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“Why are you looking so, so…, oh, hell, I don‟t know,” asked Sue. “Oh, I was just watching the latest Romney spot on the television,” responded Bill in a kind of out of it way. “And it has left you befuddled?” “No, God no, I don‟t think anything Romney has done would ever befuddle me. I think what has me a bit verloren is how people can fall for the lines these politicians feed them. I mean, they talk about a plan of theirs and yet they say absolutely nothing. But then, the people in the audience are cheering and going nuts over nothing or without thinking about what the guy is saying or trying to put it into context with the overall person that Romney is,” said Bill taking a seat on the sofa next to Sue with some papers in his hands. “What are those?” she asked pointing at the papers. “Oh, just some documents a friend gave me that I thought could illustrate a point.” After some appreciable amount of thoughtful silence, she finally asked, “What is the point?” “That‟s the problem. I think that I know what it is but I just can‟t seem to put my finger on it.” “Well, tell me what you do know and maybe we can figure it out together.” Bill looked at her for a couple of moments as he tried to get his thoughts together and finally start, “As you know, this depression has been a heyday for the rich at the expense of everyone else.” “Nothing out of the ordinary with the rich living off of the misery and labors of everyone else; that is the entirety of human history,” replied Sue. “And people never learn. They are taught to idolize these money/power addicts through propaganda such as fairy tales.” “What did Romney say?” asked Sue to get things moving along. “He said that he was working for a harder working America. I just wonder what he meant by that. With this depression, unions have been extremely weakened. People who know what they are doing are making a killing off of the stock market.”
“Don‟t forget the unbelievable killings they are making in the real estate market.” “Oh my God yes, actually reminds me of Pompey the Great‟s Fire Company.” “You mean the one where he would rush his men to a fire. Say the house was worth 100,000, he would offer the owner maybe 25,000 for it. If the owner declined, which they would likely do at that price, Pompey would start to pack up his men and off 5,000. Each time the owner hesitated or declined and the fire did more damage the price would drop until the house burned to the ground or the owner would take whatever was on the table so they would salvage something.” “Sounds like insurance companies learned a lot from Pompey the great. But I guess my main point is that unions have been weakened, wages have been cut, prices are constantly rising, voting rights are being limited; I think that they are trying to push to the heyday of the 1880‟s when the American worker was slightly better off than a slave.” “What exactly does that mean?” asked Sue. “Well, it is all nice that we have our Bill of Rights and a government that is all about people involvement, but I think that there is a stronger force which is conditioning most into sheep. When I taught at school, I had another teacher come to me in tears. As you know, we taught emotional support children. She was worried that she was having no effect on the children. I told her that she was fighting an uphill battle. I told her that you try to teach them how to act responsibly but it is almost futile. The children are surrounded by the opposite most of the time. We figured it out. It came out to that she only had them about 12% of the time. She had only a 12% influence on them. 88% of the time was watching people acting ignorant to each other on television reality shows and their own families‟ dysfunction. I told her that you are a pipe dream and that is their reality. Who do you think is going to have the most influence, your 12% or their 88%?” “I think that I see what you are saying. We have the rights and a voice in our government but most of our lives we are told that we need to keep our mouths shut and listen. If we say anything, we are not a team player and are a trouble maker. So, our conditioning in the corporate world is to be drones or sheep. We have spent so much time with that and are rewarded for it with our paychecks and promotions that we have lost our will to speak up in our government. So, more and more, we are losing control of our government.” “A good example is Wal-Mart. Sam Walton built his empire by using his employees as his eyes and ears as to what was going on in the stores and even the competition. He knew that he owed a lot of his success to his employees and their dedication. He had learned this from the military. He learned to treat them with respect and their dedication was his greatest asset. I was always told that it would be interesting to see what would happen once he died. Here is a perfectly good example. This page is an actual write up of a Wal-Mart employee.
“As you can see, it is a performance write up. I was told by the individual that the reason they had fallen behind was because they were helping others with their binning. One associate was binning in the trailers outside and this individual was helping the one outside to get all of the
skids outside. The one outside binned over 250 items. This is approximately 10 skids my friend had to hunt down and tow out to the dock door. This had to be done in a small back room with a high level of traffic in the way. Then he helped another associate to bin several items which the other associate scanned. He also helped a low level manager to rearrange and restack some skids. He then helped another associate carry several heavy items to a place where she could bin them. He also went outside several times to help the associate outside move several items that required a two person lift as per company policy. He then had to go out to the floor and push back several carts loaded to the max with cases of cleaners. These are thirty to fifty pound cases he had to wheel around two aisles to get where they go. He cleaned off four carts and one fully stacked skid. Someone else helped him scan the items. He had two more half skids to go when he ran out of time. Two shifts came in after him and when he returned one of the half skids was still there which he put away. Now, he told me they are all about teamwork. He told me that his job has several aspects. He told me that when he told his immediate supervisor of the right up, she exclaimed, „You‟ve got to be fucking kidding me. You are one of my hardest workers.‟ He also mentioned that the two managers listed on the write up told him that every day they see him; he is kicking butt in that backroom. This write up is, as you can see, for one day, for one aspect of the job. It isn‟t a trend of his. It isn‟t a habit. It is one day and they threaten him with termination. He also told me that the two managers listed on the write up said that they had no idea what had happened that night. This was just a number which they pulled off of a report. If you also notice, there is absolutely no standard defined. It is just all vague notes.” “I noticed that your friend has absolutely no place to defend himself,” said Sue. “Exactly, it is basically a confession. If you notice, they waited until almost a week later to do the write up. He told me that he wrote what he did because that was the only thing he could do to be able to leave and to stop the coercion. He had written a statement and they didn‟t like it so he had to stay and write one that was more their liking. They told him that his other statements would only bring more threats and write ups. He had to demand a copy of it and at first they weren‟t going to give him one.” “So, it is a coerced confession. No fact finding, no due process, no fairness whatsoever, he had just threats unless he confessed. Well, so much for respecting the employees and the corporate culture that built Wal-Mart. So, what did he say?” asked Sue. “He said that it is, from his experience from retail, this whole thing started because some big wig who is buried in reports thinks that the back room binning is key to Wal-Mart‟s success. He came down on the store managers and if they had any legitimate insights that contradicted the big wig they would be labeled as none team players and their career would be shortened. So they like the brave innovative leaders that they are pass the buck on down to the lowly associate to blame. Not the fact that inventory numbers are off because of poor ordering controls and ability.
He also says that he thinks a lot of the managers are possibly intimidated by him because of his experience and he is willing to stand up for what he knows is right. He told me that several associates have asked him how they could start a union.” “I see what you are saying. We are born into the land of the free with a government of the people, but because of our everyday life in corporate America and because of the whole dictatorial reality that we face in order to keep our jobs, we are turned into sheep and this results in less of a public ability to stand up to the politicians in government as our Founding Fathers had intended. You think that Romney envisions an America of sheep where he and his buddies can fleece continuously. It is an ever increasing move to the 1984 society of North Korea.” “Right, but don‟t forget Obama. He is owned by the same plutocracy.” “Oh, shut up and kiss me, you fool,” said Sue.
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