Assigned Reading: Barack Obama Sneaks Through ‘Union Only’ Order
RedState is covering a little-noticed “thank-you” to the unions from the president:
There has not been a lot of coverage of this. It happened back in July and is only now winding its way through the federal system.
Barack Obama and his administration are about to significantly drive up the costs of federal building construction. This is an astonishing reach. The Office of Management and Budget has directed that any federal construction over $25 million benefit unions.
The order would make all federal construction projects 10-20% more expensive by requiring all contractors to either use union workers or apply inefficient union apprenticeship and work rules to their employees. Contractors would also be required to make contributions to union pension funds and other union programs that non-union workers will never benefit from.
Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover the extent to which this blatant kickback violates all norms of common sense and decency. As I mentioned earlier, if there’s one thing Obama learned from the Daley Machine in Chicago it’s how to use power to stay in power. The unions give Obama foot soldiers and cash, and then Obama turns around and shovels taxpayer dollars right back at them.
Of course it’s even worse than that because unemployment is high and the construction sector is one of the hardest hit areas of our economy. But since nearly 85 percent of privately-owned construction companies are non-unionized, Obama is slamming the door shut on stimulus money that was supposed to create jobs.
So, in one stroke, Obama has managed to:
- hurt job growth
- hurt small businesses
- increase federal waste
And you thought the “stimulus” bill was a joke before even the remotely stimulating government expenditures got turned into nothing but union payoffs!
Thanks to Dr. William Harvey for the heads up on this one.