October 27, 2008, - 4:15 pm

America’s Retailers to Staff: If Obama & Dem Congress Win, We’re Screwed

By Debbie Schlussel
This is a very important negative on Obama, which isn’t getting nearly enough play.
The fact is that if conventional wisdom says Obama is stronger for the economy than McCain, the conventional wisdom is ignoring what is appropriately nicknamed, “The Employee No Choice Act.”
If will have significant ripples throughout our economy,with a lot of store closings and lost jobs. If you think things are bad now, wait until this happens:

Retailers are meeting with store managers to warn how a strong showing for Democrats in the Nov. 4 election could cause what they fear would be more economic pain for their companies, in particular by potentially making it easier for unions to organize stores.

Obamaconomics . . .


The companies are worried about presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s stated support for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would do away with secret balloting and allow unions to form if a majority of employees sign cards favoring unionization. The legislation, retailers fear, would have improved chances of becoming law under a Democratic administration.
The legislation passed the House last year but died amid a Senate filibuster and a threatened presidential veto. The issue in this election is whether Democrats, who hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, can win the presidency and gain enough seats to prevent Republicans from using procedural motions, such as filibusters, to thwart legislation.
The bill was crafted by labor as a response to more aggressive opposition by companies to union-organizing activity and as a way to shield workers from antiunion pressure from their employers.
Home Depot Inc. in recent weeks has held meetings between its employee-relations managers and all the company’s salaried employees, including district managers and store managers, on how the Free Choice legislation would change the union-organizing process.
“We think the most basic element of any democracy is the vote by secret ballot, and this bill effectively eliminates that right,” said Home Depot spokesman Ron DeFeo. . . .
Target Corp. Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel said his staff has been working to educate senators about how the bill would hurt retailers by raising costs and lowering sales.
“We call it the Employee No Choice Act,” he told analysts this week. “We think it could be very damaging to all of American business, and we stand strongly opposed to it.”

If the Democrats control both houses, they will pass this law and Obama will sign it. Unions will engage in gestapo tactics to pressure those who won’t sign cards or vote for bringing in the unions. I wouldn’t be surprised if employees who oppose unions are victims of vandalism and physical attacks. This is that dangerous.
Again, just wait until this passes. Again, more stores will close, and more people will be out of work. They won’t have money to spend at your business and/or employer. And then, we really will be forced into a depression.
Things will get really bad. I shudder at the prospect.
If you are turned off by social conservatism, if you equate McCain with Bush, and/or if all you care about is the economy, this is reason number one to vote for John McCain.

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9 Responses

I’m a social conservative. I voted for McCain even though I think he isn’t a conservative, the reason being is that Obama is an out and out socialist. A moderate liberal, who McCain is, is preferable to the former. The first rule to think about with our country’s future is: DO NO HARM. An Obama presidency would us a great deal of harm – both to our economy and around the world. And yes, I already voted for McCain/Palin.

NormanF on October 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I wanna revolt

mindy1 on October 27, 2008 at 6:21 pm

The best site, after Drudge….and with the crap Yahoo has been doing (changing their format and requiring a 1/2 hour to find stuff; who needs that kind of crap without warning? )to us over the past couple of weeks; I do believe you can take Yahoo, Debbie.

whitney on October 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

It’s not only the vandalism or physical attacks, although they could happen. There’s also job pressure, getting fired or other work reprisals.

c f on October 27, 2008 at 9:02 pm

An Obama win would harm the economy in many ways (and remember, an Obama win is really an Obama-Reid-Pelosi win.) Perhaps most importantly, today’ Dems have shown a real hostility toward *all* practical means of producing and distributing energy. Oil is just a small part of the problem–more serious is what would happen to the nation’s electrical system, given the Dem opposition to nuclear power, to coal plants, and even to hydropower. Indeed, “progressive” activists are even blocking transmission lines to connect *solar and wind* plants to their loads.
Imagine what a 2-3X increase in the price of electricity would do to the economy. Consider, also, that this is the kind of hole that it is very slow and difficult to dig ourselves out of.

photoncourier.blogspot.com on October 27, 2008 at 9:46 pm

If unions were simply about getting a fair wage and benefits and reasonable job security for their members, they would not be a threat.
What makes unions dangerous is that they are joined at the hip with the Democrat party. (Even though the Democrats havn’t done anything for the unions since Truman was president)
If conservatives (and just about everyone else as well) does not like unions,maybe they (we) should come up with something different that helps create a climate that gives workers a fair wage and benefits and a reasonable amount of protection and job security.
Offering nothing giving employers absolute power over the employee is just not going to work.
I am guessing that this issue is part of why Dick DeVoss did not win the last election for governor. I sent the DeVoss people an e-mail asking if DeVoss was going to privatize the Michigan department of corrections. ( I am not against all privitization of government functions, I am only against privitization of functions such as military, police, jails and prisons, etc that should not be used to make a profit) The reply I got was somne double talk that danced around the issue, and really meant that, yes, DeVoss would privitize corrections if he could but did not want to admit it to me during an election year.

Ron Taylor on October 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm

I agree with mindy1. I want a revolt! The republicans and democrats have brought the U.S. to the brink of bankruptcy. It’s time for this country to allow more than two parties to participate in the democratic process. The financial collapse of the banks, the housing & stock markets are not yet close to the bottom. Much more pain is coming before the bottom is reached. Massive credit card defaults, the collapse of many commercial real estate markets,a huge increase in business failures and 10% nationwide UNEMPLOYMENT are yet to come. The drop in the DJIA in October 2008 is the largest monthly drop since October 1932. The financial disaster we are going through is going to get MUCH worse before it gets better. If Obama and his socialist congress raise ANY taxes on capital, the collapse of the U.S. economy will result in the second great depression and recovery will be measured in decades not years. See the below article on the Lost Decade of Japan for details. By the way the Japanese financial collapse continues and in fact, it won’t end for at least another decade.
The United States is in a serious, spiraling financial collapse and Obama will add decades to the recovery. McCain would be better in the long term but short term we are in for big trouble with either. IMHO, the only sound investments for your hard earned cash today are Federally insured certificates of deposits (CD) and gold, which I participate in through NYSE listed GLD. Putting new money in stocks or other commodities seems to be imprudent in this climate of uncertainty for those with less than a 25+ year horizon for the use of the invested funds. Make no mistake about it, this is the worse financial crisis since the great Depression and we are in the very early stages.
If the feds continue to throw money which the Treasury doesn’t have, at this problem, there will be blood in the streets. The unwinding of this mess and the pain that is certain must be allowed to unfold and be felt. All of us are going to suffer in the short term for long term gain. ENOUGH is ENOUGH. STOP IT UNCLE SAM. The stock market is a symptom not the disease. Socialism, which has replaced capitalism in this country, is the disease. Obama is a socialist now and has alway been a socialist. Long term, the return to capitalism is the only way we can save our country. Any further intervention/bailout by the United States Treasury is insanity and will result in a total collapse of the world financial structure. The second amendment has never been more important! You can expect the best, but be prepared for the worst.

ParaLyzer on October 27, 2008 at 10:24 pm

The Trifecta of Reid, Pelosi and Obama….100% absolute Democratic rule with no checks and balances ! Not socialist….Totalitarianism !!!!
Offtopic: but I can’t find the search button to learn more about Rashid Khalidi. Something tells me Debbie has the scoop on the Obama/Khalidi connection.
The LA Times won’t print the recent info they have on this.

Maxine Weiss on October 27, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Not to worry. My sources assure me that the LAT will release the Obama-Khalidi video on Nov. 5.

Gary Rosen on October 28, 2008 at 3:52 am

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