Even while serving as a Southern Railway, and later, Norfolk-Southern lawyer for the Carmens International labor union during the 1990s in South Carolina, Lawyer Michael Auburn was uncomfortable with the notion that Labor Day and the Labor Movement were so singularly associated with labor unions by so many. Labor, he says, is the promise of American Liberty to all Americans, most of the fruits of which laborious happiness pursuits one is deemed entitled to keep and much of which is accomplished via the sweat of entrepreneurs’ brows. Their labor involves the kind of risk-taking usually necessary to produce good-paying jobs for others. In short, owners’ work, i.e. labor should be celebrated just as much or more than the employee variety usually associated with this national holiday. Especially given the latest U.S. Jobs Report showing the lowest labor participation rate since the days of the 1970s Misery Index.
The literal “movement” of labor has nearly reached the same stasis under Obama (less than 2% growth = anemic) as the organized private sector variety did at least two decades. Even FDR opposed the notion of public sector government unions bargaining with itself with taxpayers money. The major impediment to economic growth, bringing discouraged workers back to the labor force, allowing part-time workers to work full time and wage growth are the taxes and regulations of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and other Obamanomics anti-business impediments. Then there is the rapid automation via robots and other machines. Continue reading
DeVine Law Gamecock moved from Spartanburg, S.C. to Atlanta in the Summer of 2001 and came face to face with the Left in power and in the raw. I came face to face with stifling Political Correctness. I came face to face with liberal racists who treated Blacks like disabled children. I came face to face with visceral hostility to people of faith in the Democratic Party and the cowardice of people of faith within it worse than I had ever seen. And I worked with a Black conservative who called me out and told me to read Robert Bork’s books.
Why was I ripe for a conversion? I now see that I probably stayed in the Dem Party despite having misgivings about it since soon after I first came of age because to have converted in my hometown would have meant almost a betrayal of my friends and a surrender to many people I despised in the Republican Party who I knew. Continue reading
Build the Damn Fence!
DeVine Law Gamecock had a recent debate on Facebook with a liberal Democrat bemoaning my bemoaning of the reluctance of the government and media to ask for or report the immigration status and country of origin of illegal aliens convicted of crimes. LibDem said I was “seeking groups to hate”. Yes, astounded me too.
Every person on earth can’t move to the USA and we remain exceptional and certainly not exceptional enough to deter and defend against the non-benevolent Iranian mullahs, ISIS, Red Chinese and Putins of the world.
LibDem objected to any suggestion that a rape-culture exists in many Third World cultures. It does. The Left praises “multi-culturism” and so they oppose assimilation. Ours is no better than any other, they say; yet we only see foreigners coming here. There is no mass exodus of Americans away from America. LibDems are not moving to Mexico, other countries in Latin America, Vietnam or other Asian nations where the age of consent is 12 or non-existent, or where the mothers and fathers of 13 year-olds are happy when their daughter is pregnant due to her rape by an uncle. Adios America by Ann Coulter meticulously documents all of the above and more. Continue reading
Soon after five lawyers in black robes on the United States Supreme Court unilaterally amended the U.S. Constitution to add a “right” to marry whomever you “love”, many critics bemoaned a feared Slippery Slope that would lead to polygamy and incestuous marriages. Your humble correspondent agreed given the bizarre logic of the five lawyers as Philosopher Kings. We thought that two-thirds of both houses of Congress and three-fourths of the states were required to amend the Constitution. But when the definition of marriage has been changed to allow same-sex couples, to allow adult sisters to marry their fathers or the ancient “institution” of a Man and Harem, one is speaking of mere child’s play in the latter examples. The slope done slipped.
Which brings us to the latest slope and Planned Parenthood, the “family planning” corporation that performs around 1/3 of all abortions performed in this country, receives money from taxpayers and contributes money to Democrats. DeVine Law really appreciates the outrage over the selling of the body parts of aborted fetuses, but people, KILLING babies is about a million times worse that selling the body parts of those whose skulls get crushed so that the “mother” may better make the BMW payments and PP a profit. And we don’t need to investigate and ask more questions. Continue reading
By all means remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House de facto outdoor museum grounds, if for no other reason than to see what totem will be the next device used by Democrats to try and paint Republicans as racist per se and themselves as paragons of racial virtue.
This native gamecock of South Carolina’s first thought after first hearing of the Charleston Church Shooting was my recent debate with death penalty opponents, most of whom were Democrats and many of whom were South Carolinians, in which I advocated for capital punishment only in rare heinous cases. I had hoped that the first reaction from liberal Democrat death penalty absolutists would be to re-visit their absolutism.
But no, the first priority of too many Democrats upon learning last Wednesday that Dylann Roof had murdered nine members of Charleston, South Carolina’s historic Emmanuel AME Church, was to re-visit the A.D. 2000 compromise signed off on by all parties and races, which removed the Confederate Flag from a position of sovereignty atop the State House Dome to the grounds next to its Confederate Memorial. Continue reading
While we await the pending United States Supreme Court decision on the legality of subsidies for non-state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, we learned that premiums and deductibles have risen and will rise even more next year.
DeVine Law advised all along that the main evil of Obamacare (and there are many), and which ALONE would destroy the private health insurance industry, are the coverage mandates that apply to insurance companies which make premiums and/or deductibles for low and middle income families and individuals quite unaffordable.
National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru further expounds on this issue:
“On this view, the law’s most objectionable aspect isn’t the tax credits. The real problem is that Obamacare makes the federal government the primary regulator of health insurance, uses that regulatory power to strictly define coverage in ways that restrict options and competition, attempts to force people to buy insurance products they don’t want, creates a federal board of dubious constitutionality to set standards, and assumes that empowering experts in Washington is the best way to make health care more efficient and rational. The tax credits in Obamacare are objectionable mainly insofar as they further this highly prescriptive scheme….” Continue reading
Democrats and their media lied about President George W. Bush during their own “Bush-Lied Era” which likely prolonged the Iraq War by emboldening our Islamist enemies to hold out until Democrats were in control of the White House as well as Congress.
But why are we discussing the Iraq War in 2015 that began in 2003 and ended in 2011? Because Democrats and their media are in the process of trying to discredit Republican presidental candidates with the, “If we knew then what we know now” question, concerning our failure to discover stockpiles of WMD after the invasion. Of course we only know now what we know now, and the only way to know for certain that Saddam Hussein did not have WMD after 9/11, was to search his country inch-by-inch. No CIA intel could have proven a negative in any event and given Saddam’s previous use of WMD and ongoing defiance of the UN inspectors and the ceasefire of the first Kuwait War, it was so essential to make sure after 9/11 that Iraq had no WMD that could finish off New York City and the rest of the Fruited Plain.
In fact is was so imperative to Democrats in 2003 that they demanded a second vote authorizing the use of military force in Iraq so that more Democrats could vote for it than had the first time a few months earlier. Continue reading
Earlier this month, Georgians and Indianans were attacked as homophobic bigots by the “Selma envy” branch of the Democratic Party trying to equate the plight of gays and lesbians with the legacy of slavery and segregation of blacks. Why? For attempting to join 19 other states that had passed a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act first enacted by President Bill Clinton and Democrats in the 1990s. Peach State Republicans caved before passage, Hoosiers after passage.
Never mind that neither the federal nor any state RFRA have ever been used to countenance discrimination against any LGBT-identified “victim”. Never mind that jury verdicts assessing over $100k in damages in several western states against Christian-owned small businesses refusing to bake cakes or provide floral arrangements for or photograph same-sex weddings, have been upheld despite RFRA laws in those states.
No, the mere prospect that moms and pops, sued for such refusals, might be able to pose a religious defense against involuntary servitude at another’s religious service, brought out the self-righteous hordes of Democrats permanently aggrieved. Continue reading