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Stealing. That's right on the money.

Posted by HughBeaumont | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 10:19 AM (0 replies)

OK, Explain This To me Like I'm a Complete Idiot, Part 12: Working Harder and Making Better Choices?

If education and lack of skills were the crux of America's economic problems (as most Conservative pundits and peasants will repeat ad nauseum), can you explain to me why we now have the most educated workforce; more credentialed and certified than any time in our history, but a 13-year track record of such dismally weak job creation and wage gains to SHOW for it?

It's just that they say "Supersize yer skill set, haw haw"; but the thing is, lots of people HAVE done that and ARE doing that, whether it's through degrees, certification, credentials, training, etc. and it doesn't really appear to be paying off as it should be. Wages haven't moved with inflation since 1979. We're creating jobs, but what are they paying? Are they on par with the birth/death rate and the incoming/outgoing work force? They don't appear to have answers other than "life isn't fair".

"The Myth Of Wage Stagnation" . .. is there NO LOW CNBC will not descend to?

So now we're getting our paid shills in the form of assistant professors at Troy University?


Looking at just average hourly wages — adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) — shows that earnings increased only 5.58 percent since 1964. However, this statistic and others like it are misleading because they do not factor in new forms of growing employee compensation and they overstate the erosion of purchasing power. Once these contributions are taken into account, a much more clear — and positive — picture of the average incomes surfaces.

Over the last few decades, employees have been receiving an increasingly larger portion of their overall compensation in the form of benefits such as health care, paid vacation time, hour flexibility, improved work environments and even daycare. Ignoring the growth of these benefits and looking at only wages provides a grossly incomplete picture of well-being, and the increase in compensation for work. While it is difficult to adjust for all of these benefits that workers are now receiving, one measure of wage and salary supplements show they have nearly tripled since 1964. Total compensation, which adds these benefits to wages and salaries, shows that earnings have actually increased more than 45 percent since 1964.

Dear God Danny, you CANNOT be this DAFT.


Wealth Gap: A Guide to what it is, why it matters.


Q. Hasn't there always been a wide gulf between the richest people and the poorest?

A. Yes. What's new is the widening gap between the wealthiest and everyone else. Three decades ago, Americans' income tended to grow at roughly similar rates, no matter how much you made. But since roughly 1980, income has grown most for the top earners. For the poorest 20 percent of families, it's dropped. Incomes for the highest-earning 1 percent of Americans soared 31 percent from 2009 through 2012, after adjusting for inflation, according to data compiled by Emmanuel Saez, an economist at University of California, Berkeley. For the rest of us, it inched up an average of 0.4 percent. In 17 of 22 developed countries, income disparity widened in the past two decades, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Q. So why has income inequality worsened?

A. There's no simple answer. Globalization has created "superstars" and concentrated pay among corporate executives, Wall Street traders, popular entertainers and other financial elite. At the same time, factory workers now compete with 3 billion people in China, India, eastern Europe and elsewhere who weren't working for multinational corporations 20 years ago. Many now make products for Apple, Intel, General Motors and others at low wages. This has depressed middle-class pay. And pay has risen much faster for college graduates than for high-school graduates. These trends have contributed to a "hollowed out" labor market, with more jobs at the higher and lower ends of the pay scale and fewer in the middle.

Oh, by the way . . . . PLLLEEEEAASSSE don't read the comments section. It's too early and you'll just get angry at the ridiculous amount of red-baiting, dog-whistling, false dilemma "arguments", Horatio Alger paens and general stupidity that's expected of the Cheeto munching basement dwellers that comprise Yahoo's audience.

Yahoo Comment Clowns: Our Hatred Burns Like An Eternal Flame, No Matter WHAT the Subject Is.


Utterly amazing that, even on a story so apolitical as this one, the Yahoo Comment Clowns will come up with SOME creative way to get around saying "I hate (insert racial slur here)s, expeshially that (racial slur) in the White House!!1!!!"

What must it be like to live with such blatant contempt and hatred and willingly never change or turn it off for even a second?

Remember when casino magnate Steve Wynn, in 2012, said "Obama so anti-biznezz!! (sob)"

“I’m afraid of the president. I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up with,” Wynn said. “Every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks.”


Wynn Resort's stock return under President Obama's terms: 1,300.65%


Remember Romney supporter Ken Langone saying how misguided the pope was talking about inequality? Remember his equally idiotic and fascist partner Bernie Marcus shilling for Romney, stating Obama is "choking recovery" and Obamacare will bring doom to us all??

Home Depot's stock return under President Obama's terms: 272.93%.

Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan . . . All of them enjoying 135% or better returns since 2009. Even GE, a relatively flatline, stable stock, was a smart long in 2009: 120%.

Oh, and our favorites, the Koch boys? While they've laid off workers and campaigned heavily against all things to the left of Joe Lieberman, their net worths are now 36 BILLION. APIECE.

"Democrats are bad fer biznezz??" O.F.F.S.

How long is America going to continue to believe these guys?

How long is America going to let the predator class run roughshod over them?

Surprised no one's posted this yet re: The Death of Net Neutrality.

Granted, this is an extreme hypothetical.

Or is it?

Ralph Nader's Open Letter to former President George W. Bush: "The Country You Destroyed"


None DARE call it a scam . . .

PAY WHAT YOU OWE, MIKE DUKE. I'm quite positive the ChinaMart family can afford it.

I said "Whatever gets rid of the Re-branded Feudalism".

That doesn't necessarily mean "Armed and Violent Revolution". But make absolutely no mistake: You need to get RID of Re-branded Feudalism, and you need to get rid of it FAST.

While it's likely a given that in 'Murica (a country where the wealthy and the government have zero reason to fear their workers) a violent revolution would lead to a TheoFascist takeover, you cannot continue with "Capitalism As Is" and expect people to be perfectly OK with it. You cannot. People are getting supremely tired of the excuses of the wealthy and the corporate boards they incestuously slither in and out of as to why an economy on the upswing, an economy that sees an unprecedented skyrocketing in profits, productivity and stock market numbers has an 11-year period of such weak wage and job growth.

And sorry, it all boils down to PAY. It was recently written that 40% of all American workers now make LESS than the inflation adjusted 1968 minimum wage. Y'all are going to sit there and tell me that's FAIR? There are degreed profressionals making less than 30-35k a year. That's criminal. That's THEFT. That's a major break in the social contract. That's pretty much lying to a generation.

You're going to sit there and tell me that this "equitable, fair and prosperous" system that severely undercuts wages and looks for any excuse to move work to cheaper shores is going to somehow survive long-term? You still believe that?? COME on. A linear system that depends on infinite growth, resources, wealth and labor whose architects and executors do everything in their power to limit the access of all four to the producers and consumers that HAVE to keep it going will not succeed if the ability to produce and consume is taken away. You expect people to just be OK with all of that?

I know that these profiteers all have this jack-off-a-thon fantasy of achieving continued profit, growth and wealth without that pesky "additional business", "hiring", "expansion" or "progressive taxation" . . . but it's not happening. You're kidding yourself if you think it is.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Fri Nov 1, 2013, 06:26 PM (1 replies)
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