The entire tone of the Washington Times article is how wicked employers are taking advantage of you.
The Obama administration is not only wasting record amounts of our money on useless and costly big government programs, but they are spending hundreds of millions on propaganda to convince us that we should support more of the same. They have hired thousands of people to sell us on the merits of everything from Obamacare to the need for more Department of Labor control and regulations.
Over five thousand public relations employees cost U.S. taxpayers $500 million a year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO says the Obama administration also spends an additional $100 million on private PR consultants and $800 million on contracts with outside advertising firms to promote the administration’s policies, The Washington Times reported.
I receive a weekly propaganda piece from the DOL that is paid for with some of these PR funds, and it is nothing but an unwarranted attack on employers and a constant reminder that without big government American workers would be at the mercy of heartless and greedy employers. I find it intolerable that we are forced to pay to support this war on small business that is perpetrated by Obama and Secretary Perez.
The propaganda piece last week was designed to convince Texans that they should not have the choice between being a union state or being a Right to Work state and that we should not have the choice between Workers’ Comp and a nonsubscriber policy. Texas currently does not require that an employer carry Workers’ Comp, and the Obama administration finds our freedom of choice to be offensive. They believe that more regulations and forced Workers’ Comp plans would make Texas a better place, like Washington, D.C., California, or New York.
Only bureaucrats who have never run a business nor created a job could believe that the offensive comments I copied from the DOL publication and pasted in the paragraph below make any sense.
“…employers have fewer incentives to eliminate workplace hazards and actually prevent injuries and illnesses from occurring. That means that the families of workers who get injured, as well as safety net programs, effectively subsidize high-hazard employers. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my tax dollars supporting a business that gambled with my neighbor’s life.”
None of that paragraph makes any sense. The absurd allegation that employers lack incentives to eliminate workplace hazards and actually prevent injuries and illnesses from occurring is so silly that I won’t even waste time refuting it. Also the allegation that taxpayer dollars are supporting companies that gamble with employers lives is also ridiculous.
In another paragraph pulled from the DOL propaganda piece they say,
“A robust workers’ comp system is a critical lifeline for every working American. This issue goes to the heart of what it means to be, and stay, middle-class in America…”
Obviously mandated Workers’ Comp is not a critical lifeline for every American. For proof, just compare the Texas economy with that of California or New York. Texas is better in almost every way, and we don’t require Workers’ Comp, while they do. And I find the sentence about being and staying middle class to be offensive. What happened with the days when we all sought to move up in the world. Now, the Obama administration seeks to squash such aspirations.
Then they say,
“We see employers paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp since the 1970s, shifting those costs to workers, their families, and their communities.”
Now how in the world is it bad that Comp costs have come down and how do they figure that lower costs to employers somehow equate to more costs for employees? They never bother to explain such mysteries but just throw them out there for the low-information folks to swallow. The entire tone of the article is how wicked employers are taking advantage of you. So only the really good government can protect you from the wicked, wicked small businesses that hire you.
The rest of the article is filled with more nonsense and liberal talking points and phrases like social compact, race to the bottom, shared values, and social contract. And our taxpayer dollars are supporting this trash.
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