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Here's a classic radio comedy bit by Bob and Ray about the Great Lakes Paper Clip company, which pays its workers 14 cents a week. It's hilarious and sad, too.

When Republicans say, "Let's eliminate the minimum wage," remember this:

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  •  Tips for comedy (3+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, Lily O Lady, Bob Duck

    I think it's hilarious because it's so ridiculous. But I'm pretty sure the factory owner is a Republican.

    “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

    by Dbug on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 11:44:52 PM PST

    •  I think it was hilarious when it aired. (3+ / 0-)
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      Exactly as you do: b/c it was so ridiculous.

      Fifty or so years later, after the GOP War on Workers, it is not quite so funny.

      I'm one of the workers the GOP is warring on.  So: no.

      Not very funny right now, for me.  But in general?

      IF you were alive then, and had a union representing you, it's a very funny satire on what the anti-union thugs wanted to achieve...

      If you are working now, and have watched all your contributions to the corporation's bottom line accrue to huge bonuses at the top, while your wages and benefits have been eroded b/c stockholders! then no, this is not funny, it is a tragic report of what has happened to the bottom 98 percent during my adult lifetime.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:17:07 AM PST

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  •  Makes Me Think Of The Old Record (5+ / 0-)

    I used to listen to as a kid. Ernie Ford's Sixteen tons
    .

    and this is off the top of my head, but I am pretty sure I have it memorized..

    You load sixteen tons, what do you get another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don't you call me because I can't go ... I owe my soul to the company store.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:09:22 AM PST

    •  You nailed it. (4+ / 0-)
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      Dbug, webranding, shypuffadder, llywrch

      My mother's father had some general stores during the Depression, and (I never met him but this is what Mom said) he used to run accounts for people who lived in company towns and were only supposed to shop at the company store.

      Long before my time: but Mom always voted GOP b/c her father did.

      That never seemed like a good reason to me.  HE voted GOP b/c he wanted to be rich, and the GOP was the party of the rich, even then.  But MOM was a schoolteacher.  And none of us were rich.

      And only the Democrats and socialists are going to give a shit about those of us who actually have to work for a living.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:24:05 AM PST

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      •  I Often Mention Here My Parents Are Not Liberal (1+ / 0-)
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        I recall as a kid growing up I was taught that if you do a project that isn't union it might burn to the ground. Now clearly that doesn't happen anymore. Maybe not happen in my lifetime. But the story was still told. And the meaning was clear, you don't fuck with unions.

        Heck I should note that my parents told me this story as a positive story .....

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:34:23 AM PST

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        •  There was perhaps a point (2+ / 0-)
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          during which unions were a bit...corrupt.

          I vaguely remember hearing about that, sometime between childhood and Raygun.

          Of course, it was the GOP calling the unions corrupt.

          And -- again, of course -- there has never been a time during my adulthood that the GOP itself was not corrupt.  Indeed, Raygun set the standard...everything which has followed, has followed in his incompetent but immoral and dementia'd footprints.

          I would gladly pay a bit of my union dues --if only I could belong to a union!-- for corruption if my job/salary/benefits are being protected, vs...

          What we have now: No benefits, Shrinking paychecks, and Right To Work For Not A Living Wage.

          Fuck the GOP.  They will rot in the hell that they profess to believe in, but I do not.  Meanwhile we have to vote them the fuck outta office.  They are EVIL personified.

          And one of these days I'm going to do a diary on exactly how and why the GOP is evil personified.  Tonight, I'm just too tired.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:44:43 AM PST

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          •  A Few Years Ago My Dad Was Over (1+ / 0-)
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            we were going to lunch. Drove by this small group of folks on the picket line. He drove past where we were going and into a gas station. Bought a few bottle of water. Went back and handed them out.

            When I watch MSNBC and see folks rail against unions I am confused.

            When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

            by webranding on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:58:08 AM PST

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    •  I love that song. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm a big fan of unions. Company stores were like the 7-11s of the early 20th century.

      Here's a great scene from the movie "Matewan," directed by John Sayles. The union is on strike and the coal company has hired black men and Italians as replacement workers (warning: at the beginning of the video, a guy says the N word ("nigger") and the D word ("dago")). But then there's a great speech about worker solidarity.

      “If you misspell some words, it’s not plagiarism.” – Some Writer

      by Dbug on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:43:05 AM PST

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  •  My "favorite" bit: (2+ / 0-)
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    "We don't pry into our workers' private lives." Would be funny if it weren't so very true that so many Americans have been brainwashed into thinking exactly that way.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:32:19 AM PST

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