I like this article because it points out the short-sightedness of many Republicans and conservatives.
The author, Janet Hill, is a local attorney dealing with labor issues.
"In a Sunday column headlined "Central planning won't help economy," Rep. Paul Broun extols the virtues of the free market in decreasing unemployment and criticizes the impact of "government control" on job growth. Broun ignores the many benefits of 'government control' in protecting America's workforce against exploitation.
"Without 'government control', workers would still be subjected to once-common unsafe working conditions, where they were killed and maimed without any consequence to the business. Also, businesses wouldn't be forced to keep food safe. Workers could be forced to work at sub-minimum wages -- insufficient for basic subsistence -- leaving them to rely on welfare and charity to raise a family. Businesses could force workers to work unlimited hours without any overtime premium -- making overtime more expensive encourages employers to hire more workers instead -- and businesses would be able to employ children of any age to work at any jobs, even dangerous ones.
"Without 'government control', businesses would be free to discriminate against workers based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability and veteran status. They could fire employees for missing time from work because of serious health conditions, pregnancy, or caring for a seriously ill family member. They could could fire workers just before they become vested in their pension, to keep from paying the pension benefit. Or, they could promise pension benefits, even withhold money from wages to be vested in pension accounts, and then spend the money elsewhere, leaving workers with no pension and no recourse. And, they could fire military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty.
"Many Americans, including me, are proud to live in a country where workers are protected from exploitation and all workers are treated fairly. Broun is either ignorant of the many benefits of what he calls 'government control' or he believes America is a better place when workers are exploited to increase corporate bottom lines. If Broun has his way, he would reverse over 100 years of progress in the treatment of America's workers.
"It's clear to me that Broun has no concern for the real problems faced by his constituents and is only concerned about protecting the rich and powerful. I'm convinced he won't change his attitude. The only solution is to vote him out of office in favor of someone who actually represents his constituents and who offers real solutions to the real problems facing America."
Janet E. Hill