Monday, November 17, 2008

Gettelfinger gives US the Middle-finger

17 November 2008

Ron Gettelfinger Pres of the UAW says his UAW workers have already made too many concessions to the auto industry and won't stand for any more. Well Ron, maybe you had best wake the hell up and realize you are no longer in the driver seat of this situation in an economy disguised as a semi truck careening downhill through the mountains at a precipitous speed.

So far you, your lobbyists and your UAW workers should consider yourselves damned lucky to have retained all of your high salary jobs this long. It's time now for the UAW to ante up. But don't you worry, Big Ronny. If you don't make concessions now, you may not ever need to again because the Big 3 will be done. Done; as in "stick a fork in them" done.

Done, Done, Done.

Then the Japanese, Germans and Koreans can reopen the more profitable American auto factories with their name on them, rehiring your former UAW (now) non-union members producing quality cars with a different name but without a union label. And guess what? They are going to take those jobs for significantly less than their former union salary. I say that because according to unemployment forecasters, the US very well may have an 8-9% unemployment rate by the middle of next year. People are going to take the jobs so they can feed their families and so they can have a normal life again. All thanks to you and your lobbyists, Ron.

As I have suggested before, you have milked the cow dry. So when will you realize that NOW it is time to be part of the solution. Time for the UAW to dig deep into their pockets and help bail out the Big 3. The federal government didn't break the US auto industry, you Ron, broke it. If you and your workers want to retain what you have, you WILL make concessions. If you don't, then you must be willing to accept the consequences. Joe Q Public is not responsible for your boneheaded stubborn attitude or for the UAW not allowing the US auto industry to build vehicles that are competitive in the world market. A quick $25 bil injection isn't going to cure this problem like penicillin to a minor infection.

This problem is far deeper and more serious than that. And Ron, you know it better than anyone else. If you can't be competitive in your markets, time to give it up and do something you can be competitive in.

And Comrade Pelosi, please understand that you can not force the American public to pay for and buy the crap that US autoworkers are putting out when it isn't competitive in a World Marketplace and isn't what the American public wants. We are still a market economy. This IS still the United States of America.

But that could change and we could be forced to buy the American version of Mother Russia's Lada if Comrade Pelosi gets her way. But let's hope that the "lame duck Republican congress" can hold tough against this infringement of free enterprise/free market and NOT give into Pelosi's charms!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Does Life Always Have To Be A "Pisser"?

12 November 2008

One of my coworkers came in two days ago and is ever-so-slightly disgusted with his living situation. Now, life in trailers with no bathrooms can be a pain in the bladder at times, but you deal with the, what feels like a mile, walk to either the nearest porta-pottie or to the bathroom trailers about a 1/4 mile away from the trailer. But there are always those few disgusting slobs who urinate in bottles in their trailers or will just relieve themselves on the side of the trailer. Worse yet are the ones that collect the urine bottles and store them under their beds.

And before you defend their adopted third-country mentality, no, this place is nothing like camping in the forest! The world is not your urinal. Trailers are placed fairly close together and other people have to deal with the smell of your urine as is dries and stinks to high heaven. Let alone waking up at 3am to the sound of your roommate about three feet away from you relieving himself into a bottle.

His description of waking up in the middle of the night to hearing water running and think it was raining inside the trailer only further cements the fact that there are a lot of lazy crap-for-brains people that can only be described as sub-human here. I guess CRC is unable to screen that trait out of the eligible work candidates they send here.

So coworker goes to KBR to complain and request a move. KBR in all their wonderful sensitivity to the biohaz waste being stored in a rubbermaid container by coworker's roommate, stealthely turn the problem back to coworker and tell him to confront the roommate and have him stop or move. That is KBR dealing with issues head-on. All that after the mayor's cell on base has specifically threatened to put people dumping biowaste into the trash cans back into tents if they are caught. Well who the heck (short of Allen Funk and Candid Camera) are going to catch the low-lifes peeing in a bottle. Do you want that burned in YOUR brain. I'll pass.

Well, coworker decides to work it the other way and write a letter to KBR stating the obvious and advising he will take it to the highest levels at our company and the military unit he works for. Problem solved. He has now become a bigger pain in their ass than the roommate pissing in the bottle. Talk about reverse psychology in action! The "KBR Realtor" took him around to several trailers so he has his choice of where he wants to move to...while the Pisser gets to stay in the trailer continuing to stockpile aging bottles of urine under his bed. Am I the only one thinking that something is wrong with this picture?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

AIG and other bone-headed industries with their hands out...

11 November 2008

Just to vent some. Don't know if you have heard any of the news today, but AIG is at it again. Of course, the $350,000 was spent probably in Snottsdale, so you guys aren't complaining if you're in AZ! But I gotta tell you, I feel a blog coming on in my bones!!! (or maybe just a "Dave's Rave" coming on!)

This AIG $350,000 weekend outing (after they have already taken how many million from the gov't?) is really pissin' me off! I just told one of my coworkers that I think the only solution to this is to bring back Sarah Palin to administer live on all three major networks and FOX, Monday morning televised bare-bottomed spankings of all the officers and all members of AIG's board of directors. This will be a great warning for anyone else lining up for government cash that they may be chosen for personal public humiliation if they make any greedy bone-headed moves and try to pull any shenanigans in the future!

What really needs to happen is AIG needs to be dissolved and broken up into pieces under a government charter of some sort. You want the govt to bail you out? You become property of the government. Then the government can sell you off at a later date to the highest bidder when the market recovers. If you're going to nationalize all suffering industries, then anyone taking money should realize the possible implications...along with the possible jail time associated with business mismanagement and of course, the public bare-bottomed spankings!

Same with the auto makers. For years the unions have held down the U.S. automakers and kept them from being competitive. In their greed, they demanded more, more, more. Naturally, this prevented the American auto industry from competing with the Japanese and Koreans. Well, time for the unions to give back. Consider it a "loan" or whatever, but it is time for the unions to reach into their pockets and bail out the auto makers. They drove them into the proverbial ditch, so if they want jobs for their members, cough up the cash you greedy morons! Otherwise, Ford, GMC, Chrysler can be left to go the way of Daewoo. Da-who? That's right, that old Korean dinosaur that the South Korean government wouldn't even touch with a ten foot pole that went bankrupt. Just like in the early 80's...if you can't compete in that industry, time to find something you CAN compete in.

Survival of the fittest here, baby. Darwin had to have known that it applies to business too. So there. Could I have said it any clearer?!

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