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  • Posted by bassboat 5 years, 10 months ago
    Perhaps Mary should examine why $7.25 is not a living wage. I would suggest that the areas where the protest is the loudest is always the same old places, NY, LA, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, etc. do we see a pattern here? Could it be that the unions have driven the wages up so high that $7.25 is not enough to live on? It is all about purchasing power and not the amount of dollars that one earns. These higher wages without higher output are not sustainable. The foreign competition that we have is not caused by their cheaper wages but by our controlling unions and with their work rules. A repeal of minimum wages would be the best thing for all workers. Jobs are only sustainable if the jobs are profitable for the employer.
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  • Posted by Hiraghm 5 years, 10 months ago
    Vomitous.

    How can people be so simple-minded?

    Why do people see avarice in company profits, yet don't see avarice in people seeking to be guaranteed payment regardless of performance?

    If Poppins is getting minimum wage, she must not have the skillset to command a higher wage; there must not be a demand for her services, or, there must be a lot of prudish, effete spinsters out there looking for work...
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  • Posted by Notperfect 5 years, 10 months ago
    I realize that being from the south at the time when I was working part time/full time summers. Part time because of school. I started at 1.00 per/hr at 15 years of age paying income tax, SS. etc. Worked many jobs for cash before, but actually receiving a paycheck minus government take away's. In one year I was Assistant Manager making $2.50 per/hr when minimum wage was $1.65 per/hr. I was pumping gas at a major company in South Texas until graduation in 1976 then I went into the oilfield in Texas. I remember one thing though. To excel was all on you if you screwed up you could possibly get hurt or hurt someone else so using your head and asking questions never lost me one single red cent. In other words as my father always said use that thing on your shoulders other than a hat rack. I relied on myself to initiate how I would live or not. I knew minimum wage would not suffice my dreams and also at a young age I knew something about this government was not right. I was told about what they call lobbyist's then and that did it. How this entity was subsidized and we all paid for it no matter what the cost. Sadly took me a few years to realize some people could care less about you or even if you were around as long as they got that subsidy. Buffalo NY., Detroit MI., to name a few were those cities I remember where the unions priced themselves out of the workforce. The reason for Buffalo because my biological father worked for GMC and if you did not make $30.00 per/hr then you could not survive. At least that was the mindset. I found out about Detroit in the late 80's early 90's. I was driving through a town named Flint and found out that was where it all started. I always wondered why the big warehouses along I 75 were abandoned until it was explained to me. Yes I realize Detroit, Pontiac, and a few other suburbs did their part, but to just uproot and leave a town to survive on your own like that because the union says we need to make the companies pay for something more than we will do is ridiculous. I see these people now that are of my generation and are retired, but some could care less as long as the union takes care of them. Then I see some who are simply scared to death even though they receive that pension because their minds see what is happening in this country. My question is this "Do the unions really think they can control those illegals who are sifting into this country by giving them jobs at a wage far less than those that have since retired'? And what will those who have those pensions do? Go along with this scheme?
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  • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 10 months ago
    While you hate the message, you gotta love the messenger. I suppose nowadays with short attention spans, abominable ignorance, and liberal teachers drumming their mantras into children's heads from age six to twenty-one,
    a two minute humorous satire is about the only way to get a message across. Most likely that is why comedians seem to have more political clout than pundits. It's a wonder that Disney doesn't sue the crap out of them, since they are so jealous of their copyrights. Probably is a reflection of their politics. If it is, I would wonder how many minimum wage earners are on their payrolls, not to mention freebie interns.
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    • Posted by Eyecu2 5 years, 10 months ago
      Not ALL teachers are liberals. I just accepted a job teaching Algebra in the Houston area and I promise to hang one of my "Who is John Galt" t-shirts on the wall in my classroom.
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      • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 10 months ago
        Sincerely glad to hear it. That makes you the exception that proves the rule. At least some kids will learn that advanced math is not a trick to keep non-scientists suppressed.
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      • Posted by $ winterwind 5 years, 10 months ago
        I think the "Atlas Shrugged - now non-fiction" one might be better. You've got your mechanical engineering [how DOES he hold up the world, anyhow?], your "non-fiction" to point out relevance to the real world, your "now" to show the students that it's current, not a zillion [or 50] years ago - and it's black and white, which leads you to a discussion about complete saturation and complete absence....and, rather than being a question, it leads the students to ask questions.
        or you could switch them around.

        And then, from my small store of knowledge gained from a hundred years of teaching...
        Never underestimate the power of chocolate for student [and teacher] motivation.
        Always celebrate both Talk Like A Pirate Day and Pi Day.
        People that age usually appreciate sarcasm more than anyone else on the planet.

        Students already know this - they will learn better [faster, more completely, in better temper, etc.] if you lead them to invent algebra rather than trying to transfer it from your brain to theirs. Give them a problem to solve which can ONLY be solved algebraically - and challenge them to solve it.

        Resist stupid rules!
        Have a really good time.
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      • Posted by strugatsky 5 years, 10 months ago
        Hope that your coworkers at the school are illiterate and do not know the meaning of "Who is John Galt." Once they find out, you'll lose your job. They'll find or fabricate a reason.
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  • Posted by Hiraghm 5 years, 10 months ago
    I need some palate cleanser after that garbage...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTTzcXSL...

    Someday, this song and this movie will be regarded as subversive.

    (a gas-gulping motorcar as a *hero*???)

    "Pride in our ownership..."
    BLASPHEMY!
    Delicious blasphemy...

    I would pay real money for a modern car that looked as beautiful as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang...


    You know, nowadays, Truly Scrumptious would be considered a stalker after singing "Lovely Lonely Man"... how the world has gotten so screwed up... sigh.
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