Hilda Solis to be Confirmed Today as Labor Secretary

The Washington Post is reporting that Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) will likely be confirmed by the Senate today to serve as Labor Secretary in the Obama administration, despite having the tax problems–her husband recently paid $6,000 to settle 16-year-old tax liens on his business–apparently required by the administration as a prerequisite for sitting on the president’s cabinet.

The real problem with Solis, of course, is not her husband’s failure to pay taxes. The real problem is her stances on union labor and on illegal immigration. Back on December 30, 2008, our own Robert Wallace wrote an excellent piece on Solis here at America’s Right. An excerpt:

But Solis’s specialty issues are labor unions and the environment. When then Gov. Pete Wilson vetoed her bill to raise the minimum wage in California in 1995, she used her own funds to rally a ballot initiative to ram the change through during the following year. In the House, she sat on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Natural Resources, and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming where she brought together her pro-union and pro-environmental record by making the promotion of green-collar jobs a top priority. She opposed free trade agreements and earned 100 percent approval ratings from pro-union groups. Because of her activism and voting record, the United Auto Workers (cause of much of the problems facing U.S. automakers) was quick to applaud her appointment to be the Secretary of Labor, as were the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters.

This makes Hilda Solis a Secretary of Labor after Barack Obama’s own heart. In addition to sharing his left-wing legislative record and a minority-makes-history narrative, she mirrors his synthesis of populist liberal economics and environmentalism with an emphasis on “green” job creation as a solution to the economic crisis.

Of course, with more than 20 cabinet-level positions in any administration, any given appointment is only as significant as the amount of attention that the president devotes to that particular position. Therefore, without the backing of the president, cabinet members are unlikely to have much impact. With Obama’s emphasis on job creation to combat the recession, however, there’s every reason to believe that Secretary of Labor is going to be a top-priority post during this upcoming administration.

The chief policy difference between Barack Obama and Hilda Solis is that campaigning for president of the United States forced Obama to pragmatically shift rightward in terms of ideology and governance. Solis, whose district compromises part of the Los Angeles area, never had to make that shift. She represents Obama’s liberalism without the restraints of dealing with harsh foreign policy realities or campaigning for national office in less liberal parts of the country. This spells danger for the American economy.

Her reflexive protectionism and pro-union stance on the one hand and her environmentalism on the other hand are bad enough taken separately. But the sum is more than the parts. Consider the lesson of the recent bailout of American automakers. When legislators proved unable to agree on a handout, President Bush stepped in and, with use of executive powers, diverted billions of dollars intended for the financial sector towards the automakers instead. He included a token requirement that the unions renegotiate contracts to lower car manufacturers’ labor costs to be more in line with foreign competitors like Toyota and Honda who operate non-union factories on American soil, but actions speak louder than words.

In this case, while the words may have been “please cooperate with management to make realistic cuts,” the actions said “we’d rather increase the deficit than risk losing union jobs.”
The confirmation was certainly not unexpected, and neither was the decision by the Republican leadership not to filibuster. With House Democrats unveiling a new, $410 billion spending proposal today, they need to save their energy. Regardless, it will be interesting–and no doubt disheartening–to see how attitudes toward unions and from unions change over the next four years and how the two become intertwined in the upcoming debate on comprehensive immigration reform.

Nevertheless, I find it amazing how each and every victory for Barack Obama, his administration, and the Democrats in power on Capitol Hill means bad news for America as a whole. This is just another example, and will prove itself as such as time passes.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Soldier doubts eligibility, defies president’s orders
    ‘As an officer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this’
    Posted: February 23, 2009
    9:35 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    Soldier Scott Easterling
    A U.S. soldier on active duty in Iraq has called President Obama an “impostor” in a statement in which he affirmed plans to join as plaintiff in a challenge to Obama’s eligibility to be commander in chief.

    The statement was publicized by California attorney Orly Taitz who, along with her Defend Our Freedom Foundation, is working on a series of legal cases seeking to uncover Obama’s birth records and other documents that would reveal whether he meets the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

    “As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States,” wrote Scott Easterling in a “to-whom-it-may-concern” letter.

    (Story continues below)

    Obama “has absolutely refused to provide to the American public his original birth certificate, as well as other documents which may prove or disprove his eligibility,” Easterling wrote. “In fact, he has fought every attempt made by concerned citizens in their effort to force him to do so.”

    Taitz told WND she had advised Easterling to obtain legal counsel before making any statements regarding the commander-in-chief, but he insisted on moving forward. His contention is that as an active member of the U.S. military, he is required to follow orders from a sitting president, and he needs – on pain of court-martial – to know that Obama is eligible.

    Where’s the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the “natural-born American” clause in the Constitution? If you still want to see it, join more than 250,000 others and sign up now!

    Taitz said other legal cases questioning Obama’s eligibility filed by members of the military mostly have included retired officers, and courts several times have ruled they don’t have standing to issue their challenge.

    Easterling, however, is subject to enemy fire and certainly would have a reason to need to know the legitimacy of his orders, she argued.

    “Until Mr. Obama releases a ‘vault copy’ of his original birth certificate for public review, I will consider him neither my Commander in Chief nor my President, but rather, a usurper to the Office – an impostor,” his statement said.

    Easterling said he joined the Army at age 40 after working in Iraq as a contractor.

    “I chose to work … to support my troops and then left that lucrative position when the Army raised its maximum enlistment age to 40. Upon completion of basic training, I entered Officer Candidate School and commissioned as a 2LT in August 2007. After completing the subsequent basic officer leadership courses, I was assigned to Ft. Knox and shortly thereafter deployed to Balad, Iraq,” he wrote.

    “I implore all service-members and citizens to contact their senators and representatives and demand that they require Mr. Obama prove his eligibility. Our Constitution and our great nation must not be allowed to be disgraced,” he wrote.

    Taitz said Easterling is among the plaintiffs she is assembling for a new legal action over Obama’s eligibility. Others include a list of state lawmakers who also would be required in their official position to follow orders of the president.

    “My conviction is such that I am compelled to join Dr. Orly Taitz’s lawsuit, as a plaintiff, against Mr. Obama. As a citizen, it pains me to do this, but as an officer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this action,” he said.

    Easterling was “saluted” in a forum on Taitz’ website.

    “Lt. Easterling, As a retired US Army SFC, I salute you sir as a true American patriot and hero! Thank you for your unselfish service to our country. It is rare to find someone today with such moral courage to do the right thing regardless of repercussions,” said one contributor.

    Said another, “For your voluntary service to our country, we owe you a debt we can never pay.”

    As WND reported yesterday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said during a meeting with constituents in Cullman County he has never seen proof the new president was born in Hawaii.

    “Well, his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have to be born in America to be president.”

    Shelby’s office later stated the senator is confident of Obama’s vetting process, although it did not elaborate.

    WND has reported on multiple legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

  2. GATOR-1 says:

    I also as a Medicaly Retired US Army Soldier want to applaud LT Easterling….

    First and foremost Sir for your most recent actions in becoming a part of Dr. Tatiz’s actions,

    But Sir I also Salute you for even enlisting at such an age….I thought I was nuts as I RE-enlisted at age 46 to help with the “Just Cause” My transformation was much easier than yours as I did in fact have Prior Service and did not have to do the basic thing and they said I was too old for OCS…You have put yourself through some tough training….training that a large percentage of the people half your age could not complete.

    A nearly brand new LT….risking quite a lot for a “Just Cause”…..You Sir are MY new hero!

    And Yes Jeff…a huge cause of the problems we face are because of the unions….There was a time in this Country that the labor unions were in fact needed and were a very good thing….In some ways they are the BEst thing that has happened to American labor and yet for the past few decades have been a major cause of the problems…

    When my first tour was over way back 1979…I talked with a friend who had left the Army a few months ahead of me to return home to Detroit….

    He “Knew” his job was waiting on him as his dad had worked at the “Plant”…..He told me then he was being paid way too much for what he was doing and even felt bad about it…..His job was to simply take a battery from a table and place it in the car…..thats it….pick it up and put it in….someone else rolled the tables full of batteries to him and someone else hooked the thing up on down the line…He told me he was being paid at 28 bucks an hour for this task?

    Even after Uncle took his part the man’s “take home” was near a grand a week….without overtime…in 1979-80. I knew Unions were going wrong then.

    In 1986 I worked on the Savanna River Nuke plant at Aiken SC as a Union Painter….within two days I was called aside and told to SLOW DOWN!….Union rules said I was to paint so many Door frames or doors or whatever it was within an 8 hr shift…OK….But I was NOT allowed to paint any more than that number and threatened with being fired if I didnt slow down…How stupid is that?

    I did finally Quit that job over the very same issue. Years later I owned my own company and had 20 or so working….had any one of them turned in a performance such as what the Union required I would have had to fire them. What the Union job “required” I could complete before lunch everyday without breaking a sweat.

    The politicians let the Unions get out of control and we all know why $$$….Add that to that the fact that the Unions married Organized crime and you have the basic building blocks for what has happened to our country.

    Detroit and our Auto industry for all its former glory did this to themselves…and now the taxpayers are going to pay them for screwing up.

    As Mr Keyes said…”It is insanity”

    Blessings Patriots…I hope you’ve all had a Good Day.

    And DO contnue to March…

  3. GATOR-1 says:

    An observation:

    While I certainly dont know any of you or your circumstances I would bet most all of us could well use a little financial boost right now….I know I could…

    Yet the poll here is pretty overwhelming at this point to not take the stimus….

    If… that is it was up to us…

    THe majority here are either too proud to take a handout or smart enough to know their really isnt one for us….

    Whatever your reasons for your votes….I am honored to be among such folks.

    Also Welcome Sam….You nailed it…but dont forget that bunches of us are trying to prevent such a thing from becoming complete reality…

    We dont have much experience stopping a snowball rolling Downhill but we are trying..and we WILL find a way…

    Patience and Determination Patriots.

  4. tm says:

    Obama’s Union Payback
    “This executive order encouraging all federal agencies to adopt discriminatory, union-only project labor agreements is a shameless giveaway to Big Labor, which spent over a billion dollars to get Obama and pro-forced-unionism Democrats elected last year,” said Stefan Gleason, vice president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
    Among his 11 executive orders so far, Obama has signed four that aid unions, part of a union-friendly blitz in his early days


  5. Anonymous says:

    In previous “belly up” years Americans didn’t have the terrorist to combat, along with keeping the boat afloat – filling holes that kept letting the water in, or draining the life source, by leadership decisions made.

    Today, if our military say “No.” to this deceiving adminst. (and I don’t blame them at all!), we’re going to need Military Leaders to side with the Constitution and protect us from the internal termites as well as the external ones.
    Keep standing, keep alert!

  6. sharon says:

    Yes, how wonderful for us. I am sure they just layed low regarding the pesky tax issue. The wonderful governness of the state of MI announced today that the “displaced auto worker” will have free schooling. Now isn’t that nice? I would definitely say it is pay back time for the union workers. What is sad to me as that all tax payers will never benefit from this BS non stimulus pkg. How long before she tries to go after Walmart??

  7. Anonymous says:

    I live in Texas and a number of years ago I worked at the General Dynamics plant in Fort Worth. Lockheed has since bought this plant which makes the amazing F-16 fighter jet. Most of the factory workers are union jobs. Texas is a right to work state and they can’t force you to join any of the unions. However, on those hourly paid jobs, if you don’t join the union, you still have to pay the dues (not sure why) and you lose your right to vote on union matters which affects you because you have a union job, even if you don’t join the union. Anyway, salaried people would get written up if they were caught typing their own document because it was a (clerk’s) union job. Also, the union members would all wear camouflage on Fridays, which I guess was a sign of solidarity with them, but also had a tinge of bullyism to it. Things were always tense during contract negotiations and once, during the weeklong strike, the unions bought kegs of beer to put out on the line so that the strikers would get a belly full and attack those crossing the line. Unions are run by thugs (no wonder the “one” likes them). They have no place in today’s climate. They only hold company’s hostage!

    This labor pick will be another nightmare. I’m sure she will have an illegal immigrant union and its first contract will probably be with the new administration to build all these new wonderful roads and bridges. Rumor around here is that the illegals are excited about all the jobs that will be opening up. Just something for yall to think about.

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