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February 18, 2011

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I guess, according to Joke Line, that the right to peaceably assemble thingie, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances doodad are null and void if there's a Repug governor elected.

The man would suck the dick of anyone who proclaimed himself king.

Period.

"...Government officials were, in effect, bribing their most activist constituents."

As opposed to passing massive tax cuts and subsidies for one's political supporters, which is totally okay.

Damn right, Snarki.

Joe Klein is a walking pile of offal. I'd love to see ANY goddamn hard data that backs up the fantasy that school janitors made $60,000 per year today, much less thirty fucking years ago. Seeing as how, in 1981, the nominal median household income in the US was a whopping $19,074, I kind of doubt that any fucking janitors anywhere made three times the fucking median household income. In inflation-adjusted dollars, that would be almost 43 grand. And you know he didn't use constant dollars, because he's a dumb fuck. What a fucking tool. Oh, and what's that, you say? I should be looking at data for NY state instead of the country as a whole? Well, for 1979 (the closest year to 1981 I could find for this measure), median household income in NY state was $16,647. You know, this shit ain't that hard to find. A couple of minutes with Google and the Census Bureau website, and BAM--a supported argument.

What's that, you say? What about personal income, and not household? I'm glad you asked, because household income often is the result of two wage earners. It turns out that, in 1981, median personal income for males was $13,473, and for females, it was $5,458.

That's a far fucking cry from $60K. You know he's just making shit the fuck up.

All data courtesy of the US Census Bureau. Data without linked citation is available in downloadable .xls format from these sites.

The takeaway message? FUCK YOU, YOU FUCKIN' FUCK.

Did Klein write about elections having consequences in 2009 during HCR? Like, you stupid Tea Partiers, Obama can do what he want, and the Senate GOP better fucking get in line?

The whole concept of public unions should be illegal, in that it allows members to be represented twice, once directly at the negotiating table as a union member, and again at the polling booth as a citizen of the locality. Simultaneously, each of those privately-employed citizens who together pay the bulk of the union members’ salaries have but one vote, and effectively no power to fight off the unions’ ever-greedier demands. One man, one vote? Not when there are public unions, who offer nothing but specious rationalizations and thuggery when challenged. Public unions are undemocratic in theory, and stink of nothing but corruption in reality. They must all be dissolved.

Stick that up where the sun doesn't shine, you treason-mongers.

So I'm looking for Klein's robust denunciation of the Wall Street babies who whined about how their contracts which allowed them such huge bonuses when their employers nearly broke the world's economic system couldn't be infringed because, by God, they were CONTRACTS and therefore sacred.

It isn't even as if unions haven't been negotiating away all kinds of benefits over the last two decades. It isn't as if, time after time, you read about workers taking cuts in benefits, in pensions, in all the things that they'd negotiated for as a part of their compensation for work already performed.

That's not good enough for Walker. He and the people supporting him don't even want working people to have the POSSIBILITY of standing up for their rights. I remind Klein and all the others talking about budgets and deficits that this bill doesn't just require union members to pay more for their benefits, but basically eviscerates the unions' abilities to EVER negotiate anything again.

Man, I love trolls. I'm gonna go stare at my chest full of medals and honorable discharge paperwork and remind myself that I'm a treason-monger.

Did you write the same things when ObamaCare was passed against the wishes of MILLIONS of people who wanted to be heard on the steps of the capital? Gov Walker told these people months ago what he was going to do. People are still finding things in ObmamCare that nobody knew about. Yes elections have consequences and it doesn't mean you don't have a right to be heard, just don't plan on winning the argument.

^ Illinois teabaggers. I hate Illinois teabaggers.

someone should make Joke produce evidence that ANY janitor in NY 30 years ago was paid $60,000... that's laughable on it's face... so why would you even bother with the rest of the bs he's pushing?

Hey, teabagger Diane - are you going to Madison for the counter-protest today? I heard Joe The Plumber might show up!!!1!

you spelled that wrong. it's plummer.

We're treason-mongers now? Cool!

The average salary of a school janitor in NYC is $33,000, and that's the second highest in the nation, right now, not 30 years ago. Head Custodians of some large high schools, who usually oversee a campus of buildings and rather large staffs of janitors, engineers, and maintenance and repair people, often make much more than that, as you would expect, but calling them "janitors" is like calling a Head Nurse an "orderly." Like any occupation, there are a small fraction of custodians who game the system for all they can squeeze out of it, just like journalists with expense accounts at Time who would rather obfuscate the truth than report on it.

Yeah....those janitors are living in large. Listen anecdote boy....I'll tell you a few anecdotes based on actually talking with the janitor who cleaned the building I worked in before I retired from the State University I worked for.

He told me that over the past five years, the total number of janitors on campus had never increased, despite the addition of a 134-bed dormitory (paid for by sharply hiked student fees...not by the state), and the addition of a training center - both needed to meet the needs of an enrollment which had nearly doubled over the past decade.

Worse yet, the same janitorial staff was being asked to clean those buildings with the same amount of cleaning supplies they were budgeted for four years ago. And they get to work nights and they get all the accolades and praise and recognition our society commonly affords people who work as janitors.

The latest budget proposal for our governor will give the State University system next year a level of funding the system had a decade ago when it was educating 70,000 fewer students. Our school is facing a one-year cut of 18 percent overall IF the legislature agrees to the Governor's budget plan which includes the continuation of a series of temporary tax increases due to expire this year. The only way those tax levels can be sustained is if the GOP relents and allows a statewide voter referendum on this issue. Right now they are refusing to do so, so stop any yammering about the rights given to us in a democracy.

Oh, and by the way, the GOP also managed, a few years ago, to get a provision added to the Constitution of the state, mandating that tax increases (is this an increase or a continuation of an existing tax) must get a 2/3rds majority to pass. So much for the tyranny of the majority.

So, IF the voters are given the chance to vote and IF two-thirds of them plus one agree to continue those taxes, then the cut to our University will be ONLY 18 percent. If either of those events fails to happen, then the cut to the institution will be about 35%....in one year.....in an institution where wages and benefits constitute about 85% of overall costs. Under the worst of these scenarios, tuition could rise another 50% or more....in one year.

I spent five years at the institution. I did so at age 68. I had to wait that long because my retirement investments had taken a massive whack due to Bush-era laissez faire market mayhem.

I left making less than when I started and that included a year under mandatory furloughs (unpaid) which constituted a 10 percent cut in pay. Tuition has jumped 45% in the last three years. I watched repeatedly as job vacancies created by retirement or departure went unfilled as the job duties of the position were then divided up and given to remaining workers, already handling responsibilities of a job and a half or more....and with no increase in pay for the extra work. The school's gymnasium was built in WW II and is designed to serve a student body about a quarter the size of today's.

So don't start blathering about unwillingness to sacrifice.

And finally...lest you forget, and I know you did, a key factor in the current problems being faced by employee pension funds across the country is the hit they took when the markets cratered under the policies and lack of regulation of the GOP. Workers PAID their share into those funds. The state's didn't. The workers are reaping the whirlwind as a result. The guys on Wall Street are still making their giant bonuses and avoiding responsibility for the mess they made of so many lives....not the least of them the union members you so blithely attack. They are also working like mad to privatize Social Security so they can make more commissions on sales of stock which will then crater again, leaving retirees with even less.

We teach your children Joke Line! Your children graduate and get hired by business, industry, non-profits and governments. They pay taxes, not consume them. They return over $4 for every $1 invested in them. They are your future and ours. We teach them.

You probably ought to return to school. It is obvious you need an education because making policy by unsubstantiated anecdote may be a great strategy for the GOP, but it is no way to deal with reality.

I'm still waiting for Joe Klein to demand that the illegal activities of the financial sector be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, for him to recognize that the banks instituted a system whose sole real purpose was to deny state and local governments title fees and then didn't even do the job they were supposed to do.

After he does that, I'm waiting for Klein to notice that much of the so-called pension problems in America, at every level is that while the employees were being docked this percentage or that percentage for their pensions and health care, the governments were low balling or ignoring completely their need to contribute a certain percentage to keep those CONTRACTUAL obligations solvent. And while this is bipartisan, much of the need for this accounting slight of hand is because of the Republican idea that they can have roads and sewage systems and emergency services without paying for them.

So to him I say, step outside and actually notice what is going on. That the middle class has been decimated by the destruction of unions. That our economy is tanking beause of ideas like you promote daily, that include no responsibility for those at the top. And that the people who fight that actually believe in taxation for the public good, and the one's screaming want people in the streets, eventually to die there even for you to step over. That's right, Joe, the people who always think you can keep things the same with less money are the Republicans. And notice the sheep they get to go out and protest for them don't have a clue what a government service is, and how many of them they use. (Keep your hands off my medicare! would mean NO medicare you asses.) And part of the reason they do that is because of crap reporting. Yup crap, as in manure. The only way it would be "crack" is "Was Joe Klein on crack when he filed that report!?!"

If janitors in NYC schools in 1980 were making 60K, I'll eat my laptop.

If janitors in NYC schools in 1980 were making 60K, I'll eat my laptop.

They cleaned up after welfare queens driving Cadillacs, young bucks buying t-bone steaks with food stamps, and other caricatures from Reagan Republican Anecdote Fantasy Land.

daveinboca @ 8:

Thank you! Yours is the best argument for breaking up corporations I've ever seen!

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