Hilda Solis made good news and bad news today.
The good news: The left-leaning LA native is stepping down as President Obama’s Labor Secretary.
The bad news: She wants a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Los Angeles has plenty to show for the leadership of its longstanding left-leaning Democrat majority. Its water and sewer infrastructure are in disrepair and its roads are a nightmare. It is chock-full of social welfare recipients and works diligently to expand their numbers. It has over-promised its employees, is under-serving its citizens and has over-spent its way into debt.
Count on Solis to make things even worse. Are you not familiar with her? Then you haven’t read Crazifornia. Here’s what I wrote about her:
To understand how California’s PEER axis [Progressives, Environmentalists, Educators and Reporters] helps to drive the Progressive agenda nationally, look no further than Hilda Solis, President Obama’s secretary of labor. Solis, who grew up in an East Los Angeles union household, is the proud holder of a 99 percent “liberal quotient” from Americans for Democratic Action and a two percent “conservative quotient” from the American Conservative Union from her time in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009.
She graduated from La Puente High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, then went on to California Polytechnic University under California’s progressive Educational Opportunity Program. There, she prepared for public sector work with a political science degree, then moved on to the University of Southern California, where she picked up the degree coveted by all feeders at the public trough: a Masters in Public Administration.
Solis has never spent a working moment in the private sector. Instead, she worked first with another program for disadvantaged students wanting to go to college – California apparently needs at least two such programs – before winning her first elected position, on a college district board. Her subsequent legislative career, first in California, then in Washington, reads like a Progressive’s check list: pro-illegal immigrant, pro-union, pro-regulation, pro-abortion, anti-business and anti-gun. No wonder she caught Nancy Pelosi’s eye and became vice chair of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, then caught Obama’s eye as he looked for someone to fill his last remaining cabinet seat, Secretary of Labor.
Some of the first rumors of her appointment to the cabinet came from the Communist Party USA’s People’s Weekly World, which may not be surprising, since the party had backed Solis when she first ran for Congress in 2000. The Red rag reported that Solis’ name was put forward by Service Employees International Union president Andrew Stern, which explains why the nomination was seen as a big win for unions and evidence of pro-union things to come from the Obama administration.
Republicans held the nomination up for months, in part because she was not forthcoming in her answers about her support of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have reduced free choice in union elections by eliminating secret ballots. The nomination was also slowed because she was caught in the same net as so many Obama nominees: failure to pay taxes. In Solis’ case, it was her husband who didn’t pay. But the revelation still was damaging, and the cause of more than a little political lampooning. …
Solis’ nomination finally made it through the Senate. Since then, she’s extended unemployment benefits, added 250 investigators to the department’s Wage and Hour Division and directed them to crack down on what few employers in the country still have employees, loosened restrictions on “immigrant labor” put in place by President Bush and issued the largest OSHA fine in U.S. history. The Democratic Socialists of America, the U.S. affiliate of Socialists International, is pleased as Red punch by Solis, writing in 2010:
Those who voted for “change you can believe in” in 2008 have found many reasons since Obama’s inauguration to be disappointed with the new White House. But there have been some bright spots in the administration’s first year as well—positive steps that illustrate the difference that a progressive-minded administration can make when it stands up to corporate interests and is unafraid to act in the public good. One well worth acknowledging … is the work of the Department of Labor under Secretary Hilda Solis.
If you live in Los Angeles and want to put a stop to its skid into unlivability, I suggest you go with ABS: Anyone But Solis.