Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ed Martin Promises to Stand for State Sovereignty

In a letter addressed to Speaker Steve Tilley (R) of the Missouri House and President Pro Tem Rob Mayer (R) of the Missouri Senate, Ed Martin (R) outlines his commitment to state sovereignty. Martin is currently running for the GOP nomination for US Senate and hopes to defeat Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in November of 2012.

Martin notes that the Federal Government has overreached its authority many times, but notes that the passage of Obamacare in 2010 and the failure of the current Congress to repeal or defund it are the main reasons he is renewing his commitment to the core principal of state sovereignty.

Martin closes his letter with three promises to the leaders of Missouri's General Assembly "and their successors":

  1. Each year, I will meet with you and the General Assembly expressly to discuss any federal actions or contemplated actions that we are concerned constitute an overreach by the federal constitutional authority. (Perhaps the week of March 23rd would be a good time given its significance as an anniversary of Obamacare.)
  2. I will support you in any effort to nullify or interpose any law, regulation, or other action that we deem to be an overreach of federal constitutional authority.
  3. Finally, I will fight against any action by the federal government to punish the state or Missourians for any expression of their sovereignty. I know that the federal government can use its power to withhold and intrude in our state, and I will fight to stop this abuse.
The first promise hearkens back to an earlier time in our nation's history. Prior to the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, US Senators were selected by the legislators of their respective states. Martin obviously believes that as a Senator he should show some deference to the legislature of the state he represents.

I hope to see more candidates for US Senate take this innovative approach.

Ed Martin's State Sovereignty Letter to Speaker Tilley President Pro Tem Mayer March 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MORE (ACORN) Organization and Political Influence

MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) is what remains of the Missouri chapter of ACORN. They held meetings in 2010 to plan their strategy for squatting on properties in the St. Louis area.

The video above outlines MORE's organizational structure. Jeff Ordower is their leader. Under him are three "Community Organizers": Cathy de la Aguilera, James Houston, and Hannah Allison. James's remarks in the video above make clear that MORE gains influence within a community by working on candidate campaigns. Once their candidates are elected then MORE requests favors like holding a press event with their elected officials about the virtues of theft through squatting.

The next video will outline MORE's "Master Plan" to acquire residential property through extralegal means like squatting.

As I noted in the first video in this series (Introducing MOREthe group still has ties to communist organizations and they've sponsored bank protests at Chase Bank and Bank of America. They recently stormed an event at St. Louis University. Last week, MORE tried to deny a citizen journalist his First Amendment press freedom at a "public" forum with a representative from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Jake Zimmerman's brand of Crony Capitalism

KMOX has news about the St. Louis county assessor's race this morning. The race pits Jake Zimmerman (D) who was elected to the state house last November against forty year real-estate veteran Chip Wood (R). (No word yet on what office Zimmerman will be pursuing on the August ballot.)

The flap involves Zimmerman's dad, Stu Zimmerman. Apparently, Charlie Dooley's minions in the assessors office were able to work a sweetheart deal for the elder Zimmerman:
Democrat Jake Zimmerman was asked about his father’s Clayton home, which is being re-assessed for tax purposes at a lower value, down 16.5% from $687,000 a year ago to $572,000 now. “I don’t think this is a legitimate question at all,” Zimmerman said. “I haven’t spent a minute’s time looking at that. I’ve got better things to worry about.”
As wrote last week, Charlie Dooley has been noted for squandering county tax dollars on nepotism again, so there's little surprise about this turn of events. Additionally, commented on the favorable assessment last week noting that Stu Zimmerman's new assessment of -16.5% stands in stark contrast to the assessments of his Clayton neighbors who saw re-assessments ranging from +4% to -4%.

While the issue originally involved the favorable re-assessment, Jake's response is problematic. If he genuinely does not think that this is a legitimate question, that implies that Jake would be unwilling to investigate why this favorable tax assessment came about. Perhaps this is a legitimate assessment of Stu Zimmerman's property. Perhaps it's the result of a clerical error. Or, perhaps, the assessor's office is an extension of Charlie Dooley's crony capitalist empire.

Jake's dismissal of the question implies that he's more interested in having his hand on the tiller than investigating who has a hand in the till. St. Louis county deserves better. St. Louis county needs Chip Wood.

Friday, March 25, 2011

If NPR's Market is Expanding, Why Should it be Subsidized?

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Don Boudreaux of Cafe Hayek sent the following letter to The Wall Street Journal:
NPR anchorman Steve Inskeep contends that “NPR’s audience keeps expanding because Americans want more than toxic political attacks” (“Liberal Bias at NPR?” March 24).

Excellent news!

So I trust that, given their successful formula for pleasing listeners and winning expansive market share, Mr. Inskeep and his NPR colleagues no longer require further subsidies from taxpayers. All things considered, products that are genuinely valued by consumers (intensely enough to justify the costs of producing these products) survive in competitive, unsubsidized markets. Suppliers of these products do not need to receive corporate welfare.

Donald J. Boudreaux
The reality is that NPR's growth has come at the expense of their privately financed competitors as Inskeep admits in the WSJ:
Not much of the media pays attention to the middle of the country, but NPR and its local stations do. Many NPR stations have added news staff as local newspapers have declined.
Without the competitive advantage provided by the government financing that NPR enjoys, privately owned media businesses might be thriving.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Introducing MORE (Again)

MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) and other leftists held meetings in 2010 to plan their strategy for squatting on properties in the St. Louis area. The video above introduces some of their leaders. A future video will outline MORE's longterm strategy to acquire residential property through extralegal means like squatting.

Who or what is MORE, you may be wondering. When ACORN was put out of business, the local chapters re-branded themselves. St. Louis's ACORN chapter became MORE. Even after the re-branding MORE still has ties to communist organizations.

They've sponsored bank protests at Chase Bank and Bank of America. They recently stormed an event at St. Louis University. Their efforts to acquire property through squatting and "urban homesteading" are just another page out of the radical left's play book.

Update: Welcome to everyone coming from BigGovernment and thanks for the link! And thanks to Bill O'Reilly for his Is ACORN Regrouping? link.

Ed Martin appears on the Mark Levin Show

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Mark Levin interviews Ed Martin about the "Air Claire" controversy. Martin points out that Senator Claire McCaskill's (D-MO) has built her wealth on tax credits and government spending.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This Tea Party Aint Over Yet

Freedom Works created the video above. They're looking for donations so they can run that ad in battleground states. The importance of getting the message out can not be over emphasized. Just consider this recent news from a former union leader:
[Former SEIU Official Stephen] Lerner said that unions and community organizations are, for all intents and purposes, dead. The only way to achieve their goals, therefore–the redistribution of wealth and the return of “$17 trillion” stolen from the middle class by Wall Street–is to “destabilize the country.”

Former State Auditor, Claire McCaskill, is Audited

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Earlier this month I noted that Claire McCaskill (D-MO) had been caught self-dealing by using tax payer money to lease a private jet from a company that she owns. Now things have taken a turn for the worse for Missouri's senior senator. Mark Hemingway in The Weekly Standard notes that Sen. McCaskill Failed to Pay $287,000 in Property Taxes on the Aircraft:
Ah Senators, they're just like you and me! Who among us hasn't forgotten to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes on our private aircraft...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Barry Unloads on Libya

In this b-roll footage from the US military's DVIDS, the USS Barry fires cruise missiles at Libyan targets during Operation Odyssey Dawn.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Libya in the Lists

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Instapundit found this gem about President Obama's tilt with Libya in a comment at Just One Minute:
Obviously, the biggest problem with Bush was sending the military into an Arab Muslim country that hadn’t even attacked us. Among the several things that made that offensive were
* the rush to war – it was only several months after the possibility of military involvement was raised that combat operations began
* lack of United Nations sanction – only 17 relevant resolutions were ever passed before they were enforced
* lack of Congressional oversight – the President authorized the use of military force based on the flimsy pretext of a bill passed by Congress titled “Authorization of the Use of Military Force”, rather than seeking a document that had the words “declaration of war” in it; that’s every bit as bad as getting no Congressional approval at all
* obvious financial motives – clearly no one approved of the murderous dictator or sought a normal working relationship with him besides the French; at the same time, one couldn’t help but be suspicious of the fact that the population we were ostensibly protecting was located conveniently near the oil fields
* stretching our military – we were overburdened as it was, and our brave military despite its courage lacked the resources for yet another operation
* inflating our military – the only way to keep the bloodthirsty Pentagon beast fed was to give it the hordes of jobless young men who had no prospects in an economy that saw unemployment skyrocket above 4% in most states
* ignoring our generals – the decision to go to war was made by political hacks who had never worn a uniform
* inflaming the Arab Street – despite some touchy-feely talk about Islam, it was impossible for the Muslim world not to notice how the President made repeated, insistent proclamations of his Christianity, how he only ever used the military against Muslim targets, and how at the time the war started he’d kept the concentration camp at Guantanamo open for over a year
* wasting money – it was completely irresponsible to commit the military to an expensive mission when the President’s fiscal mismanagement had resulted in a budget deficit of over $150 billion in 2002

But anyway, what I really like about Obama is that he’s gone 29-3 in his bracket picks over the first two days. You have to spend a lot of time watching college basketball to be that good.
Bill Hennessy, co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, raises the question Libya: To What End?:
With troops in harm’s way, I will go no further, now, than to say that I believe the action in Libya sets two bad precedents:
1. The United Nations is operating inside a country, against a UN-recognized sovereign, to change a government’s domestic policy.
2. The President took military action against another country without consulting Congress and with no pretense of justification under the War Powers Act. Even Obama’s supporter Andrew Sullivan admits as much.

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition has posed five questions for the President regarding the Libyan offensive.
Here are those five questions that he refers to:
Now that the US is engaged militarily in three Muslim countries–Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya–we must ask certain questions and the President owes us an answer to each:

  1. What are the criteria for US attacks on dictators?
  2. What is the measurable objective of the attacks in Libya?
  3. What, if any, are the limits of UN-sponsored wars of liberation?
  4. How will US actions in Libya make Americans safer?
  5. What is your Constitutional justification for the attack on Libya, since the War Powers Act clearly does not apply?

With Americans on the firing line around the world, we have every right to expect a coherent foreign policy that respects the Constitution and makes Americans safer.
What I find most fascinating about this Spring campaign is that the Arab League appears to have played a game of rope-a-dope with President Obama. After calling for a no-fly zone, they are now saying that the imposition of that no-fly zone has gone too far: "The Arab League. whose support was pivotal to the move, said the campaign was overstepping its bounds, and among league members only Qatar made clear it was joining in."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Insider Trading in the Department of Education?

The Daily Caller reports:
A key watchdog group issued a legal filing Thursday demanding e-mails and other documents from Education Department Sec. Arne Duncan and his top aides under the Freedom of Information Act relating to the influence of Wall Street short sellers on a controversial new regulation governing for-profit or “career” colleges.
It will be interesting to discover why the documents requested in October have been withheld. Does the Department of Education have something to hide or is this overblown?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Palin Doctrine

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The New York Sun notes that the Arab League Echoes Palin's Demarche on Libya:
The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there.
The other day I criticized President Obama for "voting absent" while there's so much turmoil in the world. Today we see the ramifications of his waffling and silence on so many international issues: Sarah Palin scores a foreign policy coup during the administration of her 2008 opponent.

The one thing that leaders have to do is make decisions. Because Obama failed to do that with Libya, he created the opportunity for someone else to lead. He abdicated. Not intentionally, of course, but once international interests called for a "no-fly zone" we inevitably look back to see who led on that issue. We don't find President Obama. To his embarrassment, we find Sarah Palin.

The Tea Party vs Establishment GOP

Politico noted that Some in GOP grow tired of right wing:
Some veteran Republican House members are pushing back against conservative deficit hawks who are pushing for endlessly deep spending cuts, saying the right wing of the party is creating unnecessary divisions for the GOP majority.

While the 54 Republicans who voted against the most recent stopgap spending bill didn’t derail the legislation, some GOP lawmakers are becoming increasingly wary of a faction that rejects substantial spending cuts because they want deeper ones or the inclusion of divisive social policy riders.
In Missouri we've seen some dithering on conservative issues in the legislature, so I'm not surprised that "veteran Republican House members are pushing back" in Congress. The key word there is "veteran".

Here's my theory of what's happening in Washington, DC, as well as Jefferson City, MO, and probably other state houses around the country. Tea Partiers put a lot of effort into getting fiscal conservatives elected. That new blood in state legislatures as well as in Congress mostly entered as freshmen. Leadership positions are filled by people with experience, veterans. There's not much overlap between the set of veteran legislators and the set of Tea Party legislators; therefore, we've gotten stuck with a lot of legislative leadership that does not align well with Tea Party conservatism.

A related problem is how the lower chamber works in DC and around the country. Many bills introduced in the Missouri House are pre-filed before the session starts. I suspect similar things happen in other states as well as in DC. Chairmanships are assigned at the start of the session. If you think of those pre-filed bills as a script and the committees as the actors then it's easy to think of House leadership directing a play. A bill they don't like gets shunted to a committee that doesn't care about it. The chairman says: "these aren't my lines" and that legislation languishes and dies. Bills that leadership likes, get prioritized and quickly voted out of committee. It's not quite a charade, but it often feels like one.

There's also the horse trading that goes on around who, what, and when bills will be voted on. That process is inevitably political; therefore, it is distasteful to conservatives who place principle above politics. But it's politics that lubricate the machinery of the legislature.

These tensions are exacerbated by the fact that many Tea Partiers are learning the details of how the legislative process works. Establishment types tend to take those processes and operate within them, but many Tea Party conservatives are inclined to question the legitimacy of the process itself. There are no easy solutions.

Perhaps understanding that these are the growing pains of our movement will better prepare us for the challenges ahead.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Japanese Disaster and the Bond Market

Over at The Daily Reckoning they're asking: Who Will Buy the Bonds Japan Needs to Sell?:
The world seemed to hold its breath yesterday. People watched videos of the tsunami…of the earthquake…of the nuclear reactors. Japan’s nuclear reactors were on the verge of a meltdown.
The answer to DR's original question: no one will buy the bonds Japan needs to sell. Japan will have little alternative except to print money. The issue is that the world is awash in debt and Japan more so than most countries. The scale of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster is such that it might unmask the face saving that they've been doing for the past generation by issuing more debt. With government debt twice as high as GDP and a chunk of that GDP either destroyed or idled, it seems they have some introspection ahead of them. For comparison, US debt is almost as large as our GDP.

Please donate to the relief effort in Japan.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Barak Obama Votes Absent

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John Podhoretz in notes Barak Obama's lack of leadership:
The moment demands that he rise to the challenge of showing America and the world that he is taking the reins. How leaders act in times of unanticipated crisis, in which they do not have a formulated game plan and must instead navigate in treacherous waters, defines them.

Obama is defining himself in a way that will destroy him.

It is not merely that he isn't rising to the challenge. He is avoiding the challenge. He is Bartleby the President. He would prefer not to.
Obama was criticized during the 2008 election cycle for having frequently voted "present" when he served in the Illinois legislature. Today, he's not even doing that much. Instead, he's spending time filling out his March Madness bracket while the world burns.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Vacation Liberty School

The St. Louis area As a Mom team is gearing up for a one week summer program designed to teach 5th thru 8th graders about the founding principals of the US. The Vacation Liberty School program is based on the structure of Vacation Bible School, but uses a curriculum designed to teach youngsters about our country's founding beliefs. This is the mission statement on their website:
To educate, enlighten, and excite kids about the beliefs, fundamentals, and principles on which this country was founded; and to empower them with the knowledge and will to preserve these ideas and liberties for our Nation.

We believe it is through education, a deep knowledge of our American heritage, and a foundation of faith, that liberty will survive and thrive. Sadly, there has been a void in education and understanding plaguing recent generations of Americans pertaining to the fundamentals and principles on which our country was founded. Without teaching the origin, nature, and benefits of liberty, we are in danger of condemning the next generation to accept tyranny. We are a non-partisan and non-political organization desiring to plant the seeds for the next refounders so that liberty may grow.

Through instruction, performance, small group discussions and games designed to teach in a fun interactive way, we will take your children (grades 5-8) on a week long exploration of the founding principles of personal and economic freedom. Just as the American colonists discovered the principles of liberty through a variety of experiences and experiments involving societies and human nature, your children will discover these principles for themselves through our activities.
VLS will run from June 13th to 17th and costs $25 per child. Registration has already begun. Please visit the website above to learn more about the program and then email or call 636.203.5828 to register.

Disclosure: St. Louis VLS is being organized as a non-profit separate from As a Mom. The registration fee is to cover the cost of supplies, insurance, facility costs, etc. I plan to volunteer at VLS this summer. I will not be paid for that work.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dana Loesch Smacks Down Paul Begala

The video clip above is from (h/t Instapundit). Dana Loesch smacks down former Clinton apparatchik Paul Begala by pointing out that Clinton's foreign policy involved bombing a medicine factory.

Reports of Nerve Gas in Yemen

Armies of Liberation (via The Jawa Report) reported on the violence in Yemen:
The live stream on AJ has dozens if not hundreds down. Also internet cut. One dead is ID’d as well known poet from Murad.

Gas victims shaking unable to move, having convulsions. Ambulances blocked. Foaming at the mouth.
There's much more at Global Voices including this:
One protester reportedly died in that attack, and up to 70 were injured. Protesters say that security forces also used what they thought was tear gas to disperse the crowd. However, a few doctors treating the injured said they had never seen these symptoms with people affected by tear gas, including convulsions, loosing muscular control and even paralysis.
Then there are the tweets (h/t Global Voices):
@ionacraig: I'm no chemicals expert but symptoms last night did not inc. eye & skin irritation like teargas. Ppl just passed out after trouble breathing

@ionacraig: Four people ended up in ICU with brain edema from the gas last night, according to doctor. #yemen #yf #sanaa

@JebBoone: At Sana'a Uni now. All out war. Gas, riot trucks, stone throwing, shooting, tires burning, fighting b/t protesters and Soldiers. #Yemen #YF

@qahwagi_m: one of the bottles of gases used in the attack on Tagheer square in #Sanaa is CN gas
CN is a type of tear gas according to Wikipedia; however, the symptoms identified above are not consistent with CN or other tear gases. Australia's Sky News notes the reports of nerve gas. The way nerve gas works is to cause all of your muscles to convulse. The antidote causes your muscles to relax. You literally can't move for a couple weeks. Is there any indication that antidotes were given to the victims?

BigPeace reported a couple weeks ago that Iran was "using a new “tear gas” that renders those exposed into a state of semi paralysis and violent sickness." My guess is that all the tyrants have the stuff now.

Update: After speaking with some of the Yemeni protesters, I now believe it's likely that American made CN tear gas was used against them.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Air Claire McCaskill

Politico recently reported that Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) was using taxpayer funds to pay for the use of a plane that she co-owns with her husband. Perhaps McCaskill's previous experience as the Show Me State's top Auditor clued her into the fact that she was self-dealing. McCaskill has returned the money, but not before Ed Martin (R) was able to register

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Welfare Handouts Make Up a Third of U.S. Wages

CNBC is reporting that handouts are a significant part of U.S. wages:
Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.
Wow. Just wow. I don't think that's sustainable.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dem Senator wants Border Meeting

CNN is reporting on Wisconsin's governor and Democrat standoff:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday dismissed as 'ridiculous' a letter from a Democratic state Senate leader who suggested a meeting 'near the Wisconsin-Illinois border' to discuss the state's budget impasse.
Wisconsin state Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R) also chimed in on the matter with a letter of his own which reads in part:
Dear Senator Miller,

Thank you for your hand-delivered letter with an offer to meet, in Illinois, about the business and future direction of Wisconsin.

Let’s set aside how bizarre that is for a moment.
No. Let's not. I think we'd all benefit by focusing on exactly how odd it is for a minority of state senators to ask a majority of state senators to meet outside of the state that they all represent. That's what deposed despots do. They abandon their banana republic for a sympathetic neighboring country.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Unemployment Just under 9%

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The summary of the monthly employment situation report is that the unemployment rate fell to 8.9% and the economy added 192,000 jobs. That means the economy is moving in the right direction; however, the underlying details are more sobering.

Marginally attached workers rose from 2.5 million a year ago to 2.7 million (empsit.pdf link will break in a month). Obviously, that's bad, but there were signs of improvement even among marginally attached workers. The number of discouraged workers, a component of marginally attached workers, decreased by 187,000 to 1 million from the year ago number.

The Employment Situation Report also noted that the labor force participation rate and employment-population ratio had not changed:
Both the civilian labor force participation rate, at 64.2 percent, and the employment-population
ratio, at 58.4 percent, were unchanged in February.

Lee Fang: Lightweight Leftist Tool

John Hinderaker over at Power Line takes on the mental midget Lee Fang:
I told him that I would be delighted to give him an interview, as long as I can also interview Lee Fang. Keyes seemed taken aback, and asked what I wanted to question Fang about. I told him that I wanted to ask Fang why he never mentions Wal-Mart, and whether it is because Wal-Mart donated $500,000 to the group that owns Think Progress. I said I had lots more questions, too. Curiously enough, Keyes wasn't excited about the prospect of turning Lee Fang over to me for an interview. I told him that I would be happy to answer his questions, as soon as Think Progress makes Fang available to answer mine. The offer still stands.

What is most notable about Fang's attack on me (and others, too, in the same post) is that not once does he address the substance of anything I have written about Think Progress's attacks. If Fang thinks that something I wrote can be disproved, now would be the time to speak up.
It's been my experience that Lee Fang's attacks not only lack substance, but also diverge from reality. Last summer he attacked by remixing one of Sharp's video's so as to invert the meaning. This little dust-up with the lawyers at Power Line and Legal Insurrection should be fun to watch. Pass the popcorn, as they say!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Missouri Foodstamps Spent in Hawaii

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiImage by Jeff Kubina via Flickr
Isn't it interesting that Missouri welfare benefits are being spent in Hawaii:
A News 4 Investigation reveals Missouri residents receiving food stamps and welfare payments are spending them in places like Hawaii, California, and Florida.

News 4 requested public information regarding these expenses through the Missouri Department of Social Services. The agency provided a state by state break down of where Missouri benefits are being spent, click here to see the list.
The dollars actually spent in Hawaii are relatively small. I'm trying to imagine scenarios where it makes sense for Missouri to be providing welfare benefits to residents who are out of state. I can think of a few, but all of them are short term like someone that's moved for a new job in a new state or is traveling. The real question should be about the duration of the benefits.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Still No Right to Work in Missouri

Economist Robert Barro writing in the Wall Street Journal on Unions vs. the Right to Work makes this observation:
There is evidence that right-to-work laws—or, more broadly, the pro-business policies offered by right-to-work states—matter for economic growth. In research published in 2000, economist Thomas Holmes of the University of Minnesota compared counties close to the border between states with and without right-to-work laws (thereby holding constant an array of factors related to geography and climate). He found that the cumulative growth of employment in manufacturing (the traditional area of union strength prior to the rise of public-employee unions) in the right-to-work states was 26 percentage points greater than that in the non-right-to-work states.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Missouri House, Rep. Steve Tilley (R), has indicated that right-to-work is not a priority in this legislative session. As Evans at has pointed out, the main topic of this past Saturday's gathering of Tea Party groups from around the Show Me State was right-to-work, so it's odd that Tilley would be indifferent to the issue.

Politically this doesn't make any sense for the Speaker. If right-to-work is going to be stopped, let the Democrats in the Senate filibuster it or Governor Nixon (D) veto it. For Tilley to dither over right-to-work only makes sense if he's trying to shore up his RINO base or alienate Tea Party conservatives in the next election. I've commented before on Speaker Tilley's poor judgement. We see it here again.

58% Favor Government Shutdown Until Spending is Cut

Rasmussen reports that 58% Favor Government Shutdown Until Spending Cuts Are Agreed Upon:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33% of Likely U.S. Voters would rather have Congress avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at the same levels as last year. Fifty-eight percent (58%) says it’s better to have a partial shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on what spending to cut.