published Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Rant

OBAMA STATES, “Companies raise your wages.” One thousand-employee company raises wages for 700 employees, lays off 300. Basic economics! Obama still doesn’t get it.

CHATTANOOGA TEA PARTY, a social welfare organization? It doesn’t even serve tea with its politics.

THE TEA PARTY is to blame for the IRS scrutiny scandal? Isn’t that what the rapist told the judge? “She was askin’ for it!”

CLAY BENNETT’S May 22 cartoon seems concerned that sequestration slows disaster relief. I suggest Bennett donate his time and earnings to Moore, OK.

CLAY BENNETT, I love your cartoons! Especially the ones that ruffle feathers! Keep them coming!

CHICKEN FEED attracts mice and rats. Chattanooga, are you prepared for that? Also, chicken droppings are foul smelling.

PEOPLE CAN LIVE anywhere they wish as long as chickens don’t complain or squawk about it.

THOSE WHO ARE harping about what happened in Benghazi where we lost four Americans... where were they before we lost 4,000 in Iraq? Politics?

RON HART IS on a roll, I love his wit and humor. Sometimes Washington is such that you have to laugh so you won’t cry.

CLEAN UP FORT O. Shut down pot-stirring gossips. The louder they talk, the worse we look. For them, it is all about money and power.

THE UTC AD has done a great job with new hires for basketball, but UTC is more than one year out of Title IX compliance.

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chet123 said...

WHO DONT GET IT!!!!

YOU DONT GET IT!!!

IF A COMPANY CANT PAY LIVABLE WAGES......THEY NEED TO LAY-OFF....OR SHUT DOWM

MAYBE YOU DONT GET IT WITH YOUR FUZZY MATH.....

DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK A REAL JOB PAYS SLAVE WAGES...Hmmmm? ITS ONLY A JOB BY NAME,,Hmmmm?....THIS IS WHILE CORPORATE IS MAXIMIZING THEIR PROFITS.......

DO YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE FOOLS Hmmmmmmm!

May 27, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"OBAMA STATES, “Companies raise your wages.” One thousand-employee company raises wages for 700 employees, lays off 300. Basic economics! Obama still doesn’t get it."

Walmart, Target, fast food chains, and other big box stores could easily pay their employees a starting wage of $10/hr. and not skip a beat. They would probably make the argument that if they raise the starting wage to that amount they would be forced to raise their prices but that is baloney. The few dollars more that they would be paying in wages would be more than made up for in job loyalty and satisfaction, performance, decrease in turn-over, internal theft, etc. Furthermore, the employees would in turn spend more of their money at the stores where they are employed as well as other stores and the economy would be strengthened overall by the additional buying power of hundreds of thousands and millions of employees making a decent living wage. Ranter, you are the one who does not get it.

May 27, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"THOSE WHO ARE harping about what happened in Benghazi where we lost four Americans... where were they before we lost 4,000 in Iraq?"

Excellent question. I keep asking that same question but I never get a satisfactory answer. The winguts/Obama haters always remain mysteriously silent and just keep on accusing Obama of a "conspiracy." The few times they have attempted to justify their silence regarding Bush's outright lies they have excused him by claiming that his was just an honest mistake due to faulty intelligence. Of course, anyone with half a brain knows that is bullsh!t, but BS is the only thing they know how to spew anyway.

May 27, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow I guess there is no difference in a declared war supported by Congress and an isolated incident where SOMEONE failed to listen and act when people likely could have been protected, then tried to cover it up with all sorts of slants and politicize/demonize all who question them... Yeah there is no difference when a media elected President who vowed to be so "open" as an administration lies, covers, protects and will not come clean; all the while threatening anyone who tells the whole truth. No Difference, I suppose except we do question and criticize the first one but not the second, the one who could have been the difference in those four lives for life rather than death. Someone failed to act, who was it and why? That's the only question involved. All the junk that has come forth reveals nothing of substance.

May 28, 2013 at 9:14 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Livn4life,

"Wow I guess there is no difference in a declared war supported by Congress"

How can you make this claim knowing that Congress only agreed to go to war because they were lied to outright?

"an isolated incident where SOMEONE failed to listen and act when people likely could have been protected,"

All the proof said that those men couldn't have been saved.

"then tried to cover it up with all sorts of slants and politicize/demonize all who question them..."

That is an outright and utter lie.

"Yeah there is no difference when a media elected President who vowed to be so "open" as an administration lies, covers, protects and will not come clean;"

This is the same administration that told the real story are few days after the "talking points". Bush and Cheney still haven't come clean about their lies.

"all the while threatening anyone who tells the whole truth."

At the request of Republicans.

"No Difference, I suppose except we do question and criticize the first one but not the second,"

BULLSH!T.

"the one who could have been the difference in those four lives for life rather than death."

Again, that is an outright lie. The blame for Benghazi has nothing to do with President Obama. But I notice you dismiss all responsibility of the ONE that could have been the difference in 5,000+ lost lives.

"Someone failed to act, who was it and why? That's the only question involved."

Someone lied to act, we know who it was and why, but you completely ignore that part of history and dismiss it because it was "supported by Congress".

"All the junk that has come forth reveals nothing of substance."

Everything you just said is junk. And nothing will ever come of the Benghazi hearings. But it's truly telling that you deem those 4 deaths more important or terrible than the 5,000+ American deaths from the Bush wars.

Your extreme bias has turned into blatant ignorance. Your egregious hypocrisy is disgusting. You are scum.

May 28, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.
degage said...

I thought maybe Easy had mellowed but I guess I was wrong. If you have a different opinion you are ignorant, a hypocrite, and scum.

Your vacation didn't help.

May 29, 2013 at 12:35 p.m.
jesse said...

Degage, for some reason Easy just can't get out of the "Malicious Toad" mode!!Man has a mental prob!

May 29, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Degage and jesse...There is nothing malicious, unfair, or over the top about Easy's comments. Anybody who does not see the obvious hypocrisy in the wingnuts who blast Obama on the Benghazi incident but then remain silent or, worse yet, try to justify Bush's outright lies and deceit that took us into a needless and unjustified war is worthy of being called out for it. The hypocrisy is indeed egregious and disgusting. Everything Easy said is the truth. If he said it in a way that doesn't agree with your phony genteel and civil sensibilities, well, cry me a river. You guys are no less biased towards your own opinions than anybody on here. To see you try to come across like you're somehow kinder or gentler or more understanding than Easy or anybdy else...what a joke.

May 29, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
Easy123 said...

degage,

"If you have a different opinion you are ignorant, a hypocrite, and scum."

Opinions (and people) can be ignorant. People that hold those opinions can be hypocrites. And people that dismiss 5,000 deaths while feigning indignation and horror about 4 deaths are, in fact, scum.

"Your vacation didn't help."

Nothing you have ever done in your life has helped you view anything objectively. Your opinion is not correct simply because you have one. Hypocrisy is not acceptable just because you are oblivious of your hypocrisy. And lies are not truths just because you believe them.

Get over yourself. If you'd like to refute anything I've said, be my guest. If not, shut up.

May 29, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.
Easy123 said...

jesse,

"Man has a mental prob!"

Kind of ironic considering you're the one that has been previously charged with aggravated assault (against a woman no less).

Talk about mental? That's your M.O., big fella.

May 29, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.
jesse said...

Easy if you check further you will find that it was didmissed!!

May 29, 2013 at 2:43 p.m.
Easy123 said...

jesse,

"Easy if you check further you will find that it was didmissed!!"

You said yourself that the charges were lowered to Simple Assault and you had to pay court costs.

Having the case dismissed doesn't make you seem any better. I have a feeling the other party just didn't show up for court.

May 29, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.
jesse said...

oh she was there in spades,drunk as a bicycle!

May 29, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.
Easy123 said...

jesse,

"oh she was there in spades,drunk as a bicycle!"

You probably were too when you were trying to simply assault her.

May 29, 2013 at 3:22 p.m.
jesse said...

you are in law school and don't know what constitutes "simple assault"?

If you and i are face to face and i tell you" i'm gonna kick your arz"! THATS simple assault!

May 29, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
Easy123 said...

jesse,

"you are in law school and don't know what constitutes "simple assault"?"

How could you possibly come to that conclusion? I am acutely aware of what "simple assault" is.

"If you and i are face to face and i tell you" i'm gonna kick your arz"! THATS simple assault!"

Then why was it originally an aggravated assault charged? Your threats must have struck her to harshly that she was physically injured, right?

May 29, 2013 at 4 p.m.
fairmon said...

Walmart, McDonalds and others mentioned all have an effective tax rate of over 30%. Why not close all the loop holes used by others and reduce the business tax rates to something competitive with the rest of the world? There is no correlation between pay rates and employee job performance.

May 31, 2013 at 3 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

While paying employees a decent living wage might not cause them to break out in song or whistle while they work, you have to be a fool to think that a better wage is not going to improve worker morale and thus job performance. Costco starts its employees at $11.50/hr., the average worker there making $45,000.yr. along with excellent health benefits. The turn-over rate and incidents of employee theft are extremely low, and most customers remark about how pleased they are with the way they are treated by employees. Oh, and guess what - Costco is seeing record profits (its 3rd quarter sales for this year increased 39% while Walmart's sales for the same quarter were abysmal by comparison).

Here is what Costco CEO Jim Jelinek has to say about employee wages: "At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages makes good sense for business. We pay a starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states where we do business, and we are still able to keep our overhead costs low. An important reason for the success of Costco’s business model is the attraction and retention of great employees. Instead of minimizing wages, we know it’s a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty. We support efforts to increase the federal minimum wage.”

In 1914 people thought Henry Ford was nuts for increasing his employee wages to $5/day, a rate that was double that of the going rate for that type of work at the time. He didn't do it out of generosity. He did it because it made good business sense. He reasoned that a well paid employee is less likely to leave (attrition in the auto industry was extremely high then) and he knew that if his workers were paid enough, they would in turn buy the very cars they were making and thus increase his sales. He was right.

The businesses I mentioned above - the big box stores and fast food chains - are already highly successful and are not exactly struggling to get by. Their CEOs are making money hand over fist. So for anyone to make the claim that paying their workers a decent living wage is going to break them is absolute BS.

The economy is not going to be on a solid footing again until we have a strong middle class with money to spend. Jobs are not created simply because the "job creators" have more money; jobs are created whenever there is a greater demand for goods and services. Also, with more people making better wages there would be a vast reduction in government assistance, with fewer people needing to apply for food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid. It only makes sense to pay a decent living wage to employees in the first place. It's not only the humane thing to do; it's the sensible thing to do.

May 31, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

BTW, for those winguts so opposed to the establishment of a minimum wage, claiming that government has no business interfering in the free market, the minimum wage is not some arbitrary figure. It is determined by the amount of money it takes to live above the poverty line in this country. The minimum wage hasn't kept up with the rate of inflation since the 1960s. Government is only saying that no one should work at a job in this country for a wage that doesn't meet their basic needs. While it might seem extreme to pay someone $10/hr. for flipping burgers or ringing up purchases at Walmart that's only because we have lost touch with the true value of what that work is worth in the first place. Why does nobody bat an eyelash when white collar workers, CEOs, congressmen, etc. get raises every year that more than compensate for the inflation rate, but to think of raising the minimum wage for those in the more menial service related jobs literally takes an act of congress? Ridiculous.

May 31, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.
fairmon said...

rickaroo said..

The economy is not going to be on a solid footing again until we have a strong middle class with money to spend. Jobs are not created simply because the "job creators" have more money; jobs are created whenever there is a greater demand for goods and services. Also, with more people making better wages there would be a vast reduction in government assistance, with fewer people needing to apply for food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid. It only makes sense to pay a decent living wage to employees in the first place. It's not only the humane thing to do; it's the sensible thing to do.

I agree but I assure you the pay rate has nothing to do with how people act responsibly and how they work. It does have something to do with retention of those an employer desires to keep. The percent of early terminations for not showing up on time, not showing up at all without notifying the employer and not willing to do a reasonable day of work was essentially the same at $17 an hour and $10.75 an hour.

June 6, 2013 at 4:37 a.m.
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