Saturday, January 26, 2019

Overheard at the Counter: Rush Limbaugh Eats Lunch at his Desk

As I was driving the other day - it was Wednesday or Thursday - I had to change the station.  Usually I just listen to NPR or Christian Rock but on this day there was some interview with some whiner from the Trump Admin about how Pelosi keeps going on vacation and that's why the shutdown is going on so long, so I just punched in some of the other numbers and I landed on one station where the guy was going on about how no worker works only 8 hours any more - how if you want to keep your job, you have to work 10-12 hours a day every day.

He said that all his employees eat lunch at their desks.  He eats lunch at his desk.  He said he doesn't allow his employees to go out to lunch "Why do I need them getting away from work for an hour?  I need them here all this time if they're gonna do a radio show." 

Then I recognized the voice.  This asshole was Rush Limbaugh.  The guy was on radio talking about how he was breaking the FLSA.  But to be honest, this is what companies are doing all over the place now.   This is becoming the standard:  we pay people based on a 40 hour work week and then we make them work 60 hour work weeks, which does nothing but burn out employees - sucks them dry like you'd wring out a wet washcloth.  Why?  So those who make the real money can act more powerful and stroke their ego.

And I remembered then, that this, this right here, is what the American Labor Movement fought for, over a hundred years ago.  American workers, immigrant workers on American soil, toiling for American capitalists, they shed their blood and they died at the hands of the corporate-owned militias, against this wage slavery that we are just wallowing in today.

We dishonor their memory when we piss on their legacy.

The workers should walk out.  Let Rush Limbaugh eat his own lunch at his own desk.  Alone. 

And deserted.

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