The Past Is A Foreign Country

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While it’s nice to know we got our predictions of who Trump might appoint as Secretary of Labor partially right ( see our November 19, 2016 blog "Trump Won. So What?), we’re still on tenterhooks awaiting word on his appointee to the post of Asst. Sec’y Labor for OSHA.

Looks like that wait will take longer than expected. This week Politico published dirt on alleged domestic violence by Trump’s appointee Andrew Pudzer, CEO of CKE Restaurants (Hardee’s, Carl’s etc.). His Senate hearing has been put over twice now and may never happen.  

Here’s the synopsis: Back in 1989 while Pudzer was embroiled in a nasty divorce with then-wife Lisa Feinstein, she went on The Oprah Show partially disguised in a wig and sunglasses to talk about Pudzer’s alleged abuse in 1985 and 1986. That this all happened over 30 years ago, and that she has since recanted and apologized isn’t important to Politico or The Huffington Post, or the SEIU for that matter.

In L. P. Hartley’s “The Go-Between,” Leo Colson reminisces about his childhood and utters the now-famous line “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Where were you in 1985? Do you cringe at re-runs of Dukes of Hazard? The Jeffersons? Dallas? Did you do or say anything then that might not pass today’s PC tests? How important are those indiscretions to what you do today? Do you pray for redemption for the things you actually did? In a nutshell, would you rather be judged by your last decade, or a decade from long ago and far away? As to today, Pudzer stands accused of using sex appeal to sell burgers. Thank God he doesn’t sell beer.

And speaking of the last decade, Huffington can’t end its article without noting that CKE and its franchisees have been cited “numerous times” for violations of wage and safety regulations. Well. Name the CEO of a Fortune 500 company whose subdivisions and franchisees haven’t violated regulations designed to punish employers.

If this is prologue to the press’s reporting in the Trump years, they will be long years indeed.

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