Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rump Set To Screw Labor With DOL Pick

For the millions of blue collar "economic anxiety" voters for neo-fascist demagogue Donald "Rump" Trump, their purported main issue was the economy, a canard promoted by the Rethugs and repeated by our broken Beltway media and discredited. Perhaps some of the more delusional among them thought that some of Rump's scamming money making success would magically transfer to them if he were President.

Those Rump voters who were banking on a bright (white) new day might want to look at the views of his likely Labor Secretary, a plutocratic Social Darwinist named Andy "Putz" Puzder, the CEO of the parent company of the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. burger chains. Putz is an anti-union,  trickle-down true believer who is adamantly opposed to any minimum wage hike or expanded access to overtime pay. If selected, he'd oversee the dismantling of thousands of regulations covering everything from collective bargaining to occupational safety and health, and he'd go after the task with a vengeance. Of course, Putz's main "qualification" is that he was a Rump fundraiser. He's been a key voice for supply-side economic quackery, arguing that paying higher wages destroys jobs (a lie disproven in cities like Seattle that have a $15 minimum wage in effect). This economic predator makes more in one day than a full-time minimum wage worker of his makes in a year, but he clearly believes that's not enough of a gap.

Sadly for them, Rump's anti-worker policies as implemented by Putz will come down hardest on the same hourly wage workers who have scapegoated immigrants and minorities for their lack of progress, with Rump leading the bigot parade. Welcome to Trumpland, suckers.

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