WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: temporary work.
From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them — about 12% of everyone with a job.
Retrograde movement, just like the right wing demands. Heading backwards- back to the Middle Ages when there were two very unequal classes of people. Backwards to pre-union America when the worker was just another peon, a pawn in the grand corporate scheme.
This pleases both the corporate giants as well as their mindless, cheering minions whose brain tunes in to right-wing radio each day for its daily fix of finely tuned propaganda.
Regression is apparently holy grail among the mindless mob on the right edge of the political spectrum.
And this movement, this trend is terribly frightening for our American society. This apparent ‘love’ of the past skips over the struggle during the Great Depression as well as the struggle for labor rights against the corporate giants. This was ugly history, an atrocious time for millions of people on the bottom step of the economic ladder. We thought that we ‘fixed’ this problem with the New Deal, yet the angry Right believed that it was tantamount to communism. Stupid lot.
Now this group has a stranglehold on our legislature in DC. They demand spending cuts as well as the gutting of regulations. They don’t give a damn about the safety net both figuratively as well as literally. I wonder how many of these conservative Republicans who are demanding this stuff have ever driven to their local urban center and looked around. Or for that matter, gotten out of their car there!
Rather, they are lily white suburbanites who have only known green lawns and perky housing developments far away from ‘those people.’ Additionally, they send their kids to private schools or to mostly white schools in the burbs- thus assuring that another generation of ‘haves’ will be safe and prosperous for the future.
Temporary workers with no benefits. Peasants and serfs. Back to the ugly past.