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This Is What Trump’s First 100 Days Will Look Like for Muslims


Corruption and Special Interest Collusion in Washington D.C.:
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First, in what Trump and his administration claim will be a blow to “corruption and special interest collusion in Washington D.C.,” Trump proposes six steps:

1. “FIRST, propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of congress.”

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer to anyone who is familiar with senators and representatives who have been in congress and on the American payroll for decades, but have allowed the formation of a stagnant lame-duck congress.

However, this proposed amendment would apply not only to congressional representatives who have proven their uselessness (Charlie Rangel), this would also apply to people like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who developed his loyal constituency through decades of hard work passing legislation, while others vacationed for months or bickered from across the aisles. Such an Amendment to the Constitution can hardly be compared to term limits for presidency, which are needed to ensure democracy and protect America from those who would have an almost dynastic rule.

2. “SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).”

This proposed hiring freeze would eliminate hundreds of thousands of federal employees simply by allowing existing employees to retire without replacing those employees with new hires. This is fairly simple, and will greatly reduce the numbers of federally employed people in many different capacities, potentially creating staffing shortages and gaps in areas of public works.

While potentially necessary federal employees will retire without a replacement, the military can still expand exponentially.

Yes, our government spends a great deal of money, but our government needs federal employees in every area from public health to mail distribution in order to remain strong. Notice how Trump has exempted military and public safety workers as well as public health workers from this freeze? This means that while potentially necessary federal employees will retire without a replacement, the military can still expand exponentially.

3. “THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.”

This is one of the most dangerous proposals in this list. It may sound as though Trump is just trying to slice through red tape and paperwork, but in reality he is proposing the deregulation of industry in order to create more corporate freedom and less corporate accountability. One area of federal regulation which may end up on the chopping block: environmental legislation. This is dangerous not only for America, but for the world, as man-made global warming wreaks havoc on, well, the globe.

In reality, he is proposing the deregulation of industry in order to create more corporate freedom and less corporate accountability.

Want to know what deregulation of industry looks like? Look at the label on the back of your shirt. Look at where your phone was made. Your sneakers. Your makeup. Now look at photos and statistics of pollution and worker safety in those areas. America is no stranger to 18-hour workdays without bathroom breaks. American workers have had to suffer under dangerous working conditions.

American children have been poisoned by runoff and waste from industries that went unchecked. Federal regulation protected us from all from that, and yet that is what Trump wants to return. Rather than bringing jobs home where industry is regulated, safe, and environmentally conscious, Trump would like to ensure that we compete with Chinese manufacturing by making the American laborer slave under unsafe conditions that we should not accept from any business, in any industry, in any country.

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Bodies on the sidewalk after garment workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory leapt to their deaths in New York, 1911.

 

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From CBS news: loved ones attempt to identify the bodies of garment factory workers after a fire in Bangladesh.

 

4. “FOURTH, a five year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government.”

5. “FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.”

6. “SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.”

The Fourth through Sixth of Trump’s proposals all relate to lobbying for special interests and campaign finance. Now, while I personally would love for AIPAC to disappear, and for Big Oil, Coal, and Big Pharma to have less power over politics, all of these would apply not only to Israel and to corporate special interests, but to environmental lobbies, and lobbies building relationships between America and other countries which may be necessary and mutually beneficial.

This does not reform or remove lobbying from our political system, it simply ensures that anyone who has served in the White House or Congress cannot become a lobbyist for a fixed amount of time. Further, most campaign finance reform needs to come not from banning foreign lobbyists during fundraising for American elections, but from the elimination of corporate donations and SuperPacs.