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Friday, December 2. 2016
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Feminism is really white supremacy
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How Donald Trump Sealed the Deal to Keep Carrier Jobs in the U.S.
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I am not excited about these temporary upticks in the economy supposedly attributable to Trump or giddiness at his election. Debt is debt, and we've got lots of it. Presidents don't affect economies as much as we pretend (Congress probably has twice the influence, world events ten times the influence), and they mostly get involved by making things worse.
Trump can have a dramatic effect on the economy if he pursues his plans against regulation. Added benefit, those career bureaucrats who thrive on regulation may take their retirement or stroke out.
This vehement indictment of bureaucracy is, by and large, an adequate although emotional description of present-day trends in American government. But it misses the point as it makes bureaucracy and the bureaucrats responsible for an evolution the causes of which must be sought for elsewhere. Bureaucracy is but a consequence and a symptom of things and changes much more deeply rooted.
The characteristic feature of present-day policies is the trend toward a substitution of government control for free enterprise. Powerful political parties and pressure groups are fervently asking for public control of all economic activities, for thorough government planning, and for the nationalization of business. They aim at full government control of education and at the socialization of the medical profession. There is no sphere of human activity that they would not be prepared to subordinate to regimentation by the authorities. In their eyes, state control is the panacea for all ills.
von Mises, Ludwig (1945). Bureaucracy
The great job/economy killer is bureaucracy. Bureaucracy in government, which is sadly all government can have, but more perniciously, bureaucracy in private enterprise which signals an abandonment of profit-creation management and fossilization of old practices with the ensuing lack of ability to adapt to an ever changing world.
re How Donald Trump Sealed the Deal to Keep Carrier Jobs in the U.S.
Sounds to me like symbolism over substance, but that is indeed important in politics.
One also wonders how much taxpayer money was used to bribe Carrier to stay?
From Fox news:
In persuading Carrier to keep hundreds of jobs in Indiana, President-elect Donald Trump is claiming victory on behalf of factory workers whose positions were bound for Mexico. But the scant details that have emerged so far raise doubts about the extent of the victory.
By enabling Carrier's Indianapolis plant to stay open, the deal spares about 800 union workers whose jobs were going to be outsourced to Mexico, according to federal officials who were briefed by the heating and air conditioning company. This suggests that hundreds will still lose their jobs at the factory, where roughly 1,400 workers were slated to be laid off.
Ah, but you failed to read the fine print of this deal. A.J. Delgado tweeted out that Carrier intends to add 10,000 jobs in the future. Yes, you read that right: 10,000 new jobs in Indiana.
If you watched the Carrier event yesterday, you heard Trump mention that Carrier was going to spend at least $16M on upgrading their Indiana facility. I am sure that is not in order to keep 1100 jobs there...it's about the future growth of the company in the USA.
I always like your comments Miss T but this deal is simply crony capitalism. The kind we railed against when 0bama made them.
If you want to give a company tax credits then give everyone tax credits. It should be equal opportunity for all, not just companies that threaten to leave.
Why Carrier's new deal could set a troubling precedent
The $7 million incentive package Carrier Corp. will receive as part of a deal the company reached with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence represents a departure from how tax credits are typically used in Indiana.
It's also the kind of agreement Trump slammed on the campaign trail.
The furnace manufacturer will receive $5 million in tax credits over 10 years in exchange for keeping 1,069 jobs at its Indianapolis plant, with an average wage of $30.91 hour. The company also will receive $1 million in training grants and up to $1 million in additional tax credits based on Carrier's planned $16 million investment in the west-side factory.
Some experts say the deal sets a troubling precedent.
"It’s a potentially dangerous policy where you reward a company that threatens to leave. It’s a dangerous precedent. Why wouldn’t every other company make the exact same pitch?" said Steve Weitzner of Silverlode Consulting, a site-selection firm. "In this case, you’re rewarding a company that is actually cutting a lot of jobs in the state."
feeble, you people have got to stop the footstomping and pouting. you lost. get over it.
argument from ignorance is a standard tactic for libtards. if you want to run an economic analysis of why the government and the company deal is a bad idea, do so, if you have all the facts and pertinent data, which you don't.
but this strange crying over how jobs were saved makes you seem like a little girl who lost her favorite doll. or just demand that the actual president of the USofA, your man Obama, save the jobs.
You misunderstand. I did vote for Trump.
It's just that my expectation for real change is practically nil.
I refuse to drink the Trump Kool-ade.
I hope he succeeds and turns the economy around and cuts the deficit. It's always better to be pleasantly surprised than bitterly disappointed.
BTW, has he set a date for sending all the illegals home or was that BS too?
your problem, feeble, is that you take political barnstorming seriously. it is not possible, practically or constitutionally, to deport all illegals but if it took that statement to buy your vote and if that statement cause pro-illegal supporters to overreact and make a spectacle of themselves burning flags and weeping over islams and drove moderate democrats away from the beest, fantastic.
I do expect massive immigration reform on a scale not seen in 50 years, but you've got to buy a clue about what to really expect.
More on Carrier. They obviously didn't do this deal because they felt a sudden wave of patriotic fervor was over them. They were indeed bribed.
Federal access likely biggest factor in Carrier deal
Carrier Corp.'s decision to keep hundreds of jobs in Indianapolis had more to do with access to the federal government than state incentives, sources familiar with the deal told IndyStar.
Carrier is maintaining its Indianapolis operations largely because of the business interests of its parent company, United Technologies Corp., said John Mutz, an Indiana Economic Development Corp. board member. The IEDC awards state incentives, primarily training grants and tax credits.
Mutz, who was briefed on the state's offer to Carrier, said United Technologies "wants to make sure they maintain a favorable relationship" with the incoming Trump administration.
"Feminism is really white supremacy"
It is no coincidence that this whole "white supremacy" thing is now being touted by all the left wing useful idiots. Zach loves the term and any meeting between two or more white people is proof positive to him. There is definitely a memo that goes out to all the left wing rabble as to what names and slurs to use in their never ending Rules for radicals based fight to divide and conquer and take over America. You noticed that the Indians in ND wanted the "whites" kicked out of the demonstration against the pipeline. This happened AFTER a left wing communist trained person of color was assigned to teach the Indians how to fight dirty in their demonstrations. It is not a coincidence or a rarity that communist trained people from communist groups are sneaked in to lead and even fund these grass roots anti-American demonstrations.
You can expect a lot more of the "white supremacist" meme for awhile. It is effective and the rabble loves it. The talking heads love spitting it out with bile on TV. The left wing racists love it. And normal everyday people don't really know how to deal with it so it leaves them speechless and wondering what they are talking about. It is the new "N" word for the left and they feel compelled to shout it from the rooftops as though they were tourette's patients.
I am not always called a racist. But when I am I know I just won an argument with a liberal.
'Feminism' has always been focused on the concerns of upper middle class white women - first political power, then economic independence, and most recently sexual license.
I'm not sure what your point is. I would correct you in that feminism was taken over by lesbians right from the start and was always an anti-male organization by design. The fact that most or even all feminist were white doesn't seem odd or nefarious to me. If two or twenty or two hundred people with like minds get together because of something they believe why should it matter what their race is or that there aren't enough of each race/gender/religion/country represented.
White supremacy is just another way to say racist. Not unlike Global warming, which was changed to Climate change, the lefties over use of words makes them eventually ineffective. They lack shock effect. Take the word f##k for instance, when I was young you never heard that word said, and if you did you were shocked! The over use of the term racist is the same. Now a days everyone says f##k this or f##k that it has lost its shock value. Now we have white supremacy, alt right and a myriad of other adjectives to demean whites. If black women do not feel a part of the feminist movement it is because they have created once again an opportunity to set themselves apart, and have another grid on the EEOC chart. Hey if I am a racist by their definition so be it, tired of it all.
"Time for democrats to start fighting dirty." How is this going to be different from what they do now? I've been hearing all my adult life about how rebublicans want to starve the poor, take away all the medical care, and rape and pillage gaea. I guess the truly deplorable Harry Reid, flat out lying about Romney on the floor of the Senate was playing it civil?
From the list of things Democrats should push, it sound more like an appeal for Democrats to start being honest.
The democrats believe that spending other people's money is an act of charity. Doing good at the expense of somebody else demonstrates their caring and compassion It's like Chavez in Venezuela providing free goodies for the poor and downtrodden until he ran out of other people's money.
Re coffee poster
Those vintage advertising posters from the 20s and 30s are great. I always enjoy looking at them.
The Myth of Racist America
Well, it isn't a myth that the minimum wage laws were originally enacted to stop Blacks, youth and women from taking jobs from White men. Funny these laws became popular just after the Klan was losing influence after its peak in the 1920s.
Historically racism was common in America, just as it was everywhere else. More recently, since the late 50's, America has made a considerable good faith effort to change that and I would say they succeeded, unlike the rest of the world where racism is still the norm. BUT in the late 80's to the 90's the trend reversed and we again embraced racism but this time against whites (and men). Now we are close to being back to the old days where racism is rampant but it is the new liberal racism by people of color towards anyone who they deem are not of color or not enough color or not strident enough in their hatred of people who lack color. It would be interesting and even entertaining to watch so many Americans fall for this neo-racism while decrying the old racism if it wasn't causing real harm and hurting people. It's time for the left to clean their own house and renounce their neo-racism.
NYP: Trump already winning — and he’s not even president yet
But the hue and cry, not to mention the recounts, are all designed to deny Americans the benefits of a winning president and restore the "new normal" of the Obama years.
RE From It's time for Democrats to fight dirty:
perfect. you do just that.
"Bob Dylan skips White House event"
No surprise here. He rarely shows up for events that have his name on them. The city of Duluth, MN (his birthplace) has a Bob Dylan festival every year and he never shows up...although he is a master of disguise so I suppose he could have been there. I'm still a fan and always will be.
"From It's time for Democrats to fight dirty"
This is why efforts need to be mounted to gather evidence regarding such practices by the Democrats as voter fraud, encouraging illegals to vote, illegal fundraising, hiring thugs to attack opponents and disrupt their rallies, and then prosecute and convict the organization as a racketeering and criminal organization under RICO.
One thing we've learned from the last 8 years is that you cannot let this organism continue. It nearly destroyed our country, and is still seeking to do so.