Lies, how can “WE THE PEOPLE” sniff out the bull that comes out of politicians and the media (FOX) who serve them. The loudest/consistent, seem to prevail far too often. We can view the recent Volkswagen union vote as the most recent example of how misinformation stated loudly and often wins. From the Tennessee Governor to Senator Corker (whose statements on investment in VW were lies proven by VW officials) We the People cannot continue to accept this insidious behavior by those elected to represent us.
It all begins with money and how this money influences what comes out of the politician’s pie holes. In Senator Corkers case, $14 million to his 2012 election. Who is giving him the money? BUSINESS, Investment, Finance the largest of contributors to the tune of $4 million. Health Care, Lawyers and the list continues on with other business sectors taking him to his final totals. Labor, (I cannot believe it!) also contributed to his campaign, a mere $15,000. A paltry amount but still more than a dime and whoever they were deserve a boot in their ass! So when Senator Corker steps up making comments/lies against unionization, clearly money has driven his decision. Not unique to Corker I will add. So why are we listening? Is it a lack of information? The numbers are easy to find http://www.opensecrets.org/races/sectors.php?cycle=2012&id=TNS1&spec=N
In the aftermath of the VW vote, we have Fox reporting and using all the right words (again). “If I voted for the union I would be taking a pay-cut” a Fox statement allegedly from a no voter. Unsupported by a name or face, just a statement meant to deceive. First and foremost once a petition for union representation is made your wages and benefits are frozen at your current level, making cuts illegal! Not the message Fox is making is it? What can happen in negotiations? That would be up to the workers and what they are willing to accept from the employer, making a pay-cut, pay raise or freezing wages a decision of all the workers! Also a decision that none of these VW workers will be making now or in the near future. They are at the mercy of VW and whatever they decide for each worker individually.
The bottom line of the above, simply listening to politicians and news broadcasters and formulating your decisions from these sources will result in? Our continued down-slide. The misinformation from the Right-Wing and their media whores is consistent and loud ; influencing far too many of us to make bad decisions.