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  •  The EEOC is independent (0+ / 0-)

    The President appoints the commissioners, but it isn't an arm of their administration. President Obama's commendable act with respect to the EEOC is the recess appointments he made to it as Senate Republicans tried to block the commission from having a quorum of commissioners to do business.

    "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

    by craigkg on Tue May 01, 2012 at 12:03:51 PM PDT

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    •  the more general point (1+ / 0-)
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      addressing Hannah's question of if there's a difference in this area than under Bush.

      And Obama's appointments in the area of Labor and Employment have been met with more grassroots enthusiasm than his appointments on this economic team, from what I've seen. And the appointees make their own hires as well.

      "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."—Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Scott Wooledge on Tue May 01, 2012 at 12:14:59 PM PDT

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      •  I agree. He probably couldn't have done better... (0+ / 0-)

        ...than the appointment of Feldblum, who wrote most of the language of the Americans with Disabilities Act that got passed in 1990. I'm just making sure it is understood the EEOC is independent and not under the direction of the administration, but the President can profoundly shape the commission (as he can with many other independent entities like the courts) by who he chooses to appoint.

        "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

        by craigkg on Tue May 01, 2012 at 12:29:29 PM PDT

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