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gasface
11:59 AM on 08/18/2013
...You can find anything on the internet. Look up: "Why do immigrants to the U.S. gain weight?" All do, but the Spanish legal and mostly illegal aliens gain tremendous weight. Mostly those from south of the border of Texas but North America, and those through out South America who come here to have babies, by the age of 26, times 2 to 5 births and know the system will care for their births, add to McDonalds by purchasing their foods, 7 days a week for morning, noon and dinner. When you read "Why...", look for the second paragraph. The author says, all the weight gain can of immigrants, is attributed to McDonalds...
01:45 PM on 08/18/2013
Are you joking? If not, you're an idiot.
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bikemom1056
02:17 PM on 08/18/2013
And this is pertinent because? You didnt mention Obama. You know. There is an article about kittens are cute. And Obama care or something else comes up in the posts. No connection
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Obviator
11:57 AM on 08/18/2013
The problem just goes round and round and round because the lower the wages, the lower the prices will need to be. Businesses like this have shot themselves in the foot by continuing the downward spiral of lower wages and lower prices until there is nowhere left to go. I'd love to see this kind of business become a thing of the past and I will do my part by NEVER shopping or eating in these parasitic places.
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
12:30 PM on 08/18/2013
or Chik-Fil-A - -no where where the CEO sends money to agencies in countries that would execute my GLTB friends and I'm a retired caucasian-native indian hetero female .
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Obviator
01:29 PM on 08/18/2013
Yes!  And there is a big list of places that have made themselves off limits for me because they are not taking care of their employees. I am happy to eat at home, get raw milk from a local dairy and buy produce from the farmers coop. I am so sick of  corporations running everything and stashing their money and hati g on almost everyone who isn't a fat, old wrinkly white guy. This is not my America. I am doing whatever I can to reconfigure things so we can resume living some semblance of the nation of equals that was envisioned by the founding fathers. I don't how being ignorant and stupid is any more authentic than being educated and smart and yet here we are with the inmates running the asylum. I hear on assinine remark after the other and wonder where the hell I am.  
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
12:38 PM on 08/18/2013
was laid off 8/09 -- could not find work; then got ill with the largest protein kidney stones the doc had ever seen (was then on CA medical disability while dealing/surgery/recooping) then back on unemployment --then ran out of cobra 3 months later on HealthySF at $60/quarter --so after very little insulin for 3 months got a PCdoc at the assigned clinic and low cost insulin (2 types plus test strip(s) -- then all out of all unemployment etc. took soc sec early and moved from SF CA (could not even pay the rent controlled rent) to South Ms (hotter than Hades here) with NO medical of any type-using insulin(s) 2 yrs old; test strips 4-5 years old then heart attack and triple by-pass surgery (which I do regret having at all) now there are almost $375K in med bills; $275 in credit card debt (the interest and late fees daily/monthly -- medicare goes into effect in a few months until then I do not answer the phone or open the mail --no sense --eating a lot of dry beans with no meatin the crockpot sorry but I needed to vent
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01:15 PM on 08/18/2013
hang in there! And be sure to vote, that is, if the gop will let you.
HellerHighwater
I liked basketball Obama more than golf Obama
11:54 AM on 08/18/2013
My own riff on Maggie Thatcher's famous quote:

"The problem with unrestrained capitalism is that eventually you run out of people who can afford your stuff."
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Bataan
12:27 PM on 08/18/2013
I would put it: "The problem with unrestrained capitalism is that eventually you run out of people who will work for pennies."
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silverstreet
All you need is love
12:46 PM on 08/18/2013
Dont be so sure about that
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EllsieMorgan
11:54 AM on 08/18/2013
How do these companies expect to make money when even their own workers can't afford to buy what's in their stores?

Pay your workers a living wage, give them benefits, make them feel like they can buy the something they want, instead of waiting and saving for just what they need, and maybe their sales will go up.
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
12:43 PM on 08/18/2013
that might mean the CEO's stockholders might wee weee in their britches

CEO of Costco -- limits his pay to 1M annual-his emps make about $22/hour; full benefits and you walk into a Costco - those employees hustle with may we help you? they SMILE and the prices and rx prices --when one comes here I'll shop there $5 for a 3lb or better rotiss chicken with NO pukey spices on it or salt - take it home and salt/pepper it yourself

Sam Walton would kick some a**es -- he never meant WalMart to be so cruel to employees or sell so much crap made in bumpF**ck with $3/day workers and do explore the link about the HAIR, etc in McNuggies
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Bobbie Stankiewicz
11:48 AM on 08/18/2013
American prosperity post-WWII was built on the consuming middle class. Many of the jobs that allowed middle class Americans to consume were union jobs. These went away, outsourced to cheap labor overseas. They were replaced with lower-paying, part-time jobs. Less money=less spending. Methinks we cut off our noses to spit our faces and are now pissed we don't have noses. Chickens.
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DavidWalker
HappyTrails
12:00 PM on 08/18/2013
For all conservatives, you have fought very hard over the past forty years to accomplish your conservative goals--well, now are you beginning to see what happens when you cut unions, refuse to pay people a living wage, encourage "right to work" laws, cut social programs and the list goes on. You might think living in the 1950's was great, but guess again. I lived through it and for many people, it wasn't so great.
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
12:50 PM on 08/18/2013
even the collectors for credit cards are in India -- same with medical collections .... and Dell 'tech support -- nah go Gateway/Acer - tech is in USA/Canada and English is spoken and understood

now WalMart will offer returning military low pay jobs with not enough hours to qualify or afford the health ins -- BFD that's the way we treat those who sacrificed? lost limbs?

In-N-Out - great food and I meant great - happy staffers (they rotate hourly from spot to spot) -- pay is great with benefits, 401, vaca/sick time - online friend's daughter has worked part time thru last of high school; college and was made asst manager and now manager -- 100K/year, 401, vaca/sick/ etc - her parents are so proud of her hard work and she adores her company, her staff and keeps them motivated when she tells her 'work from the bottom story' -- so send In-N-Out an email and ask them to come to YOUR town-- lovely non-frozen beef single patty/cheese/real fries from real potatos no frozen, soda/tea -- $4 --yes FOUR BUCKs there is always a line but worth it- clean loos too and jalapenoes if you wanna 'em even the non-bun burger --oh yeast raised burger bun...I only eat the top half
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empirekb
11:45 AM on 08/18/2013
i know people are going to disagree but i truely believe if someone looked at the way we let coorperations make all of their products over seas and put either a HUGE tax or a limit on what they can and cant produce in other countries i really feel it would help our economy. Tell Nike they have to produce their sneakers here instead of paying people 30 cents an hour in mexico.... dont want to? Well heres a huge inport and expot tax (im talking one that would hurt). Make clothing companies make clothes for the american people HERE. for america made by americans. I know it wont solve all the issues but it would really help.
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Jerry Jablonski
12:02 PM on 08/18/2013
In theory a lot of us would like to see what you suggest. That only lasts until people find out how much a pair of jeans made in the USA would cost. It would certainly make most of us even more discriminating consumers. Of course, a little less gravy for those at the top might makethose prices a little more palatable.
12:36 PM on 08/18/2013
Jerry, we're not paying any less than when jeans were manufactured in the US....not on jeans, not on electronics, not on anything....
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Bataan
12:39 PM on 08/18/2013
Looking at what companies are charging for those jeans now, there is no reason for them to raise their prices. It would mean they would have to take a little less profit. If labor is the biggest expense and they are paying foreign workers less than a $1 an hour, why should those jeans cost $50? Bangladesh worker is making about $0.30 and hour (or less). Assuming 3 hours to make a pair of jeans and the company has $1.00 in labor invested. So where is the rest of the money going? Hugh salaries and benefits for executives and huge dividends for investors. U.S. and/or foreign workers aren't sharing in the bounty they produce.
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
12:57 PM on 08/18/2013
I do not purchase any name brand - poor quality poor arch support and even when waffle iron died after 20 yrs-$3 at my local thrift store that benefits local low cost spay/neuter clinic -- $20/30 per procedure and do we really need that many clothes - I've donated every slacks/blazer/jacket - kept 1 pair moleskin black & 1 blue -- 2 blazers--Black/Blue and may get rid of the black one to keep the one with 'sparkle' on it -- if I can't go in shorts/t-s/sweats/jeans (2 pair) then I'm NOT going evah -- not Catholic but go to pray for world peace, etc adore the priest there he got me some fresh farm veggies/fruits through their 'limited income' program because he knows I love fresh farm produce. Younger Catholic youth went out and'second harvested' and brought lots/lots/lots of produce to the Church's food program. After those who really can't afford such fresh stuff then the rest of the Congregation can BUY the fruits/groceries
11:45 AM on 08/18/2013
Great comparison.
I don't think Walmart wants equality or the economy to improve. They need the lower middle class and poor to stay that way.
Have you noticed that the Broadway, May Co, and now JcPenney's don't not have the middle class to support them.
It seems it's either Norstroms, Macy's or Walmart, no more in between.
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
12:58 PM on 08/18/2013
look for Winco -- bring own container/bag your own groceries ....carry 'em out
01:53 PM on 08/18/2013
Yeah, while the affluent get home delivery.
01:01 PM on 08/18/2013
Macy's is against equal pay for women in Texas and is facing a boycott. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/kroger-macys-boycott_n_3721553.html
01:56 PM on 08/18/2013
What a shock. That's because women are their main employees. But they best be careful cause they are also their main consumer.
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ahumbleopinion
tax $$$ for public services, not private profits
11:35 AM on 08/18/2013
I never did understand why consumer products companies think their company can continue to grow profits when their customers have less and less money to spend. Are the WalMart heirs going to spend any of their $100,000,000,000 in McDonalds? Wall Street bankers are not going to drop in at WalMart with their billions.
11:31 AM on 08/18/2013
So I guess Reagan's trickle down economics has yet to take effect?
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Grace Note
Is it just me?
12:04 PM on 08/18/2013
It took effect, but it wasn't prosperity that trickled down. lol
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
01:14 PM on 08/18/2013
yes it was screw the seniors, low-income, middle class families

and no KISS with it either
grams said politician spelled c-r-o-o-k

and I have working friends now raising grand(s) and both gram/gramps working full time -- adult moms/dads in military both sent to either Iraq or Afganistan -- or working 2 part-time jobs and living with gram/gramps in a 2 BR1BA apt and they're qualifing for low cost medical care and food stamps -- they apply for whatever they can get out --and shop only thrift for kids' clothing ..
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pjordan52
We are the government we detest
11:18 AM on 08/18/2013
Sales are down because people don't make enough money for discretionary spending. We must increase our profits. Since people can't afford to buy we need to cut their wages and make them part time so they have to pay for their own health care so we increase our profits. This is where this cut, cut, cut attitude gets you. Eventually the majority of Americans will only be spending their money on housing, food, clothing, and of course transportation to they can get to work to make money for housing, food, and clothing.
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DavidWalker
HappyTrails
12:10 PM on 08/18/2013
This is only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to income distribution. When you skew all the income and wealth in a nation to the top 1% and leave the remaining 99% with an ever decreasing share--you get what we are beginning to see. If the conservative agenda continues and is successful what you will see in 100 years is Haiti on steroids. Just who do you think benefits from right to work laws, low minimum wages and no unions? It certainly is not the workers and people of America.
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
01:20 PM on 08/18/2013
2nd hand coffee maker for $3 at local thrift store when my old one 'died'

if I have to go to a big store I go to Target they pay their staff better than WalMart and can afford the health ins even on 25/hours a week
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11:13 AM on 08/18/2013
Low growth = no jobs, flat wages. The finger points at obamas economic policies. At the end of each presidents first term....both having inherited horrible economies....Reagan' s pro market policies produced 7% gdp growth.....obamas policies 2%....let the excuses begin.
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TheAvengers
Mrs. Peel, we're needed.
11:20 AM on 08/18/2013
IT'S Not OBAMA but everyone else's FAULT
11:24 AM on 08/18/2013
Actually - its the do nothing GOP congress who simply hates the black guy in the whitehouse, and if the rest of the country has to suffer, because of their ignorance....so be it....
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Bataan
12:50 PM on 08/18/2013
Reagan was successful because he increased government spending by a large amount as well as increased the number of federal workers by a considerable amount. Second, the Democrats in the House and Senate didn't filibuster every program he wanted. In fact, they allowed republicans to introduce his policies and have votes on them (thus the tax cut) Had Obama spent like Reagan and hired more federal employees instead of cutting, and if the Republican House and Republicans in the Senate had worked with Obama vice "making him a one term president" the country would be in a much better state now. Obama's economic policies can't get through the Senate because McConnell filibusters them. They can't get to the floor of the House because Boehner won't bring them up.
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12:56 PM on 08/18/2013
Thanks for your excuse.
10:55 AM on 08/18/2013
This is the greatest example of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. These corporations pay slave wages and then expect those slaves to come into their stores and spend their insufficient paycheck in their stores.
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Catbell7Cat
old ugly independent retired gal sans spouse/kid:)
01:25 PM on 08/18/2013
did you see the article on if McD's paid emps $15/hour- a lousy big mac would go up 68 pennies ..... duh duh -- wouldn't buy anything but the one buck side salad ever ever ever
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bearsense
Not a Bad Bear ... Just an Old Bear
10:51 AM on 08/18/2013
As was said in another blog (Eschaton) via The Real News) "Tell me again how Australia has a $16 minimum wage and is the only country that dodged the global recession ?"
PS, they have universal health care too.
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10:37 AM on 08/18/2013
when people make more money they have more to spend on goods and services, when they make less they have less to spend. that is basic economics, and it's why low wages ultimately hurt everyone--including the wealthy.
10:52 AM on 08/18/2013
How does it hurt the 1%?
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DavidWalker
HappyTrails
12:12 PM on 08/18/2013
I see the Walton's beginning to squirm.
10:33 AM on 08/18/2013
Ah, the hypocrisy of their complaint.
The welfare makers.
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KidShalleen
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10:39 AM on 08/18/2013
Sure aren't as smart as Henry Ford was!
He paid enough so his workers could buy what they made,....genius.
Wal-Mart, not so much. Just flat out greedy.