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  •  Is this now the ethnic seat on the Cabinet? (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, betelgeux

    I'm REALLY happy Perez is the nominee because of his sterling record in Justice, and I HOPE this signals that this is the beginning of a serious push for immigration reform.

    But: Alexis Herman (African American), Elaine Chao, Hilda Solis. Since 1997. Yes, I know, Attorney General too, but we'll have to see who the next one is.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:58:01 AM PDT

    •  I don't think I see this as a problem - (2+ / 0-)
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      shoeless, PSzymeczek

      could be that the backgrounds of the appointees lend themselves to a superior level of qualification for this job -  I think that Solis was pretty good and I am hopeful that Perez will be, too.  

      I've been coming to DKos since May 2008 and I still don't have a sig line. Oh well.....

      by CrissieP on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:07:16 AM PDT

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    •  With a weakened NLRB (6+ / 0-)

      and vastly overshadowed by the much more powerful Treasury, State and OMB, I don't see how much good they can do by themselves, no matter how progressive and earnest. Look at Lahood at Transportation, or Chu at Energy. All good people who've done good things, but within a fairly narrow range.

      So long as big money, whose interests are purely short-term and selfish and in conflict with these interests, is in charge, nothing truly big will happen in any of these areas. And we need some big things in them.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:09:08 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, sadly enough... (1+ / 0-)
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      The DOL seems to the landing spot for the empty tokenism of both parties. Bush gave us Chao, for our first Chinese-American cabinet member, and Obama gives us Solis-Perez for his Hispanic checkoff.

      But Perez seems like an attractive candidate. Some of the praise for him from our side seems way over the top, however.

    •  Sorry (2+ / 0-)
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      CrissieP, betelgeux

      I really wasn't thinking when I posted this. Of course he's a terrific nominee, just as Solis was, and this isn't a problem. You're both of course right.

      Not one of my good days, I'm afraid.

      -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

      by Dave in Northridge on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:39:44 AM PDT

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