The predator investors who bought Hostess borrowed millions to upgrade their equipment, which they didn't do, and they transferred the debt to Hostess which was already in trouble. There was no way Hostess could survive. Then the predators investors asked the workers for concessions to help "save" the company. Then the predator investors went back a second time and asked the workers to cut benefits and pensions. All this while little was being invested in Hostess. Salaries for top management increased and golden parachutes were given to top management to keep them on board while the predators raided Hostess for all they could get.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
If you had said "religionists" instead of Conservatives, apparently what you meant, there would have been no confusion. I'm not crazy about ANYONE who has a better idea on how to live my life than I do forcing me to listen to it. On that, it seems, we are in perfect agreement.
However, that extends in both directions on the political spectrum. I don't like any nut job telling me I need to change the way I do things because they know the Truth.
I wasn't offended, by the way. Just amused.
I get offended when a group of know nothing thieves is given the power to take my money and waste it on things that I wouldn't waste it on myself and then tell me that they know better when every shred of evidence from the long and painful record of history says they don't. That's offensive.
I agree with you. I don't necessarily connect every comment with every poster and maintain a catalogue for reference, so, for me, every comment pretty much stands on its own merit.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
"At least you have a job."
A job that doesn't pay a living wage isn't that worth having. Those are supposed to be the jobs for learning how to work, developing work ethic, and improving your skills.
Sadly, those are the jobs that adults are still filling, leaving teens and young adults out of the workforce.
Simply put, the longer a graphic designer or computer engineer is working at Whole Foods as a cashier, the worse it is not just for them - but for all of us. The longer people are out of career-oriented work, the lower the wages in those fields go and as wages lower and/or stagnate it cause damage economy wide. Some of this is natural (some industries simply become outdated - being a whaler is not a particularly hot skill anymore); but some of it is manipulated and blame misplaced.
Hostess didn't shut down because of the bakers. Hostess shut down because they failed to see a changing food economy - one that is steering away from processed food, making their products less marketable.
That wasn't the bakers fault. It was the fault of leadership. The bakers simply gave them an out and a scapegoat.