If Rip Van Winkle woke up today, he’d be shocked at the role reversal our political parties have undergone.
President Trump supports labor unions while Democrats betray the very people who built their party.
For example, the president and his EPA nominee, Andrew Wheeler, are defending union jobs at small refineries threatened with bankruptcy by an EPA program that benefits Wall Street traders.
The law provides for hardship exemptions to prevent small refineries, many of which are located in areas where they are the only supplier of gasoline in the region, from being shut down.
In his confirmation hearing, Wheeler told senators he’s granting exemptions to save the small refiners, reversing the previous administration’s refusal to act.
At the same time, President Trump is protecting American workers against China’s economic aggression that targets our manufacturing and high-tech industries.
In contrast, Bill Clinton threw organized labor to the wolves when he instituted an open-door trade policy with China. He gave the investment bankers who finance political campaigns the green light to move entire industries across the Pacific and destroy the livelihoods of millions of Americans.
Nowadays, the Democratic Party has forgotten working men and women and designated professional environmentalists as its priority constituency. These activists would shut down the Atlantic Coast Pipeline backed by the labor unions. The pipeline will carry clean burning natural gas, create thousands of blue-collar jobs and provide fuel for homes, offices and industries.
The Democrats’ abuse of labor doesn’t stop there.
“Several major labor unions are pressing Democratic House leaders to make Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey – who had been the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee’s subcommittee on trade when Republicans ruled the House in the last Congress – the new chairman of that subcommittee,” the liberal HuffPost reports.
Pascrell has long opposed the Washington-Wall Street free-trade policies loathed by the labor unions. He voted against granting China most favored nation trade status in 2000, against the South Korea free trade deal in 2011, and in 2015 he opposed fast tracking the TransPacific Partnership, TPP.
In contrast, Nancy Pelosi turned her back on the unions and instead of Rep. Pascrell, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will head the trade subcommittee.
Portland’s bow-tie wearing Bluemenauer is the poster boy of the new Democratic Party, a party that caters to urban professionals and the green lifestyle issues they love.
Earl co-chairs the Congressional Bike Caucus. He sponsored tax breaks for biking to work and proudly wears a bicycle pin on his lapel to signal the virtues of his tiny carbon footprint.
To Blumenauer, riding a bicycle is more important than whether it’s made by well paid Americans or slaves in some Third World hellhole.
Unlike Bill Pascrell, Earl supported open trade with China in 2000, voted in 2015 to fast track the TPP, and even broke party ranks when the conservative Republicans of the Freedom Caucus tried to kill the measure on a procedural vote.
Donald J. Trump’s consistent opposition to TPP and lousy trade deals won him union voters in key states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
But Earl Blumenauer and his fellow new Democrats can be counted on to carry water for the Wall Street financiers who contributed $1.139 billion to political campaigns in 2016. That dwarfs the $217 million in contributions from labor unions.
Blumenauer is not the only corporate-friendly Democrat now in a leadership position.
Pro-Wall Street, anti-labor Reps. Ami Bera, D-Calif., Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Brad Schneider, D-Wash., have been installed at the committee that steers corporate dollars to congressional campaigns, ensuring candidates will remain politically reliable – to the banksters.
The Democratic Party shows a “help the little guy” face to the public even as it does the bidding of the globalist giants.
While this may seem contradictory, the party’s two-faced Janus nature makes perfect sense.
Big business works hand in glove with big government. Corporate behemoths have the lobbyists to shape regulations and programs to their advantage – and to the disadvantage of upstart competitors.
When socialism comes to America, it will be brought to you by the Democratic Party and administered by global corporations with familiar household names. And independents, whether in labor or business, will have no place at the table.