Thanksgiving comes but once a year -- thank goodness!
The Black Friday rush begins . . .
Jack Ziegler, in this week's New Yorker
Our management kindly let us office drones decamp at 2pm this afternoon on condition that all our work was done. The bell rang, and as if by magic everyone's work was done. (In truth, we didn't have exactly a full complement onsite when the bell rang.) So I've had plenty of time to think of some appropriate way to celebrate Thanksgiving here among the takers-not-makers class.
Don't ask me why, but most of the day my brain kept cycling back to Jim Hightower's newly posted column. Naturally no aspersion is intended toward my bosses, not at this time of the year, when we not only got those extra hours off this afternoon but have all of Friday as well. (We don't get a lot in the way of holidays, so when one falls in our lap, we notice.)
Pretty heartwarming, eh?
LISTEN TO THIS COMMENTARY
This is the wretched wail of a few corporate chieftains who claim to be somewhere between flummoxed and furious that Barack Obama is back in the White House. With his diabolical Obamacare and tax-the-rich attacks on us wealthy job creators, they moan, this president is out to destroy American business. "There's a tsunami coming," cried one, so we must save ourselves.
How do these trembling titans of free enterprise intend to do that? By firing employees, thus sending a message to workers that voting for Democrats is bad for their health. "Elections have consequences," exclaimed a Las Vegas boss, after offing 22 workers the day after Obama was re-elected. Echoing this self-serving political ethic, a Georgia executive told C-SPAN that his fear of Obamacare made him fire enough workers to exempt his business from providing health care. "I tried to make sure that the people I had to lay off voted for Obama," he noted, spewing spite.
Then there's Papa John's, the billion-dollar-a-year fast food chain. John Schnatter, the present "papa" of Papa John's, had warned this summer that he'd jack-up the consumer price of the chain's pizza if Obama won, because he wasn't going to eat the cost of assuring health coverage for employees. Post-election, however, Schnatter has decided not to slap his customers, but to slap Papa John's workers instead, by cutting their hours to part-time so he doesn't have to pay for their coverage. "That's what you do," Schnatter snapped, "you pass on costs."
Yeah, that's what bosses like you do – and what an exemplary way for the millionaire boss to boost productivity, loyalty, and morale of those who do the actual work that make customers want to buy Papa John's pizza – or not.
"Progressives forming boycott over Papa John's CEO’s response to Obama's election," www.examiner.com, November 11, 2012.
"Vegas Employer: Obama Won, So I fired 22 Employees," www.cbslocal.com, November 7, 2012.
"Obamacare Layoffs: Georgia Businessman Claims He Fired Workers Because Obama Won," www.huffingtonpost.com, November 8, 2012.
"Papa John's CEO John Schnatter Says Company Will Reduce Workers' Hours In Response To Obamacare," www.huffingtonpost.com, November 9, 2012.
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving, one and all. Wherever you go, whatever you do, be safe. You don't want to miss Black Friday, right?