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Bill Clinton's Labor Economist Warns Against Big Minimum Wage Raises

Bill Clinton's Labor Economist Warns Against Big Minimum Wage Raises

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 12:19:58 in Politics

“This opinion brought to you by the "Triangulation" administration.

Those wacky economic warriors that brought you NAFTA, financial deregulation, normalized trade relations with China (and all of their currency manipulation), and welfare reform.”

ocgame9 on Dec 10, 2013 at 12:24:15

“China (and all of their currency manipulation)? HA! China currency is increasing and how does US currency lose 50% of it's value in 10 years.”
The Moment I Knew (SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO)

The Moment I Knew (SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO)

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 09:56:36 in Weddings

“Does anyone else see the irony in the fact that this is named the same as a long-running series in the Divorce section?”
Survey Shows Men Are Getting Really Into Moisturizer, Thank Goodness

Survey Shows Men Are Getting Really Into Moisturizer, Thank Goodness

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 16:57:59 in Style

“...and witty and bright”
Fast-Food Workers In 100 Cities To Walk Off The Job

Fast-Food Workers In 100 Cities To Walk Off The Job

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 11:05:22 in Business

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/map_of_the_week/2013/02/minimum_wage_laws_virtually_every_country_in_the_world_has_a_minimum_wage.html
I don't know where your 90% comes from because I certainly had no problem finding scores of economists that support my position.

Here's a poll of economists regarding the minimum wage done earlier this year.
http://www.igmchicago.org/igm-economic-experts-panel/poll-results?SurveyID=SV_br0IEq5a9E77NMV
And, of course, there is always Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz.”
Marijuana Use Causes Man Boobs?

Marijuana Use Causes Man Boobs?

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 14:52:38 in Weird News

“Hmmm, three plastic surgeons quoted.

Someone trying to drum up some business?”
Elephants Walk Through Hotel Lobby Like They Own The Place (VIDEO)

Elephants Walk Through Hotel Lobby Like They Own The Place (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 12:50:45 in Green

“When an elephant needs a place to stay, where does he go?

Anywhere he wants.”

ChaCubed on Dec 8, 2013 at 00:39:31

“:-)) "Where does an elephant walk? Anywhere s/he wants." :-))”
This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 11:46:19 in Divorce

“All good here.

I just think there's a fine line between schadenfreude and sadism.”
Obama: Some Republicans Have 'Gotta Be Embarrassed'

Obama: Some Republicans Have 'Gotta Be Embarrassed'

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 10:30:58 in Politics

“Extending tax cuts and subsidies for the wealthy and corporate creates dependence and I don't hear too many Republicans arguing to end those.

So either, a) they do not actually create dependence and a faction of our population is lying, or b) they are greedy hypocrites declaring "all for me and none for thee".

Either way, the ones making that argument can be effectively ignored.”
Georgia Republican Who Made 'Callous' Pre-Existing Condition Remark Has One Of His Own

Georgia Republican Who Made 'Callous' Pre-Existing Condition Remark Has One Of His Own

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 10:23:15 in Politics

“So you're comparing 35 states and 25 years to 26 states and 2 months?

That seems like a fair comparison.”

ronkw on Dec 6, 2013 at 10:56:38

“neither of them garnered any takers...it's another gov. money/power grab.”
Kentucky Governor To Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight On Obamacare

Kentucky Governor To Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight On Obamacare

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 10:19:22 in Politics

“"McConnell later said in a statement that he's been traveling around Kentucky listening to his constituents
(businesses and the wealthy that contribute to his campaigns)
since Obamacare became law. He said it is "unacceptable" that hundreds of thousands of them
(numbers pulled directly from a nether orifice)
lost their current health plans and that small business owners are seeing a spike in their insurance premiums
(from zero to something)."”

Hagia on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:14:27

“You're a hoot!”

Oneoutof on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:42:06

“And in a generation the children whose folks now qualify for Medicaid and chose to go that route will learn all about Medicaid Estate Recovery.

They just think they are going to inherit that house.”
St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

St. Peter's Bones Fake? Questions Raised About Authenticity Of Vatican Relics

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 10:05:27 in Religion

“I have St. Petersen's bone.

Wanna see it?”

TheWM on Dec 6, 2013 at 13:12:11

“No.”

BeninOakland on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:14:43

“Daddddeeeeeeeeeeee!”
These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 09:53:47 in Business

“I'm glad you see the error of your ways.”
Fast-Food Workers In 100 Cities To Walk Off The Job

Fast-Food Workers In 100 Cities To Walk Off The Job

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 09:45:28 in Business

“There are different philosophies of economics, and, yes, I'm a Keynesian through and through.

You may claim that your economic philosophy dictates that my claims will not happen. I happen to view history and see that between WWII and the 70s, wages maintained a steady rise and our economy hummed along. Wages have been stuck for 30 years now, and we've been on a boom and bust cycle, which primarily busts the little guy but never shares with him during the boom.

You were the one who brought up comparing the US to other countries, "Fact: No industrialized country in the world that has no min. wage has over a 4% unemployment rate." Which is a funny fact, considering there are no industrialized countries without a minimum wage.

If a company cannot afford to pay a living wage to their employees, then they do not deserve to be in business. I don't see why I should provide my tax dollars to a company (in the form of government assistance to its employees) that I don't personally patron. What makes this different than the government handing out free money to everyone who makes less than $50,000 annually?

Finally, the conservative noise machine is well-oiled and works very well at beating the drums for its agenda. So I'm certain you can find a hundred articles predicting all the doom and gloom. Just like you could've found the same tired arguments against social security and unemployment insurance and Medicare.”

wayne a on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:02:38

“joel,you're philosophy and predictions go against 90% of what experts are saying.As soon as I get time I'll look up the article on the industrialized countries in the Atlanta Journal and

send the link but I did check these out.Iceland-5.5%,Norway-3.5%,Finland-5.9%,Denmark-5.7%,Austria-5.5%,Ger.-5.2%,Switzerland-3.1%,all with no min. wage.But like I said,with a min. wage %12-$15, our weak economy will be sent into another tailspin.”
Study Says Fear Of Being Alone Keeps People In Bad Relationships

Study Says Fear Of Being Alone Keeps People In Bad Relationships

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 15:06:32 in Divorce

“They all thought they could be the one to change him?”

wittyusername 29 on Dec 6, 2013 at 08:35:13

“With the number being at 4... I would still hazard a guess that he's pretending to be something he's not. He's the common denominator in the scenario... :)”
Study Says Fear Of Being Alone Keeps People In Bad Relationships

Study Says Fear Of Being Alone Keeps People In Bad Relationships

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 15:04:12 in Divorce

“Those must some exceptional cats. :-P”

wittyusername 29 on Dec 6, 2013 at 08:36:44

“They love me to pieces, so that works :)”
This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 14:40:58 in Divorce

“Quit god first. Then boating. :-D

Sex isn't so much a drive anymore, it's more of an idle.”

OverClocker on Dec 5, 2013 at 15:44:11

“I had great sex with a guy on a boat once. It was a religious experience. 8-)”
This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 14:37:21 in Divorce

“When does she do that?

'Cause if she snuck up on me and did that while I was asleep, I'd freak the hell out.

(FYI, I did 12 years Catholic school. At my parole hearing....er....graduation, I started to think it was BS. Then college, history, and existentialism sealed the deal.)”

Luke Johnathan on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:48:48

“Haha, well He does tend to sneak up on me, though not while I'm asleep.

I suppose its little, every day things, really. Back in October I had a week where I was really doubting whether God exists or not, and if He does, whether He even cares about what I do and how I do in school. I had a philosophy midterm that week, and when I went to write it, out of the 15 practice questions we were given, the 3 I was hoping would be on the exam, were. Mere coincidence? Possibly, but at a certain point there get to be so many seeming coincidences that it gets hard to write them all off.

I often have several books on the go, and several times this past year, I'll find myself struggling with the problem of evil, for example, or the historicity and reliability of the Bible, only to find when I sit down to do some recreational reading that the very next chapter I'm on discusses that exact problem. Sure, it could just be a coincidence, but it's uncanny.

There have also been several instances throughout university where it's appeared God has clearly answered my prayers; grades, finances, the LSAT, etc. I tend to be a very skeptical, cynical person, and I find many aspects of atheism quite appealing, but every time I think I'm getting the upper hand on my faith "problem", God "talks" to me without talking. If that makes sense?”
These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 14:20:42 in Business

“So your argument is:

Look like me
Talk like me
Think like me
Be like me
or GTFO

Physician, heal thyself.”

Chloelarue on Dec 5, 2013 at 18:32:14

“That is riduculously stupid.”
These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:51:08 in Business

“My goodness. You must be a psychic to know someone's education level just by looking at them.

You're not willing to pay more for a Value Meal? Then eat at home, with real food bought from a grocery store. It's cheaper and healthier.

Ah, the 50s. What a great time you must have had.

Gas was $0.27/gallon.
A movie ticket was $0.48.
Rent was $42/month.
A pound of coffee was $0.79.
A one-way ticket from NY to Cali was $88.
A Chevy Corvette was $3000.

Today:
Gas = $3.25
Movie = $8.05
Rent = $1,073
pound of coffee = $5.15
One-way airfare (NY to LA) = $400
Chevy Corvette (base model) = $51,000

Tell me again how tough you had it, and how none of these people deserve a raise.”
These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

These Photos Prove The Fast Food Strikers Mean Business

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 13:25:45 in Business

“So who do you resent?

Your employer who can pay you meager wages because "at least you're not working fast food"?

Or the fast food worker who is asking to move up to your meager wage?”
This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 10:31:57 in Divorce

“OMG. That's hilarious.

I do so enjoy finding humor in the financial devastation inflicted upon others by a cruel, selfish individual and a biased court system.

You know what else is really funny?

Mugging victims. You should see the look on their faces when they look down the barrel of a gun as they are robbed of their possessions. Boy, that's pure comedy.

Ah, but nothing beats lifelong prison terms for drug possession.

This certainly is a wonderful world in which we live.

Thank you for sharing the joy.”

Onwardiwent on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:40:09

“Chin up JP. The worst is behind you.”
This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

This Motor Boat Will Strike A Nerve With Bitter Exes Everywhere

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 10:20:46 in Divorce

“Thank the gods I quit both. I've been able to think much more clearly ever since.”

Luke Johnathan on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:12:18

“I wish I could, but I'm a Christian and in my early twenties, I think I'm doomed. How were you able to stop believing in God? Every time I start seriously considering becoming an atheist it's like God shows up and says "yeah, I'm still here dude...".”

ImBack43 on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:09:27

“lol poor guy!”

OverClocker on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:31:32

“What "both" did you quit, Joel? Did you give up sex and boating? :-)”
Leopard Cub Adopts Her Prey's Baby, Shows What We Can Learn From The Animal World

Leopard Cub Adopts Her Prey's Baby, Shows What We Can Learn From The Animal World

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 10:19:20 in Good News

“What we can learn from the animal kingdom...

always save a snack for later”

BeerLover on Dec 6, 2013 at 23:50:48

“LOLOL!!!”

GQ MF on Dec 6, 2013 at 23:28:01

“Loudest LOL of the day!”

GOPluvsWireHangers on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:13:24

“shame on you lol”
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