Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 4 years ago

    The Nuclear Retaliation Association has been conceived to defend the sovereign right of every nation on the planet to engulf that planet in a hellish inferno. If you join today, we will waive the initiation fee and send you this bumper sticker: “Nuclear weapons don’t kill people. People kill people who don’t have nuclear weapons.” They’re going fast, people.

  2. greyolddave

    greyolddave said, almost 4 years ago

    The word seems to get less loud because Lisa’s hearing is tuning out. The conservatives haven’t done a thing for jobs in 20 years. The just want the money.

  3. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, almost 4 years ago

    ^^Bigotry is alive and well in the Progressive left.

  4. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, almost 4 years ago


    No we have, but the democrats and liberals have made it their job to destroy jobs.

  5. moderateisntleft

    moderateisntleft said, almost 4 years ago

    I think she wrote that herself…

  6. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago

    Actually, yes. I’ll address both for you.

    1) The reason jobs went and stay overseas is twofold. Cost of labor and repatriation taxes. Our cost of labor, especially with the idiotic idea of raising minimum wage to $9, is what is incentivizing the exportation of jobs and importation of raw materials or finished goods. Why pay an American (after all is said and done) 15 an hour (that’s minimum wage after taxes, etc) when you can pay an Indian worker 15 a day? Or a Chinese laborer 10 a day? It’s pure economics. That’s the reason our steel industry went belly-up: it was cheaper to ship the raw material to China, have it smelted there, and have the finished materials brought back by ship (including losses from containers falling overboard) than it was to pay $40 per hour for steel workers (40 is after taxes and other stuff).

    The repatriation taxes is an issue because businesses have to pay taxes in overseas profits to their host countries, and then pay another 35% when they bring those leftover profits home. Why on earth would they do that when they can just build more productivity overseas? They have 2 trillion dollars overseas waiting to be used, and they aren’t bringing it back here because of the predatory taxation the federal government imposes.

    As to the CEO compensation, I’m actually in pseudo-agreement with you there. Do I believe one man is worth 50 million a year? No. But I do not agree that the government should dictate how many any one person is paid; it should be based on the stockholders, the consumers, and the general public. Government has no place in defining what a business can pay its owner.

  7. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 4 years ago

    Why then was the nation hemorrhaging 700,000 jobs per month at the end of Ws term, then reversed to job creation?

  8. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    yes, take a good investigative look at what happened in Greece.
    I will hold my breath.

  9. D PB

    D PB said, almost 4 years ago

    And to further reply to your intense and obvious stupidity from earlier this morning, you claimed in another post that the Congressional Research Service is a biased organization and not a government organization. The Congressional Research Service is a government organization under the Library of Congress. From their web site at Congressional Research Service

    "The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

    CRS is well-known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has 24/7 access to the nation’s best thinking.

    Jeez that was so easy, you just can’t handle the truth. Go back and click the link tool, read the material from yesterday, it clearly refutes your blathering.

  10. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m pretty certain that that is not what I said. I would like you to find in my comments where I specifically state that.

    I was answering a question as to why we were shipping jobs overseas. I answered the question. Repatriation taxes are predatory, and cost of labor is prohibitive for some industries. If you want to fix the overseas jobs shipping, you have to address those issues.

    First, they already pay taxes to support the country. They pay the highest corporate taxes in the world for all domestic income. Just because there are loopholes in the tax system doesn’t change that fact. If you want that money to come home, you have to make it more appealing to bring it home. All your “should’s” and your attempts at moral obligations won’t change that simple fact.

    Your tantrum about their “need” to pay their “fair share” won’t change the fact that they cannot be forced into creating jobs. If you want them to bring that money home and create jobs, you need to create an environment that fosters that kind of behavior. Low-to-no repatriation taxes does that, holding your ground on high taxes does not.

    As to your (I’m assuming indirect) complaint about my minimum wages comment compared to the CEO wages, you need to take a study in basic economics. When cost of producing a service or good goes up, so does the cost of that good to the consumer. If you have the current minimum wage at 7.25, and in 2 years it’s 9, what happens to that guy who is making $9 an hour now? Does he get a raise? Of course not. After all, the business cannot afford to raise the wage of everyone across the board $1.75 per hour.

    In a company of 100 employees, that’s $364,000 annual cost increase. I would hardly consider 100-employee businesses the “elite rich.” So what do these businesses do? If they are too small to support the change, they close. They lose customers if they raise their prices. So there’s more unemployment. If they are large enough to implement price hikes (like McDonald’s or Walmart), then who bites the bullet of increased wage expense? The consumer, that’s who.

    So everyone in the nation who was already above the minimum wage line just lost purchasing power because the cost of goods inflated without a commensurate inflation of wages. And what’s most insidious about this is that those who are making minimum wage may say, “wahoo! I just got a pay raise,” they will soon be complaining because a T-Shirt just jumped from $5 to $7. So they are stuck right where they were in the first place!

    “Take it from the CEO!” Right? That’s what you feel is “fair?” Well, let’s look at that. If you have 500,000 employees (like Walmart), and the CEO makes $50 million dollars a year, let’s compare the cost. At 40 hours a week, times 1.75 per hour, times 52 weeks = $1,820,000,000. That’s $1.82 billion. Explain to me how the CEO can just eat a wage increase every year that is 36 times his salary.

    Like I said, I don’t approve of one person making 50 million a year, nor do I think anyone is WORTH 50 million a year. But it is not for the government to dictate how much someone can be paid. It’s not their place, and exceeds their Constitutional Authority.

  11. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, almost 4 years ago

    Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, 2/1/13.
    January 2013, 169,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force, making the total now 89 million dropouts total.
    (Jan. 2009, the total was 80.5 million)….(Obama’s 4 years of anti-job-creation policies saw 8.5 million more disappear from the USA work force).
    Unemployment is same now as Sept. 2012 high of 12.3 million workers, no job, drawing benefits.

  12. wbr

    wbr said, almost 4 years ago

    reduce unemployment is easy just declare a bunch more as discouraged and rate goes down

  13. Mike Cronis

    Mike Cronis said, almost 4 years ago

    Brilliant once again, Lisa. Ignore the nay-sayers, they don’t want their recent vote to be invalidated and they can’t stand admitting they’re wrong.

  14. Mike Greenwood

    Mike Greenwood said, almost 4 years ago

    Several months ago, the Times in UK showed a graph of US unemployment over the last 10 years. The graph showed a fairly constant rate (~6%) of unemployment until the last 6 months of the Bush administration, when unemployment began to rise (and really quickly). At the Inauguration of Obama the curve was at it’s steepest rate of rise, within 6 months the rise had peaked (~10%) and has been steadily declining (slowly) ever since. As usual you need all the information, i.e look at the complete graph, to interpret the numbers correctly.

  15. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 4 years ago

    That’s a really bad drawing of Speaker Boehner.

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