rosebud: "District 1 loves Fred. He speaks for them."
I hope you are wrong... I'd hate to think that an entire voting district is that bigoted and racist. Sadly, you are probably right. Thanks to Skillern for exposing the truth, now we all know what the GOP and Tea Party means by "Take Our Country Back".
Personally, I don't have enough information to know if I am for or against eliminating this facility. The responses highlight why Government cost-cutting is so difficult. Everyone wants to cut out all Government expenses except for the ones that they benefit from. How many of you that do not want the Chattanooga mail facility closed want the Government to cut spending? What reasons can you give for keeping it open that justify the $2M cost? How many of you have been all about privatizing the entire USPS, yet are now complaining when business decisions are made that cut expenses too close to home?
How do these Republican tax hounds get away with labeling Democrats "Tax and Spend"??? Oh, wait... the smaller your business, the bigger the burden, and this is a tax that will actually be paid by individuals, not big corporations... Republicans seem to be all about any taxes like that.
fedup350: Think a little more... all 3 liberal argument tricks apply to the your posts and to Echo's as well.
Conservative trick #1 - Accuse the liberals of whatever it is that you are doing before anyone can pin it on you.
Conservative trick #2 - Accuse the media of liberal bias so that anything less than right wing propaganda is perceived as liberal.
Conservative trick #3 - Accuse the liberals of using the race card so that you can continue to be racist. Make sure and refer to a black "friend" that you know to prove your point.
Did any of you ignorant, racist "blacks do all the shooting" "people" read the article about the Meigs County officer arrested in murder plot? "Not white meth heads doing the shooting and killing..." Really??? How about the Whitfield County fire that killed two ruled homicide? Or the recent Children’s party shooting in Bradley County by the drunks? There's plenty of killing and violence happening by whites and blacks. There is very little commonality in their motives or their race. It is all senseless, as is your thinking.
Well said, Rickaroo.
Let's see... Amazon is ADDING 3,500 jobs (1,500 full-time and 2,000 seasonal). As the wages from these new jobs are spent in Tennessee it will more than likely ADD $30 million, or so, in sales tax revenue over the 5 years.
Don't forget that there will be many new jobs created by other businesses as the cash from all of the new Amazon jobs flows into the local economy. Then the wages from these new jobs are spent and more sales tax revenue and more jobs are created.
How much sales tax revenue and how many other jobs were created and /or supported by the $139 million that Amazon is spending in Tennessee by the time their doors even open?
If Tennessee decides to renege on its deal and Amazon decides to go somewhere else then the 10,000 jobs will be lost PLUS the 1,500 full-time and 2,000 seasonal jobs that Amazon is creating PLUS all of the jobs that these wages would have created.
This study ignore ALL of the benefits and quotes loss of revenue that does not exist, or will be lost whether Amazon is here or not.
I'm not necessarily a total supporter of the idea of Amazons and other humongous (Walmart) corporations taking over our economy. Both of these behemoths have been created by consumers voting against their own best interests to obtain material goods at the lowest prices possible. The general public has voted this new economy into existence with their collective wallets and pocketbooks. It is rather incredible how uninformed consumers and voters consistently vote against their own best interests, and, as long as they continue to do so Amazons and Walmarts will gain more and more power, along with Republicans and all of the other huge corporations that do absolutely nothing to support the smaller, local "little guys".
Whether we like it, or not, those displaced by the online retail phenomenon will be displaced whether Amazon is here, or not . They will even, most likely, be displaced whether Amazon exists anywhere, or not (another behemoth will start a business). Online retailing is a reality of our current and, most likely future, world.
That being said, Amazon is a very efficient, effective and successful online retailer. Amazon provides the service of reaching a very large audience and having a very efficient method of order fulfillment. It should also be noted that Amazon and Walmart both support smaller, local retailers and farmers more than we give them credit for. Amazon allows small "mom-and-pop" retailers to sell through their website and will even handle fulfillment for them. Walmart has a program of trying products from small, local retailers and farmers in their nearby stores and then promoting some of those products to regional and/or national distribution if they are successful. You can "vote" for more support of these smaller, local companies by searching out and buying their products instead of the cheap, Chinese knock-offs when you inevitably do your shopping at Walmart and Amazon.
This new paradigm is the world that we now live in. Having the Amazon's of this new economy in our area better equips us for our own survival.
LibDem -- Can you expand a little more, without disclosing the identity of the business, on the type of job your friend is leaving and the type of job he is moving to at Amazon? How long was he at the current job that he is leaving? Is his new position a major step up for him? In any case, congratulations to him and to the new hire that will now be given the opportunity to fill his old position.
511acr -- You are a great example of an employee that Amazon could not steal.
328K -- Where do you get your information about Amazon's hiring policy regarding veterans? Why not check the employment section of their website, where you will see that they actively recruit and hire returning veterans? http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=2895924011
But, even if you were correct, your logic that this is not job creation is seriously flawed. IF they "stole" employees from other existing businesses, it means that the existing local businesses now need new employees and there is still a job opening somewhere for every one of these new positions. It would also mean that the jobs that they are offering are more attractive in some way than the jobs employees of other local businesses are willing to leave.
To say that Amazon, or anyone else, could be "directly damaging other businesses by taking their employees" is nonsense. There are many, unemployed and underemployed, just waiting for a job opening anywhere. These other businesses will have no trouble filling their, now vacant, positions.