Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Marching Orders

Allow me, if you will, to enjoy a little bit of schadenfreude. According to today's Post-Standard, Destiny USA tried to organize a march in front of the Onondaga county courthouse yesterday, where a judge was trying to sort out the latest battle in the ongoing dispute between the city of Syracuse and Destiny. Destiny tried to press some of its recently hired workers into service, but after waiting almost an hour for anyone to show up, they called off the march.

For those of you who are unaware, Destiny USA is project that has been trying to get off the ground for at least seven years now. The idea is to take Syracuse's already large mall and turn it into a shopping and entertainment complex larger than Minnesota's Mall of America. As far as I can tell, the developer (Bob Congel) is a huckster who is trying to extort funding and tax breaks from the city to finance what will at best be a minimal expansion to the existing mall and at worst be a boondoogle that will make Auto World look like Disneyland.

Regardless of whatever happens to the dream that is Destiny USA, I have to admire the pluck of the soon-to-be-laid-off employees who didn't bother showing up for the march on the courthouse. I'm not the kind of person who can easily avoid following rules, no matter how asinine or counter-productive they may be. Because of this, I take great pride in refusing to do anything that is suggested by an authority figure, regardless of how I actually feel about it. At my previous job, I was out visiting a client in the middle of the whole debate about the Medicare prescription drug act. The client I was visiting stood to profit from this piece of legislation, so the CEO sent out an e-mail to the whole company urging employees to write to their representatives in Congress and urge them to vote for the bill. I wasn't privy to this e-mail, but the guy I was working with mentioned it to me while I was there. I still get steamed when I think about this for some reason, and it really has nothing to do with how I feel about the Medicate prescription drug act. The whole thing is about as pathetic as a guy who protests his company's dress code by wearing white athletic socks underneath his dress socks, but I'm ok with that.



MDS said...

I'm not sure I completely understand what happened with the Medicare thing. Could you explain more about what happened, or would you be violating confidentiality or something?

dhodge said...

Basically, the CEO of a drug company sent an e-mail to all employees telling them that they should write their reps in Congress and tell them to support the bill because the company stood to profit from it. My point was that I generally respond very negatively to pleas like this one. I suspect this is because I fear being taken advantage of.