Daily Topics - Wednesday February 16th, 2011

Hour One: Are child labor laws unconstitutional?

Hour Two: Will the Republicans win the Wisconsin war on Labor? John Nichols, The Nation Magazine - www.thenation.com

Hour Three: Overdiagnosed...Are we making people sick in the pursuit of health? Dr. H. Gilbert Welch - www.beaconpress.org


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cmoore68 8 years 49 weeks ago

Kids in the workplace ... if it works for Asia.

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cmoore68 8 years 49 weeks ago

It's about competition, stupid. How can respectable US manufacturers be expected to fairly compete on a world stage if they do not have access to a quarter of the potential workforce?

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cmoore68 8 years 49 weeks ago

I can only assume Watson tapped into CIA mainframe of future US expansion. What else would explain Toronto as a US city?

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speedbird9 8 years 49 weeks ago

Yep. Can't have those Chinese having more kids in the labor force than us. God Bless the USA.

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cmoore68 8 years 49 weeks ago

Lane contradicted his own criticism. Conservatives differ from Liberals because Cons want to lower taxes and a smaller government. When posed with Eisenhower's post-war tax policy, he agreed taxes should be raised when at war. Does he not realize we are still funding two wars on borrowed money.

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Pretzelogic in ... 8 years 49 weeks ago

One reason I call them CONS is because they SAY they want a smaller government, but no one has done more to balloon the size of the Federal govt than Rape-Public-CONS (e.g., hello "Homeland Security" - I'm looking at you). They want the government to be small, right? Small enough to fit into the uterus of every American woman, anyway...


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cmoore68 8 years 49 weeks ago

Neue York Lager Austausch?

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gerald 8 years 49 weeks ago

February 16, 2011

Let us never forget that the Reichwing Party is the family values party. Having children working 60 to 80 hours a week is good for family values.

The two senators in Utah are Mormon. That is my current belief. If I am wrong, please inform me. In Michael Lind’s book, “The Next American Nation,” he says that the United States of Mortal Sin IS AN ANTI-CATHOLIC NATION. The Catholics in certain positions in our country are only tokenism. THERE WILL BE A BACKLASH AGAINST THE CONSERVATIVE CRAZY CATHOLICS THAT WILL AFFECT ALL CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES OF MORTAL SIN. The Supreme Court is controlled by the Catholic Mafia. Our nation is not concerned about family values. We are an evil, vile, and wicked people.

I worked with a person who said to me, "PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY DESERVE." The people of Wisconsin are getting from the person they elected what they deserve. The United States of Mortal Sin is alive on life support. Let us remove the misery in our lives and pull the plug so we can die with what little respect we have left.

Here are some dire statistics that our son has shared with us. From January, 2001 to January, 2011, the American work force has 1.5 million fewer jobs and the American population has increased 11.5 million. Foreign workers with skilled trade visas can enter our country without any limits in their numbers. Our American government is lying to us about our improving economy. To stop our endless wars would mean a greater unemployment percentage. That will never happen because America is a war time economy.

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cmoore68 8 years 49 weeks ago

If anybody suspected voter misconduct in South Carolina Dem primary, you need look no further. Alvin Greene's second attempt at office netted a total of 37 votes for a seat in the state legislature.


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Maxrot 8 years 49 weeks ago

Actually Thom, Bismark did enact some very progressive programs. He initiated Health Insurance for Workers, old age pensions, accident insurance, and disability insurance. Now he didn't do it out of his strong desire to help out the lower class, he actually did it to undercut the the Social Democratic Party, he wanted to keep people from supporting liberal agendas. So basically he was giving a little, to keep the people happy. I don't necessarily agree with Bismark's policies, but I sure can admire his political prowess.


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cmoore68 8 years 49 weeks ago

Jane Cunningham's version of family first ... If the parents can't earn enough to support the family working minimum wage jobs then get those kids out there in the job market.

A second benefit would be the reduction in education costs. Since the kids won't be in school, you don't need as many teachers. Bonus.

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gerald 8 years 49 weeks ago

Are the recent attacks on law enforcement officers taking hold from the hate messages of O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck, and Limbaugh? Hate messages have a ripple affect on all groups, such as progressive and conservative groups.

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gerald 8 years 49 weeks ago

Justin Beiber must be reading my comments on Thom's blog. Do you remember my favorite ranting that the United States of Mortal Sin is an evil, vile, and wicked nation?

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Maxrot 8 years 49 weeks ago

Now gerald, don't start getting all paranoid about Beiber, just keep that tin foil hat on and everything will be ok.


Malice_B4 8 years 49 weeks ago

But it doesn't...given the level of poverty.

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gerald 8 years 49 weeks ago

Paranoid, did someone say paranoid! All Americans should be paranoid with lunatics running our asylums in Washington, D.C.

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Robert Carleton 8 years 49 weeks ago

The book by Bill Bryson titled "At Home" has a chapter (subject: the Nursery and Childhood) on historical child labor. It is truly a sickening thing to read, though Bryson is an excellent writer and gathers an amazing amount of detail into his narratives. Kids as young as 3 worked as farm laborers, lttle kids were used as chimney sweeps and all sorts of industrial positions. There was no law against child-theft, so children were often kidnapped and turned into slave laborers. These practices continued up until well into the 20th Century.

Bryson pointed out that the "Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" received special status from the British monarch decades before the "Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children" was even formed, and the society to save chilren has never received the special recognition of the monarch.

And now some folks want to repeal protective regulations?

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