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— (via whiteoceans)
— (via whiteoceans)
By Fred Goldstein
Two scholars at Oxford University have made an exhaustive study of 702 U.S. occupations and new techniques in automation. They concluded that 47 percent of existing jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next decade or so. …
The workers and the unions must get control over the introduction of technology and not leave it to the will of the bosses. Any introduction of labor-saving technology must be accompanied by demands to shorten hours without loss in pay, covering as many jobs as possible. …
But it is not robots that endanger jobs. It is capitalism and the bosses that are the threat. That must be clearly understood by the working class.
This study shows more than ever that the amount of labor time necessary for the production of the wealth that society needs to live on is diminishing with each advance in technology. The problem under capitalism and the profit system is that the reduction in necessary labor time results in an increase in unemployment.
By Orlando Oramas Leon
Havana, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) - Cuba is commemorating today the 53rd anniversary of the bombings of its airports, ordered by the government of the United States and resulting in the prelude of the mercenary invasion that was defeated in record time in Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs).
The commemoration is taking place at a time when evidence shows new modalities of aggression against Cuba, described as non-conventional warfare in a training handbook of the Special Operation Forces of the U.S. Army.
At the dawn of Saturday, April 15, 1961, enemy planes camouflaged as aircraft of the recently-founded Revolutionary Armed Forces, attacked the airport in Ciudad Libertad (in the capital), the air base in San Antonio de los Baños (southeast of Havana) and the airport in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.
Eight B-26 planes departed from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with the mission of destroying, on the ground, Cuba’s modest aviation and guaranteeing the impunity of other incursions.
A fleet, armed and financed by the U.S. government had departed from that Nicaraguan city, carrying a mercenary brigade whose mission was to occupy a beachhead from where they would announce the establishment of a puppet government.
Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.
Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 400 national and state-level progressive groups, made this estimate using data from a 2013 study by Democratic Staff of the U.S. Committee on Education and the Workforce.
“The study estimated the cost to Wisconsin’s taxpayers of Walmart’s low wages and benefits, which often force workers to rely on various public assistance programs,” reads the report, available in full here.
“It found that a single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.”
Americans for Tax Fairness then took the mid-point of that range ($4,415) and multiplied it by Walmart’s approximately 1.4 million workers to come up with an estimate of the overall taxpayers’ bill for the Bentonville, Ark.-based big box giant’s staffers.
The report provides a state-by-state breakdown of these figures, as well as some context on the other side of the coin: Walmart’s huge share of the nationwide SNAP, or food stamp, market.
“Walmart told analysts last year that the company has captured 18 percent of the SNAP market,” it reads. “Using that figure, we estimate that the company accounted for $13.5 billion out of $76 billion in food stamp sales in 2013.”
Much of Walmart’s workforce is more or less subsidized by taxes.
That is, they pay their employees so little that said workers often need SNAP or another social program in order to make ends meet, yet Walmart gets the benefits (increased profits) of a cheap workforce.
Then people want to complain about the folks receiving this assistance instead of looking at the real problem. The fact that profits are coming directly from tax dollars by way of artificially low labor costs.
Walmart does not need our tax dollars, yet it seems a great deal of Americans are more than happy for them to have them, all the while complaining about people on public assistance, when that public assistance is actually a form of subsidy to Walmart itself so that they can keep labor costs low.