John Oliver on fast-food workers striking, and Fox’s absurd coverage (video)

The Daily Show’s John Oliver on fast-food workers, such as at McDonald’s, striking for better wages, and Fox News’ absurd coverage.


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18 Responses to “John Oliver on fast-food workers striking, and Fox’s absurd coverage (video)”

  1. ArthurH says:

    So you don’t like competition? Your historical literacy is extremely lacking. Back before the Anti-Trust laws were enacted, it was standard practice for the monopolists to undercharge until they ran their competitors into bankruptcy. Then they raised prices to all but their best customers (other wealthy individuals). As an example, I oversaw funeral services for two close relatives 12 years apart. In 1998 there were five funeral homes in my area, each separately owned. I received a full traditional funeral with two nights visitation in the home and with a full coffin. The total cost was only 28% that of a standard Chevrolet sedan, and the two brothers who owned the place gave me three months to pay. In 2010, there were only three funeral homes and all were owned by the Dignity Memorial chain. The cost for the same funeral would have cost more than $3,000 more than the car I purchased the year before, and I had to pay in full two days before burial. I scaled down to cremation with an urn and no in-facility visitation and it still cost 72% of a standard Chevrolet sedan (which had itself gone up in price 40% in 12 years). By keeping the big guys from stomping out the little guys, you maintain competition and innovation. In the long run, you save money. Think ahead, boy!

  2. Bill_Perdue says:

    ACA is not socialize medicine and is not a reform for patients, it’s just a money grubbing scheme to make the rich ricer.

    After promising to end the invasion and occupation as soon as he took office Obama continues the war.

    Really, you should try reading sometime. RIF

  3. navyvet50 says:

    What they did do was to reject health care reform …LIE….They didn’t end the war in Afghanistan…it is ending…LIAR….

  4. Bill_Perdue says:

    They didn’t repeal NAFTA, DOMA, reinstate the deregulation bills signed by Clintons, or pass ENDA. They didn’t end the war in Afghanistan.

    What they did do was to reject health care reform and the public option. Instead they passed a bill to make HMO’s and pharmaceuticals much, much richer.

  5. navyvet50 says:

    They had full or nearly full control for two years and did nothing. …LIAR…

  6. Bill_Perdue says:

    They had full or nearly full control for two years and did nothing. Democrats refused to repeal DOMA or pass ENDA because that party is largely composed of bigot panderers and bigots.

    They turned eight Republican and both independent votes for DADT, the more cannon fodder measure, but the reality is that they had, and have too many bigots and bigot panderers to pass ENDA or get rid of Section Two of DOMa or to get rid of State DOMAs.

  7. navyvet50 says:

    Barack Obama had the benefit of a large majority in the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the United States Senate to work with in order to get whatever legislation passed that he wanted. Whatever his whimsy, he could get it passed at any time during the first two years of his first term. Full and complete, total control for two full years, if by two full years you mean 72 days.

    In all, Democrats had a shaky 60 vote supermajority for all of four months and one week; from the time Kennedy’s interim successor Paul Kirk was sworn in on September 24th until the time Republican Scott Brown was sworn in as Kennedy’s “permanent” replacement after his special election victory over Democratic disappointment, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

  8. Randolph Carter says:

    Arthur: Glad they got rid of this unfair trade law. There is nothing “fair” about government intervening where it doesn’t belong to make prices way too high.

  9. Bill_Perdue says:

    Reagan continued and expanded it but it began with Carter.

    Orlando Sentinel 05 25 1986 “The Jan. 1, 1984, breakup of the giant Bell System shrunk what had been the world’s largest telephone monopoly to one-third its previous size. AT&T was sent spinning into a world of non-union competitors and cheap imports…. Bearing the brunt of that cost-cutting has been the CWA, which represents 155,000 AT&T workers. Since 1983, the company has reduced its non-management work force by 42,000 through
    layoffs, attrition and early retirement.”

    Railway Age (a management magazine)
    Jimmy Carter, on signing the Staggers Act: “By stripping away needless and
    costly regulation in favor of marketplace forces wherever possible, this act
    will help assure a strong and healthy future for our nation’s railroads and the
    men and women who work for them…”

    Mac Fleming, President, Brotherhood Of Maintenance Of Way Employees” The railroads used the Staggers Act to massively cut jobs throughout the industry, shamelessly shedding thousands upon thousands of
    miles of track, creating short lines that were thinly disguised creations of
    the big roads at that time.

    Liberals are the worst enemies or working people and unions because they can get away with more. That’s why they’re used for things like NAFTA, deregulation and the greatest fraud in human history, the Obama’s
    administrations gift of over $7.7 trillion ($7,700,000,000,000.00) to the
    banksters, who stashed it gain interest.

  10. BeccaM says:

    Personally, I’d put the start back in the Reagan era.

    That’s when deregulation took hold, the first free trade agreements were inked, and we returned to the bubble-bust cycle in the financial industries. That’s also when wages began to stagnate and when the minimum wage began losing serious ground against inflation.

    Clinton and those who followed merely kept it going, steadily ratcheting it further and further back to robber baron capitalism.

  11. ArthurH says:

    They used to have a Fair Trade Law in the U.S. that prevented the huge corporations, conglomerates and chains from cutting prices to below wholesale until they drived smaller businesses to bankruptcy, but that was repealed during the Reagan presidency. Of course, Attorney General Edwin Meese III stopped enforcing the law before the repeal. About the time this law was repealed was when firms like Mitt Romney’s stopped building new businesses and started milking old firms into oblivion.

  12. Bill_Perdue says:

    Millions of manufacturing, assembly and service jobs have been exported since Carter, who began deregulation. Reagan and the Bushes expedited jobs export, and Clinton signed NAFTA and now Obama is supporting the greatest anti-worker measure of the last 100 years, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement.

    The solution is a socialist and trade union solution – a two pronged effort to end the horrors of unemployment by adopting a 30 hour work week, with full benefits, for 40 hours pay and by supporting demands for trillions to be invested in publicly owned and democratically run Manhattan Project type efforts to green industry, agriculture and the infrastructure.

    Real unemployment, U6, remains at about 14%, nearly double the U3 rate and the figures for youth unemployment and unemployment among younger people of color are correspondingly higher.

  13. Bill_Perdue says:

    It started in Bushes second term but was created in Clintons second term.

  14. Bill_Perdue says:

    Wrong. It’s Clintons Depression – it was caused by NAFTA, deregulation and the housing bubble that burst in 2007. Clinton allowed the bubble to form and burst. Bush and Obama made it worse.

    Democrats controlled the Congress from 2008 to 2010 with large majorities and did nothing real about unemployment and cynically decided to let millions be thrust into poverty, homelessness and bad bankruptcies thanks to Biden.

    Obama Administration Withholds Home Foreclosure Aid to Hardest Hit Obama cries crocodile tears about what the Republicans in Congress won’t let him do. But he allowed more than $7 billion in TARP money set aside for worst hit victims of the housing crisis to sit, unspent, in Treasury Department accounts, for two years. “No wonder most people think TARP is only concerned with bailing out the banks. The Obama administration has treated it that way.”

    I’m glad you didn’t resort to personal attacks. They solve nothing.

  15. condew says:

    Yes, minimum wage jobs are the first rung and those workers should be looking for a better job to support a family, but, free trade destroyed the next rung, those manufacturing jobs that would be the job you can support a family on are gone.

  16. Rambie says:

    Ok, there is enough blame to on both parties but like Sane37 says, this “depression” is G W Bush’s not Clinton’s.

  17. sane37 says:

    It Bushes Depression, actually. But otherwise…

  18. Bill_Perdue says:

    The self organizing efforts of Wal-Mart and fast food workers is another demonstration of the growth and militancy of low paid workers with no benefits and unemployed people radicalized during the ongoing Clinton Depression.

    After the failure of the economy created by Bill Clinton’s signature on NAFTA and the deregulations bills of 1999 and 2000, Bushes tax cuts (still in effect six years after he left office) rcombined with Obama’s malign neglect or the homeless and the unemployed and bipartisan plans to gut entitlements, the continued growth of the left and the union left is assured.

    Democrats (and Republicans) are the enemies of working people and world peace.

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