Dear, trollslayer. They all said Henry Ford was mad when he chose to pay his workers $5 a day, enough so that they could buy the automobiles they were building. Result, a boom not a catastrophe. Similar wage improvements have had similar results.
There are many medicines that may have negative side effects but we weigh the risks and the benefits and, far more often than not, we take the medicine and enjoy the benefit. I draw that analogy before I mention unions but thanks to unions and unionization, we have all benefitted with a richer, freer and productive life and society.
We didn't get televisions and computers because of cheap labour on Asia, we got them from good wages in America. That corporate hogs seek to fatten their profits by milking the cow from both ends, doesn't change the reality that a prosperous workforce spreads and magnifies the prosperity.
"figured a man of your rhetoric would be touting more investment in education."
Warwit has the right idea here; the way our of poverty is not minimum wage increases but rather education to learn a skill that is actually worth something.
It is unfortunate that both political parties now have to resort to bribery to keep their bases happy; the Republicans through ruinous tax cuts; the Democrats through price and inflation increasing minimum wage hikes.
Increase wages; increase prices. Who gets hurt most by the price increases? Why those who are just getting by to start with.
You know, those who just received the minimum wage hike.
There is a word for this: It's called inflation.
Will Moredock for Governor! No, President!
I have 800 words to make my point and my space was used up. Yes, we need more investment in education -- a lot more. We need a progressive tax structure -- rather than the most regressive in the nation -- to pay for that education. But we also need a pay raise in this state, something that would give people a little hope, that would allow them a little breathing space, that would ease the stress and tension of just paying the rent and buying the groceries. People who are living from hand to mouth are angry, intolerant, easily frightened, easily manipulated. Of course, a lot of people like it that way, but it does not make for good governance or a good society.
God, you had to go and ruin an otherwise well thought out article by all but suggesting a minimum wage increase as the ultimate solution. As if the rate at which low-skill labor is compensated really matters in the grand scheme of things. I figured a man of your rhetoric would be touting more investment in education. Although I realize that puts you in a predicament where you can't blame the white man for everything since a great deal of that must start at home.
I can get on board with most of your high-and-mighty brand of intellectual elitism in this piece. But "raise the minimum wage so black people can thrive" is about as superficial as it gets on CCP.
"The intolerance of my flagrant bigotry is ALSO bigotry" said no logical person in the history of mankind.
The attitudes like those displayed in this column is the reason that any healing will be held back. You want to see people come together and work for the common good? Stop demanding that everyone believe the way that you do. Show a little tolerance of others beliefs and opinions. Stop calling every white person who disagrees with you a racist. Or every white Christian a homophobe. Maybe have a positive outlook and say, yeah sure, maybe some people will never change but this will also inspire so many more to start thinking about finding solutions to these issues that work for everyone and together we can make it happen.
Instead of always being a bitter, negative prick why not celebrate the goodness that came from just one situation for once. This is probably one of the best displays of unity and finding common ground I have seen in my lifetime. Not just in taking down the flag, but in the way that Charleston handled a tragedy. Celebrate it, don't stomp on it.
Thank you for making my case about YOUR intolerance of opposing views.
'You'd be on the ground had you said that to my face!'
'since I'm a mature adult...'
'You people' meaning all 'you people' that refuse to think beyond your own impression of the flag. All 'you people' that refuse to accept that someone else can be offended by something you are not. All 'you people' that don't understand what censorship really is. All 'you people' that are willfully obtuse in defense of a defenseless symbol of hate. All 'you people' that don't actually understand what the first amendment means. All 'you people' that are living a daily persecution complex. All 'you people' that refuse to accept the intentions of the confederacy from the mouths of the confederates themselves.
Racist? Your reading comprehension continues to fail you miserably.
Well FU Lee, I didn't attack anyone with my comment so who the hell gives you the right to talk to me like that? You'd be on the ground had you said that to my face! But moving on, since I'm a mature adult...
"...also be banned...from display on Public property." Does that help your obvious lack of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills?
"Goddamn you people are dense and devoid of critical thinking skills. And reading comprehension." Who are "You people"? Sounds like an intolerant racist rant from a person who resembles their remarks.
'also be banned'
No one is banning its existence--it just has no place on state property. Goddamn you people are dense and devoid of critical thinking skills. And reading comprehension.
So then should the American flag, Bible, and any other item that an undesirable group uses also be banned? Pretty sure the KKK has carried the American flag more often than the Confederate flag. And as far as min. wage...are you ready to pay twice as much for your burger served by people who are annoyed they're even working?
While your article was thought-provoking, it failed to mention the primary problem in South Carolina; the lack of education. Regardless of all the laws that are passed, and all the symbolic events that are enacted, not much will change for the average South Carolinian unless people in the state ascend from the bottom rung of the educational ladder.
As the governor said, the problem is that school funding is by local property tax. To provide equal protection to all the state's children, funding should be provided at the state level where all children are guaranteed equal protection.
The idea that conservatives suddenly care about the humanitarian conditions created by war in the Middle East is amusing.
Nowhere in your rant do you explain how ISIS is a threat to my home in the United States of America.
"...we are now focused on the Islamic State, the latest apparition to keep conservatives like Lindsay Graham and Joe Wilson on the brink of hysteria."
Mr Moredock, you should be ashamed of yourself for writing this article.
Isis is a real threat to free people everywhere, not some figment of Mr Graham's imagination.
How we respond to their threat is up for debate.
But their violence and treatment of free peoples everywhere, is all too real.
The rise of Islamic State (Isis) has displaced over 3.3 million people in Iraq alone, with millions more fleeing Syria for Lebanon, Turkey and the Gulf, and many of them risking perilous journeys to Europe via Egypt, Libya and the Mediterranean.
In 2015, asylum applications to rich countries reached their highest level for over two decades in 2014, with 866,000 applications lodged, an increase of 45% on 2013 and two-thirds of those in the European Union.
As well as Iraq, more than 3.8 million Syrians have fled to the neighbouring states of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt and another 7.6 million are displaced inside the country, according to the UN. These include tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees living in the Yarmouk camp near Damascus, which recently became the front line in Syria's civil war.
Much of the stories of the horrors that refugees have witnessed under IS rule have come from Iraq, where the Yazidi minority suffered harrowing conditions as the terrorist group advanced. Speaking earlier in 2015, UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie spoke of the accounts she had heard from those who had escaped or been liberated from IS's grasp.
"Nothing can prepare you for the horrific stories of these survivors of kidnap, abuse and exploitation and to see how they cannot all get the urgent help they need and deserve," Jolie said. "The needs so dramatically outstrip the resources available in this vast crisis." "Much more international assistance is needed."
We can debate how much of a response and assistance our nation should provide.
But the threat of ISIS is mostly definitely NOT a crazy right wing conspiracy that should be compared in your article to the fear mongering of some racist SC leader from the 18th century.
It's hard to take Miss Lindsay seriously. At the sign of a mouse our Senator grabs the pearls, puts on her finest military frock, screeches hysterically to play with seamen and then throws herself on the fainting couch. How can the war party be taken seriously with a candidate like Lindsay Graham as its figurehead.
Do people actually listen to old Linds?
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