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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Brian Hayes — the Quitter

Move over Sarah Palin.  There’s a new Quitter in town — Brian Hayes.

Brian Hayes is the only Republican member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Hayes disagrees with the other two members of the NLRB — both Democrats — over an NLRB ruling on labor unions.

Most grownups are able to withstand the heartbreak of having their co-workers disagree with them.  But Brian Hayes is threatening to resign his position on the NLRB.  This would deny the Board a quorum, thereby bringing the National Labor Relations Board to a grinding halt.

The NLRB is supposed to have five members, but thanks to a giant shit pile in the middle of the road — i.e. Congressional Republicans obstructing and blocking Obama’s every nominee to every position — the NLRB has two longstanding unfilled vacancies.  So now if one member quits, the entire Board grinds to a halt.

Brian Hayes hasn’t quit his position yet, as of this writing.  Hopefully this won’t become a trend:  quit your job and bring an entire government board screeching to a halt.  If Hayes does quit, what will he put on his next job application under “reason for leaving your prior employer.”

A spokesperson for the Service Employees International Union said:

“We are shocked by the idea that a partisan difference would shut down the workings of a federal agency.”

Brian Hayes wrote a letter to his family, discussing the agonizing decision he’s facing.  A portion of the letter was leaked to the press:

“Mommy:  I can’t take this any more.  It’s too haaard.  It’s tough out here in the cold cruel world.  People are mean to me.  Can I come home?  I want to move back into my old room again, just like old times, and just be me again.  Pleeeease?  I‘m sorry about that time when you walked in on me while I was xxxx xxx xxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxx and I promise I won’t do it again.”

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Blogger MRMacrum said...

The actions of the Right to disrupt the government of this country just reinforces my contention from years ago, the parties have no real interest in the people, just the party and holding onto power or regaining it. No matter what excuse he may come up with if he resigns, I will not be convinced he did it for any reason other than to help his party in their quest to take down Obama.

December 1, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Well there is the Christmas break so Obama could appoint a couple of guys but I'd bet that they are on to blocking that as well.

December 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I'd like to know why Obama and congressional Democrats haven't made a bigger issue about all the vacancies and blocking of appointees.

As for Hayes, I'm sure he'll have no problem landing another job, precisely because he was instrumental in shutting down the NLRB. Maybe the Waltons or Kochs will give him a well-paying job figuring out ways to force workers into doing overtime work off the clock, or some such.

Macrum wrote: ". . . the parties have no real interest in the people . . ."

Nearly 300 bills passed by the House from 2006-2010 must've slipped past you like ships in the night, along with past hits like the Civil Rights and Voting Right acts, Medicare and Medicaid.

Demeur, I expect Republicans will keep the Senate technically in session through the holidays recess the way they did during the summer recess so they can block appointments. The scummy bastards.

December 2, 2011 at 1:11 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Weepublicans. Pussies, one and all.

December 2, 2011 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MRM: I'm sure this guy's only motive is to take down Obama and strangle as many government agencies as possible in the process.

Demeur: Unfortunately, Congress (officially) hasn't been on recess for almost a year now, and they'll probably keep pulling this same stunt 'til the end of this congressional session.

SW: Sometimes it seems like the Democrats aren't even fighting -- let alone trying to win -- the message war. The GOP's constant stonewalling and obstructing should be getting screamed about 24/7 and drummed into the public consciousness.

JR: Yup, that's exactly what Weepubwicans are.

December 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

SW - 300 bills in 4 years? And we are so much better off now aren't we? Maybe if they spent more time on passing less bills, they would actually tackle the issues most of America would like to see them tackle. Quanity by itself does not mean quality.

I consider the politicians of today compared to the ones who actually worked to make lives better 40 - 50 years ago in a different light than you apparently do. Both parties have gone downhill since then in my opinion. The Republicans got meaner. The Democrats got wimpier. And in the meantime, all of them got richer.

December 3, 2011 at 3:35 AM  
Blogger harry said...

You vill komply.
Und you vill LIKE it.



December 3, 2011 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(jeebus, wrong post knucklehead)

December 3, 2011 at 7:28 AM  

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