USA: Bad Jobs Country

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:21
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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Researchers confirm what desperate workers have sensed: most of the good jobs lost in the Great Recession have been replaced with bad jobs. That’ fine with Wall Street, since “capital’s global plan is to reduce all workers to a state of absolute insecurity, so that they will accept those bad jobs without complaint.”

USA: Bad Jobs Country

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

You will hear no countervailing vision from the Democrats, whose message differs from Republicans only in tone, not in substance.”

A new study shows that the U.S. economy has finally produced more jobs than there were before the Great Recession of 2008. The problem is, they’re mostly bad jobs in fast-food restaurants and low-wage retail. The National Employment Law Project found that there are almost two million fewer good paying jobs than there were back in 2008, but also close to two million more jobs in the low-wage sector of the economy – meaning, most of the new jobs have been bad jobs.

Actually, the change in the jobs picture during the Great Recession was just a speeded up version of what capitalism has been producing in the United States for more than 30 years. It is by design. Every time employers have turned the screws on labor, in terms of wages, benefits and jobs security, Wall Street has rewarded those companies. The Lords of Capital have also richly rewarded the politicians from both parties for removing the remaining obstacles to the direct rule of the rich.

Capital’s global plan is to reduce all workers to a state of absolute insecurity, so that they will accept those bad jobs without complaint. That requires the destruction of what we used to call the social safety net – a term that sounds increasingly quaint in the dog-eat-dog environment engineered into the system by Wall Street.

Make no mistake about it: austerity is the common program of both the business parties. That’s why you will hear no countervailing vision from the Democrats, whose message differs from Republicans only in tone, not in substance. Both answer to the Lords of Capital.

Big Capital’s intentions have been quite clear for decades.”

Barack Obama, the great actor and political chameleon, pretends to commiserate with his Democratic minority and working class constituents. Like his mentor, Bill Clinton, Obama claims to feel their pain. Yet, he is feverishly working to pass trade treaties that will further establish the legal structures of the global race to the bottom – treaties so blatantly biased towards corporations and against every principle of democracy and national sovereignty, that the language must be kept secret.

However, the main problem for American workers isn’t that Wall Street’s economic and social plans are secret – because, for the most part, they’re not. Big Capital’s intentions have been quite clear for decades. The NAFTA trade treaty has been savaging U.S. factory workers and Mexican peasants for 20 years. The Democrats were in power when the banks were set free to loot and plunder 15 years ago. Every employment study has tracked the steady decline of union membership, which the Democrats have done virtually nothing to reverse. That’s quite understandable since finance capital has steadily increased its campaign contributions to Democrats. None of this has been a secret, and no one should be surprised that, as a result, most new jobs are bad jobs. As far as Wall Street is concerned, that’s good news.

What makes the current era different from the past, is that neither of the business parties even bothers to pretend that it has a plan for a good jobs society. That means the people must put forward their own plan, through their own organizations – and learn to avoid the Democrats, whose job is to nip genuine people’s movements in the bud, so as not to disturb the corporate order.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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4 comments

The march to a 3rd World America

Submitted by Richtown on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:16.

An excellent piece Glen, a future 3rd World America whose workers will be competing directly with workers in Bangladesh and other sweat shop economies. A prediction made by several independent economists and political Progressives who now see both majority political parties as two sides of the same coin working exclusively for a small wealthy Oligarchy who have been given the ability, by an unelected Supreme Court, to purchase our government and staff it with their bought and paid for minions !

Oligarchy and Supreme Court

Submitted by mikecorbeil on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 15:08.

Quote:  "a small wealthy Oligarchy who have been given the ability, by an unelected Supreme Court".

I don't think the Supreme Court gave anything, except for selling their souls to the Devil, .f.e.  The Oligarchy already controlled the court.  The Oligarchy can grant itself all it wants for privileges, but there's nothing unusual about that.

The Oligarchy decides who becomes President, so the Supreme Court must surely be no problem.

 

 

 

 

 

Low paying jobs

Submitted by mikecorbeil on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 15:04.

Nothing new and always bad.

"“You will hear no countervailing vision from the Democrats, whose message differs from Republicans only in tone, not in substance.”"

Indeed. There's extremely little difference between the two man political parties.  And I'm also not a Libertarian Party supporter, either.  Instead, Independance, Freedom.

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