The answer is Perez is not good for labor....he is good at the 3 monkey syndrome......see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil. That is why he has been brought to Washington DC. Let's look into the future of a plutocracy if the citizens of the US allow the 1% to proceed. Where would the Kingdom of Dubiousness be located? It would be the Washington suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. Why are so many Maryland pols heading to Washington? WE ARE GROUND ZERO FOR THE THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRATS AND THESE ORGANIZATIONS CREATED IN MARYLAND AS NON-PROFITS ARE STAFFED WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE.
Cardin, Sarbanes, Cummings, Van Hollen, and Hoyer all are original Third Way caucus. O'Malley, Anthony Brown, Doug Gansler, and Rawlings-Blake are all team Third Way. If we are going to turn this dominance around we must look outside existing organizations and people to do it!!!!
RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE......VOTE THIRD WAY INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!
Below you'll see how policy in Maryland never works to the people's interest because of Third Way corporate democrats!!!
Did you know that MD's incidences of wage theft/workplace abuse of Hispanic workers is as bad as any in the country? Did you know that labor unions in MD are under constant attack from public private partnerships gone wild in MD? Did you know that business tax credits/grants that come with contracts that include hiring of underserved workers are almost never given oversight and almost never meet agreements?
There is a wide disconnect in MD with what heads of these labor and justice organizations say and what actually happens. Every time I ask CASA for example why they do not shout loudly with all of the workers protesting these abuses there is silence. Every time I ask MD AFL-CIO why they support bills that work against their members and never result in good jobs for labor there is silence. Time and again we hear the mantra of job creation and we know there are few jobs created and those that are often bring workers from out of state. Exelon brought new jobs? NO. Windfarms bring new jobs? NO. Casinos with union jobs? NOT IN BALTIMORE. Baltimore/MD have more union people walking in circles on picket lines then are employed!! The public policy of subcontracting to subcontractors used all across MD and especially Baltimore never has labor shouting that I have heard. These are all job killers/wage impoverishment that thrives in Maryland and it is because of people like Perez who turn their heads to all of this abuse and capture the very offices meant to protect and bring justice to labor.
We want to be clear. When the Pew Research Study stated that Business Tax Credits are found to have no oversight and are full of fraud and corruption, when other watchdogs say MD is at the bottom for fraud and corruption..that reflects on DLLR and Perez.
I want to point out that in Maryland were justice for the underserved and people of color is almost non-existent if you look towards where these people like Perez graduate......Harvard.....you will see there is no comfort in seeing a person of color in a position of power. We certainly see what we got with Obama and Eric Holder for goodness sake!!!
Md. officials welcome talk of Perez as U.S. secretary of labor Civil rights lawyer previously served as state labor secretary
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun 9:46 p.m. EDT, March 10, 2013
Hispanic and union leaders in Maryland applauded reports Sunday that Thomas E. Perez, a longtime civil rights attorney who led the state's labor department for two years, is poised to be nominated as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor as early as this week.
Perez, an assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, has an extensive political history in Maryland that began more than a decade ago when he became the first Latino to win a seat on the Montgomery County Council. The 51-year-old lives in Takoma Park.
If nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Hilda L. Solis, who resigned in January.
After an aborted run for Maryland attorney general in 2006, Perez served as the state's labor secretary under Gov. Martin O'Malley from 2007 until 2009. If nominated for the federal post, he will have significant support from union leaders and groups eager to see Latinos included in Obama's second-term administration.
"He cares about what he does," said Fred D. Mason Jr., president of the state AFL-CIO. "Tom takes a very serious and deliberate approach to his job."
White House and Department of Justice officials declined to comment on the possible nomination, and Perez did not respond to a request for comment Sunday. The news of his possible appointment was first reported by Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources.
Despite support from some, his path to the labor position is far from assured.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Perez "should face a lot of tough questions" over what the Iowa Republican described as a "shady" deal in which the Justice Department allegedly dropped a lawsuit against the city of St. Paul, Minn., last year in exchange for the city's dismissing separate civil rights litigation against the federal government.
"It's hard to believe that the president would nominate somebody at the heart of a congressional investigation and so deeply involved in a controversial decision," Grassley said in a statement.
Perez ran for Maryland attorney general in 2006 but was kicked off the primary ballot by the Maryland Court of Appeals, which found he lacked the 10 years' legal experience in Maryland required by the state constitution. Perez disagreed with the decision. Douglas F. Gansler won the election that year and remains attorney general.
O'Malley tapped Perez as state labor secretary in 2007, a position the Harvard-educated son of Dominican immigrants used to implement regulations to stem the foreclosure crisis. He also pushed to shift oversight of adult education programs to his agency, a move that led to a turf battle with state education officials.
Through a spokeswoman, O'Malley declined to comment on the possible nomination.
"Tom Perez was an extraordinary secretary of labor for Marylanders, and we hope that workers across the country will soon be able to benefit from his vision for transformative work," said Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA de Maryland, where Perez previously served as a board president.
Raised in Buffalo, N.Y., Perez was the only child in his family who did not follow his father into medicine, turning instead to public service. His grandfather was a Dominican ambassador to the United States.
Perez became an attorney in the civil rights division of the Justice Department in the late 1980s, prosecuting several high-profile cases. He also worked on hate crime legislation for Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democratic senator who died in 2009.
Perez left the federal government when President George W. Bush, a Republican, took office in 2001. He worked at the University of Maryland law school and was elected to the Montgomery County Council in 2002. He served as the body's president in 2005.
He was, even then, a recognized supporter of labor. George Leventhal, a Democratic member of the council, recalled a 2004 case in which he and Perez were subpoenaed by Comcast for their support of an employee who was fired by the cable company for trying to unionize about 300 employees.
Comcast later dropped the case and reinstated the employee.
"When he believes in something, when he takes something up, he fights for it very aggressively, very forcefully," said Doug Duncan, who served as Montgomery County Executive during Perez's tenure on the council. "He presents his case very well. He will do that for labor."
We want to emphasize that the problem in entitlements and by extension health care costs is massive fraud and waste. That is the problem and we are seeing after four years of developing what for MD is a private health system, none of these reforms are taking these issues to task. We are watching as committees filled with health providers decide how they will remain profitable with all of the cuts coming to entitlements. The answer is always cutting access and patient co-pays. You might say that cutting access will help with the waste as the Third Way corporate Obama Administration wants to say. What is happening is the cuts in waste are coming to essential care and it comes there because the care is costly.....for example hospitalization vs. preventive care. As this article shows, there is still a propensity to add cost by individual tests that with co-pays creates a level of patient debt that makes these patients unable to afford the more costly procedures that end being the ones they need....which is the point! Corporate pols protecting corporate profits.
If you look at this new approach to treating the poor..all preventive..you see this same process in the extreme. 3 and 4 appointments a year just to draw blood and take levels in fat, cholesterol etc just to tell a person they need to adjust their diet...that is a scam and it is what entitlement patients have as care!!!
Md. health insurers' 'fail first' policies jeopardize patient health In the name of controlling costs, some erect barriers that prevent patients from receiving needed care
By Gene Ransom 1:06 p.m. EDT, March 11, 2013 Baltimore Sun
Absent from the critical debate in Maryland over how to rein in health care spending has been a serious examination of the dangerous and expensive policies that some Maryland health insurers have enacted in the name of cost containment, and their potentially deleterious impact on patient health.
In the name of controlling costs, some Maryland health insurers have enacted a set of onerous barriers to care that prevent Maryland patients from accessing timely and effective treatment, and place health insurers squarely in the middle of the physician-patient relationship.
One such harmful barrier to care is known as "step therapy" or "fail first," a policy that often requires that patients try and fail on up to five older, less-effective treatments before an insurer will cover the treatment originally prescribed by their doctor. Patients are often forced to try and fail on these treatments even when they have already tried them in the past, and even when their doctor knows the treatments will not work.
For Maryland patients living with a host of serious, often painful conditions including cancer, arthritis or epilepsy, step therapy can mean days, weeks, or months without treatment. This unnecessary delay in care is not only cruel but also jeopardizes patient health and well-being.
Step therapy policies unnecessarily prolong ineffective treatment, prevent Marylanders from immediately receiving access to the life-sustaining treatments their doctors think best, and often exacerbate health problems, allowing manageable conditions to devolve into disease. By forcing patients to undergo cheaper, less-effective treatments that doctors know won't work, insurance companies are driving up their profits on the backs of the sick.
When patients are denied access to treatment, it is not only their physical condition that suffers. Every time a patient is forced to unnecessarily return to the doctor or pharmacist because of an insurer step therapy policy, it can mean additional transportation and child care costs and additional missed work, which in turn drives up costs for Maryland businesses through lost productivity and increased insurance premiums. Step therapy can also drive up the direct costs to the Maryland health care system through unnecessary hospitalization or emergency room visits.
Maryland physicians are frustrated with current insurer policies that prevent doctors from treating their patients as they see fit. A recent survey of MedChi member physicians found that, for 95 percent of Maryland doctors, health insurer protocols like step therapy had a "somewhat" or "very negative" impact on the physician's ability to effectively treat patients.
Many states around the country have already begun to reevaluate health insurer step therapy protocols and their negative impact on patients, with many, including New York, Connecticut and Louisiana, taking legislative action to help curb these insurer abuses. The Maryland General Assembly now has an opportunity to address dangerous health insurer practices that prevent Maryland patients from accessing timely and effective health care.
Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton and Del. Eric Bromwell have sponsored common-sense legislation (SB 746 and HB 1015) that will address egregious step therapy policies. The legislation has broad support from state provider and patient advocacy groups, including statewide groups representing Marylanders living with cancer, arthritis, epilepsy, lupus, hemophilia, chronic pain and mental health conditions, among many others.
Among the proposed changes, the bill would limit the duration of step therapy to 30 days and allow doctors to override insurer step therapy policies in specific instances when it is in the best interest of the patient.
Decisions about how to treat patients should remain between the patient and physician, and patients should have reasonably timely access to prescribed procedures and treatments. Advancements in science and medicine are yielding new medications, procedures and therapies that can more effectively treat patients and speed up their recovery. But these therapies will only work if insurers do not force patients to bear the unnecessary physical and emotional burdens of step therapy.
Gene Ransom is the chief executive officer of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. His email is email@example.com.
First you must take that analysts at his word 'We know the Fed has our back'. The suspension of Rule of Law as regards corporate and financial crimes has left these industries completely without boundaries and oversight. The Fed policy of 0% intererst feeds free money to these banks and corporations making them completely free of the domestic economy..add to that the use of the people and taxpayers as an ATM for all losses and he is right.
All of the money these banks and corporations stole in the massive frauds..tens of trillions..are now being used along with the Fed's free money to do record numbers of merger and acquisitions oveseas. This not only causes the market to rise to record levels, it placed those same characters at the bottom of the market they fueled to now record levels accounting for the massive increase in wealth inequity in just these four years!
All this policy is courtesy of the Third Way corporate Obama/Congress who sit silently watching it all happen knowing none of it has anything to do with democracy and Rule of Law. A lawless financial market has brough Wall Street (WS) to the point of collapse from leverage..$600 trillion in derivatives attached to debt far more risky than subprime loans. The bond market is imploding and the next collapse will put 2008 to shame. WS doesn't care because as the last 4 years showed, WS will be protected again.
Wall Street shrugs off sequester Ignoring political drama in Washington could be the new norm
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun 7:30 p.m. EST, March 8, 2013
The drumbeat for weeks has been that $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester would be so horrendous for the economy that lawmakers in Washington would be forced to compromise by the March 1 deadline.
When no deal was reached, not only did the stock market shrug it off, but the Dow Jones industrial average of 30 blue-chip stocks soared to new heights. On Tuesday, the Dow blew past its old record of 14,164.53 from Oct. 9, 2007, and continued to climb, ending the week at 14,397.07. Even the prospect of a government shutdown later this month did not deter investors
There appears to be a growing disconnect between Wall Street and Washington in which investors are becoming immune to the politician-manufactured crises that pop up every few months.
"There is kind of an economic exhaustion of the rhetoric," said James Hardesty, chairman of Hardesty Capital Management in Baltimore. Last week, he said, "the market and everybody said, 'Enough, there is more good in the world than bad.'"
Robert Hagstrom, chief investment strategist with Legg Mason Investment Counsel in Baltimore, said the market learns from the past and adjusts.
Late last year, for instance, the country went through a similar high-stakes drama when it didn't know whether lawmakers could prevent automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff." A deal was reached a day after the deadline, and disaster was averted.
"It was all for nothing," Hagstrom said. "You could have easily gone to the beach and not even worried about it and been in better shape."
Market experts said investors focused this time on the many positives in the economy: Housing is recovering. Auto sales are up. Banks are stable and corporate profits and balance sheets are healthy. Employment is improving. The federal deficit is shrinking as a percentage of the overall economy. Low natural gas prices here are giving manufacturers an edge over foreign competitors. And the Federal Reserve appears ready to take whatever steps it can to shore up the economy.
"The market is a forward-looking organization, and it sees past the political chicanery of the sequester," said Michael Dougherty, vice president of investments at Chapin Davis, a Baltimore financial firm. "It knows the Fed has our backs. The Fed might be the only grown-up at the table at this point."
Another factor is that the sequester's spending cuts are limited to certain industries, said Paul Chew, head of investments at Brown Advisory in Baltimore. And the economy is still driven by consumer consumption, and less so by government spending, he said.
"The fact that the sequester has gone into effect has reinforced the idea that there is broad agreement that the government has to control spending," said Larry Puglia, manager of T. Rowe Price's Blue Chip Growth Fund in Baltimore.
Puglia said it's encouraging that President Barack Obama has recently reached out to congressional Republicans, a sign that a broader agreement to rein in government spending and simplify taxes might be in the works.
If there is a disconnect between Wall Street and Washington, it's not the only one. Corporate America and small investors also seem to exist in different realities.
Less than five years after the financial crisis that sent the stocks crashing, corporations have recovered. Their earnings are strong, particularly among multinational companies that get about half their profits from outside the United States, Hagstrom said.
But the many small investors who bailed out of the market to save what was left of their vanishing retirement nest egg have yet to catch up.
And those not invested in stock — roughly half the population — have not benefited as stocks scale to new heights. Yet these people continue to feel the repercussions of the recession in terms of stagnant wages and high unemployment.
Indeed, the investors driving the market up these days are pension funds and other institutional investors, not small investors, said Richard Cripps, chief investment officer with EquityCompass Strategies in Baltimore. These big players are looking at stocks as the best place to invest for the next five years or so, anticipating that interest rates will rise and wreak havoc for bonds, he said.
In the grand scheme of things, $85 billion in cuts this year is not that much, Cripps said of the sequester.
"It would appear it will not be that harmful," he said.
The portfolios Cripps' firm manages have been invested entirely in stocks since early last year, after holding as little as 40 percent in equities in October 2011.