More recently, Kinderlanders have participated in Occupy Wall Street events in hopes of spreading the blood-soaked gospel of social justice. In a Kinderland newsletter earlier this year camp alumnus Ron Gluck gushed, “I was moved to tears singing the same songs with the Camp Kinderland community at Occupy Wall Street (in Zuccotti Park) that I sang 60 years ago. We need to do it again!”
An article in the same newsletter elaborated on the ideological ecstasy experienced by Gluck and other Kinderlanders while they hung out with the hippies and rapists of OWS in lower Manhattan:
Dozens and dozens of Kinderland campers, staff, alumni and friends turned out to raise their voices and declare the power and the promise of the 99%. We Shall Not Be Moved; Banks of Marble; Solidarity Forever and This Land Is Your Land rang out, along with a catalogue of other high spirited movement hymns. We sang for hours, our songsheets making their way far beyond our Kinderland circle in ever widening ripples, till it seemed the whole park was singing along. It was a day of continuity and hope, as our youngest campers sang alongside alumni grandparents; as the words of the lyrics we sing all summer at camp took on new life and new meaning in the context of the Occupy movement spreading throughout the nation and the world. It really did feel like a new world might be born in the ashes of the old.
It is hard to believe that anyone other than a dedicated leftist would ever send her kids to Camp Kinderland.
But that’s not Groshen’s sole tie to radical politics. Her involvement in left-wing activism goes way back.
While studying at the University of Wisconsin in 1976 Groshen was a labor organizer. As an undergraduate she negotiated contracts and worked as union steward for a collective bargaining unit representing student workers and other campus employees.
Among the subjects Groshen taught while a graduate student at Harvard University were Labor Economics, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining. Groshen has studied wages extensively along with economic inequality, a perennial, pathological obsession of the Left.
She is openly hostile to small business. Groshen co-authored a 1998 report titled, “Small Consolation: The Dubious Benefits of Small Business for Job Growth and Wages,” for the leftist, union-backed Economic Policy Institute (whose president, Lawrence Mishel, is a longtime member of the Democratic Socialists of America, a neo-communist group).
Groshen suggested small businesses unfairly exploit their workers. “[T]he average small firm gains some competitive advantage (relative to the average large firm) from the low pay, inferior benefits, and reduced job security it offers employees,” she wrote. The paper concludes:
Although much research remains to be done, clearly larger firms and establishments pay more, provide better benefits, and offer better job security. Small may be beautiful in many arenas, but it is not beautiful for workers.
Despite this out-in-the-open hostility to small business, Groshen currently works for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the same entity that used to employ Obama’s financial enforcer, the tax-cheating Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Groshen is married to academic Christopher W. Bazinet who supports the Working Families Party, a partisan arm of the far-left ACORN activist network.
Some may say that at this point the revelation that yet another Obama nominee may be concealing her sympathy for radical left-wing politics hardly seems worth raising an eyebrow over.
The Obama administration is already saturated with America-hating radicals. Obama himself is the most radical president in modern U.S. history, a red diaper baby who has spent the better part of his adult life covering up his intimate connections to the Communists and fellow travelers who raised him, mentored him, and fostered his political career.
But it does matter because the Commissioner of Labor Statistics oversees the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
America’s Community Organizer-in-Chief is painfully aware that the bureau’s reports can make or break politicians. The BLS provides key statistics on unemployment; inflation; earnings levels; projections of occupational and industry growth; productivity trends; job accidents and illnesses; consumer household expenditures; and other figures. Its most-watched statistic will be the monthly unemployment figure it will release just days before the November election.
“If she imposes her perspective on the data releases and how they’re presented to the media, she will be doing a great disservice to the country and to the professionals who work so hard at the BLS,” said Rick Manning, a spokesman for Americans for Limited Government which has been leading the charge against the Groshen nomination.
Why take the chance?
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