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“Family Wage”

#390 of 391: William Hale (hinging0) Mon 03 Sep 2012 (02:29 AM)

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The Cost of Living Blues

Last year, on Feb. 10, in the kind of pronouncement that has become
all too familiar, Richard Kramer, the chairman and C.E.O. of Goodyear
Tire & Rubber, announced the closing of a plant in Union City, Tenn:

While we are committed to manufacturing in North America, all of
our plants must be cost-competitive and be able to demonstrate
sustainable, world-class productivity. That is not the case with this
plant, and as a result, the market has moved beyond what the factory is
able to build.

The actual shutdown took place on July 10, 2011, when 1,983 workers
lost their jobs. The last item posted on the web site of Union City
Steelworkers Local 878L, which represented the workers at the plant,

Attention USW Local 878L Members

At 11:00 pm CDT last night (07/10/2011), our Sisters and Brothers
at Local 878L in Union City, TN, were given WARN notice and told by
Goodyear that their services were no longer needed.

“The Cost of Livin’ ” — written by Phillip Coleman from Union City,
revised and recorded in 2011 by the country singer Ronnie Dunn —
memorializes the Goodyear plant shutdown:

Everything to know about me
Is written on this page
The number you can reach me
My social and my age
Yes I served in the army
It’s where I learned to shoot
Eighteen months in the desert
Pourin’ sand out of my boots
No I’ve never been convicted of a crime
I could start this job at any time.


I got a strong back
Steel toes
I’m handy with a wrench
There’s nothing I can’t drive
Nothing I can’t fix
I work sun-up to sun-down
Ain’t too proud to sweep the floors
Bank has started calling
And the wolves are at my door
Three dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

In its exploration of real, and often troubled, social conditions,
“Cost of Livin’ ” is part of a long history in country music that
includes Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” Merle Haggard’s
“Working Man’s Blues,” Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It,”
Gillian Welch’s “Hard Times,” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” Like them,
it holds nothing back:

I put Robert down as a reference
He’s known me all my life
We attend the same church
He introduced me to my wife
Gave my last job everything
Before it headed south
Took the shoes off of my children’s feet
The food out of their mouths
Yesterday my folks offered to help
But they’re barely getting by themselves


I got a strong back…

I’m sure a hundred others have applied
Rumor has it you’re only takin’ five

xref: getting two 5’s in the change from the twenty when who asked for
a roll of quarters to do whose laundry; xref: you on the bike and your
time-ing. Also xref: you with perfect coordination opening your dryer
door simultaneously with mine.

What who really needs is who can afford to work for a percentage of
any net profits who earns.

Who can afford to do that?

Second best is part time – temporary when who is on a roll and working
on projects, and then scaled back to follow up calls and checking on
what at a less intense pace.

Getting / Letting who get to know whose life – whose projects, and
bringing them into book form, while simultaneously pursing them via
phone and internet in the real world.

For example, whose response to “Cost of Livin'” was several years ago,

“Family Wage”

Family wage
Family wafe
40 hours work to pay your family’s way
Kids in the back seat
8 minutes to earn a loaf,
One, 100 ton mile-hour for 17 minutes work,


Family wage
Family wage
One parent works to pay the family’s way
One parent’s free
Kids must pass tests
Distilled, fresh solar sea-water cost two tenths of a minute per
gallon, and clean, fresh, air at one tenth a minute per breath –

That’s family wage
Family wage
40 hours divided to pay for Mom, Dad, and kids

Ten hours each week, 50 weeks each year.

That’s family wage
Family wage
40 hours work to pay your families’ way

Ten hours each each week. 50 Weeks per year, and 30 years each life.

One year out of ten to crowd source Uncle Sam…


Ronnie Dunn, it turns out, is part of that rare but potentially
crucial segment of the electorate, the man on the fence.

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#391 of 391: William Hale (hinging0) Mon 03 Sep 2012 (02:30 AM)

One, one hundred ton mile-hour for TWELVE minutes work!

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