Daily Archives: September 7, 2009

Labor Day September 7, 2009

Labor Day.

…the celebration of the value and dignity of work, and its role in the American way of life.

Labor Day falls on the first Monday of every September.  The Department of Labor recognizes the significance.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

Images of labor throughout history here.  Statistics on earnings, employment and wages, and labor unions here.  

See the Federal Minimum Wage Rates, 1955–2009.   75 cents per hour in 1955.  $7.25 as of 2005.

“”Typical Night Scene In an Indiana Glass Works. Location: Indiana.”
Image courtesy of http://www.history.com/content/laborday/image-gallery.

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Czars Elude Goverment Checks And Balances

Czar, per Your Dictionary.

  • an emperor: title of any of the former emperors of Russia and, at various times, the sovereigns of other Slavic nations
  • any person having great or unlimited power; autocrat

Eugene Volokh from The Volokh Conspiracy.

Others have pointed out that having offices called “czars” is an odd naming choice for a democracy. But czars weren’t just authoritarians. They were ultimately authoritarians who left their country far poorer than their more democratic counterparts, lost a world war, and of course paved the way for an even worse system of government. The label “czar” thus doesn’t historically connect to a model of strongman effectiveness — it connects to a model of strongman failure.

Recall the previously expressed worries.

Obama’s Czars Spark Concerns Among Some Lawmakers.  “Some lawmakers believe President Obama’s multitude of czars is a power grab.”  Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) in April 2009.

There is no constitutional requirement that czars undergo those pesky Senate confirmation hearings.

Obama’s Czars Draw Criticism From Both Sides of the Political Aisle.  Senator Rober Byrd (D-WV) echoed the same sentiment in July 2009.

The accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances.”

Given the ostensibly disconcerting past record on newly resigned green jobs Czar Van Jones,  will the numerous “czars” appointed by the Democratic White House administration be reined in by their own track records, or will the executive branch continue to enlarge its dominion by usurping the powers of the legislative branch with poorly vetted ad hoc appointees? 

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Czar Appointments Made Without Open Inspection

Van Jones resigned from his position as special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. 

His announcement came in the dead of night during a three day weekend.  Mainstream media looked the other way as the road was paved with exposure after exposure on the offensive activites of the man prior to his appointment.  Anti-American, Republican obscenity-referring speaker, avowed Communist, 9-11 truther, anti-police day endorser, hate-filled music producer, cop killer defender, etc.  Just the kind of person America wants in a high level Government position, right?

Which leads to another question.  How could someone with such a background waltz into his position anyway?  Was anyone looking?  Hot Air raises the issue of the inspection of candidates for appointments.

…this never would have happened had Jones been forced to sit for a Senate confirmation because the White House never would have nominated him. They knew he was toxic and they knew Republicans would force the press to cover that fact at a hearing. That’s the whole point of having “czars” — to install people in positions of cabinet-level power without having to deal with the Senate’s pesky check-and-balance. It needs to change. Soon.

Fairly, it would behoove any political party to avoid filling positions with people of proven questionable backkground and qualifications.

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