Yes, yes!  This will satisfy those who have always wanted a return to slave labor and have been slowed in their pursuit by those pesky labor laws.  Some want slave labor?  Capitalists demand such constantly by fighting against laws that exist to protect workers, to ensure that they are paid—hardly decently, but something—and that work does not kill them, immediately or too visibly.  How low can the employer class go?  Pretty low and now they will own more fully than ever the government entity that is supposed to protect laborers.

Trump Can Always Find Someone Worse

To replace a disgraced secretary of labor, Trump has elevated a sweatshop lobbyist.

Remarkably for a man about to run the Labor Department, Pizzella is a former sweatshop lobbyist. As Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project noted in 2018, “He has a lengthy and well-documented history as a highly-paid lobbyist who advocated to perpetuate conditions for workers in the Northern Mariana Islands that were nothing short of indentured servitude.”

Conti is referring to Pizzella’s employment from 1996 until 2001 at the law firm Preston Gates. During those years Pizzella worked extensively with now-disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff to push against attempts to regulate wages and immigration on the Northern Mariana Islands, a group of 14 islands that enjoyed an anomalous legal status as American territories. They were allowed to set their own wages and immigration law—a loophole the local government used to promote industries like construction and garment manufacturing by promising cheap labor to thousands of workers from China, the Philippines, and Bangladesh, companies operating in the Northern Mariana Islands made clothes that said “Made in America” but were in fact created in a legal netherworld where employees enjoyed few of the rights of Americans. They were guest workers who in their home countries often had to pay for the privilege of getting the job and so started in debt to their employers. Their contracts frequently stipulated that they couldn’t unionize, take part in politics, have boyfriends or children. There were reports of forced abortions conducted in back  alleys. Risking deportation if they complained about their conditions, the workers lived in veritable prisons surrounded by barbed wire fences.

Profound fear of progressives and real democracy

“Well, we all know that (New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country,” Graham said during an appearance on “Fox and Friends.” “They’re calling the guards along our border, the border patrol agents, ‘concentration camp guards.’ They accuse people who support Israel of doing it for the Benjamins. They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.”  Lindsey Graham.
“This is an inevitable tension between a few progressives with one priority, which is their ideology, and a speaker with many priorities, including preserving the majority in the House, electing a Democratic president against Trump, and responding to the consensus of her caucus,” said Steve Israel, a Democrat and former representative of New York. “To the extent that it distracts from Donald Trump and becomes a circular firing squad among Democrats, it can be lethal.”

 

Trump tells American citizens to leave the country because they oppose his policies and Nancy Pelosi and other “sensible democrats” are trying to silenceReps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) because their radical ideas (childish and dangerous) might harm the “democratic” party’s chances of winning elections.  Bernie Sanders is treated within the party as a threat rather than a viably sensible alternative voice.

This is not about good or sensible political strategy.  It is about profound fear that the ideas being presented by these radicals are gaining some traction and gaining traction because they make sense.  The fear factor ramps up every time one of these now infamous liberals says something because so much of what they say makes such good sense in the context of a nation of the people and by the people and for the people.  The threat is visceral, what is feared may be lost is the power and the wealth of a relative small minority who have owned both the economic and political systems in the US and used the both in tandem to steal democracy from the people.

In a truly democratic country there would be many viable political parties, this because of the diversity of views that would have to exist in a nation where the great majority of the people were well informed and independently thoughtful.

In the USA, we have but two viable political parties with differences between them that are more cosmetic than real, this because neither offers real alternatives to the system in place, neither offers enough of an alternative to serve as a check against the system operating as it does without necessary adjustments to insure that it is a democratic system that exists to serve the good of the whole.

Two parties alone, neither of which cares at all to scrutinize a system that serves capitalism and capitalists better than it does democracy and the majority of the people, is cause for the diminishment of the meaningfulness of democracy in a state created to be a debating society.  We do debate but within very tight limits, the sense of the system as it has come to be hardly discussed, skirmishes mainly about effect but hardly at all about causes because the causes are in the nature of the system itself, broad picture wise, in terms of what it, the system, is set up to create, its most important product inequality in wealth and power.

The “progressive” force in the democratic party is being denounced by republicans and democrats alike for they challenge a center that is a very comfortable place for some and most of those holding power in the democratic party are very comfortable and comfortable because the system works the way it does

Those progressives and every other progressive challenge to the system by highly intelligent and articulate people is a threat to a stability that needs to be shaken and shaken hard if such things as justice, fairness, and the humane treatment of all people are to be achieved.  Those fighting so hard to undermine the progressive movement are willing, has been willing to sacrifice justice, fairness, and the humane treatment of all people in order to get what should be seen as an unfair share of wealth and power.  Others, they allow, can pay for their comforts in a society in which a great many live with great discomfort.

This two party system does not work for democracy or for the good of the whole.

Epstein and Trump and Alan D.

Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’

Interesting who the “somebodies” are in the United States of America!

“In those days, if you didn’t know Trump and you didn’t know Epstein, you were a nobody,” said Alan Dershowitz, the longtime Harvard University Law School professor who later served on Mr. Epstein’s defense team when he was charged with unlawful sex with minors in 2006.”