Magazine article The American Prospect

The Labor Department Theory of Value

Magazine article The American Prospect

The Labor Department Theory of Value

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This administration's policies on anything that even touches workers run from the ridiculous to the ridiculous. Consider its Advisory Committee on Trade Policy, which Bush unveiled back on Dec. 9. The 32-member panel boasts two academics, one governor, one mayor and 28 representatives from business. No environmentalists. Not a single trade unionist. Good thing there's just one side to every question. (The committee's membership is also eloquent testimony to the clout of Teamster President Jim Hoffa and Carpenters President Doug McCarron, the dynamic duo of pro-Bush union leaders whose constant fawning over the president has yielded their unions' members precisely nothing.)

Or consider the seemingly mundane issue of helping Washington-area federal employees get to work. In April 2000, Bill Clinton signed an executive order entitling all such employees to a monthly transit subsidy of no more than $65, which was to increase to $100 by January 2002. But the Department of Labor has denied its D. …

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