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Finally, a brilliant move by the Dems

Apparently the Democrats are planning to make the Repugnicans’ refusal to go along with Wall Street reform a centerpiece of their November election strategy.

It’s a brilliant move.

Perhaps spurred on by the attention that Michael Moore brought to the subject in his documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story” (which I reviewed here and which I just watched again on DVD), the Democrats have seized upon the fact that the Repugnicans prefer unfettered financial fraud to any regulations on Wall Street whatsofuckingever.

With so many Americans struggling financially, for them to see, graphically, what the Repugnican Party stands f0r — the interests of the plutocrats, the true elites — around election time should put a significant dent in any gains the Repugnicans otherwise anticipated they’d make.

The Repugnican Party’s insistence on aiding the already filthy rich at the expense of the rest of us should do at the ballot box for the Democrats what the unelected Bush regime’s constant reminder of the “threat” of “terrorism” did for the Repugnicans at the ballot box in 2002 and in 2004.

I’m starting to feel some hope that we’re going to have some change…  

Chuck Crist poised to pull a Benedict Lieberman

I remember the joke that Jon Stewart made when former Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman announced that he would run for re-election to the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate (under the newly formed “party” of “Connecticut for Lieberman”after he had lost the Democratic primary to opponent Ned Lamont: Stewart joked that Lieberman had announced that if he lost the Senate election, then he would start his own Senate. (Unfortunately, Lieberman won the 2006 election as an “independent,” but fortunately, this meant that he didn’t have to start his own Senate…)

That’s pretty much what it has come to, with power-hungry, egomaniacal baby-boomer (I know, redundant…) politicians refusing to take no for an answer and wanting to hold on to their power at all costs.

Repugnican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is featured in the excellent documentary “Outrage” as being a probable closet case, is considering running for the U.S. Senate as an independent because his Repugnican primary opponent, wingnut Marco Rubio, has overtaken him in the polls.

Under Florida law, Crist has until April 30 to decide whether to remain in the Repugnican primary or to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent, a la Lieberman. (Under Connecticut law, Benedict Lieberman still was able to run as an independent after he lost the Democratic primary, but Crist does not have that option. [I suppose that Florida can do some things right where the fairness of elections are concerned…].) 

Crist has indicated that he’ll do what’s best for the people of Florida.

Oh, bullshit.

Crist will do what’s best for Crist.

Those who choose to participate in one of the two major parties should accept their fate if their political fortunes fall. Running as an “independent” because one can’t make it in his or her chosen party anymore is one of the refuges of the scoundrel.

It’s no different from phone-tapping

It is lamentable that those making the legal decisions regarding the privacy of employees’ electronic communications (e-mails, text-messages, etc.) are mostly baby boomers (or even older people) who barely fucking understand today’s electronic communications.*

I wholeheartedly disagree that an employer’s mere warning that its employees’ communications may be monitored makes it legal for it to monitor its employees’ communications any more than tapping their telephones is legal (except in certain circumstances, such as at call centers).

And if I give you warning that I might punch you in the face, does that make it legal for me to punch you in the face? Since when does a mere warning make a follow-up action legal?

New communications technology does not mean that the privacy laws that already apply to telephones, for example, don’t apply to that new technology.

The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding this issue now, with new Justice Sonia Sotomayor seeming to be leaning on the side of privacy protection and most of the other justices leaning on the side of Big Brother. 

Fact is, as Sotomayor seems to have indicated, most employers who snoop on their employees just get off on snooping.

Tell you what: When all of us can read the employers’ electronic communications, then maybe they can read ours. 

Um, yeah.

*The Associated Press indicates that Chief “Justice” John Roberts and “Justice” Antonin Scalia apparently don’t even understand how text-messaging works, yet they are poised to rule on whether or not privacy law applies to text-messaging.

Bill Clinton: Can’t we all just get along?

Former President Bill Clinton is quoted by The Associated Press as having said that the United States has an image around the world of having too much political infighting.

God, I’m sick and fucking tired of hearing direct or indirect calls for a national singing of “Kumbaya.”

Much if not most of the opposition to President Barack Obama stems from the fact that he is presiding while black, for fuck’s sake.

I’m supposed to make nice with a bunch of fucking racists and white supremacists? Who hate me and who want to continue to oppress me because I’m gay?

I just don’t fucking think so!

The rest of the world can think what it wants to think.

And Bill Clinton can go kiss all of the wingnut ass that he likes.

I, for one, would rather die than to give the impression that I think that the likes of Sarah Palin-Quayle and Glenn Beck and their fascistic followers are anything less than satanic.

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Why we (non-boomers) hate our jobs

Only 45 percent of Americans are happy in their jobs, which represents a record low in the surveyors’ 20-plus years of surveying Americans on their job satisfaction.

While the knee-jerk tendency is to blame such statistics (almost) entirely on monetary issues, my own historical insufficient job satisfaction comes from much more than just monetary issues.

I see these factors (not necessarily in any certain order) as contributing significantly to Americans’ low job satisfaction:

  • Most supervisors at the workplace are baby boomers, and most baby boomers are in it for themselves. They’re in their supervisory jobs not to make everything better for everyone at the workplace, but to make everything better for themselves. They like their big salaries and they like telling others what to do instead of vice-versa; they get off on their power trips. They create toxic workplace environments in which the employees know that to complain or criticize, even nicely and professionally, probably will bring boomer retaliation upon them, and yet these very same boomers tell themselves, even though they have created such environments of fear and intimidation, that their employees just wuv them because Hey, their employees never complain or criticize! Anyway, the boomers’ focus isn’t to leave the workplace in better shape than they got it, but to leave the workplace with the most that they can suck out of it, such as in their too-high salaries and in their retirement and other benefits. And this shows. Every day.
  • Following the boomers’ example, too many non-supervisory workers (and non-boomer supervisors) are in it for themselves, too. “Teamwork” is just a bullshit word that is tossed around the workplace, often used only or primarily in order to strong-arm others into doing things that aren’t their responsibility.
  • Workers who live from paycheck to paycheck (or nearly so) see that although they’re performing the brunt of the work, it’s the clueless (usually baby-boomer) managers who are making all of the dough. Often the overpaid boomers brag about their latest big purchase or their overseas vacation, which does not improve the morale of those of us who cannot afford such things. Even the dullest of human beings know unfairness when they experience it, and it’s not fair that those who perform the lion’s share of the work get only scraps.
  • The boomers won’t go the fuck awayyou have to pry their cold, dead fingers from their jobs, like you would with a U.S. Supreme Court justice — and by the time that any of us who are younger than the boomers could ever ascend to a managerial position, out of disgust for the workplace we long would have lost the desire to do so. The boomers’ parents stepped aside in order to give the boomers the reins. But the spoiled-brat boomers refuse to do the same for those who follow them.
  • Way too often, those in supervisory positions got those positions not for their competence, but for their willingess to shit and piss and to crack the whip upon their underlings, which is what those above them require them to do. (Interestingly, the boomer supervisors usually are being just as exploited by the plutocrats as are we underlings, yet the boomer supervisors seem oblivious to this fact.)
  • In such a highly specialized society, too often the worker does not get to see the benefits of his or her work. He or she might actually be doing some very beneficial work, but he or she will never see it.
  • We Generation X’ers (and others) have a highfalutin education that we can’t even use. We are qualified, more than qualified, even,  for the higher-level jobs, but those jobs are all taken by the boomers (and were already taken by the boomers when we entered the workplace). Because the plum jobs were claimed long, long ago, we end up doing the shit work. (My fellow Gen X’er Ted Rall appopriately has called us X’ers the “overeducated underclass.”) Despite all of this, the boomers expect us to be bouncy and giddy at the workplace. The boomers want us to be smart enough to do our jobs and their jobs, too, but to be too stupid to realize that we’re being raped in the ass with ground glass as lube.
  • Let’s face it: Corporations are in it for the money. (And most of us work for a corporation.) Whatever services or goods the corps provide are just a means of profiteering, and if there’s any quality in their goods or services at all, that’s only the minimum quality that they must provide in order to get their profits. I left nursing more than a decade ago when it was clear to me that profits were — are — waaaaay more important than are people in the wealth care — er, health care — system, and my boyfriend, who is a pharmacist, is clear that he isn’t much more than a prostitute for the big pharamaceutical corporations. What used to be noble professions are now basically prostitution gigs. (Thanks, boomers, for turning to shit everything that you put your grubbies on.)

Solutions? Turn the boomers into something that’s actually useful, such as Soylent Green, maybe?

In any case, it seems that the American workplace won’t be worth working at until the boomers have all finally kicked off. But by then, will anyone have an iota of workplace morale left?

P.S. I want to share with you Salon.com blogger Andrew Leonard’s succinct summary of the baby boomers:

In the ’60s they got all the good drugs, in the ’70s all the sex, in the ’80s all the money, and now … they won’t let go of all the jobs. It’s goes without saying that during the next decade they’ll gobble up all the good health care.

And Social Security, too.

The boomers won’t even leave us with the polar ice caps, for fuck’s sake.

Did I mention that I really, really, really hate the baby boomers?

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