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inthemiddle said...

What I did on fall break...

November 2, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
inthemiddle said...

Sandy why the focus on Godfather's pizza? Six hundred stores forty states. You do remember he was a Fed chairman too right? Anyone can run a soup kitchen or fall festival. Just a community organizer job like the PTA.

Six hundred stores forty states.

October 19, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

Remember, Henry Ford became one of the most successful businessmen in American history because he built a car that the average working person could afford.

You also remember that he was absolutely against union labor. He believed that productivity gains that obviated certain jobs would nevertheless stimulate the larger economy and thus grow new jobs elsewhere, whether within the same corporation or in others. Ford also believed that union leaders (particularly Leninist-leaning ones) had a perverse incentive to foment perpetual socio-economic crisis as a way to maintain their own power. Remember he was the guy who doubled the wages of his workers, made a 48 then a forty hour work week but that still wasn't enough. He was the owner who had a Social Department to make sure his workers didn't drink and watched their other moral behaviors. And the topper was that he manipulated the price of the company stock to scare off investors so his family could maintain control of the company. Sounds right up your alley.

October 19, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

Al the governor in Georgia is not the last in line, its the parole board. Not sure of other states.

This man in question was most guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt by eyewitness accounts. The woman's children watched it and plead for him not to kill her as he stood over her and shot her multiple times. There was never a question of guilt his own lawyers admitted he was guilty. The only thing they are trying to spare him from is the same death sentence he carried out on his victim. I didn't hear about her trial or if she was allowed a hearing prior to her execution.

September 17, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

The question that was asked said he was able to pay but chose not to pay. I'm glad you're able to listen to the question that was asked without already having an answer. There are choices he can make that will help make it easier. That is still his choice to make mine.

September 13, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

I bet that thirty year old guy doesn't mind buying a more expensive car rather than paying for insurance. Bet he had cable and the internet but no insurance. Bet he goes our for dinner several times a month. When he takes the risks it its his choice not mine. The question was very specific in that it asked about a thirty year old man who is able to but chooses not to pay. Don't confuse ability with disability.

September 13, 2011 at 8:27 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

"Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter."

September 9, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

Eatn: Does that include air?

September 3, 2011 at 11:48 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

Are monopolies all bad?

Would Microsoft be a monopoly? They have been sued as such, but remember when they were formed? IBM had the corner on business equipment due to their monopolistic mentality they were unable to look forward and see the good of an alternate operating system from a young college drop out. Bad for them and they have suffered ever since.
Monopolies can create the need for innovation. When shipping ruled the transportation of materials and goods someone who saw a need for alternate methods and came up with railroads. When railroads became costly or unable to meet the peoples needs along comes the truck. Then came airlines.
The postal service is(was) a monopoly, until a college thesis formed an idea that lead to a revolution in mail and package delivery. Now there are multiple companies providing such services cheaper, faster and more reliable and the postal service is about to die on the vine.
Or Mr. Rockefeller for instance: Standard Oil replaced the old distribution system with its own vertical system. It supplied kerosene by tank cars that brought the fuel to local markets and tank wagons then delivered to retail customers, thus bypassing the existing network of wholesale jobbers. Despite improving the quality and availability of kerosene products while greatly reducing their cost to the public (the price of kerosene dropped by nearly 80% over the life of the company) A monopoly can seldom be established within a country without overt and covert government assistance in the form of a tariff or some other device. It is close to impossible to do so on a world scale. The De Beers diamond monopoly is the only one we know of that appears to have succeeded. - - In a world of free trade, international cartels would disappear even more quickly.

August 31, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
inthemiddle said...

A list of "robber barons" who have derived some good from their fortunes.

John Jacob Astor (real estate, fur)—New York City Andrew Carnegie (steel)—Pittsburgh and New York Jay Cooke (finance)—Philadelphia Charles Crocker (railroads)—California Daniel Drew (finance)—New York James Buchanan Duke (tobacco)— Durham, North Carolina James Fisk (finance)—New York Henry Morrison Flagler (railroads, oil, the Standard Oil company)—New York and Florida Henry Clay Frick (steel)—Pittsburgh and New York City John Warne Gates (barbed wire) Jay Gould (railroads)--New York Edward Henry Harriman (railroads)—New York Mark Hopkins (railroads)—California Andrew W. Mellon (finance, oil)—Pittsburgh J. P. Morgan (finance, industrial consolidation)—New York City Henry B. Plant (railroads)—Florida John D. Rockefeller (oil), Cleveland, New York Charles M. Schwab (steel) Pittsburgh and New York John D. Spreckels (sugar)— California Leland Stanford (railroads)—California Joseph Seligman (banking) Cornelius Vanderbilt (water transport, railroads)--New York Charles Tyson Yerkes (street railroads)--Chicago.

August 31, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.

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