The Daily(ish) Review: Irony or Hypocrisy
I use irony incorrectly all the time. I wish I'd used it incorrectly in an old pop song** that probably made a fortune. I have a new jar of Nescafé Clasico, life is good. I have a full cup right now, let's see if I can speed through two articles.
Mar-a-Lago files request to hire 61 foreign temporary workers (By Jamie Ehrlich, CNN)
"President Donald Trump's resort, Mar-a-Lago, filed a request to the Department of Labor for 61 additional visas for foreign servers and cooks, according to a Job Order Records filed on Thursday and Friday.
The Florida resort requested 61 H-2B visas, which are visas for temporary non-agricultural workers. In order to obtain H-2Bs, employers must prove that there are not enough US workers who are "able, willing, qualified, and available" to do the temporary work. 40 of the visas were for servers, while 21 were for cooks."
- I thought the argument by conservatives was that foreign workers were stealing jobs from Americans. I'm not trolling conservatives here, but it does seem inconsistent with their position.
- How did the visa get named H-2B? Was it related to a House bill? Hmm...
"The President has said before in a 2015 interview with MSNBC that "getting help in Palm Beach during the season is almost impossible." However, the New York Times reported in 2016 that since 2010, only 17 of 300 American applicants were hired at the club. And since October of 2015, Mar-a-Lago has filed 10 separate requests for H-2B visas."
Verdict: Good, quick overview. I hope whoever needs the job gets the job. Bigger picture, you'd think that conservatives would be making the argument that Mar-a-Lago needs to hire American or legal resident workers and, if necessary, increase the wage offer to get them to apply for the jobs.
Amy Coney Barrett criticized for ties to People of Praise: A look at the group (By Kaitlyn Schallhorn | Fox News)
"If President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the federal judge can expect her second bruising round of confirmation hearings in less than a year and more of what supporters call "unfair criticisms" about her faith."
"She once told a 2006 Notre Dame Law School graduating class that their “legal career is but a means to an end, and … that end is building the kingdom of God. … If you can keep in mind that your fundamental purpose in life is not to be a lawyer, but to know, love and serve God, you truly will be a different kind of lawyer.”
- once told...I'd scrap once, seems redundant.
""The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said during the September 2017 hearing."
- ...the dogma lives loudly within you...Feinstein channels Yoda. Maybe it'd be more like "hmmm, yes, lives loudly within you the dogma does."
"Barrett’s connections to a charismatic organization, the People of Praise, has also come under fire, especially as she’s made it onto the short list of the president’s Supreme Court picks. Barrett’s critics have called the group a “cult” and believe it could cloud her judgment on the nation’s highest court."
- What is a charismatic organization?
"According to The Times, male leaders in the group are referred to as “heads” and women are called “handmaids.” But Lent said the group has decided to use “woman leader” instead of handmaid in recent years.
“We follow the New Testament pattern of asking men to take on some spiritual responsibility for their families,” Lent said."
- In another article, maybe the Times one, Lent explained that they used "handmaids" before the famous dystopian book came out or got popular. He also said they're moving away from the term because of its current association and connotations.
Bishop Peter Smith, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Portland, Oregon, told the Catholic News Agency(CNA) the group is non-partisan.
“I know for a fact there are both registered Republicans and Democrats as well as independents in the People of Praise,” Smith said. He is a part of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise, which CNA said is an association of priests who are connected to the organization.
"On the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion, Barrett has said, “I’m sure every nominee before you would have personal beliefs about that precedent and many others. But all nominees are united in their belief that what they think about a precedent should not bear on how they will decide cases.”"
Verdict: Good article and overview. You can see why pro-choice advocates, the LGBT community, and others would be worried, though. If you believe that something is immoral or a sin, and that your creator will judge you for your actions and adherence to his/her/its will, is it possible to rule objectively on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage? On the flip-side, there are very good reasons for not letting a person's religious or spiritual believes figure into hiring.
Regardless of how the upcoming nomination works out, it sure seems like our slide to the right is going to continue. Strange times.