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Open Thread - 12/4/2012

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Lynn Squance (230)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:00 pm
Puzzle 3:40 I guess I went to the dog this time. Later did 3:28, but I know that doesn't count. Toothpicks again TC? That's allowed.

MoveOn There you go if you have happier employees (happiness being defined as a living wage with reasonable health and retirement benefits), you ultimately are going to have a better bottom line, all other management decisions being equal. As far as turnover, that can be one of the most controllable costs and one of the biggest non supportive costs. If an employee earns $20,000 /yr, it will usually take 80% of that to replace that employee, and that does not cover the replacement's wage. Replacement covers advertising, interviewing, paper work, training etc) Any wonder why Costco does better?!

NY Times IMHO, (or not so humble) any plan that does not increase the marginal tax rate of the wealthiest 2% is NOT a credible plan. That will only result in the budget being balanced on the backs of the middle class, elderly and poor. As to not propose specific loopholes to close and deductions to eliminate, but instead to leave it to a committee to look at later, is no more than a "Trust me!" and does not allow for the proper evaluation of the proposal. Go back and do it properly Mr Boehner and quit sniveling.

Think Progress Getting richer one employee at a time! Coming out of the 2002 recession, corporate profits soared only to be kicked in the teeth by the 2008 financial crisis and resulting recession. But they quickly recovered and haven't look back since. But wages are dropping while profits are increasing. So why can't workers share in some of that prosperity? If corporations are not mindful, there will be a revolution.

Cartoon Joining the UN is good, but when is the US going to join the ICC at the Hague?


Pat A. (117)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:29 am
Again I have tried to give Lynn a star - but failed - that computer still won't let me - I do so agree with what she says!

Robert O. (12)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:44 am
Thanks Tom.

John Gregoire (282)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:20 am
and we have been paying through the nose for the UN ever since!

TomCat S. (216)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 9:28 am
Thanks everyone. Most of us think the UN is worth supporting.
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