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Old May 6th, 2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Republicans Have Created a World Where Going to Work Can Get You Killed

Republicans Have Created a World Where Going to Work Can Get You Killed

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Conservatives spend inordinate amounts of time trying to neuter the government from its role as a regulatory body with the power to rein in corporate depravity. For them, unfettered capitalism is a religion because the “invisible hand” of the market place is supposed to somehow overcome the malevolent tendencies of the profit-motive and churn out a healthy society. The rash of employee deaths on the job across a number of industries has received inadequate responses from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for several decades now as conservatives have undermined them. There is one additional guarantee for employers across the country; no matter how egregious their worker safety violations become, they know they will never have to face real criminal consequences.

Outside the Corn Belt, few people realize that corn bins are actually quite dangerous. In 2010, 26 people died by becoming entrapped in corn. They effectively drowned in it as it takes on the qualities of quicksand. There are worker precautions that can limit the risk of this type of accident occurring. However, many businesses have factored in the cost of doing business without safety precautions, and they have decided to risk the lives of their employees. They know that the consequences for allowing one of their workers to die are minimal. Since 1984, fines for grain entrapment deaths have fallen by almost 60%. In fact, according to Jim Morris, a report by the Center for Public Integrity and National Public Radio found, “analysis of OSHA data shows that 179 people died in grain entrapments at commercial facilities — bins, rail cars, etc. — from 1984 through 2012. The fines initially proposed in these cases totaled $9.2 million but were cut to $3.8 million, a reduction of 59 percent.” Penalties like jail time are incredibly limited.

OHSA isn’t doing any better at protecting the oil & gas workforce, steel mill workers, trench diggers, or as we all keenly aware following the West, Texas explosion, chemical plant workers. During a 4-month period in 2010, 58 workers were killed in the oil and gas industry, and one union health and safety inspector notes, “They are basically self-regulated.” It isn’t surprising, because the penalties that OSHA is allowed to assess are among the lowest of any regulatory agency. By law, they haven’t been able to increase penalties with inflation since 1990. They are not even allowed to force an employer to fix a safety hazard after they issue a citation, often settling for a “pledge” from the company to behave. For example, a worker death at Crucible Steel Industries came after OHSA had cited the company for 70 safety violations and issued it $250,000 in fines. These figures stand out, because “serious” violations defined by OSHA as “most likely result in death or serious physical harm” carry a maximum penalty of $7,000 and “willful” violations receive a maximum fine of $36,720.
Republicans block all legislation that holds corporations responsible . They then neglect to make American workers safe. For my money, if you hate your American workers, then maybe you shouldn't be in Congress.
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Old May 6th, 2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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Republicans block all legislation that holds corporations responsible . They then neglect to make American workers safe. For my money, if you hate your American workers, then maybe you shouldn't be in Congress.
What legislation did the Republicans block that caused the grain bin deaths?
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Old May 6th, 2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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De-regulation has never been shown to do any good deeds in society. The republicans, bought and paid for by the corporations, want us to go back to the times of the Gilded Age...where there were poor and there were rich..and no one inbetween.

Income Inequality May Be The New Normal, Study Finds

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Income inequality in the U.S. has skyrocketed over the past few decades, and this study suggests that this recent increase is not going away soon. The incomes of the top 1 percent of households by income spiked 241 percent between 1979 and 2007, while the incomes of the middle fifth grew just 19 percent, when adjusted for inflation, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The U.S. has more income inequality than most advanced countries.

Raising taxes on the rich, as President Barack Obama has done, may not help much on its own either. The Brookings study found that the federal tax system, which taxes the rich more than the poor, reduced income inequality only modestly during the time period studied.

The study's authors -- economists at the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, Middle Tennessee State University and Indiana University -- analyzed U.S. tax returns from 33,859 tax filers by dividing income into two categories: transitory and permanent.

Getting furloughed -- that is, forced to take unpaid time off -- for a couple of days in a single year would constitute a transitory income change, while getting a pay raise would constitute a permanent income change, Heim said. The study found that most of the recent increase in income inequality is due to "permanent" income changes.

But the study is not implying that anyone is condemned to poverty if they're poor.

"When we try to decompose inequality into these two parts, we get widely varying answers on how much is due to the permanent component, ranging from 36% to 87%," Heim wrote to HuffPost. "To be able to say that the poor are likely to stay poor and the rich are likely to stay rich, we'd need consistent results that income inequality is primarily due to the permanent component, and we don't find that."

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Getting republicans out of the Congress and boycotting the corporations are still ways we can turn this around.
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9,000,000 JOBS VANISH INTO THIN AIR..

Remember our workforce is smaller than it was in 1999. by 1,000,000 it is 8,000,000 smaller than it was in 2008
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De-regulation has never been shown to do any good deeds in society. The republicans, bought and paid for by the corporations, want us to go back to the times of the Gilded Age...where there were poor and there were rich..and no one inbetween.

Income Inequality May Be The New Normal, Study Finds



Getting republicans out of the Congress and boycotting the corporations are still ways we can turn this around.
What legislation did the Republicans block that caused the grain bin deaths?
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