Above the Fray

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Gag Reflex

Nick Burbules gets it right. I am ..... speechless!

PBD - Progressive Blog Digest
Saturday, May 07, 2005

False piety: distasteful in anyone, but utterly gag-inducing coming from Tom DeLay

From First draft:

"Just think of what we could accomplish if we checked our pride at the door, if collectively we all spent less time taking credit and more time deserving it," DeLay told the 54th annual National Day of Prayer gathering on Capitol Hill. "If we spent less time ducking responsibility and more time welcoming it. If we spent less time on our soapboxes and more time on our knees."

DeLay drew appreciative smiles when he added, "For in God, all things are possible, ladies and gentlemen. And even greatness from lowly sinners like you and me -- especially me."...

He smiled as he hustled past reporters. A television correspondent asked DeLay how he had chosen his topic, and the lawmaker replied, "Humility is something I work on every day." ...

[NB: Yes, that’s right, especially you. I think I read that admitting your sins is the first step toward forgiveness. We’ll be waiting for that. . .]

PBD - Progressive Blog Digest

I am still too stunned to comment.. shocked, shocked I say..

And so it goes...

Friday, May 06, 2005

Prosperity Alert

A Nationwide Pay Cut

Even if your employer hasn't actually cut your pay recently, when you look at the economy as a whole, it's as if all of America has taken a pay cut.

That's because, for the first time in 14 years, wages aren't keeping up with inflation . The cost of living is creeping upward while employees' take-home pay stays the same.

One reason for this (and, I think, a good reason for outrage) is that corporations are making record profits—but they're not passing any of that money onto their employees. They don't have to.

In a stagnant job market like our current one, there are so many people willing to work at nearly any price that corporations can siphon more productivity out of their workers without any increased compensation.

Add to this mess the increasingly higher health care premiums that employers are forcing workers to pay, plus cuts in government services that help low-income people, and there should be more than enough outrage to go around.

TomPaine.com - A Nationwide Pay Cut

I am waiting for a confirmation from Paul Krugman.. and so it goes