Monday, April 20, 2009

Bernie Marcus on EFCA

(via Huffington Post). Here are some zingers, in case you missed them:
"If a retailer has not gotten involved in this, if he has not spent money on this election, if he has not sent money to [former Sen.] Norm Coleman and all these other guys, they should be shot. They should be thrown out their goddamn jobs," Marcus declared.
"As a shareholder, if I knew the CEO of the company wasn't doing anything on [EFCA]... I would sue the son of a bitch... I'm so angry at some of these CEOs, I can't even believe the stupidity that is involved here."
But then, there's also:
"This bill may be one of the worst things I have ever seen in my life," he said, explaining that he could have been on "a 350-foot boat out in the Mediterranean," but felt it was more important to engage on this fight. "It is incredible to me that anybody could have the chutzpah to try and pass this bill in this election year, especially when we have an economy that is a disaster, a total absolute disaster."
Preach it, Bernie. I wish you would air these statements for the ridiculously-named "Center for Union Facts" ads.

Then there's also the case of Citibank, who is using their $50 billion in TARP money to help combat the EFCA. Money well spent. It's like ransom tactics are an essential part of how big banks deal with society: Give me big $$ otherwise we'll sink the goddamn economy! Wait, now that we have the money, now we're going to screw workers and claim that if anyone tries to make unionization possible for the myriad workers who want it, then we'll... threaten to sink the economy and spend our TARP money combating the legislation! Another splendid case of this, of course, is that Fedex has claimed that if EFCA passes they will cancel a bunch of large orders from Boeing for more planes. Not because of anything financial, simply because they want to use their class power to threaten to send a torpedo into a crippled economy unless they get their way and keep unionization at bay. They don't even make a secret of it, they brazenly declare in the open that they will try to sabatoge the economy unless they get their way.

Where is the coverage of this in the big media outlets?

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