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Chi Epsilon
An independent, fiscally-conservative liberal
08:04 PM on 05/03/2012
Well, there's a few things we can do fellow 99%ers: Let's help the 'job creators' by giving them further tax cuts, deregulate the industires, relax the environmental standards, attack another country to protect their interests, give up our property so they can drill or shove a pipeline on it, and most importantly, let's stop getting sick we don't have to make so many claims on our health insurance. Geez, after a six pack, I sound like a republican.
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08:33 PM on 05/03/2012
Alan Grayson, is that you with your lies again? Last time you did that, you lost your job.
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UncleDale
retired librarian fromMaine,living in Florida.
09:06 PM on 05/03/2012
Alan Grayson did a really exceptional job for Floridians-unlike the Republican dead beats like Rubio we have now. Grayson hired a small jobs coordinator at his own expense,worked in his ofice, and helped Florida businesses bring in a million dollars a year in federal grants. Go check on Rubio and the Dan Webster and see what they have done for Florida workers and businesses- other than parrot the Conservative Republican philosophy and obstruct the economic recovery of the country.
10:02 PM on 05/03/2012
I'm w/ ya chi.
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CHARLESTHETENTH
07:53 PM on 05/03/2012
There are just to many variables that are effecting wage growth or for that matter feeding stagnation. A good education and College Degree may still give you an edge but barely if you are one of those who major in Liberal Arts. The money and good paying jobs are in Technology, Science and Medicine. Another factor hurting the job market especially for new entrees are the Seniors who take up a good portion of jobs...mostly low paying...but nevertheless they are out there. Seniors are living longer today and although many are retired they filter back into the job market. They not only take jobs away but by doing so prevent any advancement a younger person could have achieved had they gotten the job in the first place. Not that places like Walmart and Fast food chains pay well but they do offer career opportunities to some who take the initiative. Don't let the numbers fool you...the real unemployment rate with all factors considered is probably much higher but you will never hear that, especially now in this election year.
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lj9283
Why is "Carried Interest" not taxed as Income?
07:33 PM on 05/03/2012
Wage growth is slow because workers have no leverage and stockholders continue to pressure for increases in quarter over quarter profits.
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UncleDale
retired librarian fromMaine,living in Florida.
09:07 PM on 05/03/2012
Workers have no leverage because they don't collectively bargain for wage increases-something they are legally entitled to do-it's called a union.
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09:26 PM on 05/03/2012
Go back read article. Wages are down because of the number of unemployed and part time workers. Union workers are getting let go just as fast as anyone else and their getting a pay increase while being let go isn't helping anyone.
A lot of manufacturing plants have asked employees to take freezes in salary increases in order to avoid layoffs. Personally, I would rather take a freeze than see people get laid off.
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ljmck
Stand Up, Show Up, Speak Up
07:33 PM on 05/03/2012
Of course it's slow. Wall Street has to get its cut first.

Why is it that whenever I think Wall Street I hear the tumbrels rolling to the guillotine?!

Something about A Tale of Two Cities -- or a tale of two streets, my street and Wall Street -- keeps swirling around in my brain. Something about a revolution...
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Ronny0303
07:29 PM on 05/03/2012
Are you BLIND?? there is no recovery!!!!!
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GWNumber1
FREEDOM!
07:33 PM on 05/03/2012
Racist....
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gaydood
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08:24 PM on 05/03/2012
you are? change
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yeti7
don't need no stink'n badges
07:37 PM on 05/03/2012
no recovery!
unemployment increasing and inflation as well !
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PALEOLOGOS DRAGASH
I think, therefore you are wrong.
08:12 PM on 05/03/2012
Hey, on the upside, the government statistics are telling us everything is rosey!!!
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ohiomark
Rush Geek
07:18 PM on 05/03/2012
2% growth is NOT a 'recovery".

It takes at least 5% sustained growth to get out of a recession and 150,000 jobs added a month just to keep up with population growth.

There are 2 million less available jobs overall in this country since Obama took over "managing" this economy.
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GWNumber1
FREEDOM!
07:33 PM on 05/03/2012
Is that you Snipes?
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yeti7
don't need no stink'n badges
07:38 PM on 05/03/2012
yeah but obama needs 4 more years to get us going "forward"
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PALEOLOGOS DRAGASH
I think, therefore you are wrong.
08:13 PM on 05/03/2012
Obama 2012: Four more years of false hope and fake change.
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ohiomark
Rush Geek
08:18 PM on 05/03/2012
"Forward" is a Marxist slogan. There is nothing about Marxism that is forward thinking.
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Ranta
I don't need no ****** badges.
07:17 PM on 05/03/2012
Just on PBS today, many businesses are offering "internships" to people. The catch is, no pay, not even minimum wage. One mentioned was a Fox studio. Law suits are in the works against these bloodsuckers.
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yeti7
don't need no stink'n badges
08:01 PM on 05/03/2012
other broadcaster have done that for years, nothing new there. If you want to intern then intern if you want a job go get one. Hint no job without some experience. So how do you get some experience try being an intern for a summer or two during school vacation experience and make some contacts. You think the world owes you something ?
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PALEOLOGOS DRAGASH
I think, therefore you are wrong.
08:13 PM on 05/03/2012
Looks like Bill Clinton is one of those people seeking fresh interns. The job s ucks, but...
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LogicMonger
Co-Conspirator In The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
07:04 PM on 05/03/2012
LOL

What Recovery ?

The current failure occupying the White House is as big a failure as the failure that occupied the White House before him and that one was a bigger failure that the one before him and so on and so on. It has been like this for the last 30 years.
06:54 PM on 05/03/2012
Anyone who after the theft, fraud, and betrayal of Wall Street and the politicians they own believes that a recovery will fill more pockets than the ones of the criminals needs a brain transplant.
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yeti7
don't need no stink'n badges
08:02 PM on 05/03/2012
Have you watched the Nova special about the crash ?
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08:49 PM on 05/03/2012
Close. The politicians own Wall Street...and the insurance companies....and Big Pharma.... and the college loan accounts....and the mortgage companies. If the companies do not play along and do as told, they are harassed.
Remember when Sebilius told certain insurance companies she was going to audit them and shut them? Remember that it was because had to advise their clients that rates would be going up as required under SEC and state laws? She didn't like that so there were punitive actions against the ones that were complying with the law but not following her demand.
How about Gibson Guitar? What about the other guitar makers who make major donations and are off the hook?
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Dr Scott
I neither sow, nor reap, nor toil, nor spin
06:41 PM on 05/03/2012
This is nothing new. Employers have been shafting employees for thousands of years. The minute you make anything over your starting wage, you are no longer worth keeping because you can easily be replaced with somebody younger, better educated, and willing to work for less. That's just one of the realities of capitalism. Wages WILL NOT increase until such time as economic growth exceeds the pool of workers. Which is not easy to do. And since my pool of workers now includes the entire Earth, I can always hire thousands of young, over-educated people from overseas to do any job in America, for much less than I can hire some local worker. And let's not forget that, as technology grows ever more rapidly, jobs - whole industries - will become obsolete all the quicker.
If you are a free market capitalist, you should be ecstatic at the thought of low salary growth. If you are not a free market capitalist, then you should be kinda upset about our situation.
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Vincent Boyle
Turning Wine Into Funk!
07:16 PM on 05/03/2012
Well said. Feudalism in Europe virtually ended with the plague and the resulting shortage of workers. The workers could for the first time, negotiate with the Landlords and nobles for fair compensation.
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PALEOLOGOS DRAGASH
I think, therefore you are wrong.
08:15 PM on 05/03/2012
Alas, our Feudalism is much more backward, ruthless and primitive than 14th Century European feudalism.
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kolbpilot
08:01 PM on 05/03/2012
That is well said. At 54, I'm in my 6 month of my part time job, being unemployed roughly a year before that. A victim of the great recession? Somewhat I guess. Some my fault as well, as in no college degree & also no trade. So somehow I make do living on 33 hours a week earning a laughable amount above minimum wage. Thank goodness I'm single, but it's the poorest I've ever been. I call it 'Welcome to the 21st Century' for these conditions are here to stay with worsening conditions ahead. Good luck all.
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GWNumber1
FREEDOM!
06:28 PM on 05/03/2012
Two thirds of Americans think our country is on the wrong track....the guy driving the train is not economically competent.
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linmarco
07:31 PM on 05/03/2012
Neither does he own any companies as did the one before him and so on back down the line.
But then the person in the White house should be prepared to take more than their share of the blame and less than their share of the credit. When gas prices were rising he was getting blamed. Now they are falling, at least they are where I live and noticeably so, but I have yet to see anyone crediting him. So it goes.
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09:01 PM on 05/03/2012
two cents is a fall in prices?
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PALEOLOGOS DRAGASH
I think, therefore you are wrong.
08:16 PM on 05/03/2012
The guy driving this train is too busy reviewing the blueprints for his presidential library.
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Erudite2U
06:22 PM on 05/03/2012
It is not that employers are replacing higher paying jobs with lower ones... the work load per employee is either the same or even greater, with each employee having a minimum of 6 trained skill sets, when in prior workplaces in times past one or two were more than enough. The reality is wages are going backwards, to a pre 1990 era and without accounting for inflation.

So a job that paid a living wage, no longer is suitable for survival. Borrowing and ever increasing debt to survive on less than what is needed is what we use to call "peonage", a term for the practices of the coal companies and their practice of indentured servitude.

Here's the way out... Don't be a worker for them, don't buy their stuff, stop giving them money for something you don't need. To hurt the wealthy, make 'em go broke.
06:32 PM on 05/03/2012
Good, start by example and throw out your computer.
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Erudite2U
06:42 PM on 05/03/2012
Been out in the sun too much? Perhaps a new walk in the desert will clarify your vitriol hatred. Until then, set an example for all... throw yourself out first...
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Cleo Creech
Atlanta writer, poet, activist.
06:21 PM on 05/03/2012
Well first, my industry, graphic design and marketing, is still suffering from Bush redefining overtime. Big projects can drive huge OT but no one get's paid for it anymore. The average work-week is now 50-60 hours. So even if you kept you same base salary your hourly has dropped dramatically.

Many people are laddering down to get jobs, and their advanced skill sets are now becoming the new norm for skill sets. Starting graphic designers are now expected to know a whole huge portfolio of softwares and job skills. No one gets these skill sets without working in the industry for years, and now it's what you need just for entry level. Mainly because sooo many jobs have been combined. So many job have been eliminated and not filled that departments just have to absorb the work. People are getting these incredibly long and complex job titles with half-a-dozen hyphens.
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yeti7
don't need no stink'n badges
08:03 PM on 05/03/2012
bushes fault ! why don't you switch companies then?
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Cleo Creech
Atlanta writer, poet, activist.
08:58 PM on 05/04/2012
mmm because Bush changed the OT laws for everyone - it was a huge give-away to business interests. So if I switched companies it would be the same there too.
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09:20 PM on 05/03/2012
I have had gov contracts under Clinton, Bush, Bush and Obama. All the gov contracts required we work 44-46 hours a week and get paid for 40. The rest of your comment is very true. Everyone has to be diversified in what they offer. A secretary with a typewriter does not cut it any more.
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clr1390
06:13 PM on 05/03/2012
Trying to keep wages down is the agenda of the GOP. They would love to lower minimum wage...They want companies to have no benefits. It is the big picture to keep companies wealthy happy and the paying people poor dumb and glad they have a job even if it does not pay the bills.
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breakingpoint
War is a Racket - Smedley Butler
06:09 PM on 05/03/2012
it's a lie - there is no recovery

don't fall for it
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gaydood
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08:25 PM on 05/03/2012
hogwash alert
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breakingpoint
War is a Racket - Smedley Butler
08:33 PM on 05/03/2012
they are cutting wages and benies all over the place - not to mention the end of unemployment for millions - people are becoming indentured servants