Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ain't It Pee-KEWL-Year?

(Illustration by Mr. Fish.)

Is it just me? Could be. Been an out-lier my whole life. So tell me:

Does it strike anyone else as "peculiar" that the whole flocks of folks standing by to carve up and pick the carcasses (stet) of the Big Three, while ardently cheering the dissolution of the UAW--thereby throwing some several hundreds of thousands of auto workers and workers in associated trades, out of work--seem to harbor a great, abiding, sympathetic, but to me inexplicable, fondness for and devotion to the jobs of the parasites in the health insurance industry, such that they vitriolically oppose single payer health reform --or say they do-- because those parasites would lose their jobs?

When did the onus of unemployment become easier for the layed-off rivet-head or nail-banger than the obsoleted/redundant cubicle rat? When did 'retraining" become something only blue-collar workers did?

As a person who was formerly a journeyman, union, class-a carpenter (bridges, high-rises, architectural concrete), as well as a professor of curriculum theory (lit crit of "school-as-text"), it appears to me that folks most disdainful of physical work seem mostly to have done the least of it.


themom said...

My husband was a hard working journeyman also (pipefittor/weldor), and you have hit the nail on the head!

Ruth said...

Tortured logic is popping out all over, since health insurance is supposedly driving many other businesses offshore by its expense, and no lobby for those businesses has shouted out to be saved.

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

themom: read "rivethead"'ll both split a gut and take a hit...

Ruta, mia! It strikes me that the Big Three are under pressure to "reorganize" at exactly the time when they were set to become determining players in the single-payer negotiations?

Sucha coincidence, nest paw?