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GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin: $10 Minimum Wage Would Quadruple Fast Food Prices

GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin: $10 Minimum Wage Would Quadruple Fast Food Prices

Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 13:53:26 in Business

“The rules for getting a McDonalds franchise suggest that they are. You have to have a minimum of $750 ,000 to get one.

http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com/mcd/franchising/us_franchising/aquiring_a_franchise.html

djtejas on Aug 13, 2013 at 14:08:07

“Please don't confuse people with facts...”
Moo Cluck Moo, Detroit-Area Fast Food Joint, Pays Workers $12 An Hour, Still Profits: Founder

Moo Cluck Moo, Detroit-Area Fast Food Joint, Pays Workers $12 An Hour, Still Profits: Founder

Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 17:30:51 in Business

“We were a division of a large UK precious metals company and the figures are true. Just because you don't have the knowledge or vision to see it is your problem not mine. Just so you know, we also provided health benefits at no cost to employees and families. Just a $5 fee to see a primary care physician which we could not get rid of despite being self insured. I repeated this with two smaller businesses as well. Look to approaches to adaptive change to see how we did it.

Now get back in your Neanderthal cave and let us real businessmen do our stuff!”

inconvenientfacts on Aug 7, 2013 at 17:35:25

“Ah, so it WASN'T through the magic of high wages and long-term focus, but the short term benefits of heavy capitalization in a high margin, high price market trading in rare goods. Intellectual honesty; try it sometime, it's quite refreshing.”
Moo Cluck Moo, Detroit-Area Fast Food Joint, Pays Workers $12 An Hour, Still Profits: Founder

Moo Cluck Moo, Detroit-Area Fast Food Joint, Pays Workers $12 An Hour, Still Profits: Founder

Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 05:01:55 in Business

“Pay better, get better employees, lower staff turnover, reduced training costs, more innovation, lower cost, better customer service, increased sales, better profit.

Before you chest pounding Republicans tell me I'm wrong we managed to grow our business from $23MM to nearly $1bn in less than ten years, profitable every year, positive EBITDA every year but one (acquisition).

The difference is if you want to maximize short term profits or long term gain. I suspect most of the detractors have never signed the front of a payroll check.”

inconvenientfacts on Aug 7, 2013 at 07:53:44

“So, presuming "near" $1B is $900M, you started at 8 figures and managed a 3913% increase in less than 10 years. Through the magic of high wages and not focusing on the short term. If anyone believes that, I have a few bridges for sale.”

agpb on Aug 7, 2013 at 05:26:11

“Why did your EBITDA go negative due to an acquisition?”
Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Commented May 14, 2013 at 18:42:09 in Business

“You confuse your rantings with facts. You provided no sources whatsoever. Just because you SHOUT it often enough you think we should believe you. I gave you the sources of my information. I respectfully disagree with what you say.

Your hatred of Obama shines through all your contributions to Huffpost. The country voted, you lost, get over it (like I had to when Bush got re-elected.)”
Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Commented May 14, 2013 at 13:06:45 in Business

“In order: Pew Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics, any newspaper, Census Bureau. I'll give you the comment about parents - that is a personal observation.

Your angry and personal attack and the fact that you don't seem to remember much about the Bush era suggest you have some unresolved issues. Have we gone off the meds recently?”

cataplasm on May 14, 2013 at 18:42:09

“You confuse your rantings with facts. You provided no sources whatsoever. Just because you SHOUT it often enough you think we should believe you. I gave you the sources of my information. I respectfully disagree with what you say.

Your hatred of Obama shines through all your contributions to Huffpost. The country voted, you lost, get over it (like I had to when Bush got re-elected.)”

john201 on May 14, 2013 at 15:05:06

“WHY didn't you refute my facts??????”
Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Commented May 14, 2013 at 12:09:10 in Business

“We had our own Shirtways Triangle fire that led to reforms in the garment industry. All these conglomerates have done is shift their miserable profit machines around the world to find another group they can oppress in search of more dollars.”

Makeredhappy on May 14, 2013 at 12:25:53

“The Triangle fire started the US on the road to revamping the textile industry. Hopefully the workers in third world countries will get the save benefits in view of a fire then the building collapse in Bangaledesh. It's for sure American corporations won't be helping.”
Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Gap, Walmart Fail To Endorse Bangladesh Safety Accord Backed By Europe's Biggest Retailers

Commented May 14, 2013 at 12:05:05 in Business

“You just have to be kidding. Not all of us have forgotten stagnant wages, a real decline in living standards for the bottom 80% and massive and increasing unemployment in the final year of his administration as the wheels came off after 7 years of abject failure. And don't get me going on the unfunded wars!

As for education, look at where the worst problems are and you see red state after red state. Underfunded programs, poorly paid teachers and parents whose own abysmal education drive a vicious cycle of decline.”

john201 on May 14, 2013 at 12:13:13

“Only a fool makes public pronouncements based on falacious talking points, sound bites and the rantings of a desperate, failing politician.

If you have PROOF to refute my assertions I would appreciate seeing them.

You baseless assumptions don't count.”
Health Care Spending Growth Is Slow For Third Straight Year: Report

Health Care Spending Growth Is Slow For Third Straight Year: Report

Commented May 9, 2013 at 02:28:24 in Business

“The high taxes apply to other items. The cost of healthcare per person is half what it is here in the States. Until the UK Republicans got in you were guaranteed treatment within 18 weeks - by law.

My mother is 86 years old and her treatment is exemplary.

By law, costs and outcomes for things like surgeries are available freely which allows market forces to drive costs down. Something the US hospitals hate.

There is a reason the UK has a huge number of visitors coming for treatment (and not the other way around). Your blind prejudice (as well as appalling grammar) suggest that you work on a purely emotional plane. You don't let the facts (like independent WHO statistics or people that have lived in the countries concerned) get in the way of your dogma.

I don't wish anything bad for anyone but you are an unfeeling person that just refuses to accept that other countries have found a better way to do things. A good friend of mine has been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She has a (very) high deductible health benefit plan and she and her husband are being wiped out trying to give her a few more months of life. In the UK everything would be covered free (and don't go on about taxes because health care costs are way lower than here). Maybe you need to experience first hand the failure of American Healthcare and then you may think differently.”

gfe on May 9, 2013 at 08:08:06

“my elders get great care here and pay very little. of course they have paid for their healthcare for decades, like me. people that cared for themselves are healthy. many don't end up with cancer but so it goes. some people are lucky and others aren't. goobermint should not be in the healthcare business. they barely manage the things they should be involved in well.”
Health Care Spending Growth Is Slow For Third Straight Year: Report

Health Care Spending Growth Is Slow For Third Straight Year: Report

Commented May 8, 2013 at 12:54:27 in Business

“and why poor Americans go in droves to Europe, India and Asia for their treatment!”

gfe on May 8, 2013 at 18:25:19

“LOL
poor americans dont "GO" anywhere!”
Health Care Spending Growth Is Slow For Third Straight Year: Report

Health Care Spending Growth Is Slow For Third Straight Year: Report

Commented May 8, 2013 at 12:52:40 in Business

“Outright lies. I'm a Brit and know first hand. My brother recently had surgery for varicose vein removal. 10 days from first trip to primary care physician to leaving hospital. Total cost ZERO. They even provided a free ambulance home from the hospital and his primary care physician was waiting at his home when he got there.

I expect this to worsen because the Tory party (British Republicans) are defunding healthcare.

I live in the US and recently waited weeks to see my primary care physician and because I hadn't met my deductibles ended up paying 100%. The independent WHO figures show that the US has the highest costs and amongst the poorest outcomes of any of the developed nations. gfe - it appears if you don't like the facts you just make up lies.”

gfe on May 8, 2013 at 18:24:48

“youre ZERO cost is HIGH TAXES.
people come from all over the world for treatment HERE so they don't have to wait in socialized medicine countries.... even canadians..... unless its emergent, you WAIT to be cared for and if you are OLD, needing say knee surgery, you are told to deal withit..... it appears you dont knwo what you are talking about.....”
Rob Woodall: Mitt Romney Was Right About '47 Percent' Statistic

Rob Woodall: Mitt Romney Was Right About '47 Percent' Statistic

Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 13:12:16 in Politics

“So, if as an individual, you pay no Federal taxes and draw welfare you are indolent and have no incentive to work and improve.

So, if as a corporation, you pay no Federal taxes and receive grants and government support you are ................”

joeydetroit on Apr 15, 2013 at 13:29:31

“Bingo!”

jeffc152 on Apr 15, 2013 at 13:22:55

“Exactly, why should oil companies get government subsidies whey they make billions in profits each quarter? Oh, right... I forgot, its because they have Republican politicians in their back pocket!
And haven't you heard? "Global warming is a hoax" - (contents of this message payed for by ExxonMobil)”
Kim Chol, North Korea Official, Allegedly Executed For Drinking During Kim Jong-il Mourning Period

Kim Chol, North Korea Official, Allegedly Executed For Drinking During Kim Jong-il Mourning Period

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 10:11:15 in World

“Renew the meds Iron Mike. Your delusional rants suggest you have a serious chemical imbalance.”
Paul Ryan Misleads On Unemployment Rate In Vice Presidential Debate

Paul Ryan Misleads On Unemployment Rate In Vice Presidential Debate

Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 19:14:18 in Business

“I didn't think of that! What sounds do sucking leaches (who still pay taxes) make? Oh yes, Go Obama!”
Paul Ryan Misleads On Unemployment Rate In Vice Presidential Debate

Paul Ryan Misleads On Unemployment Rate In Vice Presidential Debate

Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 18:49:27 in Business

“Of course you completely discount people like me that left the workforce at retirement age last month and you blithely make Obama responsible for all the people that lost their jobs after he took office even though the rate of job losses were increasing every month during Bush's last year in office. 800,000 lost their jobs in last month of the Bush administration alone. In the twelve or so months after Obama took office he reduced the rate of job loss month after month until we moved into positive job growth. Still you blithely blame him for the job losses during this period as if he could have reversed the worst recession in generations overnight.

With a huge inherited pool of unemployed it becomes more difficult to return the economy to growth because those unemployed don't have money to spend - and we know trickle down doesn't work! A recession in the rest of the world means exports are difficult so ways of picking up the slack are impossible to find. We are having to bootstrap our way back and Romney (using Bush's tools) would only make things worse!”

djo2013 on Oct 12, 2012 at 18:55:59

“"people like me that left the workforce at retirement age last month..."
***
Same here! I retired last June 25. I'm now an irresponsible leech, according to Romney.”
On The Fly: The Doctor Will See You ... When Her Boss Says She Can

On The Fly: The Doctor Will See You ... When Her Boss Says She Can

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 10:54:48 in Fifty

“In the UK, you get to see a doctor within three days guaranteed but usually the same day. If you go in on spec you may wait a couple of hours. If you cannot get to the doctor they will come to you, generally the same day. My last US visit had to be booked three weeks ahead.

In the doctor's office you are triaged so that simple, run of the mill, problems are routed to nurse practitioners or a PA-C. Pharmacists are trained and allowed to deal with things like flu. As a result my doctor has enough time to deal with me as I need.

My only criticism is that simple blood tests can take a long time to get back but, then again, I feel my doctor in the US just treats me from the blood test results - hardly lifting his head from the check marks from the blood tests before reaching for the Rx pad.

On my last quarterly checkup I mentioned this to my US doc and he said they were getting more nurse practitioners to copy the UK. His practice was paying for his nurse to be trained as a nurse practitioner. Here's hoping.”

qewret on Oct 19, 2013 at 10:15:42

“I want a doctor spending lots of time with me...not a nurse, with a doctor doing follow-up based on the nurse's observations.”
John Boehner, GOP Savaged: 'Humiliating Failure,' 'Disaster'

John Boehner, GOP Savaged: 'Humiliating Failure,' 'Disaster'

Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 14:15:22 in Media

“What a perfect storm! Boehner is a weak speaker, the house has a well funded minority on the far right who are feeling cocky but have essentially no experience of actually governing and whose aganda is wholly negative and based on destroying Obama. As an American voter I'm apalled at what has happened but feel totally powerless to make a change. I live in a red state so my vote simply counts toward establishing a nationwide majority rather than affecting which lawmakers make it to DC.

I see all this as necessary pain as America transitions to something better. All this would be over more quickly if our representatives (on both sides) put our country ahead of self and party. Vote your own views and those of the majority of your constituents and live or die by that. If you go down in the primaries so be it. Your replacement will likely go down against a middle of the road candidate and we can move on.

The American people are resolute and brave. We can beat this and emerge on the other side with a more perfect union. We are still a young democracy that has stepped to the brink. We will survive and we will return stronger and better. GBA!”

Ben Hoffman on Oct 16, 2013 at 14:22:16

“... and other platitudes...”
huffingtonpost entry

Apple Pie May Be American, But Apple Computer Isn't - Not Anymore

Commented May 24, 2013 at 11:33:11 in Politics

“Nowhere near enough cash for that. I'm a regular Joe that has worked all around the world. Roll on retirement and some great European vacations tho'.”
huffingtonpost entry

Apple Pie May Be American, But Apple Computer Isn't - Not Anymore

Commented May 23, 2013 at 15:09:06 in Politics

“I'm fortunate to have income from Spain, the UK and the US. My European income is taxed at source and, because I am a US citizen, it is also taxed here. The double taxation rules help a little but I do not get full credit for the tax I have already paid which means that, at least on some income, I am taxed twice.

My European income stays in Europe and isn't repatriated.

Contrast this with corporations "people per the Supreme Court" where they can engineer profits in any low tax country they wish by playing transfer pricing and IP games and avoid paying any US tax until it is repatriated.

Corporations have this right because they buy it come election time. Me, I have one crummy, useless, vote that the pols ignore every time.

What's the answer? Short of repatriating myself to my European cash and giving up US citizenship, I have none.”

Philar on May 24, 2013 at 07:46:57

“Be thankful. You might, possibly, have become part of the hated one percent.”
A Father Curses Out His Young Daughter On the Street: How I Chose to Intervene

A Father Curses Out His Young Daughter On the Street: How I Chose to Intervene

Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 12:25:32 in Parents

“I am old and in no way fit enough to take on this man. However, in that situation I would have complained verbally and taken my chances that this guy would redirect his abuse at me. If it resulted in him assaulting me so be it. The police could then intervene and, if necessary, remove him from his child's life. We all have a responsibility to society, especially for our children. Do good before nothing and leave the world a better place.”
Denis Allex Executed: Somali Militants Say They Killed French Hostage

Denis Allex Executed: Somali Militants Say They Killed French Hostage

Commented Jan 18, 2013 at 16:28:59 in World

“The problem is that we are being drawn into their type of warfare. An approach might be to change it to a superpower type of warfare. One cruise missile, suitably armed, leading to one glass parking lot, sending a very firm message of the futility of continuing. I would guess that after the second the problem might significantly diminish.”
huffingtonpost entry

Tyranny of Plutocracy: Holding People Hostage Over a Fiscal & Climate Cliff

Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 17:02:07 in Denver

“The reality is that the vast majority of the deficit has been created by subsidies to big business in the form of cash and a couple of unnecessary wars (including all those Haliburton people), military spending that dwarfs the budget of every other nation in the world, bailouts for the financial industry and tax deductions that benefit the very rich. Add to that support for home owners who were trapped by duplicitous lenders and the way mortgages were packaged and resold and you have the vast majority of the deficit. Kick starting the economy after the disaster that was Bush II pretty much rounds it out. Tell me how a self funded Medicare system caused all that?

The reality is that the 1% (and more likely 0.1%) have systematically distorted the economy and the political system to reinforce their own obscene wealth all paid for by the middle class that have seen decades of decline in real income despite radically improved efficiency in manufacturing and services.

Is it too late for us the reverse all this or are we doomed to see the disparity of income and wealth continue to grow until we end up with our own USA spring?”

Human1984 on Dec 29, 2012 at 10:42:47

“USA Spring is more likely! Let's start with organizing a national labor strike for economic justice.”

greggied on Dec 29, 2012 at 00:41:44

“Right you are. It may have to come to a USA spring.”
Obama Extends Narrow Lead Over Mitt Romney: Poll

Obama Extends Narrow Lead Over Mitt Romney: Poll

Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 16:42:35 in Politics

“Set up charitable trusts then re-entered the workforce helping small businesses and finally passing on a lifetime's experience by teaching. Every year I buy books, pay college tuition and provide support for students who are too poor to pay their own way. The only thing I suggest is that these students do something similar when they can.”
Obama Extends Narrow Lead Over Mitt Romney: Poll

Obama Extends Narrow Lead Over Mitt Romney: Poll

Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 14:45:40 in Politics

“For several years I was one of the 1% - my quarterly tax bill was over $200,000. 15 years ago I came to my senses, gave away a ton of cash and devoted my life to giving back. This was not driven by some religious doctrine, it was the right thing to do having received more than any man could expect or use.

I've lived the American dream but it is a declining hope for most. The ultra rich rewrite the rules to protect and enhance their wealth. They pull back on benefits and education in order to keep a firm hold on the majority who have seen their real income decline for well over a decade. Romney represents those interests without doubt. He WILL shut the door on the American dream for anyone not in his circle of wealth.

That Romney appears to be close to Obama in terms of electoral votes fills me with dispair for our Republic. He courts the single issue electorate with a steady stream of positions that change as soon as he moves onto the next group. He has only one firm position - to protect and enhance his own and his elite's positions.”

IAmNotAHateFilledRanter on Oct 30, 2012 at 16:58:23

“It fills me with despair too. I can't imagine what a woman thinks about herself to vote Teapublican. I want Romney to lose so bad mainly to show the world our vote can't be bought..though he has bought too many. 24hr FOX”

Carol Ann Murphy on Oct 29, 2012 at 17:13:23

“You are a wonderful, caring person. Thanks for writing!”

tammy3901 on Oct 29, 2012 at 16:53:06

“Cata....if only more of the 1% were like you.”

sotiricon on Oct 29, 2012 at 15:14:45

“I hope you're not giving that money to private charities. You should be giving a lot more back to where it counts. You've taken all that money from people! I would say you should take 95% of what you currently own (maybe more) ... and give it to government. This will be used to improve the schools, create jobs and help pay down the national debt.”
Obama Extends Narrow Lead Over Mitt Romney: Poll

Obama Extends Narrow Lead Over Mitt Romney: Poll

Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 14:10:37 in Politics

“OMG. The economy was in free fall during the last year of Bush with the number of people being laid off accelerating month after month. Obama came in and turned that around in just over a year with the number of people being laid off reducing month after month (see the Bureau of Labor Statistics data) yet you blame him for everyone that was laid off that first year.

First you create the problem, then you fight Obama every inch of the way and then you blame the Bush hangover to him.

You've got a damned nerve - especially as you want to go back to the Bush programs that created this problem in the first place.”
Alleged Verizon-Google Deal: Who's Saying What

Alleged Verizon-Google Deal: Who's Saying What

Commented Aug 6, 2010 at 14:20:06 in Technology

“Everyone is assuming Verizon just means cell phones. Verizon has a substantial business in fiber optic and DSL (at least in my area). If you are paying a fortune for 50Mb/s and find yourself throttled back so that YouTube can run even faster you are going to be pissed.”
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