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With New 'Imposed Contract,' Trump's EPA Tries to Neuter Worker Rights

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/26/new-imposed-contract-trumps-epa-tries-neuter-worker-rights

The GOP is an organized crime syndicate disguised as a political party.

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“Imposed contract” sounds like the Newt’s “Contract On (sic) America.”

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Of course, this is just another way to limit the ability of the agency to do what it was intended to do.

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Trump is doing this to the postal unions too I believe. Drive wages and benefits for workers down and keep giving tax cuts to the richest One Percent. Pure Scum, un-American scum, the GOP leadership is the enemy, not the Iranians nor the immigrants.

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Or like Don Vito’s “offer they can’t refuse.”

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Trump doesn’t have the knowledge to actually understand what he is doing, but the people who have his ear do. In the narrowest sense the gutting of the EPA is intended to remove all restrictions on the right and power of big business (corporations, especially trans-nationals) to do whatever they please and the devil take the hindmost. This is the base position of classical (laissez-faire) economics: No “interference” in markets by government. It was a sham from the beginning, as markets cannot exist except in a context of rules and customs that are upheld if not necessarily imposed by some persons or institutions, and we call those persons and institutions “government.” It is closely associated with “small government,” which is a relative term that is likewise never clearly defined, and the Founders of the Republic had a far more nuanced view of its meaning than is found anywhere today.

But Trumpland exists in a much more sinister context which elites have promoted for at least 5,000 years, that they and they alone call the shots. Beginning in the late Middle Ages, civil government (as opposed to hereditary monarchy, tyranny, etc.) grew out of the same ferment that led to the Industrial Revolution and the revolution in human thinking that came to be called “The Enlightenment,” although that label is now considered to be a broad overstatement. The first people to replace the monarchy with a system that grew into a form of republican government (indirect or representative democracy) were the French, although 13 of the British colonies in the “New World” managed to escape from domination by the king by way of month-long sea voyage under sail, and set up a formal republic the same year the French murdered theirs.

But the faction that had supported the royals never went away, and they have been attempting to reinstate “autocratic” rule ever since in various ways, mostly by force of arms. The US has been pursuing this program explicitly since we stole certain colonies from Spain in 1898, with the looming coups in Iran and Venezuela simply the latest of dozens. Unless We the People can stop them by force of wit they will soon rule us by force of arms, with no concern for the chaos that is already under way from the rapidly deteriorating global climate and the predations of Global Megacorp. Highly inconvenient, but true; and presumably most of the people in these forums know most of it. As we shout at rallies, “Stand up! Fight back!” We’re outgunned, but not outmanned; our cause is just and we have the best minds on our side.

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The Supreme Court just refused to declare gerrymandering of legislative districts for partisan gain unconstitutional. This is about as democratic as declaring money to be speech and corporations to be persons.

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What, for fucking crying out loud, are federal employees supposed to do if they don’t agree with the imposed-from-above contract when they don’t even have the right to strike???

(Disclosure - I am a federal employee and a dues-paying AFGE member)

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