This bill must be allowed to pass because Microsoft can't afford to pay me retroactive overtime backdated to 1973 or something.
|Binro the Heretic |
I'm going to explain this YET AGAIN. (Not that this prick or any of his ilk will pay attention, but here goes...)
When you pay working-class people more money, they SPEND THE MONEY. The money goes to other businesses who can then afford to pay their employees well. Then those well-paid employees turn around and SPEND THE MONEY.
Also, those tech start-ups you're blathering about? You know why those employees worked so slavishly? Because they all got stock in the company as part of their salary. They had a DIRECT INTEREST in the success of the company. Now, you compare that situation to that of the average worker in the average company. No matter how fucking long and hard they work, they're still going to get the same measly paycheck. They're also not going to be gaining any skills with which to get a better job. All they get is tired.
In short, kiss the fattest part of my ass, you piece of shit. People who consider themselves Republican and/or conservative all have the same fantasy. They picture themselves as kings in control of vast fortunes while the peasantry feels honored to toil their lives away for their ruler's greater glory. You are worse than useless. You are actually detrimental to human culture.
I'm not a fancy pants British graduate of a prestigious economics school or anything but as I understand it there are arguments to be made both for and against a minimum wage and the majority of economists are very much in the "for" camp it seems.
Any point this bell-end might be trying to make is overshadowed by the seething hate-boner he has against working stiffs who have the nerve to get paid for the work they do.
Correct me if I am wrong!
What's happening now is we've managed to turn investment bankers and their firms into rock stars. Somehow, these middlemen who produce nothing except a higher score for their clients at the expense of everyone else are running the show. Higher labor costs are something they're able to ideologically afford because (1) they've convinced themselves anyone not getting their cash from capital gains is stupid or lazy or both, (2) their method of "earning" money is completely divorced from U.S. labor and in some cases, reality (a LOT of it is done by computer algorithms that "invest" based on predator/prey AI models, not on actual, y'know, investing), and (3) I think they're sociopaths.
#3 is just an opinion, but there's very little that can convince me these assholes don't practically consider themselves a separate race that can be polluted by mating with those who don't have a trust fund that's mathematically impossible to exhaust.
The more I read and see about them, the more I'm astonished that the pitchforks and torches haven't come out. I kind of worry that if it ever does get that bad, the pent-up frustration over just how long we've let ourselves be screwed is going to make the French Revolution look like an afternoon picnic (which I'd hate to see, since I like my cities and infrastructure un-trashed).
Hey, Varney! What do bazillion-dollar bonuses make CEOs? More charitable? More godlike? More like a philosopher king?
Fuck you and the paymasters you serve you elitist corporate cockdumpster.
Sure, it's enraging to hear someone openly say these things, but it's also a good reminder that FOXNews is not right-wing, it's right-wing entertainment. FOXNews is actually obscenely bad for the health of American conservatism.
They actively support the GOP, however. They perpetuate the echo-chamber that let people go to the polls thinking Obama was (and is) a secret Muslim and that he's going to take your guns away.
Frankly, as outrageous as this is, it seems a tad saner than a lot of what was said at CPAC. Where does the "entertainment" end and the propaganda/promotion of a party begin?
All television news is partisan entertainment, and I think a key thing to remember is that the news-entertainment megacorporations are not so much "right-wing" or "left-wing" (which would imply a principled agenda, independent of the temporary needs of our dynamically hypocritical two-party system), but are instead either "shills for the GOP" or "shills for the Democrats".
Fox News is only "right wing" or "conservative" when being right-wing or conservative is convenient for the GOP - case in point, the way they champion limited government and constitutionalism (both good things) now that a Democrat is in the White House, despite the fact that they spent all eight years of the Bush presidency singing praises for war and the surveillance state. The roles are, of course, reversed for news-entertainers like MSNBC, who demonized Bush, yet fiddle merrily away as Obama does the same things.
What matters isn't the ideology, so much as the current relative balance of power. For news-entertainers, when one's gang is not in power, the narrative will be libertarian in nature, to limit the strength of one's rival. When one's gang is in power, the narrative will be paternal, even authoritarian. Mark my words, the moment a Republican gets back in the White House, Fox will quietly put a bullet in the head of every Tea Party conservative they can find.
Right, that'll happen. Look up the bio of Roger Ailes. This goes way beyond any kind of decision over who's in power or what would make the most money. You don't have a looney in a corner office with bomb-proof windows who fears "gay terrorists" and have anything close to even the loosest definition of libertopianism.
Robert Ailes has been Chairman of Fox since at least Bush's second term. Where were all the Teabagger editorial attacks on Big Givernment then? Why did they only start when a big scary Negro took over?
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying anyone at Fox IS a libertopian. In fact, that's really the opposite of what I'm saying. The right-wing media's commitment to anti-authoritarian ideology is no more sincere than the so-called left-media's commitment to anti-authoritarian ideals was back in 2000-2008 (why, for example, did opposition to Iraq and Afghanistan dry up following Obama's victory? It wasn't because these wars were over - they actually ramped up - and it wasn't because grassroots antiwar activists gave up and went home. No, they were still there, it was just that they weren't serving the interests of the Democratic Party anymore, so it was time to sideline them)
Robert Ailes is a nutbag, and I'm sure he really believes gay terrorists are out to get him. What I'm saying is, he's a nutbag who will spin whatever way best suits the immediate tactical interests of "his" gang, and that this behavior is not unique, but an intrinsic facet of our modern political-entertainment industry.
(I am, of course, being a little melodramatic when I say Fox will start putting bullets in people. They will not kill any of their talking heads, they may even keep some of them around. But these talking heads will retool and stop trying to dress their arguments in appeals to the Constitution, mistrust of authority, or our radical liberal not-even-Christian Founding Fathers.)
|The Mothership |
The choreography between these two foils is too good, they must both be reading from teleprompters after a couple practice rounds.
|Jet Bin Fever |
THIS FELLER IS SMART 'CAUSE HE HAS AN ACCENT.
Just like Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. With an accent and a title like that he can't be wrong.
Wish I was a European nobleman. I'd settle for just a knighthood, but I'd be dreaming of a Barony
"Google wouldn't have existed if it couldn't get away with working its employees day and night without overtime!"
The secret to solving labor issues is more ball pits.
The company I know of that's most guilty of this is a kind of left-leaning nonprofit arts organization.
Non-profit volunteers are some of the best people I've ever met.
Non-profit salaried managers are some of the worst.
I've thought it's funny that "non-profits" can have CEOs and directors earning hundreds of millions.
Okay, I've met plenty of lazy salaried non-profit managers who don't give a shit, but I'm calling bullshit. Please show me a single non-profit director who makes hundreds of millions.
if I still had the link I'd have used it
Let's split open all the job creators and get all the jobs out at once!
Ha ha. No really this shit is disgusting.
Isn't Varney also the guy who was shocked that poor people have refrigerators?
I can't believe we're actually still having this conversation, and haven't moved on to the 'torches and pitchforks' phase of negotiation.
stuart varney has replaced o'reilly as the person most likely to thrill me with rage
I'll never forget my first brush with the rich not living in reality.
Working on a set where the rich client starts going on about how the minimum wage is bad for workers. The usual crap about "inflation just catches up and makes it pointless!" I knew I should have kept my mouth shut, but after half an hour straight I couldn't take it anymore and asked if we should go back to slavery when everything was free.
His reply, his actual, serious fucking reply:
"Well things weren't free. They still had to pay for the slaves."
The rich also work hard to prevent deflation (so lower wages could afford more), and are against things that might lower housing costs on a large scale. (also against raising minimum wages to keep up with their artificial inflation)
They basically want to pay people less than Asian sweat shops while keeping the cost of living in the US rising continually.
If that downward trend continues, slavery might start looking good in comparison. At least they got food and shelter.
Huh? The rich HATE inflation. Deflation favors creditors and screws debtors.
Guess which one of those the rich tend to be?
|Koda Maja |
It's getting awfully close to the time to start sharpening guillotines.
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