Just when it looked as if employers were getting less fearful about what President Obama might do next to worsen the business climate, the National Labor Relations Board (now with its first Democratic majority in a decade, thanks to Obama’s appointees) announced on December 14 that private employers will be required to display pro-unionizing posters in their businesses under a newly proposed federal rule.
It was typical of the Democrats to dump the mammoth Omnibus spending bill before the lame-duck Congress a week before Christmas. Lame-duck Congresses do not usually take up two-thousand-page bills that require intense scrutiny by the legislators and are too complex and important to be enacted without careful examination.
Here we are at the beginning of a new year. It’s a time of reflection, as we look back on the past 12 months and look ahead to the next 12. In fact, the month of January is named for the Roman god Janus who, thanks to two faces, was able to look forward and backward simultaneously.
When Roman leader Julius Caesar became “dictator for life” in 44 B.C., he had an asset all aspiring despots need: the military’s loyalty. For without boots on the ground, a totalitarian nightmare remains nothing more than an ambitious villain’s dream.
In the past it seemed that the best way to become President was through several well-established routes: by climbing the power ladder in either of the two political parties, by having gone to Harvard or Yale, by having had a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, or by belonging to the secret Skull & Bones Society at Yale.