02 February 2012

This is Hardly American

I read a story on Huffington Post about American Airlines wanting to cut 13,000 jobs. If you've been around at all you'll likely know my thoughts on this.

After posting a comment on HuffPo, I was told that the comment was deleted: "This comment has been removed. Most comments are removed because of an attack or insult on another user or public figure. Please see the guidelines here if you're not sure why this comment was removed."

I changed "asshole" to "filthy whore." Guess that wasn't enough. I suppose, too, that naming names probably goes against AOL policy. So, here are my uncensored thoughts:

So enlightening, this story.

Oh, but wait! Nothing was ever mentioned about the CEOs salary and the sacrifices he intends to make for the well being of the corporation.


Nah. He's just playing follow the leader. Not "leader," as in one who actually conducts his business fairly with virtue and goodwill for both customers and employees, one who is satisfied with a more than ample salary and benefits commensurate with the value of his business (like recently retired Costco CEO Jim Sinegal).

Rather, this is the kind of "leader" who only mimics the asshole that first traveled down this well worn road paved with avarice. This is the kind of "leader" who robs his loyal employees who were instrumental in the business' success (like NWA's Doug Steenland who suggested workers enduring 40% salary cuts could dumpster dive to make ends meet).

This is the kind of "leader" who steals retirees' benefits -- ones they earned and were promised -- by changing the rules after the fact.

This is the kind of "leader" who sacrifices nothing himself and ends up taking even more in bonuses and stock options when all the slashing and burning is done. This is the kind of leader who fattens the calf for slaughter, kills it off with a merger then retires with his balloon of cash to his six residences and protects his ill-gotten gains in offshore bank accounts to avoid fair taxation.

My heart goes out to the 13,000 threatened American Airlines employees.

And, my soul cries for this nation.

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