Trump Has No Use For Labor On Labor Day


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By:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  43 comments

Trump Has No Use For Labor On Labor Day
workers are forgot in his mind and he launches into a stream of consciousness rant about the Democrats. 

Donald Trump has been giving a campaign speech at the White House for about 25 minutes.  It is Labor Day and he hasnt mentioned it other than very briefly to lead the way into a spiel for how great his economy is. Then workers are forgot in his mind and he launches into a stream of consciousness rant about the Democrats. 

Labor Day is to celebrate what workers to contribute to this country,  as opposed to managers , ceo's and stockholders. Thats why it's called LABOR Day. Workers have to fight for everything they get. We need more unions and more power for labor in our economic system. 


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1  author  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

On Labor Day, remember this: Trump's America works only for the rich

O n Labor Day weekend, eight weeks before one of the most consequential elections in American history, it’s useful to consider the inequalities of income and wealth that fueled Donald Trump’s victory four years ago – and which are now wider than ever.

No other developed nation has nearly the inequities found in the US, even though all have been exposed to the same forces of globalization and technological change. Jeff Bezos’s net worth   recently reached $200bn and Elon Musk’s $100bn , even as 30 million Americans reported their households didn’t have enough food. America’s richest 1% now own half the value of   the US stock market , and the richest 10% own 92%.

American capitalism is off the rails.

The main reason is that large corporations, Wall Street banks and a relative handful of exceedingly rich individuals have gained enough political power to game the system.

Chief executives have done everything possible to prevent the wages of most workers rising in tandem with productivity gains, so most gains go instead into the pockets of top executives and major investors. They’ve outsourced abroad, installed labor-replacing technologies and switched to part-time and contract work.

They’ve busted unions, whose membership shrank from 35% of the private-sector workforce 40 years ago to 6.4% today.

They’ve pushed government to slash their own taxes, unravel safety nets for the poor and middle class and reduce investment in education and infrastructure. They’ve eliminated a raft of labor protections. They’ve defanged antitrust enforcement, allowing their monopolies free rein. The free market has been taken over by crony capitalism, corporate bailouts and corporate welfare.

This massive power shift laid the groundwork for Trump. In 1964, almost two-thirds of Americans believed government was run for the benefit of all the people. By 2013 almost 80% believed government was run by a few big interests. The erosion in public trust was particularly steep in the wake of the Wall Street bailout and Great Recession. In 2006, 59% of Americans thought government corruption was widespread. By 2013, 79% did.

At the start of the century, a Gallup poll found that 77% of Americans were satisfied with opportunities to get ahead by working hard, and only 22% dissatisfied. By 2014, only 54% were satisfied and 45% dissatisfied. According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who believe most people who want to get ahead can do so through hard work dropped by 13 points between 2000 and 2015.

Much of the political establishment wants to attribute Trump’s rise solely to racism. Racism did play a part, to be sure, but racism’s sordid history in American politics long predates Trump.

What has given Trump’s racism – as well as his hateful xenophobia, misogyny and jingoism – particular virulence has been his capacity to channel the intensifying anger of the white working class. It is hardly the first time a demagogue has used scapegoats to deflect public attention from the real causes of its distress.

Trump speaks the language of authoritarian populism but acts in the interests of America’s emerging oligarchy. His deal with the moneyed interests was simple: he’d stoke divisiveness so Americans wouldn’t see how the oligarchy has taken over the reins, twisted government to its benefit and siphoned off the economic rewards.

He’d make Americans so angry at each other that they wouldn’t pay attention to CEOs getting exorbitant pay while slicing the pay of average workers, wouldn’t notice the giant tax cut that went to big corporations and the wealthy, and wouldn’t be outraged by a boardroom culture that tolerates financial conflicts of interest, insider trading and the outright bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign donations.

This way, the moneyed interests could rig the system while the president complained that the system was rigged by a “deep state”.

Notwithstanding all this, Trump trails Joe Biden in the polls. Trump’s inexcusable failure to contain the coronavirus is having a larger impact on swing voters than the divisiveness he foments. Death has a way of concentrating the mind.

But if Biden is elected, he would be well advised to remember the forces Trump exploited to gain power, and to begin the task of remedying them. The solution is not found in mere redistribution of income. It is found redistributing power. Income isn’t a zero-sum game in which some people’s gains require other people’s losses, but power indubitably is. Some have it only to the extent others don’t.

If wealth continues to concentrate at the top, no one will be able to contain the corrupting influence of big money on the American system and the anger it unleashes. As Justice Louis D Brandeis once said: “We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

2  JBB    3 weeks ago

Trump doesn't work for shit except on my last nerve.

Paula Bartholomew
2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @2    3 weeks ago

Work for Trump is having to take his Big Mac out of the bag himself.

3  MAGA    3 weeks ago

Lunch bucket Joe Biden – Ben Garrison Cartoon

Better hang on to your sandwich Folks! 

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Hillary Clinton lost several rust belt states and the election because she took the working class vote for granted. Joe Biden is setting himself up to repeat her mistake.

“Lunch-bucket Joe” thinks he can win middle class votes by taking away their jobs in the energy industry. He hates coal and fracking. He thinks workers will magically have new jobs produced by the Green New Deal, but he can’t exactly say what those jobs will be. Perhaps there will be a need for workers to watch ugly windmills twirl around? Solar farms that will produce electricity for all the Tesla cars the workers can’t afford? Cold fusion?

Joe could be facing a lot of trouble in Pennsylvania in particular. It’s a key state that provided a lot of new jobs by means of fracking and a natural gas Renaissance. Biden claims to be for fracking and against it at the same time. Which side is he really on?

He’s on the side of the big, globalist corporations. He’s on the side of graft and lining the pockets of his own family—especially his son, Hunter. The Democratic Party no longer represents the middle class working man. They represent the big banks, big mainstream media, big corporations, big corruption, and globalism. Biden represents China more than the American laborer.

—Ben Garrison

3.1  Gsquared  replied to  MAGA @3    3 weeks ago

Comment 3 is a HOAX.

Greg Jones
3.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Gsquared @3.1    3 weeks ago
Comment 3 is a HOAX.

I ran that through my translator and it told me that it means comment 3.1 is not able to refute comment 3.

3.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Greg Jones @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

Using your "translator" tells me every thing Trump has called a hoax (which is just about everything) means he is not able to refute any of it.  So, Russian interference in the 2016 election to help Trump was not a hoax, the Mueller report was not a hoax, the impeachment for trying to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election to help Trump was not a hoax, global warming is not a hoax, the sexual assault allegations again Trump are not a hoax.  Want more, because there is a whole lot?

3.1.3  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Gsquared @3.1.2    3 weeks ago

Too many words G^2..... 

It is impossibly to use facts and reason to change a persons position when they didn't use facts and reason to reach that position in the first place.

Dismayed Patriot
3.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  MAGA @3    3 weeks ago

Just more bullshit from conservative Republican liars.

Greg Jones
3.2.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @3.2    3 weeks ago

But it is all true and the voters know it.

3.2.2  Gsquared  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2.1    3 weeks ago

None of it is true, and the voters know it.

4  author  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

Trump talked for about an hour including the questions from reporters.  I didnt hear anything about what labor means to America. He talked a lot about China and Joe Biden though. He also said Kamala Harris is the most liberal person in Congress which probably came as a surprise to the rest of the Senators and Congresspeople. 

4.1  Gsquared  replied to  JohnRussell @4    3 weeks ago

Trump spent most of the hour shrieking hatred against his "enemies".  Another classic unhinged Trumpian performance.

Greg Jones
4.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Gsquared @4.1    3 weeks ago

His enemies have spent almost four years shrieking hatred against Trump and his supporters. And they can't deny it.

4.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Greg Jones @4.1.1    3 weeks ago

Trump treats the American people, the American military, the American intelligence services, the American free press, the U.S. Constitution and American democracy as his enemies.  And he has spent 4 years shrieking his hatred of all of them.

4.2  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @4    3 weeks ago

It isn't a surprise if you look at her voting record

4.2.1  bbl-1  replied to  MUVA @4.2    3 weeks ago

What about 'her' voting record?

4.2.2  MUVA  replied to  bbl-1 @4.2.1    3 weeks ago

I'm not explaining my post read the comments there is no question about what is being discussed.

4.2.3  author  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @4.2    3 weeks ago

According to your link Harris is the 9th most progressive member of the Senate during the current session. 

1 Gillibrand, Kirsten D
96.48 96.30 98.13 98.11 Strong Dem + 13.15 benchmark-5c.png
2 Merkley, Jeff D
96.89 97.99 97.89 97.66 Strong Dem + 13.56 benchmark-5c.png
3 Hirono, Mazie D
96.76 97.28 97.06 97.36 Strong Dem + 13.43 benchmark-5c.png
4 Markey, Ed D
97.41 92.59 98.57 96.78 Strong Dem + 14.08 benchmark-5c.png
5 Schumer, Chuck D
91.74 94.04 94.18 95.62 Strong Dem + 8.41 benchmark-5c.png
6 Schatz, Brian D
93.24 95.24 94.65 95.20 Strong Dem + 9.91 benchmark-5c.png
7 Klobuchar, Amy D
84.43 92.74 90.20 95.04 Leaning Dem + 4.43 benchmark-4c.png
8 Warren, Elizabeth D
96.70 87.74 98.53 94.58 Strong Dem + 13.37 benchmark-5c.png
9 Harris, Kamala D
96.76 89.32 97.18 94.37 Strong Dem + 13.43 benchmark-5c.png

Sounds about right. 

Trump said she is the most liberal member of Congress, which would include the House, which is not taken into consideration in this graphic. 

5  bbl-1    3 weeks ago

The inequities in America were always there although Capitalism did---with fits, drawbacks and starts---slowly increase the buying power of the American worker through the constant pushing by Labor Unions.

And then along came Supply Side Economics which murdered Capitalism, successfully reversing the gains hard fought for the Working Class since before WW1.

Trump is not a friend to labor or anyone else.  He never has been and never will because he does not comprehend what it is like to NOT being born and on that very day having one million dollars placed into a trust fund at the behest of a wealthy family.

5.1  MUVA  replied to  bbl-1 @5    3 weeks ago

Unions slow down production and make things more expensive .Capitalism is the greatest economic system in the history of the planet letting a individual sell his wears or labor for a negotiated price . I don't use peoples wealth to attack them it is a sure sign of envy I tend to concentrate on things I can control like working hard.

5.1.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @5.1    3 weeks ago

Without unions we would have child labor, 12 hour work days and starvation wages. And before you say that wouldnt happen that is exactly what happened before unions. 

Paula Bartholomew
5.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1.1    3 weeks ago

12 hour work days and starvation wages.

We have that now in many places.  Just ask the workers at Wal Mart.  A lot of them have had to get SNAP.

5.1.3  MonsterMash  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5.1.2    3 weeks ago
12 hour work days and starvation wages. We have that now in many places.  Just ask the workers at Wal Mart.  A lot of them have had to get SNAP.

The average wage for a full-time Wal Mart associate is $ 13.11 an hour. Pharmacist average $ 60 an hour.

6  MUVA    3 weeks ago

So I was right it wasn't a surprise at least you are honest. 

6.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @6    3 weeks ago

She is in the top 20% of all the liberal Democrats in the Senate.  

She is not the most liberal Democrat in Congress, which is what Trump said she was. 

6.1.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1    3 weeks ago

I said it wasn't a surprise not that she is the most liberal now,but give her time she is going full on police hating freebie giving leftest democrat socialist. 

Greg Jones
6.1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @6.1    3 weeks ago

She's too liberal for America. Think of how more radical she would get if she by some miracle Biden, and then she, became president.

7  Kavika     3 weeks ago

Trump wouldn't know real labor if it hit him in the head.





Have a great Labor Day everyone.

7.1  MUVA  replied to  Kavika @7    3 weeks ago

Most people don't know what real labor is.

7.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  MUVA @7.1    3 weeks ago

You mean like Mnuchin and the rest of the Trump klan?

8  Gazoo    3 weeks ago

I’m in a union. I know quite a few guys in my local. All but a small handful will be voting for trump.

8.1  bbl-1  replied to  Gazoo @8    3 weeks ago

Didn't know The Soviet Union still existed.

8.1.1  Gazoo  replied to  bbl-1 @8.1    3 weeks ago

What the f does your response have to do with my comment.

8.1.2  bbl-1  replied to  Gazoo @8.1.1    3 weeks ago


8.1.3  Gazoo  replied to  bbl-1 @8.1.2    3 weeks ago

You can’t express your thoughts any better than that? I overestimated you.

8.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  bbl-1 @8.1    3 weeks ago

man, you should get acquainted with the news.

8.1.5  bbl-1  replied to  Gazoo @8.1.3    3 weeks ago

No.  You overestimated yourself.

8.1.6  bbl-1  replied to  Texan1211 @8.1.4    3 weeks ago

What news?

8.1.7  Texan1211  replied to  bbl-1 @8.1.6    3 weeks ago

do try to keep up.

you did you didn't know that the Soviet Union still existed.

8.1.8  Gazoo  replied to  bbl-1 @8.1.5    3 weeks ago

Don’t try to make this about me. You’re the one who has trouble expressing your thoughts.

Sparty On
9  Sparty On    3 weeks ago

I think all the Police unions supporting Trump disagree with this articles premise John.

That said, this whole article is just a liberal fluff piece.   Historically unions have always supported Democrats.   No matter who they are.   Hell, the union i was in would go to great lengths to tell us who to vote for.  

I found that extremely hilarious that they thought they had some kind of power over who i voted for.

9.1  Gazoo  replied to  Sparty On @9    3 weeks ago

Yeah, we get a letter listing “labor friendly” candidates from our hall every election. Every time each candidate is pro-illegal, anti-gun, pro taxation, etc. no thanks.


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