Monday, January 31, 2005

A Mother's View on a Woman's Right to Choose

I am a mother and this is my story about the right to choose. I am a mother of two beautiful smart kids... A daughter 11 and a son almost 17.

About a year ago I found myself in a very difficult situation. I was 37 years old, had just moved cross country from Florida to Minnesota to start a new life. I should qualify this story, first of all, by saying that I have cervical cancer and no health insurance. I need a hysterectomy and I don't have the 40 grand to do this thing on my own. I was diagnosed 3 years ago, when I had health insurance, and underwent the treatment for it, but the tumor reappeared after the treatment. Unfortunately after I lost my insurance.

So back to the story. After moving to Minnesota, I discovered to my horror that I was pregnant. I was told by doctors that I could not get pregnant, but despite Depo Provera and the doctors opinions of not being able to concieve, I found myself pregnant. I was 20 weeks pregnant by the time I found out. Because having a cervical tumor causes bleeding all the time. I had no idea I was pregnant.

I was faced with the most difficult choice of all. I have no insurance and would be thrown to the mercy of the welfare system and the doctors they would choose or to find a doctor to do a late term abortion, no easy task. I consulted a doctor where I lived and discovered that the chances were very real that I would bleed to death if I carried this pregnancy any longer. So I was faced with the decision to terminate the pregnancy or carry this pregnancy and die. That was very a difficult choice for me, the hardest choice for me. But I did what I thought was right. Put yourself in my place , Can you imagine that choice? Death was a real possiblity for me and a very slow death.

I chose to find a doctor. I found a doctor, a heroine that has been a women's rights advocate for decades and marched with Dr. King... I endured a lengthy procedure that DID NOT INVOLVE SCISSORS... despite what the right wing christian crazies would have you believe it was not like what they tell you, nothing like it. I chose to save my own life instead of bleeding to death.

Roe v. Wade is one of the most important pieces of women's rights legislation ever enacted. I truly believe with every fiber of my being, I would not be here typing this blog entry if women did not have the right to choose.

I chose to live to fight for every woman's right to make the choice I did.

I am a mother and this is my story.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

A Father's View on Womens' Right to Choose.

I, personally, try to avoid the debate on abortion rights but now, I think it is necessary that I chime in this one time to give my perspective. I have always been a pro-choice proponent but, there was a time in my life I had to fight against it. I felt it was my right and obligation to do so. Afterall, I am the father.

I am a father. A single father. My daughter is 8 years-old and she is the apple of my eye. Nothing in the universe is more important to me than my daughter. This is the basis of my life; raising my daughter in a liberal atmosphere, with liberal trust and liberal values. Strict routine is important, too. My adamant approach to a superior education is one of my top priorities.

The time with my daughter's mother was a rocky one, I admit. When she became pregnant I felt an urgency to smooth things over to make this time in her life easier. It didn't work. I worked too much, was away from home too much, etc., etc.. At about the sixth month of pregnancy my daughter's mother informed me of her intent to abort. I would have none of it.

At six months I felt that too much time had elapsed and that my rights as a father should be intact afterall, this was not a six day-old fetus. I hired a lawyer and immediately obtained an injunction to keep mother from obtaining an abortion. Little did I know, my daughter would be born 6 weeks premature but, not until after I had created a significant legal wave in the fathers rights movement. Although I didn't set a precedent I did, however, impress upon a district court judge that fathers have rights also at some time in a pregnancy if he so desires. The judge thanked me for the insight I had on this subject and promised to take any matters concerning fathers into a broader legal realm.

So, what is my point? I read an opinion piece by a pro-choice mother that inspired me to brainstorm my opinion. I agree with her opinion but, at some point in an unborn child's life I believe the rights of the father must be considered. Biology determines which of us are male and female and from the biological standpoint women carry the developing fetus. In my case, the abortion was being used as a threat and a way of causing me extreme psychological pain. I proved that. I also proved a revenge mentality of the mother that sealed the success of my case.

I will always be pro-choice but not pro-abortion. This ideology is common to most, if not all, of the free-thinkers on the left. I would never interfere with the right to choose but, I will defend my rights as a father. Afterall, can't I at some point during gestation claim an obligation to the unborn child? Afterall, I am half the reason it exists.

I am the father.

Employees Say No to Propaganda

It looks as if the Bush Crime Family is trying to do what it can to drain the Social Security Trust Fund. Not only do the criminals want to privitize it, at a cost of 1.5-2 trillion dollars, they are now using funds to spread their false propaganda.

The push for privitization by this regime is only too obvious. Obvious, that is, if you can read and write. The privitization scam is nothing other than attempt to fatten the wallets of the Wall Street fat cats; and they know it.

The regime has also wasted money on spreading their propaganda via the "Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement". This regime are experts at wasting money on failed economic issues, illegal wars, and corporate handouts.

But......the wheels are coming of their terror bus.

Date : Friday - January 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, officers of the National Social Security Council, which represents workers of the Social Security Administration (SSA), testified before the Democratic Senate Policy Committee regarding reports in the media that employees have been instructed to hype negative projections for Social Security and to promote privatizing Social Security. More>>>

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Loveland, Colorado Walmart Workers can Vote for Union

Good news from the homefront. Wal-Mart must allow a union election for the Tire and Lube workers at the Loveland, Colorado store. Of course Walmart is going to appeal but, hopefully the NLRB will throw it out based on the same appeal tactic in their Pennsylvania store.

Walmart's little advertising campaign has seemed to hurt them more than it did them any good. The inquiries by Walmart employees and union membership in Colorado have increased significantly. Workers are calling unions to report that, the ads were misleading and false.

As if I didn't know that already.

Class Act by a Classless Fool

The idiocy continues by the squatters in Washington. This time it was at Auschwitz.
Only fools could associate these people, cheney and the gang, with the term, "leaders".

Friday, January 28, 2005

There is no Crisis

I have added another important link to the blog called THERE IS NO CRISIS.

This is an excellent site that defends the importance of Social Security and discusses the fraud of the Bush regime.

Pick up a button at their site and they will add you to the blogroll!!

There Is No Crisis: Protecting the Integrity of Social Security

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Bailed Out Once Again

A funny photo of the resident being bailed out by daddy and a corporate pal.
What a disgrace this idiot is on America.

Unions Sue Homeland Security for Workers Rights

Finally, we are beginning to see some action by organized labor in defending the rights of American workers. We know that the illegitimate regime that is squatting in Washington has no use for the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights but, we do know that the Supreme Court does in most cases (unless it has something to do with selecting a White House resident).

As Americans we have the right to freely join and endorse union representation without fear of retribution. But, the anti-union cult that has occupied our government immediately waged a war on workers after they attacked the World Trade Center(WTC)...oops, I meant the terrorist attack on the WTC. They made it their law that after the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) was formed that no union could be part of that department. They made many claims as to why it must be that way, most notably, that union bargaining would interfere with the operation of the DHS.

The reality is, is that this was one of the first of many attacks on organized labor by this criminal enterprise. The only difference is that, it did not involve the corporate pals of this gang, at least directly.

The Bush Crime Family is attempting to instill upon Americans who are employed by their regime a separate set of rules that circumvent the rule of America's democracy...a democracy that is almost deceased under this criminal enterprise, I might add. No one should have to give up their legal rights, in order, to feed, shelter or clothe their family. But, this is viewed as a hindrance by this criminal regime.

The lawsuit filed by the National Treasury Employees Union(NTEU) could set a precedent for another right-wing attack at the state level. Recently, the republican governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, canceled all bargaining contracts with 25,000 State workers under the guise that would hinder his budget overhaul. His republican overhaul will only mean higher taxes and more unemployed people....a typical republican economy. Even before Daniels attempts to overhaul the budget he has set it back, dollar wise, due to the legal expenses that he will utilize to defend his illegal order.

In Montana, the Democratic Governor, Brian Schweitzer, negotiated pay raises with 2 state unions, which ratified the contracts but, the republicans have stalled the enactment of the raises because they lost...they weren't involved. Now the state unions are threatening to strike for their raises due to the republican crybabies. These whiners on the right are essentially keeping working people from enjoying a better standard of living by stalling the workers' wage increases.

It is clear to see, for those who look, that the republican, right-wing or conservative has no interest in the backbone of America. The backbone that keeps America moving along...the American worker.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

UPDATE!! Mine Benefit Legislation Back in Congress

Over at ResistOppression there is some encouraging news about the miners benefits being restored and protected from bankruptcy rulings. I'll cross-post it here.

Assets formerly owned by Horizon Natural Resources--including Zeigler No. 11 mine at Coulterville--are up for sale again.

At the same time, Congressmen Jerry Costello (D-IL) and Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduced legislation today to re-affirm the government's commitment to health care coverage for miners.

"What we are trying to do is make certain that the federal government is committed to protecting these miners from bankruptcy situations like what happened with Horizon," Costello said Tuesday, referring to a federal court's decision last year allowing Horizon to nullify its union contracts--including health care coverage--when it went on the auction block early last fall. (MORE >>>)

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We should all show our support for the miners, for they are the pioneers of the Labor movement. No single group of working people have endured the fight longer than they have and for that, we owe them the utmost respect. Help us help them!!

Regression: The Republican Mandate

The new Colorado State legislature is set to hammer out Colorado's economic problems; a Democratic legislature that was called in by voters to fix the republican mess that took 40 years to achieve. Already, the republicans are defining their ignorance and partisanship as a payback for being the losers of the 2004 elections.

The Democrats budget is being endorsed by 2 republicans but, the Governor is questioning whether or not it limits government growth. Government growth limits? Come on Mr. Bill, you are the lamest duck in the country and you want to question solutions to your catastrophic economy? By the way Mr. Bill, how are the families??

The republicans also introduced a gun show loophole bill. I am against any action to undermine the Second Amendment but, this bill will, hopefully, be laughed out of the legislature. The bill does fall into the violence that is so adored by the republican party.

With all the economic problems and the liars in the Bush regime who spew these lies we have another diversion from, I am ashamed to say, Colorado Senator Wayne Allard: The Federal Marriage Amendment(FMA). Again, violence, hate and discrimination are values close to the republican heart. They thrive on it, they nurture it and they grow it. How long before they blatantly endorse racism? Oh wait...they have already started!! But in their traditional hypocritical manner the republicans use the fight over Condoleeza Rice as a way to shift the race card to the Democrats. Nice try, but it won't work.

How do we define the regressive agenda of the republicans and neo-conservatives to the brain-dead Americans who follow these liars? Do we have to wait until we enter a full blown depression? This war on America by these regressives is no longer a social or fiscal issue; it is a survival issue. By survival I mean the survival of America and the restoration of Democracy. Keeping the resistance and pressure alive is having some effect but, not on the isolated chickens hawks who demand a signed oath, in order, to voice an opinion.

Our country is being defined and disgraced by the right-wing and, we have to stop it.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Corporate Crooks and the People They Employ.

Imagine a society ruled by the corporate elite. Labor unions are illegal or non-existent and, as a worker, your working conditions are dictated by a corporate thug. You are at the mercy of someone who has never been in your position and has no respect or understanding of it. You are compensated wages that were based on the mood of the corporate thug after, your rent for your corporately owned house was paid and, your tab at the corporate store was paid. You would like to complain but, there is no one who will listen.

A situation like this has happened in America within the last 100 years. It seems that this could be a future scenario in America if the labor movement is not revitalized to it's full extent. Corporations, and the government they have bought, are assaulting America's workers with full force and, if not to make matters worse, using workers' money to settle debts and pad the wallets of corporate fat cats. Pension money is being stolen by corporations through the federal bankruptcy court system. Workers are losing retirement money, as well as, guaranteed benefits that were part of their retirements. People are having to return to the work force at ages of up to 70 years after, losing what they had worked and planned for, for years. Yet, the supporters of these corporations and the government prefer to live with the status quo, rather than, question the future of these practices.

Pensions, some valued in the billions of dollars, are used by corporations and their executives as personal funds to gamble in the stock market. In the current market coupled with a failing economy and a falling dollar, the benefit to these benefit and pension funds is minimal, if not, destructive. More accountability by the corporations and their executives needs to be put in place so that a more stringent system can implemented to stop the loss of workers money through the actions of greedy corporations and their executives.

Right now, labor unions and the AFL-CIO are considering ways to become a more formidable force with respect to worker's rights. In February the top labor leaders, through the cooperation of their members, will vote on the best way to counter the right-wing assault on America's working people...the people that are the backbone of America's greatness. Please support them.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Pension Trouble

Americans who have worked all their lives and relied on pension plans, paid into them and made them grow are now watching as they disappear under federal guidelines. Pensions are being cut in half by Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) due to an assault on retirees by Corporate America. If corporations follow United Airlines the PBGC will be indebted by more than $600 billion dollars. They have the power to distribute only a portion of a guaranteed pension that results in retirees losing healthcare and having to return to work.

Corporations and their executives should not be allowed to gamble in the stock market with pensioner's money. If they do, they should not be allowed to file bankruptcy and the CEO's of these corporations wage and benefit package should be cut to the average employee pension and the remaining part of the package should be paid into a fund to increase the pensioner's income.

But, in a republican world that makes too much sense.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

America's New Flag

The take over of America is almost complete. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are all that are in the way of the fascists.

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Defining Fascism

by Andrew Young

To start with, a bit about my history to put my view of Nazi Germany in context. I grew up as a post-WW2 baby boomer military brat and son to WW2 Royal Air Force veterans. I spent part of my childhood at the "Head Quarters" Camp of "RAF Germany" and I can remember the fear of a possible WW3 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and our, retrospectively totally inadequate, preparation of our cellar as a fallout shelter. Europe was still very poor during the early 1960s and it was still very clearly recovering from widespread WW2 destruction, but our standard of living, as military occupiers, was quite high. We had long holidays and subsidized fuel coupons for our vehicles. At a young age, I chatted to friendly adult Germans in the local hotel we stayed in for several months waiting for a married quarter on the base. The hotel, with a pretty water mill, had been a Nazi HQ with a cute wooden barn lined with reinforced concrete to hide a Panzer in. A pillbox, a short walk down the millstream, had been destroyed in action in 1945. Huge bomb craters were everywhere in the woods and were great fun to play in.

We could shop in the American Forces "PX" stores in the US occupation zone were we could buy luxurious things not yet produced in Europe. On visiting Berlin via the "corridor" we could tour the Western sights and also visit the still heavily war damaged East Berlin with a British military escort, a thoroughly creepy experience. In South Eastern Germany we visited Berchtesgaden, The Eagle's Nest and some of the subterranean bunkers, which was all very impressive for a small boy. Nonaligned communist Yugoslavia, under General Tito, was a different sort of place to holiday in. Ex-fascist Italy was not very nice we thought. The still fascist Spain, under General Franco, was our preferred choice for a holiday destination. France, as a country, simply got in the way between West Germany and the North East Coast of Spain. Out of my generation of English children who seldom traveled outside the UK, I think that my exposure to most of the countries and cultures of "free" Europe gave me a rather different viewpoint to that of many of my contemporaries.

As a child, I remember that the causes of WW1 were taught in school but that WW2 was too recent and was not yet "history". During my adult life, therefore, I have witnessed the conscious national creation of an "acceptable version" of the story surrounding WW2, which has now become our "history". This experience has taught me to be profoundly skeptical about what many "historians" choose to select concerning historical events and especially the oversimplification of WW2 history.

The uncomfortable truth is that fascism can be very attractive to very many people. There were many fascists in the UK and USA before WW2, not just famous ones like the Bush family and like Oswald Mosley in the UK. Europe came very close to being voluntarily fascist during the 1930s in a block including Germany, Austria, the UK, France, Italy and Spain. We might well have had a fascist EU! Fascism genuinely seemed to be a better answer than "democracy" to many people at the time. Hitler was honestly admired in the UK during the early 1930s for getting people back to work following the economic crash of 1929 and for schemes like the Autobahn network, which was still very impressive during my childhood. When I think about how we all felt in those early years following WW2 I realize now that actually we were all just a little bit fascist at heart. We were all intensely patriotic, nationalistic, proud of our British tribe and proud of our imperial past. Later in boarding school back in the UK I remember being in the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) where we dressed up in surplus WW2 Battle Dress and carried out military drill. We learnt to shoot with WW2 rifles, played martial music and we held ecstatic torch-lit parades at night when we won a shooting prize. So we all generally behaved like good little Hitler Youth.

Some people will say that we should not throw all the versions of fascism together into one pot. That fascism in Japan was different from Italian fascism which was also different from Spanish fascism and the Nazi Party in Germany.

That Neo-Nazi Bush is not exactly like Hitler or like US "white supremacist" groups or the Ku-Klux Klan. This is all true to an extent but the real point is that the seductive core of national pride, of the superiority of "our group" and of being part of something greater than your own "self" is common to all forms of this mass-psychosis of fascism. The individual surrenders their concept of "self" to group control in a profoundly lazy and morally risky way. The group surrenders their collective control to the "leader" who develops a "triumph of the will". The real danger of fascism is that the individual citizen loses their moral compass and surrenders all freewill and the ability to make moral choices to any figure in authority. This was what clearly happened in the recent torture cases carried out by US military forces. A figure in authority told them to behave in an immoral way and they complied without hesitation or any feelings of guilt; this is just one major downside to surrendering to the comfortable ecstasy of fascism.

The spirit of the American and French revolutions was one of individual freedom and of overcoming the autocratic tyranny of feudalism. "Liberty, equality, fraternity" in France and "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" from a self-evidently "equal" people in the USA are clearly all ideas of the Enlightenment. The Italian fascist slogan of "to believe, to obey, to combat" was a return to an earlier era where "the peasants should no longer be revolting".

We must never underestimate the desire of many weak-minded people to be dominated however and of a few relatively strong-minded people to do the domination. In the USA, children are presently brainwashed from a very young age to offer unquestioning allegiance to the state: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." While this pledge might have been useful to the USA just after the Civil War, it reminds Europeans of the pledges given by our own citizens to totalitarian state authorities in the 1930s and 1940s.

What are some other dangers of fascism and of the domination of the many by the few? Well, if the "few" were very clever indeed and the "many" extremely stupid it might just work to some advantage to society. This is never the case, however. Fascism creates social tension. A lot of willful people naturally resent domination by the few, especially when the few are very obviously imbeciles. Sebastian Haffner in his book "The Meaning of Hitler" (rather than his unfinished "Defying Hitler") makes the point that Hitler was always an idiot and he was just lucky between 1933 and 1940 when he had endless apparent success. It was not that Hitler was brilliant, as many were seduced into thinking at the time, but that he was essentially unchallenged so he succeeded without effort. As soon as Hitler was seriously challenged by a stubborn UK and later by a stubborn USSR, he showed his inherent lack of judgment again and again. Unlike Hitler, Bush has never seemed to be a success for any period during his life, which makes his recent reelection appear to be all the more surprising. Bush was lucky that he could launch his fascist revolution on the back of 9/11 and he may have been lucky in the short term in his invasion of Afghanistan. However in Iraq Bush has clearly showed his stupidity and his lack of judgment, just like Hitler did when challenged by a stubborn enemy that refused to give up.

What then of the economic consequences of feudalism and fascism? Frankly they are not good. Fascism is sometimes called "gangster economics" and, like in a Mafia family, it only really pays to be at the top of the economic pyramid. The privileged oligarchy wallows in luxury while the peasant class toils endlessly to sustain them. This provides insufficient motivation for the peasants to create a surplus of wealth so economic stagnation sets in. There is no need for an educated Middle Class of people who are not in the "warrior" business and a 2-class society develops. Marauding bands of "warrior-like" economic parasites asserting domination by force have been the bane of the development of peaceful human civilization for thousands of years. Like the Mafia, fascism can also go in for illegal invasions across "territorial borders" to "asset strip" others. This is an unsustainable form of economic growth in the long-term as resistance to blatant theft becomes increasingly stubborn and fierce. Between states it means war and within a state it eventually means revolution. Hitler was driving the German economy towards bankruptcy even before the start of the real war in September 1939. Bush also appears to be hell-bent on bankrupting the USA. For Bush it is very doubtful that 18th and 19th Century British style Imperialism could still be attempted in the 21st Century, with trade wealth pouring into the central hub from the colonies. Bush shows no sign of being Machiavellian enough to pull it off. Or to pick his target list of "countries to acquire" wisely enough to generate a reasonably stable and docile Empire like the British achieved over a period of about 200 years. Indeed, if we regard "Globalization" as the true hidden nature of the present "American Economic Empire" then this reckless military adventurism in the Middle East may well have injured future prospects for it severely. Bush, by making his Imperialism explicit instead of implicit has let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Therefore, antiglobalization resistance to US hegemony and to the rather foolishly openly stated aim of "full-spectrum military and economic dominance of the globe and space" will probably now only grow exponentially.

Comparison of Totalitarian Systems

Howard Johnson: But I have one question: as despicable as Hitler was (and I make absolutely no defense for him, why do the liberals never use the other group of totalitarians, the Communists, in their examples of genocide and cruelty. Mao and Stalin made Hitler look like an amateur, killing more than three times as many people as Hitler (and there were others in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other places where the Communist terrorists could add millions more to that number). I've always wondered why the Communist brand of totalitarianism has always been soft-pedaled by the liberals while the industrial complex totalitarianism has been vilified. Personally, I think that's hypocritical and both extremes of domination should be vilified.

ANDREW YOUNG REPLIES: Speaking as a liberal who believes in Libertarianism and of true democratic rule with individuals taking more responsibility for the running of their society, I will try to answer your question. I agree that Communism also led to great evils being perpetrated on mankind during the 20th Century but the reason we liberals do not talk about it with reference to Bush is that fascist extremism has different philosophical roots to communist extremism. We perceive politics as a linear spectrum of ideas and not, as some claim to think, as a closed circle with fascism approaching communism at some point.

Certainly the dire consequences of totalitarianism in terms of the torture, death and the extermination of dissidents are similar to both movements but the psychological, philosophical and political roots which leads to these excesses are very different. Politically extremist regimes are simply wrong-headed and bound to fail. Liberal "intellectuals" constantly try to warn of the stupidity of extremism and constantly suffer the consequences of persecution by the intellectually challenged extremist who will always seek to shut us up. First the extremist will express contempt for all "intellectuals" and learning, then they will seek to censor or burn our work and finally they will imprison, torture and murder us when their pathetically limited level of patience has been exhausted. They will always shoot the messenger who is telling them exactly why they are failing long before admitting that the reason they are failing is their own stupidity.

If we liberals thought that Bush was approaching a political extreme via the communist route we would compare him to Stalin or Mao and warn of those dangers. He is not, so Communism is irrelevant.

There is nothing about simple George that suggests that he could ever believe that the way to political power is to brainwash the populace into embracing utilitarianism as a moral philosophy or that people should work in collectives under the direction of a state planned central economy. Communism fails because such a system does not match the innate nature of the human animal. Humans are selfish ethical egoists and need to be motivated by appeals to self-interest rather than to collective interests. We can feel some compassion for others but we cannot, in general, live our entire lives in the service of the needs of others. Impoverished Christian Missionaries, doctors working cheaply for the Red Cross and lawyers working for the poor are all wonderful examples of what Jesus Christ and Karl Marx would approve of, but they are the exception, not the rule. Also topdown central planning of an economy is desperately inefficient and cannot ever keep pace with things like fashion or rapidly changing technological developments.

No, Bush believes in the unfettered use of capital to generate wealth and in the survival of the fittest, or to put it another way, "capitalism red with blood in tooth and claw". That is ironic really considering this particular Neo-Nazi movement's aversion to Darwinism as an explanation for the evolution of life on Earth! It was ruthless 19th Century capitalism that led to Marxism as a reaction to all the horror and misery such capitalism left as a wake of despair. Marx famously predicted that ruthless capitalism would eventually collapse under the weight of its own contractions, but then he failed to notice the equally impressive contradictions in Marxism. Ruthless capitalism leads to a kind of neo-feudalism with the Prince in his castle enjoying a much higher standard of living than the peasant working down in the fields below. Fascism is a descendent of feudalism in that it is a more modern expression of the domination of the many peasants by just a few Princes and the brawny thick headed military henchmen in the employment of the Princes. For "Prince" in a modern context (read the capitalist politician) that has no real need to be on the payroll of the state because he has enough capital working for him already to not need the extra income, although extra income is never to be sneezed at of course!

Many people have been suckered into believing that they are capitalists simply because they work in a capitalist society. If you have to work, gentle reader, you are not a capitalist. Capital provides income through investing in businesses where other people do the work. If you are a capitalist you do not have to do any real work personally, your capital works for you while you can sit comfortably in your castle while watching the dividends hit your bank account on your computer monitor. In this global economy the business does not even need to be located in the fields near your castle anymore. If the peasants work for less in China it makes perfect sense for your capital to give you a higher income from China. What of the peasants down in the field below your castle who you used to employ (and pay) to generate your wealth you might ask? "Let them shift for themselves" is the cold and unfeeling reply!

So, there you have it. You are either a capitalist, in which case you are part of the political "base" of simple George, or you are just little people peasants, employees, of no consequence. There are only a few ways forward if you are little people. The industrial military complex needs lots of weapons produced domestically in the USA, so that industry clearly cannot be exported. So you could be employed to make bullets to kill foreigners for reasons that you will never be able to understand. You could volunteer to be a military henchman working for the Prince and go and have your arms and legs blown off in Iraq by a people who never asked you to invade their country and who, not unreasonably, want you to leave. You could go to work in a service industry that cannot be exported to China or India, like being a cook, hairdresser, farm labourer or gardener to a capitalist Prince. However you might lose that kind of job to a cheaper Mexican if you dare to ask for too much money. Hmm, the prospects do not look all that good do they? Do not expect a pension, free health care or necessarily even food and shelter in your old age. Emigrate is my advice. The USA used to be the "land of opportunity" but those opportunities are rapidly diminishing under this neo-feudal fascist regime. The destruction of educational standards in the USA, the brainwashing of the citizenry to be devoted and loyal nationalistic "patriots", the desire of many to be led trustingly like sheep to slaughter has ensured the swift and peaceful ascendance of your new ruthless masters. Will the people of the USA ever realise that they are in really deep political, moral, financial and social trouble? Probably not anytime soon!

posted with permission from the author

Massey Energy Company CEO: D. L. Blankenship

Massey Energy Company recently bought Horizon Natural Resources after Horizon filed for bankruptcy on August 31, 2004. Horizon was allowed to void itself of all union contracts, pensions and healthcare payments to it's current employees and worse yet, it's retirees. The retirees are now without pension plans and healthcare that were part of their retirement packages.

In comes Massey Energy company which buys up Horizon and then refuses to re-hire the employees who had worked for Horizon because of union affiliation. But, the purpose of this post is to look at the CEO and President of Massey Energy Company Donald L. Blankenship's wage and benefit package. In doing this, attention will be directed to what the top brass of these companies are doing to the working class in America. Also, the wage and benefit packages of these executives need more scrutiny by federal bankruptcy judges when a company files for bankruptcy as a means of reducing overhead costs and paying debts of a company in financial trouble.

Donald Blankenship CEO and President of Massey Energy company.

D. L. Blankenship
Chairman CEO and President
Massey Energy Company

In 2002, D. L. Blankenship raked in $9,387,522 in total compensation including stock option grants from Massey Energy Company.

From previous years' stock option grants, the Massey Energy Company executive cashed out $2,832,180 in stock option exercises.

And D. L. Blankenship has another $225,500 in unexercised stock options from previous years.

How many workers could be supported by D. L. Blankenship's $9,387,522 pay package?

9 Nobel prize winners
28 average university presidents
23 U.S. presidents
41 AFL-CIO presidents
86 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
367 average workers
876 minimum-wage earners

How long would it take to equal D. L. Blankenship's total compensation for 2002?

A Nobel prize winner would have to work until 2012 A.D.
An average university president would have to work until 2031 A.D.
The President of the United States would have to work until 2026 A.D.
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney would have to work until 2044 A.D.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would have to work until 2089 A.D.
An average worker would have to work until 2370 A.D.
A minimum-wage earner would have to work until 2879 A.D.

2002 Compensation
Salary $1,000,000
Bonus $350,000
Long-Term Incentive Payoffs $0
Restricted Stock Awards $2,427,167
Other Compensation $176,553
Value of Stock Option Grants* $5,433,802
Total 2002 Compensation Plus Stock Option Grants $9,387,522

Compensation from Prior Stock Option Grants**
Value of Options Exercised in 2002 $2,832,180
Value of Exercisable Options $0
Value of Unexercisable Options $225,500
* Black Scholes present value model as reported in the company's proxy statement.
** Not counted in 2002 compensation totals.
Source: eComp Database -

CEO-to-Worker Comparisons
Annual Weekly Daily Hourly Per Minute
D. L. Blankenship $9,387,522 $180,529 $36,105 $4,513 $75
Minimum-Wage Worker $10,712 $206 $41 $5.15 $0.09
Average Worker $25,501 $490 $98 $12.26 $0.20
President of the U.S.A. $400,000 $7,692 $1,538 $192 $3.21

How Many Years to Equal D. L. Blankenship's 2002 Compensation?
Minimum-Wage Worker 876 years Completion Date 2879 A.D.
Average Worker 368 years Completion Date 2371 A.D.
President of the U.S.A. 46 years Completion Date 2049 A.D.

How Many Workers Equal D. L. Blankenship's Compensation?
Minimum-Wage Worker 876 workers
Average Worker 368 workers
President of the U.S.A. 46 presidents

In 2002, D. L. Blankenship bagged $9,387,522 at Massey Energy Company. Here's what D. L. Blankenship could buy if he went on a shopping spree...

* Health insurance for 4,559 uninsured workers.

* Day care for one year for 2,311 working mothers.

* 357 average workers could upgrade their part-time
jobs with no benefits to full-time jobs with benefits.

* 8,205 workers could be enrolled in pension plans.

It is unnecessary for one individual to make this type of an income when we have a failing economy, unemployment at almost 10% and workers losing healthcare and pension plans on a daily basis. In order to get something done we need to support bills that will be presented in the US Legislature and you can do that by signing the petition of support for those bills here.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Wal-Mart Workers to Vote for Union.

Workers in the Tire & Lube Express department of a New Castle, Pennsylvania Wal-Mart are getting to vote on whether or not they want union representation. After nearly 5 years of challenges by Wal-Mart, the NLRB has ruled that the workers can vote as a separate group, a group not associated with clerks and cashiers in the retail section.

This ruling is good news for workers in Pennsylvania, as well as, the same department in Loveland, Colorado who recently filed for union representation. The Loveland workers are now suffering from the same illegal acts, by Wal-Mart, as their Pennsylvania counterparts had endured. Wal-Mart officials have no regard for labor law and, at times, it becomes to much to bear for workers who ultimately quit or side with the company. Ultimately, Wal-Mart will lose the case and all affected employees can get back pay and their jobs reinstated if, they have been wronfully terminated or quit under duress.

A problem exists for these employees, though. Wal-Mart, when faced with organized workers, will usually close a department that organizes with a union. When meatcutters in Jacksonville, Texas voted for union representation Wal-Mart suddenly announced it would change to pre-packaged, case ready meat in all of it's stores. All these employees had an offer by Wal-Mart to change to different positions but, they worried about changes in pay scales and working hours. All these shenanigans by Wal-Mart, after purchasing thousands of dollars worth of meat-cutting equipment, were actually an anti-union move.

What exists for unions and Wal-Mart's opposition is to organize entire stores, in order, to shut them down. This tactic will eventually succeed in this sagging economy and, workers will turn to unions as a means of protection on the job and for benefits that other retail stores such as Costco already offer employees. Another positive point of Wal-Mart closures is the increase in small business, that previously were affected by this corporation, a growth in the tax base of the community along with the reduction in tax subsidies that come with this big box retailer.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Social Security Resolution

I wish to thank Captain Har for the permission to publish this resolution here. I also wish to thank the Trenton, New Jersey East Ward Democratic Club for drafting this resolution and I hope that it's principles carry onward to other such organizations.

The Voice of Democracy in Trenton’s East Ward

Resolution on Social Security

Whereas, the Social Security system guarantees to all Americans a safe and secure base pension for retirement, which many Americans supplement with a variety of pensions and investment income, as well as disability and death benefits; and

Whereas, all Americans need the rock-solid assurance of a stable base pension, which Social Security uniquely guarantees, and many Americans have neither the time nor the investment expertise to gamble on riskier strategies; and

Whereas, the Social Security system has virtually eliminated poverty among America’s elderly, and its progressive character provides working Americans of median incomes and below with better benefits and far more security than they could expect from private systems—which is one reason that many of the privileged have opposed Social Security since Franklin Roosevelt’s day; and

Whereas, the Federal government currently provides large tax subsidies for private pensions, individual retirement accounts, 401(k) plans, and the like, for the many Americans who wish to avail themselves of such options on top of the Social Security cornerstone; and

Whereas, Social Security’s financing was “pay-as-you-go” until the Reagan administration, when a steep hike in Social Security payroll taxes was imposed to create a “trust fund” of national savings for Social Security; and

Whereas, the savings stored up in the trust fund have generated major surpluses that have been invested in U.S. Treasury bills, historically the most secure investment; and

Whereas, Americans’ savings in the Social Security trust fund will assure them full payment of their benefits at least through the middle of this century—or, with improved economic growth, through its end—and any shortfall in mid-century would be slight and easily covered by financing adjustments; and

Recognizing that President Bush and his backers, whose reckless fiscal mismanagement has created staggering deficits in the regular federal budget that will take generations to pay off, have zero credibility in pretending they feel urgent concern about a possible tiny shortfall in the Social Security trust fund a half century from now; and

Concluding that the Bush Administration’s drive to privatize Social Security -- diverting Social Security payroll taxes into private investment accounts, which risk leaving many “beneficiaries” with nothing, and cutting benefit levels for countless current workers – has nothing to do with fiscal solvency and is simply an ideologically fundamentalist crusade by Bush conservatives;

Therefore, the East Ward Democratic Club of Trenton:

1. Vigorously opposes any revision to the Social Security law that tampers with its character as a safe and secure cornerstone of all Americans’ retirement;

2. Exhorts the Bush administration and Congress to devote themselves to getting the federal budget back in balance before it starts experimenting with risky schemes for Americans’ long-term retirement future;

3. Calls on New Jersey’s two United States senators, Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg, the two United States representatives whose districts include Trenton, Christopher Smith and Rush Holt, and the rest of the New Jersey congressional delegation, to reject any privatization of Social Security or benefit reductions whatsoever;

4. Urges the New Jersey Legislature and the Mercer County Board of Freeholders to adopt resolutions opposing any privatization or benefit reductions in the Social Security system; and

5. Directs the officers of the Club to provide copies of this resolution to the congressional delegation, members of the Legislature from Mercer County and the president of the Board of Freeholders, to senior-citizen organizations in the Trenton area, and to area news media.

Adopted, 10 January 2005

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Police Harrass Miner Meetings

Miners, coal miners in general, have been putting up one hell of a fight against the loss of pension money to their members and retirees. Now, the police have been getting involved. It seems that the police in West Virginia are being dispatched whenever the miner's Union has a meeting. Read about this at Resist Oppression.

All of us need to sign the petition to save our pensions from bankruptcy filings by greedy corporations. Do that here.

Rush Limbaugh Gets the Boot in Vermont.

WKVT-AM 1490 in Brattleboro, Vermont is giving Limbaugh and 3 of his cohorts the boot and making way for Air America Radio. The program director finally realized that, in a heavily populated Democratic area, the spinmeisters of the right-wing are not good investments.

The right-wing pundits like Limbaugh use compelling spin and fiction to advance the agenda of the corrupt right and republican party. They are so well liked by the righties because, they tell the righties how to think, what to say and who to vote for. Like the mind mesmerizing speeches of Adolph Hitler, the right-wing pundits preach to their own choir. Very few leftists can stomach the garbage so in a highly populated Decmocratic area it only makes sense to get rid of the trash and start with something that is refreshing and truthful. That is what makes Air America different from all the right-wing Clear Channel endorsed pundits from the right; they make it a point to get out the truth.

A congratulations to Brattleboro, Vermont for their insistence on truth in reporting and their new Air America programming. You will enjoy it. More here>>>

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Bush Overtime Scam

The attack on the 40 hour week is gearing up again in the Bush regime. The 40 hour week, a democratic ideal, is under attack by a selected resident who, has never worked a 40 hour week in his life, much less, made an honest dollar.

Underscoring the the work and business history of Bush, one finds failure. Thanks to his father's rich corporate pals, little Bush always seemed to be bailed out in the nick of time. What is most disturbing, though, is this person seems to want to dictate law and rules in an area he has no experience. Is he bent on seeing the American working family fail as he did? Is this some sort of retribution for the successes of the working men and women in America? One can only wonder as this resident bumbles his way through territory he does not understand.

The new rule would be that, overtime be paid after a two-week, 80-hour interval. Well guess what?? That means, Wal-Mart or some other despicable employer could demand you work 5 ten hour days the first week and then only allow you to work 30 hours the next week with no overtime pay. There would be no set schedule, you would have difficulty planning ahead for family activities, you would be a part-time parent. All of these rules violate the Fair Labor Standards Act, an Act that evenly distributes work hours and prohibits excessive work hours without premium pay.

And, of course, we can easily tie this attack on over-time pay to Bush's corporate pals. He is, in essence, setting the stage for workplace abuse and no means for employees to opt-out of the mandatory conditions put in place by this scam.

Employers have always had flexible options but, have rarely authorized their use. Without incentive I, personally, predict that the forced overtime will eventually cost corporations more due to lack of productivity and low morale.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Newt in '08

With all the talk of morals and values by republicans it seems, and is, hypocritical that one of the sleaziest of the republicans would flirt with the idea of a presidential run. You have probably heard already but, it is Newt Gingrich.

Like his name implies, he is a little repitilian creature with no morals and and, at one time, tried to solidify the definition of christian adultery while supporting the impeachment of a sitting President. Campaign staffers, girlfriends and ex-wives have all came forward with a myriad of charges concerning the morals and values of this little insignificant worm. He would be a good candidate for the republicans in 2008, though, he defines the republicans to a tee. For example: Gingrich dodged military service using school and family deferments which, is the highlight of almost all republican politicians. In other words, don't practice what you preach.

On family values he is not the 'compassionate conservative', a term that is abused with utter hypocrisy by the republicans. While his wife, Jackie, was recovering from cancer surgery she had to sue Gingrich, in order, to keep the utilities from being shut off. All this, of course, after pressing her for details of their impending divorce while she lay in a hospital bed recovering from surgery.

Yes, Newt would be a wonderful candidate for the republicans. He defines them well. He is an absolute chickenhawk, an expert in military affairs without all that bothersome experience. He has morals, morals such as, get as much as you can from anyone you can but, she has to meet certain aesthetic criteria, in order, to be a President's wife. And one of the values he possesses that is the most amusing is: He can smoke reefer but, he will support legislation to put us in jail.

You gotta love those conservative republican values. (cough, cough)

Newt's Skeleton Closet
Newt's Ethics Trouble

Friday, January 07, 2005

The New Declaration of Independence
January 7, 2005, the unanimous declaration of The United Blue States of America
Reauthored by: Amy

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Ethics and of Science entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by the laws of Science and Nature with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, Privacy, and the pursuit of Happiness.

To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Human Beings, deriving their just powers from the Consent of the Governed. Governments are established to safeguard these rights, and derive their power from the People.

Whenever any Form of Government neglects its duties to protect these rights, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, which will protect the foundation of such principles. And to form a new Government powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to ensure their Safety. The long established Government is not being frivolously challenged. All experience hath shown, that all of mankind and the planet are more disposed to suffer, as a result of the United States of Americas actions. A long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce us under absolute Despotism, it is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for future generations and national security.

Such has been the case of these Blue States and Blue State Citizens in spirit throughout the Red States. It is, therefore, now the necessity to alter the former System of Government. The President of the United States and Republican Party has a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all being in direct establishment of an absolute Plutocracy over the People. To prove this, let Facts be submitted truthfully to the world.

A large portion of the Representatives of the Republican Party(He) have refused Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

  1. He have forbidden Democrats and Independents to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless forced by constitutional obligation into Congressional debate; and when so challenged, he has utterly neglected to truthfully debate and has ridiculed dissenting opinions.
  2. He have refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, in New York for example, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right they don’t understand and understood by the plutocrats only.
  3. He has called together legislative bodies at unusual and uncomfortable times, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  4. He has caused Legislators to be elected, who do not represent the interests of the People rather instead the interests of Corporations. In Georgia, for example, deliberately unseated elected Legislators who question their tactics and in their own primary elections have slandered potential candidates for the purpose of electing particular plutocratic and possibly fascist candidates.
  5. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States by certain peoples and encouraged the population of these States by other peoples without regard to the safety of the Nation nor the encouragement of intellectual advancement of the State; for that purpose obstructing the Naturalization of Foreigners; and at the same time to encourage others their migrations.
  6. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by establishing Judiciary powers not granted in the Constitution.
  7. He has made Judges dependent on his partisan will, for the tenure of their offices.
  8. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People under the Patriot Act.
  9. He has affected to render the willing Military into slavery through a backdoor draft.
  10. He has imposed corporate rule on the Land without the knowledge of the People, and without means of recourse.
  11. He has denied to subject us to a foreign jurisdiction ratified by our laws under the Geneva Conventions:

    - For quartering large bodies of troops on unarmed sovereign nations:
    - For influencing them, by a mock Trial and Election, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of their States:
    - For damaging Trade with all parts of the world; through taxation and fiscal irresponsibility:
    - For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    - For transporting foreigners beyond Seas to be held indefinitely, out of our legal jurisdiction, for unanswered offences:
    - For altering fundamentally the Forms of Governments of sovereign nations.
  12. He has suspended the Privacy Rights of the People.
  13. He has suspended the Health Rights of the People, established in our first Declaration of Independence under the clause "...that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..."
  14. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of order and waging a propaganda war against us.
  15. He has allowed the plunder of our oceans, fresh water bodies, soil, food supplies, and destroyed the Lives of our people through sickness.
  16. He has at this time and other times in recent history transported large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, under the guise of Liberty, with circumstances of cruelty & perfidy paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
  17. He has enlisted our fellow Citizens to bear Arms against innocents, to become the executioners and torturers of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
  18. He has excited foreign insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our land, merciless terrorists, whose rule of warfare and armies worsen by his actions in foreign lands.
  19. And finally he has frustrated national elections, by means of voter suppression; thereby, ensuring the true will of the People is unknowable and recourse is unattainable.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: our repeated Petitions in Congress have been repeatedly unanswered, silenced or criticized. A political Party, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to make or alter laws of a free people.

We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their Party to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over the People. We have reminded them of the legal consequences. We have appealed to their conscience and ethics, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably end our partisanship and discontent. Sadly they have been deaf to the voices of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, endeavor in the necessity, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, criminally accountable for their actions.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United Blue States of America, peaceably assembled, appealing to the Humanity of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Blue States, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Blue States of America are, and of Right ought to be a Free and Independent Country; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the United States Of America, and that all political connection between them and the country, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent Countries may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Mankind and Planet, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.



"Iraqi trade union leader Hadi Salih, International Secretary of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, was tortured and killed in his home in Baghdad Tuesday night."

This crime is being placed on remnants of Saddam Hussein's secret police but, I have no doubt in my mind that there is a Bush Crime Family link here. The aggression against organized labor and workers by this regime only heightens my suspicions. I cannot provide proof of this link but, I will, until the day I die, always attribute this murder to the selected thugs currently squatting in the White House and Pentagon.
Earlier this year, the Bush Crime Family was behind the insertion of an amendment to the Iraqi Constitution outlawing trade unions in Iraq. For information on this go here and I will not post the specific article, so that, whoever is interested can sort through the numerous and informative articles of what agenda the Bush Crime Family is pushing to keep working people from organizing including, numerous acts of torture and murder. One could assume it is the fascist thing to do.

By Doug Ireland, ILCA Associate Member

Iraqi trade union leader Hadi Salih, International Secretary of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, was tortured and killed in his home in Baghdad Tuesday night--but a Nexis search reveals not a word has yet appeared in the U.S. Press.
"According to a report today from the IFTU, Salih was severely tortured before being put to death. Evidence of torture was visible on his head and body. His hands and legs had been tied. He was blindfolded, then strangled with electrical wire. Iraqi trade union sources believe that the atrocity was carried out by remnants of Saddam Hussein’s secret police, the Mukharabat," said the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions in a statement.

On a visit to Europe last year, Salih "outlined the problems facing Iraqi trade unionists including lack of funds, the continued implementation of anti-union laws brought in by the Ba’athist dictatorship and attacks from US forces on IFTU offices."
Story Here>>>

David N. Seigel, President and CEO US Airways Group

When a corporation files for bankruptcy, the foremost point in assessing the corporations financial status should be the evaluation of the CEO's compensation plan.
Before employees of a corporation benefits are axed, the CEO compensation structure should be the first source of financial relief.
The US Airways Group President and CEO, David N. Siegel was compensated nearly $9 million in fiscal year 2003. His compensation package provides for some financial relief and, should be cut and the money doled out to creditors. The current method it seems places all of the responsibility on the lower tiered workers, however.
How many workers could be supported by Siegel's pay package? This may surprise you:

8 Nobel prize winners
26 average university presidents
22 U.S. presidents
39 AFL-CIO presidents
83 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
352 average workers
839 minimum-wage earners

All of these workers could be paid for one year at Siegel's rate of pay!!

What is more surprising is how long it would take these workers to earn in a lifetime the compensation of Siegel's annual income.

A Nobel prize winner would have to work until 2011 A.D.
An average university president would have to work until 2029 A.D.
The President of the United States would have to work until 2025 A.D.
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney would have to work until 2042 A.D.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would have to work until 2086 A.D.
An average worker would have to work until 2355 A.D.
A minimum-wage earner would have to work until 2842 A.D.

How Many Years to Equal David N. Siegel's 2003 Compensation?

Minimum-Wage Worker 839 years Completion Date 2842 A.D.
Average Worker 352 years Completion Date 2355 A.D.
President of the U.S.A. 44 years Completion Date 2047 A.D.

What leads to gross negligence and waste is the very compensation that is not observed.
We must reform bankruptcy laws now, in order, to protect what we, as workers, have earned so far and what, our retirees are losing everyday.

US court lets US Airways void labor contract, drop pensions

In another dangerous move, a bankruptcy judge has voided a labor contract and dropped the pension plan for USAirways. This is another dangerous precedent being backed by the Bush Crime Family in their all out war on working people. I call on all these employees and their supporters to leave their jobs and show USAirways what financial troubles actually are when they have no one present to perform their operations.
Another way to look at labor costs, is to look at David Seigel's, CEO of US Airways Group, compensation package. In 2003, David N. Siegel raked in $8,996,026 in total compensation including stock option grants from US Airways Group.
Overcompensated CEOs is a good place to start when a company files for bankruptcy and this is an example of why a reform of bankruptcy laws is necessary.
Until the selected regime, squatting in the White House, addresses these problems, which they won't, nothing is going to solve this crisis and workers will continue to carry the blame and burden for corporate failure.

More info can be found here>>>> And the story about US Airways is here>>>.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

A Special Letter From John Kerry

B i g J o h n K e r y

Dear Stupid Fucking American,

No American citizen should wake up the morning after the election and worry that they got some terrible disease from a candidate screwing them up the keester. No citizen should be denied at the polls, unless it is 2004 and the elite in the country have already picked bush. And, as the greatest, wealthiest and most corrupt nation on earth, our citizens should never be forced to vote for old, unaccountable and non transparent liars like myself, since I am controlled by partisan activists.

Tomorrow, members of the goose stepping new-speakers, we call Congress will meet to certify the results of the fraudulent 2004 presidential election. I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors because I am a pathetic liar with no moral center or sense for what is right or wrong.

Despite irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote, our legal teams on the ground have been hard at work shuffling papers and trying their damdist to look busy while actually doing nothing. My political stooges do not want to change the outcome of the election. God must have ordained that Satan...errrr...Mr. bush become the next president, so I am satisfied if God is satisfied.

But, that does not mean we should abandon our commitment to me and my family. I still need your support to give my pathetic life meaning. We can work hand in hand to addres s those problems that happened in Ohio (wink-nod) . We must act today to make sure they never happen again (wink-nod) .

I urge you to join me in using this occasion to highlight our demand that Congress commit itself this year (or maybe next year, or the year after at the latest) to reforming the electoral system. I was informed by a eighth-grade civics teacher that a Presidential election is a national federal election but we have different standards in different states for casting and counting votes. We need a national federal standard to solve the problems that occurred in the 2004 election. I will propose legislation to help achieve this by eliminating all names on the ballots except for the names of republican candidates. In the future we can all vote for the same candidate and feel confident our votes counted. Do you see the logic in this simple plan?

Florida 2000 was a wake up call but nobody did anything we just rolled over and went back to sleep . Will we now ignore what happened in 2004? Probably...why not?

There are nearly 3,000,000 of you receiving this email and 25 of you may actually read it. We accomplished so much together during the campaign and I know that this letter sounds like it was written by a political operative but my handlers told me that writing an email was the least I could do after I bail out and let so many people hanging in the breeze. So I did my duty- ok almost finished. Here are some numbers to call if you want to scream at some minimum wage operators.

Speaker Dennis Hastert: 1-202-225-0600 or 1-800-SUU-EEEE
Leader Bill Frist: 1-202-224-3135 or 1-800-FUK-YUUU

I want every vote counted because Americans have to know that the votes they stood in line for, fought for, and strived so hard to cast in an election, are counted. As our old friend Joe Stalin once said, "it doesn't matter who you vote for it matters who counts the votes!". Old joe was right on! We must make sure there are no questions or doubts in future elections so voting for a single candidate should take care of any arguments. Please join with me in calling Speaker "oink-oink" Hastert and Leader Frist and telling them that you want action on election reform now, or maybe tomorrow or next week at the latest.

A recent report from Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) reveals very troubling questions that have not yet been answered by Ohio election officials. Although I will do absolutely nothing I commend anyone who runs into that brick wall.

Congress must look like they are doing something, anything. That's why I will soon introduce meaningless legislation to reform our election system.

Please remember to let us know that you made your call when you're done. We're hoping to ensure House and Senate swine hear your demands for action on election reform in meaningful way. Please take a moment and write us another check so we can continue to work for you.

Thank you,

Big John Kery , he sure aint no JFK!

P.S. Thanks to all those who participated in the 2004 elections. Better luck next time.

John Kery, Inc.
written by GHM, ameriKan United We Stand

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The GOP Flip-Flops Again.

In November the GOP Ethics Committee entertained the idea of changing ethics rules to keep Tom DeLay, a top member of the Bush Crime Family, in his position, even if, he was indicted by a Texas grand jury.
So, they made a rule and allowed the criminal, DeLay to maintain his position as Majority Leader. What the hell?? They are all crooks anyway so, why not make the rule?
Last night, though, they decided to reinstate the rule. The offer was given by DeLay as a way to keep the democrats off guard, probably, and to get the spotlight off of himself.
So, the designers of flip-flops have, once again, flip-flopped on themselves.

House GOP Reverses Course on Ethics Rules

House GOP Reverses Course on Ethics Rules, Retaining Tough Standards and Reinstating Party Rule
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Jan 3, 2005 — House Republicans suddenly reversed course Monday, deciding to retain a tough standard for lawmaker discipline and reinstate a rule that would force Majority Leader Tom DeLay to step aside if indicted by a Texas grand jury. More>>>

Are Workers Going to Relive the Past?

Everyday in America, workers are losing benefits, pensions, rights and working conditions at the hands of the Bush regime-supported corporations. The attack on workers is beginning to pick up steam and, we as workers must enlist other valuable resources, such as, our own time and money to meet with any credible resistance.

Early in the labor struggles workers fought for such things as, independence from company housing and company stores and, for fair wages that were sometimes only $1 per day. Now, we are fighting to keep the benefits we have acquired over the last 125 years against a huge and powerful resistance from global corporations that are treated, as if, they are individuals by the money-grubbing, execrable elitists commonly found in the right-wing of American political structure.

Eventually, when the elite have created another feudal society, we will once again see a surge in union organization and the conflict that comes with the working class demanding a fair system. Like the Battle of Matewan, the deadliest gunfight in American history, workers will rise to the injustices brought about by corporate and political thugs but, with a more deadly outcome that comes with progression and technology.

The raping and pillaging of pension trust funds, healthcare benefits and working conditions by these global corporate montrosities will only further the infliction of abuse, by greed, upon the psyche of the working person, worldwide, and will result in a conflict of incalculable proportion.

The Social Security Crisis Myth

Much of what is said and portrayed in the right-wing media these days is the crisis that the Social Security fund is in. Predictions made in the late 1990's were far exceeded and the fund grew. And the future predictions, albeit conservative, show a stable fund for, at least, the next 50 years.
So, what is the problem?? The Bush tax cut swindle is the problem. Rolling back this scam legislation would mean the Social Security fund would be healthy and viable indefinitely.
Don't listen to the spin from the right...for they know not what they are saying. All the regime is looking at is, another fund that can be raided like a cookie jar.

What Social Security 'Crisis'?

by Robert Kuttner

President Bush's entire plan for Social Security privatization rests on the premise that the system is in severe crisis. But a careful look at the numbers suggests that the financial crisis is largely a myth. More>>>

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Happy New Year!!

I've been away for a few days and I will get caught up in the next day or so.

I hope you all had a happy holiday season!!

The Psychosis of Coward George

“The Jungian analysis by Paul Levy, of Bush and the culture which maintains him, reaches deep into the American psyche. It should be studied and digested by everyone. If the citizenry would recognize that Bush's egomania is acting out a national illness, we would all be saner. If the US could integrate the "shadow" which Bush projects upon "the axis of evil," perhaps we could achieve world peace and start to solve global problem. A MUST READ.”

This is a very interesting read.