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UPS vs. FedEx: Why UPS is wrong, and FedEx is right

There will be a little bit of History here, so bear with me.  George Will goes more in depth on this one.

The basis of the current conflict between UPS and FedEx has to do with the National Labor Relations Act and the Railroad Labor Act.  The NRLA, which applies to UPS as it was a Trucking Company first, makes all unions of the employees Local Unions.  The RLA, which applied to FedEx as it was a Cargo Airline (And thus eligible for the RLA after an ammendment in 1936 which made Airlines part of the RLA) means that all Railway and Airline Unions must be national.

While both UPS and FedEx use Cargo Jets and Trucks, UPS is a Trucking Company First, while FedEx uses it’s trucks to feed it’s airline.

In 1981, UPS expanded into Air Travel.  In the 90’s, UPS, with the assistance of FedEx, tried to be Re-Categorized as an Airline for the sake of the RLA.  Sadly, they failed.

Now, UPS is trying to take apart the RLA, and subject FedEx to the NLRA.  This would break up the streamlined, integrated, efficient system that makes FedEx so much cheaper then UPS, and force costs up.

This, in spite of the fact, that FedEx pays their workers better with better benefits and lower costs, in full accord with the Ford Ethos (Highest Wages, Lowest Costs, Best Quality).

So, the solution?  Abolish the NLRA, and apply the RLA to ALL businesses in the Country.  It will bring wages up, costs down, and increase quality.  In most areas that is.

Otherwise, you will have more corruption like the Teamster strong arm tactics which are driving UPS to force the same plague on FedEx.


ObamaCare Link Fest Update: Changed size of Picture

Well, this was going to be an anylsis on ObamaCare, but it has, for the most part, become a Link Fest.

healthcare map

Gateway Pundit:

Gateway Pundit examines an Investors Business Daily article on the program.

“Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day” of the year the legislation becomes law.

So, in other words, if we go looking for new coverage after the bill comes into effect, we are stuck on Government Healthcare.  Yeah!  Not.

Gateway Pundit also declares the Good News that the public is turning on ObamaCare.

Michelle Malkin:

Michelle Malking also discusses the IBD article.

Michelle also highlighted several casualties of ObamaCare.

Her column in the papers today goes even deeper, and is a must read.

Kansas Meadowlark:

The Meadowlark has his own analysis of the plan, as well as several videos about the upcoming ObamaCare plan.

Hot Air:

Apparently, President Hopey One Obama is urging us to hurry and pass the bill before anyone reads it.

Jawa Report:

Even the Jawas are getting in on the examinations of the IBD article.

Pirate’s Cove:

The Pirates are highlighting the fact that even SEX will get more expensive under ObamaCare.

Red State:

According to Red State, Senator Snowe is sayign that Obama is wrong, we need to slow the train, not speed it up.

cl healthcareH/t: RedState for the above cartoon

Sweetness and Light:

According to S&L, ObamaCare will kill New Yorkers.

Heritage Foundation:

-The Foundry:

The Foundry presents my preferred solution to the “Health Care Crisis.”

Also, According to The Foundry, the ObamaCare Bill will allow the Government to send Government Employees into your house to determine whether or not you are raising your childer the “Correct Way.”

The Foundry also reports that the ObamaCare bill is FULL of bad ideas.

-Insider Online:

On a bit of a Tangent, The Heritage Foundation reports that Cap and Tax will bring the cost of Health Care up higher to pay for the electricity needed to use MRI’s and X-Ray’s.


Claire McCaskill Tea Party Mk. II UPDATE: Cops called on St. Louis Tea Party

I just got back from the Health Care Tea Party in front of Claire McCaskill’s office. That was fun, if small. It seems that only 20 people saw the message to come and protest, including a pair of nuns of the Franciscan Order, who delivered a number of petitions signed during the protest to the aides working in her office.

I informed them of the 1600 hours (4:00 pm) Tea Party at Emanuel Cleaver’s office, and hope to see my readers there this after noon. Until then, I plan on eating my lunch, and hydrating.

I asked the question there, and will ask it again here, If Obama chose a Eugenicist for his Science Czar, who will he chose for his Health Care Czar?

Michelle Malkin has more on the nationwide protests, including pics from our buddies in St. Louis.

Gateway Pundit has more info on the St. Louis Tea Party, where not only did they lock the doors and close the blinds (which they did at ours) but also called the cops to force them off of Public Land.  That is absolutely disgusting, and Claire McCaskill should be ashamed.  The Tea Parties have not been violent.  They have not been rude.  They are the Politest protests I have ever seen.  And Claire calls out the police to force them off public land?

One thing that did piss me off at ours, was the locking out of the Franciscan Nuns who where out with us, when they went in to deliver the petitions.  I had to pull out my Cell Phone and call them to ask them to open the doors because they where not letting us in (we had several people going in either individually or with a partner to complain).  It was disgusting.


SURPRISE: TWO Tea Parties Today

Well, looks like I need to get moving this morning, there is going to be a Tea Party out in front of Claire McCaskill’s office this morning at 11.  Wish I had updated Gateway Pundit earlier last night so I coud have read that earlier then 7:30 this morning.  I will be there for the Kansas City one.


4141 Pennsylvania, Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111

It’s the same place we had the Blizzard Tea Party back in February

Then, there is going to be the one at 16:00 this afternoon (4 pm) at Emanuel Cleaver’s Office.  I encourage you to go to both.  Unless you live in St. Louis, in which case, that is far too long of a drive.  Don’t worry about it.


101 W. 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

I am going to be busy today.  See you there.

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