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By a 5-to-4 vote, the court’s conservative justices said an Illinois requirement that home health aides help cover a union’s cost of collective bargaining violates their First Amendment right to free speech.
The Conservative Freedom Forces on the Supreme Court again sided with business interests in their ruling yesterday against home health care workers. Allowing those poorly paid, salt-of-the-earth types to improve their standard of living by being a part of a public workers union was just too much freedom for the "free speech" protectors.
Attempting to better your standard of living....is now a violation of free speech rights. What will they think up next, huh?
Although the Court didn't outlaw public unions altogether, the arch-conservative majority moved ever-so-closer to doing so. Requiring public home health care workers to pay union dues, not for the purpose of politicking, but for the representative value offered through collective bargaining, was determined to be a violation of free speech rights. No, I can't understand it either.
The ruling was the highest Court's version of the GOP's "right-to-work-for-less" union-busting ideology and yet another salvo in conservatism's war on workers in America. Down the road, the Fascist Five will use their own ruling yesterday as precedent in going further to degrade the pay and benefits of America's public workers. Incrementalism is John Roberts' game.
With private sector unions at their lowest levels in my lifetime, capitalist power will soon be able to plant their fascist oligarch flag on the dead bodies of labor forces who have built this nation.....announcing as Commander Codpiece once did....Mission Accomplished.
The Bush legacy is now crystal clear to anyone with eyes to see. Sure, Bush was a dumbf**k who repeatedly embarrassed us. But his Supreme Court appointments, and the rulings that have followed, should be all a voter ever needs to see to never elect another GOP president.
Which brings me to "traditional conservative values."
You might remember GOP vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan's comments about work.....
"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work. There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."
I often hear that Americans are the hardest working people in all of the world. All those hard working Americans, we're told, makes us exceptional. But does America really "value" work or a strong work ethic?
If America really valued work, and particularly physical work, how would we act towards our nation's workers? If work was actually valued in America, wouldn't we be willing to pay workers more? I mean, what in the hell does the word "value" even mean if it doesn't include increasing a worker's pay and benefits? Or does the phrase "the value of work" simply mean to conservatives that government spending on the "takers" can be reduced if those "parasites" would just take a low paying job....paving the way for a valuable-to-the-1% tax cut? I rant, you decide.
There have been two major events in the last 15 years which have changed our country for the worse. 9-11 and the financial industry collapse. The financial industry collapse and the mighty recession which followed was parlayed by U.S. capitalists to reduce the number of workers and lower wages for U.S. workers. Corporate profits quickly reached historic levels.
The Tea midterm election of 2010 planted 1% puppets in red state government seats, puppets who then quickly went about destroying the collective bargaining rights of teachers, police, EMT's, and, yes, home health care workers. The result? Lower wages and benefits for people who actually work.
That's how much American conservatives and capitalists value work. They value work so much that they want to lower the standards of living for anyone who actually does it. It is transparently clear after yesterday's ruing that the job of the Supreme Court Five is to legislate from the bench those lower standards of living....no matter how far up their rectums they have to reach to pull out their stinky findings. Sorry, it seemed appropriate.
I have mentioned before how the real "war" being waged in this country has always been labor versus capital. From our history it seems clear to me that the worker hey-day from the 50's through the 70's may have built our middle class......but that that period was an anomaly. The majority of our nation's history is replete with capital grinding labor into the ground. In those grindings, government, more than any other factor, assisted capital in their efforts to grind labor into the dust.
That's why recently, for instance, Labor Day has become a day for conservatives to mock those who work for a living. Again, not kidding.
What the U.S. conservative elite really, truly values is sitting on their asses while conspiring against and complaining about the freeloaders who can't find a decent paying job. That's their highest value.
I really don't like those people. To me, they are valueless.