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    The Detroit Free Press has a rather active message board regarding the Delphi/union thing. I'm astonished at the misconceptions of some people. Messages are flying on this board; when I was on a minute ago, they were practically scrolling.

    Someone seriously said that everyone on line work ought to be making $3.50 an hour. What kind of housing could anyone afford on $7000/year?

    Someone else suggested that a worker who should only be making $10/hour on line work ought to send their kids to college if they want their kids to have a better standard of living. How could someone feeding their family on $20k/year afford college for 2 kids?

    Someone else suggested that janitors don't deserve more than $10/hour. Why doesn't someone who cleans other people's shit for a living deserve a living wage?

    Another brilliant idea was for all the union workers to sell their $300,000 homes, SUVs and big screen televisions in order to afford the upcoming pay cut. My question, assuming blue collar workers really are the inhabitants of all those McMansions: To whom? Who can afford anything like that anymore?

    I'm not going to get into the union pros and cons that some people were throwing out, and the derogatory remarks flung back and forth between blue collar workers and management about the quality of each other's work and the relative ease of each other's jobs. Can you say, "Mother of All Flame Wars"?

    Stop by for a few minutes of fun. You'll appreciate the intellectual snobbery on DKos all the more when you've finished.

    "The only people on earth who do not see Christ and His teachings as nonviolent are Christians." -Ghandi

    by jennifree2bme on Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 11:12:00 AM PDT

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