In prior posts (here and here), I looked at the pro-union agenda of the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board, and the anti-employer policies undertaken by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Department of Labor. The leadership of the Department by Thomas Perez deserves a closer look, for Secretary Perez has brazenly promoted the objectives of organized labor at the expense of the rule of law.
Obama’s employment law agenda consists of laying siege to employers’ management rights.
No, not traffic cop ticket-writing quotas: Government-mandated quotas for hiring criminals. We’re that close to them.
The latest decrees, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), would virtually prohibit employers from using criminal background checks to screen job applicants. But unlike earlier passivity, the outrage from employers is now actually provoking a rebellion, including the improbable combination of BMW and Dollar General stores—both of which are united in their need for trustworthy employees.
The IRS stories keep piling up, on top of the other Obama Administration curiosities. Among all the worthy reading, one recent NY Times article remains the most revealing of the many that might be read. See as well my previous post on the “Professionally Political IRS.”
As well, two other commentators need to be kept in mind—investigative reporter and Calvin Coolidge scholar Charles C. Johnson and the sober Pete Spiliakos, who blogs regularly at Postmodern Conservative (a lively team led by Peter Lawler).
Last Sunday’s New York Times had a lengthy article on the “unglamorous” Cincinnati IRS office, which some would identify as the focus of IRS evil. For the most part, the reporting supports the Administration’s current narrative that an out-of-control bureaucracy of this “independent” agency created the current mischief. So, some advise, increase the IRS training budget for the sake of this “understaffed Cincinnati outpost that was alienated from the broader I.R.S. culture and given little direction.” (It also buys into the falsehood (link no longer available) that in 2010 the IRS was “flooded” with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)( 4) applications, when in fact these were fewer than in the previous year. )
With the enormous powers he would wield to expand racial and gender preferences in a large sector of employment, Tom Perez’s nomination as Secretary of Labor provides an opportunity to shed light on disturbing civil rights-enforcement practices.[i] Given their record, a Secretary Perez and the President would work together to increase incompetent bureaucracies’ power over hiring and promotion policies of federal contractors.