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Herni and De Bird – Opposites
Introducing – Herni and De Bird
Introducing Herni, a somewhat elderly man trying to get a grip on a changing world. He, at times doesn’t recognize his own country anymore, and his liberal pet, De Bird, only adds to his frustration (a story for another day). Herni is retired, very conservative, a veteran, and is single. More about Herni to be revealed in future panels.
Hope you enjoy the future weekly adventures of Herni and De Bird.
Drawn and Posted by Glenn Foden / @GlennFo / February 19, 2016
Kim Holmes wrote earlier this week on the Supreme Court.
The stakes are high—very high. Finding a replacement for deceased Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will be a battle royale. But why should one government official’s position be so existentially important? Yes, control of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance, but that raises the question as to why the Court itself is so powerful. Could it be that the answer to that question tells us something about our increasing inability to govern ourselves as a free people?
Let’s face it. Ever since at least the 1960s (and frankly even before) we have increasingly allowed the Supreme Court to decide controversial issues we have been unwilling to solve legislatively.
From civil rights to abortion to the issue of gay marriage, the high court has ruled on key issues well outside the legislative process. New constitutional rights were created out of whole cloth. If abortion couldn’t be legalized at the ballot box, or if gay marriage could not be made lawful by Congress or the states, a majority of the Supreme Court—a mere five people—would step in and do it for us. Using the power of judicial review, a new policy would be imposed simply by redefining it as a constitutional right.
The practice of judicial fiat is so commonplace we seldom realize how radical it is. We are, quite simply, losing our sovereign power to govern ourselves. We have allowed the courts in general but the Supreme Court in particular to become too powerful.
We are, quite simply, losing our sovereign power to govern ourselves.
No single government official outside the president should be so important that his or her replacement could shift the course and destiny of the nation. And yet that is precisely the case with finding a replacement for Scalia. No matter which way it goes, the next Supreme Court justice will decide the balance of power of an institution that has arguably become more powerful than the Congress and as powerful (at least) as the presidency.
This was not what the Founders intended. Sure, we live in the modern age where a lot of water has flowed under the bridge of judicial review, but that’s precisely the problem. We have allowed those waters over time to become a flood, swamping in some cases the high court’s main purposes of safeguarding our existing rights and preserving the rule of law.
The irony should not be lost on us that it has been primarily liberal activists who have tried to hijack the court to get by judicial fiat what they could not obtain legislatively. For all their professed love of “democracy”—rule by the people—they have resorted to tactics that actually overturn laws passed legitimately by democratic legislatures.
The very insularity that the Founders had intended to protect the high court from the political passions of the times now serves those passions outright. It is not uncommon for Supreme Court justices to decide cases based on what they think—perhaps “divine” is a better word—the people or legislators really want. Perhaps based on opinion polls, for example, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy may have thought he was merely delivering what the people wanted when he decided in favor of gay marriage. But in doing so, he was overturning actual democratic votes that over the past ten years showed a 60.93-percent to 39.07-percent majority against gay marriage when the issue had been placed on the ballot.
Should not actual votes count more than opinion polls?
As I explain in my forthcoming book, “The Closing of the Liberal Mind”:
Ultimately judicial activism is harmful not only to constitutional government but to democratic self-governance. When judges try to ram through their policy preferences by contorting texts, abusing precedents, and making up new constitutional rights, they undermine the credibility of both the Constitution and democracy.
That is why, now more than ever, the next Supreme Court justice must be someone who respects not only the original intent of the Constitution—what Scalia called “originalism”—but the need to restrict the policy activist role played by the court. Nothing less is at stake than our ability to govern ourselves as a free people.
By Jason Hart / April 20, 2015
Union bosses known for bashing the rich are often millionaires themselves, paid with dues taken from workers’ paychecks. Laborers’ International Union of North America president Terry O’Sullivan, who was paid $670,403 in 2014, slammed Charles and David Koch and other critics of big government in a speech last July. “Today’s Republican party has been hijacked, poisoned and taken over by a bunch of Tea Party maggots,” O’Sullivan shouted. “These anti-union, anti-worker bastards are not only crazy, they’re mean!”
When it comes to taking a huge paycheck from workers he claims to protect, O’Sullivan is in good company. Leaders of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Association of Machinists and other powerful unions have done the same for years. America’s union membership rate is in the midst of a decades-long decline, but labor union officials always seem to get paid. In 2013, 472 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 each. Excluding the MLB Players Association and other unions representing professional athletes, 497 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 last year — not a bad haul for representatives of teachers, blue-collar workers and government employees. Outside of the pro sports unions, 19 union bosses were paid more than $500,000 in 2014.
Some of the country’s top union officials work for specialized unions such as the Independent Pilots Association, and they represent predominantly high-income workers. Most do not. In addition to O’Sullivan, the Laborers’ union paid 42 officers and employees more than $250,000 in 2014. How many officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 by the other construction unions?
- United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters: 56 union officers and employees paid more than $250,000 in 2014
- International Union of Operating Engineers: 34
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters: 28
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: 15
- International Association of Machinists: 14
- International Union of Painters & Allied Trades: 10
Outside of the construction industry, several other major unions paid more than 10 officers and employees more than a quarter-million dollars each in 2014.
- United Food & Commercial Workers paid 40 union officials more than $250,000,
- International Longshoremen’s Association paid 17 officers and employees more than $250,000, and
- Transportation Communications Union paid 12 officers and employees more than $250,000.
America’s four largest unions — the National Education Association, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — take taxpayer money from the paychecks of teachers and other public workers.
- AFSCME paid 19 union officers and employees more than $250,000 last year.
- NEA had 10 officers and employees paid more than $250,000 each, w
- hile AFT had seven and SEIU had two.
- In some cases, local union officials were paid even more than their national union counterparts.
- AFSCME Local 3930 in San Diego paid finance director Gary Voice $680,721.
- UFCW Local 464 in New Jersey paid president John Niccollai $579,828.
In California, New Jersey and the 23 other states without right-to-work laws, workers can be forced to pay union bosses to have a job.
A list of America’s 100 highest-paid union bosses, filtered to exclude professional athletes’ unions, is included below. Payroll data come from the unions’ 2014 annual reports to the U.S. Department of Labor.
|Name||Total Pay, 2014||Union|
|William Trent||$1,132,607||Independent Pilot Association|
|Donald Moak||$825,539||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Jay Roth||$824,475||Directors Guild Of America Inc|
|Ed Power||$697,714||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|Gary Voice||$680,721||State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO Local Union 3930|
|Newton Jones||$639,034||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|David P. White||$586,079||SAG-AFTRA|
|John Niccollai||$579,828||Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464|
|Peter Hasho||$574,501||Int’l Brotherhood Of Trade Unions|
|Robert Scardelletti||$564,194||Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO|
|Rhonda Weingarten||$557,875||Teachers AFL-CIO|
|William Mcdonough||$544,137||Food & Commercial Wkrs|
|Dennis Van Roekel||$541,632||National Education Assoc.|
|William Hite||$522,988||Plumbers AFL-CIO|
|Harold Daggett||$515,901||Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|David Young||$512,026||Writers Guild West|
|Joseph Maloney||$501,392||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|Jonathan Cohen||$498,255||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|T Warren Fairley, Jr.||$493,007||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|Bruce York||$489,852||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Kelly Richardson||$489,330||Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO|
|James Callahan||$488,377||Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO|
|J Tom Baca||$483,779||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|Joseph Nigro||$479,268||Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers|
|Lori Ames||$467,010||United Service Workers Union, IUJAT|
|Edward Byrne Sr||$462,057||United Service Workers Union, IUJAT|
|Matthew Loeb||$459,616||Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO|
|Joseph Sellers||$459,184||Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers|
|Douglas J Mccarron||$455,102||Carpenters|
|Stephen Knott||$452,565||Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Richard Johnson||$449,716||Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO|
|Benny Holland Jr||$440,759||Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Lori Garver||$438,167||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Jean Bruny||$435,845||Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 888|
|William Roberts||$435,377||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Mark Mcmanus||$434,735||Plumbers AFL-CIO|
|Paul Rinaldi||$428,408||Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO|
|Lawrence Mcmanamon||$420,733||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|Stephen Kelly||$420,552||Plumbers AFL-CIO|
|Frank Bail||$420,206||Retail Wholesale, Dc, Ufcw Local Union 1102|
|Edwin Hill||$418,478||Electrical Workers Ibew AFL-CIO|
|Kenneth Rigmaiden||$417,540||Painters AFL-CIO|
|John Previsich||$414,408||Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers|
|Betty Ginsburg||$413,301||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|John Stocks||$412,398||National Education Assoc.|
|Sean Mcgarvey||$411,878||Bldg & Constrn Trades Dept AFL-CIO|
|Jim Johnson||$408,313||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Walter Wise||$408,257||Iron Workers AFL-CIO|
|James Grogan||$406,623||Insulators AFL-CIO|
|Phil Barbarello||$405,532||Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO|
|Ana Mcahron-Schulz||$402,568||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|John Telford||$396,371||Plumbers AFL-CIO|
|Andris J Silins||$393,009||Carpenters|
|Frank Hanley||$390,553||Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464|
|William Creeden||$390,259||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|Ron Kutak||$387,410||Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO Local Union 700|
|Patrick Finley||$386,357||Plasterers & Cement Masons AFL-CIO|
|Joel Parker||$386,184||Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO|
|Salvatore Chilia||$384,120||Electrical Workers Ibew AFL-CIO|
|Tyler Brown||$383,826||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|John Baker||$379,569||Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Liz Koby||$377,328||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Thomas Bethel||$376,671||American Maritime Officers, SIUNA|
|Thomas Callahan||$376,625||Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO Local Union 15|
|Keith Hagy||$375,542||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Michael Robbins||$374,425||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Linda Canan Stephens||$371,390||State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO|
|Larry Cann||$371,236||Plumbers AFL-CIO|
|Gerald Owens||$370,212||Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Murray Morrissey||$367,740||Retail Wholesale, Dc, Ufcw Local Union 338|
|David Krieger||$367,433||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Joseph Senese||$367,314||National Production Wkrs Union|
|Liberato Naimoli||$365,588||Laborers Local Union 76|
|Russell Hollander||$363,192||Directors Guild Of America Inc|
|Joseph Hansen||$362,814||Food & Commercial Wkrs|
|Patricia Gilbert||$362,165||Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO|
|James Mccourt||$360,739||Insulators AFL-CIO|
|William Hopkins||$359,653||Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 455|
|Jeffrey Small||$356,529||Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO|
|Ralph Cole||$355,722||Laborers District Council|
|Richard Whalen||$354,266||Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464|
|David Dale Haggerty, Jr.||$354,236||Boilermakers AFL-CIO|
|Lillian Roberts||$352,341||State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO District Council 37|
|Lorretta Johnson||$352,307||Teachers AFL-CIO|
|Kinsey Robinson||$352,302||Roofers AFL-CIO|
|Earl Hurd||$351,928||Plasterers & Cement Masons AFL-CIO|