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Friday, November 13, 2015

Bring 'Em Home!

The video below is a must-watch! Yes, the video is a bit long but worth every minute.  Set down your beverage first, though; otherwise, you will have to buy a new keyboard. Keely Mullen attends Northeastern University.


Forget college! Trying to get something into this young lady's head is an exercise in futility!

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  1. Once again I say, these precious little kids have such a feeling of self-importance and no importance to match that feeling.
    Therefore, they have to manufacture some issue that they can champion, to have a feeling of purpose.
    Since this gives them purpose it becomes their religion, and relinquishes them from reason.

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    1. Ed,
      Think about this: the woman in the video is probably voting age.

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    2. Which brings up IMP's suggestion at Z's to raise the voting age to 25.
      We lowered it because of a non-existent draft.

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    3. I don't understand the big flap. She's immature and got flustered by a very experienced media personality.
      he was respectful and hardly, I think, someone worthy of disdain.

      Tying the problem (and it is a problem) of student debt to free tuition is admittedly a non starter. Lot of ineffective ideas floating around on both sides but they can at least focus on the problem.

      As far as raising the voting age, when the right's leading candidates are the Flim Flam Man and an idiot savant who thinks Joseph built the pyramids for grain storage, you have a serious problem that requires much more extensive action.

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  2. The girl in the video is not entirely wrong. A major economic change is needed. But it isn't to make college "free" and open to all (more socialism). It's to prevent all the money from reaching the 1% through the legal (and trade agreement) structure erected to enable global corporate capitalism to function more efficiently.. And that means removing the legal barriers to a broader middle class prosperity (corporate tax rates and legal protections).

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    1. FJ,
      If college is free, students will get what they pay for -- that is, an even worse education than they are getting now.

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    2. Preach it, Farmer!

      This is what we need to get more self-identified free-market conservatives to understand.

      We don't have a free market. Leftists are right in one respect: We have a rigged game, wired up by the elites for their own benefit.

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    3. FJ and SF,
      I do not deny that the game is rigged.

      Now, how do we correct the problem?

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    4. I've done some light reading, and I tentatively agree with Farmer that we need to demolish the corporation. And if some company is 'multi-national' it need to be a separate entity in each of the nations it is in.

      If these "Brave" Global Crapitalists are so worried about liability (which is on thing a corporations shields the owners from), they can buy insurance.

      I have some ideas on the political side that I will blog about in the near future at Western Hero.

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    5. I'm not saying all corporations are bad, I'm just saying that "people" can't compete with them when they're "everywhere" and "universal". And so restricting the corporate 'form' to certain segments of the economy, or to performing to their "charters" would seem a good compromise to me. Getting them out of agriculture, restaurants, entertainment, and retail operations might be a good thing.

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    6. ps - and when you "invest" in a corporation, at a certain point they need to return profits to their shareholders through dividends. That can't just continue to amass bank accounts with hundreds of billions in offshore account so as to "buy out competitors" and "expand".

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  3. I wonder what she's majoring in? If I happened to be her parents I'd quit "scrapping-by" to pay for this nonsense and demand a refund for the tuition that has already been wasted!

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    1. Jon,
      I, too, am wondering what her major is.

      I hope that it's not communications! She overuses the words absolutely and I mean to the point of driving me up the wall.

      I also note that she seems to have processing issues -- or some other kind of cognitive disorder.

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  4. That Neil Cavuto is a nice fellow. O'Reilly would have sliced her guts out, painted a joker smile on his face in her blood, and then wrote a poorly-researched book about it...

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  5. WOW, a 100% tax rate! I guess Neil thought that it would be futile to try to explain the Laffer Curve to this ditz.

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    1. The Laffer Curve is a conceptual tool, not an actual mathematical model. Cavuto brought up a theoretical 100% rate to demonstrate to her that even then, we couldn't pay for all that pie in the sky.

      But yes, the young lady is clueless. It is clear the university she attends has defrauded her by indoctrinating her instead of educating her.

      Parents, send you kids to the local community college for two years, then find a quiet state campus where they can finish their degree in peach and quiet far from the marxist rabble.

      Unless your child is looking for a career in the upper reaches of government or Wall Street, nobody cares where she got her degree.

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    2. SF,
      The local community colleges here are becoming problematic. No rioting or demands to speak of, but I think both of those are coming sooner rather than later. I'm getting rather disturbing reports from some of the homeschool grads who recently attended or now attend the community colleges here.

      Sooner or later, there will be no place to flee -- unless one can afford Hillsdale College or a similar school. But it's already tough to meet the admissions requirements at those schools, and the tuition is prohibitive for many.

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  6. She, inadvertently, makes a good argument for why more young people should be attending welding school!

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    1. Welding takes real-world brains, a good grasp of theory and practical analytical tools, physical skill and the ability to pass strict certification tests where right and wrong are concretely quantified and there is no fudging, T/F questions or fuzzy essays.

      The whiners causing trouble at the colleges would run out screaming and in tears on the first day.

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    2. "The whiners causing trouble at the colleges would run out screaming and in tears on the first day."

      OK, if that's the case and it probably is, what good are they? Tax subsidized "free" education that serves to engender more philosophical socialist thinking is absurd. My reference to "welding school" was purely rhetorical.

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    3. I know it was just rhetorical, but this nation would collapse without the skilled trades,and unlike the theoretical BS in the various "studies" departments of colleges, Welding requires real skills and real knowledge and the jobs require real results.

      Those leftwing whiners will be in for a shock when they hit the real world, as others like you have already pointed out.

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    4. That's a fact. You need plumbers more than art restorers from a limited point of view.
      But the art restorers help make life worth living and it takes a pretty dead soul not to understand that.

      Do you assume you think museum curators, film restorers and the like have no usable skills?

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    5. Ducky: Yes indeed, we do need art restorers, museum curators, film restorers, historians, etc.

      I was referring to studies degrees.

      I do not poo poo the arts. I am a musician, writer, and a consumer of a wide variety of arts, including classical music, museums and artwork, and I've brought my kids up to appreciate the arts and participate where their talent and interests call them.

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  7. The young lady in the video takes her talking points from Bernie Sanders.

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    1. The "traditional" cure for capitalism has always been "more government". We need a "passive" solution that involves less government. Bernie is a more government guy.

      Yes the solution initially might mean a lot of legal changes. But in the long wrong, we don't want a government that exists to directly pick winners and losers.

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    2. In other words, we need Adam Smith's "Invisible hand"... the hand that regulated the economy before the legal codes were used to privilege the corporate form over small businesses. Before GoCo's were established to "bundle mortgage securities" into larger investment instruments for sale on the global capital markets.

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    3. Who knows, restricting the corporation might also solve our Arab Spring problem.

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    4. The "invisible hand" generates efficiency only, Farmer.

      Smith was a serious advocate for workers rights and flat out stated that the market was inadequate to that task.

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    5. Yes, Smith advocated for a "free" education to offset some of the disadvantages from the division of labour. But Smith also advocated for OWNER rights. He would never have imagined the excesses in today's corporate globalism and the government collusion that amounts to wide-spread mecantilism.

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  8. There are certainly better advocates for her point of view. People that can make the argument. I am guessing we could do a similar interview with the lower taxes crowd and get someone just as bad at explaining the position.

    On a related note, while not welding, a while back our local Las Vegas did a story on people here who want to learn stainless steel fabricating. Starting salary, $80,000.00

    Somewhere we lost our way, telling the kids that "labor" and "tradework" like carpentry, plumbing, etc, was not a "good" career.

    Someone has to fix all those issues in the homes and businesses of the white collar folks and in many areas, jobs are backed up for weeks for lack of qualified people.

    At least in Vegas, we still have a Vocational High School. I'm not sure how many other areas can say that.

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    1. Dave,
      Somewhere we lost our way, telling the kids that "labor" and "tradework" like carpentry, plumbing, etc, was not a "good" career.

      Agreed!

      And free college will exacerbate that problem. Count on it.

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    2. Dave,
      I am guessing we could do a similar interview with the lower taxes crowd and get someone just as bad at explaining the position.

      That is so, I'm sure. However, Keely Mullen is one of the founders -- or higher-ups, anyway, in the Million Student March. See the link at the top of today's blog post.

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    3. I don't think there is a shortage of vocational training, Dave.
      Many good vocational high schools in my area.
      Some junior colleges offer welding an other trades.

      Wentworth Institute (right across the street from Northeastern) offers a variety of vocational majors and has been undergoing major expansion for the last decade.

      However, a lot of jobs go to poorly trained immigrants.
      There was one incident locally when unlicensed welders set a block of row houses on fire.
      It strains belief that contractors are going to pay welders 60,000 and up when they have immigrant labor on the cheap.

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    4. There's another way of looking at it too Ducky... will the American people, of all stripes, be willing to pay higher costs for the pleasure of employing Americans who want those higher wages?

      There have been some estimates that an all legal work force on farms would cause a jump of up to 20% in fresh fruit and vegetable prices.

      If we could guarantee today that no illegal labor would be used on those farms, would everyone be happy paying those inflated prices?

      The same metric works on houses. The farmers at the top, that is the owners, and the developers, have a profit margin they must meet to satisfy their bottom lines, and in some cases, investors.

      Any excess costs are only going to drive up costs. It is the same argument the GOP uses to justify not increasing the minimum wage. That cost will go somewhere.

      I guess it works like this... if we raise labor costs, whether it be minimum, or in a changeover to an all legal workforce, prices will rise.

      Is that a good thing?

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    5. A general rise in wages will lead to a rise in prices but other factors like competition and demand multipliers can generate a net gain.

      There would also be external gains from less load on the social welfare and criminal justice systems.

      Myself, I'm willing to pay more for tomatoes if it means the pickers have better pay and conditions.

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  9. The inmates are running the asylum:

    The children at Amherst join the madness, telling the President, Biddy Martin, that she should ‘not tolerate’ horribly racist signs like ‘all lives matter’ or ‘free speech’:

    5. President Martin must issue a statement to the Amherst College community at large that states we do not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the “All Lives Matter” and “Free Speech” posters. Also let the student body know that it was racially insensitive to the students of color on our college campus and beyond who are victim to racial harassment and death threats; alert them that Student Affairs may require them to go through the Disciplinary Process if a formal complaint is filed, and that they will be required to attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.


    More at the link -- if you can stand it!

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    1. More than anything it reminds me of Cesar Chavez.

      Chavez did the seriously tough work of organizing an agricultural union and then became a star and walked away and got involved in Synanon. The union withered for lack of leadership and the gains were largely lost.

      #blacklivesmatter was in the position of having done the tough work generating a national presence but it is going to be lost as these pampered snowflakes trivialize the issue.

      It's intensely sad.

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  11. I blogged on this a few weeks ago; The fact that I met hispanic check out clerks at two separate grocery stores and teasingly said "That much money for this little purchases?" BOTH of them...BOTH HISPANICS, said "Ya, and if we get more money an hour, we won't be able to buy ANYTHING"
    I thought my ears deceived me so I quizzed them...both conservative, both seeing that raising the min. wage will do them in because costs will go up. I was pretty surprised. Pretty cheered to see the thoughtfulness.

    Obviously, of course, nobody can truly live on $8 an hour...or even $15, really....

    Something has to be done....what, I sure don't know.

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  13. . We demand that the University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1-­9-­5-0 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1-9-5-­0 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admit to his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators

    Reminds me of the demands of the communists made on the "bourgeois" bureaucrats after the fall of Saigon.

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