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Rick Mathews It will be interesting which George Bush history eventually decides split the GOP perhaps forever. To many of the "Old Guard," George H's reversal of his read my lips pledge on taxes began the rift that resulted in the Newt run takeover of the House and the beginning of the "NO PARTY PERCEPTION," of the GOP. To the Tea Party, George W. caving to the newly elected majority in Congress led by Harry & Nancy watching as the Budget Deficit ballooned for 170 Billion to over 450 Billion in two years ended the chances of current or hopeful "Moderate GOP," candidates from retaining or winning House seats. Putting aside the Bush legacy, economic distress among the middle class base of GOP ensures divide until a solution is proposed.
Rick Mathews For all who claim to support Religious tolerance, the United States and for that matter United Nations ongoing "head in the sand," stance of what is truly attempts at Christian genocide in Africa and Middle East remains inexcusable. From the bombing and burning of churches to public stoning in Libya to rape in Syria to murder in Egypt the brutality against Christians in increasing as the U.S. and U.N. do nothing. It is fascinating Congress continues to investigate the events which caused the death of 4 Americans in Libya but not none noted on the same day in the same city, a church was burned to the ground and while none died nearly a dozen Christians were injured attempting to save what little they could from their place of worship.
Rick Mathews Jonah: The "rapid share software," download was flagged by my internet security screen for among other things the all too common cookie attachments and spyware hooks so I must admit to not examining your simulation. On your second question, is replacing labor with capital a bad thing, that depends on your point of view. In much of EU, the ongoing societal intent of bringing into existence a "living minimum wage," has spawned creation of a "sub-minimum wage standard" for both minors in workforce and to allow continuation of jobs which cannot justify the equivalent of a U.S. $18/hour rate. Between continuing to have for example Fast Food or Convenience Store Cashiers and self-checkout, I'd prefer a person have a job.
Rick Mathews Jonah - The variable which are almost impossible to model when evaluating historic impact of states raising minimum wage largely can be reduced to the work recognized in last several Nobel Prizes for Economics such as; static mobility of low income workers curve, productivity labor vs capital displacement curve and net disposable subsidized/unsubsidized curve. Far too often, studies funded by one political interest or the other look to states and report back success or failure of programs based on false premises. A static low income population in a low unemployment state can successfully integrate a minimum wage increase simply on supply and demand. Conversely, overprice labor and you replace it with capital improvements.
Rick Mathews Dam, I was hoping to see cashier, retail stocking specialist, fast food worker near top of the list. Maybe simply raising minimum wage should take a back seat to actual funding education whether higher education or technical education to provide commerce with workers possessing skill set necessary to earn the income granting them upward mobility.
Rick Mathews Sanders - I hope you find nursing a satisfying career in all ways. Depending on where you live and which direction you decide to purse in nursing, this critical career remains one of with a tremendous cost of education to benefit from education. If you believe the AMA's current data and projections, cumulative nursing demand will continue to outstrip nationally qualified nursing professionals for at least the next decade and without a massive influx of individuals pursuing this career probably into longer term future. Peace be with you.
Rick Mathews Darn, here you go again completely refuting MSNBC or for that matter Main Stream Meida Spin over who is getting majority of donations. I'd love to hear how Talking Heads spin facts as to why Dems hold down if I counted right 8 of top 10 slots for highest amount of donations accepted. PS - Israel isn't going it alone against Iran. And insert into bills as you noted in this article are too common to base many assumption on. If you don't believe me, do the research. This really isn't new at alone news.
Rick Mathews Does anyone remember when having an AOL home page was the popular Social Media badge of honor? Who am I kidding. Most of Policy Mic's readers probably had not learned to read when AOL was the the Facebook of its day. Trends come and trends go. Younger Millennials are flocking to alternative forms of Social Media. Generation X'ers are finding Facebook to have been a useful but what the heck our kids are moving on and what do we really have to post. Baby Boomers are still waiting on their Grandchildren to get married let alone have great grand children so their Face Book postings are slowing down. The Big Z may have something up his sleeve yet so don't bury FaceBook yet. But selling stock soon might be a very, very good idea.
Rick Mathews Starley - How about we lower our expectations to: Make love realizing the consequences and responsibilities of that action. Take responsibility for your choices should you as parents bring a child into this world. Would I prefer all children be raised in a two-parent environment yes. Will I ever ask any mother or father to risk their health and welfare due to the actions of either, no. But when Society decided to allow particularly men to walk or at times run away from their at a minimum financial obligations to children is the day in my opinion we lost our War Against Poverty.
Rick Mathews Been there done that and results have yet to EVER match projections at least in America as a whole. Raising minimum wage remains a wonderful political promise which helps "clueless" politician win elections. Can or even would raising minimum wage be of at least some assistance to a segment of current population earing below minimum wage, absolutely. But is there anyone in America who wants to spend their life living on minimum wage and taking subsidies from government to simply stay in poverty? Ending the insanity which has caused nearly 40% of all in poverty to be single women raising children reforming our safety net program and you begin to win war of poverty. Empower the poor to higher earnings and you restore American Dream.
Rick Mathews Not quite certain "run off," is fair assessment. I know many of "old guard," such as myself volunteered to back off believing PM should be largely Millennial written by Millennials. Secondly, PM team like any business needs to make enough income to keep this platform growing which has been noted as reason for major content platform change. But I miss not only many of the originals but also the dozens of Millennials contributing from across the Globe. Fully understand push to improve overall quality of content yet in limiting authors you quickly lose unique viewpoints. Still believe you have many a thought Millennials need to hear. Peace out my friend.
Rick Mathews "You can't handle the truth," is a line Jack Nicholson made famous. It is unfortunately a line which few former President's deny remains arguably true. While both the left and right may continue to champion protection of the 4th Amendment, in a world where one lone terrorist is now more capable than ever of inflicting formerly never before capable destruction, the safety of society may have reached a point where privacy can only be retained at a cost few are willing to risk.
Rick Mathews Interesting how President's from Reagan to Clinton promoted smaller government as a means to "EMPOWER," America toward greatness yet Congress did the exact opposite. Guess that old adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely still holds all to true even in our Democracy.
Rick Mathews Ironic - When I was opposed to "Hilary Care," I was labelled a Male Chauvinist. What truly worries me is the long-term effect on Millennials participation i.e. voting in the future. These young people have been "lied to," about everything they cared about from, "Gay Rights, to Environmental Reform, to Educational Aide Reform to their Health Care." What they decide to do next will shape America politics for decades to come.
Rick Mathews Frank: Bigger question, "Is anyone going to stand up for Millennials growing assault by Federal Government instead of publishing more sub-cultural fluff!" Where are the hundreds of former Policy Mic pundits from around the Globe writing up social unrest to Millennial greatness! I can't remember the last time I read more than one feature on the Amazing things Millennials are accomplishing or read more than one article on the issues from student loans, to education, to unemployment to even struggles with obtaining Health Care that remain high profile areas of concern in national polling. Maybe PM needs you back in the saddle partner. You always pushed the bubble and sparred none your sharp tongue.
Rick Mathews I keep asking myself, "Would anyone have voted for PPACA if they had know they couldn't keep their doctors, health care systems or even their insurance?" The fact of the 2.2 million Exchange enrolled Americans, Health and Human Services are already admitting the project over half were previously insured but lost their insurance as it did not meet basic 10 mandate standards is very disappointing. PPACA's rollout did not enrol as newly insured as many Americans as it caused cancellation of policies. Unbelievable.
Rick Mathews Alicia - Yours is a generation I deeply hope will someday both find a means to share the responsibility of birth control and the joy of being parents. What deeply concerns me is the, "Birth Control," has largely been asked to be the role of women empowering men to ignore the consequences of their role in sexual relationships. Fifty years ago, men and women even pregnant women were told, smoking was not a health risk. Twenty years ago, trans fats were considered a healthier alternative to natural fat. What will your generation find out about the long-term effects of Birth Control Pills. Even today none deny long-term use of birth control pills decreases fertility when usage ends and has multiple adverse health effects short term.
Rick Mathews Points well articulated. The ending was far and away the highlight of film to me perhaps due to "HOPE," Disney continue to lead in allowing FEMALE characters to be show in a far less "traditional," lens. Disney began breaking down the Stero-Type helpless female Princess role in the 1930's Snow White. They moved forward with Belle in Beauty and Beast being an intelligent, strong willed, HERO and continued that evolution in the Shrek saga again showing a Princess to be far more than a simple a Fairy Tale Beauty. Frozen takes their Female empowerment progression one step further. TY again for article.
Rick Mathews Gina - You might wish to revisit the "traditional" norms of the Scandinavian Countries in regard to who sauna's together as well as their traditionally expansive family unit. Extremely disappointed you did not list most important element of movie in regard to "empowering," women no matter their sexual preferences. Try to remember the last time when "true loves kiss," was expressed as it is in the Disney Movie. If you can find any other Disney Movie or for that matter any other Modern Fairy Tale, I would be very interested in the reference. Took my 13 year old daughter on one of my life treasurer's I can still experience - Daddy/Daughter Friday Night Night with both of us thoroughly enjoying Frozen. TY for your thoughts.
Rick Mathews Frank - I've backed "long-term," Infrastructure for three decades. My last major effort was in 2009. Before that I spent hundreds of hours working with both parties on the 1993 Omnibus legislation. When in 1993 the Federal Gas tax was raised - it has not been raised since - MPG nationally for car and light trucks was less than 15 roughly 60% of where we are today. If Federal Gas Tax had simply been raised to equal increase in MPG and keep up with inflation, that tax would now b 31 cents a gallon not 18. That difference would buy America basically 45 Billion per year in Funding for our Highways annually. You do the math how many immediate jobs that would create. Great thought.
Rick Mathews Frank, there is a reason for the "trends," you have noted, lack of infra-structure lack of skill set present in population to provide resources needed. Frank you know stats far better than most. California with basically 1/10th of population receives 1/3rd of all Federal Medicaid dollars. Is California considered a) poor b) uneducatedd c) uninsured by most of this Nation? New York is another great example where general perception and reality are ironically negated. N.Y.'s Federal share of tax dollars received vs population is nearly as favorable as California. But both California and New York have and continue to spend hundreds of millions lobbying Washington to ensure they get their fair share plus of Federal expenditures.
Rick Mathews Point well taken. But would ANYONE have voted for PPACA which intended to cause millions to lose their insurance with the their only option replacing it with Exchange Plans? Yes, I am a Conservative Christian but it regulating out of existence Health Insurance Coverage and Mandating those individuals give up their Doctors, Health Care networks based on political campaign that denied both facts to me is morally wrong.
Rick Mathews Me too. But why not tie bringing back 1.5 Trillion in U.S. Corporate assets held abroad to being returned to America "repatriated,' and partially used to actually develop funding for Infra-structure bank as many including both Dems. and GOP have considered in past.
Rick Mathews For tens of thousands, the great migration is now in it 3rd year if not its 4th or 5th. Perhaps someday Washington will realize, their job is to "facilitate economic expansion," not simply redistribute wealth. Many Democrats, Independents and yes even a few Republicans will always wonder what would have happened during recovery if the Democrat controlled Congress had passed the 2009 5-year Transportation bill instead of the Stimulus. The Transportation Bill supported by as diverse a group of K-Street Insiders ranging from AFL-CIO to Chamber of Congress would still be facilitating infra-structure improvement whose benefits would be shared across America for literally generations.
Rick Mathews CW is tapping into a growing Millennial Evolution Revolution. While the Main Stream Media has picked up on a few poorly done survey's tracking the quickly changing viewpoints relating to politics of Millennials, that one-off change in thought process is not at heart of movement. When somewhere in order of 1/3rd of all Millennials are either unemployed or under employed, or employed without "hope" for advancement, America's most critical workforce demographic is being wasted and they recognize that fact. CW's escapism is the least troubling outlet for younger Millennials.