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Godspeed, You Magnificent Cheese-Eating Bastards

Praise Cheesus!

Of course, our rightwing brethren are all alather over this, because any time a group of ordinary people gather to express their grievances/assert their rights, it’s “thuggery.”  (Glenn Beck has uncovered the link between WI teachers and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Seriously.)  Unless of course those protesting are confused teabaggers in drag – then it’s all about the brave patriots bravely staring down the looming danger of death panels from the comfort of their Medicare-funded Hoverounds.  Very bravely.  Also.  Too.

I’d love to see this spread to other state capitols, and to see lots of people employed in the private sector join in.  Call me commie, but it seems to me that when we had a 20% increase in productivity from 2000 – 2008, and wages remained stagnant or declined, it’s an indication that people weren’t – and still aren’t – being fairly compensated for their work.  The problem isn’t that public employees are “overpaid” – it’s that the serfs toiling in the private sector salt mines are being underpaid.  Bringing public employees’ wages down to that level (in reality, public employees in most states earn less – often a lot less – than private sector workers) won’t fix things – it will just make sure there’s more company for the misery.

I’ve already ranted elsewhere about how the GOP has gone from bitching about “welfare queens” in the 80s to ranting about how pretty much everyone (except people more affluent than themselves) is overpaid.  40, 50 years ago, any politician who questioned the work ethic or value of ordinary working people would have been crucified.  These days, the people they refer to as “the producers” are people who have made a lot of money from the labor of others.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with a company or individual making something from the labor of an employee, but these folks are so out-of-touch with reality these days that they seem to think money is asexually reproduced – the workers who make the things of value are “parasites” who are overpaid. 

Thus the need to suppress organized labor.  Because if John Galt’s employees go out on strike, and stop making the widgets that Galt sells to add to his mountain of cash, that mountain stops growing and starts shrinking.  Conservative theory would have it that once Galt is free of his parasitic employees, that mountain should grow into a veritable Everest of green.  Oddly, this doesn’t happen in the real world.  And it’s so starkly obvious that even a stupid teabagger would be able to figure it out if he saw enough real-world examples of it, which is why unions are evil and must be destroyed.  Otherwise, the conservative fairytale about how things work in the real world is unsustainable.

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  1. lytanorman
    February 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Boy do I wish Ayn Rand was alive to see this post…I’d just love to see the expression on her face. Maybe other states will follow WI’s lead. That would be something.

    • jennofark
      February 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      You know that Ayn Rand accepted Medicare benefits when she was dying? It’s true.

      As always, the conservative/libertarian stance is “austerity for thee; goodies for me.”

      • lytanorman
        February 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        Of course. She used to wear a big gold or silver pin in the shape of the dollar sign. Did you ever see that? My mother just thought that was wonderful. Horseshit.

  2. jennofark
    February 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Never saw that one – I try to limit my exposure to all things Randian. Aside from having the general emotional maturity of your average 14-year-old, I just can’t take seriously anyone who believes that a novel – you know, fiction – is a better description of how things work in the real world than simply observing how things do, in fact, work in the real world.

    • lytanorman
      February 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Fuck John Galt.

  3. B^4
    February 19, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Wait, wha’d the Swiss do?

  4. February 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Moar ranting at the Empire on this subject.

    as BBBB coined, BADGERS!

  5. truculentandunreliable
    February 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    B^4, I thought she was talking about the French?

  6. February 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    MOAR update, inspiring rant from a Badger posted at the Empire.

    Blogwhore OFF.

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