Victor Davis Hanson, via Kevin Drum...
I'm sure that the labor secretary nominee Hilda Solis is a bright and savvy politician. But a labor secretary is supposed to reflect some balance between labor and management, one that seeks to hammer out compromises in the best interests of the nation.Really? Because according to an official history of the DOL, it "...was the direct product of a half-century campaign by organized labor for a 'Voice in the Cabinet.'"
No mention there of balance or compromise. No mention of management, at all. The Secretary of Labor's office was created to be that voice, a voice for working people, an advocate "to foster, promote and develop the welfare of working people, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment," as the establishing act put it.
Management and capital have their own voices. In fact, they have choirs of voices. They don't need a share of ours.