Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Hey Diddle Diddle

Wage earners in the middle
Throw the miners down the chute
The little coals laughed
To see such sport
While the stockholders ran away
with the loot.

8 comments:

Bonnie Blithe said...

dang, girl, ouch!

We are our own worst enemy. We (as in the big general We) are no longer concerned with the common good. Good corporate monsters just take advantage of that.

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/77/walmart.html

Also read my musings on shameful ridiculous bottled water.

bunnyjo georg said...

A quote from the article referenced above:

"On basic products that don't change, the price Wal-Mart will pay, and will charge shoppers, must drop year after year. But what almost no one outside the world of Wal-Mart and its 21,000 suppliers knows is the high cost of those low prices. Wal-Mart has the power to squeeze profit-killing concessions from vendors. To survive in the face of its pricing demands, makers of everything from bras to bicycles to blue jeans have had to lay off employees and close U.S. plants in favor of outsourcing products from overseas."

This is precisely why I do not and will not shop at WalMart. I will not support a mega-corporation that continually crushes the backs of small suppliers and manufacturers. As often as possible, I go one step further: I patronize local, non-franchise retailers and restaurants, teaching my children to do the same. This country was built on the expertise of these small businesses. Let's not let them perish!

Melissa said...

not only does WalMart "crush the backs of small suppliers and manufacturers"....they take it step further. Did you know that the WalMart corporation exploits our tax dollars and our welfare system but forcing their employees to stay in the "working poor" class? In Arizona, included with your new hire packet is an application for medicaid benefits from the state of Arizona because WalMart offers no health care for their employees. This is just one example!!!
Check out the film: http://www.walmartmovie.com/

Mom said...

I definitely believe our leaders have for decades made decisions that benefit BB at the expense of hardworking Americans. However, the ditty is about the miners...and although the mine owners may indeed be to blame, that has not yet been determined. There are inherent dangers in certain lines of work, like commercial fishing in the North Atlantic, or driving a race car. No matter how many safety practices are put into place, shit happens. People have to earn a living somehow, and even knowing the dangers, a miner does it anyway because the fear of not having a paycheck is a little stronger than the fear of danger.

bunnyjo georg said...

The ditty is not really about the miners, it is about the exploitation of workers for the benefit of fat-cat stockbrokers. Your own post proves it is a matter of common sense: "People have to earn a living somehow...the fear of not having a paycheck is a little stronger than the fear of danger." The point is, people are so afraid of not being able to pay their bills, they are willing to take any job at any wage - a perfect brewing pot for stockbrokers and corporations to inflate their profits on the backs of hard-working Americans. That's my point!

Bonnie Blithe said...

I share the same sense of appalled outrage and helplessness to effect any meaningful change in the BB vs. consumer situation.

I blame We-The-Consumers most. Self-recrimination is something I excel at, but I don't think it's misplaced here. We underestimate our power. In fact, it never crosses our mass media drugged minds in most cases! A drugging that most of us welcome as an embrace after a day of mindless toiling for the Man.

I do NOT shop at WalMart, but what difference does that make? We march to the same drumbeat at ALL big box retailers. I shop at Kohl's, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Penneys, Meijers... Where else am I going to get what I need?

It's going to take convulsions akin to death throes to change this system. It may never happen.

MY point is that it's in the nature of BB to exploit. But WE enable our own exploitation.

Bonnie Blithe said...

Now that I've worked the bluster out of my system, I can post about something that really matters: You MUST tell me what lipstick you're wearing in your photo!

The BB's are safe until I know how to make my own with local sustainable ingredients. ;p

bunnyjo georg said...

Thank you for asking!

My lipstick is...
Revlon Moondrops Lipstick (green tube) in Copperglaze Wine with Berry lip liner.

:)

(Important stuff, you know!)