Friday, October 14, 2005

Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Employees Who Can’t Speak English.

Dear Papa John’s,

I had some unbelievable problems with my order when I called the Lake Ridge, VA Papa John’s to order my dinner this Friday night, which I would like you to address.

When I called to order I was put on hold not once or twice, but four times. When someone finally picked up the phone I ordered two pizzas with two toppings, one with ham and sausage and the other with pineapple and extra cheese. The person who took my order did not seem very alert, and despite that I spoke clearly, I had to repeat myself. When the order was completed he gave me the total without verifying what I had ordered, said the pizzas would be there in about 35 minutes, and hung up on me.

I also put special delivery directions to go around to the back of the house, since I live in the basement of the house. I have never had a problem with this prior. In fact, I rarely have to remind the order taker to put these instructions on my order at all. On this occasion, I did. For the driver’s safety, I courteously left the back door light on since it was getting dark. The front door light was not on.

The pizzas arrived 45 minutes later. When the pizzas were delivered, and despite that the order on the pizza boxes had instructions to go to the back door, the driver knocked on the front door, forcing my girlfriend to run upstairs in a hurry.

When I got them there were two pizzas, one with ham and sausage, and the other not with pineapple and extra cheese, but pineapple and ham.

Normally, I would have just ignored the error, but since I am a vegetarian eating the pizza at all was out of the question.

When I called to complain I was again put on hold nearly a half dozen times. Finally, someone took my phone number again, and recited my order as it was in the computer system. The order they recited was with pineapple and ham instead of pineapple and extra cheese. I corrected her, and was then promptly put on hold three more times.

When finally someone picked up the phone, it was someone whom I can only assume is some manager. I explained the problem all over again and he said what he could do was to “give [me] a 50% discount on my next order.” A lot of good this would do me, since I was delivered food I could not eat. I explained that what I wanted was my actual order as I had actually ordered it. He told me that it would take a hour to deliver the pizza, and he sounded like he didn’t particularly want to correct my order.

I told him to just go ahead and just send me another pizza, this time with the correct toppings. There was a long pause from him, and he finally said, “just send another pizza?”

An hour later, a full two hours since I had first made my order, the correct pizza finally came. The driver gave me the pizza and said he wanted one dollar. The box indeed said one dollar, but I told him that I had already paid for my pizza, that no one at the store told me that I would be charged another dollar, and I wasn’t going to pay more money for Papa John’s to correct my order. The driver then told me, again, that he wanted one dollar.

It suddenly became apparent that the driver had a very poor, if unworkable command of the English language. Finally, after a few moments that seemed like a Texas standoff over a pizza, with a particularly distant look on his face, the driver suggested we call the store to make a clarification. I offered him to step inside for a moment while we made the call, as I didn’t want a huge swarm of bugs coming inside my place, as a large number of them had gathered around my back door light by now. I got no response from him at all other than a dazed-looking stare. I repeated the offer for him to come inside, which again summoned no response at all, but a stare.

My girlfriend called the store and was immediately put on hold. When someone picked up phone, she explained the situation, and a store employee asked to speak to the driver. He put the phone to his ear for a moment, still not saying a word, and then attempted, but failed to hang up the phone. My girlfriend took the phone from him and he just stood there, now with what appeared to be a gawking stare at my girlfriend. After a long moment of just staring at her, my girlfriend finally said, “so, is that it?”

After another very long pause he said, “ok,” but continued to stare at her. We both then went inside, with him still staring at us, and finally turned around and went to his car.

I have personally worked in food service before. It’s been some years now, but I am well aware that mix ups happen from time to time, and that is perfectly understandable. But my experience was so horrible that I am considering a complete and total boycott of Papa John’s.

If I had to make a suggestion, I would think that you should terminate a few of the more incompetent employees at this store. I would also suggest that a management team should be put in place that could more accurately predict periods of high volume, and schedule the employees accordingly. Furthermore, you should pay your employees more money so that you can attract more competent sources of labor. And most importantly, I would make sure that all your employees can fluently speak English.

Regards,
Alva Goldbook.

18 Comments:

Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Here's a thought....

don't order from them anymore.

But since you speak of incompitence at Papa John and how you want to boycott them, as if they would go under from this action, why don't you boycott the Democratic party for all of their incompitence?

Just a thought....I am a Domino's pizza guy myself...

7:33 AM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
you can just not order from somebody. but if you want something done about poor service you have to let the company know that you don't plan on ordering from them again.

I'm not sure what the Democratic party has to do with anything here, but hopefully the Bob Scrum and other incompetitent DLC dems are history.

I don't order from Dominos EVER, because 1) their pizza really really sucks, 2) their larges are everyone else's mediums, and 3) the company gives large amounts of money to domestic terrorist organizations.

2:34 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I don't order from Dominos EVER, because 1) their pizza really really sucks, 2) their larges are everyone else's mediums, and 3) the company gives large amounts of money to domestic terrorist organizations.

======>Ok. I can understand reason #1 based on everyone having their own personal preferences. And #2 is debatable but I will go with you on that one as well. But #3? At the risk of just being completely and utterly baffled by bullcrap please explain to me #3.....

3:28 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
Dominos gives huge amounts of money to anti-choice groups, which is fine. But it doesn't stop there. They give money to a number of fringe groups who have used violence against American citizens in order to prevent women and doctors to provide safe and constitutionally protected reproduction services, probably including domestic terrorists like Eric Rudolph.

Furthermore, it's not really the company that is paying for this criminal activity, but the customers. A portion of the profits from each pizza sold goes to anti-choice groups, all without the company (much less most of their employees) knowing about it, which is yet another crime...known as fraud.

The best chain-store pizza isn't being made anymore. Back in the late 80's/early 90's Litte Caesar's was the pie to get. Now-a-days, I try to order from locally owned businesses, in order to keep my own community's economic base that much healthier.

I realize I'm straying from the subject a bit...but the biggest problem with Wal-Mart and other chains is that they destroy the communities they orperate in. In Wal-Mart's case very little of the money stays in the community in which they operate. In fact, they leave as little as possible, their employees be damned. Every single Wal-Mart store creates a giant economic suction cup, draining local communities of their wealth and shipping it directly to Bentonville, Arkansas.

2:23 AM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I think that you are basically just anti-business. That has to be the most absurd thing I have ever heard. I am sure you found that on some interent magazine that is very credible as well i am sure.

About Walmart I will tell you this. I just came from one of the hardest-hit areas of the country after Katrina struck and if it wasn't for Wal-Mart those folks probably would have died from starvation and disease.

No you didn't stray at all. You are just another anti-commerce and anti-capitalist liberal who has these fantasies about how bad corporations are as if they are just mindless entitites. You also fail to realize that corporations are made of people as well. How many communities have been helped by stores like Walmart supplying jobs? Have you thought about that?

But then again you are the same kind of liberal that says you support the little guy but belittles him for not speaking English when he delivers your pizza.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami,
I am an anarcho-syndicalist. I think our economy should be run democratically instead of autocratically. If this makes me “anti-business” then so be it.

I much prefer locally owned businesses, as they are the bread and butter of what keeps local communities thriving. Small businesses built this nation into an economic paradise that no other nation had ever seen. Corporations on the other hand essentially work to limit our personal rights in order to keep the profits coming.

Actually, I got the information that Dominos gives money to pro-life extremist groups from a none other than their very own CEO in an speech he made before those very groups.

Yes, Wal-Mart gave a lot of donations to the Gulf Coast. Good for them. It also happens to help Wal-Mart’s lagging public image.

What makes you think I’m anti-commerce? You think I would like to live in a society where we barter over eggs, computers, health services? Get real. Am I anti-capitalist? You bet your ass I am. Are corporations mindless entities? Of course not, but they are amoral profit making machines that work to externalize costs to the public (such as pollution) in order to protect the bottom line. Even Milton Friedman will tell you this. Are they some good things that corporations do, and is there the occasional good corporate businessperson? Of course. There were also the occasional nice slave owner. The institution of corporations are a dangerous entity, and if you were even remotely astute in American History you would understand this.

No, Wal-Mart does not supply jobs. Laborers provide Wal-Mart with man power that allows them to make profits. Abraham Lincoln put it best when he said, “labor is prior, and superior to capital.” Those Wal-Mart jobs pay as little as humanly possible, so little that it is well documented that full time Wal-Mart employees have had to collect food stamps just to survive. Additionally, their wages are so low, and their health care so expensive that Wal-Mart has a massive number of their employees who rely on the state to provide healthcare, primarily through Medicade. Those “jobs” (in reality…that LABOR) would be better utilized in more productive and better paid jobs from locally owned small businesses.

I have no problem with someone working in the United States who cannot speak English. However, when his job REQUIRES him to speak the language, and he can’t, then he is UNQUALIFIED to hold the job. I should think that this would be common sense to a conservative…well…on second thought….maybe not. After all, Michael Brown did know quite a lot about liposuction procedures on horses’ asses.

11:56 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I am an anarcho-syndicalist. I think our economy should be run democratically instead of autocratically. If this makes me “anti-business” then so be it.
======>Anarcho-syndicalist is only a nicer way of saying a socialist. You still believe in the fantasy of redistribution of wealth as if somehow this would cure all of the "inequities" yout think still exist. Tell me what "autocracy" exists in concern to our economy, please.....

I much prefer locally owned businesses, as they are the bread and butter of what keeps local communities thriving. Small businesses built this nation into an economic paradise that no other nation had ever seen. Corporations on the other hand essentially work to limit our personal rights in order to keep the profits coming.

=====>Really? You mean the the mass production of automoibiles, putting electricity in people's homes, phone service, and internet were all locally run by small businesses. These items happened to have helped us grow into an economic superpower as well. Yes I agree with you that most of our economy is driven by small business, I happen to be an owner of one myself, I still recognize the value of the larger corporation in the equation. Name me one corporation that has limited your personal rights? If you don't like the rules of that corporation then find another job! It's called free will.

Actually, I got the information that Dominos gives money to pro-life extremist groups from a none other than their very own CEO in an speech he made before those very groups.

=====>First I hear of it. Please post it so that I may read it and please make sure it is from a reputable source.

Yes, Wal-Mart gave a lot of donations to the Gulf Coast. Good for them. It also happens to help Wal-Mart’s lagging public image.

=====>Have you been to these areas yet? Their public image wasnt suffering around there before the hurricane. But being such an elitist I would expect you to say that. I wasn't even talking about the donations. Just the fact that they are there is what I was referencing to.

What makes you think I’m anti-commerce?
=====>The fact that you have eloquently expressed your idea of wealth redistribution by using the term "anarcho-syndicalist" as if anyone was supposed to be impressed with that term.

You think I would like to live in a society where we barter over eggs, computers, health services? Get real. Am I anti-capitalist? You bet your ass I am.
=====>So then why do you suffer here in the bastion of capitalism? Hmmmmm??? Duplicity rules the day again in the Goldbrook estate!

Are corporations mindless entities? Of course not, but they are amoral profit making machines that work to externalize costs to the public (such as pollution) in order to protect the bottom line.
====>Amoral? Really? Then you are as big a hypocrite for supporting them. The computer you type your idiocy on was produced no doubt by a large corporation! The electricity powering it is produced by a large corporation or bought from a large corporation! The car you drive produces "pollution" doesn't it? The food you buy at the supermarket was delivered by a truck that polluted and was built by some immoral corporation too! The coffee you drink was bought from a third world country and then delivered by a ship built by a large amoral entity that polluted and then put on a conveyer belt and processed in a large factory somewhere too! Duplicious duplicious duplicious! You sit there and write this nonsense and yet you enjoy the benefits just like the rest of us.


Even Milton Friedman will tell you this. Are they some good things that corporations do, and is there the occasional good corporate businessperson? Of course. There were also the occasional nice slave owner. The institution of corporations are a dangerous entity, and if you were even remotely astute in American History you would understand this.
======>Actually if you were an observer of American History you would realize that it was the efoorts of corporations that have made us the superpower that we are today....the only one left in fact! Maybe you need to visit the worker's paradise of Cuba and see how well the distribution of wealth thing is working out.

No, Wal-Mart does not supply jobs. Laborers provide Wal-Mart with man power that allows them to make profits.
======>Hey Mao, If you provide labor and they pay you it is called a job. Don't belittle the employees to make your point.

Abraham Lincoln put it best when he said, “labor is prior, and superior to capital.” Those Wal-Mart jobs pay as little as humanly possible, so little that it is well documented that full time Wal-Mart employees have had to collect food stamps just to survive.
======>I also have met people with MBA's that are homeless so is that a compelling argument to not go to graduate school? Walmart is not a career so what?

Additionally, their wages are so low, and their health care so expensive that Wal-Mart has a massive number of their employees who rely on the state to provide healthcare, primarily through Medicade. Those “jobs” (in reality…that LABOR) would be better utilized in more productive and better paid jobs from locally owned small businesses.

=====>So then your solution is to not provide any jobs to areas that needed them because small businesses can only provide so many. And how ironic that you would speak of such a thing when it is the Democrats who have made it even harder to keep small businesses alive by over taxation and making it more and more expensive to do business. Why do you think businesses are shipping their work overseas? For the frequent flyer miles???

I have no problem with someone working in the United States who cannot speak English.
=====>No but to make them look insignifigant because they don't speak English is perfectly fine.

However, when his job REQUIRES him to speak the language, and he can’t, then he is UNQUALIFIED to hold the job. I should think that this would be common sense to a conservative…well…on second thought….maybe not. After all, Michael Brown did know quite a lot about liposuction procedures on horses’ asses

=======>You think that delivering a pizza requires an ability to speak English? You're dumber than Michael Brown. But I would think that such a loving and caring liberal like yourself would have taken it on his own to teach the guy English and provide him the economic support to learn it. By the way if you cared so much for the "little" guy being subjugated by the amoral corporation that forced him into slave labor delivering your pizza that was made by someone else, who probably speaks English, why didn't you tip him $100 bucks or something? You could have showed him the value of redistributing your own wealth to him....

6:49 AM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Anarcho-syndicalism is not the same as socialism. It is the control of industry by the participants instead of the bosses. ALL economic exchanges redistribute wealth in some way or another. Our current system VASTLY redistributes wealth from the middle class and the poor to the top one tenth of one percent of the wealthy. If you think there aren’t any economic inequalities, then I suppose you would suggest that there are NO separate classes in America. Sure. Last I checked Bill Gates wasn’t homeless. To even suggest that there isn’t a hierarchy in our economy is to be willfully blind. That hierarchy exists, and 90% of America calls him BOSS….or backwards…double S-O-B.

Yes, some industries, because of certain circumstances, are difficult to do on the local level. Automobiles I think is as good an example as any. However, Henry Ford only succeeded when (at the urging of his wife and lawyer) to pay his workers enough to buy his cars. That industrial ideal today in America is dead. Furthermore, the construction of automobiles could be done cheaper and more efficiently if THE WORKERS controlled the means of production and if decisions were made by collective self management. Democracy, even in our economics, isn’t ideal because it is fairer, but because YOU GET BETTER RESULTS.

Rural electrification was a government program. It didn’t happen until the government stepped in. Enough said. The same is true of phone lines. Those very phone lines are part of what we own collectively, as a people. The ability to PROFIT from those phone lines is not collectively owned by the people…and in this case…is outright FRAUD.

The internet is not run by any business. It is maintained by world governments. The ability to profit from that system is not public, but permitted by government, without asking the people, to make a profit on our collective investment in that system, and our collective ownership of that system. And a small local business would have a easy time providing local access to the internet, probably more so than big business.

Even a remote understanding of US history will tell you that the dawn of the industrial age, that gave birth to the modern version of the corporation resulted in 110 hour work days, child labor, serious occupational injuries, and death. Or have you never heard of the Shirtwaist Fire? That very system of corporate control led directly to The Great Depression. We only became a superpower once MASSIVE CONTROL and LIMITS were put upon capitalism to keep it from destroying this nation. The corporate response to that system of limits (that we now call The New Deal) was to attempt a FASCIST COUP in 1934, funded primarily by Goodyear Tires and JP Morgan. I guess you missed that in your history lessons as well.

Ever had a job? Ever been asked to piss in a cup? Ever been told that you couldn’t discuss your fellow employees’ wages? Ever been told you cannot associate with your fellow workers after hours? Can you find which Constitutional amendments this violates? A choice between being one person’s wage slave and starvation IS NOT A CHOICE. It is as if saying that black slaves were FREE because they always had the “choice” to run away from their masters and risk being killed.

Miami, I saw that meeting on television probably 5 years ago. A simple google search will most likely find you anything you want to know about it. Try the query “Dominos Pizza” and “pro-life groups”.

Wow, I’m an elitist now! I’ll tell my butler to give my limo an extra wax right before I cut his pay. Wal-Mart’s public image has been suffering all over the country, as they are sued for labor violations several hundred times per year. Of course you wouldn’t know that…

And by the way, no, I haven’t visited the Gulf Coast, as I’m too broke to make the trip currently. Last month I seriously put together my personal budget to try to figure it out, and I realized that unless I wanted to go homeless, I couldn’t do it. I’m hoping that my savings will be sufficient enough by next month that I can go.

What the hell does anarcho-syndicalism have to do with being anti-commerce? On that note, what the hell does it have to do with wealth redistribution? Further, when did I even mention wealth redistribution? When did I suggest that anyone should be impressed with any particular term?

The United States is not a bastion of capitalism. Mussolini’s Italy was a bastion of capitalism. Iraq today is a bastion of capitalism. Pinochet’s Chile was a bastion of capitalism. Furthermore, why do you think I would go to another country because I can clearly see how the nation I love could be better? Would you leave your wife and kids (assuming you have any) if you got into a spat over the currently supply of Cheez Whiz?

“We hold these truths to be SELF-EVIDENT, that ALL men are created EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…That whenever ANY Form of Government becomes DESTRUCTIVE of these ends, it is the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to ALTER or to ABOLISH it, and to institute NEW GOVERNMENT.”

You MIGHT recognize those words from the Declaration of Independence…..then again….you might not. But our founders certainly didn’t say that whenever our government becomes destructive of these ends that it is the right of the PEOPLE to buy a plane ticket to France.

Who said that corporations never do any good at all whatsoever? Am I a WILLING participant in corporate consumption? Of course not. Sometimes I am, usually I am not. They indeed are amoral institutions that do massive harm to the public. To that extent, I am interesting in curtailing that effect, and ultimately eliminating all corporations altogether. That doesn’t mean you replace them with NOTHING, but you replace them with democratically run institutions.

Cuba hasn’t been living in a bubble. It has been operating with a constant threat looming over it, and attacking it, namely the United States. Now, I’m not saying that Cuba has an ideal government, actually I have as many issues with it as I do with capitalism in the United States. However, if you were to look at the well-being of the people, despite incredible odds, and far less resources, the Cuban people are beginning to be in a better situation than us Americans. Key indicator is that infant mortality in Cuba is lower than in the United States.

I’m not belittling anyone. Labor is prior to capital. Period. It’s basic logic. That you have met people with MBAs who are homeless only proves my point. Corporate control is destroying the American middle class…and it’s not just blue collar workers, as your experience indicates.

No, my solution would be to allow small local businesses supply the jobs for the goods and services that it can conceivably provide. On average, when a Wal-Mart opens in any particular economy the overall unemployment rate (in the retail sector) goes up. Why? Because Wal-Mart destroys not just one small business, but every small business in that community…and those jobs are then replaced by low wage workers.


Miami, Republicans are the ones who are making it harder for small businesses by keeping business licenses expensive, and forcing them to compete against massive corporations on an unequal playing field. By the way, the United States is the LEAST taxed industrial nation on earth.

Massive corporations are shipping jobs overseas not because of taxes, but because of trade policies that allow them to exploit workers making 10 cents an hour. Nike shoes for instance employees children (13 year old girls) in sweatshops (where they are beaten and sometimes raped by their bosses) who make two tenths of 1 percent in wages in comparison to the final price of the shoes sold. They don’t do this because their poor corporate profits are falling, it’s because they are SOARING, and people all over the world are suffering and even dying because of it.

Insignificant? How about incompetent…which was EXACTLY what he was. Yes, delivering Pizzas requires you to speak English, as my experience APTLY demonstrated. Hell, if you can’t speak English then why the hell do you have a driver’s license? And by the way, Miami, the first driver I tipped 6 bucks.

5:26 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Anarcho-syndicalism is not the same as socialism. It is the control of industry by the participants instead of the bosses.
=====>You mean where the workers control the industries and the inequities of the haves and have-nots are extinguished by the redistribution of wealth? No no no that isn't anythgin at all what socialism or communism is at all! Not at all!

ALL economic exchanges redistribute wealth in some way or another. Our current system VASTLY redistributes wealth from the middle class and the poor to the top one tenth of one percent of the wealthy.
=====>Spoken like a true Marxist. Fidel and Chavez would be proud of you comrade!

If you think there aren’t any economic inequalities, then I suppose you would suggest that there are NO separate classes in America.
======>There will ALWAYS be economic inequalities even in those societies that have tried your way of curing them. The difference is that this is the only country where the poor people are fat and have cell phones.

Sure. Last I checked Bill Gates wasn’t homeless. To even suggest that there isn’t a hierarchy in our economy is to be willfully blind. That hierarchy exists, and 90% of America calls him BOSS….or backwards…double S-O-B.
======>Spoken like a very simple minded and jealous person. But you still won't stop using his products will you?

Yes, some industries, because of certain circumstances, are difficult to do on the local level. Automobiles I think is as good an example as any. However, Henry Ford only succeeded when (at the urging of his wife and lawyer) to pay his workers enough to buy his cars. That industrial ideal today in America is dead. Furthermore, the construction of automobiles could be done cheaper and more efficiently if THE WORKERS controlled the means of production and if decisions were made by collective self management.
======>Lenin would have been proud of you. So when DID you first realize that you were a communist?

Democracy, even in our economics, isn’t ideal because it is fairer, but because YOU GET BETTER RESULTS.

Rural electrification was a government program. It didn’t happen until the government stepped in.
=====>It actually got better and more reliable when private industries took over. That's enough said. Just like most public utilies and services it is usually run better and more efficient than when the government runs it. Take the internet for example. It didn't even come close to seeing its potential until the private sector took it over.

Enough said. The same is true of phone lines. Those very phone lines are part of what we own collectively, as a people. The ability to PROFIT from those phone lines is not collectively owned by the people…and in this case…is outright FRAUD.

======>So then why not stop using it? I mean you are as big a hypocrite then by even paying the bill. You supporter of amoral capitialists!

The internet is not run by any business. It is maintained by world governments. The ability to profit from that system is not public, but permitted by government, without asking the people, to make a profit on our collective investment in that system, and our collective ownership of that system. And a small local business would have a easy time providing local access to the internet, probably more so than big business.

======>It has only evolved and run faster and more reliably after private companies took it over. That's quite evident.

Even a remote understanding of US history will tell you that the dawn of the industrial age, that gave birth to the modern version of the corporation resulted in 110 hour work days, child labor, serious occupational injuries, and death. Or have you never heard of the Shirtwaist Fire? That very system of corporate control led directly to The Great Depression. We only became a superpower once MASSIVE CONTROL and LIMITS were put upon capitalism to keep it from destroying this nation. The corporate response to that system of limits (that we now call The New Deal) was to attempt a FASCIST COUP in 1934, funded primarily by Goodyear Tires and JP Morgan. I guess you missed that in your history lessons as well.

======>You still can't deny that even with those controls it was still the engine that fueled our success. But you must have missed that when you were reading your latest issue of Pravda.

Ever had a job? Ever been asked to piss in a cup? Ever been told that you couldn’t discuss your fellow employees’ wages? Ever been told you cannot associate with your fellow workers after hours? Can you find which Constitutional amendments this violates? A choice between being one person’s wage slave and starvation IS NOT A CHOICE. It is as if saying that black slaves were FREE because they always had the “choice” to run away from their masters and risk being killed.
======>It's called private enterprise. Yes you may have to piss in a cup. Yes you may have to follow the rules set by the boss. Find it in the Constitutioon where you have the right to a job. To compare having and keeping a job and following the rules of your employer who is paying you a wage and benefits to slavery is about as solid an argument as saying that screen doors are good on submarines! I guess you must be one of those guys who is too proud to hold a steady job...

Miami, I saw that meeting on television probably 5 years ago. A simple google search will most likely find you anything you want to know about it. Try the query “Dominos Pizza” and “pro-life groups”.

Wow, I’m an elitist now! I’ll tell my butler to give my limo an extra wax right before I cut his pay. Wal-Mart’s public image has been suffering all over the country, as they are sued for labor violations several hundred times per year. Of course you wouldn’t know that…
========>I know what I see. I have lived and seen where folks have survived because of Walmart and companies like them. Yes they will have labor issues. The good old Federal government has labor issues as well just like ANY business. Maybe you need to come down from your high horse and travel among the commoners for while.

And by the way, no, I haven’t visited the Gulf Coast, as I’m too broke to make the trip currently. Last month I seriously put together my personal budget to try to figure it out, and I realized that unless I wanted to go homeless, I couldn’t do it. I’m hoping that my savings will be sufficient enough by next month that I can go.

=====>Here's a tip. The Red Cross will fly you there for free if you volunteer to help. But that would only be the solution. Try it out.

What the hell does anarcho-syndicalism have to do with being anti-commerce? On that note, what the hell does it have to do with wealth redistribution? Further, when did I even mention wealth redistribution? When did I suggest that anyone should be impressed with any particular term?
======>A self-doubting Marxist. I can't help you if you can't see it for yourself.

The United States is not a bastion of capitalism. Mussolini’s Italy was a bastion of capitalism. Iraq today is a bastion of capitalism. Pinochet’s Chile was a bastion of capitalism. Furthermore, why do you think I would go to another country because I can clearly see how the nation I love could be better?
=====>If you love this country I would sure hate to see when you hate it. You are nothing but a blame America first liberal. You are the kind of liberal who does nothing to better this country other than sit back and criticize it. Try becoming part of the solution first. You sir are nothing more than someone who can'tr wait for the first chance to put this country down. We are the greatest country in the world. No doubt about it. Too bad you can't see it.

Would you leave your wife and kids (assuming you have any) if you got into a spat over the currently supply of Cheez Whiz?
======> I wouldn't but I wonder when was the last time you did ANYTHING for your country.

“We hold these truths to be SELF-EVIDENT, that ALL men are created EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…That whenever ANY Form of Government becomes DESTRUCTIVE of these ends, it is the RIGHT of the PEOPLE to ALTER or to ABOLISH it, and to institute NEW GOVERNMENT.”

=====>So what are YOU doing about it?

You MIGHT recognize those words from the Declaration of Independence…..then again….you might not. But our founders certainly didn’t say that whenever our government becomes destructive of these ends that it is the right of the PEOPLE to buy a plane ticket to France.
======>Again when have you done anything to better the situation besides whine like a bitch about it?

Who said that corporations never do any good at all whatsoever? Am I a WILLING participant in corporate consumption? Of course not. Sometimes I am, usually I am not.
=====>A marxist and a bullshitter. What a concept...

They indeed are amoral institutions that do massive harm to the public. To that extent, I am interesting in curtailing that effect, and ultimately eliminating all corporations altogether. That doesn’t mean you replace them with NOTHING, but you replace them with democratically run institutions.
=======>There's the Marxist we all know and love. Fidel had the same idea. It's working well for him too.

Cuba hasn’t been living in a bubble. It has been operating with a constant threat looming over it, and attacking it, namely the United States. Now, I’m not saying that Cuba has an ideal government, actually I have as many issues with it as I do with capitalism in the United States. However, if you were to look at the well-being of the people, despite incredible odds, and far less resources, the Cuban people are beginning to be in a better situation than us Americans. Key indicator is that infant mortality in Cuba is lower than in the United States.
======>You are absolutely the most ignorant person I have ever had the pleasure of insulting. If you actually think that the Cuban people are doing well you have the common sense that God promised a billy-goat. You are using the key indicator of child mortality as a way of measuring the general welfare of the Cuban people? Are you kidding? You are serious? How many Cubans, exactly, have you spoken to recently? Honestly how many? And whose numbers are those? The ones put out by the Cuban press? Or the ones given by the Cuban government the World Helath Organization or the UN? Before you write anything regarding how well the Cuban people are doing try telling a recent arrival here in Miami about how well they had it over there. Let me know how many teeth you have left after that conversation. Idiot...

I’m not belittling anyone. Labor is prior to capital. Period. It’s basic logic. That you have met people with MBAs who are homeless only proves my point. Corporate control is destroying the American middle class…and it’s not just blue collar workers, as your experience indicates.
=======>Corporate control doesn't control that MBA who is homeless. But nice try.

No, my solution would be to allow small local businesses supply the jobs for the goods and services that it can conceivably provide. On average, when a Wal-Mart opens in any particular economy the overall unemployment rate (in the retail sector) goes up. Why? Because Wal-Mart destroys not just one small business, but every small business in that community…and those jobs are then replaced by low wage workers.
=======>OInly a true Marxist could believe that. Again how many communities have you actually visited that had a Walmart in it?


Miami, Republicans are the ones who are making it harder for small businesses by keeping business licenses expensive, and forcing them to compete against massive corporations on an unequal playing field. By the way, the United States is the LEAST taxed industrial nation on earth.
=====>You are wrong sir. Having owned more than one small business I will tell you that most of the expenses I paid were government imposed taxes set by Democrats. The only salvation I had was when the Republicans allowed me as a business owner to take advantage of certain tax breaks to recoup some of those expenses. How many businesses have you owned??

Massive corporations are shipping jobs overseas not because of taxes, but because of trade policies that allow them to exploit workers making 10 cents an hour.
======>Why would a company spend all of the money it takes to ship goods back and forth across the globe if it wasn't because it was cheaper to do so? If companies could produce with less constraint here in the US it would beneift everyone. But the DEmocrats can't aloow them to do that because it would keep too much money out of the hands of government. Democrats don't trust you or I to manage our money.

Nike shoes for instance employees children (13 year old girls) in sweatshops (where they are beaten and sometimes raped by their bosses) who make two tenths of 1 percent in wages in comparison to the final price of the shoes sold. They don’t do this because their poor corporate profits are falling, it’s because they are SOARING, and people all over the world are suffering and even dying because of it.

Insignificant? How about incompetent…which was EXACTLY what he was. Yes, delivering Pizzas requires you to speak English, as my experience APTLY demonstrated.
====>Ummm. No it doesn't. You drive the pizza and collect the money. That doesn't even require someone to even speak. Believe me I live in MIAMI. The average pizza delivery guy doesn't speak a word of English.

Hell, if you can’t speak English then why the hell do you have a driver’s license? And by the way, Miami, the first driver I tipped 6 bucks.
======>OOOOHHHHHH!!!! ^ whole dollars! Wow. Big tipper! All of the humiliation plus 6 whole dollars! You are too kind. I am sure that he appreciated it too....

7:53 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

An anarcho-syndicalism economy would not have inequalities.

I’ve never heard Fidel say any such thing. But if he did, he would be correct. The government’s own statistics show that the vast majority of Americans have seen their incomes drop in relation to the economy….however the top one tenth of one percent has seen their incomes skyrocket.

Nonsense. Economic inequality is a product of our system. It is perfectly possible to eliminate it. No, the Soviets were not successful at it…really, they didn’t really try. Our poor are fat and have cell phones? Really? 5 million Americans have fallen into poverty in the last 5 years. 32 million Americans at some point last year could not afford a meal to eat. Half of all bankruptcies were placed because medical bills they cannot pay. The US is 36th in infant mortality, below that of Cuba, Malta, and Singapore. The US is the only industrialized nation with a vast amount of homeless people living on the streets. I could go on and on and on. Do yourself a favor and read Barbara Erhenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed.

What makes you think I’m jealous of someone who is as obviously maladjusted and mentally ill as Bill Gates? Only a psychopath would want to be as rich as him, and screw everyone else in the process.

Lenin would not be proud of me at all. He would have had me killed. Lenin didn’t want the workers controlling industry he wanted HIM to control industry. And I am not for the elimination of private property…ergo…I’m not a communist.

Nonsense. When private industries take over they ruin it. Enron is a prime example. San Diego didn’t have any brown outs or black outs, and they didn’t see their energy costs go up by 4000%. Why? Because the energy company was the public co-op. The internet grew in potential not because of private industry, but because the technology was advanced enough.

You and I both paid for those telephone lines with our tax dollars. The rights of way of them are maintained by our tax dollars. They are LEASED to telephone companies to make a profit from. Why not instead lease it to a publicly and locally owned co-op? If you did, you would get BETTER SERVICE AND LOWER PRICES.

Nonsense. The government developed much of that technology, and could have developed it more. Similarly, the vast majority of R&D capital into new drugs comes from our TAXES, which is again sold to pharmaceutical companies to make a profit on (in other case of WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION). Isn’t it funny how Canada gets most of their drugs from the United States, but it cost them 70% LESS for them? Gee, “socialism” isn’t so bad after all…that’s why Canadians have LONG LIFE EXPECTANTCIES then Americans.

Never read Pravda, in fact I have no clue what it is. Again, capitalism has only marginally worked when MASSIVE regulations have been placed upon it. I would rather have an economy where I GET TO DECIDE by a vote if the economy will grow or shrink next year. I would like an economy where if it shrinks or has a recession…it’s only if it is planned by the people, and if it does you still won’t loose your job. Or is that soup line looking more appealing to you?

Tell me where in the constitution where it says that corporations have any right to exist at all? NO INSTITUTION…NONE…are above We the People….not the churches…not the government….and NOT THE CORPORATIONS. READ THE 9TH AMENDMENT. If a corporation wants you to piss in a cup, why not REVOKE THEIR CORPORATE CHARTER. It’s called DEMOCRACY.

Explain the difference between chattel slavery and wage slavery? The difference is the wage slave’s labor is RENTED instead of OWNED. Why not control your own labor?

High horse? I buy my groceries at Aldi…where loaves of bread are 59 cents.

The Salvation Army will send you there for free too. But the roof over my head doesn’t go into suspended animation when I decide to go on a road trip…if only it did. Bills have to be paid each and every month.

What the hell does self-doubt have to do with being anti-commerce, wealth redistribution, being impressed with a particular term, or anarcho-syndicalism?

A particular PATRIOTIC American once said: “I love my country, right or wrong. If right it is right. If wrong I am to SET IT right.” A BETTER Republican president said: “"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American Public." Teddy Roosevelt was a wise man.

Was slavery eliminated and were women given the right to vote by having cowardly men saying you’re a “blame America first liberal”? This country was made what it is by millions of people, that we will never know…but people like Martin Luther King, John Brown, Emma Goldman, Mark Twain, and thousands upon thousands of others saying “THIS IS NOT JUST.”

To belittle such efforts is TREASONOUS, and violates every principal this great nation was founded upon. After all, the Revolution STARTED with a little protest and CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE in Boston when we Americans dumped some tea into the harbor, protested the British East India Company.

The last time I did something for my country was on September 24th, when I participated in an effort to bring our troops home.

What democratically run institutions are in Cuba? Seems to be working well enough for Fidel, less babies die over there than here.

Cubans seem to have a better ability to get their people out of the way of hurricanes…and fewer of their babies die. They also train medical doctors for free. Cuba has the world’s most advanced self sustaining agriculture system. Considering that massive efforts the US has made in doing everything possible to turn that tiny nation into a hell hole, that’s one hell of an accomplishment. Is Cuba a paradise? I most definitely think NOT! Is the United States? Try a 15 minute visit to South East D.C. Try to dodge the bullets.

No, people with MBAs are forced to get jobs at Wal-Mart.

I have a Wal-Mart 10 minutes away from me. In fact, I worked next door to it for 3 years.

Yes, I run my own business, but it is very small and I do it as a hobby. Depending on the business, you either have very little local competition or a hell of a lot of it. Specialty shops have very little, and only exist if there is a local demand. All others have been forced to compete with massive retailers who typically run the locals out of town. You can thank your fellow Republicans for that one. And no, I’m sure no Republican has ever voted for taxes on small businesses, much less enforcement of that law, as well as overly complex regulations on those businesses. Idiot.

Miami….shipping costs are negligible, and at their bulk rates, cost pennies. If we were to ACTUALLY compete with China US workers would be paid LITERALLY 10 cents an hour. This is why we…for 200 years…had TARIFFS. That way if a shirt that costs you 10 cents to make in China costs you a dollar to make in the US, then you charge a 90 cent TARIFF on those goods from China. That way US jobs stay in the US. It’s called having a logical trade policy. Currently we have INSANE trade policies, that hasn’t given Americans more jobs, or increased the wages of Mexicans. All it’s done is EXPORT US jobs to Mexico and IMPORT Mexicans here.

No one should be able to have a driver’s license who can’t read the road signs and speak English. Period. And if you haven’t learned the language in 5 years you should leave. Period.

Like I said, the FIRST driver….the one that COULD speak English, was tipped 6 bucks. Having done that job myself I know the average tip is 2.50. As I rule of thumb I tip 30%, especially waiters, because by law they’re not even making minimum wage. The way I think of it is that for the hour that I’m at the restaurant I have essentially personally hired them for one hour of labor. Therefore, I have to pay them decent wage for that hour. I even do this in fast food drive-thrus. Why do I do it? Because I’ve worked those jobs before, and I know first hand that they don’t pay what they should.

4:41 AM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

An anarcho-syndicalism economy would not have inequalities.

=====>Yes they would or otherwise those societies that had tried to implement such an ideal would have faired better. As of yet they haven't.

I’ve never heard Fidel say any such thing. But if he did, he would be correct.
=====>He did and he wasn't.

The government’s own statistics show that the vast majority of Americans have seen their incomes drop in relation to the economy….however the top one tenth of one percent has seen their incomes skyrocket.
======>Mine has climbed every year and I am not in the top 1%. Everyone I know is in the same position. Have you also condiered that the top 1% of the wage ewarners in this country are also paying the highest porportion of income tax and receiving the least amount of benefits from it? Have you considered that if these top 1% had more money to spend the situation would change?

Nonsense. Economic inequality is a product of our system. It is perfectly possible to eliminate it. No, the Soviets were not successful at it…really, they didn’t really try.
=====>A Marxist and a dreamer....imagine that. Your concept is a utopia that can never work. It has proven throughout history.

Our poor are fat and have cell phones? Really? 5 million Americans have fallen into poverty in the last 5 years. 32 million Americans at some point last year could not afford a meal to eat. Half of all bankruptcies were placed because medical bills they cannot pay. The US is 36th in infant mortality, below that of Cuba, Malta, and Singapore. The US is the only industrialized nation with a vast amount of homeless people living on the streets. I could go on and on and on. Do yourself a favor and read Barbara Erhenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed.

=]======>Again. When you mention the poor of this country they are still eating. They are starving in the streets. There are ways for them to eat. This country, that you love so much supposedly, is doing so poorly then why are the much-better off Cubans risking their lives to float here even risking death to come live in this agony???? Just this week a six year old boy drowned just miles south of Kew West trying to reach our shores. Get your nose out of the anti-America boioks and see the real world friend.

What makes you think I’m jealous of someone who is as obviously maladjusted and mentally ill as Bill Gates? Only a psychopath would want to be as rich as him, and screw everyone else in the process.
======>Yeah you're not jealous. No No No. Not one bit......honestly.

Lenin would not be proud of me at all. He would have had me killed. Lenin didn’t want the workers controlling industry he wanted HIM to control industry. And I am not for the elimination of private property…ergo…I’m not a communist.
======>No of course not. Neither was Fidel or Chavez. Of course not....

Nonsense. When private industries take over they ruin it. Enron is a prime example. San Diego didn’t have any brown outs or black outs, and they didn’t see their energy costs go up by 4000%. Why? Because the energy company was the public co-op. The internet grew in potential not because of private industry, but because the technology was advanced enough.
======>Ok. So the internet was doing just fine when the government was running it? The package delivery industry was just fine before competitors like UPS, DHL, and Federal Express came in to the picture to challenge the poor performance of the USPS? You are a dreamer and mad that you can't live well on your fantasies. The fact is that private industry has ALWAYS found a better way to make what the government tries to do better. Their motivation is guided by profit but they are also slaves to people coming to them and using their service. Private industry has learned that they are slaves to good service or they will cease to exist. That's why people from all over the world come here to learn hospitality and customer service skills. If tomorrow customer service at Walmart went south people would eventually find somewhere else to go and who knows it may still happen. It happened to K-Mart and Sears and they learned the hard way.

You and I both paid for those telephone lines with our tax dollars. The rights of way of them are maintained by our tax dollars. They are LEASED to telephone companies to make a profit from. Why not instead lease it to a publicly and locally owned co-op? If you did, you would get BETTER SERVICE AND LOWER PRICES.
=======>Down here in South Florida it is opened up to competition and the service has DRAMATICALLY improved to the point that after we are hit with a major hurricane our service is back up in days not months.

Nonsense. The government developed much of that technology, and could have developed it more.
======>Name me one technology that was developed by government facilities without the help of some private enterprise in some way. I mean something that was developed by government 100%. No one on the outside helping.

Similarly, the vast majority of R&D capital into new drugs comes from our TAXES, which is again sold to pharmaceutical companies to make a profit on (in other case of WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION). Isn’t it funny how Canada gets most of their drugs from the United States, but it cost them 70% LESS for them? Gee, “socialism” isn’t so bad after all…that’s why Canadians have LONG LIFE EXPECTANTCIES then Americans.
=====>And that's why when a Canadian needs hip surgery to fix a fracture they have to wait almost a year. When a Canadian needs to get certain vital surgeries they fly down to the United States. I know because I have met many of them down here in Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale and they tell me how they have to wait for a year sometimes to get certain procedures done. Again if this country was so detrimental to your health why are folks killing themselves to come here? I don't get it. Where iong line to flee to Cuba or Canada?

Never read Pravda, in fact I have no clue what it is. Again, capitalism has only marginally worked when MASSIVE regulations have been placed upon it. I would rather have an economy where I GET TO DECIDE by a vote if the economy will grow or shrink next year. I would like an economy where if it shrinks or has a recession…it’s only if it is planned by the people, and if it does you still won’t loose your job. Or is that soup line looking more appealing to you?

=====>The fact is that the people do decide how the economy grows. They vote with their dollars everyday. Notice there isn't a high price on liver-flavored lollipops? That's because no one wants them.

Tell me where in the constitution where it says that corporations have any right to exist at all? NO INSTITUTION…NONE…are above We the People….not the churches…not the government….and NOT THE CORPORATIONS. READ THE 9TH AMENDMENT. If a corporation wants you to piss in a cup, why not REVOKE THEIR CORPORATE CHARTER. It’s called DEMOCRACY.

====>There is no constitutional right to have a corporation. In fact I can't remember when someone said their rights were being violated when their corporation fell apart and they went out of business. However when I read the rantings of a repenting Marxist like yourself about how he can't hold a job and is mad because the company that wants to employ him requires him to be drug-free so as not to become a liability to the company and the service or product they provide doesn't suffer for it, I have to wonder where he told that he had a right to hold a job in this country.

Explain the difference between chattel slavery and wage slavery? The difference is the wage slave’s labor is RENTED instead of OWNED. Why not control your own labor?

======>The difference is that chattel slavery the employee was the property of the slave owner. You have the choice to leave that job for a better one or improve yourself to find better employment or even choose not to work and live off of the government or even form your own business. If you can't see the difference than I feel sorry for those around you that have to suffer while you whine about how bad you have it and blame all of it on external factors.

High horse? I buy my groceries at Aldi…where loaves of bread are 59 cents.

=====>Aldi? Sorry don't know what that is.

The Salvation Army will send you there for free too. But the roof over my head doesn’t go into suspended animation when I decide to go on a road trip…if only it did. Bills have to be paid each and every month.

=======>So then what's your point?

What the hell does self-doubt have to do with being anti-commerce, wealth redistribution, being impressed with a particular term, or anarcho-syndicalism?

=======>You still don't realize what a raving Marxist you are and choose to try to cover it up by using a slick synonym in hopes to impress someone who doesn't know better. Fidel tried that too. What the hell, it worked so far for him why not try it!

A particular PATRIOTIC American once said: “I love my country, right or wrong. If right it is right. If wrong I am to SET IT right.” A BETTER Republican president said: “"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American Public." Teddy Roosevelt was a wise man.

======>I like this quote better...
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

By Charles M. Province

Was slavery eliminated and were women given the right to vote by having cowardly men saying you’re a “blame America first liberal”? This country was made what it is by millions of people, that we will never know…but people like Martin Luther King, John Brown, Emma Goldman, Mark Twain, and thousands upon thousands of others saying “THIS IS NOT JUST.”

=====>Actually no you are right. It was Republicans in Congress and a brave Democratic President who parted ways with the Democratic party that helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1968.


To belittle such efforts is TREASONOUS, and violates every principal this great nation was founded upon. After all, the Revolution STARTED with a little protest and CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE in Boston when we Americans dumped some tea into the harbor, protested the British East India Company.

The last time I did something for my country was on September 24th, when I participated in an effort to bring our troops home.

=====>And what was that? To belittle their mission and bitch in a rally somewhere from the comfort of your home? What great thing did you do for your country on September 24? Really. Impress me with your love of country.

What democratically run institutions are in Cuba? Seems to be working well enough for Fidel, less babies die over there than here.

=====>That comment was either written in sarcasm or stupidity. Either way both failed to get a response from me as they both fall short of their goal.

Cubans seem to have a better ability to get their people out of the way of hurricanes…and fewer of their babies die. They also train medical doctors for free. Cuba has the world’s most advanced self sustaining agriculture system. Considering that massive efforts the US has made in doing everything possible to turn that tiny nation into a hell hole, that’s one hell of an accomplishment. Is Cuba a paradise? I most definitely think NOT! Is the United States? Try a 15 minute visit to South East D.C. Try to dodge the bullets.

=======>Do me a favor. Please go to the corner of SW 12 Ave and Flagler street in Miami and tell the folks who fled their home in the 60's, 70's, 80',s 90's and last week how great Cuba is. Then I will marvel at your bravery or your ability to run very very fast. You are so far from the reality of Cuba that you insult yourself more than any Cuban I have ever known or met. Including my own family. I am here because Cuba was not so great and at least not as great as you think it is. But if it's so great what you doing here????
Here is a great source for you to plan your trip to the worker's paradise!
http://www.usacubatravel.com/packages.htm

No, people with MBAs are forced to get jobs at Wal-Mart.
======>"Forced"? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's good.....really.....I never knew you were so funny. FORCED! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

I have a Wal-Mart 10 minutes away from me. In fact, I worked next door to it for 3 years.

Yes, I run my own business, but it is very small and I do it as a hobby. Depending on the business, you either have very little local competition or a hell of a lot of it.
=====>I do real estate in South Florida. There's more competition here then anywhere is in the world. Nice try.

Specialty shops have very little, and only exist if there is a local demand.
=====>Exactly. So if what you produce isn't in demand you go under. People vote with their dollars.

All others have been forced to compete with massive retailers who typically run the locals out of town. You can thank your fellow Republicans for that one. And no, I’m sure no Republican has ever voted for taxes on small businesses, much less enforcement of that law, as well as overly complex regulations on those businesses. Idiot.

===>I may be an idiot in your view but at least I am not a whining Marxist who can't own his own home because of every reason he can think of other than looking at himself for the reason.

Miami….shipping costs are negligible, and at their bulk rates, cost pennies. If we were to ACTUALLY compete with China US workers would be paid LITERALLY 10 cents an hour. This is why we…for 200 years…had TARIFFS. That way if a shirt that costs you 10 cents to make in China costs you a dollar to make in the US, then you charge a 90 cent TARIFF on those goods from China. That way US jobs stay in the US. It’s called having a logical trade policy. Currently we have INSANE trade policies, that hasn’t given Americans more jobs, or increased the wages of Mexicans. All it’s done is EXPORT US jobs to Mexico and IMPORT Mexicans here.

=====>Ok Shipping is neglible. Must be why you are doing so well in business. I mean with that kind of grasp of shipping costs my God no wonder you are able to afford so many luxuries.

No one should be able to have a driver’s license who can’t read the road signs and speak English. Period. And if you haven’t learned the language in 5 years you should leave. Period.

=====>Blam your Democrat friends for that! Why they are the ones who are making it so down here in FLorida! HAHAHA. It is you liberals that have made it easy for non-English speaking visitors to get a license! That's hilarious!!!!!

Like I said, the FIRST driver….the one that COULD speak English, was tipped 6 bucks. Having done that job myself I know the average tip is 2.50. As I rule of thumb I tip 30%, especially waiters, because by law they’re not even making minimum wage. The way I think of it is that for the hour that I’m at the restaurant I have essentially personally hired them for one hour of labor. Therefore, I have to pay them decent wage for that hour. I even do this in fast food drive-thrus. Why do I do it? Because I’ve worked those jobs before, and I know first hand that they don’t pay what they should.

=====>So you tipped the English speaking guy but not the non-English speaking guy who brought you the right pizza? I thought you liberals looked out for the poor and downtrodden little guy? WOw. A racist Marxist. Does such a thing exist? I wonder....

10:05 AM  
Blogger Chaos said...

I think you two should just skip the courtship and get married...

5:17 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I like my men a little more, how do you say, masculine.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Choas,
My apologies. If there was any way to block my little blog bitch from commenting, I would do it. I don't mind hearing his opinions, but when you can't tell the difference between a grown adult and a 5 year old snot nosed kid, then it becomes a bit of a problem.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Which societies have tired to implement anarcho-syndicalism Miami?

Those at the top 1% receive the MOST benefits from their tax dollars. Otherwise, THEY WOULDN’T BE IN THE TOP 1%.

It’s worked just fine throughout history, from that day mankind first formed this thing we call a society. I realize you’re not well educated, but go back and read Rousseau.

Similarly, record numbers of Americans are moving to Canada and Europe. And the number of foreign students who are coming here to attend college has dropped like a rock. By the way…Erhenreich wrote a great deal about Key West in that book, where she lives. Just curious, you seen any Haitians down there lately?

Well let’s push the envelop further. What makes you think I want to be rich? Or rather, why the hell would you want to be rich?

Chavez has eliminated private property in Venezuela? News to me. Hugo Chavez is the most brilliant and wonderful leader to come out of South America in a long, long time. He’s already experimenting with anarcho-syndicalist style work places, and guess what? Production has increased by 35% in one month.

When the government was running the internet (as a military application) computers all had black screens with flashing green block boxes as cursors. The most cutting edge game was Pac-Man. Microwaves were the new hip thing. And cable TV offered just your local stations (sans the rabbit ears), plus a hip new channel called TBS. Keep things in perspective.

UPS and Federal Express offers a different kind of service than USPS. USPS has service that is just as good as the others…and they deal with what is probably 500 times the volume…plus they’re open on Saturday.

Private industry did just fine with Enron didn’t? It did a bang up job with Global Crossing. Exxon has been marvelously efficient with their gas prices haven’t they? In Manassas VA there’s two gas stations across the street from each other. Yesterday, the Exxon price was $2.88 p/g for regular. Across the street at Citgo it was $2.52. Citgo is basically Hugo Chavez gasoline.

So let’s try privatizing water! Instead of having the government provide water, let private industry do it. How do you make the delivery of water more “efficient”? By spending less money on making sure it’s clean and drinkable. That way the consumer can just suffer quietly and out of sight. People in Cochabamba, Bolivia found that out the hard way when Bechtel came in, privatized the water, and even prevented common people from collecting that water which fell from the sky.

The people of Cochabamba had two choices. Spend 25% of their wages to Bechtel, to fight for what nature gives them for free.

A Cochabamba activist said:

“At the climax of the struggle, the army stayed in their barracks; the police also remained in their stations; the members of Congress became invisible; the Governor went into hiding; and after words, he resigned. There wasn’t any authority left. The only legitimate authority was the people gathered at the city square making decisions in large assemblies.”

In Cochabamba they assembled an anarcho-syndicalist style workplace to control the city’s water. The activist said:

“We’ve inherited a state company with technical problems, with financial and legal problems, with administrative problems. We are dealing with all of them. If we could prove that ordinary working people are able to resolve their own problems, we could be facing the possibility that all which was privatized, all that was sold, all that is in the hands of the corporations, be returned to the people’s hands. So, I learned that, a very important lesson, that one should never underestimate the power of the people. Seeing the slogan that I always repeated in the demonstrations: ‘the people, united, will never be defeated!’ became a reality was just incredible for me.”

This man knows first hand what you Miami, have forgotten. Common people controlling their own lives is not socialism…but is the very essence of democracy and freedom.

Gee, you would think with those year long wait lines Canadians would have gotten rid of their single payer universal health care system for a private one. Strangely enough 90% of Canadians love their health care system. I can’t think of ANY government service the American people love quite as much.

The reality is the long wait lines are nothing more than a reich wing myth. Canadians time after time have to remind us of this. The only wait for any kind of procedure is an elective ones, such as breast implants or nose jobs. In fact, emergency care in Canada delivers faster service than American emergency rooms, which are so scrapped for funding that many hospitals are closing them to the detriment of the community. And those hordes of Canadians coming over the border for care? They don’t exist. However Congressman Bernie Sanders organizes bus loads of Americans from his home state of Vermont to travel into Canada for cheap prescription drugs that are as much as 70% cheaper than here.

Sure the American people decided…with their votes…to live through the Great Depression.

Read the 9th amendment. My right to a job is right there. In fact, the PEOPLE are the ones who have ALL rights. We can decide to eliminate a right for our collective safety (such as the right to run red lights), but unless the Constitution (federal or state) says that I don’t have the right to a job, then I have the right to one. I’ve seen people come into work intoxicated before. You don’t need a piss test to fire them.

Choosing between wage slavery and starvation is not a choice. “A necessitous man is not a free man”, as Teddy Roosevelt put it, and that is a simple fact that you must learn.

Aldi is a grocery store chain. They only carry generic brands, and they are dirt cheap. A box of crackers is 39 cents. Most food items cost less than a dollar.

The point is that I would be glad to help out on the Gulf Coast…if I could afford to. I thought that was pretty self-evident. Sorry you missed it.

Marx had many things wrong. You can’t eliminate class differences in society without addressing class separation and hierarchy in the workplace. But Marx also had many things right, as he correctly observed, using basic mathematical models, that a capitalist system has every incentive to treat all their workers as worse as humanly possible. He was correct in that observation, as children as young as 12 were at the time working 7 days a week in sweatshops. That was only stopped after the PEOPLE put massive regulations against capitalism, preventing them from doing so.

Communism and anarcho-syndicalism are not even remotely similar, much less synonyms. Communism is a state run economy, planned by a set of bureaucrats, that does not permit the ownership of private property. Legally speaking, there’s nothing in that concept that prevents it from being run in a democratic manner. The Soviet system was not communist in the Marxist sense, rather in a military dictatorship. Trotsky observed, “man is a lazy animal. He must be FORCED to work.”

Anarcho-syndicalism is in many ways the opposite of Soviet-style communism. It is the combination of traditionalist Emma Goldman style anarchism and syndicalism. The leading principal of anarchy is the rejection of hierarchical control over other individuals. The belief is that no one should be able to control another human being against his will. Syndicalism is the principal that workplaces should be controlled by the workers, democratically, instead of the bosses.

If you think this means that just the government controls everything against everyone’s will, then you could not be more mistaken. A modern anarcho-syndicalist government would have very little reason to have any centralized federal government at all, in so much as we see the nation-state of today. It’s unfortunate that I have to explain this rather simple concept to you in some detail. Next time, try a google search when you come across something that you have no understanding of. Or, try a Wikipedia search.

Did the soldier free the slaves or was it the abolitionists? Was it the soldier that granted women the right to vote or was it COMMUNISTS like Hellen Keller? Was it the soldier that eliminated child labor or was it people like Mother Jones? Was it the soldier the won civil rights for all races or was it people like Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks? Was it the soldier that gave you the weekend off or was it the labor unions?

Fredrick Douglas noted correctly over a hundred years ago:
“Freedom is NEVER given: It is TAKEN.”

And the Dixiecrats all became Republicans as soon as Barry Goldwater ran for President.

All those freedoms were won…the right unionize, civil rights, the elimination of child labor, the right for women to vote…all of them came from demands from the PEOPLE. And again, we are doing our PATRIOTIC duty to save our country, and to bring our troops home and out of harm’s way. But then again, we have always been there.

It was the progressives who forced Nixon out of the White House and forced him to bring the troops home then. It was the progressives that worked to win Civil Rights. It was the progressives to risked and gave their lives to end slavery. And it was the progressives who won the United States it’s independence from England. Conservatives have fought us all along the way, sometimes acting in the Democratic Party, but more frequently in the Republican party. And history has shown us, time and time again, that in the end it is the PEOPLE who eventually win.

Indeed, Freedom is NEVER given. It is taken by force, by any means necessary. And we have always been there, to sacrifice, and give our lives, because we love this great nation that much.

By the way Maimi…..I did something else for you to further your education:

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10:56 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Which societies have tired to implement anarcho-syndicalism Miami?

=====>You mean your term for Marxism? I mean that's what it is regardless of how you are trying to package it. It's Marxism. Cuba, East Germany, Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia......all failed.

Those at the top 1% receive the MOST benefits from their tax dollars. Otherwise, THEY WOULDN’T BE IN THE TOP 1%.

=======>Really? What benefits from the government are they receiving more than those who aren't paying as much as they do? Are they on welfare, use public transportation, use medicaid, etc? No. They pay and don't use and are EXPECTED to pay more than everyone else. How would you feel if everytime you ordered a pizza you had to pay more than someone else only because you could afford to? It would probably piss you off. You expect everyone to pay the same but if you were told that because you make $35,000 you have to pay $25.00 for a large pizza and the guy next door since he only makes $27,000 he only has to pay $10.00 it would make you mad because it isn't "fair". This is the dupilicty of being a liberal. You want fairness but only when it benefits you.

It’s worked just fine throughout history, from that day mankind first formed this thing we call a society. I realize you’re not well educated, but go back and read Rousseau.

======>The scary part about that comment is that not a drop of all of your education has helped you at all to deal with the realities of life. Let's compare:
Me: My home is worth well over $400,000
You:Complains about renting a basement.

Me: Will retire at 48 years old comfortably
You: Still trying to hold a job

Me: Understands the complexities of life and knows that fantasies about the rich are just that
You: Envies the "rich" and is a perpetual victim.

Me: Not rich, middle class, and has no regrets
You: Hates the rich, thinks he is poor, and hates America

Me: Served my county and community by actually doing something
You: Thinks he is helping out by complaining

Similarly, record numbers of Americans are moving to Canada and Europe. And the number of foreign students who are coming here to attend college has dropped like a rock. By the way…Erhenreich wrote a great deal about Key West in that book, where she lives. Just curious, you seen any Haitians down there lately?

======>Really? What are the numbers? Honestly. Where is the mass exodus??? I haven't seen it yet. However living in Miami I see a lot of people entering both legally and illegally into this country. And yes I see a lot of Hatians. They are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. They love being here and are greatful to be in this country. Most of them are very religious people and appreciative of being here. I also have not seen many homeless Hatians here in Miami or Key West.

Well let’s push the envelop further. What makes you think I want to be rich? Or rather, why the hell would you want to be rich?
======>I am not rich. But you obviously envy them. You actually hate them. I don;t need to be rich but I would not be ashmed to be either. Regardless of what you have been taught in your liberal college classes the vast majority of "rich" people earned their money and didn't inherit it.

Chavez has eliminated private property in Venezuela? News to me. Hugo Chavez is the most brilliant and wonderful leader to come out of South America in a long, long time. He’s already experimenting with anarcho-syndicalist style work places, and guess what? Production has increased by 35% in one month.

=======>Again only someone who has never seen the face of communism (or what you have tried to call anarcho-syndicalism) would believe that. And yes CHavez is trying to "redistribute" land under this guise of anarcho-syndicalism. Geez sounds awfully familiar to what Castro did!
Read about it here

When the government was running the internet (as a military application) computers all had black screens with flashing green block boxes as cursors. The most cutting edge game was Pac-Man. Microwaves were the new hip thing. And cable TV offered just your local stations (sans the rabbit ears), plus a hip new channel called TBS. Keep things in perspective.

=====>And when the private industry saw the potential to make a profit they made the internet what it is today. You CANNOT tell me that you and I blogging right now was developed by the government. Sorry nice try but no cigar baby!



UPS and Federal Express offers a different kind of service than USPS. USPS has service that is just as good as the others…and they deal with what is probably 500 times the volume…plus they’re open on Saturday.

======>Before they came about the USPS was the worst way to deliver packages now the USPS has stepped up their service because consumers have a choice and vote with the dollars. The USPS had to change their ways or become extinct. They did and I will tell you that they are now better than ever but it came through free markets and competition not govenment control. By the way the USPS is not funded anymore by the Feds but funded by the sale of postage which is another reason they excelled because they could operate like a business and not a beauracracy.

Private industry did just fine with Enron didn’t?
=====>So your Ace-in-the-hole is Enron? That's it? If you are trying to make the case about bad behavior, using a corporation as an example is a weak one. The fact of the matter is government has mismanaged and done more in the way of malfeasance than any simgle corporation ever formed. They have misspent more money, they have lost more pensions, they have screwed more people than any corporation you could name. 100 Enrons could never put a dent in the amount of wasted and misspent money the governement has had in their hands.


It did a bang up job with Global Crossing. Exxon has been marvelously efficient with their gas prices haven’t they? In Manassas VA there’s two gas stations across the street from each other. Yesterday, the Exxon price was $2.88 p/g for regular. Across the street at Citgo it was $2.52. Citgo is basically Hugo Chavez gasoline.
=====>Again. Read the above.


So let’s try privatizing water! Instead of having the government provide water, let private industry do it. How do you make the delivery of water more “efficient”? By spending less money on making sure it’s clean and drinkable. That way the consumer can just suffer quietly and out of sight. People in Cochabamba, Bolivia found that out the hard way when Bechtel came in, privatized the water, and even prevented common people from collecting that water which fell from the sky.

=====>Again. Do you drink bottled government water??? How about giving up your privately bottled water for municipal water. Somehow I don't think your tender constitution could handle that change. And I know that you probably drink the bottled stuff over the tap water.

The people of Cochabamba had two choices. Spend 25% of their wages to Bechtel, to fight for what nature gives them for free.
=====>So stop drinking bottled water and stick to the tap or the hose!



This man knows first hand what you Miami, have forgotten. Common people controlling their own lives is not socialism…but is the very essence of democracy and freedom.

=======>HAHAHAHAHA! What you propose is the farthest thing from people controlling their own lives. You want the government to do it! What is more frustrating when talking to another misguided lib like yourself is that in one breath you complain about the "freedoms" being taken away by the government and in the other breath you want the government to step in and solve all of your problems for you! Anarch-Syndicalism, Communism, Marxism, socialism, wealth redistribution, whatever flavor of the week you libs are using is the epitomy of losing self-determination! Less government is what the framers of the Constitution wanted. A far far cry from what you and the other libs want.

Gee, you would think with those year long wait lines Canadians would have gotten rid of their single payer universal health care system for a private one. Strangely enough 90% of Canadians love their health care system. I can’t think of ANY government service the American people love quite as much.

======>No they don't. Many of them have private insurance on top of what they are forced to pay into to fund a very expensive health care system. I agree with you very dupilcious statement though...
"I can’t think of ANY government service the American people love quite as much. " I agree! So why let the government do for you something that they will probably screw up. But let me help you with how "great" the Canadian system is.

Read about it here



Sure the American people decided…with their votes…to live through the Great Depression.

Read the 9th amendment.
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
Where in the hell do you see ....."Alva shall not be denied the right to have a job to be given to him where he can smoke dope and act like a fool..."

My right to a job is right there. In fact, the PEOPLE are the ones who have ALL rights.
======>Really so then the fact the you want to take land away from others to redistribute or to prevent someone from making more money by forming and growing a corporation is inculded with these rights? Or is it only when it is conveniant for you and your ilk? Duplicity rules again!

We can decide to eliminate a right for our collective safety (such as the right to run red lights), but unless the Constitution (federal or state) says that I don’t have the right to a job, then I have the right to one. I’ve seen people come into work intoxicated before. You don’t need a piss test to fire them.
=======>Huh? Are you serious? And I am the one who is uneducated????? so because the constitution does not say that you DON"T have the right to a job then that means you DO have the right? Ok. So if I follow this logic correctly then I can assume that because the constitution does NOT say that I DON'T have have the right be obnoxious and rud then it means that I have the right to just walk up and flick everyone in the ear as I walk down the street?
Now I understand why you live in a basement for $500 a month. Must be from all of the aluminum cans you collect everyday...

Choosing between wage slavery and starvation is not a choice. “A necessitous man is not a free man”, as Teddy Roosevelt put it, and that is a simple fact that you must learn.

======>Who is stopping you from earning more money? I am the son of immigrant parents who came here with NOTHING. Not even the benefit of American citizenship. I was born to below middle class standards. No one stopped me from earning more money. I didn't have the benefit of affirmative action. My mother was on food stamps for a very short and brief time and because she was so embarrassed to even take a handout she decided that she was going to do what she had to do to make a liviing for herself and my family. Stop blaming you failures on the idea of "wage slavery". You are merely a slave to your failed ideas.

Aldi is a grocery store chain. They only carry generic brands, and they are dirt cheap. A box of crackers is 39 cents. Most food items cost less than a dollar.

=====>So what's wrong with that? I think that's great. I wish I could by only generic stuff as well. I don't have that benefit where I live.

The point is that I would be glad to help out on the Gulf Coast…if I could afford to. I thought that was pretty self-evident. Sorry you missed it.

=====>No I didn't miss it. I went. I found a way. i am not trying to shame you for not being able to go. I use the example to show you how I have seen how others live and have the benefit of seeing for myself what is real and what you have imagined.

Marx had many things wrong.
=====>Not according to you, the "anarcho-syndaclist!" What a load of bull!

You can’t eliminate class differences in society without addressing class separation and hierarchy in the workplace.
=====>And you can't possibly make yourself a victim without inventing and perpetuating class envy!

But Marx also had many things right, as he correctly observed, using basic mathematical models, that a capitalist system has every incentive to treat all their workers as worse as humanly possible. He was correct in that observation, as children as young as 12 were at the time working 7 days a week in sweatshops. That was only stopped after the PEOPLE put massive regulations against capitalism, preventing them from doing so.

Communism and anarcho-syndicalism are not even remotely similar, much less synonyms. Communism is a state run economy, planned by a set of bureaucrats, that does not permit the ownership of private property. Legally speaking, there’s nothing in that concept that prevents it from being run in a democratic manner. The Soviet system was not communist in the Marxist sense, rather in a military dictatorship. Trotsky observed, “man is a lazy animal. He must be FORCED to work.”

Anarcho-syndicalism is in many ways the opposite of Soviet-style communism. It is the combination of traditionalist Emma Goldman style anarchism and syndicalism. The leading principal of anarchy is the rejection of hierarchical control over other individuals. The belief is that no one should be able to control another human being against his will. Syndicalism is the principal that workplaces should be controlled by the workers, democratically, instead of the bosses.




If you think this means that just the government controls everything against everyone’s will, then you could not be more mistaken. A modern anarcho-syndicalist government would have very little reason to have any centralized federal government at all, in so much as we see the nation-state of today. It’s unfortunate that I have to explain this rather simple concept to you in some detail. Next time, try a google search when you come across something that you have no understanding of. Or, try a Wikipedia search.

======>Yeeah. Ok. They're totally different. Ok....Bottom line is that wealth gets redistributed. land gets redistributed and no one ever has more than anyone else because it would be unfair. That's the goal of BOTH ideas. Yeah....you must be smarted than me to even THINK that would work. Moust be why it has failed EVERYTIME it has been applied. Must suck to be so smart and lonely.....

Did the soldier free the slaves or was it the abolitionists?
====>Soldiers.

Was it the soldier that granted women the right to vote or was it COMMUNISTS like Hellen Keller?
======>Soldiers.

Was it the soldier that eliminated child labor or was it people like Mother Jones?
=====>Soldiers.

Was it the soldier the won civil rights for all races or was it people like Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks?
=====>Soldiers and Republicans and a very brave Democratic President.

Was it the soldier that gave you the weekend off or was it the labor unions?
=======>Soldiers.

Fredrick Douglas noted correctly over a hundred years ago:
“Freedom is NEVER given: It is TAKEN.”
======>And it was the efforts of soldiers that help defend it.

And the Dixiecrats all became Republicans as soon as Barry Goldwater ran for President.

All those freedoms were won…the right unionize, civil rights, the elimination of child labor, the right for women to vote…all of them came from demands from the PEOPLE. And again, we are doing our PATRIOTIC duty to save our country, and to bring our troops home and out of harm’s way. But then again, we have always been there.

====>Yeah complaining and running....whiule the rest of us are there working and fighting.

It was the progressives who forced Nixon out of the White House and forced him to bring the troops home then.
=====>No it was Nixon by committing an illegal act, like Clinton did. Only Nixon had the dignity to at least resign and not put the country through the embarassment of an impeachment trial or perjure himself under oath. The troops came home because they lost the battle at home long via the liberal media way before they lost on the battlefield.

It was the progressives that worked to win Civil Rights.
======>So why were so many Southern Democrats against it in 1968???

It was the progressives to risked and gave their lives to end slavery.
=====>And soldiers who died to solidify the deal.

And it was the progressives who won the United States it’s independence from England. Conservatives have fought us all along the way,
===>Yeah and that little skirmish called the revolutionary war where, yes once again, soldiers solidified it.

sometimes acting in the Democratic Party, but more frequently in the Republican party. And history has shown us, time and time again, that in the end it is the PEOPLE who eventually win.
=====>And soldiers who guaranteed it.

Indeed, Freedom is NEVER given. It is taken by force, by any means necessary. And we have always been there, to sacrifice, and give our lives, because we love this great nation that much.
=======>And it was the soldier who did it.


By the way Maimi…..I did something else for you to further your education:

====>You mean you are finally going to join us in the 21st century, stop smoking pot, take a pee test, and hold a job?

7:46 AM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

Miami finally learned how to link! Yay!

Does Cuban sugar factory workers get to decide how much sugar they are going to make this month, or does Castro? If the workers don’t get to decide, then they aren’t anarcho-syndicalist. I’m sorry you’re too uneducated to understand these things, but I do wish you well in your endeavors to further your meager education.

Of course the top 1% receive the most benefit from our tax dollars. Are they using the social safety net (or what’s left of it) as the poor do? Of course not. But Miami, you’re just not COUNTING what they do use.

1) they use our court system to enforce their legal contracts. 2) They use the FAA for their private leer jets 3) they use our federally backed currency to protect their assets. 4) They use our trade policy to protect their profits, at the detriment of the rest of us. 5) They use public resources (timber, minerals, etc) to make unaccountable profits from. 6) They use the public infrastructure not to just survive, but to turn a profit on. This list could go on and on and on.

I realize you have almost no understanding of basic economics, but progressive taxation was introduced as an American idea by none other than Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson got his influence from Jesus Christ when He spoke of the poor widow’s offering.

Mark 12:41-44

Miami, even the most RETARDED of economists will tell you that if someone makes $50,000 a year and another person who makes $20,000 a year both buys a $20 pizza each of them are paying a DIFFERENT PRICE.

Your presumptuous and extraordinary childish comparisons are so idiotic that it does not merit comment.

I have my doubts that you would see Americans fleeing to Canada or Europe via Southern Florida. Those Haitians are coming by the boat load because Dubya overthrew their democracy.

Miami, I am an anarcho-syndicalist. I don’t judge people by their class. Secondly, I have never attended a day of college in my life. Thirdly, go back and read some Charles Beard. He noted nearly a hundred years ago that not even Rockefeller and Carnegie made it on their own, much less our current high barons. I’m guessing you’re going to tell me that the Walton family didn’t inherit their wealth either?

Actually, it was the BBC that reported that 35% increase in production. I have a question for you Maimi. Why is it bad for the people to decide, via their representatives to distribute their nation’s land in a just and equitable manner, but it’s just A-OK if a capitalist uses corruption, thuggery, and murder to steal peasant land to personally profit from?

Of course the internet was a development of government funding and research. Similarly, microwaves, plastic baby diapers and lasers came from government funding and research in the space program.

USPS has been wonderful for as long as anyone can remember. Fed Ex and UPS offers a different KIND of service than USPS. We have also had private couriers going back to the days of Washington. Fed Ex is the same thing.

Apparently you seem to think that “free market competition” is wonderful and dandy. I suggest you learn two words: “monopoly” and “cartel”. NO big business EVER wishes to compete with anyone. Every possible effort is made to eliminate competition from the market whenever possible. Furthermore, co-ops and non-profits can operate at a LOSS and operations will be perfectly healthy. Try getting a private business to do that during a recession. They reason is that the bottom line of a private business is to turn a profit, while a non-profit’s bottom line is to MAKE OUR COLLECTIVE LIVES BETTER.

Enron is one of the many corporations that have been found guilty of FELONY behavior. If Exxon, Tyco, GE, GM, Microsoft, Wal-Mart and thousands of other companies REALLY were people, they would be facing life in prison, if not execution.

Bottled water is a different product then INDOOR PLUMBING. But feel free to try to take a shower with Deer Park.

Wrong, I do NOT want government controlled industry, I want a WORKER controlled industry. I want an economy that is DEMOCRATICALLY PLANNED by ALL THE PEOPLE. In Cochabamba the people took the water company away from Bectel. But that company was a STATE RUN company. It is no longer a state run company, it is a WORKER RUN company. Why can’t you figure this very SIMPLE concept out?

The only things Canadians hate about their WONDERFUL health care system is how frequently Americans LIE about it. The Canadian system if run by the States, not the federal government. You can go to any doctor’s office you choose. Emergency procedures have a wait time of about one day or less, which is the same in the US…if you have health care. Wait times in emergency rooms now are longer than in Canada. The only part of the system there that is private is some out-patient care, such as care with a recovery therapist.

Apparently you have a very hard time comprehending 3rd grade English. Read the 9th amendment again
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
Where does it say in the Constitution that you have the right to eat a ham and cheese sandwich at 2 pm? Are you allowed to do it? Read this VERY carefully Miami. THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT GIVE US RIGHTS. Our CREATOR gave us our rights. You are BORN with the right to do EVERYTHING. What the Constitution does is LIMITS what rights the government can TAKE AWAY, and LAWS are what are used to TAKE AWAY rights. The first amendment doesn’t give you the right to free speech, you are BORN with that right. The first amendment says that CONGRESS CAN’T TAKE THAT RIGHT AWAY. Jesus, why do I have to teach 9th grade civics to a freaking RETARD?

Why would someone not get paid more than someone else? The anarcho-syndicalist economic model called Parecon (Participatory economics) suggests that wages are determined by EFFORT AND SACRIFACE. So if you have two janitors and one busts his ass and the other is a slacker, the ass busters gets more money. If one janitor works more hours he gets more money. If the JOB that the janitor is harder to do, or more unpleasant (such as scrubbing toilets instead of flood sweeping) then the janitor would get more money. Like I said previously, this idea of participatory economics has to date not been tried nation wide anywhere. The closest was Spain pre-Franco. The few businesses, factories, and organization who have tried it have seen amazing success.

If you think the soldiers freed the slaves instead of the abolitionists, just as the sacrifice made by John Brown for example than you have NO understanding of US history. The soldiers gave women the right to vote? How? By invading the Philippines?!?!? Apparently, in your view, we all became free all the sudden by fighting a war. Nobody ever struggled for freedom beyond that, nobody ever fought or DIED for the 40 hour work week, health care, decent working conditions, or the right to be treated as equal citizens. You piss on the graves of MILLIONS of Americans who gave their lives to make your comfort possible. You’re an arrogant vain human being, and your ingratitude and lack of patriotism makes me sick to my stomach.

3:53 AM  
Anonymous charmaine said...

You mean your term for Marxism? asked miamimiami, in reference to anarcho-syndicalism.

Either you have failed to even try a google search on the subject, or you still haven't enrolled in that reading comprehension class I advised for you.

Willful ignorance is inexcusable.

1:39 PM  

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