It Takes A Village Of (Public and Often Union) Workers

Abby Zimet

Many of us don't like much of what government does in our name. But hurricanes - and the thousands of public workers, most unionized, who save our butts and douse our fires and restore our lights - are potent reminders of what it does right. Romney et al would have us rely on "the private sector," because the profit motive has so inspired the greedy to take care of those most in need. Really? Check out what nurses and other medical personnel did for critically ill babies when a hospital in downtown Manhattan lost its power and its back-up generators. Then consider the future of those babies if they happen to be poor or lack health insurance.

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