Solis as Labor Secretary Perpetuates Liberal Blame-Shifting Culture

Characterized by some as a “Mexican Reconquista,” probable new Labor Secretary Hilda Solis should provide little in the way of surprises when it comes to her permissive and amnesty-heavy view on immigration, however, it is her perspective on union labor which should prove even more relevant and troublesome when it comes to her likely new post. Those views on immigration and labor, combined with her feeling that the federal government, unshackled from the guidelines set forth in that pesky Constitution, is the ultimate determinant of American welfare and prosperity, should be worrisome to say the least.

While I’ve asked yet another new writer here to examine Solis, her attitude toward the unions and what that attitude means for the American economy, I took issue with the part of her acceptance speech—the part that was in English and not in Spanish, that is—which detailed how she hopes it will be the federal government’s job to bring vocational training to the masses.

It all goes back to this idea that the government should be responsible for every aspect of our daily lives, a sentiment which in turn stems from a culture of blame-shifting. We blame fast food restaurants for making us fat, so not only are we going to sue them, but we’re going to ask our government to regulate their menus and restrict their advertising efforts. We blame the banks and Wall Street for the housing and credit crisis, so we call for the execution of the evil CEOs and, again, ask our federal government to strangle each with regulation.

In reality, the fast food restaurants aren’t making our children fat. Those portly eight-year-olds we see huffing and puffing their way through the shopping malls aren’t driving themselves to McDonald’s, just as the obese adult next to them isn’t obligated to eat there – it’s the parents which are making their children fat, it’s the adults themselves which are making poor decisions. Regulating the industry and restricting advertising will not stop those who decide to inhale a Big Mac instead of a grilled chicken breast or salad and only serve to hinder those businesses, a hindrance which will adversely affect their bottom lines and subsequently affect job numbers and more.

Just as McDonald’s itself is not to blame for our expanding waistlines, Wall Street and the banks were not entirely responsible for our housing and credit crisis. It was our federal government, once again overstepping the role set forth by our founding fathers by forcing relaxed lending standards upon those banks. Yet Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd, because of our failure and refusal to place blame where it belongs, are now entrusted to bring us out of the funk they largely created.

The same blame-shifting happens with the higher taxes we’re seeing imposed from coast to coast, from those imposed by Gov. Patterson in New York to those planned by Gov. Schwarzenegger in California. We see that our governments are going bankrupt, so instead of placing blame where it belongs—with out-of-control spending on unnecessary and unconstitutional programs—we instead raise taxes so we can continue in our denial. Here in Philadelphia, for an example of wrongheaded spending, we’re shuttering libraries and draining city pools and shutting down fire departments while city council members still drive around in paid-for city vehicles despite a $112,000 yearly salary. Tax raises will soon follow.

Solis’ idea that the government provide jobs for everyone—and from the Spanish portion of her acceptance speech, I’m guessing she means EVERYONE—is nothing more than another example of the politics and consequences of blame-shifting. There are vocational schools for a reason, community colleges for a reason. The education is out there for those who want it.

If the government wants to reduce joblessness, instead of funding government-sponsored vocational training through raising payroll and other taxes, perhaps the government should reduce the burden placed on business by excess taxes and unnecessary regulation, thus freeing up capital which will allow business to prosper … and hire more people.

It all comes down to lower taxes, responsible spending, smaller government – and each one of those tenets of conservatism is deeply rooted in personal responsibility, a concept lost on those who believe that government is responsible for the well-being of American citizens.

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  1. gailbullock says:

    A friend of mine started out with nothing in his early school years. He had a newspaper route, cut grass for neighbors, landed an after-school job at a large local daily paper, ran to school and back home (he was on the track team) to save the 15 cents in bus fare each way, and SAVED his money for college. He won a track scholarship for books and tuition, and invested the money he had saved for college. He became a civil engineer for a NC municipality and earned a nice salary, which he saved as much of as possible and kept reinvesting. He even bought his father his own business. Today, my friend is a wealthy man.

    His advice is for the government to eliminate corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, and inheritance taxes. This would encourage people to save. “My personal take on the unions is that, if they are worth a damn, they don’t need a union. They can go up the corporate ladders on their own merit and ability. If the government feels froggy and want to tax something, it should tax non-profits. Don’t get me wrong, there are some beneficial non-profits, i.e. churches. The others could be taxed.”

    My friend turned me from the Democratic Party to a Conservative ANYTHING! I think that we should start saving money by abolishing the US Dept. of Education and a few other choice agencies sucking the blood out of America’s livelihood!

  2. Wayne_from_Jeremiah_Films says:

    I have added a link to your post from Obama’s new appointment for Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis which is part of a collection of articles on all of Obama’s cabinet picks

  3. I Beam says:

    Schreiber, you scribbly scribbing scribe …lower taxes, responsible spending, smaller government… be still my heart!

  4. toto says:

    Go to this link for an interesting take on our taxes, by the veneralble Harry Reid. Pretty interesting stuff, and if it ever gets rolling, watch out.

    uk.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg

    Makes me wonder if people like Wesley Snipes has been right all along.

  5. cltvcoyote says:

    She is so high up in the Communist Party USA that it is scary. Just about everyone of his appointments have ties to that entity and some are deeper than just ties, they are totally ingrained in every move or justification given for something happening on their watch.

  6. ForMySons says:

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123033422496736329.html

    How, can anyone give relevance to any ” generalities” put out by the incoming( hopefully not) administartion, when the underlying current shows nothing but a subversive, secular policy, that is just fragmented enough to keep the big picture from being put together by the masses. Its also broad enough that anyone who does notice it , is labeld a tin foil hoarder and brushed aside as a fringe element.
    Classic subversive politics, taken individually all of them appear to be innocous , even beneficial, but, when all of the appointees are measured by the negatives they represent a cesspool of divisivness, secular prossivism, and special interest rhetoric glares at us with demonic eyes

  7. T the D says:

    This is scary stuff…it truly is. I work for and am heavily involved in running a small business – and we’re the ones at risk of seeing this kind of stuff blow up in our faces. So far we’ve been fortunate enough to be insulated from a lot of economic hardships out there…but if things don’t change, it’s only a matter of time before it comes knocking on our door.

    I think once you’ve worked to run a business, you truly understand what the hardships are…and the though choices that need to be made – the ones no one hopes they have to make.

    And on the flip-side of that, you also realize what an amazing opportunity you have to grow…and to prosper…and to really see it become a success.

    That’s what drives me. I just hope in a few years we still have the chance to keep going.

    ~T the D
    http://thedrunkelephant.blogspot.com/

  8. BlueWater says:

    3 reasons why Obama is the proverbial tower of Babel:
    1) Supreme Court
    2) Rezco owns Obama’s house
    3) God reigns

  9. MaddHatter01 says:

    Liberals really make my blood boil, California is bankrupt and issuing IOUS because of Illegal Immigrants… and they put in charge a member of the Anti-white Reconquesta.

  10. Anonymous says:

    OBAMA WATCH CENTRAL
    Rezko attorney 'owns' Obama mansion
    Lawyer at firm where Democrat worked receives tax bill

    Posted: December 25, 2008
    11:40 pm Eastern
    By Jerome R. Corsi
    © 2008 WorldNetDaily

    An attorney for convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko is listed as the owner and taxpayer for Barack Obama's Chicago mansion, according to records obtained by WND.
    William Miceli is a lawyer at the Chicago law firm Miner, Barnhill & Galland, which also formerly employed Obama.
    The controversy began when a website called News and Commentary for Thinking People published a 48-page document that lists Miceli as the owner of the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood.
    Miner, Barnhill & Galland was Obama's employer when he did extensive legal work for Rezko, who awaits sentencing after he was convicted in June of fraud, money laundering and bribery-related counts.
    Miceli, as a senior attorney at the firm, supervised Obama when the future president wrote letters on behalf of Rezko urging public authorities to award him new public properties to rehabilitate, notes the "Barack Book" website maintained by GOP.com.
    WND asked for comment from Obama's transition team and the Democratic National Committee but did not receive a response.

    Investigative reporter Tim Novak at the Chicago Sun-Times has identified 15 building projects that Rezmar, Rezko's development company, redeveloped while it was represented by Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland during Obama's time at the firm.
    The law firm changed its name when senior partner Allison Davis left to join Rezko in his schemes to take out loans on low-income housing projects. Several of the transactions remain under investigation, because the millions of dollars Rezko borrowed against the properties to make redevelopments are gone, while many of the properties remain boarded up and uninhabitable.
    Following the Jan. 21 Democratic Party primary debate, Miceli told the Washington Post that he was Obama's supervisor at the law firm, in response to Sen. Hillary Clinton's charges Obama had worked for a Chicago slumlord, Rezko.
    The Post said "Obama denied doing any legal work directly for Rezko or his companies," contending Obama had done only "about five hours worth of work" on a joint real estate development project involving Rezko and a Chicago church group.
    Miceli told the Post Obama "was a very junior lawyer at the time, who was given responsibility for basic due diligence, document review."
    Miceli said Obama "did what he was told by the firm," minimizing the importance of any work Obama admittedly did for the Rezko account.
    WND confirmed the tax bill for the Obama home is mailed to Miceli, not to Obama or the Northern Trust account through which Obama has claimed the home was purchased.
    Records from the Cook County Treasurer's Office give the PIN number for the Obama property as 20-11-115-037-0000 and list Miceli as the person who receives Obama's property tax invoice by mail.
    Eric Herman, a spokesman for the Cook County assessor, confirmed to WND that the Treasurer's Office records were correct and that Miceli did receive the Obama property tax invoice by mail.
    Miceli did not return a call WND placed to him at Miner, Barnhill & Galland.
    Herman told WND a second PIN number, 20-11-115-036-0000, identified the vacant lot next to the Obama mansion that was purchased by Rita Rezko, Tony Rezko's wife.
    Here, WND found conflicts between the tax records maintained by the Cook County Treasurer's Office and the deed information maintained by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
    Rosslyn Whitlock, an Internet support specialist at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, confirmed to WND that the office has no information listed for the Obama home under the PIN number 20-11-115-037-0000, the number used by the Cook County Assessor's office for property tax purposes.
    Records at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds list Rita Rezko as the holder of the warranty deed for the vacant lot at 5050 S. Greenwood adjoining the Obama mansion, under the PIN number 20-11-115-036-0000.
    WND was able to locate warranty information at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds , which Herman at the County Assessor's office told WND was the "old PIN number" assigned to the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood Avenue, before the home was sold to Obama.
    Neither spokesman could explain to WND the discrepancy in PIN numbers, nor why the Cook County Recorder of Deeds has no information filed under the new PIN number assigned to the property after the Obama purchase.
    Records with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds under the PIN number 20-11-115-034-0000 indicate the mortgage is held by Northern Trust Company under trust number 10209, which Obama has indicated was the trust the Obama family used to purchase the home.
    Meanwhile, WND has reported that since arresting Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has taken new interest in Rezko's involvement in the Obama mansion purchase.
    WND also reported real estate credit analyst Kenneth Conner has filed a civil suit alleging he was wrongfully dismissed by Mutual Bank of Harvey for objecting to what he considered a fraudulent appraisal of the vacant lot. The appraisal was submitted by the Rezkos at an intentionally high figure, he claims, permitting them to borrow an additional $125,000 that amounted to a "political payoff" to Obama.

  11. Kahleeka says:

    Has it been confirmed that Rezco owns BHO’s home? I’ve read that, but I haven’t found proof. I shut down the news for a few days to Celebrate Christmas . . . Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

  12. Claudia says:

    Actually it is Miceli that “owns” the house and the land, according to the Recorders and Tax assessors Office. The house and land supposedly is in a “Land Trust Agreement”, whatever that encompasses, because in different places, it means different things to different people, whomever is reading or making one decides what it means to whom. Out here in the west, we have Land Conservancy Trusts, which are owned by the conservators who are propelling said land (like and old historic ranch) or something that has a value to preserve, to keep it in a sort of Government trust so to make sure it is not split apart or destroyed by other people moving into or onto and then subdividing it into smaller pieces, thus destroying all the hsitoric significance.

    Miceli OWNS the property that was purchased by money from Rezko and someone is making the payments to Miceli via either rents or favors or who knows what…… and from supposedly Obama through Rezko to Miceli, via the Land Trust deal, but I may not fully understand how things are run there and it may be all haywire because here, we do things differently than say in Chicago, the biggest corrupt state in the nation that pays favors via land or houses or senate seats…..

    You gotta just love Chicago and Illinois. Biggest scammers and ways of doing many things just a shade short of being legally binding, or of hanging offenses. So, at this point in time, I am not willing to say anything but that Miceli owns the property according to the Assessors and Recorders Office, however else it seems, it is Miceli that is paying the tax and that to me, conveys ownership and property rights.

    It is my judgment based on the fact that I am a property document Abstractor and researcher and Document Processor, as well as a Notary Public in my state for lots of real estate deals that take place in Nevada.

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