I'm sure you've heard tell of the coconut monkey trap. You tether a hollowed-out coconut with a treat inside. The monkey reaches in to grab the pretty but his fist is too big to exit the hole. So he is captured because he is unwilling to let go of his prize.
Stupid monkeys. Sometimes the apple doesn't fall far from the evolutionary tree:
Hostess Brands CEO said Wednesday the company will liquidate unless striking workers return to the job by the end of the day on Thursday.
"We simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike," Greg Rayburn said in a statement.
Workers are protesting a contract imposed by a bankruptcy court. The bakers union has called the contract "outrageous."
A liquidation would result in more than 18,000 workers losing their jobs...
It may be some sort of mob dynamic that allows highly paid workers to throw everything away rather than accept a setback. They have a clear choice: accept an 8% pay cut, and work, or demand a wage that kills the company and enter unemployment in this unstable economy.
Why is there even 5 minutes thought wasted on this choice? It doesn't help that unemployment and food stamps beckon on the one side, and living with a two inch smaller plasma TV awaits on the other. Hmmm, what to do?
I'm not betting on a happy ending.
So, as Homer Simpson would say, "Stupid monkeys."
In other greedy news: Did you see that Jesse Jackson Jr. (1%) refuses to leave congress unless he gets his disability pay approved? His particular handicap seems to be that he likes to drink and steal money. Poor guy. I wish him luck. This hereditary condition has devastated his life and I can only hope that our tax dollars can do something to soothe his tortured soul.