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Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.
- Mary Beard, American Historical Writer (1876-1958)

Twinkies, 1930-2012

The story of the death of Twinkies may represent for many, yet another sign that America’s best days are behind her, but for all the people mourning the loss of a true American icon, there’s more to this story than first meets the eye.

Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them. The closing will result in Hostess’ nearly 18,500 workers losing their jobs as the company shuts 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers nationwide. The bakers’ union represents around 5,000.

source: WGHP News

Ah, the power of the mighty unions, where 5,000 union workers banded together can destroy the jobs of 18,500 workers.

But here’s the money quote:

“We’re going to bring in more money on unemployment than what they’re going to pay us now.” – Carol Mitchell, former Hostess employee

source: KSHB Action News

So hey America, quit your crying about the death of the Twinkie and be happy for all the 18,500 formerly employed who can now look forward to getting paid more for sitting at home watching TV, er – I mean, looking for work than the $16-$18 per hour they were paid as unskilled laborers.

And when you reach the end of those 99 weeks (or however long it may be extended) and the unemployment checks are about to stop coming, you can then begin looking for a job in earnest knowing that you’ll never have to face the prospect of a 40-hour work week, because post-Obamacare, all the jobs will be part-time jobs.

God bless the new America.

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6 Responses to The Death of Twinkies

  • I may be baked but a Bakers Union is a union of bakers. Right? Bakers are similar to brewers. Brewers are not “unskilled laborers.” $16-$18 per hour” is just above barely making it in this society and economy if your a family man with wife and kids. (Sure, you can find pockets of America a single guy can have some fun on that, especially if living with their parents.)

    The quote by the former employee was presumably from a baker in this Bakers union. The word “now” at the end is telling. Was that in reference to a pay cut offered by the company? That she would collect more from unemployment insurance, that our progressive liberal President has expanded during the worst financial/employment crisis in 80 years, than what Hostess offered?

  • So much scary about that ‘make more now’ statement. Unemployment should help with the tough times of UE, NOT make you want to not work.

  • Unemployment insurance is a sustainable program that can co-exist with a balanced budget. I am fully aware of folks that are more than happy to live with government handouts. (Unemployment Insurance is not a handout.) These folks drink Budweiser in trailer parks AND have titles such as CEO. They vote Democrat AND Republican. The entitlement culture is pervasive and well established in all aspects of our society. So much so that eliminating it suddenly would cause riots and violence. This is why I advocate a 20 year plan to educate the public about individual responsibility and charity, slowly eliminating entitlements. Much like using nicotine patches to quit smoking.

    • Yep, look at Greece, that’s the path we’re headed down. Elect us, we’ll give you more free stuff, elect us again, even more free stuff! Over and over until, oh what? You mean these entitlements and government salaries and benefits and pensions are UNSUSTAINABLE? You mean the private sector can no longer bear the brunt of paying for all this and the lenders are no longer interested in a bad bet on a drunken teenager with a credit card? BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THIS STUFF WE WERE PROMISED? RIOTS! BURN THINGS! SMASH WINDOWS!

  • I just bought out the local store’s supply of Twinkies. They will be frozen and auctioned on eBay next Christmas season.

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