On the surface the so called right to work law sounds like a good thing doesn’t it? Kinda makes people feel empowered as though there is an effort to keep them from working.
But that’s about as far as it goes because what it’s basically about is pitting workers against one another and suppressing wages – Republicans love it as do their corporate partners for that very reason.
It’s difficult to square that with their professed family values as one would think concern for the welfare of families would encompass a decent wage to insure stability.
Republicans talk a good game about creating jobs and putting America back to work, but what they really want is the employers market that exists today.
A market exploited much the same as growers did in California during the Dust Bowl era after luring the “Okies” who had lost everything.
How it works is if there are dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of “applicants” for each job it enables employers to suppress wages based on the competition for each position.
The end game of suppressing wages is to increase profit – growers and mining companies as a matter of rote often provided “housing” and a “ company store” to workers featuring elevated pricing, an insurance policy of sorts to keep a dependent workforce and compromise the ability to get ahead as getting ahead leads to a level of independence.
In theory the minimum wage law is supposed to address such an issue, but the reality is corporate lobbyists and their political stooges have effectively undermined the intent.
In effect this has insured a lack of ability to get ahead and in essence a captive and dependent work force.
You hear a lot of talk about people living from paycheck to paycheck and that’s true, but what exactly has been done to address that?
Not much that I am aware of as the goal hasn’t changed – it’s still about low wages and increased profits commonly referred to as trickle up economics, yet another example of Republican family values.
I can’t help but smirk when the bubbas go on about Mexicans stealing jobs – exactly what jobs are they talking about?
Are they the stoop labor or “service jobs” like housekeeping? How about dishwashing, mowing lawns, or other menial jobs the majority of the great champing at the bit American workforce think is beneath them?
Hey if people were willing to take such a job illegal immigration would slow to a snail’s pace, and that is an undeniable truth.
I’ve worked with Mexicans and one thing I know is not a single one of them was ever afraid of work, I can’t say the same of some others I’ve worked with.
A right to work, uh huh, then if that’s your believe get up off your ass and get to work, but more than that organize and demand a livable wage – after all it is about family values isn’t it?
I believe a country as a affluent as this one has an obligation to assist those who need it, but in that assistance should be job training, placement, and insuring a decent wage.
That would require both the government and corporations to work hand in hand to that end, the deterrent is it would cut into the profit margin, and for that reason isn’t likely to occur.
The big fear is taxation – corporations might have to pay more, or what is referred to as their fair share.
Lacking such an effort and we have what currently exists – human warehousing and the gulags of the rez, a national and corporate sweeping under the rug of problems and a scapegoat.
It’s a very simple metric – the more consumers make the more they will use their purchasing power – and that equals increased productivity, which in turn creates jobs and tax revenue.
One other thing, perhaps one of the most dependent demographics in this country are seniors who just received their first cost of living adjustment in four years – a whopping four dollars a month – think corporate profits have amounted to only that much?
How about Wall street, the banking industry, big pharma – think they’re barely hanging on?
If you believe the conservative agenda is one that will address these issues in anything even vaguely resembling a meaningful way step up and tell me how – don’t just sit in front of your comp grumbling about how ignorant or “ unAmerican” I must be to say such things.
Explain to me how they have in the past – explain that trickle up economics thing again to me while you’re at it, I still haven’t figured out the “benefits”.