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Forum Post: The Invisible Fist The GOP respects the hand of the market, but disrespects those who work for it.

Posted 1 year ago on March 14, 2013, 11:49 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (21783)
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The invisible hand of the market, which the GOP worships as an infallible god, is curled into a fist and is pounding America’s lowest-paid workers.

The consistent theme is that Republicans don’t want to control corporations at all. Their mantra is: Let the hand do its work!

Historically, that hasn’t gone so well for workers and citizens. From air pollution to worker health to product safety, the hand has failed to protect the people. Without laws safeguarding quality and purity, “swill milk,” sold by “dairymen” who knew it was dangerous, killed 8,000 babies a year in New York City in the 1850s. Without laws regulating pollution, smog from mills in Donora killed 22 people and sickened 13,000 nearly a century later in 1948. Without laws or adequate government enforcement, workplace exposure has killed—and still kills to this day—untold thousands of workers, including far too many painfully struggling for breath from asbestosis, silicosis and black lung.

Knowing that history, Americans support government regulation. Wall Street is a perfect example. Gambling on Wall Street caused the Crash of 1929. Government responded with the Glass-Steagall regulations in 1933. Wall Street persuaded Congress to repeal them in 1999, then resumed gambling and crashed the economy again in 2008, after which Americans strongly supported restoring financial regulation.

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