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Richard Mazzucchi - Positive Point: Bust-a-move to bust u...

On August 3, 1981 the union declared a strike, seeking better working conditions, better pay and a 32-hour workweek. In doing so, the union violated a law {5 U.S.C. (Supp. III 1956) 118p.} that banned strikes by government unions. Ronald Reagan declared the PATCO strike a "peril to national safety" and ordered them back to work under the terms of the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Profess ional_Air_Traffic_ Controllers_Organi zation_(1968)  (Feb 28, 2011 | post #8)

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Richard Mazzucchi - Positive Point: Bust-a-move to bust u...

I also have spent some time considering this issue. All across this nation Richard are non-union private sector MIDDLE CLASS workers that could care less about unions. All across this land there are small mom and pop businesses who also fit nicely in the MIDDLE CLASS without the benefit of a union. I don't see these people as being particularly prone to envy or greed. I do however see them being prone to taking offense by someone who automatically discounts them as being those things. And that might be more of the issue. After all, to you it seems the public sector middle class and the union middle class are more relevant then those, "envious and greedy" private sector or non-union middle class. As I pointed out in #4, you seemed to neglect that sector of middle class in your blog. It's unfortunate you chose to getting around to acknowledging us in that way. Divide and conquer right Richard? Once an union man always a union manI agree that government has spent trillions more then it should. That and being complacent (if not being an active co-conspirator) while the financial industry committed great frauds across the land created a major economic catastrophe. I don't have a problem with paying a fair compensation to the public sector, however, when the private sector suffers mass layoffs and ultra high double digit hits to their benefits, many being lost completely, and all the other negatives that go along with it. Homes being lost, their businesses shutting down......on and on. And it would be a lie Richard if you were to try to make the comparison that the public sector has taken their fair hit in this as well. Do I want them to suffer like the rest of middle America has? No....but I don't want them whining that they might have to contribute 5-10-15% more to their retirement or medical when their neighbor has either had to drop theirs altogether or pay ANOTHER 30%. Funny thing about people who support the redistribution of wealth. They support it all levels. Not just between governments and the people, or even between the super rich and super poor. It always ends up being the government that takes for itself and it's bureaucracies and the, "rich" is everyone who has something more then the other. I know you feel strongly about those, "capitalists ". I can't say that I blame you really. However, your desire for a huge and powerful government, redistribution of wealth and the likelihood that you will still end up having a government that will continue doing all the things you don't want it to do, places in a lot worse position IMO.  (Feb 28, 2011 | post #7)

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Richard Mazzucchi - Positive Point: Bust-a-move to bust u...

Private sector unions and public sector unions and their members operate under completely different environments. If a private sector union gets too powerful then the private company it's involved with goes out of business or moves out of the country. If a public sector union gets too greedy it simply perpetuates itself until the other, "middle class" revolts. Mr. Mazzucchi's blog fails to take into account the middle class who is not union and not a public worker. That middle class often carry the burden of both unions.  (Feb 28, 2011 | post #4)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

I sincerely understand your concern for the environment Robert, I really can. But right now, IMO, corruption and the lack of Wall Street being in handcuffs is a bit more on my priority list. That ANY incumbent politician is still in office, and those that continue to vote them in is nothing more then a vote for the status quo. Boxer and Fienstien are bought and paid for by those, "few people" you say you despise and by those I abhor. And of Boxer, this is just so wrong in many ways. http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=WrpFS fpXD50  (Feb 27, 2011 | post #100)

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Tehama County Board vote irks county employees

Glen, you're only getting, "beat up" when you are out of touch with what the facts are. Things have changed recently and the private sector has seen massive lay-offs and pay/benefit adjustments of 20-30%. The public sector has quite a way to go, yes it sucks, we know. I'm predicting you're not going to get more sympathy then that from the private sector for quite a while. Let the opening commercial play through. Wages, Public sector wins. Benefits, Public sector wins. Retirement, Public sector wins. However, there are a few specialized occupations, a CPA in this instance, where the private sector wins with wages by about 5%. http://a.abcnews.c om/WNT/video/wages -stack-na... Compensation and benefits Tehama County employees. http://lgcr.sco.ca .gov/CompensationD etail.asp... Tehama County per capita income $25,446 year end 2008. Page11 http://co.tehama.c a.us/images/storie s/plannin... California Private industry workers: Hourly wage percentiles All workers 10 25 50 75 90 $8.94 $11.70 $17.77 $28.59 $43.46 http://www.bls.gov /ncs/ocs/sp/nctb12 22.txt California State and local government workers: Hourly wage percentiles All workers 10 25 50 75 90 $14.86 $18.98 $26.94 $39.22 $51.69 http://www.bls.gov /ncs/ocs/sp/nctb12 23.txt Table 1. Summary: Mean hourly earnings(1) and weekly hours for selected worker and establishment characteristics, Sacramento-Arden-A rcade-Trucke e, CA-NV CSA, June 2009 All workers Civilian Hourly earnings Mean $24.47 Private industry Hourly earnings Mean $21.75 State and local government Hourly earnings Mean $30.62 http://www.bls.gov /ncs/ocs/sp/ncbl14 38.txt  (Feb 27, 2011 | post #49)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

Good, we've made progress thenNeutrality? Heck no Robert, I'm in the largest fight of all! I'm all about exposing the useful idiots of the Democrat and Republicans and their selective acknowledgment of facts only if they conveniently happen agree with their argument at the time. And you stand corrected again. I voted for the Libertarian for this States governor and the Democrat running against Herger this past election. I voted for the Republican Fiorina against Boxer though. No Robert, since Ross Perot, I've voted for Buchannan, Keyes, and Paul. I did however, vote for GWBush because Gore was a dweeb and Bush "said" he was Conservative (he wasn't) and, "said" he wanted a private option(suckered me good)for Social Security.  (Feb 27, 2011 | post #98)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

Since I don't know anybody here I refrain from assuming anything. I only go by what each one of us write. So what is it with you? Some type of bi-polar issues? Check out your post #66 here and you tell me. Redundant? heck yeah... Robert has a bad habit. He's loose with the facts and dwells in the bosom partisan rhetoric. He has a right to be that way for sure, however, I'll hold him responsible by shining light on it when it happens.  (Feb 27, 2011 | post #97)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

Oh...BTW, that was done in 1974 during Gerald Ford's administration. You have no idea what kind of handicap your blind partisanship is.  (Feb 26, 2011 | post #88)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

Hupp!! There you go again with the partisan thing again. It would be fine if you were close to accurate when playing your game. Your Democrat brethren were in tight control of CONgress during those years and didn't have an interest in sound energy legislation and 8 years of The Clintons, the, "decade of greed and over abundance", nary a peep from them as well. Everything I wrote about in my opinion has remained constant since WW2. Cherry pick your Democrats if you can't help yourself. But it's still nothing more then a contrived retroactive hope and change dreamYep, a very bi-partisan effort and in no small way IMO.  (Feb 26, 2011 | post #87)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

Actually IMO, it is greatly because this nation under negligent leadership has refused to develop a sensible national energy policy. And a foreign policy that is consistent with moral sensibility. We were thoroughly warned of our vulnerabilities and given an actual wake-up call during the 1973 oil embargo. Prior too, during, and since, we have a foreign policy of being the world's police to keep the oil lines flowing. In addition, this policy included our support of dictatorships with-in the oil producing region. To this day we continue to do business with many who in reality are or should be our enemys. In essence, our lack of a sensible energy policy has created a huge and expensive military industry and hypocritical and morally reprehensible relationships with dictators. In addition, that dynamic has created even more enemys from those who have recognized that reality or have been subjected to those oppressive governments. Indeed, the entire, "war on terror" and our ridiculous failed leadership that embraces our dependence on foreign oil has created instability in our economic well-being and our international relationships. ....And a very effective propaganda machine to confuse this entire reality. http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/1973_oi l_crisis  (Feb 26, 2011 | post #71)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

You notice the price of fuel lately? I suppose it's Bush's fault. Robert Red Bluff meet Don Polson....I believe you both have a lot in common.  (Feb 25, 2011 | post #67)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

They say 50% of eligible citizens don't vote. Of the other 50% that do, they are split approximately 50% liberal and 50% conservative. When GWBush had an approval rating in the mid 20's, I asked, "Who are these strange little lock-stepping group of people?" And the funniest thing of all, if they loved Bush then they should REALLY love Obama. But then it's that kind of cult like behavior that encourages choosing how The Constitution should be applied. Indeed, Mr. Polson's list of villains to worship is out now.... every column, essay, and response, is infinitely predictable now.  (Feb 25, 2011 | post #60)

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Don Polson The way I see it: Freedom challenged on this P...

Dang Robert, he's got it worse then you.  (Feb 24, 2011 | post #34)

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Carlene Pollard, Red Bluff: Labor sting lives up to its name

If they're not working they don't pay taxes either.  (Feb 23, 2011 | post #3)

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Tehama County Board vote irks county employees

I only admitted you had an opinion and nothing in that meant you were wrong. I did hope however that you would read into my simple statement that I brought the conversation to another level. I brought facts from reliable sources into the conversation, as well as qualified opinion to compliment my mere opinion. No one here isn't under any obligation to accept the facts, however, it's logical that you'd at least bring in your own set of facts to challenge those brought forward. You however, voiced an mere opinion that falls short of even a qualified opinion and expected it to rise to the level of facts. That sir, is a blatant attempt to destroy the entire conversation. I refer to the conversation above that I had with Nate. Because he gave me no reason to suspect that what he posted wasn't the facts or practical reality, he got the same respect back from me. No APOV, I'm afraid you've been doing a lot of arguing and have lost sight in what honest dialogue looks like. That two simple short sentences, one yours and one mine, translated into me going all, "lefty" and calling you wrong and being in disagreement, just doesn't make sense. You really didn't bring me that much to work with.  (Feb 23, 2011 | post #40)