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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    Raising that unemployed person’s IQ, education, and skill level to a point where they are employable might help. There are plenty of people far too stupid to get a job that pays a “living wage.”
    Stupid on their part does not create a crisis or need to do something about it on my part.

  2. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 3 years ago


    Enoki says, " There are plenty of people far too stupid to get a job that pays a “living wage.”"
    Yes, stupid people don’t deserve to have decent lives. (Unless they come from wealthy families, of course.)

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago


    Thankfully lonecat rich stupid people are either not rich or stupid for long. Those two qualities are general self annhiliating…

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 3 years ago


    I know a rich couple who have a child who is, as they say, developmentally delayed. He will be stupid and rich for the rest of his life. I don’t begrudge him that. I also know a fellow who is developmentally delayed, as they say, who is not so rich. He makes a living at the local supermarket collecting the shopping carts from the parking lot. I believe he deserves a decent life, and I’m happy to say that because the local supermarket is unionized he does make a decent wage. I don’t call for equality in life. I do ask that people who are willing to work, no matter if they are smart or stupid, should be able to live decent lives. If some are rich, so be it, that doesn’t bother me. It does bother me if some are poor.

  5. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    hurled: “Ok, first of all, developmentally delayed is not the same as stupid. For instance, you are stupid.”

    Know what we need? A chap that champions civility in our little forum.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    I don’t know for sure Adrian. In the past the military, construction, and many other industries needed strong backs and weak minds, cannon fodder, and the like.
    While that sounds harsh, it is historically accurate.
    Today? Maybe if we were to revert to a more dispersed social system of smaller towns that were largely self-supporting such persons could find a useful place and make a living.
    As it is, it is cheaper for large industry to automate than use the dull. That trend is accelerating particularly as wages and the cost of labor rises. Government has a big role in making that happen and in large part because it is still mired 50 to 75 years ago in its social ideas.
    If labor of that sort was cheap industry would be hiring it. But, it is cheaper to pay one guy on a backhoe and a second with a dump truck to dig a ditch than 20 or 30 men with shovels and wheelbarrows. That’s just the way it is.
    So, no, I don’t have all the answers even if I recognize the problem.

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    Reasons, my post was neither angry or a rant. Just because it apparently angers you is no reason to insult me.
    As for education there is a mountian of data that clearly shows nearly zero coorelation between spending and results. Ignorance can be had very expensively too.
    Slogans are no substitute for thought out solutions and throwing money at the problem is clearly not the solution in the case of education.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 3 years ago

    I don’t flag, even (especially) when something is directed against me. If coraryan thinks I’m stupid, hey, I can live with it. I miss my friends DrC and martens, and perhaps coraryan has friends here who would miss her if she were disappeared.

  9. ru2dum020

    ru2dum020 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    right on

  10. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Raising the miimum [sic] wage does increase unemployment –
    There are a lot of studies on that very subject. In general, modest increases in min wage, especially in urban areas, does not increase unemployment. You can start with a google search argument of “unemployment minimum wage”
    Look at it this way, in 1968 the minimum wage was $1.40 an hour. In 2013 dollars, that’s $9.38. Conversely, $7.25 in today’s money is $1.08 in 1968. I chose 1968, because there was another poster a couple of weeks ago saying that he had a hard time making ends meet in 1968, at $3500 a year (which comes to more than $2/hr), so if he got by on that level, then (spit), by golly by gum, so can other people today. It builds a pride in self, when adversity is met with personal fortitude. When you’re young and stupid, ya don’t need luxuries like food, shelter, and health insurance, anyway. Might be a problem if you’re 30 and making min… oh, y’mean the average person making minimum wage is in his 30s? Oh well, too bad, it’s his fault .

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 3 years ago

    Unemployment can be an individual problem, or it can be a social problem. If there’s lots of good jobs out there just waiting to be filled, then I would say that if someone is out of a job it just might be an individual problem that needs an individual fix. But when there are lots of people out of work and not a lot of jobs, then I suspect that we have a social problem that needs a social solution.

  12. albeort

    albeort said, almost 3 years ago

    House dems. voted 163 to 32 to end unemployment benefits. In the senate the dems voted 49 to 4 to end unemployment benefits. FACT

  13. artistdavid

    artistdavid said, almost 3 years ago


    Want proof? OKay put up signs on your house that you have no guns, knives, arrows or rocks! I’ve seen signs, this property protected by Smith and Wesson.

    Why none saying they have no weapons?

    Do you Libs pay $500 for mowing your small lawn? I and my kids have experienced Libs trying to lower their proffered price for mowing their lawn after the job was done.

    A business has to make money on it’s employed workers.

    Well except for Walmart, and Libs don’t like them! Walmart gave 9-11 workers free food and handkerchiefs etc!

    Union aware and sensitive, Chicago stopped Walmart stores from entering the Chicago area.

    They don’t want Unionless jobs, though workers have the right to work for the wages they will accept. It is called FREEDOM which is obviously against Union rules.

    Unions have closed Newspapers and other businesses and have become the crocked organization that they claimed to oppose.

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 3 years ago

    In general I think a (reasonably regulated) market works well in good times; in good times the government should run a balanced budget. Then in bad times the government should intervene and provide employment so that people will have money to put back into the economy. Unfortunately, when the great recession hit, the government didn’t have the kind of economic flexibility that would have allowed for a good stimulus. I know that some people don’t agree with this idea, but it makes sense to me.

  15. eugene57

    eugene57 said, almost 3 years ago


    I agree, during good times, tax rates need to raise to pay for debt and services. Even more during times of war. Wars are more for the preservation of the wealthy. There may even be a decrease of some services to the less able depending on available private supports. During downturns, the government needs to support population and to a lesser extent, business.

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