Christian73 saidIt's not unfortunate. It's been the plan of the right-wing leadership for nearly four decades. Help business makes as much profits as possible and the workers be damned.
Yeah right.... so that nobody will be able to purchase the products and services that businesses create.
That's what I call a smart plan.
When business thrives, the average worker will thrive because 1. more workers will need to be hired because of increased business. 2. Wages will grow with higher profits. And with more people working and getting higher wages, more people will spend more, increasing business even more and creating more jobs. However, if you create an environment like the health care bill that increases the costs of corporations, this will translate into layoffs and wage cuts to pay for the increased costs, which will result in less spending and even more layoffs and wage cuts. It's a pretty simple formula, but Congress doesn't understand this.
Everyone will have health insurance, but no job. What good is that? People will be worse off with health insurance, but no job. And if you don't think this health care bill is going to take jobs away and kill the economy, after 5 years ask me again. It will be a reality and then Congress will have to figure out how to get people's jobs back, realizing the health care bill they passed 5 years ago took them away.
Though what you state is how it is supposed to work, it rarely does. Part of the reason we're seeing a "jobless recovery" is because the companies that are making more money are translating it into profits instead of actually hiring more staff. Many places are simply expecting their salaried (as opposed to hourly wage) employees to work longer hours, pick up responsibilities of laid off or terminated workers, with not adjustment in compensation. This is largely because the ongoing assault on unions has led to a largely predatory corporate environment. The fact is that increased unionization benefits all workers, even those not in a union by increasing safety, raising wages and insisting on better benefits. This in turn makes non-union companies have to compete with unionized ones to attract the same level of talent.
And, sadly, wages are an even worse story than job growth. Adjusted for inflation, working and middle class families have seen their wages decline for the last forty years. So while profits have been at an all-time high in many industries, those profits are being kept by fewer and fewer people at the top or for investors and shareholders instead of translating into higher wages. And while technology and globalization has allowed even the working poor to afford some "luxuries", like big screen TVs, cell phones, and other gadgets, the main costs of living, such as housing, fuel, energy, and health care have skyrocketed.
We currently live under a pro-corporatist state that has allowed predatory capitalism to impoverish communities and then move to a new community and impoverish that one. And forty-years of right-wing lies and psy-ops have led to many workers identifying not with their own class, but with millionaires, who benefit from their destitution.