This is getting re-damn-diculous:
President Obama has just named a Mr. Ron Bloom to another “advisory” position (i.e. czar).
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bloom was a special assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers Union. His responsibilities included the union’s collective bargaining program.
Prior to joining the Steelworkers, Bloom was one of the founding partners of Keilin and Bloom, an investment banking firm, where he was involved in numerous transactions on behalf of the Steelworkers, the Auto Workers, the Teamsters, the Air Line Pilots Association and other unions.
Before founding Keilin and Bloom, Bloom was a vice president at the investment banking firm of Lazard Freres & Co. where he specialized in analyzing, structuring and raising financing for union-led employee-ownership transactions.
Bloom will travel with Obama on a visit to Cincinnati on Monday, the Labor Day holiday, where the president will speak at an event held by the AFL-CIO labor organization.
Just another in a long line of appointed, high level officials that do not require a confirmation process or any type of public disclosure.
Can you say “shadow government?”
A guy who is supposed to help the creation of manufacturing jobs who just happens to be a union lapdog. Trying to shore up that union support, eh, Barack?
Part of the reason our manufacturing base has been decimated (UAW anyone?) in recent years is due to costly and cushy union contracts that sap financial growth out of companies. When these jobs are lost due to overseas competition, we hear cries of outsourcing from the same people who helped ruin the fiscal viability of their employers.
But, don’t worry. He’s also a banker.