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Next Will Be The Ministry Of Transportation, Then The Ministry Of Truth And..., the Ministry of Love

paulmichael
post May 5 2015, 01:54 PM
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We recently heard about Jet Blue’s caving in and following the pack by shrinking its rows to squeeze 15 more seats into its planes.

Now we have the revelations of this article: Confessions of a Fed-Up Flight Attendant: Airline Mergers are Dangerous.

Why do companies merge?

First, I want to address the mistaken notion that companies are still in genuine competition with one another: this is a thing of the past.

Government enforce equality has caused ALL companies to be equally bad straight across the board. They are ALL in a mad race to the bottom. Hence you have the example of Jet Blue's caving in and shrinking seats and rows.

In the past, companies, in true competition, would bid up performance standards, and any company that did not keep up would be crushed and be put out of business.

These days there is no such competition. Companies go out because of quirks of fate or because of unlucky missteps. Much of the time they don’t go totally out of business. These days, things are handled more gracefully by mergers and acquisitions of failing companies.

Companies on an equality kick have been put into a mad race to the bottom because of the mindset/personality profile of managers who ascend managerial ranks of such companies: they have a cheap, cheap, cheap mindset; they have a phony, narcissistic mindset whereby only they should be enriched; they treat ALL their customers EQUALLY like they would treat the least preferred customer.

Companies merge under the aforementioned mentality of the equal opportunists because the mergers create an oligopoly on the selling side so that selling prices will go up; and the mergers create a oligopsony on the buying side, meaning for labor, and so the price of labor, YOUR PRICE, GOES DOWN!

Apply this analysis to the whole economy, and you can easily understand how the biggest shift of vast, vast wealth ever went from the American middle class to the international upper class.

In time, companies will merge themselves out of existence because they are destroying the purchasing power of their own customer base.

For the airline industry what will be left? Not much, and so the government will probably nationalize all aircraft and reservation systems under the auspices of the Ministry of Transportation.

Now transfer what you know about politically correct management in the private sector to the public sector, and what do you have?

ANSWER: a really bad day like September 11, 2001.

So what’s next?

ANSWER: The Ministry of Truth to control the content of the media and the Ministry of Love where dissidents will be tortured and vaporized.

It bears repeating: if you want to totally destroy your empire, then all that you need do is to institute government enforced equality.

P.M.
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post May 5 2015, 08:41 PM
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The concern has relatively little to do with the servile "government;" as opposed to the domineering bankers. I'm not aware of any 'government' agency which is not so crooked as to be able to get a good night's sleep on a corkscrew. However, you can give the 'government' bad press, within limits; but, still, good luck with getting a desirable response or result. Even if there comes a disastrous crash, the bankers will dictate the FAA/NTSB response; save for the usual front-loaded cheap rhetoric. Only a major public outcry, with consequent diminished profits, can change anything in the airline industry.

Obviously, it shouldn't take 50+ bodies to secure the necessary changes. The unfortunate reality is that the American public, in particular, thrives on their apathy & indifference - until "things" get really personal.
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post May 6 2015, 08:41 AM
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QUOTE (SKYDRIFTER @ May 5 2015, 07:41 PM) *
The concern has relatively little to do with the servile "government;" as opposed to the domineering bankers.

The bankers are politically correct equal opportunity employers, and, so, the principle players at the banks adhere to the mindset of the typical equal opportunist.

QUOTE (SKYDRIFTER @ May 5 2015, 07:41 PM) *
I'm not aware of any 'government' agency which is not so crooked as to be able to get a good night's sleep on a corkscrew.

I refer you to my earlier post: Why There's So Much Dishonesty In Gov't (and In The Private Sector, Too)

QUOTE (SKYDRIFTER @ May 5 2015, 07:41 PM) *
However, you can give the 'government' bad press, within limits; but, still, good luck with getting a desirable response or result.

I can’t argue with that.

QUOTE (SKYDRIFTER @ May 5 2015, 07:41 PM) *
Only a major public outcry, with consequent diminished profits, can change anything in the airline industry.

Even though it is uncharismatic, uncharitable and downright hostile, it looks like we will have to go back to the good old days when airlines would post a sign on the chain link fence outside the building that housed their personnel department to the effect that “THE LEAST PREFERRED JOB CANDIDATE NEED NOT APPLY.”

QUOTE (SKYDRIFTER @ May 5 2015, 07:41 PM) *
The unfortunate reality is that the American public, in particular, thrives on their apathy & indifference - until "things" get really personal.

I had a stupid cousin, now deceased (not Joseph Solari), who once stated – pompously bragged, actually – that he didn’t give a flying #&$% about what happens in this country just as long as he got his piece of the pie.

These days, the brain-dead “sheeple” are so apathetic that they are satisfied with a smaller and smaller piece of the pie just as long as their sports additions are being satisfied, their entertainment addictions are being satisfied, their texting and sexting additions are being satisfied, their video gaming addictions are being satisfied... I think that you get the picture, so it’s very likely that appropriate action will never be taken

Do we already have a Ministry of Truth? Well, I know that we already have government-controlled news media.

Do you know what you will never hear again in the media? It’s what was said on the news about three decades ago which is the fact that black males have fared far worse under equal employment opportunity than they fared in the 1950’s in the absence of equal employment opportunity.

Now, why will we never again hear anything to this effect?

Well, first, you have to ask: if the black males did not benefit from equal employment opportunity, then who did?

To answer both questions: equal employment opportunity benefited the BILLIONAIRES OF THE WORLD beyond even their own fantastic expectations, and so the billionaires have an interest in keeping a lid on the realities of equal employment opportunity.

I referred to the “least preferred job candidate” above. To get an idea of who that is, I refer you to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination which covers the following traits/persons:
race,
creed,
color,
national origin,
nationality,
ancestry,
age,
sex (including pregnancy),
familial status,
marital/civil union status [including same sex couples],
religion (including exotic religions like Hinduism, Islam and devil-worshipping),
domestic partnership status [including same sex couples],
affectional or sexual orientation [homosexuals and, presumably, overtly expressed “affectional” orientation],
gender identity and expression [transgendered and transvestite types],
atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information [freaks],
liability for military service,
mental disability [the insane and things like obsessive compulsive aversion to hygiene with body odor])
physical disability (including perceived disability [like obesity])
AIDS and HIV status.

And, so, we are moving toward 1984 with the Ministry of Truth, the Ministry of Love, and workplaces infested with fat, slovenly, smelly and incredibly stupid co-workers.

(Go to untied.com and read the employee rants against a certain, very, very profitable U.S. flag-carrying airline.)

P.M.

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post May 7 2015, 11:22 AM
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QUOTE (paulmichael @ May 5 2015, 12:54 PM) *
We recently heard about Jet Blue’s caving in and following the pack by shrinking its rows to squeeze 15 more seats into its planes.

I’d like to add that Jet Blue’s decision to squeeze 15 more seats into each of its planes is not just based on an intention to maximize revenue and passenger/seat miles for every one of their flights.

You have to look at things like this: for every 10 planes that get an extra 15 seats, this translates into the elimination of the need for another plane with 150 seats, and this, in turn, translates into the elimination of a need for another pilot and co-pilot to fly that plane. In truth, Jet Blue is further maximizing the productivity of the cockpit crews and cabin crews of the flights that they currently operate. This translates into lower economic demand for labor AND LOWER PRICES FOR LABOR!

Years ago I laughed when the organized pilots of some airline were protesting for better wages and benefits, their reasoning being that their greater productivity in the cockpit due to automation and the elimination of the flight engineer made them more valuable and worthy of better pay.

This is NOT how things work.

The greater productivity of the pilots eliminated the need for more bodies on the payroll. This translated into lower economic demand for pilots, and this, per the Law of Supply and Demand, means lower, not higher, compensation. Sorry! Go back to high school Economics class, guys.

No one employer alone can successfully drive down wages, and certainly no one employer can be responsible for the destruction of the middle class of America and its going right down to the impoverished lower class.

There has to be some across-the-board effort covering virtually ALL employers accomplished by collusion and enforced by cabal, or, alternatively, you can have the equal opportunity and equal pay laws that downwardly equalize wages and have these laws oppressively enforced by the local, state, and federal governments straight across-the-board.

A CASE STUDY:

The young C.E.O. of a prosperous company was recently in the news for having drastically cut his own compensation so that each and every one of his employees will earn a minimum of $70,000 per year.

This new policy certainly puts this employer forward of the wage line which has been moving back, back, back over the last five decades of government enforced equality or so.

What can this bozo expect?

He can expect to attract all the kinds of job applicants that he will not want and all of the equal opportunity lawsuits that he will not want. He will also face pressure from other employers will who yell: “What the hell do you think that you are doing? CONFORM OR ELSE!!!”

Somehow this bozo of a C.E.O. will have to rollback his new compensation schedule or maybe fold.

There you have it.

P.M.

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QUOTE (SKYDRIFTER @ May 5 2015, 07:41 PM) *
The concern has relatively little to do with the servile "government;" as opposed to the domineering bankers. I'm not aware of any 'government' agency which is not so crooked as to be able to get a good night's sleep on a corkscrew. However, you can give the 'government' bad press, within limits; but, still, good luck with getting a desirable response or result. Even if there comes a disastrous crash, the bankers will dictate the FAA/NTSB response; save for the usual front-loaded cheap rhetoric. Only a major public outcry, with consequent diminished profits, can change anything in the airline industry.

Obviously, it shouldn't take 50+ bodies to secure the necessary changes. The unfortunate reality is that the American public, in particular, thrives on their apathy & indifference - until "things" get really personal.



Well put, Sky... I agree 100%. I never COULD figure out, HOW the airlines ever were able to "compete"? They were all flying mostly the same routes. And they were at the mercy of the weather. If you listen very carefully to the ads these days, and not just for airlines, every business, they are so vague and frequently false, it defies sense! When FAA, in 1977, began instituting "DEREGULATION", it all went south. That, in reality, was actually REGULATION to the point of TOTALITY!
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