Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wal-Mart Suspends Seafood Supplier Over Work Conditions

The was a time in this country when companies were proud of their man-hour safety record. "Rick Antle, the company’s president and chief executive, said it employed 2,200 workers and that 33 citations over two decades was “pretty good.” Well that is 16.5 violations a decade or almost 1.4 per month. So what that means is that it is OK to have a violation or two every month of the year that puts workers, not MANAGEMENT in jeopardy of injury or death.

“This report, crafted by a union-funded, union-backed group, has little to do with solving real issues,” he said. “It simply repackages old data from up to more than 20 years ago in an attempt to make people believe they have uncovered something new.” Exactly! It is an ongoing issue that companies fail to rectify, and unions would put a stop to it if they were representing the employees. When you do not have a voice at the workplace, you can only continually point out the issues. The companies do not want to solve them because it would cost them money, PROFITS. Wal-Mart does not care about it's own workers: why would they really care about their supplier's workers issues, as long as Wal-Mart gets the price they demand for the goods they are being supplied?
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Medicaid Expansion: Some GOP States Want To Abandon Expansion In Wake Of Health Care Ruling

"The federal government always does this – they put something out there that looks good on the front end, but on the back end the states have to figure out how to pay for this," said Missouri House Majority Leader Tim Jones, a Republican. "In this current economic time, we're not going to consider going down that path."

Yet again, when economic times improve, when banks are held responsible for for their actions (JP Morgan), when the wealthy are held to the same standard as the middle class and the poor, we would not have a problem with the states funding this. But not funding this increases the costs to tax payers on the back end anyway as these people that do not have health insurance still use the system, as the most expensive end, the emergency room, can pay their bills and government covers that loss by reducing the tax burden that the hospitals pay or reimburses them for the service anyway through after the fact medicaid payments.

To reduce the total cost of health care we need to start at the beginning and get people to understand that most of what is advertised as food is bad for their health and have people, especially kids, get exercise and preventative health care.
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