Card Check: Those Who Forget the Past, Support EFCA

By May 18, 2009Labor Unions

The month of May has been full of examples of supporters of the dishonestly named Employee Free Choice throwing new, emotionally charged appeals at the wall of public opinion, hoping something sticks. Last week we had social justice and leftie religious types appealing to religious sentiment, followed by the blue-collar Janes and Joes of Hollywood wielding the sword of celebrity.

Today, it’s a “racial justice think tank,” the Applied Research Center, contending in a new report that the Employee Free Choice Act will help cure American of its deep-seated racism.

The report, titled “Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and How to Change the Rules” found that numerous policies and institutional practices that create racial inequity are among the root causes of the subprime mortgage crisis and economic downturn. While several economists and analysts have focused on the “what” and “how” questions behind the current recession, an in-depth analysis of income, unemployment, foreclosures, and public benefits brings the largely overlooked “who” into the analysis: Who were predatory loans targeted towards? Which Americans are losing jobs?

And the solution…

The report recommends the use of Racial Equity Impact Assessments, modernization of the Community Reinvestment Act, a moratorium on foreclosures, a lifting of time limits in Temporary Aid for Needy Families, expunging past criminal records, protections for immigrants, passing the Employee Free Choice Act, raising the minimum wage, establishing universal healthcare and the full enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.

The Employee Free Choice Act is only part of this radical leveling agenda, true. Still, destruction of the secret ballot was a hallmark of the Jim Crow era that deprived African-Americans of their rights. In the pursuit of “racial justice,” this group wants to recreate those days of discrimination.

How sad.

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