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  •  What is done in the public's name is done in ours. (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, ER Doc

    We may have little control over the employment policies of multi-national corporations or the erosion of corporate patriotism that leads to billions in tax avoidance yoked to thousands and thousands of jobs shipped overseas.  

    But as folks like Gov Walker are so fond of saying (when preparing to yet again demean the public service workers like teachers, firemen and police) we pay their salaries.

    And here is a point worth considering.  If it was your company facing this 'crisis',  beyond the obvious need for negotiations and frank discussions, would you support exploiting this crisis to outlaw collective bargaining for your employees?  

    We not they, are the "public" in "public service employees".  

    Jedediah Purdy in his book "For Common Things" summed it up better than I could:

    "There is another sense in which we are still all implicated in the commons, which is a matter not of direct dependence, but of that archaic concept, honor. What is done in the public’s name is done in our name, every one of us, whether we like it or not. An economy in which we participate is our economy, and we cannot disavow responsibility for its depredations."

    And so a government in which we participate (both in sharing with it our revenue and taking from it its services), is our government and we cannot disavow our responsibility for its depredations.

    If health care is not basic necessity, try living without it.

    by Into The Woods on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 03:27:52 PM PST

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