Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and a group of Republican senators demanded Tuesday that the Obama administration weigh in on the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing, saying the complaint could jeopardize thousands of South Carolina jobs and the future of free enterprise in the country.
The Republicans took turns condemning the White House for allowing a board of Democratic appointees to wield control over how American companies do business.
“This is an issue that may have started in South Carolina, but we want to make sure it never touches another state,” said Haley, who flew to Washington for the press conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are demanding that the president respond to what the NLRB has done. This goes against everything we know our American economy to be.”
The White House has been largely silent on the matter, saying that the NLRB is “an independent agency” conducting its own enforcement actions.
Haley was joined at the news conference by her state’s two Republican Senators, Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, as well as South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson and state Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also took turns questioning the NLRB’s activities, with Paul going so far as to suggest that the White House has “an enemies list.”
Alexander said he plans to finalize language later Tuesday on the “Right to Work Protection Act,” which would protect right-to-work states from federal intrusion over labor disputes.
Graham called the NLRB complaint “absurd” and accused the administration of having a double standard toward Boeing because White House chief-of-staff Bill Daley is a former member of the company’s board.
“This is something that would happen in a third world county, not in America,” [Sen. Jim] DeMint said of the NLRB action. “I can’t believe the administration is sitting on the sidelines pretending they had nothing to do with it.”
Trust me – Senator DeMint isn’t surprised one bit that this administration is pretending to be “above the fray.” The White House is notoriously two-faced when it comes to political favoritism, slamming lobbyists while at the same time having some of them work directly for the administration (and let’s not forget how candidate Obama tried to skate around the issue of lobbyists by way of defining ‘what he meant’ by the term ‘lobbyists’). That the WH tried to avoid the issue by giving the lame excuse that the NLRB is an “independent” agency is absolutely laughable, considering that agency independence didn’t matter to them one little bit when – for example – it came to the politically motivated firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin, who was shown the underneath of the bus after upsetting a fat cat Obama supporter.
In this situation, the WH has the potential to do some good and possibly reverse the NLRB’s bogus complaint via a public denounciation of such a blatantly partisan move but of course he’s not going to do that, because the NLRB is doing his and his administration’s bidding: Bowing and bending over for Big Labor. The closer to the 2012 election, the more this type of outrageous nonsense will happen.
Move along here. Nothing to see …