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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:01 PM
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They Knew The Risks When They Elected Us – I Say “Screw ‘em!”
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 04:31 PM by 20score
“Well yeah,” drawled Senator Shelby when asked about the upcoming debate. “I don’t work for no Detroit or no union, so why should I care if it all goes down the tubes?”

Shelby was being interviewed by Larry Elder on local Mobile Alabama station WTF about the situation concerning the auto industry; and by extension the financial industry’s bailout. Senator Shelby was seated with Senators Corker, Kyl and Chambliss.

“Now the rest of these guys voted to give the banks all the money we got,” said Shelby. “I didn’t because I want to save some for Big Pharma and Energy. Gotta give them sumthin before it’s gone”

“Well, it’s about priorities, Richard,” Saxby Chambliss said. “The point is we all agree - give all the money out – just not to those damn union people and their workers!”

“Right!” they all said in unison, smiling and nodding to each other.

"We got a pool going to see how many trillions we can give out before the people wake up and shut it down," said Senator Kyl with thoughts of still being in the running going through his head.

“You brought up something at the hearings yesterday, Senator Corker,” said Larry Elder, ignoring Sen. Kyl. “And it’s helped all of us propagandists, um, I mean talk show hosts, clear up what’s going on. You pointed out correctly, and I’ll be repeating it every hour, that $19,000.00 of every car made goes to union dues. We – the talk show hosts – love it when you give us ammo like that. Helps us in our jobs. Now, what do you say to those traitorous, left wing, anti-Bush people out there that want congress to save jobs and have accountability for the money that is handed out?”

“We were never in this for them!” shouted Richard Shelby. “Not for one damn day! It’s not about them or their jobs… And they knew the risks when they voted for us – I say screw ‘em!”

With that the other Senators and the host nodded with satisfaction. Richard had summed up their position very succinctly.

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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:06 PM
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1. Your post needs the sarcasm tag
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:34 PM
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4. I never learned how to do tags like that.
But I thought this was kind of obvious.
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:43 PM
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6. I'm not a fan of the sarcasm tag when it should be obvious (like it is here).
The sarcasm tag itself is a little over the top and cheesy and cheapens the comedic impact of satire IMO.

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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:12 PM
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10. In this day of horrible realities, one has to be careful with sarcasm. Where it may be obvious to
many, it may not be obvious to all.
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:48 PM
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21. I understand.
I guess my thing is that if I write something, some people are going to love it, some are going to hate it any many will have no opinion.

You can't please everyone all of the time and for me personally I'd rather just have a "if you get it great, if not, fine" attitude. Of course it's annoying when someone doesn't get the joke but generally speaking I think that says more about them than me.

:)
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:51 PM
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22. I agree with that. Thanks for the post. nm
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:05 PM
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14. I'm with you on that!
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:37 PM
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5. Wicked funny
: sarcasm:

Don't leave a space between the first colon and the s.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:07 PM
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2. link?
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:08 PM
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3. LOL, now that was funny!
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newtothegame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:53 PM
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7. Serious question...what is union dues used for?
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:00 PM
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9. In this case they are being used to make fun of the right wing talking point about
the auto workers making $70 - $80 dollars per hour. If you meant in reality? It costs money to pay full time workers to represent you to the company. Lawyers, etc.
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newtothegame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:54 PM
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11. Why are full time workers needed to represent them though?
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 05:55 PM by newtothegame
Aren't negotiations only every few years? It just seems like a lot of money (collectively), when couldn't you just keep an attorney on retainer to help negotiate every few years?
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:11 PM
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12. I'm not in a union, but I'm sure that there are negotiations going on all the time
in a large company. On an individual basis. And large unions cover numerous companies.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:58 PM
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23. Company managements are constantly pushing the contract envelope. The unions need full time
people to hear complaints and accompany union members when they discuss grievances and/or disciplinary actions, etc. Also, the companies are always lobbying the politicians against unions and the unions need to keep up.
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newtothegame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:11 PM
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24. Ah..
Thanks for the insight.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:48 PM
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26. I have seen it first hand. nm
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:00 PM
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8. K & R. Very "kidding on the square" funny.
n/t
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:50 PM
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13. Thanks! And what a cool saying!
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:12 PM
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15. G R E A T piece!
very well done. more, please.
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:19 PM
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16. Thanks a lot!!! And I just wrote a new piece about a minute ago, about Bush.
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Jim Lane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:02 PM
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17. From your title, I thought the "us" elected was, well, us -- not a satire at all
I was expecting a piece along these lines: The Republicans said Obama was the most liberal Senator in the chamber. They said he was a socialist who wanted to redistribute the wealth. They said he'd raise taxes. They said his policy would be to cut and run from Iraq without waiting for the completion of Bush's project of building a Jeffersonian democracy there. They said (etc., etc.).

Having heard all those points, the American people elected him. The American people want the Presidency to be put in the hands of the most liberal Senator. So, with regard to those who are now cautioning Obama that he must govern from the center, I say "Screw 'em!" The American people knew the risks.

Your satirical version is pretty good, too, though. K&R.
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:01 AM
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18. Well thank you.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:07 AM
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19. Excellent work--and did you ever get the "cast" perfectly!
:rofl:
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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:34 AM
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20. Thanks!
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:14 PM
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25. Correction:
Shelby: "I don’t work for no Detroit(black people) or no union (commies).
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