Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Le French

Today, the french had riots in the streets. Was it for religeon? Unfair taxes? No and No. It was because the french do not want to be fired from their jobs....

{insert sound of chirping crickets here}

Could you imagine if that happened in America? I mean, they are worried because their boss would be able to fire them for any or no reason. Duh, that is the way it is in Tennessee and has been for years. Do I like it? No. But I am not about to join a riot about it. Maybe we should.

People in the hospitality business in the Gatlinburg area do not get paid much. The average is somewhere between 7.50 and 8.00 per hour. Well below poverty. The employers pay terrible wages and can't understand why they can't find quality help. Gee, I wonder. That plus the fact that hardly anyone gives health insurance and we live with what the french can not. Tennessee is a "right to work" state. It should be called "right to be exploited" state. Conditions are terrible here and almost everyone I know, that works for someone else is hurting financially. I see how much the business I work for brings in and they could double everyone's pay, but then the owner might not be able to buy the airplane he is looking at.

I have very little sympathy for teachers. Should they be paid more? Probably. They get paid a lot more than the hospitality industry so excuse me if I don't shed a tear for them. They knew that the job didn't pay that much when they took it. Then again, so did we...ok, you can bitch.

Don't even get me started on pro sports figures. The league minimum for the NFL is 260K to 765k, depending on how long they have played. This does not include bonus or anything else. I have NO pity for someone making 15 to 45 times my salary, so if they strike, then they will lose a fan forever.

Ahhh, it is just another reason to hate the french. Like we need another reason.


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