"I fail to see the progress with the ACA." There are a whole lot of middle class people out there Dems and Repubs who would strongly disagree with you. I'm one of them.
Whoo Hooo. An ethics lesson from Ms. Smith. I'm all choked up.
I'm not going to comment on who is in the wrong here. What I do think is disturbing is that a previous mayor and council gave a "handshake promise." How does that appear on the agenda? Item IV - Handshake Agreement?
We can't stop them if we give up. We don't need to give up. We just need to work smarter and harder and longer.
I've donated. It sucks that we pay officials to take care of the taxpayers and then Helen is financing the only real effort I've seen to made to "mind the store." Elected officials, whether they identify as conservative or liberal - they don't have the courage this woman has.
You wouldn't necessarily expect elected and appointed officials to know everything about every subject. What you should expect, and demand, is for them to slow down and research the subjects they don't understand. As soon as Ms. Sharp started asking her questions everyone who is supposedly representing taxpayers should have stopped what they were doing and found out if, just possibly, she knew what she was talking about. It was obvious from the beginning that she knew more about it than they did. She's paying for the lawsuit with the help of whatever people kick in, but we're all paying for the suit on the government's behalf. A suit that didn't have to happen.
6400 miles. That's how far we are from Israel. Yet we sit here in Chattanooga and speak with authority about cultures we know very little about except for what our political leaders tell us. The citizens of Israel don't speak with a single voice and neither do the Palestinians. I do think it's interesting that social media is allowing the citizens of both countries to speak to each other without the filters of their respective governments.
One thing the dues get ya is this. Say you're 50 and at the height of your profession and skill sets. The bean counters can't decide to replace you without cause just to get someone younger and cheaper in. You do your job, do it well, and you get to keep doing it. They also negotiate work rules which in our family's situation is good for the employee and real good for the customer. Again, the bean counters have a harder time cutting corners on safety. There are professions out there where there is mutual respect between management and professionals. Ask the Germans, they operate that way which is what this is all about isn't it?
Timbo you are actually spot on about the incentives.
Fairmon there are plenty of good union/management relationships. You don't have a clue. And yes we pay dues, worth every penny, and we also have a tremendous amount of respect for management
Referring to an earlier post about handing out lollipops to children. What the hell are we supposed to do to them? Go down the line and give each kiddie a slap. I have hopes that the adults in this situation can take whatever measures need to be taken, and that may include deportation, and still show some kind of class. We used to operate that way but a certain faction of Americans have forgotten the phrase, "We're better than that."