Friday, December 09, 2016
A Troubling Pattern
And the pattern continues. He has now chosen a billionaire Commerce Secretary (Wilbur Ross) called the "king of bankruptcy", who is famous for buying companies in financial trouble and laying off their workers. The Deputy Secretary of Commerce is also a Wall Street billionaire.
His pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is Scott Pruitt -- a friend of Big Oil, opponent of efforts by the EPA to make power plants and other industries clean up their pollution, and climate change denier. He will be sure to help roll back EPA restrictions on corporations -- and the result will be dirtier air and water.
And word now is he has chosen multi-millionaire Andy Puzder to be Secretary of Labor (who is CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings (owners of Hardee's and Carl Jr's). He is opposed to raising the minimum wage, and to overtime pay recently mandated by the Obama administration. This corporate CEO (who makes more in one day than the minimum wage workers in his restaurants make in a year) is bad news for the hopes of workers.
Trump's picks seem to be perfect for accomplishing two things -- 1) rolling back all of the protections for workers and minorities of the past few decades, and 2) turning our government over to the giant corporations. The ones who aren't defenders of white privilege (Flynn, Bannon, Sessions) are Wall Street billionaires and corporate CEO's.
Ordinary and hard-working Americans will get no help from the Trump administration. This is now a government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.