union dues being used for political and personal purposes that are not questioned.

So along comes the Republicans of Michigan's legislature who decided that Obama's presidential win did not mean that American freedom of choice was lost. As Governor Snyder stated upon signing the legislation, the bill is about a person's right to freedom of choice. Is this not what America is all about?

Should not workers have the right to not be ruled by the tyranny of an organization that demands a worker give up freedom to choose, if he or she want to feed their family? It is a simple concept, and Republican legislators believed it was the right law for the right time for Michigan workers to be unchained from the organized labor plantation.

Even with the threat of Democrat ,State Representative Douglas Geiss, who ratcheted up the stakes by threatening, "There will be blood!", there was a sense across the state, and perhaps the nation, that freedom of worker rights, was being born in a new cradle of democracy, and was indeed on the march.

Even with Obama's flailing attempt to stir up organized union anger and threatening outbursts like Representative Geiss', nothing seemed to undue freedom's march. The days of workers having to kiss the feet of organized labor in Michigan is over!

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Kevin Fobbs is founder and president of a policy organization called National Urban Policy Action Council (NuPac), www.nupac.info that supports conservative colorblind solutions to universal issues and domestic policies that impact urban America... (more)

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