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Leveraging the auto industry bailout……or, How to use corruption to break the unions

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The auto industry just like the financial industry is rife with corruption, greed and high paid executives who long ago forfeited any allegiance to their own country.  The auto industry, just like the financial industry, is bloated with global elitists who despise our country.  Money, power, absolute greed and control have replaced allegiance, loyalty or any sense of obligation. 

The demand from auto industry executives (and it was a demand) that they be bailed out was an outright attempt at black mail.  Having failed to keep up with competing foreign producers and having continued to produce gas guzzling monster trucks and cars rather than lead in any innovation, the execs made plain that if they are not handed a big wad of cash…immediately….we’re all going down the tubes.  All…meaning you and me…but not them.

I had assumed this corporate entity that masquerades as our government at all levels would have simply acquiesced and doled out billions more in debt money leaving taxpayers once again holding the bag.  For some strange reason this time they want a [plan].  This time, they weren’t so sure that a bailout was the answer and they cited the lack of critical information from the auto makers as to why they needed the money and what they would do to correct this failing industry.  I was totally shocked!  Then reality set in……..

Why would congress,… after handing out what will amount to trillions upon trillions of debt dollars, tax dollars, to corrupt financial institutions while failing to demand any oversight, any regulation on how this money was to be portioned,… suddenly be wanting a plan from another group of very rich executives who have caused another industry to fail? 

The answer came today as the flood of emails into my box piled up.  It isn’t the executives who failed to keep up with environmental concerns and innovations in technologies; it wasn’t that these companies had failed to keep themselves competitive by continuing to produce inefficient auto’s;  it wasn’t the millions and millions of dollars they took in pay and bonuses all the while knowing their respective companies were failing.  It wasn’t even their arrival on horrendously expensive private corporate jets (can’t have this kind of royalty flying with the common folks!)…….It is the UNION.  That’s what did it!

We have had eight years of hard core union busting and now the Democrats, once champions of unions, have jumped on the free market, free ride for the big guys, band wagon.  This is it in a nutshell.  The auto workers union is one of the largest, if not the largest in the country and they are going to bust this union or leave these workers high and dry and living in a box on a street in Detroit.

I knew this sudden sense of critical thinking, of rational planning had to have some other purpose.  Once this union is taken down the money will flow from congress like water over Niagra Falls.  Competitiveness will translate into low wages and no benefits.  Another sector of well paid workers will fall into the “barely above the poverty line” class, and the auto industry will continue to produce the same things it does now; only they will have our money and the prices of their outdated auto’s will remain too high. 

Unions formed in response to businesses forming trade associations that actively worked to keep wages low and hours long while profiting from what amounted to human slavery.  It was unions that forced companies to pay better wages, to limit working hours to less than 12 or 15 hours a day, every day of the week.  It was unions that made workplace safety a priority.  And it was the unions that caused the rise in wages across the country bringing many out of poverty. 

I realize that unions have also suffered from their fair share of corruption.  But here again, it has been the leaders of the unions, just as it is the leaders of predatory lending institutions who committed the crimes.  Union leaders who are corrupt are no different than corrupt CEO’s, yet we will disparage the one group and watch the other pamper themselves at a spa.

This latest bailout demand is less a financial need than it is an overt attempt to bust the union.  It was just too much to hope for that congress would do the right thing simply because it was the right thing.  And this time, its only a few hundred thousand American workers that will be directly affected by these companies folding.  And these aren’t those all important Wall Street workers either.  These people are blue collar workers and surely not worthy of any special treatment…..at least not the kind the Wall Street crooks and thieves got.

The whole intent of the “free-market, no regulation, no oversight, job off-shoring, tax dodging, don’t tax us we’re a corporation” crowd, is to dismantle the job market, break the economy and kill off the jobs.  That way when they come back around offering to pay you one dollar for the job that previously paid you ten dollars…you’ll take it.  By then you’ll be hungry enough, cold enough and desperate enough to think its a good deal. 

(C) 2008 Marti Oakley

Troops Deployed On U.S. Streets…….. By Naomi Wolf

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***   “Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized

by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

(Title 18, Section 1385 of the United States Code)

 

EXPLANATION, NORTHCOM RECEIVED A “BATTLE-TESTED FIGHTING UNIT FROM THE WAR ON IRAQ”

 

Troops Deployed On U.S. Streets        By Naomi Wolf

 

http://www.countercurrents.org/wolf081008.htm

 

Excerpted from the article:

 

“Nothing. Their only recourse is to cut off funding. The Congress would be at the mercy of military leaders to go to them and ask them not to obey illegal orders.”

“I interviewed Vietnam veteran, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and patriot David Antoon for clarification: “If the President directed the First Brigade to arrest Congress, what could stop him?”

“But these orders are now legal?'”

“Correct.”

“If the President directs the First Brigade to arrest a bunch of voters, what would stop him?”

“Nothing. It would end up in courts but the action would have been taken.”

“If the President directs the First Brigade to kill civilians, what would stop him?”

“Nothing.”

“What would prevent him from sending the First Brigade to arrest the editor of the Washington Post?”

“Nothing. He could do what he did in Iraq — send a tank down a street in Washington and fire a shell into the Washington Post as they did into Al Jazeera, and claim they were firing at something else.”

“What happens to members of the First Brigade who refuse to take up arms against U.S. citizens?”

“They’d probably be treated as deserters as in Iraq: arrested, detained and facing five years in prison. In Iraq a study by Ann Wright shows that deserters — reservists who refused to go back to Iraq — got longer sentences than war criminals.”

“Does Congress have any military of their own?”

“No. Congress has no direct control of any military units. The Governors have the National Guard but they report to the President in an emergency that he declares.”

“Who can arrest the President?”

“The Attorney General can arrest the President after he leaves or after impeachment.”

[Note: Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has asserted it is possible for District Attorneys around the country to charge President Bush with murder if they represent districts where one or more military members who have been killed in Iraq formerly resided.]

“Given the danger do you advocate impeachment?”

“Yes. President Bush struck down Posse Comitatus — which has prevented, with a penalty of two years in prison, U.S. leaders since after the Civil War from sending military forces into our streets — with a ‘signing statement.’ He should be impeached immediately in a bipartisan process to prevent the use of military forces and mercenary forces against U.S. citizens” 

Read the full article here:    By Naomi Wolf  

http://www.countercurrents.org/wolf081008.htm 

THE TROOP EXCHANGE AGREEMENT…Massive ‘Homeland Defense’ Joint Exercise Is Underway

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dees-usedtoitpTHE TROOP EXCHANGE AGREEMENT

I was curious about how the Lt-General that signed the Troop Exchange Agreement with the U.S., on Canada’s behalf, fits in with NORTHCOM and

NORAD, the ‘Massive ‘Homeland Defense’ Joint Exercise’.

The Troop Exchange Agreement was signed on Feb 14th, 2008 under the name “Civil Assistance Plan”. The early information stated explicitly that the American troops can be called in by the Canadian government in the event of “civil emergency”. Today I see where either the language has been sanitized in response to the outrage, or it is being more clearly defined. From experience I would say that the spin doctors, the “communications specialists” have been at work. In some places it is now defined explicitly that the Civil Assistance Plan is for emergencies arising out of natural disasters like earthquakes. No mention of civil emergency arising out of man-made disasters like the tar sands development.

Anyway – – Lieutenant-General Charlie Bouchard is the Canadian representative on NORAD. He is not the one who signed the Troop Exchange Agreement.

From information circulated in our network in February or March, 2008:

“… Canada and the U.S. have signed an agreement that paves the way for the militaries from either nation to send troops across each other’s borders during an emergency, but some are questioning why the Harper government has kept silent on the deal.

Neither the Canadian government nor the Canadian Forces announced the new agreement, which was signed Feb. 14 in Texas.

The U.S. military’s Northern Command, however, publicized the agreement with a statement outlining how its top officer, Gen. Gene Renuart, and Canadian Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, head of Canada Command, signed the plan, which allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.”

Oct 1: “the First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has been deployed in the United States as of October 1.”

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News from Canada……..

DownsizeDC.org…..Should you pay autoworkers to do nothing?

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Quote of the Day: “The Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.” — Joseph Sobran

Subject: Should you pay autoworkers to do nothing?

If the history of the current era is ever written properly it may be called “The Age of the Government Sponsored Scam.” The examples are piling up. Here’s the latest . . .

Did you know that GM and other automakers with UAW contracts have to pay many of their employees to do nothing! It’s called a Job Bank. Laid-off workers at Ford, GM, and Chrysler are paid 90% of their previous wages to sit in a room at the factory doing nothing! 

Think of what this will mean if the politicians pass a bill to bailout GM, or Chrysler, or Ford. When you go to work you’ll be laboring part of the day to pay some members of the United Auto Workers union to sit and produce nothing.

Doesn’t that sound like a scam to you, and wouldn’t a bailout represent government sponsorship of this scam?

Do you think, perhaps, the Detroit automakers might not need a bailout if they didn’t sign such stupid contracts with the UAW union?

Do you think, perhaps, that no bailout should even be considered as long as such contracts are in place?

Do you think, perhaps, that the Democrats may ignore this problem unless they hear outrage about it from their constituents?

If you have Democratic representatives you may want to ponder whether they represent the unions, or you. Shouldn’t you ask them where their loyalties lie?

Or, if you have Republican representatives, do you think they might make an issue of this if you inform them of it?

And what about your friends, families, and neighbors? Shouldn’t they hear about this too?

Fortunately, the UAW contracts with the Detroit automakers are up for re-negotiation right now.

This is the ideal time to shout this story far and wide. Either . . .

* The UAW will have to give-up their do-nothing Job Banks, and perhaps save the Detroit automakers without the need for a bailout, or . . .
* The proposed bailout will fail in Congress if the Job Banks are still in place

Please do four things . . .

* Forward this message to your friends
* Open a Digg account and Digg this message on our blog, so more people will see it
* Use our
“No Bailouts” campaign to tell Congress that the UAW Job Banks provision makes the idea of a tax-funded bailout completely intolerable
* Use your personal comments to ask Democratic representatives whether they represent you, or the unions, and ask Republican representatives to make a major issue of this

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Pirates in Suits……BRASSCHECK TV/video

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The news is currently fascinated by the Somali pirates who are seizing tanker ships and holding them for ransom.

The story the media is missing are the pirates in suits who played with the world’s credit system by pushing huge cash loans on millions of people who had no way to pay them back.

Big loan portfolios = big bonuses so the bankers went wild.

The chickens are starting to come home to roost on these ill advised loans with devastating consequences.

Two insiders have blown the whistle on this little reported aspect of the sub-prime crisis and the carefully engineered sales machine that pumped out tens of billions of dollars in shaky, unsecured loans to people who never sought them out…

Details:

 

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/485.html

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Keith Olbermann Broke Up With Me!

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http://www.opednews.com/articles/Keith-Olbermann-Broke-Up-W-by-Shannyn-Moore-081120-616.html

 

November 20, 2008

Headlined on 11/20/08:

by Shannyn Moore     Page 1 of 3 page(s)

www.opednews.com

“Like it’s not bad enough. I’ve been hearing loons talk about secession up here my whole life. In Alaska, the three top ballot seats: President, Senate and House of Representatives, have candidates on the ballot from the secessionist Alaska Independent Party. In two of the three, the AIP holds at least 4% of the vote. The felonious Ted Stevens looks like he has convinced over a hundred thousand Alaskans what he couldn’t convince 12 jurors of a few weeks ago.

Now, Keith Olbermann has the temerity to ask if it’s too late to sell Alaska back to the Russians. Repeatedly. America’s liberal boy-wonder is breaking up with me. He’s not the only one suggesting putting Alaska up on eBay, but I can only handle one break up at a time. Consider this partner counseling; the circle of truth; the trust tree.*

I’m like many Alaskans, just not the one you’ve been forced to get to know lately. I know what newspapers I read. I know Africa is NOT a country. I know Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister of Canada, and I know he has T.V. perfect hair. I know who makes up NAFTA – which I thought was a crock when it passed. My favorite birthday present this year was the return of Habeas Corpus in a 5-4 US Supreme Court decision on June 12th.

I’ve never been to New York City, but I wanted to puke in my mouth watching the Republican National Convention’s “9/11 Tribute to Fear.” I wasn’t born in the 60’s, but I know what race baiting is. I know the public executions of JFK, Malcolm X, MLK, and RFK-all in a five year span-drove the American progressive movement into a coma for nearly 40 years. A once empowered, liberal generation sat like Terry Schiavo watching balloons float by; Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II. Wars, the corporate job-exporting economy, the perilous environment, expanded human rights violations, erosion of civil rights, The US Constitution compromised; none of it registered due to blunt force trauma on the American psyche.”

Read the full article here:

 

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Keith-Olbermann-Broke-Up-W-by-Shannyn-Moore-081120-616.html

 

This is such a good article……please take the time to read it.  This authors’ sense of humor is refreshing, yet the article makes some very relevant observations.

Taxpayer money isn’t ours?

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Congressman Joe Knollenberg states emphatically that taxpayer money is not OUR money while trying to rationalize the next round of bailouts, this time for auto-makers.  Well if it isn’t OUR money…then whose is it?   Knollenberg seems not be aware the federal government has no money of its own….it only has tax revenues from taxpayers, or money it borrows that must be repaid by taxpayers.  Liken this to your neighbor taking your paycheck and giving it to his friends who make their living as con men….then taking out a loan and putting your name down as the borrower and holding you responsible for the debt.

 

 

Watch this video and ask yourself why this man is still in office?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZyAd_rJAx4

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