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The NLRB vs. Boeing: Issa's subpoenas

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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

By subpoenaing documents from the National Labor Relations Board's lawsuit against Boeing Co., Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is appropriately pressuring the Democrat-dominated NLRB, which is intolerably pressuring businesses' freedom to locate where they wish.

The NLRB contends Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner production line in right-to-work South Carolina violates labor laws, labeling its location as retaliation against organized labor for past strikes at Boeing's Washington state facilities. Boeing says it chose South Carolina for valid economic reasons.

Rep. Issa is right: The NLRB lawsuit does interfere with Boeing's ability to decide where it does business. What's worse is the precedent that would be set if the lawsuit succeeds, which would enable government to usurp all U.S. companies' right to decide -- for themselves -- where they do business.

That no doubt would please the anti-business Obama administration, its Big Labor backers and their NLRB minions. But this insidious form of top-down, centrally planned, leftist industrial policy would lead to economic catastrophe.

Clearly, Issa's battle is worth fighting.

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