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Biden’s perverse read of labor law and other commentary

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Biden’s perverse read of labor law and other commentary

Libertarian: Joe’s Perverse Read of Labor Law

President Biden is wrong to claim that under the National Labor Relations Act, federal policy “has been to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining, not to merely allow” it, observes Sean Higgins at Reason. In fact, that 1935 law “was meant to encourage collective bargaining” only when it could end “ ‘substantial’ disruptions to industries, such as strikes, to avoid harm to the national economy”; absent such disruptions, workers should be free to choose whether to belong to a union. And the law explicitly lets states prohibit “closed shops,” ones that require union membership. Biden wants to eliminate that choice — which “ought to concern workers who would rather make up their own mind.”

Media watch: Democracy Dies in Smugness

“The Washington Post will no longer maintain a database of President Joe Biden’s false and misleading claims,” reports The Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles, as the paper’s chief fact-checker Glenn Kessler “has determined that Biden does not lie enough — he’s more of a ‘flub’ kind of guy; an old geezer who’s trying his best.” Fact is, Washington Post readers are “less interested in fact-checks that don’t involve Donald Trump (or any Republican), so the decision makes sense from a business perspective” — making this “the latest example of a journalistic organization abandoning a crucial ‘accountability’ project in the post-Trump era.” No matter that the paper’s motto is “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

Supply-sider: A Prog Assault on Prosperity

“President Biden has proposed the highest capital-gains tax in” at least a half-century, Larry Kudlow writes at The New York Sun, for a rate well over 50 percent in key states. Yet “Bernie Sanders’ beloved Sweden” is at 30 percent, and China is at 20 percent. The prez, in short, is “attacking ­investment, which is the key to blue-collar, middle-class living standards” — “policies that will surely throw a wet blanket on our booming economy.” He also wants $80 billion for IRS audits of high earners, which “won’t get half of” the $780 billion he says it will raise, as “it’s been tried before and failed utterly.” What it really means: “big-time politically motivated audits.” Funny: “Voters thought they elected an unassuming, unity-seeking, moderate Democrat. Oooops!”

Conservative: Biden Is No FDR

Democrats may dream “that President Biden can transform America as thoroughly as Franklin D. Roosevelt did,” but “Biden’s political standing as he approaches his administration’s 100-day mark has more in common with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama than with the legendary FDR,” notes Henry Olsen at The Washington Post. And Clinton and Obama ran into grief when they shifted “from economic recovery to pushing longtime Democratic priorities”; Biden is “pushing an even more aggressive agenda with smaller political capital.” His approval ratings, too, “have much more in common with his predecessors than with FDR,” suggesting “the political outlook for Democrats is grim, should they stay on this track.” Biden seems to be charting his course by assuming that “if enough change happens fast enough, Republicans can’t undo it, even if they tried,” but we will see if the “moderate helmsmen among Senate Democrats are willing to go down with the ship.”

From the right: The Truth About Police Shootings

The Washington Post’s famous database of police-involved shootings doesn’t show a “stark racial difference,” but instead confirms that “the fact patterns that get people shot by cops, whether they are white, black or Hispanic, are largely the same,” National Review’s Rich Lowry points out. The data suggest “we have a violence problem in America and certainly a mental health problem, but not — at least not on the face of it — a race problem.” Yet activists and the media ignore or play down cases that “run counter to the narrative of systemically racist police preying on black people.” This “cherry-picking” has enabled the “profound ignorance of the true landscape of officer-involved shootings” that is “utterly characteristic of most of the commentary and activism around policing in America.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Jeff Bezos exposed as the king of fake news

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Jeff Bezos exposed as the king of fake news

Wow: It now looks like Jeff Bezos and his damage-control team just made up not one but two whole stories to deflect coverage of his affair with a then-married woman: one, a claim that the Saudis had hacked his phone to get telling texts and revealing photos; two, charges that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him into halting his investigation into how the shots had leaked.

Eventually, the world learned that the guy who sold the info to the Enquirer was Bezos’ girlfriend’s brother, a Hollywood press agent — no hacking required and nothing to make the Enquirer fear any “investigation.”

Brad Stone’s new book, “Amazon Unbound,” excerpted for Bloomberg News, details how a consulting firm helped the Amazon CEO assemble his false counterstory, which relied on the suggestion that he’d been targeted because his Washington Post was so critical of both the Saudi regime and then-President Donald Trump — and allowed him to reveal the affair himself while pretending he was being heroic by refusing to be blackmailed.

Pretty masterful while it lasted . . . except that the owner of The Washington Post (“Democracy dies in darkness” is its self-righteous Bezos-era motto) now stands exposed as a cynical purveyor of fake news who even tried to frame a media outlet to protect his own image.

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No ethics needed for President Biden’s best buddies

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No ethics needed for President Biden’s best buddies

Packing his administration with Big Labor operatives matters more to President Joe Biden than his own much-ballyhooed ethics rules, and he’s not even embarrassed about it.

With great fanfare his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order mandating that all his appointees “in every executive agency” sign an “ethics pledge” that “contractually committed” them to refraining from participating “in any particular matter on which” they lobbied, along with “the specific issue area in which that particular matter falls,” for two years. They also couldn’t “seek or accept employment with any executive agency with respect to which” they lobbied for two years.

The media touted this “revolving-door ban” as far tougher than the Obama and Trump rules. Oops: It turns out Team Biden is handing out truckloads of ethics waivers to labor-union veterans.

The latest winner is Celeste Drake, Biden’s pick to head his new Made in America Office. Ethics restrictions that would have stopped her from communicating with previous employers the AFL-CIO and the Directors Guild of America won’t apply, Axios reports. “The successful accomplishment” of her “mission” requires “extensive, open and collaborative communications” between her office and Big Labor, a White House lawyer claimed in a disclosure memo.

In March, Team Biden waived rules for the Office of Personnel Management’s new director of intergovernmental affairs, Alethea Predeoux. Her work as the head lobbyist for the American Federation of Government Employees should have precluded her from any job at OPM.

Biden has given union hacks senior posts in the departments of Labor, Homeland Security and Education, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Not to mention letting the American Federation of Teachers dictate language to the Centers for Disease Control for its guidelines on school reopenings.)

And of course his larger agenda is one long union giveaway, from overturning state right-to-work laws to dumping trillions subsidizing and creating new unionized jobs.

Responding to the Axios report, a White House flack declared, “President Biden has stood strong for unions throughout his career, and he’s proud to have leading labor voices in the White House and throughout his administration helping to enact that agenda.”

In other words, ethics rules don’t apply to his besties.

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I lived through NYC’s bad old days and know Eric Adams can get it back on track

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I lived through NYC's bad old days and know Eric Adams can get it back on track

Most of the mayoral candidates running in New York’s June 22 Democratic primary don’t seem to notice: The city is slipping back to the bad old days of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is the exception.

I was New York City Council president at that time; then-NYPD Sgt. Eric Adams used to come into my office to talk to me about the city, safety and crime, seniors and New York’s economic problems.

New York City was facing widespread lawlessness. Crime statistics were shooting up. Folks were fleeing the city. Seniors did not feel safe. Houses and apartments sold at bargain rates. Black and brown communities were suffering. The economy was down. The problems were endless.

Eric and I talked about crime, about increasing the police force and about the economy. He was worried about the city and its future.

Here we are again, 30 years later. And the choice we make for mayor will determine the future of New York.

Back then, Eric was smart, complicated and always thinking outside the box. He still is. Which is why I am going to vote for him: Eric Adams is the candidate who is going to move New York City ahead on the right trajectory. 

We cannot allow New York to once again become a city saturated with fear, insists Adams. At the same time, he notes, we face “a crisis of confidence in our police.” I agree: We can’t be asked to stand against the police; we must be for a better police force.

Some of the Democratic candidates talk about reducing the force. Yet Adams knows that if you don’t have a strong police force and a strong presence in every community, you’re not going to have a safe, strong city where jobs can come back for everyone.

He envisions a police force that connects precincts to the people and empowers communities to have a say in their precinct leadership. He’ll require the NYPD to keep lists of cops with records of complaints and violent incidents.

Meanwhile, the recent surge in shootings is frightening our seniors, our middle class and black and brown communities. Tourists don’t feel safe. Whether the shooting is in Times Square, Brownsville or Fordham Plaza, it must stop. Seniors are afraid to walk the streets in the middle of the day. Stray bullets are killing people.

Adams has the knowledge and the courage to staunch this spike. He believes New York’s economy will grow when the streets are safe. Small businesses can’t make a comeback until the streets are filled with employees.

Last Sunday, my good friend John Catsimatidis interviewed the beep on his radio show. Adams stressed that he’s concerned wealthy New Yorkers are leaving the city and believes a cleaner, safer New York would help keep them here.

“I don’t join the chorus that tells the 65,000 New Yorkers that are paying 51 percent of our income tax and are only 2 percent of our income-tax filers, I don’t join in the chorus that states, ‘So what if they leave?’” explained Adams. “I am just the opposite; I join the chorus that tells them, ‘We need you here.’”

Again, I fully agree. New York City is now in fierce competition with Florida and Texas to keep our financial leaders in the Big Apple. Florida’s cities are relatively new and clean — and they’re courting New Yorkers aggressively.

COVID-19 has driven many of our residents south, in search of more open space and sunshine. We’re in a really tough fight to keep these leaders of our economy here in New York, when other cities are offering them attractive alternatives and Zoom makes it possible to work from home.

I frequently run into folks who remember my investigation of nursing-home abuses and my advocacy for seniors and senior-citizen centers. When we talk about the mayor’s race they say, “We need a tough mayor who is going to stop crime and get the city on the right track.” They’re right. And that’s precisely why I’m endorsing Eric Adams for mayor.

Andrew Stein (D) was president of the New York City Council from 1986 to 1994.

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