Credit where credit is due
But it's not all gloom and doom. Found this nugget in a story about how wage theft, that is, employers not paying their employees what they're owed, has been on the rise since 2000:
Despite reports from the ground that wage theft is on the rise, the U.S. Department of Labor reported a 25 percent drop in registered complaints from low-wage workers from the start of the Bush administration through 2008, the most recent data available.
A recent Congressional report slammed the Labor Department for frequently failing to investigate or even register some complaints; a bill in the House would extend the federal statute of limitations on some violations to give the department more time to investigate them.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has added about 250 wage and hour inspectors, and last week, the department signed an agreement with the New York labor department, Mexican Consulate and several other groups to create a call center that will provide Hispanic workers in the New York area information about their labor rights.
There's a reason why we kicked those bums out of power. Let's hope Harry Reid can remember that. Barack Obama too.