The Watering Hole: Wednesday, July 20, 2011: Hump Day

Imagine…what if we experimented, say, in just one State, giving Republicans everything they want in the way of pro-business legislation.

No taxes on Corporate income. No need to find loopholes; no more Corporate decisions based on tax advantages – no more using the tax code to encourage hiring.

No minimum wage. Corporations would pay as low as the market would bear.

No child labor laws. Corporations could hire children of any age.

No more wage and hour laws, period. Overtime? forget it. Holidays? Vacations? Sick days. Only if the Corporation wants to.

No more Worker’s Compensation, or job safety laws. Hurt on the job? too bad.

No more environmental protection laws. Preventing pollution is expensive, after all.

Any State that was this Corporate-friendly would see manufactures flocking to it. The State benefits from having a manufacturing base and higher employment, albeit at lower wages. But more of its citizens are working.

Well, that’s what we have with “free-trade” agreements. Only the benefits don’t flow to a State, but to foreign countries.

Free Trade Agreements are good for business, bad for America.

This is our Sunday Roast. What’s on your mind this Hump Day?

Get Your Act Together! Now!

The Economist:

TODAY is July 19th. Two weeks from today, it will be August 2nd. On that day, or very soon thereafter, the Treasury will run out of room to use extraordinary measures to keep meeting its obligations without issuing any new debt. To avoid a default at that point, which most economists agree would be catastrophic, the Treasury will then need to slash spending immediately and precipitously—by about 44%. The process won’t be tidy; depending on what bills are coming due on a particular day, the shortfall will affect payments to state governments, public employees (including soldiers), payouts to entitlement beneficiaries, and so on. Absent an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, spending would be slashed by $134 billion over the month of August. That would represent a sudden fiscal consolidation of over 10% of GDP—enough, in all likelihood, to tip the economy into recession. And at some point, if no agreement were reached, default would become inevitable. (read all)

Anybody home in Republicanland? Are you sure you know what you’re doing? I am pissed. So, setting the economy on fire wasn’t enough in 2008? Want to blow it up one more time? A really spectacular blowup this time that destroys government, so Grover Norquist will love you all and rapture you into everlasting economic bliss, as promised for his true believers?

You know what? YOU ARE THE PITS!

Greek people go hungry, because your rating agencies saw fit to play monopoly with their assessments and caused the worst currency crisis ever. Hey, just a hint. If the agencies and banks thought Greece’s debt was a problem, why not stop lending before? Maybe because you could get top interest and then socialised your losses to a point where the beast you so busily starved can’t do anything to relieve you anymore? Now it’s time for bilking, eh?

Being able to eat to sustain yourself is by now considered an entitlement obviously in the US. We don’t want that over here, we don’t think like you do, we actually practise a Democracy on Christian principles of caring for our neighbour! Now you are about to present us with another economic crash three years after the last one, which we, using our socialist methods, mostly rode out fairly well. But we won’t be able to just right now. We can’t breathe anymore.

Corporate greed Republican-style caused the stock market crash in 1929 and gave the Fascists here the final push into government. With the most terrible consequences imaginable. In 1945 Europe was reduced to rubble.

This time around fascism rears it’s head on your side of the pond, the consequences may well play out on your soil. So be careful what you wish for. And don’t expect any help. We can’t, your style of capitalism has already stripped us clean.

You’re on your own.