The funeral is out of town and I won't be back until Sunday, but I wanted to leave you with a few links I had planned on sharing. The first one is from Think Progress:
Wage stagnation, long the bane of blue-collar workers, is now hitting people with bachelor's degrees for the first time in 30 years. Earnings for workers with four-year degrees fell 5.2% from 2000 to 2004 when adjusted for inflation, according to White House economists.From Daily Kos comes What Did You Expect, America?
Would you hire a babysitter who hates children and thinks they should be eliminated? Or who declares for years in your hearing that children are irritants who should be starved to be small, unseen and mute?Take a couple of minutes and read the whole thing.
Would you hire cops who think laws are stupid and useless and should be abolished?
Would you hire a conductor for your orchestra who believes music itself an abomination?
Then why would you hire - and you did hire them, America; they are your employees, after all, not your rulers, despite their grandiose pretensions - members of a political party who think government is useless, ineffective, bloated and untrustworthy?
[...] If you put people in charge of running a project they are ideologically committed to proving a failure, it will fail.
Finally, the next few links relate to Amway, Dick DeVos and his ideology. Even if you don't live in Michigan, they're worth reading because the rumor is that DeVos wants to use the governorship of Michigan as a springboard to the White House. (DeVos is even further to the right than Bush.)
Amway Exposed, Part One: The Profitability of Amway
Amway Exposed, Part Two: The "Tools" Scam
Why bother reading about Amway? A comment from Pohlitics sums it up well:
When you get down to brass tacks, the whole Amway universe works like this: wealthy elites exploit the poor with the false hope of achieving the "American dream" in order to enrich themselves.Finally, click on the Dateline investigation link in this post from Pohlitics and keep his words in mind:
As DeVos sees things, this is simply the AMerican WAY, and it's what he envisions for our state government. DeVos and his extreme right-wing bretheren want to build a society where the underclass works tirelessly to make the rich richer, and they view government as a tool that can be wielded to make this perverse dream a reality.
I just can't imagine how anyone who knows anything about how Amway really makes its money (or doesn't stand to be enriched by a Michigan plutocracy) could cast a vote for Dick DeVos.
As you watch, just remember that the guy who ran this company wants to run our state government. Be afraid.