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Why does the US Dept. of Labor (DOL) exist at all? It was born of an alien notion proclaiming an impossible right to work, implying a legal requirement for someone to become an employer and then employ someone, or employ everyone. Or, if someone is already an employer, legal requirements are implied forcing the employer to keep undesirable employees employed, give them raises, give them benefits including even retirement benefits, and thus, the purpose of the business itself is radically changed. The purpose of the business is no longer the purpose for which it was established; the new purpose for the business is to try to satisfy an impossible to satisfy legal citizen right to work.
If this sounds "revolutionary" to you, go to the head of the class. Preparation for Communist revolution began with organized labor and the establishment of large scale labor unions. Union organization was the first "Community Organizing" effort, born of the closing lines of Marx's Communist Manifesto, to quote:
This was written in 1848, sparking a year of global upheaval and bloody revolution. All the revolutions of the 1848 "Springtime of Revolution" failed, and the movement then turned to "Community Organizing" to build toward eventual global revolution. The most successful branch of this "organizing" involved the establishment of national and international labor unions, all over the world. The purpose was to drive a wedge between workers and employers, and to fiercely alienate them from each other. To convert them into social enemies rather than cooperators in profit. It was a vitally important part of the promotion of class strife, or even class warfare.
At any rate, the spurious Communist argument supporting right to work or right to a job had gained sufficient social acceptance that Congress established in 1888 a Bureau of Labor under the Department of the Interior. In 1903 it became a stand-alone Cabinet-level Department of Labor.
Is there a Constitutional mandate for DOL? No. Absolutely not. "Labor" is nowhere to be found in the Constitution, nor is any right to a job to be found among the Amendments. Labor is not listed among the limited and enumerated powers of the Federal Government in Article 1 Section 8. Nor is there any mention of any rights to wages, whether minimum or maximum, or to any work-place conditions, or or to any working hours, or to any benefits. All of these things are beyond the Constitutional scope of the federal government. They are not "Federal issues."
Labor and related issues are local issues, where they need to be addressed in law at all. They are most properly addressed in the private sector.
There exists an incestuous relationship between organized labor and the Democrat Party, who have a shared affinity for Marxist anti-American redistributionist and revolutionary philosophy. Both organized labor and the Democrat Party favor and promote the movement toward and into "Pure Democracy" (not to be confused with the Jeffersonian model of Pure Democracy.) Organized Labor would like to change farms, ranches and private businesses of all variety from private enterprises into pure Democracies, in which the workers get a vote. The Democrat Party would like to change America from a Constitutional Republic into a Pure Democracy as a stepping-stone to Tocqueville's predicted economic collapse followed by dictatorship.
DOL Responsibility and Scope. DOL is supposed to "foster, promote and develop" the welfare of American wage earners, job seekers and retirees; improve working conditions, advance opportunities for profitable employment, and assure worker benefits and rights. None of this is the proper Constitutional business of the federal government. It came to be through the insidious infiltration of Marxist "organizers" into a major American political Party, and into the larger government itself.
Supporting all this is a mountain of, in my opinion, un-Constitutional labor-related legislation. All of it should be declared to be out-of-scope, un-Constitutional and therefore no law. All that would be required for this to happen would be a President or a Congress with the balls to do it.
DOL Budget should be Cut, completely, and the whole department should be shut down. All it is really accomplishing is three things:
All of these are anti-American "accomplishments."
As a legislatively-established regulating authority, all related regulations from any part of DOL should become nul and void the moment the department is closed. (The Constitution nowhere grants Congress the authority to delegate any of its exclusive legislative authority to any nameless, faceless, unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, who would produce "regulations" with full force of legislated representative law.)
In particular, any federal-level laws or regulations in existence that legally require
should similarly be declared to be un-Constitutional, nul, void and no law.
The American workplace does not need to be "administered" by big brother government. If you don't like the pay or conditions of your employment, go work somewhere else, or start your own business.
DOL needs to go.
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Most of this site describes what is wrong; this one describes what to do about it. If we don't get rid of the extra-Constitutional entities we are over-paying for they will eventually economically strangle us to death as a nation.
Shut down unneeded bureaucracy, for budget’s sake. In the name of fiscal sanity, we need to shut down unneeded bureaucracy.
Cut USDA budget, in whole or in part. Is agriculture the constitutional business of the federal government?
Department of Commerce: Cut DOC budget, with a meat axe. Argument to cut DOC; in times like these, no bureaucracy is sacred.
Dept of Defense: Budget cuts here need to be of the scalpel variety. Defense cuts need to be done very carefully lest we harm national security.
Cut the ED budget, in whole. Is education the constitutional business of the federal government?
Argument against Public Education, which is, in fact, Government Indoctrination. Public Education equals State Indoctrination, pure and simple. Education is beyond the scope of government and not what our government is constituted to do.
Cut DOE budget, with a meat axe. Other than nuclear, how is any energy source the business of federal government?
Cut HHS budget, completely. How, exactly, is any Health and/or Human Services the Constitutional business of federal government?
Cut Social Security: Elimination of America’s Largest Budget Expenditure. How to Cut Social Security and begin the return to fiscal sanity.
Cut DHS budget, completely. Homeland Security is the proper domain of Defense, CIA and FBI. We should cut DHS completely.
Cut HUD budget, completely. How, exactly, is Housing or Urban Development the Constitutional business of federal government?
At this moment in time, most Constitutionalists would love to kill the IRS. How do you Kill the IRS? Fast-track and pass the Fair Tax. Very simple; nothing to it.
Cut DOJ budget, with a paring knife, but, radically. We need to cut DOJ unnecessary and unrelated functions to streamline the function of justice.
Cut DOL, completely. The Dept of Labor has no Constitutional reason to exist. We should cut DOL, which, like organized labor itself, was born of Marx's Communist Manifesto.
Cut EPA, completely. EPA has no Constitutional reason to exist. How, exactly, are the environment or natural resources the Constitutional business of the Federal Government?
Cut DOS (State Departement) budget excess fat. Cut DOS unnecessary functions and get back to State business.
Cut DOI (Department Of Interior) with a meat axe. We can eliminate ninety percent of Interior bureaucracy when we cut DOI.
Restoring our Treasury Department to its original purpose for being. On restoring our Treasury from Fascist Crony Capitalism, i.e., the Fed.
If we really need to cut spending, we should cut DOT with a meat axe. We should cut DOT and all these other bureaucracies that are regulating us to death.
Cut bureaucracy, but leave VA alone. In fact, we should build up the VA. In the aftermath of Marxocrat and Republicrat cuts to defense, both defense and the VA need new attention.
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