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  •  They made you load coal for any price they wanted. (2+ / 0-)
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    MeToo, Hoghead99
    The mine owners, the bankers, the plunderers of the State went in on the side door and got a hearing, and you didn't.
    They look upon you as a lot of enemies instead of those who do the work.

    There was never in the State of West Virginia a more orderly, well-behaved body of men than those miners were that assembled at Cedar Grove. …The Mail never told you, when the mine owners and their gang of corporation pirates met at the Hotel Ruffner and filled their rotten stomachs with champagne and made you pay the bills. . . .

    You have been hypnotized. The trouble has been that they wanted the slave system to continue. They have had a glass for you and your wives and children to look into. They have you hypnotized. ...

    Very good, then. They will come to you on election day… They will not steal it [the ballot] if you do your duty. I would like to see the corporation blood-hounds steal my ballot if I had one....

    I want to deal fair with every man. There are some good operators, some good men, but their hands are tied. We must not bust them up in business, as long as they are going to give us a hand and help us we will help them. …I want you to help the men that have stood by us—stand by them. ...

    Dalzell said to me, "Mother Jones, where do you live?" I said, "In the United States, sir." "What part of the United States?" said he. I said, "Wherever the workers are fighting the robbers, there am I."(Loud applause) "Sometimes I am in Arizona fighting the Southern Pacific blood-sucking pirates and thieves," said I. "Sometimes, I am up on the Steel Range, fighting those murderers and plunderers, sometimes I am in Pennsylvania fighting the robbers and murderers and blood-suckers there, and by the Eternal God we will clean you up and put you out of business."

     You will not be serfs, you will march, march, march on from milestone to milestone of human freedom, you will rise like men in the new day and slavery will get its death blow. It has got to die. Good night. (Applause)

    Speech to Striking Coal Miners
    By Mother Jones (1912)

    The whole business was about maximizing debt, extracting cash, cutting head counts, skimping on capital spending, outsourcing production, and dressing up the deal for the earliest, highest-profit exit possible. -- David Stockman.

    by CupofTea on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 09:43:26 PM PDT

    •  If it is not coal miners, it gold miners (2+ / 0-)
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      MeToo, Hoghead99

      or Walmart workers, or copper miners, or cheap clothing manufacturer workers in China.  Romney's world view has been around for a VERY long time...  And so it goes.

      Vote, people.  While we still have that right...

      The whole business was about maximizing debt, extracting cash, cutting head counts, skimping on capital spending, outsourcing production, and dressing up the deal for the earliest, highest-profit exit possible. -- David Stockman.

      by CupofTea on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 09:49:14 PM PDT

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