Saturday, August 18, 2007

A look at Bush's Appointees Over Mine Safety

I have been thinking about the incidents down at the Crandall Canyon Mine, and a thought occurred to me: Who is running the show in DC?

It's a question that comes up a lot.

Well, I have an answer.

Elaine Chao is the Secretary of Labor. She is the only member of Bush's first Cabinet still in their original position. Her "qualifications" to be Labor Secretary?

~BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College. MBA from Harvard.
~Banker with Citigroup
~White House Fellow in 1983, worked in Office of Policy Development
~VP, Bank of America
~In 1986, Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration in the Department of Transportation
~Deputy Secretary of Transportation under GHWBush
~1991-1992 Director of Peace Corps
~1992-1996, President and CEO of United Way
~1996-2001, Distinguished Fellow, Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank.

The Department of Labor oversees the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). To be fair, The Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety, Richard Sickler, has a deep background in mining.


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