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Mon Sep 28, 2020, 09:37 PM

Labor: GOP House Report, View of Workers Is Straight Out of the 19th C. Robber Baron Era

'House Republicans Paint A Labor Vision Straight Out of 19th C. Robber Barons Era.' By David Cay Johnston, Alternet, Sept. 28, 2020. - Excerpts:



Ten House Republicans who fashion themselves policy wonks are out with their diagnosis of what ails the American worker. Their proposed cure is a future that would be brutish, nasty and short. The Hobbesian, dog-eat-dog policies the Republican Study Group proposes would enhance the power of those born to privilege, just so long as nothing knocks them off their comfortable perch.

The report proposes: No forgiveness of student loans even though our federal government authorized students to borrow huge sums to attend worthless commercial schools that went bankrupt, leaving them with no degree, just debt. The Republican plan lacks even the mercy provisions for debtors written into Hammurabi's Code almost 4,000 years ago, which wiped away debts when storms, war or corruption ruined a borrower's finances.

A turn away from comprehensive higher education, especially liberal arts, to focus on technical skills and employability. Forget about developing the rigorous and thoughtful minds that enable young people to become informed citizens.

Throughout, the report makes recommendations that would require a larger federal government workforce to police workers, students, poor people and immigrants.

Empower workers by further weakening, if not eliminating, unions. The Republican Study Group report calls for workers to have more freedom to negotiate directly with their employers, a solution in search of a problem. "Our approach would unleash the full potential of the American people by refocusing labor policy to provide workers more control over their own future," the report states. Given that individual workers are mostly commodities, that's the equivalent of urging that each grain of wheat in a silo be free to negotiate whether it goes into the grist mill first or last.

Get tough on the poor and immigrants, who are portrayed as greedy thieves who shirk work, especially during the coronavirus pandemic..The 66-page report, Reclaiming the American Dream: Proposals to Empower the Workers of Today and Tomorrow, is amazingly slipshod..Many more auditors and investigators would be needed to investigate anyone who relies on what remains of America's tattered social safety net...

Read More, https://www.alternet.org/2020/09/house-republicans-paint-a-labor-vision-thats-straight-out-of-the-19th-century-robber-barons-era/

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appalachiablue Sep 28 OP
Walleye Sep 28 #1
appalachiablue Sep 28 #5
I_UndergroundPanther Sep 28 #2
blm Sep 28 #3
justgamma Sep 28 #4
appalachiablue Sep 28 #6
demosincebirth Sep 28 #7
babydollhead Sep 28 #8
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 09:44 PM

1. Who called workers human capital?

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Mon Sep 28, 2020, 09:45 PM

2. We can't let the rich

Control this country period.

Off with thier heads!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 09:48 PM

3. Yeesh, they are loathsome

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 09:50 PM

4. Remember when Grassley

said that American workers should be paid like the Chinese workers and the jobs would come back.

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Response to justgamma (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 09:52 PM

6. Thanks, the way it is sorry to say

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 10:31 PM

7. Really? You could have knocked me over with a feather!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 10:34 PM

8. "human capital stock" Kevin Hassett

"Our capital stock hasn't been destroyed our human capital stock is ready to get back to work, and so there are lots of reasons to believe that we can get going way faster than we have in previous crises," Hassett said Sunday on CNN.


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/human-capital-stock-kevin-hassett-trump-economic-advisor-back-to-work/

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Response to babydollhead (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 28, 2020, 10:37 PM

9. Tx, I missed the presser

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