We can’t help but notice the stench of back-to-back cronyism permeating the halls of the Obama Administration these days. It’s not enough that Barack Obama’s White House completely ignores the Constitution and directives from a federal appeals court over the issue of his illegitimate faux “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board. Instead, Obama wants to rub it in, showing us just how unapologetically close he is to his Big Labor friends.
We now see the real Obama agenda unfolding before our very eyes after he wins re-election. These days, it’s as if every major policy announcement coming out of the administration has something to do with direct or indirect favors for union bosses. Remember those 18,000 Hostess employees who were tragically laid off in 2012 because their union refused to negotiate with owners and allowed the company to go belly-up? Don’t worry about that, says Obama to Big Labor – I’ve got your back. The Department of Labor recently announced that it will provide “Trade Adjustment Assistance” to those union members, paying them an income to “receive case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and/or trade readjustment allowances that provide income support for workers enrolled in training.”
Taxpayers are picking up the tab for Big Labor’s recklessness that had led to difficult and unfortunate circumstances for workers. But let’s be clear: Hostess didn’t go down the drain because of competition from imported snack food, as the Obama administration argues. Hostess went under because union bosses asked for far more than the company had to give.
In another outrageous example of Obama White House collusion with union bosses, the administration also announced that it would institute new minimum wage and overtime standards for in-home nurse aides. “Enactment of the regulations, which are under final review at the White House, would represent a major victory for unions that have fought for decades to win higher pay for direct-care aides,” writes Ben Goad in The Hill.
But, in reality, all it does is add another layer of costs that kill jobs, hurt workers and punish employers. All thanks to Big Labor living off the taxpayer’s dime.