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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    Why are your polls always black and white choices?
    Because what's so interesting about being on the fence? Having only two choices forces you to pick one or the other, not "I don't know" or "maybe."

    There are some politicians I admire and some I despise. There are some businessman I admire and some I despise.
    I can relate. But deep down inside, I believe we all admire certain occupations over others, even if it is the individual human that must be examined. As I stated way earlier in the post, many Americans admire the occupation of a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, a pilot, an astronaut, a soldier, a doctor. It is often in the admiration of a certain occupation that we find our own calling. The only regret is that I used the word "who" in the title, implying a general human character to a nonhuman occupation.

    Do you think the businessmen who flouted safety concerns and caused the Bhopal chemical explosion that killed thousands of Indians are more admirable than, say, Kennedy or Reagan?
    How often has a politician killed, maimed, or stolen from the populace? The majority of history is filled with ONLY such people (though many happened to create a lot of good things in the process of killing, maiming, and controlling a lot of human beings). They have much greater control over the daily lives of every individual as opposed to the common business. Compare the death record of the government with the death record of business.

    Why does it have to be a black and white choice?
    Because sometimes, a binary can be useful.

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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Public history? did you leave out a word? If not, what would private history be?
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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    agree, I was born into a poor family, dad was a security guard til he hit age 38 and it occurred to him that he cannot continue to feed a wife and 5 kids on his income. Later on my parents adopted an out of wedlock nephew, so they raised 6 kids. Only 2 of us escaped the poverty trap.
    Most of us are what we make of ourselves. People who accept part time work, low wages, minimal benefits, etc. are usually the barely educated and there are plenty of employers who need just that, and nothing more. IF people want the wages of skilled labor, they should do their part to become skilled...
    OTOH, business could stop exporting jobs overseas...and politicians could do more to improve education and skill training to help keep those jobs at home. Let's see, that leaves the unions......what can they do? I know, stop demanding high wages for low skill jobs, especially when the consumers are skittish and aren't buying the products the skilled labor produces...
    I agreed with you right up to the point when your argument diverts into a protectionist campaign. Protectionism is bad for the U.S. economy. It has a devastating history and the benefits of artifically preventing the exportation of jobs is far less than the costs. It is similar to the ridiculous notion that Mexicans are stealing American jobs.

    There is a good side and a bad side to unions. The good side is that unions are organizations of working individuals who mutually come together to redress grievances and resolve differences. The bad side is that unions act as lobbyists for workers, and they often hurt the surrounding local economy in the same way that corporate monopolies do- by artificially reducing supply and competition. Workers don't like to compete with new workers for hours and promotions, just as corporations do not wish to compete with new, emerging competition. Both will do whatever it takes, legally, to install laws that benefit their special interest. Unions also reduce the supply of their workforce by making it harder for the management to afford new union workers. If it is expensive to cater to a union, and every worker is union, then it's tough to afford new labor.

    And finally, and somewhat astonishingly, public and private sector unions are the heavy-hitting donors to political elections (sources available upon request).
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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I agree, yet I am not a conservative,I think.
    Just for you, I changed my profile to "other."
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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    How much should a Walmart employee be paid?
    It would depend on what the job entailed. Unlike a liberal, I'm not going to tell Wal-Mart it has to pay an employee anything. But if I were an executive with a company that made billionaires out of members of the founding family, I would either pay my full-time employees something above the poverty level or resign. I'd be ashamed to do otherwise:

    Using Wal-Mart's figures, a “full-time” employee at 34 hours per week, making the Wal-Mart average wage of $10.86 per hour, will earn $19,200.48 per year. The federal government’s definition of poverty for a family of four in the contiguous United States is $21,200.

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    Individuals impoverish themselves, or simply refuse to rise out of the poverty they were born into. The only exceptions are the physically and mentally disabled. You may disagree.
    I agree with that to a point. But if we as a society don't figure out a way to stop exporting high value-added jobs in industries like manufacturing and just assume we're going to support a first-world economy with cashiers and greeters we're going to be sorely disappointed.

    Where the Jobs Are: A First Look at Private Industry Job Growth and Wages in 2010
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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahlevah View Post
    It would depend on what the job entailed. Unlike a liberal, I'm not going to tell Wal-Mart it has to pay an employee anything. But if I were an executive with a company that made billionaires out of members of the founding family, I would either pay my full-time employees something above the poverty level or resign. I'd be ashamed to do otherwise:
    Well, at least you're not willing to go the extra route to force employers to pay more than they do. I still think your expectations may be a little bit high. I've brought up (I think it was this thread) that I work at In-N-Out Burger, a California fast food restaurant. In-N-Out has a great cult following, known for their delicious burgers, great customer service, and their employee-friendly atmosphere. They have been praised by many Americans. I've been working part-time there for four years. Their starting wage is $10 an hour (as opposed to minimum wage for all other fast food restaurants). I make twelve. Despite showing my dedication and loyalty to the company, they have not given me full-time status, which would make me eligible for their healthcare package. In that way, they are like other fast food joints (keeping most everyone at a part-time status). They do cover their part-timers with dental and vision packages, something I've never seen before.

    So here we are. I work for a company RENOWNED for their generous wages and employee-centered environment, and I'm STILL making below the poverty line and without health insurance (just like the example you gave of a Walmart employee). And the owners are riding jets to work. Is that "fair?" Is it "just?" Is it "ethical?" I feel there is nothing wrong with it, but you may completely disagree. I just think your standards may be a bit too high. Contrary to the Kingfish, we are not all kings.





    I agree with that to a point. But if we as a society don't figure out a way to stop exporting high value-added jobs in industries like manufacturing and just assume we're going to support a first-world economy with cashiers and greeters we're going to be sorely disappointed.
    Here we go again with the protectionist argument. Nothing is wrong with free trade and lower prices. We're not working in factories anymore, but we are working in more offices and labs. Our healthcare industry, despite its many flaws, is actually one of our biggest economic generators. We are flourishing in other, service areas which is not horrible. Isn't an office job with reasonable perks (nearly every nonunion American agrees that union perks are excessive) and a reasonable salary better than a unionist manufacturing job, with dangerous work conditions, and a pension that will bankrupt the country? Only 1% of Americans work on farms, and I hear the same romanticizing of the farmers as I've heard with the manufacturers. Yet, the life of a farmer is extremely hard work. Why can't we accept the fact that things have gotten better, and so have our jobs. Just because certain job markets remain viable even during a recession, doesn't mean we've wasted our entire economy researching, developing, and building jobs that only include cashiers, greeters, etc. There is actually an easy way for someone who is poor to rise up out of poverty. Have you ever heard of all the thriving employment markets in massage therapy, medical coding and billing, surgercial technician, etc.? The list of new, and emerging careers is neverending. And many of these technical programs are very affordable, last anywhere from 6 months-2 years, and have very favorable job placement rates.

    Again, these are recession times and certain low-paying jobs will always be open. But the real agony is the massive waste by politicians who attempt to "fix" these things. Take the stimulus plan. Since the Recovery Act, there have been 416,000 new federal government jobs. But the private sector has lost 2,554,000 jobs, according to the BLS. This is despite the fact that the Obama administration promised otherwise. The wasted capital is a private loss.

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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    I meant to say "bankrupt the company" not "bankrupt the country."

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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    We're not working in factories anymore, but we are working in more offices and labs.
    You mean some of us are. Most of us aren't:

    Among industries that grew in 2010, the top three occupations are retail sales persons, cashiers, and food preparation workers; combined, these three occupations numbered almost 10 million jobs in July 2010, with median wages below $10 an hour.

    Where the Jobs Are: A First Look at Private Industry Job Growth and Wages in 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    Again, these are recession times and certain low-paying jobs will always be open.
    This is no run-of-the-mill recession. This economy began shedding higher-paying blue-collar jobs in manufacturing and even white collar jobs in engineering and design decades ago. Much of the "job creation" in recent years took place in areas of the economy goosed with cheap money, like construction and mortgage lending. Those jobs will not be easily replaced.
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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahlevah View Post
    You mean some of us are. Most of us aren't:





    This is no run-of-the-mill recession. This economy began shedding higher-paying blue-collar jobs in manufacturing and even white collar jobs in engineering and design decades ago. Much of the "job creation" in recent years took place in areas of the economy goosed with cheap money, like construction and mortgage lending. Those jobs will not be easily replaced.
    As I said earlier, these growing job markets have always been growing, with or without a recession. But I think you're trying to claim that we've lost our economic stronghold because we've sacrificed many manufacturing jobs. Then, why are we still number one? Why do so many of the latest technological advances still come from American entrepreneurs? I don't see how we can still be number one if the majority of our employment sector has been relegated to cashiers, greeters, and food servers.

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    Re: Who is more ADMIRABLE, the POLITICIAN or the BUSINESSMAN?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    But I think you're trying to claim that we've lost our economic stronghold because we've sacrificed many manufacturing jobs. Then, why are we still number one? Why do so many of the latest technological advances still come from American entrepreneurs? I don't see how we can still be number one if the majority of our employment sector has been relegated to cashiers, greeters, and food servers.
    We still have entrepreneurs and people willing to take risks. But I think the large, vibrant middle class we saw in the Post War Years is shrinking and giving rise to a larger underclass. While incomes stagnated, households tried to maintain living standards by borrowing from banks and Wall Street, which were happy to oblige.
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