Americans are fed up with special interest campaigns

The debate over the FAA Reauthorization and the Express Carrier Employee Protection Act is playing out in the pages of the Hill, first with an op-ed by Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr (“A truck driver is a truck driver, not an airline pilot,” June 10, 2010) and by a response from FedEx Express David J. Bronczek (“Congress should move forward with vital air safety bills,” June 21, 2010).

While it appears that all sides labor and management and pro-FedEx and pro-UPS have weighed in, no one has stopped to ask what the American people think is fair, and what role they want Washington to play in choosing winners and losers in the marketplace.

FedEx has launched a deceptive ad campaign saying UPS is asking Washington for a “Bailout” in an attempt to mislead an angry public and intimidate lawmakers. Hoffa can talk all day about organizing but FedEx drivers covered under the supposedly union-friendly NLRA have repeatedly rejected his offers, and are unlikely to organize in the future.

So the question remains:  Should UPS and FedEx play by the same rules?

The American people are fed up with special interest double speak. Misleading the American people with an aggressive on-line campaign while hiding the real issues is why too many Americans are turned off to politics. 

Our citizens understand more about special interests and their games, than unions or trade associations or ad men give them credit for.  Only in Washington can such a simple question be turned into such a complicated mess.

A lesson for soon-to-be Congressmen:  Once Washington starts playing favorites with businesses, this is what happens.

Washington, D.C.

Court’s ruling will lead to more headaches for GOP

From Karen Ann DeLuca

Am I the only one who sees an anomaly in the Supreme Court’s ruling extending the federal individual right to bear arms nationwide?

If you put a dangerous product out there, it has to be regulated. Republicans loathe that; it’s a “Democratic thing.” So why did these mostly Republican appointees put guns out there, everywhere, inviting inconsistencies that will generate complaints, and more litigation, further down the road and making the Constitutional rights of Americans dependent on where they live and who is in power there at the time?

In application, their decision undermines equal protection under the law, which this brethren of nine are also sworn to uphold. Go figure.

Alexandria, Va.