This is what a real America first trade policy would look like. Don’t want to produce your goods here? That’s fine we won’t enforce your patents and let others build those products here. Want to use slave labor and dump pollution in other countries, well we’ve got a tax for that.
The shutdown is exposing just how impoverished America is. The Federal workforce, always thought of as middle class and well paid, is in reality neither. It’s a collection of people living paycheck to paycheck, just like the majority of Americans they serve.
“The shutdown hits the lower paid workers at the IRS who process tax refunds the hardest. Some make $12 an hour and they’ll miss a second paycheck Monday unless the government reopens.”YES! The last paragraph is a killer. ~WTP
Tax-filing season officially begins next Monday. The Trump administration has ordered thousands of furloughed IRS employees back to work without pay to process returns, but hundreds are defying that order. -Via CBS (US GOV COLLABORATOR)
Shannon Ellis said she can no longer afford to go to work.
As an IRS customer service representative, Ellis is one of the 800,000 federal workers furloughed without pay by the shutdown. She is among 36,000 from the IRS who the White House ordered back to their desks without pay last week.
But Ellis declined, citing a union contract provision which allows her to miss work if it would be a “hardship” to show up. Not getting paid for her work qualifies.
Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-shutdown-furloughed-irs-employees-defy-order-to-go-back-to-work-without-pay/
“The difference between the greed of the wealthy and the precariousness of American workers is painfully stark when looking at vacant homes.
2016 figures from ATTOM Data Solutions — which publishes comprehensive housing data — show that wealthy investors are buying up more and more real estate as a moneymaking venture while housing prices and homelessness continue to skyrocket across America.”
The difference between the largesse of the wealthy and the precariousness of American workers is painfully stark when looking at vacant homes.
America under socialism would actually have the workers controlling the factories and keeping them open instead of sending them overseas so stockholders could make more money while not working in said factories.
Workers would never choose to close their workplace and send it over seas.