The Union and Politicians- Try Google Street View on Detroit
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by Joe, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Nov 1, 2013
All of us know that there is a strong relationship between unions and elected politicians. Politicians support legislation favorable to unions; in return, union members support the re-election campaigns of those same politicians.
In CA one of these strong relationships is between the prison guards' union and Sacramento. Little wonder that this union contributes a huge percentage of Sacramento's campaign finance dollars, and that in return CA prisons have the second-highest per-capita cost in the US. We are literally paying tax dollars for prisons and guards, who in turn give those same dollars to state politicians for re-election, who in turn continue to enforce legislation which keeps prison costs high.
But the poster child for union/politician aggrandizement is Detroit. There are several factors that led to this city's demise, but most apparent is the 40-year-long collusion of union members and politicians. Yes of course the auto companies had a part, but they themselves would not be able to do much of anything without support from unions and Michigan politicians alike.
We've all seen pictures of the razed areas of Detroit that make the city look like a war zone. Try this - I tried it today and I was flabbergasted. Go to Google maps, look for the area surrounding downtown Detroit - and do a street view. Look north, or east, or west, it doesn't matter, it's the same. I am amazed at just how barren the cityscape is.
They enjoyed the ride for 40 years, but they're paying for it now.
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Posted by Mihn
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm
I accept that you are doing small-time consultant work for which your wife provides you a small weekly allowance, and wish you continued success on that count.
Let me tell you why you have sunk into the depths where you currently reside. I began to watch/listen to the link of Mark Levin that you supplied. Clearly, all you are doing is parroting him. And he is so wrong it would be gut-busting laughable if it weren't for the fact that people listen to him and take him seriously.
Levin's first claim is that there are no classes in America. His statement is demonstrably false. What Levin clearly doesn't understand is that class is not, and never has been, some tangible thing like one wearing a bonnet on one's head. Rather, class is an analytical concept used by political economists to make sense of people's location in the world, not by geographic location but by one's relation to such things as, say, ownership and control of the means of production.
Second, Levin then dismisses the idea of the middle class in America, which he says came from Marx. Well, clearly, Levin hasn't read Marx. Marx never once referred to 'middle class' or 'middle classes'. Only a complete moron, like Levin or yourself, would say that Marx wrote on the middle class.
Third, it is sad that you'd take Levin seriously. He is poorly educated, poorly read, and makes his living as a demagogue -- stirring up animosity toward historically discriminated against racial and ethnic groups. Of course, if his audiences are themselves badly educated and have a predisposition to hate historically disenfranchised groups -- you know, like those darned immigrants who are studying harder and succeeding far more than you or you progeny could ever imagine -- well, all for the better.
But how come Levin sells so many books and is on so many radio stations, you ask. Well, the bulk of his 'best sellers' are purchased by the Koch brothers who then send them out to badly educated, hate-prone, followers like yourself. As for Levin's radio presence, he has been picked up by number of right-wing media outlets who are now very close to having monopolized the radio industry. They are content to have Levin and others -- Savage, Hannity, O'Reilly, Limbaugh -- whip up class hatred (anti-unions), race hatred, ethnic hatred, immigrant hatred, women hatred, lgbt hatred. (Another laugher is how these demagogues who dominate the radio waves across America always refer to the liberal media. That's about as stupid a claim as your boy Levin stating that the idea of middle class came from Marx.
Again, your idol is nothing more than a hate-mongering bigot who riles up his hate-filled, bigoted audiences made up mostly of badly educated white males who, like yourself, are having difficulty in today's job market. Rather than deducing the obvious -- i.e., that your inability to find a job is based on the fact that you don't have adequate technical or interpersonal skills -- you find it easier to blame it on others such as unionists, or immigrant children, or those folks in Oakland who scare you to death on account of your racist fear and ignorance.
Will you go read any of Marx's several treatises on social class? No. Will you continue to swallow the lies of Mark Levin, despite anyone with some education being able to recognize within a minute or two that Levin is a well-paid creep who is paid to keep the country divided? Yes. That's who you are; and that's why you're in the condition you are. Fortunately, yours is a vanishing breed.