Obama is BACK! What an incredible speech. Let's hope it's the beginning of a trend and he's planning to govern much differently now that he's finally realized that the Republicans are rooting for America to fail.
America needs him to keep up the mantra that the middle class (and middle class spending, in particular) is what drives economic expansion. Without the middle class earning more money, there is no increase in consumer demand. Without consumer demand, there is no business investment. Without business investment, there are no new jobs. It's a vicious cycle that has only been broken by a tech bubble and a housing bubble over the last 35 years.
When capital becomes concentrated in the hands of the few, it stops moving (after all how many planes and yachts does a person need?). That is horrible for a capitalist economy that depends upon the constant exchange of goods and services. When money gets tight, people stop paying to eat out in restaurants, they stop taking vacations, they iron their own shirts. This behavior kills small businesses that depend on broad consumer spending.
It is in the best interest of the US to redistribute enough wealth to keep capital moving through the economy instead of stagnating in the hands of the idle rich. Obama's idea to increase the capital gains tax to fund community college admissions for everyone is a splendid idea. Universal k-14 education is a great way to invest in America's middle class.
Our generation has seen incredible downward pressure on wages. Not only has the supply of workers nearly doubled in the past 30 years, as women have entered the workforce for the first time, but we've also seen a revolutionary increase in productivity due to computers. Thus there are twice as many people available but fewer people required to complete the same tasks as a generation ago. In such conditions, the laws of supply and demand dictate stagnant or falling wages, which is what we've seen.
Increasing the minimum wage puts more money in the pockets of people who will immediately spend it as well as putting upward pressure on wages overall.
The answer to our problems is not the government getting out of the way of greedy oligarchs as they attempt to suck every dollar out of the economy like that giant vacuum cleaner spaceship in Spaceballs, the answer to our economic problems is an active an efficient government that ensures a level playing field and promotes the general welfare of hard working Americans.
I'm with Ima. Especially the point about why any of the other companies should pay for licenses if Uber doesn't have to. If the law if bad, write a new law. But the playing field must be level.
#scneedsuber to pay their taxes.
Here's the caveat: Rap, which begot hip-hip culture, has always been a young person's game. It has, for as long as our society has experienced, been the kind of culture steeped in a sense of unabashed youthfulness.
Charleston is a very old city that's steeped in a great deal of tradition. Granted, some traditions more savory than others, but traditions nonetheless. And with that comes very little room for the kind of culture you're seeking.
Ultimately, the only way for a lifestyle and culture as young-at-heart as hip-hop to really proliferate, a drastic change would have to hit the Holy City social scene. Until then, though, the change will have to continue at a snail's pace.
My point- Uber is encouraging it's drivers to start unlicensed businesses. And yes, if you take money for a service it's not a hobby, it's not a populist service, it's a business, so that's point one. Point two: Any business that carries passengers for money is regulated. The drivers, the vehicles and the companies are governed by a standard that is more stringent than for private vehicles. Are those standards enforced? On the surface it doesn't seem so and probably aren't enforced as well as they should be, but it would probably surprise most people how much enforcement there really is. So the question here is should Uber drivers be held to the same standards? If I become an Uber contractor am I automatically more responsible, equally experienced and insured as well as your local cabbie or limo driver? Doubt it. So is this one of those "Trust Me" situations? And Point three: So if Uber drivers are allowed to carry fares without licensing or regulation, then what legal justification would there be to license and regulate the cab and limo businesses that are regulated now? And do we want the cab and limo companies to run with no regulations or oversight?
and to Charles Poulnot: no, that's not the moral. The moral is " If you're going to knowingly break the law (and sometimes I do) you have no right to piss and moan if you get busted."
the moral of this story; 'never break the law when you're breaking the law'.
Why does the state regulate free enterprise? For starters, read your Constitution.
"To establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare."
Why does the state regulate free enterprise? So I don't have to let the palmetto rose boys harvest their supplies from my trees, and so nobody can open a slaughter house in your neighborhood.
Uber use public roads just like other fare-charging carriers, and I don't pay taxes to build them a free place to make money. Instead of libertarian whining, you should figure out which parts of the taxi licensing bureaucracy could be jettisoned, and make some coherent suggestions for reorganizing the system so there's a place for Uber.
Ima, what's your point? Why's it a law? Why is the state trying to regulate free enterprise? So they can get their greedy f'n hands on taxi driver licensing fees and all that BS. That's why.
Mat, I'm a libertarian and believe the government has no value or business interfering in Uber's business. I don't much care, but I'd bet most libertarians feel the same. But yeah, minimal government regulation and involvement is such a bad thing I guess...
Give me a break. The cops are just doing their jobs here. Stupid law.
So I found it, cool beans.... anyhoo good article on your subjective view on your "Holy City's" hip-hop culture or lack there of. I agree with one of the previous comments, do not wait for the "powers that be" to intergrate the culture; you & others are it, continue to be it and have your own venues/ events etc. No place is monolithic so some folks will never get it. Glad you have had a chance to even spark some ppl's interest in hip-hop! UGH, to the fella that wants an explaination of hip-hop it cant be explained fully in an article; hip-hop is an experience! Hip-hop is art, music, style, speech, people & so much more. I do think the "hip-hop is religion" is a little overboard/ blasphemy even for me. To each their (wrong use in your last paragraph) own; everyone doesn't believe in organized religion or Christ for that matter even in the bible-belt. Keep sharing your truth, it gives others strength to share theirs as well!!!
@Gloria: The gun was a GP WASR-10/63 with a flash suppressor.
I was looking for your (KJK's) new article and ran across this; snipet biopic of KJ... cool. I know big city's get marketed to but, not all demographics!?! Eveyone sharing in these plethora of outlets will soon get attention to "whatever you like"
Sad story, very well written article.
Gloria's comment is ignorant. There's nothing "inflammatory" about the description of the weapon Oswald used. It sure as shit wasn't a Winchester.
I grew up on a farm, and subscribed to the Back to Earth movement in the 70's. I've fed a family of 4 from a home garden. It can be done, but not on .81 acres. It took an acre and a half to feed four of us. This project is nice sounding, but pie-in-the-sky.
In the article who was busted by the cops?.
Answer: the drunk girl with the fake I.D.
How many Uber drivers have been busted?
Answer: None, they get warnings.
Godammit I have a Constitutional Right to obey only the laws I like!!!!
Surely they don't really plan to have apple, citrus, and pecan trees. Apples & citrus don't do well in the Lowcountry; pecans take years to begin to bear, and they require an intensive chemical regimen.
I hope they'll stick with local tastes. Forget ducks, cooped or free-range. Go for okra, peas, corn, beans, peanuts. Mustard and turnip greens. Blueberries. Scuppernong grapes.
A mental health professional would tell you the description of this young man mirrors that of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The heartbreak in this story is that this wasn't identified and treated.
There is a Universal Zulu Nation Chapter here now. Just started in the summer of last year. It is called United Cities Zulus. If you are interested in this topic of bringing back true hip hop culture. check out our fb page: https://www.facebook.com/unitedcitieszulus…
We are also planning a big festival this summer with some of the inspirations from the late 60's to some of the pioneers from the 70's and some new underground artists of today. with workshops, and shows. stay tuned on the page.
ARt of Listening
United Cities Zulus
This is a sad day. Hello will be missed. I am just so glad I got to be a part of it.
Was his weapon an "assault rifle"? Did it have an option for automatic fire? An "assault rifle" has the ability to fire automatically (firing as long as the trigger is held down) and semi-automatically (firing one shot per trigger pull). Is this the kind of weapon he had? Also, you say he had an "AK-47-style" rifle. This is months after the incident. You had time to dig into his past into his teenage years and yet you couldn't find out what type of rifle it is? Was it an AK-47? An AK-74? An SKS? None of the above? When you use terms like "assault rifle", which you're obviously confusing with the political term "assault weapon" and vague descriptions like "AK-47-style", you're just trying to scare your readers. If you don't know anything about the gun involved, maybe you just should've said "rifle". That's more descriptive and less inflammatory. And Officer Matuskovic is no more dead with this weapon than he would have been with a Winchester rifle.
This action by CWS might, just might, lower my water bill. It also reinforces my decision long ago to subscribe to all the coverage offered by HomeServe (exterior water service line, exterior sewer/septic line, and interior plumbing & drainage.
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