Two Things To Ponder …

The United States, like every other Western government, has numerous laws to protect the people living in this country.  Or perhaps I should re-phrase that to say, “had numerous laws …”.  Rules and regulations … some grow outdated over time and need to be revised or scrapped, but most exist for a reason.

Take, for example, the rule that requires commercial truck drivers to take a 30-minute break after 8 hours of consecutive driving.  Makes sense, right?  You’ve probably taken driving trips and you know how tired your eyes get, how you rather zone out after staring at mile after mile of Interstate highway.  Well, that rule is gone now, as is the one that capped a trucker’s workday at 14 hours, with only 11 hours behind the wheel.  Suspended, because Trump wants truckers moving goods as fast as possible, and so what if a few million lives are put in danger by a trucker falling asleep at the wheel?  I will no longer drive on the Interstate highway, knowing that the big rig beside me may be driven by a zombie who has been on the road for 20 hours without sleep.

Yesterday in my snarky snippet post I wrote about Trump removing the requirement for environmental reviews on infrastructure projects such as oil and gas pipelines, highways and fossil fuel export terminals.  But those are not the only environmental regulations he has quietly trashed, using the coronavirus and the economy as his excuse.  Two weeks ago, he signed an executive order instructing agencies across the government to rescind, modify or simply stop enforcing regulations if they burden the economy.

The regulatory rollbacks covered in this executive order are supposed to be temporary, just a brief relief to help get the economy rolling again, but one White House source says that Trump intends to make them permanent.  He signs an executive order and then conveniently forgets about it, as do we, since we are bombarded on a daily basis with so many piss-poor decisions and actions on his part.  Out of sight, out of mind.  Until people start dying.

Under his executive order …

  • The federal consumer watchdog agency suspended requirements that financial institutions investigate disputed information on consumers’ credit reports.
  • The Labor Department relaxed some worker protections, including how businesses report paid sick leave.
  • The Food and Drug Administration cut the time it takes to approve new antimicrobial products from years to months.

And do you remember the financial crisis of 2007-2008?  It was caused by deregulation in the financial industry.  Now, the Federal Reserve has lowered the amount of capital a bank must hold … a key safeguard against a repeat of the Great Recession.  The rule change “will provide flexibility” so banks can “provide credit to households and businesses in light of the challenges arising from the coronavirus response.”  Until the banks over-extend themselves and come crying for another federal bailout, and working people lose most of their 401(k)s.

What’s next?  Will regulations on worker safety be disregarded, exposing factory workers to unsafe conditions?  Will food safety regulations be scaled back?  I just don’t know what else Trump has in mind, but I do know that he is concerned only with his re-election, and he sees a thriving economy as crucial to that effort.  For my part … I will not buy one damned thing I don’t absolutely need.  There is a right way and a wrong way to revive the economy … putting lives and the environment in danger is the wrong way.

I’m rapidly losing respect for most politicians, but there is one who I really like and admire … Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser!   In fact, I would love to give this woman a huge hug!

Muriel-BowserHer first run in with Donald Trump came in the summer of 2018 when Trump had decided to honour himself with a military parade, after attending the Bastille Day Parade in Paris the prior year.  It was a stupid idea to begin with, but … well, Trump is the master of stupid ideas.  Mayor Bowser informed him that the cost of local security and logistics would come to a whopping $21.6 million.  Trump, of course, threw one of his Twitter tantrums …

“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it.”

Of course, the $21.6 million price tag was only a part of the estimated $92 million (of our money) for the entire show.  Mayor Bowser, unlike some politicians in Congress who I will not name, was not intimidated …

“Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).”

But this week, she has been put to the test by Trump’s imposition of martial law in D.C., and she passed the test with flying colours!  In a letter to Trump on Thursday, she said …Bowser-letter

And when asked about Trump’s little photo op stunt earlier this week, where peaceful protestors were attacked by officers using tear gas, flash grenades and other weapons just so that Trump could put on a show of walking to a church and holding up a bible, Mayor Bowser responded with calm …

“I can say this … I don’t think that the military should be used on the streets of American cities against Americans, and I definitely don’t think it should be done for a show.”

Isn’t it refreshing to hear a simple, calm statement … no facial contortions or hand gyrations, no yelling or ranting, just a statement, calm and intelligent.  Donald Trump and many others could and should take lessons from this woman!

But the coup de grâce came yesterday when Mayor Bowser renamed the street in front of the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and emblazoned the slogan in massive yellow letters on the road.blm-streetScore one … no wait, score two for Mayor Muriel Bowser!

31 thoughts on “Two Things To Ponder …

  1. Jill, to be a “man of the people,” he seems to spend a lot of his time screwing them over. In addition to the above, we have the top weighted tax cut, the attacks to eliminate and hamstring the ACA, the attacks on the various watchdogs, and the elimination of a proposed fiduciary requirement on advisors to protect investors. And, I am quite certain we are overlooking more. Keith

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    • Oh yes, the list of his atrocities is endless. I’ve only just started reading a new book, “Trumpocalypse” by David Frum, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush. In just the first two chapters, he makes some very astute observations about not only Trump, but the movement, the people, the mentality that put him there. His prediction is that, as we have both said, Trump is only the symptom of an underlying movement, and that movement is likely to pick a more intelligent candidate next time ’round, posing an even graver danger. Thought-provoking, to say the least.


      • JIll, David Frum is a very astute. But, I have trouble with his comment on picking a more intelligent candidate. First off, Trump is no where close to being as intelligent as he brags he is. Calling oneself a “stable genius” does not make it happen. Anyone who will select good advisors and listen to and digest what they say, will be a vast improvement. Keith

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        • Oh I fully agree … I don’t see a shred of intelligence in Trump. Evil, wiliness, yes, but not true intellect. Frum was saying, I think, that the elements who put Trump in office might next time pick a candidate with the same values, only more intelligent, more able to fool more people. I’ll find the exact quote in the book a bit later and email it to you. For now, I just hope that Biden wins in November and that against all odds, we have a peaceful transition. I’m so tired of so much drama!


  2. Trump is a lethal idiot putting money before safety, all those regulations was put in place for good reason.
    Mayor Bowser has such a talented way with words I think she should go and give him a good talking too.and get him to turn back all his latest policiies. Meanwhile I think we should all send her a bunch of flowers for sheer genius in renaming that Street opposite the White House.

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    • You’re right, and you know it’s only a matter of time until someone dies as a result. I’m sure Trump will say it was a small price to pay for his economy, in other words, his re-election bid, for that is what this is really about.

      Mayor Bowser is my hero of the day! I love that she isn’t intimidated by the tyrant and does what she thinks is right! I’ll chip in on the flowers!

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    • I remember that, and I’m disgusted that he is reneging on that promise. I’m also disgusted by a number of other things I’ve heard about Boris lately that seem he is trying to emulate Trump. For example, his eager acceptance of Trump’s invitation to the G7 (since canceled, since Angela Merkel declined the invitation). And, I heard Boris bragging on what a great job he did in managing the pandemic. If that’s the case, then why is the UK’s per capita death rate among the highest in the world, and the second highest (Belgium, for some reason, being the highest) in Europe? In fact, your per capita death rate is 65% higher than ours, and ours is ridiculous! And yet, Boris pats himself on the back? So very Trump-like! Question: do you anticipate a vote of no confidence in the near future?

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  3. Yeah, just too cool…and whenever he leaves the WH via copter, he has to see the giant yellow letters. Maybe they could do the same on another street leading to the WH…one that says, “BLUE WAVE ON THE WAY.” 😂🤣😅😎I get really giggly thinking about it. RE: truckers – having been there and done that for 16 years….the law trump is rescinding protected us from abusive shippers, receivers, and overzealous carriers who wanted drivers to not only put in a full 10 hours driving but also fill in as dock workers and warehouse hands. WalMart was infamous in our industry for doing this. Driver gets his truck locked into the dock, has 1 hr and 59 minutes to offload his own truck or get charged dock time. Also, more often than not, the shipment had to be restacked BY HAND onto WalMart pallets by the driver. Picture a driver offloading 20 tons of canned beans one case at a time. Yeah, trump is an a-hole for taking away drivers’ protections.😡

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    • Heh heh … yeah, I had the same thought! And I was thinking on another nearby street they could put in big blue letters, “Welcome President Biden!!!” Somehow, I am not in the least bit surprised by what you’ve told me about Wal-Mart, and while I’m sure there are other companies that do the same, Wally World is known for abuse. I have had a few friends that worked for Wal-Mart (past tense) who have told me horror stories about the way they treat their staff. I will not be surprised if Trump does away with some of the OSHA regulations, too, in order to save companies time and money. All about that almighty profit, you know. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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