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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Strange Days
















Not that he reads them, but I love the fact that comments are now enabled on Gord's columns, which means the people can really connect with the man to tell him what a twit he is.

The budget was on the man's mind today, specifically the lack of "investment" for automotive research in Windsor. He sympathizes with the plight of Essex Conservative MP Jeff Watson, calling him a nobody all the while ignoring that Windsor's been voting NDP for the last six years, so at least Watson's a nobody who gets to sit at the grown ups table.

What I find the most interesting are the number of commenters calling Gord out on the peddling the victim mentality to his readers. Which is something I in my dimness had never picked up on before, but it's absolutely true. Gord's been selling this 'Politicians/the university/ Toronto/Calgary/the tooth fairy done us wrong!' story for so long it's easy to remember it wasn't always like this.

Alls I know whenever I come home is that the city feels like it's dying from the inside out. This is something I've spoken about at length with friends from the area who have left and returned [hopefully one of them will be telling you her story soon]. But there needs to be a paradigm shift. If you're so set on Windsor as a "manufacturing" town, then look at what else you can manufacture. It's a global economy, if a company can move production to China where people work for seventeen cents a day and no bathroom breaks, they will. It ain't right, but it's good business, and it's a rare case where someone made good business doing what's right.

Also intriguing is the brewing class war that seems to be simmering under this dialog, voiced by a growing number people who have little to no sympathy for autoworkers losing their jobs.

From Janet:

I just read a letter in the Star. By Roger Brennan and he has the audacity to compare your unskilled labour to the likes of Doctors,teachers and pilots etc. Asking why they don't take a pay cut. What you people do in the factories is build cars, not save lives or teach the next generation, protect anyone, or have hundres of lives in your hands. YOU WORK IN A FACTORY.

Yowch. But Janet's feelings are indicative of what a lot of people feel. In response, we have [unedited] "To All Anti-Union Hacks":

FROM THE COMENTS ON HERE IT SEEMS LIKE YOU PEOPLE THINK WE SHOULD SUFFER AND NOT MAKE A GOOD LIFE FOR OURSELVES AND I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT AUTOWORKERS OR THE CAW I AM TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT BOOK SMART TO GO TO SCHOOL AND COME FROM HARD WORKING CLASS FAMILIES WHO WANT TO MAKE GOOD MONEY IN THIER LIFES.

I don't think anyone would begrudge people who are not book smart the chance to earn a decent living. But there are plenty of people out there who work in the service industry and make a hell of a lot less than CAW members, so I wouldn't go thinking you've got a pass with the working man.

These are interesting times we live in, Windsor. They're only going to get more so.

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