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Kickin’ Nikki And The Unions

“KICK ‘EM WHEN THEY’RE UP, KICK ‘EM WHEN THEY’RE DOWN …” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley just can’t stop “talking smack” to unions … even though unions are virtually nonexistent in the Palmetto State. In fact according to the latest data, only 3.7 percent of South Carolina workers are unionized –…

“KICK ‘EM WHEN THEY’RE UP, KICK ‘EM WHEN THEY’RE DOWN …”

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley just can’t stop “talking smack” to unions … even though unions are virtually nonexistent in the Palmetto State.

In fact according to the latest data, only 3.7 percent of South Carolina workers are unionized – the third-lowest rate in the nation.

So why, why, why, why is anti-union rhetoric always on the tip of Haley’s tongue? Because she’s trying to win reelection … and bashing unions is cheap publicity.

“We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water,” Haley said last week during a visit to downtown Greenville, S.C.

“You’ve heard me say many times I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement,” Haley added. “It’s because we’re kicking them every day, and we’ll continue to kick them.”

Sheesh …

We can’t stand unions, either … and we hate that policies implemented by U.S. President Barack Obama have helped slow their descent into the ash heap of history. Unions are cancers, pure and simple … kept alive by the mindless growth of the government workforce (and the accommodative stance of liberal Democratic and “Republican” politicians toward their private sector presence).

Be that as it may, though … there’s a case to be made that Haley’s rhetoric reflects a policy that is in direct contravention of state law.

“It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this State that the right of persons to work must not be denied or abridged because of membership or non-membership in a labor union or labor organization,” the statute reads.

Hmmmm …

Again … we have no problem with politicians railing on unions. But the last time we checked, unions really weren’t a problem in South Carolina – which leads us to the real reason Haley is going after them.

The more Nikki Haley “talks smack” to unions, the less the mainstream media will write about her liberal-friendly record on taxesspendingeducation and (most notably) government-subsidized health care.

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59 comments

R. Spears/Republican February 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Look at those ugly bird legs, no shape, at all! Bird legs and a witches nose and chin, ears like a wind turbine and hair of a mop.
“Join the movement” vote out Haley! It will be a “Great Day in South Carolina”!
With Haley gone, “South Carolina will be just right”!

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miss suzanne February 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Yep, Simmi got all the looks in the Randhawa family.

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shifty henry February 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Put on those boots..!!

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euwe max February 27, 2014 at 7:34 pm

“boots & pants & boots & pants & boots & pants…”

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Mike at the Beach February 27, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I don’t know man…are those actually Nikki’s gams? They look all right to me- I thought she was getting fat. Of course, that could be an old photo, too, I guess.

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Richard Simmons February 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

Four year old photo. Her ass couldn’t fit in a 55 gallon barrell nowadays.

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Mike at the Beach February 28, 2014 at 7:22 am

Man, that’s a shame…

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GrandTango February 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

It’s like Liberals and Terrorist, Dumb@$$…you better kill em in the womb, or they grow, and you get a filthy mess like Obamacare or the horrible disaster this country is in…w/ bad people in evil countries, getting stronger…and Obama is clueless…

Why is it you people are such maniacal extremists for Abortion of an innocent baby???…but if it’s opposition to the REALLY BAD and dangerous, you bury you head up your @$$…

Bravo Haley…Kick the $#!* out of them. Scott Walker is a HERO..and you look like a champion for kicking Obama’s @$$ on Boeing….

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jurisdoc February 27, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Big Turd Bucket, you probably don’t want to use an abortion argument with your “kill em in the womb” argument….. Or maybe I’m just too dumb, liberal, commie, fascist, obama loving, etc. etc. to understand your profound logic. Or maybe you are a f’in idiot.

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Smirks February 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

It’s like Liberals and Terrorist, Dumb@$$…you better kill em in the womb, or they grow

Ah, good ol’ Psalm 137:9. Nothing says the love of Jesus like killing babies.

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Justa Sayin' February 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Scott Walker a hero? Wisconsin ranks dead last in job creation…

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GrandTango February 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

You do know the nation has been in an Economic Nosedive since late 2008…when Barack Obama was elected…????

Coincidence???…Kinda hard to blame the mess the whole nation is in, on Walker….

And Obamacare ain’t really even kicked in yet….

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Justa Sayin' February 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Wisconsin is dead last…can’t you fucking read?

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GrandTango February 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

The media want this guy’s head because he pummeled the unions. Remember the democrats leaving the state. That was IGNORANT on yalls’ part. And I would not believe any government-generated data used to attack him…

You know Obama was caught fudging job numbers to get re-elected. Those numbers are placed out there for the stupid…and you prove it works for the most ignorant.

Tom February 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina”

Is that the royal “we.” Since I have no problem with unions coming to SC. So if you are a unionized industry we don’t want you in SC even though you could bring stable high paying jobs. Our folks are just happy as clams working for Walmart.

The sooner we retire Haley and the other Teanuts to the trash heap of history the better. Actually that is too good. I prefer the sewer of history.

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GrandTango February 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

The Rust Belt is corroding. There are no unions wanting to come here w/ high-paying jobs. They are breaking their investors and putting them out of business (see GM, see G’Town Steel.) Unions need to nest in states where the gov’t hands out freebies to flailing parasites…

You, like all liberals, are guided in life by myths and lies. Look what you, w/ Obama, have done to America. When will you repent and quit destroying the best of what good and moral people built????…When is enough, enough???

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Time To Edit, Big Boy... February 27, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Yeah, GT!! When are these guys with flails going to stop using archaic tools for chopping up wheat?

” Unions need to nest in states where the gov’t hands out freebies to flailing parasites…”GrandTango Tom • 32 minutes ago

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Time To Edit, Big Boy... February 27, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Yeah, GT!! When are these guys with flails going to stop using archaic tools for chopping up wheat?

” Unions need to nest in states where the gov’t hands out freebies to flailing parasites…”GrandTango Tom • 32 minutes ago

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Best Hand Job™ February 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I think GT got his Journalism degree at Wal-Mart…

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GrandTango February 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The fact that you think my college degree is so amazing, must mean you don’t have one…Am I correct?…and if you say you have one, where did you get it from?

GrandTango February 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

You are some desperate and Dumb@$$ liberals.

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Grand Tango's Hotdogs™ February 27, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Have another one, Ignatius!

southmauldin February 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm

+50 for the Confederacy reference.

southmauldin February 27, 2014 at 6:13 pm

BRRRAAAKKKK! T’s back like cooked crack! BBRRRRAAAAKKKK! Liberals! BBBRRRAAAKKKKKKK! Turrists! BBBRRRRAAAKKKK! Still not cussing but using @#%#$^^! BRRAAAAKKKKKKK! I turn every Fitsnews article around to an attack on Obama! BBRRRAAAKKKK! Kick the %$#& out of them! I kick the %$#$^ out of everybody! In church! in the local Publix! In the bathroom at the Boone, NC Walmart! In every building in Pelzer! and West Pelzer! BBRRRAAAKKK!

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john February 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Union was here before President Obama and they will be here when his four years are up. Boeing is a union company and it’s employees in other states makes Double/trouble then Charleston Boeing Plant same for Amazon. ..oh I forgot u want companies to come with tax breaks instead if higher wages. Drinking Gin”BBBBBBBUUU $ SSSSSHHHHH..CAUSE A WARBBBBBBBBUSSSSHHHH..

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Bill February 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm

flailing parasites…

You mean Republican politicians?

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truthmonger March 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

Not quite the truth. The auto industry took a beating when management ignored the market and produced big cars nobody wanted anymore (gas hogs). They also made sure to take bonuses so big they made union demands look like chump change. They also failed to modernize existing facilities in order to boost profit margins and artificially inflate stock prices to make Wall Street profiteers happy. More theft and graft in management that with the union workers. Hey, when Boeing was whining about the pay at the Washington plant, the CEOS was collecting pay and benefits that EXCEEDED the entire union payroll of that plant. Not that you’d let a few facts cloud your view…..

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GrandTango March 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

If Liberals did not have your myths and lies to fool your idiots…you would not even get out of bed in the morning…most of you sleep till noon anyway, from what I hear…no wonder…

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IVEBEENHACKED February 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm

So correct!!!

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GrandTango February 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Thx.

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GrandTango February 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Thx.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Great post. Totally agree.

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tomstickler February 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Heh, heh, heh! She said taint.

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shifty henry February 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Nikki knows what it means…

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Guest February 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm

The default option is effing idiot.

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Gary February 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Nikki Haley could care less about unions, its what she is paid to say by her master the Koch brothers plain and simple. If it weren’t for unions not a employee in South Carolina would have insurance nor sick leave much less be making slave labor pay, She needs to be booted out of the tax payer funded vacation house in 2014 and if people that were born and raised in this state have any sense they will vote her out of office.

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Sarah Palin Forever! February 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

You got that right.

And then there’s Fits a bought and paid for whore for Howard Rich.

Wonder why hes on Haleys back?Two birds of a feather.Paid for mouthpieces for some rich guys who hold working people and the poor in total contempt.

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Chock Fulla Nuts February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Is he on retainer from the mystery Libertarian candidate for gov?

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I’ve gotta way in on the union bashing that is so rampant in right-wing circles o’er these last few decades.

First of all, yes…it’s true, the unions themselves in several cases are to blame for the loathing they currently enjoy by way of corruption, heavy handedness and greed. There’s no denying that. To those bad unions and those bad apples, I say you got what you deserved and unfortunately in the process have set back the union movement in general. Unions and union members are not “cancers” of the free market in and of themselves. Just like guns or money are not inherently dangerous in and of themselves. Union membership is on the steady decline in this country and has been for ages.

However, you have to look at the other side of the coin too. Unions can be a force for good in the workplace when they seek to exact reasonable concessions from management and conditions. Otherwise, corporates and employers (as is currently the case in S.C. and much of the South) will have the distinct advantage and upper hand in dictating terms to the lowest common denominator.

Capitalism itself is to blame in a way given that the US can’t possilby compete with labor costs in say China or India, no matter how close we cut to the bone…unless we want to regress to a Dickensian society. So companies will generally always seek to maximise profits by shipping jobs overseas. Apart from dirt cheap labor abroad in slave like conditions there are other factors that drive corporations to look elsewhere for production and manufaturing that don’t involve labor unions. These include value of local raw materials, tariffs, trade agreements, tax liabilities, etc.

The real reason the right wants to finally stamp out unions once and for all is not b/c they truly believe unions curtail the so called “free market”, but b/c CEOs and banks want to increase their bottom line even more than they already do if they can get away with treating workers like dirt and paying them even less. It’s like when NFL players (or owners) initiate a work stoppage and people decry how greedy they are when they are already getting paid millions…but it’s because the owners are holding on to millions and millions more off the backs of those guys and the money is out there in the market place for the players to get a fairer share.

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Sarah Palin Forever! February 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Right Wingers have a real fascination for wealthy people.They are absolutely servile in their slavish devotion to them.Any mention of ANYTHING(a tax for instance) that will in any way even almost imperceptibly affect the wealthy will drive a Right Winger figuratively(see Fits) or literally(see Gran. Tango) berserk.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Agreed. Without getting into the specifics of what tax rates should be for “job creators” (as an aside, that’s the term the right ascribes to rich folk because their focus groups found that the words “rich people” actually drive people more towards the equitable distribution model)…I find it ironic that voters in red states keep electing GOP dominated governor’s mansions and state houses when it’s these very policies and laws that are keeping them poor.

My point being best illustrated in this great article from The Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-poor-win-election-for-nations-rich,1246/

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anon. February 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

NIKKI HALEY ONLY CARES ABOUT NIKKI HALEY!

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Please Explain February 28, 2014 at 8:04 am

She cares about her family; her familys 7-11 statewide racket is doing quite well this past year, has anybody else noticed? One day, no food on the shelves, hardly a loaf of bread to sell, the next day there was everything they could stand. Take a look, stocked shelves, paraphernalia boo koo, new gas pumps, new signs; amazing. The push starts are all over it!

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Thomas February 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

The South Carolina Retirement System puts to shame any union benefit plan. The SCRS is protected by state law and just hits the taxpayers when it needs more money. The SCRS healthcare plans alone will eventually bankrupt our state once Obamacare fully takes over. So who needs a public sector union with a gig like that.

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dwb619 February 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Once saw a chart showing which states receive more from the federal government than they pay in to the federal government.
It was interesting, vast majority of the “taker’ states were RED states.
The BLUE states, paid much more into the federal treasury than they received.
A GLARING parallel, those BLUE states are the states with the largest private sector UNION jobs.

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truthmonger February 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

Probably because employees in the blue states make enough to pay for cost of living without government aid AND pay taxes. Here, we have POLICE on public assistance.

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dwb619 February 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

You have it figured out!

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Gtown sux February 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Come on down to Georgetown where we have the union wannabe thug and his son. Oh, sorry the son has no balls. Literally. He lost his balls. Any who come on down to Georgetown. The most unionized county in SC. You can see first hand how well that has worked out for us.

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40 Years Union February 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Wow! SC’s own little microcosym!!

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Mike at the Beach February 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Right on! That union down there in G’Town sure showed that mean ol’ steel company a thing or two, huh? If they show ’em just a little more, you won’t have to worry about all the red dust on your cars down there anymore, because you won’t have a steel plant.

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Rocky February 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Let’s not taint the water – let’s send Boeing packing back to Seattle – where they belong.

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euwe max February 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Without rich people, who are we going to build the outhouses for?

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Anonymous February 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

“We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don’t want to taint the water….”

Really, Governor? I would rather my unemployed family members have union jobs than no jobs at all.

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Rocky February 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Consider this. The majority of manufacturing employees in Germany, Australia, England, Canada, etc – unionized. They enjoy a good standard of living. Their countries enjoy universal health care. They enjoy four weeks of paid vacation. They have fairly stable and good economies.

Now let’s look at South Carolina. Unions are simply banished. Not welcome. Don’t come here. Per capita income – 47th. Education rank – 49th in SAT scores. Non-insured citizens – top 10. Yeah, let’s not taint the water – else someone might actually have a livable wage with benefits that means you don’t have to live on sweet potatoes and collard greens.

Stupid is as stupid does. There’s a reason they filmed Gump in South Carolina – and it ain’t the view.

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Yelsewh February 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

Okay, so you hate unions… tell us how you feel about monoploies and oligopolies? What counterweight do you suppose will keep them from abusing their workers? Don’t say government because you hate government too.

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Lester February 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

It would be great fun if someone gave her a million dollars in the name of a union just to watch her pivot.

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shifty henry March 2, 2014 at 7:49 am

Pivot, hell — she’d be spinning like a Whirling Dervish..!!

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david March 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

Do you think Haley knows how stupid she sounds talking about her stupid high heels? It makes her sound like a complete idiot. Which she is, but you’d think she would at least want to not sound like it.

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LOL March 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Haley is not intelligent. And if I get another damn letter from her requesting money. I am going to give $1000 to Vincent S.

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