There are several things on my mind this morning. Unfortunately I have little time before leaving for work. So, I will just briefly go over them in one blog.
Today it was reported that the Labor Department fined Marcus Theaters and other chain theater companies for breaking child labor laws. They have been hiring teenagers to complete unsafe job duties (operating trash compactors and other large machinery) – this is against the law. They have been allowing the work hours to well exceed current child labor laws. Unions are responsible for these laws being in existence. How many would be up in arms if some kid had been killed from using one of these machines? But no one cares until it happens to someone THEY care about. These laws are necessary. And this proves at what lengths corporations will go to in order in increase their bottom line. Without union protection…this corporate behavior will run rampant. They DO. NOT. CARE. Don’t for one second they give a shit if their employees are not safe and we can see that even WITH laws in place. Even WITH protections in place. I have described how the restaurant industry works. No one can deny that is complete BULLSHIT. Well, it can happen to you next.
I gotta be completely honest with you. I don’t give a SHIT if Wisconsin is in debt. I don’t. Sorry. My taxes go up, I pay them. Do I agree with everything they go towards? No way. On a federal level my money has been going to fund 2 wars in which I completely disagree. But I still pay because it also goes toward education, road repair, transportation, health care and programs which improve the lives of others.
We are broke basically. We pretty much live on one modest income. We probably won’t be able to take the vacation to Washington DC this summer as we wished. I can’t usually buy raffle tickets, pizzas and wrapping paper that the kids really want to sell. I cannot afford to have a birthday party at Monkey Joes for my daughter. I do not have texting on my phone. The only piece of real jewelry I own is my engagement ring which was around 1200 bucks. And even that kills me to think about. But I pay my mortgage, car payment, kids’ lunches, field trips, electricity and all other necessities. I am not going to have texting on my phone and then not have the money for a field trip. Why? Because the field trip is more important. If I do not have the money to pay an ER bill when my child is sick, I put it on the credit card. Do you think I give a shit that it is putting me further in debt? No. Why? Because my daughter’s health is really all that matters.
I think I have said this before, but I will say it again. Who HONESTLY stays awake at night wringing their hands in worry because Wisconsin owes money to Minnesota? Do you fret anxiously because your state has a deficit? On the flip side…how many of you HAVE laid awake in the middle of the night because your child is ill? Because you just lost a family member? Because someone you love no longer has a place to live because some billionaire CEO decided her rather have a 13 billion dollar paycheck than to keep a job in America? It priorities and mine is not fiscal. Love, being kind, having compassion, living an honest life, helping those who cannot help themselves…this is why we are here. NOT for the almighty dollar.
This may not be a popular thing to admit. I get that. But I just don’t fucking care.
If every Wisconsin adult paid $32, Wisconsin will be out of debt. Dear Governor Walker: Here is my $32!!! Shit!! I will give you $64 if you will allow my child to retain her quality teachers. Allow people to keep their rights. Here it is!!! And I am sure most others would be willing to pay an extra $32 bucks as well.
I hear the arguement…I have no kids, why should I have to pay for schools and teachers? My kids are all grown so why do I have to pay for schools? Answer…because you live in a goddamn society, that’s why. It is not just parents and children who benefit from a quality education. It is our neighborhoods, cities and states – THE WHOLE COUNTRY – who benefits. How can anyone not see that? The kids coming out of these classes with less than par teachers (you get what you pay for) and 60+ kids per classroom are going to be your accountants, nurses, surgeons, lawyers, employees, neighbors and producers of MORE children (apples don’t fall far from the tree…especially when that tree is stunted).
I find it SOOOO hilarious that a good majority of the people in favor of Walker write Facebook posts with no punctuation and riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. They are sometimes unreadable. You can usually spot a person who doesn’t value education…have them write a full paragraph or listen to them speak. (for the record…I do make spelling and typing errors…so before you throw that back at me…I already know. Mistakes happen. What matters is that is not typical. For many of these people…that is the ONLY way they write and speak.)
I saw this on Facebook today and I think it really represents a point I often attempt to make:
My neighbor has a cow and I have none, I want his cow to die.” Anyone who made the “I have to pay X but you only have to pay Y, that’s not fair you should have to pay X too” argument is guilty of wishing death upon your cow because they …have none. It’s embarrassing, not to mention moronic. There are some major fixes that need to be made in education, but Walker’s goal is not to fix, it is to break. If something is not working the way you want it to, smashing it with a hammer is not going to repair it.
The Walker supporters remind me of the gulls on Finding Nemo. MINE MINE MINE MINE. It’s all about greed. Just because I do not have a pension or make a decent LIVABLE wage…that doesn’t make me want to take it away from someone else. It makes me want to fight for their rights so that one day maybe I can have some too. I support others having the benefits they deserve even though I do not have the benefits I deserve. Just pure selfishness is what we are witnessing.
Shit, gotta go…talk at ya later.