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Saturday, January 31, 2009


The ugly face of capitalism

Is there a "pretty face"? I'm sure one can argue there is. But when push comes to shove, this story, from long-time reader and commenter "Sen. Bob," shows what it all comes down to - profits first (and second and third...), people last:
My wife works in a small machine shop in Connecticut...Only two of the woman had health insurance through the company. The other eight women have health insurance elsewhere (S-CHIP or other family plans).

Two women were laid off today - the only two with health insurance. When my wife asked why she was being laid off, the reply was quick, "Because you and her have health insurance and I must reduce costs."
And, I need to add - is this a particularly ugly capitalist? Perhaps, perhaps not. Ultimately, it's capitalism which forces the bosses - the good, the bad, and the ugly - to do this or similar things.

Our sympathies to Sen. Bob, and the millions of people whose names we don't know who are in precisely the same situation...or worse.

TINA - There Is No Alternative...to socialism.

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