We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Wednesday, June 6. 2012
From Radosh yesterday, before the results came in: On Wisconsin! The Meaning of the Recall Effort:
Peterson, Howell and West: Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem - Only 22% of Americans think unions have a positive effect on schools.
Public employee unions are corrupt by definition. That's why even FDR opposed the idea.
Brooklyn Democrat In Line To Be The Most Outrageous Member Of Congress
Josh Mandel thinks he can win this
We’re in a recession and should extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich, says … Bill Clinton
Since the death of Mao, the People’s Republic of China has almost never hesitated to sign and ratify pacts, conventions, and treaties—and at the same time violate them.
Celebs, desperate to be seen as smart and not shallow, cling to Obama as the p.c. life raft during auditions, Frappuccino runs and coke parties.
As the world awaits the Supreme Court's ruling on ObamaCare, there's a larger story that the pundits are missing: the court's rejection of the Obama administration's increasingly extreme claims on behalf of unlimited federal power.
Equal Pay nothing but a payoff for lawyers
Nyquist on Euroland:
Iran and Israel Can Agree on This: Rita Jahanforuz Totally Rocks - Jewish Star Remakes Persian Oldies in Tel Aviv and Her Fans in Tehran Can't Get Enough
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If those workers really saw a benefit in union membership and they believed in its principles, they would have stayed members even if dues collection was now voluntary.
Sorry, but that is not correct. Given the option of paying or not, at least some people will not pay and attempt to ride on the benefits produced by those who do pay. It's the same with taxes. Even though most everyone knows that some taxes are necessary for responsible government, if you make taxes voluntary, the government will collapse.
There's an easy fix for that, the law permits the unions to only represent members. But the unions generally clamor for exclusive representation. They just have to convert to member only representation and permit the non-member to be paid, promoted, and retained on merit. Of course, that means performing non-members will be able to jump the seniority of less productive union members and be paid more than union scale.
So just have the union boss truck on down to the labor office and file the papers for non-exclusive representation, problem solved.
So here's the difference. Glut of lawyers, we get massive litigation as they fish for payout.
Glut of humanities grads, we get lots of bloggers and eloquent barristas
Glut of STEM grads, we get lots of people with skills in creating, inventing, solving problems and generally improving the lot of mankind.
Which would you rather have an excess of? Those who create things to make life better, those who sue or those who write pretty, pretty words no one reads?
Well for once I can agree with you on this. The world is full of schnorrers who look for a free ride at others expense...the best example I can think of being Democrat voters who pay no federal income taxes yet nevertheless complain that the rich do not pay their "fair share" of taxes, whatever that means. And how could I ever forget the black woman (Peggy Joseph) who was captured on a YouTube video saying she was voting for Obama because he was going to pay her mortgage and for her gas? I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the college students who took out big loans to get worthless college degrees but now want their loans forgiven so they have a free ride through college at taxpayers' expense.
FREELOADING, not just a union issue, but an American tradition!!
Agent Cooper: The world is full of schnorrers who look for a free ride at others expense
It's not just schnorrers, but most everyone will ride for free when they don't have to pay. Those who do pay when they don't have to are at a competitive disadvantage compared to those who ride for free. So even when people have good will, the system is forced to the bottom. That's the problem of non-market, socialist economies. It's The Fireman's Ball.
Bird Dog: We’re in a recession and should extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich, says … Bill Clinton
That's correct. Though taxing the rich will have the least dampening effect, tax increases should probably wait until the U.S. is on more firm economic footing.
Re waiting awhile before tax increases, is good wisdom of Comrade Lenin: "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back".
In reward, motorcade shall be dispatched to your location, bearing people's gift of one medium-sized potato.
buddy larsen: waiting awhile before tax increases, is good wisdom of Comrade Lenin: "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back".
Yes, and using the communist threat is a common fascist tactic. In any case, countercyclical policy is fairly orthodox economic policy.
Yep, and describing as 'fascist tactic' any mention of communist threat is even more than 'common'; it's automatic.
"Bill Clinton Does Not Want Barack Obama to Win."
Um, no. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have his own opinions on taxes and other issues.
Is the link broken for the civil rights act of 1964? I get an ad.
"Bill Clinton Does Not Want Barack Obama to Win." Quel Suprise!
"If those workers really saw a benefit in union membership and they believed in its principles, they would have stayed members even if dues collection was now voluntary.
Sorry, but that is not correct." If they believed in the benefit and the principles of union membership, they wouldn't be free-riders, Zach. They'd pay for it.
Sam L: If they believed in the benefit and the principles of union membership, they wouldn't be free-riders, Zach. They'd pay for it.
They can get the benefit without paying. We provided a similar example. Most people recognize the need for taxes, but if taxes were voluntary, almost no one would pay taxes. That's why it's called democracy, not anarchy.
1. Mouse in your pocket?
2. Kingly aspirations?
3. Comment bot?
4. Borg collective?
4. Borg collective.
Which is why I called them the Z-Team when the Z-Team commented on another blog.
Not to go all pedantic on you Sam, but it is quelle surprise, not quel surprise....feminine noun, not masculine.
And that ends for today your Introduction to basic high school French, my friends. A bientot.
And btw, as someone who was once forced either to join a government labor union or pay a service fee, I chose to join the union because sometimes governments are terrible employers and workers need more than formal civil service protection against unreasonable work conditions and abusive, dumb bosses. Fortunately, the union I joined had a realistic sense of responsibility towards the taxpayers as well as its members, and so it never engaged in the outrageous demands of some other unions. It negotiated contracts that were considered fair to the employer and to the employees, which required a thoughtful balancing act.
Here are some links to get you started with Rita - her Hebrew stuff is also fantastic:
That last one gives a nice glimpse of the melting-pot fusion that makes modern Israeli music so interesting - a Persian song with European-Jewish klezmer and Western jazz-pop influences.
And here's a sweet, longish piece from Israeli TV on Rita's mother - a former beauty who gets to sing in her native Persian on her daughter's new album. Money quote:
"I turn on the radio and sing and dance here in the kitchen, in my home, all the time.... so I am happy all the time.... did you think "Rita" came out of nowhere?"
And here is one of Rita's biggest Hebrew hits - "Deep Blue Night":
re a peaceful Iran, "Where There's Life, There's Hope!"
The videos I watched did sound to me a lot like klezmer music, which I do enjoy. Sexy lady, btw.
PS to Ben David: Your post got me to thinking about the vocalist who sang with the Klezmer Conservatory band. She may have been one of the founders of the group. At first I couldn't remember her name. Then it came to me: Judy Bressler. She had a terrific voice, very pure and joyful sound.
Interesting illo at the 'equal pay' link. The two mobsters at the podium now have a giant photograph behind them, serving, perhaps, in the role of the ceremonial scepter of authority that Cromwell flung at the disgraced politicians he'd just dismissed, roaring "Here, take this accursed bauble with you!"
STEM's are paid primarily by capital, or by taxes on wealth creation. STEMS are used to create new things. That takes capital.
If there's not enough capital, and not enough wealth creation, athen there's a glut of STEMs, and you find the C students flipping burgers.