As a Marxist union boss and frequent Huffington Post diarist, United Steelworkers’ President Leo Gerard never seems to short of anti-capitalism rants.
During the Occupy Wall Street protests, for example, Gerard advocated for “more miltancy,” including the blocking of bridges and the occupation of banks:
“You’re damn right Wall Street occupiers speak for us,” he recently told left-wing radio host Ed Schultz. “They do in Pittsburgh, they do in Chicago, they do in Oakland, they do in San Francisco, they do all across the country. And I think what we need is, we need more militancy.”
In his latest foray into capitalism-bashing, Gerard doesn’t stray too far from his favorite target–Corporate America and, specifically, CEOs.
Notwithstanding the fact that Gerard’s rant is very similar to many of his other rants, what is more interesting is the innuendo-laden title he chose for his In These Times piece:
Had Gerard used the term “compensation package” in his title, without bothering to read further, one would know that Gerard’s post is merely his usual diatribe against excessive pay to CEOs.
However, with the absence of the word “compensation,” one must wonder if Gerard intentionally used innuendo as a cheap and easy tactic to lure readers.
While using innuendo is a somewhat-common practice with writers and editors, this would mark a new low for the bloviation-bound union boss.
This may lead to wonder if, in fact, Gerard suffers from “package envy”—which, as has been noted, seems to be a Marxist tradition.