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The Rotten Fruit Of Our Labor

May 17, 2012 by  

The Rotten Fruit Of Our Labor
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This image is part of a poster hanging on the wall in the Labor Department in Washington.

Should you ever enjoy a visit to — or suffer the fate of being required to visit — the U.S. Department of Labor, you’ll have the opportunity to gaze upon an image of the Labor Secretary during a march.

That is supposed to be an image that will deliver unto you a sense of pride, inspiration and belief that Americans can and do lead the world in — er — making stuff. Granted, President Barack Obama’s economic performance has left record numbers of Americans — er — not making stuff; but the picture is supposed to make up for little details like the hundreds of thousands of people who gave up even trying to find steady work last month alone.

However, perusal of the photo in question reveals an image that could inspire only someone who cheers little details like — well — the hundreds of thousands of people who gave up on even trying to find steady work last month alone. The centerpiece is none other than Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The Secretary, Obama-endorsed race pimp Al Sharpton, the increasingly irrelevant Jesse Jackson and a coterie of union thugs from the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO are marching together, arms linked. As if the idea of a Cabinet-level official playing protester with two of the bigger remoras ever to attach themselves to the soft underbelly of American society isn’t nauseating enough, their mouths are agape in indignation about Alabama’s immigration law. If that’s not offensive enough, that image is part of a poster Solis has ordered tacked up in the elevators in the Labor Department building in Washington.

Isn’t a Cabinet Secretary sharing even a ZIP code with bottom-feeders like Sharpton and Jackson — not to mention Big Labor mouth breathers — a BIT inappropriate? For that matter, shouldn’t the Secretary of Labor spend more time addressing the issues her boss has created for Americans instead of joining up with Obama’s racist storm troopers in an effort to worsen the situation on behalf of non-Americans? For that matter, isn’t forcing anyone to look at a picture of government officials cavorting with such filth fairly cruel?

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) seems to think so. On Tuesday, he began calling for investigations into Solis’s misdeeds. But let’s pull the proverbial hand brake here. Obama and his minions have become so smug and self-involved that they didn’t notice it leaned a bit toward the unseemly.

Of course, Solis’s participation in a march against border security is inappropriate. But inappropriate behavior and Obama-era Democrats go together like Occupy Wall Street protesters and body odor (or murder, rape, theft, child abuse or even litter). The President has presided over record-setting national debt, a twofold increase in the price of gasoline, a massive depression in American clout around the globe and a job market that even President Jimmy Carter couldn’t have managed on his most “malaise”-filled day. Obama has demonstrated an unwavering opposition to Constitutional dictates; and his racist, arrogant and far-too-frequent abrogations of executive restraint have divided the Nation as bitterly as the Hatfields and the McCoys or Michael Moore and Weight Watchers.

And of course Solis sees nothing inappropriate about festooning the halls of one of the Federal government’s least worthwhile departments with even less worthwhile posters proclaiming an even less worthwhile message. God forbid she spends a little less time marching through the streets of Selma, Ala., in support of criminals and a little more time in her office shepherding the citizenry through her boss’s wanton destruction of the economy. And heaven knows, should any of the Labor Department staffers not share Solis’ sanctimony (not to mention her rather inflated self-image), then staring at an image of Solis with Sharpton and Jackson at a march to grant amnesty to illegal aliens would definitely qualify as a “hostile work environment.”

And of course, under the direction of people capable of such shocking arrogance and disdain for the rule of law and common decency, the entire country is rapidly turning into a hostile work environment.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • mr ZEE

    What do you want and expect from arrogant idiots after all look who voted these morons in because the republican party couldn’t find a decent candidate to run for president in 2008 and they still have not learned their lesson look who’s running now another rich
    SOB we need some one that knows this country and can help Ron Paul the Man.

    • Gary L

      ZEE, Perhaps Mitt Romney isn’t the best candidate, but why is it a problem that he is rich??? I wonder what your opinion of yourself would be if you somehow became “rich”. Are we supposed to set our goals on having just enough. Being rich isn’t a bad thing.

      • ccfonten

        I agree! There are a lot of nice things to be said about being rich! I’d like to try it myself!
        And so what if Mitt is rich?? He earned it the old fashioned way………HE EARNED IT!!
        As for McCain: he is not nor has he ever been “all there” for quite a while. His lack of backbone cost him the 2008 election. He could have blown the whistle on Obama for voter fraud, yet he declined because he was afraid of being called a racist.

      • kf

        No, nothing wrong at all with being rich, but there is something wrong with the RNC shoving a NWO, Bilderberger down our throats. Romney did not win, but the strong arm DNC lied and said that he did. Is this the type of politics you want? This is the same thing Obama did in 2008 and has full intention of doing again. Romney is a globalist and will continue the same push for the NWO as Obama is doing now. A vote for Romney IS NOT the lesser of the evils.

      • Gary L

        KF, I certainly would not have chosen Romney if it were up to me. But does your comment mean that you would vote to re-elect Obama rather than voting for Romney. If so, you are nuts. Hopefully there are not many who feel that way. If so, America is doomed.

      • Average Joe

        Gary L,

        “I certainly would not have chosen Romney if it were up to me.”

        Duh…. moment?

        Brain fart?

        Romney “isn’t” chosen yet… therefore..it “is” still up to you. So, since it is still up to you to choose for yourself who to vote for….and you wouldn’t choose Romney (by your own admission)..then the obvious choice would be to vote for Ron Paul…wouldn’t it?

        Stop listening to the MSM TP’s that Ron Paul is unelectable (hogwash)..stand for something..stand on your principles for the man (or woman) that you believe wil do the most “FOR” our nation. Vote YOUR conscience and don’t let anyone sway you from your choices..it is your vote and yours alone. But, please…vote for the right reasons…vote because you are FOR something…rather than because you are against…something else.

        I am voting for Ron Paul…not because I am against Obama…not because I am against Romney….but because I feel with every breath I take…that Ron Paul is the best man to run our nation…and turn it around…

        Freedom, Liberty, Constitutional government, limited government, sound currency, lower taxes…all of these things speak to my soul…that is why I am voting for Ron Paul…I want to leave a better nation to my children and grand children…than has been left for me.
        Ron Paul is the messenger…will you hear the message?

        Stand up and vote for something…VOTE FOR AMERICA….not a person

        Ron Paul / Andrew Napolitano 2012!

        • Thomas Gunn

          Awesome Post Average Joe. Ron Paul / Judge Napolitano !!….. That is the Dream Ticket !…. I hadn’t even considered Napolitano….but now that you mention it……. Oh My Goodness……. !. What those two would be able to do FOR this country, is immeasurable, and would most certainly go down as the most important Statesmen of this millenium.

          RON PAUL 2012 !!!!. Indeed…. The Race isn’t over….until it’s over. Vote Ron Paul…Donate to his Campaign for Liberty……. Buy 100 lawn signs and 200 Bumper stickers…….and put them up everywhere……at grocery stores….busy intersections…in front of your house. Put Bumper Stickers on Guard Rails, and in Grocery Store Parking Lots……. Put Ron Paul Signs EVERYWHERE !….. The Media might try to marginalize and ignore him….but we can turn the tables…….Instead of letting the media shove their BS down our throats every day…. LET’s start Shoving Ron Paul Down Everyone’s Throat NOW……… There are only a couple of months left…… SEND THE MESSAGE !!!….. LIBERTY + US Constitution + Individual Accountability = Prosperity, Security, and a Future for our Children

      • Average Joe

        Thomas Gunn,
        Now that’s what I call spirit! I am with you…let’s put Ron Paul in their faces!
        Most folks who call us Ronulans etc…don’t understand that it isn’t about the man…it is about his message. The message is what fires us up and motivates us to stand behind this man’s principles and moral fortitude.
        Everyone else seems to be voting against something…rather than for something….and that troubles me. If they don’t stand for anything…I must wonder if they have any values at all.
        As a child, I was always told that there comes a time in a man’s life…when he must make a stand for something. I believe that to be a truth. I can think of no better thing that I can make a stand for…than the nation of my birth…the nation that my ancestors fought and died for…the Republic that they gave me. This is my stand….my vote…for America…..to Ron Paul.
        A vote for anyone other than Ron Paul is a death sentence to our nation…and our liberties.
        May God have mercy on our souls.

        Over the last year, Ron Paul has been asked many times about his VP choice. He has consistently (would we expect less?) stated,” I really haven’t given it much thought, but I sure do like Judge Napolitano”. Considering Dr. Paul’s consistency, I am guessing that will be his choice…and a damn fine choice it is.

        “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
        — Samuel Adams

        • Thomas Gunn

          We must be kindred spirits:

          Favorite Quotes:

          “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” — Thomas Jefferson

          “None are more hopelessly enslaved, than those who falsely believe they are free” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

          We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. — Ayn Rand

          “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. ” — Thomas Jefferson

          “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” — Thomas Jefferson

          Wealth is the product of a man’s capacity to think. But thinking is an attribute only of the individual. There is no such thing, as a collective brain. — Ayn Rand.

          The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. — Ayn Rand

          “To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson

          “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” — Thomas Jefferson

          Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from other men. — Ayn Rand

          I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. — Howard Roark — by Ayn Rand

          Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. — Ayn Rand

          I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. — Howard Roark — by Ayn Rand

          There is no problem that cannot be solved by a suitable application of high explosives — Jeff Hayes

          • http://yahoo catsueme

            Good show!

      • Average Joe

        Most definitely we are kindred spirits…like Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg….”Twin sons of different mothers”.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm8x38USBiM

        • http://Gunn Thomas

          Yeah Buddy…… A wonderful artist…..one of my absolute favorites. He is admired, and his work is truly missed.

    • ronald dudley

      it’s not a problem with whether the candidate is wealthy or not, it’s the fault of the votes who by into this garbage spewed by the candidates. they [the voters] fall for this bilge about this candidate or that candidate who promises to ‘ fix everything’ instead of thinking for themselves. example: these candidates always claim to want to make sure the public retains social security to make sure we keep people out of poverty. ask yourself this, if SS is so great why do politicians exempt themselves from it. try living off SS sometime

      • EyesWideOPEN

        It most certainly DOES have to do with wealth and has ALWAYS been about wealth when it comes to running for office. Look at what’s been going on behind our backs even back when your daddy was a pup.. All the graft, the pay offs.. The ‘buying’ into office.. Now it continues but is blatant, in your face. Billionaires buying a voice that THEY can regulate.. Rich candidates who has the ways and means to use wealth (whether given to them or their own) to buy their way in the political big top.. It certainly does have to do with wealth even up to the point where the unwealthy must beg for alms to keep up with the frauds and mongers and it is we who have sanctioned the use of wealth to spread their lies on the populous through the one thing most everybody clings to, the media. The ONLY way to smother this decadence is to eliminate the super pacs.. Limit personal wealth to a point where each candidate can compete, eliminate big party campaigns and dinners.. Make each major candidate (after the dust has settled) rely EXCLUSIVELY on the IRS donated option to give one dollar toward these elections and dole them out equally.. Today we have the internet, we have free web sites to all who applies, hell you can even set it up yourself FREE.. We still have TV stations that gives free time to public announcements and that could include debates and we viewers do not need whistles and bells to hear the words of those running. Do this and wealth will have nothing to do with elections, otherwise it will be the determinator of who can buy their way in as it has been all this time..

        • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

          EWO I agree to you to a certain extent. But the guy we have now, in comparison was not a wealthy man, he was a plant. And do we really want another community organizer , then another in 2016 whjen that one does not fit or brings the Elites to there Utopia they are grasping for; trying to tell a small business man, who is just trying to feed his fammily in there hard times, what he can do and what he can’t do. Someone who does not have a single living clue what a business man needs because he has never earned a dollar away from the government teet? He is proclaiming to 50% of the populous this same dream he has lived. telling them they too can do very well off the same tit. We need someone with experience to bring us out of these dark times before we dont recodnize our home as we have before ever again. We are on the last straw and a few less will break the camels back, then there is no going back. Once we pass 50% of the populous to the tit it is over. Don’t kid yourself and stop watching MSNBC and the rest of the MSM. they are lying to you just so they can get you to fold from your American spirit. They do not want you in their clan, you do not belong. They will lead you right to the consentrations camps and soon when not neededany longer, it will be tool late for them as Obama becomes the Dictator we craves to be and decides he no longer needs them, just as Htller did with Millions. Wake up America. This is your last chance for Liberty. Do the right thing. Get rid of this dictator want to be ,at all cost. This Yahoo thinks he is a GOD to his followers. Read his book (Dreams From My Farther) if you do not think you are afraid or feel the same and are as pationate as I am fror the country we all love. GOD Bless America!!

          • miken25

            Your are right on Brad.

  • CJ

    We covet our entertainment more than anything else. Hollywood, sports, video games, 500+ channel TV’s… Nothing is invested. We waste money on anything that does not give a return on the investment. Until we impose self control over our desires, the reckless over-spending will continue and we will have nothing to show for our labors. And a few will continue to get rich by selling $75 shoes for $500 only on ‘image’ to those foolish with their money.

  • Sirian

    Solis the Socialist – what more should be expected? Actions in Progressive Progress?? Utopians ubiquitous undoing!!

  • http://google john p.

    it don’t get any better your tax dollars at work .

  • kategray

    The dept of labor is in bed with the UNIONS AND are communists to boot.

    • Vigilant

      Always has been, always will be, until the Dept. is scuttled. You can say the same thing about the Dept. of Education.

      • Gary L

        It seems like you can say that for every department of the US government. It has become a monster, and that monster cannot be tamed…it needs to be destroyed.

  • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

    I would vote for Donald Duck if it got Obama out of there. I can’t wait to see all these idiots having to pack up their crap and move it out of their over run offices. Can you imagine the calls to U-Haul. Imagine the confussion when they have lost their Lord King. Talk about Chickens with their heads cut off!! LMFAO!!!!

    • http://personalliberty.com Sue

      I have voted for Mickey Mouse.

      • EyesWideOPEN

        By voting for your Micky Mouse and your Donald Trum.. uh! I mean, Duck, your no wiser than the no-voter.. In fact BY voting for farm animals, you’ve opened the door to the one you never wanted in the first pace.. Everybody in this nation can be an American but only those who can vote intelligently for the one they believe in are American Patriots. So, get off the loony tunes and vote for a real person and if there is no real choice then stir up (expletive deleted) with your party and your representatives and make THEM produce a candidate that suits the voters criteria. Don’t let them determine your vote by giving you choices that you do not want.. And if they insist, remember what they said, how they treated you then when their day comes up, vote THEIR (expletive deleted) out of office.. You do that and soon even the most ignorant of them will get the message and start working for you to preserve their future.

        • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

          That’s if yout vote counts any way. Only dead peoples vote count any more.

        • Thomas Gunn

          Hmmm…..I beg to differ somewhat, in the following sense: When you say “no-voter”, I think you mean someone who does not vote at all.

          However, it begs the question as to why we do not have a choice for a “no-vote”; meaning a vote for — NONE of the candidates — . In fact, if we were a TRULY democratic model; with REAL fairness; NONE OF THE ABOVE, should be a legitimate choice for voters, in ANY election; such that when voters are presented (as we always are) with a bunch of useless TOOLS as candidates (Ron Paul being the exception); we should have the option to vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, so that ALL candidates for that particular election become disqualified. Such an election where “none of the above wins”, should then re-run with a whole new set of candidates; until a viable leader is selected. This process should be part of every election to public office in this country, at every level; as a means to ensure that politicians can actually become disqualified from running altogether, if losing an election to “none of the above”. This would act idirectly to force politicians to be restrained from trying to differentiate themselves from one-another based on superficial, phony, manufactured issues that are completely out of the scope of the proper role of government; but instead, to differentiate themselves based on their CHARACTER, and their POLICY STANCE, on the REAL ISSUES that concern American Voters…..issues such as LABOR and PROPERTY RIGHTS, PRIVACY RIGHTS, etc.

    • http://yahoo catsueme

      Let’s hope he and his coharts move out when defeated and not be like his peer in
      africa who refused to leave. Or they just steal the vote and then declare marshall law because of the riots.

    • http://None Sparky says

      Moet of them should use file 13 and the janitor could reap a little OT

  • Steve E

    If everyone knew the facts of history, the socialist would not even have their foot in the door. But since so many people insist on remaining ignorant, the socialist are flooding through the door.

    • Vigilant

      They would never have had the successes of the last decades if the schools had properly discharged their duties. The socialists you speak of are coming from within, and more are added to the electorate with every graduating class. Things will only get worse, and I’m afraid we may have already reached the tipping point.

    • http://yahoo catsueme

      they don’t teach history anymore. thats why

      • Karen King

        What little history they do teach is sugar-coated and full of untruths.

  • attainedage

    Here’s the DOL Mission Statement (from their website): To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

    Honestly, I hadn’t realized that the DOL is exclusively “Pro-Labor”. In order to be fair and balanced, shouldn’t there also be a US Department of Management?

    Or, perhaps we need to eliminate the DOL altogether.

    • Vigilant

      Elimination of DOL, DOEnergy and DOEducation would go a long way in restoring America to its greatness.

      When the NLRB can stop Boeing from building a plant in a right to work state, the Constitution has been turned on its head.

      • GiveMeLiberty

        Vigilant, no doubt eliminating these ineffective and unneccessary departments would help restore our country. Not to mention SAVE us about $193B annually!

  • http://peresonallibertydigest.. gottaplenty

    Bed fellows all

  • Chester

    Attainedge, when one side totally has the upper hand, as management so obviously does, especially if you study your history, you DO need some help evening the board. That is where the unions come in, and the Department of Labor. It sounds like you are a part of management, and not one of the laborers you seem to have so little regard for.

    • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

      Dear Chester,

      Please explain for me, if you will, your thoughts on what is the purpose of a business.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

      • ringgo1

        Of course Chester has NO idea…

    • Vigilant

      Spoken like a true communist. You forgot to add “workers of the world, unite!”

      If you’d studied your history, you’d comprehend that union membership has steadily declined over the last 50 years. Why? Because they really don’t have much to bitch about any more. That which was once arguably necessary to improve working conditions morphed into just another special interest group.

      Your history lesson would as well reveal the communist ties that labor has always had with it. It’s no coincidence that International Workers’ Day (May Day) is the same day the USSR used to have its parades.

      The UAW used to meet every few years, not to determine which company was treating its workers unfairly, but to decide “which one do we strike this year?” And what was their criterion? The company that had the healthiest bottom line, i.e., the softest target. Despicable.

      Moreover, it was the very collusion of labor and management that put the auto industry in such dire straits. Future cushy pension and benefit liabilities (unfunded to the extent of over $30 billion) did them in.

      The labor unions long ago succeeded in not only pricing American products out of foreign markets, but pricing them out of our own markets as well.

      • Ted Crawford

        Vigilant
        While I find some areas we might discuss, your overall assesment seems on point. Another event that todays Union Members might want to be aware of also took place on May Day. After using Union members to consolidate and strenghten his power for years untill he was the undisputed Leader of Germany, Hitler chose May Day 1933 to raid the Union offices, arrest their leaders and declare labor unions illegal!

    • Ted Crawford

      Chester
      I’m a 40 year member of a Private Sector Labor Union, and I find this offensive!
      This administration has succeeded in confusing nearly everyone. Thanks in no small part to the devious methods of men like Andy Stern, and Richard Trumka, most people believe that there is no difference between a Private Sector Union and a Public Sector Union. That’s far from the truth!
      In a Private Sector Union we must be productive and worth our wages, if we’re not the employer goes broke and our jobs disappear! The same is not true of those in the Public Sector, as demonstrated so clearly by the GSA. Trumka knows that and still involved himself, and by extention us, in the dispute in Wisconsin. It seems that he believed that he could follow in the footsteps of Andy Stern who, after selling SEIU down the river for PPACA, bailed out and landed a job with Obama!
      Even one of the strongest supporters of Private sector Unions and workers in general, expressed his understanding of the differences betweek the two sectors. ” All Government employees Should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has it’s distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management ” F D R

    • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

      Oh yeah for Chester! You mean the laborers who get pensions and raise prices for the consumer for products that are made better in other countries because the same laborers you want to protect are high or drunk when making these products. The same workers that get paid sometimes up to 70% more than a private company worker for the same simular job with zero benefits? Just making sure we were on the same topic??

    • Doug

      Hey Chester the Molester how about if you don’t like your job, pay, benefits you get another job. When your skills are sharp many an employer will be happy to hire you and you can negoiate your pay and benefits before taking a job. Or better yet Chester why don’t you start your own business? That’s the beautful thing about America you have that choice but if people like the labor department and other Govt. agencies keep making the red tap reach to the moon this will also go the way side. Stop being a communist and grow up!

      • Thomas Gunn

        Great reply, but I’m sorry to say that you’re only wrong on one point Doug, it has become virtually impossible to start a business in this country any longer. I grew up in the 60′s and 70′s, in a small family business. My parents worked 20+ hours/day, 7 days per week, and we OWNED it with no debt; within 5 years. Both of them worked for our livlihood until well into their 70′s, they asked for nothing, no help, no grants, no government subsidies….we did it on the blood and sweat of our brow. Today, that kind of work ethic is punished, by unfair-taxation, and engineered inflation. The migration away from cash-based to electronic transactions, has allowed bankers to put their hands into every pocket, with no risk or investment …. even of those intent on living and doing business within their means. We have been forced, against our will, to subscribe to the government’s control grid. Small business is dead in this country, it has been replaced by huge big-box corporations, so you can’t even buy a quart of milk from anyone other than a huge corporation. I would love to follow in my father’s footsteps, and start my own little family business, but in a country where the individual now bears 100% of the burden of risk, while being forced to give up more than 60% of the gain to the corrupt SOCIALIST governments — Federal, State, and Local — so that millions of illegal immigrants and their anchor babies can go to public schools at my expense……. I”m sorry to say, that the days of small-business entrepreneurship in this country are over.

    • Pete0097

      As a management type, I have no problem with the unions. What I do have a problem with is the heirachy of the union. When the president of the union makes a high 6 figure income, he is out of touch with his members. When the national union says to go on strike for what amounts to pennies an hour, that is un-fair to the union members. I have seen it happen too many times. I have also seen a union go on strike against a company, the company analyizes what they can concede and deduces that it is better off going out of business, that is unfair to the union members as their national union told them to strike. What I really object to is government unions. Both sides of the negioating table get their benefits and pay structure from what they are negioating and neither has to pay for it as the taxpayers are stuck with the bill.

  • GiveMeLiberty

    Ben, you should send this as an op-ed to the NYT and Washington Compost! Who knows, maybe somebody with a ‘public education’ will miss your sarcasm and consider this a ‘friendly’ article!

  • attainedage

    Sorry, Chester. Sounds like you enjoy being ‘right’, but this time you didn’t make the cut. I’ve been on both sides of the table – card carrying pipe fitter, and when I matured, I moved into management. Never worked for the government except when I served in the US Army.

    The unions are quite capable of taking care of themselves. They always have. It’s the other side of the table that needs help. Manangement keeps getting beat over the head by the IRS, the EPA, the DOL, Obamacare, you name it – the Feds keep management (and Capitalism) at bay. We do NOT need the Department of Labor, but if you like the idea of having it, you must also agree that we need a Department of Management.

    • Gary L

      It seems as though Chester feels like a laborer is ENTITLED to whatever wages or benefits he thinks he deserves. There are already laws in place to ensure laborers are paid at least a government mandated minimum wage. I guess the thought of developing new skills or finding another job never occurs to his type. It must be the fault of the RICH again.

      • attainedage

        You know, speaking of unions and unemployment benefits (We were talking about that, weren’t we?), one of the NLRB sore spots for me is that members of trade unions don’t have to seek a job while they’re unemployed and receiving that check from the government.

        Unemployed non-union workers who are out of work are required to seek employment, but the trade union members are NOT required to do that. They claim that their Local does that for them.

        I have several trade union family members who vacation all through the winter months in a warm climate. They never see the inside of an unemployment office and, being 2,000 miles away on vacation, still collect their unemployment ‘entitlement’.

        Yes, the DOL and the NLRB needs to be shut down.

      • ringgo1

        It’s BUSH’s fault, of course.

  • Bob

    Hi All,im in charge of getting my favorite DOG,Dixie,(golden retriever) elected president of the USA,she will stay in DC,she doesnt like airplanes,so no trips,not even vacations,,she wont have any state department dinners,for people she has nothing in common with,she only eats 1 meal a day.SHE absolutely loves to eat people trying to push their own agendas.she will fire that guy that takes care of oreos dog ($102,000 a year salary) if i will throw the ball for her she is happy.BUT folks,dont try to pull any BS on her,she wont bark for it.OH,when shes nominated and receives, a nobel peace prize,she will donate that money,(and her entire salary)to Saint Judes Childrens Hospital. please vote for her,she is an AMERICAN CITIZEN,and she has the BIRTH CERTIFICATE to prove it.sorry oreo cant say the same.

    • Steve E

      Dixie should get some experience in Congress first, and later run for President. There are plenty of dogs in Congress to make him feel comfortable.

    • Average Joe

      Funny you should mention your dog…..

      OMG, it just hit me….My cat sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. He can eat whenever he wants, 24/7/365. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the Dr. Once a year for his checkup, and again during the year if any medical needs arise. For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.

      He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep. If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up. He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. He receives these accommodations absolutely free.

      He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever. All of his costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day. I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head,

      My cat is a Democrat!

      • http://yahoo catsueme

        I like that Ha, Ha. You are so right just like the freeloaders we are supporting today.

  • Marilyn

    That picture says it all about why there are no jobs. All of that hot air is creating global warming.

  • cbond01

    Jessie and Sharpton are 100% RACISTS.

    • ccfonten

      So is Jackson’s daughter. She is now a FOX contributor and every time I hear her or see her, I am struck by how arrogant and totally racist she is. Guess that apple didn’t fall far from the tree, now did it?

  • http://Personallibertydigest George Morrison

    They should all be investigated and jailed I guess this all took place on the tax payer dime and like the author said what is the labor dept secretary doing marching and protesting an immigration thing just more obama trouble making……I hope when these race pimps die they can all go to hell and protest for eternity this includes obama and hilda

  • waldo

    i see another sleeper cell of racists have awoken.

    may ‘space debris’ rain upon your homes

    • ccfonten

      No one has ever said a dang thing that is even remotely “racist”. Why is it that every time someone disagrees with what is going on in THIS administration, it is automatically considered “racist”??? The racists are in the White House!

      • Ted Crawford

        Your question has an easy answer, Saul Alinsky!

  • miken25

    Boy Chester are you ever a good student of Marxism. I’ve worked most of my life in non-union shops and I can tell you that no corporation has any upper hand over me. The CEO is an equal trading partner. I have something of value to offer him, my labor, and he has something of value to offer me, a paycheck for that labor. He holds no advantage over me and I hold none over him. If he goes irrational and wants to fire me because he doesn’t like the way I walk or some other non-essential, so be it. It is his right. He owns the job. I don’t. (I have worked for a few of these and can tell you I had no desire to have a union protect that kind of job. I quit and took my labor to his competitor.)

    If an alien came to Earth and looked around at US males for a month or so he would conclude that most of them are weak, they want and like dependency, that they want a leader to tell them what to do and how to do it and that they have an insecure opinion of their own worth. By this I mean that there was a time in America’s early years that no worker from the lowest laborer to field farmer would consider himself a little guy, an average Joe, and so on. They considered themselves as equal to all other men under the law. That’s how our system was supposed to work. But it it didn’t because the concept of individual rights was so new few knew how to adjudicate it justly. Corporations were able to ride roughshod over workers and customers due to the backing of local and state governments giving them favors denied to their competition. But the market took the blame not the government favors.

    Under such conditions unions formed and actually provided value to workers especially in the realm of worker safety. That is not the case today. Unions have become nothing more than a protection racket. All they want from workers is the benefit of the doubt, for workers to agree that “I’m just a little guy, who am I to judge or know or question?” THAT is all the new totalitarians want, for you to surrender your mind to them. Then the union thugs will continue helping the political thugs rule (the Democratic Party) and their lackeys (the Republican Party) and the intellectual thugs (university professors and media pundits).

    Marxism likes to pretend that there is no difference between economic power (free trade) and political power (force) and that one is needed to counter the other. Not true. Marxism also invents new crimes like ‘upper hand’ or ‘over a barrel’ or ‘economic unfairness’ and a host of others. The NLRB does need to be abolished (along with a lot of others) and what is sorely needed is dept. of individual rights in our justice department.

    • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

      Brilliant Miken25, just brilliant!! Bravo for you analysis!!

    • Thomas Gunn

      Excellet Post Miken….thank you. This country does (or did) have a “department of individual rights”. It is called the US Constitution. Unfortunately, our constitutional rights are violated, every single minute, of every single day, with every transaction conducted under this corrupt monetary system, with every child indoctrinated in our corrupt public school system. Every single member of Congress, and the executive branch should be permantly retired from public office and be rendered ineligible for any future elected office, and sumarily replaced.

  • bigjeff1

    Each day, those who have a deep seated anxiety due to the rapidly increasing loss of power as the “others” grow in number, experience, and confidence show more of their sad anger by lashing out. All one has to do is read these really stupid columns and comments to see it. Better yet, read about the strategies being developed by the “Republican Strategists” to attack Obama with nothing but race-baiting and lies and supported by billionaires playing with our democracy as if it were a personal board game.
    It is obscene what we are allowing this country to do in the name of electoral politics in 2012.

    • Ted Crawford

      I supose that you believe that George Soros is approching bankruptcy, along with Warren Buffett ! 95% of the Hollywood elites are qualified for foodstamps I suppose! GET A CLUE !!!

    • SunnieD

      “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” When all around you are seeing the destruction of this country by all means fair and foul; and when the obvious, deliberate obfuscation of the facts stares you right in the face, it’s blatantly obvious that you are willfully blind.
      This is not the country I grew up in, nor will it ever be again. It’s worse than tragic that the educational system has trained the up and coming generation of blinded citizens to follow like lambs to the slaughter.
      Personally, I think that we’ve lost America and that Obamao will be re-elected by criminally foul means. If, by some obscure means, Romney gets elected, we will find ourselves on the same path, only at a slower pace.

    • Doug

      Bigjeff or is that Jeffery from Toys are Us? You must not be talking about your mind being the big part are you? The racist are the Democrate party but hey you think is all good to work for George Soros who has taken down a few countries economically? Not to mention that he turned in his own people the Jews to the Nazis? Yes Jeff you are big alright must be your balls to take crap you know nothing of!

    • http://www.mototcarsfinancial.com Brad

      BigJeff1 – It is his Congress with their Boot On His NECK. Not the Republicans, we only have control over the House. His own people still have much of the power, until November that is. We might not win the Presidential election but 2010 will be all over again in the Senate race. Wait and hide liberal.

  • Buck

    Demonrats just do not understand things like honor , integrity , and most important of all , humbleness .

    • bigjeff1

      Perhaps they should take lessons from Palin, Gingrich, Trump, Rove, Limbaugh, Hannity, Cheney, and “Mission Accomplished” Bush?

      • Doug

        Yes Jeffery you probably could learn a whole lot from a few of them. But hey you keep them big balls and with your head up your butt in the sand!

  • lindarm

    Would it be racism to say I see no whites in that photgraph? Democrat whites, and unions use blacks. Obama is a race baiter, and so are the rest of his thugs.

    • Average Joe

      No it wouldn;t…however, There are some in the photo…way back at the back of the bus…….. ;)

  • gimmesometruth

    C’mon guys, give credit where credit is due. Sec. Solis has teamed up with First Lady Moochelle to help fight the ‘War on Obesity’ within the halls of government. They are fully aware that anyone viewing these scenes will completely lose their appetite.

    • Average Joe

      ;)

  • Average Joe

    Spot on Ben, Spot on!

    • eddie47d

      Another helping of BS piled on and you all love it!

      • Average Joe

        No eddie…you can keep the BS…all for yourself…none of us are buying yours…take it on home….
        I guess you never miss an opportunity to say something ignorant ….go eddie….seriously….just go….

      • eddie47d

        Every citizen and public official has a right to voice their opinion and even protest. We don’t have to like the varying views yet that right is still guaranteed. Public officials do have to face more scrutiny for choosing one side over another and they do catch hell sometimes. If they become too vocal they may not be around too long come election time or appointment time.

  • ranger hall

    Man get smart, dems and repugs ALL belong to the same Club. All for themselves and not for the People or the Country. The People need to get rid of all these life long Crooks and and put in these offices some good working Americans that care about The Country and its People.
    And folks nothing will ever change as long as we just keep on bitching and talking while these same people are laughing all the way to the Bank ON your Money.

  • Hugh

    Right on Ranger , I have felt the same way, The Unions were good 60 years ago but they have become so CROOKED and full of THUGS that intimadate the HARD WORKING MEN and WOMEN for their big time paychecks,no wonder the corporapions have left this country to do business overseas. The DEMS and REPUGS CLUB have Put this country where we are today. One horrible mess WAKE UP AMERICA .

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