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Ted Rall

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  1. piobaire

    piobaire said, 8 months ago

    Congress does that, don’t they? And far too many of our representatives and senators take money from the rich and corporations in exchange for creating the economic conditions we find ourselves in today. Conditions which include shipping jobs overseas. Conditions which make us afraid of losing our jobs, so we go in even when we are ill.

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    People who have no sick days or health care go to work sick and infect others.
    They can’t afford to miss a day of pay.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, 8 months ago

    Misery loves company.

  4. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, 8 months ago

    Even if you can afford to miss a day of work, or have paid “sick days”, it’s boring to stay home alone. The cats are useless, all they do is sleep. Not much on daytime TV. Oh, wait, is that Jerry Springer? I’ve heard about him, hmmm…

  5. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 8 months ago

    Here’s how it is at my place of work: the office people get 5 paid sick days a year when ill, or to attend doctor appointments. The shop people have to take vacation or no-pay days for those things, so mostly they go to work sick or try for doctor appointments after work (not so easy to get appointments after 4 p.m.)
    The office people work 8-hour days; the shop people work 10-hour shifts and in many cases Saturdays.
    The office people work at sit-down jobs in quiet temperature controlled areas, no heavy work; the shop people work in noise, have heat in the winter (unless the dock doors are open), heat and humidity in the summer, and have many chances to get hurt. Most of them stand all day.
    Needless to say, the office people make the rules. The discrepancy is justified by saying shop people get time-and-a-half overtime pay, while office people do not. That might be a good reason, I guess. And for chronic conditions there is the FMLA to forestall terminations for health-related absences. From what I read, our place is not the best or worst in the above regards.
    Still, when I ponder the office versus shop conditions I can’t help to think of Eloi and Morlocks.

  6. r2varney

    r2varney said, 8 months ago


    But.. those shop people get more $$ per hour

  7. piobaire

    piobaire said, 8 months ago

    @Genome Project

    Yes, it is old news. However, it is relevant because Congress continues to support big business in practices which undermine the working poor and working middle class of the country.

    Oh, and sincere thanks for the article. I am glad the people of the of the West Midlands are getting some jobs back. I will be happier when I see more of that happening, particularly in the United States.

  8. piobaire

    piobaire said, 8 months ago

    Anybody out there thought about what’s going to happen when the price of oil goes up to the point that it makes goods from China et al unacceptably high for North Americans to buy?

  9. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 8 months ago

    @Genome Project

    I didn’t do very well at US geography. Where, exactly, are the West Midlands? What cities are there? If it was a once and future manufacturing hub, surely there’s a major city or two?

    Prof Krugman wrote a blog about how shipping costs meant that the Chesapeake Candle Company was actually going to open a plant in Chesapeake. Only, when I went to read about it, they had to pay millions in baksheesh, and the plant opening was delayed about 5 years, and the plant is still small compared to the one in China, where the baksheesh was much less.

  10. echoraven

    echoraven said, 8 months ago


    “They can’t afford to miss a day of pay.”
    Amen. I only miss work when I can’t safely transport myself to the office. If our PTO situation wasn’t so stingy, perhaps I can take a day when I’m like a human petri dish.

  11. DLee4144

    DLee4144 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    I had a pretty generous sick leave policy when I had small children. But, I was a single mother and there weren’t enough sick days to go around for me and two kids. So, yeah, I went to work and infected other people when I was sick. It was a choice of going to work sick myself or dragging a sick kid to the babysitter, making him sicker and infecting all the kids at day care. Bad news- I was a teacher so I was basically deciding which kids to make sick.

  12. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 8 months ago


    Base pay — no. With overtime — yes. Few like the overtime in itself, but it helps pay the bills. People do what they can to provide for their families, even being at work when they would rather not. I’ve worked 60 hours a week for 35 years, and made money but lost leisure time and the pleasure of hobbies. It was a trade-off, a conscious decision, and I’m not whining (well, maybe a little).

  13. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 8 months ago


    Thanks for your comment. I was just venting.
    Other than from watching “Bewitched,” I can’t imagine how working for and ad agency would be. It sounds like very stressful brainwork, the type from which it’s hard to disconnect and relax on your off-time. A different type of tired than from physical labor.

  14. eugene57

    eugene57 said, 8 months ago


    You seem to have the Eloi and Morlocks backwords.

  15. Enoki

    Enoki said, 8 months ago


    “People who have no sick days or health care go to work sick and infect others.
    They can’t afford to miss a day of pay.”
    Wait a minute! Didn’t Obamacare and endless government welfare (at least to the extent the Obama administration can push it out) make it so people have the opportunity not to work while making a positive economic contribution to the economy?
    That is what the Obama administration and Democrats have said isn’t it?

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