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October 20, 2012

Dependent

-- by Dave Johnson

Corporate conservatives say government makes people dependent.

Government is We, the People, protecting and enabling each other. To any extent that we are dependent on government, that means we are depending on each other and taking care of each other.

Something to think about: what is the alternative? If we don't have each other watching out for each other, we are on our own - at the mercy of predatory corporations -- depending on them for handouts of enough pay to even eat, and then only if we work to the bone for them, making the billionaires even richer.

So we are either depending on each other, or depending on the billionaires.

If We, the People, through our government, have minimum wage laws and unemployment benefits, it means that we don't have to take some terrible low-paying job that might at best pay enough to feed ourselves, never mind a family. (And we can just live in a cardboard box.)

THAT is why they say government makes us dependent -- it's the old "if you feed them they will breed" way of looking at people, as pests, in the way, useful if you need work done... toss away when not needed.

We can depend on government -- each other -- or we can depend on the billionaires. That's the choice we have. Don't let the propaganda turn you against government -- each other.

If you watched Up With Chris Hayes today, you saw this quote from Ed Conard, a Bain Capital partner, describing why they outsource jobs:

“Let’s not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is. We not only pay substantially less per hour, we also avoid the costs we would incur if these workers immigrated here. We don’t pay for their medical expenses when they show up in the emergency room without insurance. We don’t pay for their pension costs if they don’t save for retirement. We don’t pay for their children’s public education. Nor do we pay for their out-of-wedlock children, their unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation, their slip and fall torts, their wear and tear on our public infrastructure, and the cost of their drunk driving, drug use and other crimes. We outsource pollution, its adverse effects on our health, and its clean-up costs. Neither the employees nor their employers are here to vote and seek political handouts.”

That is what We, the People are to them: costs. In China people have no say, no We, the People, so they can pay the Chinese worker less, don't have to deal with their medical needs, pensions costs, unemployment, workers' comp ... "Slip and fall torts" means that the don't have to cover anything if the person is harmed by things they do... They don't have to pay for any public infrastructure, they can freely pollute and have no responsibility for the consequences...

And he makes it very clear that they don't have to worry about them voting.

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 20, 2012 10:52 AM


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