Berkeley prof, former Sec. of Lab. @InequalityMedia. Movies "Saving Capitalism" & "Inequality for All" on Netflix. Books: The Common Good, Saving Capitalism,etc
When billionaires and corporate executives recommend Americans get back to work for the sake of the “economy,” they’re really urging that other people get sick for the sake of their own stock portfolios.
Some of the same people who argue that we should limit a woman's control of her own body in the name of saving lives...now argue that we should let some people die in the name of saving Wall St. profits. It's corporate greed above all else.
Amazon, among America's most profitable corporations, doesn't give its workers paid sick leave. If they test positive for COVID-19 they get just 2 weeks. And overtime is mandatory. Shameful at any time. Now, during pandemic, morally indefensible.
Just so we're all clear, Trump says he won't use the Defense Protection Act to order companies to make more equipment to save lives because he "doesn’t want to interfere in the free market." Explain to me how bailing out corporations isn't interfering in the free market?
No industry -- not airlines, not hotels, not cruise ships -- should be bailed out. They can stay in business by borrowing at rock-bottom rates, using their assets as collateral. Taxpayer money should be used to bail out people, not corporations.
McDonalds Burger King Pizza Hut Duncan Donuts Wendy's Taco Bell Subway None give their workers paid sick leave. They should be required to post this sign on their doors: "Because we don't give our workers paid sick leave, they may be sick when they serve you."
The 26 richest people on Earth now own as much as the 3.8 billion who form the poorer *half* of the planet’s population. Again, 26 people own as much as 3.8 billion people. 26 v. 3,800,000,000