Confirming What Conservatives Already Knew:
The Boston Globe
Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student
The IOpian View: Is anybody really surprised that his best grade was in French ? So you see kids, you can achieve mediocrity in your government and history courses and still become a lawyer, a prosecutor or maybe even a US Senator. I also find it so comforting that such bright people can achieve such powerful positions in our government.
Homemade Abortion on Demand
Teen Gets Life Sentence For Helping Girlfriend End Pregnancy
The IOpian View: Here is the moral ambivalence - He uses his feet to do the same thing she is using her hands to do. Both with the same intent. He gets life in prison and she can't be prosecuted. Equal rights under the law ? How about equal responsibility under the law. After all, two human beings are dead because of their concerted actions.
So my question is this. If this same girl with the same intent asked a doctor to do the same thing she asked her boyfriend to do, the only difference being the method the doctor will use to achieve the same result, then why doesn't the doctor go to prison? Inquiring minds want to know.
GM Plans to Cut 25,000 U.S. Jobs by 2008
Ref Link: My Way News
GM Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner explains why:
"He noted that health-care expenses add $1,500 to the cost of each GM vehicle. This puts GM at a 'significant disadvantage versus foreign-based competitors,' Wagoner said. "
The IOpian View: Unions are not good for a free-market system and in this case American unions have priced themselves out of the global market. Too damn bad. So all that venom spewed by Lord Kerry-Heinz and his minions about out-sourcing jobs should have been directed to his union supporters and not at the administration. 'We have met the enemy and he is us'.
Labor is just another commodity and necessary expense in business. Labor, being a commodity, means the value is propotional to the rarity and demand for that particular skill. Tiger Woods is a billionaire because he has a very rare skill. A frame carpenter, on the other hand, gets minnimum wage because his employer can replace him quickly since that is a skill that almost anyone can do.
Also, a job is not an entitlemnet. I actually heard Michael Moore say once that we have a right to a job. Utter nonsense to a non-socialist mind. A job is merely a contract. 'I will perform this responsibility under these conditions and you will pay me this much'. That's the limit.
What unions do is force an artificial value to labor often far over-priced because of benefits. The same skill in the free-market would reflect the actual value. Almost anybody can drive a truck, screw a nut onto a bolt, paint, run production equipment with very little training. By throwing a tantrum and striking unions, for all intents and purposes, extort concessions from business. And that's where we are today and the unions have sucked the teat dry. Their greed is their own undoing.
What one of us wants to pay more for anything than we have to ? Why should business be any different ? The jobs are going offshore to people that will perform the work for fair-market value and that market is global. There are a lot of hungry people out there more than happy to make half of what American union labor wants. I am more than willing to pay $1500 less for a car regardless who makes it. Quite frankly I don't care if some GM employees kid is now going to have to grow up without braces because of lack of health benefits. Join the club.
But all you 25,000 UAW employees about to come into the real world... don't worry your union 'brothers and sisters' will take care of you... for a little while.
P.S. Many of us still haven't forgotten you wouldn't let our Marines park non-GM cars in your parking lot.