What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander

It’s funny to watch your ideological opponants come around to “discovering” that what you’ve been saying all along is true.

Bill Hobbs, for instance, says:

The first goal of a bureaucracy is self-preservation of the bureaucracy, and the best tools to achieve that goal are expanding the size and scope of the bureaucracy and extending its reach further and further into more and more people’s lives.

Was he talking about the TNGOP’s efforts to extend the government’s reach into my vagina?  No, of course not.  But isn’t it funny to see these folks who are constantly braying for the government to intrude into the my personal decisions right here in this state moaning about the government of another state intruding into those people’s personal decisions?

And then, here’s Ben Cunningham trying to sound the alarm about how more men are losing jobs than women (a kind of gendered recession, if you will). To which I ask, “Oh, excuse me, isn’t that how your beloved free market works?  Here are a bunch of overeducated folks who are still paid less than this group of undereducated folks for bullshit reasons we’ve been complaining about since the 70s and earlier and your feelings are hurt that the cheap educated labor is in higher demand than the expensive uneducated labor?  Well, then, sweetie, maybe you should have fought harder for us to be paid the same as you.  Sucks when the uneven playing field backfires on you, doesn’t it?”

It’s not that I’m not sympathetic.  I am.

It’s just that we’ve been saying for a long time that these mindsets are going to bite us all in the ass and the conservatives have been acting as if, as long as what’s happening doesn’t affect them, it’s okay.

And, frankly, it’s not okay.

(See, Newscoma for more about the not-okay-ness of our current situation.  Please dwell upon these sentences: “We are sharing food at the office. Some folks don’t eat if we don’t so we do.”  And let me make it clear what you are reading here.  Working people cannot afford to eat and buy gas.  Rex Tillerson, who runs Exxon Moble makes over four million dollars a year.  Just saying.)

6 thoughts on “What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander

  1. To be fair: my husband once worked for the same company, in the next town over. What ‘Coma said has as much to do with the decline of that industry as it does the current state of the economy – I’m surprised the situation didn’t tip over like that sooner.

  2. I want to clarify, because giving up caffeine means I’m not coherent until 10 a.m.

    I agree with you. I’m just saying that that specific example is not new, and that’s probably a bigger outrage.

  3. Samantha, you are right. I have been talking to a lot of folks. This area lost about eight manufacturing plants (three needle and thread factories) over the past seven years.
    All of it means less money for everyone.

    I try to listen. Unfortunately, it’s all I have to give.

  4. I understand. It’s why my husband graduated from an MNPS school instead of a Weakley County one.

    I love that town. I hate what’s happening to it.

  5. “Working people cannot afford to eat and buy gas.”

    Or have to make a choice between one or the other. I put $9 in my car tonight, which of course barely put any in it and won’t last long. I could have eaten on that $9 for the rest of this week and part of next.

    Point really being it was a big difference when $15 could fill up my entire gas tank.

    It’s been about 15 years since I developed the habit of usually only eating once a day and people have been jumping on my case & bitching at me for years about it, and I know it’s not the healthiest way to live, but the way things are it’s a damn good thing that I’m used to that ‘cos I sure couldn’t afford to eat two or three times a day right now.

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