Monday, February 21, 2011

The Great Recession and its aftermath are entering a new phase in the United States

The Betrayal of Public Workers
Robert Pollin and Jeffrey Thompson, The Nation: 
"The Great Recession and its aftermath are entering a new phase in the United States, which could bring even more severe assaults on the living standards and basic rights of ordinary people than we have experienced thus far. This is because a wide swath of the country's policy- and opinion-making elite have singled out public sector workers - including schoolteachers, healthcare workers, police officers and firefighters - as well as their unions and even their pensions as deadweight burdens sapping the economy's vitality."
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2 comments:

The Ex-Wiz said...

This actually is one of the biggest prices we pay for letting Faux Snooze subvert our media.

Most of the rightwing 'thug leaders, having never actually "worked" for a living, have very little clue as to why people don't buy the cliches as easily as they did. (Because these lies are all they ever heard from Limpbaugh and BecKKK.)

But their bosses do.

Thanks for running this essay.

The quote should become our mantra.

S

If states declare bankruptcy they will break their obligations to employees, vendors, pensioners and even bondholders, which will undermine the basic foundations of our economy. As we emerge, if only tentatively, from the wreckage of the Great Recession, this is precisely the moment we need to strengthen, not weaken, the standards of fairness governing our society.

Mr. Natural said...

ABSO-FUKKEN-LUTELY Ex-Wiz! Thanks for stopping by! Now I am gonna click on YOUR name and drop by your place...POTTERSVILLE, eh? Cool!

this is precisely the moment we need to strengthen, not weaken, the standards of fairness governing our society.

We will see, eh? I truly wish someone would come along and buy our place here at the beach so we can get gone to New Zealand!

As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.