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Carl's Jr billionaire for Labor Secretary

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Donald Trump has indicated his choice for Labor Secretary: Andrew Puzder. Never heard of him? Well here are a few tidbits from CNN's analysis.

    CNN, December 9, 2016: Why Trump's labor secretary is an extreme contradiction

    The contradiction is extreme: Opposition to workers' rights is bread and butter for Puzder. In his new role, Puzder would lead a team tasked with ensuring that employers adhere to basic labor standards. Meanwhile, Puzder's company, CKE Restaurants, parent company of the fast-food chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, among others, has been the target of class-action lawsuits alleging failure to fairly compensate managers for overtime.

    And those suits may be the tip of the iceberg: When the current Labor Department conducted 4,000 investigations into the 20 largest fast-food brands, over half of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants had at least one wage-and-hour violation.

    Puzder is another Trump billionaire who is paid more in one day ($17,192) than a minimum-wage worker makes in a year, yet he opposes any increase in the minimum wage. While Puzder likes to blame the government for any problems facing his workers, he seems to have nothing but contempt for them and their well being. For one, he would love to replace them with machines. "Machines are always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex or race discrimination case."

    Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are also noteworthy for featuring bikini-clad models in racy TV ads devouring their hamburgers. It doesn't matter that many Americans see these ads as offensive and degrading to women, but for Trump's base of deplorable white men supporters, maybe this is seen as a plus.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- I know you mentioned Andrew Puzder in another thread, but I thought Puzder deserved his own thread as controversial as he is.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- I know you mentioned Andrew Puzder in another thread, but I thought Puzder deserved his own thread as controversial as he is.
    Thanks Schmidt, you're great!! We should have elected you as President instead!!!
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    He would have my vote.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Thanks for the support, but I would make a lousy president. I'm an introvert and don't like big public venues or making speeches or otherwise pandering to people I have hidden contempt for. My lying would be exposed as not genuine by the pundits...certainly not the practiced style of the Trump lies which can come across as sincere and genuine. Trump can win people (and the media) over so easily by telling them the lies they want to hear...again and again. A segment of Americans seem to like his bully pulpit and trash talking style.
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    Schmidt Wrote: Thanks for the support, but I would make a lousy president. I'm an introvert and don't like big public venues or making speeches or otherwise pandering to people I have hidden contempt for. My lying would be exposed as not genuine by the pundits...certainly not the practiced style of the Trump lies which can come across as sincere and genuine. Trump can win people (and the media) over so easily by telling them the lies they want to hear...again and again. A segment of Americans seem to like his bully pulpit and trash talking style.
    Schmidt, yes you would be way to honest; sorry then there is no job available for you in this government. Suggest to move to South Africa, to be away from this dishonest country.Ha ha.
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    Even more scary is the fact that people actually eat at Carls & Hardies - ugg!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    " I won't raise minimum wage. I will keep American wages low to be competitive" we're some of the very first words Trump at thebeginning of the race. There is no doubt that Trump won the election with a lie when he changed that first message to "lots of good paying jobs." That is a major documented lie that nobody has made an issue out of.
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    "We have to become competitive with the world. Our taxes are too high, our wages are too high. Everything is too high. We have to compete with other countries."
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    Chet, He was and will be protecting the important people. Those like him. Millionaires and Billionaires need help.
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    Although Puzder's role is to be Labor Secretary (if affirmed), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that his activism has gone beyond labor issues.

    In the 1980s and early 1990s, Puzder was considered the top anti-abortion lawyers in Missouri. He helped write and get passed a state law declaring life begins at conception and prohibiting state money being used in abortions. He often represented, pro bono, anti-abortion protestors, one activist said.

    Also this regarding the racy bikini clad women in TV ads selling his hamburgers...

    He said the ads were aimed at “hungry guys” ages 18-34. “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American,” he told Entrepreneur. “I used to hear brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality.”

    You can kind of see how Trump, the Gropper-in-Chief, likes him. They will enjoy each others company and parties in the White House, especially since Melania has chosen to live in New York for the time being.

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    This was interesting. Employers spreading bad information to control workers. Labor secretary nominee sounds like a poor choice. I'm sure Democrats will do nothing.

    addictinginfo.org/2017/01/25/trumps-lab...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    The Addictinginfo article fits Andrew Puzder to a tee. I didn't know about the "Jobs Creator Network", but it is organizations like that that have dished out propaganda and lies for their own selfish aims. Andrew Puzder, like many of Trump's other nominees, is simply not qualified to be Labor Secretary. In fact it would be hard to find a worst candidate. When Donald Trump talks like he is a champion of the workers, do not judge him on his words. Judge him on what he does...and in this case his nomination of Puzder for Labor Secretary defines what Donald Trump, the con man, really is when it comes to his worldview of the working class.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    At best the dept of labor has been labor's worst enemy under Democratic Presidents. Giving a demonstrated conservative agenda anti living wage executive a Cabinet position with access to judicial enforcement is an alarming movement against the working class. The dept of labor can:

    "If appropriate, the Department may litigate and/or recommend criminal prosecution."**

    That is a sword swung heavily toward unions in almost all labor management confrotations. Is the Dept of Labor going to be instrumental in " lots of good paying jobs"?

    **www.dol.gov/oasam/

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Puzder is out. He withdrew his nomination under increasing pressure from the media, Democrats and even a few Republicans. As per the Huffington Post:

    "Puzder on Wednesday withdrew from consideration, under increasing fire from Republicans upset about his record on immigration, from Democrats upset over his history of running a company repeatedly charged with labor violations, and from just about everyone horrified by domestic abuse accusations from an ex-wife, which gained fresh attention when Politico published a 1990 tape of the woman saying Puzder “vowed revenge” after she went public. Nearly 150 civil rights, women’s rights, labor and faith organizations had called for Trump to withdraw the nomination."

    Criticism of Puzder started on the day Trump nominated him. Looks like Trump's cronies didn't vet him.

    Will he blame the media like he is now doing on the Flynn resignation?