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Biden and Harris Vow to Abolish Nebraska's Right to Work Status

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Posted by John Kartch, Isabelle Morales on Monday, October 5th, 2020, 2:13 PM PERMALINK

Nebraska has been a Right to Work state since 1946. But that will come to an end under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

As seen on video and in writing, Biden and Harris vow to ban Right to Work laws which protect 166 million Americans in 27 states, more than half the U.S. population. Right to Work laws allow workers the freedom of employment without forced membership in a labor union or forced payment to a union boss.

Joe Biden said: "We should change the federal law [so] that there is no Right to Work allowed anywhere in the country. For real. Not a joke. Not a joke."

Kamala Harris said: "Banning Right to Work laws. That needs to happen."

Click here or below to watch Kamala Harris and Joe Biden vow to abolish Right to Work:

Harris and Biden also documented their anti-Right to Work position in writing here and here. And both have endorsed active legislation called the PRO Act which bans Right to Work. The PRO Act legislation is live ammunition, having already passed the Democrat-run U.S. House of Representatives. In the Senate, it has 40 Democrat co-sponsors and one self-described socialist co-sponsor, Bernie Sanders.

Right to Work states outperform non-Right to Work states:

  • Right to Work states experience stronger growth in the number of people employed, growth in manufacturing employment, and growth in the private sector. According to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the percentage growth in the number of people employed between 2007-2017 in Right to Work states was 8.8%, and 4.2% in forced-unionism states. Growth in manufacturing employment between 2012-2017 in Right to Work states was 5.5%, and 1.7% in forced-unionism states. The percentage growth in the private sector from 2007-2017 in Right to Work states was 13.0%, and 10.1% in forced-unionism states.


  • Right to Work laws increase individual life satisfaction and economic sentiment. A study by Christos Makridis of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that Right to Work laws are associated with an increase in self-reported current life satisfaction, expected future life satisfaction, and sentiments about current and future economic activity among workers, as Forbes describes. The study explains that "these improvements in well-being are consistent with an increase in competition among unions, which prompts them to provide higher quality services that are valued by their members." As the Heritage Foundation explains, "It was no accident that foreign automobile brands located their U.S. plants primarily in right-to-work states like Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee."
  • Forced-unionism states experience severe out-migration. An analysis by Stan Greer of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research found that forced unionism states, between 2007-2017, experience net migration of -7.4%, whereas Right to Work states experience a 1.6% growth in number of residents. 
  • Right to Work laws protect workers from union corruption. The Detroit Free Press reported that U.S. Department of Labor documents showed embezzlement from hundreds of union offices across the country over the past decade. In the past two years, "more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance." Workers should not be forced to fund entities that have high instances of theft and corruption, especially when there are no similar demands that citizens must directly fund a private organization.

Consider yourself warned: If Democrats win full control of the federal government, Nebraska's Right to Work will be gone overnight.

"No one should have to pay someone for the right to have a job. Forced union dues were recognized as wrong when congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "Everyone in a free country has the right to work without being asked to pay off union bosses."

The 27 Right to Work states are: Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah, Kansas.

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In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday, Joe Biden threatened to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and also vowed to raise the U.S. corporate income tax rate on "Day One" -- giving America a higher tax rate than Communist China.

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Jake Tapper: "You vowed to undo President Trump's tax cuts."

Joe Biden: "Yes."

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Joe Biden cannot be trusted when he says he won't raise taxes on Americans making less than $400,000 per year. In addition to the fact that he has endorsed many tax increases on middle class Americans during the past few months (re-imposition of the $695 - $2,085 individual mandate tax, repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a carbon tax, and raising the capital gains tax on "every single solitary person" so it is taxed at ordinary income tax rates) he also broke his tax pledge the last time around, betraying the American people.

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Biden made the promise during a nationally televised Vice Presidential debate on Oct. 3, 2008 using firm language:

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Posted by John Kartch on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, 3:20 PM PERMALINK

ATR today released a video showing the tax policy contrast of President John F. Kennedy and current Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

Quotations in the video are as follows:

JFK: "Such a bill will be presented to the congress for action next year. It will include an across the board, top to bottom cut in both corporate and personal income taxes."

Biden: "Guess what, if you elect me your taxes are going to be raised not cut."

JFK: "Corporate tax rates must also be cut to increase incentives and the availability of investment capital."

Biden: "I would raise the corporate tax." "Raise the corporate tax rate from 20 to 28 percent."

JFK: "For all these reasons, next year's tax bill should reduce personal as well as corporate income taxes. For those in the lower brackets who are certain to spend their additional take-home pay, and for those in the middle and upper brackets, who can thereby be encouraged to undertake additional efforts and enabled to invest more capital."

Biden: "I'm going to double the capital gains rate to 40 percent." "So every single solitary person, their capital gains are going to be treated like real income and they are gonna pay 40% on their capital gains tax."

JFK: "To achieve these greater gains, one step above all is essential. The enactment this year of a substantial reduction and revision in federal income taxes."

Biden: "Guess what? First thing I'm gonna do is repeal that Trump tax cut. Oh not a joke."

For details on JFK's tax-cutting policies, see the book JFK, Conservative authored by Ira Stoll.

Also note the 2012 Wall Street Journal op-ed written by Amity Shlaes, excerpted below:

Heller's successful plan to combat the recession of the early 1960s was the Kennedy-Johnson tax cuts, which pushed the unemployment rate below 5% and the growth rate above 5% from 2%. Crucially, the administration's marketing pitch didn't talk about "fairness" but about competition. In the 1963 State of the Union Address, for example, Kennedy spoke about obstacles that "undercut our efforts to compete with other nations." He called "one step, above all, essential" to solve the problem: "the enactment this year of a substantial reduction and revision in federal income taxes."

Heller and Kennedy recognized that taxation (not only growth) is all about competition. Cities compete with cities, counties with counties, states with states, and nations with nations. These natural experiments run in real time.

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