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h/t; Bryce Covert at Think Progress Economy

After Volkswagen workers decided to turn down unionization at their plant, pundits called it a defeat for the UAW. The reality is that this was a loss for the workers. There is ample data that shows that America’s decline in wages track the decline of worker unions, It is disconcerting that workers continue to believe and articulate the false narratives they have been fed by well-funded campaigns. The backlash was swift as the head of VW’s works council said it would be unlikely anymore factories would be built in the South.

Then there was Nikki Haley (R-SC), governor of South Carolina. Greenville Online reported the following. 

South Carolina is glad to have non-union jobs from BMW, Michelin and Boeing, but don’t expect any factories from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler or other companies with unionized work forces.

According to Gov. Nikki Haley, they’re not welcome.

Haley said Wednesday that she discourages companies from building new facilities in South Carolina if they are planning to bring a union with them.

“It’s not something we want to see happen,” she told The Greenville News following an appearance at an automotive conference in downtown Greenville.

“We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water.”

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Haley’s Democratic opponent in this year’s gubernatorial race, said he thinks South Carolina should remain a right-to-work state where workers are free to decide whether to join unions or not.

Watch Nikki Haley making those devastating anti-union comments below. She would deny South Carolinians jobs if companies providing the jobs are unionized. In other words her ideology trumps what is best for the citizens of her state.

I hope the voters of South Carolina vote Nikki Haley’s union-hating butt out of office in November and replace her with Vincent Sheheen! 

H/T: Egberto Willies at Addicting Info

h/t: Sy Mukherjee at think-progress economy.

h/t: Daniel Strauss at TPM


In another attempt to cast the Obama administration’s focus on income inequality as an Obamacare distraction, Fox contributor Karl Rove argued that raising the minimum wage “doesn’t affect a lot of American workers.” But raising the minimum wage would impact 30 million workers, or nearly 20 percent of the American workforce.

On the January 6 edition of America’s Newsroom, Fox News contributor Karl Rove dismissed the Obama administration’s efforts to raise the minimum wage as yet another attempt to distract from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and falsely claimed that raising the minimum wage “doesn’t affect a lot of American workers” (emphasis added):

HEMMER: You know, I’m trying to figure this out, Karl. Do you see that as a new front to argue politics in America today in order to set up the debate for the midterm elections next November? Or do you see it as a distraction away from the issues of Obamacare? Is it A or B or is it a mix of both then?

ROVE: Well it’s a mix of both but I thought it was interesting yesterday on the Sunday talk programs, Todd, from NBC talked about how he had talked to members of the administration, Chuck Todd said he talked to the people in the administration about the agenda for 2014 and the administration talked about everything but Obamacare. This is first and foremost an attempt to pivot away from something that is incredibly damaging to the administration, the so-called Affordable Care Act, and again, as I said, short run, there’s a little bit of advantage here in the next couple of weeks or months in talking about raising the minimum wage and which doesn’t affect a lot of American workers.

Rove seems unaware that raising the minimum wage would impact 30 million American workers, or nearly 20 percent of the nation’s workforce of 155 million. According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 “would lift incomes for millions of American workers, most of whom do not fit the prevailing impressions of low-wage workers as teenagers working part-time jobs for extra spending money.”

Number of Workers Affected By Increasing The Federal Minimum wage to $10.10 By July 1, 2015

Minimum Wage

Rove’s comments mark the latest attack in Fox’s longstanding campaign against raising the minimum wage and promote the network’s narrative that any and all action by the Obama administration is an attempt to distract from the ACA.

From the 01.06.2014 edition of FNC’s America’s Newsroom:

h/t: MMFA


Get it, girl — Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech on the Equal Employment for All Act. 

Bodie Hodge of Answers In Genesis, the group that runs the Creation Museum, recently authored a book about the “War on Christmas” and launched the “War On Christmas Insider Team” to help people defend the supposedly imperiled holiday.

Today, Hodge stopped by the American Family Association’s show Today’s Issues and chatted with AFA head Tim Wildmon and research director Ed Vitagliano about the mindset of supposed anti-Christmas agitators…which led him to argue that non-Christians shouldn’t even take any days off of work.

“If you thought about it, a secular, atheistic worldview, you know they don’t want Christmas,” Hodge said. “Well, why don’t they go up and say, ‘I want to work on Christmas and I don’t want time-and-a-half and I don’t want any of those holidays because that implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special. Consider a weekend. A weekend is a Christian thing, God created in the six days, he rested on the seventh, the Lord resurrected on the first day, that’s a Christian thing. These guys should say, ‘No, we should work all the time’ and work like the bees till you die.”

“They should have no days off, the whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing,” he added. “Within their own worldview they have no basis for it, they have to borrow that from a Christian worldview, so they borrow it and they try to corrupt it.”

From the 12.12.2013 edition of AFR’s Today’s Issues:

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Rand Paul: Unemployment benefits program is a ‘disservice’ to black workers (via Raw Story )

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that he opposed extending a program to for emergency unemployment benefits because it did a “disservice” to African-American workers. During an interview on Fox News Sunday to hype Paul’s “Economic Freedom…


This morning, as minimum wage workers in 100 cities around the country went on strike, CNN’s New Day, in 90 seconds, demonstrated how to cover issues of poverty.

CNN’s Alison Kosik deserves credit for reporting the facts about low-wage workers. 

Her subject is a 58-year-old man with two college age children who works at Kentucky Fried Chicken, scraping by with a second job at Kennedy Airport — not a teenager working for spending money — which is who conservatives claim minimum wage workers are.  

"Living on $7.25 — you cannot do it," he tells Kosik. "You couldn’t even pay your apartment, buy food."

She goes on to acknowledge the struggle that fast food workers face in their daily living, pointing out how far their medianwages — even if working full time — fall below the poverty line for families. 

Then she turns to Columbia University Professor Dorian Warren, who studies ”inequality and American politics” to explain that workers are not taking these jobs by choice, but because they are “desperate.”

From the 12.05.2013 edition of CNN’s New Day:

h/t: MMFA

h/t: Mark Gongloff at HuffPost Politics 

ENDA will be voted on in the US Senate tonight. The US House of Representatives will likely let the bill rot and not be voted on.

h/t: Barack Obama at Huffington Post

Economist Mark Zandi debunked the myth that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been responsible for a shift away from full-time jobs to part-tijme work. Zandi’s analysis flies in the face of the popular right-wing talking point that the ACA has been responsible for a rise in part-time employment at the expense of full-time jobs.

Fox has consistently ignored data to make the false claim that the ACA has caused a shift from full-time work toward part-time work, often using dishonest anecdotes and analysis from the likes of Karl Rove to make its point.

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, pushed back on the panel’s speculation that the ACA has been responsible for a rise in part-time employment. When asked if Rove was correct in claiming that ACA has led to a rise in part-time employment, Zandi responded with a “no.” Zandi later said of the part-time work claim: “I don’t see it in the data.”


The evidence is overwhelming that the Affordable Care Act has had little to no impact on full-time versus part-time job growth, and as Fox News personalities continue to push the myth, they find themselves in direct contradiction with analysis put forth by actual economists.

From the Too Informed To Vote Republican facebook page.