King George’s last State of the Union included a provision that solved our health care crisis by taxing health care benefits. In the last week or so Cheddarhead Neo Crybabies have been rallying against sick leave benefits in both the public and private sector. Rock Netroots and Jef4wi both have interesting rebuttals to this.
What is the Greenspan Principle, you ask. The other day I was watching C-Span or something like that and Greenspan came on talking about trade, capitalism and other good stuff. He began by saying that capitalism as a system while good has one important defect. Wealth tends to become concentrated at the top and many do not enjoy the fruits of our economic system. I listened in, but he was going somewhere totally different than I was expecting.
He went on to say we must increase the skilled workers from abroad to equalize this income disparity. As more workers from abroad become integrated into our economic system, the wage disparities will equalize and capitalism will be better off for it.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again, we have a class not a cultural war in this country. The Democrats won congress in great part because of the new populist wing. They have even frustrated Congressman Rangel because they’re not ready to make nice. However, these new populists are the exception and not the rule.
The Democrats have left this enormous vacuum that needs to be filled and the Republicans are more than willing to abide. The Neo Crybaby class war, like the cultural one, will be reactionary rather than structural. It will not attempt to change the nature of the beast, but only make it stronger. Today, it is sick leave that is on the chopping block. The wealthy according to the Greenspan Principle are those of us in unions or other family supporting jobs.
If the Democrats were smart they would take this issue head on. Yes, there is great disparity between the benefits of those in a union and those not in one. That is why its is essential for the U.S. Senate to get off their asses and pass the Employee Free Choice Act. Yes, there is a great disparity between union jobs that have pro family sick leave policies, and the draconian policies in the private sector. The state should follow Madison’s lead and pass a state wide sick leave bill that guarantees every worker in Wisconsin a basic level of sick days.