Democrats criticized Locke for embracing the Republican Party's no-new-taxes approach to dealing with Washington's budget woes during and after the 2001 economic turmoil. Among his spending-reduction proposals were laying off thousands of state employees; reducing health coverage; freezing most state employees' pay; and cutting funding for nursing homes and programs for the developmentally disabled. In his final budget, Locke suspended two voter-passed, pro-school initiatives while cutting state education funding. That same state budget, though, had record-high allocations for construction projects.We are supposed to be assured because, by Obama's own accolades for Locke yesterday when naming him to the post, he's fundamentally PRO-Bidness which, imho, is not the highest recommendation for nominees to a fucking post that requires the regulation of commerce.
I don't know if this is better than the rumored appointment of Harold Ford, or worse. Probably: a net "shit-encrusted digit" in the eye of anything like slowing, much less reversing, the headlong consolidation of the Corporation and the State.