After picking former WWE CEO Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration last night, Donald Trump was expected to announce who will be heading his Labor Department today, and it’s another person behind a brand you’re likely familiar with.
Andrew F. Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants (which operates the Carls Jr. and Hardees brands) is expected to be named nominee for secretary of that department today. If you don’t recognize him from the restaurants he owns and operates, you may have seen him on a number of television shows, including Neil Cavuto, The O’Reily Factor, Varney & Co., and a handful of financial shows. He also commonly publishes in center-right publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, the National Review, among others.
In case it wasn’t evident from his media appearances and choice of publications, Pruitt has a conservative leaning or two. As a businessman in the fast food business, he’s spoken ardently against the minimum wage… which isn’t resonating well with some leftists.
The New York Times writes that Mr. Puzder has spent his career in the private sector and has opposed efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay, arguing that the minimum wage hurts small businesses and leads to job loss among low-skilled workers.
He strongly supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he maintains has helped create a “restaurant recession” because rising premiums have left middle- and working-class people with less money to spend dining out.
They then complain that Mr. Puzder will arguably have less experience in government than any labor secretary since the early 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan appointed a longtime construction executive named Raymond Donovan to head the department. Mr. Donovan’s tenure was marked by an easing of numerous regulations.
Actually having a businessman who knows the consequences of government interference in the economy firsthand as the Labor Secretary? Stop the presses!
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]