Corporate lawyers and Republican lobbyist Rick Berman has put up a little political astro-turf site called “LaborPains” on which he has inconvertible proof ( the Google link shows lots of right-wing echoes of this absurdity) that unions are responsible for the collapse of the domestic auto industry. That proof consists of pictures of stacks of documents. One with a can of cola and one with a ruler, so that viewers might see the proof for themselves. If the chemists that work in quality control at Coke-Cola used the same logic to do their jobs, Berman would be dead now. H/T to Oliver Willis –The Ultimate (This Week) In Conservative Straw-mannery
Hourly wages for United Auto Workers laborers at General Motors Corp. factories actually are almost equal to those paid by Toyota Motor Corp. at its older U.S. factories, according to the companies. GM says the average UAW laborer makes $29.78 per hour, while Toyota says it pays about $30 per hour.
The only reason that UAW workers cost more, when benefits are included is health-care costs. Japan has a largely, though not exclusively nationalized heath-care system.
According to the Blog of Legal Times, the Justice Department is blocking President-elect Obama’s agency review team’s request “to review classified legal opinions related to secret CIA and National Security Agency programs.” Included in these documents are the “legal rationale of the NSA’s warrantless spying program and the CIA’s detention and interrogation policies, among other intelligence initiatives.”
According to the DOJ, the agencies about which the documents pertain are reluctant to nad them over. Since Obama will be president and look at any documents he chooses to look at in about thrity days, that hardly makes sense.