Month: January 2010
Yet another example of the over reaching of the courts, the violent attack on business, and how no one is paying attention to this vicious assault.
In the Netherlands, a worker at McDonald’s was fired for putting cheese on a hamburger for a fellow employee. There was an employee was on break who ordered a hamburger. Her friend, making the hamburger, decided to be nice on the company’s dime, and added some cheese to the regular burger order. This was caught by management, and the employee who made the burger was fired.
Enter the lawsuit. Enter the courts.
The Dutch court decided that the employee was unfairly terminated. That being fired, for theft, was simply too great of a punishment. The court decided that the employee deserved back pay, totaling $5984 (USD), as well as paying all court costs and legal fees.
The rational of the court? “It was just a slice of cheese.”
Last I checked, there are still laws in the Netherlands. Also, last I checked, theft is still against the law. It doesn’t matter if it is a slice of cheese, a loose diamond or a luxury car. Theft is theft. For the court to decide that the theft from a major corporation doesn’t measure up is absurd. For the court to decide that the crime is irrelevant because it was “just a slice of cheese” is arbitrary nonsense, and calls into question the clarity and competence of the court.
If we are going to now decide whether or not something is theft based on the perceived insignificance of the item being pilfered, then what about people who steal a $.99 song? That can’t be something you can sue over. After all, it’s just one song…right? It’s just $.99, right? Right, Metallica?
Is it not theft because the target of the crime was McDonald’s? Is there an assumption that this company, with locations around the world and an iconic brand (built on cheeseburgers and paid for from the profits of cheeseburgers!) can, should and must accept theft from its employees because of their size? Must McDonald’s now build theft in to their operating costs? I’m not an economist, but that would mean McDonald’s would have to either raise the price of their burgers, or fire employees to manage the cost of this newly, court imposed “tax.” Firing employees who are doing a good job (and not stealing!) hurts the employee, and hurts the local economy. Raising prices on the burger hurts the consumer – and we did nothing wrong. Why should we have to subsidize the actions of a thief?
The court system simply does not recognize the rights of business. And, in this case, it went out of its way to attack business. So did the writer of this article in the Telegraph. The article ends with a mention of McDonald’s fourth quarter profits:
The decision came days after the fast-food chain reported an increase in net profits by almost 25 per cent in the last quarter of 2009.
De Facto, this reporter is trying to create some type of moral rationale for awarding this thief over $5k, and not punishing her for stealing. McDonald’s had a great quarter, the reporter is trying to tell us. They can afford to part with a measly piece of cheese. Why are they so consumed with profits?!?!? However, the use of the stat backfires. By telling us of McDonald’s impressive fourth quarter numbers, we are reminded of McDonald’s ability to control costs, provide a solid product with unmatched consistency and best manage its operations. We are reminded that – even in this global economy – businesses can achieve financial success if they properly run their companies. We should be applauding this, and learning from their example. By adding the profits of McDonald’s as a way of attacking the company, the reporter unwittingly acknowledges the worthless and irrational decision of the court. The reporter also acknowledges their own remarkably inept observations.
McDonald’s knows better than the courts how to run their company, and was well within their rights to fire this employee. For the court to think otherwise is an assault on businesses. We’ve already proven that McDonald’s system is best for employees, customers and local economies. If the court moves in these directions, and decides to become the HR department for business, then we ensure higher prices, less growth and far more unemployment. For the reporter to add mention of McDonald’s profits as a way of portraying a David vs. Gloiath situation over a “piece of cheese,” is to further attack business for actually being in business, and is condoning theft of large corporations.
A slice of cheese costs $.13. McDonald’s hires approximately 1.5 million people. If each person gets one extra slice of cheese a day for “free,” it will cost McDonald’s $195,000 per day, or $71,175,000 per year. How long do you think McDonald’s will stay in business if you moralize theft, and condemn smart business decisions?
Better get that Big Mac while you can.
I’m thrilled to share this press release with you. I hope you will all join me on a daily basis.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tea Party Leader Takes to the Airwaves
Rising Tea Party star and former radio host Tony Katz signs a radio deal with Tan Talk Radio Network to broadcast “The Tony Katz Radio Spectacular” in two states.
Los Angeles, CA January 20, 2010 – Former Florida radio host and current Tea Party organizer Tony Katz has licensed with All Patriots Media, and the Tan Talk Radio Network, to broadcast his show, The Tony Katz Radio Spectacular. Starting February 1, 2010, the network will air the show in Tampa Bay, FL and Little Rock, AR. Show host Tony Katz covers the important subjects of the day, including those with marginal representation in main stream media.
The one-hour daily show positions the concepts of freedom, liberty and capitalism in proper context. Focusing on “right vs. wrong”, instead of “right vs. left”, the show features talks on trending topics including healthcare, cap and trade, big government, and constitutional issues.
“I’m thrilled to be back on the air, and it’s incredibly sweet to be returning to Tampa Bay, a town that has done so much for me over the years,” said Tony Katz. “Being on 880am in Little Rock is going to be wonderful. It’s the heart-of-America places where you get the most honest conversations. And I look forward to being a part of those conversations everyday.”
The show is licensed by All Patriots Media and can be heard online at http://allpatriotsmedia.com at 8am PST. The show airs on the Tan Talk Radio Network in Tampa Bay on 1340am (WTAN) 1350am (WDCF) and 1400am (WZHR) at 11am EST, and in Little Rock on 880am (KLRG) at 10am CST.
All Patriots Media is a multi-media platform for original audio and video content that extols the values of freedom, liberty, and capitalism. It’s goal is to offer a new slate of entertainment and news, and provide an alternative to main stream options. The All Patriots Media Network (APMN) provides content online, and via traditional broadcast means.
For additional information about The Tony Katz Radio Spectacular or All Patriots Media, contact Tony Katz or visit www.allpatriotsmedia.com
About Tony Katz:
Tony Katz is a Los Angeles Tea Party organizer and speaker that has helped spearhead the growing movement and navigate its direction. A proud American and capitalist, Tony Katz is co-founder of Neon Chicken. He is also a blogger at TonyKatz.com and the founder of the Freedom Cigar Club. Katz is also available as a consultant and speaker.
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I direct you to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and an email he sent out (see below) on behalf of Martha Coakley, a Democrat running for the vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts. The seat came vacant when Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) passed away last year. She is running against Republican Scott Brown.
I specifically direct you to the way that Scott Brown is described as, “…a far-right tea-bagger Republican.”
Sen. Schumer is a fool, and so are the people who vote for him. However, his crass comments highlight something far worse than his inability to be a mensch. They show that he simply doesn’t understand the American people.
The Tea Parties aren’t a bad thing. They are a great thing! The members of the Tea Party Movement aren’t renegades, terrorists, hate-mongers, misogynists, racists or any of the other lies that Janeane Garofalo, MSNBC or the New York Times like to throw out every day. The members of the Tea Party Movement are the voice of America! They demand common sense in Washington D.C. (Which is too bad for Sen. Schumer!) They demand fiscal responsibility, they demand smaller government, they love Capitalism, they believe in the Constitution.
Sen. Schumer doesn’t recognize that he is on the wrong side of destiny. Sen Schumer is the past, and he is a failure. Him, his ideas, and those of the like-minded Statists who hate it when Americans remember they have a spine, and won’t allow it to be bent in submission.
“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are Statists who like to attack, vehemently, the decision by former President George W. Bush to continue reading the book “The Pet Goat” to school kids on September 11th, 2001. The President was notified of the terrorist attack in New York, and, instead of running out of the room, sat for seven full minutes, and finished the book with the group of children assembled at a Sarasota, FL elementary school.
Michael Moore created the laughable “documentary” Farenheit 911, in which he discusses this exact moment in history, and derides President Bush for not making a scene, and running for the nearest exit. (There are a lot of things you can go after President Bush for – border security, TARP, Iraq strategy – but this is just shallow nonsense, from a nonsense kind of guy.)
Now, it seems that the Obama Administration has it’s own Pet Goat moment. Current National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) director Michael Leiter, after finding out about the attack on Christmas Day, decided to react with the political saavy of a drunk Gary Hart, and stayed on vacation…skiing. The NCTC (created after the 911 Commission, and Leiter an appointee of former President Bush) has stated that it does not comment on the director’s schedule, which means no one really knows when Director Leiter returned. What is clear, was that it was not Christmas Day, and it was not the next day. We can safely assume that Director Leiter waited at least 48 hours to return home after learning about a terrorist attack on American soil. 48 Hours. That’s 2880 minutes. Or, 2873 minutes more than President Bush waited.
If we are going to start timing people on the reactions, then we are going to do it for everyone. And after we do it, we’re going to honestly recognize the context in which that reaction time occurs. President Bush was talking to young children, reading them a book. He waited seven minutes. Director Letier was on vacation, skiing. He waited 2880 minutes. (Also, President Bush was back in his office the same night – beating Director Leiter by 1440 minutes.)
And if all of this isn’t enough to get you to recognize the massive double standard, and the failure of Director Letier in the common sense reaction to a terrorist attack that the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center should have, then simply look at President Obama. It took him 72 hours to respond to the terrorist attack on Christmas Day.
That’s 4320 minutes.
There has been a whirlwind of activity within the Democrat party this week. The party that won with such “force” in 2008. The party that has the power, controlling the House, the Senate and the White House. The party that was going to save us from ourselves, the party that was going to bring honesty and integrity back to Washington, D.C., the party that cared.
The party whose members are running away, and starting to show the wear in their armor.
First it was Sen. Bryan Dorgan (D-ND) who decided that he won’t be seeking re-election. This is big news, as their own internal polling must show them that the GOP has a very serious shot at taking the seat. Then, it was an even bigger blow. Perennial president candidate, and Countrywide Mortgage golden child Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) has decided that he will not seek re-election.
This, without question, is a problem for Democrats. Two prominent leaders of the Democrat party are leaving…while they control all the power. With Dorgan already trailing his not-even-announced challenger, and Peter Schiff being incredibly strong in his now used-to-be race against Dodd, how could the Democrats let this happen? Was this a plan? A strategy to change the balance of absolute power in Congress, so Democrats could have something to rail against (Republicans) when they can’t get their measures passed? (It has taken them months to get this far with Forced Universal Health Care, and they control everything. And, they still have months to go, and many more members to bribe and threaten!) Or, is this the case of Democrats recognizing that they had their chance, and the failed miserably. Why should Dodd run for re-election, when he is only going to get destroyed for his role in Countrywide, and for his horrible work vis-a-vis Wall Street as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee? It’s not like the President’s coattails are long enough these days to help him win that re-elect with ease. The President’s actions, both domestically and on the world stage, have seen to his continued diminished capacity. Dorgan might be feeling the same way. Who else in Congress might be feeling that the once-prominent power of President Obama might have been already used up?
Possibly, Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In being confronted about C-SPAN’s desire to cover the health care debate from beginning to end, Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) was asked about President Obama’s campaign promise to have public access to the political process. Her response was, simply put, not kind, nor respectful of a man who would have the power to help with re-election campaigns.
Pelosi, in answering the questions, stated, “There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail…”
What does this mean? That Obama lied during his campaign? He lied to get elected? He said things, but didn’t mean them? He has gone back on promises before? He can’t be trusted? He’s just an everyday politician? Speaker Pelosi doesn’t trust him?
Democrats leaving when they have all the power. Alliances slowly crumbling. A majority in turmoil.
There’s something happening here. And what it is, ain’t exactly clear.
**Added** Now, Gov. Ritter (D-CO) has decided not to run for re-election. One has to ask, what will we see tomorrow?