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  •  This is my take on it too. (3+ / 0-)

    Handout programs like EITC and subsidies for rent, etc, hide the problem that people can't survive on the wages that they're getting.  I too would rather see comprehensive living wage legislation, combined with the various social welfare programs we have for the unemployed and underemployed.  

    Of course, I have zero confidence that our government would do a good job of enacting this kind of legislation, so I think we're going to be stumbling around with our current corporate welfare (which is really what EITC, food stamps, etc tend to be) for a while, because it's less broken than anything our broken government can come up with.

    •  It's that damn free market. (2+ / 0-)

      Forgive them the fact that they're not fair, transparent or efficient.  You'll also have to disabuse yourself of the notion, that they themselves, rely on Government interventions (See "Handouts").

      The market for labor should be unencumbered by the vagaries of fairness or decency or God forbid, human need.

      If WalMart (for example) capitalizes on it's massive size in order to maximize efficiencies and apply them in the areas of purchasing/marketing/distribution/lobbying, it's brings all of us lower prices from that market efficiency.

      Everybody wins, right?  At least that's the propaganda.

      Now apply that same logic to Organized Labor.  The power of many converge on behalf of an efficiency (That's where the "Organized" part of labor comes in).

      It's the same logic in both examples, however when applied to Union Organizing the Sam Waltons of the world suddenly turn into ardent anti-free market communists.  And they can do this with a straight face because in their worldview, Humans are simply nothing more than commodities themselves.   Workers shouldn't have these kinds of dangerous thoughts and petty human needs.  And if you do have these thoughts, you definitely should not be able to voice them in a collective fashion.

      In the WalMart worldview, human beings (and the output of their toils) should be accessible on the same terms they buy everything else, be it Tide, green table grapes or magnum condoms (3 pack).

      It's the inequality, stupid.

      by Boberto on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 10:59:21 PM PST

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