Sunday, December 31, 2006

Extensive Research: Union Busting & the Employee Free Choice Act

What follows is a summary/synthesis of empirical studies that reveal rampant employer violations of labor law intended to allow employees to make a free and uncoerced choice about whether to join or support a union. Also included is a description of the multi-million dollar union-busting industry. The diary concludes with an outline of the Employee Free Choice Act as a fix for the broken NLRB election/certification process.

Inadequate enforcement of U.S. labor law is a principle reason why workers in the United States may no longer effectively exercise their fundamental right of self-organization for mutual aid and protection. The NLRB certification process not only fails to effectuate the major policy goal of the NLRA in that it fails to promote collective bargaining, but it fails to guarantee internationally recognized fundamental human rights. Read more here

Friday, December 22, 2006

George W. Bush: Narcissist and Chief

We (the media and people of the United States) try on a daily basis to make sense of what President Bush is doing. We analyze, dissect and try to make logical predictions as to what he might do next. We try our best to make sense of it. Try as we might, there is really no making sense of his actions or behavior. I think it is time for everyone to start discussing what many people have known for quite some time. President Bush has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

The most powerful man on the planet is mentally ill. I am not the first to write or talk about this. I am sure that his father and mother secretly wish they had identified his problem at early age. Perhaps they just didn’t know why George Jr. was different. I know very little about mental illness and personality disorders. What I have read about narcissism seems to accurately describe George W. Bush. I have listed the widely accepted narcissistic personality aberrations below:

Diagnostic Criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, lack of empathy, as indicated by at least five of:

1. A grandiose sense of self-importance
2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3. Believes that he or she is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
4. Requires excessive admiration
5. Has a sense of entitlement, ie unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
6. Is interpersonally exploitative, ie takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
7. Lacks empathy and is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

It doesn’t take a trained psychologist to see that our president exhibits many of the above narcissistic characteristics. So it makes absolutely no sense to try to “figure out" what President Bush is doing. We must just accept the fact that our president is “nuttier than a rodeo goat” and hope he doesn’t lay waste to the entire planet during the next two years.

Click Here for an interesting audio download on the subject.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Compassion for the Silent Americans

All the excitement of the upcoming tenure of the new United States Congress seems to be filling the air with optimism. I guess I am somewhat optimistic. I think I am actually a little more pessimistically optimistic. Of course I want to see a change in the direction our country has taken. I want to see a stake driven into the heart of this vampire like administration before it sucks the very life out of our proud nation. I want to see the men and women of our military removed from Bush’s desert hell on earth. I want to see a dozen or so high priority items addressed first by this incoming Congress and then by the next administration.

It is my wish that all the items that need to be addressed or fixed also include the one that is nearest and dearest to my own heart. The poor, the working poor and struggling middle class in this country are for the most part, without a voice. The very fact that they struggle each day for their own economic survival, excludes them from much of the political process. They have no lobbyists to promote their issues, no PACs to funnel money to buy their influence. They must rely on the compassion and the desire for social justice from those in power. It is my hope that the next Congress and the next administration in 2008 will have the compassion and the heart to do what is right for a growing segment of our population. Time is running out for America. We must act now or be relegated to the footnotes of future history books.

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