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Working hard ... for what?

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

You have to wonder if anyone cares about the working person anymore.

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has said to keep sticker prices competitive the firm must begin sourcing more parts from low-wage countries such as India and China. Workers earn too much pay in the United States and Japan, Ghosn says.

I'm sure Nissan workers across Tennessee were happy to hear Ghosn's statement, sarcastically speaking. As we've said before in this column, the American way of life means being paid fair wages for a job done well.

It's too bad more and more corporate leaders are critical of American workers, unionized or not, for wanting something better for their lives. Some of these ridiculously-highly paid executives see one way of life for their self-centered selves and another for the peons who keep their businesses and paychecks alive.

Those in "third-world" countries who work for the equivalent of half or less of the American minimum wage could be considered abuse victims, abused by repressive governments and dictatorships. The last thing we need is profit-hungry corporate predators backing such countries.

Ghosn has a reputation for ruthless cost-cutting. Hopefully his cuts won't eventually hit middle Tennessee's Nissan workers hard. Every American worker deserves the right to a few luxuries and more than just the basics of life.

*Working people have also done more than their share to keep the Nashville Predators functioning. Unfortunately for the "little people," most top-level pro sports teams survive on what could be thought of as corporate handouts.

Skyboxes and good seats for the rich and for business executives to entertain clients are the real focus of pro teams, which is why it's a shame Nashville taxpayers foot too many of the bills for the Titans and, potentially, Predators.

The Predators have had to depend too much on individual ticket buyers instead of corporate season ticket holders, team officials say.

In a sense, the Predators could be thought of as the true "people's" team. Problem is, as many of us suspected when the expansion team was formed, ice doesn't play too well in football country.

It'll be amazing if the Predators aren't playing in Hamilton, Ontario within two seasons. Too bad wannabe Canadian owner Jim Balsillie won't talk to anyone in Nashville about his plans.

National Hockey League officials are verbally backing Nashville and try to quieten talk of a move. But, unfortunately for midstate fans, the Predators are fighting a losing battle -- especially on the corporate ledger books. They can't keep losing money forever.

*One beneficiary of corporate handouts is Pacman Jones, the Tennessee Titan who can single-handedly keep a law firm functioning.

Pacman apparently has problems meeting women, since he apparently spends much of his time in strip clubs and bars. Maybe money doesn't always talk. Or maybe women naturally avoid a man who has been accused of attacking them with his fists.

A savvy lawyer could claim poor Pacman's just frustrated, and use that plus a low-income background on the streets of Atlanta to try and excuse his inexcusable alleged actions.

But there's no excuse for attacking anyone when self-defense isn't involved, especially when it involves a man striking a woman.

It's time for the Titans to go on and fire Pacman, along with a permanent ban by the NFL.

Maybe Pacman could become a boxer and take on Mike Tyson, since both seem to like taking bites out of people when they're angry.

That is, if Pacman isn't in jail.

David Melson
On the Loose