13 May 2009

I lost my job today

we should organize a search party....

so anyway, the cold stainless steel hook of unemployment has once again snatched me good. Tell me again why didn't I study marine biology or go to Culinary Arts school?

If you're seeking coherence, you are invited to look elsewhere.

It was a brutally ugly day, even by Stoopid Business™ standards. Eighty-four (84) people out of one hundred twenty two (122) are out of work tonight. And that's just my division. As I was being walked through HR during the exit process, I saw several foot-tall stacks of the "termination packages".

I resisted the urge to ask TheMissus™ "So, how's that Obama vote working out for you?".

TheMissus™, of course, did not resist the urge to bash GWB, this being all his fault, don't you know. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink and all that rot.

I've been down this road before: I've been dealt the "reduction in force" card now four times in the past twelve years. Let's see how it all played out:

1997: Clinton as POTUS / Company re-org: ThenGirlFriend™: "you hated that job anyway, there's plenty of opportunity....." (there really wasn't "plenty of opportunity"; I took a job at a 10% pay cut)

2004: Bush as POTUS / company downsizing: TheMissus™: "jebeezus, what are we going to do? It's all that fother mucker's Bush's fault......" (yet I was only out of work for six weeks, and then resumed working at a pay rate that was 30% larger than in 1997)

2005: again, Bush as POTUS / company downsizing: TheMissus™: "IF YOU EVER VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN AGAIN, I'M TAKING THE KIDS AND LEAVING YOU. DOG GAMN THAT GEORGE W. BUSH, BECUASE OF HIM, YOU'VE LOST TWO JOBS!!!!eleventy!!!!" (I was back at work within two weeks, only 6% off the 2004 pace)

2009: (today) Obama as POTUS / company downsizing: TheMissus™: "you know, it's gonna be all right...Obama's got the plan and is actually going to help people UNLIKE THAT FOTHER MUCKER BUSH, WHO ONLY WANTED THE OIL!!!!!!!eleventy!!!!!!!!eleventy!!! Barack is actually putting people to work, and in "green" jobs; he has people out there, employed, building bridges, fixing roads, picking up garbage......you should really look in to jobs in the solar industry....did you see it? A unicorn just jumped over the backyard fence. It was beautiful. Where did this all these Skittles™ come from? A unicorn! In our own back yard! Thank you, Barack!" (TBD)

I'll say it again: And you people wonder why I drink.

To paraphrase Animal House: "My advice to you, Flounder, is to avoid 'mixed marriages' and to start drinking heavily".

Stock tip: shares of Val-U-Rite Vodka Industries are gonna go way up. Trust me......Now that I'm not an active participant in the Stoopid (Automotive) Business™, maybe I can finally start to 'splain to yous people what it's actually all about.....

more soon


At 09 June, 2009 05:35, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This depression is going to get a lot worse for most of us. Millions will go cold and hungry. It didn't have to be this way. Greed ruins everything. Its true. Ask any professor of economics.

"As mass production has to be accompanied by mass consumption; mass consumption, in turn, implies a distribution of wealth -- not of existing wealth, but of wealth as it is currently produced -- to provide men with buying power equal to the amount of goods and services offered by the nation's economic machinery. Instead of achieving that kind of distribution, a giant suction pump had by 1929-30 drawn into a few hands an increasing portion of currently produced wealth. This served them as capital accumulations. But by taking purchasing power out of the hands of mass consumers, the savers denied to themselves the kind of effective demand for their products that would justify a reinvestment of their capital accumulations in new plants. In consequence, as in a poker game where the chips were concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the other fellows could stay in the game only by borrowing. When their credit ran out, the game stopped."

Marriner Eccles, FDR's Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank - 1959

In other words, the first Great Depression was caused by greed. The rich couldn't settle for reasonable pay. They had to have more and more and more. That caused a shift in buying power from the majority to the rich. When the majority lost their buying power, they lost their ability to support the economy. Einstein said basically the same thing in 1949.

Its even worse now. Ordinary people havn't only lost their relative buying power. They have also lost their savings, home values, pensions, and benefits. Meanwhile, the rich have become super incredibly rich. The richest 500 Americans are worth about 2 trillion dollars. More than the bottom 40% of American housholds combined. The richest 1 percent are worth about 18 trillion dollars. More than the bottom 98% of American households combined. Thats just insane. I don't care how much work for humanity the rich claim to do. Its nothing but a cover for their own greed. We don't need anymore rich people to create jobs or make donations for charity. We need them to get reasonable about how much money and assets they keep for themselves.

Don't believe their excuse about paying more income taxes. They don't pay enough. For every tax the rich pay, they get an obscene profit, bailout, contract, or kickback from our government to cover it. We had a progressive tax system that worked for over 40 years after the first Great Depression. It prevented too much wealth from being concentrated. In 1976, the middle 80% owned about 2/3 of America's total wealth. Reagan lowered taxes for the rich. Bush lowered them again. Now, the richest 5% own about 2/3 of America's total wealth. The lower 95% own about 1/3. America's wealth has been transfered from poor to rich again. Now, we have another depression.

Don't believe it when the rich claim to be getting poorer. Property values have gone down for everyone. Thats because of the concentration of wealth and income. When the economy slows down, property values tank. So when rich people complain about lower net worth, its a trick. They still have the same buying power on average.

Too much wealth has already been taken away from the majority and concentrated into the private vaults of rich people. The same ones on TV telling us how much they want to help the world. Its a big lie. Just another way to promote their own names. Rich people don't want to help the world. They want to own it.

Now, the economy is ruined. Obama can't fix it because the rich won't let him. There will be no bailout for the people because the rich won't let it happen. They always want more. The same thing has been happening in other economies around the world. The world's rich have been getting richer. Now, we have a global recession. Its going to get a lot worse. It didn't have to be this way. Greed ruins everything.

Please copy and spread the word.


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