|Ding Dongs Get Obamasized, Really!|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 12:39 AM|
After a bakers union launched a nationwide strike, Hostess Brands Inc. has permanently shut down three bakeries.King 5 reports that, "the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread said Monday that the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products, and it is closing bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cinncinnatti. The facilities employ 627 workers."
For decades, the aroma of Twinkies and cupcakes has greeted residents in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.
According to King 5, "Hostess based in Irving, Texas, operates 36 bakeries nationwide and has about 18,300 employees. It warned earlier this month that the strike, by about 30 percent of its workforce, could lead to bakery closures."
Hostess Brands CEO Gregory F. Raybury said, "we deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage – and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business."
written by doughboy , November 13, 2012
Rayburn had indicated that some bakeries would be shut down even after Hostess came out of bankruptcy. Don't let him place blame on BCT for these closures. My heart goes out to my my brothers and sisters, but this shutdown was in the works long ago. It's to be expected when the company for which one works, hires a liquidation specialist as its CEO.
written by Jonathan Green , November 13, 2012
“Keep in mind that these folks spent millions and millions of dollars - and played just as many dirty tricks - to defeat Obama and a host of other Democratic candidates, and that money wasn’t spent, nor were those dirty tricks played, in the hope that Republicans might emerge victorious,’ wrote Detroit Monster on The Black Liberal Boomer Blog on the eve of the vote. “This was an all-out, go-for-broke campaign that was not supposed to lose. They had successfully cleared the decks in 2010 to make way for a flood of rightwing Tea Party affiliated candidates, they had engaged in massive demonstrations of voter suppression right up to the day of the vote, they had a bought-and-paid-for Supreme Court majority who had handed a stolen presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 come to the rescue once again when they gave the thumbs-up to Citizens United, enabling super wealthy individuals and the corporations who love them to swallow America whole.”
Alas, for the most part it didn’t come to pass. The divisiveness, the smears, the racism, the attempted voter suppression, the obscurantism, and outright lying didn’t work. The reactionary rightwing suffered a clear setback and for that the nation and the world can be thankful.
But danger lurks from another quarter.
The “bipartisan” financial elite has always been determined to get its way no matter who was headed for the White House next year. While the nation has been preoccupied with who would run the government for the next four years, the austerity lobby has been quietly mobilizing its forces. It has been augmented by powerful corporate interests who are prepared to spend as much a $100 million on a campaign to make the 99 percent of us pay the major costs of overcoming capitalism’s latest crisis. They are intent on making sure that the greatest sacrifices are borne by working people, retirees and the poor.
This is how it goes down.
If a proposal to undermine Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid comes before the new Congress, all the members of that body will have to show where they stand. Although it will be easier now that the election is over, that will still be a political problem. And so, under the banner of “deficit reduction,” and a threatened “fiscal cliff,” a drive is underway to cut a backroom legislative deal. When the secret horse-trading is over, a package will be presented for approval and for which no one will take responsibility for any of its individual parts. It’s called a “grand bargain.”
The incoming administration has no mandate to do anything but uphold Reid’s pledge
The people of the country do not want to reduce the economic security and well being of seniors, or to sharply reduce healthcare provisions for low-income people and the disabled. That’s why the matter was never debated during the campaign. Now the thinking is that this can be accomplished between the “lame duck” period now and when the new Congress convenes January 3.
It’s a strange view of democracy, wherein if you can’t get enough of the peoples’ elected representatives to approve of something, you extort it out in a backroom somewhere in Washington. Of course, it’s all justified in the name of “bi-partisanship” and “compromise.”
“Poll after poll has shown that the public rejects the millionaire-oriented, tax-cutting, government-slashing austerity plan known as “Simpson Bowles,” Richard (RJ) Eskow of the Campaign For America’s Future, wrote last week. “And yet politicians in both parties keep trying to force it through the legislative process under the banner of a ‘Grand Bargain.’ Word is they’re going to try again, either during the lame-duck session or when the new Congress convenes in January.”
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