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21) Message boards : Politics : To Work or Not? (Message 1708674)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor

An interesting post. Regarding The USA Poverty and Wages.

Have you taken into account The International Capitalists, taking American Industry and Union Wages, to poor and non-union countries?

So? Why hasn't that happened in Europe? Or at least, why hasn't that happened to the point of ruining our economy, which is what should have happened if we are to believe opponents of raising the minimum wage.

Furthermore, even without an increase of the minimum wage, hell even without an increase of any kind of wage for anyone but the top incomes over the past 30 years, industry has moved from the United States to cheaper places. Its clear that this happens regardless of the wages.

I happens because as Gary continually points out the the fidicuary duty of a comapany to make a profit is By US law mandatory. Labor as far as i know is only 10% of a prdoucts cost. When you add taxes, cost of electricity, shipping And the other things companys get hit with Such as enviromental regulations and what not. Thats why yuo see manufacturing move ing to poorer countrys. They the investors can use exploit workers and pollute another country as get maximun profit. Untill said poor country wakes up to the fact they are getting ripped off.
Look Im not against a minimum wage. But I think the politcal BS that is going on with this, Will end up bad for a lot of people who need the work.
Just like Obama care. when it takes effct look for many workers to go on part time work so the employer dosent have to offer any health insurance. Yeah that will really help our economy.
22) Message boards : Politics : To Work or Not? (Message 1708347)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I still think asking the fast food industry tp pay $15.00 and hour is obscene.
I operate CNC machinery And get paid $17.10 an hour. ( And no Im not complainging about my wage) I hasve to hold some critical dimemenions on the parts I make to +/- .0005 of an inch. Does a freaking burger flipper have to hold to such a tolerance?
Some of you thought the trickle down theory was idiotic. Do do you want to belive in the trickle up theory now?

Said burger flippers will find they are no longer needed as the burger company will not hire anyone who wont or cant work a 40 hour week, And said folks will be asked to work harder.

Im tempeted to quit my high skilled and high stress job and flip burgers. But then I dont have a degree in food prep to quailify.

When employers are forced to pay high wages for unskilled labour. You can bet your keyster they get very picky on who they hire.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rowdy Roddy Piper Dead @ 61 (Message 1707562)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I watched him in an interview one time when he wasnt in wresting mode. He seemed to be a really nice guy.

RIP rowdy.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1707558)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Gordan, You have to do what you feel is right. We can give you advice based on what we have gone through, But we havent walked in your shoes.

Annie, I will give you a room hug. To take the responsility of your mom with what you have gone through on your own health issues is wonderfull.

My mom is 82 now and has COPD. She needs to be on oxygen when she is walking even around the house. I worry about her now.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1706598)
Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
@Vic. Yep My wife says home James all the time. I allways take it as the good humor it was meant to be:)

Chris and Donald, Raise some great points Gordan.
We all have regrets in things past. I used to dwell on some. But that never has changed anything that happend. So I will be 63 on 31 july, Have finally aquired the knowledge that I will take my regrets in the past and use them as teaching aids for my future. And tell them to those youngsters who will listen to my lifes adventure. Yep, They will role their eyes and say we heard that before. And some day maybe they will think of me.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The celttooth thread ... Mail... (Message 1706594)
Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I had a panic at my first glance, Thought it read, PROCTO. Us guys over a certain age now what that means:)
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1706202)
Posted 29 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Specific to the PTSD theme of this thread, when my dad died in 1982, my mother took on a huge role, and I never prepared myself to see her get sick, last year. Her current dementia symptoms have been around for a few years, but her fall, pneumonia, and 4 month hospital stay accelerated things. It's hard; I don't like seeing this person who walked three laps around the reservoir everyday, and painted every picture in her house, be so tired and confused. :~(

My guess is that a bad case of pneumonia. Take a heavy toll on a person health.
My dad had parkinsons for 20 yeras and was doing ok with. He had had bouts of it before. But the last one he had allmost killed him. He was delrious for 3 days. He didnt know any of us kids at all.
Thats when his Dr. told us he had about 6 months at the most. He lived for 4 months.
He came out of that last pneumonia bout far more wearker and frail. To tell you the truth I think he knew it was near the end also.
With Parkinsons the mucles that let you swallow food and drink dont work very good. You aspirate food and drink into your lungs.
It was never withheld from my dad that he was on limited time. We had a family meeting and the question my mom asked was should we tell him. I remember growing up hearing my dad tell me that he wished his own father had known he was dying. My Grandmother for some reason, That everyone should pretend he was going to be ok. I was ten at the time, I know the ansgt that what on between them.
I told them that my dad should know the truth. So my mom told him.
The day before he died.He called a meeting and said his goodbyes.
His last words to me were, Well I wont be a burden to you kids very much longer. Well jeez i lost it. All I could get out was dad i love you. And we had one of those few moments where we both cried in each other shoulders.
My dad died in 2008. I miss him a lot. He taught me more than I can ever say. yeah I used to roll my eyes up when he preached. Or told a story. But i did listen. I wish I could still listen. But then again I do hear his voice. I will remember a snippet of wisdom from years past that fits the moment.
Thanks Dad. I wll never be the man you were. But I can try.

Edit-Sorry for the long post.
28) Message boards : Politics : To Work or Not? (Message 1705504)
Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Guy, that's a nice fairy tale, did you make it up by yourself? Taxes are the price of civilization.

Yeah ,lets see him name one country in the past that didnt require taxes or tribute?

Kuwait. .... One of the world's richest countries, all health care and all the schools are free and you pay no tax.

And is that country from the past?
29) Message boards : Politics : To Work or Not? (Message 1705025)
Posted 25 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Guy, that's a nice fairy tale, did you make it up by yourself? Taxes are the price of civilization.

Yeah ,lets see him name one country in the past that didnt require taxes or tribute?
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1705023)
Posted 25 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I just can't psychologically take on in-home support. A nursing/assisted-living facility would kill me emotionally, and an in-home care person would make me too nervous. ~I'm not saying I'm hard to get along with, but I'm an only child and so is my mother, and we're both bull-headed. My father died in 1982, and I'm fiercely independent.

We can understand that. But there will come a day when you will have to rethink that. Remember if you wear yourself out, You will do your mother or yourself no good.

I have had to watch my dad slowly go down hill. Its was hard for my mom and my brother and two sisters, To take on that much responsibility. I can not imageing doing it alone like you are.

Feel free to vent here when ever you need to. Take it from me to some times you just need to scream at the top of your lungs and get it all out.

Best wishes Gordan
31) Message boards : Politics : To Work or Not? (Message 1704841)
Posted 25 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Best Solution: Increase the Wealth and Economy's of Corrupt Western Capitalism, within Western Countries.

AND: Counterbalance that with Strong, Large, and Corrupt Private Unions.

In this case: Two Negatives result in a Positive. For the Workers and Capitalists.

I do understand that Academicians and Ideologues, despise Practical Solutions, which have worked in the past.

HAH! You think 'increase wealth and economy' is a practical solution? Like its just a matter of flipping a switch and suddenly the economy will grow and people will just earn more money? If it were that easy, poverty wouldn't exist.

Improve the economy is something every politician promises these days. There is no politician and there has never been a politician that wanted to have a shrinking economy with less wealth for everyone. Of course, its easy to make a promise like that, its almost impossible to actually do it. Frankly the economy is completely out of control of any politician. Their policies have only a minor influence on economic performance, far more influential on the economy are the financial markets. They decide whether the economy improves or not, and they are not beholden to any politician.
A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. - Herbert Hoover

The only time a president ever did something with the economy, in peacetime, was, "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

JFK had vision. And at the time we had the political will to do the job.
Why you ask? Beacuse as a nation we were afarid the Soviets would get there first.
32) Message boards : Politics : Austrialian Political Dorks Smash BOTH Education AND Astronomy? (Message 1704839)
Posted 25 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Only in Australia?!

Why yes, they let Japan's whale fleet operate!

Maybe they are not getting enough kickbacks from the whaling fleet to fund such scientific endevers?
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : PTSD 2 (Message 1704836)
Posted 25 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Gordan does she have freinds or neighbors who can help out?
I know your stance on doing what you can for your mom.
But there comes a point where you wont be able to do it by yourself.
When my dad was in the final stage of parkinsons. Us kids had to step in and help my mom. And at the end even that was getting hard to do. We had to call Hospice.

I know wht you are going through, My wifes step father has dementia. Hes getting worse. And its wearing my mother inlaw down. And she has heart problems.

And for all of you in here. If you want to post anything and the room is locked. Just hit that red X and tell a mod youd like to post.
No one needs to ask me to have it unlocked.
34) Message boards : Politics : To Work or Not? (Message 1704549)
Posted 24 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Im sorry sir you dont have a degree in fast food preperation to work here.

My thoughts exactly. Great James' think alike?

My point was and or is. That those burger flipping jobs wont go to teenage kids working part time.Or the person who needs a little hepl for a while making ends meet.
They will let go all full timers and only hire full time 40 hours a week folks.
So for some that means two shifts of full timers. And some that are open 24/7 3 shifts. And id wager a some staffs cuts in them as well.
35) Message boards : Politics : To Work or Not? (Message 1704197)
Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Didn't take long for Faux to come up with this:
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan.

Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.

Full Life Care, a home nursing nonprofit, told KIRO-TV in Seattle that several workers want to work less.

“If they cut down their hours to stay on those subsidies because the $15 per hour minimum wage didn’t actually help get them out of poverty, all you’ve done is put a burden on the business and given false hope to a lot of people,” said Jason Rantz, host of the Jason Rantz show on 97.3 KIRO-FM.
The notion that employees are intentionally working less to preserve their welfare has been a hot topic on talk radio. While the claims are difficult to track, state stats indeed suggest few are moving off welfare programs under the new wage.

Despite a booming economy throughout western Washington, the state’s welfare caseload has dropped very little since the higher wage phase began in Seattle in April. In March 130,851 people were enrolled in the Basic Food program. In April, the caseload dropped to 130,376.
Some restaurants have tacked on a 15 percent surcharge to cover the higher wages. And some managers are no longer encouraging customers to tip, leading to a redistribution of income. Workers in the back of the kitchen, such as dishwashers and cooks, are getting paid more, but servers who rely on tips are seeing a pay cut.

Is the $15/hr figure too low to live off? Does it need to be $20/hr? $25/hr? When will it be high enough that it makes more than the government assistance programs for the poor? We all know that no one is living on assistance because they find it easy. We know every single one of them wants full time employment. We know they want to be proud and make their own way. Of this there is no question. So what is going on?

New York is trying for the $15.00 an hour wage for fast food resturants.
I need to to quit my freaking CNC machiniong job that only pays me $17.10 and hour, That comes with doing precise work and a lot of job stress,
And flip freaking burgers 40 hours a week?
And here I thought places like that were entry leveljobs and jobs for folks who needed a little extra income?
So fast food is the next new middle class jobs? I can hear the layoffs hapening now.
Im sorry sir you dont have a degree in fast food preperation to work here.
36) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1703909)
Posted 22 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Name me three Canadian politicians with
out looking it up on the internets!

Have a nice day!

I can only na,e one and thats Truedo. And I only remeber him beacuse it seems you up there didnt like his wife.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Extraterrestrial search gets $100 million from Russian billionaire (Message 1703650)
Posted 21 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
I am rather dubious about the nine million users figure. I think registered SETI users are about one million, of which about 7% participate.Where are the others?

I know that. But with all this publicity, dont you think new users will start flocking in? Hoping to get in on the ground floor?
38) Message boards : Politics : USA Social Security Benefits Crisis and Solutions.... Let's talk. (Message 1703646)
Posted 21 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor

Major, I notice you did not mention raising the contribution rate from 12.4%. Obviously that will add solvency to the system. Unfortunately all the other things you mention taken together, to the extent I think there is political will to accomplish them, I don't feel will be enough to get solvency, I don't think we have any choice but to raise the rate at some point. The sooner it happens the less it will have to go up.

I did not feel it necessary to mention tax increases due to it being virtually a given that that will have to happen.

As far as 'political will', There isn't the political will to do ANYTHING about it AT ALL. This entire discussion is purely theoretical. What we have here is a case of the Government over-promising things, well and totally BEYOND the ability of the nation to actually pay for it (just like Greece).

Just the magnitude of the problem is staggering. Over the next 75 years, using projections complying with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (the accounting standards Businesses have to comply with, but not the Government) Social Security and Medicare are underfunded to the tune of about US$41,660,000,000,000.00! Yes, that is forty-one Trillion, six hundred-sixty Billion United States Dollars. The Social Security/Medicare system is SO BROKEN, if it was a horse it would have been taken out and shot long ago. That is an average per-year of US$555,500,000,000 of ADDITIONAL taxes needing to be collected just to make the two programs solvent. That is about an extra US$1850.00 per year for every man, woman, and child in the USA...

Social Security and Medicare, in 2013 (the most recent year the data is currently available for), received about US$947,000,000,000 in dedicated taxes. So, to cover the unfunded liabilities of social security and medicare, the US Government is going to need to raise the tax rates for social security and medicare by about 58.7% of their current value.

To put it another way, there are 3 'trust funds' involved here. The old-age and survivors trust fund (OASI), the disability trust fund (DI), and the medicare trust fund (HI).

DI will be depleted in 2016 (yes, NEXT year).
HI will be depleted in 2030 (15 years from now).
OASI will be depleted in 2034 (19 years from now).

These dates are per the current Trustee's report from the Social Security Administration itself. Good reading, I recommend everyone read it.

A sane method of 'saving' these programs is going to have to contain sufficient amounts of both revenue enhancements and spending cuts. The Republicans are going to protest the revenue enhancements and the Democrats are going to protest the spending cuts. Unless something drastically changes in US Politics, there will not be enough political will to do anything before at least the HI trust fund is totally depleted.

Once the trust funds are totally depleted, either the benefits will be reduced to the amount supported by the dedicated tax income at that time (projected to be about a 20% cut in the disability program, and about a 50% cut in the old-age/survivors program and the medicare program), OR (more likely) the difference will have to be made up out of general revenue at the cost of either substantial program cuts elsewhere in the Federal Government or huge tax increases, or even more likely a combination of the two.

'Social Security' has been the third rail of US politics for a LONG time (as in touch it and it is political suicide). Contrary to what many believe, the most powerful lobbying organization in the USA isn't the NRA, but instead it is the AARP. Retired persons tend to be an active involved group in US Politics, and if they (as a group) even suspect that a politician is thinking about proposing cuts to social security, they have a conniption fit jihad on them.

No, the political will is not there to do anything meaningful about Social Security now, nor will it be there until the program totally falls apart sometime in the next couple of decades.

Im a baby boomer. I will be 63 in eleven more days. I have to work untill 66.
Its not my damn fault our goverenment has their heads up their keysters. They knew about this in the 70's. They just shrugged it off to a later generation to fix. That seems to be how it works in the US now, Pass it on to the next SOB who has to fix it.
I paid in to the system since I enterd the work force when still in high school. They promised me I would get this much when I retired in X number of years. They damn well better pay me that amount! Or give me all the money I paid into back to me.
I was lucky that I worked for a cocmpany that had a pension plan. They also had an IRA plan. To bad when they moved to China so the stockholders could get more rich. I had to spend my IRA on COBRA payments.
I now work for a companyn that only offers a IRS. yep I put money in it. But but every thing goes up but my paycheck. And Im better off than most people I know. They have nothing but SS to fall back on.
So I guess the politicians are just hoping that we all work till we drop dead? Problem solved?
Meanwhile the selfserving idiots we elect are immune to the rules we get subjected to.
Sorry for the rant.
39) Message boards : Politics : USA Social Security Benefits Crisis and Solutions.... Let's talk. (Message 1703199)
Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
Thank you Major Kong for correcting my misconception on my last point.
So if SS was run as a private enterprise, Would that mean the government would not be allowed to raid it when ever they wanted?

I know of people who worked under the table for just about all their working career. Then listen to them cry when they had to go on SSI and get a pittance. They looked at the short term of going tax free. Never thought about adding cash into others and their own wellbeing in later years.

As for a fix. I say do away with the cap on income that can be taxed for SS. Most working stiffs have to pay the tax year after year for there entire working career. Why should those who make more not pay for the whole year like you and I have to?
40) Message boards : Politics : USA Social Security Benefits Crisis and Solutions.... Let's talk. (Message 1702968)
Posted 19 Jul 2015 by Profile James SotherdenProject donor
It is my understanding that Social Security was set up to be self funding. And that the money collected through SS taxes was only to be used for SS.
But then in the 60's our greedy money hungry politicians decieded they wanted that money in the general fund. That where the problem started. And the way to end it is to take SS out of the general fund.
Or who decides to raid the SS accounts, They should be mandated to pay it back at 10% interest. End of problem.

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