Obama scolds Michigan governor for ’right-to-work’ legislation

Obama in MichiganFor someone who used to refer to himself as a “constitutional law professor,” the president seems to have trouble remembering the provisions contained within that document.

The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution defines the principles of federalism and provides that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The only powers the federal government has are those specifically enumerated in Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution. According to the 10th Amendment all other powers are reserved for individuals and the states.

On Monday, the president arrived in Michigan and excoriated that state’s government for having the effrontery to follow Indiana’s lead in passing right-to-work legislation. Indiana was the first state in the Rust Belt to do so. Michigan is now the 24th right-to-work state in the union.

President Obama made an appearance at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, just outside of Detroit, to campaign for his take-it-or-leave-it “fiscal cliff” proposal. He advised the plant employees that if Congress refused to act, their taxes would increase by $2,200.

Then he took a pot shot at Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who will be signing the right-to-work bill into law on Tuesday. Snyder had greeted the president earlier that day.

“What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages,” Obama told a small crowd. “We don’t want a race to the bottom. We want a race to the top.”

He went on to claim that Michigan’s new law was more a political move than it was an economic one to the enthusiastic gathering of union members.

The White House didn’t interfere in 2011 when Wisconsin severely limited the collective bargaining power of state employees. The president signaled in Monday’s plant appearance, however, that his administration would be more active in such matters in the future.

Whether states want to declare themselves as right-to-work jurisdictions is wholly outside the president’s control. His time would be better spent doing his job which, at this juncture, would be negotiating with Congress over the looming fiscal cliff.

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  • KB Cook

    In the words of V. Lenin — ‎"Trade Unions are a School of Communism"

  • Bud Griffin

    What is so bad is looking in the back ground behind Obama, there are some faces that appear to be intelligent. It makes me wonder how they can be so brain washed by the unions and Obama. Obama has to be one convincing individual to be able to lead so many Americans down the road to socialism as though they were sheep going to slaughter. Sad

  • Carole Millay

    Isn't this the same plant that videoed plant workers drinking & doing drugs ? Were dismissed but then given their jobs back. If you are doing a high risk job & depend on the other guy for your safety you don't want him drunk or high true????Drinking & getting on drugs is not for any work place.

  • Big Dem

    Staright out of The Communist Manifesto. I was taught this in college, but when I was in college the turn toward a favorable view of "socialism" was just beginning to become acceptable by the entire faculties of universities. Consequently, I was taught the truth about capitalism, communism and socialism. However, my son, who is a college senior, tells me he has NEVER heard a bad word about socialism in the major state university he attends. Most of his professors, even in courses like freshman English 101, manage to work Progresssive/Socialist ideology into the course materials. Sadly, my son says most students simply memorize what teachers "sell" in class without any critical thought, and those who do think and disagree quickly learn that if they want a good grade, they better toe the line. My son is probably going to graduate Magna Cum Laude, and he says that majority of students are being indoctrinated rather than educated.

  • Yvonne Pinter

    The "Progressives/Socialists/Communists" have high jacked our schools at every level, and we LET them. It is time to take back what we can still can. Unions are just using fear and lies to manipulate the masses into doing their dirty work. Hilter could never have come into power without the "useful minions".

  • torepedo

    unions bankrupting one state at a time, California paid out over 600,000 to a retireing worker for back vacation time, that is coming from a bankrupt state not long before our entire finacial system crashes with this type of spending