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stevenbard



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

C'mon Chandler. Read the post. This was from a satirical website that Mac started with. I just took a different post from the same website that Mac used. Humor and satire.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to admit to going straight to your posted link before reading your post. Although you've posted some pretty bizarre links in the past, I'm glad this time that you're weren't being serious.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was quite moved by the Coca Cola ad during the Super Bowl. But then I consider Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" the most patriotic song of all time. This latest outrage from the lunatic right, courtesy of Byron Williams' column:

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...the usual suspects of right-wing blowhards such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, former Congressman Allen West, and others, were ready Monday morning to offer their predictable outrage against "liberals" based on Coca-Cola's commercial.

Michael Leahy on Briebart.com opined: "The company used such an iconic song, one often sung in churches on the 4th of July that represents the old "E Pluribus Unum" view of how American society is integrated, to push multiculturalism down our throats."
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The outrage over Coca-Cola's Super Bowl ad demonstrates America at its worst. It is a cheap, strip-mall patriotism that fallaciously advocates a one-size-fits-all definition.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obstruction for obstruction's sake. Obama's nominations of Beth Freeman and James Donato to the San Francisco Federal court were approved Tuesday, by votes of 90-5 and 91-7, respectively. Republicans had held the nominations up--without of course making any objections on the record--since June of 2013. There were no objections in the committee hearings that evaluated their nominations. There are 3 more vacancies. You might remember that ditto-heads on this forum called Reid's changing the rules on considering nominations the nuclear option. Right. The party of no.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we are seeing the outlines of the 2014 campaign. The Republicans will hammer away at the ACA--without actually being able to develop any consensus opinion about alternatives. Promising the same old same old, gridlock, because they can't compromise. The Democrats will hammer away at economic inequality, and will propose an increase in the minimum wage. The Republicans, unable to think strategically, will step into the punch and block any increase.

Pretty interesting article by Tim Dickinson in the March 13 Rolling Stone provides ample evidence for Republican policies increasing economic inequality. See: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/hey-washington-the-pay-is-too-damn-low-the-minimum-wage-war-20140227

A couple points stand out:

The American worker's share of the national income is as low as it's been in the six decades since World War II. But even as most Americans struggle just to tread water, corporate profits have soared to record highs.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that an increase to $10.10 would trim payrolls by less than one-third of one percent, even as it lifts nearly 1 million Americans out of poverty.

Outside of Washington, D.C., raising the minimum wage is not a partisan issue. Supported by more than 70 percent of Americans, the policy achieves both liberal and conservative goals: It alleviates poverty even as it underscores the value of hard work. It reduces corporate welfare even as it lessens dependence on the social safety net. Today, taxpayers are shelling out nearly $250 billion a year on welfare programs for the working poor. Nearly 40 percent of food stamps are paid out to households with at least one wage earner.

And yet, the Republican Party is going all out to portray a mandatory pay hike as just more job-killing nanny-state overreach. "You've gotta totally wipe out this notion of fairness," said Rush Limbaugh. "That's not what a job is. It isn't charity."

The minimum wage has lost 30% of its purchasing power since 1968. Dickinson makes a compelling case that the low minimum wage allows companies like Walmart to pay wages so low that families cannot survive without subsidies such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Those subsidies amount to approximately $5,500 per worker--increasing profits for the Walton family--and their contributions to right wing "think" tanks.

So while American workers are more productive than ever--some estimates are as high as 80% higher--the economic benefits of that productivity has gone to the very top 1%, not to those who are actually more productive. Not only does this retard growth in a consumer economy, it heightens resentment of the selfish rich.

What do you want to be the Republicans get this issue wrong? Like gay rights, minority voting and immigration reform?
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mac, your link comes up, but it is being zapped after a minute or two. It gets stuck trying to load something. Too bad, because the minimum wage issue is such an important issue, and Republicans and conservative want to fight it every step of the way.

What's so ironic is that they support earned income credit payed by the taxpayers as welfare. With all the heated angst you hear about losers dependent on welfare, the same folks look the other way and miraclely the Republicans in Congress become kindhearted supporters helping out poor American workers. And who's benefiting? Business owners, as if they really need the government subsidy. It's not a temporary sort of thing to help out, but an endless way to keep wages suppressed and keep taxpayers on the hook. When you think about, it the whole thing morphs into a scenario that attracts illegal immigrants, because regular Americans will not do "those sort of jobs". Is it a stretch to recognize that Republicans and conservatives really don't wanted to do anything meaningful about our illegal immigration problem either and feign more angst about illegal immigrants ruining America?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not make the minimum wage $25/hr.?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't it get under your skin that you're paying tax dollars to businesses indirectly as a subsidy?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swchandler wrote:
Doesn't it get under your skin that you're paying tax dollars to businesses indirectly as a subsidy?

Are you saying $25/hr. is too much?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aren't we talking about a federal minimum wage of $10.10/hr., and a guarantee that future increases would be tied to inflation? Why make it about something it isn't.

And what about my earlier question? Tell me how you really feel about spending tax payer dollars as welfare.
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