For those of you who get the print edition of the Spectator, I have a feature story on Barack Obama’s strategy for making end runs around Congress, via regulations and executive orders, for the next two years. My piece is a broad overview. Now comes John Fund today at the WSJ with a very important column explaining, in far more depth and with great clarity, one example of that approach that I warned about:
On Sept. 22, Labor’s Office of the Solicitor—which employs 400 attorneys to enforce the nation’s labor laws—issued a draft “operating plan” to dramatically increase pressure on employers. A source inside the department says the plan has been adopted.
This is the sort of thing that will be going on in every department, in every agency. Meanwhile, as Fund explains, while the administration will crack down on employers, it will go easy on unions:
But while the Department of Labor prepares for a hyper-aggressive enforcement strategy against business, it has rolled back Bush-era reforms mandating greater union transparency. Just this week the department rescinded its Form T-1, which required unions to report on strike funds and other accounts under union control.
Fund’s piece is superb, and chilling. We’re in for a wild, wild ride.
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Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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