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March 10, 2008

On the campaign trail, we've heard a lot about "change" this year.  The empty rhetoric of "change" is a vague promise to help the American middle class, which struggles against a skyrocketing cost of living. The professed agents of "change" don't offer a lot of specifics, but their legislative record shows they would move the United States to a more European-style economy -- a model that has failed by any reasonable standard, says Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Unfortunately, as Europe moves economically forward, these agents of "change" want to move our country toward "reforms" that would paralyze the U.S. economy.  These candidates support a host of legislation in Congress right now that would:

  • Deny employees the right to a secret ballot when deciding whether or not to unionize, thereby allowing the union bosses to intimidate workers into their unions.
  • Dictate private sector wages, benefits and other terms of employment by federally-appointed arbitrators where employers and unions do not agree on an initial union contract after 120 days of bargaining.
  • Expose supervisors to the same union contracts as the unionized employees they supervise, thereby creating the types of conflicts of interest that the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act wisely curtailed.
  • Remove time limits on filing pay-discrimination claims against an employer, thus creating open-ended liability years, or even decades, later when witnesses and records are unavailable and memories have faded.


  • Provide unlimited employer liability for punitive damages by removing the caps on damage awards which were wisely set by the 1991 Civil Rights Act.
  • Classify virtually any physical impairment as a "disability" for purposes of bringing claims and lawsuits against employers.
  • Burden employers with an onerous "negotiation" process for every day requests from individuals for changes in schedules and working conditions.

Source: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), "Dems' 'Change' Europeanizes U.S. Economy," Investor's Business Daily, March 10, 2008.


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