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commented on Steve Benson
4 days ago
My Favorite Peter O’toole Movie was Creator with Muriel Hemmingway and Virginia Madsen. It was bawdy and touching at the same time.
commented on Tom Toles
12 days ago
@Hawthorn – So what you are saying is that you can’t amass the capital it takes to start your own business therefor it’s impossible for anybody to do it.
I didn’t say it was easy. But that is part of the overall discussion we are having on this site. The people who are staying at minimum wage for long term either can’t or won’t invest enough in themselves to become worth more then minimum wage. That, in my opinion, demonstrates a lack of discipline.
Give up a bad habit, sell your old comic books, take on a second job, live in a smaller house or apartment. There are many ways to economize and save up the money to start your own business. Winners find solutions while losers find excuses.
@Night-Guant49: I would counter that if you look to Japan and Finland (Countries in which I’ve had a few beers) you will find two big issues that separate them from our beloved USA.1) They only test the brightest and the best and DO NOT try to teach Calculus and Chemistry to kids that have no interest in it.2) They, as a society, value their educators and the education process over tangible wealth like rotating rims and Air Jordans. I volunteer in some of the local inner city schools teaching business, ethics, and science. I see a lot of kids that are just holding down a seat.
Yes there are bad teachers out there and we should get them out of the schools. But there are bad students out there as well and we should put them in a cage. Not to protect the teachers but to protect the serious students from their disruptive thuggish activities.
@Ethanial67 – Perhaps things are different in your community but I just perused a website with all sorts of Franchise opportunities for sale: Pizza, Electronics, Real Estate, Burgers, Tutoring, etc.
And that’s if you want a turnkey business. If you’re willing to believe in yourself you can start without it.
Or is it your argument that since running a company takes education and a knowledge of the local laws and regulations that it is impossible to do so?
@Adrian Snare – We HAVE an Excellent Education system. But we have too many kids showing up at school: Without their homework done, without a good attitude towards education, and without an appreciation of what they are receiving.
I come from a family full of educators and kids from good families come out of school well prepared for college and the workforce. Kids from bad families can be going to the best school in the area and they will still come out barely able to read and with know real analytical skills (Minimum wage wannabees).
The lazy and the stupid always want to blame the education system but they never dig to see what is keeping the education system from achieving.
I went to a mediocre small town school but because I worked hard and understood the value of education I was able to go on for further education and fulfill my career aspirations. Classmates of mine were able to do the same thing. I had other classmates who didn’t value education and they languish in deadend jobs and complain about how they never got a fair chance.
Personal responsibility has to be taught and adhered to from the beginning of the educational process.
I am always against the government fiddling in the market place the the minimum wage laws are the worst sort of tripe.
As a high school kid I worked in a grocery store for minimum wage and I was probably ripping off the store. Not because I didn’t want to do a good job but I started with very little understanding of the business and had to be trained. I content that if the wage had been a little higher it wouldn’t have been cost effective to take me on and teach me the ropes.
That’s the problem with raising the minimum wage. You price people out of the market place. You can bluster and blow about how they deserve a living wage or it’s the right thing to do but if you make people cost more then they are worth then comanies won’t hire them.
If you don’t believe me – Let me offer you a few examples of how businesses have adapted to avoid workers who are too expensive.
How many of you shop at a grocery store that makes you bag your own groceries? That’s what I used to do in high school. That and stock shelves. At $4 an hour my employer could afford it but at $8, $10, $15 as some contend nobody can afford it.
How many of you bus your own table at a fast food restaurant? I had friends who used to do that for minimum wage.
I can continue down the list but businesses adapt: They come up with novel solutions, they replace people with machines, etc.
And why is this all about the employers? High school kids have an excuse. They are just learning how to be in the business world. But an adult making minimum wage for any length of time is not showing their employer that they are adding value to the equation. Why aren’t they getting job training, education, etc. To improve their value to the employer?
commented on Lisa Benson
17 days ago
We, as a country, have two problems and Detroit is just the tip of the iceberg. Illinois, California, etc. etc. are waiting to see how this turns out.
I am a strong advocate for bankruptcy because it allows people to feel safe that they can take modest risks and not end up in debtors prisons. It also allows creditors to be paid in a reasonable and rational way rather then letting the loudest or the biggest creditor to take everything for themselves. But I do think pensioners should be FIRST in line. Regardless of whether Detroit was foolish with their promises, the pensioners should be first in line because: 1) Otherwise they become a ward of the US government, 2) They are late in life and can no longer start over,3) It will force creditors to properly assess the risks of states and municipalities which will, in turn, force their interest rates up and get them to be more rational about the obligations they take on.
The second problem is going forward. Governor Walker (of Wisconsin) is a hero for taking on the Unions in his state and getting their state’s future obligations under control. Illinois should be watching how to do it.
We need to end the stranglehold that Unions have over government labor. They are choking the life out of states and municipalities. Wisconsin is on the rise. Illinois is dying fast.
commented on Tom Toles
27 days ago
@Ahab – I believe you. I’m not saying that Republicans have had the right answer either which is why I’m not a one party voter.
The real fix for healthcare will come in several steps that will be unpopular amongst the Democrats so aren’t likely to happen anytime soon:1) You must stop forcing hospitals to accept patients at Emergency rooms when those patients have no ability to pay. They will have to offer Government emergency care in the same way we offer emergency aid for: Joblessness, lack of food, etc. Yes it won’t be the Cadilac healthcare that the insured are getting but it will stop them from using Emergency rooms as their own private health insurance.
2) We stop forcing Doctors to accept medicaid/medicare because they just shift costs to those of us with insurance.
3) We accept that poor medical outcomes can occur WITHOUT malpractice. If a Doctor shows that he did what was reasonable (NOT what was possible) we indemnify them against lawsuits and we get the looters off the juries that award huge payouts for dubious claims.
4) We Force hospitals and Doctors to offer a menu of services vs. fees and we force them to charge the same to everyone whether they are paying in cash or using an insurance voucher. That will allow everyone in the market place and equal chance at the table.
5) We offer more scholarships for Med students and less for Liberal arts majors and increase the number of Doctors in the pipeline.
All of these will level the playing field in the market place and make the system more tenable for all.
@Oscar – Close but no Banana. I wasn’t able to vote for Mr. Reagan in 1980 because I wasn’t old enough. I did vote for him in 1984. George H Bush the first time, Clinton his first term, Against Clinton in 96. GW both times and held my nose both times to do it. McCain the first time (again holding my nose) and Romney. The Republicans have been lofting the worst sort of Religious Cranks for a long time but I won’t vote for Candidates that want to loot me either.
Obama is a Populist. He sounds good to those who feel they aren’t getting a fair break but his policies always involve stealing from one group to make it more fair for another group.
Case in Point: Obama care means forcing young healthy workers into bad health plans to make it easier for seniors. His “The wealthy should pay more” relies on those who have been successful to give up the fruits of their labors for a group that haven’t been successful.
He never calls on the unsucessful to examine their habits and behaviors to see if they are doing something to sabotage their own success. He only points at those who have achieved and says – They should give you some because you deserve it. Again – sounds great if you think you haven’t got a fair shake but it demotivates the hardest working members of society by promising to enslave them for the good of the weak.
commented on Tom Toles
28 days ago
I have already called Mr. Obama a lame duck in a previous post but I wouldn’t call every President a Lame Duck after they were re-elected. Both Clinton and Reagan went on to do very big and beneficial things for the country in their second term. W tried to double down on his stupidity in his second term and Obama seems to be following in W’s footsteps.
You apologists out there from either side can whine and snivel about the politics but Great Leaders Lead and Poor leaders complain about how their ideas didn’t get a fair chance.
I didn’t like Clinton in his second term and didn’t vote for him but I was impressed with his ability to get things done saddled with a hostile congress. I didn’t like all of Reagan’s ideas either but again, with a country in the doldrums and a hostile congress he was able to get a lot done and move the country forward.
All I hear from Obama is: I didn’t know that was happening, I wasn’t aware that they wouldn’t be ready, etc. He is a weak, immature president and we will be well served when he is gone.
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