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March 01, 2011 – Comments (13)

A public union employee, a Tea Party activist and Charles Koch are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle. Koch takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the Tea Partier and says, “watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”

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#1) On March 01, 2011 at 5:25 PM, Melaschasm (< 20) wrote:

Then the Tea Partier goes to the kitchen to make a dozen cookies for himself.  When he returns to the table, the union guy takes half as a tax on wages.

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#2) On March 01, 2011 at 5:26 PM, JakilaTheHun (99.92) wrote:

It would make more sense if it were a public union negotiator, a politician, and a baby.  Then the union negotiator and the politician agreed to split the cookies 50-50, but the politician also promises the union 50% of all the future cookies produced by the baby. 

This is my big problem with the Democrats on this issue.  There seems to be no differentiation between public employee unions and private sector unions.  Private-sector unions bargain against self-interested corporate shareholders.  Public sector unions bargain with friendly politicians that are eager and willing to scratch their backs; so long as the tab is handed to someone else.

The two aren't even remotely comparable. 

It's a shame that there has been a lobby that has succeesfully convinced the government to harm private sector union rights, but "public sector unions" have no legitimate economic function.  They are merely part of a patronage system that robs one class of workers in order to redistribute it to others.

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#3) On March 01, 2011 at 5:56 PM, devoish (65.42) wrote:

So... you don't think my little joke is funny?

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#4) On March 01, 2011 at 6:16 PM, JakilaTheHun (99.92) wrote:

I think it re-emphasizes the fact that people supporting the unions here generally have a weak understanding of the pension crisis and why it exists. Unless Koch runs the government, it's sort of nonsensical to suggest that he could be 'stealing the public employees' cookies', is it not? 

The Daily Show, which I do enjoy, was really off-tangent the other day, as Jon Stewart suggested that Federal taxes shouldn't be cut for the wealthiest Americans in order to fund the unfunded liabilities for the Wisconsin public employee pension fund.

Even if I thought that were a good idea, it's nonsensical on a basic level since the Federal government does not fund the Wisconsin state government liabilities. It's almost as if the left-wing turns into some sort of mirror image of Rush Limbaugh when anything regarding unions comes up.

The irony here is that private sector unions have been forced to take cuts because of the economic crisis, yet now private sector workers are being expected to fund what are by all reasonable measures, extravagent benefit plans, coming from the public sector.

The Democrats are completely tone deaf on this, because they have traditionally derived their support from the unions.  It is nothing more than a patronage system and it's not really any different than lobbyists using their influence in a way that screws over the rest of Americans. 

This is why I find myself increasing at odds with both parties.  On one side, I see the tea party nutcases and then on the other side, I see people who have their heads burried 10 feet under the sand, trying to pretend that handing out unsustainably large pension packages to public employees is some sort of God-given right.  Meanwhile, many states are teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. 

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#5) On March 01, 2011 at 6:55 PM, L0RDZ (91.04) wrote:

The states aren't bankrupt they just left their wallet in their other jacket  ~ wink  ~ wink  and are hoping that the date pays or that they can get away with their good looks and a promise to possibly pay the time they are eating.

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#6) On March 01, 2011 at 7:30 PM, oldfashionedway (34.65) wrote:

I have always noticed that people will never laugh at anything that is not based on truth. - Will Rogers

If the Koch Brothers wanted some cookies they'd probably buy a Nabisco factory, if it was an "open shop".

I tend to agree with what Jakila has to say.

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#7) On March 01, 2011 at 7:58 PM, rd80 (94.78) wrote:

Without Koch's taxes, there would only have been half a cookie on the plate to start with.

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#8) On March 01, 2011 at 8:00 PM, devoish (65.42) wrote:

Ok, but I laughed because I think it is based in a truth that describes where the wealth goes - whether a union or a tea party does the baking.

I also thnk it is a truth that our Countrys biggest incomes are the ones telling the rest of us that union workers are undeserving pigs.

Divide et impera


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#9) On March 01, 2011 at 8:16 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Here's my joke of the day-- I think ALL will enjoy:

An older lady decided to give herself a big treat for her significant 70th birthday by staying overnight in an expensive hotel.

When she checked out next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00.

She exploded and demanded to know why the charge was so high. "It's a nice hotel but the rooms certainly aren't worth $250.00

for just an overnight stay! I didn't even have breakfast."

The clerk told her that $250.00 is the 'standard rate', so she insisted on speaking to the Manager.

The Manager appeared and, forewarned by the desk clerk, announced:

"This hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre which are available for use."

"But I didn't use them," she said.

''Well, they are here, and you could have," explained the Manager.

He went on to explain that she could also have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which the hotel is famous. "We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here," the Manager said.

"But I didn't go to any of those shows," she said.

"Well, we have them, and you could have," the Manager replied.

No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, she replied, "But I didn't use it!" and the Manager countered with his standard response.

After several minutes discussion with the Manager unmoved, she decided to pay, wrote a check and gave it to him.
The Manager was surprised when he looked at the cheque. "But madam, this check is for only $50.00."

"That's correct. I charged you $200.00 for sleeping with me," she replied.

"But I didn't!" exclaims the very surprised Manager.

"Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have."

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#10) On March 01, 2011 at 10:00 PM, jatt22 (60.18) wrote:

rec for # 9

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#11) On March 04, 2011 at 10:50 PM, devoish (65.42) wrote:

Your joke was funnier.

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#12) On March 04, 2011 at 11:08 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Glad you enjoyed that Devo and Jatt (where you been man?). Sooo reminded me of my mother. Worthy of its own post? We could use a little humor in these interesting times. Best.

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#13) On March 05, 2011 at 3:03 PM, motleyanimal (36.15) wrote:

#9 wins.

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