Echoes of the USSR

I know – comparisons to the USSR may seem trite.  But as I was reading this article about taxpayer-funded battery maker, LG Chem, I felt a shiver.  According to employees, they’re not… actually… working.

Workers at  LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have  so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies.

They say it’s been going on for months.

“There would be up to 40 of us that would just sit in there during the day,” said former  LG Chem employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May.

Substitute playing chess and drinking vodka for playing cards and board games, and you’ve got a pretty good picture of life in a Soviet company, where productivity was completely divorced from compensation or, indeed, employment.  After all, when you’re getting big fistfuls of cash from the government to make things go, the incentive to make an actual profit declines.  So why ask employees to actually work?  How boring and bourgeoisie!


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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