It’s Time to Play “Spot the Contradiction”

29 08 2013

America

LAT:

National fast-food wage protests kick off in New York

Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union.

About 500 people, including workers, activists, religious leaders, news crews and local politicians, gathered outside the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue. The protesters chanted “Si Se Puede” (“Yes, We Can”) and “Hey, hey, ho, ho $7.25 has got to go,” holding signs saying “On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25,” referring to the federal minimum wage.

(snip)

The fast-food industry used to employ mostly younger people just trying to make some extra money as they went through school. Now, workers are older and depend on the work to feed families. Analysis by the Economic Policies Institute shows that the average age of minimum-wage workers is now 35, and that 88% are 20 and older.

It should be noted that this informal strike is supported and feted by the SEIU and the AFL-CIO, both unions also want open borders for immig…

…Oops, I was about to give away the answer.  That is, if my added emphasis in the story above didn’t already.





What’s In a Name

22 08 2013

Chicago

gompers

The first person to tell me why this story is ironic gets a gold star.  This post has a hint to the answer; you just have to know where to look.





Drive Out Peabody

31 07 2013

Downtown

That’s what “Take Back St. Louis” really amounts to.

That sound you hear is Peabody suits scouting out space in Clayton or somewhere along 270 for a new headquarters.

Mind you, St. Louis City isn’t as financially dysfunctional as Detroit, but on the other hand, it really can’t afford to lose revenue sources.





Before They Hatch

30 07 2013

Arizona

This is the kind of stuff you’re not supposed to talk about when you’re trying to con people into signing onto treason, John.

Politico:

Immigration bill: John McCain says ‘border surge’ could be changed

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled Tuesday that the dramatic boost in border-security in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill could be one of the provisions that may be changed in a potential House-Senate compromise.

During an immigration forum hosted by the AFL-CIO Tuesday, McCain – a key Senate Gang of Eight negotiator – said while a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented immigrants is a “fundamental element” of the bill, the “rest of it could be adjusted.” He singled out the border security parts as an example.

IOW, any “enforcement” is meant to be boob bait for the suckers, which would duly be negotiated out in conference, and barring that, ignored by Obama.

Juan McAmnesty just confirmed it.

Remember when unions actually cared about American workers?





Which is the Dog

23 07 2013

Washington, D.C.

Randi Weingarten AFT President 7/08

The last time I saw her mug, she was featured in Waiting For Superman, pouring cold water (rightly so) over the New Conventional Wisdom and the new party line from the Democrat-Left that “bad teachers” are the root cause of all of society’s ills.

Well, it looks like she and her AFT have been bought off or succumbed to pressure.

USNWR:

Teachers chief: Bad teachers should find new jobs

Teachers who aren’t up to snuff shouldn’t be in classrooms and should find new professions, the head of the 1.5 million-member American Federation of Teachers said Monday.

Randi Weingarten told a gathering of her union’s rank-and-file members that they should be more vigilant about their colleagues’ abilities and said weak educators who don’t make improvements only hurt the profession. The tough warning comes as state education chiefs have been trying to implement tougher standards for those in the classrooms and weed out teachers whose students aren’t making progress.

We’ve always thought that in the relationship between the Democrat Party and teachers’ unions, the NEA/AFT was the dog and the Democrat Party was the tail. Now I think it’s more the other way around.  Another possibility is that NEA/AFT was once the dog and the Democrat Party the tail back in the days when Democrat politicians were far more dependent on NEA/AFT money.  But now that the zillionaires are opening their wallets in the name of “educational excellence,” that has eclipsed the teachers unions’ relatively paltry money machine, so the unions are now far more the tail than the dog.

As for me, the issue is simple:  There are hardly any bad teachers, but there are whole lots of bad students.





Union Label

27 03 2013

Washington, D.C.

I don’t care what their motivations are, whether they’re really interested in the well being of their rank and file, or whether they’re just playing some partisan political game.

All I care about is that they’re gumming up the works, thereby decreasing the chances that any bill called “omnibus comprehensive reform” gets passed.  It’s like I’ve been saying all along — There are only a scant few elected politicians who actively want to do the right thing, and most want to do some variant of wrong thing.  But partisan sniping and jealousy over which kind of wrong thing should be done and whose interests get satisfied sooner as a result of the particular wrong thing that is done is our only real hope of no wrong thing actually happening.





Cover Both Your Wallets And Your Asses

21 02 2013

Washington, D.C.

Chamber Pot of Commerce + AFL-CIO =

America, they’re playing your tune.








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