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March 31, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

FOX, MEET HENHOUSE....Hey, guess who President Bush has nominated to head up the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division? That's right: the guy who represented Wal-Mart in trying to prevent a class of 1.5 million women from suing the company for discrimination in pay and promotions! He also appears to oppose pretty much every regulation related to wages and hours ever passed.

What a perfect nominee. If he didn't exist, the Republican Party would have to have invented him.

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Al will tell you -- you can't get rich as a woman working at WalMart. And since only rich people matter, he was doing all those women a favor by getting them to move on to better, meaningful jobs!

Posted by: Freedom Phucker on March 31, 2006 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

GWB's Vaffanculo

Posted by: lib on March 31, 2006 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

You have to admire them, in a Vlad the Impaler sort of way.

Instead of doing the hard, visible work of getting rid of a department, they just outsource the running of it to people who want to get rid of it. Thus the incompetence of the nominees is actually a bonus feature!

And people wonder why I hate this government. But tbrosz will be along any minute to tell us how Democrats did this too. Oh wait, no they didn't... Well, Democrats did something bad once, so they are forever unfit to govern, I guess.

Posted by: craigie on March 31, 2006 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Just a cursory understanding of human behavior would suggest that this appointment is brilliant even for labor interests, as the nominee will be extra careful not to give the Bush haters any opportunity to criticize the dear leader.

Posted by: tbrosz on March 31, 2006 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

maybe they DID invent him...

Better psychopathology please !

"The future will be a struggle between huge competing systems of psychopathology." - J. G. Ballard

Posted by: daCascadian on March 31, 2006 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder why Democrats don't emphasize wages more (except, occasionally, the minimum wage). It's what people really care about. Wages have been essentially stagnant. On the other hand, corporate profits and compensation for upper management are at recent, or even all time, highs. This disparity ought to be a real talking point for the party of the little guy.

Guess it would be "class war" though, and since the Republicans disapprove of that, Democrats won't do it ...

Posted by: David in NY on March 31, 2006 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

The Democratic party as a whole doesn't mention wages because they are, as a group, just as addicted to corporate money as the GOP. Some Democrats do talk about wages but they get silenced by the worthless, motherfucking scumbags that keep the machine running.

I vote almost exclusively Democratic, but I hate this aspect of their stance.

Cheers,

Alan Tomlinson

Posted by: Alan Tomlinson on March 31, 2006 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

The only jobs for women in Bushistan are wives, handmaids, marthas, jezebelles and unwomen.

Posted by: Peter on March 31, 2006 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

Why all the pessimism? I'm sure he'll do a heckuva job.

Posted by: E. Henry Thripshaw on March 31, 2006 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Anybody who crushes a trial laywer in a freaking class action lawsuit has my confidence!

Posted by: Home On The Range on March 31, 2006 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

"Anybody who crushes a trial laywer in a freaking class action lawsuit has my confidence!"

LOL! Of course, the body who crushes a trial lawyer in a freaking class action lawsuit is...

[wait for it]

another freaking trial lawyer!

HOTR, do you want to use your "free spin" now or hang on to it?

Posted by: Nash on March 31, 2006 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

*sigh* So, so typical.

Posted by: fiat lux on March 31, 2006 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

dear me, add this to the list...

ITMFA

Posted by: imbroglio on March 31, 2006 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

ITMFA.

Then send him to The Hague.

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on March 31, 2006 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

When Cheney told Leahy, "Go fuck yourself," we little realized that it was the official tagline of the administration. You know, the one they're only supposed to use internally, but sometimes they forget.

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

for F's sake...this is ridiculous.

so he represented WalMart in an employment suit. that's his job, he's an attorney.

Does Kevin even know if he ever represented employee-side matters. many employment attorneys do work both sides.

its f- b.s. to assume that an attorney's personal positions have anything to do with his or her arguments in court. this is out to lunch.

Posted by: Nathan on March 31, 2006 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry to be off-topic, but I've been meaning for months now if anyone else has noticed the various shades of light blue ties the prez and his cohort have been wearing since at least last summer. It's that ultra-sincere, "true blue"--somewhere between Carolina Blue and Duke Blue. The sartorial neckware equivalent of Hillary's pink suit.

Posted by: Cassandro on March 31, 2006 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

its f- b.s. to assume that an attorney's personal positions have anything to do with his or her arguments in court. this is out to lunch.

And yet Bush has yet to appoint a single, solitary person whose views remotely contradict or challenge his own! That is one giant coincidence!

Posted by: shortstop on March 31, 2006 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

its f- b.s. to assume that an attorney's personal positions have anything to do with his or her arguments in court. this is out to lunch. - Nathan

Does your statement cover Jeffery Feiger as well?

Posted by: Eric Paulsen on March 31, 2006 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Then I suppose when the bureaucracy fails to make things better for workers, its because "Big Government" was the problem. Sound like the Bush administration is ready to do a heck-uva-job.

Posted by: Jon Karak on March 31, 2006 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

many employment attorneys do work both sides

Really? How many? In percentage terms?

Or maybe you just don't know what the hell you're talking about.

Posted by: Brautigan on March 31, 2006 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

"Go fuck yourself," we little realized that it was the official tagline of the administration.

Pretty funny. In a sad, true kind of way.

Posted by: craigie on March 31, 2006 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Man...doesn't this shit get old even to Bush? Honestly, this is all first term kinda stuff. Well, when a Democrat wins in 2008 we'll just kick his ass out of office and get somebody else....

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe on March 31, 2006 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, at least this guy knows something about the position he's been appointed to. This isn't like a lawyer at a horse organization being appointed to head FEMA ...

Now why do I have Eric Idle singing in my head?

Always look at the bright side of life!

Posted by: Librul on March 31, 2006 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Just a cursory understanding of human behavior would suggest that this appointment is brilliant even for labor interests, as the nominee will be extra careful not to give the Bush haters any opportunity to criticize the dear leader.
Posted by: tbrosz

Really grasping, aren't you? Trying sooo hard to find that silver lining. Rearranging the deck chairs . . .

I can't think of a single Bush appointee that has not either done or said something so colossally stupid that you don't wonder how they cross the street even in a small town without getting hit by a car.

Posted by: Jeff II on March 31, 2006 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

And if you have a complaint to file in western New York, guess where it has to be filed, NYC! The EEOC has closed their office in Buffalo, and consolidated it in NYC! I have a claim in Rochester and they want me to go to NYC! This is obviously an attempt to reduce claims by making it impossible to follow up! Nice job W!
The Revolution WILL Be Televised!

Posted by: P.C.Chapman on March 31, 2006 at 10:19 PM | PERMALINK

I moved to Florida in 1988 after graduating from law school in Boston. My soon to be wife was from Jacksonville, Florida, and was attending a masters program in a suburb of Boston.

Although Florida is a right to work state -- and I had no real understanding of the impact of that abomination before moving here -- I did not hesitate to agree to move here to look for work as an attorney representing employees and unions after graduating. I explained to my wife that my work might quickly find us moving to NY, CA, UT, ME, or anywhere, and she agreed, based upon my willingness to try to find work in FL.

Its been 17 going on 18 years, and I worked inhouse at a construction union, at a union-side labor law firm, and on my own for the last 6.5 years.

From personal experience, union and employee side attorneys in Florida do not represent large corporations, such as WalMart, Sears, Verizon, Halliburton (couldn't resist), etc.

So for those of you who want to question the critics of this most recent appointment by our Commander in Brief, you do not know what you are talking about. People do not work in this arena, labor-relations, and represent large union and employee-hostile companies such as WalMart, and hold personal opinions which are contrary to their clients on labor issues. If you did, then you would not represent clients that steal $$$$ from their employees in terms of wages, overtime pay, minimum wage, healthcare benefits coverage, etc., etc., etc.

A motivated attorney, married with 2 daughters, representing working men and women in a right to work (with no rights) state, and mad as hell and is not taking it any more.

2008. 2008. 2008. 2008. 2008. 2008. 2008. 2008.

Posted by: Flori-DUH on April 1, 2006 at 12:35 AM | PERMALINK

Anybody who thinks plaintiff's attorneys and defendant's attorneys are interchangeable needs to adjust their tinfoil hats.

I do expect the head of La Raza to be appointed to head up Immigration and Naturalization any day now, though. The guy from Con-Agra had 'other priorities'.

Posted by: CFShep on April 1, 2006 at 8:20 AM | PERMALINK

"Just a cursory understanding of human behavior would suggest that this appointment is brilliant even for labor interests, as the nominee will be extra careful not to give the Bush haters any opportunity to criticize the dear leader."
Posted by: tbrosz

And tbrosz claimed once to be an engineer. Must be working on SDI. Hopefully; I'd hate to think that he's actually working on things that are supposed to work.

Posted by: Barry on April 1, 2006 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

You know a fake TBrosz post is good, when two posters are sucked in by the humor.

I have seen a couple of former civil defense lawyers switch to the plaintiff's side, however, they were both young and did liked neither the philosophy of the defense position nor those constant "billable hours"

For the most part, civil defense attorneys and criminal prosecutors tend to be Repugs - Civil plaintiff's attorneys and criminal defense lawyers tend to be Democrats.

Kenneth Starr was a well paid civil defense attorney before becoming a major player in the Star Chamber - Henry VIII would have loved him before beheading him. A whore is a whore is a whore; so much for civil "defense" whore attorneys, Nathan.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on April 1, 2006 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

I have seen a couple of former civil defense lawyers switch to the plaintiff's side, however, they were both young and did liked neither (sic) the philosophy of the defense position nor those constant "billable hours" Posted by: thethirdPaul

Paul, am I correct in assuming that the grammar problems presented themselves only after you left Warshington for Oreyegon?

Posted by: JeffII on April 1, 2006 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II,

No, it was 1) Not enough Stumptown Coffee and 2) Not previewing - Went back into the sentence to add an item and went into a Senior Moment.

But, thanks for your posting - After perusing Michael L Cook's 3:34 AM posting on another thread, glad to see "some" intelligence still remains in the Emerald City.

And the great Portland based Stumpton Coffee is roasted by a Seattle transplant. Still need the Oakland A's to relocate to Portland so we can have a great I-5 rivalry with the Marooned Mariners.

And now, e3oulghn0o minl yoi lke33%% - too much Stumptown.

Cheers to you, Jeff II

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