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Penny Pritzer for Commerce Secretary?

Red State – by Moe Lane

We still have a Commerce Secretary? What the hell has the last one been doing for the past five years? Playing tiddlywinks?

Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary this morning.  

Pritzker’s nomination could prove controversial. She is on the board of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp., which was founded by her wealthy family and has had rocky relations with labor unions, and she could face questions about the failure of a bank partly owned by her family.

 

Yeah, apparently labor union leadership hates her guts. From last month:

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said in a statement that Pritzker “has a long and storied history as being an anti-labor, anti-worker kind of boss… We cannot imagine that someone who has a long history of bludgeoning Chicago’s working families and destroying public schools would be given a platform to continue these sorts of business practices on a national level,” Lewis continued.

I mention this not because I want Penny Pritzer to be Commerce Secretary. I don’t; more accurately, I don’t particularly see the need for a Commerce Department in its current incarnation* – and especially during this current administration, which apparently thinks that ‘business growth’ is accomplished via the creation of elaborate fiscal institutions out of bamboo and palm fronds. But it promises to be highly amusing to see Big Labor freak out over this nomination; and what kind of Right Wing Death Beast would I be if I didn’t helpfully point out to the labor movement that they are expected to grit their teeth and applaud this choice like the good little company men that they so clearly are?

Have a nice day!

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*I’ve seen a bunch of people complaining about the incredibly crass (yet eminently legal) payoff that this appointment represents. Personally, I think that it might save money if we simply had a Cabinet department whose job it was to be a Cabinet department: people could be appointed to it as a reward for various services, given a reasonable but not ridiculous salary, extremely flattering job titles, and absolutely no oversight power whatsoever.

No, you don’t call it “the House of Lords.” You call it “the Department of Administrative Affairs.”

http://www.redstate.com/2013/05/02/penny-pritzer-commerce-unions-barack-obama/

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2 Responses to Penny Pritzer for Commerce Secretary?

  1. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary this morning.”

    Clarification: she was Obummer’s campaign finance manager in ’08. It was her billionaire friends’ donations that mainly funded his run.

    “She is on the board of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp., which was founded by her wealthy family and has had rocky relations with labor unions, and she could face questions about the failure of a bank partly owned by her family.”

    Clarification: her uncle bought the Superior Bank of Illinois back in ’89. It was rock solid at that time. He turned over the leadership to Penny. By ’93, it became one of the largest banks to ever fail in the U.S. This was due mainly to the TOXIC SUB-PRIME LOANS engineered by this bank. Penny’s two top officers were hit with “cease and desist” orders, which in the banking business means you can never work in that ‘industry’ again. She was given what amounted to a slap on the wrist, they did some management and ownership shuffling, and were fined $565 million (I believe that was the figure, if not, very close to it) payable over 15 years. These scumbags were one of the originators of the sub-prime loans, and likely made billions from them, although we’ll never know just how much, since they lie about everything, especially profits made from any venture undertaken.

    I’ve been waiting for years to see just when and how she would be rewarded for her efforts.

  2. REDHORSE says:

    Another dirtbag from a dirtbag city going to work for the dirtbag in charge.I’m only being nice because Henry won’t print the language i want to use and i don’t think saliors have even heard that kind of language.I wonder if i caused financial ruin to the bank of Dubi if i could get an appointment.

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