Republicans love to wax so eloquently about "American Exceptionalism" and give glowing speeches on prosperity in America. Often they tie those beatitudes to what they call the "job creators," those enormous corporations who must be spared contributing their fair share of taxes at all costs, lest Armageddon will ensue....or something. They value those big corporations (or should I say "people") so much, naturally because they roll out the big bucks come election time. We've been told the big lie for over a decade now that in order to create jobs, those poor corporations just can't "afford" to go without those tax cuts. It's the only way! Otherwise how can they possibly create all those jobs?
Well, they don't, and here's just one facet of "American Exceptionalism" the GOP-Tea Party will never speak about.
From the AFL-CIONowBlog:
A new international comparison makes it clear just how weak protections are for working people in the United States. University of Missouri-St. Louis associate professor Kenneth Thomas reviewed numbers from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and found that in 21 categories, U.S. workers are more vulnerable than workers in any [OECD] members (rich industrialized democracies) or even the so-called growing BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China…to being fired unfairly, to not getting severance pay, to getting the least notice on mass layoffs or being fired, to being stuck on a mouse wheel of temporary positions.
Thomas also compared the United States labor protections with those in Estonia, Indonesia and South Africa for good measure. The result, in every case, Thomas says on his blog Middle Class Political Economist, is that not only is the United States in last place, it isn’t even close.
We're exceptional, all right.
Yet the Republicans, should they seize control of the Senate, and even the White House in part through more union busting and vote suppression as a result in the next election, they're poised to make America even more "exceptional" with permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest among us, along with those "Corporate Persons" who create more layoffs than they create actual jobs. The same corporations that line their pockets with undisclosed dollars thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling.
Yet they seek to project accusations of "class warfare" on Democrats? It would seem that class warfare is the larger part of the entire Republican-Tea Party platform.
Welcome to the Republican's "exceptional" race to the bottom.