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Sunday, October 19. 2008
Hot Hardware has gone video
Wealthy teen nearly experiences consequences
Obama betrayed his message on race. Krauthammer
The carbon offsetting biz is still doing fine. At first I thought this was a satire.
Alaska glaciers are growing again
Finally, drilling off the coast of Florida: maybe we'll be able to buy that oil from Cuba.
McCain compares Obama to European Socialists
Just some guy who lives in my neighborhood?
Obama's lead slips
Quoted from a piece at Dino:
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(This post posted elsewhere but re-posted here on the subject of Joe The Plumber, McCain-Palin, and social class threats explored in the Weekly Standard piece. I think this post strikes closer to home at why the Dems are so defesnive about Joe The Plumber).
I believe the en masse defensiveness about Joe The Plumber exhibited by the elites and their media allies has more to do with their knowledge, deep down, that plumbers- and many formerly so-called "working class" careers- have a better shot at a middle class lifestyle these days than does the average liberal arts/graduate degree holder, i.e., their crowd. It is just the simple economics of supply and demand- could BD attest to that given his recent adventures with tradesmen? I see it as bitter acknowledgment of reality, finding it unacceptable, and lashing out at same.
The elites have been indoctrinated to believe that "education" is the be all, end all of anyone's life achievements and goals but we all know that has been revealed to be just another myth, at least from the income standpoint, they perpetuate to keep the "Education Establishment" in business. Figures don't lie when you make the comparisons: The fact is that there are many so-called "working class" positions, which is what they used to be called, mostly skilled, which in many cases enable a person to earn a higher income than does one with a liberal arts B.A., Masters or even a PhD. We all know people like this in our communities- nurses, police, fire, contractors in the trades, airline pilots, IT people, industrial technicians of many types, accountants, beauticians, and many others too numerous to mention.
I understand that this topic, i.e., the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult to show a positive return on investment for a 4 year liberal arts degree, is touched on, among others, in Charles Murray's new book, "Real Education: Four Simple Truths For Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality", sure to be a "hit" with America's Education Establishment! The fact is, we need plumbers, electricians, carpenters, cops, firemen, technicians, and a whole range of other working class folks in short supply a lot more than we need another much over-supplied English major. And their pay scales will reflect the inexorable law of supply and demand.
A bitter pill to swallow for many. I see the Joe The Plumber derangement syndrome as evidence of this, hopefully the last stand of the NEA and others opposed to school reform and freedom of parental school choice. We need to start training students for the jobs that this economy will actually have available and not the ones we wish were available.
Guys in the trades make more money than most white-collar workers - and have more freedom in their work, too. We have posted on that topic in the past.
Dr Bob gets pessimistic.
greenmtnpunter, you need to get over there and give him a dose of optimism. Because of you and Rush, I've remained positive about McCain's chance of victory, despite the incessant pounding of the MSM. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
"and have more freedom in their work"
Remember that Barrister post about a month ago when he complained about the slack contractor? That's it up above. Owning your own business is a nightmare in a number of ways, from keeping piles of receipts for income tax purposes to having to deal with taxes on a quarterly level to having to deal with insurance if you're (a) doing risky things yourself or (b) especially, asking subordinates to do so. I went through it for 14 years.
The one thing thing you get back in return is the aforementioned freedom, and I confess it's very easy to think, "Oh, hell, his valuable back porch can wait another day -- I'd much rather (fill in blank)." During the 8 months of the OJ trial, I wove my entire daily schedule around who was testifying that day and when, and would shuffle the whole day off if something big was happening.
In other words, if Barrister mentions it again, you can now tell him with some authority, "Yep, they're slackers!"
"Alaska glaciers are growing again"
Federal Report: Arctic Getting Warmer and Warmer!
It's almost as if everything is seemingly spinning out of control!
Yes, BD, I recall your posting on this topic in the past. I have found the reaction to this whole thing just fascinating- and very telling. Liberals always want to defy the market economy law of supply and demand in everything they do whether it is health care, abortions, energy, welfare, banking, education, business, jobs, etc., etc. "Managed, Command Economies Are Us"
But it is the scorn with which Joe The Plumber has been treated by Obama and Biden on the campaign trail since the last debate which is most telling. They are saying: "Imagine the nerve of this blue collar guy believing that he can make $250,000 income" with the unspoken part being " We have to say that to mollify all of you suckers..er..voters who have wasted a lot of money on educations that will not buy you a standard of living equal to the Joe The Plumbers of this world".
And so now the Dems are going to pick winners and losers in this formerly free market economy. That is something to rebel against, and fight against with everything we're got between now and November 4, and especially on November 4. I believe that based on late trends from recent Presidentialsthe voters are swinging to McCain-Palin and that this trend will acccelerate as November 4 nears.
Yes Dr. Merc, you're right. Alaska's glaciers are growing again, the polar bears are thriving, and the global temperatures haven't warmed since before 1998. In fact, there is a cooling trend evident. But the Goracle's followers don't want you to know that. Spoils the meme, the profitable meme they've got going.
A couple of days ago, American Thinker carried a first rate article on global warming/cooling by Lord Monckton, a British scientist. Very well written and entertaining, and sure to give Big Al a hissy if he finds out about it.
Yes, it's social class. The Arts & Humanities Tribe deeply resents lesser folk making more money than they do. It shows how unbalanced and evil America must be.
No, I'm not kidding. I work with these people.
The old wisdom “Your best chance for success is to do what you love to do” is under attack from the skyrocketing cost of living.
You cant feed a family being a “Joe the artist who makes dinosaur sculptures out of Plumbing supplies” as well as you used to. Living large via frugality is quite possible, but very few of those who surround me seem capable of the discipline and patience it takes to be successful at this.
Now hold on there, AVI. I realize that you're being ironic here, and I agree that some of it is social class. People who rush around trying to convince others how special they are, are likely to be secretly insecure. That's too bad. We all have warts and other things like secret fears. But what gets up my nose is how dam' smug they are about it. The so-called "upper classes" used to be more polite. Their mamas tried to teach them that. But that's all gone by the board. The only folks these days who dependably have manners are the military [and their children] and the wonderful middle class in flyover country. I'm with GreenMountainPunter. No matter how old we are, how fragile [I'm 80], we need to resist rude bullies, whether in the schoolyard or in Congress. We still have an advantage -- we're smart and we're not smug.
I've been called smug. But more often when I was in that tribe.
Mass media consumers will eat up a good repentance almost as quickly as they will a good scandal. The media avoids nebulous wishy-washy not-quite-sure-what-to-think stuff. That’s probably why they ignore Ayers. All he’d have to do is beg for forgiveness on camera and if the acting was good, they'd be left with nothing to work with on behalf of their toothpaste & life insurance consuming couch potato viewer base. Joe will be abandoned quicker 'n a Christmas toy once he becomes boring.
Good points MM, i. e. "good manners never go out of style", as my mother would always say! You see, although I am a baby boomer, I still learned that good manners are essential to effective human interactions on all levels! Unlike so many of our generation. I would add Ih ave observed that southerners, in general, also have very good manners, as do our friends in flyover country and our men and women in the military serving our country, as MM pointed out. When my European friends want to see the "Real America", I tell them Kansas City is a good place to begin, then motor down to Springfield MO and hook on to Route 66 for the journey west. En route you will meet some real Americans, the kind you have always heard about!