05.17.2013 0

Democrats Caving to Labor Pressure on Perez Nomination

By Willie Deutsch

At a time when even Democrats are expressing shock at the political overreach of the Obama administration, and a new political scandal seems to pop up every day, you would think the Senate Democrats would be careful about what Obama appointees they support.  Instead they are bowing to pressure from labor, pushing through deeply flawed nominees, and contemplating radically rewriting the rules of the Senate to eliminate any attempt of bipartisanship.

Republicans have been fighting against some deeply flawed and highly controversial nominees for the National Labor Relations Board and Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor.  While Republicans are demanding answers, Democrats and big labor are talking of ending the filibuster to push through their nominees.

As Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Nathan Mehrens recently said, “President Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez to become our nation’s next Secretary of Labor tests one of the fundamental tenets that have made our country great — the idea that no man is above the law.”

Mehrens added, “Yet Perez has demonstrated time and again not only a strong willingness, but almost a zeal, to subvert the law to meet his own political agenda.”

The labor movement’s response to these criticisms was to have a closed door meeting with Democrat leadership and demand they end the filibuster to confirm Obama’s nominees.  Redstate described the situation this way:

“With so many scandals in Washington these days, Senate Democrats may be about to add more fuel to conservatives’ fire at the behest of AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and his fellow union bosses.  On Thursday, it’s political payback time in the U.S. Senate as union bosses demand that Harry Reid and his fellow union dues-funded Democrats go to bat for Barack Obama’s deeply-flawed nominations at the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor.

“The question will be whether Reid and his union-backed cronies deploy the so-called “nuclear option” to overcome Republican filibusters, as union bosses are demanding, and further widen the political divide for years to come.”

We need to stand strong and insist the president stops politicizing these positions.  We need people who will follow and enforce the law, not work hard to find creative ways to skirt it.

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Willie Deutsch is Editor-in-Chief for NetRightDaily.com, and Social Media Director for Americans for Limited Government. You can follow him on twitter @williedeutsch.

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