Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wal Mart Wins, UFCW Malcontents Lose in Black Friday Protests

The United Food and Commercial Worker's Union's best attempts to whip tens of thousands of Wal mart employees into a frenzy over wages, benefits and working conditions on Black Friday apparently fizzled yesterday: 

Despite concerns about pro-union protests hampering Black Friday sales, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) said Friday that fewer than 50 of its employees nationwide participated in the demonstrations while about 22 million customers flooded into its stores.
The protests, which were planned by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, appear to have been tamer than some had expected. The demonstrations that did occur included many non-Wal-Mart employees, such as union organizers and workers in other trades like teachers.
“Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates,” Bill Simon, CEO of Wal-Mart U.S., said in a statement.
Wal-Mart said it did not experience “the walk-offs that were promised by the UFCW” and less than 50 of its associates participated in the protest nationwide.

Oh yes, the lefty media TRIED to make it sound like "hundreds" of the 1.3 million Wal Mart employees protested:

 According to organizers from the union-backed group OUR Walmart, hundreds of workers and thousands of supporters rallied across 100 cities, including Landover Hills, Md., Miami, Oakland, Calif., Chicago, Danville, Ky., Dallas and Kenosha, Wis.Wal-Mart pushed back, saying it knew of only a "few dozen" protests, and that most of the protesters were not its employees 
In one of the biggest protests, nine people were arrested outside of a Paramount, Calif., Wal-Mart store for failing to disperse, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department statement. An OUR Walmart spokesman said three of those arrested were Wal-Mart workers. Those arrested were to be released without bail, unless they had previous arrest warrants.
What is "OUR Walmart"? "OUR Walmart" is a front group for the UFCW's attempt to organize Wal Mart workers -- a group of utter malcontents who want everyone -- certainly all Wal Mart workers -- to be as miserable and pissed off as they are.

First of all it's Wal Mart not "OUR Wal Mart". Perhaps these protesters and the UFCW need a little lesson in capitalism. Wal Mart is not a collective owned by its employees or the community. It's not a group non-profit owned by a bunch of collectivist malcontents. It is a public corporation owed by its shareholders and it has as its primary goal to make money and grow its profits for its shareholders. As the corporation grows and prospers, employees and investors alike profit from their relationship with Wal Mart Corporation.  

Secondly, this protest has nothing to do with low wages, long hours and poor working conditions. It has everything to do with a greedy big union attempting to greatly enrich itself at the expense of Wal Mart and its workers. 

If the UFCW could organize every Wal Mart in the country, it could effectively double its membership which means doubling the dues it takes in that pay for the largess of the UFCW leadership. The average Wal Mart worker makes $14 an hour. No one could argue that this is an unfair wage for the relatively unskilled labor most entry-level Wal Mart workers bring to their positions. And while entry-level Wal Mart workers certainly don't start at $14 an hour, Wal Mart promotes from within so literally thousands and thousands of entry-level Wal Mart employees have moved up the ladder and made lucrative careers at Wal Mart by sticking with them, showing up for work everyday, doing a good job and proving their worth to the organization. As with any organization, being a malcontent and bitching about your low wages, "poor" (a relative term) benefits and working conditions, is not going to get you anywhere. Doing your best to prove your worth to the organization is what helps you move up the ladder at Wal Mart as it is at any large organization. 

The UFCW doesn't care about proving your worth to your employer -- they think the employer OWES the workers. The UFCW doesn't really care about wages, working conditions and benefits; it cares about taking money from hard-working employees to pay the outrageous salaries of its top brass. Take a look at the UFCW International's LM2 -- their government tax filing -- on the U.S. Department of Labor web site and count the number of union bureaucrats making over $200,000 a year. THIS is the reason they want to organize Wal Mart -- more money for organizing activities and to pay bloated salaries to their overpaid bureaucrats. Money they take $20 or $30 or $40 a month from workers making $30,000 a year. And they claim employers like Wal Mart mistreat their employees. 

Let's think about that for a second. How exactly DOES Wal Mart mistreat its employees? Poor wages? Consider what is asked of the average Wal Mart worker: They are checking out customers, staffing a store department, stocking shelves, greeting customers -- all jobs which are entry-level with the job training provided by Wal Mart, of course. They provide insurance benefits to full-time employees. Don't like the level of coverage? Find another job. This is a free country and any worker is free to vote with their feet. Most workers these days are just happy to have a job and benefits. And Wal Mart provides opportunities for advancement. Just talk to one of the tens of thousands of Wal Mart managers, department heads and higher who started at the bottom. How many of us who have been going to the same Wal Mart for years have seen someone start as a cashier and after a couple of years they are walking around the store carrying a clipboard and a radio?  Don't want to move up? That's fine. I'm sure Wal Mart is more than happy to have good cashiers and other employees who are dependable and want to stick around. In fact, Wal Mart probably does more to keep seniors who have nothing else but a Social Security subsistence to look forward to in their homes and out of cardboard boxes under freeway overpasses than any government program. So it's pretty easy to see that the average Wal Mart worker is hardly mistreated. 

Another thing Wal Mart does? It improves everyone's standard of living by selling merchandise at the lowest prices possible. Shop for groceries at your local Wal Mart Super Center for a few weeks THEN try to go back to your local (or even national) supermarket chain and check out the major sticker shock you experience. Average middle class American families across the income spectrum, including Wal Mart's employees,  save literally hundreds of millions a year (collectively of course) by shopping at Wal Mart. 

Now let's consider what the UFCW does for employees: It's easy: The UFCW doesn't produce or sell products and doesn't employ the workers it "represents". Therefore, it brings nothing to the table when bargaining with employers that the employer won't agree to first. The only leverage the UFCW has are these idiotic protests and strikes that bankrupt and destroy families. And employers like Wal Mart are increasingly standing up to the UFCW's thug-like tactics. Which means the UFCW can't do a whole hell of a lot for employees besides take their money and give them a whole bunch of empty promises in return. In fact there were a handful of employees out in front of Wal Marts yesterday who found out EXACTLY what the UFCW could get for them -- arrested -- because that is what they got for disrupting store operations. If I were Wal Mart management, they'd be fired as well. If you can't show up on time and put in a fair days' work but instead show up on the street in front of the employer that gives you a paycheck and benefits with a bunch of malcontents to complain about the company that provides your bread and butter, why would your employer want to keep you? 

The UFCW Wal Mart protest was an utter failure -- in other words, it perfectly mirrors the state of union representation in the private sector in 2012. Even after four years of the most union-supporting presidential administration in history -- Barack Hussein Obama started his career as a community organizer" which is essentially a union organizer without a union -- and the leftist union thug radicals Barry has appointed to the National Labor Relations Board, they STILL aren't able to make any headway in their attempts to organize large companies like Wal Mart. Private sector union membership is dropping from record lows to even lower record lows. 

Face it, UFCW  -- your group and your front group "OUR Walmart" are a collective of malcontents and losers. As the failed Wal Mart protests prove, Wal Mart employees are just like the vast majority of employees working for companies large and small: Generally happy, hard-working and dedicated to their jobs. They understand that unions bring nothing to the table and the dues paid to them serve only to enrich union fact cats at the expense of the employees they purport to represent. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lefty Loons Visit the White House

President Barack Hussein Obama, current and future leader of the formerly free world for the next four years, hosted a cabal of lefty loons at the White House today, ostensibly to allow them to convey their wildest wet dreams to him in order that he could make them coming to life in bright, living color during his second term. Here's what the ebulent lefty loons had to say upon emerging from the White House according to that stellar, Obamacentrict news organization CBS News

Progressives coming out of today's meeting expressed confidence that Mr. Obama would stand his ground on the issue of raising taxes.

"MoveOn's 7 million members will be pleased to know that President Obama today strongly reiterated his steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent finally end December 31--and to protecting the middle class in the process," MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben said in a statement. He added that his organization is staying "fully mobilized" after the election in order to pressure Republicans on the issue.

Similarly, the Associated Press reports, Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry said labor needs to be "as engaged as we were in the election throughout the rest of this year to make sure we get the Republican House to say yes to tax cuts for the middle class."

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi stressed to reporters today that while Democrats are seeking a "balanced approach" to the fiscal cliff that includes new tax revenues, they are primarily interested in finding some kind of solution. "I want you to be disabused of any notion that there's any widespread thought that it would be a good thing for our country to go over the cliff," she said. "We want an agreement."
Let's cut through the crap and get down to what these folks really are and what they believe.

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As France Goes so Goes Obamacare

Well since the pansy-ass whipped dog John Boehner has admitted that he is not going to continue to challenge socialized medicine (Obamacare is the law of the land, don't you know) we can expect to see these types of issues coing down the pike in years to come:
AFP - French surgeons began on Monday an open-ended strike to protest against perceived threats to their freedom and pay.

The protest has been called by 30 unions and professional bodies who are making various demands, with organisers claiming a significant impact in some regions.

Hospital surgeons' union Bloc is leading a protest against an agreement accepted by the three largest doctors' unions at the end of October, which says any fees over 2.5 times the basic state tariffs is excessive.

The surgeons argue they have the right to charge higher rates.

Meanwhile, state hospital interns, who have joined in the strike, are fighting against feared new moves limiting the freedom of young doctors to work where they want.

Thousands of interns wearing white coats and surgical masks marched in Paris shouting: "Tomorrow's health lies with young doctors" and "No to discounted medical care".

Doctor's unions, state dictated fees on medical care, pissed off interns -- doctors of the future ... It's all part of the brave old world of socialized medicine. And it's already happeneing now in this country.   Another aspect of the French socialized medicine system protest:  
France has drawn plaudits for its health care system. But many doctors complain of being overworked and fear a slide toward free-market, American-style health care.

Many doctors suspended office hours during the open-ended protests starting Monday, forcing patients to look to emergency rooms for care.
France has drawn plaudits from whom exactly? The leftist news organization Associated Press? I've been a reporter before and I know their propesity to include little throw away lines that mean nothing but sound important like "France has draw plaudits for its health care system". Sounds like it's working real well now that it's "forcing patients to look to emergency rooms for care."

Oddly enough, this is just like the British health care system a few years back: ER service times were so poor because ERs were backed up so badly because the health care system sucked so bad that the queen's subjects couldn't get regular health care that they had to mandate minimum times for service in the emergency room. What happened then? Hospitals began to triage patients in ambulances because unless they made it through the door to the ER, they didn't count on the ER service times stats.

We already have the signs of trouble here. Medical school admissions are down -- after all, why would you take out hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans to take a job where your prosepcts of making the type of money you need to pay off those loans is shrinking by the day? Current doctors are refusing to see Medicare patients because goverment reimbursement rates are way down and going down even more under Obamacare -- the exact thing France's doctors are protesting about is starting to happen here and that limits availability of care.

French doctors are so wedded to their broken socialist system that they are also protesting because they fear free-market reforms -- free-market reforms that are essential to keep France's health care system from collapsing further. Despite AP's claims that France's health care system is great, do you see anyone running to France or Great Britain or Canada for high-quality health care? Hell no, they go to the greatest health care system in the world bar none -- the United States health care system -- the only one in a major world power that bears any semblance of free-market capitalism.

Read the stories about the collapse of France's heatlh care system. Check out the NICE website and see how Great Britain "nicely" rations health care. Look at the waiting times for basic surgeries on the Canadian province web sites and find out how long you have to wait for surgery (Welcome to the surgical wait times web site!). This is where we are headed folks. And we don't want to go there. But apparently, this is what the majority of us want. And until Texas secedes from the union, this is what the rest of us are going to get as well. Forward! Obamacare!
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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Rich Twits Attempt to Rally Obama Base

Just like 2008, Barry has a wide assortment of rich twits campaigning with him in the hours before the presidential election:

WASHINGTON -- Some big-name celebrities will help President Barack Obama make his closing case to voters in the most competitive states.
Rock singer Bruce Springsteen will perform and introduce Obama on Monday as he kicks off the last day of the campaign in Madison, Wis. The two will then travel together to Columbus, Ohio, for another event with rapper Jay-Z.
First lady Michelle Obama will meet up with the president, Springsteen and Jay-Z later Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, for Obama's last event of the campaign. It's a nod to the state that put Obama on his path to the White House when he won the Iowa caucuses in 2008.

Bear in mind folks: These rich twits don't have to be smart; in many cases they don't even have to be talented. They are rich due to their mass appeal and have drifted through the last four years utterly unaffected by the wreckage their big buddy in the White House has strewn in the wake of his "fundamental transformation" of our society.

As food prices skyrocket, Bruce Springsteen doesn't have to worry when his housekeeper goes out to stock up the pantry. Likewise, it doesn't matter to Jay-Z whether the gas for his Maybach or Rolls Royce or Ferrari is $5 or $10 or even $20 a gallon -- he can afford it. And you can bet that the values on the dozens of mansions these twits own all over the country haven't dropped a whole hell of a lot.Hence, they don't have to spend a whole hell of a lot of time considering what will happen to the average middle class family (their fans) when their tax bill goes up $3,000 or $4,000 a year when Barry allows everyone's taxes to go up.  Barry is cool, he's hip and the fact that they are supporting the re-election of the "first Black president" helps them assuage their rich liberal guilt.

Every totalitarian society has their "rich" class. When the society collapses to the point where the proletariat can no longer afford to pay outrageous prices to be entertained by these brainless twits, the brainless twits will still survive.They have plenty of money stashed away. They'll just spend their time entertaining and sucking up to the ruling class. It's kind of funny how liberals spend so much time obsessing over Mitt Romney's wealth but never worry about the wealth of rich twits like Jay-Z and "The Boss".

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

More Lefty Voter Fraud

Liberal special interest groups interested in giving the rest of us four more years of misery and stagnation, are cranking up the voter fraud. Here's one recent example from Texas:

HOUSTON, TX - Friday afternoon at an early polling place located at 6719 W. Montgomery Road in Houston, NAACP members were seen advocating for President Barack Obama according to volunteer poll watchers on location at the time.
According to Eve Rockford, a poll watcher trained by voter integrity group True the Vote, three NAACP members showed up to the 139 precinct location with 50 cases of bottled water and began handing bottles out to people standing in line. While wearing NAACP labeled clothing, members were "stirring the crowd" and talking to voters about flying to Ohio to promote President Barack Obama.
After watching what was occurring, Rockford approached Polling Supervisor Rose Cochran about what she was seeing.
"I went to the polling supervisor and let her know that it was not appropriate that they were in the building handing out water. She ignored me. I repeated my statement. She told me that she would handle it. She did nothing. I then went to the assistant supervisor and he stood up, walked over to another table and then sat down. I then walked into the waiting room and they were reloading another dolly with more cases of water," Rockford said in a True the Vote incident report.
After handing out water and advocating for President Obama, the NAACP members started handpicking and moving people to the front of a long voting line inside the polling place according to the incident report. After multiple complaints from voters about the line cutting, Rockford received a phone call from downtown telling her to “stand down.”
 I keep telling you, these leftists can't win without fraud. It was true in the presidential race 52 years ago, it's been true ever since and has never been more true than it is today. 

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The Punk President Tells ObamaBot Zombies to "Vote for Revenge"

No, not the "punk" as in "punk rocker" president: The current president who is a punk -- a detestable juvenile completely unworthy of the office of poop scooper in chief let alone commander in chief. The immature jackass told his supporters that voting is their "best revenge."

"Best revenge" against what, a reasonable person might ask? Against every person in the country besides the takers -- those folks who live off the rest of us? Here let's give it a shot at figuring out exactly what The Great and Powerful Obama meant by this:

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