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At Department of Labor: Set Your Shredders to Warp Speed
NetRight Daily ^ | December 6, 2010 | Adam Bitely

Posted on 12/06/2010 12:01:49 PM PST by NetRight Nation

It is no secret in Washington, D.C. that the Obama administration’s vast bureaucracy is working overtime to prepare for the new Republican controlled House. The reason for this frenzy of preparation is the new oversight power that the House Republicans will have to peer in to what Obama’s cronies are up to behind the curtain.

You can probably hear the loudest hum of shredders working double time at the Department of Labor. According to DOL emails, the department is working frantically to be prepared for what might happen in January.

On December 14, the political staff at the Department of Labor will be heading to a retreat to discuss mistakes made by Clinton’s DOL in the aftermath of the ‘94 GOP takeover. Obama and Secretary of Labor Solis are determined to not make the same mistakes this time around.

DOL staff have already been warned about deleting emails and are expected to be going through an ethics briefing in the not to distant future.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who will Chair the House Oversight Committee starting in January, told CBS News in November that he will be busily investigating what is happening behind the curtains of government. “I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” Issa told CBS.

Reports surfaced last week that the Obama administration’s Labor Department plans to enforce labor law in an unfair war. The Solicitor of Labor’s office drafted a shocking document that shows that the Labor Department will be going after businesses in an unusual way. According to Americans for Limited Government’s Nathan Mehrens, “apparently the Department and the Solicitor in particular do not believe that merely following the law is the right thing to do. They are now running down the path of berating employers, using tools other than the law to achieve their agenda. This is an unfortunate abuse of power that should be thoroughly exposed.”

We can only hope that Issa opens the doors of the Department of Labor to public scrutiny and brings an end to this madness.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of NetRightDaily.com.

Read more at NetRightDaily.com: http://netrightdaily.com/2010/12/set-your-shredders-to-warp-speed/#ixzz17MYJp0Mp


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Miscellaneous; Politics
KEYWORDS: congress; corruption; cultureofcorruption; labordepartment; obama; obamascandals; pelosicongress; transparency

1 posted on 12/06/2010 12:01:54 PM PST by NetRight Nation
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To: NetRight Nation
You can probably hear the loudest hum of shredders working double time at the Department of Labor.

So where is your evidence to back up this claim?

2 posted on 12/06/2010 12:03:49 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: NetRight Nation
“I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” Issa told CBS.

jWhy can't Republicans just do what should be done without boasting about it in advance? They give their opponents plenty of time to set up their defenses.

I remember when Bob Dole was running for President in 1996. He kept telling the media what he was going to do next. Of course it never worked out since Clinton used this advance warning to outfox him every time.

3 posted on 12/06/2010 12:09:40 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: NetRight Nation
Soros and Obama support the "Open Society" concept, right? This is the most transparent regime which has ever ruled over us, right?

I'm sure they have nothing to hide.

4 posted on 12/06/2010 12:10:36 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: dirtboy

The claim is based upon the democrat M.O.; namely, tell lies and cover your tracks, as evidenced by the actions of the DOL.

Anyway, he said “probably”.


5 posted on 12/06/2010 12:19:12 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: snowrip

It’s a poorly crafted article - the headline should have been a call for Issa to investigate the Labor Department, not conjecture about shredders.


6 posted on 12/06/2010 12:46:42 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Dammit, I hate being a Republican. We always have to show evidence when we make a claim. I’m switching to the Democrat party where I can say anything I dang well please and not have to worry about trivial things like evidence.


7 posted on 12/06/2010 12:52:14 PM PST by ImNotLying
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To: dirtboy

I’m curious, what kind of evidence are you in search of? I reported on some emails I saw that indicate that DOL is covering their tracks before Congress switches parties.


8 posted on 12/06/2010 12:58:16 PM PST by NetRight Nation
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To: NetRight Nation

One item on the DOL plate is the periodic wage rate decsions by county that are done for the Davis-Bacon Wage Decisions for Federal construction and other construction falling in the Davis-Bacon guidelines.

In 2010 those rate went up 50% to 100% in a biannual review in some areas bending to union influence. These decisions normally take union and open shop wages into account and might go up 5% to 15% for a craft per year based upon reporting.

There has been some mighty costly increases for rural areas not normally subject to much union work being put in place that are now paying high wages as though they are part of union cities hundreds of miles away.


9 posted on 12/06/2010 1:05:06 PM PST by KC Burke
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To: ImNotLying
Dammit, I hate being a Republican. We always have to show evidence when we make a claim. I’m switching to the Democrat party where I can say anything I dang well please and not have to worry about trivial things like evidence.

You don't drool enough. And you are able to read and write. And you're coherent. Any one of these attributes disqualifies you for Democrat Party membership. All three of them consign you to hanging with the Right Wing until dead.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

10 posted on 12/06/2010 1:05:50 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: NetRight Nation
I’m curious, what kind of evidence are you in search of? I reported on some emails I saw that indicate that DOL is covering their tracks before Congress switches parties.

So tell me how an email to not to delete emails is indicative of that? From your column:

DOL staff have already been warned about deleting emails and are expected to be going through an ethics briefing in the not to distant future.

You should have stuck with the basic story line about unfair enforcement by the DOL. Blogging is not a license for conjecture.

11 posted on 12/06/2010 1:58:42 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

I thought you had something worthwhile you were wondering about.

In response to your first question, all I was saying is that they were warned not to do that because that is illegal. It doesn’t mean they aren’t doing that though.

Of course, no one in government EVER violates the rules.


12 posted on 12/06/2010 2:07:06 PM PST by NetRight Nation
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To: NetRight Nation
I thought you had something worthwhile you were wondering about.

The fact that you feel no need to present a verifiable claim is what is noteworthy here.

In response to your first question, all I was saying is that they were warned not to do that because that is illegal. It doesn’t mean they aren’t doing that though.

It also doesn't mean they are, either. That razor cuts both ways. And since you are the one making the conjecture, the burden is up to you to prove it.

Of course, no one in government EVER violates the rules.

However, it would behoove you to present a stronger case than an email telling DOL employees to NOT delete emails. Shredding is in the same category of obstruction as deleteing emails. So what you present as proof actually contradicts your conjecture. Obstruction is actually a far easier matter to investigate and prosecute than bad policies.

13 posted on 12/06/2010 2:12:44 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

You never clarified what sort of evidence you are looking for. Be specific, or quit complaining.


14 posted on 12/07/2010 6:02:17 AM PST by NetRight Nation
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To: NetRight Nation
You never clarified what sort of evidence you are looking for. Be specific, or quit complaining.

Whatever, Mary Mapes. She had the same cavalier attitude towards proof that you do.

15 posted on 12/07/2010 6:04:36 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Freee-dame

“Why can’t Republicans just do what should be done without boasting about it in advance? They give their opponents plenty of time to set up their defenses. “

Because they are all on the same team, They are The Ruling Class. The Incumbent Ruling Class will never do anything substantial against any other member of the Ruling Class, that would be Suicide. Our only Hope is the Freshman Class. Which I see from another article here on FR, are already on the road to Corruption.


16 posted on 12/07/2010 6:16:24 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: dirtboy

I’d much rather Issa haul the FCC in front of Congress and discuss “net neutrality” (and their attempt to force it on the rest of us). Second wish - Haul the EPA in front of Congress.

Labor can wait.


17 posted on 12/07/2010 6:19:41 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: sauropod

Haul in the DOJ as well. No shortage of investigations to keep Issa and Co. busy.


18 posted on 12/07/2010 6:21:40 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

You’ve never requested anything, you troll.


19 posted on 12/07/2010 9:30:01 AM PST by NetRight Nation
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To: NetRight Nation
I pointed out that the email you cite does not support your claims. If you are too stupid to figure that out, so be it.

Oh, and blog pimps shouldn't go around calling others trolls, either.

20 posted on 12/07/2010 9:34:09 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Interesting. You didn’t see the email, so how could you know?

Further, it is hardly pimping by posting the entire post. If I was pimping, I would have posted an excerpt to push people to my site to read the rest and get the traffic.


21 posted on 12/07/2010 9:54:17 AM PST by NetRight Nation
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To: NetRight Nation
I went off of your cite of the email - and it contradicts your claim - the email told DOL employees to not delete emails - a rather standard notification when any outfit might be subject to investigation, if you knew anything about the subject. It does not indicate emails were already being deleted or documents were being shredded.

Oh, and a blog pimp only posts on FR to promote his blog - it's about more than excerpting. All you post here is your blog and comments about such.

22 posted on 12/07/2010 9:59:07 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: NetRight Nation
You didn’t see the email, so how could you know?

This was YOUR OWN comment, stated in the blog post:

DOL staff have already been warned about deleting emails and are expected to be going through an ethics briefing in the not to distant future.

It's the only thing you presented in the blog post that could remotely be construed that shredding is going on.

Are you telling me there was more there that you did not include in your blog post? Are you really sure you want to engage in this asinine defense of your work - that I did not see something that you did and that you refused to put into your blog entry - that would have strengthened your case? And that you are demanding I prove a negative, when it is contingent upon you to make the case for the claim you have made?

You just seem to have an extremely thin skin, dude - indicated by your resorting to ever-more inane attacks against legitimate criticism of your claims.

23 posted on 12/07/2010 10:04:46 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

“the email told DOL employees to not delete emails “

No need to send such an email if they weren’t shredding documents.


24 posted on 12/07/2010 10:41:03 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: CodeToad
Wrong, that is a standard message sent out in any organization that may be subject to an investigation. Most of my co-workers routinely delete most of the emails they receive (I always archive all of them so I have a record of client requests in case questions about them arise later).

If my department came under investigation for some reason, we would get an email like this to not delete emails until further notice.

25 posted on 12/07/2010 10:43:44 AM PST by dirtboy
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