Texas Republicans Want Other People to Pay for Hurricane Harvey Damage

What ever happened to “personal responsibility”? Do the leaders and representatives from Texas expect their voters to pay for their own disaster relief? Naaah. They want the federal government (i.e., you) to pony up.

Source: Hurricane Harvey And The Potential Hypocrisy Of Texas Republicans | HuffPost

California just moves its homeless around

The state of California and the city of San Jose have evicted the residents of a tent city. The results were predictable:

Residents of the neighborhood in Central San Jose that abutted the Jungle were glad to see the encampment go. But dismantling the Jungle is already creating new problems. Just days after the Jungle was torn apart, San Jose police and other city departments began fielding calls from people in different neighborhoods complaining of former Jungle residents setting up camps near them. Some ended up in a Walmart parking lot before being booted. Others were congregating near the airport, also under threat of eviction. At least one hospital reported an upsurge of emergency room visits from former residents of the Jungle, sick from weathering the elements, having misplaced medications in the eviction.

I don’t have an good solution to the problem of homelessness, but it seems obvious that evicting people will only destabilize their lives and move the problem to someone else’s neighborhood. It sounds a lot like externalization to me.

via ‘Some sort of hell’: How one of the wealthiest cities in America treats its homeless.

Amazon outsources to an outsourcer

In the old days, a company would save money through integration — which meant owning every part of their business from raw materials, parts manufacturing, assembly, distribution, all the way through sales and marketing. But in the New Economy, it’s cheaper to outsource.

Amazon outsources its JIT (“Just in Time”) delivery to LaserShip. Then LaserShip turns around and outsources to so-called “independent contractors.” The independent contractors are just employees without benefits. They buy their own uniforms, buy their own vehicles, pay their own gas, file their own taxes. Benefits? LaserShip doesn’t provide them and their non-employees can’t afford them on the buck or so they get for delivering a package.

I haven’t seen any data, but I’m guessing that it works for Amazon like it does at Walmart: the employees are subsidized by the food stamp and welfare that we pay for.

The economists call it “externalization.” I call it “screwing the taxpayer.”

Amazon’s Enormous Same-Day Delivery Growth Comes At A Price.