Conservatives cry that we must extend tax cuts for the rich – even expand them – because that’s how they can create jobs. Bullshit.
Do you know how the rich, particularly the corporate rich, became that way? By reducing costs. Everything in business is geared toward increasing profits, and if you can’t do it by increasing sales, you reduce costs, and one very popular way to do that is to reduce labor costs, either by paying less or by replacing workers with machines. Do you know what creates jobs? Demand for products and services that exceed production capacities, so that more people have to be hired to meet the demand. And where does the demand come from?
The other 98% of the population, that’s where. Cut their taxes, and they will consume more goods and services, increasing demand and necessitating more jobs to fill it. If they can’t afford to buy, they will save, there will be no need for more jobs, and tax cuts for the rich will do one thing, and one thing only: make them richer (until their businesses start receding due to the lack of demand). All that tax cuts for the rich do is starve the economy.
I’m amazed by the tenor of the Sotomayor hearing, although I suppose I shouldn’t be – the GOP and right-wing have been predictably appalling in their continued need to strike back at anything that this administration suggests. My advice: Get the Fuck Over It! So what if you “lost” – look at what a lousy hand you had to play! I can’t believe you could honestly say that McCain & Quitter would’ve had either the intelligence or the appreciation of this nation’s problems to do anything constructive.
But that’s not the topic here. What strikes me as particularly two-faced about this hearing is the unstated truth of what we are seeing: a change in the complexion of the Supreme Court, and ignorant, vacuous senators who have conveniently forgotten the history of SCOTUS. They question Sotomayor’s impartiality based upon her ethnicity, only because another convenient glass ceiling has long since been broken: gender. SCOTUS was long a boys’ club, and the general perception was that a woman was incapable of performing such a serious and far-reaching task as interpreting the law for an entire country. And when at last a woman was nominated, it was in large part because she was a woman – there were undoubtedly equally- or perhaps better-qualified male judges to have taken Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat.
The bench, and the Senate, have a long history of overlooking a judge’s ‘impartiality’ and looking at his gender as a deciding factor in his ability to perform the daunting task of upholding the Constitution. Since that angle is no longer available to them, it’s clear that the conservatives have latched onto the next best thing. The sad truth of the matter is that they’re going to ‘lose,’ anyway, at least in their eyes, and they know it. This is just a play to the cameras, a hope that their constituents will see them as a strong and capable force in politics, and has absolutely nothing to do with moving this country forward. Which, I suppose, would be against the entire concept of being ‘conservative,’ anyway.
Face it, guys. You lost. Get the Fuck Over It! Come up with some ideas that don’t involve burying America’s head in the sand and denying both the truths of the last 8 years, and the truths of the next decade. America can afford neither your egos nor your petty depiction of yourselves as victims. We don’t need the Pity Party trying to screw over the greatest nation in the world with such short memories and such limited vision.
Latest word on the possible alliance between Chrysler & Fiat is that Fiat’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, will abandon the deal if they don’t receive concessions from the UAW that brings workers’ salaries into line with those of domestic workers at German and Japanese plants. I think that’s fair, and I hope the UAW won’t stand on principle that will add all of its Chrysler workers to the unemployment lines when Chrysler has to be liquidated. I can never understand how a union can be of any use when its demands force all of its members out of work; I saw this here in Indianapolis when the meat cutters union, which represents workers in grocery stores, made demands ‘in the interest of its members’ that forced the closing of a local historic grocery (the one where David Letterman worked as a teen, in fact!) – I’m sure the union workers were more than happy to have to go find new jobs or collect unemployment, not to mention the other employees who were put out of work that weren’t even members of that union.
Once upon a time, the unions served a purpose – nowadays, with the government’s attention so deep in the workings of companies both public and private, they’ve become little more than PACs, collecting money for the benefit primarily of their executives and for lobbying for whichever politicians they feel will allow them to continue strong-arming both their members and the companies for whom they work. The unions’ job is to keep their employees gainfully employed and to prevent them from being exploited; the law does much of the latter, and the unions are becoming more and more incapable of the former.
Let’s hope that the ‘patriotism’ of the UAW doesn’t shutter the doors of Chrysler. Frankly, what difference does it make where the company profits go as long as the workers’ money is made, saved and spent right here?
A great commentary from John Feehery, a Republican lobbyist, on CNN.com:
Liking Obama, Opposing His White House
This is the sort of thinking that many of us would like to see from Republicans – the ability to conduct a civil debate, to acknowledge the difference between Obama, the man (he’s not “evil,” as some conservatives have convinced themselves) and the policies he promotes. And this from a man whose profession is clearly on Obama’s “hit list”:
“Tearing this president down is not the way for Republicans to regain a majority coalition Read the rest of this entry »
Tell me that Rush Limbaugh isn’t the de facto head of the Republican Party, and make me believe it. When the head of the Republican Party feels it’s necessary to apologize to that pompous windbag, it’s bad enough – and it doesn’t say much for the Republican constituency that their party believes that upsetting Rush will also drive the voters away. If a congressman says something about Rush that is true, inflammatory or not, he should stand by it, and make damn sure that the voters know it, too. Don’t apologize for calling him an entertainer – although you may be lying when you do so, because I think calling Rush Limbaugh’s bile and mean-spirited self-aggrandizement “entertainment” is a bit of a stretch. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m not one to defend the stupid things that the automakers have done over the years, but it really gets my goat to hear these overpaid, pompous and self-righteous congressmen acting like they know anything at all about the auto industry! Has there been an accounting of the congressmen, regarding what cars and, more likely, SUVs they drive? Are they driving sensible American cars, sensible foreign cars, or are they driving luxury cars? How many Cadillac Escalades? How many Mercedes-Benz S-classes? Are the houses of the hypocrites in order before they start throwing stones at Detroit for its irresponsibility? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 8th, 2008
at 2:37pm by admin
Tagged with Autos, Bailout, Bankruptcy, Congress, Environment, Hypocrisy, Interrogation, Regulations, Unions
Categories: Ptrivial Thoughts, Indeed!
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Don’t expect ‘wild & crazy’ from this post – it’s just a commentary on my observations of my own current state of mind. The last couple days at work have been odd, with my supervisor (I hate to call her my boss, as she very rarely gave me instructions of what to do) now gone, and my closest equivalent a 3-hour drive away. I had a chance to take over her office, but I consider it too far off the physical path to our production environment, making it impractical, in my estimation. So I still share a small office with our operations manager, and while I would relish the potential solitude, I think this location is better for the work I actually need to do.
Technology! Since it appears that I’ll be doing the majority of this blog, moving forward, from my Treo, I guess it makes sense to acknowledge the news in the handheld arena. Obviously, the new iPhone from Apple adds many needed and significant features, and the price has to have a lot of current owners seeing red, but I wonder if even that will be enough. The competition is heating up, and Apple is partially to blame, for introducing it originally without several killer features and at an astronomical price – they gave the competition too easy a bar to clear, and now the 2.0 iPhone is almost in a position to play catch-up. Yes, Apple changed the smartphone landscape, but in a way, they gave too many others access to the seedlings, as well. My Treo is now far behind the curve, I realize, but for what I want, it’s 90% there, needing only a decent camera to remain a champeen. C’mon, Palm, why the blinders?
Okay, I’m a Republican, but there’s no way I’ll vote for Bush or anyone I even remotely think will continue his ‘policies’ (if you can call the self-serving idiocy of the last 7 years “policy!”). And when it comes to self-service, I think Hillary doesn’t have anything to learn from W! So that leaves Obama.
Sure, he may lack experience – and he wouldn’t be the last; if ‘experience’ like the current administration is a gauge, however, give me the New Guy. Read the rest of this entry »
.. which is how I now come into the high-tech phase of blogging. I figure if I ever expect to make use of this blog, it has to be through spontaneous action, not through planning and the unlikelihood that I will actually remember to do it. And since I'm somewhat addicted to my Treos (now on my third, a used 680 that I hope is less prone to my dropping and killing it!), this is a way to make at least semi-productive use of its highly practical and easy-to-use keyboard. Plus, it means I can post even when my power goes out, as it just did …
Well, obviously, not much to report, as I await the rebooting of my equipment. Yes, it's true – "The Big Bang Theory" is hideously close to my own life, it seems. At least I can laugh with it, as well as at it.
Whither 2007? The last vestiges of the year fade already from our memories with the excitement of the new year and all those damn resolutions!
I’m starting off 2008 in a decided funk: wholly self-aware of my own tendency not to finish many projects I start, I’m in danger of having those decisions yanked from my hands by a piece of freakin’ hardware – my main external hard drive is being a shit, and of course, it contains the sum total of my artistic creativity from the past 3 years! I’m trying to siphon off what I can. but in many cases, it copies only a couple files and then tells me the next file is either corrupt or impossible to access due to I/O errors :-(. All of my 3D files are there, including everything I’ve done so far on my cooperative film project. So I’m not starting the year out as a happy camper.
I guess my biggest New Year Resolution will be to try to be the best person I can be, both professionally and personally – I plan to work extra hard to, if not be indispensable in my job, at least not to foolishly allow myself to be expendable through lax behaviour or inattention to detail. I don’t know what I want to do with the next 5 years of my life, but I want them to be my choice and not just losing a job because I was careless, and while I have a good reputation at work, I know I can do much better, and I plan to. It’s about time I grew up and became a responsible person.
Of course, on my next job, this very blog will probably show up attached to my résumé – I hope at the very least that they take into account that I take the time to correctly spell “résumé.”