Rick Mathews Eileem - TY for article. Don't worry about "Likes" or comments. Put your article up on FaceBook across PSU alumni Social Media less than half an hour ago. You already have more likes than arguably every article published by PolicyMic today cumulatively. Truly appreciate the publicity. Peace be with you.
Rick Mathews The history is probably wrong as memory continues to fade. I know it was 1982. I had graduated in the Fall of 1981 but come back for the Dance Marathon because John Cappellitti - probably spelled wrong - PSU football player who won the Heisman Trophy was the closing speaker of the event. Cappelitti had lost his brother Joey to cancer a decade earlier. He charged PSU students and soon to be graduates to never stop fighting to raise money to fund cancer research. The exhausted dancers and friend listened in disbelief as he believed someday the event could raise over a $1,000,000 per year. That year the Dance Marathon had set a new record by fell short of its humble goal of $100,000. (Again I could be wrong but speech was truly inspiring)
Rick Mathews Realizing only absolute voting 'majority' in America over past two decades has been, "women," Democrats need to find a way to restore faith in the party to those who believed," If you like your health insurance you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep them." Spin control to subsets of the population can be handled adeptly at the Congressional House seat level. But the gapping, "Trust" wound committed and bleeding forth as greater numbers of newly insured find the coverage they paid for is not the coverage they hoped for will be extremely difficult lift in particularly Senate races. Yes, GOP is known to shoot themselves in foot often. Restoring Trust of Women is key to 2014 results.
Rick Mathews Ironically, Paper Industry is often credited with preventing Pot from becoming a "controlled legal, "substance in 70's. Turn out Paper Industry was extremely worried actually more about Hemp than the Pot most associate with this group of plants. Had the Federal Government transitioned legally the entire family, Hemp production could have bankrupt paper industry based on using pulp from trees. Talk about a different spin on the old phrase of, "Watching your dreams go up in smoke."
Rick Mathews Matt - I'd love to know how many people can answer the following correctly, "Which has a larger total carbon footprints as a means of individual transportation in America using current standards for how electricity is produced, electric cars or compact cars fueled by gasoline in the current GM fleet average for this category?" Funny how the more your actually know, the more your scratch your heads at Washington's Talking Points! Then again, I can only wonder what type of world would have evolved if Oil had never accepted as a means to fuel combustion and the 1890's electric cars had become the basis for individual transportation?
Rick Mathews As a NON-SCIENCE person, I'm got to ask readers of Policy Mic the question I still have never heard answered in a way this naive 54 year old can understand. If the Earth is a several Billion years old - assumption. If glacial ice study only nets data in million of years - assumption, If there have been multiple-ice ages since what we identify as man existed - assumption How do the Climate Change Scientist determine what has happened over the last 20 odd years actually represents a shift in the Earth's eco-systems that is attributable to Mankind's contributions. Any and all in English answers would be appreciated. Thank yo in advance.
Rick Mathews Few if any Politician owes more to his "Media Team," than President Obama. That opinion aside, any who find controversy in a Political Figures support team constantly working to enhance their public image should truly consider taking a historical perspective realizing this type of activity can be dated back to the ancient Greeks. I really could care less what the President watches in his free time. Even as our President he does have the right to free choices no matter what the public may think of same. While I do disagree with our President's politics, his Media Team attempting to enhance his image for his choice in television programs is not a concern at all. Who knows maybe he also likes Revolution?
Rick Mathews Crisis in China concerning effect of pollution on population is actually even worse than author notes. It is one thing for China to publicly admit to Air Quality alerts. It is another thing entirely when factories are being shut down on rolling schedules at increasing intervals.
Rick Mathews The "Rule of Thumb," at three Family Style Restaurant I managed between late 80's and mid 90's was, wait staff was told, "If you are not earing $100 a night working the 4 PM to 10 PM shift, you will be terminated." Over those 10 years, I cannot recall terminating more than 2 or perhaps 3 wait staff for failure to provide standard of service which reward them with a sub-minimum wage while allowing them to average making $15 or more per hour in tips. Sure, there are and will always be slow nights or events which cause Wait staff to earn little in tips. There will also be very, very good nights. Best example is single mom who worked daylight 10 AM to 6 PM and earned enough to care for 2 daughters and college for both.
Rick Mathews The act of creation is rarely void of passion, controversy, exhaustion or failure. From the 1,700 odd filaments for his electric light bulb which proved unsuccessful for Edison to the historic sound first desperate sound carried across the first American telephone by Bell, scientific invention abounds in success only achieved through the purest Act of dedication to cause. While finding "love," remains my constant prayer for the Millennial generation, finding closure that FAITH is often your greatest asset to fulfill your PASSIONS represent a second blessing you deeply deserve in your journey through life. Peace of course fits in well with both of the above. Peace be with you today and always.
Rick Mathews If Pew is correct B.A. nets you $45,000 You are earning less than a H.S. Grad with 5 year experience driving a Bus in any SMA in America. Less than any Union Tradesmen with 5 years experience in any SMA in America. Less than most Licensed Car Dealership Mechanics in any SMA in America. Less than most f-year Data Entry Specialist in SMA's in America. None of which require a B.A. or costing tens of thousands.
Rick Mathews Jeff: Can't possibly respond to all your posts in 750 characters but you always raise interesting points for consideration. In a nutshell to recant for a final time, What drives me crazy is "FALSE PREMIS," that Consumers actually have CHOICE in the 70% of U.S. Economy relating to their actual spending decisions. Last time I checked, most Consumers needed a few basics including food, clothing and shelter. Add in the expenses which accompany the above such as transportation, energy and now health insurance and the "ACTUAL DISPOSABLE INCOME," of Majority of Consumers is nominal to non-existent. Yes, 70% U.S. economy comes from consumers expenditures. Non-essential spending might be 1/10th cumulative of that 70% for majority.
Rick Mathews Looking forward to PolicyMic's IPO. With talent such as Anothy's, that day is quickly approaching. Great job. Great mission statement. Great Asset to Millennial Generations, "Evolution Revolution."
Rick Mathews But my first car for $50. Then again is was making $1.50/hour. Someday I'd love to have the time to dispel, MYTH Economy is actually 70% Consumer spending based. I will not deny, the combination of Government Transfer payments and the Income Consumers generate totals to basically 70% of annual GDP. But your comment about both spending on loans for long-term assets as well as expense to upkeep same remains "SPUN" by those who wish to pretend infra-structure, manufacturing and industry in general are no longer critical parts of our economy. None deny the percentage of income Consumers expend on for example housing or as you noted cars. But that Consumer expense is rarely noted for its importance supporting housing, industry.
Rick Mathews Jeff: Sorry I don't understand your comment. If I offended you it was unintentional. To recant completely politically incorrect. "It drives my crazy to here how terrible life in America is when day in day out tens of millions spend hundreds of billions on "grown-up toys," then complain they cannot afford to save money let alone buy a car or a home. I am and will always be in the growing minority. Old Guys like me are just that Old Guys.
Rick Mathews In a country where our Citizens by a 5;1 ratio pay more annually for their Cell Phones than they deposit into their IRA's, In a country where our Citizens pay more annually for beverages than they invest in their career advancement through continuing education, In a country where the it is more important to own the latest version of "whatever electronic gaget" than to actually devote those assets to a worthy cause of your choice, Why do we reduce our concerns to the plight of those are making Minimum Wage when the Super Majority of Americans have far more pressing societal problems to address?
Rick Mathews Tom: Great piece. The United States of America from a purely economic or even political perspective has evolved into a unique groups of truly "special" interest subsets. Wonderful article. Thank you.
Rick Mathews What little integrity Pelosi still possessed when Speaker of the House was lost in her legacy statement on the PPACA, "Of course I don't know everything that is in the bill. Bu trust me when we get a chance to read it, everyone will love it, really." Stewart isn't a right wing attack dog for the neo-conservatives. Pelosi again proved what she is and what she is not. #1 Fund raiser with exception of President himself. Money Talks. Stewart was dead on again.
Rick Mathews Consider the sources of unrest. Plough's comment continues to mark his own career as being limited as best. Fluff - as he came to be termed by Main Stream Media during both campaigns of President Obama's continues to promote, "If you can't beat them, find a way to divide them into camps which can then be picked off one subset at a time." Unfortunately for the "HATERS," on either side, eventually their message is recognized by the Majority for what it is, "An excuse without justification." Good for Coke.
Rick Mathews Excuse me for obviously being at best "naïve," but I am completely unaware of the Author's contention that mainstream Pro-Life groups are against birth control with the exception of certain religious doctrines that continue to view that practice as against the tenants of their faith. I truly hope the Author does not consider Abortion an acceptable means of Birth Control but rather a method of last recourse "legal," in America to protect the life of the mother and or prevent any women from carrying to term a conception caused by rape of incest.
Rick Mathews Headlines whether about Girl Scouts being pro-Abortion or Boy Scouts being anti-same sex partner or Team Sports teaching unacceptable aggressiveness or Religious Organizations Discriminating against this group or that, simply continue to prove, our Main Street Media has been reduced to promoting whatever Headline Bad News it can attempting to retain audience and thus protecting its revenue stream from Advertising. As the father of a Girl Scout now enjoying her 7th year in the program, the time she spends with her friends and adult leaders such as her mother are the true blessing of the program as they explore life together. The pennies on a dollar they are selling cookies, as a pain in the butt.
Rick Mathews Dead on Elizabeth Keeping the "FOCUS," on the GOP's ongoing efforts to prove women should shun the party due to the viewpoints of the extremist in the party will always be Headline grabbing, views winning essay. Perhaps when Women earn their appropriate representation in Local, State and Federal Government to their proportion of the voting population, America's War on Women will have been won.