Weather-wise, it's starting out as another gray/grey day in the Hoosierland, with temps reaching only into the mid-SIXTIES (nice cool-down), and with it comes some more rain (later perhaps), which is probably why the sun's only going make a scattered appearance today.
More severe weather is both to the north and south of Ft. Wayne, so we're not expecting anything adverse here (thankfully).
Feel free to top off that morning beverage-of-choice, as we prep ourselves to the day ahead.
*** First out of the retention pond is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.".
I can speak to this more than a few times over when it comes to this...and I'm sure many of you can just as well.
Now...WHO said this?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the organ loft...
*** There is just ONE item I want to touch on today, and it might not sit with everyone all that well.
That's fine, as it's just my "take" on this, and the topic was the rather "spirited" discussion last evening concerning collective bargaining for city employees at the City Council meeting held downtown..
TWO views of the proceedings...you can decide for yourselves:
-- The Journal-Gazette story:
-- The News-Sentinel story:
We did see certain council member's TRUE colors last evening...I will say that much.
The vote was 6-2 for INTRODUCTION (only) of the 3 ordinances to be discussed...NOT for passage.
THAT is something that the two councilmen forgot to pay attention to.
Dissenting votes were cast by Geoff Paddock and the always testy and narrow-minded Glynn Hines (our district council-flunkie).
The dissenters got hoots and applause after their comments, but you have to consider those (in the audience) who may fall into the "low-information:" aspect of the rank and file of the unions affected.
Curiously, both Marty Bender (the mayor's RINO lapdog) and another FWPD deputy chief were strangely ABSENT from the proceedings.
|Hey, Anyone see Marty around?|
I'm one of those people that believe that in a CIVILIZED and RATIONAL world, unions have, for the most part, OUTLIVED their usefulness.
We're past that age and we've done well for workers.
Nor are we at a point where SAFETY for workers is being ignored like in the days of the meat-packing plants described in Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle".
We're not even at the age were autoworkers have to assemble their products TOTALLY BY HAND, as in decades past.
And yet, the cars cost WAY MORE...go figure.
Robotics have made such jobs easier, and in some cases, obsolete.
We are in a different time than when a labor union MEANT something and actually wasn't trying to fleece our pockets to line their own.
This nation has created SO many departments and agencies to address the issues and problems encountered through union representation of workers across the board...from truck drivers to welders, to ship builders to educators...everyone seems to be included in the mix these days.
Yet, the truth is this...less than TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT of all workers in this country are IN a union..
Now, if unions were THAT good and STILL needed so badly, then WHY isn't that number a helluva lot HIGHER?
Because an overwhelming majority of the people can SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES...as well they should.
As I say, unions have outlived their usefulness.
But, there are those that cling to the hackneyed strong-armed tactics when it comes to pay scales, artificially inflated pricing, and blue collar wages that surpass white collar professionals with years more of education in specific disciplines.
If there is one saving "grace" regarding unions THESE days, it's apprenticeship programs, but we see technical institutes in secondary education that have taken a lot of wind out of those union sails in recent history.
I feel that if a person (any person) can learn and perform a job competently, then WHY join a union? Promotions in unions are often based on SENIORITY, without regard to job performance or other work habits that may make the "lesser" employee a better bet to move up the ladder than the older employee who may be just "marking time".
HIS union (some good, but mostly bad), and I paid attention. He didn't like being in a union, and said in no certain terms as to why...and I paid attention. I was in a union for a brief time (sheet metal workers) and that was a waste of my dues. I had the option of joining the FEDERAL employee union when working for the Treasury Dept, and politely declined. If I needed any representation in the future, I would get a lawyer and eliminate the "middle man".
Never needed one.
And in a more complex world, one might think unions are again relevant...well, any decent lawyer is savvy enough to figure things out. If they can get murderers off of death row, they sure as hell can represent a worker with an honest grievance, right?
|It worked for US...WITHOUT unionizing!|
When the 13 representatives from the colonies got together, they were NOT in consensus in MANY ways, but at least they got together to TALK things out, look at other viewpoints and determine what would be BEST for an emerging nation and it's PEOPLE.
Here's the WIKI for the first convention if you want some back-story:
I say when such people are afraid to TALK about any issue, they have an agenda OTHER than the interest of the people they are supposed to represent.
And that's all I want to say on the subject...for now.
*** Last back to the reservoir today, is how human nature can often get in the way of human progress.
We saw some of that last evening at City Hall, and we often see and read about it daily in the news.
It occurs at EVERY level of government, too.
John Dalberg-Acton once said that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" That should be something every one of us takes to heart.
A city employee can shout about having to pick up used diapers or condoms and gripe about having "their pay taken away" when any AVERAGE and decent citizen (such as myself) does such things as picking up after others FOR FREE...because I give a damn about how our property looks and I want to present a venue that espouses a level of appreciation for what we have and how we obtained it.
If you're a street cleaner and you expect others to feel in like manner when you pick up another's litter, you're living a lie.
Human nature demands that some people will NEVER care about anything, save themselves...which is why we still have GHETTOS in America, one the most prosperous nations on the entire planet.
That...is ALSO human nature...doing the RIGHT thing.
Therein lies the lesson for today.
Stay SAFE out there, America.