First off, it does seem a bit silly for me to write me blog today after what happened in Japan.
That is a true human tragedy. And it is still unfolding.
(But no this is not about Charlie Sheen either!!)
But I can’t wait for the whacko environmentalist to start exploiting it for their own agenda.
Much like the NFL.
I was talking to a friend last weekend about why sports means basically nothing to me. I used to be a big sports fan, in my youth.
I happily attended every Michigan home football game for 12 years until I went off to college (just not there).
I went to the Tiger games. Even a few Lions games.
My last hurrah seems to have been the 1980 Olympics, the “Miracle on Ice”.
Shortly after that it was all Unions, strikes and a total greed fest.
And that’s the way I regard sports today.
A bunch of Millionaires arguing about how you split up the Millions and who get how many.
It’s the sort of thing Liberals think goes on in general society on the right.
According to a USAToday article for the 2009-2010 Season the lowest team median income was $500,000 for the Kansas City Chiefs. (They were 4-12 that year).
Jeff Pash, the league’s lead negotiator, said owners had offered to keep player pay at 2009 levels and raise it by $20 million per club over the next four years. The NFL season would remain at 16 games for the next two years, but then could expand to 18 games. Off season and pre-season workouts would be cut. Retirement and health care benefits would improve and contracts could be guaranteed beyond one year.
Jim Quinn, a lead negotiator for the union, said the owners’ proposal would have rolled back player pay to 2007 levels and amounted to a giveback of up to $8 billion over the course of the proposed 10-year deal. In addition, he said a flat salary cap would be imposed at $130 million, as the league would move away from basing player compensation on the percentage of revenues. (WSJ).
Now interestingly the Player’s Union is likely to de-unionize themselves, voluntarily giving up their holy right to collective bargaining.
So they can sue the owners pants off and run away with even more Millions! They Hope.
And the Owners would rather run off with the millions themselves.
GREED. Pure unadultered GREED.
But you won’t see the Left going all Wisconsin on The Green Bay Packers.
But I hope the fans do.
Maybe they’ll learn the lesson I apparently learned long before I was ever even political, Unions suck!
Because, you know if the players win in court and run off with the cash, they will reform their Union so they can screw the Owners the next time too.
This is what Unions do.
And that’s why I loathe them.
It’s all about the power and the money.
It’s exactly what the Left thinks the Right does on a daily basis.
The question is, will the players hang together in “solidarity” and will Jesse Jackson show up at Lambeau Field to support the “oppressed” Millionaire players. 🙂
Maybe the SEIU can rush NFL headquarters and set up squatters and chant “Hell no! We won’t go!!”
I bleed green in “solidarity” for them. 😦
But the Left and their insatiable need for cash and class warfare to pay for it never learn.
Ignoring the truism that when you tax something you get less of it, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed legislation making the Land of Lincoln the latest state to enact what’s dubbed the Amazon Tax. It’s designed to collect state sales taxes from online companies if in-state businesses do business through websites such as Seattle-based Amazon.com.
Called the “Main Street Fairness Act”. Liberals so have an special talent for Orwellian language.
Illinois now joins Hawaii, North Carolina and Rhode Island in getting around this impediment by considering affiliates as the required nexus. Amazon’s in court with New York over a similar law.
According to the Tax Foundation, such taxes do not produce huge revenue streams. “Rhode Island,” it says, “has seen no additional sales tax revenue from its Amazon tax, and because Amazon reacted by discontinuing its affiliate program, Rhode Islanders are earning less income and paying less income tax.”
Illinois has about 9,000 such affiliates, and Rebecca Madigan, director of the Performance Marketing Association, an affiliate trade group, estimates the state will lose 25% to 30% of tax revenues collected from the affiliates themselves as they lose business, cut jobs or move out of Illinois.
“It’s not going to accomplish anything,” said Tom Storm, CEO of FatWallet.com, an Amazon affiliate based in Rockton, Ill. He said he plans to move his company and 54 employees out of the state at once.
CouponCabin.com, an Illinois company that offers printable and local coupons, announced it’s planning a move to neighboring Indiana.
“Many thriving businesses like CouponCabin and other affiliate marketing will be forced to move to other states,” it said. “And most important, this law will not generate the tax revenues Illinois thinks it will collect.”
Most new taxes don’t increase revenues or jobs. When you increase the cost of doing business, you get less business and fewer jobs.
But Liberals get that warm and fuzzy endorphin buzz from their Class Warfare.
And that after all, is what it’s all about, the endorphin high “sticking it to the man!” in “defense” of the “little guy”.
<<barf bag on standby>>
Last year, Texas sent Amazon a bill for $269 million in back sales taxes based simply on Amazon’s having a warehouse there. Last month, Amazon announced it was closing the warehouse, costing 110 tax-paying employees their jobs.
The way to increase tax revenues is to increase the tax base, not tax rates. Of course, one can also spend less, and Illinois is one of those states trapped with a huge budget shortfall and bloated and unfunded state pension liabilities.
As we’ve said, the way out of our federal and state fiscal mess is to spend less time worrying about the distribution of the golden eggs and more time worrying about the health of the goose — or our goose is cooked. (IBD)
Over cooked more like.
This is hilariously on point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbwMPzbzVJM
But it sure makes Liberals and Union thugs “feel good” and they get that endorphin buzz from striking against “the rich” in the name of “the middle class”.
Problem is, the rest of us get par boiled in the process.
That bastion of “fairness” and “objectivity”. That fired a Liberal, Juan Williams for daring to say Muslims on planes make him nervous.
“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian,” said NPR’s Ron Schiller to two undercover reporters. “I wouldn’t even call it Christian; it’s this weird evangelical kind of [movement].”
Not knowing he was being videoed, Schiller continued: “The current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party, it’s been hijacked by this group; that is, not just Islamo-phobic but really xenophobic. I mean, basically, they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-American, gun toting—I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”
Schiller is being heavily criticized for these comments, as is NPR and elite liberal thinking in general. Schiller, NPR Foundation president and vice president for development (until these comments), is the Left’s latest exhibit in smearing the Tea Party movement as bigots, racists, fascists, Hitler-ites, followers of Attila the Hun, Torquemada, Genghis Khan, or whatever other handy demon.
Yet, what’s telling about Schiller’s comments is their lack of factual basis, an even greater sin from a man whose business, and erstwhile employer, is the reporting of facts. His comments are a PR problem for NPR, furthering the perception that NPR is not about unbiased reporting but primarily about opinion—a leftist opinion camouflaged as objective news.
Who was behind the set-up, why the ACORN stinger himself, James O’Keefe.
The NPR head was there to discuss a $5 million dollar donation from a Muslim group and instead got caught on Candid Camera.
And now the Left is whining about it. AGAIN.
ACORN, Planned Parenthood, now NPR.
The Public Sector Unions.
Whine, Whine, Whine.
But mind you, when Liberals manufacture “evidence” and trot it out and it’s exposed as fake they say sure it is, “but what was in it was true” as they said about the Dan Rather memo.
It’s all about the power and the money folks.
That’s all it ever is about.
But if Michael Moore is right, it’s all “our money” anyways. 🙂
Except HIS millions, that is….