Wednesday, December 6, 2006

They Don't Work So Hard For Our Money

TPM has this piece, okay, I saw it there first, but heard it on the AAR radio driving to work, Stacy Taylor riffing a little rant on the outrageous notion that Congress should work for their money, including this offhand comment, which I think is a great idea.

Show them your pay stubs, appropriately blacked out, show Congress how much we work, and how those hours are part of the sacrifice we pay to keep a roof over our beds, and food on our tables, and sanity in our heads. Send it not just to Congressman Kingston, the Vice Chair of the Republican Conference, here, but to your local Rep and Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi.

Congressmen sometimes have a hard time relating to the nuts and bolts of reality, and it would serve them well to see what it is we have to put up with in order to carve out some kind of living in this wonderful free market world the GOP has shoved down our throats.

I see this as a learning opportunity. Show them your hours, then maybe lay out a typical week or day, and ask them why it has to be this way for working Americans, people who don't lie and cheat, who don't live in some fantasy land where opportunity is there for the picking, where everybody was on the school newspaper or the football team or has some wonderful talent that makes them marketable. We have to be marketable or else we aren't worth a damn you know.

And I find that to be unacceptable.


iamcoyote said...

Great idea, Ducky, I wonder if I can get my pay stub blown up to poster size; showing how I haven't had a raise in 5 years, how my paycheck has gone down because health insurance has gone up, how my house is losing value every year, etc. I'm glad this story is getting lots of play, because the public needs to see who the real latte-drinking elites are.

Seven of Six said...

Or how about a disabled Veteran who can't get a job! Someone who is a liability, uninsurable to most companies, someone who has a few skeletons (service connected mistakes) in the closet! We need to have this mindset erased. Have them discuss with my last employer how reliable and hard working I was, not what might happen if they employ me! Realize the days of pain I ignored to go to work, what I was able to accomplish, hell I was even employee of the quarter once! I'm just saying things are not always what they seem on paper, yet most HR's so quick to discriminate and only follow policy.
Sorry for the rant!

Duckman GR said...

Rant away brother, rant away.

Some of these people are truly out of touch, some are just selfish and greedy, and some are just dumb.

And some are all of the above.

Get your last employer to write you an honest letter of recommendation and send it to your rep and to kingston and tell them how you have a hard time even finding work, you'ld be happy to take their 3 days a week job for a quarter of the pay!