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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:03 AM
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Is this asshole on CNN really chastising Americans for working?

he's going on and on about the amount of time off from work we take compared to people in other countries?
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:05 AM
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1. CNN=Faux Lite
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:09 AM
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2. Um... PEople in other countries take off a lot more from work than we do.
MAybe not developing countries
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:24 AM
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9. That is the plan
the plan is to turn this country into a developing country
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:13 AM
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3. He really needs to fuck himself !
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liskddksil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:15 AM
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4. We should be working less - its crazy how much less vacation
we get then the rest of the "civilized" world. We'd be a lot healthier mentally and physically as a result.
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durablend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:16 AM
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5. What's he saying?
If he thinks Americans take too much vacation time, he's been swigging something.

OTOH, if he's complaining that they DON'T, sounds like just another out of touch elitist (um, you do realize us proles have bills to pay, right?)
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:18 AM
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7. He was complaining that people don't take all of their vacation.

He was saying that people should not work and sacrifice for what they want. Apparently that virtue offends him.
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:16 AM
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6. Burnout due to lack of time off hinders productivity.
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:23 AM
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8. Thanks, Hugh. Happy Labor Day to you
Thanks for speaking so eloquently here for the "salt of the earth". Love reading your stuff.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:34 AM
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10. Probably pointing out the raw deal we get in terms of paid time off
compared to every other nation that might be called our peer. Because that is true, and it is true because Americans do not have the self respect to expect time with family and loved ones and interests outside work.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:56 AM
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11. people who don't use their vacation don't have self respect?
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:14 AM
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12. Unemployment is exacerbated by 60 hour work weeks
and abuse of FLSA, calling everyone "managers" so they can be salaried.

Either implementing 4 weeks of vacation or shortening the work week to 32 hours would cure our unemployment problem.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:18 AM
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13. So you want to take 8 hours of work/pay from everyone who has a job
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 10:24 AM by RB TexLa
just to inflate employment?

Giving people 4 weeks of vacation doesn't mean they all take it. You aren't proposing that people be forced to use all their vacation time?
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:02 PM
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14. Yes. Bingo.
I would take the hours away from those who are working too many, and give it to those who aren't working at all. And yes, including you.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:40 PM
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15. Why stop at 8 hours? If you take 20 hours a week from all the haves you can
inflate employment numbers even more. You could even outlaw people from having a second job. :crazy:
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:44 PM
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17. His posts make sense and yours are childish.
Try and keep up with the adults...thanks.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:51 PM
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18. No they really don't. To say you have to steal from people who have jobs to increase

the number of jobs at fewer hours of work? I don't know if the person is wanting to make sure people don't get benifits by wanting people to have 32 hour a week "full time" jobs. Or if they consider people who have jobs to be the haves and want to take ten and a half weeks worth of pay away from them.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:43 PM
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20. Labor is a supply/demand commodity.
It's value goes up as the supply goes down.

A 32 hour work week would raise the hourly wage, decrease unemployment and cure a myriad of social ills.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:44 PM
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16. See here for accuracy about American's "time off".
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evilDonkey Donating Member (32 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 01:11 PM
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19. Aussie
I believe Australians work less than Americans and they earn more.
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