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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Ramming speed, Mr. Sulu!"

Consider the classic line from the 1960s TV series "Star Trek" to be the new mantra of the Obama administration.

Emboldened by its success at ramming through nationalized health care, Obama & Co., once Congress left town for its Easter break, installed organized labor extremist Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.

The administration couldn't get Mr. Becker confirmed the normal way; a bipartisan group of senators blocked his nomination last month. So, President Obama installed Becker through a "recess appointment," giving him a seat on the NLRB through 2011.

(By the way, The New York Times called this action a "display of authority." Had it been a Republican doing the same thing, The Times would have called it an "abuse of power.")

How extreme is Craig Becker• Employers should have no legal interest in their employees' election of union representatives, he believes. Becker even has written that employers have no right to raise questions about illegal union organizing conduct or even to be heard in unfair labor practice cases.

This kind of guilty-as-charged mentality has no place on the National Labor Relations Board. As such, the president truly has abused his recess appointment power.

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