Saturday, January 12, 2019

The shutdown is proving that Trump is once again screwing the workers he does not respect

On June 11, 2016, well before the Republican national convention in late July, I wrote about the accumulation of evidence that Donald “Deadbeat” Trump does not pay his bills ….

… at least not some of them. There are damning investigations appearing in national news outlets about the thousands of bills Trump’s companies did not pay. They contract for the work, refuse to pay or offer a fraction of what is owed, drag the small contractors into costly legal actions, and the small guys get burned.

As just one example of that evidence, Paul Waldman (Washington Post) cited a USA Today report:

On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.

Following up, on June 12, 2016, I wrote in my series the Daily Trumpeter: Deadbeat Donald and the serial bankruptcies in Atlantic City how Trump “was raking in millions even while his companies and casinos were going belly up …”. I asked:

Given the history of bad business practices, why would anyone want to inflict this this selfish, shallow man on our great country? Why would anyone want to “bet on his business acumen” and follow his investors into national bankruptcy?

The answer appears to be “about 35% of the American voters” and “over 80% of the Republicans.”

In spite of the evidence that Trump was a deadbeat, if not also a crook, the convention inflicted Trump on America. The voting results were: Trump (NY): 1,725 (69.78%), Cruz (TX): 484 (19.58%), Kasich (OH): 125 (5.06%), Rubio (FL): 123 (4.98%), Carson (FL): 7 (0.28%), Bush (FL): 3 (0.12%), Paul (KY): 2 (0.08%), .Abstention 3 (0.12%)

Has anything changed since? Naw. John Nichols (The Nation) writes that Trump Got Rich by Screwing Over Workers—Of Course He’s Doing It Again as President. “For decades, Trump repeatedly didn’t pay those who worked for him, and now that he’s in the White House, little has changed.”

The biggest lie ever told in American politics is the claim that Donald Trump cares about working people.

He never has. He never will.

As a bankruptcy-prone business mogul, Trump has always financed his lavish lifestyle at the expense of the workers and contractors he screwed over. Now he is doing the same thing as president, having engineered a government shutdown that on Friday denied 800,000 federal employees their paychecks.

"Cheating, scamming, and ripping off workers is a Donald Trump tradition that goes back decades. Federal workers are just Trump’s latest victims,” says Public Citizen president Robert Weissman. “For decades, Trump repeatedly didn’t pay those who worked for him, and now that he’s in the White House, little has changed. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers and employees of federal contractors are suffering the same fate because of the Trump shutdown.”

This shutdown, says Paul Shearon, the president of International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, is “completely unnecessary.”

“The real problem is that President Trump has shut himself down and he’s refusing to do his job as chief executive,” says Shearon, whose union represents judges in US immigration courts, scientists, engineers and technical workers at NASA, and highly skilled workers at the EPA and NOAA.

The human cost is severe for federal workers who, as American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. says, have take home pay of about $500 a week and in many case “struggle to make ends meet even without a missed paycheck.” Yet Trump is “holding employees’ paychecks hostage over demands for a border wall.”

Trump presumes that unpaid federal workers can just “make adjustments,” while claiming that he “can relate” to the difficult circumstance he has imposed upon them.

This, says Weissman, “is pretty rich coming from a six-time bankrupt real estate mogul who inherited his daddy’s fortune. Working families who are living paycheck to paycheck and can no longer afford to pay for rent, groceries and medical bills because of Trump’s reckless shutdown have every right to be furious at the president’s oblivious and patronizing remarks.”

Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that “the American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”

That was a lie.

And, as I wrote back in June, the evidence was clear and public that this guy was a pathological liar and a cheat.

As Weissman says, Trump has as president “betrayed workers at every turn.”

“From rolling back health, safety and wage protections to misleading coal miners to tax giveaways for billionaires and big corporations that left most Americans with a pittance,” he explains, “it should be obvious by now that Trump holds working people beneath contempt.

Hell, it was obvious before the convention at least by June in 2016.

Just last week I wrote how Trump shutdown the government, harming our citizens, because ‘most people aren’t worthy of respect’.

You want to know why this is happening? It comes down to respect for our citizens - or, rather, lack thereof. Remember what King Donald said a while back, as I posted back in November.

Here is my response from a December 2017 post in this blog.

Back in October 2016 I picked up on a NY Times report and posted on this telling quote: Donald Trump: “you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect”

… What Drives Donald Trump? Fear of Losing Status, Tapes Show.
The New York Times obtained “Recordings of Donald J. Trump [that] reveal a man who is fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status and contemptuous of those who fall from grace.”

The Times reported:

Who earns his respect? “For the most part,” he said, “you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect.”

I concluded: “All people are worthy of respect until and unless proven otherwise. Trump proves otherwise on every day of his life.”

His decision to shut down the government and thereby to inflict harm on the American people proves that conclusion to be spot on.

So if you want to know why Trump pursues his political aims at the expense of even those who voted for him, there you have it. He has no respect for his follow humans. And thus he is incapable of giving a shit about them and their misery he has caused - then and now.

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