Of all of the reports about the stalled contract negotiations between Fox and the vocal talent of The Simpsons and current work stoppage, you have to hand it to Variety. Their article ended on this pearl of wisdon:

Homer Simpson, in 1995 episode "The PTA Disbands," gave Lisa this piece of advice on work stoppages: "If you don't like your job, you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American Way."

The voices behind the characters - Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Barney, Krusty the Klown), Hank Azaria (Moe, Apu, Comic Book Guy, Cletus, Professor Fink), Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Julie Kavner (Marge) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart, Nelson, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders) - are looking for $360,000 per episode/$8 million per season. They currently make $125,000/$2.75 million. Variety also points out that while Ray Romano gets around $1.5-2 million per episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, the Simpsons actors don't need to work long days on set (an sitcom episode usually needs around a week to shoot) - simply 6-7 hours to voice an episode - but, then again, The Simpsons is a $1 billion business. During the last contract negotiations in 1998, when most of the cast was looking to bump their salaries from $30,000 per episode, Fox went ahead and found voiceover replacements for them just in case. That's Rupert Murdoch style hardball!