The House will send three more jobs bills to the Senate this week. Will the Democrats act on them this time? They haven't acted on the 20 other jobs bills the House has passed, so I'm not holding my breath. Why does Harry Reid hate unemployed people so much? If the bills are bad legislation, simply vote them down. But Reid and the Democrats won't even allow a vote.
"I agree 100 percent," White said. "He was also the reason Dennis Erickson got fired. When your best football player is a guy like that, he's what I call a coach killer. He's such a great athlete, you have to have him on the field. But by the same token, the negatives outweigh the positives with him. As great a player as he is, you can' t have that. And then what happens, when if you don't take extreme measures with it, then it becomes a cancer on the team. And I started seeing other guys on the defense starting to act like that and I think it became infectious. No matter how good a player is, when he's got that kind of attitude on the field, when he hurts you like Vontaze hurt the team, you got to get rid of him. As hard as that is, and it's a hard thing to do, especially when he's your best player, you just can't have it or it does become a cancer, and I think he did."
White went on to say that Burfict was unbelievable at going to the ball and that when he was good, "he was great." To be fair, he also pointed out that he's not around Burfict on a daily basis, and that he has no idea how Burfict is in meetings or in other areas.
Legacy airlines are an almost uniquely terrible business to be in. You've got an enormous fixed cost, in the form of giant, incredibly expensive planes, and landing slots. Meanwhile, your product has practically no marginal cost--adding an extra passenger to a plane is a very small cost compared to getting the plane in the air. And each passenger slot on a plane is a wasting asset: once the plane takes off, it's worth nothing to you.
That's a recipe for fierce pricing wars. The airlines have made up for some of it with extremely sophisticated pricing strategies, but there's only so much you can do when everyone can comparison shop your product from the comfort of their couch. No wonder airlines have struggled so much since deregulation.
Of course, that's not unique to airlines--hotels are expensive to build, and an unrented room can't be stored up to sell later. But airlines do have another problem that's special to them: their unions, which are both powerful, and plentiful.
Whatever you think about the United Autoworkers, at least there's only one of them. The union doesn't want to kill the company any more than management does. In theory, at least, you should be able to work something out.
But when there are three or four unions--pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, and baggage handlers--things get complicated. All of those groups are completely necessary to make sure that the plane gets in the air. If one of them doesn't show up, you lose all the money on every seat.
Those unions are not just trying to get more money out of shareholders, or customers. They're also in competition with each other. A single union that leaves errs on the side of claiming too little value can hope to get some of it back in future negotiations. But if the pilot's union leaves money on the table, it's all too likely to get picked up by the flight attendants.
You can finesse this problem when the company's doing well--that's one of the reasons that Southwest has excellent relations with its unions, and why the union troubles didn't emerge at the majors after deregulation. But when times aren't so flush, this dynamic becomes a problem. The company's past labor agreements don't leave much margin for error--particularly when there were sizeable pensions, as there have been at most of these legacy airlines.
It's not clear what will happen to American's $8 billion worth of pension obligations, which are underfunded by billions, but I'd expect that the company will push hard to shed them. It will also want the judge to rewrite its labor contracts.
That's a big blow for the workers, who have come to expect a certain standard of living--and a predictable retirement. The pilots, in particular, would be hard hit--as I understand it, their pension payouts are normally quite a bit higher than the maximums insured by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp, which tops out at around $50,000 a year. Indeed, last month I blogged about American pilots taking early payouts to avoid this sort of PBGC haircut--a sort of "pension run" which may have put further pressure on the company to declare bankruptcy.
In all the excitement of Barney Frank deciding to retire, you may have missed the news that longtime friend of WAMK (and the official realtor of WAMK as well) Riles33 got engaged over the Thanksgiving holiday.
No date set for the wedding, but step in the right direction!
First, JDJ did it, now Riles. What's next, Obama cutting taxes, and eliminating thousands of Government jobs?
They had to go into the fetid cesspool that was Occupy LA, arrest a bunch of unwashed, disgusting people, and then do it over and over for their entire shift. Who knows what types of disease and sickness they were exposed to in that "camp".
There isn't enough soap and sanitizer out there to make me want to do what they had to do.
Slate does a piece on how women are portrayed in campaign advertising, offering plenty of examples featuring Dem women as the targets.
Somehow, they neglect to mention the ads/attacks targeted toward Conservative women. Thank goodness the Left has never tried to paint a Conservative woman as looney, or that they want Seniors to not get their medications, or have taken to a National platform to question a Conservative womans credentials to lead this Country.
I'm sure it was just an oversight. Seemingly in the eyes of Slate, misogyny only happens to Democrat women.