Thursday, June 23, 2011

What A Bunch Of Southernist BS About Boeing And SC

As some of you know, here in South Carolina, we have been under siege by the NLRB, which is attacking Boeing for moving its DreamLiner series to North Charleston. Since we already had the DreamLifter here, it wasn't exactly an "out of the clear blue sky" kind of move.

That hasn't had an impact on the NLRB, though, which filed a suit against Boeing since it will not be using union labor here (SC is a "right to work" state). Bear in mind that NO union jobs were cut because of this move, Boeing still has plants in Washington State, and in fact, their union positions have increased.

This has been an on-going battle, with the tacit acceptance by the White House of the NLRB trying to dictate to what states companies can, and cannot, have their businesses.

So, it is in that framework that Thomas Geoghegan, an attorney in Chicago, wrote this WSJ editorial, "Boeing's Threat to American Enterprise; When major firms move to the South, it's usually a harbinger of quality decline. Why let that happen?"

I'm sorry, what? Is he really saying that companies that move their business South automatically suffer in quality? Why, yes he is:
[snip] We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force. This country is in a debt crisis because we buy abroad much more than we sell. Alas, because of this trade deficit, foreign creditors have the country in their clutches. That’s not because of our labor costs—in that respect, we can undersell most of our high-wage, unionized rivals like Germany. It’s because we have too many poorly educated and low-skilled workers that are simply unable to compete.

We depend on Boeing to out-compete Airbus, its European rival. But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline. Over and over as a labor lawyer in the 1980s and ’90s, I saw companies move away from Chicago, where the pay was $28 an hour, to some place in South Carolina or Louisiana where the pay was about half that. While these moves aggrieved me as a union lawyer, it might have consoled me as an American if those companies went on to thrive globally.[snip] (Click here to read the rest of this drivel.)

See, because if you are having to pay twice as much to compensate the unions, you are better off. Uh huh.

It's a miracle we Southerners can even get our dumb asses out of bed every day, ain't it??

Now, I thought about going on my own little rant, and believe you me, I could - but there were a whole bunch of comments at the WSJ that really say it all:
Buck Hebner: After reading y'all's comments, I realize what an astute move the WSJ made publishing this lawyer's editorial. The WSJ staff must be howling with laughter. This one editorial accomplishes what a hundred conservative viewpoints fail to do, show readers the true stakes of this battle. In a few paragraphs, Mr. Geoghegan unmasks the true intentions of big Labor and progressive policy. They believe stirring up sectional hate and class-warfare will help them achieve their goals of unlimited Federal power and personal gain.

150 years after the Civil War was fought, the South is rising again. Not as an antagonist to the North, but as a economic engine that will help all of America become stronger through economic competition. The WSJ should be commended. Thank you.

Roger Simpson: First, Boeing did not "move" any work from Washington; as they have repeatedly stressed, the work to be done in South Carolina is new work, and there is nothing wrong economically with adding jobs to a state that could sure use them. Second, the notion that Washington citizens are somehow more "skilled" than South Carolinians is sheer arrogance, and has no basis in reality. Such babble was used when the auto manufacturers moved jobs there, and we have seen how ridiculous it was.

The real issue is that Big Labor cannot afford for people to find out that the work of $28/hour workers (who still are not satisfied with their lot) can be done just as well by $14/hour workers in another state, and without complaint. Especially a state which does not cater to the class of self-important, professional protesters, who take a cut from every worker's check to line their own pockets, while presuming to negotiate en masse for an entire group of indivdual free citizens.

Wilson Jones II: I hope this cat remembers that Southerners probably made the steel that holds his building up (Nucor), made his blood pressure meds (Glaxco Smith Kline), assembled his BMW.... AND we were smart enough to put together a rocket that put man on the moon... Now give me some Kickapoo Joy Juice as i listen to the theme from Deliverence...

Millard Ramsey: I can't stop laughing long enough to compose a response to this piece. I live in Chattanooga where VW has seen fit to invest $1 billion in a plant that will employ thousands of those "unskilled" Southern workers. Looks like VW has given up on quality too.

Alan Davis: Kia in Georgia, Hyundai in Alabama, BWM in South Carolina, and the list goes on and on. The rush to low quality must be the new business model.

I might add, Gulf Stream Jets are made in Savannah, GA, Toyotas are made in Kentucky, oh, and not only are Hyundais made in Alabama, but so are Mercedes Benz SUVs, and NASA is there, too, with Peterbilts being built in Denton, TX.

If you want some good laughs, though, go read the 40+ pages of comments about this incredibly offensive, arrogant, condescending, and flat out Southernist BS from this Chicago lawyer.

Boeing has every right to build its plants wherever the hell it sees fit. And our government should not be in the business of telling businesses where they can have those plants. Hell, even the Seattle Times is claiming that "Obama Administration Putting Politics Before The Economy" with this misguided assault against Boeing, and SC. No freakin' kidding. This is all payback.

And speaking of payback - remember when Obama shoved the (also misguided) stimulus down our throats to bail out companies like GM? He claimed that the Administration would not be micromanaging GM? Well, hold on to your seats - he lied. Yes, Obama lied. In fact, the Treasury Department DID essentially run GM, and get this:
[snip] These messages reveal that Treasury officials were involved in decision-making that led to more than 20,000 non-union workers losing their pensions. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy shit. Well, that just goes to show you this NLRB debacle is not an aberration, but business as usual. Cutting TWENTY THOUSAND non-union pensions - are you kidding me with this?

Oh, but then again, what the hell do I know? I'm just a Southerner, after all... Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy


SFIndie said...

Oh. My. Heavenly. Goddess. What a complete moron Geoghegan is. If you're in the union and you get paid a lot, you're automatically smarter than someone NOT in the union who gets paid less. Especially if you're a non-union, lower-wage-earner in the South. Unf*ingbelievable. I'm glad so many people responded the way they did. Of course, what do you expect from a union lawyer from Chicago, though.

And I think it's outrageous that 20,000 non-union workers got their pensions cut. Sounds a bit discriminatory to me, and since I'm NOT a southerner than you can believe me because gosh darn it, I must be smart! Odd, isn't it, that this hasn't seem to be much of a story to the mainstream media? They're usually SO on top of things.

I think I'll throw my support behind the non-union workers. I've seen how union people behave.... remember Wisconsin???

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Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey,SF - well, of COURSE I can believe you - you are from CA, so you must be smarter by sheer virtue of your state of birth!!

Yeah - I tell you, people were pretty mad, including people not from the South. One guy said he was an engineer from CA (!), who lived out East for some reason (military? Work? School? Can't remember.), but he said those Southern boys were always quick to grab a tool and start working on an engine.

And like I said - NASA is in AL, for pete's sake. My partner has done work at the BMW plant in SC. So unbelievably offensive.

And yes - if you pay some union person twice as much, you get to sponsor people like Richard Trumka going to the swankiest resorts for their union meetings. Oh, that is sure money well spent. Not.

Can you believe that abt GM? Can you believe our gov't intervened in the first place, but then took pensions from people because they were NOT in the union??

But hey - considering what the NLRB is trying to do here with Boeing, I CAN believe it.

Good grief.