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This topic is intended to allow members a forum to vent concerns & ideas with the way committee decisions and habits become high (or low) comedy. Example:

Forwarded from a friend:

Too close to the truth.....

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese team won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was the Japanese team had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

So American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. The consultants opined that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

To prevent another loss to the Japanese, the American's rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 Steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant Superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.

It was called the "Rowing Team Quality First Program," with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's racing team was outsourced to India.
 

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:D

All we here about these days is the : ''Quality First Program''

and my employer opened a new call center in the Philipinos...

Looking forward to a major career change by 2010 ;)
 

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I'm not sure it's fair to say America=Corporate, the world is incorporated...we're taught as children
to think this way, remember those student body elections? President, vice president, secretary etc.
The Catholic Church is a corp with the pope as C.E.O. Terrorist also, brand names and everything
i.e. Al Queda and Hammas and on and on. They have their C.E.O.'s and even independent subsidiaries
operating around the world. The U.S. isn't perfect but definately only place I'd live on this earth.
 

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A few tidbits. Compared to Japan and much of Europe, on average our workers are paid less and our CEO's are paid WAY WAY more. Our workers are the most productive in the WORLD. In large European corps not only are they union but the union has a seat on the board of directors. Our union auto workers AREN'T the highest paid auto workers in the world. We spend more on healthcare per capita than any other country, yet don't have universal coverage. We're the ONLY developed country who doesn't cover ALL of its citizens. Those without medical coverage are over 50 million and steadily climbing. Just a few things that in conversation I find most people don't realize.
 

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hollywood said:
I'm not sure it's fair to say America=Corporate, the world is incorporated...
It doesn't say America = Corporate, it says "Corporate & Big Gov "American Way"".
As in the Corporate "American Way" and/or the Big Gov "American Way."

Though I wish i would've titled it Big Politics instead of Big Gov.
The government system is pretty darn good... but the politics of parties, and the local/regional power brokers (combined w/ crummy media investigations into the facts of matters), screw it all up.

Most folks are in the middle... and the conservative/liberal extremists play off the media's need for headlines & soundbites to polarize the people.

Unhealthy.
 

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What do you expect. This is the capitalist utopia of the world, which is why you see sharp contradictions like Dad pointed out. Why the **** are 40million Americans living in poverty? In United States, nearly 16 million people are living in deep or severe poverty, according to an analysis of 2005 census figures by the McClatchy Newspapers. That’s more than the total population of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Why is racism still present in American society? Why is sexism still present? Looking at an internationalist perspective, why do 13 children die every minute of every day from hunger and malnutrition (UN World Food Program Report.) In the latest report, 18,000 children die everyday of malnutrition and related diseases. According to that report as well, 850 million people in this world are hungry or malnourished in any given day. That is one in six of the world’s population--or more than the combined population of the U.S., Russia, Japan, Germany, Britain and France. Half of the world’s hungry are children.

According to a study released in December 2006 by the World Institute for Development Economics Research, the richest 1 percent of adults owned 40 percent of global assets, and the richest 10 percent of adults had 85 percent of the world’s total wealth, as of 2000. On the other side of that equation, half of the world adult population on the bottom owned just 1 percent of global wealth
THE RICHEST 10% of capitalist pigs own 85% of the world’s total wealth!!!! While half of the world population, mainly workers/farmers own only 1% of global wealth. These are facts and they scientifically show how capitalism is based on a few rich elites controlling and exploiting the vast majority.

Going back to the good ole US of A. Of the 31 countries in the world considered to be economically developed, the U.S. has had the highest or near-highest poverty rates for children, individual adults and families over the last two decades.
Despite this, the U.S. government has devoted precious few of its vast resources to alleviating poverty. According to the Luxembourg Income Study, a 23-year project that compared poverty and income data from 31 industrial nations, the U.S. devotes the smallest portion of its gross domestic product to federal anti-poverty programs of all the countries, except for Mexico and Russia.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government plans to spend at least $650 billion this year on the military.

These all point to the class reality in our capitalist world today. As profits continue to slow and as world capitalism continues to slip into a deflationary crisis we will continue to see more military use, larger gap between rich/poor, decline of middle class, assaults on the working class and the rights won by it, increasing demagogic radical politics, scapegoating (like we are seeing with undocumented workers,) and sharper inter-imperialist conflict. Things have got to change and the working class must take political power away from these bloodsucking capitalist leeches.



Check this out for great books based on working class perspectives- http://www.pathfinderpress.com/s.nl/it.A/id.588/.f?sc=2&category= "The social devastation and financial panic, the coarsening of politics, the cop brutality and acts of imperialist aggression accelerating around us — all are the product not of something gone wrong but of the lawful workings of capitalism. Yet the future can be changed by the united struggle and selfless action of workers and farmers conscious of their power to transform the world."

Got most info from this one article http://socialistworker.org/2007-1/621/621_12_Hunger.shtml
 
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