Friday, November 16, 2012

twinkie twilight

TWINKIE TWILIGHT
Ah, yet another American icon endangered in the current economic implosion.  Okay, the Twinkie will always live on until actual social collapse as another company will buy up rights to it.  The company might be worth spit but the brand names still mean money ( curious this follows shortly after Disney bought up Star Wars ).  But underneath it all, the sad fact that an iconic bestselling snack item couldn’t save a company is indicative of current trends ( nothing new, Nabisco was in trouble even with Oreo’s decades ago.  But that was a different set of economic problems ).  I mean, think about it for a second.  The “Twinkie Defense” was all the rage in commentary deriding the legal system thirty years ago, which closely followed the TV show “CHiPs” featuring one of the leads worshiping said snack items ( I think Ding Dongs were the fav ).  I mean, come on!  Chips was a terrible show ( not to say I didn’t like it as a child ).  A motorcycle cop ( my dad was one for a time- “pig on a hog” ) basically scrapes brains off the pavement investigating accidents, and  uses traffic infractions as revenue enhancement.  But the Chips dudes were acting like detectives on bikes.  So, the banter about Ding Dongs and Twinkies being best after refrigeration was pretty much the high point there.  And then of course there is the infamous allegation that a Twinkie would survive long past the Apocalypse. 
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Who cares if GMC goes belly up?  Their cars, while at one time long ago better than Ford, were still pieces of crap.  Just better pieces of crap.  Chrysler, that’s a friggin joke.  No one cares if a car company goes out of business because they are evil whoring bastards.  But Twinkie/Hostess going down is just sad and pathetic.  At first I was pissed about the jackass statements where the Unions where blamed for the actions management took.  The Union went on strike in fear of pay cuts.  Hey, I understand the company had its problems.  Inept management, unpayable debt from buying up all the competition, commodity price increases.  Real estate still too dear from the bubble, increasing local taxes as government panicked over not paying their Unions a fat inflated pension ( in the current environment, government is good and private companies are bad ).  But in light of the basic point of view of all corporations ( minimum wage is not enough of a sacrifice.  All jobs must be exported and since there will then be no local customers sell everything to the government which will just create money because of no taxpayers ) it would seem silly for the Union to give in to pay cuts.  Because a company never can save enough when it comes to wages.  Neither it seems can they ever hope to save enough money by cheating/poisoning their customers.  You can say a pay cut is better than no pay, but long term they would lose their jobs anyway so why not put a line in the sand and tell management to stick it up their asses?
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The basic problem we as a nation/society have had for many generations ( and it isn’t unique but indicative of decline ) is that our culture no longer reflects sacrifice.  We only want reward but refuse to accept any responsibility.  And, no, I’m not blaming any individual.  Single persons are, by nature, short sighted and selfish.  Your DNA doesn’t care a bit about the neighboring DNA strand parasiting on Joe Blows brain.  It only thinks of itself and its propagation.  The best tool man ever invented was culture as a way to transmit rules that benefited the individual through benefiting the group in the long run.  By sacrificing short term gain, long term benefits which trumped short term were achieved.  When a culture gives up working for long term gain, everyone then focuses inward and things start to fall apart.  No matter where you look today, everything is short term benefit only.  From the breeder that wants independence so raises a child as a single parent ( multiply that by tens of millions to get generations raised improperly ) to each and every group considering only their immediate financial gain ( such as big banks doubling or tripling national debt for a small increase in interest rate profits, or endangering the entire global economy for a few more bonus checks with the derivatives game ) to the company so focused on cheap labor they encourage importing tens of millions of illegals who breed and breed and before you know it the country is overpopulated and importing a third of its food needs and fifty percent of its fuel. 
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Twinkie is just another example of the rich getting richer at any cost to society, privatizing gain and passing costs to taxpayers.  Every company one hundred years ago also bellowed about bankruptcy from Unions, yet somehow survived mass collectivization.  I don’t necessary think Unions are the best answer, but neither is pure market solutions.  You can’t simply allow companies to squeeze every single penny from workers.  That was what almost brought revolution during the Great Depression.  Sometimes you have to assume SOME costs, even “unfair” ones.  The cost of high wages and benefits insures not only higher disposable income to all consumers, it ensures all levels of society getting along.  Well, companies have outsourced all social costs now.  Let the State pay welfare instead ( before you oppose any welfare, think how you will survive once you get a pink slip ).  No responsibility, only reward.  Twinkie is just one of tens of thousands.  The system can’t correct itself once culture gives way to individual greed.  Greed is good, but in moderation.  Social mores ensured stability by tempering some of the natural greed we all are now wallowing in. 
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2 comments:

  1. Lord Bison,

    Such a great post, your hair must be extra smooth and shimmering today.

    Loyal Minion

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  2. Nightshift here.....Jim are you posting to yourself? It was a god post. Heck I even like the bad posts.

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