Sunday, February 27, 2011

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!!!!

The idiom, "put your money where your mouth is," implies that one should do something rather than just talk about it. Here's an example:
When it comes to the Wisconsin union fights, right-wing pundits Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have a couple of things in common. For starters, have all voiced their opposition to the plight of public employee unions in the state.

On Feb. 18, Limbaugh said on his radio program, "We are either on the side of the Wisconsin protesters or we are on the side of our country." Hannity has featured several guests critical of the union and its supporters, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, on his Fox News television and radio shows.

On the Feb. 18 edition of "The O'Reilly Factor," O'Reilly stated, "Governments can't afford to operate" because of "union wages and benefits." But it turns out that opposing workers' rights isn't the only thing these blowhards have in common.
What they have in common is their hypocrisy!
As it turns out, all three of them belong to the American Federation Television and Radio Artists union (AFTRA), which is the AFL-CIO affiliate for television and broadcast workers.

Yes, you read that right. While Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh have been railing against union workers in Wisconsin, all three of them belong to an AFL-CIO affiliate union.
Words do matter.
Limbaugh said that if you support the protesters than you don't support the country. Does that mean if he doesn't give up his union membership, he would not be patriotic?

Hannity allowed several critics of the Wisconsin protesters to expound on the need to bust the unions. Does that mean if he doesn't give up his union membership, he is pro-union?

O'Reilly believes that governments can't operate if they have to pay out "union wages and benefits." Does that mean that while staying a union member, O'Reilly is preventing the government to work?
One important fact!
Fox programming tends to leave out factual information that doesn't jive with the message they are promoting. For example, the Fox pundits, while criticizing the Wisconsin protests and collective bargaining issue, never mentioned that "out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers."
The word hypocrite has great meaning. That is why Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh really should put their money where their mouth is!

David Fitzsimmons - The Arizona Star - Unions - English - unions, budget, states, teachers, education, costs, GOP, debt, protesters, protests, economy, jobs

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