“Your comfortable "older" life happened partly because pay disparity wasn't as wide as it is now. Wages for the poor and middle class have been frozen for decades, so people starting out today don't have the same trajectory that you had. They can work just as hard, but make less money. My retired relatives all have pensions; most employees today don't get them. I don't know whether government is the solution to this problem, but it is a problem for many of our citizens.”
okrawimfry on Dec 12, 2012 at 10:53:31
“I think it has to do more with globalism than anything.
Competition is fierce, and contrary to popular belief, companies don't project wide profit margins at the expense of the employees (I only say this because my work is involved in auditing how companies manage their processes).
Additionally, companies pay for skill / labor. Many jobs don't require much skill, but simply labor. Basically, the brains get paid over the muscle. We all start out on the labor end of things for the most part, and hopefully move into the skilled category as we get older. That's usually the process.
I do agree with you on the pension end of things, but I still tie that back to globalism and competition.
In the end, I believe there are simply too many disincentives to encourage business in this country....strangling regulations and taxes.
As far as pay disparity, you are correct.....since Obama's been in office, this disparity has widened and household income has dropped between 2009 and 2011.”
“Exactly what are these people doing that justifies that much money? You can only have so many meetings in a day, and can only make so many decisions in a day. Some companies are paying their CEO's/executives truckloads of money while going bankrupt. Take the case of Hostess Brands: "...Hostess seeks approval in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York...to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million as part of its wind-down plans...Two of those executives would be eligible for additional rewards depending on how efficiently they carry out the liquidation...The bonuses do not include pay for CEO Gregory Rayburn, who was brought on as a restructuring expert earlier this year. Rayburn is being paid $125,000 a month." Nice restructuring, dude. The company is closed, thousands of workers are laid off, but you get a lavish sendoff. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/hostess-executive-bonuses_n_2210515.html)
The truth is that many of the same people sit on the same corporate boards, CEO's and board members hire their friends, and they all vote to give each other high pay. It doesn't necessarily have to do with their "excellence." CEO pay agreements aren't usually dependent on performance. http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/corporate_community.html
“The govt is not offering health plans; the Republicans nixed that. Everyone has to get private insurance.
re: "they are still treated"
At a much higher cost. People with health insurance get more medical exams (e.g., mammograms and prostate exams), so they're more likely to catch a problem before it gets to the emergency room, when it's way more expensive and often too late.
Yes, it costs more for insurance companies (or rather, those who are members of their plans) to accept those with preexisting conditions--that's why they didn't do it before. But overall, the Obamacare plan makes more fiscal sense and will save more lives.”
KWelch on Nov 2, 2012 at 08:27:23
“Well someone with a breast / prostate problem won't end up in the emergency room for some pain. Half of the people who have good insurance don't go get checkups. I don't. I've asked a ton of people around my office, and they don't.
Yeah, the government makes you get "private" healthcare. But doesn't Obamacare penalize you if you don't go with what they lay out on the table for you?
Is the goal of the United States to save more lives, or to help people live healthier lives. We can only go far when it comes to the natural cycle of life right?”
“I love how you characterize a working man who was stabbed saving another person's life as a "handouter." As for whether Romney would provide, I think the article answers your question, since the people profiled here, who are living under pre-Obamacare laws, have not been provided for, and are deep in debt, as are 62% of Americans who file for bankruptcy (source: American Journal of Medicine). But, since you probably claim to be fiscally conservative, let me hit you where you live: with most health issues, it's far cheaper to pay for the preventative exams that a good insurance company can provide than to wait until someone's heart problems/cancer has reached emergency-room levels. Making health insurance available to all will save taxpayer money.”
“His statement is only the truth if in fact he CAN'T "think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads," in which case he's not very knowledgeable. Personally, I can think of loads of worse things. Even people who are against gay parenting would probably have to agree that it would be much worse to have straight parents who beat and/or sexually abuse you. It would be worse to have a parent die. It would be worse to have a parent abandon you. These things happen frequently, but I guess Rupert doesn't realize that. I don't think he has any real information on the subject whatsoever. It's too bad our culture is so obsessed with actors that we pay any attention to the statements the ignorant ones make.”
Realsteel on Sep 19, 2012 at 18:45:15
“I have to agree with you on the actors statements the ignorant ones make.”
Rolin on Sep 19, 2012 at 10:04:57
“"Can't think of anything worse" is a figure of speech-- hyperbole or exaggeration-- and is not to be taken literally.”
“It's not that innocuous. It doesn't physically harm the dead person, but it puts out the message that people of other faiths are in need of "rescue" because their religions are wrong. Not a great thing to teach children, especially if they're going to grow up to be politicians who have to deal with all kinds of people every day.”
futbol4fun on Feb 25, 2012 at 21:27:36
“It doesn't spiritually rape them either. The only thing being injured here are the already fragile minds of people who are prone to random outbursts of indignation.”
futbol4fun on Feb 25, 2012 at 13:30:48
“The only thing that could conceivably injured by an act like this is the fragile mind of one who is already prone to uncontrollable acts of arbitrary indignation. Religion is a tool that is used by those that have no faith in themselves.”
love5pets on Feb 25, 2012 at 09:03:42
“No, it's not innocuous, but if you're a Romeny supporter, you try to spin it to the hilt.
“"what's really the harm here?"
Well, if you're a believer, then Frank was just sent to the wrong Heaven. But if you're not, then the insult is to LIVING people of other faiths. What these Mormons are doing is insulting people of other religions by claiming that their dead need to be "rescued."”
legalclubs on Feb 27, 2012 at 18:35:55
“You've contradicted yourself.
If you were really a believer of Judism, then you wouldn't think it possible that Frank could be sent to the wrong heaven by some Mormons in the Dominican. If you believed in Judism, then by definition, you don't recognize the Mormon belief that Jesus was the son of God first in the Middle East and then second in North America. As such, if you really believed in Judism, it's actually kinda funny what these Mormon people think they can do with their ceremony. It's simply irrelevant.
If you were really a believer in Mormonism, then you might think that you helped save Frank not from going to the wrong heaven (they don't believe in multiple heavens), but that these people helped her get into the only heaven. So from a Mormon perspective, this is a huge gift.
If you are of any other faith, such as myself, I suspect you'd fall into the first category. You'd just think the Mormons were making a nice jesture, but that it had no meaning.
I think the only people who could in fact express mock outrage are those that really don't have a religious belief.”
“The Feds have challenged religious beliefs on a number of occasions. In a famous example, Utah wasn't allowed to become a state until it outlawed polygamy. Parents who neglect or abuse their children because of their religious beliefs can be prosecuted. (e.g., David and Ginger Twitchell, whose son died because their religion barred them from seeking medical help, were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1990.) There are always going to be times when mainstream society and certain religious groups clash, and this is one of them. This is a matter of public health. Minority religious beliefs shouldn't determine what mainstream society does. Jehovah's Witnesses are against blood transfusions--would you like insurance companies to refuse to cover those?”
ykaplinsky on Feb 16, 2012 at 23:50:20
“The Baptists and the Jews have joined the Catholics (1 billion strong) in objecting. How do you figure they are minority religions?”
“I didn't hear Jon make any vitriolic anti-Catholic statements. What he said was that a healthcare mandate on birth control by the government is not equivalent to a war against religion. (And btw, the Fox panel was multi-religion.)
I'm not Jewish, and I'll tell you to your (digital) face that the Catholic church's stance against birth control is impractical, inhumane, sexist, and generally stupid. Any church that pushes such idiotic ideas--ideas that have greatly harmed people--deserves vitriol. Much more vitriol than Jon gave.”
Gorlicka on Feb 16, 2012 at 21:02:26
“I was raised Roman Catholic and I do not recall seeing very many extremely large families in the pews when I attended Mass. The last I checked, the rhythm method is not exactly the best method of family planning even if it is touted by church hierarchy. Which leads me to believe that the majority of people - not just women - who practice Catholicism use some other form of birth control.”
“So...are you saying the embassy staff should have killed her? Luckily this decision is not in your hands. I think it would be much smarter to train our foreign staff to quit hiring prostitutes in the first place, since they obviously don't how how to handle the simplest business transactions.”
hanspij on Apr 27, 2012 at 01:19:41
“Just to litle experience.Thats what you get when in your own country prostitution isnt legal. What happends when you dont pay your baker?”
“"It isn't the girls who misinterpret or find insult in this and other shirts, it's the MOTHERS. Girls don't read their own perversion into things like Tshirts. It's entertainment to them."
That's the whole point of the complaints: young girls don't necessarily understand the messages that things like this send, but if they get enough subtle hints that they shouldn't like school, or shouldn't act smart, they'll start being influenced by them. This is why people worry about PC-type things: each item in itself might be trivial, but that stuff can really add up.”
Dede Eagleburger on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:58:01
“The mothers who worry over PC things are the ones who are too busy to take the time to send messages themselves!! If I let a message on a t-shirt become a stronger voice to my daughter than what I show her or I tell her, then I'm being a pretty lousy mom.”
“I don't find this shirt funny at all, partly because it doesn't make any sense. What brother would do his sister's homework for her?
It would be funny if it said, "so my unicorn has to do it."”
lvgrannie on Sep 1, 2011 at 20:02:39
“Depends on what she either threatened him with or bribed him with. Big sisters can be pretty persuasive at times. Frankly, I don't see anything offensive about the shirt. I'm 76 years old, not a stay at home, and I've been working since I was 16 and able to get a "work card". I've had menial jobs and executive jobs so I'm not the little old grannie type. My mother who was born in 1913 was an extremely self assured woman and taught me that I could do whatever I wanted to do. I don't see what the big deal is about this shirt. Give us a break!”
“I agree with you that those shirts are worse, but the two topics have nothing to do with one another. If J.C. Penney was selling them, you can bet there would be complaints, but you can't go up to someone on the street and jail them over a t-shirt. What makes you think "the PC crowd" is responsible for what gang members wear?”
“It's not accurate to characterize Catholics as non-Christians.
Here's the opening paragraph on "Catholic Church" in Wikipedia, just to show how basic this is: "The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the world's largest Christian church, reporting more than a billion members. Led by the Pope, it defines its mission as spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, administering the sacraments and exercising charity." The source cited for much of this is the official Catechism of that church.”
The Crusaders were not fighting to stop Muslims "who were killing people"--they were fighting to gain control of the land. They also fought against Eastern Orthodox Christians.
Plenty of Muslims are against violence. Here is one comment from Paul Salahuddin Armstrong: "The Qur’an only permits a country (not terrorists) to defend itself against an aggressive violent state which hasn’t respected the treaties it has made. (cf. Holy Qur’an 8:56-58) That is in fact in opposition to terrorism, not supporting it in any way." (I can't figure out if the verse mentioned really supports this idea, but I include it for interest.)
Defending oneself against "an aggressive violent state"? Sounds like many conservative commenters' justification for the Iraq invasion.”
cowboy2011 on Aug 2, 2011 at 14:07:01
“Where do I lose you all?...I ask. Again. Did Jesus Christ, the guy mentioned in history and in the New Testament ever kill anyone?
I ask again....Did mohammed, the guy mentioned in history ever kill anyone?
Listen up!....throughout history: muslims use military force to conquer vast lands, just like mohammed did. Then they claim them unto themselves...THEN they make the rule stated by you."permits a country to defend itself"....look at the mini war brewing at Ground Zero...muslims are now defending their mosque...
Even when you quote that idiotic quran...look at Christ.
HE NEVER talked about killing anyone that is an agressor.
HE said LOVE YOUR ENEMY.
People talk about crusaders, GOP, Republicans, etc.
TELL ME ABOUT mohammed! I want someone to tell me how that man lived his life, what he did, and how he died, and where is he now????????
...frustrating with you all.”
“Which "10 countries that formed the Roman Empire" are you talking about? The Roman Empire comprised more than ten modern-day countries (which weren't necessarily countries in Roman times) at its height.”
May 14, 2010 at 16:41:20
“Anyone under 18 is technically a child in legal terms. His previous victim sure looked young at the time, according to a photo the New Yorker printed--she did not appear "fully developed". It seems more like he's fixated on adolescents than really young children. But even if there's no connection to pedophilia, that doesn't wipe out the rape charges.”