Let’s just cut to the chase and call for her head, OK (re: Bushco’s Labor Secretary); even though she’s a symptom as opposed to the disease and we would no doubt get someone in her place just as bad or worse, it would still send a message.
This notes the new restrictive overtime pay guidelines instituted in August 2004 (and note who is leading the charge against them) as well as many other ways that this administration fights the rights of workers to organize, fights family leave, appointed Eugene Scalia as the country’s top labor attorney (given his record in lawsuits against workers, if that wasn’t “the fox raiding the hen house,” I don’t know what was), and fights the SEIU and UAW in particular.
This also notes how Chao’s labor department encourages outsourcing/offshoring at every opportunity and fights workplace safety regulations with equal vigor.
The last straw for yours truly, though, is this story in USA Today stating that Chao and her Labor Department are sanctioning agreements written by employers that fire whistle-blowing employees, and a follow-up article tells the story of Matthew Zipoli, who was terminated for reporting safety and security lapses at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Lawrence Livermore makes nuclear weapons, by the way. Of all the places where I would be concerned about safety and security, that might very well top my list.
The eternal Molly Ivins once noted that Elaine Chao was the most anti-labor labor secretary she’d ever seen (a sentiment echoed by AFL-CIO president John Sweeney). Again, though Chao’s only following orders, as they say, it’s long past time for her to meet the same fate as those courageous individuals such as Zipoli who have suffered for doing the right thing.
Fire Elaine Chao right now.
Update: This is the Wonkette link from the commenter, by the way (thanks again...gives you more than a bit of a clue of what this woman is all about).