soakya, you mean like convincing Christians to stick to the 10 Commandments, as they are written?
Both Ms Benkiser and you don’t appreciate the real genius of the Constitution. Neither of you seem to be familiar with history either: even the people who wrote the Constitution couldn't agree on what it meant.
FDR’s so-called “departure” from the Constitution was in reality his interpretation of its intent. “Evading the Constitution”, like “departure” from it, means interpreting it in a way that doesn’t benefit whoever is making the accusation. Contrary to Ms Benkiser assertion, it was precisely a large civil government which enacted and enforced regulations that curbed the excesses of the wealthy class and created a prosperous middle class. That trend ended around the time of the election of Ronald Reagan when his view of the Constitution gained ascendency. Since then the once huge middle class has been shrinking and a much smaller wealthy class has been becoming ever more prosperous. Same Constitution, different interpretation, different results.
The Constitution, with a few modifications, hasn't lasted for more than 225 years because the conditions under which it was written haven't changed during those years. It’s still relevant because it was meant to be interpreted by each generation of Americans in order to solve the problems and meet the challenges of their time. The “tortured” interpretation of the Constitution Ms. Benkiser laments is one that curbs the greed and power of the currently powerful obscenely wealthy class.
"Deficits don't matter."
Vice President Dick Cheney
This is just another "conservative" Republican anti union attack without any verifiable data indicating that worker unions are bad for workers. Or employers, for that matter.
"Tennessee is succeeding....without labor unions." Apparently, for Robin, success means lower wages for workers, a lower level of educational attainment, a less healthy population, and higher poverty levels compared to most union-friendly states. This is what her “strategic planning” and “business development” leads to?
Automakers have never paid their workers around $70 an hour. That is a fiction. Unions are not beyond criticism, but at least base the criticism on reality.
Workers’ productivity has doubled since 1973 but average hourly wages have gone down by 7% in real terms. The time period coincides with the conservatives' successful attacks against unions.
From neglecting to mention the fact that President Obama has also granted temporary, (ignored that too, Robin?) waivers to more than a thousand businesses, to quoting Arthur Laffer, a conjurer of failed supply side economics, to ignoring the reality that the middle class was most prosperous when union participation was at its highest, Robin once again demonstrates that conservatives live in another universe, one in which ideology trumps facts. A universe which is detrimental to the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of working people.
Great response. But it doesn't explain why a union of corporations is better than a union of workers and how it leads to a better life for all of us. Makes you a know-nothing windbag as well.
Plain Truth: don't know much about history or how laws are made, do you? All those “ripped off” workers were the middle class that is being run into the ground by a union known as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. That’s just one union of corporate interests. In your terms, they’re far right thugs “ripping off” millions from their members. And those members get billions in return by getting laws made screwing people who actually work for a living.
The plain truth is you are a fool who’s been led to believe that workers banding together to protect their interest is bad while ignoring the fact that corporations banding together for their benefit is not. A fool and a hypocrite.
Did the idea and the once-upon-a-time reality of the 8 hour work day, the five day work week, the minimum wage concept, the paid vacation, the safe workplace, and the prosperous middle class come from the goodness of employers’ hearts? Was it the result of each worker by herself meekly asking for it? How did all that happen? Clue: conservatives had nothing to do with it.
Anti-Americanism should be synonymous with the Right. Wether it is undermining the right for some to vote, denying women a constitutionally protected right, demanding government uphold certain religious beliefs, refusing to work with a president democratically elected twice by large majorities, or claiming that corporations have the same rights as actual persons.
If Mr. Smith knows as much about flying an airplane as he does about American history, if he ignores his gauges, instruments, and dials as he does the reality of current conditions in this country, I wouldn’t recommend traveling on any Southwest jets he pilots.
I’m not sure if I’m brilliant, but you are the one who said “Why should residents in Ohio, Washington, Oregon, Texas and all the other states send their federal tax dollars to TN” indicating that you certainly don’t believe in a more perfect union or in the general welfare.
$17 trillion is a lot of money, but the dollar number of the debt is not very meaningful. Economists look at the ratio of the debt to GDP to gauge the government’s financial health. After WWII the debt to GDP was much higher than it is today and we managed to survive that and prosper.
As to your snide response to my request for the website with the information on Wacker’s that you offer so authoritatively. It is a transparently obvious attempt to cover up the fact that you actually have nothing to back up your claims. Nothing. It’s all hot air. Fantasy. Brain farts.
This is not the first time that you have refused to answer a question about where you get your numbers. You have never answered any questions about the veracity of any statements you so confidently make. My experience has been that when people don’t respond to questions it’s because they don’t know the answers or because they’ve been lying.
In a nutshell, your posts and the responses to my questions about them are what one would expect of a know-nothing third grader who believes the world revolves around him.
People in one state don't send their federal tax money to another state. They send it to the federal government which redistributes it. That's done by a vote in Congress, which has representatives from all the states. So, why should people in one state fund economic development in another state? Because we live in the United States. Isn't that where you live? The Confederacy is dead. It's been tried twice and both times it’s been a miserable failure. Get over it.
Federal and state government financial support of private business has a long history and on the whole benefited the people of this country. Your continuing whining about isolated cases with irrelevant statistics makes about as sense as warning people not to drive because there are occasional accidents.
"If all the other states got 1.27 for every dollar and TN was only getting .77 cents [sic] on the dollar" we might actually have a real debt crisis.
Where are Wacker financial statements on line, or do we have to take your word for that, too?
Robin wants to talk about pixie dust? If “trickle down economics”, “tax relief for job creators”, “onerous government regulation”, “spending crisis”, “voter fraud”, is not pixie dust sprinkled by the right, I don’t know what is. But this pixie dust not strewn by “clueless politicians”. It’s a cynically orchestrated attempt by bought law makers and very well compensated toadies to allow a very small number of people to steal the wealth created by the vast majority of Americans. Watch the full show “America’s Gilded Capital” on billmoyers.com for a look at how it’s done.
I believe the number one problem in this country is the bribery (legal only because Congress defines bribery) that funds what we in all seriousness call “free and fair elections.” Until public financing of all elections, including a ban on using one’s own money to buy public office, is the law of the land we will continue our downward spiral towards becoming a plutocracy of the already obscenely rich, by the already obscenely rich and for the already obscenely rich. And until that happens, voting Republican will only speed up the process. The Right is wrong for the vast majority of Americans.
soakya: Let’s see, an unnamed company with unverifiable numbers in difficult economic times. And that is supposed to illustrate exactly what? Oh, my tax dollars at work. Right. I’ll take your word for it. Whatever it is. Here’s something verifiable: For every tax dollar sent to the federal government by the people of TN, they received $1.27 in federal expenditures in 2005, the latest year for which figures are available. http://visualizingeconomics.com/blog/2010/02/17/federal-taxes-paidreceived-for-each-state. Between 1990-2009 Tennesseans received more than $81billion than they paid. http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/08/americas-fiscal-union.