March 26, 2010

“Obama threatens to appoint anti-job growth activist Craig Becker to National Labor Relations Board”

The most transparent, post-partisan administration ever!

Barack Obama has threatened to give Craig Becker, the labor union lawyer apologist, not the curmudgeon Ted Danson character, a recess appointment. It could come as early as next week.

You might remember that last month, the Senate failed to come up with enough votes to bring Becker’s nomination for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the floor in a bi-partisan rejection of his radical views on the nation’s labor laws.

Becker has written that he believes that the elected representatives in Congress aren’t really needed to achieve most of Big Labor’s legislative wish list for forcing America’s workers into their clutches. He opines that the NLRB can do administratively much of what Stern and Trumka can’t get their pet Congressmen to do legislatively. Now, as a big thank you for their obedience on the health care issue, Obama is going to go around the Constitution’s advise and consent mandate, and put Big Labor’s dream date on the very body that decides union-organizing rules through a special appointment process.

It is not a coincidence that Obama may be giving this gift to the big union leaders who have bragged that they spent over $300 million to elect him. The revelation is that the true Obama has emerged beyond his teleprompter niceness to show his actual face –- one which has as much disdain for American democratic principles as he has for anyone who deigns to disagree with him.

Well, in Obama’s defense, it’s not easy being king.

LET THEM EAT (REDUCED CALORIE, TRANS-FAT FREE, NUTRITIONALLY-LABELED) CAKE!

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:45am
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  1. Can this guy Becker be worse than the NYTimes long time counsel he wants to put in as General Counsel to the US Army? Which if so, kudos Barry, keep up the ruin man, steady on.

  2. Up is down. Black is white. Slavery is Freedom.

  3. I’m not gonna bitch about recess appointments, but 2012 just cannot come soon enough. How can this come as a surprise when someone like Ron Bloom is our manufacturing czar and the likes of Andy Stern is on our newly minted, Congress disapproved Deficit Commission?

  4. Italicized!!!!! The constitution is for chumps.

  5. I’m not so concerned with the how. Just the chutzpah of the who.

  6. And of course the why.

  7. And sometimes, the where.

  8. Good God. Obama is a kamakazi pilot at the controls of the Betty bomber formerly known as the Democratic Party.

  9. Democratic Party? Hell, the nannystate formerly known as the United States of America…

  10. “Well, in Obama’s defense, it’s not easy being king.”

    Especially when you are an empty vessel stuffed with worn-out socialist tripe.

  11. Speaking of campaign contributors and backscratching sweetheart deals, give a listen to this fellow’s story about Barry’s BFF who sits as the Chicago Housing Authority Chairman. Dan’s running the story at POWIP too, which is where I first learned of it.

  12. Uh, Jeff? That cake probably still has salt in it.

    Why do you hate children?

  13. sdferr,

    What would be surprising would be anyone being surprised. It’s the Chicago Way.

  14. Your complaints about letting activists use the NLRB to make labor policy wouldn’t ring so hollow if you hadn’t supported the NLRB’s decision preventing grad students from organizing.

    Honestly, I don’t see how you peasants have any right to criticize anything.

  15. So what the heck is stoney ol’ Patrick Fitzgerald up to? I mean, such a squeaky clean and dedicated prosecutor, capable of hounding that self-aggrandizing bastard Scooter Libby for 18 months for the crime of differing in a memory battle with Tim Russert, isn’t he still on the job?

  16. This is well, funny, in the way that Thomas Bennett was surprised that they were laughing at him:

    “I went to my final CHA board meeting where Marty Nesbitt called me out in a very disrespectful manner in a room full of taxpayers. He said ‘You’re making a fool of yourself’ and I was amazed at how tolerant people were of this. At CHA they knew what was going on and they didn’t care. The fix was in.”

    He got frozen out in a real estate deal in Chicago by the politically-connected. Like I said, what is surprising about all this is that he was surprised.

  17. So the $1.3 million tossed overboard is chickenfeed? Strange town that can rest satisfied with that kind of loss and still content itself with its overlords, seems to me. But then, this is to be the course for the whole country for a bit now, until we manage to eject them or they manage to entrench with permanence. And who will be surprised? Certainly not the knowing.

  18. That’s deeply unfair… to (by tradition, but almost certainly not really) Marie Antoinette.

    French market controls on bakers during the time of Maria-Therese led to bread shortages, and cake (brioche) selling for the same price when there was no bread.

    “Let them eat cake” reflects her utter cluelessness as to the negative effects of price controls on production. Which, I suppose, was less condemnable in an insulated princess in the days before modern economic theory’s birth.

    (That said, I suppose it’s possible that the Obama Administration might be even more economically clueless than I thought, but they haven’t tried a price-control regime yet.)

  19. “It’s not Fascism when we do… oh, it is? Well, shoot.” – The Democratic Party

  20. (That said, I suppose it’s possible that the Obama Administration might be even more economically clueless than I thought, but they haven’t tried a price-control regime yet.)

    Well, from what I can see, that is exactly what they are trying to do with their so-called “health care reform”.

  21. Seven of eight of Bush’s NLRB members were recess appointments.

    http://www.nlrb.gov/About_Us/Overview/board/board_members_since_1935.aspx
    (look at the endnotes)

  22. Comment by Jeff G. on 3/26 @ 11:02 am #

    I’m not so concerned with the how. Just the chutzpah of the who.

    In other words, AJB, who fucking cares.

  23. Seven of eight of Bush’s NLRB members were recess appointments.

    Did they believe that the NLRB could and should make policy, outside the confines of Congressional policy prescriptions?

    Because that’s the topic at hand. Do try to keep up.

  24. But he was so pragmatic!
    And dreamy!
    /sarc off

  25. AJB doesn’t fuck around, does he? He just comes out, makes an ass of himself and gets on his merry way. There’s a certain honesty in that.

  26. Honest, sure, but he lacks the chutzpah of those who’d force us to dig into the archives and document all the times they’ve been ignorant or mendoucheous.

  27. The honesty of a turd in a punch bowl is, I think, an indication that honesty alone counts for only so much.

  28. but 2012 just cannot come soon enough

    What makes you think we’ll make it that long?

    The paradigm has changed and all bets are off. We don’t know WHAT system we’ll be living under in 2012. We don’t even know if the states will still be united.

  29. What in the hell is that troll talking about in #14?

  30. Pitchforks, I think, JD.

  31. More awesome Obama appointments:

    Gabriel Schoenfeld points out in the Weekly Standard that the administration’s nominee to be general counsel of the Army, Solomon B. Watson IV, was general counsel of the New York Times when it broke the story of the Treasury’s program to uncover terrorist financing

    Ah, a traitor as counsel to the army. SWEET!

  32. Pitchforks? Look for the Squid$trade; Brand label when you’re picking out your new pitchforks and torches. And while you’re at it, may I suggest that you snag a CrankyCudgel™ just in case things get a bit hairy? There is nothing like having an equalizer on your side.

  33. The paradigm has changed and all bets are off. We don’t know WHAT system we’ll be living under in 2012. We don’t even know if the states will still be united.

    What states? A single centralized federal system is what they’re after.

  34. The historical and proper punishment for treason has been execution. The only question left is do they deserve a trial?

  35. I am a Canadian. We elected a comminist/marxist named Trudeau thirty years ago. He damn near wrecked our country. I told you people what would happen if you elected a marxist like him and you did it any way. What the hell did you think he was going to do … play tiddey winks? Geez

  36. Brian, nobody likes a told-you-so.

  37. He thinks he’s already won. He may well be right; his mission was to break the system.

    The damage may be too severe already.

    The only thing that keeps him coming out to the cameras is that if we’ll give up our freedom for something as patently flawed as Obamacare, might as well keep right on going with the destruction via regulation, amnesty, and whatever random destruction he can reap in the time left before the collapse.

    We are in a lot of trouble.

  38. I believe America will survive Obama – we survived Reagan.

  39. Brian, nobody likes a told-you-so.

    That’s why all us told-you-so’s gotta stick together.

  40. Threat no more.

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