Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

CEO’s Walk Away with Millions

Jan 23, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments

In the last decade 21 CEO’s received severance packages worth more than $100 million. Meanwhile, I am covering a story surrounding a bakery’s closing without notice or severance for the workers.

By way of example, the report singles out 21 CEOs whose severance packages are worth more than the median US earner would make in 49 lifetimes. In the case of GE’s John Welch Jr., the figure would be 203 lifetimes. But you could still argue that the most outrageous example is Viacom’s Thomas Freston, who put in just one year of work for his $100-million-plus sendoff.

Staggering. Robert Nardelli sits fifth on the list after he left Home Depot a complete wreck. CNBC even named him one of the worst American CEO’s of all-time.

Just a few spots ahead of Nardelli on CNBC’s list is Al Dunlap. Nicknamed “Chainsaw Al” because he would cut the workforce and profit later. It is a common occurrence in the business world. Slash costs to make the company seem more valuable. That’s how Mitt Romney made his millions at Bain Capital. The whole practice is a plot point for the movie “The Company Men” with Tommy Lee Jones and Ben Affleck.

CEO’s like Nardelli and Dunlap, along with investors like Romney, look at workers as numbers on a spreadsheet. Not the human beings answering the phones, assemblying the products, or delivering the company mail.

“It’s the cost of doing business.”

A refrain all too often heard as millions of people in this country go without full-time work. The cost of doing business for the top executives in this country result in millions of dollars while leaving the people doing the every day work with next to nothing. The cost is not just a few numbers on a spreadsheet or a day of bad headlines for the company. The real cost lies in the pain, the suffering, and the struggle of American families.

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