Okay, that’s my take on his headline. Unlike him, I am morally and contractually bound not to repeat the enemy’s framing. At least in a headline. But apart from that Babad’s commentary in the Globe today is just about right.
It’s a critique of a CFIB study complaining about how much harder life is for employees in the private sector and asserting that, because life is harder in the private sector it should therefore be harder for everyone.
I’ll let the rest of the fair minded internet slice and dice that oft-repeated, assertion which falls apart with the mere posing of the question “who benefits?”
Babad’s reasoning for dismissing the CFIB study is a bit more hard nosed. It goes like this: the private sector is too busy keeping its employees in misery and its beneficiaries in profits to do stuff like create jobs. (Compare and contrast with the rhetoric from the Harper government wherein the private sector are the job creators).
So as the private sector is cutting back on wages and hiring, it makes it harder and harder to provide a market for all the things it creates while it’s creating all this wealth for its shareholders.
It seems people with unlimited resources forget the simple truth that you have to earn money to spend money.
Babad has not. He points out that the public sector has actually been adding jobs and cushioning the blows the private sector has been dealing itself in the name of austerity.
Like a parent or care aid would keep an autistic child from self-harm.