American Workers Hurt By Regulation “Reform” by Donald Trump

Workers’ health, safety, and pay are among the casualties of Trump’s war on regulations: A deregulation year in review

On December 14, 2017, President Trump held a press conference to take credit for the “most far-reaching regulatory reform in history,” claiming his administration has been responsible for more than 1,500 cancelled or delayed regulatory actions. 1 He is expected to tout this number again at his upcoming State of the Union address to Congress.

American Workers Hurt By Regulation “Reform” by Donald Trump

Donald TrumpOne aspect of Donald Trump that isn’t discussed very much is his war against any type of regulation on business. Like most right-wingers, Donald Trump is very much in favor of deregulation; a favorite drum that most conservatives love to bang on. Like most politicos in favor of regulation “reform”, Donald Trump has put the lives of American workers in danger. He has taken the entire regulatory process back to where it was in the early 1900s, which basically means that he is taken worker safety back to where it was during the days of the infamous robber barons.

The issue of deregulation has become a cornerstone for most conservatives, especially those representing big business. Donald Trump shows himself to be an enemy of the working class because he has attempted to “reform” the regulation process and the implementation of regulations. Regulations are what protects the health, safety, and pay received by workers. They are too important to do away with, as Donald Trump and his cronies suggest.

Over the last year, Donald Trump has adopted a policy that he says is for “reforming” regulations and the entire regulatory process. Whenever you see the word “reform” one should always be suspicious of the intent. Over the years, I have become very suspicious every time I see this word because so-called “reform” has many times meant end or twist something to the point where it is no longer recognizable.

Like most efforts at deregulation, the efforts by Donald Trump is “penny-wise and pound foolish”. There are focused on short-term profits and not long-range goals and sustainability. It is far easier for them to just grab profits now, regardless of what effect these actions have on their respective businesses or society.

He had his business cronies fail to recognize that worker safety regulations are more of a benefit than a liability. When worker safety is protected that means they are not only healthy but able to keep working. When a worker is injured on the job, they have to be replaced; something that takes time. And as most businessmen know, time is money. Not to mention that an employer who actually cares about the well-being of his workforce shows himself to be caring, compassionate people.

But as most of us know by now, Donald Trump and his wealthy businessman cronies are anything but caring and compassionate people. They are just really bastards who put profit above everything else, including worker safety and well-being. To them, workers are just more “cannon fodder” to be used recklessly in their quest for bigger profits. This viewpoint that the “bottom line” is more important than people is a major strike against the entire capitalist system.

 

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A Disparity Of Systems Endangers Employment of the Disabled

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Source: How States Are Trying to End the Disability Unemployment Crisis – Working In These Times

A Disparity of Systems Endangers Employment of the Disabled

In this country, there is currently a crisis in the employment of the disabled. Even though there are many disabled people who have adequate opportunities for vocational training, or are already trained, there are many others who don’t have an equal opportunity to training, or employment opportunities.

This problem causes a huge amount disabled people in the United States to be unemployed.  This unemployment puts them in a position where they must receive some public help to survive.  It isn’t because disabled people are lazy or unmotivated.

One of the biggest disincentives for disabled people looking for a job is that every state deals with the problem of disability employment in a different way.  Every state seems to have its idea how to discuss this issue. This disparity of services causes a huge dilemma for employment of the disabled.  There is a patchwork of different ideas about how to solve this problem, some being good and others bad.

One of the biggest problems making it more difficult for employment of the disabled is that if a person with a disability finds a job, the government starts taking away valuable services such as medical care, housing, and other benefits necessary for survival.  This problem puts most disabled people in a Catch-22 situation because, if they work they lose services they cannot live without, and if they don’t work, they are forced to live in poverty because government benefits don’t equal the amount of money a disabled person can make if I have left five a job.

This denial of services is a huge disincentive for employment of the disabled is because most disabled people start a beginning salary that is much too low to be able to afford to offset the cost of benefits they lose.  Disability rights advocates have pointed this fact out to the government for years but to no avail.

One state, South Dakota, has started to recognize this disincentive for employment of the disabled and are starting to give medical benefits to disabled people who work.  Hopefully, other states will follow suit and start allowing disabled people who seek work, not to be penalized for doing so.

 

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Voter Stupidity Got Us Where We Are

Voters Stupidity Got Us Where We Are

 

These people are a perfect example of the voter stupidity that got Donald Trump elected president of the United States. Of course, in my lifetime I’ve had the unfortunate experience of watching voter stupidity getting many unqualified and unsuitable people elected to public office.

When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, I saw many examples of voter stupidity. The part of Pennsylvania I come from is Northwestern Pennsylvania, and many of the electorates were dairy farmers. An example of the voter stupidity that I saw was among these people. Every election, they just trudged into the polling place and cast a straight Republican ticket. If you ask them why they were Republican, they would just tell you “well, my father was a Republican, and before him, my grandfather was a Republican. If it is good enough for them, it’s good enough for me”.

As I grew older, this type of thinking struck me as being illogical. The reason why I say this is because, for example, when there was a bill before the Assembly or the Senate in Harrisburg that would raise the price supports on milk, something which would benefit these same farmers, that bill was usually voted down by Republican legislators. In other words, farmers voted for the very people who were causing them to barely get by and stay some of the poorest people in Pennsylvania. By voting Republican, they were hurting themselves but refused to recognize that even when you pointed it out to them.

The people in this video are the type of people who remind me of lemmings, the little animals that occasionally throw themselves en mass off of the cliffs of Siberia into the cold ocean to die. They just follow each other mindlessly and without question. After watching this video, I just had this picture in my mind about these people following each other over a cliff. That’s voter stupidity in a nutshell.

The optimist in me wants to believe that these people are anomalies and not an accurate representation of the average American citizen. However, after what happened on November 8, 2016, I wonder if my optimism is justified. I hope so!

 

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These People at Wal-Mart Will Never Learn, Will They? 

A former Wal-Mart employee with intellectual disabilities will receive $90,000 from the company to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC said.

Source: After Firing Employee With Special Needs, Wal-Mart To Pay Up – Disability Scoop

These People at Wal-Mart Will Never Learn, Will They?

How many times does Wal-Mart have to be sued to know that The Americans with Disabilities Act is a law and does mean something? It has gotten to the point I have come to the conclusion that this is one company that is so arrogant they think they can go on discriminating against people with disabilities forever. These assholes still don’t get it, no matter how many times we sue them. But, that doesn’t mean that we disabled should abandon the fight against the biggest retailer in the United States.

As long as we people in the disability community keep accepting the situation, it will continue. Personally, I have never shopped at Wal-Mart and I never will. I have tried to discourage other disabled people from shopping there, but no success. If there was ever a company that disabled people should boycott, it’s Wal-Mart. I say that it’s well past time that we disabled would display enough dignity and self-respect that we will refuse to open up our wallets to a company that will not even allow us employment there. Why should so many of us go on patronizing a business that won’t even hire us, or feels free to fire us when we ask for a reasonable accommodation, as this man did?

In this particular case, Wal-Mart showed its arrogance and unwillingness to follow The Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to continue providing this man with an intellectual disability the simple accommodation of providing him with a list of tasks that he needed to do his job. They would rather spend $90,000 on a legal settlement than to give this gentleman with a very simple accommodation. If that isn’t the height of arrogance and contempt for the law, I don’t know what is.

I say that we should boycott Wal-Mart now! Why should we go on spending our money in a place of business that has so little respect for us that they would deny one of our brothers his job?

BOYCOTT WAL-MART NOW!

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Donald Trump Needs a Dictionary When It Comes to Foreign-Policy

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Donald Trump Needs a Dictionary When It Comes to Foreign-Policy

It should be very obvious to everyone by now that Donald Trump the second one bring up who really needs to learn what a dictionary is. He obviously doesn’t know. While they’re at it, they should tell him to look up the word, “contradiction”. It’s very obvious that he doesn’t know the definition. Donald Trump has become the definition of contradiction. At this point, if you lost look up the word “contradiction” you will find a picture of him.

Today, Donald Trump tried to explain his foreign-policy. Just like last time, he failed badly. His speech about foreign policy was “all over the map”. Pardon the pun! It has become very obvious to most people with any common sense that Donald Trump basically has no foreign-policy, let alone any experience dealing with it. He acts as though he has had no interaction with people in foreign countries, other than to outsource American jobs to them.

My favorite anti-Donald Trump commercial on TV is the one where David Letterman asked him questions about where his clothing comes from. This commercial is not only funny but very telling about who Donald Trump really is. He was too stupid to know that he was being set up by Letterman to look like a fool; something that is accomplished quite easily. I suppose it never occurred to Donald Trump to ask David Letterman why he wanted him to bring in some of his shirts and ties.

If you look at the commercial carefully, it is very telling in the fact that his shirts are made in Bangladesh and his ties are made in China. So, Donald Trump would actually have us believe that he will help the American worker? Exactly what is it that Donald Trump would help the American worker with? Standing on the other employment line?

During the entire commercial, Donald Trump just sits there with a blank look on his face, or a facial expression that seems to say, “I don’t give a shit”, which is probably more accurate. He has no regard for workers anywhere, let alone Bangladesh or China,or even the United States. One only has to look at the current situation in Atlantic City where an estimated 3000 workers stand to lose their jobs, because Donald Trump is closing the Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel.

As anyone who has taken the time to read any news other than the stock market quotes, Bangladesh is well-known to be one of the biggest sweatshop countries in the world. China is not far behind in being one country that exploits their workers.

If someone like Donald Trump is so interested in preserving American jobs, which he couldn’t give a damn about, why does he buy his clothing from countries that American jobs have not only been outsourced to, but exploit their workers in the worst way?

 

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Are Younger Americans Finally Waking up?

Capitalism has only itself to blame, forcing younger Americans to look for an alternative.

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Are Younger Americans Finally Waking Up?

Millennials support Bernie SandersFinally, it seems that younger Americans, often called millennials, are finally waking up and realizing that capitalism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Since I don’t particularly like the term “millennials”, I will refer to them as younger but never Americans because I find it more suitable and less like another label.   They are beginning to have some far-reaching questions about why they should go on supporting a system that does nothing for them and does not enrich their lives in a way that they have already been led to believe.

These younger Americans realize that capitalism isn’t the answer for making their lives better, as they have always been led to believe. More of them than ever before are starting to take a serious look at socialism as a better alternative, something that I would’ve told them back in the 70s when I first embraced this better alternative to capitalism.

I first became a firm believer in the socialist system back in the 70s, when I began to notice that for every person whose life was made better by capitalism, at least 100 other people were hurt by it. After witnessing the unfairness of the capitalist system, I rejected it because one thing that I have always believed in is fairness. Many younger Americans seems to be coming to the same conclusion that I did when I was young.

This story goes a long way in explaining something that I have believed would happen for many years; eventually, people would start to realize that capitalism was an evil system that only exploited and hurt people, in particular, the workers who have carried this country on their backs for far too long. This willingness to embrace socialism as an alternative to capitalism has been highlighted by the presidential candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist.

The current capitalist establishment seems to be going into some denial about this fact, and are trying to explain it away. They are resorting to the same tactics that they have always used; lies and deception. One of the biggest lies they resort to is pointing out that would not be so eager to embrace socialism if they remembered the Cold War; something that happened and was over with many years before they were born. As a 60-year-old man who remembers the Cold War all too well, I can honestly say that this argument is total bullshit. How is instilling needless fear into a child possibly helping anyone?

Most younger Americans have always been told what the Cold War was and what it stood for. Many of them have been instilled with the same type of Cold War paranoia that their parents were. Even though these younger Americans were born well after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet bloc, they are quite aware of this recent history.

Among the questions that many younger Americans ask is; is a system fair that will bail out the banks for trillions of dollars but yet allows the average American to wallow in debt? They are also asking a question that I have long asked, why is it considered to be fair that the bulk of this nation’s wealth be in the hands of 1% of the population. They also are asking why members of the working-class care in this country on the backs by paying their taxes while the wealthy and affluent are allowed to pay nothing or a minimal amount?

These are questions that capitalists can’t answer, mostly because there is no answer, at least one that is truthful or believable. It seems that many younger Americans are finally waking up, asking questions, and refusing to believe the lies that they have always been spoon-fed. I say that it’s about time.

 

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Protecting American Workers: Bernie Sanders on TPP

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Protecting American Workers: Bernie Sanders on TPP

Bernie Sanders on the TPPBernie Sanders’ stiff opposition to the TPP (Trans – Pacific Partnership Agreement) is one way that he is trying to protect American workers from outsourcing jobs to foreign workers. He has been opposed to every bad trade bill that the United States has entered into, over the years. Sen. Sanders as opposed not only the TPP, but he has also been a staunch opponent of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement, and CAFTA (The Central American Free Trade Agreement, which is basically an extension of NAFTA.

Bernie Sanders has opposed all three of these bad trade bills because all of them have been the greatest cause of outsourcing jobs that there has been. Two of these trade bills (NAFTA & CAFTA) bills have caused more American jobs to leave the country, driving up unemployment.

The TPP, even though it hasn’t passed through Congress yet or been enacted, is a potential economic disaster and will cause more outsourcing of American jobs that either of the other two. Right now, there is a strong effort by proponents of the TPP to put it on the “fast-track” to be passed. So-called “fast-tracking” is a process in Congress where a bill can be voted for or against without having to go with the process of congressional hearings. Bernie Sanders has been a staunch opponent of both TPP and “fast tracking” the TPP. His advocacy in favor of American workers has been widely shown by his opposition. I agree 100% with Bernie Sanders that the TPP is bad for American workers. I also agree with Bernie Sanders on his position that “fast tracking” a bill, is a bad practice because it circumvents the process of having members of Congress have a chance to speak for or against any piece of legislation. As far as I’m concerned, it is a very undemocratic process that should be eliminated.

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