Looks like it’s time for the fight to begin. January 11th is just around the corner, and that’s the start date to our 90 days of lunacy known as the General Assembly session. At or near the top of the list is going to be the vote on overriding Governor Ehrlich’s veto of the so-called “Fair Share” bill.
I was reminded of this yesterday listening to the radio. I was working out and minding my own business when I heard a commercial. (Hopefully the link works, it’s the actual .mp3 file.) And it just so happens that Delegates Bozman and Conway are MY delegates.
So I laughed to myself and said, “well well well…looks like it’s time to take the fight to them.” Step number one is right here, I dashed off a letter to the Daily Times. As always, we’ll see if they have the balls to print it.
Yesterday I was listening to the radio and a commercial came on asking me to thank Delegates Bozman and Conway for their support for “fairness” – that concept being determined by their support of a particular piece of legislation.
After listening to that, I said to myself, “ok, the battle is joined now. It’s going to be the special interests and the money that they all but coerce out of their workers to put ads on the radio, against me and my words that I type on my computer and hope to have placed in the paper.” Luckily, I know that common sense and right are on my side.
Here’s why. When they speak of “fairness,” they forget to tell you that this bill is written against one particular multibillion dollar entity. Just one. It would be as if the rest of Maryland decided to levy a tax against the citizens of Salisbury for a real or perceived advantage they have over the remainder of the state.
In fact, their commercial never cites the entity by name, nor does it reveal the true source of the funds behind buying its time on the radio, simply billing itself as “Maryland for Health Care.”
Well, I live in Maryland and I’m for health care too (is there anyone who’s not?) But I’m not for using the power of the legislature for gaining an unfair advantage at the expense of a successful company. As a resident of their district, not some far-off national concern coming into Delmarva with slickly packaged radio ads, I strongly encourage Delegates Bozman and Conway to reconsider their previous stance and uphold Governor Ehrlich’s veto of “Fair Share.”
And I wonder what I’ll be doing this Friday afternoon when I get off work. Think I have a phone call or two to make. That’s step two.
Oh, as if it wouldn’t be patently obvious, “Maryland for Health Care” is a front organization for the Service Employees International Union. I suppose the SEIU decided that the United Food and Commercial Workers had put enough money into lobbyists and political contributions to the Democrats in Annapolis so it was their turn.
It’ll be a story to follow as the time gets closer. We’ll see if Maryland really wants to punish achievers, wipe out Somerset County’s bid for 800-1000 jobs, and show that special interests run the state. Considering which party has a stranglehold on the General Assembly, it’s pretty obvious what the answer will be. Even so, I’m not going to just sit idly by without making my feelings known. It’s time to fight.
4 thoughts on “The battle is joined”
Instead of fighting for some company that really doesn’t need your help, practice what you preach. Wal mart is such a fine company… they create jobs. They are one huge success story. Go work for them, swartz. Yeah, come on… Go fill out the application and get paid just above minimum wage. Work just enough hours to where they legally don’t have to insure you. Take all the unpaid breaks in the fucking world! Go work for good ol Sam Walton’s sweatshop, and quit this pro-Wal Mart banter. Work for them, Swartz.
Like the younger versions of you who rant about how great this war is, hope you enjoy sitting back while SOMEONE ELSE does it. It’s the Republican way…
My gosh Dan, two comments today and BOTH missed the point.
I have said this MANY times – nobody is forced to work at Wal-Mart. In Salisbury alone, there must be a hundred other retail outlets one can work at since we have a mall and most mational/regional chain stores here (Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, et.al.) Granted, none of them are proposing to build a distribution center 12 miles south of here that promises to create 700-800 jobs that would pay far above minimum wage.
Wal-Mart is the most sued company in America, likely because it has the deepest pockets and the most potential liability as millions of people work and shop there daily. And the labor violations that you speak of are isolated cases, which were shrewdly expanded into a class-action lawsuit by anti-corporate attorneys – thus making it appear that millions were affected when the number is really only a few hundred (if that.)
And Dan, as a salaried employee, I already work free overtime and with unpaid breaks. But I chose to do that as I negotiated my own wage and accepted what my employer offered as benefits. Wal-Mart workers are perfectly free to walk away if they don’t like theirs.
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