This was posted as a link on my Facebook page by a friend of a friend. It was someone I had worked with to someone I had worked with. The poster was a supervisor like myself and she posted it to her supervisor. They were manufacturing and I was maintenance, however, you can get something out of this no matter which ever side of the tracks you work.
I had a discussion with someone I truly admire a few years back. The discussion was by phone and we were taking about Colin Powell's speach to the U.N. The Twin Towers had been hit and we (the US) were trying to show justice in needing sanctions against Irag and or purpose to go into Iraq. General Powell had shown some slides of what appeared to be trucks which were covered. He told the U.N. what was in the trucks. WMD's. My conversation was that I didn't have X-ray vision so I didn't know what was in these trucks. I was against going into Iraq. Since then we have learned that there was nothing in these trucks.
General Powell lives by his rules and I am glad but this is one time that he should have reconsidered. Rules 3, 4 and 5 are possibly the most important rules one can follow today. I believe any presidential leader today or in the near future would or will have a harder time in selling going to war with the logic that was presented back then. People are questioning things more, but are they questioning things enough?
If you read these rules or principles that General Powell expresses and apply them to the business you are in, or work for, you can see how they would or could apply. I worked for the bankrupt company Delphi, well they have come out now with the help of the taxpayer and the federal governments strong arm men of the Treasury Dept. I heard Obama's speaches about how "everyone" was going to have to suffer some in this economical climate. And how he was going to protect the retiree. What I didn't do was to follow rules 3,4 and 5. I heard what I wanted to hear, the same way those that stood up in favor of invading Iraq because of WMD's did. I forgot to question how few the number is in the word some. The way I see it, out of a number close to maybe 200,000 GM/Delphi salaried and UAW/IUE-CWA retirees only about 20,000 or less have been put under the buss. GM salaried and UAW retirees have lost nothing. IUE-CWA members are now equal to the first two groups. The Delphi salaried retirees lost promised health care, the lack of funding to their pensions and the pursuit of a comfortable life in retirement.
I'm not sure what I could have done to have changed the outcome of the situation. Afterall, in both cases, both men made statements that they told untruths about. Maybe they believed it in their hearts. I know, circumstances beyond their control, that's always a good one. Or better yet, they are products of their environments. Yep, that's it. They are politicians or are controlled by politicians thus they know not what they speak.