Indiana Democrats Fleebagging Again, Abandoning Their Jobs

Once again Indiana Democrats are playing the fleebagger game. Because they don’t have enough votes in the Indiana Statehouse, Hoosier Democrats are abandoning their rightful duties and fleeing the Capitol over Indiana’s right-to-work bill currently under consideration in Indianapolis.

Indiana Senate Bill 269 and House Bill 1001 would make it illegal to require workers in Indiana to join a union as a condition of being allowed to have a job. Allowing workers a choice seems like an inherently American idea, doesn’t it?

After all, how could anyone tell you that you must belong to a union or you’re not allowed to have your job? That sort of forced association seems so contrary to the American character. But forcing people to join unions just so that they can have a job is precisely what Indiana Democrats are fighting to protect.

Now, Republicans control the Indiana Senate by a 37 to 13 margin and the House 60 to 40, so the Democrats don’t have the power to rule with impunity over their pet issues. So, instead of understanding that the bulk of the people voted for the GOP agenda and doing what they can with what they have, Indiana Democrats have decided to run away.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R, Indianapolis) warned Democrats that if they don’t come back to do the jobs for which they were elected, they will be charged a $1,000-per-day fine.

Brian Simka of Media Trackers notes that Indy Dems are even trying a ploy that goes against Indiana law in a desperate attempt to beat back the new rules that would allow workers to choose if they want to join a union or not.

“On Tuesday,” Simka says, “[Democrats] said the reason for their afternoon walkout was to protest Republican opposition to an amendment they would offer to place right-to-work legislation to a statewide referendum vote.”

So, what’s the big deal with that? Well, Indiana has no “referendum” process. The only thing that comes close to a referendum that would go before the voters in Indiana is a constitutional amendment. No common legislation has ever been put before voters as a referendum in the Hoosier state.

“There is simply no constitutional provision requiring or even allowing a referendum to take place. Such extra-constitutional legislating does not appear to bother House Democrats who, led by Minority Leader Pat Bauer, have consistently resorted to walkouts as a means of blocking legislative business,” Simka said.

So Indiana Democrats are at it again, violating President Obama’s most cherished axiom: “I won.” In Indiana, Republicans won, just as Obama said he won and that win meant he should be allowed to do whatever he wants to do. But Democrats in Indiana aren’t taking a cue from their president because, once again, they are running away from their jobs, leaving their duties unattended, and refusing to stand for their principles in front of Hoosiers.

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  • davidt

    Brats.

  • jim_m

    This is stupid.  There are plenty of other states where you do not have to join a union and the typical situation is that when there is a union and you don’t want to join you still end up paying a fee that is nearly equivalent to the dues.

    For all the lefties here: Note the hypocrisy of your side.  WHen obama had a majority in the House and a filibuster proof majority in the Senate his response to GOP protest was “I won!”  Too bad you can’t stand to live on the minority side of democracy.  This is just more proof that dems don’t want democracy they want a fascist dictatorship that they control.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_425GVKQCLFZMQYYENR7CJBRDVA jb

      I wish Obama had actually done what you described. Instead I heard a lot of “Nope! We can’t do what we want without a super majority. We’re still going to have to deal with the GOP and pass laws they agree to.”

      Which is how we ended up with a Health Care Reform that didn’t have a public option, as only one example.

      So much for your current-fascist-dictatorship theory…interesting that you think this was *ever* the case, during the Obama administration at least. You’d have to go back to FDR to make that case, and at that point there was a World War and FDR **still** wasn’t getting everything he wanted. And the liberals definitely were getting less, even then.

  • Mr Kimber

    How much longer do people put up with this crap?  I’ve never seen Democrats act so childish and I mean so many in  all sectors of public view. One would think most Americans would be sick of it by now. My guess is more of us are sick of this crap then we realize but listening to MSM and the alphabet channels we get slanted views.

    • jim_m

      How much longer?

      The real question is how long before the dems follow the advice of NC Governor Bev Perdue and suspend all elections?  And then how long will it be before the American public rise up and shake off the shackles of fascism? 

      I fear the answer to the first question is no longer than 4 years if obama wins in Nov (potentially less if it looks like he will lose big), and the answer to the second could be a very long time.

      • Mr Kimber

        My idea is if he wins and dosen’t care about reelection he goes after the 2nd Amendment. If he gets what he wants he gets a third or longer term.  Depends if the Dems lose both houses or how big they lose.  Then he may get impeached.  I know what I say sounds nutty but I would not be suprised .

  • 914

    More voluntary quitting. Too bad they are so ‘irreplaceable’.

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    If they were ship captains, they’d leap off before they even cleared the dock.

  • 914

    If they were sewer rats they’d leave the Capitol and abandon their jobs.

  • Brian_The_Adequate

    The Democrat party in Indiana is fighting for their political lives.  If the Unions can’t extract dues without providing valuable service to their members the money spigot is turned off.

    Indiana already has a law that closed shops are required to refund the portion of dues that go for political purposes.  My dad tried to get the NEA to comply with the law for the last 5 years of his career without any success.  Unsurprisingly the Democratic machine that reigns in South Bend Indiana (home of the current minority leader of the Indiana house, think Chicago level corruption with less oversight because it is only a small city) was less than helpful, a city attorney actually laughed at him when he called for help.

    I still live in Indiana, glad my state rep and Senator are Republicans and I hope they won’t cave again.

    • jim_m

      Indeed.  The whole issue in WI was that the state would no longer automatically collect dues from worker’s paychecks.  I believe is was Indiana just a couple of years ago that passed a similar law and it cost the unions millions in dues payments as the overwhelming majority of members ceased paying them when they no longer had them forcibly deducted.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UG44B3BSUSA2IKDMLCB2AMJ4OM Porkulus Chopius

      I’m a hoosier as well. It’s not South Bend so much as it is Lake County, We call it East Cook County. It’s loaded with steel workers, operating engineers, etc.

      I live in Porter County and hunt with some conservative steelworkers. They tell me anyone who is currently in the union and any new employees will be definitely belong to the union and pay the dues. They all fear reprisals from the mob goons such as slashed tires, beatings and home vandalism. They personally, and most USW members, have no problem with RTW, it’s their leadership and the politicians.

      Indiana RTW will not bust the unions, it will inhibit their (future campaign donations) growth.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UG44B3BSUSA2IKDMLCB2AMJ4OM Porkulus Chopius

      I’m a hoosier as well. It’s not South Bend so much as it is Lake County, We call it East Cook County. It’s loaded with steel workers, operating engineers, etc.

      I live in Porter County and hunt with some conservative steelworkers. They tell me anyone who is currently in the union and any new employees will be definitely belong to the union and pay the dues. They all fear reprisals from the mob goons such as slashed tires, beatings and home vandalism. They personally, and most USW members, have no problem with RTW, it’s their leadership and the politicians.

      Indiana RTW will not bust the unions, it will inhibit their (future campaign donations) growth.

  • Gmacr1

    There’s a very simple fix to this problem.
    Add an amendment to the state constitution stipulating that if lawmakers flee the House or Senate to prevent passage of legislation that the remaining lawmakers can then pass the legislation without their presence.

    I sincerely hope they loose their asses monetarily.

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    so, are those fleebagging Democrats up for reelection this year?

    • Brian_The_Adequate

      Indiana state Reps are elected every two years on the congressional election schedule.  BUT pretty much the only Democrats left after 2010 in the lower house are in the kind of district where a clone of Hitler that strangled a puppy in public at every campaign stop would win as long as they ran as a Democrat.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Not being familiar with Indiana law, I don’t know if the $1000-per-day fines will hold up in court.  If they do, they will work.

    • Brian_The_Adequate

      They already have thousands of dollars in fines pending from when they pulled this stunt last year.  The court case is still pending, so if the democrats lose this will be adding to the bill.

  • UOG

    The Indiana Democrats are pikers. Mere children. Here in CT (Democrat dominated House and Senate, Democrat Governor) home health care workers just got unionized without even getting to vote on it. The Governor declared he was unwilling to negotiate wages with so many independent contractors and issued an executive order (as I recall) declaring that home health care workers must be unionized. SEIU stood up and said something along the lines of, “Ok, we’ll represent them.” The Gov. said, “Oh, thank you SEIU.” And it was declared a done deal.

    Indiana Democrats, just a bunch of kids playing with matches.

  • UOG

    The Indiana Democrats are pikers. Mere children. Here in CT (Democrat dominated House and Senate, Democrat Governor) home health care workers just got unionized without even getting to vote on it. The Governor declared he was unwilling to negotiate wages with so many independent contractors and issued an executive order (as I recall) declaring that home health care workers must be unionized. SEIU stood up and said something along the lines of, “Ok, we’ll represent them.” The Gov. said, “Oh, thank you SEIU.” And it was declared a done deal.

    Indiana Democrats, just a bunch of kids playing with matches.

  • GarandFan

    “But forcing people to join unions just so that they can have a job is precisely what Indiana Democrats are fighting to protect.”

    Well not exactly!  They’re trying to protect their campaign income stream as provided by those unions.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Democracy sure gets tricky when the democrats get involved.

  • herddog505

    Hmmm… none of our resident libs have showed up to defend this nonsense.

    It’s a start, I suppose.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HL3635XCHO7RVRN2JMXPUJQXUY Steven

    Ayn Rand looks down: “I warned you, but would you listen? Noooooo…”

    Ayn, they’re not listing still.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_425GVKQCLFZMQYYENR7CJBRDVA jb

      Why should they? Turns out Ayn wasn’t even listening to herself. She was collecting Social Security for years before she died. You know, that stuff that’s only supposed to be done by moochers because the truly successful don’t need it…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_425GVKQCLFZMQYYENR7CJBRDVA jb

    Here’s the deal:

    1) this bill has nothing to do with creating jobs, of course. Which is supposedly everyone’s first concern. But, we can see the reality of people’s priorities when it comes to their actions.

    2) this bill makes it far easier for employers to discourage unions from forming, existing, or having any kind of bargaining power. If you hate unions, as most conservatives appear to, I can understand why you would like this. But unions are the ONLY organizations today that are standing up for the working class, in any whatsoever. And having it so that people can do the same work as union members without paying union dues means a) an automatic pool of scabs, and b) a bunch of people benefiting from union members’ efforts, with effort or skin in the game for themselves.

    So, I ask you: who else is standing up for the middle class and the working class besides unions?

    I mean, I’d love to be proven wrong. I’m just not seeing it. Oh, sure there’s a lot of rationale for the “trickle-down” theory, of give those who run factories more money and they will automatically hire more people. But this simply doesn’t work in reality. And why would it? A smart owner doesn’t hire or fire people based on how much money he has in in his pocket. He hires and fires based on consumer demand for products and the workers needed to meet that demand, period.

    So, the Indiana Democrats are fighting this odious bill, and are taking a considerable financial risk to their own lives in doing it. They really could be fined $1000 a day. Some of them could end up losing their own houses over this. That means that they care enough about this to put their money where there mouths are.

    Which I would think is worthy of respect, no matter how much you disagree ideologically, I think we can all agree that’s something that’s pretty rare to see politicians doing.

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