Donald Trump, Economy, Energy, Issues, Labor Unions

Trump’s big labor play

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In his first 100 hours in office, President Donald Trump appears to have accomplished more for union households and working Americans than former President Barack Obama did in 8 years.

And in the process, he may be shaking up the electoral map in ways that could reshape American politics for decades to come.

With Trump’s rapid actions to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, meet with senior private sector labor leaders in the Oval Office and to approve the building Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines — requiring that they built with American steel — the President is signaling strongly to blue collar Americans that he’s their guy.

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Still on the horizon are the President’s still to be revealed plans on infrastructure building, something not normally considered a Republican issue, yet it was certainly one on which Trump campaigned heavily.

It was Trump’s working class appeal over vigorous opposition of organized labor leaders that led to his Rust Belt sweep of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. Those combined 64 Electoral College votes provided more than his margin of victory.

Trump broke down the Democrats’ seemingly unbreakable Blue Wall by attracting a diverse coalition of conservative and blue collar households.

Now, Trump appears to be building on that victory with policies designed to appeal to those constituencies, earning him plaudits from union leaders that virulently opposed Trump in 2016.

For example, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has given almost exclusively to Democrats running for public office, and 2016 was no different.

But upon Trump approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines overriding the previous Administration’s obstruction, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa issued a statement praising Trump: “The construction of the K[eystone] XL and Dakota pipelines will help put thousands of Americans, including Teamster members, to work. We are pleased with this decision to move forward on these long overdue projects that will support working families and increase our energy security.”

After his meeting with labor leaders on Jan. 23, including Laborers’ International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan, SMART sheet metal workers’ union President Joseph Sellers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and United Association President Mark McManus, Trump earned more plaudits.

“It hit home for the people who have been hurting,” declared the Carpenters’ McCarron.

North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey told reporters was his impression “that the American citizenry and the American Treasury will be invested in building public infrastructure” as Trump touted his plans for public-private partnerships for construction.

Trump also issued an executive order aimed at cutting costs and red tape in federal construction projects by reducing environmental regulatory burdens, giving taxpayers more bang for their bucks and resulting in more jobs because of lower costs. That order stated, “it is the policy of the executive branch to streamline and expedite, in a manner consistent with law, environmental reviews and approvals for all infrastructure projects, especially projects that are a high priority for the Nation, such as improving the U.S. electric grid and telecommunications systems and repairing and upgrading critical port facilities, airports, pipelines, bridges, and highways.”

Again, these are not issues one would normally expect from a Republican president, still, it is easy to see both the political and economic rationale for these policies.

Take the play on mandatory American steel to build the pipelines. To make American steel will mean it will have to be fired by American coal taken out of the ground by American miners. Now, the pipelines might be built at lower cost if foreign materials and labor were used, but Trump is expressly rejecting that, so all of the economic impacts will occur inside the U.S., creating more jobs and fewer Americans underemployed and dependent on government.

Politically, conservatives are getting what they want with the pipelines being built while blue collar union workers and unions will see an immediate impact with increased U.S. production of steel and the jobs created on the projects.

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning noted the benefits of the arrangement, stating, “Although it does not fit neatly in the traditional limited government view, these policies may be just the political tradeoff that is needed to fully realize the economic potential of these energy pipelines. In a world of give and take, creating North American energy independence is critical to restoring our nation’s economic vibrancy.”

Manning concluded, “It is Trump’s unique ability to bring groups as diverse as Americans for Limited Government and big labor in support of his initiatives. Politically, Trump is simply catering to the base that got him elected through marrying expedited approvals with demands that they benefit U.S. workers.  It should not shock anyone that a President who prides himself as a deal maker would engage in a political balancing act that pulls together the diverse coalition which elected him.”

This is a guest post by Robert Romano senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.
  • jug

    Well, nothing is more normal than an “Old Time” Democrat doing something like this. I admit, I have known for years that Trump was, and is, actually a Democrat.
    (It was Bill Clinton that really convinced him to run as a Republican, thanks Bill!
    But Bill did it to protect Hillary during the primaries. Can you imagine how different things just might be today, IF Trump and Hillary had both ran Democrat?

    Anyway, while the “modern” Democrat party has been slipping violently leftward, and dipping under the waves of the CPUSA, (Communist Party of the USA), they now share the same platform and candidates, Trump saw the evil and took steps to alleviate the problem! Thank you President Trump!

    There is no question, but that he also saw how many “RINO”, Republicans had become “fellow travelers”, along with the democrats, turned Commiecrats!

    • Robert

      Jug
      I do feel extremely sorry for those who do not know the difference between Democratic Socialism and Communism.
      As Trump said ‘I love the uneducated they believe everything you tell them.
      HAVE A GOOD DAY

      • jug

        Too many shades of gray.
        There really is no difference, it’s just another tiny step on the way.
        Foot in the door, it all ends up in the same place.

        • Robert

          Jug
          There is no connection between Democratic Socialism and Communism. The USA is the one of three industrialized countries in the world which is not Democratic Socialist and every country is in better shape on everything than the USA. Europe as well as Canada has been Democratic Socialist for over 150 years and they rate higher n every aspect than the US.
          So what is that place that everyone is going to end up in.
          Jesus was quite the Socialist, feed the hungry, healed the sick and clothed the ragged, and kicked the money lenders out of the temple. that is what Democratic Socialism is looking out for the less fortunate.
          HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • jug

            You like it so well, go live in one of those countries!
            I will take what little freedom we have left here!
            Obutthole put this country on the road to ruin, the ACA, etc.

            It still might not be save able.
            I don’t want to “see Europe”, and if they don’t do something very quick, they are not going to be around much longer.

            Same with Canada, (who came here for medical treatment, at least prior the ACA), what with the announcement their PM just made.

          • Robert

            Jug
            I can see you have no knowledge besides what the Conservative Republican tells you. To start with the health of a country is indicated by its GDP and every country in Europe is ahead of the US and eh EU as a whole is ahead of the US and China, The only Canadians who come to the US for treatment are the ones where a hospital in their area does not provide a service. In mane where our vacation home is nearly everyone goes to Canada for treatment because it is closer then anything else. They have been doing that for the past 80 years and has nothing to do with ACA. In Detroit where my friend lives the Canadians come there for specialized treatment which is considered Cosmetic and not covered in Canada, and he is an administrator at the hospital so he should know.
            Now if Europe is about to go under how come their credit rating is much higher in some cases than it is here.Europe is in good health, 4 of my children live and work in Europe because it is a better work environment and they make more money, we are loosing about 150,000 gifted students every year to Europe for the free education for college and over 50% never return, once they have experienced the rights they have there that they do not have here.
            You should really do some fact checking, before ACA we were #39 in world health care now we are up to #37 because of ACA. In Europe college is free all the way to a Masters degree, That is why they are so much better educated than here.
            You do not see the infrastructure falling apart there so that the wealthy can have another jet, yet Industry thrives there as well as here, the best cars made in Europe, the best machinery made in Europe, and the best medical for over 50 years in Europe.also the best educated come from Europe.
            It would benefit you to get your information from another source than The Conservative Republican which wants you to think every thing else is fake news.
            Why is so many person in the USA becoming Millionaires every day when there are no jobs, it is because the working people are being exploited as never before, so the rich can become richer. The gap between rich and poor in this country is greater than it has ever been in the history of his country.

            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Vega632

            And they all end up coming to the states for their procedures Robert and please don’t say they don’t and show your ignorance because again I have been all over the world and have witnessed other country’s and its not so great there. This is the best place on earth to live and will be greater again under Trump. Seems to me Robert that you with all your hate for the the US you would have been outta here along with your anti American sons a long time ago. You see Robert, my Sons and Daughters would never abandoned their country and heritage because I raised them to love their country and stand behind Her though good and bad and love God!!! I’m sorry your kids couldn’t make it here as it does take a real work ethic to make it here but it builds strong character and confidence. I taught my kids to work for what they have and not to go and get handouts from other people and country’s like you did because we have pride in our self’s and our country. But again I will call you an anti American because that’s what you are the more and more I read all your posts. There is no way you can spew all your venom for a country that gave you all you have if you really do live here which I doubt more and more. I have much more but I beg you to look at the truth of things and look at the reality of what this Government has really done with people like you. You have been duped Robert.
            HAVE A GREAT DAY AND ITS NEVER TO LATE TO WAKE UP.
            Oh BTW I did find a graph on all the presidents debts and Roosevelt came in 1st place with the most debt earned with 87% and Obama in 2nd place with 82% and Bush had 48% never did like all the Bushes either as they were just as bad as the Clinton’s and Obama.

          • Robert

            Vega632
            The only people who come here for their procedures are the one.s who fear for their lives in their own country, and cosmetic procedures the can not get at home.If the Us has the best health care then how come the most respected health organization in the world rates the US #37 up from #39 because of ACA..

            http://thepatientfactor.com/canadian-health-care-information/world-health-organizations-ranking-of-the-worlds-health-systems/
            When people are looking for work they send out resumes to find the best jobs and go to them. That is why so many people from all over the world came here when we had so much industry. at any given time there are 2.2 to 6.8 million citizens working out side the USA for foreign companies, and approximatly 34 Million that are unaccounted for their location. I do not hate the USA but setting here looking for work when work can be found else where is like sitting at a closed gas station waiting or the gas truck to arrive. Why would any company move back to the USA to pay up to 10 times in labor costs and make them less competitive in the global market. and the whole world is a Global market, and if Trump puts a tariff on the companies it is the consumer who will pay the price not the company, Gm sold more cars in China last year than in the US so if you were a company would you worry about sales in teh US if your major profit was in another country.
            My children need no handouts, in bout 24 years my son in Norway has made and saved enough money to buy his girl friends fathers ranch in Oklahoma, over 4 square miles of ranch, not big by Oklahoma standards but large to me.
            If you know how to run a business you can make money any where, no body gave me anything I worked damn hard for it started out with nothing and made it with some help at first from a very generous person who helped me through college.
            There is no waking up industry is dead for now in this country and Trump will not bring it back, no one will it is all part of the Global economic order of things.

            Workers all over this country and other countries go to where the work is mostly in their own country but they go to where they make the most money, tht is why oil field workers go all over the world because of work and money.
            Economics runs a business like work runs a worker, so business go where they can get cheap labor to be competitive.

            I do suppose you know Trump brought in foreign workers for ll his projects in this country,that is how he was helping America before he became President.
            He still has foreign national working at all his places of businesses now that is talking out of both sides of your mouth at the same time.
            It is all smoke and mirrors and i do not fall for any of it.
            As fr as travel goes i to have traveled the world mostly at Government expense, being i was in intelligence for 26 years with my home base in Suffolk England,for 7 years but mostly worked the Middle East because i spoke eh language, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. and i also know how well the different religions got long in those countries, there was no Muslims trying to kill all Christians because the Holy Book say they have to, all lived in the same village and communities and got along well.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Vega632

            Well Robert we are going to have to agree to disagree on everything we’ve discussed because I am not going to change you and you are definitely never going to change me.
            I can’t go against what I’ve seen in almost 80 years here and why its going on. We were very great before long ago and the only chance we have of at least slowing down the decline is Trump right now. If Hillary would’ve gotten in we would have been arming for war with Russia the day she won. We were a lot closer than you think.

            Have a great day Robert

          • Vega632

            Jug this turd is pulling your chain!!! He knows nothing about nothing and claims to be an American which he is clearly is not!!! You can never be apart of something and have a forked tongue and bad mouth at the same time it just doesn’t work both ways.

          • jug

            V, no problem!
            He was pegged that way from the start.
            Just another SD, trying to tear the US down!

            If it hadn’t been for the US, Europe wouldn’t exist today, and even at that, they insist on trying to destroy themselves yet.

            They are trying their best to become Syria.

          • jug

            Perfect example of a “Socialist Democrat”, Angela Davis!

      • Vega632

        You never said anything more right there Robert and you should heed your own words there.

  • WVF

    Actually, President-elect Trump did more for America than the fraud-in-chief did in eight years!

    • Vega632

      Funny how you and I can see the truth eh?? You know I don’t envy Trumps daunting task at getting our country back but he’s the man for the job. Uphill battle is a understatement and I think its more like climbing half dome with fishing line.

      • WVF

        Tell ya what, vega632, I wouldn’t take that job for all the cash in the world! I thank God that a man like Donald Trump wanted it and worked harder than anyone I’ve seen in my lifetime to get it. God bless him for his sacrifice. If anyone can turn this nation around, it is President Trump.

        • Vega632

          Amen!!!

  • Robert

    To start with what has Trump done for the average American, I do not see all these corporations bowing down to Trump I do not see the unemployment figures changed.
    This is always want we wanted another Hitler Trump is following into the very foot print of Hitler, so lets see where he goes from here, the American Population will not stand for his actions for long, even his own party only a few agree with him, most know he is wrong a and making the Republican party look bad in the eyes of the majority
    Is that the only way the Republicans can get in power by redistricting in their favor and against the Constitution, which they have been shut done by teh Supreme Court on many occasions.
    I would like to know what trump has done except go against most law, and international law, and turned most International leaders against him about his actions.
    HAVE A GOOD DAY

    • Vega632

      You’re a very typical anti American Robert and that’s why you cant and wont ever see the good Trump has already did for my country!!! Tell me simpleton, what good did Obama ever do for the Average American in 8 years besides doubling the debt and bowing to his Muslim country’s for starters. You are right about one thing and we the majority of real Americans are here and awake now and if all comes down to civil war we will decimate you sick people!!! Have a good day!!!

      • Robert

        Vega632
        I am not anti American I am one who deals with the facts, and the facts say trump has done nothing but divide this nation further than it has been in the history of the nation. The Constitution says the Government can support no religion and it is a freedom of Religion where every religion can practice their religion without interference from others.
        I can tell you from facts in evidence Trump supports are not the majority of the US population, if so why does the President have the lowest approval rating of any President in history and the second lowest turn out for his swearing in. Show me the jobs that Trump promised, and I can show you the hate he has caused, according to statistics only 24% of the population is religious, and that is about what voted for Trump and the only reason trump won was because we had the lowest voter turnout in over 40 years, and the lowest turn out in both parties because they did not want to vote for either candidate.
        You are free to believe what you want but world opinion will put Obama as one of the great Presidents because he gave people more rights than anyone since Lincoln or FDR.
        As far as a civil war goes anyone who would start a civil war over religion lowers the USA to a third world country which no one can win and massive destruction. The majority of the religious right are white male where the majority of the religious are black or ltino, and i do not think either will join your war on your side.
        HAVE A GOOD DAY

        • Vega632

          How old are you Robert??

          • Robert

            Vega632
            I am 80+ years old and a retired military officer after 26 years who also ran an 700 person business for a number of years. Yale educated with a masters, and classes at Dartmouth.
            What is your age and experience at life.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Vega632

            You know I seem to recollect now that I mixed it up with another clown that lied like you do was that you before?? Yeah I remember something about a 700 person army that you ran and claimed that your sons run it with you now right?? Yeah I remember looking it up and there was no mention of you or it anywhere.

          • Robert

            Vega632
            All you paid bloggers have nothing facts just the twisted BS you spread to try and convince person about something with your half truths and sometimes out right lies. I with my partners ran DigiTech Electronics until it was sold in 1996, as far as my son he works in Norway and makes far better money than his college friends who work here and has far more and better conditions and benefits.
            According to your post I doubt if you ever look up any real facts because they would not align with the BS you try to spread..
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Vega632

            Prove I’m wrong Einstein!!!

          • Robert

            Vega632
            Just select a subject that you have stated and i probably can have a good debate on your material. I welcome it.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Vega632

            Where did the 10.5 trillion go that Obama doubled in debt after 8 short years?? I been trying to get that answered since Mr Muslim doubled it.

          • Robert

            Vega632
            I search of the Government Budget office will show you a break down of every penny and where it went, the majority of the money spent while Obama was in office went to long term Government contracts started by the Bush administration, and the cost of the wars which again Bush started.
            You can twist facts any way you want to blame Obama for anything but the Congressional Budget Office has the figures to prove Obama sent less on his initiatives than any of the last 3 Presidents.
            I can see in your post you did not like Obama, I am not a Liberal but i am a fact person, I would bet you a penny to a dollar Obama will go down in US and World history as one of our great presidents because he gave rights to more people than anyone since Lincoln or FDR.
            If Obama was a Muslim which everything in fact proves he is not, there is nothing wrong with Muslims that there is not wrong with any other people.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

  • disqus_rEWjgfyzIp

    Lets see if the democrats remember who got them food on the table, sure wasnt obama after 8 years.

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