“War Is Good Business”

Closing Thought–06Aug21

I have been an anti-war advocate for over 50 years…..and in that time I have participated in many protests in the past….and during those protests there was a common slogan….”War is good business….Invest your children”……

But just how good is business?

These are the 100 top defense industries….and as you can see business is good for most of them…..

https://people.defensenews.com/top-100/

How sad that the death and destruction is so profitable…..

Why should corporations invest in the country when dealing in death and destruction is so profitable….I find that idea repugnant.

Your children are basically dying to make some even more wealthy…..and somehow that is acceptable.

WHY?

(He sits shaking head in disgust)

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

One Big Union, Now!

The union leader Trumka has died……

The president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, has died. He was 72, and the cause of death was not immediately revealed. Trumka headed the powerful labor organization since 2009, when he moved up to the post from the next level down, secretary-treasurer, a job he’d had since 1995. Before that he’d been the president of the United Mine Workers of America, the New York Times reports. Trumka started his career as a coal miner, the third generation in his family to work that job, the Hill reports. When he was elected president of the United Mine Workers of America in 1982, he was only 33, and the youngest leader that organization had ever had, NPR reports.

His death got me to thinking about the labor movement in this country….in a word…SAD.

As a past organizer for the IWW I have always thought that there should be one union that represents the workers…instead of the willy nilly representation they have today.

And then there is the conserv Supreme Court that has NO use for labor or unions…..

Since 1956, the Supreme Court has applied a well-established framework to businesses that wished to exclude union organizers from their property. On Wednesday, however, the Court effectively scrapped that framework — one that was already fairly restrictive of union organizing — and replaced it with something far more restrictive.

In the process of deciding Wednesday’s case, Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the Court also rewrites much of its existing Fifth Amendment law. Then it adds caveats to its new rule that resemble the reasoning behind an infamous anti-labor decision from more than a century ago. The Court’s decision is rooted in value judgments about what sort of regulations are desirable and what should be forbidden — namely, those protecting workers’ rights. And it was handed down on a party-line, 6-3 vote.

https://www.vox.com/2021/6/23/22547182/supreme-court-union-busting-cedar-point-hassid-john-roberts-takings-clause

Biden has tried to stem off the anti-worker attacks with Executive Order….

Among the 72 initiatives packed into the far-reaching executive order President Joe Biden signed Friday are steps that labor advocates welcomed as important victories for U.S. workers, including a provision calling for the limitation of noncompete clauses that drive down wages by preventing employees from quitting for better-paying jobs.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/07/09/biden-applauded-executive-order-targeting-insidious-anti-worker-practices

Among some of the portions of the EO…..

  • Make it easier to change jobs and help raise wages by banning or limiting non-compete agreements and unnecessary, cumbersome occupational licensing requirements that impede economic mobility.
  • Lower prescription drug prices by supporting state and tribal programs that will import safe and cheaper drugs from Canada.
  • Save Americans with hearing loss thousands of dollars by allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter at drug stores.
  • Save Americans money on their internet bills by banning excessive early termination fees, requiring clear disclosure of plan costs to facilitate comparison shopping, and ending landlord exclusivity arrangements that stick tenants with only a single internet option.
  • Make it easier for people to get refunds from airlines and to comparison shop for flights by requiring clear upfront disclosure of add-on fees.
  • Make it easier and cheaper to repair items you own by limiting manufacturers from barring self-repairs or third-party repairs of their products.
  • Make it easier and cheaper to switch banks by requiring banks to allow customers to take their financial transaction data with them to a competitor.
  • Empower family farmers and increase their incomes by strengthening the Department of Agriculture’s tools to stop the abusive practices of some meat processors.
  • Increase opportunities for small businesses by directing all federal agencies to promote greater competition through their procurement and spending decisions.

All this is good but does not go far enough….workers need to have political power not just some economic things…..power is only way to insure the worker is protected from all the conserv attacks on their livelihood.

And what happened to these pledges?

Basically typical political rhetoric…..”I got your vote so now you can go f*ck yourself”.

Time for the workers to stop thinking small potatoes and work for the political power they deserve.

What they have now is NOT working for their benefit….too many compromises and little political clout.

We need that One Big Union and not what is representing the worker now…..the IWW is the answer….the only answer.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

M4A Update

M4A? Medicare For ALL.

I have been a supporter of universal health care for 50 year even before it was fashionable.

These days the idea is wildly popular with the average person on the ground but the same cannot be said for elected officials….we can thank the health industry for the grotesque health care we have today….profit before people….ALWAYS!

Medicare for All (M4A) has a level of support that crosses the partisan divide within the voting public. In fact, the opposition is in a numerical minority. Unfortunately, it just so happens that this small group (Congress, the Biden administration, the medical-industrial complex) has all the power in the country necessary to prevent its enactment.

I had high hopes when the ‘Squad’ was elected and went to DC with M4A on their lips…..but apparently once elected the lips were sealed….

The Squad’s relative quietude regarding the nationwide calls for single-payer Medicare for All, however, despite having a once-in-a-century platinum opportunity (a nationwide pandemic, economic implosion, widespread Left press agitation, and even a mass mobilization this month), is rather instructive.

Did the health corporations silence the Squad?

You would think that with all the health problems the people of this country are facing…support for M4A would be a no-brainer…..but as with all important issues cash has made it impossible for the people to get a fair deal out of the government.

Profit before people…..

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York conceded in an interview with the Huffington Post published Thursday that Medicare for All may not become law right away — and appeared open to compromise on a plan she’s consistently championed.

“The worst-case scenario? We compromise deeply and we end up getting a public option. Is that a nightmare? I don’t think so,” the progressive lawmaker and key surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders said, while noting she still intended to fight for universal healthcare.

It reflects the reality that many voters still chafe at Medicare for All once they learn of the possible trade-offs — like losing their private coverage or paying additional taxes. Though 56% of the public supports Medicare for All, but that figure flips and becomes strong opposition (60%) when people are told it would eliminate private insurance, according to a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In stark contrast, the middle-of-the-road proposal known as the public option — which centrists like former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden are pursuing — has broad backing among Democrats and independents. That would create an optional government health plan and allow people keep their private insurance.

(businessinsider.com)

These Centrists are protecting the obscene profits of the health industry and playing with people’s lives to do so.

Time for the US health care to step out of the shadows and provide the services the citizens of this country need…..

The United States spends far more of its GDP on healthcare than other rich countries yet still has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates, the lowest life expectancy at age 60, and the most glaring inequities, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund.

Using a range of criteria to evaluate the healthcare systems of 11 countries—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and U.S.—the Commonwealth Fund’s latest analysis (pdf) shows that the U.S. once again “ranks last on access to care, administrative efficiency, equity, and healthcare outcomes.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/08/04/time-medicare-all-us-healthcare-system-ranks-dead-last-among-rich-nations-again

I weep for the people of this country and the health of its residents.

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”