“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
How is it that a congress with only 10% approval rating from the people but has no fear of the people. Is it because through legislation passed by this congress ensures that the people have no say about the outcome of elections? After the passage of Citizens United which wrested the right to elect our leaders from the hands of the people and placed the power into the hands of special interests and billionaires, government no longer fears the people.
The American people have no power and suffer greatly from the actions of the treacherous congress. Members of congress and the CIA controlled media are engaged in “divide and conquer” in America in order to preserve their power and wealth at the expense of the American people. These are the same tactics we have seen most recently in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Rwanda. Divide and conquer, capitalize on the peoples differences and choose one side over the other to stoke racial hatred and division.
The “Never Trump” faction brought into the White House by Mike Pence with the consent of our treacherous congress is now demanding Trump be impeached for his speaking the truth about the alt-Right and alt-Left outbreak of violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Members of Pence’s “Alliance for American Manufacturing” who represent capitalist America who has crushed the American worker, are resigning from the council in protest to Trump’s “insensitivity.”
CEOs to Trump: 'We quit'
“Several CEOs and business leaders — the heads of Merck, Intel, Under Armour, the AFL-CIO, and the Alliance for American Manufacturing — have stepped down from President Trump's advisory councils following his initial remarks about violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. Now Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon has criticized the president, saying he "missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together," but that he'll stay on the council. • Will there be more CEOs backing away from Trump?
The CEO’s on the council, who were selected by VP Mike Pence in order to continue the Deep State’s war on American workers now jump ship. After President Trump failed to side with one over the other after the violent outbreak that resulted when properly permitted protesters were attacked by likely paid non-permitted violent protesters. Comically Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon said “he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together,” but he’ll stay on the council. Not likely he’ll miss the opportunity to keep his snout in the trough.
Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon:
What a profile in courage. Wal-Mart whose slave wages cannot sustain a family and whose own workers can’t even afford to shop at Wal-Mart, relies on government handouts to maintain the gross profits that make the Walton Family some of the richest in the world. From Zero Hedge:
WalMart "Absolutely Shafted" Washington DC; Here's How
It’s been nearly a year since a grinning Doug McMillon recorded a video message to the world in which he explained that WalMart was set to raise the minimum wage for its lowest paid employees. After all, McMillon said, “it’s our people that make the difference.” 11 months later, those “people” (the lowly shelf stockers and cashiers) aren’t materially better off than they were before, because handing someone $10/hour instead of $9 is such a small concession that you might as well have done nothing. In other words, $10 is no more of a “living wage” than $9 is…
First WalMart tried squeezing the supply chain by asking vendors to pass along savings to Bentonville and by charging a variety of storage fees. When that didn’t work, the company started firing people and cutting hours…
Some of the cuts came at the home office in Bentonville, meaning that the move to put a few extra pennies in the pockets of hourly workers resulted in the loss of hundreds of breadwinner jobs… Earlier this month WalMart doubled down on the wage hike debacle by promising to raise wages for employees higher up the corporate ladder… The retailer announced the new wave of raises just days after saying it would close 269 stores and fire 16,000 people…
"The nation’s capital is now losing about 700 jobs a year at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality sector venues, a sharp reversal from the gain of 2,000 such jobs per year the city was enjoying before it hiked the minimum wage by 27%, first from $8.25 to $9.50 an hour in July 2014 and then to $10.50 in July 2015." Here's more:
Now, as D.C. employers brace for yet-another minimum-wage hike to $11.50 set for this coming July, Wal-Mart has called off two of the city’s most-prized retail developments.
Wal-Mart said it would close 154 stores in the U.S., mostly small-format locations. But even as the nation’s biggest retailer said it would keep opening supercenters, including 50 to 60 in the coming year, it told District officials that it won’t go forward with plans for two huge stores that were expected to create hundreds of new jobs in ONE OF THE CITY’S POORER SECTIONS.
What some hollow words from Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon in his criticism of President Trump, “he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together.” What a joke, President Trump being schooled by Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon on how to bring the country together.
Merck CEO Ken Frazier:
Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck a Big Pharma company responsible for thousands of deaths was first to resign. From Natural News:
Memo to Merck CEO Ken Frazier: Your company has easily killed 100,000 times the number of those killed in Charlottesville violence
In case you haven’t heard, Merck CEO Ken Frazier resigned from President Trump’s manufacturing council, blaming Trump for the violence in Charlottesville that killed one protester and two police officers (whose helicopter fell out of the sky for yet-unknown reasons).
Yet Ken Frazier himself should be arrested and imprisoned for carrying out mass chemical violence against all Americans through the fraudulent sales of toxic, deadly prescription pharmaceuticals and vaccines manufactured and sold by Merck on a daily basis. Nearly all of Merck’s drugs are “approved” by the FDA through an utterly fraudulent process of fake science, cherry-picked clinical trials and regulatory corruption and fraud.
Remember, Merck is the same company whose own virologists filed a False Claims Act with the federal government, explaining they were ordered by Merck management to fake vaccine trial results in order to “trick” the FDA. Merck’s entire mumps vaccine operation is a complete and total fraud…
Merck is to medicine, in other words, what Monsanto is to the food industry: They’re both steeped in evil, scientific fraud and deep deception. The number of deaths in Charlottesville absolutely pales in comparison to the number of Americans killed each year by Merck and other pharmaceutical giants. As PharmaDeathClock.com documents in real time, chemotherapy drugs have killed 17.6 million people since the year 2000. SSRI drugs have killed over 700,000 people, and the generic category of “prescription drugs” shows at least 400,000 deaths.
Merck’s share of these deaths is substantial. So why aren’t millions of Americans marching in the streets to demand Ken Frazier’s scalp? (The answer, of course, is that public outrage is entirely manipulated by George Soros and the mainstream media to be directed at their political targets. It has nothing at all to do with the truth about which corporations or people are actually doing the most killing of innocents…)
Merck is also heavily involved in profiting off the opioid addiction epidemic that’s now ravaging America while generating record profits for companies like Merck. If anyone is committing mass violence against America, it’s people like Merck CEO Ken Frazier, a person who belongs behind bars for his continued sacrificing of human beings for corporate profits. The violence in Charlottesville is nothing at all compared to the violence carried out by Merck’s vaccine division alone, not to mention its other drugs.
Disgusting, what a profile in courage on the part of Merck’s Ken Frazier. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich
Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich joined the cadre of clowns to jump out of the “Alliance for American Manufacturing” clown car stating "Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing.” Bleech. Oh please, can someone hand me a Wal-Mart barf bag. From Breitbart:
Intel Lays Off 12,000 After Seeking Visas to Import 14,523 Foreign Professionals Since 2010
Technology giant Intel announced April 19 it will fire 12,000 skilled U.S.-based professionals — after already swelling its workforce with 14,523 requests in Washington D.C. since 2010 for visas to import foreign professionals through the controversial H-1B and Green Card programs.
The company said the layoffs were part of a restructuring plan to help shift its focus from desktop PCs to mobile devices. But the company is very profitable, and first-quarter 2016 profits were 14 percent above predictions.
Amid the layoffs, Intel is one of the nation’s largest users of the H-1B outsourcing program which allows companies such as Disney and Abbot Laboratories to replace white-collar American professionals with cheaper professionals from India, China, and other countries.
Intel has insisted that it cannot find enough skilled American workers to fill its needs. From 2010 to 2015, it filed requests for up to 8,351 H-1B visas, plus 5,172 applications for permanent Green Cards for its foreign employees, according to MyVisasJobs.com. That data shows the company sought to hire 14,523 foreign professionals instead of many Americans eager to work at Intel.
So long, farewell auf wiedersehen, adieu. Those words are too kind for a parasite like Brian Krzanich. What the hell kind of council is “Alliance for American Manufacturing.” It sounds like a group organized by the Deep State to kill of what few good paying American jobs remain.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plan resigned from Trump’s “Alliance for American Manufacturing” saying “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics" Plank said in a statement. He said he would "continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion." Oh, what noble words. But those words don’t apply to Under Armour whose sweat shirts are made in foreign sweat shops. From Baltimore Sun:
For Under Armour, why not 'UA Made in the USA'?
Wondering why Under Armour couldn't make some products in U.S.
When I consider what Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, has going on — running a global sports apparel company that broke $3 billion in sales last year; developing a new hotel in Fells Point across the harbor from UA's Baltimore HQ; rolling out a sparkling vision for the redevelopment of Port Covington, including a whiskey distillery; raising thoroughbred racehorses on historic Sagamore Farm — all I can say is: Whew!
Plank has proven to be a smart businessman and a good citizen of Baltimore and Maryland. The only thing that seems to be missing from Plank's big plans is a factory that would put his fellow Marylanders to work making some of the products Under Armour sells around the world…
But why couldn't Under Armour stitch together some of its products here — in a Maryland city or town, where jobs are needed — and market them as "UA Made in the USA"? Doesn't that declaration have cachet with its young, hip and fit customer base?
Would the men and women who already like and buy UA products pay a few bucks more for clothing manufactured at Port Covington, or on the Eastern Shore or, say, near Cumberland in Allegany County?
Is Under Armour the NCAA's new cinderella team?
Under Armour is making waves in NCAA basketball, aiming for Nike's crown in the sneaker and apparel wars… Sam Poser, an expert analyst of the sports apparel and shoes trade for the Sterne Agee investment group, said in a telephone interview that, if Under Armour could maintain quality and still make money, domestic manufacturing might be a possibility.
Product quality, he said, is vital to the UA brand, and product quality is tied to manufacturing costs. And cheap labor makes product quality sustainable… But it seems that, if Under Armour were to make a choice to have a limited manufacturing operation here, it could save other costs, starting with shipping…
Products made in the U.S. are likely have a smaller carbon footprint. Most importantly, they would provide jobs for people in a city or county where the unemployment usually runs higher than Maryland's statewide rate.
Recently, Under Armour tried to woo NBA All-Star Kevin Durant to endorse UA's basketball shoes over Nike's. Plank's company offered Durant $280 million over 10 years. Durant still went with Nike, but clearly, as it surpasses Adidas and gains a bigger piece of the athletic footwear and apparel market, Under Armour has money to invest.
Maybe the company could invest some of it in American manufacturing.
"Imagine if they took $280 million that they were going to pay Kevin Durant and used that to pay U.S. workers," David Scharff, a Baltimore physician, wrote me in an email after I suggested in a recent column that Under Armour get into manufacturing at home. "How many Baltimoreans could they employ with $28 million a year? Two-hundred-and-eighty workers making $100,000 (pay, 401k, health benefits). What would it be worth in marketing value? What advantage over Nike would that be in the marketplace?"
It certainly seems like a way to differentiate a product line: "UA Made in the USA."
Thank God and Greyhounds he’s gone. Can you imagine what Kevin Plant brought to the table of the “Alliance for American Manufacturing?”
Scott N. Paul former lobbyist for AFL-CIO and leader of AFL-CIO Richard Trumpka
The latest Rats to abandon the Pence selected ship of rats a/k/a “Alliance for American Manufacturing” council are Scott N. Paul and Richard Trumpka. I have chosen to couple these two rats as they are both longtime Democratic tools who have failed America’s trade unions while enriching themselves. Paul, feigning indignation stated “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do” while Trumpka said he was “stepping down from Trump’s manufacturing council “effective immediately.” Good riddance. From Black Agenda Report:
Freedom Rider: The Defeat of American Workers
American workers have been completely crushed by capitalism. That is the goal of the capitalists after all but working people in this country have fallen further and faster because they are without any political friends and because they declare allegiance to a compromised political party.
The evidence can be seen in the vote against union representation at the Renault-Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi. Additional proof of the assault can be seen in the decision by the state of Wisconsin to promise electronics giant Foxconn $3 billion in subsidies to create 3,000 jobs.
Foreign auto makers and other industries have been building plants in southern states for many years. That region of the United States is the modern day embodiment of enslavement and Jim Crow segregation. It is among the most conservative regions, has little history of unionization and is always run by the white peoples’ party, which for the last 50 years have been the Republicans…
Mississippi won the race to the bottom to lure the Renault-Nissan corporation to build a plant in Canton, a suburb of Jackson, in 2000. The state made good on its promises and has given Renault-Nissan over $1.3 billion in subsidies...
Mississippi is a state which ranks last in anything good and first in everything bad. It is one of the poorest states with one of the most reactionary political systems. The large black population is under constant political assault. Medicaid expansion was rejected, SNAP benefit recipients are required to work for benefits or suffer from hunger.
… the state of Wisconsin and the Donald Trump administration announced another theft of public assets to benefit a multi-national corporate giant and once again under the guise of helping workers. Foxconn, maker of LCD screens for Apple and other companies, announced plans to open a plant in Wisconsin in 2020. That state agreed to give Foxconn $3 billion in tax incentives and pay $200 million every year in order to keep 3,000 people employed…
If the state of Wisconsin wants to provide 3,000 jobs it could simply hire 3,000 people, but employment is obviously not the real point. Wisconsin is under complete Republican control, the worst of the worst as it were, with the Koch brothers and their ilk in charge. In 2011 they succeeded in ending collective bargaining rights for state employees. The Obama administration neither said nor did anything on behalf of these workers. Other Democrats and labor unions chose to involve themselves in a losing electoral recall campaign and ended up with ignominious defeat for themselves and their voters.
These two states exemplify how the two wings of the political duopoly work together to eviscerate workers rights. The far right Republicans are openly hostile and the center right Democrats talk a good game. Unions also deserve some of the blame. They cling to the Democrats, even when they do less and less for their members. Union leaders are like many Democrats, political chumps, locked in the duopoly with a party that is dismissive of them and their people and never daring to make demands…
The Democratic Party recently made a big announcement about a “better deal” for working people that is even more insulting than their usual rhetoric. Despite all of the fanfare the deal doesn’t even advocate for an increase in the minimum wage. It says only that “many Democrats are calling to increase the minimum wage” and then presents a plan to raise the minimum to $15 per hour but not until 2024. This legislation is co-sponsored by the “revolutionary” Bernie Sanders… But the Democrats don’t care about worker rights any more than Republicans do…
Wisconsin residents will be on the hook for billions of dollars to Foxconn. Not only are their pockets going to be picked but the deal allows Foxconn to bypass environmental and other regulatory approvals so that it can dredge wet lands and access fresh water from lake Michigan. Theft of public funds and environmental degradation will all happen with an assist from government officials.
Make no mistake about it. The violent outburst in Charlottesville was the result of radical factions on both the right and left funded by billionaires to marginalize the power of the people. The real threat is to the political elite member of congress who will do anything to preserve their power and wealth. President Trump is a threat to the status quo and by refusing to condemn one side and exonerate the other, he has exposed the violent ploy for what it was. A ploy.
The “Alliance for American Manufacturing” is a Deep State appointed council of billionaires whose job is to ensure the further destruction of the American workforce. Our brilliant President Trump basically told them to pound sand and disbanded the councils that serve to further destroy the American worker. Good Riddance. Glad to see you bite the dust.
By Patricia Baeten