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Old 12-08-2008   #1
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CEOs to Gitmo!

Since we'll be moving Bin Laden's cooks and dishwashers to brigs in the U.S. for their pending trials, there will be some vacant cells and waterboards at Camp Delta. Howsabout rounding up some corporate CEOs (banking and auto execs come to mind immediately), denying them habeas corpus, and subjecting them to a 24/7 high-volume repeating loop of "Slayer's Greatest Hits?" This seems especially appropriate now that Merrill's CEO has "suggested" that his board give him a $10 MILLION BONUS!

(Reuters) – Merrill Lynch & Co Chief Executive John Thain has suggested to directors that he get a 2008 bonus of as much as $10 million, but the battered company's compensation committee is resisting his request, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the situation.
The compensation committee has not reached a decision, but is leaning toward denying Thain and other senior executives bonuses for this year, the people told the paper.
It's time for a Holiday in Gitmo, the Caribbean's Best-kept Secret®!

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Old 12-12-2008   #2
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I would second that motion, send the greedy bastards to Gitmo. Make them listen to Britney Spears Greatest flops, have Ozzy Osborne do the iterrogations, and lastly video the whold damn thing and sell it packaged as a Blu-ray movie. Maybe throw in a couple of Elvira types to spank them and whip them. Now there's a party...

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Old 12-12-2008   #3
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thats the best idea ive ever heard. it would be better to keep the Ceos mixed in with the self acclaimed 911 tourorist. now thats a party.
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Old 12-12-2008   #4
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Whatever you may think about the Detroit bailout, it's "interesting" to look at the GOP "reason" for not voting for it. There are plenty of reasonable arguments pro/con bailout, but folks like Mitch McConnell want to put all the blame on the UAW. While the UAW does share in the responsibility for the failure of the Big 3, some of the GOP bailout opponents have been more than a little dishonest.

McConnell's home state of Kentucky is home to the largest Toyota plant in the U.S. Toyota says it pays about $30 per hour, and its total hourly labor costs are around $48 per hour. Important distinction: The Japanese automaker has far fewer retirees because they've only been building cars here for less than 20 years... and its pension and health care benefits are not as generous as those paid to UAW workers.

GM says the average UAW laborer makes $29.78 per hour, and its total hourly labor costs are now $69 per hour, including wages, pensions and health care for active workers, plus the pension and health care costs of more than 432,000 retirees and spouses.

Folks like McConnell are playing with math to come up with the misleading figure of $73 per hour for UAW members working at the Big Three, while saying nothing about GM CEO Rick Waggoner making $9,500 per hour in 2007.

Should Detroit be bailed out? Maybe yes, maybe no. Like I said, plenty of good arguments on both sides of the issue. But blaming organized labor for Detroit's failure(s) is political bullshit. Honestly looking at the cost of health care and what it's doing to our global competitiveness might be one way to save American manufacturing from extinction. But that would take a set of balls, and McConnell looks like he lost his in a tragic men's room accident years ago. No comment from Larry Craig on what happened...
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DS, blaming organized labor is a political copout, I agree. It's part of the equation, but not nearly all of it. Taking those politicians' logic to a further point, competitiveness in a global market is vital for the long term health of any company, but competitiveness in a global market means that eventually we get paid what Chinese workers get paid, give or take some transportation costs. They might have left that bit out, figuring it wouldn't sound too good to their constituents. As always, the middle way...
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