Nurses and tech workers are on strike and locked out at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut. That shows the incompetence of management whose slogan must go something like this, “Let’s provide patient care without the patient care providers.”
The nurses are on strike to protect the quality of patient care, while management wants to bust unions and privatize jobs. We all know what privatization means; lower pay for workers, lower care for patients, and higher profits for the company running the privatization scam, and any of their shareholders of the 1 percent. In other words, the privatization scam is an income redistribution scam, and one has to wonder if members of the management team, including top dog, Bruce D. Cummings, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital are receiving under the table incentives from the privatization companies. The same question arises about the members of the board of directors when wondering about their role in this mess.
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After Two Years of Closed-Door Negotiations, Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Replicates Alarming Bush Trade Pact Terms That Obama Opposed as Candidate, and Worse
President Obama is preparing a speech on income disparities in the USA that he plans to give on television, while at the same time planning on doing something about it: his administration is negotiating to make income maldistribution worse than it already is. The TPP will redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent, which seems to have been the job of every president and nearly every major player in the Democratic and Republican Parties since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980. Obama, of course, is doing precisely what he’s been doing in regard to this matter for the last five years. Obama’s hypocrisy is truly Orwellian.
Although the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been branded a “trade” agreement, the leaked text of the pact’s Investment Chapter shows that the TPP would:
1. limit how U.S. federal and state officials could regulate foreign firms operating within U.S. boundaries, with requirements to provide them greater rights than domestic firms;
2. extend the incentives for U.S. firms to offshore investment and jobs to lower-wage countries; the difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower wages overseas will go directly into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, dividends and share prices while robbing people of their jobs and weakening funding for public programs
3. establish a two-track legal system that gives foreign firms new rights to skirt U.S. courts and laws, directly sue the U.S. government before foreign tribunals and demand compensation for financial, health, environmental, land use and other laws they claim undermine their TPP privileges; and
4. allow foreign firms to demand compensation for the costs of complying with U.S. financial or environmental regulations that apply equally to domestic and foreign firms.”
The primary purpose of the TPP seems to be to raise prices, which redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent. It’s a corrupt, rigged game, folks.
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“We have a retirement crisis in the United States,” Elizabeth Warren says in her senate floor speech on Tuesday.
“Something is happening. It’s beginning to look as if the fight for a livable minimum wage might – just might – alter our political future.
Makes sense, when you think about it. The minimum wage struggle is occurring at the intersection of powerful forces. It’s taking place at a time of growing economic inequality, the erosion of working people’s rights and the globalization of an economic oligarchy whose scope of power is unprecedented in modern times.
And now it appears to be applying an old maxim from the early days of the environmental movement: Think globally, act locally.”
The 1 percent might be able to dictate governmental policy, for the most part, but they can’t stop the voters from voting, although they continue to try with voter suppression laws, and the voters like the idea of raising the minimum wage around the nation.
Check out the story below at Billmoyers.com.
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