Richard Mazzucchi - Positive Point: Brown, Boxer, and Reed have what we need

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Pat Johnston

Placerville, CA

#26 Nov 5, 2010
givemeabreak wrote:
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Are you a Union member? I am and have been for 38 years. My union never found me a job and probably cost me one or two. They get $22 per hour for doing nothing. They take my dues and spend what they want to elect Democrats without asking if I want to. They protect the worse employees in my field. Unions had their day but it has long passed. They are just like the government poorly run and mismanaged. Our retirenment is slashed our medical has been cut to pieces and they keep bargaining for more fringes. We have priced ourselves out of the market. The people that need the breaks are the ones who put in on the line, small business owners. They risk their assets every day just to stay in business. And all the while the same Democrats that the unions want in office make it harder and harder to do business with unreasonable regulations and demands. Don't lecture me on how great unions are.
My husband belongs to a union and thank God. Overpaid management, elected officials and conservatives are frothing at the bit to take away our money and benefits. The union holds them legally responsible to the negotiated contract. Why should middle income pay and lifestyle, when their are plenty of rich people, who taxing won't hurt. Hairdressers don't have unions. So, I know how hard it is to live without benefits and to be without health insurance. I can assure you from a life time of experience, having unions is a lot better than not having them. Back when unions were thriving, so were jobs and businesses.

Since: Sep 10

Chico, CA

#27 Nov 5, 2010
Pat Johnston wrote:
<quoted text>... Overpaid management, elected officials and conservatives are frothing at the bit to take away our money and benefits....
It isn't possible that a REAL conservative would want your money or benefits, unless you got them illegally or unfairly.
givemeabreak

Redding, CA

#28 Nov 7, 2010
Pat Johnston wrote:
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My husband belongs to a union and thank God. Overpaid management, elected officials and conservatives are frothing at the bit to take away our money and benefits. The union holds them legally responsible to the negotiated contract. Why should middle income pay and lifestyle, when their are plenty of rich people, who taxing won't hurt. Hairdressers don't have unions. So, I know how hard it is to live without benefits and to be without health insurance. I can assure you from a life time of experience, having unions is a lot better than not having them. Back when unions were thriving, so were jobs and businesses.
You have such an animosity for anyone who succeeds. The unions have put this State into a downward spiral. You are so hung up on class warfare that you cannot understand the consequences. In these modern times companies depend less and less on where they are located demographiclly and more on business climate. Yes we can tax the so called fat cats and the demon business's right out of this State. We have the highest corperate tax rate, we have the largest welfare and entitlement programs to support. We have the highest public employee union pension and wage benefits in the country. We have the most anti-business enviromental and nonemployer friendly regulations in the country. And now we just elected a recycled Govenor that was bought and paid for by my union and all other unions. I know why you can't afford health insurance, you have poor business skills and want to rely on the poor me syndrome. I hate to break it to you but California is broke and all the taxation of "rich people" and business will not get us out of our mess. Perhaps you should stick to your good old boy conspiracies and leave the repair of this once great State to real adults who understand more government is not the answer.
fedups

Anderson, CA

#29 Nov 7, 2010
Aaron Snodgrass wrote:
Hey Mazzuchi! All those Green jobs you saved by defeating Prop 23 are going to China! Funny, the announced this the day after the election!
Solar company Solyndra to close factory, cut jobs
November 3, 2010 | 6:28 pm
It isn’t easy being green for Solyndra Inc., the controversial Bay Area solar power system manufacturing company.
The company said Wednesday that it is shuttering one of its factories to save $60 million in capital expenditures, laying off 40 employees and letting the contracts for more than 100 temporary workers expire.
All this despite a $535-million federal loan guarantee, more than $1 billion in private equity funds and supportive visits from luminaries such as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and President Barack Obama.
Solyndra has had a tough year. Its founding chief executive, Chris Gronet, stepped down and the company abandoned plans for a much-anticipated initial public offering because of difficult market conditions.
Now, Solyndra is closing down its first factory just months after opening its second, where the company said expansion will be delayed. Instead of reaching 610 megawatts of production capacity by 2013 as initially planned, the company will aim for up to 300 megawatts.
Competition from other solar panel makers is a major culprit. Manufacturers in Chinaespecially are offering hard-to-beat prices. Solyndra’s cylindrical copper indium gallium selenide solar cells are also more expensive to produce than most.
Perhaps there was a hint at the recent Solar Power International trade show, where Solyndra representatives said that the company planned to cut costs in half over the next year after already halving them over the last eight months.
Then again, they also said Solyndra intended to boost capacity 250% this year and next.
--Tiffany Hsu
Aaron, do you think this guy cares?

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