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dnewton

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  • September 2, 2014 at 1:47am

    In England the minimum wage is tied to age. Younger workers have a lower minimum wage than older workers. I don’t like this either but it makes a little more sense.

  • [2] September 2, 2014 at 1:45am

    How would it stimulate the economy? The “stimulus” money would come from customers. Wouldn’t their economy take an equivalent hit if prices went up? People don’t get up in the morning and on the way to work wonder how they might stimulate the economy. They wonder how they can stimulate THEIR economy by getting the most they can out of their next 24 hours of life. When you shrink the range of choices that employers make, there is also a shrinkage in the range of choices that the consumers can make. The economy is stimulated only when people are allowed to make a profit and then they need the freedom to turn that profit into additional capability to continue to make a profit. Excess profit is controlled by the freedom to compete with people who are charging too much for their product or services. There will always be a background attempt to “fix” the system by granting privileges to favored entities in the economy. I seriously don’t think there is any such thing as a true stimulus that begins with an attempt to right some wrong in the economy. If it rained gold coins on Ohio all day tomorrow, those gold coins would have to come from somewhere and for every one gained in Ohio, they would be lost from somewhere else. If the government went around and took those gold coins out of banks in the other 49 states for social justice reasons it would still be stealing. What most people think of as a stimulus is just a temporary distortion that will eventually right itself.

  • September 2, 2014 at 1:08am

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automat This thing says they span from 1902 to 1970.

  • [2] September 2, 2014 at 12:54am

    You could get your wish because they have no idea how far one may push the bayonet before the golden goose dies. The cost of automation has gone down over time and as the cost of labor goes up, somewhere there is a point the two lines meet. The cost of labor has already been increased by Obamacare, you would think that they would pause to see if that trauma could be safely tolerated before piling on more trauma. I wish my dad had a machine that could mow his lawn for him, he is ninety years old and insists on doing it. Of course that would put a lot of Mexicans out of business so maybe the government will prevent you from inventing these work saving machines. The more you mess with the economy, the more you need to fix your mistakes. The liberty of men to agree with each other, without government help, on matters of wage rates would eliminate more injustice than it created.

  • [6] September 2, 2014 at 12:38am

    I don’t think it is possible to say what magic point of oblivion comes with rising labor costs because all businesses are different. If everyone paid the same percent of total costs for labor, the cost of the product would drastically change the customer base. Furthermore the frequency of dining out would shrink, thus damaging everyone, even if they did pay the $15 per hour. I suspect there would be a run on baloney, bread and pump jars of mustard. The effect would be massive because it would impact everyone along the chain of supply. If fewer sandwiches are sold, there would be fewer truckers needed. There would be more one-man lunch carts, thus damaging the construction industry that builds and refurbishes restaurants.There would be less sales tax collected on food sales, especially in states where prepared food gets no sales tax break. This is just another example of how a “simple” solution causes complex reactions. Just because you can not imagine those reactions does not mean they won’t happen.

  • September 2, 2014 at 12:14am

    Robotics are more likely to happen in manufacturing but service industry can be converted if the government forces the labor price hard enough. The government can also force businesses to hire drones who are there not to work or produce anything but to serve the state as tattletales, token race requirements or some other drone like behavior that sops up the monetary advantage of converting to more machines. The difference between the $15 per hour and the minimum wage is going to come from the customer. This is a tax on food disguised as a regulation and progressive advancement. I can’t think of any evil committed by man that was not first conceived as a good intention, starting in the Garden of Eden. Maybe we would be better off with a robot removing our appendix if we avoid some one on dope doing the same operation.

  • September 1, 2014 at 8:12pm

    Try yelling “Tiburon” next time.

  • September 1, 2014 at 4:29pm

    I agree with the style comment. I wonder if this person had some formal training in drafting, though most drafting is done on computer. I did notice a change up in style with one location mixing upper and lower case letters. Maybe a second person put that message on the wall.

  • September 1, 2014 at 4:16pm

    If you count three bricks equals 8 inches in height, I would look for someone who had a maximum reach of eighty inches. It also might be interesting to see if all of the paint came from the same can. That would indicate a mobile offender with transportation, probably a car.

  • [1] September 1, 2014 at 4:07pm

    Persia did not take Islam seriously and they were invaded three times. The Romans did not take them seriously and they were defeated too. North Africa and Sicily did not take them seriously and were conquered. The Iberians did not take them seriously and they were conquered for about 700 years. Constantinople took them seriously and they were also conquered several times. Genghis Kahn did take them seriously but he hit a wall that stopped the expansion of his empire. Vienna took them seriously after Muslims killed 30,000 prisoners of war who surrendered. Europe did not take them seriously and now Muslims outbreed them and demand Sharia Law. After a certain amount of time and procrastination, you can not make up for foolishness by suddenly taking something seriously. The differences between Shia and Sunni are pretty minor when it comes to killing the infidel.

  • [10] August 30, 2014 at 7:42am

    American manufacturing as a percentage of world manufacturing is amazingly stable, about 22% over decades but the perception is that jobs are going overseas. If no job ever went overseas, there would still be shrinkage of manufacturing jobs. The reason for this is the constant ratcheting up of the cost of labor by increasing SSI, local, and federal income taxes. Manufacturing can convert to machines quicker than retail, wholesale and financial areas of the economy but the trend can be seen there too. It is especially noticeable since Jimmy Carter fixed Social Security. Manufacturing employment peaked about 1979 and has been going down ever since. Nothing can stop it or slow it down as long as taxing labor seems to be a better and better idea every year. Obamacare has been a double whammy for the production of manufacturing jobs. It punishes production and it punishes consumption by reducing the number of jobs that are full time. The evils that come from “fixing” the economy will only stop when we stop doing what seems to be good.

  • [-2] August 29, 2014 at 3:12pm

    How many seats in the UN do they get? One for ISIS or one for Syria and one for Iraq. I think you need to think about how two people with a .223 Bushmaster terrorized Maryland, Virginia and a few other states by having a mobile snipers nest in the trunk of a car.

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  • August 29, 2014 at 2:39pm

    Obama’s foreign policy has a lot of similarities to his economic policy. Debt is no problem, no matter how much it is. This is particularly true when you take into consideration that someone else, preferably an evil person or someone you don’t know or has not even been born yet, will have to pay for it. Maybe it will just go away by a kind of bankruptcy or be made easy to pay off via inflation. Political procrastination thus becomes a good policy. A kind of debt is stored up by ignoring the political problems created by the Middle East. The longer the delay, the greater the cost of solving the problem. The US Senate failed to ratify the Versailles Peace Treaty after WWI because they felt it would not finally end WWI, but instead create a temporary peace before the next world war. They were right, as was Churchill, but they were not able to correct the political problem in spite of their power and influence. Nobody knows how many lives were saved or lost by the US delaying entry into WWII but intuition tells us that it did change history. The big difference between then and now is our unusually assertive insistence that whatever action taken must be for a personal benefit. “What is in it for me,” is more than ever, front and center on considerations of sacrifice. I think it all boils down to a matter of deciding if we want to pay now or later. Islam, like evil, does not allow neutrality.

  • [1] August 29, 2014 at 2:09pm

    But, you can make yourself a god and speak certain things into existence by cultural manipulation. Political correctness becomes the new standard for right and wrong and good and evil.

  • August 29, 2014 at 1:59pm

    The same question could have been asked during the Crusades, when Muslims were slaughtering Christians and anyone else who was not a Muslim. The only successful tactic has been, in the past, is to pay off one side and fight the other. They tend to win battles when they fight together and ignore their differences. The other tactic that seems to work is to go and never leave your fortifications until you are ready to admit defeat. These tactics may be soon outdated when both sides get the atomic bomb. The question remains to be resolved on exactly who they will destroy first. It could go either way or both ways.

  • [1] August 28, 2014 at 8:49pm

    not a disease… a mental disorder.

  • [2] August 28, 2014 at 8:46pm

    Why would black children have an enhanced vulnerability to autism? It seems like anyone who did such a study would be in for criticism for not making the study randomized along race, class, nutrition and other random social factors. I could also postulate that autism is more likely in one parent homes and when on social welfare programs. Maybe Head Start causes Autism. Rap music … What if there is no silver bullet that can be found and it is a combination of three or four simultaneous causes? You gave the shots too soon? Surely by now there are plenty of children who have not been vaccinated that could be studied. Just check out home schoolers. Never mind, home schooling could never be thought of as more healthy for the children.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 2:37pm

    Not every state is equally prepared. Remember when two killers with a car drove around the East Coast with a sniper rifle and paralyzed commerce and normal life for fear of being randomly shot? The east coast was perfectly positioned to be the killing field of Jihadiis because the Liberals are working day and night to demonize anyone, especially a woman, who might try to defend herself or her family with a firearm rather that roll the dice on a 911 call. In some states like California, you have to prove that you need to be protected by your own firearm. Illinois, or at least urban areas in Illinois are still resisting direct orders to issue permits by using zoning laws to slow the process down. Colorado Maryland and New Jersey are interested in more legislation to prevent the natural right of self defense. Ironically, the police seem to need more firepower than the average citizen even though we all face similarly armed criminals.

  • August 28, 2014 at 2:22pm

    I hope that does not include Israel.

  • August 28, 2014 at 2:21pm

    Sometimes I think that the natural and logical consequence of forcing people to believe in moral relativism is to create an equal and opposite demand or thirst for a world view that is not shades of grey but black and white. Christians have a form of absolutism that demands that people understand that only salvation is through Jesus Christ. The christian religion, however does not currently or since the Inquisition involve killing people who disagree.

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