One of the many overlooked accomplishments of the union movement was the establishment of the forty hour work week as the standard for industrial workers. In the heyday of unionism, immediately following the end of World War II, the prevailing thought was that as productivity increased, instead of laying off workers, the work week would continue to be cut, with no cut in pay, so all could share in the prosperity. Now that corporations have become international and freely ship jobs overseas, no one remembers what was once considered to be a promise from American management to American workers, a promise that formed the basis of American Exceptionalism.
When American jobs go overseas, Americans buy less, but the corporations have been able to compensate by selling their products overseas, too -- to the people who got those jobs. With the advent of robots, though, there will be no one, foreign or domestic, to buy the products. Robots do not shave or buy shavers.
But you are correct, smartestman. There is no need to talk about all this. When the world goes into recession, because all the warehouses are full of shavers that cannot be sold, because there are no workers earning any money to spend, when houses stand empty because no one can afford a mortgage, while everyone lives in the streets, there will be a worldwide socialist revolution and it will solve all of our problems.
Gee Jimmie, you could have written the very same article at the onset of the industrial revolution. Why don't we put people like you in charge. We could still be living in the dark ages.
I can't believe the Indy actually pays people like you and J. to write the crap you do. Are you freaking kidding me?
Jimmie: Here is the solution: let's fix the roof and, while we are at it, let's cut 90% out of the Federal Budget.
I love how you always blame the "right-wing leaders". Do you really think anyone but me (your loyal follower) reads your narrow-minded bias?
K: talk about appealing to the base, I see you are now talking directly to scroat who is about as base as it gets.
The "war on women" is a political joke lead by the new champion of the left Sandra Fluke. How desperate the Dems must be. I am in the middle, re: social politics, and I can see the ruse. It is all a dodge because Obama and the Dems, that still support him (they are beginning to dwindle), are abysmal failures on the economy. Remember the economy? It is all I and most Americans care about right now and that will be evident at election time.
But you and scroat can keep playing your "war on women" games and you will be losers just like your boy Obama.
Daytripper, smartestman is under the delusion that the phrase, "War on Women," is a catchy, but meaningless, slogan invented by a political operative and vetted by a focus group, and he is angry because it appears to be so effective. After all, that is how Republicans operate.
He does not believe women are under attack or that this slogan is a spontaneous expression of how a great majority of women feel about Republican legislation. He does believe that women make decisions based on feelgood slogans, not solid facts or intelligent analysis.
K You are losing it. The Angels didn't come from Germany. They come from Anaheim and they are playing Detroit tonight.
Damn, you are obtuse.
smartestman, the Angles did not come from heaven. They came from Germany and invaded England. They were followed by the Saxons, another Germanic tribe, and their combined conquest is commemorated in the term coined to describe their descendants, "Anglo-Saxon."
scroat: see previous post, in which your new name was awarded.
Life must be nearly unbearable for the nasty little slime-balls that must look up from their spot in the gutter to see only ugliness which is all their small minds allow.
so dumbassman, nothing to say about women except your support for the war on women... typical for a confused old repubican. bachman is as confused as the rest of your kind... probably even worse... but at least she can say the aliens stole her ablility to understand logic. she is a nutcase teabagger... just like you dumbassman.
Jimmie, you are such a putz. Do you actually believe the crap you put out? I bet you believe all loony left liberals are angles from heaven. Wait, there is no heaven. Ugh, may be the Dems can't say that. They might lose a vote.
Here's a good one:
"Michele Bachmann, for example, is a member of the House Intelligence Committee." Wow, a not so veiled insult and demeaning comment. You must hate all women. You must be declaring war on women. You can't honestly believe that you are better or smarter than Ms. Bachmann?
I am incredulous that even the Indy is stupid enough to pay you for the mindless trash you write.
Somewhere along the way people have lost sight of what's being done to them or, to put it another way, they've misplaced their perspective on how it's being done. America is well on the path to being converted to a third world country where the privileged classes flourish and the rest of us - the most of us - provide the peasant class that is exploited to sustain them. That agenda has been moving along, sometimes slowly and sometimes more rapidly, since the mid-1970's. Arguing about communism is a red herring (the best puns are sometimes unintentional). Perhaps we'd do better to take heed of the fascists. Damn right we need Woody!
smartestman, I was not speaking for Mr. Hightower, who could not give you the communist point of view since he is no communist. I was speaking for Karl Marx. I note you have no rebuttal that is on point--just the usual tired old personal invective that passes for discourse among intolerant extremist ideologues. Don't be bitter. Better minds than yours have not been able to refute Marx.
smartestman, you ask why it always takes at least two responses to clear the air after every one of your messages. The answer is clear. You have the uncanny ability to make so many errors in so few words it takes at least two responses, and often more, to address them all.
K: I love how you speak for Jimmy the communist and Tosches, as if you know them. I'll tell ya, you and your little sis sniff are a hoot.
Your responses (why does it always take you two to attempt to answer one?) are more oral diarrhea. Let me ask, were they of the hand-wringing, teeth-gnashing, heart-bleeding or pants-peeing variety? It is hard to keep track with you loony left liberals.
smartestman, liberals hate talking budget so much that they are demanding details and real numbers from Romney. You, on the other hand, are a real budget wonk, and you will vote for Romney without seeing any budget numbers at all.
Romney will raise the deficit. Businessmen and generals make poor presidents. Herbert Hoover was a successful businessman.
Tax cuts kill jobs.
Since Mr. Hightower in not a communist, smartestman, he cannot speak for them, but I will explain the communist position to you. Wealth does not grow on trees, as you so wisely point out. Wealth is created by labor. The value of a commodity is equal to the amount of labor required to produce that commodity. The laborer is no exception. The value of a laborer is not equal to the amount of labor he performs. The value of a laborer is equal to the amount of labor required to keep him alive. The difference between the amount of labor he provides and the amount of labor required to keep him alive is what makes the capitalist who employs the laborer rich.
Jimmy: I think what you meant to say was "Most 'liberals' would prefer a root canal to a budget discussion..." That makes more sense. Liberals believe money literally grows on trees.
Personally, I love talking budgets, especially establishing a fiscally conservative one and then staying within1% of it.
I can certainly see why a communist like yourself would not want to talk fiscal reality.
K and sniff: are you two brother and sister?
Republicans used to be honest before Newt Gingrich arrived to muddy the waters. He taught the party that words are just semantic tools for getting your own way, with no inherent meaning, and certainly not a means of communicating the truth.
have the repubicans ever been honest about anything... medicare, welfare, birthplace, obamacare.... what a bunch of lying sacks.
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