Collective Bargaining Explained

Via the Heritage Foundation and our friends over at Questions and Observations comes a simple video of what collective bargaining is, and why it is not good for the taxpayer.

Damned Racism! Boycott the Olympics!

Close your eyes and imagine the scene. You work for internationally renowned Wolff Olins, a company that deals with branding and logos.

The contract value: $800,000.
The client: the 2012 London Olympic Committee
The deal: design a logo and brand that will represent the 2012 Olympics.

One has to believe that the weight of this project is enormous. This logo will be seen by billions of people in trillions of places. Companies will pay to have this logo on their product. Every Olympic broadcast will have this logo prominently displayed. The logo will never be changed. It will remain this way for the entirety of history.

Oh the pride. The majesty. The prestige.

Kind of makes you proud, doesn’t it?

Aw, screw it. Open your eyes and go consume large quantities of warm English Ale and get drunk. Kiss the porcelain king and the next day, in the midst of a hangover seldom felt by mankind, present the image shown above as the official logo of the 2012 Olympics.

“Civility for Thee, not for Me.”

Before he was sixteen years old, George Washington copied and transcribed Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation. To be honest, many of the rules are somewhat quaint and some are slightly outdated. For example, the 92nd rule admonishes to “Take no Salt or cut Bread with your Knife Greasy.” Likewise, “If you Soak bread in the Sauce let it be no more than what you put in your Mouth at a time and blow not your broth at Table but Stay till Cools of it Self,” seems a little outdated on some level.

Many of the Rules of Civility are from a bygone era, but many still apply today such as number 65 which states “Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion.

We all remember the horrific shooting of January, 2011 in Tuscon where a crazed lunatic gunned down 6 people, including a 9 year old girl and a federal judge, and wounded 13 others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Immediately after the shooting, those on the left started to spew the idea that the shooting was the result of “hateful right wing rhetoric.” Despite the fact that the alleged shooter (“alleged” only because he hasn’t been convicted in court) leaned more to the left than the right, Democrats and leftists continued to pound that it was hate speech from the right the fueled the shooting.

About Those Solar Panel Rebates?

Imagine if you will that you go into a store to purchase a “Acme Gizmo 2010.” As you stare at the shelves fill of the product, a salesman comes up to you and says “why are you looking at the Gizmo 2010? The Gizmo 2011 is here and there is a 30% rebate with it! Sure, it is more expensive, but you are getting so much for it. And the rebate makes it affordable!”

You decide to purchase the spankin’ new Gizmo 2011 and take it home. After installing it and marveling at all its wonders and features, you fill out the rebate form and mail it to the Acme Corporation.

A few weeks later, you get a letter from Acme saying “sorry, we can’t pay for the rebate, but the moment we can, you’ll be first on the list to get reimbursed.”

There is not a person amongst us that is going to be happy with that. Not in the least. Not at all. Visions of angry letters, phone calls, lawyers and class action lawsuits dance through your head.

You know that on every level – legal, ethical and moral – that you have been wronged. The company promised you a rebate and now are reneging on that promise.

But “legal, ethical and moral” arguments don’t apply to governments.

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