December 11, 2012
Right to Work?
Michigan's Governor, Rick Snyder, assured the state of Michigan that right-to-work (RTW) legislation was "not on his agenda." He even said last week, "We are not Wisconsin." But suddenly right-to-work legislation is indeed on his agenda, and now he has assured tea partiers and others that he will not veto the RTW legislation heading toward his office.
Was he lying when he said RTW was not on his agenda, or was he pressured to change his mind? Dunno. But RTW is the coming rage in right-wing circles, so get ready for some battles.
Indiana passed RTW laws last year. Michigan and Wisconsin will be next. Scott Walker continues to say he has not put it on his agenda but he refuses to say he would veto it should it pass the Legislature.
No use kidding ourselves, it will pass the Republican dominated Legislature in Wisconsin, and Walker, the right-wing star, will sign it in the name of "job creation." That is the phony claim of Michigan Republicans. They say RTW will give Michigan a better chance to persuade employers to move to Michigan. Why? Because Michigan will have a business friendly reputation! Whoa Nelly.
An excuse no worse than the pressure to open mining. Jobs, jobs, jobs, bull roar, bull roar, bull roar.
"Show Me The Money" is the headline of the latest Joe Nocera column, as he keeps spreading truth about the NCAA and college sports in general in the NY Times. The column is worth a read: college football was the top-rated program of the five Saturday nights that it aired in 2012; consumers spent $4.5 billion on college sports merchandise; ESPN has agreed to pay $470 million annually for the right to televise the playoffs; and Nocera raises the question, How will they divvy up the dough?
Buy-outs at Tennessee for coaches totaled at least $9 million. (Maybe Wisconsin lucked-out by not paying Bielema a farewell bonus.)
Surely you jest, Roger: Brandon Jacobs, a very good player in the NFL, was suspended for three games for his social media posts. I am not making this up. He said on social media that he is rotting away because he is not carrying the ball enough. Expensive post!
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Workers have the power and the numbers to get what they want but not the courage. We out number the 1 percent. We could shut down the entire world economy if we wanted to to make a point. We won't because most workers are not courageous. Workers are happiest when they can be slaves to their jobs and their debts.
-pietr haikuu | Hurley wis | December 11, 2012
Michigan's "Right to Work for Less" law is a direct lift from the one developed by ALEC. So it is safe to assume that several of our legislators that are ALEC members already have it.
I would wager that it will be introduced and passed by the end of January.
-Jim Kubiak | Hudson, WI | December 11, 2012
"You cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable." - JFK
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | December 11, 2012
Right to work? What about a right to a decent job with a decent wage so I can lead a decent life?
-Maria Caliente | Middleton, WI | December 12, 2012