November 30, 2006

THE NEXT BIG STEP, A STATE RANT, and a simile on metaphors

Caption: Castor says "Take a look."

International Human Rights Day is celebrated on Dec. 10. For the past few years, the labor movement and allies have used this occasion to push for basic economic rights, including the right to organize.

That will continue to be the focus this year. In a welcome change from the past, the Employee Free Choice Act will soon face a friendlier atmosphere in Congress.

Passage of that act, which would make it easier for workers to organize and harder for companies to retaliate against and intimidate workers, would probably do as much as any realistic measure to rebuild the middle class and put the country back on the road to shared prosperity.


Recently in El Cabrero's beloved state of West Virginia, we witnessed the (fortunately unsuccessful) spectacle of a coal baron attempting to buy the state legislature and claiming to want to do this "for the sake of the kids."

The claim was even made that the totally uncontested domination of the coal industry and one company in particular would reduce or eliminate poverty.

That would make a possum laugh.

History shows abundantly that the main reason for poverty here is a colonial economy where resources like coal have been sucked away to profit absentee owners. The same counties where coal is king are usually the ones with the greatest poverty.

Don't get me started on this one. Instead, check out this Gazette op ed on the subject by El Cabrero's amigo John David.


Speaking of metaphors, which we weren't, have you ever noticed that looking for the perfect mixed metaphor is like looking for a needle up the wrong tree?

And yes, that was a simile.


1 comment:

Jspiker said...

Sir Winston Churchill once said:

I like pigs.
Dogs look up to us.
Cats look down on us.
Pigs treat us as equals.

Thad make a possum laugh too....