Fox In The Hen House Alert!

While the mice are away, the cat made a play today. Obama jammed his finger in the eye of American businesses again by recess appointing Craig Becker, formerly a radical Service Employees International Union lawyer, to the National Labor Relations Board. What could possibly go wrong? I’m sure he’ll be nothing but fair and impartial, right?

Obama Makes Labor Board Appointment During Recess Over GOP Objections

Despite intense Republican objections, President Obama on Saturday used recess appointments to fill 15 administration posts without Senate confirmation, including Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

By filling the jobs while Congress is in recess, Obama gets around Senate confirmation. Obama justified the move by charging Republicans with playing politics with his administration nominees.

“The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disapprove of my nominees. But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis,” he said in a written statement.

All 41 Senate Republicans wrote Obama this week urging him not to use a recess appointment for Becker, a former top lawyer with Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, whose nomination was rejected by the Senate last month, 52-43.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also wrote Obama on behalf of 20 business groups that opposed Becker’s nomination and decried the recess appointment.

“This recess appointment disregards the Senate’s bipartisan rejection of Craig Becker’s nomination to the NLRB,” Chamber Vice President Randel Johnson said in a written statement.

“Overriding the will of the Senate and providing this special interest payback contradicts the president’s claim to change the tone in Washington,” he said. “The business community should be on red alert for radical changes that could significantly impair the ability of America’s job creators to compete.”

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“Craig Becker stands far outside the mainstream of NLRB nominees,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a written statement Thursday. “Given the bipartisan opposition to his nomination, the administration would be wise to not circumvent the will of the Senate by recess appointing him to the NLRB.

“There is no place on this powerful board for someone who believes that card check legislation — getting rid of the secret union ballot — can be enacted surreptitiously through regulation.”

Sen. John McCain said the Senate has already delivered its verdict on Becker’s ability to serve impartially on the labor board.

“If this administration chooses to recess appoint Mr. Becker, it would be just another example of putting the will of one special interest group over the will of the American people,” he said.

. . ..

Democratic groups, such as the AFL-CIO, have said Becker’s an experienced advocate for worker rights and have decried GOP “obstructionism.”

See also:
Obama issues 15 recess appointments
Obama Bypasses Senate, Makes Appointments to NLRB, Treasury
Obama bypasses Senate to appoint key nominees
Obama Uses Recess Power To Appoint 15
Obama to make recess appointments to 15 administration posts
UPDATE 1-Obama makes 15 recess appointments, blames Republicans
Obama announces 15 recess appointments, scolds GOP
Labor group praises Obama for appointing Becker, Pearce
If President Obama Cared About Jobs, He Would Have Tabled Becker’s Nomination
Craig Becker
SEIU – Service Employees International Union
US Chamber of Commerce
NLRB :: National Labor Relations Board

Can you say incestuous political payback for Obama’s union cronies? Sure, I knew you could.

/for someone who claims to be a pro-business free market capitalist, Obama sure as hell behaves like an anti-business big government socialist and actions speak louder than lip service

Count All The Criminals

Census Bureau: We’ll Work with ‘Community Organizations’ to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010

The acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census.

The Census is used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representative. There are 435 House seats that are divided among the states in proportion to their population, which is determined by the decennial census. States with more people get more seats in the U.S. House.

This means that a state harboring more illegal aliens can gain more House seats as long as the Census Bureau finds the illegal aliens and counts them. This also means that the illegal alien population resident in the United States during a census year has the potential to alter the regional and philosophical balance of power in Congress.

Mesenbourg’s comments were made after a press conference on Wednesday where Commerce Secretary Gary Locke joined several interest groups, including Univision, the National Council of La Raza, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) to talk about efforts to ensure a full count of Latinos in the 2010 Census.

When asked whether he intended to maximize the count of illegal aliens in next year’s census, Mesenburg said: “Our job is to count everyone that resides in the U.S.–count them once. So, certainly that’s our goal to count every individual, every resident whether they’re documented, undocumented, whether they are citizens or non-citizens.”

Locke Urges Census Workers to Count Illegals

New Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Monday exhorted census volunteers to boost outreach in hard-to-count communities as a top lawmaker urged the government to halt immigration raids to ensure an accurate count.

Speaking at a Census Bureau training conference, Locke and Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., tried to allay fears in Hispanic and Asian communities where immigrants often mistake census workers for tax collectors or law enforcement officials.

“It is your familiar, trusted voices that will help us succeed in educating residents about the census,” Locke, who is Asian-American, said in his first public appearance since taking office.

Without specifically mentioning immigration, Locke stressed that personal information in the census form will remain confidential. Clay went a step further, urging the partnership groups, ranging from the AFL-CIO and Coca-Cola to the NAACP and Voto Latino, to expose any “sinister tricks” to dissuade immigrants from completing their census forms.

There are nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., many of them clustered in states such as California, New York, Florida and Texas, which stand to either lose House seats or gain fewer seats depending on whether their Hispanic communities are fully counted.

See also:
Secretary Locke Encourages U.S. Latinos To Be Counted in Census 2010
Census officials aim to boost count
Illegal aliens and the census
Census and citizenship – argument against counting illegal aliens for purposes of congressional apportionment
AFL-CIO
LULAC-League of United Latin American Citizens
NAACP | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
National Council of La Raza
Voto Latino

So, let’s recap. Illegal aliens, by definition, can’t legally work here, can’t legally vote here, can’t legally live here, and it’s a crime for them to even actually be here. And yet, we’re going to make extra special efforts to count them and, depending on where they live and in what numbers, use the information to reapportion congressional districts, reward states and cities that give sanctuary to illegal aliens with more U.S, Representatives and Electoral College votes, expand the budget for Federal social programs, and redirect taxpayer dollars to those who flaunt U.S. immigration law.

What is this, a census or a government sponsored Democrat get out the illegal vote drive? Just take one look at the “community organizations” that are being used to help count the illegal aliens. Almost every last one of them is pro illegal immigration and politically beholden to the Democrat party. The U.S. census is supposed to be apolitical, not politically incestuous.

It’d almost be humorous if it weren’t so frustratingly insane that we’re going to spend millions, if not billions, working with “community organizations” to find and count every last illegal alien in the United States, yet the U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement agency has been told to stand down and virtually prevented from doing the exact same thing in order to enforce existing U.S. immigration laws.

/way off the high end of the irony meter scale, peg’s broken and the needle is spinning wildly