Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NC cook fired for comment to anti-worker governor

Groveling governor. 
If Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein or one of the Koch brothers said, 'Thanks for nothing' to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, do you think they'd get fired?

Of course not. They'd probably get some sort of groveling response from McCrory, who is used to groveling to rich sociopaths. McCrory, after all, is a puppet of North Carolina one-percenter Art Pope.

Honest working-class people don't have the same protections wealthy crooks have. They are vulnerable to the whims of arrogant politicians and employers. Their path to wealth is blocked by the vagaries of a system stacked against them. When billionaire sociopaths like Sam Zell say poor people just have to work harder to get rich, they presume the playing field is level for everyone. It isn't.

The story of Drew Swope, a 45-year-old cook at Reid's Fine Foods in Myers Park, N.C., shows why wealth doesn't come to everyone who just works harder. McCrory came into Reid's Fine Foods and Swope, realizing who he was, said, "Thanks for nothing." McCrory's security detail complained and Swope was fired.

Here's why Swope is angry at McCrory: He signed bills into law that raised taxes on Swope while slashing them for billionaires; cut unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless; made it harder for working people like Swope to vote; and cut pre-K for 30,000 kids while shifting $90 million from public to corporate for-profit schools.

The Rev. William Barber, who has led the growing Moral Monday movement in North Carolina, had this to say about McCrory and North Carolina's anti-worker Legislature:
They’ve drank all the Tea Party they could drink and sniffed all the Koch they could sniff.
Dimon, Blankfein and the Koch brothers have done far, far worse than make snide comments to a sitting governor. Dimon, as JPMorgan CEO, and Blankfein, as CEO of the Great Vampire Squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money Goldman Sachs, nearly destroyed the global financial system through their recklessness and almost-certain criminality. Blankfein probably perjured himself before Congress. Dimon had to shell out $20 billion to settle accusations that JPMorgan defrauded clients. The Koch brothers' company, Koch Industries, sold oil equipment to Iran, stole oil from Indian reservations and was convicted of felonies three times in state and federal courts.

None of them is at risk of being imprisoned, let alone fired.