Sunday, July 01, 2012

Something is better than nothing

Building on bit on my previous post, I'm fascinated by the response to Bill Scher's op-ed. Trying to figure out the difference between the GOP's adamant refusal to compromise one inch on anything and the same mindset on our side. When GOPers do it we call it evil and stupid. How does it magically become wise and noble if we do it?

Just don't understand the logic behind all this mockery about corporate apologists. The corporations own everything. They're bigger than us. Stronger. Better armed and infinitely better financed. To try to destroy them by force would be like a general sending in one unit armed with bows and arrows against an entire army riding in tanks.

Refusing to negotiate for the liberal agenda is like expecting to get a raise at work by ignoring your boss and bitching non-stop to your co-workers instead. And I don't see how you gain anything by refusing to accept partial victories.

Let's say you love your job. But you think you're undervalued. So you do go to your boss and tell him you want 10K raise and an extra three weeks of vacation. Boss says sorry, for whatever reason, good or bad, he just can't do that. He offers you 3K and two weeks vacation. Or 5K and one week vacation. Whatever. He just can't or won't give you everything you want.

So what do you do? Quit in a rage, leaving the room screaming that he's failed you completely because he didn't give you everything you wanted, right away? Even though you know your only other option for employment is at a place you hate at a lower salary? Not seeing the tactical advantage in that strategy.

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