Why Aren’t the Dems Fighting Back Harder Against DeMint’s TSA Hold?

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

For all of the frenzy over Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s comment that “the system worked” after the failed bombing on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, not many people have pointed out that “the system” is currently without a permanent Transportation Security Administration administrator. As Spencer noted, that’s because Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who is to Senate delays what Michelangelo was to ceiling decoration, has put a hold on the confirmation of Erroll Southers until and unless he comes out against unionizing TSA employees.

DeMint said in a statement that the attempted attack “is a perfect example of why the Obama administration should not unionize the TSA.” He wants Southers to clarify his stand on unionizing the TSA, a shift that Democrats support.

Without collective bargaining, DeMint said, the TSA has “flexibility to make real-time decisions that allowed it to quickly improve security measures in response to this attempted attack.”

If organized labor got involved, DeMint said, union bosses would have the power “to veto or delay future security improvements at our airports.”

He urged Obama to “re-think” supporting unionizing the TSA “and put the interests of American travelers ahead of organized labor.”

DeMint also wants a Senate floor debate and roll call votes, not confirmation by consent as the Democrats sought.

One of the reasons that Republicans were able to beat Democrats over the head with votes against creating the DHS in 2002 — Democrats having proposed the new department in the first place — is that Republicans successfully prohibited collective bargaining. The inability of Democrats to flip this back on Republicans, who are currently attacking the president for fumbling transportation security — especially because it would demand a floor fight that would end with Republicans voting against a new TSA head — is pretty hard to understand.

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SJ KIRK
Comment posted December 30, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

Federal employees take an oath upon appointment to their position saying that they “will not strike against the Government of the United States.” This is for union or non-union, so the argument that Jim DeMint is making is ridiculous. The only difference is the pay and flexible working conditions that Union employees get to enjoy, oh and the “job-for-life” aspect as well.


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Pingback posted December 30, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

[...] David Weigel at Washington Independent: One of the reasons that Republicans were able to beat Democrats over the head with votes against creating the DHS in 2002 — Democrats having proposed the new department in the first place — is that Republicans successfully prohibited collective bargaining. The inability of Democrats to flip this back on Republicans, who are currently attacking the president for fumbling transportation security — especially because it would demand a floor fight that would end with Republicans voting against a new TSA head — is pretty hard to understand. [...]


monkey99
Comment posted December 30, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

Anything that smacks of “socialism” has become only one of the “new” targets of the right. I say one, because nuts like Taitz, Palin and Beck (the list is bigger, but these three are the most vociferous) muddy the waters of actual, constructive debate. It's the old “divide and conquer” scheme.
Trouble is, they're too stupid to see that it doesn't work, in this day and age of “instant” news. Think we are all one-track-mind, like they are.

Think of this….the GOP are allying themselves, and taking over, the baggers. Imagine how the baggers must feel, right about now. Their methods are old school, and the rest of us have moved past it. That's why they are imploding.

You're right, DeMint won't get traction with his ridiculous claims. If his state has unions, he'll be feeling the heat soon, rest assured.


chrisjay
Comment posted December 31, 2009 @ 2:23 am

Even by today's standards of wingnuttery, DeMint is a worldclass douchebag


Catherine
Comment posted December 31, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

Senator DeMint is gambling, with Americans' lives, for political gain. That is the lowest of low.


Catherine
Comment posted December 31, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

Senator DeMint is gambling, with Americans' lives, for political gain. That is the lowest of low.


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