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Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via AP
In the eyes of the Trump administration, workers, their families, their health, and their safety are not worth defending. Workers are expendable cogs in the vast capitalist machine. They serve only one purpose: background actors for the various television ads portraying Trump’s failures as victories as he aims to win (steal) re-election.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor should rename itself the U.S. Dept. of Big Business while under the current administration’s purview. A fitting name as it has gone AWOL in enforcing workplace safety during a pandemic and refused to touch cases of wage theft. Instead, it gifts deregulation after deregulation to businesses, making it easier to justify such theft.
Yet despite the pandemic and seething issues of racial inequality and police brutality capturing the public narrative and forcing a national reflection of past indiscretions, Trump continues to focus his efforts on finding white grievances. It’s a move that appeals to his base of supporters—those who refuse to denounce white supremacy or acknowledge the need to combat racism and bigotry.
And he’s determined to stoke racism even if it means using some corporations as prop adversaries. …
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