Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This Is What The Democrats Have To Offer?

The unemployment rate in South Carolina last month dropped to 9.9% from 10.5% in October. While this was a historic single month drop, it is still pushing double figures. What are Democratic lawmakers doing for this in the state?

Democratic Lawmakers Seek to Ban South Carolina Cheery Greeting Mandate

On one hand this can be dismissed as just a juvenile stunt, both parties pull idiotic stunts like this.

On the other hand, this is quite telling when it is coming form the Democrats. It can be viewed as highlighting two glaring issues they have had:

-The Democrats have been absolutely clueless when it comes to what to do about the economy.

-The Democrats have been showing a propensity in recent years to control speech.

So, is it idiotic, indicative about the Democratic Party, and a little scary all at the same time?


sue hanes said...

Chuck - I'm in favor of cheery greetings.

As they say - every little bit helps.

Chuck said...

I think the whole thing is a little pathetic

Ticker said...

Distractions, distractions, that is all they have because they certainly proven they have NO solutions other than perhaps the one they find in their drawers after dreaming of and Obama re-election.

Brooke said...

" Democratic state Reps. John Richard King and Wendell Gilliard have filed legislation saying no state agency can force its employees to answer the phone with, "It's a great day in South Carolina," as long as state unemployment is 5 percent or higher. Their bill also would prohibit requiring the greeting as long as all South Carolinians don't have health insurance."

So the whole thing is a half-baked political statement?

So, instead of working to fix the state's problems, the Dems are taking juvenile pokes at it?

Sounds about right for the left.

sue hanes said...

Yes Chuck - but look around you and you will find that pathetic is the key word these days.

Obsessing over the wrong issues - things that shouldn't even be issues.

It's just pathetic.

Z said...

Chuck, we did it again. Brooke commented that you also just covered this story.
I think it says a lot more than just about a cheery greeting. Obama's set a negative tone and these Dems, too, just can't stand optimism helping us as we struggle through this economy, etc..
good job. And, of course, GREAT choice of story :-)

Alligator said...

Actually, if I was calling South Carolina government offices I would want to hear a cheery greeting like, "South Carolina Dept. of Tourism, how may I help you?" And in a long Southern drawl I might add.

With all due to respect to Gov. Haley who took a lot unwarranted crap from the media, her cheery greeting is a bit too hokey.

With little respect to Reps. King and Gilliard, you're just taking something silly to an insane level. I agree, its just distractions, distractions. Bread and circuses, keep the people occupied and entertained while the empire collapses around you.

Z said...

alligator makes good points.

Chuck, wasn't Beamish's line about the UN HYSTERICAL!? :-) He takes the cake

Chuck said...

Ticker, well put.

Brooke, I thought the Dims took care of health insurance?

Sue, agreed and it is not just limited to the Dims

Z, if I weren't so young I would think we were separated at birth ;) But of course I am only 29 so...

Alligator, I too find the greeting hokey but what that's okay, a little cheer doesn't hurt anyone.

Anyone maybe except a bitter pathetic liberal.

I actually do not like scripting. We have tried it in the hospital and I have resisted it. While I like the sentiment behind it, I find that if everyone says the same thing it sounds phony.

beamish said...

I once had the opportunity to review and edit a proposed call scripting format while working for a shipping and logistics company's call center.

This unwieldy beast was something like "Thank you for calling Blahblah Incorporated, America's #1 choice for all your personal and business shipping and recieving needs. My name is .... and I'm very pleased to speak with you today. If you will provide me with your account number and transaction tracking control number, I'll be happy to access our real-time automated database and answer any questions you may have about our award-winning logistical deployment services."

(Actually, it was worse than that, but just read that out loud, and imagine doing that at the start of every call answered, some 80 to 120 times a day.)

I shortened it to "Thank you for calling Blahblah. My name is ..... How may I help you?"

People want to speak to people, not drones, so I can understand Gov. Haley's "call scripting mandate."

Not sure I'd go with the Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood intro though.

"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Lots of small crime. Long unemployment lines. Won't you be my neighbor... Hi, neighbor!"

::takes off shoes and hangs sweater in the closet::

Always On Watch said...

I guess that Democrats hate being cheerful, huh?

Always On Watch said...

While I'm here, let me wish you a Happy New Year, Chuck.

Chuck said...

Beamish I agree about the hokiness of the greeting. We experimented with scripting for awhile in our hospital. I was always clear I was against it.

One example was saying "Is there anything else I can get you before I leave, I have the time" when leaving a patient's room.

I always thought this was absurd

-it was rote and would quickly sound insincere

-it implied you were helping because you happened to have the time, not because you want to

Again, I agreed with the sentiment, just not the wording.

I just thought the Dims were being idiotic.

AOW, or human.

May you and Mr, AOW have a Happy New Years.

Brooke said...

"One example was saying "Is there anything else I can get you before I leave, I have the time" when leaving a patient's room.

I always thought this was absurd

Oh, lawrd, I think I just had a nightmare flashback!

NO ONE EVER, EVER, EVER, said that crap unless a stuffed suit administrator was about, and for all the reasons you just listed.

Chuck said...

Brooke, I didn't say I ever actually said it ;)