commented on Stop Demonizing "Burger-Flippers" and Start Thinking About Solutions
@27 "Consumers demand increasingly lower prices for the products they want, and businesses demand increasingly higher profit, with the workers caught in between."
I would venture that there is a link between the consumers demanding lower prices and the workers getting squeezed: if you're not making much, you need to buy the cheapest things available to you. It's a vicious circle, the opposite of what we saw in the post WW2 years, when workers used their relatively larger disposable income to afford more, and better, stuff..
commented on 10,000,000 Tea Party Patriots Descend on DC Today, Arrest President, Nobody Notices
As I sit in my cubby at , a block from the mall, I think the most interesting thing about this story is simply this: the Federal government tends to transmit information about anything... ANYTHING... that might be a disruption to normal work activities. Any kind of event, whatever, usually couched with phrases like "awareness" and "security". And there's been nary a peep about anything, not even a "be aware of your surroundings" type note. I'm think even Homeland Security is laughing these nutballs off.
Of course, it was also a torrential downpour this morning, which I'm guessing cuts way down on how interested a lot of these folks are in standing around, blocking traffic or whatever.