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An unprecedented anti-free market complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against aircraft manufacturer Boeing would be lifted if the Chicago-based firm agreed to produce additional 787 Dreamliner airplanes at its Everett, Washington facility.

That’s the “deal” being offered by NLRB spokeswoman Nancy Cleeland, who claims that the Barack Obama-appointed union goons at her agency aren’t really trying to tell Boeing where it can or can’t build planes.

“We are not telling Boeing they can’t build planes in South Carolina,” Cleeland said in an interview with The Street. “We are talking about one specific piece of work: three planes a month. If they keep those three planes a month in Washington, there is no problem.”

Wow. The only thing missing from that quote is Cleeland sticking a loaded gun in the face of Boeing’s CEO.

Think about this for a second … Boeing has already added more than 2,000 jobs to its Everett facility since announcing that the company’s second Dreamliner assembly plant would be built in North Charleston, S.C. Now the NLRB is trying to shake them down for even more positions?

That’s extortion, pure and simple …

Private companies should be allowed to locate new (or old) work wherever they believe it is most efficient to do so. That’s the way it works in a capitalist nation.

Sadly, though, this action by Obama’s NLRB appointees is the latest evidence that America is no longer a capitalist nation.