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Leftism by inaction at Acosta's DOL


Added 08-08-18 02:31:02pm EST - “I have documented the fact that Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta studiously avoids making policy and personnel decisions that might alienate leftists. Because Acosta’s predecessor, Tom Perez, made the Labor Department a central player…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “Leftism by inaction at Acosta's DOL”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

I have documented the fact that Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta studiously avoids making policy and personnel decisions that might alienate leftists. Because Acosta’s predecessor, Tom Perez, made the Labor Department a central player in President Obama’s quest radically to transform America, Acosta’s unwillingness to rock the boat is a major victory for the left.

The Administrative Review Board (ARB) epitomizes Acosta’s passivity. The ARB is, in effect, the Labor Department’s appellate court. It’s the body that hears appeals from rulings by DOL administrative law judges.

The ARB Acosta inherited from Perez was, of course, made up of five left liberals. Acosta had the power to remove and replace all of them promptly, which is essentially what Presidents Bush and Obama did. Instead, a year-and-a-half into the Trump administration, Acosta has removed none of them.

Nor has Acosta even replaced the ARB members who have left. Doing so would require him to make choices. And in making them, he might alienate conservatives or, worse from Acosta’s perspective, liberals.

As a result, the ARB is withering away. It now consists, according to the DOL website, of only one member.

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