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Cutting Jobs to the Bone

ttaylor841 Wrote: Jan 13, 2013 2:08 PM
It's probably killed more innocent people than cancer. In the last century over 290 innocent people have been murdered via democide (death by gov't).More than casualties of all wars combined. Many more have been imprisoned in labor / reeducation camps, kidnapped & physically tortured & all citizens are literally enslaved in their day to day lives afraid to even speak candidly to loved ones. Being kidnapped off the street & murdered for saying the wrong thing is normal operation in commie-land & hopeless poverty is as good as it gets for those not born into the small group of elite ruling class' bloodlines. I'd go a step further & say it's much worse than cancer.At least w/ cancer U may have a chance & can battle it on your own terms.

Here’s my quandary. 

From an investment point of view, do I consider the fact that companies are, once again, laying people off as a good thing and therefore worthy of my investment dollar, or, is the downsizing a sign that the company’s business is faltering, and therefore, not worthy of my investment dollar? 

The Keynesian and current Wall Street position is that the less workers, the bigger the profit.  They call that productivity, and theoretically, it’s great for stock prices. 

The recent announcement by American Express of 5,400 workers being...