NYT Article on Elaine Chao and Foremost


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Money and power speaks for itself. It just speaks louder than patriotism and all those corny old fashioned ideals that we were taught as children.

Welcome to the real “New World Order” and the New Amerikan Republik.

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So Everything we thought would happen is happening. Check.

Wake me up in 2020

Ms. Chao has no formal affiliation or stake in her family’s shipping business, Foremost Group. But she and her husband, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, have received millions of dollars in gifts from her father, James, who ran the company until last year. And Mr. McConnell’s re-election campaigns have received more than $1 million in contributions from Ms. Chao’s extended family, including from her father and her sister Angela, now Foremost’s chief executive, who were both subjects of the State Department’s ethics question.

Now, Ms. Chao is the top Trump official overseeing the American shipping industry, which is in steep decline and overshadowed by its Chinese competitors.

It’s not exactly new news:

Little wonder McConnell works overtime to protect the Cheeto and the Klepto-class in general. We can only hope there is a special corner of Hell reserved for the likes of this scumbags.


I told people here to watch out for this woman, and her family. This administration is no friend of the US merchant marine. from the article:

" Since Elaine Chao became transportation secretary, records show, the agency budget has repeatedly called to cut programs intended to stabilize the financially troubled maritime industry in the United States, moving to cut new funding for federal grants to small commercial shipyards and federal loan guarantees to domestic shipbuilders.

Her agency’s budget has also tried to slash spending for a grant program that helps keep 60 American-flagged ships in service, and has tried to scale back plans to buy new ships that would train Americans as crew members. (In China, Ms. Chao’s family has paid for scholarships and a ship simulator to train Chinese seamen.)

The Chao family has provided funding for a ship simulator at Shanghai Maritime University and backed scholarships for training programs."

What’s it going to take for people to wake up.


The last administration wasn’t all that friendly either. Under Obama PL 480 was gutted resulting in a lot less jobs on grain ships. They also were kind enough to negotiate Jones Act protections away in the TISA (trade in service agreement) which, had Ms Clinton won, would have been ratified in the Senate.

You don’t have too many friends on either side unless US flag shipping directly effects their district in a positive way for their constituents.

The last administration is gone, it is not making policy or taking Chinese money to undermine American interests. Blaming Obama doesn’t make the current administrations any less traitorous or excuse the greed and corruption that defines it.


Just pointing out the usual hypocrisy is all. All of a sudden these systemic transgressions that you listed (which coincidentally was status quo in the last couple administrations) are suddenly traitorous, greedy, and corrupt because Trumps at the helm? Think you would have got anything better if Clinton was the President? Would the corruption and greed be OK because it was you side that crossed the finish line?

Common man. Really.


I don’t have a “side” unless you mean those who are disgusted with the level of greed and corruption that has come to define American politics since Nixon. Personally, I wish we could do away with both parties and enforce real campaign reform. I was writing about that long before the current and past crop of thieves fouled our doorsteps.

I am equally disgusted at the lack of moral fiber exhibited by apologists who label themselves “conservative” while assuming the mantle of those we thought were defeated in 1945. That lovely couple under discussion here are ugly shadows of the mid 1940s political elites.


At least one of the sides pretends to support American Labor.

Key word there is pretend.


There is something to be said about the US voters when they keep reelecting the same bunch of senators and congress clowns and expecting something to change. When you elect clowns you get a circus. Perhaps realizing this they decided to elect a modern version of PT Barnum to lead the circus. There are few if any true liberals or conservatives in elected office, just a bunch of self serving asses. Long ago I decided that on the whole the US electorate are either gullible fools or masochists.


I know plenty people whose grandfather seamen started shipping companies, whose sons then developed the biz, etc. And then their grandchildren/inheritors just sold everything.

To quote the American TV series “Billions”. The first generation builds it, the second generation grows it, the third generation blows it. It does not appear the Chao’s are following suit unless you consider their contempt for the American Maritime industry, then yes. They are blowing it.

The scarcity of reportage and outrage over the McConnel/Chao corruption revelation is as disturbing as their involvement in what should lead to their removal from office.

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Not disturbing, to be expected in this weather. Like when in Conrad’s Typhoon, the mate reports that the ship’s lifeboats are gone while the SS Nan-Shan is fighting the typhoon.

He thought he had not managed to make himself understood. “Our boats—I say boats—the boats, sir! Two gone!”
The same voice, within a foot of him and yet so remote, yelled sensibly, “Can’t be helped.”
Captain MacWhirr had never turned his face, but Jukes caught some more words on the wind.
“What can—expect—when hammering through—such—Bound to leave—something behind—stands to reason.”

Grain aid didn’t seem to do anyone much good except for getting union applicants their sea days. Better spending that money on MSP imo though of course anything is better than nothing.

There were quite a few PL480 jobs in the AMO (more than a few rode those ships permanent). They didn’t pay great but it was a steady job and kept members employed.