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  •  Eddie, you and I (1+ / 0-)
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    Eddie C

    have been around the whole time (I think we're close in age...), watching it, and it's still a mystery.  The most obvious thing is the whole Reagan supply-side crap, but I'm not sure that's how it started.  

    What is so infuriating is that people buy into the whole "I'm so independent" stuff while they are really being made more and more dependent on fewer and fewer bigwigs.  Hell, I don't own stock in anything, but that hasn't stopped me from being hurt by the crappy economy created by those who simply created money out of nothing at all.  Makes my head hurt and my stomach growl...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 08:54:35 AM PDT

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    •  This is off the wall but I'm going for it (2+ / 0-)
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      luckylizard, Dirtandiron

      Something that sticks in my mind from early in my working life. I started in a union shop back in 72 and was really pleased to be so lucky. Back then, as now, the sports topic amongst my brothers (I predate sisters in my union) was how "the baseball players were greedy bastards."

      I was young but going from a $20 a week stock boy to a $6 an hour job I greatly appreciated unions and was quick to point out that what they had a problem with was the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the Players Association.

      Of course the response was always "Yea but the fucking tickets are too expensive now" and not too many were interested in hearing about the fact that a union had gotten the players a share of the profits so players would not end up looking for another job at age forty.

      So I would go with the mathematics and ask "What percentage of those 4 million tickets that the owner sells, the concession income  and the TV money do you think goes to the players?" I would point out that underpaid players, the only reason to see a game, those players getting their due were the perfect representation of union success and the owners just increased their profit to blame the players. But of course the reply would be "Yea whatever."

      Still all of these years later so many have such problems with players' salaries and even though it is a conspiracy theory I often wonder if the propaganda campaign against player salaries was an opening salvo against the middle class.

      •  Could be. (2+ / 0-)
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        Eddie C, Dirtandiron

        There have always been those who'd demonize unions, even as they reaped the benefits of membership.  I have friends who are retired firefighters, and they are raving Republicans.  They talk all the time about unions negotiations in which they were involved and the charitable things that their union has done.  When it comes to their politics, though, they spout the conservative crap.  It makes my eyes roll back in my head :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:35:30 AM PDT

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