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Old 06-01-2018, 07:35 AM
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Why Can't the Poor be Like Us?

The conservative lack of empathy explained. "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, lowlife scum!"

https://decentralize.today/the-conse...r-33d99b0ef18b
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:47 AM
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Rich conservatives should practice what they preach and give boots with bootstraps to the poor.
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:09 PM
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The conservative lack of empathy explained. "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, lowlife scum!"

https://decentralize.today/the-conse...r-33d99b0ef18b
Excellent article.
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:22 PM
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Even those with bootstraps are finding it harder to pull themselves up. A lot of disillusionment in a "Gig Economy".
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:18 PM
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Nice point.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:23 PM
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Interesting day that you chose to post the article in your OP, what with unemployment falling to below 3.8% last month..

https://www.wsj.com/articles/unemplo...may-1527856298

“It’s pretty hard to argue that the labor market is anything but right in the sweet spot,” said Dan North, chief economist at Euler Hermes North America. “There is tremendous demand for labor right now.”

U.S. employers have added to payrolls for 92 straight months, extending the longest continuous jobs expansion on record. And those gains are extending to all corners of the labor market.

The unemployment rate for women, 3.6% last month, was the lowest since 1953, when far smaller share of women sought jobs. The jobless rates for blacks, Latinos and those without high-school diplomas are trending near record lows.
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:43 PM
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U.S. employers have added to payrolls for 92 straight months, extending the longest continuous jobs expansion on record. And those gains are extending to all corners of the labor market.
Thanks for validating Obama’s great economic recovery! 92 straight months! The current president* is riding Obama’s coattails on this for now, but his idiotic policies, especially on trade, and loosening direly necessary banking oversight, will very likely result in another Repube economic meltdown.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:40 PM
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Interesting day that you chose to post the article in your OP, what with unemployment falling to below 3.8% last month..

https://www.wsj.com/articles/unemplo...may-1527856298

“It’s pretty hard to argue that the labor market is anything but right in the sweet spot,” said Dan North, chief economist at Euler Hermes North America. “There is tremendous demand for labor right now.”

U.S. employers have added to payrolls for 92 straight months, extending the longest continuous jobs expansion on record. And those gains are extending to all corners of the labor market.

The unemployment rate for women, 3.6% last month, was the lowest since 1953, when far smaller share of women sought jobs. The jobless rates for blacks, Latinos and those without high-school diplomas are trending near record lows.
Although DQ's article is not about the unemployment rate and the labor market.
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I actually sat in on a discussion with a local Baptist Minister who's also Conservative and quite political. This guy told me that it's "actually a mistake" to do anything for the poor or the homeless because, "We are told that 'Ye shall reap as ye have sown.' Therefore, if you are poor it is because you have sown the seeds that yield poverty, which is as God meant it to be. To engage in charity is to thwart the will of God. If you wish to avoid such hardship, then sow the seeds of prosperity."...….

Sounds like a fairly evil justification for selfishness and apathy to me.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:31 AM
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Here is a blatant example of what is cited in the article on Post #1.

‘How can they walk away with millions and leave workers with zero?’: Toys R Us workers say they deserve severance
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Much of Toys R Us’s troubles, employees say, date to a 2005 leveraged buyout in which its new owners — private-equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, and real estate firm Vornado Realty Trust — loaded the company with more than $5 billion in debt. The company filed for bankruptcy last year, citing $7.9 billion in debt against $6.6 billion in assets, and announced in March that it would close all 800 of its U.S. stores.
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Last year, Toys R Us awarded executives $8 million in bonuses a week before filing for bankruptcy. A few months later, the company got approval from a bankruptcy judge to pay up to $21 million in additional bonuses to executives if they met certain performance goals. (That money was never awarded because the company’s performance fell short.) Chief executive Dave Brandon received $11.25 million in compensation last year.
Millions in bonuses to ensure that there is nothing left over for severance.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.320659b2baea
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