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Truth is a rare commodity on teevee news programs. Truth, particularly economic truth, is never in the interests of corporate sponsors.....that's why so much time and effort is spent on creating perceptions. On last night's Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9PM), viewers were treated to a few minutes of truth about American workers. Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers International President, answers Rachel's question of whether the auto industry is being treated differently than the financial industry regarding financial rescue plans, and if so, why.....
Starting at 4:30 in...
"We've had bailouts, we've had collapses, we've had Ponzi schemes"......"Capital Management Fund bailout,....Tyco, WorldCom, Enron...tech bubble, now the housing bubble." "Nobody complained when all these guys got 100's of billions of dollars that they paid themselves as they've taken the whole economy down the tank," Gerard states adding...."Yeah, we treat those who shower before work different from those workers who must shower when they come home from work."
No truer words have been spoken on a news program. Folks who are simply regular blue collar types have been left out of the national financial equation for almost 30 years now. The GOP Godfather, Ronald Reagan, helped launch a three decade long effort to help corporations and businesses out at the expense of workers. Unbelievably, over this same period, unions have gotten the brunt of any criticism when troubling economic issues are discussed. Now in the current automakers' bailout talks, many conservative types are pointing their fingers at the workers again.
I'll never understand the thinking of working class people who are quick to blame...union workers...for national economic problems. But just like with the word "liberal".....I suppose....if you hear blame being cast onto "union workers" long enough.....after awhile you may believe it's really all their fault too, when economic times turn sour.
Leo Gerard of the Steelworker Union goes on to say why unions and workers are being blamed for current automaker woes when banking officials were not blamed for the collapse of their industry.
"I think it's Republican hypocrisy, Wall Street hypocrisy, the hypocrisy of those who are already rich and powerful.....we've deregulated the financial sector, aerospace, trucking, energy, we've deregulated global trade. Tell me which one of those has been good for working families.....It's a phony attack," Gerard rightly explains.
"When we deregulated the financial sector it was the economic equivalent of leaving 3 years old in a candy store unsupervised. You know what they're going to do. They're going to gorge themselves....and when you go get them they're going to throwup on your shoes. I'm just tired of having my shoes thrownup on by Wall Street."
Like I said....Truth.