reply to post by StinkyFeet
I know there is high unemployment, but lets put people to work for minimum wage to clean the streets by hand or to carry a working person's breifcase
from place to place.
a working person's breifcase
So now you have MADE these PEOPLE work on a low wage, they are NOT "working persons"????????
OK, so first you advocate work as a positive, moral and aspirational antidote to unemployed "spongers" (whom I dare say in the current economic
climate you wuold find many of which were recently gainfully emoployed until their businesses went bust or sacked them due to no fault of their own),
and what you perceive to be social injustices.
Yet you then appear to advocate first stigmatising them as second rate citizens 'deserving what they'll get', and then, apparently as some form of
punishment, suggest turning them into minimum wage slaves, to serve a higher order of citizen, those lucky enough to still have work...?
I think you may have a bit of fine tuning to do before you put this to the masses?
Also, re: "Almost everyone in this country is capable of some sort of work" how do you propose dealing with people who are dealing with difficult
transitions including full time stay-at-home parents who are widowed, or left by their employed ex-partner? How will you solve accommodation issues
for those too poor to cover the costs of themselves and their dependents...including children and the (growing in proportion) elderly?
Learn from history: Take a look at Britain and it's "Work Houses", because that's the type of scenario such a minimalist apprach is likely to lead to
(IMO). read some Dickens. They struggled to deal with the unfortunate, but obviously deserving, and clearly inconvenient poor for years too, until
it was eventually decided that there must be a better way.
The workhouse system underwent several administrative reforms in the United Kingdom, and was abolished on 1 April 1930, replaced by other social
legislation for the unemployed and retired. Despite abolition, many workhouses, renamed as "Public Assistance Institution" or commonly "P. A.
Institution", continued under the local County Council until the implementation of the National Assistance Act, 1948. David Johnston describes
the East Preston workhouse in the 1950s in 'City Streets to Sussex Lanes'
One fiurther irony, with the current immense dependency of the USA on foreign debts, is it not likely that such an establishment of 'slave' labour
would quite possibly end up beng exploited chiefly not by USA's elite, but by foreign employers keen to cash in on the cheap labour
edit on 4-11-2010 by curioustype because: Corrected quotation/spelling