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Roger L. Simon

The Democrats’ ‘War on Work’

February 11th, 2014 - 7:14 pm

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The Republicans are supposed to have a “War on Women” that’s about as real as the Loch Ness monster, but the Democrats are developing a war that is considerably more authentic and quite a bit more sinister — a “War on Work.”  From Reuters:

Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a positive political message on Sunday by casting an expected decline in American work hours as a boon to worker freedom and family values.

In a new partisan tussle over election messaging that is likely to color this year’s congressional mid-term campaign, Democratic lawmakers said a predicted drop in work hours brought about by Obamacare would mean more family time for mothers, more study opportunities for college students and less job stress for older workers.

“The single mom, who’s raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of healthcare, can now spend some time raising those kids. That’s a family value,” Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said on NBC’s Sunday program, “Meet the Press.”

He was responding to a fiscal report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday that said President Barack Obama’s healthcare law would bring about a drop in work hours equal to the loss of 2.5 million full-time workers over the next decade.

Schumer’s blather is obviously meant to distract from the CBO’s report, rather than “respond” to it, as the Reuters loyalists would have it, but never mind.  Something more disturbing, indeed quite literally depressing, is at play here.  If we are moving toward a society in which people perforce work less, whether to get discount healthcare or any healthcare or some other governmentally imposed reason, we are moving toward a depressed society, a nation of the sad.

You don’t have to be a Freudian to see the truth in the father of psychoanalysis’ oft-quoted pronouncement that “love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness,” really the keys to our daily sanity.  If you undermine our ability to work, to be gainfully and fully employed,  you undermine our self-respect, virtually no matter what our occupation. When our ability to contribute to society and to the welfare of our families is curtailed, we become depressed, sometimes unable to function or even be creative with that vaunted free time. The vast majority of us anyway.  People on the dole are almost always a depressed lot, sometimes terminally.

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I had an epiphany the other night. It occurred to me that this administration told the NAACP, 'They want to put y'all in shackles!' In saying this, this administration did not get one vote that they did not already have. What they did get, however, was a generation of young Black kids who think White people hate them; a generation of Black kids who are more likely at to rape, rob and murder White people because we deserve it. In essence, this administration threw a whole generation of Black America under a bus so all of their homies could say, 'Amen brother. You da man!'

It then should come at no surprise that this administration would try to throw a whole generation of college students under a bus, trying to convince them that not having a job is desirable; that being consigned to a life of economic depression is a good thing.

Wake up America. Your house is on fire.
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One problem with raising the minimum wage is the impact it has on workers above that level. If the minimum is $14, then what is an employer to do with a worker who was already earning $14 and on up the pay scale? He will have to increase wages for all his workers resulting in price increases as well as possible layoffs. This can only lead to an inflationary spiral and then there will be demand to raise the minimum wage again.
37 weeks ago
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The single mother working for $7 an hour will have a job, doing whatever it is that's worth $7 an hour to someone. A Democrat comes along and says, "No, you should be getting $14 an hour for this." So DC raises the wage to $14 an hour. The job is still only worth $7 an hour, so the woman gets laid off, and can spend all that extra time with her family.

So, you see, it's a win-win for the Democrat: he gets to feel good about raising the minimum wage, and he has created another family dependent on the state for food, shelter, and healthcare. Of course, the Democrat must quickly savor the moment, since such a situation cannot last over the long term and invariably brings ruin to the society.
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“The single mom, who’s raising three kids and has to keep a job because of healthcare, can now spend some time raising those kids." She can do so on the back of the single Mom small business owner who doesn't spend enough time with her kids. "Why should I work harder, strive for that raise, when I'll only lose my subsidy? Why should I subsidize someone else, when I could get that subsidy myself? The GOP & my immigrant parents said I should be ashamed to get a free ride off the sweat of others. But Nancy Pelosi, she said I should pursue my passion! She affirmed my worth, everyone else said I was a good for nothing lazy bum!"
35 weeks ago
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Obama and his leftist sycophants are ruining the country!
36 weeks ago
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Worse than Bush and his two war policy?
36 weeks ago
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Any political party or ideology that attacks those who have the courage, fortitude, energy, and resources to attempt to provide a good or service that the public wants, is doing evil against man.. All who try to interfere with the worker who freely sells his labor, skill, or knowledge to an employer is also doing evil against man. We live in very evil times when we see children selling lemonade in front of their homes forced by the state to stop because they don't have permission from the state or haven't paid some arbitrary tax. Thus it began and now the statists are dictating who may work, for how much, for how long, etc. And just as they are now encouraging youth to abandon traditional marriage and family, have sex without consequences, encourage and subsidize abortions at the involuntary expense and over the objection of the majority, it will end with the statists dictating who can live, and who must die to the greater good of the godless statists. Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their ilk may claim to be God-Fearing but in truth they are liars, hypocrites and serve only the evil in their hearts. They all must be removed from holding political power over the people, whatever that takes. Pray that it doesn't take violence as it has taken in so many other countries where tyranny has and continues to reign to the woe of the people.
37 weeks ago
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You make some interesting points. I agree the child who sells lemonade shouldn't need a licence or whatever.

I understand you are obviously a devote christian person and please do not take any of this discussion as an attempt from me to offend you but I must object to some of your comments. I see no-one encouraging people to live alternative lives. Living that life is hard, I don't do it, but I see through people around me. They are people like you and I who want to live their lives their way. If it is evil wouldn't you say God will judge them in time? It is not up to us to say if it is evil or not we must be accepting of our fellow man and preach love not hate. I am sure if you asked Pelosi, Reid or Obama none of them would be happy that an abortion was done. All would be as upset as you obviously are. What they would say is that IF it is going to happen then let it not be a knitting needle in a bathroom. IF it is going to happen do we not want to cause the minimal of harm to our society?

I am also curious when there was an election fought mainly over the ACA and the majority voted back in the person who created it how can you say the majority are against it?

And one final note anyone who proposes the removal of power of the President by 'whatever it takes' is, in my opinion, a traitor. The majority of people in this country voted him in we must accept that.
36 weeks ago
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Well, everything is interdependent: apparently getting rid of one pre-existing condition (the lack of free condoms for culturally deprived George Town law school students) ends up creating a compensating pre-existing condition, in this case the lack of work for the peons. Of course, once the peons are liberated from work it's not clear how the free condoms get made for the over class by the liberated under class. Maybe it's magic? No, the Trojans will get made in former Saigon and be called Uncle Ho's Ticklers, paid for by the smaller American middle class still working under the Sweet Dream Act. And every once in a while some uppity middle class Uncle Tom will refuse to pick and pay for a Blue Cross plan and get whipped by his majesty's IRS.
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Of course the added benefits of reducing productivity while causing misery are not to be ignored. For both Obama and his party, and plenty of leftists on the outside, malice is a powerful motive. The malice is blind, aimed at people the malicious can't know, but quite real for all that.
37 weeks ago
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and just tell me if a person cuts back on hours, how is that person to feed, house and clothe himself, but I guess none of that matters as long as someone else is paying for that person to have health coverage.

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It's not the person or the government cutting back those hours it's companies. And we're paying more for them to have health coverage out of the system. Hospitals are required to look after whoever turns up. If they can't pay (i.e. don't have insurance) the hospital spreads the cost to everyone else i.e. you and me. I'd rather they are in and paying their fair share, wouldn't you?
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If you look closely, the Democrats attack all of G-d's laws. Not just work.

Not believing in G-d is fine by me, but those who willingly attack G-d, and G-d's laws are practicing Satanism. The New Age is such a theology, and is trying to liberate themselves from morality. The Democrats, and RINO's are flag holders for the New Age agenda.
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Interesting how you talk about G-d's laws when we don't know what they are. If you are referring to the Bible it was written by apostles at least a hundred years after the death of Jesus. Why didn't he do it himself? As for Satan if you look at the original scrolls he doesn't exist. He is made by man so we are God-fearing not something I wish to believe of my G-d.
36 weeks ago
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http://clarespark.com/2014/02/12/is-most-work-alienating-and-boring/. Some old questions that few are thinking about today. We used to debate what work was fulfilling and what was alienating and life-crushing. Does anyone think these are significant questions any longer?
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There are "good" jobs (nice working conditions, etc) and there are " bad" jobs that are the opposite. The second type of job is only taken when there are none of the first type of job. And are held only as long as absolutely necessary. Jobs like "stoop labor" (agricultural work) tend to be done only by those who can't find anything else. If they can find something "better", they quit the "bad" job for a "better job" even if the pay isn't any higher. Or they get additional skills or education so they can get a "better" job. A lot of people who graduate high school would be better off going into the skilled trades than going to college. There is a "shortage" of skilled trades people today, but a growing surplus of college educated people.
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I like your comments very practical and to the point. I have a question though. If you're working a minimum wage job (i.e. about $60 a day) how do you pay for the education needed to get the better job? Your parents may have been just as poor so they can't pay for it. How do you do it?
36 weeks ago
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This is progressive ideology in action: they can never tell you the truth about something; they always have to dress it as something else if not flat out lie. Nothing stops people from working less, spending more time with families, or doing any of the things cited except for their individual ability to afford those decisions. Is the Dems' rationale really going to be "have the life you want on someone else's dime"?

Roger mistakenly assumes that the choice between welfare state and self-reliance remains. It does not; a majority of those voting have cast their lot with the welfare state. The only industry growing is the dependency/entitlement industry. Welcome to your fundamental transformation. Any of you who swallowed this bilge even in 2008 deserve whatever is coming your way, but you sure screwed the rest of us who didn't want it.
37 weeks ago
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all the euphemisms for government handouts it all boils down to:


There once was a time when hard work
From CEO to grocery store clerk
Earned them their dough
But now it ain't so
Cuz' welfare checks pay if you shirk

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