With Congress spending like drunken sailors, we’re surprised to see House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) offer a small cut in spending — one that, of course, helps the Union Bosses.
Robert Novak reports that Obey and company increased spending for the Labor-HHS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) appropriations bill by a whooping 8 percent but “the House Democratic version cuts by 19.6 percent the Labor Department request for funds to enforce disclosure by labor unions of how they use membership dues. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has tried, against opposition from organized labor, to enforce at long last union disclosures imposed by the 1959 Landrum-Griffin Labor Reform Act. The funding reductions in the House bill would force Chao to cut enforcement personnel and effectively undercut her efforts.”
Union Bosses have continually tried to prevent rank-and-file members from knowing how their dues money is spent. This is further evidence of it.