It was general knowledge that ‘Hardees’ and ‘Carl’s Jr.’ owner and CEO Andrew Puzder was rated by his employees as one of the worst bosses in America. He is opposed to the minimum wage, and would like to replace all of his employees with robots. During one period of time, he charged Hardees employees ten-cents an hour for the ‘privilege’ of wearing a Hardees uniform.
Puzder was also found guilty of employing a housekeeper who was not legally in our nation, and for failing to pay taxes.
Although he was obviously the worst choice possible as Labor Secretary, Republicans had no objection to his confirmation. So which part of these revelations forced him to withdraw his nomination?
None of these facts were egregious enough to prevent his approval by the full Senate.
A film from a 1990 Oprah Winfrey show tape was his Waterloo. Puzder’s ex-wife appeared in disguise and told her story. Puzder had severely beaten her, kicked her, and prevented her from telephoning for help. Puzder told his ex-wife; “you will pay for this.”
Senators were taken in small groups to view the tape in private. Eventually the hearings were canceled, and later Puzder made an announcement.
“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.
“I also thank my family and my many supporters — employees, businesses, friends and people who have voiced their praise and hopeful optimism for the policies and new thinking I would have brought to America as Secretary of Labor. While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team.”
Puzder may be a lousy boss, and would certainly have been a failure as Secretary of Labor, but he has learned “politi-speak;” or as it should be called ‘bulls**t.’
This is what has become of our once semi-respected government. It has lost all credibility now that Republicans control all three branches. ‘Doing the right thing’ is but a memory. Republicans are allowing despicable people to play a major roll in our government for years to come. Sessions, DeVoss, Mnuchin, Tillerson, Price, and others are not only unqualified, they are also extremely controversial.
We must not omit Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. What’s the problem? He remains involved in several lawsuits against the EPA from his tenure as Oklahoma’s Attorney General. He believes that the EPA should be disbanded. Pruitt never received a dollar from the oil and gas industry he didn’t love.
By James Turnage
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