Well, you're reading the news wrong, I have to say. There's a difference between making an offer and making an offer you know will be refused. And that's saying nothing of the WGA's own offers.
Look, even if you're conservative and/or think unions suck, The Weekly Standard called what the WGA is asking for (their base negotiating position, mind you) "not unreasonable"
. Coming from the preeminent conservative magazine (back me up on this, FI#2) that REALLY doesn't like labor unions
, this is a heavy statement.
I've got your back, vcal. As a conservative unions-suck-thinking writer myself... one who wants to see the entire season of "Lost" produced NOW, I get torn on this matter. Ultimately, I have to say the writers are making reasonable requests to protect their financial interests in the product they help to create. To use a baseball analogy, it's like the lame contract the Yankees offered Joe Torre, knowing he would say no and then the Yanks could shrug their shoulders and say to the fans, "hey, we tried."
There are tricky gray areas for the WGA, because for the short term, there are plenty of alternatives to fresh scripted series to fill the airwaves - reality shows, reruns, and I imagine if it's prolonged, independently-produced and foreign-produced products may be down the road.