Maybe I’m pointing out the obvious to most people here, but just in case. If you increase the small business’s cost they will have to find ways to cut. No one is paying that much more for a hamburger. Plus when you put in all the penalities Obamacare started this year but gets much worse next year, what does everyone think will happen? ALL AMERICANS WILL LOOSE THEIR JOBS. those small businesses we forced to increase their wages will fire their Americans and hire illegals so they don’t have to cover their health insurance or be penalized. Those demanding a pay raise are essentially demanding to loose their job. Then again maybe thats their end goal to be at home watching Opra and Jerry Springer collecting a welfare (I’m sorry extended unemployment) check.
 January 24, 2015 at 12:42am
What does the law say in Florida about unintentional accidental exposing a legally concealed firearm? It is different in different states. I believe there was a story about an over reacting police officer who saw a firearm that was accidently exposed when the driver reached into his van to get registration/insurance cards. the cop actually got in trouble, and the gun owner a nice little check.
I can’t say what I’d do. if the guy tackling me is screaming “hes got a gun, hes got a gun” you may elect to just relax and go with it if you believe the guy is just being an idiot. Everyone has to make that decision at the time with the information they have. There were little kids around. There were other bystanders there. Other people jumped on the guy. If it is obvious to the “common person” that they didn’t understand and they weren’t really trying to hurt you, let the cops sort out the details, then get your gun back as they cart the guy off in a squad car. If you start shooting, you are going to have to shoot multiple people in a crowded entrance to a busy store. You are responsible for every bullet. Even the ones that strike your attacker, go thru and hit the kid behind them you didn’t see.
 January 24, 2015 at 12:27am
AND would have been perfectly legal to do so. What I don’t get is why several others jumped on and continued to hold the guy down after they took his gun from him. The police should charge the others involved with battery, false imprisonment as well. The victim also has a very good law suit against Walmart because employees helped and didn’t demand the attackers release the gun owner. Jumped from behind, how would you know it isn’t a knockout game and the guy isn’t going to kill you. He is lucky the gun owner didn’t have situational awareness. Jump me like that, and its my wife that will probably shoot you.
 January 24, 2015 at 12:16am
He did live in the middle early on in life. He did live modestly. He did practice what he preaches. AND BECAUSE HE DID, he was able to invest heavily and become insanely rich.
unapologetic - He did not become a billionaire because he lived modestly, he gained is wealth by taking advantage of people.
 January 24, 2015 at 12:12am
No it isn’t an example of ‘do what ….”
Most millionaires in the US are ‘self-made’ and don’t inherit their fortune. Most rich people in the US live modestly within their budgets.
What this guy is saying is that if your annual income is $35K, you shouldn’t be living like someone who makes $100K or $200K. Thats what most people do. They buy homes they can barely afford, new cars, and fancy cell phones with expensive plans. Most people rack up huge debt.
If you are struggling financially, you SHOULD take the advice of someone who is rich and is self-made. He didn’t always live like a billionaire. Chances are he has always lived very modestly for the income he was earning at the time. Of course a modest billionaire has his own jet.
You will never get to be a millionaire, if you live beyond your means. I live in a nice neighborhood and make a very good living. Most all my neighbors have jobs that pay 1/2 of what I earn. I don’t know how they afford to live in a house like mind. They certainly are not investing 20% of their income towards retirement. My guess is that they are not putting anything back beyond what their employer does for them.
LMAO... but it's people like him that peddle and market to the weak minded, and have done so deliberately. He wouldn't be worth his billions if it wasn't for the fools with only 50k jobs absorbing debt to keep up with the 150k Jone's you mention. But now he sees the writing on the wall and is asking those idiots to make with less; but only after he's amassed his fortune on the backs of the serf debt.
I won't feel any sympathy for either the debtors or the debt financiers when what we all know is coming finally arrives. When the plane hits the mountain as Beck has phrased it. Those who live in envy, and therefore outside their means, will eat the people the feel conned them; and the guy in this article knows that. Hell, he knows those kind of people better than any of us. You don't attain his kind of wealth with out knowing exactly who your suckers are...
FYI, Jeff Greene made his big money with Paulson... on credit swap defaults during the '08 crisis. Hardly honest, but go ahead and keep idolizing and defending this man...
And John Paulson, not Henry Paulson.
But yeah, you can literally say he made his billions because people lived out side their means.
With out those suckers, and their bad debt, he wouldn't be in Davos.
My guess is that he's hedging the credit swaps again; another crisis could double his fortune. It's the way he does business.
Here's how Forbes describes his wealth making process:
"He did so by creating his own virtual hedge fund and buying credit default swaps that rose in value as subprime mortgages fell. Greene says the trade was up 1,400% in 18 months until the fall of 2007. That seems to have earned him a quick $800 million profit and catapulted Greene onto The Forbes 400 with a net worth of $1.4 billion."
You can't scorn a guy like George Soros but then praise this guy with out practicing hypocrisy. They both made their billions playing the exact same game.
It really is people like this that give capitalism a bad name. He didn't make his billions morally. He didn't build cars. He didn't sell shoes. He didn't invent the pet rock. He had hooks in Washington. In '06 he was well aware of the subprime crisis that was coming and kept it close to his chest with his closest DC buddies and soaked billions out of people living out of their means; and now after he made his billions off of them, he's telling them how to live.
A true progressive this guy is...
unapoligetic - Most millionaires & Billionaires have made their $ from being greedy to their employees, for instance Walmart there are 4 owners in 2004 Walmart made 360 billion dollars, they made 480 billion last year, the owners of Walmart do not care about sharing that wealth with their employees, just as Mc Donalds & many other huge profit companies who are greedy to their employees
Yeah, we'll see how comfortable his lifestyle becomes when the gas prices hit the roof in an economy collapse and his LIMO can't get a fillup. Or the Lear jet he flies, can't get gas or there is nobody at the airport to grab his luggage. And his mansion loses power, the grass goes brown and the water stops running. ...and he is left to survival mode just like the rest of us, to live liek a "poor" person. He parades on the backs of those who work, that make the whole system work, and he is a hypocrite to state such things as he is not willing to do.
 January 8, 2015 at 9:37am
Let’s be a little realistic here
#1: does anyone really think there will be any significant numbers of Vets actually taking advantage of this program.
#2: as Vets relying on the VA system, we all know what putting in a request means… Fill out the paperwork, then get your lock 7 years later. I’ve been retired for almost three years and I’m still waiting on my appointment for a hearing aid.
#3: the VA doesn’t have the money for other medical devices. Therefore ‘waiting lists’. This HAS ALWAYS been the issue, not just during Obama’s time, or Bush or even Reagan… If as a Vet I really wanted a gun lock, I’d go to Walmart.
And it was a VA employee that went postal in Texas.
 January 8, 2015 at 9:29am
They have already been doing that
 December 5, 2014 at 12:36am
You don’t need evidence when you’ve already made up your mind. besides those blacks who testified against brown, will all be dead soon anyways. One already is.
November 8, 2014 at 6:37pm
No it was a smart nurse. The nurses were probably going to all get fired for letting the patient get hurt by the police or other staff members who had to tackle the patient. she just wanted proof that he was attacking them in the first place. Probably doesn’t matter, nurses will be fired anyways.
I’ve been stabbed, punched, hit with a bar off a ortho bed, spit on, had a urine bag busted over my head by patients. Most nurses with any experience have had to deal with crazy/confuse patients. DTs are the worst. And yet any time a patient ends up with a bruise the automatic response is to disicipline the nurse. Not saying there aren’t bad nurses who need to be fired, just that it isn’t ALWAYS the nurse’s fault
 November 8, 2014 at 5:54pm
I’m a parent. And toddlers throw fits. And so do “selfimportant d-bags”. For those who criticize her “hurting ears” clearly you’ve never heard some toddlers shrill. Right behind you in the checkout isle, ya that would be annoying.
Its called freedom of speech. She can be self-important all she likes and say what she likes. And the mom can inform her that she couldn’t care less about her opinion and to take a hike.
What a mom cant do is attack the self-important idiot. And yes idiot, when you have a hostile person come at you in the parking lot, go back intothe store, or know how to fight.
 November 2, 2014 at 4:57pm
sure you did, and thats why you only hire uneducated people in your company, to handle your taxes, why you only talk to buddies about that mole thats growing on your back and don’t go to the doctor.
 November 2, 2014 at 4:54pm
Go ahead TrickyDick keep that attitude. Those of us with educations, degees and professional licenses will keep billing you for that price difference.
A degree only gets you in the door/noticed. your work ethic, creativity and dedication is what keeps your job.
I don't recall admitting that I could be uneducated, I repair things in homes that most folks can't. I will surely bill you appropriately for your ignorance in how your microwave works.
It's likely that I have the most education in this forum (M.S.E.E., B.S.G., B.S.C.E.T., A.S., etc plus assorted trainings) and I agree with Trickydick.
The problem is that our economy has shunted almost all of our professional and skilled work overseas, and to make it worse, the changes Clinton put in place in 1993 has seen almost the entire Federal Government and most state governments become filled with incompetents, literally filling positions that require engineering or science degrees with people who barely got their high school diplomas.
I gave up after more than 2150 applications and 1500 turned down because I was white and male.
Considering that I rate as a GS-4 to GS-13 in 21 science and engineering specialties, doesn't it say something that I was passed over again and again for people with high school diplomas? It came down to race and gender almost every time.
October 31, 2014 at 7:05pm
The CPD should be abolished. True debates held by a neutral group (I say let the League of Women Voters take it back), is the only way it should be done
October 31, 2014 at 7:04pm
The Commission on Presidential Debates, CPD, will never allow a 3rd party to take part in the Presidential Debates. It is an organization comprised of Democrats and Republicans working closely together to ensure that only Republicans and Democrats are only represented during the debates. Prior to 1987, The League of Women Voters hosted the debates. They didn’t use questions that the candidates themselves gave to the host of the debate. The CPD is nothing more than political commercial with canned questions and answers that each candidate is prepared for. The CPD will not allow another party to participate, and Republican and Democrat candidates won’t participate in any other debate other than their rigged one. And TV networks can’t air the debate if they don’t agree to exclude any other debates that include other candidates from Tea Party, Constitution Party, Libertarian, Green Party, etc, etc…. So in the end the average American that will only watch TV for a couple of hours for their “informed decision” will only know about the 2 candidates: Republican and Democrat.
The CPD should be abolished. True debates held by a neutral group (I say let the League of Women Voters take it back), is the only way it should be done
 October 31, 2014 at 6:50pm
Not in anymore, but if I had been sent I would be upset if they didnt quarantine me and protect my family.
Does Nurse Hickox deserve to be called a “hero” for serving others in a terrible situation. Sure….. In 21 days.
The military has a duty to protect the soldiers as best they can. The military also has a duty to the families (so a 21 day quarantine). The soldiers didn’t choose on their own to go to Africa to fight ebola. They were ordered to go. When you order someone into harm’s way, the obligation is different.
Besides, whats the big deal, its 3 weeks sitting on her butt. Obama has paid almost half the country to do that already for months and months through welfare and extended unemployment.
 October 31, 2014 at 6:28pm
My son had a project in school where they had to exercise their 1st Amendment by publically speek about the war in Iraq and Pres Bush. Every kid got up and spoke about how it was bad, how Bush lied about WMDs (NYT article last week didn’t exist). When my son got up on his turn, he started to talk about how soldiers were helping and that his daddy was there, helping people. He was told to sit down and shut up, no wanted to hear that garbage. Upon my return and brief discussion with the school officials about that and other things, we’ve homeschooled since.
 October 22, 2014 at 10:04pm
What I don’t get is that there are plenty of examples of racial injustice for Jackson and Sharpton etc… to point out, YET they want to use Brown and Travvon Martin as their flags.
Want to talk about injustice, don’t place drug dealers, thieves and thugs on your high thrones. Might as well use Ray Rice as a marriage counselor.
 October 15, 2014 at 6:38pm
I thought Iraq didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction? Isn’t that what ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC etc, etc told us for years and how Bush “lied to us”. Now the NYTimes releases a big article today on how there were WMDs and how soldiers were injured by them.
 October 15, 2014 at 6:26pm
Go ahead smart guy, don’t go to college. Compete with illegal aliens for jobs and see how that works out for you. Meanwhile I’ll be that guy that is 20 years younger and your boss.
Now… choosing a tech school like plumbing, electrician etc.. is a totally different thing. Then again you are choosing an income level as well. Unless of course you start up your own business (which is where you really make money), then you can hire whomever you like.
in the end it isn’t about salary, it is about not hating what you spend the majority of your waking hours doing.