Saturday, March 31, 2018
Trump's "Worker-Friendly" De-regulations????
I am always asking my conservative friends (and believe it or not, I do have some) what that Donald Trump has done in the way of de-regulation they think is good for the working class. I say, "tell me five, hell, tell me three". He's signed hundreds, thousands even, so you'd think it would be easy to find three that are positive for the middle class. Not one person has ever answered me, not one. If you have some nominees, I'd be glad to hear them.
Here, I'll make it easy on you. You don't even have to do any research, just pick the ones you like.
- changing the law so that investment bankers no longer have to consider their clients as their first priority, but instead their shareholders. (Fiduciary Rule)
- making it easier for employers not to have to play overtime.
- allowing energy companies to release their coal and gas residue into streams and rivers.
- allowing energy companies to drill on every bit of the coastline of America, well, except for Florida where Mar-a-Lago is located.
- reducing the size of our two most recent national monuments (with many more under consideration for having land taken for mining and drilling.
- cutting back on the number of work safety inspectors.
- cutting back on the number of food safety inspectors.
- gutting almost every environmental program, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Powes act. Loosening the Clean and Efficient Auto standards.
- pushing legislation to allow employers to take employees' tip to distribute them as they please, including keeping them.
- loosening the rules on the big banks that almost bankrupted the country in 2008.
- relaxing the rules on what notoriously high interest rates payday lenders can charge (this was an Obama rule that had not yet gone into effect).
- allowing bears and wolves to be poisoned in their dens
- allowing hunters to bring back trophy elephants (this was dropped once but it is back under consideration.
- extending state flexibility on what is considered an "essential health benefit".
-ending Net Neutrality
- Rescinding Guidance Rules on arbitration on college campus assault.
- Rescinding Guidance Rules on Transgender issues.
- Re-interpreting rules on "Accidental Take" for Migratory Birds.
There are a few of them. There are many, many more if you want to look them up for yourself and tell me which ones you think are "worker friendly".
I'll write another blog about the answers I get....but don't hold your breath.