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Mar 1st 2011 10:40 GMT
So what you're telling me is that Republicans can't tell sh*t from shinola unless you clearly label them?
Mar 1st 2011 10:36 GMT
So you're telling me my (hypothetical) grandchildren may never know the joy of getting a funny voice after sucking helium out of a balloon?
What a dark, depressing world we're "building."
Mar 1st 2011 10:30 GMT
I'm sure the employees of Walmart, the majority of them renters and barely at substinence level, will be sure to buy coffee and tools for home repairs.
Mar 1st 2011 5:22 GMT
We live in fascinating times.
Mar 1st 2011 4:50 GMT
The white man's burden sure got easier once we figured out all we had to do was exist as an example. Foreign lands in poverty? Well shucks, they aren't paying attention. Foreigners rising up and casting off the shackles of despotism? Finally they paid attention to what we've been saying! (Oh, and never you mind the large cash transfers to your former oppressor; I'm sure you all understand the political realities, right? Right?)
Feb 28th 2011 10:50 GMT
While I think I agree with Thoma's statement as well, I find it odd that a libertarian advocates for a government solution instead of aloowing private citizens creating their own association.
Feb 28th 2011 9:11 GMT
While I don't disagree with the point that SS needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, surely the author is joking by referring to the issue as "easy."
As the rich become more insulated by their money the world over, bending government to their wishes, the common man has to scream louder and louder just to be heard.
Of course, in a time of 10% unemployment you can find plenty of people that will yell really loud for a buck. So who do you listen to? No one, and let the gravy train keep on rollin'...
Feb 28th 2011 6:14 GMT
From everything I've heard, the WI unions don't think that contributing more to their pensions and health care is unreasonable, either. In fact they've agreed to it, yet are still being attacked.
I started out on the side of the governor; the unions are an unproductive drain on government coffers. But really, as HFG alluded to, we're fighting over scraps while the overlords continue to hoard the real wealth in this country.
Feb 24th 2011 10:54 GMT
How much of GDP is accounted for by the financial sector, again? And just how is that giant sucking sound beneficial to the rest of America?
Feb 24th 2011 7:20 GMT
RA can you please disclose whether or not you receive money from Big Pharma? Because you're doing a hell of a job driving me towards despression medication.
To further WW's point; if the teachers go on strike, I as a voter cannot vote said teachers out. I will probably vote out any politician who oversaw said work stoppage. The politicians know this and thus give in to the demands of the unions because it is their jobs on the line.
Feb 22nd 2011 11:11 GMT
I think politics always undermines the economy. From some angles, that is partly the point. The degree to which it is undermining our economy, or the change over time, is what is important.
Feb 22nd 2011 8:48 GMT
One needs to look at timeframes as well. The reduced employment may be "temporary" in the sense that it isn't permanent, but if lasts for the majority or remainder of a significant portion of the displaced workforce's working years, it is permanent for them.
Feb 22nd 2011 8:43 GMT
"Also clearly in the realm of cosseted liberal fantasy, and mostly unrelated to the lives of the people who really need unions to defend their wages and benefits: meat-packing plant workers, hospital and hotel employees, and so on. (Apart from the health insurance and child care. Everybody needs health insurance and child care.)"
Hmm, sounds like a business opportunity, albeit with low margins. I wonder how one could make this work.
More short-term thinking. Let's suck up all the oil in the rest of the world first and save our own reserves to either sell at exorbitant prices or keep for our own use in the myriad other ways it is needed beyond as fuel - lubricants, synthetics, etc.
Feb 22nd 2011 6:05 GMT
And really, at a time when the top 20% of Americans hold 84% of the wealth of the richest country on Earth, the issue doesn't seem to be that the unwashed masses are holding disproportinate sway over the dispursement of profits. Empirical data would seem to emphatically point towards the need for better representation of the majority.
Feb 22nd 2011 6:03 GMT
WW you've put together some very good posts on public unions, but this one falls far short of your standards. Putting up a blatantly obvious straw man and setting it ablaze impresses no one.
As for your question, I think SirWellington said it best. Better enforcement of existing labor laws and easier access to the courts for individuals. In my brief life in the full time labor market, 10 years, I can easily say that many of my employers made large profits by paying lip service to the letter of the law, all the while giving management (me) goals and dictats that could only be met by circumventing overtime and myriad other laws.
Of course, I could go to the courts. But I would likely lose to high powered corporate lawyer (this employer is one of the "Big 6" banks) and lose years worth of contacts, recommendations and pay potential. Unions do help to mitigate this, although they have gone way too far and their negatives outweight their positives in their current implementation.
I'm all for gutting public unions; but at the same time, immediately going into office and only gutting the unions that didn't vote for you is a terrible precedent.
Feb 17th 2011 6:46 GMT
Yeah, I'm not sure at what point the "angst" button got switched on but apparently it's been on for a while, looking back over my posts.
I just see the amazing juxtaposition of cutting money provide milk to babies while simultaneously trying to allocate $3 billion to design jet engines to sit on warehouse floors and get a bit worked up.
It is a farce of cosmic scale, only no one seems to be laughing.
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