Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Deficit Ceiling - Republicans Play Games

The Republicans have forgotten how to negotiate! They would like to push the country to the brink in order to score political points. While they're playing with fire, the country, and ultimately the world could dive into a new recession if we default on our debt. No government or opposition would ever have dreamed about doing such a thing in the past.

Are they insincere? Well, when you offer the Democrats 15% in raised revenues and 85% in cuts and then you quickly change and say you will only accept 100% cuts, this seems like game playing.  Especially when you consider that the Democrats were getting close to accepting their offer. Why change the offer when you are on the verge of a deal? Because you really aren't sincere about making a deal.

If the Republicans fail to make a deal by Aug. 2, then they will create an economic disaster that will not only effect the United States but also the rest of the world. You then could quite likely see a depression like the one in the 1930's.

It's likely the Republicans will agree to raise the debt ceiling and so it is important that the Democrats make some compromises but not give everything away. Much more posturing will be done before the deadline.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Postal Workers - Ordered Back - Imposed agreement - government controls labour relations.

It's funny how right wing governments always want to have the least amount of regulation as possible, on corporations  but when it comes to the unions the same thing doesn't apply. They do not want the chips to fall where they fall when a strike occurs but they want to interfere with the outcome. Of course it always ends up favoring the employers.

With public sector unions it's really easy for the government to rig the deck in their favor. They not only legislate them back to work but they force arbitration on the postal workers. In this case the arbitrator/mediator is mandated under the legislation to rule on the last offer that was on the table. The only problem is, is that the government changed the last offer from the government to the union to make it more regressive than in their real final offer. Government 1, postal workers 0.