Ap­palling

The Covington News - - OPINION -

This week, it was re­ported that an­other un­seen tax in­cluded with the Obama health­care re­form plan is go­ing to cost com­pa­nies mil­lions of dol­lars in health­care fees, and we’re sure that this cost will be quickly passed on to em­ploy­ees.

As we are only days away from a ma­jor fis­cal cri­sis, you would think our pres­i­dent would be try­ing ev­ery­thing in his power to come to an agree­ment on this cri­sis and to work to­wards cor­rect­ing this added, un­seen charge in his med­i­cal plan.

In­stead, he was out this week in Michi­gan do­ing his best to in­ter­fere and cre­ate even fur­ther dis­sen­sion on an is­sue, the right-to-work bill, that we be­lieve is strictly a states’ right is­sue.

In his speech to a crowd, which was pro-union, he said that the is­sue of col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing was be­ing used by the Michi­gan Repub­li­cans as a po­lit­i­cal tool.

The ma­jor­ity of vot­ers in Michi­gan, de­spite of vot­ing to re-elect Barack Obama, voted against a gam­bit by big la­bor (large or­ga­nized la­bor unions) to put col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing in the state con­sti­tu­tion.

The Michi­gan leg­is­la­ture, a ma­jor­ity be­ing con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans, took this as a mes­sage to pass laws that would make Michi­gan a rightto-work state.

The state of Michi­gan has ev­ery right to be­come a right-to-work state if they choose. The pres­i­dent needs to stay in Washington and take care of the busi­ness he was elected to take care of — the well-be­ing of the whole coun­try.

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