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The Hilda Solis legacy: Big Labor's propagandist departs

| Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

Hilda Solis is a metaphor for the malady known as “progressivism” — an affliction so debilitating that its devotees are blinded by their government-knows-best paternalism and whose hubris is exceeded only by their ignorance.

And we're being charitable.

Ms. Solis is the nation's departing secretary of Labor. Make that the departing secretary of Organized Labor. For she carried more water for the cartels of coercion and workplace perversion than any Labor secretary in history. (And that would include Frances Perkins, the first government Labor boss beginning in 1933 whose brain warps included such unsustainable disasters as Social Security and federal minimum wage floors.)

Ms. Solis' job was “to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and the retirees of the United States.” All of them, we would remind, not just u nionized ones.

Think of Solis' shameful opposition to right-to-work laws, her equally shameful support for “card check” and support for insane regulations that would have made it illegal for farm family kids to perform the usual chores of farm family kids. And under her watch, the Labor Department went to extraordinary lengths to hide union corruption.

Don't expect any successor, in this administration, to be any better than this departing propagandist.

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