Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Start of the MPAA Offensive

You gotta love people for bringing their newest article to show that "SEE! THIS COMMUNIST CANDIDATE REALLY WORSHIPS SATAN!!" or that the Liberals want to destroy the United States (uh, they live here, too...) or that the conservatives are capitalist money-draculas looking to suck the bones dry of the nations blue collar workers.

Below is an exchange that tipped off the fact that the Pro-SOPA/PIPA/ACTA crowd might be getting warmed up after the White House disowned the legislation (though 'dead,' we can still look forward to a vampiric or zombie resurrection in the near future). After leaving in a huff and taking all their toys home, it looks like the MAFIAA is deciding to press home field advantage through it's media outlets:

The email below was sent by my father - it's clearly a chain letter based on the specific alterations in formatting "for emphasis" that most people wouldn't bother with. One has to wonder who seeds this kind of stuff...
Anyhow, my edited response/analysis lies below that.
Whaddayathink ? ? ? Time for a change!!!!

This one should be tough for the supporters of the current regime to swallow AND it comes from ABC NEWS...no Snopes or Wikileaks needed on this one!!

U.S.A.Bridges and Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms

Shocking to say the least! This video is a jaw-dropper that will make you sick. (It was also shocking that ABC was actually reporting this story.)

The lead-in with Obama promising jobs in the U.S. by improving our infrastructure is so typical of all his promises!
Our tax dollars are at work - for CHINA!!!

I pray all the unemployed see this and cast their votes accordingly in 2012!

Click here: U.S. Bridges, Roads Being Built by Chinese Firms | Video - ABC News

(Sorry, but there's a short commercial at the start.)
**Note - I didn't watch the video - I couldn't at work, & I wasn't about to download the mobile app for the ABC website. Not interested in helping them with their market exposure.

Dad, this shouldn't really surprise you much.
All contract bids are done on a least-cost most effectiveness basis -lowest bidder for the requirements.
Just so happened than american companies couldn't compete with foreigners on ONE BRIDGE contract (2 spades...? anyone?). Out of how many thousand contracts that go on annually? I'm surprised there isn't
more of this happening, since the cost of labor is lower abroad than here.
Think about it - if they spend MORE you complain about them wasting money. if they spend LESS then you complain about them stealing from Americans. The media has set up a hypocritical no-win scenario.
And don't point to the unemployment rates to show that Americans can or would take the job for less. None of them are signing up to be janitors, farm hands, or lawn care specialists. And in all likelihood, none of them are trained steel workers who can afford to work for less than $12 a DAY. That's simply the economics of the situation - foreign labor is cheaper because the cost of living is cheaper. I didn't say it was nice, but if you have problems with the fact that a gallon of gas costs $4 and a house costs 4-10x the average annual salary of a US worker, you can blame the upper class for causing price inflation through their wealth.

But here's the real kicker: this administration just ROYALLY pissed off ALL the major media owners in the US by stating that it would not sign SOPA/PIPA - a bill that would break the fundamental architecture
of the internet to serve the financial greed of large middlemen lobbying corporations (RIAA/MPAA) at the expense of the American public and small business.
A bill which they spent $95 MILLION DOLLARS this year ALONE trying to get secretly pushed through congress without any public exposure or debate. And they nearly succeeded, since they ACTUALLY control the media - no, that is not an exaggeration OR a conspiracy.

The RIAA and the MPAA are actually two halves of the exact same set of businesses in the entertainment/media industry, desperately fighting to retain the right to nickle and dime every American who ever so much as sneezes at a picture of Snow White.

And then the SPOKESMAN of the MPAA - former congressman Chris Dodd, has the gall to come right out and say that "bought politicians should stay bought."
Again, not an exaggeration.

Fact is, ABC is an arm of Disney corp., and I'm honestly pleased and surprised that THIS, of all things, was the worst dirt they could dig up on our Commander-in-Chief. They've been foaming at the mouth for the past week and a half, and all they can throw at him was a contract he had nothing to do with that simply followed existing government standards for issuing a contract.

Oh, and another thing - the BRIDGE doesn't create jobs (no permanent ones, anyhow). It's the increased economic welfare of the community that BENEFITS FROM the bridge that creates jobs.

Please, I would love to discuss any of this with you at any time! :-)

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