Here’s a bit of a history lesson.
Remember last July, when our preznit went to Nashville to visit the Bun Company run by a lady named Cordelia Harrington, serving as yet another photo-op where he could lambaste Democrats for supposed fiscal mismanagement, a typically delusional accusation (here, throwing in some of his patented stupid “humor” that would play well with the “Hee Haw” crowd but probably just about with no one else)?
Well, it turns out that Harrington’s Bun Company had signed outsourcing agreements with O’Charley’s the week before (O’Charley’s states here on its Form 10-Q quarterly report that it is “a leading casual dining restaurant company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee”).
I’d like to comment on the typical gall of President Stupid Head to try and score political points at the expense of employees of the Bun Company who may lose their jobs unfortunately, but that’s not really my point here (though it could be).
The reason why I’m mentioning this now is because of this story that appeared in the New York Times yesterday concerning Dubya’s threatened veto (does he actually sign any legislation these days?) of a bill that would expand the Trade Adjustment Program, signed into law in 1962 and facing expiration if it isn’t renewed.
Let’s see now, if you guessed that the reason is that Bushco thinks it’s “too costly,” you’d be partly right (the price tag would be covered by delaying a tax break for multinationals…notice the plan isn’t to “eliminate” the tax cut, but to “delay it,” and the Repugs still oppose renewing the program).
But the excuse provided by Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (yes, she’s still in this administration after all this time) is that the bill “builds a bigger bureaucracy that will make it harder for unemployed workers to access relevant training and reconnect with the job market…”
Uh huh, as if we can trust Elaine Chao on anything…
And even though U.S. House Rep Phil English of PA looks as if he’s visited one too many bakeries in his time, I have to give him credit for speaking out in favor of the Trade Adjustment Program, rightly saying that “If America is serious about having a stronger trade policy, then we need to strengthen the safety net for working families…” (yes, I know he’s probably in “running for re-election mode” here, but still…).
So remember, fellow workers, if our red state president comes to another bakery, a factory or other place of work and tells you how great everything is, rest assured that he’s probably preparing yet another “bait and switch” on you (and having to pose and smile with this clod and pretend to be his friend will be the yeast of your worries).
Sorry – guess it isn’t really all that funny…