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The Joys of Intransigence


The UAW and its allied senators would rather see the automakers’ $15 billion loan disappear than agree to bring wages in line with foreign competitors in 2009.

A reader writes in:

My company enters into agreements with medical providers. In return for a 5-10 percent reduction in fees we will attempt to direct as many patients to them as we legally can. One provider has steadfastly refused to accept even a 2 percent reduction. As a result our policy holders are now directing more and more people to alternative providers and this doctor’s business is really being affected. I don’t know the exact impact but this is a guy who is willing to lose 85 percent or more of his total business over 2 percent reduction.

Sounds like this doctor and the UAW are kindred spirits.

I wonder if he’s in real estate. When I was in the market almost two years ago, one guy in the area was trying to sell his condo for $100K above what any comparable property had sold for in the past six months. Despite numerous signs of a housing bubble popping, he made clear was not interested in any bid below the asking price.

Penny wise, pound foolish.

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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