Haven’t been in the mood with all that’s going on in our country.
I’ll leave this here for you.
I am still PRO-UNION, and I’ll explain that shortly. But unions have put themselves out of business with large companies by not making intelligent decisions, and of course the GREED……greed is the culprit in most cases. How can we control GREED? We can’t, no one can. The only thing anyone can do is rely on the ‘human nature’ of individual CEO’S and business owners to DO THE RIGHT THING……which of course doesn’t work. We all know that people basically have larceny in their hearts when it comes to money and usually revert to GREED. Not all of course, but MOST. Nothing you can do about it. And that’s part of the reason I AM STILL PRO-UNION…..human nature is mostly evil in the case of MONEY.
Both hubs and I come from long family history of unions. Both of our fathers were union workers, and both of us, at some point in our lives, worked for unions. We both have seen the abuse, listened to the stories of our fathers, and our relatives about unions, and have retained a wealth of information on the subject.
Watching the movie HOFFA was enlightening. It made me realize that the guy truly did have his fellow workers in mind in the beginning…..however, at some point he got greedy and filthy, and of course you all know the rest.
Union leaders are usually the ones guilty of GREED, and no, I have no answers for how to stop that….if I did, I’d offer it, but I don’t. The workers themselves are too busy supporting their families, working long hours and trying to have a life in this great country. They have no time to monitor union leaders and their GREED, and they don’t notice anything is wrong until it’s too late.
Like the Railroad for instance. I worked for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad back in the late sixties. The union wages were out of this world for that period in time……and the benefits…..wow, unheard of! It was fabulous being paid over a hundred bucks a day to ‘type’ on the teletype machine!
Teletype machines were already ancient when I went to work for the Railroad.
But now I can easily admit the wages for beyond the worth of the job back then, and of course all of the abuse by union leaders eventually put many railroads down the crapper.
Now hubs, his dad was a steelworker earning union wages. His personal stories include workers pushing brooms for union wages, and 13 week PAID VACATIONS!—–come on, we know that wasn’t right. Again, union leader ABUSE.
Businesses cannot survive on that kind of abuse, they eventually wither and DIE…. U.S. STEEL $17 dollars an hour wage for pushing a broom? Even by today’s standards, THAT is RIDICULOUS.
So, can we really FAULT businesses who have escaped UNION WORKERS for cheaper labor?
THINK ABOUT THAT.
Union leaders must re-evaluate themselves at this point.
The stories of abuse continue on today with Teachers unions and other Manufacturing unions. There must be a better way.
I don’t think the AMERICAN WORKER can be without a UNION.
I don’t. I am solidly behind UNIONS because without unions, people suffer.
Look at the many stories of the immigrants workers being injured on bad equipment in meatpacking plants right here in AMERICA? They have no union to protect them.
People must be PROTECTED from evil, and GREED is evil in my book.
UNIONS ARE MEANT TO PROTECT THE WORKER FROM ABUSE AND GUARANTEE A ‘FAIR WAGE’ FOR THE JOB THEY PERFORM
I AM SOLID ON THAT DESCRIPTION.
WHEN IT ABUSES BUSINESS OWNERS IT ONLY HURTS THE WORKERS WHO THEN LOSE THEIR JOBS.
THERE MUST BE A BALANCE FOR ALL INVOLVED.
And on the subject of SKILLED UNIONS I am ALL THERE because skilled unions have schools, known as apprentice programs in the TRADES, you must acquire these skills in order to be hired as an operator of heavy equipment, a carpenter, a plumber, a gas-line worker……etc., etc., etc…….and yes, crooked business owners have tried hiring UNSKILLED workers for these jobs to their dismay that result in MAJOR ACCIDENTS, fires, blow-ups,etc.
SKILL IS SKILL. LAWS MUST STAY.
Especially when the job is DANGEROUS. My dad was a union Operating Engineer, and he was highly SKILLED at his job of operating gigantic cranes on building sites.
AND YES, THESE SKILLED JOBS SHOULD BE HIGHER WAGES THAN THE PERSON WHO CLEANS TOILETS AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL…..SORRY ABOUT THAT, AND YES I’LL INCLUDE THE NOT-SO-SKILLED HAMBURGER FLIPPER…..THESE ARE NOT ‘SKILLED’ JOBS, AND IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE THAT ONE OUT, THEN I CAN’T HELP YOU.
WHEN EXACTLY DID ANYONE EVER SAY A HAMBURGER FLIPPER WAS A ‘CAREER’?…..never, because it is NOT A CAREER, it’s a summer job for students, or a part-time second job, nothing more.
FAIRNESS MUST APPLY.
This little TRUE STORY is not union related, however it proves that SUPPLY AND DEMAND rule the job market!
Around 2001 at our first retail specialty stand-alone store in a small shopping plaza we were located directly across from a very busy McDonalds. We always paid more than minimum wage because we wanted seasoned mall workers to apply for jobs at our store, their experience levels were worth the extra bucks; obviously it saved on training times by our higher paid store managers.
McDonalds across the street was advertising $12 an hour wages, which was unheard of at that time….why? Because they couldn’t find workers. We worried about losing our retail employees, but most of them said they liked working in our store more than getting the higher wages, so all ended well for us.
THIS FACT HAS BEEN PROVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Competition is GOOD.
Yes, it’s for real, your local veterinarian is retiring and the entire business is being sold to a large diagnostics company from the west coast.
It’s happening all over America. I wanted to write about this because of the shock value it had for us when taking our cat to our local vet for his yearly exam.
We ended up opting for just a few tests, the important ones, and when I got home I started researching what on earth happened to this local vet practice we had been patrons of for decades.
The answer was simple. The vet who founded the business sold out to a large corporation that expanded the business, added more services, and basically started pushing clients for the expensive part of the visit…..DIAGNOSTICS, or in other words, blood work evaluation.
Yes, the information I found was saddening. Our local vet was now a Wallstreet corporation that one could purchase stock in. And after reading the information on this huge company which is now spreading nationwide gobbling up retiring vets practices, I realized that this was the FUTURE I was looking at. There would be no more local vets who truly love animals and dedicate their lives to their practice with that in mind, but now the money and greed would take over. When I read the part about how families were willing to spend enormous sums of money on their pets for diagnostics and care, I realized that the proverbial Wallstreet monster corporation had found itself a cash cow it was going to MILK for everything it could get from pet lovers.
As usual, nothing can be done to return to the good old days, just as nothing can be done for the healthcare industry itself for humans to return to a time when people ‘cared’ about their professions, and truly dedicated themselves to what they loved.
Now, I am not saying the vet who serviced us that day was not dedicated. He was, as I said, knowledgeable and sincere, but was QUICK to dispense the diagnostics estimated bill and then trying to SELL IT like a used car salesman does…..that part was rather sad, and was what prompted me to go home and research the new name on the building.
It was quite obvious that they were pushing DIAGNOSTICS, and that was because they are a DIAGNOSTICS business, not a local vet business anymore.
We can all now look forward to Wallstreet diagnosing our beloved pets, and paying dearly for their services so they can show profits for their stockholders.
This may be an ‘original’…..I do not remember where this came from. I am inclined to think it came from someone in the family who loved VELVEETA cheese!
Let’s talk about Velveeta cheese for a moment. It’s been around a very long time, and it never goes on sale—-why? Because there is nothing else like it on earth, and probably never will be.
Oh, the food-police badmouthed it for years, but people kept on using it for smooth dips and great casseroles.
SO HERE WE GO….
2 regular 14 oz. cans of Stewed Tomatoes
1 small package of Velveeta cheese
1 bag of extra wide noodles (I only use quality egg noodles)
Brown off your ground meat and cook your noodles—-make sure noodles are not too soft as this casserole has to be baked in the oven.
Place noodles, browned beef in casserole dish then add entire cans of stewed tomatoes
Sliced up the Velveeta cheese and layer on top of casserole
Bake in 400 degree oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.
So hubs is always saying, ‘more flavor’, ‘more flavor’….
I put this together just by accident and it turned out FABULOUSLY FLAVORFUL and luscious
Jar of Bertolli Mushroom Alfredo Sauce
(this also comes in Mediterranean, they both look good)
Package of Aldi’s Quinoa Kale steam in the bag
Half a stick of butter or to your liking
Cook your pasta. Steam your bag of Quinoa, heat your Alfredo Sauce
After you cook your pasta melt better on it.
Then add your other ingredients
TOP WITH CHEESE IF YOU LIKE.
NOTE: I’m thinking of adding fresh mushrooms next time…..awesome.
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
I remember a conversation with a liberal person I know. I won’t call him friend, I’ll just say I know him. He’s not my kind of man in any situation. Leftie Lou we can call him.
I remember asking him why he hated Sarah Palin. He said “Cause she’s smarmy”….ok, so I had to look that smelly word up…..means nothing. Just a word about people’s lifestyles, where they live, how they talk, their families,etc….
LIBERALS HATE FAMILES.
Why? I’m not wasting my time analyzing these malcontent misfits, they were either raised wrong, like Obama….he had no family, abandoned child by his own mother who was self-serving nutjob woman…
I know abandoned children, when you’re abandoned by your mom, you’re f**ked for life.
JUST THE FACTS BABE.
It’s old now, it’s getting on people’s nerves.
Obama was such a constant DEPRESSANT for America, other countries felt it, they seized on it to put their depressive malcontents into demonstration modes all over Europe, burning, looting, destroying historical landmarks, and basically acting out in the streets like thugs and criminals……which is Obama’s embrace. He embraces these horrible nightmares, because he HIMSELF was treated wrong by his own parents. Sorry about that Barry, Barck, or whoever the hell you really are, but that’s not my fault.
You have control over fixing yourself……go fix yourself damn it.
This is another happy family lady with values……the right values, the values that if Michelle and Barack Obama had had, would have improved their frame of mind, improved their happiness in life, improved life for Americans……but they didn’t have it. They still don’t have it.
They don’t want it.
LET THEM GO.
Pursue your own happiness, people must do that now. The AMERICAN FAMILY is endangered greatly.
I’d say not in Pittsburgh too much, unless our progressive nutjob mayor keeps pushing it. You know, I don’t know what his ‘family’ background is, but somewhere along the way this guy has lost his soul to fag parades, furries and deviants. The non-important elements of our society that offer nothing to the community but crud.
I’ve never seen any of them doing anything of VALUE other than promoting their sick sexual preferences that no one has any interest in.
REALLY, WE DON’T.
Do what you want, reap the consequences and live with it.
No one cares.
Pittsburgh is family-oriented and will retaliate sooner or later against this progressive mayor who does not see the value in traditional family values here in our ‘Burgh.
I guess this is a Saturday morning rant.
I see how people get so damn fed up…..reminds me of a favorite article I read way back when during the election of our next President.
It described so much for me, the COLD ANGER of the American people.
AND I DO MEAN COLD ANGER because at this point WE AMERICANS are totally washed out with crooked politicians lining their own pockets for their own good and FORGETTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
WE ARE FED UP TO THE MAX.
READ THE ARTICLE, YOU’LL BE BLESSED WITH KNOWLEDGE;-)
First, here is a word from Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina:
We’re voting on hundreds of amendments this week to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). One of those amendments offered by Vicki Hartzler of Missouri would prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used for gender reassignment surgery for military personnel and their family members, which has an estimated to cost $1.35 billion over 10 years. Passing this amendment and banning the government from picking up the tab on this should be common sense, right? Wrong! The amendment was defeated 214-209. Every Democrat voted against the amendment along with 24 Republicans. We’re $20 trillion dollars in debt, the VA is in shambles, our soldiers aren’t paid enough, and we’re at war with Islamic State, but sure, let’s spend a billion dollars on this. The military restricts people with asthma from serving in the military, but we’re going to pay out billions for people who want to change their sex?
HERE IS THE LIST OF REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO PAY FOR TRANSGENDER OPERATIONS IN THE MILITARY—–HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THEM ALL VOTED OUT
Amash, Bergman, Coffman, Comstock,
Cook, Costello (PA), Curbelo (FL),
Denham, Dent, Faso, Fitzpatrick,
Issa, Katko, Knight, Lance, LoBiondo,
MacArthur, Mast, Reed, Reichert,
Ros-Lehtinen, Shuster, Stefanik, Tenney
There are many explanations for this ‘disorder’, and yes it is classified as a DISORDER by professionals. There are also many treatments and solutions OTHER THAN surgery and transformation.
Regardless of any of these solutions, we as citizens cannot be responsible for birth defects, sex disorders,etc., it must be the responsibility of the individual and their health provider.
We cannot have people entering the military so they can get free transgender surgery; this is an outrage to tax payers, most do not want to pay for it.
The federal government must stop trying to control everything in people’s lives.
Is addiction related to fanaticism?
I copied the first two lines from this marvelous article in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY:
I’ve always veered clear of fanatics on any level in my lifetime, and yes, I’ve seen them, I’ve had them jump in my face, and I’ve had them turn red and screaming and slamming doors.
Fanatics, radicals, malcontents, and the mentally ill I pack them all into one category—-unhappy with life people. For whatever reason, and I must say, it is usually about BOREDOM, these fanatical people have chosen one topic for their life, and they refuse to have any other balancing values.
We all know that’s unhealthy.
I suppose the people that have these ‘afflictions’ do not know they are unhealthy, and no one has taken the time or effort to point that out to them either.
ALSO A BIG REASON I VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP
The man is BALANCED. He does possess a broad range of personal values, and as I see it, he has no ADDICTIVE OR FANATICAL behavior. All the criticism he has received from the far left people, I think that THEY are the ones who should be LEARNING from him. Hey, some may not like some of his ‘values’, but that’s how it goes…..most people don’t agree with anyone else anyhow, it’s LIFE.
PEOPLE SHOULD STOP TRYING TO CHANGE HUMAN NATURE
It can’t be done.
GREAT QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE
“Just as fanaticism and addiction grow by crowding out a person’s other values, a person who is firmly committed to a broad range of personal values is better able to resist addiction or fanaticism. In its relentless pursuit of economic growth and profit, contemporary society erodes people’s commitments to their families, their traditions, their communities, and their ideals. And in so doing, our society leaves people more vulnerable to addiction and fanaticism.”
IN A NUTSHELL, THIS EXPLAINS THE OPIOD CRISIS
FAMILIES, TRADITIONS, COMMUNITIES
ALL KEYWORDS TO A HAPPY BALANCED LIFE