Policy Action And Labor Notes


Policy Action Notes. Trump loves to “throw out the Constitution” and due process and drop protecting rights (except for the NRA). His agents have human rights violations, for treatment, force, and conditions.

Labor Note. Trump could establish American leadership of global food security, with an executive order. Trump could issue America First visas for America’s fishing waters, farms, and agricultural plants. Agriculture was the fasting growing segment under Obama, outpacing manufacturing a decade ago, with population growth, expanding exports. It’s close to crisis under Trump, a single year 45% net income drop. Trump raises prices on Western farmers with no plan to help them pay when their annual rainfall is less than 20 inches.

The US breadbasket can be a global hub for economies of scale. Why are farms and plants not demanding visas for food workers, our best economic bump?

Finally, abuse is wrong even where it is not illegal. Death should not be a political chip.

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Work Force And Notes


Witness the world’s richest country attack the poor; the government’s detention of families facing non-state violence (rape and death) from gangs (growth Barack noted in his 2009 Nobel speech). America offering detention and separation to courageous families willing to work, who are saying, “we want to be–on your team!”

Workers arrive daily. Dusty, tired, slumped, meek, the women raped; families with courage and hope; their children not M-13; no Middle East terrorists found, mixed in.

Economics is an easy way to inflict abuse on communities with a narrative that says their abuse is in everybody’s best interests. He is a favorite Trump technique. His narratives depend upon blame. Without it he has nothing to rail against.

We see imaginary objects of blame and fear reoccur: the reappearance of Middle Eastern terrorists crossing the Southern border with children; their first reappearance since the travel ban. No evidence or details presented–another Trump flaw. They lack support or truth. Trudeau dishonest? How? Exactly how is the world’s largest economy, a victim?
Community Notes. Communities are angry. Trump crossed a line; this wasn’t just another “my-bad” moment. This was war on humanity. With hemisphere neighbors! And refugees and families of workers of color. Argued that “the law is the law” (stripped of context, circumstances, conscience, compassion). It puts America on the edge of the Jackie Robertson mistake. Of mandating cruelty and wasting talent.

I want get out the idea that Trump’s actions were a strategic rehearsal/push for non-lethal force attacks, domestically. If legal on the border, then legal at home. Military-civilians targeted a non-lethal force attack on citizens neighbors/families, including separation for all ages.

Test case or trial run, Trump’s rapid-deployed attack on innocents, a style of warfare being practiced on children (Syria/North Korea/Nigeria/Philippines) on the margins, attacked Latin American citizens and neighbors, and aimed a brutal blow at tender-age children. Under 12, family separation creates neuro-chemical imbalances in children that affect their cognitive/emotional development.

To their development damaged by practices of isolation and family separation universally condemned and practiced no where else among global refugee and immigrant populations, a Marine 4-Star General, White House Chief of Staff, channeling inner Marie Antoinette,  says the practice of separating children from their families is not “cruel,” the children “will end up in foster care or wherever.”

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Trade And Race Notes


Trade Notes. Trump is not negotiating trade deals! He is setting new taxes! His tariffs raise the price of certain commodities and categories of goods, and also make business and consumers prices higher. He can set quotas for imports, to limit supply. Because trade is part of the global supply chain, it is complex and resists government action, building and clustering economies of scale is best for a single nation’s interests.

Economic Growth is pinned to demand. New production follows an established template:

Infrastructure in housing/transportation/public services (talk to anybody who has landed a site contract);

Business clusters and supply chains (why 5 West Virginia counties lead in US polymer chemical exports);

Financing and regulation (West Virginia again, tax breaks must go into research), and

Economies of scale (global relations Trump overlooks).

Racial Notes: The US political economy seldom explores racism but reveals racial thresholds. The black income gap (70%) and the black employment gap (2X/twice the white rate) have remained roughly constant for 50 years.

Question: Munchin and Mulvaney, “is the income gap constrained from the economy by racial narratives and white identity politics? Is the employment gap lost American productivity? Together, are they the fixed costs of racism?” The high cost of white privilege, America! Rarely discussed by men in dark gray suits.

Trump’s lower unemployment numbers didn’t change the disparity. Black workers remain unemployed at twice the white rate. Their wages are lower. Structural racism remains–a bold contradiction in the face of so many singular exceptions, which collectively have not added up to a threshold of change. The gap persists in the face of black success.

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Cultural And Faith Notes


Faith Notes. Who are the Blessed? The Mercy givers? Not Trump. He prefers oppositional-defiant swag to prayer and works, his hell-raising full of loud blame never tells the full story and ignores peace, the path of the poor. Not Trump. His thrill is the absurdity that the US, the world’s leading arms merchant with record sales, is a global victim, raked over for jobs and cash.

His Jericho-in-America gives money to the wealthy, then blames nations, friends and foes. Neither prophet, messenger, or sanctified, nothing in his mind is greater than himself, including his sins. Trump believes in his own measure. He dangerously ignores any downside or complicated evidence in his decisions. He recasts limits and complications as blame rather than errors.

Cultural Notes. The new political mass psychosis is rooted in a strange place—comfort/ugliness as a life-style. Stripped of the flag and parades, of the anthem and winning, America has arrived at a point where racist inhumanity is a broad life-style, with school shootings and gun ownership and death by addiction, with mass killing teenagers and paying for silence about non-existent sex. Government agents removed breast-feeding children, children too young to know the meaning of a promised ten-minute video call.

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