Saturday 11 December 2010
Sisters Organize for Survival and other groups demonstrate for social justice at the Washington State Capitol Campus
There was a special legislative budget cutting session yesterday. The target of many of these cuts were social services, that the poorest and neediest depend on.
Some thoughts I have had in relation to these budget cuts:
1. We live in a time of extreme disparity in wealth between rich and poor. The gap between rich and poor has perhaps never been greater.
2. In many ways, the modern socio-economic/political system is predatory and rapacious. It is the job of government to protect people and to regulate against harmful activities (for example, like loss of jobs due to mechanization, or outsourcing overseas.)
So, what's missing? Why does the government not only fail to protect people, and to regulate against predations and other harms committed by big business, but actually go so far as to actively enable many of the present abuses?