Evil has many tools. A lie is the handle that fits every one of them Oliver Wendall Holmes
Well, it’s already time for the next episode of Fiscal Fun and Frolic! According to multiple reports, the Klown Kar Klepto’s of the GOP Senate caucus have officially chosen their next hill to die on in the upcoming round of negotiations for continuing stimulus to the innocent victims of The Trump Economy. And this one should be something else to watch.
Apparently, the Senate GOP is willing to stand-til-the-last-man in order to protect their poor, helpless corporate oligarch donors from those ravening, greedy little peasant workers. The reports state that in return for more federal largesse for the people who elected them in the first place, the HOP will be insisting that language be included in the bill that releases businesses and corporations from any legal liability should they order employees to return to work, and the workers subsequently become sick from the coronavirus.
This is an issue that the Democrats must meet head on, and in fact they should relish this fight, simply because the issue is one that is so simple for them to turn to their favor. And the funny thing is, I’m not at all sure that the optics of this fight, and the resulting messaging nightmare for them, make this an issue that the corporate beneficiaries of such language really want to have at this time.
This whole fight appears to be stemming from what some people consider to be an implied release in El Pendejo Presidente’s latest brainless executive order. The popular theory is that since Hair Twitter used the Emergency War Powers Act to order the nations meat packing plants to reopen to ensure the food chain, that following this order somehow or other holds meat processing companies blameless for any ensuing illnesses in their plants, because they were only following orders. Hmmm, where have we heard that one before. And while this alleged exemption may give Tyson Foods nocturnal emissions, I’m not so sure it holds water. After all, the lowliest buck private in the US Army is expected, as a part of his oath to resist, and if necessary, disobey an unlawful or immoral order. And while Emperor Gluteus Maximus likes to refer to himself as a war time President, I’m not so sure that ensuring the supply chain for his 12 piece KFC bucket mandates negligent homicide.
The reason that the Democrats need to embrace this fight is that it is so easy to control the narrative. First of all, it allows them to portray themselves as taking the side of the American worker against the evil Goliath corporations, always a sure fire hit. second, it is easy for the Democrats to explain that it would be unconscionable for them to trade not only worker safety for a short term stimulus payment, but at the same time to be trading away the workers rights to sue for negligent company practices down the line should they occur. Not when all the GOP needs to do is to drop their craven, corporate giveaway demand for workers to get the help they need now, and retain their rights for the future. That possible GOP response is there to that, especially with November looming closer every day.
And as I mentioned earlier, no matter how much Moscow Mitch may be spoiling for a fight to finally put a marker on the scoreboard, I’m not so sure that American companies want to get into this right now. First of all, I’m not at all so sure that corporate America trusts the GOP Senate these days to be able to cobble up an exemption that would actually pass a court challenge should they fuck up. After all, their record in the courts these day’s ain’t exactly sterling silver. But second, when it comes to corporate America, actions speak louder than words, and right now, their inaction is screaming at the top of its lungs.
As I see it at the moment, corporate America seems to be more concerned with dealing with the new reality on the ground, rather than fanciful GOP bedtime stories about how to get around it. If you’ve been watching the news networks the last couple of days, you’ve seen coverage of the “grand reopening” of America, especially in places like Georgia and Florida. That coverage has included live remote reports from newly reopened malls. To me, those shots strongly resemble scenes from George Romero’s zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. Escalators silently going up and down with no passengers, completely empty terraces and walkways, stores dark and shuttered. All that’s missing is the appropriate scary music.
Don’t get me wrong, reporting I’ve heard is that many major national chains will reopen when allowed to by state and local authorities, following local guidelines. They’ll do this, even knowing that they’ll lose money in the short term to show that they’re up and running, and safe then occupancy guidelines are loosened in the future. The national company that Teri works for is using the time to get and distribute masks for employees to wear, install hand sanitizing stations, and sanitize the stores while they’re empty. Her company is also buying those portable travel steamers for clothing, so that they can quickly sanitize garments left in the fitting room carts before hanging them back up again. Corporate America is not in this to make political statements, they’re in this to make money, and they’re taking steps to ensure that they can get back to it as soon as conditions allow.
This is why it’s going to be almost impossible for the current iteration of the Republican party to survive once His Lowness is gone. The party itself has become so totally, dogmatically, ideologically driven that common sense relocated to Portugal. They are picking a fight that they can’t possibly win, at the worst possible time, while their potential beneficiaries want nothing to do with them. Wadda way to run a railroad.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen