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  1. I'm a cynic, but I think this chart speaks volumes: http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/toppacs.ph...010&party=A Top 20 spending PACs for 2009-2010 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $2,316,000 DEMS 99% REPS 0% American Federation of Teachers $2,302,250 DEMS 99% REPS 0% The only 2 with zero political influence with Republicans. Much like the demonizing and the killing of ACORN because they effectively organized the poor to vote Democratic, I don't think it's any mystery why all of a sudden Republican governors are aiming their guns at these two unions in particular. But I also agree with the thought that elections matter. Unfortunately for regular working people, in large part to the Supreme Court over reach on Citizens United, their ability to organize and have a political voice to combat immense corporate interests is being stripped away. Union busting is a corporate tool to remove dissent, organization and to crush political opposition.
  2. That is probably what the governor was shooting for, but he had to play hardball to even get them to the table.On what basis do you say this is what Walker wants? He's been very clear in his statements, which I heard again this morning on the radio - he is not interested in any discussion or compromise on this. He's got his "emergency" and is going to exploit it to cram through legislation that will effectively eliminate public unions (other than fire and police). Personally, I think that might be a good thing, although I actually think the fire and police unions are the worst ones of the bunch.Personally, I'm a little appalled they aren't included in this. I have a very hard time speaking against teachers in any way as a lot of great educators helped sculpt my life and I have a lot of friends currently teaching here in Wisconsin. It's really a shame they are being singled out in all of this.I admit I don't know the facts about this enough to have anything but a gut reaction. I'm trying to understand this and still don't know by reading 7 pages here, but I don't get the scapegoating of teachers either. Perhaps Wisconsin and the other states where teachers are under attack have teachers living high on the hog in million dollar homes, but my wife's parents were life-long teachers in Illinois. Her Dad was a principal, mom a grade school teacher. They didn't do it for the money as evident by the fact they both now live happily in the mountains in Virgina in a palatial double wide. They don't complain about it, and they are very happy, but they surely didn't get rich teaching. Punishing educators seems like probably the worst message you could send as a state and a country IMO.
  3. This is not true:In October 2010, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Wisconsin’s shortfall in the current budget -- 2010-2011 -- was $3.4 billion, or 23.9 percent of its budget. That indicated Wisconsin was in slightly worse shape than California, whose deficit was $17.9 billion, or 21.6 percent of its state budget. Next Wisconsin governor faces big deficit Wisconsin budget rated in worst 10 Wisconsin has a total state debt of $17,971,519,547 when calculated by adding the total of outstanding debt, pension and OPEB UAAL’s, unemployment trust funds and the 2010 budget gap as of July 2010 Even the ex Governor Doyle admitted there was a huge deficit. So you're saying that the Fiscal Bureau report is a fraud? "In its Jan. 31 memo to legislators on the condition of the state's budget, the Fiscal Bureau determined that the state will end the year with a balance of $121.4 million." PDF of memo here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/Misc/2011_0...amp;Darling.pdf
  4. That kind of thinking seems silly in this day and age. We should aspire to be more like Apple, an American company that makes innovative products that both Americans and ROW are happy to pay a premium for. Propping up Ford or GM for making similar quality cars to Honda or Toyota at a higher cost just because the employees are American is a recipe for disaster.Apple uses Chinese labor that can't stop committing suicide at their plants. Now that's a stressful job. But hey, iPads are only 5 bills. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology...-last-year.html
  5. We are engaged in a race to the bottom. The US can't compete with $1 an hour labor, child labor, forced labor, etc.. The bigger question is why should we? Unless you own a business, you're a worker. The trend is cheaper labor, longer hours, lower income and lower quality of life standards. I'm not sure what the answer is, but there was a time when made in America meant something besides being the cheapest. Along with our jobs I think we also exported our pride.Consumers need to figure out that all of this is tied together. There are hidden costs for buying the cheapest foreign made product, and we are paying them.Great. So what should the company do to compete in the meantime? Again, you're demonizing companies which lower wages, and you're demonizing companies that send jobs overseas, so what should they do that will meet with your approval?It doesn't matter what I think. The cat is out of the bag. The US way of life is dying by 1000 paper cuts. Globalization is a zero sum game. For other countries to rise, ours has to sink.Companies who are so enamored with the low wage countries and no taxes should move everything there, not just their manufacturing. Move their families there. Use their schools. Use their roads. Instead we are in a period of reckoning. Corporations are moving jobs away, look to avoid paying US taxes and yet they expect to enjoy the freedoms, infrastructure and safety America affords them and their families.
  6. We are engaged in a race to the bottom. The US can't compete with $1 an hour labor, child labor, forced labor, etc.. The bigger question is why should we? Unless you own a business, you're a worker. The trend is cheaper labor, longer hours, lower income and lower quality of life standards. I'm not sure what the answer is, but there was a time when made in America meant something besides being the cheapest. Along with our jobs I think we also exported our pride.Consumers need to figure out that all of this is tied together. There are hidden costs for buying the cheapest foreign made product, and we are paying them.If the answer is relying on consumers to pay higher prices because it's the right thing to do - we're screwed. You're smart enough to know that.They are paying a higher price in the terms I talked about. I'm old enough to remember my grandfathers generation. There was cheap crap made in Japan and China then too. They didn't buy it. There was a social stigma on foreign made junk. They had pride in the American worker and the American product. He bought American cars only, even when there were cheaper ones out there. That kind of thinking is gone and it isn't a coincidence that wages are stagnant and there are more dual income families than ever. The trade off for cheap goods and services is high. And I do feel that we are screwed. I haven't seen any evidence to the contrary in the past 15 years.
  7. We are engaged in a race to the bottom. The US can't compete with $1 an hour labor, child labor, forced labor, etc.. The bigger question is why should we? Unless you own a business, you're a worker. The trend is cheaper labor, longer hours, lower income and lower quality of life standards. I'm not sure what the answer is, but there was a time when made in America meant something besides being the cheapest. Along with our jobs I think we also exported our pride.Consumers need to figure out that all of this is tied together. There are hidden costs for buying the cheapest foreign made product, and we are paying them.
  8. Which states? People that live in Wisconsin, love it. They aren't going anywhere.Kathy> hi.People love California too. But as taxes began to rise, corporations began to leave. New start up businesses are starting up elsewhere. I'm sure people love living in Wisconsin, but companies see the bottom line as everything. Raising taxes will make your state less competitive.Having crappy schools, poor infrastructure and poor public services also will make a state less competitive.
  9. The millionaires and billionaires couldn't part with a 13k tax increase but a middle class family should shut up and take it in the form of a pay cut? We are screwed as a nation.
  10. I'm pretty sure people were taking acid when they went to see it in 68.
  11. This weeks was really good. I liked the first one too, but there were 3-4 clunkers. Hoping they are back on track.
  12. Or at least blackmail the guy. Can't tell if threatening to out Lee is something he'd do, but I'd assume so by how he treated the Honda guys.
  13. Top notch acting in this one. Hamm was on fire. He was so good that the only sour note for me was the phone call to Anna's niece Stephanie where she wasn't close to being the same league acting as Hamm. That really stood out to me since that was such a powerful moment in the episode. Great mix of ad biz and personal life. This show is one of the best of all time.
  14. The season is really hitting stride. This can't end well for Don. Roger feels like he created him and probably feels that he can take him out. Ted Chaough is gunning for him. Don's drinking is slipping him up. I have a feeling his past life "secret" will be used to try to take him down again. He's in an awful spot.
  15. Love these episodes that have the advertising focus. The personal stuff is great, but I love watching Don and company work. The plan for Honda was brilliant. My favorite episode of the season so far. Nice mix of work and personal story lines.
  16. Decent episode. Watching a Christmas episode in August didn't work for me.
  17. Freddie gave Josh some great advice. Powerful stuff.
  18. My impression is that season in and season out the Time Bandit finds the crab quick. Didn't they have the one year where they got done so quick they went vacationing with the captain of the Kodiak? Anyway, given that I think Wizard captain is a doosh I wouldn't put it past him to mooch crabbing spots from the Time Bandit. But maybe that's how it works. From looking at some of the screens it looks like these boats are all over each other with their strings. Last season Keith/Wizard got caught putting a string of pots right on top of another boats (CM I believe.) Gotta think that's his MO.Oh, and major to the film crew on the Northwestern. The footage from the blue crab trip has been just awesome. Yeah, I hope we see more of that island they showed in the distance. That looked cool.
  19. The Kodiak is hurting at finding crab. Whenever they show a close-up of the screen that shows where the strings are located, like the scene when the Time Bandit ran over the Wizards pot, the screen seems to indicate the name the boat who owns the pots and color codes the strings. I could be wrong, but I thought I saw "Wizard" labeling the string that was right on top of the Time Bandits string. If that's the case, why doesn't the captain of the Kodiak just find where some other successful boats are laying strings down and fish right there? Pride? It almost seems that the Wizard just finds the Time Bandits stings and just fishes off them.
  20. Tix for sale, for cost: (2) 7/2, North Carolina, Pavillion 8, row M, seats 1, 2 (center aisle) $126 for both Plans to go out East for the summer changed. I listed them on Stubhub today but would rather not have to pay them the fees if a phan wants these. I'll split the shipping. Shoot me a message if interested. edited: Portsmouth, VA tix sold.
  21. Unemployment rates are lagging economic indicators. What do you believe the unemployment rate should be right now, considering the stimulus? And how do you reach that exact number?Obama told us stimulus would create over 4 million jobs. And he should have been right with the amount of dollars spent. We are over 1 year into stimulus and the economy has produced a couple of months with minimal job gains. In the private sector, $780 billion can create a heck of a lot more jobs and jobs which are self-sustaining. Instead we spent money on saving and creating unproductive government jobs which are dependent upon continuing taxpayer dollars to support and are very expensive. It may looks good now, but in a year from now those jobs will only be contributing to bankrupting state and local governments. We may start seeing some growth in the private sector, but we will soon be to a phase where government jobs will have to be cut back. Overall, I only can see modest growth of around 2% and minimal job creation for the next few years. How much of that $780 billion was tax cuts? I thought the figure was close to 40%? The stimulus is doing what it was intended to do. Like you said, the private sector is meant to create jobs, not the government. As much as the right likes to pretend that Obama is playing a big game of Sim City and buying private enterprises and hiring people with a fat wallet of tax dollars, that isn't how this works. Nobody knows when private companies will hire, the only thing the administration can do is to help prime the pump of a once free falling economy, and tax cuts were a big part of it. Now, we are starting to see some signs of improvement. Look at the JP Morgan call for an example. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl...pWZGdQD9F31D8G0
  22. The only reason the charts look like that is that Bush was man enough to fix it before Obama got into office. Bush knew the announcement of the bailout and talk of the banking industry collapsing would set the markets tumbling and the economy into shock. Bush could have swept the problem under the rug for a couple of months and put it all on Obama, but he did not. There is a reason the rebound happened before Obama even lifted a finger. Forget drugs, I want whatever jon_mx is takingSo TARP and the Fed had no impact? Some folks are drinking way too much Obama Kool-Aid. I won't even deny that Obama's stimulus had some positive impacts on the economy, but to believe that it was the Obama and the stimulus is what laid the ground work for the recovery is nuts. If Paulson/Bernanke did not step in and rescue the banks, the global financial markets would have gone into complete turmoil and we would be a mess today. The markets started turning around after the impact of TARP was being seen and banks started reporting much more positive quarters than expected. No one had any idea what Obama's stimulus was going to be when things started to rebound. I am not even sure how you can argue that except out of ignorance. The effect of Obama's stimulus so far has mostly been on government employment, GDP and some help for home values.So you were for the bank bailouts now? Seems like the right just makes it up as they go.
  23. that was one of the best episodes this season. good show.
  24. This is one of the best threads I've read on here. You guys should go halfsies on a Volcano. Pill's got some killer music.....
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