Thursday, March 10, 2011

Which Side Are You On?

With friends like these...
WASHINGTON -- When House Republicans targeted the budget of the National Labor Relations Board last month, the agency shot back, warning that such cuts would force it to largely cease operations for an extended period of time, creating a backlog of thousands of cases.

It was one of the few counterattacks from the Obama administration, which was otherwise busy proposing its own cuts and endorsing the Republican call for slashing spending -- and it didn't last long. The White House demanded that the NLRB scrub the statement defending the agency from its website, an NLRB spokesperson told The Huffington Post.

The link to the statement, issued Feb. 18, can still be found on the website, under the heading: "Top NLRB officials respond to House budget proposal." But click through and a new statement, dated Feb. 22, appears: "The content in this statement has been removed. For further information on this subject, please see the President's Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) regarding the budget, which can be found on the OMB website."
The never-ending debate about the White House continues. This tells either:

a) They are a bunch of gutless pussies who concede at the slightest sign of an actual principled fight with the Republicans.


b) They actually don't care that much about a functional NLRB, and are willing to let it become a casualty of the budget debate.

Neither explination is good, and I'm honestly not sure which is worse.

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