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In an article in the Wall Street Journal today, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) reminds readers that President Obama is blindly commitment to labor unions – no matter the cost.

In case you haven’t heard – and you probably haven’t because the media has largely ignored the story – in 2009 Boeing announced it would begin manufacturing the new line of 787 Dreamliners in North Charleston, South Carolina.  It has invested billions of dollars into a new facility and created thousands of jobs in the Palmetto State.

But there’s more. One of the reasons Boeing chose South Carolina is that it’s a right-to-work state, meaning workers cannot be required to join a labor union as a “condition of employment.”  This was, no doubt, considered important since talks about setting up shop in Washington state broke down due to outlandish union demands.

Now the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is playing politics with Boeing, and has asked the courts to “intervene and force Boeing to stop production in South Carolina.”  

As Haley explains:

The actions by the NLRB are nothing less than a direct assault on the 22 right-to-work states across America. They are also an unprecedented attack on an iconic American company that is being told by the federal government-which seems to regard its authority as endless-where and how to build airplanes.

The president has been silent since his hand-selected NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon, who has not yet been confirmed by the United States Senate as required by law, chose to engage in economic warfare on behalf of the unions last week.

Considering we’re in a serious economic downturn – and manufacturing isn’t exactly on the upswing – you would hope the administration would applaud this kind of private enterprise. Instead, they’re threatening war.

In March, Charlotte wrote about a front-page story in the New York Times, suggesting there’s still widespread public support for labor unions. But I wonder if that attitude might change when people hear about what’s going on South Carolina.

Americans need jobs. If the President and labor unions want to play politics and take away thousands of jobs they better come out of hiding and take it up with the American people.