Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Absolute Power Corrupts


Recently, Donald Trump bashed NBC by tweeting: “Totally biased NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS.  Ask top CEO’s of those companies for real facts.  Came back because of me!”

Analysts had already explained that Ford’s decision to expand in Michigan rather than in Mexico had mostly to do with the company’s long-term plans to invest in electric vehicles.  It’s easier for companies to find highly skilled workers to build new products, such as electric cars, in our country than in Mexico.

GM admitted that its plan was approved before the election, but it was accelerated under pressure from Trump.

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler chief executive, said Chrysler’s plan to build some cars in America had been in the works for more than a year and had nothing to do with Trump.  Marchionne credited the decision to talks with the United Auto Workers. 

Trump’s anger towards NBC is similar to his condemnation of specific press and media outlets for not reporting what he wants.  Today, Trump has the power over regulators at the FCC and the antitrust division who could make life difficult for targeted media outlets.

Trump is likely to impose sever hardships on working Americans.  He wants citizens to believe that getting good jobs for Americans is about making deals with particular companies.  He hopes to deflect attention from repealing the Affordable Care Act that could leave 18 million Americans without health insurance next year. 

Andrew Puzder, Trump's choice for the Labor Department supports huge corporate tax cuts, that will likely require cuts in Medicare and Social Security.  Puzder also wants to repeal Obama's overtime rule. 

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