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Statistical Frauds

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 15, 2014 10:30 AM
It is one thing when some bloviating "progressive" on a college campus cites these fraudulent statistics. When the President of the United States and top congressional Democrats cite them it is an outrage. It is shameless demagoguery and shows a complete lack of leadership. The press should be all over it.
"Rather than evaluating individuals as unique collections of talent and ability, they focus on irrelevant factors." True--except when they hire someone to work on their own house or car.
As a self-employed builder/remodeler, I find this issue to be ludicrous. The public, including almost all women, are not at all concerned when they have their houses built or repaired that about 99% of the people doing the work are males. They just want the work to be done correctly and at a competitive price. And, please, don't try to say that women are "excluded" from these jobs. Building is an extremely decentralized industry, with some 3 million businesses. Of these, over half have no employees. This means that anyone who wants to build for a living can start their own business. That's what I did and that's what almost all of the self-employed builders I know did. Most women are not physically capable of doing what I do for a living and I'm 64 years old. And, truth be told, most women have no desire to do what I do for a living.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 11:17 PM
Google Hispanic construction workers. At the peak of the building boom in 2007, there were at least three million Hispanics, mostly illegals, in the construction industry. The Pew Institute published a study that argued that they were a vital element of the industry. These numbers dwarf the numbers employed in agriculture. The reason I brought this up is because people on both sides of the issue constantly refer to the poor campesinos following the crops. Liberals argue that they're poor, exploited workers that are essential to American agriculture. Conservatives, like Ann, argue that they are an ignorant proletariat that add little to our economy and will have an enormous adverse effect on out society. The truth is that illegals are not stuck in the fields. In the past that was their entrance into America but they soon learned that construction paid a lot more. After a season or two following the tomato or strawberry crops, they got jobs as laborers in construction. Then they started learning trades and through networking, new immigrants skip the agricultural route altogether. Companies that use illegal workers are now driving small family-owned construction and remodeling companies out of business. They've also caused lower wages and the fewer hours available for Americans. There are too many construction workers chasing too few dollars. The native construction workers suffer and the consumers benefit--for now.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 10:56 PM
First of all, buddy, what's with the in-your-face attitude? I am a American business owner and I agree with you concerning excessive, annoying, ridiculous regulations. On a daily basis, I ignore or violate some regulation because they waste time and drive up costs. I don't agree with you concerning the benefits that middle class Americans reap from having swarms of young, energetic men willing to cut their lawns, trim their hedges, paint and roof their houses and so forth. There's no doubt in my mind that in the long run Americans will pay a price for this cheap labor but, for now, many Americans like the service and the price.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 10:04 PM
I wish they were all hacks because I compete directly against them. From my experience, they do decent work, cheaply. And that is exactly what many people, including my lawyer brother, want. He was delighted at the price he got on his roof, which was installed by a dozen Salvadorans. They throw bodies at the job and get it done quickly.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 7:31 PM
Why talk about farm workers? Agriculture employs a small fraction of illegals, who are overwhelmingly in construction. These illegal construction workers often work hard and do a good job--TO THE DETRIMENT OF NATIVE-BORN CONSTRUCTION MEN WHO COMPETE DIRECTLY AGAINST THEM. In construction and remodeling, millionaires are not the only beneficiaries. Middle-class homeowners like the quick service and low price they get when a dozen Mexicans show up to roof or paint their houses.
The important thing is that they meant well.
"Small businesses operate on such a small profit margin that it is surprising that they would throw away business because the couple was Gay." I throw away business all the time. If the homeowner is an imperious a-hole, like you come across as, I suddenly have a six-month backlog of work.
As a small business owner (remodeling/building), I consider the relationship between the consumer and the contractor to be equal: the consumer needs a product and the business wants to sell that product. The consumer has the right to solicit bids from several contractors and choose the one he likes best. The contractor has a corresponding right to select his customers. We all do it; it's a matter of survival.
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