Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quotation for Today: 'Permanent Insecurity'

The quotation for today captures well the contemporary America built on 30 years of Republicans and Alan Greenspan's economic and monetary policies.  

“I never thought I was going to have to make this decision between my parents and my health insurance. I always thought I was going to retire out of General Motors. And now, holy shit, what a nightmare this turned into.”
LaDonna Johnson

Ms. Johnson is an automobile assembly worker who was laid off from a General Motor plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Max Fraser, a journalist and doctoral student in American History, is the author of the cited article from which these quotations were taken.  

In his article, Mr. Fraser writes that 'the only thing more precarious than being an itinerant GM worker ... is working for a Japanese automaker.'  Mr. Fraser specifically describes a job at Nissan's plant in Smyrna, Tennessee as coming with 'permanent insecurity'; not lifetime employment as in Japan.

A little rumination on the above quotation makes one wonder what America would have been like without the Republicans' government policies; especially with respect to labor and middle- and work-class Americans.  Surely, we would not have the income inequity illustrated here and here.

Fraser, Max. "Down and Out in the New Middletowns." Dissent Magazine Winter 2012 Issue: online edition.

Related information:

"Rescuing America." Exempli Gratia 8 March, 2012.

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