Our Labor Defines Us, Their Actions Define Them

Our Labor Defines Us, Their Actions Define Them

When we think of Labor Day, we usually think of a three-day weekend and it being the end of summer. The true meaning behind the day is often overlooked. Labor Day was created to celebrate working men and women and their contributions to the country. It was the first of several government acts to put the people before big interests.

Are U.S. Citizens a Priority?

In 1916, the Adamson Act was the first federal law passed to regulate the hours of workers in private companies and provide time and a half for overtime. President Woodrow and the 64th United States Congress were heroes who went through some smoke to give the railroad workers what they asked for, despite strong opposition from a special interest. You could say that the government was working in the best interest of United States citizens, the ones whom made this country what it is today. Do you think we could say the same thing now? Could we say that our current government officials are still heroes acting in our best interests, or are they performing villainous acts? The offenses of a few members currently in office might help answer these questions.

Offense 1:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries, was finalized in 2015. This agreement includes a “tobacco carve-out” that prohibits tobacco companies from suing governments for passing anti-tobacco regulations. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was against the carve-out and sent a letter to one of the trade representatives warning him not to support it. An interesting thing is, the tobacco company Altria Group gave McConnell about $107,000 from 2013 to 2018. McConnell received about $73,000 from the same company between 2007 and 2012. Who is he working for?

Offense 2:

A bill sponsored by Florida Senator Bill Nelson also caught our eye. It was introduced in the Senate this February. The goal of the bill was to exempt cigars from the FDA’s regulations on tobacco products. A cigar is a roll of tobacco wrapped in a tobacco leaf, making it the truest form of tobacco. Still, Senator Nelson and several cosponsors wanted to exclude cigars from being regulated. On the other hand, e-liquids don’t contain any tobacco but undergo in-depth regulations. Cigars contain some of the same ingredients as cigarettes and can create the same health problems, so why not regulate them the same way?

Who are these senators working for?

Superheroes Are Real

This type of behavior in politics makes us question whether lawmakers truly have the best interests of U.S. citizens at heart. But don’t you worry — there are still heroes in the world, heroes who know that the difference between a right and a wrong is not hard to notice. Companies like Halo do everything we can to be that hero and do what’s best for people, no matter the consequences. We can be told what not to do and what not to say, but we’re still going to fight to save the lives of others. We’re going to continue to rally support for the benefits of vaping and the advantages it offers for those shackled to tobacco.

Tell us below if you think Congress is working as hard for you as they should, or if you believe other interests are taking priority for them.

Until next time, “Stay woke.”

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