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  •  Henry Ford (10+ / 0-)

    was a fascist and an anti-Semite. He supported the Nazis, and did business with them. His hatred for unions was pathological. Ford company goons beat and killed people on the picket lines. The real reason he started paying his workers twice what the competition was offering? So he could hire away their best and most experienced workers. The Ford Sociology Department was tasked with "inspecting" the homes of workers; if alcohol was found the worker was fired.

    He once eliminated Ford's stock dividend in an effort to bankrupt the Dodge brothers, who were financing their nascent company with the proceeds of their own Ford holdings.

    There was nothing whatsoever admirable about this plutocrat.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 06:39:48 AM PDT

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    •  More... (10+ / 0-)

      From Wiki:

      The Battle of the Overpass was an incident on May 26, 1937, in which labor organizers clashed with Ford Motor Company security guards.

      The United Auto Workers had planned a leaflet campaign entitled, "Unionism, Not Fordism", at the pedestrian overpass over Miller Road at Gate 4 of the Rouge complex. Demanding an $8 (equivalent to $129 today) six-hour day for workers, in contrast to the $6 (equivalent to $97 today) eight-hour day then in place, the campaign was planned for shift change time, with an expected 9,000 workers both entering and leaving the plant.

      At approximately 2 p.m., several of the leading UAW union organizers, including Walter Reuther and Richard Frankensteen, were asked by a Detroit News photographer, James E. (Scotty) Kilpatrick, to pose for a picture on the overpass, with the Ford sign in the background. While they were posing, men from Ford's Service Department, an internal security force under the direction of Harry Bennett, came from behind and began to beat them.[1] The number of attackers is disputed, but may have been as many as forty.[2]

      Frankensteen had his jacket pulled over his head and was kicked and punched. Reuther described some of the treatment he received: "Seven times they raised me off the concrete and slammed me down on it. They pinned my arms . . . and I was punched and kicked and dragged by my feet to the stairway, thrown down the first flight of steps, picked up, slammed down on the platform and kicked down the second flight. On the ground they beat and kicked me some more. . . " One union organizer, Richard Merriweather, suffered a broken back as the result of the beating he received.[1]

      The group then beat some of the beret-wearing women arriving to pass out leaflets, along with some reporters and photographers, while Dearborn police at the scene largely ignored the violence.

      The mob also attempted to destroy photographic plates, but the Detroit News photographer hid the photographic plates under the back seat of his car, and surrendered useless plates he had on his front seat. News and photos of the brutal attack made headlines in newspapers across the country. Kilpatrick's photographs inspired the Pulitzer committee to institute a prize for photography.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 06:58:51 AM PDT

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    •  I disagree (23+ / 0-)

      He was an utter asshole in many respects, but even he was smart enough to recognize that a decently compensated workforce was good for him and his bottom line.

      "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

      by Sychotic1 on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 06:59:20 AM PDT

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    •  He invented an affordable car..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ....and created an American industry that is still important to this day. Can we say that about him? As for Plutocrat, he wasn't an MBA who dropped into an enterprise and gutted it -- he was a good old fashioned American inventor who actually created something.  That something still exists today.

    •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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      The real reason he started paying his workers twice what the competition was offering? So he could hire away their best and most experienced workers.
      IF things are manufactured in this country the job market is better. You're competing against your neighbor who has the same standard of living. Now, unfortunately, we are competing with desperate people who have to accept wages so low it's a wonder they still manage to eat to maintain their lives.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 04:11:13 PM PDT

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