Archive for the ‘exploitation’ Category

This video is a must-see for anyone who wishes to understand the truth behind our present economic disaster and why Republicans should never, EVER again be trusted to control the country’s wealth.  They ran us into the ground many times before, and they’ll do it again.

So you see, the disaster visited upon us by Bush & Co isn’t an aberration.  It’s a logical result of a failed ideology.

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What a difference six months makes.

During the run-up to the election, then-Senator Obama argued repeatedly against the Bush Administration’s illegal and unethical warrantless wiretapping program and lamented the same administration’s repeated use of the so-called “state’s secrets” privelege.  From barackobama.com:

Secrecy Dominates Government Actions: The Bush administration has ignored public disclosure rules and has invoked a legal tool known as the “state secrets” privilege more than any other previous administration to get cases thrown out of civil court.

But that was then, and this, as they say, is now.  President Obama apparently now thinks the same “state’s secrets” privelege invoked by the Bush crowd actually is kind of useful after all.  President Obama’s own Department of Justice recently issued a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the NSA by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, claiming that allowing the case to continue would “cause exceptionally grave harm to national security”.

This is exactly the position that the Bush crowd took regarding wiretapping.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration takes it a step further, alleging that the government can be held immune from lawsuits relating to warrantless wiretapping.  It’s something called “sovereign immunity”; in other words, you can’t sue the king for violations of his own laws.

This is shocking and saddening to see.  I expected better from President Obama than this mindless continuation of Bush’s worst mistakes.

Keith Olbermann had an outstanding Special Comment last night.  I haven’t found full transcript yet, but for now here’s the video in case you missed it.

I couldn’t agree more.  These parasites, crooks and liars have gotten away with their economic rape and extortion for far too long.  They need to be brought back down to earth.

Apparently not being on top in the burger business has its advantages.  It seems that while McDonald’s and Taco Bell have both agreed to pressure their suppliers into paying tomato pickers a higher (and therefore more fair) salary, Burger King has decided that slavery is a pretty good business model after all.

I’ll clarify:  Recently a group of farm workers – tomato pickers, whose working conditions and wages can only be described as abusive –  successfully pressured McDonald’s and Taco Bell into an agreement whereby their wages would be increased to 77 cents per 32-pound basket of tomatoes from a previous rate of 45 cents.  The average salary for a tomato picker in Florida, where most of the industry’s tomatoes are grown, amounts to about $13,000 annually.

Burger King has threatened to “fine” growers who comply with the new agreement $100,000, claiming that the pay raises are “un-American”.  The Florida Tomato Growers’ Exchange, a cooperative representing most of the state’s growers, has also threatened fines and “noncompliance penalties” for the same illogical, self-serving reason.

 

The truth is, they don’t want to pay their workers a fair wage for the work they do because American big business can’t let go of its 19th-century era dependence on slave labor.  Americans want cheap goods, services and food, and to keep costs down, employers must choose between fair wages and exploitation.

The workers who pick the tomatoes, oranges, and other foods you eat often live and work in conditions that would land you in prison for years if you did it to a dog.  This is yet another national disgrace.

I have not eaten from Burger King in years.  Their food is vile and I find their commercials disturbing to say the least.  I could care less whether BK stops making the Whopper, and if I ever woke up “with the King” I’d kick his plastic ass.  I will be boycotting Burger King and any other corporation that capitulates to the abusive lies of the Florida Growers Exchange, until they join the 21st century and start paying their workers a fair wage.

For more detailed reporting on this matter, I suggest reading these articles:

Tomato Pickers’ Wages Face Obstacles

 20 Protest at Burger King over Pickers’ Pay Rate