Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Carl Icahn: “Those Lowly Workers Don’t Need a F&#$*&!#*$! Severance Package”

“That’s the trouble with America today. There’s too much of that pansy socialism. Employers have turned into a bunch of bleeding-heart pussies. They think they owe something to their employees?!?!?!?!? Workers are a dime a dozen; they’re chattel. Their bosses don’t owe them jack shit! When I take over your company, your job is toast. Move on! Get lost, you worthless piece of trash!”

Carl Icahn didn’t say those exact words of course, but that’s the obvious viewpoint of America’s favorite Shitstain/Billionaire.

You might or might not have been following Microsoft’s attempts to gobble up Yahoo! These corporate “Clash of the Titans” dramas aren’t exactly the most riveting news out there. Carl Icahn is planning to ask Yahoo! shareholders to fire their board of directors for refusing to let Microsoft buy them out.

The last straw was when the Yahoo! board of directors offered a generous severance package to Yahoo! employees whose jobs would be eliminated if the two companies merged. Commies!!!

Icahn is even trying to fire Yahoo!’s founder and CEO, Jerry Yang.

Jerry Yang has created one of the greatest technological innovators of the past fourteen years. What the fuck has Carl Icahn given us?

If Icahn is successful, he might even upstage Charles Hurwitz as the number one douchebag of the corporate world. Charles Hurwitz isn’t exactly a household name any more, but he makes Kenneth Lay look like Mother Theresa.

Hurwitz is single-handedly responsible for the “environment vs. timber industry” battles that polarized Northern California in the 1990s. In the late ‘80s his company, Maxxam, took over Pacific Lumber. Pacific Lumber had been a locally-owned company for generations. They were excellent stewards of the land. They were practicing sustainable timber harvesting long before “sustainable” became a popular soundbite.

After Hurwitz took over the company, Pacific Lumber started plundering and cutting down everything that didn’t move. This begat the “timber wars” of the 1990s. A formerly harmonious region became wracked with mutual hatred between a bunch of “dumbfuck beer-bellied lumberjacks” and “long-haired navel-gazing treehuggers.” Pacific Lumber also started some massive downsizing, which was always blamed on treehuggers and spotted owls.

As you can see from the linked article, Hurwitz was also one of the main culprits in the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s. If you were paying taxes during that period, some of your tax dollars went to Charles Hurwitz.

If Carl Icahn wants to be associated with shit like this, he’s on the right track.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Anonymous Karin Spak said...

I am searching for the statistics for the H1 B Visa holders at Metlife from 2000-2007. . Especially for 2004 and their employee count for that year. This is for the Metlife on the Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA.

In 2004 my husband and 200+ workers were downsized ( the nice word for fired) and 200+ H1 B Visa holders were hired through Cognizant Tech Solutions. This is illegal because the law states that you can only hire H1 B workers after a concerted effect to find experienced workers has failed. Then you may hire foreign workers at the prevailing rate. Metlife has replaced all but a few Americans with workers from India. They saved a ton of money because they paid them room and board plus $6,000 not the prevailing rate.

We have a court case coming up, but can not find the information. We need to prove the number of employees at Metlife and the number of H1 B Visa holders to show that Americans are being outsourced right here in America. This is more serious than the illegal aliens who are taking our low paying jobs away. These are hard working, honest, tax paying, well educated Americans losing their technical jobs due to Metlife's greed.

We lost our home and had to declare bankruptcy (but everyone is told that the foreclosure crisis is caused by people who bought houses that they could not afford rather than job losses). At one point we had $0 income, had run out of food stamps and had to go to a food bank to survive. But I think we are luckier than most. Although the emotional trauma will haunt our children forever, my talented husband was able to find a job after 1 1/2 years. The employment statistics don't count people after their unemployment runs out so there are so many people unemployed that aren't even counted. We aren't greedy, we are sueing for just 1 1/2 years salary and benefits.We hope with our court case we can at least send a message that this is not the right way to treat hard working Americans.

Can you please help us to find the statistics we are looking for or at least point us in the right direction?

Thank you,
Karin Spak
Karin Spak
7 Maple St.
Yatesville, PA 186540

June 5, 2008 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Karin: Sorry for your situation. It sounds to me like what your employer did was illegal, as well as immoral and unethical.

But I have no idea how to find the information you're looking for. Metlife must have that information, but you might need to hire a lawyer to subpoena the information. Sorry I can't be of more help, but that's all I can think of.

June 5, 2008 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the New American Empire, throwing workers to the wolves has become the favorite bloodsport of the corporate Caesars.

June 5, 2008 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ron: Yup, it sure has become a popular bloodsport. Some people just can't wait to return to that Guilded Age of the late 1800s.

June 5, 2008 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when guys like Ichan were heroes in the 80's. We never set up any defenses to insure guys like him don't mess up the workforce again.

And there are other guys like him


June 5, 2008 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Yup, I remember when Icahn, Pickens, Milken, and Hurwitz were considered heros. And a lot of people still think that way.

I have nothing people making tons of money if it's through their own ingenuity and ambition. But the 4 people mentioned above haven't contributed anything of their own. All they do is barge in and rake off all the cream after somebody else has already done all the work. They're parasites.

June 6, 2008 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

The fact is people the same Power Brokers have always been in control! Check out what you can do in other countries, or even States like Wyoming. Yearly, you can have "people" take key positions, and at that exact moment they also are required to resign. This leaves the real owners completely veiled. I empathize with Karin, but it is only going to get worse; especially in OUR land of the free. This is the reason that I promote self sufficiency. There are several trades out there that the Indians, and others have not saturated yet; such as welding, stainless steel welding, and a few other select trades. I think that one of the only recourses are to start home based local, or internet businesses, and unfortunetely live out of the system.......for the most part. My brother, and his wife are nurses with masters degrees. They are bringing in Indian nurses by the tens of thousands, and according to my family they're shitty at care. I checked into trucking, but the owner operators are all, but gone, and this leaves the lonely operators at the mercy of their different corporations. Solution: Self Sufficiency

June 6, 2008 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Hell with Reagan, I'm surprised these jokers don't want to put Gordon Gekko on Mt. Rushmore.

Parasites is about the best descriptor there is.

June 6, 2008 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

American Hill Billy: That's exactly what it is, the same power brokers pulling all the strings. A long time ago, a conservative coworker was saying that there are several all-powerful families who control everything behind the scenes. I think he was right. It just seems like whatever the government does, or even the largest corporations, a few unseen people or groups are calling all the shots.

Yes, self-sufficiency is the best bet, that's for sure. I'm sure we've all known people who were completely off the radar, totally unaffected by the economy or anything the government does. I used to people like that were either paranoid or a little quirky, but now I think they had it right all along.

Randal: Gordon Gekko on Mount Rushmore, LOL. Let's scrape off all of those big-government nanny state presidents and replace them with Gordon Gekko, Boone Pickens, Carl Icahn... It would be a lot more realistic.

June 6, 2008 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch the markets like a hawk and Microsoft is loosing ground fast. The truth is, they NEED Yahoo.

Great blog.
I found you through American Hillbilly.


June 6, 2008 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mandingo: Thanks. I wouldn't doubt Microsoft is slipping. Maybe they'd make more money if they tried coming up with a product people actually like.

June 6, 2008 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Don't forget about Herwitz robbing the pension fund for all those people up in southern Humboldt.

Amazing how few people know about this guy. I mean, I'm pretty understanding, but if this guy was drowning, and no one was looking.....

June 7, 2008 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Prague Twin: I sure as hell wouldn't save that asshole if he was drowning. Back in the late '80s and early '90s, if we had the online news sites and blogs then that we have now, I'm sure Hurwitz would have been just as disgraced and vilified as Enron and Kenneth Lay.

June 7, 2008 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...


Ruling Elite Families? That's Nuts??? I am of a little Italian/Sicilian Decent. In doing some family research I found that alot of these people had corporations(literally) as far back as 600 years ago. Legally bound, and sealed. A lot of these agreements/corporations would in most cases include 5 to 10 families. They would all then change their last name to the new joint venture. Look it up. Names such as Genovese, Giuliani, and others to name a few are families that were created out of ancient corporate conglomerations of power!!! These families still exist to day. Not that they are all powerful, but for example Vito Genovese "Boss of Bosses", that family has moved into complete secrecy, and just about all you can find on them is their involvement in "legit" banking!
Another great example is Rockefeller owning Standard Oil. Look it up; it still exists as Exxon/Mobil!! Intelligent people that invent the game play better than beginners just learning the rules!

June 7, 2008 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

American Hill Billy: Interesting. I didn't know that. It makes sense though. Thanks for the info.

June 7, 2008 at 6:29 PM  
Anonymous John A. Bilicki III said...

Finally someone who sees this guy for what he really is. It's a shame what is going on because even as WebmasterWorld all the greedy money-grabbing pricks are like, 'Sell! Sell!" Then I asked what they would do if the site owner sold that website. No responses after that.

July 7, 2008 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

John: True, people like him should be vilified a lot more than they are. They produce nothing. The robber barons of the late 1800s gave us railroads and productive industries. Carl Icahn and Charles Hurwitz don't produce anything; they just take away.

July 7, 2008 at 10:56 AM  

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