Now that I found out that Mrs. E. and I are overpaid public sector workers (never mind that my wages classify me as poverty level) I have a plan. With both of us supposedly rolling in the dough we are an asset to any community. We will move to a community and bring our big wages with us. Of course, we want all property taxes, any levy taxes, sales taxes and local income taxes deferred until a later date, at which time we will demand a later date into infinity. We will take the highest bid from communities in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Our area likes to roll out the welcome mat for companies that line up at the feeding trough of corporate welfare. Our state and local governments are eager to “give away the store” (read, my tax money), with as few rules as possible, most times providing only minimum-wage jobs, which don’t support a single person, let alone a family. I’m telling all of our city and township officials that we are willing to move to their community if they throw enough of those corporate welfare give aways our way. We will be awaiting your offers.
Have you ever been puzzled as to which side of an issue to be on? It’s easy to figure out in our valley. All you need to do is pick up a copy of the, Warren Tribune. Go to the editorial page and see which side editor, Frank Robinson is on. Then you’ll know which ever position Frank is on is the wrong side. That is unless you are a corporation instead of a working American. I saw a comment that really summed up why Frank loves it when workers in the private or public sector take concessions. It was that – workers bucks = + bucks for the Bucs. You see, Bob Nutting who owns the Warren Tribune also owns the Pittsburgh Pirates (called Bucs, short for Buccaneers). The less money people have means more money in the system for corporate welfare kings like Nutting to snag.
Nutting benefits greatly from publicly financed PNC Park where the Pirates play. He also gets shared revenue from MLB (Major League Baseball). He keeps a big chunk of that MLB money and doesn’t use it like he’s suppose to by buying good players. Which is why the Pirates always have a losing team and Pittsburgh hates him. It’s OK, Bob laughs all the way to the bank. He earns his profits from the equity of others, like Pennsylvania taxpayers, or his peer owners. Nutting’s fellow team owners consider him a Corporate Welfare Bum as the taxpayers should also. So while Nutting is a deadbeat stealing millions of taxpayer dollars his stooge Editor Robinson is calling public sector workers who plow our roads, police our streets, fight our fires and teach our kids (and buy his crappy newspaper) deadbeats who need to work for next to nothing, so everything goes to Nutting. Nutting and Robinson are just some of the enemies working people have to be aware of.
Some of the other enemies of working people in Ohio are the people, organizations and corporations that backed John Kasich for governor. Check out the site for the Federal Election Commission for a list his donors. Look it over and see if there aren’t companies on it you can boycott. You’ve probably heard about Kasich referring to a police man who pulled him over as an, idiot. Well, John has a history of disrespecting people who he thinks don’t worship his self-importance.
Sadly, some of the working-classes enemies are the working-class. People like the Teabaggers who are bought and paid for by corporations. Here is an example of one of these Teabagger idiots from a Youngstown Vindicator article covering demonstrations in Columbus for and against Senate Bill 5. Harvey McClary, a Diamond resident, is a retired autoworker and union member of more than 50 years. But unlike the other union representatives who have rallied at the Statehouse in recent weeks, McClary is backing Senate Bill 5. “Now, the state workers are making more money than the people that are paying them,” he said. “The people that are paying them are working for $11, $12 an hour and they’re making way more with better benefits. The whole thing’s upside down.” He added,“The fact of it is, schoolteachers and civil-service workers are holding our state hostage and the children hostage,” he said. “Teachers can get an honest living without having to have a union to get it.”
Harvey has a fat auto workers pension because he was in a union but doesn’t think teachers should have a union or good benefits. Teachers and other public sector workers were part of the taxpayers that bailed GM out. Doing that made sure retried autoworkers like ole Harvey wouldn’t lose their pensions and benefits. I guess attacking those who saved your ass is your way of thanking your fellow workers. As far as people making $11, $12 dollars an hour and not being able to afford gas, houses and groceries I agree. I therefore would ask you as someone who made $28 or more an hr. (plus benefits) as an autoworker why you voted for a second tier of workers to make less than half of what you made for doing the same job. Do they pay any less for gas or milk than you? Mr. McClary you’re one stupid hypocritical bastard and a corporate tool.
I ran across this which shows how working people’s enemies in Wisconsin are being heralded as heroes by the corporations that own them:
Republicans from Wisconsin State Senate to be rewarded at Washington fundraiser
Fresh off a vote to end collective bargaining rights, Republican leaders of the Wisconsin state Senate are heading to a March 16 fundraiser in their honor at the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm of BGR Group, founded by Mississippi Gov. and big-time Republican fundraiser Haley Barbour. Donors are asked to give $1,000 to the state Republican Party; sponsors are asked for $2,500 while hosts must pay $5,000.
While at the fundraiser the Wisconsin state senators can recite their Republican vows, “I pledge allegiance to the greed of United Corporations of America…..One nation, under greed, with liberty, and justice for the rich.”
The enemies list against working-class people is a long list and I’ve written a long enough post for now.
The Picnic: A Rich and Poor Story
Matt McGinn: Rich Man’s Paradise Poor Man’s Hell
Happy St. Patricks Day!
“Hear me people: We now have to deal with another race—small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing.
Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possessions is a disease with them.
They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.”
– Chief Sitting Bull