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Why We Must Protect Essential Workers From Billionaire Pandemic Profiteers

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/18/why-we-must-protect-essential-workers-billionaire-pandemic-profiteers

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We’ve seen too many congress critters use their offices to listen for trends–or worse yet set the trends–that move stocks and trade off of that oh so very valuable information. Not everyone, but too many. Add in the lobbyists who overwhelm them with “facts”, volunteer to write the legislation for them, and keep seats warm for them should they lose an election and congress becomes all the more suspect. Who drives most of this? The very billionaires that need to be reined in. We got big problems.

Mr. Collins doesn’t go far enough in his assessment of the problem/situation. Are these billionaire corporate owners horrible human beings to their workers, the very people who build their wealth? Of course they are, but they’ve always been. These problems aren’t because of the pandemic, the pandemic has only exposed what was always there. The root of these problems is capitalism itself, a system designed to do the very unjust things we are witnessing in the open today.
It greatly enriches those who produce nothing in, or for society - while those who do are only modestly rewarded for their skill and efforts. It sends all generated wealth to the top - ensuring those at the top stay there, and those at the bottom will never get there. It makes sure the labor pool numbers are always greater than available jobs - ensuring employers have leverage over workers to keep wages and benefits suppressed. It ensures workers healthcare benefits, when they receive benefits at all, are tied to employment, to reduce worker employment mobility. The rotten system was designed by a horrible class of takers, a class of takers who till this day, still are the main benefactors of it.
So the question is, when are we going to rise up and change it?

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