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May 3, 2015
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The economy is awful. I don't see it getting better, just stagnant or sliding. There are entire towns that are boarded up and no work. Why doesn't our government begin infrastructure building including new high speed trains to everywhere? We have the Federal Reserve, along with bailing out banks and propping up the stock market, let's spend a whole lot more. We can borrow an infinite amount of money at any interest rate and never have to pay it back, it is generated from air anyway.

May 3, 2015
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Fourbore said
Why doesn't our government begin infrastructure building including new high speed trains to everywhere?

Because that would conflict with car companies and city infrastructure.

We can borrow an infinite amount of money at any interest rate and never have to pay it back, it is generated from air anyway.

That would make the dollar worthless internationally, which isn't something that the government is keen on doing.

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

May 4, 2015
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You can thank Obamacare and Obama thinking he can force the world to provide work insurance, and pay $15 hr. min. wage.  All that did was force businesses to limit people to part time work, and not full time to keep them under the thresholds of full benifits.  As far as things like High speed trains, many require major bond issues on the ballots.  Basically those things would be like the FDR WPA projects. 

May 5, 2015
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Without looking back and blaming anyone, my real concern is that people need jobs to be able to live. When I was physically fit and could work 16 hours a day, I started my own business and survived doing it for years. If I was able I could not do now it because of all the laws, insurance, high rents, and it's damned hard to line up clients. If you cross the border and live 15+ in a room, you can undercut a startup business and put them under before they get started. Who can make a living with children for $15 an hour by the way? It sure won't be a 40 hour a week job, those are gone.

May 6, 2015
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$15.00/hour is a joke anyways. Companies will have to raise their prices to be able to afford to pay that, which basically nullifies the raise. Or they get machines to replace. I believe McDonald's has already said they were going to put machines in place to take orders. Personally I want real people.

May 7, 2015
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You have real people that are operating machines in all these place, where no skill really is required.  You say what you want, they press the button on the machine, they do not write a ticket like a restraunt. That machine gives the order to the various places, where a machine makes the food. Maybe the burger flipper does some cooking of the patties, but I think most everything is prepped and ready to put into a timed cooker.  It is really all automated in these fast food places, with an assembly line of people with no real skill level, other than basic understanding of the duty to do.  You even are asked in the drive thru, "is the order correct on the screen"?  Pay, drive forward, and someone says your order at light speed, gives you a bag, and something is missing anyway when you get home.  Sorry but IMHO minimun wage should be cut back, not increased.  Highly skilled workers in union have to fight tooth and nail for a .50 cent raise, and they expect mininum wage to go from $9 to $15 overnight, they must be nuts.  

June 7, 2015
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The government isn't the problem exactly.  The problem is structural, by allowing a class system to exists that encourages extreme money hoarding we the people have consented to allow these problems to exist.  The Aristocracy is the true reason the nation and the world is troubled.

I’m going to show you by the numbers why allowing the Aristocracy to exist is bad for Americans.  But first let me explain being rich beyond a certain point takes away jobs and people’s livelihood.  People in the Green Party have often wanted to cap income at 5x minimum wage, but I’m going to be fairer here and cap it at $200K for this calculation.  So Let's mess around here for a bit and use a lower end estimate. 235,000 People make over $1 million dollars a year of that only 8,274 made more than $10 Million

We don't have exact numbers to calculate it out but let’s start with the lower end that 226,726 people and assume first they made a mere $1 million let us be fair and say the can keep $200K that leaves $800K for hiring at 40K per person (NOTE: almost half of Americans actually make less than 27K a year even though the median income is in the 40K-50K range.) This means each of these Millionaires can hire a minimum of 20 people, that's the ability to hire 4,534,520 people at decent wages Okay now lets look at the over $10 Million a year group and assume that's the lower end of income and set them to $200K that leaves them with $9,800,000 enough to hire 245 people at 40K a year.  In total that give them ability to hire 2,027,130 That's a total of 6,561,650 People put back to work But let’s modify it some.  First lets take the 2 richest people in America that means reducing the number of jobs down by 490 people so we have a base of 6561160 to add on to. Bill Gates makes $11,500,000,000 a year by the calculations we are using that is 287495 jobs

Warren Buffett is making $13505000000 a year so the calc. means 337620 jobs

That brings the total up to 7,186,275 more people with jobs Today’s current (June 2015) unemployment rate is 5.4% from what I can tell every 0.1% of that rate equals 223000 people so times 10 that’s 2230000 and times 5.4 that’s 12,042,000 People out of work so we plug in our total and we get 4,855,725 people out of work or an unemployment rate of 2.17%. which would make it the lowest Unemployment rate on record for the US (The current record is 2.9% set in 1953) But I can do one better moving us to the single payer Universal Healthcare system. If Universal Healthcare provides 2600000 jobs and the Health Insurance industry has 444000 jobs to lose we gain 2156000 jobs. Meaning 2699725 people out of work or a unemployment rate of 1.21% No realize this is a lower end estimate of what can be done the facts support something much greater.

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http://www.politico.com/news/s.....60717.html http://www.ask.com/business-fi.....fea52fdc5f http://www.cnbc.com/id/101282625 http://data.bls.gov/timeseries.....NS14000000 http://www.commondreams.org/vi.....emwho-knew

http://www.epi.org/publication....._20070919/

SIDENOTE: This calculation doesn't even touch the Aristocracy's savings accounts etc., just the annual income amount. Furthermore it doesn't even go into creating jobs through going 100% alternative energy (a cost of around $400 Billion to the US taxpayer) which would create probably gross 6800000 jobs for a net of 6300000 after because fossil fuel jobs disappeared. Yes folks that would mean a JOB SURPLUS of 3600275.

June 7, 2015
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As long as I'm on the subject of the Aristocracy and why we are in such deep doo doo.  The Aristocracy owns the Corporation in largesse. Exxon Mobil Spends $100 Million Dollars a day looking for Oil. Wow. But what does that mean in my terms. Well first let’s look at that as a year: $36.5 Billion dollars. Okay now I’ve ran plenty of calculations over the years to know that it would cost nearly $400 Billion dollars to power the ENTIRE USA electrical grid on 100% Alternative Energy (be it by wind or geothermal energy). So if we divide that cost by Exxon-Mobil’s current spending we get: about 11 Years. Yes, Exxon Mobil if it wanted to switch gears could dominate and power the entire USA on alternative energy in 11 years IF IT WANTED TO.  BUT THEY DON"T. And we must ask ourselves, What is wrong with these people?

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June 7, 2015
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I think you lost everyone somewhere in all the numbers, to be honest I could not follow it exactly.  What you are saying is nobody is allowed to be rich, income is restricted regardless of skill and knowledge, and if they are, would be required to make jobs for other people?  They would have to be forced to create a business of some sort, and what happens if that fails?  That people who suceed should be rewarded with having to support everyone else, who either is unsucessfull and make jobs for anyone with no skills or education?  When Bill Gates thought of an idea that revelutionized the computer world, he has to be sure all the profits go to the people, and not himself?   That all the people in the world with extrordinary skills have to share their wealth with everyone who has none.  As much as I dispise Floyd Mayweather making $200 Million in one fight, he should be required to make jobs for the world, and keep only 5 times the minimum wage.  Sounds a bit ludicras to me.  The Bill Gates of the world actually do create jobs, many of them, as do all the giants like Walmarts, and other single person owners of enormous corparations.  They do get taxed is they do not reinvest in their own growth.  

Now look at the other side of the coin, of underachievers, uneducated, and those who are just too lazy to improve themselves.  Who do you think pays for all this welfare, relief, and assistance?  All those who work for a living, and struggled to get out of one level to the next by work, school, and saving.  Most people do work and most people find a skill, or profession needing education, and if you do not do these things, you end up staying on the bottom of the needed because you have no skills.  So all those that earned what they have gotten should keep supporting those who never want to rise up out of the level they are? How many just will not get off their ass to improve their own misery? 

Maybe the question should be liimiting these welfare programs but millions just stay on Welfare and Section 8 housing on purpose. Now expect everyone else to support Affordable health care, off the backs of those who earned Medicare after 65, and those who do work and pay taxes.  Maybe the question should be why we not expect those on Welfare, capable or working to do something for it to society?  Require some basic task to be done for supporting them.  Instead the cycle never changes it just grows, that people are content staying eternally on welfare, because they possess no work skills whatsoever. Go down to the Home Depot any day of the week, and see who is trying to find work.  And most importanly, who is never their trying to get a day work. 

This is a capitalism society we live in not a communist society, where the American dream is to become what your are, because of your efforts.  We do not have a King and Queen Monarchy that gets handed down, anyone in this country can become a millionare or President by their own efforts.  I remember at one of my kids graduations when they were giving out all the scolarships to college for excellent grades and work.  He said, "You were all here for 4 years and all had the same opportunity, if you do not recieve any scolorship today, I was your own fault".  

June 7, 2015
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The point is the a hierarchy system that encourages Aristocracies

to exist and does not put a leash on capitalism creates its own problems.  The structural problem is this Humanity be it national, international, local operate functionally as super organism with certain vital materials being passed from one organ to another and thusly keeping the organism healthy.  When an Aristocracy is allowed to exist unchecked it does three things 1) It hoards money, thusly it creates a clot of vital materials in the circulation path of the organism 2) It feeds on the other organs supply of vital materials thusly starving them 3) Unable to get all the vital materials it desire it feeds on the host organism itself as well as any nearby organism.  Its not a good thing to happen, and is roughly equivalent to having cancer.

Now we can look at the system and say "Hey look it is just income from interest and earning on bonds" and stuff like that but we'd be missing the point, if the money is not circulating by earning and spending then it creates the environment in which people lose jobs, and this works fine if one is predatory lender or some one who can manipulate the prices of the goods or services but it is not good for the people who buy and work. This isn't about laziness this about keeping the circulation pumping in the system.  The lazy person who doesn't work much still spends so the money travels down the circulation route, the rich person who earns more than a fair share spends less of their income, from what I understand most millionaires and billionaire only spend 5%-10% of their income.  That is a problem, because even though they may have earned it the resultant lack of monetary circulation results in someone losing their job, and its easy to calculate how many multiples past the median income did a person earn, and then say how many did they hire at median income and how many could they have hired. 

But what to have them do?  Well for starters lets look at the fact that its is these same Aristocrats who are cutting pensions and benefits and refusing new hires the same wages in many cases, all that reduces circulation.  But they also off shore jobs to other nations which also cuts a nations monetary circulation.  One of the most disturbing aspect of this in the USA is that this has led to the nation losing the largesse of its textile industry, we went from being number one producer to a bulk importer and the same could be said for a vast array of other industries and the reason for doing this was so the Aristocrats could increase how much income and hoarding they were doing.  So Americans lose more and more jobs, and this cycle is continuing while the Aristocracy has no grand project to build. The same way an national government  energizes an economy through national projects is the same thing that is necessary for an Aristocracy to do but it does not do it.  This is a problem.  One of the disturbing trends of reenergizing of the American economy in the last 7 years is that the growth was fixed on the Aristocracy while it grew wealth some percent the bottom of the population lost that same percent.  Apparently we have reached past an equilibrium point the Aristocracy cannot gain anymore with out being vampiric and the body of the population can only suffer to lose so much before it is crushed.  For while the Median Income of Americans is some around $51K  almost 1/2 of Americans make less than around $26K, as the Aristocracy continues to feed the population making under around $26K will increase while the other population shrinks, the middle class is dying off because of the Aristocracy.

Thusly America really does need an income cap to get circulation going again, once circulation starts pumping correctly again unemployment will decrease.  And this nation has plenty of construction projects (like Arcologies) to do if it is to hunker down for the effects of climate change and economic downturns elsewhere.

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