Hector V. Barreto is a nationally recognized businessman and community leader. He served five years as the Administrator of the U. S. Small Business Administration after being appointed by President George W. Bush and unanimously approved by the United States Senate on July 25, 2001.
Mr. Barreto is a member on the National Board of the United States Chamber of Commerce and serves on the council on small business.
Sometimes it seems like everything in Washington is pure politics – even the simple act of two government workers deciding where to grab their Friday lunch. Of course, that’s especially true if the two coworkers are President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Last month the duo ducked into the Washington, D.C. eatery Shake Shack, apparently because, as the President was quoted as saying, the restaurant has “great burgers and pays its employees more than 10 bucks an hour.” Oddly enough, President Obama himself is calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage to “more than 10 bucks an hour” - $10.10, to be exact.
After years of overreaching on contract negotiations and gouging businesses, union bosses are finally paying the price with both their power and membership diminishing. In the wake of the shifting landscape, some labor organizers are resorting to radical schemes to preserve a sense of relevancy.
“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period,” President Obama said during a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009.
For years now, immigration reform has been a polarizing topic. However, Washington, DC is one step closer to restoring America’s greatness after the Senate’s 68-32 successful vote on S. 744 “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”.
We started the week knowing that Richard Griffin is a defendant in an embezzlement and racketeering lawsuit. These developments should disqualify Griffin - this information should lead U.S. Senators to oppose Griffin’s confirmation to the National Labor Relations Board.