Ever since the last election the Republicans that have come to power seem to be hell-bent on doing everything they can to undermine the middle class while protecting those for whom the phrase “well off” doesn’t begin to describe how rich they are. If you were to believe the news items coming out of FOX News you’d think that Public School Teachers are spoiled fat cats who earn way more than they should while the uber-rich are struggling to make ends meet what with all the taxes they have to pay.
A point driven home by this segment from a recent episode of The Daily Show:
When you see these segments played side-by-side like this the blatant hypocrisy of FOX News and the Republicans stands out in stark relief. The fact that so many less-than-well-off Republicans buy into this bullshit is the part that truly amazes me.
A public union employee, a tea party activist and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”
Really good humor contains an element of truth. The above is so true it almost hurts to laugh.
Found over at AMERICAblog.
I’ve said before I’m not a huge fan of unions despite having grown up in south eastern Michigan where unions are plentiful and ever present. One of the big ones, of course, is the UAW and it’s impossible to work for any of the Big Three and not be exposed to tons of pro-union bumper stickers. Some of them are more annoying than others, but the sort of slogan that tends to get my dander up most often is the faux patriotism type that equates supporting union with being a True American™. One common sticker you’ll see often among UAW members is “Real Americans Buy American”. Today I saw one on the back of truck that annoyed the shit out of me. It read “Please keep my flag off your foreign car.” and had a little American flag on the left side of it.
I was irked by it. I own a Pontiac Grand Prix, which is technically an American car despite the fact that major chunks of it are manufactured in plants outside of the U.S., so my immediate impulse was both silly and impractical. I wanted to go out and buy that Honda Civic I’ve been looking at lately and then pay someone to do a custom paint job that would wrap the whole thing in one giant image of the U.S. flag and then I’d drive it right in front of that asshat and do the speed limit just to piss him off.
For the record, the Grand Prix I own is a Sixth Generation model (ended in 2003, mine is a 2000) and was assembled in Kansas City, Kansas, but the Seventh Generation, which is the current and last production run (2008 is rumored to be the GP’s final year on the market), is assembled in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada making it a foreign car as far as I’m concerned. I believe the engine in my model was built in Brazil and various other chunks came from all over the world. Meanwhile the Eighth Generation Honda Civic is assembled in a number of countries not the least significant of which is the United States in East Liberty, Ohio.