Temporary Jobs Becoming a Permanent Fixture

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.

USA Today

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.

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9 thoughts on “Temporary Jobs Becoming a Permanent Fixture

  1. One of your favorite PBS commentators, Bill Moyers, was the host of
    Frontline last night. Did you catch it, M_R?

    It was a catch-up to a show he first aired 20 years ado about two families
    in Milwaukee, one white the other black. The catholic very religious white
    family was now divorced, but the black family was still married. They both
    had lost their full time high paying jobs and eventually their homes.

    Both see no help for their adult children now. It emphasized that the future for Americans were temporary low paying no benefits jobs.

    1. Missed it, my friend.

      Glad to see you back at the keyboard.

      The ‘future’ is low-paying, no-benefits temporary jobs. Welcome to America, 2013. Meanwhile, on the other side of the tracks…

  2. M_R, with the regression, do you see people ‘returning to the farm’?
    Maybe that is a question for MD, as he is living the rural life.

  3. Urban farming goes on just 50 miles north of me in the city of Detroit in the wide expanses that once were thriving neighborhoods. Although this is not ‘farming’ per se, it is a movement in that direction. I’m not sure how intense is the planting, but surely it covers the summer vegetable needs for the family. Hopefully the neighbors barter with each other as well.

  4. Yes, I was thinking about that as I wrote above, but that was not my point.
    I mean a “back to the small subsistance farm” movement. Do I dare say,
    the collective movement? The Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites examples.
    And, we have millions of acres of land available! But, a 21st century model

  5. Well, yes: the small subsistence farm. Like Appalachia? Beans, corn, pigs and a cow. Back to the past. While moving retrograde, why don’t we drop the democracy mantra and re-title this nation as an oligarchy?

  6. I thought that we had already done that! LOL! For all practical purposes, this
    country is now a 21st century version of the Gilded Age and the Robber
    Barons, politically-economically-socially. It’s really a plutocracy! But, 21st
    century version is much more authoritarian

    The more I think about the change from say 1933 to 1968, the more I pin
    the reasons on the Viet Nam manufactured war, that old “domino theory”.
    Wars destroy reform.

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