-By Warner Todd Huston
It's been announced that President Obama will be attending the AFL-CIO's Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next month. Along for the ride will be Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis.
This is one more effort of the Obama administration to shore up Big Labor's support coming into the midterm election campaign season. Naturally Obama is still sounding his horn for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) as well as pushing his healthcare ideas.
Now for a question: How seemly is it for a U.S. Secretary of Labor to attend a political rally for Big Labor? After all, the Sec. of Labor is ostensibly supposed to be the middle man between labor and business, the arbiter that decides the big fights between the two antagonists. If the Sec. of Labor is seen glad handing Big Labor, what message does that send the business community?
Of course, it sends the message that government is a friend to Big Labor and the enemy to business community. But that message isn't any different than the message that Obama has been sending since the day he became president.
This president and his administration is against our business community. Wholly and completely.