I ridicule unions for being so short sighted as to wreck their own well being. Unions affect me not a whit. Over zealous regulators anger me with their meddling that ALWAYS makes things more difficult. And leaders are for people who can't come up with their own solutions
Cool. I ridicule corporations for being so short-sighted as to put profit before the benefit of the workers who helped sustain the business; great job selling out the nation which afforded them opportunity for success in the first place.
Over zealous regulators will not be the demise of sociopathic industries; natural consequences of end-stage capitalism will kill current business models eventually, as unfettered capitalism absolutely depends on unlimited natural resources and ever-expanding markets - BOTH impossibilities in a finite world.
I "blame" myself if i don't achieve what i want. I don't go around crying that it's someone else's fault if i fall short. I don't believe it's possible to have one's cake while simultaneously comsuming said cake.
Could have fooled me. I thought you were blaming Big Government for impairing your ability to fly like an eagle.
Yeah, i have ALOT of influence over my neighbors. I try daily to get them to do it my way. I just mind my own business and try and let others do the same as long as they don't impede on my choices.
Influence over your neighbors? Try influence over national POLICY! Assuming votes and squeaky wheels still mean anything in this country, the baby boomers have a filibuster-proof majority last I looked.
Yeah, bully for me. Must be some kind of strange happenstance that only i can partake in.
Okay. So your experience is typical then, eh? Let's pretend everyone who is currently jobless has chosen to be so. Now we all want gainful employment. Enlighten us with your secret to success and help us do the math so that there are suddenly enough jobs to go 'round.
There is ALWAYS work to be done for those willing to look outside their respective boxes.
I think you have me there; wait, do you mean PAID WORK?
I've worked in service industries, done physical labor, been a teacher, started a retail business, directed a non-profit, managed a health-care co-op, been a researcher, worked in offices filing, typing and answering phones, done graphic/web design, raised crops, I am a college graduate, I speak three languages.
I've only been working since I was 15 years old, but I do think that's quite a lot of diversified experience with actual expertise in a couple of those areas for my 20 years in the work force, mostly because I typically multi-task and have held down multiple public and private sector positions at once.
I see manufacturing, social/civil/customer service, data management and reporting, administration, entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture, education, art and tech fields represented in my skill set.
What boxes am I missing, pray tell?
Entitlement programs are what is destroying this once prosperous country. Humans are not well served with cradle to grave guarantees
Well, remember - we aren't laying blame here as EVERYTHING is personal responsibility, but I agree. IF welfare is problematic, that includes welfare of the CORPORATE variety! Do you think ANYONE making BILLIONS of dollars NEEDS any help? IF a natural person had such profits, I don't think he'd be getting special government help, but corporate personhood not only mandates sociopathy, it rewards it in spades. This makes absolutely no sense.
But it seems we come at it from different perspectives; in my view our prosperity depends on those at the bottom. The personal poverty in light of concentrated wealth in this country is SICKENING and SHAMEFUL.
I just can't understand HOW mankind has survived all these millenia WITHOUT some kind of big brother to make sure we all get what's rightfully ours. We are NOT "entitled" to ANYTHING.
We survived in agrarian packs before OWNERSHIP came into play. Have-nots were born alongside the haves. Once allocations of resources were based upon social status, domination began. Not really all that difficult to understand.
There was indeed charity before big brother, that's how the weakest survived. When Noblesse Oblige
fell out of fashion, folks at the bottom needed new safety nets. Other than that, it's all "natural" selection.
As a society, we've seemingly agreed it's virtuous to help those in need.
What's so hard to understand there?
If no one's entitled to anything, then let's start now. All the Social Security you've paid into, your medicare, retirements can all be viewed as ENTITLEMENTS. Let's wipe 'em out, NOW - so the baby boomers can bitch about how they all paid into it. Sorry folks, but returns on your investments aren't guarantees, and that's a GOOD thing because guarantees don't serve humanity well.
I also remember when these so-called "entitlement" programs were called, welfare, safety-nets and social programs. All we needed was some nifty spin to conjure images of lazy-ass good for nothings living on the dole. VOILA! - new foe... just pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
No personal deficiency, Maybe some bad choices that she's paying the price of, now. SS is a real mess of a Govt sponsored ponzi scheme that will collapse of it's own weight. I would WAY rather have had all the money i've sent to our do-gooder FDR's than trusted them with it. They've done SUCH a wonderful job of minding our money for us, No?
Hahahahaha - yep; ol' mom-in-law was really fucking stupid. Taking a living-wage job to support her young kids once their dad died, helping build the company's success, working hard for over 20 years while taking on increased responsibilities. Why did she not see NAFTA coming back in the 70s???
Dumb-bitch and her bad choices
SS as designed was not a ponzi scheme; SS would not be insolvent had there not been borrowing/wagering against it, to my understanding. Now the banks bail-out? That's a horse of a different color. Again, difference in philosophy. Depends on if you wanna prop-up the bottom, or the top.
Can you say "Cottage industry"?
Can you say Humboldt County? I'm not as stupid as you think, Larry. I know how to do what's necessary to survive; I also know how to bail out when my ship is sinking.
Even cottage industries depend on supply and demand. How's "legitimate" small business creation been going since 2007, I wonder?
I'd say your horizons are severely limited.
Well gee, that's uber insightful.
Could you please elaborate on that point?
That is a travesty. I just can't imagine how we didn't all just starve to death w/o the gub'ment there to see we all had enough to eat. Talk about a sham program.
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance is a "Sham" program? How so?
IF producing enough food to sustain yourself was done directly, rather than trading labor for tokens to purchase said food, people probably wouldn't starve. That's how it used to work; now we're in an industrial paradigm of global proportions. Quite a shift.
No it's just the consequences of years of awfull social planning by a bunch of meddling do-gooders that think they know better than the rest of us poor helpless peasantry
Okay, so we've had years of awful social planning. Social planning starting decades before my birth; social planning that is now under the political control of your generation. Tell me why these consequences outta be MY downfall again?
I sure wish I could shape the world in MY OWN image just in time for ME to kick the bucket and leave the flaming poo-bag on someone ELSE's front porch!
Maybe ya ought to learn to make yerself a pair of boots, then
EUREKA! I just need to add cobbling to my skill-set. You think I can take-out some more Government-Subsidized student loans to learn that in-demand trade?
I travel extensively year after year. I've lived with millionares and homeless folk. Never been a millionare, but have been homeless. From so called professionals to simple fishermen. The best people i've met are too busy living to cry about what went wrong. My bigger picture is a pie in the sky vision of where we as humans can get to. This all started with "Free trade" That's all i was talking of. I believe we'd be better off with actual free trade between people. And we'd all learn better how to live on a planet that is getting smaller and smaller.
Now you're just making me jealous with your tales of extensive travel to exotic locales
Not sure how you were homeless if you've always had a job. Personal deficiency or bad choices? Did Big Brother Do-Gooder regulate you out of your home? Hard to have a cottage industry, sans cottage - I'll grant you that.
You rate people on how busy living they are, versus their complaint ratio. How busy are you these days? I suppose there's ALWAYS enough leisure time to complain about the Scooby gang and their meddling ways when you've achieved a certain social standing!
In reality, this all started with you saying "I don't have a problem with NAFTA." Later, you indicated NAFTA wasn't really "free trade." Therefore, it was simply rhetoric, complete with bait and switch consequences.
You indicated we shouldn't get all worked up over political rhetoric; I provided a fairly shining example of precisely why we SHOULD.