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Is The New ‘Corps’ Already Rotten?

Kevin Battle
May 07, 2020 - 12:09 pm

A song has been rattling through my thinker today; ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ by The Rolling Stones.  One verse in particular has my grey matter moving:

I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank

Why?  Because I hope to serve in the ‘Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps.’  

This is a new public service initiative from Governor Tom Wolf, in the hopes of putting unemployed Pennsylvanians - displaced by Covid-19 policy - back to work.  This time workers would join the public sector.

Although I may face court-martial, a better plan would be to reopen the economy and let subjects get their real jobs back.  However, that would let a crisis go to waste and fail current efforts to restructure things to fit a political vision. 

I fear that a ‘civilian corps’ would simply add a ‘big brother’ layer of bureaucracy to state government.  Harrisburg does not create wealth, private industry does.  Governments exist by taking that wealth via taxes and fees.  It is similar to organized crime - both provide ‘services’ for the fees they extract.  

Don’t get me wrong: Some government is good and necessary - just like water or curry or medication.  Too much is bad…very bad.  

Salaries of the ‘Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps’ - like everything government-related - would be paid for by tax dollars.  

The state is currently not collecting nearly as much tax money since forcing the closure of businesses deemed non-essential.  This order has forced millions of residents & private employees into the unemployment line.

The ‘Corps,’ tasked with tracing your contacts, testing, & coordinating with tax-exempt non-profits, would not be temporary.  It would stay forever.  Yes, it could retrain people to work in healthcare.  Alternatively, it could simply embed newly minted public employees into long-term, taxpayer-subsidized careers as the government eyes a chance to take over of all aspects of private healthcare.  

I fear the CCCC could also devolve into the Keystone-version of Cuban neighborhood watches.  Nevertheless, until the hysterical populace catches on, can I be appointed General?  

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

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