Sharing sucks, commie
Sharing bad, greed good
What happens when a right wing hack gets control of an hour of TV to push his agenda?
No. 10 -- NASTY BEHAVIOR -- Littering
No. 9 -- NASTY BEHAVIOR: Extra Cell Phone Fees
No. 8 -- NASTY BEHAVIOR -- Noise
No. 7 -- MYTH -- Gas Prices Are Higher Than Ever
Gas is actually a bargain, not that you'll hear that from most of the media.
Yes, except when compared to cost of living and household finances.
No. 6 -- NASTY BEHAVIOR -- Congress' Pork Barrel Spending
No. 5 -- NASTY BEHAVIOR -- Welfare for Farmers
No. 4 -- MYTH: Outsourcing Is Bad for American Workers
We've been hearing a lot lately about how American workers are suffering because companies are "outsourcing" their jobs to other countries. During the presidential campaign, both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., told voters they were concerned about keeping jobs here at home. And CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has made complaints about outsourcing a running theme of his nightly news program.
Dobbs' new book, "Exporting America," says the government should limit free trade and immediately outlaw outsourcing of government contracts.
"Just because of cheap labor, we're destroying our middle class. That is just stupid," Dobbs said, adding, "Being stupid is un-American."
Wait a second. It's restricting outsourcing that would be un-American and stupid.
You may not like it that someone in India takes your customer service call, but outsourcing helps the middle class by bringing lower prices and faster service. Take E-Loan, for example. It gives customers a choice of whether to get their loan paperwork processed in America in 12 days or in India in 10 days. An incredible 87 percent of customers in the United States choose the faster loan processing offered by sending their paperwork to India.
It's true that in the last four years, America has lost more than 1 million jobs, but those were years when we had a recession. Look at the big picture. Since 1992, America has lost 361 million jobs, but during that same time we also gained 380 million jobs. Millions more than we lost.
That should be hopeful for people like Shirley and Ronnie Barnard. While it's true that they had to dig into savings and still worry about their long-term security, last year Shirley Barnard eventually found a new job as a secretary. The new position pays more than her old job at Levi's, and the Levi's work was harder -- hot, noisy and physically difficult. She says that her new job is much easier.
Her husband and some other former co-workers are still looking for work, but she told us some of her former Levi's colleagues are now working in better jobs than they had before. "Some of them have got, really got excellent jobs that they would never have even left Levi's for if the plant hadn't closed," she said.
And what happened to that Levi's plant? It's now being converted to a college. There will be new jobs for faculty and administrative staff, and right now there are construction jobs for workers building the new campus. This won't be talked about on the evening news, but these jobs are a product of outsourcing too.
Still, people like Lou Dobbs talk about the outsourcing crisis. However, in reality outsourcing is not a crisis. The crisis will only come if we try to stop it.
Well, John, that may sound rosy, but what happened to the Americans who had those call center jobs? Did they all get new jobs that paid more? And Levis paid living wages to hundreds of people. How many people will qualify for new jobs at the college and will they pay as much as Levis? See, what you forget is that outsourcing doesn't just lower prices, it lowers the standard of living of many people who counted on those jobs. No one will outsource Stossel's job, but when the middle class disappears, who will buy his idiotic books? Oh yeah, how much money did the community lose in the process?
No. 3 -- MYTH: Public Schools for Poor Kids, Not Politicians' Kids
Sadly, it's also a myth that the people who fight for public schools always send their own kids to those public schools. You'd think they would. They're so passionate about the public schools. But, no.
This is one of those do as I say, not as I do things. Politicans who promote public schools don't always send their kids to them.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has called public education the "cornerstone of our democracy." But when she and her husband lived in the White House, they sent their daughter, Chelsea, to the elite Sidwell Friends private school.
When asked about it, President Clinton told ABC News, "We had to make the decision just for our daughter."
Well, sure he did. All of us want to do that, but not everyone can afford a private school. So what do you do if you're poor and live where the public schools are bad?
The parent without money is stuck, stuck in the prison of the government monopoly.
"I wouldn't call it necessarily a prison," he said. But, he added, "It's not the best possible education system that's available."
Where will Jackson send his kids?
"They will probably do a combination of both public, private, parochial, secular. I want them to have the best possible education that I can provide for them," he said.
So, shouldn't Sylvia Lopez and Ivan Foster have the same options?
Lopez calls politicians hypocrites. "The legislators that send their kids to private schools, but don't think that we should have the power to do that, they're hypocrites.
And would the politicians ever send one of their kids to the public school in her Camden neighborhood? Lopez said, "No way. They would never send their children, their distant cousins. I doubt they would even send their dogs to get training from one of these public schools."
What John Stossel does not tell you is that vouchers would not give kids access to a private education. When asked by the New York Observer, leading private schools like Collegiate, Dalton and Spence pretty much said no way in hell would they take voucher kids, meaning, no niggers from Harlem unless they fit in. The sad reality is vouchers are a racist fraud. They use poor blacks as the shield, but the ultimate goal is to funnel money to white segregationist academies in the South. They will be the largest beneficiaries of a voucher program as poor whites flee the public school system. While public schools are defunded, these legacies of Brown would have billions of state dollars to run their schools with little public accountability.
Parents might get a fraction of what they need, Catholic Schools would take that money, but if the kid couldn't deal, it's back to the underfunded public school.
But Stossel went to Camden not Savannah to make his point.
Oh yeah, Jesse Jackson didn't ask for tax money to send his kid to school.
No. 2 -- MYTH -- Urban Sprawl Is Ruining America
Suburban sprawl is evil. The unplanned growth, cookie cutter developments is gobbling up all the space and ruining America. Right?
But in town after town, civic leaders talk about going to war! They want "smart growth." They say sprawl has wrecked lives.
So-called experts on TV say all sorts of nasty things about the changing suburban landscape.
James Kunstler, author of "The Geography of Nowhere," said, "Most of the country really is living in these mutilated and defective environments."
Kunstler and others say suburbs are despicable places. He calls them, "uniformly, low-grade miserably designed environments that make people feel bad." Even ABC News' "Nightline" ran a program called "America the Ugly."
What upsets many critics most is the loss of open space.
But is open space disappearing in America? No, that's a total myth. More than 95 percent of the country is still undeveloped.
They can't have back yards? Please! Remember, more than 95 percent of the country is undeveloped.
And even places that may look like soulless subdivisions to him are places where many people want to live. They have playgrounds, parks and back yards. What the busybodies call sprawl, others call homes they can afford.
Yeah, try breathing the air in one of these sprawl communities or go shopping. They are car traps, increasing pollution and illness. Backyard? Try your health. Are we counting the Grand Canyon as well?.
MYTH No. 1 Sharing Would Make the World a Better Place
We learn in childhood that sharing is a good thing. And it's true -- in families and small groups.
But would the world be better off if we shared everything? No.
Think about shared public property, like public toilets. They're often gross. Public streets tend to get trashed. Earlier I mentioned how people litter on public lands, and think about what you share at work. The refrigerator where I work is disgusting -- filled with food that's rotten. I found cottage cheese that was more than a year old. It's because it's shared property.
Russell Roberts, professor of economics at George Mason University, points out that private property rarely gets abused or degraded.
And there's an explanation for this. "When something belongs to everyone, it belongs to no one. No one owns it. There's no incentive to take care of it. It gets abused and degraded," Roberts said.
Private property sounds selfish. We think of rich people taking advantage of other people. But it works a lot better, Roberts said.
Compare dirty public toilets to privately run toilets. They're common in Europe, and cleaner, because their owners -- selfishly seeking a profit -- work at keeping them clean.
Ah, the core of conservative theory, self-interest is the best interest.
So when does Jon Stewart get a hour to reply?
posted by Steve @ 12:50:00 AM