edith bunker

Morehead, KY

#123 Feb 9, 2014
disagree wrote:
<quoted text>Here's a thought. For all working people, no taxes that support welfare programs. Then, all working people would have more money to buy more for themselves. Just like in the days of "All In The Family."
The thought and plan should be raise the minimum wage ! These people deserve it,,and do not want charity .( just like the era of "All in the Family ").
Wisdom

Florence, KY

#124 Feb 9, 2014
Enjoy the automation appearing at Wal-Mart. It will be apart of a growing number of services that reduce the need for works, should minimum wage rise, and as ObamaCare kicks in.

As the USA today article so aptly defines the minimum wage worker as:

Under-educated: Never finished high school- 28%; High school diploma only- 29%, Some college or Associate degree-35%; Bachelor degree or higher -8%( probably Arts, Music, Anthropology degrees)

Age- 16-24 yr old- 51%; 25-34-20%; 35-44-11%; 45-54-10%; 55+- 8%.

Caucasian-78%; Latino-20%; African American-15%.

This is all representative of the 1-3% total working population; and totally ignores the forthcoming increase to employers of ObamaCare.

So if you are still making minimum wage, perhaps it may be time to reflect on the lack of your life accomplishments and accept responsibility for where you are on your life journey. Only you can change your position in life, not taking money from others to further empower the democrats, as you will lose other benefits, higher taxation, higher costs of commodities to pay for Obamas' "low skilled, low educated stimulus package".

The fact that you cannot grasp or fathom this concept shows that you are truly a "Meathead".
disagree

Mount Sterling, KY

#125 Feb 9, 2014
increase wrote:
Wisdom,go get that education you are always harping on,I read your 'PIZZA POST'- What grade did you actually complete in grade school? You are not persuading any of us of your wisdom or education. Stop and think, "paying ANYONE a raise in salary can effect pricing not just the poor,their raise is minimal ." The poor working class will get their rightfully earned minimum wage increase -so live with it! Quit repeating your worn out copied post which are against it. Because 75% of the US citizens are for minimum wage increase, including a lot of Republicans.
Do you really think that people who will get this increase or worse off?(Of curse not ) Well no one buys that concept, not even you). And you know it is benefiting them,but you are so filled with hate for those earning minimum wage that it is possessing your every thought. Get on a new post,you are wearing yourself out. You read "Paying the CEO of Walmart as much in one hour as the minimum wage worker makes in a year", and that does not bother you? No ,you only want the working poor to not be able to pay their bills. But like I said it is going to happen,They will get the raise .(you keep saying it is only 1% of the work force who earn minimum wage - so how would that small percent effect pricing ? Everyone has received a raise but the minimum wage worker - and his or her effort keeps this country afloat,they due the real hard labor, vote yes on minimum wage increase wisdom,have a heart.
Explain why the minimum wage went from $4.15 to $7.25 and the people making minimum wage weren't better off. Because prices of everything else went up, hurting everyone, not just minimum wage workers.
disagree

Mount Sterling, KY

#126 Feb 9, 2014
well wrote:
A higher minimum wage would also help to mitigate the abusive, exploitative working practices of a number of employers, who take advantage of the currently low minimum wage to seek cut-rate help.
Such employers often use undocumented labor, which further undermines America’s working poor.
The republicans are not worry about illegals, they support the cheaper labor. They want these illegal here or they would have done something under bush1 and 2.
As long as the rich get cheap labor from illegals, the republicans are happy, happy,. happy
Republicans don't want to see Americans rise from poverty. Who would they blame for all that is wrong? Who would they demonize?
wisdom, u been right about NOTHING
Even all ur scandals, theories, prediction. NOTHING
What has Obama done about Illegal Aliens coming in this country? NOTHING, wanting to reward them with amnesty. He is doing the same as Al Gore did with Global Warming. NOTHING.
Wisdom

Florence, KY

#127 Feb 9, 2014
Well, Obama has turned his head on immigration and has even gone as far as suing Arizonia over trying to defend its borders as the feds are not doing it.

Obama- you voted for him, now own it.

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#128 Feb 9, 2014
disagree wrote:
<quoted text>What has Obama done about Illegal Aliens coming in this country? NOTHING, wanting to reward them with amnesty. He is doing the same as Al Gore did with Global Warming. NOTHING.
way to come in with hate rhetoric and go way off topic. What exactly do you think Al Gore should have done about global warming that he didn't do? Please enlighten me. Would love for you to start your own thread on here so we could discuss this one.
are you for real

Morehead, KY

#129 Feb 9, 2014
Wisdom wrote:
Enjoy the automation appearing at Wal-Mart. It will be apart of a growing number of services that reduce the need for works, should minimum wage rise, and as ObamaCare kicks in.
As the USA today article so aptly defines the minimum wage worker as:
Under-educated: Never finished high school- 28%; High school diploma only- 29%, Some college or Associate degree-35%; Bachelor degree or higher -8%( probably Arts, Music, Anthropology degrees)
Age- 16-24 yr old- 51%; 25-34-20%; 35-44-11%; 45-54-10%; 55+- 8%.
Caucasian-78%; Latino-20%; African American-15%.
This is all representative of the 1-3% total working population; and totally ignores the forthcoming increase to employers of ObamaCare.
So if you are still making minimum wage, perhaps it may be time to reflect on the lack of your life accomplishments and accept responsibility for where you are on your life journey. Only you can change your position in life, not taking money from others to further empower the democrats, as you will lose other benefits, higher taxation, higher costs of commodities to pay for Obamas' "low skilled, low educated stimulus package".
The fact that you cannot grasp or fathom this concept shows that you are truly a "Meathead".
You might want to look down ,your ignorance is showing. Everyone read your pizza situation post,try returning to school meathead.Your post are only read to get a laugh(at your expense). But keep posting- it's always good for a chuckle or two..
The Truth

San Luis Obispo, CA

#130 Feb 9, 2014
The people wanting MW should be demanding the border to be closed & E-verify be in place. These people have their priorities backwards & too damn lazy to write their Congressman. How many of you wanting MW increase has done this?
your joking

Morehead, KY

#132 Feb 11, 2014
disagree wrote:
<quoted text>Explain why the minimum wage went from $4.15 to $7.25 and the people making minimum wage weren't better off. Because prices of everything else went up, hurting everyone, not just minimum wage workers.
Explain WHY anyone should get a wage increase? Do you not understand the concept of those working way above minimum wage increases the cost of living ? The cheap labor that MW workers receive did not raise the cost of living- those new cars raised because the workers make big wages as with any other product,the more it cost for employees raises cost of product. But the measly wages paid to MW workers would have prices as about the same as 1965 !

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#133 Feb 11, 2014
your joking wrote:
<quoted text>
Explain WHY anyone should get a wage increase? Do you not understand the concept of those working way above minimum wage increases the cost of living ? The cheap labor that MW workers receive did not raise the cost of living- those new cars raised because the workers make big wages as with any other product,the more it cost for employees raises cost of product. But the measly wages paid to MW workers would have prices as about the same as 1965 !
you do understand that the workers making those "big wages" making cars is exactly the point right? In 1965 $7.25/hr was skilled labor and you could purchase a very nice new car for only a couple thousand dollars.

Bottom line, should workers be paid more than $7.25? Sure, I think we should all make more money but if we do we must understand that everything we buy will cost more to make and therefore the selling price will increase to cover that increase.
disagree

Mount Sterling, KY

#134 Feb 11, 2014
your joking wrote:
<quoted text>
Explain WHY anyone should get a wage increase? Do you not understand the concept of those working way above minimum wage increases the cost of living ? The cheap labor that MW workers receive did not raise the cost of living- those new cars raised because the workers make big wages as with any other product,the more it cost for employees raises cost of product. But the measly wages paid to MW workers would have prices as about the same as 1965 !
Let me get this straight. The minimum wage or close to it workers at Walmart, grocery stores, and gas stations getting a pay increase didn't cause food and fuel prices to go up?
disagree

Mount Sterling, KY

#135 Feb 11, 2014
aka will wrote:
<quoted text>
way to come in with hate rhetoric and go way off topic. What exactly do you think Al Gore should have done about global warming that he didn't do? Please enlighten me. Would love for you to start your own thread on here so we could discuss this one.
He could have quit living in his mansion, quit riding in limousine's, and quit flying in private planes while telling everyone else how to live.

Since: Mar 11

Location hidden

#136 Feb 11, 2014
disagree wrote:
<quoted text>He could have quit living in his mansion, quit riding in limousine's, and quit flying in private planes while telling everyone else how to live.
so, your answer is 'Al Gore should have become homeless and kept silent' to raise environmental awareness?
My Two Cents

Mount Sterling, KY

#137 Feb 13, 2014
Wisdom wrote:
Just pay attention...from Forbes (a business magazine for the lowly informed)
As a jobs program, raising the minimum wage is a real loser. Congress raised the minimum wage 10.6% in July, 2009 (know of anyone else getting a raise then?). In the ensuring 6 months, nearly 600,000 teen jobs disappeared, even with nearly 4% growth in the economy, this compared to a loss of 250,000 jobs in the first half of the year as GDP growth declined by 4% Why? When you raise the price of anything, people take less of it, including labor. The unemployment rate for teens remains unacceptably high. Workers of all ages that are relatively unskilled are adversely impacted by this policy.
Another argument in favor of the minimum wage is that it is a stimulus, introducing new income and spending into the market. But was there more income to spend in 2009 when nearly 600,000 teen jobs were lost? Common sense says that every dollar a minimum wage worker receives must have come out of somebody else’s pocket, either small business owners or their customers. The money for a higher minimum wage does not come from thin air.
Consider a community based pizza parlor selling 100 pies a day for 360 days at $10 each. Total revenue is $360,000. It employs 10 minimum wage workers earning $7 per hour, working 2000 hours a year, making labor costs $140,000. Assume rent, utilities, equipment, depreciation, insurance, supplies, licenses, and food costs come to $170,000 per year, leaving a profit of $50,000 for the owner and his/her family. Raising the minimum wage $1 would raise labor costs by $20,000 (paying more for the same amount of labor) and reduce profit to $30,000. The owner must either move into a smaller house or raise prices, which reduces the demand for pizza, resulting in the loss of a worker. So, the full increase in the wage cost of an increase in the minimum wage comes out of the pockets of customers or the owner’s family, and the one person who loses a job. There was no net gain in income to increase spending in the community served as every dollar the minimum wage workers received came out of someone else’s pocket in the community.
I understand where you are coming from. The ten workers work an average of two to six hours a day. Some days the pizza parlor makes money, some days it loses money.
Wisdom

Florence, KY

#138 Feb 13, 2014
Now look at retail market reality...you think they can handle increased salaries, ObamaCare mandated tax for employees....or do you foresee less employees?

U.S. NEWS
->->Retail Sales Fall, Point to Slowing Growth
->->Decline of 0.4% in January,>>>> December Revised Downward

By JOSH MITCHELL And JONATHAN HOUSE CONNECT
Updated Feb. 13, 2014 11:11 a.m. ET
Wall Street Journal
but

Dahlonega, GA

#139 Feb 13, 2014
aka will wrote:
<quoted text>
you do understand that the workers making those "big wages" making cars is exactly the point right? In 1965 $7.25/hr was skilled labor and you could purchase a very nice new car for only a couple thousand dollars.
Bottom line, should workers be paid more than $7.25? Sure, I think we should all make more money but if we do we must understand that everything we buy will cost more to make and therefore the selling price will increase to cover that increase.
Everything continues to rise in cost anyway making those on MW need government assistance.

Whizzer: I don't need a nutty tea beggar to school me on economics...I think your party proved they don't know squat on the economy. But they do, however, know how to line their pockets with taxpayer dollars...now that you need to help us understand so we can all grab a piece of the pie. Trickle down economics only works if it truly trickles down and not down into the greedy rich pockets of your party leaders. School's out.
Wisdom

Florence, KY

#140 Feb 13, 2014
How has the Tea Party been proven inept- by not being able to constrain the ever increasing burden of debt that our great grandchildren will still be paying down? By trying to prevent the US dollar from total collapse and thus our entire economy and US global influence.

Of course it makes sense to give the liberal democrats the keys to the printing presses, and to confiscate and redistribute wealth from those who earned it to those who haven't.

Go tell your kids to tell their teachers they need their grades raised at the cost to the intellectually superior kids. See how well that will serve them in latter life. Apparently no one bothered to tell you life is not adjusted on a grading curve- you earn what you are worth, you have no rights to other individuals money "just because", you have no right to a raise "just because"- if you don't do something to merit an increase ( other than just showing up) you should not receive it.

* Only those with mental or physically handicaps should receive government aid for longer than a few months.
Wisdom

Florence, KY

#141 Feb 13, 2014
For your edification here is how the wealth divides among the parties in congress (2014 data)

Democrats and Republicans in Congress were about equally wealthy, with Democrats boasting a median net worth of $1.04 million, compared to $1 million for congressional Republicans.

The averages in both cases were up compared with the previous year, when the numbers were Democrats $990,000 and Republicans $907,000, the analysis showed.

So you can drop the rich republican crap. How many in Hollywood are republicans- few, among pro-athletes- few.

Bill Gates- democrat.
unbelievable

Dahlonega, GA

#142 Feb 13, 2014
Wisdom wrote:
For your edification here is how the wealth divides among the parties in congress (2014 data)
Democrats and Republicans in Congress were about equally wealthy, with Democrats boasting a median net worth of $1.04 million, compared to $1 million for congressional Republicans.
The averages in both cases were up compared with the previous year, when the numbers were Democrats $990,000 and Republicans $907,000, the analysis showed.
So you can drop the rich republican crap. How many in Hollywood are republicans- few, among pro-athletes- few.
Bill Gates- democrat.
You're forgetting a very vital point whizzer. Republican millionaires don't believe in true trickle down economics. They like keeping their money for themselves. I hope more and more Democrats become m illionnaires that way trickle down will actually take place. I'm not against rich people, I'm against greedy rich people that care about no one but themselves and their monster bank accounts. I'm all for the wealthy business owner that cares about their workers and rewards hard work.
Dem v Rep

Madison, TN

#143 Feb 13, 2014
Obama’s move to require federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 to employees under new or renewed contracts—not existing ones—was promoted as the boldest of his initiatives. Expected to affect around 250,000 workers—a tiny handful of the nearly 50 million Americans classified as “working poor”—while still leaving them poor, the proposal is the clearest proof that no section of the ruling establishment has any intention of addressing the scourges of inequality, poverty and mass unemployment.
The reality is that, if the minimum wage had risen apace with the compensation of America’s CEOs, the top 1 percent, the poorest paid worker in the US would now be making more than $33 an hour. If it just kept pace with the increase in productivity, it would be over $22.
The speech included the obligatory reference to the state of the union being “strong” along with an assertion that 2014 can become “a breakthrough year for America.” Who does he think he is kidding? Poll after poll shows that some two-thirds of the population believe the economy is anything but strong, with their well-being declining, the phony indicators cited by Obama notwithstanding. A poll conducted at the end of last month found that over half the population is being forced to reduce their spending, and fully 36 percent are cutting back on food and medicine.
One of the few true statements Obama included in his speech was the observation that “corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better.”
That the president felt compelled to note in the same breath the stagnation of wages, deepening inequality and continuing unemployment is an expression of the growing unease within the ruling establishment that the present conditions are unsustainable and must give rise, sooner rather than later, to social upheavals.
The charity Oxfam issued a report just last week noting that the world’s richest 85 individuals have amassed more wealth than the poorest 3.5 billion. In the United States, the most unequal of all the advanced capitalist countries, the 20 wealthiest people possess as much wealth as the poorest 150 million. Under Obama’s presidency, the top 1 percent has monopolized 95 percent of the growth in income, while the bottom 90 percent of the population has only been further impoverished.
To cast the hodgepodge of micro-initiatives and empty promises cobbled together in Obama’s speech as an attempt to confront these staggering levels of inequality would be ludicrous.
More substantive preparations are being made to deal with the political consequences of unprecedented social inequality through the buildup of a totalitarian police-state apparatus, parts of which have been exposed in Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive domestics spying by the National Security Agency. Preparations are being made to counter a challenge from below.
In the final analysis, Obama’s fifth State of the Union address has exposed his presidency as a politically spent force. He will be remembered first as a president who was able to exploit illusions in his phony promises of change to carry out the biggest swindle in history, the Wall Street bailout, which has seen the transfer of trillions of dollars in social wealth from the majority of the population to the banks and the super-rich. Secondly, his legacy will be the buildup of a police state and the shredding of the most basic democratic and constitutional rights.

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