It’s not about $$$ it’s about $ vs goose eggs.
That’s one myth I hear over and over. I hear it from unions saying they can’t fight the big $$$ interests. I hear it from jones act supporters saying they can’t fight the big $$$ lobbyists. I hear it from whistleblowers saying they can’t fight the big $$$ american shipping companies. I hear it from everywhere that we can’t fight the Big $$$ uscg.
The NRA is Big $$$. The anti-jones act contingent is small $.
Wal-Mart is a Big $$$ anti union, offshore operators (at least since the crash) are small $… so is the post-covid cruise industry.
RJ Reynolds put Big $$$ against whistleblowers, american shipping companies do not.
The US Navy has BIG $$$$, the uscg does not.
All American shipping interests by definition are small money organizations that are failing. Maybe ten years ago (Transocean, carnival, and ABS had some deep pockets then) but not today.
The problem is the people fighting them have NO MONEY. This guy Ryan isn’t new to the scene, he’s been fighting this for 5 years… and in that time he’s been homeless. A USMMA grad with a law degree homeless.
Think about that.
C.Captain keeps yelling at me to do more. With what money? We had to start selling F’n tshirts just to keep the doors to this forum open. Do you know what a pain in the ass selling tshirts is dealing with complaints and returns because someone ordered the wrong size and color and thinks it’s my fault or because shipping is delayed two weeks because of covid?
And you guys mostly stopped buying any tshirts when covid hit.
You’re right. money IS the problem. But it doesn’t take $$$ to fight these failing companies and failing organizations. It would not take $$$ to restore the US Merchant Marine to acceptable efforts.
All it would take is $ and a modicum of grassroots support from the deckplates.
This cannot come from me. I built the tools (this forum), I got hundreds of thousands of likes on social media, I got the millions of pageviews pouring into gCaptain, I got the killer rolodex of industry leaders… I got everything you guys need to raise $ and get shit done.
Problem is I can’t raise money to fight for a strong merchant mariner or basic sailor rights Or anything else and then go spend it on myself and via companies that I own. That’s illegal.
It has to come from you.