A real man should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a
hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build
a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate,
act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a
computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
At some point, after at least two buildings were hit, the head of the FAA
asked: "How many aircraft aloft over CONUS?"
"About forty-eight hundred," came the response.
"Okay. This shit stops right now. I want ATC-Zero nationwide."
"That's never been done! You can't do that!"
"I just did. Make it happen. Everything in the air is to land at the nearest
"Is this Dr Fenymann?"
"Doctor Richard P. Feynmann?"
"Dr Feynmann, my name is Joe Blow, I am the United States Ambassador to the
Court of King Gustav V of Norway. It is my distinct pleasure to inform you
that you have been awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics!"
"Do you know what the hell time it is in California?"
"It is three o'clock in the goddamn morning. Call back after nine!"
Yawn..... In my entire working career, I was never a member of a
and I did just fine, thank you. Maybe that's because I'm competent
responsible. If an employer didn't treat me right, I just found a
I did see the effects of what unions achieve though,. When I entered
a Bell LAbs
facility with a small hand cart and a piece of demo equipment, no
a small piece of luggage, I wasn't allowed
to just roll it to the room in the building I was walking to. No, I
had to sit
there in the lobby and wait until a "porter" was summoned to roll it
And while working on radar at Hughes Aircraft, I couldn't solder a
connection. No, I had to have a person authorized by the union do it.
That meant when working, I had a union person sitting there
twiddling their thumbs for hours, in the chance that sometime during
the shift, I would need a cap removed and another one soldered in.
included at overtime rates during night hours, etc.
Great system for enhanced productivity in a world economy....
I don't know whether this is true or someone made it up, but I believe it
When Germany had a lack of bricklayers and England an oversupply, the
Germans hired some Brits. When they arrived and were shown the work
habits (not the clothing kind) of the German bricklayers a problem
developed. erman bricklayers could handle hammers, nails and wooden
slats to demarcate the bricklaying. The Brits were used to call in
carpenters for that. To make a long story short, the Brits went home.
Work rules are fine, featherbedding isn't.
Work rules are not fine, not when the supervisor can't have a machinist
sweep the area around his equipment because it's a safety hazard. If the
machinist has to stand down while a sweeper is summonend, well, there you
What matters more is what you can take out and when you can do it. Many
public workers put in their time for retirement and then take private sector
jobs to pay into SS and collect again when they turn 6x for full benefits.
The Windfall Elimination Provision, enacted in 1983, substantially limits
the Social Security annuity that a person collecting a CSRS pension can
collect. It was enacted with the ostensible purpose of preventing high
ranking government officials such as cabinet members and congressmen
from "double dipping" but also had the unintended consequence of reducing
the social security benefit for a worker who, say, at the age of 30, after
paying into SS for 10 years, then took a federal government job under CSRS.
Such an employee will only get a small minimum benefit from SS, much
less than if he was allowed to collect for the full 10 years of payments.
Often wrong, never in doubt.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar. org
The unions have already said they will accept the changes to retirement and
medical costs. They understand that the Wisconsin is in financial peril and
are willing to do their part.
What they WILL NOT accept is the ultimate changes to work rules negotiated
via collective bargaining. These "work rules" include such things as class
sizes, how often to mop the floor in the cafeteria, temporary assignements
of teachers, and, of course, state concessions and pay for employees
attending to union business.
"Top leaders of two of Wisconsin's largest public employee unions announced
they are willing to accept the financial concessions called for in
[governor ] Walker's plan, but will not accept the loss of collective
Public sector unions are just an arm of the Democrat Party...The union thugs
force workers to pay dues that are then funneled to dems who in turn give
them fat contracts at OUR expense ...For that reason they should be
outlawed...Here in Maine we are going about it in a slightly different
way...We are going to be a Right to Work State with dues being voluntary and
a governor who is going to attack the bloated beaucracy with a machete..Bye
, bye union....The pinky ring wearing union thugs are in an uproar...It WILL
pass...Maine has a republican Governor , Senate and House for the first time
in 40 years...The pension and health care for life for government hacks is a
2 BILLION dollar weight that is about to be shed...We simply can't afford
What they don't say is our DoD budget is really a jobs program.
Because of the way bid requirements are written, most military
hardware has to be made in the US, one of our principle industries,
since we import just about everything else. The military also hires a
lot of people directly, either in uniform or as contractors. Most
support functions are performed by civilian contractors. They are also
careful to spread these jobs across the country, in about the same
proportion as congressional representation.
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