Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Racoons Sans Beetles

From TPM we hear of a Republican candidate for Senate who thinks that
[t]he raccoons figured out the beetles are in the bucket," Bruning said. "And its like grapes in a jar. The raccoons - they're not stupid, they're gonna do the easy way if we make it easy for them. Just like welfare recipients all across America. If we don't send them to work, they're gonna take the easy route.
Some quick points: First there are no jobs. There have been ever fewer decently paying jobs since Regan. There has been ever less "welfare" and ever more "workfare" since Regan. Workfare, I learned last night, includes "training" people for all manner of gainful employment. Like detasseling corn, which as "workfare" means that the trainees get no pay but rather "workfare" payments, which is another way of saying the state  operating as capital's business manager organizes the reserve labor army thus decreasing the "fixed" cost of labor. Neoliberalism, it can't be said enough, hates people.

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