And when did he know it? Working labor over. Tyranny, conservative-style. Plus more.
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I was a union member my entire life. It is something to think back and see where they went wrong and that is to save a drunk’s job time and time again while the true problems persisted into the honest, hard working peoples’ work life, I can’t imagine a single person trying to negotiate with the big boys of industry the work standards and the pay, the reason unions were formed, if you have forgotten, is total disregard for the worker and his family. From paying in script to paying wages that a dog could not live, on the companies have no one to blame but themselves. The auto industry is the greediest of them all: they spend money like there is no tomorrow and it is not all on wages and benefits it is in producing a $150,000 motorcycle or some fancy car that will never be sold for a CEO to drive on the week ends. I think we need to look at the overall picture as Unions are getting a bad rap out of this, just in the last few years we have two and three tier wages new hires come on board at 12 bucks an hour and the other parts sometimes it is as low as 7 bucks an hour. They paid the retirees to quit early, who would not take them up on that?
There are always two sides to every story. At one meeting on
wages a GM executive told the union, “we will give you anything
you want we will just raise the price to cover it.” The union
wanted to maintain what they had and did not ask for a raise.
Back in the sixties we had a decent living and prices were not
that bad, but when the companies started just handing over the
money is when things got out of control.
— Ken Roberts
Enjoyed the article on union members’ support for Democrat
candidates. However, I would love to see an examination of the
influence of media unions like the Writers Guild and AFTRA on
what stories do or do not get covered. It is my impression that
the media regularly attacks our soldiers in the military but
seldom does an expose on employee corruption and wrong doing in,
say, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the
Department of Energy, or OSHA, EPA, HUD. Could this be because
the military is non-union and the employees of these other
agencies — including the attorneys at the EEOC — are members of
the 600,000 member federal employee’s union? In short, is there
an unspoken rule that union brothers and sisters in the
media/entertainment unions do NOT make their brothers and sisters
in the government unions look bad in any way. Especially when it
comes to exposing the duplication of work otherwise known as
featherbedding! And I wonder how the public would react if they
knew that they pay for more than 2000 full time union reps who do
nothing but troll the Social Security bureaucracy for grievances,
full time? Do the story — I dare you!
OH WON’T YOU PLEASE TAKE ME
Re: Daniel J. Flynn’s Paradise City Lost:
Chinese Democracy to me compares to Brian Wilson’s
SMiLE. Axl is brilliant and is looked at as doing his
own thing when he wants to. I hate to say it but maybe you should
listen to Rolling Stone for once. They got it right. He
is the only original member left and has basically
already sold more than Velvet Revolver has. If the band
got back together they would dominate and in the past they have
and are still regarded as one of the last classic bands. Read
your own facts. As for Democracy it’s a very heavy and
personal album that kicks ass. Take Pink Floyd’s The Final
Cut. It’s considered classic now and was torn apart when it
came out. Sometimes I guess appreciation takes time. Give me any
artist who does not do anything for 14 years with no videos or
promotion to do as well and enter the top 5 and number one global
album in the world. What a disappointment!!! Top 5 in U.S., a
country and #1 European album, a continent. Global rock charts
dominated and Itunes chart topper. Best Buy pre-order record
breaker and MySpace record breaker. I’m sure Axl gets a kick out
of getting so many panties in a wad in one day. People are quick
to hate. Sorry is about all critics and naysayers and negative
people. He’s Sorry for you. Not Sorry for himself. He’s a legend
who is wealthy (he earned it) and will go down in History with
Chinese Democracy and “The Biggest Selling Debut of All
Time,” as well as the record-breaking Use Your Illusion
1 and 2. The Legacy is already there so just try to stop Him and
Them (New and Original Band) Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame
eventually but, like the Pistols, will they really care!?!
— Chris Kelly
Not that anyone with a clear, drug free mind might ponder — but for the remaining gray beards who remember G ‘n R from their better days — the reference made about Elvis after he fell from grace and collapsed off his commode at Graceland might be applied (later) to the recent demise of Axel and company: “Good Career Move.”
OK, it may be tragic — but in the long run, the old rock band’s recent plunge will probably help keep their repackaged Greatest Hits c.d.’s movin’ briskly across the checkout scanner at your local Wal-Mart. And after all - it’s still about the Benjamins. Isn’t it?
But, that’s just me. And just so you’ll know… I really liked Elvis; just not the later version.
SHADES OF GRAY
Re: Ron Schoenberg’s letter (under “Loss of Respect”) in Reader Mail’s GM: Generally Mismanaged:
Whenever a Liberal approaches Conservatives with a bouquet of roses, we know a brickbat is not far behind. There is a principle or virtue shared among Conservatives that he has always admired. Unfortunately, he is sorely disappointed and dismayed that we have failed to live up to what he once admired. Lo and behold, our inner fascism pops up like an embarrassing facial blemish on prom night. (Although, they may grant, a fascism more of the Franco rather than the Hitler variety.)
So it is with Ron Schoenberg responding to Brett Joshpe’s “The Real Threat to Democracy.” By Mr. Schoenberg’s reading, long have Conservatives and he stood in solidarity against the evils and dangers of a tyrannical government. But it appears we’ve let him down. Conservatives have sold their souls to a President who spies on our fellow countrymen and throws them into the dungeon days and days on end without so much as a chance to darken a courtroom’s doorway.
There is too much to detoxify in about all of this. We’ve been over this again and again. It is one thing to have honest disagreements; what is annoying is the Liberal propensity to refuse to acknowledge those disagreements exist accounting for Conservative behavior by asserting rightwing malice or rank hypocrisy.
What escapes many Liberals is that Conservatives find themselves dealing with paradoxes (Liberals aren’t the only ones whose thoughts are nuanced). One such paradox is Conservatives in general seek limited government on the one hand but advocate a strong and sizable military on the other. In spite of the fact that a large military seems at odds with the idea of limited government, the reality is freedom has been an all too rare certainty throughout history nor is it a given in the natural order of things. Thus having extensive military power, the ability to project it, and the will to use it are deemed necessary to preserve our liberties.
It is in the same fashion Conservatives in principle support measures in counter-espionage. It because persons are carrying out warfare against the United States we deem that they do not share our civil rights nor have claim to speedy trials. It is because those engaged in espionage should have no expectation of privacy that Conservatives favor listening in on their transnational telephone calls.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?