December 19, 2010
Don't Ask McCain
Ultra-conservative Barry Goldwater said, "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight." Just as the old saw goes, "There are no atheists in a foxhole," so no one in combat says before a patrol goes out, "OK. Gays only," or "straights only." Having served in the armed forces for six years I can say no one ever asked or even discussed the issue. Yet yesterday John McCain continued to talk nonsense to the end.
McCain would have us believe "thousands of military" have contacted him with the same message: "Senator McCain, the system is not broken so don't fix it." I for one don't believe him. Demagogues and bigots love to hide behind "the American people" or "anonymous" insiders...Bull!
Mike Mullen, Chair of Joint Chiefs, is on target when he says, "We will be a better military as a result." President Obama: "It is time to close this chapter." Indeed. Take a nap, John McCain.
The Packers will probably lose tonight in part because QB Aaron Rodgers followed teammate Donald Driver's advice last Sunday after a hit to the head. Driver went to Rodgers, the elected union player representative of the Packers, and urged him to remain out of the game. Driver said, "Hey, this is just a game. You have the rest of your life to think about." Hooray, for Donald Driver. Win or lose tonight the Packers should feel pride in the decision to start Matt Flynn.
BANKS: Hundreds, perhaps thousands of M&I employees will soon lose their jobs as Canadians take over Wisconsin's biggest bank with more than 9,000 Wisconsin-based employees. Is that Walker's fault? Or Doyle's? Of course not, but simplistic slogans--or brands--like "Wisconsin Open for Business" are political theater not sound policy.
MJS points out that Walker has not appointed even one cabinet secretary. If M&I needed help, there was no one on the job! Now that is cause for comment. Was Grebe's old law firm involved in the M&I discussions? Where was Walker? Counting deer perhaps?
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I wouldn't be so quick to blame Doyle or Walker for the M&I buyout by a Canadian bank. It's the overall US corporate mentality that's at fault: Go where the money is. Money is more important than people and jobs. Profit is manna from above. If money and profits can be had by going abroad, so be it. Move corporate headquarters to states and countries less taxing. Move jobs overseas where wages are cheap and regulations lax or nonexistent.
Meanwhile back home the American worker stands in an unemployment line or soup kitchen. Workers are commodities to be used, abused, traded and discarded. Good jobs and wages are a pipe dream for most of us. Even with education and further training, there are no guarantees than there will be jobs nor is there any assurance that retooling ourselves will mean we get hired.
Politicians are worthless targets for our anger. The real blame for loss of jobs falls back on each and every one of us. Over the years we became complacent thinking the golden egg would never disappear and that corporate dictatorship was good. We made too many assumptions that jobs and benefits would always be there, that our golden years would be spent in bliss and good health.
Take a look at our workforce. It's formidable. We as millions of good people have the power to break corporations. We also have the skills and smarts to create their replacements. There is power in numbers. Why isn't there rioting in the streets? It worked for civil rights. It brought the war in Vietnam to an end. It might just work now to bring about a change in how business is conducted.
Wimps get what wimps deserve.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Out | December 19, 2010
There are reasons why Scott Walker is not announcing his cabinet selections. I bet he wants us to complain all at once instead of a litany of complaints as his chosen ones are exposed. Little does Walker know, we will have 4 years of the Walker administration about which to complain daily.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley | December 19, 2010