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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Ray Kroc made out okay.

  2. Mark

    Mark said, almost 3 years ago

    Some day you’ll put together an intelligent sentence and impress us all.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago

    Then. there is that other point that the ultra conservatives just love to harp upon. And that is the moral decline of our society. Which is indeed an actual event in our lives. It is in the reason why this is happening that we have different views. The ultra conservatives inevitably blame this on the people themselves (or even worse, Satan, or some other outside influence). The reason is greatly (but not always entirely, nothing is ever 100% in human affairs) due to the economic reality that it is now almost utterly impossible to maintain the so-called nuclear family. That is a family where one wage earner (still usually the husband) works for enough wages and benefits to assure a reasonable living for his/her family. Now, it takes (as you stated) both parents usually working at multiple jobs just to have the basics of living in our civilization.

    This has now been going on for at least one, and even probably two generations. And leaves the children largely alone as latch key kids, with practically no supervision in growing up to be reasonable law abiding adults. And so, we have this general decrease in morality, which is to a great extent directly due to the decline of the middle class, and the almost total upward movement of wealth in this country!!!

    The greatest proof of this lies in the almost worshipful attitudes of both the left and the right for the time from about the mid 1930’s through the mid 1970’s, when the middle class was actually growing and the nuclear family held sway over American affairs. While, it certainly was not a perfect time, it was a time of far better general morality, and far less greed among the wealthy. But, that was a direct factor of the reasonable distribution of wealth, and not because of some moral decline of Americans in general. My own knowledge of this is at least somewhat direct, as I am now 71 years old and was born and raised during those times, and have lived through the continuing decline of the middle class and American civilization. It is NOT the fault of any particular political party nor administration. Unfortunately, I do not have the answer in how to slow this down, let alone correct it. But then , neither do the ultra conservatives on this site either!!

  4. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, almost 3 years ago

    Stalin was no friend of labour unions, neither.
    Camps, yes. Unions, no.

  5. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, almost 3 years ago

    You’re just making things up.
    Please take a decent economics course.
    This one is free.


  6. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, almost 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers
    I disagree.
    Greedy progressives manipulated culture and taxes in such ways to get more tax payers. Homemakers, male or female, don’t pay taxes. Government needs money and will do whatever is necessary to get more and more of what the governed earns through their labor.
    The beast must be fed.

  7. bigskyranger

    bigskyranger GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Were those pickets actual employees who made the choice to work in fast food, or simply rent-a-pickets?

  8. AAdoglover

    AAdoglover said, almost 3 years ago

    Major CEO’s have recognized that the current income disparity is a potential powder keg (Citation: The Economist). This is global, not just in the USA. Unfortunately, they have yet to formulate any actions to deal with it.

    Their pay and bonuses are in most instances NOT justified by the financial performance of the companies they run

    Shareholders must revolt!

  9. John Locke

    John Locke said, almost 3 years ago

    We need a Commisar of “Living Wage”. Some bureaucrat who decides how much each person in each job is worth. It should be an easy job since there can be no “Income Disparity” and everyone will be paid the same.

  10. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Would YOU revolt if you were the CEO? Think about it.

  11. emptc12

    emptc12 said, almost 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Many thoughts expressed in your comment have occurred to me, too. However, I don’t think the nuclear family will be the final one. How did groups of people develop in different ways over thousands of years? It seems to me there were several basic forms: humans first lived in tribes, then extended families, then nuclear families, and now to the communal family in terms things such as child care and social media. All related to economic systems current at the time.
    As far as the comfortable situation of the last century, it also was useful to the times. It seems to me there had to be, metaphorically speaking, a powerful energy source like a big booster battery to provide the power for that economy. Our Twentieth Century energy came from invention innovations and the benefits from the world wars. Those generated wealth and value. Wasn’t it the same for Western European countries, first through trade, then industrialization, and then colonialism to feed our industrial output?

    And now things are changing, again: Wealth without value, as the infrastructure that made us powerful is neglected, and we squabble about how to correct it all. People want a share, and turn to lotteries and casinos for hope, not hard work that seems to yield little. And then, there goes the ability to research and innovate; technological know-how goes overseas to those eager to use it.
    So we’re colonies again, of Asia and India — ironic turn-about. We’re citizen-consumers, emphasis on the second. In the U.S., corporations control our governments, and what written noble social contracts do corporations offer other than small-print product warranties? Will they offer a twisted one that is only, in essence, The Declaration of Dependence? This is a serious consideration, don’t doubt it. Corporations are people, but not people like most of us, and the bigger they are the smaller their souls.
    Morals have certainly changed. But step back, and see how many times that has happened. So many variations, and all of them linger in some form. I don’t think any of them will predominate in the future. Are the final, perfect morals yet in sight? What will be the morals of humans that contain cloned organs or mechanical parts, and nano-tech so-called improvements?
    I wrote in a frenzy and don’t know if it’s understandable. I wrote it “at” your comment, and my opinions splattered all over the place. Probably subjects for many books in there. Nothing to offend you, I hope. Thanks for your time.

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 3 years ago

    Uhhh dude. You do understand that in 1955 the minimum wage was $0.75 an hour?

    I had my first “real” job in 1962 and as a teenager in the fishing industry (lol I hauled ice and beer and cleaned fish) I knocked down 75 cents an hour. But It was a part time job so…….

    But I could buy a burger at MickyD’s for 50 cents (the first burger sold in 1955 was 15 cents) and my health care was taken care of buy my parents. Pop paid cash.

    So the minimum wage being 10 times that amount (right?) today? the Job hasn’t changed. But the cost of materials and the cost of the infrastructure has gone up more than 10 times.

    Here is what it costs someone to open a mcd and what it cost every year it stays open.

    Maybe YOU should try it.

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 3 years ago


  14. MrSmee

    MrSmee GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Wake up to reality, Conservative dreamer. . The companies which “downsize” the most workers saying they absolutely HAD to in order to “compete”, have been known to – at the same time – increase the CEO’s salary by a MINIMUM of 35%. That is – by the way, NOT what is meant by “minimum wage”. If they paid themselves 5% less they could give their workers more money, they would spend more, and the economy would improve for EVERYONE., instead of just for the 1%ers.

  15. MrSmee

    MrSmee GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Absolutely correct…but may I suggest thatyou learn to use proper punctuation ( periods, commas in the right place, and question marks?). Your ideas are sound but you will be more effective if you present them in a more readable fashion. :0)

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