I observed a couple things today that seemingly have nothing to do with each other, but actually serve as examples of a related thing after some brief reflection. Consider:
-The NBA lockout — a forced work stoppage imposed on the players by the team owners, with their goal being getting the players to swallow pay cuts — continues*. Michael Jordan, a former player who is now an owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, signed off on the brand bearing his name airing the following commercial:
Whether intentional or not, this amounts to an owner admitting that without the players, there is no product. The value is derived from the labor. How can this be? A knowing wink of support from someone who used to literally** be in the same shoes? Or an in-joke that whiffed over his head? Whatever it is, the commercial is cool to me, regardless of my total lack of intention to buy the product.
-Meanwhile, the contest to run for president for the Republican party — you know, the supposed “anti-tax” half of the ruling body — includes candidates who’ve released a tax plan that raises most people’s taxes and (now with Perry) a tax-simplification plan that actually makes taxes more complicated.
Now that is the contradiction I’m used to: none of this reasonable sentiment stuff, just pure unadulterated dumbass.
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(** – How often do you get to use that cliche and actually be accurate with it?)