The Kentucky Senator and Tea Party favorite blasted U.S. President Barack Obama over a recent complaint against Boeing filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – accusing his administration of having an “enemies list.”
“Mr. President, do you have an enemies list?” Paul asked. “Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina appears to be a Republican state, has two Republican senators? Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina is a ‘right to work’ state? Are they on your enemies list?”
In an unprecedented assault on right-to-work states, the NLRB declared last month that Boeing’s 2009 decision to locate a manufacturing facility in the South Carolina Lowcountry violated federal labor law by discriminating against striking workers in Washington state. Boeing has responded by calling the NLRB complaint “radical” and decrying its proposed remedy – the shuttering of the company’s soon-to-be-completed North Charleston, S.C. facility – as “impermissibly retroactive.”
Meanwhile South Carolina politicians – led by U.S. Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham – have been taking the political fight to the White House.
On Tuesday, Paul stole their thunder.
In addition to blasting Obama over the Boeing complaint, Paul also raised the specter of an “enemies list” with regard to the White House’s recent flirtation with an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their donations to political groups.
“The president has said now that he’s going to ask contractors who do business with the government ‘Who have you contributed to?'” Paul said. “Mr. President, do you have en enemies list? Will you now punish contractors who have given money to Republican candidates? I’m concerned, there are two Republican Senators from Kentucky. Are we on your enemies list? Is Alabama on your enemies list? Is Texas on your enemies list?”
In a statement released on Monday, NLRB attorney Lafe Solomon urged “all interested parties to respect the legal process, rather than trying to litigate this case in the media and public arena.”
More importantly, in language that many believe expresses a fundamental lack of confidence in the merits of the NLRB’s case, Solomon invoked the possibility of a “settlement” prior to a judge hearing the board’s complaint in June.
“At any point in this process, the parties could reach a settlement agreement and we remain willing to participate in any such discussions at the request of either or both parties,” Solomon said.
Obviously South Carolina leaders should entertain no settlement that doesn’t include the unconditional withdrawal of this anti-free market abomination – which has needlessly threatened tens of thousands of Palmetto state jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded incentives.
Haley’s event – held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. – was designed to boost her national profile as she courts a possible vice presidential bid.
“Haley has been drawing positive reactions to her performance since being elected South Carolina’s chief executive last November,” one Beltway commentator noted in advance of the press conference. “As a result, she bears watching as a potential dark horse Republican vice-presidential possibility.”
Umm, “dark horse?”
Politically-correct nit-picking aside, South Carolinians may have a different view of Haley.
According to the results of a FITS poll published yesterday – a whopping 92 percent of respondents (517 votes) said that they do not believe that Haley would “make a good vice presidential nominee.” Only eight percent (45 votes) believed Haley would make a good vice presidential selection.