Monday, December 7, 2009

Animal Cars

Well that didn't take long. When the 'bailout' of GM happened and the company re-emerged from bankruptcy with a board of directors representing the primary stock holders, the U.S. Government and the Unions, it was the completion of the revolt. Now that the animals are in control of the farm it is amusing to watch the champions of the proletariat rapidly become capitalists. The board has made drastic changes to GM's top management in order to make the company 'into a leaner more nimble company'. Leaner, eh? Does this mean that the unions will be more accepting, heck, directing layoffs and plant shut downs?

GM Shakes Up Management

In a company meeting broadcast to employees, Napoleon, er, um I mean new Chairman Ed Whitacre told employees to 'Step up".
In an employee meeting Friday that was broadcast to GM locations around the globe, Mr. Whitacre said employees are expected to "step up" and take more responsibility, according to a person who watched the 45-minute broadcast.
That's right! The chickens need to lay more eggs, the horses need to move more rocks, and the geese need to harvest more grain. This isn't your father's union shop! Get off of your butts!
Earlier, in an employee message, Mr. Whitacre said there are no plans for further layoffs at the sharply downsized company.
Oh, I am sure they won't call anything layoffs. It will probably be something like retraining or re-education at "Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler".

Animal Farm
Years pass, and the pigs learn to walk upright, carry whips, and wear clothes. The Seven Commandments are reduced to a single phrase: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Napoleon holds a dinner party for the pigs and the humans of the area, who congratulate Napoleon on having the hardest-working animals in the country on the least feed. Napoleon announces an alliance with the humans, against the labouring classes of both "worlds". He abolishes practices and traditions related to the Revolution, and reverts the name of the farm to "Manor Farm".
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