With One Stroke of His Pen, Donald Trump Set to Screw Over Millions of His Supporters

While there are many depressing aspects of Donald Trump becoming our next president, one of the things that bothers me most is, literally within his first few days in office, Republicans are going to dedicate most of their time to trying to erase anything related to Barack Obama’s eight years in office. Within a few weeks, it’s going to be like much of his presidency never existed.

And we all remember how “good” things were going in this country before he was elected, don’t we?

As I’ve said before, I’m usually not someone to say “I told you so,” but I certainly plan on doing that as often as I can to all the people who voted for him throughout Trump’s presidency. While his supporters were duped into believing this con man, the majority of Americans (let’s not forget he’s going to lose to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by probably 3-4 million votes once it’s all said and done), recognized that he’s woefully unfit and unqualified to be president.

Well, Trump and Republicans are already plotting a way to screw millions of his own supporters over by repealing a regulation President Obama signed requiring companies to pay overtime to workers who made under $47,000.

According to Politico:

House Republicans are currently in the process of making lists of regulations that fall within their time frame and could potentially be repealed early next year. One of the major ones they’re eyeing is Obama’s overtime rule that requires companies to pay time-and-a-half to employees who make under roughly $47,000.

Considering exit polls showed roughly 41 percent of Trump supporters make $50,000 or less per year, once this regulation is repealed, that means roughly 20 million of the people who voted for him will no longer be required to be paid overtime by their employer.

Literally within just a few days of officially being president, with one stroke of his pen, Trump’s going to strip away extra pay for millions of people who so eagerly and proudly supported him — and millions of others as well.

Oh, you were looking forward to that time-and-a-half pay for overtime work? Yeah, sorry — not anymore. But it’s okay, right? After all, what American family making less than $47,000 annually needs extra money? Clearly, Trump and the Republican party are focused on helping the middle class by ripping away sizable chunks of possible income that could have helped millions of families enjoy a better quality of life.

I can’t help but notice they don’t seem overly eager to repeal those tax loopholes wealthy individuals like Trump used to not pay taxes for nearly two decades. Wasn’t that also one of Trump’s promises, to rewrite the “unfair” tax code so that people like him can’t take advantage of ridiculous loopholes? Yeah, good luck seeing that happen anytime soon.

Making sure middle class Americans don’t get overtime pay is much more of an issue plaguing this country than tax evasion by the wealthy which costs this country nearly half a trillion dollars every single year.

So, to all those millions of Donald Trump supporters making less than $47,000 a year who now won’t be required to receive overtime pay from their employers, all I have to say is — I told you so.

This is what happens when millions of people are conned into believing that a man who made a lot of his money by often screwing over anyone he had to just as long as it benefited his own interests actually cares about anyone but himself.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • amarymary

    A federal judge in Tx (of course where else?) ruled the law to make employers to pay o.t. was unconstitutional. I am with you, but, just wanted to put the fact in. It sucks for those who are worked to death, no raises, and now they can’t get o.t. it just sucks. Of course, john mccain was happy on twitter about it. called him out.

    • thud

      I’m curious as to what the reasoning is. Will someone now challenge OT for hourly employees?

  • Dizzyofmay

    Incidentally, I have been suspended from Facebook *immediately* on posting a picture of the future First Floozy with her nipples showing. Not even her rima pudendi, mind you, over which she had her fingers spread. You know how hard it is to get them to take down pictures of a woman being beaten, or a white hunter kneeling over the dead body of a little shot African kid. But Donald’s paTrolls are already out there, threatening, blustering, swaggering, and doing everything to shut all opposition down. Don’t take net neutrality for granted… the Internet itself for granted… start looking now for alternate ways to communicate and publish, and be prepared to defend itself.

    We’re used to thinking, “But this is the United States!” Well, don’t take that for granted. We may be facing the bugaboo of my long-ago childhood… a Russian-style, Russian-backed dictatorship… for real, now.

    • Beaugrand_RTMC

      See if you can find the movie “Amerika.” I think it’s appropriate, now.

      • Carolyn Webb

        I remember that movie AMERIKA. It was a TV movie starring Kris Kristofferson. It played on TV during the REAGAN years. I think what will happen here will not be a direct takeover by a Communist Soviet Union or Russian Communist government. It will be American extreme right wing takeover by AMERICAN BORN “Christian” Taliban Style Republican THUGS Extreme corporate and religious right wing Zealots who force religious theocratic rules on women such as destroying women’s reproductive rights, destroying women’s right to higher education, forcing biblical creation teaching in public schools instead of science and using taxpayer money to finance only endless WARS with middle eastern countries and making the greedy billionaires even richer and starving out the poor. America will become the same kind of horrible FASCIST country ruled by FASCIST REPUBLICANS who are JUST AS BAD AS THE PEOPLE WHO RULED GERMANY in 1933-1945

  • Carolyn Webb

    What led us to TRUMP started back in 1980 when President Carter had the bad luck of having to deal with Khomeini, the religious FASCIST who seized power in Iran and took American Hostages. Carter’s failed attempt to rescue the hostages caused him so much political damage that the first FASCIST, REAGAN easily seized power here. REAGAN looked friendly on the surface but beneath it all he planned to deliberately bring about the kind of changes that would slam millions of middle income and comfortable working class people into horrible poverty and give the millionaires and billionaires most of the money. He lied to the people telling them that huge tax cuts for the very rich and DESTRUCTION of social safety nets such as good quality public school education, affordable college for good students and affordable housing (which is paid for by tax payer money) would cause the wealth of the very rich to TRICKLE DOWN to those less well off!!! And the people were stupid because public educational funding was SLASHED! The unions were destroyed and rich corporate executives closed down their manufacturing plants and shipped their manufacturing jobs to third world AISAN and South American countries and the American workers lost their jobs and became either slum dwellers or even worse HOMELESS!

    With Clinton the economy improved but could not undo most of the damage that Reagan and Bush 41 did because the democrats LOST both house and senate in 1994 and the republicans BRUTALLY wounded and destroyed progressive agenda that Clinton had in mind and Clinton made the horrible mistake of getting involved with Monica Lewinsky, and that affair gave the republicans ammunition to damage the whole democrat party!

    Both Bush 41 and BUSH 43 continued Reganomics and on top of it came the 9/11 attacks, EXPLOITED by the whole GOP and stealing more money from the poor to pay for a ten year costly and unjustified war with IRAQ.

    More lob losses and more homeless people. And the veterans who returned wounded were kicked to the curb by the GOP government.

    Finally Barack Obama wins and succeeds in taking out the cause of the 9/11 attacks, Bin Laden, and managed to pull us out of IRAQ.

    But the rise of the RACIST TEA PARTY, the people who supported REAGAN and BOTH BUSHES runs wild all over America in August of 2009 full blown viciously smashing up and DESTROYING every town hall meeting that President Obama set up all over America to explain his healthcare agenda to the public! I begged the democrats to quickly mobilize and fight back against the damn FASCIST TEA PARTIERS but all I ever got from them was a single email telling me that the TEA BAGGERS were only a nasty but HARMLESS bunch of crackpots who would surely go away if we “Good democrats” would just IGNORE them! Wrong!
    Bullies must be fought back against! And as a result of the stupid mistake of the whole democrat party(refusal to Fight Back when the Tea Party attacked) the democrats very quickly LOST both house and senate just as I feared! Progressive voters will not vote for COWARDS who let republican bullies kick them around!

    Thanks to the weak cowards of the “Democrat” party and the loss of the senate, president Obama’s constitutional right to get a decent fair minded judge (MERRICK Garland) a place on the Supreme Court has been destroyed and now with TRUMP the Supreme Court is going to get a horrible Christo-FASCIST like Scalia!

    And once again most women will have to rely on coat hanger abortions for birth control!

    TRUMP is the POISON IVY we have now

    REAGAN was the soil who made it possible for the poison to flourish

    • Ilene Baranowitz

      Carolyn Webb, all I can say is Amen to that!! You have outlined the last 36 years so magnificently – I will have to refer back to this pinpointed post over and again when my Trump-loving friends – yes, I have a few of them – for now! – keep trying to convince me that Clinton sent all the jobs out of the country and Obama continued it. (Bull!) But the one and only thing you left out that I am not seeing much anymore is the John Boehner pledge in 2010, when they got the house and Senate back in their clutches – that the Republicans would block everything Obama proposed – and it was the one thing they pledged that they carried through for 6 years!

      “John Boehner, who became the speaker once the Republicans took the House, offering his plans for Obama’s agenda: ‘We’re going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.’

      “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: ‘The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.’”

      (Fortunately, McConnell’s plan was thwarted.)

      Suddenly, everyone forgot about that during the election.

      And I tried several times to get word to the Clinton campaign that people were too ignorant to know what TRICKLE DOWN meant. I begged over and over wherever I could find a way to get through to anyone that this needed to be explained, but I obviously am only one voter who couldn’t get my words heard.

      • Carolyn Webb

        I am glad somebody knows how we got to where we are now. The only way the democrats can successfully “beat” not only TRUMP but the whole now fascist GOP is to grow a backbone and STALEMATE every move he makes with a constant filibuster and never again turn COWARDLY by caving in to his demands the way they have been doing ever since REAGAN. But I fear they will NOT be able to get rid of their COWARDLINESS!

        The main mistake President Obama made was thinking he could get the republicans to become reasonable, like they used to be in the days of Eisenhower and Ford and work WITH him!

        There is no way one can adopt a rattlesnake as a pet and teach it how to be friendly

    • Progressive Republican

      You forgot to mention the treason he committed to win in ’80.

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  • Carolyn Webb

    You are right Progressive Republican. REAGAN sold arms to the Iranians to release the hostages and to insult president Carter he insisted that the hostages be released only AFTER president Carter’s term was completely over. From then on republicans were allowed to get away with all kinds of scandals and serious crimes just because they were republicans (FASCISTS) and that made them above all laws.

    But whenever a democrat stepped in an ant by mistake they got full blown MALICIOUSLY DEMONIZED AND SMEARED and the news media destroyed all their attempts to defend themselves because the republicans OWN most of the news media!

    Thanks to what REAGAN started 36 years ago that led us to TRUMP, this country WILL become the same nightmare that Germany was in 1933-1945.