As a child of the Soviet Union, I'm intimately familiar with the joke, "We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us." And for years, I've mocked conservatives who see the specter of Stalinization in every regulation promulgated by one of Barack Obama's czars. "It makes no sense," I snarked, "the communists hated czars!"
Lo' and behold, I will have to eat some government-issued crow, as Obama's Sharia socialism is finally coming to fruition. Not only are coal miners — the most prole-y of the stereotypical proletarian trades — being forced to go without pay in my adopted home of free minds and free markets, but they're being forced to do so in order to attend a "political education" session…
"Yes, we were in fact told that the…event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up by non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time," the employees [of Century Mine in Ohio] told [WWVA radio host David] Blomquist. "Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events."
According to the mining firm's Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore, all this was copacetic…
"There were no workers that were forced to attend the event," Moore said. "We had managers that communicated to our work force that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend the event…"
Unfortunately, according to the dictionary, that's not the way the word "mandatory" works. What kind of left-wing indoctrination were they in for, anyway?
When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.
Oh, it was a Romney rally, foisted on the miners by a major Republican donor. Whew, freedom is still on the march.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Communism, Energy & Oil, Mitt Romney, Ohio