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Regulatory Tyranny Flies Under the Radar

Courtesy of Barack Obama's Department of Labor.

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Tom Blumer

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April 11, 2014 - 12:35 am
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While those who cherish what’s left of our freedoms are rightly concerned about the sacking and the blacklisting of Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, Democrats’ media-coordinated lying about and demonization of the Koch brothers, and other visible evidence of unfettered intolerance, the regulatory tyranny (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”) which has become the default modus operandi of Barack Obama’s administration continues unabated.

Three examples of the quiet despotic work being carried out by Dear Leader’s government come from the Department of Labor, where Tom Perez succeeded the scandal-plagued Hilda Solis last year.

One lightly reported element of Obama “equal pay” initiative — an effort which is based on an objectively false premise, and which the press almost joyfully admits is primarily about motivating uninformed voters — is an “executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation.”

This unwanted and harmful interference with a common and time-tested employer practice is bad enough. What’s far less well-known and far worse is that Obama, in USA Today’s words, has also told Perez to “to establish new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit to the Department of Labor summary data on compensation paid to their employees, including data by sex and race.” DOL says this information will “encourage voluntary compliance with equal pay laws” and enable “more targeted enforcement.” Trust me; the latter is far more important than the former.

This information will provide a handy litigation roadmap for DOL and Eric Holder’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It will also be a bonanza for trial lawyers, who will immediately demand this information in discovery any time they bring a pay-related legal action. Most trial lawyers “just so happen” to favor leftist candidates and causes. There is one problem which I expect the judicial system will blow off: The only way to ensure that the submitted data is complete and probative would be to force each and every employee in America to declare their race, a provision which is currently optional. I would suggest that every job applicant alarmed by this development should henceforth exercise their option to not disclose. Those who are currently employed should see if they can undo any previous disclosure.

Further interfering with employer prerogatives, Richard Griffin, who is general counsel at Perez’s National Labor Relations Board, intends “to give unions a veto over a unionized employer’s decision to relocate.” Predictably, he plans to achieve his goal through subterfuge:

Griffin’s guidance will be to order an employer to be prosecuted not on the basis of what the law is but on the law as Griffin would like it to be. This will give the board an opportunity to change the law (though the change will be prospective — the employer who is prosecuted will not be punished for violating the new rule).

Finally, DOL’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has begun to implement an interpretation which should have set off alarm bells when it was first disclosed a year ago, and clearly didn’t:

The new interpretation from Richard Fairfax, Deputy Assistant Secretary of OSHA, to Steve Sallman, Health and Safety Specialist with the United Steelworkers Union, asserts that OSHA’s standard for Representatives of Employers and Employees allows workers at establishments without collective bargaining agreements to designate outside representatives or union agents to represent them during OSHA inspections.

This ruling contradicts the plain language of OSHA’s governing regulation …

As if they care.

Earlier this week, Greta Van Susteren, in an otherwise informative report, allowed OSHA to falsely claim that “allowing non-employee third party representative to accompany OSHA inspectors on walk around inspections is not a new OSHA policy … if that third party representative is necessary to conduct a thorough investigation.” Exactly how can a planted union “representative,” i.e., thug, who probably hasn’t done related or even any blue-collar work in years, possibly be of any assistance?

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Governmental tyranny used to have a "fourth estate" to worry about.

Now, it has a co-conspirator.

If a Republican steals a gumball or a penny candy, it is treated as the crime of the century.

If a small c communist cabal gang rapes the Constitution, serially shreds checks and balances, strips citizen liberties, rights and freedoms...it is not thwarted but assisted in doing so by a corrupt media.

The fear and intimidation shown by the trembling, tepid response by some elected officials shows just how deeply this cancer has invaded the body politic.

Tyranny, totalitarianism and treason are one disease with the same root virus. Runaway, unchecked radical leftism.

Because there is NO fear of accountability...much less, reprisal...it continues on...not merely unabated, but virulently spreading.

This is why I insist on treason being treated as a high crime. Not because we should relish the public hanging of traitors, but because the consequences need to be swift, harsh and visible for trying to overthrow and destroy this nation.

If the small c communists want to turn this nation into a banana republic, they should be prepared for the banana republic backlash. Build the gallows and hang 'em high.

It is the tepid, meek, sissified response that emboldens evil doers. It is time to root out the cancer and destroy it.
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"Unfortunately, too many on the right who should be monitoring internal developments and screaming when abuses are found, ... ."

Problem is, we have day jobs. They activists' day job is hounding the rest of is in this and myriad other ways. They are often funded by grants and contracts from the federal government so they don't have to work at gainful employment.

Only of we can cut off their funding will we be able to bring things back into some kind of balance.
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Can't wait for the next GOP administration. If they have balls they can do just what they please and destroy the left's work of the last 40 years. Wholesale deletion of regulations, selective enforcement of laws, hounding of political opponents, destruction of the lives of political opponents. I hope to live long enough to witness it.
22 weeks ago
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Don't pay federal quarterly and get extensions til October, close enough.
I have for twenty years.
22 weeks ago
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Woops, reply to SK 1755 below, 'reduce withholding til Dec."
22 weeks ago
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Congress. Stop funding tyranny. Now.
22 weeks ago
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: No regulation without representation!
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
Governmental tyranny used to have a "fourth estate" to worry about.

Now, it has a co-conspirator.

If a Republican steals a gumball or a penny candy, it is treated as the crime of the century.

If a small c communist cabal gang rapes the Constitution, serially shreds checks and balances, strips citizen liberties, rights and freedoms...it is not thwarted but assisted in doing so by a corrupt media.

The fear and intimidation shown by the trembling, tepid response by some elected officials shows just how deeply this cancer has invaded the body politic.

Tyranny, totalitarianism and treason are one disease with the same root virus. Runaway, unchecked radical leftism.

Because there is NO fear of accountability...much less, reprisal...it continues on...not merely unabated, but virulently spreading.

This is why I insist on treason being treated as a high crime. Not because we should relish the public hanging of traitors, but because the consequences need to be swift, harsh and visible for trying to overthrow and destroy this nation.

If the small c communists want to turn this nation into a banana republic, they should be prepared for the banana republic backlash. Build the gallows and hang 'em high.

It is the tepid, meek, sissified response that emboldens evil doers. It is time to root out the cancer and destroy it.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment

"Unfortunately, too many on the right who should be monitoring internal developments and screaming when abuses are found, ... ."

Problem is, we have day jobs. They activists' day job is hounding the rest of is in this and myriad other ways. They are often funded by grants and contracts from the federal government so they don't have to work at gainful employment.

Only of we can cut off their funding will we be able to bring things back into some kind of balance.
22 weeks ago
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A264E, 'Take a sabbatical.'

Incidentally, many if not most 'activists' are actually federal or state employees, on what is called a 'working sabbatical'.

Yup, you pay for 'em.
Always wondered why they weren't worried about paying the rent, didn't ya?
22 weeks ago
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"Problem is, we have day jobs."
Take a sabbatical.
22 weeks ago
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Only of we can cut off their funding will we be able to bring things back into some kind of balance."

"LIke "Going Galt"... or simply reducing our payroll withholding until, say December.
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