Tuesday’s gone with the wind – a few odds and ends for this Tuesday

As a tribute to the great southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, I will use a chorus line of one of my favorite songs of theirs, to highlight a few odds and ends this Tuesday – “Tuesday’s Gone.” If you don’t know the song, give it a listen. You may also like “Call Me the Breeze” and “Simple Man” as well by the band. But, before Tuesday’s gone with the wind, here you go.

Economic recovery continues, but the recovery is continually challenged by people not spending. Wal-Mart announced a 5th consecutive quarter of negative same store results, year over year. They cite dampened wages as the culprit. When you have a heavy sales economy, people need to make a decent wage rate or they do what every else does, spend less. In this ongoing debate about minimum wage increase, this is a key outcome by not getting more money into people’s hands. By the way, you can trace the desperate nature of the retailer, car dealer or college, etc  in direct proportion to their eagerness to sell you something. I have had “final offers” made to me over and over again – but you said it was final three times ago.

Moral Monday’s in North Carolina have started up again, but the issues remain the same. They did help get more notice on the poor teacher pay plight which came to a head last year by limits and changes made by our conservative General Assembly. They have promised to do something this session and they need to or opportunity will be lost. The other issues remain – expand Medicaid to those in need, repeal the voter restrictive Voter ID Law which has been ruled unconstitutional in four other states and is on trial right now here, eliminate the severity of the unemployment benefit cuts which are highly punitive, and avoid fracking in our state. I attended my second Moral Monday yesterday and witnessed a diverse group of a couple of thousands people including doctors, teachers, professors, ministers and students. Their voice needs to be heard and heeded.

Failing to remember history, even recent history, can blind your reasoning, especially when people are adamantly against something they were for a few years ago. Former Senator Jim DeMint is adamantly against Obamacare, which is strange because it was patterned after Romneycare which he strongly advocated in writing, TV appearances and campaign speeches for Romney, as something we should do for the whole country. He particularly liked the mandate, as it shows personal responsibility, which he hates today. Newt Gingrich went on TV with Nancy Pelosi to show a united front that global warming was real and man-influenced and we need to do something about it. Newt noted he was wrong before to say it was a hoax. This change was in 2006. Then he ran for President in 2012 and he said he was wrong to say he was wrong. In this cases, two wrongs do not make a right. The make a wrong a wrong.

Finally, our friend Karl Rove won’t stop making a scandal out of nothing. This time Hillary Clinton is the target. Instead, why don’t we talk about a real scandal and ask Rove why his subordinate Scooter Libby went to jail. The greater question is why did not Rove who admitted later that he knew the same information that Libby did. Libby outed a CIA operative (Valerie Plame) in the press to discredit her husband who was a former Middle East ambassador that took issue with the Bush White House misusing his information inappropriately as evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction as a reason to invade Iraq. The ambassador’s report said for the trail he looked into, there was no evidence, yet the White House said he did find something. Please feel free to Google various combinations of Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Valerie Plame. My problem with this, is over 4,000 US soldiers (and countless civilians) died because of making up the WMD reason on false or unverified intelligence. That is a scandal.

Speaking of trails, happy trails to you on this Tuesday. Have a great week. I would love to hear your feedback.

 

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5 thoughts on “Tuesday’s gone with the wind – a few odds and ends for this Tuesday

  1. Note to Readers: I must confess, not surprise, but disappointment, that our fracking commission recommended two items that are very troublesome and two senate committees have passed them. Rather than make the fracking companies be transparent with the chemicals which can kill people and animals, they made it a felony for someone to disclose them. Also, they said a municipality could not pass its own law to prevent fracking in its neighborhood. Please re-read these two sentences, as they are evidence of how much influence the fossil fuel industry has over legislators and commissioners. This commission was loaded with industry people, but this goes beyond “unferreted capitalism.” It games the system.

    • Thanks. I agree. I have made it known to select legislators my concerns over this. Hopefully, the full NC Senate and House will remedy this. However, this General Assembly has a horrible environmental record and has made some other dubious changes.

  2. So does this mean that Walmart supports raising the minimum wage, hiring full time (benefits eligible) employees, and paying for all the time employees spend working for them, rather than asking employees to clock off early, but, hey, could you just do this on your way out the door?

    • WalMart is all about getting price of purchase as low as possible. By doing solar with the incentives, they can lower their cost. They view employees as commodities, so I would not hold your breath about the minimum wage. Costco pays people better and has little turnover, so they benefit in greater productivity. In WalMart, it is very hard to find someone to help you. You don’t go to WalMart for service.

      If you know the ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, he has a dummy called “Walter” an old curmudgeon. In one skit, Walter tells him he has a job as a greeter at WalMart. When Dunham inquires, Walter says he goes “Welcome to WalMart. Get your stuff and get the f— out of here.”

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