August 14, 2003

Cheap-labor Conservatism

Is conservatism really all about cheap labor?

The rhetoric in this article is a little rough for my taste, but the point it makes has got me wondering.

Cheap-labor conservatives don't like social spending or our "safety net." Why. Because when you're unemployed and desperate, corporations can pay you whatever they feel like – which is inevitably next to nothing. You see, they want you "over a barrel" and in a position to "work cheap or starve."
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Cheap-labor conservatives hate the progressive income tax like the devil hates holy water. Cheap-labor conservatives like budget deficits and a huge national debt for two reasons. A bankrupt government has a harder time doing any "social spending" – which cheap-labor conservatives oppose [...]

The tax cuts are causing the deficit to grow.

Why is Bush growing the deficit, spending huge amounts of money abroad and adding fuel to the fire by emptying out the bank account before the bills come due?

If you follow the "work cheap of starve" line of logic, a desperate workforce means a workforce demanding less. That's more money for big Republican campaign contributors. Hmmmm.

Posted by James at August 14, 2003 11:33 AM
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