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Praying for Revolution?

Posted on 2011.02.18 at 11:38
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I rarely keep up with the news anymore. So-called "human interest" stories which clutter the headlines make me nauseous, and listening to any news organization's slant on news is akin to following windshield wiper manufactures recommended wiper replacement schedule. I can't even read online news, because most of what I want to read is in video format only, and that just slows me down. I simply cannot afford to do news these days.

That being said, I did catch some of the Wisconsin demonstrations yesterday, which was oddly reminiscent of the Cairo revolution, and on the heels of that in my old stomping grounds, Bahrain! But it was Wisconsin that tore me in half.

Why I'm torn is I was sympathetic to the demonstrators until I saw the IBEW union jackets. My previous experience with unions has left me unabashedly polarized against them. But teachers and firefighters? This is another reason I no longer watch the news - I don't recall now whether it was the current Governor of NJ, Chris Christie or NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg who said, "We cannot afford to lose any teachers, but I'll cut 6000 of them if I need to." What the hell is that supposed to mean?

I'm torn because while making unions pay more for benefits (essentially creating a 7% cut in pay, the news said) isn't any different than us non-union types. We haven't been given raises in three years, our benefits package cost has gone up, and we've just been subjected to a "temporary" 10% pay cut. For those of you weak in math, that's more than 7% on top of the other.

You know what I did when I heard the news of our pay cut? I fucking rioted! Oh wait, no I didn't. I kept my mouth shut and maintained my exemplary attitude and work ethic. I promised myself I wouldn't lament over something I had no control over. I'm thankful right now just to be employed and I don't need to give anyone any reason to consider otherwise.

I'm not perfect, but if the government isn't going to cut services to get themselves out of a deficit they should've seen coming, and I'm not going to storm our nation's capitol to oust the president as part of the "youth of the revolution proudly lifting the head of this country" as a Muslim cleric might say, I might as well keep doing what it is I do. Other's may disagree - I'll let them fight their own battles. After all, not everyone is strong enough to shoulder personal responsibility.


michelle1963 at 2011-02-18 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
Systems, like collective bargaining, work well during relatively "normal" times. They are not meant to handle extremes like the long, drawn out recession the country is suffering now.

Most people expect systems to be perfect. When they fail to perform under certain circumstances, the knee-jerk is to toss them out altogether.

Frankly, I think all parties are acting in bad faith here.

The unions need to grow up. Surely, they can do the math and realize that states are not collecting the tax dollars that they do when the economy is running well. They need to take that into account, be flexible, and suck it up like everybody else.

That said, I view dismantling collective bargaining not just as a way to deal with the recession, but as an unabashed power grab. They have no intention of reinstating it when the economy is again on its feet. We have would-be Robber Barons among us.

kat_rowe at 2011-02-22 01:41 (UTC) (Link)
Frankly, I think all parties are acting in bad faith here.


Then again, that's all politics all the time and nothing new.
thesweetestnote at 2011-02-18 18:50 (UTC) (Link)
A good place to catch up is on the throne! LOL Anywho, I can't stand the news. Always such a downer. I do watch however for the weather report. And the news is a bunch of hyped up BULLSHIT anyway! I know this cause I worked in news for 5 years. I swear the anchors and reporters are bunch of failed actors who still wanna be on TV... well, in this city anyway.

I'm all for salary cuts if it's for the better... temporary Marxism for a year? I dunno... I grew up in a place where most are stuck in a minimum wage paying job and busting their asses with overtime or second jobs to get food in their mouths. So to hear that somebody making 70k a year bitch about getting a few grand chopped when others are starving and wearing the same clothes from 10 years ago... well, that just sucks!

I'm all for the self-made millionaire but once you make it there you Jerk, remember to help your fellow human beings out a little. Just saying ;p

All this reminds me of this album cover.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2011-02-19 01:30 (UTC) (Link)
First off,"I fucking rioted!" You cussed. You never cuss.

Second, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has strange and unusual issues with the Teachers Union in New York city. It is virtually impossible to fire a teacher there. If they have disciplinary issues whether they hit a kid or just don't show up for work on a regular basis the union protects them. They have to report to a room where they can read, play on the internet, or pretty much do what they want for 8 hours a day and still get paid as if they were in a class room teaching children. So there is a lot of dead weight in the fiscal budget.

Third, try yahoo news. It gives the highlights in text format for the world and local news.
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