That seems to be the issue all over the place. Business caved into
all the union demands during the good times but then all the bills
came due and those demands that seemed reasonable when times were good
could no longer be met and the unions have steadfastly refused to
recognize the difference. The one single element most often missed by
unions is that virtually every company and organization faces
competition from other companies and organizations for their
business. Even states and cities are starting to realize this fact,
everyone except the unions it seems. The day when companies could
freely raise their prices to make up for increased union demands has
ended some time back. The same is occuring on the government front
and people are not going to accept higher taxes to support unions that
are asking for higher and higher pensions with more and more
benefits....all the while giving less and less service.
But that was a hundred years ago. Much of the things the unions fought for
are now carved in the marble of federal and state law. Giant government
bureaucracies have been constructed to handle the issues unions demanded:
The Department of Labor, OSHA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and more.
Unions have outlived their usefulness in these areas and should not be
currently continued based solely on their successes of the past.
On Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:52:47 -0500, "Robert Green"
They never were. Wages aren't the only reason for "off-shoring".
None of that is anything new. In addition, they will copy a design and sell
it as a competitor. They will also change a design without notification.
Without a full-time on-site babysitter dealing with the Chinese is a mess. It
always has been.
Spoken like the socialist you are.
They day is over, though the big problem is government unions. They *have* to
be broken or they *will* break the country.
Sad to see that so many think nothing has changed. Sad to see that so many
would rather be unemployed than actually produce something others actually
want to buy.
Your story seems to lack certain details:
In 1968 (when Otis would have been 29 years old) he was given a sentence
of 30 years (not 15) for selling a joint to an undercover cop.
========Unfamiliar with Lee Otis' case, Smith asked a reporter, "What in the
world do they have against beans?" When the reporter explained what the
crowd was shouting, Smith said, "I thought they were saying 'frijoles.'"
The papers loved it, and the Lee Otis story took on yet another bit of
symbolic cachet, providing a perfect example of the clueless politician.
Your "enhancement" that he was a minister and that the prosecutor wanted
to go easy on him, or that the sentence was "hard labor" doesn't appear
anywhere that I can find.
==========Lee Otis was released after four years when a federal judge ruled that
his trial should not have been held in Houston.
But stripping away all your added hyperbole, if you wanted to make the
point that Texas Gov. Smith was clueless, that much is apparently true.
Bush was (still is) a numbskull, and so is Perry.
When they say "It's the sizzle, not the steak" - you Texans fall for it
You'd vote for a fence post as governor (or president) if it had
good-ol-boy painted on it. Brains don't matter to you as much as
swagger. In fact, having brains is a turn-off for Texas voters.
I don't criticize god for anything - because god is a fictional
character that doesn't exist.
Although there have been times I've prayed to god to protect me from
those that believe in him.
Did you know that god redeems sinners for valuable cash prizes?
I don't like the guy and would never vote for him. That said, the
media is making a big deal of this. Sure, it is embarrassing, but
what politician has not blundered? How many of us could be out there
repeating the same worn out mantra dozens of times a day, days on end,
and not screw up?
My guess is that the guy is tired and had a bad moment. Move on, try
to find what the politicians are really going to do and what they
think policy should be. Then make an informed decision.
If the media did not sensationalize every tiny error or personality
flaw, maybe we'd have a better pool of candidates to choose from. Even
if they did inhale once or twice.
On Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:50:29 -0500, Home Guy wrote:
And this idiot who thinks he's god is good? This idiot who doesn't know
what the US motto is? This idiot who thinks its great to spend $250,000 to
create one job that nobody can find in congressional districts that do not
exist? This criminal who refuses to prove he legally has the right to hold
any federal elected office? This idiot who NEVER balanced a budget or
managed an organization. This idiot who thinks he can create jobs, when the
government is incapable of creating real jobs?
That atmosphere or sentiment certainly existed in the public media
during those years.
It was really bad during the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election.
It was so bad you got the sense that they didn't want to hold an
election during "war time". You don't change horses half-way through a
race (or some such nonsense).
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