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  • 'Huffing And Puffing' Till We Blow Business Down

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday:

    “… FedEx may cancel plans to buy as many as 30 new Boeing planes should Congress pass a bill that would remove truck drivers, couriers and other employees at FedEx’s Express unit from the jurisdiction of the federal Railway Labor Act of 1926, the law which today also governs labor organizing at U.S. airlines…

    “It is exceedingly unlikely that we would purchase those airplanes” should Congress change the law, said FedEx spokesman Maury Lane. The legislation could cripple the company and eliminate the need for the extra planes, Mr. Lane said.

    Read that again. “The legislation could cripple the company and eliminate the need for the extra planes.” Boeing, and manufacturers of major products like it, drive the American economy to a great degree.  Just look at this piece from a few pages later for proof:

    Anybody looking to gauge the success of government plans to restart the economy might want to track durable goods.

    The Commerce Department on Wednesday releases data on new orders in February for long-lasting goods such as cars and washing machines. Economists think durable-goods orders fell for a seventh month — an unusually consistent performance for a volatile data series. The last such losing streak came in 1974-75.

    February’s weakness can partly be chalked up to a screeching halt in orders for Boeing aircraft — the company landed a whopping four orders last month, compared with 125 the year before.

    Perhaps the the co-sponsor of the bill threatening FedEx, Boeing and the entire American economy realizes the impact Congress is having on business decisions?

    “That’s huffing and puffing, that’s all that is,” said Rep. Oberstar, in response to FedEx.

    Perhaps not.

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    12 Responses to 'Huffing And Puffing' Till We Blow Business Down

    1. mike baker Dallas Ce says:

      Congress will eventually do the right thing for the American economy. Not this Congress, but some Congress, somewhere, someday.

    2. Erik Hanson, Fort Wo says:

      "Congress will eventually do the right thing for the American economy." Perhaps, unless government makes everyone so dependent upon itself that they cannot survive without it — or at least, FEEL like they cannot. THEN the government can further whatever agenda they feel like. Then our freedom will have died.

    3. Kent, Virginia says:

      The social engineers in charge of our Federal Government do not care about FedEx. They do not care about Boeing. They are not concerned about the welfare of employees at either company. Their number one priority in passing this legislation is to give Big Labor more opportunities to take over the labor force in more American Companies. Big Labor funneled over $90 million into the campaign chests of Democratic candidates in the last election.

      Welcome to the 'Brave New World' of the Fascist Left. There is more of the same coming–how bad will it have to get before the fawning press begins to see that our Republic is being co-opted–subverted–by totalitarian fascism?

    4. Loretta Perry , Colo says:

      Everyone on this site is aware and understand what is happening. How do we get THIS understanding to the OBAMALITES??

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    6. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Congress only cares about finding 'New and Inovative' ways to tax the American people and American Comanies, through any nefarious means possible.

      Here in Oregon at this minute, our Congress is seriously considering taxing bicycles the same as automobiles, at the same rate, for those over eighteen! They haven't even thought about how do you check or now if someone is seventeen or eighteen, and/or do you detain them untill you have proof? What about the homeless? That's their only transportation. They can have the State confiscate the bicycle and by anothere on, like the one they had, usable, for one tenth the price of a license, or one given to them free, from a church. Now or State gets to log the bikes, store the bikes, Court the tickets, warrent the no-shows, house the quilty, feed the guilty, and on and on.

      See, Congress doesn't care where it gets its money, only that it gets it. Congress rarely even thinks about the conswquences of the ill begotten money untill much to late. And by that time they've forgotten what they needed it for and quite often been replace with newer members!

      All forms of Tax increases should always be put before a "Public Vote" with at least 50% of the public voting.

      Hozro

    7. Mike, Texas says:

      There is a movement affot as many of you know. The Tea parties, 9-12 project.com. We are gaining support by the thousands but… it needs to be by the tens and hundreds of thousands.

      While the same cause unites us, we are not organized to move as a force. The ones with the power are in control and are very organized.

      The difficulties we are facing are tremendous; we have no support from the mainstream media(NBC and affilliates I understand, but the rest?), While our numbers are growing rapidly we are still relatively small in number. The biggest problem however, is Obama-mania. He has blinded the sheep by pulling the wool over their eyes, it is up to us to shear them, that they may see again, but that in itself is a complex problem.

      If "we" make him the brunt of our efforts we are doomed to failure, here's why; he has charmed the pants off of the majority(however his approval ratings are falling), and he is black, which gives him/them the ace in the hole to play when they feel the need. Third, and this is the biggest, this whole agenda of theirs seems like a story directly from the twilight zone(sorry Rod, I know you'd never dream up anything this evil)

      So if we run around shouting conspiracy theory, we'll be labeled kooks.

      We must fight fire with fire, except we'll be honest. Having been a salesman for 30 years I have some ideas we can use to gain supporters more rapidly. but I don't want to share them in such a public forum.

      For now here are some websites that may help you(if you don't already know about them):

      Glennbeck.com

      9-12project.com

      getliberty.org

      Hannity.com

      Keep the faith and God Bless

    8. Denise Wenger, Wisco says:

      The SMART Growth Laws is killing our township in Wisconsin. Heritage Foundation has published some info on SMART Growth Laws. We have a constitutional challenge to "taking" of local property rights brewing. Waukesha County (WI) passed legislation that regulates land use and restricts zoning so that property rights are lost, without compensation, in multiple ways. This is local huffing and a puffing that will blow our houses down and so severely limit local development that our town will cease to exist unless we take a stand now. Are other counties becoming tyrants over land use? Can Heritage Foundation help us learn of other towns or villages where residents have stood up to the "taking" of property rights? Have anyone else reached the point where legislation is ripe for judicial review on grounds of constitutionality?

    9. Denise Wenger, Wisco says:

      The SMART Growth Laws is killing our township in Wisconsin. Heritage Foundation has published some info on SMART Growth Laws. We have a constitutional challenge to "taking" of local property rights brewing. Waukesha County (WI) passed legislation that regulates land use and restricts zoning so that property rights are lost, without compensation, in multiple ways. This is local huffing and a puffing that will blow our houses down and so severely limit local development that our town will cease to exist unless we take a stand now. Are other counties becoming tyrants over land use? Can Heritage Foundation help us learn of other towns or villages where residents have stood up to the "taking" of property rights?

    10. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      I am sure they will start investigation of FEDEX and bring false charges by whipping up some public relation scandal. Imagine living in the Stalinist Russia. No body stood in its way. They had show trials. It was legal within the Communist Russia. They also claimed that they were following the law!

    11. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      Congress will be extinct very soon under Socialism!

    12. Fedex charles says:

      Fedex has fought to prevent it's employees from the right to vote upon whether to have a Union or not for many years. If Fedex believes it treats it's employees fairly then why are they so worried if the employees simply have the right to vote for a Union or not.

      Instead of addressing the problems that Fedex seems to have with it's own employees the company is threatening other American jobs.What Oberstar means by "huffing and puffing" is that Fedex is throwing a fit that it may not be able to buy it's way into another exemption and may have to allow it's employees to vote for or against a union. If Fedex is treating it's employees so great then they shouldn't have anything to worry about.

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