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OBAMA IS OFF on a tear to address climate change, but apparently he failed to mention the negative effects on employment. You cannot shut down all of the coal power plants without affecting both energy prices and employment. Of course there is a “spend” part in his plan; he wants provide up to $8 billion for efficiency projects like Solyndra! His cronies are waiting in the wings for that money.

AM I NAIVE OR WHAT to expect that the school test scores of Richmond County and Columbia County should be on par? I sure hope that the long-term plan of Frank Roberson has that in mind. Being from Richmond County, it’s rather embarrassing to see the disparity right now!

THIS IS A HUGE RAVE to all the employees at University Hospital who have not had a raise in three years, who had their 403(b)’s reduced and the health insurance rates raised. Thanks for taking it all in stride while your company continues to buy properties in Aiken County and McDuffie County. Hang in there. Maybe it will get better in 2014. The physicians continue to make their millions and get their bonuses. Maybe someday they’ll appreciate you for what you do, but until then just know I am truly grateful for all that you guys do.

SO, APPARENTLY Au­gusta Commissioner Mar­ion Williams is trying to plan a huge facelift of downtown Augusta that would cost around $3 million … and yet just last week they were saying they couldn’t afford $100,000 to cut down trees and install cameras to make downtown safer. How about we spend the money to make downtown safer for people to enjoy and then talk about a “veranda”?

MR. WILLIAMS, BEFORE you build an atrium on top of a parking deck, why don’t you consider spending the $3 million on crime downtown? Common sense has left the building.

A RAVE FOR LEE, the nice gentleman who held the umbrella and helped me put my groceries in the car when it was pouring rain at Ingles in Wrens.

TO THE PERSON WHO left the chocolate Chi­hua­hua puppy behind ARC about one year ago: This wonderful, loving dog just died from Addison’s disease. We now know why you left her. Thank you for 13 wonderful months with Sophie. She was a doll baby.

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burninater
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burninater 07/05/13 - 06:45 pm
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Here's another Elephant in

Here's another Elephant in the room, We send the biggest political contributors as ambassadors to negotiate trade. While we try to buy friends they play our amateur diplomats for all they are worth. We end up with their product dumped on our shores and ours banned from foreign markets.
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You're not thinking that one through, gargoyle.

Why are these people the biggest contributors? Because they have access to, and represent, some of our nation's wealthiest shareholders.

Exactly WHOM do you think they are representing in their negotiations? Do you think people who were able to leverage strategy, wealth and influence to be national fundraising leaders are novices in deal-making? Do you think it's an accident that the deals they are making have seen the greatest disparity in wealth increase our country has ever seen? Their deals may be bad for 99% of Americans, but they have benefitted their actual constituency remarkably well.

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harley_52 07/05/13 - 06:59 pm
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"Instead, they go offshore."

Actually, they do both. Why do you think Texas has the fastest growth of any of the states? Why do you think factories are being moved from Union states to Right To Work states? Why do you think membership in private sector labor unions has dropped like a lead weight? Why do you think labor unions' last hope of survival is in the public sector where they don't have to negotiate with the folks whose money will fund their extravagant wage/benefit packages?

burninater
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burninater 07/05/13 - 07:25 pm
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"Actually, they do

"Actually, they do both."
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If they do both -- if some choose to go overseas rather than simply set up shop in right-to-work states -- then clearly unions are not the dominant factor. I agree with you they are one factor, but the narrative that unions are the primary causative factor is falsified by actual patterns of offshoring.

Many products, such as cars, are time-sensitive. Constant technology improvements and annual model changes make anyone who ties their cars up on a freighter for a few months uncompetitive. For this type of product, the gains in production by cheap labor are offset by the time-loss of shipping to market.

In the case of the very industries you began this discussion with -- steel, garments, and textiles -- this time sensitivity is not a factor, and offshoring is the primary result.

Interestingly, you see a split in garments that demonstrates the time-to-market component of offshoring low-skill production. Garments that are sold at Wal-Mart really aren't time sensitive. That cheap t-shirt will be just as "stylish" after the few months it sits on a freighter. High fashion, however, has an exceptionally high turnover rate -- and the high fashion industry maintains production extremely proximal to market as a result (Italy, Spain, Portugal, as examples).

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myfather15 07/05/13 - 08:06 pm
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When talking to a LP; never

When talking to an LP; never attempt to blame Unions, in their eyes, the Unions are God sent!!

Anyone with HALF a brain can clearly see that Unions started out as good organizations, to help workers; but have become nothing but political parties who don't care about anyone except themselves. They've helped ruin the education industry, making it almost impossible to fire awful teachers.

Then you've auto workers in Michigan drinking alcohol and smoking dope on their lunch break, ON VIDEO; but you can't fire them because of union contracts. Then we wonder why so many vehicles have recalls? Because we've got high, drunkards putting our vehicles together.

Everywhere unions negotiate these "Collective" agreements, production and quality goes down; but salaries go up!!

harley_52
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harley_52 07/05/13 - 08:15 pm
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Unions ARE The Primary Factor...

Period.

You can dig around for another characteristic to blame it on if you'd like.

"Time to market" may be something to hang your hat on if you're trying to trivialize the labor union issue, but it's a smoke screen. Manufacturing in the United States has deserted states where labor union membership is a requirement and relocated to Right To Work states, or overseas locations, where companies could manufacture their products and make a profit adequate to attract the capital necessary to stay in business.

It's LABOR UNIONS that are the problem and as private industry has rid itself of the crushing influence of unions, the union problem has shifted to governments (at all levels) and it's disruptive, corrosive influence has now all but bankrupted those governments. If we don't fix it VERY soon, it will be too late.

harley_52
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harley_52 07/05/13 - 08:52 pm
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You're Right, mf15...

....I know it's a waste of time, but I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess.

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