Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Shiftless Whites

7 comments:

julie said...

Seriously, what do you expect is going to happen when failure is rewarded? I saw this during my tech days: with an employment contract, you could work long and hard for many hours to try to make a company profitable and then gradually profit, or you could quickly contribute to its failure, and would have to be bought out. Why work when you can make more money killing a company? There is so much money to be made in destroying things... banks, wars, 911...

Mike Duffau said...

Couldn't agree with yous more, julie! Keep punchin'

marin_explorer said...

Hilarious...thanks for posting that. I agree with Julie--there's plenty of corporations whose main goal has been pushing around overleveraged money in unethical ways, while cutting actual products/service. I know--I worked for one too. Well, those days are coming to an end--the credit binge is over.

Shortcake said...

word, julie. and there is a lot of money in taking side-steps and shortcuts. playing favorites and high-fiving your buddies only to turn around and deny those who won't rub your back with diamond lotion. that's how ron paul was weeded out of the media and eventually lost- he wasn't willing to play grab-ass and make hollow promises. he said "i will do THIS to fix THIS problem, which will lead to smaller government, as laid out in the Constitution." he was the ONLY candidate who emphasized the importance of the Constitution, and he was basially booed because he was too realistic. people don't want to see REAL change, they want to see IDEAL change because it "sounds" better. you know more people vote on "america's got talent" and "american idol" than they do in the presidential race? that tells me people care about the next teen idol craze MORE than their teen's next 70 years of life. how SAD is that? how shallow have we become? how have we come to be this way? is there an end to this ignorance?

i would definitely blame us whities. it's sad to say that my own race has dawned the decay of this once-great nation. makes me want to go up to every black person and say "i'm sorry my people have ruined your life forever." and follow it up by going up to every other person who knows what the hell is going on and say "i'm sorry there is nothing we can do but sit here and watch these stubborn whities control our lives." ugh.. i'm done talking politics.

Shortcake said...

ps: i LOVE bill maher. he is my hero.

isee3dtoo said...

I used to drive through one of the worst parts of Philadelphia everyday on my way to work. I taught at Temple University and the building I worked in borders one of "The Projects". I would drive by old factories and warehouses that are shuttered up. Some are being turned into housing (not low income housing) and slowly a new residential neighborhood is shaping up.

It has been reported that 70% of the black males in Philadelphia between the age of 25 and 45 are unemployed or under-employed. I believe it. On a daily basis I would ask myself, "how do we fix this problem?"

Is the answer education? No. Is the answer training?No. The answer is, there are no jobs. We have chased manufacturing jobs away, we make everything in China. I can educate and train anyone how to run a machine but there are no machines to run.

The people who run the show are so into making money they have NAFTA'd the jobs away. Not just North America though, we have sent the jobs everywhere else but here. Yes, T-Shirts are less expensive but that 70% of the black male population in Philadelphia they get money from somewhere besides working, and that money comes from our taxes, begging, crime, or they go without. So we have cheaper t-shirts today but we pay more elsewhere in the form of taxes.

I teach at another Philadelphia area University now but I can not get tenure. The reason is I teach. I also do research but my research does not bring in money and in order to have job security at a University that is known for teaching, teaching is not the answer. Money is. It doesn't matter that the students pay $45,000 a year to go this school which is more than enough to pay for me. The President's and Dean's office are so bloated we need more money.

It's not about doing a good job anymore or caring about the people around you. It is a shame.

?Quetal? said...

Funny, but sad.
I do not understand high finance - I cannot understand how we can bail out companies that risked mine and others savings thru risk management and pay off the CEO's and others with fat payoff's. Why are we not upset over the Senate "porking" up the bill that recently passed in the house with "earmarks" to pay back lobbyist?