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Let's try some new faces

posted Dec 26, 2017, 4:25 PM by Oconee Democratic Party

Posted on December 25, 2017, The Journal, Seneca, SC


    Whose side is he on?  So far, most of Trump’s “accomplishments” blatantly undo American protections, civil rights, even our progress. Trump has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, crippling America’s trade partnership with Pacific Rim countries, and reversed a rule mandating oil/gas companies report their foreign government (bribery) payments.

    Trump revoked a rule expanding the number of people who could earn overtime pay. Rules allowing states to create retirement savings plans for private-sector workers — gone. The employer requirements to record workplace injuries — no more! Data about worker injuries on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website — deleted.

    Even Trump’s coal miners are getting the shaft. Deaths in U.S. coal mines have surged over last year’s as Trump gutted processes and procedures put in place by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, while appointing a coal executive, whose own company mine has a horrible safety record, to lead that agency.

    An executive order mandating contractors comply with laws protecting women in the workplace — reversed. Rules mandating government contractors disclose past violations of labor law — “unnecessary.” Clean Air and Water Act — demolished. Ending federal use of for-profit private prisons — no way!

    Rules mandating financial advisers act in the best interests of their clients — forget it. Affordable FHA mortgage insurance — vetoed.  Americans’ ability to unite in class action lawsuits against financial institutions’ shady actions — ended. Implementation of a rule making it easier for farmers to sue big agricultural companies — blocked.

Law enforcement can once again seize assets from suspects who haven’t been convicted of any crime, because a ban on civil forfeiture is no more.

    Trump blocked the Clean Power Plan, which focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and seeks to repeal it entirely. A study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining — gone. Obama’s ban on drilling for oil in the Arctic — poof!

    Why? Profits outweigh the welfare of ordinary, “we the people” Americans. And who agrees with all these America First actions against “the people” — our Trump yes-men: U.S. House and Senate representatives Jeff Duncan, Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, etc.  Let’s try some new faces.

Sherry McKnight