Only Incompetents Strike
This is not one of my usual blogs. This is a collection of random thoughts.
British Airways votes to go on strike.
Much like every other major strike I remember, the striking party is among the most overpaid, undertrained, incompetent workers of the most incompetent companies. But it's not the workers' fault. Yep, you read that. I'm no friend of unions but I know leadership. If your union is going on strike, it's your own damn fault.
My father broke his Union. He broke them by running a sound business and dealing fairly with his employees. His employees eventually voted to break up the union and negotiate on their own in good faith. It took years of honest dealing on both sides. They respected him and he treated them fairly and with honesty. They responded in kind. It was a great place to work. I loved my summers there growing up.
British Airways management is a disgrace. Strikes are usually a product of years of mismanagement.
I pay any amount of money to avoid British Airways and their hub whenever I travel through Europe (at least three times a year.) The company is garbage, the customer service is garbage, the price is garbage. There is literally nothing redeeming about BA. Strike away. Here's to BA going bankrupt and all those whiners in labor and management ending up on the dole where they belong.
This is a simple fact of life. As a worker, you get a better deal if you are not in a union, but to feel safe without union backing you have to trust management. In the end, it's all on management's end. If they deal in trust with their employees, they can beat unions. In fact, it's the only way to beat them.
And for those curious, my father didn't work for some rinky dink operation. He was head of distribution for a Fortune 500 company when he took the union down.
On the Health Care Fiasco
Hilarious. Preposterous. I can't get enough of it. Actually, I lie. I haven't watched a minute of it. I could care less. They caused the problem. They'll do whatever they want to fix it, including making the problem worse. That's government.
It really has been a great few months without the constant alarmism from the Watermelon crowd. (Green on the outside, Red on the inside.) Any chance that they'll go away forever? Unfortunately, no. With millions out of work, it's not likely that the labor market for incompetent environmental scientists is that deep. Since they have nothing else to do but suck at the taxpayer teet for funding, I suspect we'll be hearing more from them very soon.
General Motors vs. Toyota
So the whole Toyota thing was a scam? That's funny. What else is funny is the obvious conflict of interests. The U.S. Government, owner of a car company, going after a rival car company. Not exactly a level playing field is it? Maybe Japan can take over Toyota. That's how WWIII will start.
Speaking of WWIII
Democrats want to start a trade war with China (apparently they are completely unaware of the dozens, if not hundreds, of American protectionist policies in place that hurt China.)
The Neocons want to preemptively attack another country, Iran, that poses no threat. The Fake Prince of Peace just might listen to them. The Iranians are good people. If you support their slaughter, you will be a cheerleader for senseless murder. I'm curious as to what motivates such hatred?
Senator Rand Paul
There will be a Libertarian in the Senate. One down, 99 to go. I'm pleasantly shocked. Dick Cheney is unhappy. So I'm happy.
Did you guys have as much fun as I did? That was a great start to the best tournament in sports.
Is Qatar in a Housing Bubble?
I just finished moving into my new home in Qatar. It's a 3 bedroom condo in Doha. Brand new building. Way overpriced. Way... overpriced. Of course, so was the place I moved out of. Inflation here is rampant. Qatari ministers are complaining about the dollar. It's been increasingly hard to keep the peg at 3.64 riyals to the dollar. They need to devalue or print more money. They choose the latter path. Meanwhile, housing prices seem to be peaking again. I smell a crash coming. Dubai had theirs. Qatar had a small drop in 2008 but prices shot back up thanks to monetary expansion. We'll see...
(Don't worry about me. Company paid for the new pad.)
David in Qatar