Morning Must Reads: March 8

In the news: dining diplomacy, Defense of Marriage Act, a July grand bargain, a possibly rigged Kenyan election, Rand Paul for 2016, and steady banks.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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sacredh
sacredh

heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go.

sacredh
sacredh

This is something that the GOP doesn't understand. It's not their polling data or how they interpret their data, it's them. It's the party itself that is at fault. Every 4 years the white vote decreases by 2%. They have limited appeal outside of their southern strategy base. It's not getting larger, it's decreasing. They've got that angry white voter locked up. They have to broaden their appeal, not become even more vocal about their failed message. I think they have a death wish:

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/gop-embarks-on-polling-reboot-88641.html?hp=t1

sacredh
sacredh

 A little late and OT, but Alvin Lee of Ten Years After passed away. His performance of "Goin' Home" along with Hendrix' "The Star Spangled Banner" were the highlights of Woodstock for me. RIP Alvin. Whatever home you went to, I hope it's a good one.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@retiredvet And the wonderful republicans filibuster for 13 hours and then announce the next day they are running for President.

But the media can't add 2 and 2 so those two acts are never put together. 

retiredvet
retiredvet

Actually, I agree that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with Medicare for all who want it. But... Medicare with friggin' teeth to control costs!!

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh I vote for "Soul Sacrifice" by Santana.  It's more complicated and I'm a sucker for latin music.  Do you dig Cal Tjader?

"Soul Sauce" or "Azure Blue"  If you don't like classic jazz you have to go to the back of the class.  Just kidding.  

roknsteve
roknsteve

@retiredvet Which goes right back to Willard etc. telling us what they really think which turns off most voters.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Can he make it through the clown car primaries?

retiredvet
retiredvet

@roknsteve The media is afraid of being called out for "liberal bias". I sincerely hope that they "get it". They can't be that moronic.

sacredh
sacredh

A little OT, but I've been saying that we're short handed at work and with the coming furloughs it's going to get even worse. It may get ALOT worse. One of the shift leaders has been having chest pains and he goes in tomorrow morning for tests. If the news is what he thinks it's going to be, they'll do the surgery in a couple of days and we'll be down another man for at least a couple of months.

sacredh
sacredh

A single payer system would be the best and most efficient by far, but the GOP will never go for a system that isn't profit based. They're the Ferengi.

sacredh
sacredh

I like Santana, but they've never been one of my favorites although I did go see Carlos several times. I'm not much of a fan of jazz either although Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" is one of my favorite albums.

sacredh
sacredh

I think he might have a chance, but not a good one. Rand is just too far out there. He's a shiny new toy now, but once people learn more about him, he shouldn't get very far. Bachmann briefly led the pack in 2012 too.

sacredh
sacredh

We also have a no-strike clause in our contract. We strike, we get fired. It doesn't do any good to call our congressman either because he's a bagger that WANTS this stuff to happen.   If there's any good that's going to come out of this at all, it's that even the conservatives at work are furious at the republicans. We're pretty evenly divided at work between republicans and democrats and if we get the 20% pay cut because of furloughs, they'll still be conservative, but they'll vote for their jobs.

sacredh
sacredh

lol. Bingo. The tax breaks decreased revenue and so our budget got cut. The wealthy didn't pour all of that money back into the economy, they bought the economy and shipped jobs overseas.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Bush and Cheney / GOP ruined this country so badly that it will take decades to fix.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Since the tax breaks. Am I right?

sacredh
sacredh

We've been short handed for years because of previous budget cuts. I don't even remember the last time we had a full crew. There's also a hiring freeze and even guys that have been technically transferred to our installation are still stuck at theirs because every installation is running without a full crew. It's a mess.

retiredvet
retiredvet

So why the hell are they making you guys short handed??

sacredh
sacredh

We can't shut down traffic because tows run 24/7 and indusrty is dependent on traffic getting through. We get single tows through everyday that have 20,000 tons of fuel, coal, steel, chemicals, machinery, grain and everything else that keeps the local economy running. There are no slow shifts. They operate on tight schedules and any delay has a cascade effect.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Sounds like a rock and a hard place situation. I'm thinking that it might work to shut down traffic at night until DC gets its act together.

sacredh
sacredh

The only people that would leave are those of us that already can retire and get a full retirement. There are 4 of us that are fortunate enough to be in that situation. Nobody quits these jobs because they are good jobs when we're not getting boned by DC. Three of us have a year of sick leave built up and could take off the rest of the year and still get paid. I think that's a strong possibility. OTOH, we'd still be on the books and they can't fill our jobs if we did that.

retiredvet
retiredvet

It's totally impractical for the entire crew to quit but would anyone notice except for the river traffic?

sacredh
sacredh

We've got 4 guys (over 1/4 of our crew) that can walk anytime they feel like it. Two are starting to get fed up with this nonsense and might do it. I think the only thing that is keeping them from doing it now is because of loyalty.

retiredvet
retiredvet

You already know they don't care. That stupid memo you mentioned proves that.

sacredh
sacredh

There's the problem. Part of the sequester rules is that they say they can't pay OT. They can't pay overtime and we don't even have enough people to cover the shifts without paying OT. I have no idea what's going to happen.



retiredvet
retiredvet

That could have a domino effect with overworking the rest of the crew followed by more illness.

retiredvet
retiredvet

She said your cut makes you look like one!?

retiredvet
retiredvet

If the GOP's slide into irrelevance continues it won't matter what they think.

retiredvet
retiredvet

By your own account, not according to your wife!

retiredvet
retiredvet

Those primary debates for 2012 were surreal. Like a combination of "America's Got Talent" and "WWF".