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Not to be a writing critic, Mr. Goldberg, but I would like to say that though this has the bones of a good article, it just wasn't quite as developed as it needs to be. I like your general line of thought, so please keep working on it.
Exactly. If President Obama really wanted to move this country beyond race, his response to the Ferguson shooting would have been: "I choose to believe Officer Wilson did what he felt he had to do in the heat of the moment without regard to Mr. Brown's skin color, and I will continue to hold that belief unless the evidence shows otherwise." Take a real hard look at what Nelson Mandela did to lead South Africa out of its apartheid past. He didn't give U.N. speeches citing examples of what he believed were white racism.
Annfan, I'm not a big fan of even mild profanity in these comments, but as the father of three girls, I think you nailed it.
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Paul Krugman's Late Obama Valentine

RichardsKY Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 1:52 PM
What does Krugman consume for nourishment?
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Embarrassing Economists

RichardsKY Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 8:27 AM
LOL
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Embarrassing Economists

RichardsKY Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 8:16 AM
LOL
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Embarrassing Economists

RichardsKY Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 8:14 AM
When it comes to hiking the minimum wage, most people fail to ask the simple question: who pays the increased wage - where does the money come from? The employer pays it. Imagine an employer with 10 employees earning $8 per hour and now she has to pay them $10 per hour. Multiply that $2 per hour difference times 10 employees times 2000 working hours in a year and you have just subtracted $40,000 from that employers bottom line (taxes, etc. make it higher than that, of course). How many small employers can simply swallow a $40,000 hit? The employer can either lay off workers or raise her prices. If she raises her prices, the demand for her products or services goes down, as does her profit and her ability to continue growing her business. So, raising the minimum wage benefits a few minimum wage workers but costs some either today's job or tomorrow's job.
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Predatory Journalism

RichardsKY Wrote: Oct 21, 2014 12:12 PM
Exactly. I was going to add loan shark to Mr. Corbett's comments as the only other option a poor person would have.
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Time to Boycott College?

RichardsKY Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 12:37 PM
I think Mr. Phillips has this basically right. A determined person can learn online just about anything they could learn in college - for one thousandth of the cost. As the Wizard said to the Scarecrow, "the only thing you don't have is this" (a diploma). Someone is going to come up with an assessment system that will create the equivalent of that piece of paper the Wizard handed to the Scarecrow. It will probably be in the form of individual "course competency certifications", covering a broad range of topics/classes. Once that happens and starts gaining broad acceptance, the college bubble will be gone, and 4-year colleges will become relics. If there was such a thing as short-selling colleges I would be all in.
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"You Never Do Say Never”

RichardsKY Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 8:33 AM
You have to be a proud dad and hubby!
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