Divided Government

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Trump's lifelong henchman Roger Stone is floating the possibility of cooperating with special prosecutor Robert Mueller. I think he's waiting to see if Trump hangs him out to dry, which he will.

Meanwhile, Trump's golf clubs quietly fired some of their undocumented employees while the government shutdown continued.

Finally, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just dealt a blow to contract employees who were hoping to unionize.

The National Labor Relations Board made it easier Friday for companies to treat their workers as independent contractors excluded from federal labor protections, overturning an Obama-era precedent.

By a 3-1 party-line vote, Republican board members sided against shuttle van drivers for SuperShuttle, who were seeking to unionize at Dallas-Fort Worth airport. The NLRB ruled that they were independent contractors, not employees, and therefore weren’t protected by a New Deal-era law enshrining workers’ right to organize.

The board overruled a 2014 case, FedEx Home Delivery, in which a Democratic majority on the NLRB had established a standard making it easier for workers to be considered employees rather than contractors.

While you're here, I want to say thank you for your patience as I took some time away from writing. The truth is it's really difficult to write opinions when you're all out of fucks to give so I needed time to replenish my fucks. Even now I can't honestly say I feel completely normal, but that's probably going to take a lot more time.

  • I will happily loan you some of my fucks. I always seem to have too many. I’m glad you’re back, even though I know it’s difficult.

  • katanahamon

    I’d imagine it feels particularly raw to cover the idiocy that is Rump.’s all another lesson in “life goes on.” Not meant as a hackneyed phrase of criticism, or a philosophy to espouse, it’s just the way it is. Twenty years ago, my sister, mom, then dad all died in the same year, to the day. It was..weird. To say anyone has a better understanding of death after experiencing it it simply isn’t true, it’s just something that is, that every person has to deal with. You’re simply different after it happens. Other people can have sympathy, or empathy, although that’s actually rarer than you would think. It seemed to me in the days and weeks that followed my bullshit meter was much more sensitive, I wasn’t willing to put up with any. Still am not willing. People will say the dumbest and most insensitive things to you, just try not to kill them. Hang in there, it will get better..there’s my contribution of dumb for you..

  • Draxiar

    JM, in the aftermath there may be times you don’t have it in you to write. Take the time you need as you don’t owe any of us a damn thing. As for feeling normal…that’s a relative perspective. In my experience the loss never gets easier you just get used to it. While that may sound despairing, it’s not. It’s endearing.

  • KanaW

    No worries about delays, JM, you need to take care of yourself before you can do your best. You’re worth waiting for.

  • RamOrgan

    It’s so important to have a few fucks to give, despite all the temptations to not. Welcome back!