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Comment: I'll keep my glasses... (Score 1) 535

by jpellino (#47527353) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
my wife had laser retina repairs a few years back, and after hearing the description of the procedure, I related that had I been sitting in the chair, there would then be me-shaped cartoon-like hole in the exam room wall. The mere description of LASIK and PRK is enough to make me lightheaded. It's just an eye thing. Pain I can take. $4,000 will buy me 20 pairs of glasses, and I ain't gonna live long enough to go through 20 pairs of glasses.

Comment: Because... (Score 1) 778

by jpellino (#47493659) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
minimum wage is not about putting everyone at the current 80th %ile, it's about using diffuse market-collected money to make sure 20% of the people don't have to (a) starve or (b) mostly have the gummint pay for their stuff. I'm judged as a liberal by most people I meet, and even I don't want taxes paying for stuff the market can do if there is a workable alternative, which this seems to be. I'll take a law that creates a market condition over taxpayer largess. Why? The law sets a minimum that above which the market can adapt based on economic conditions. Taxes and handouts need constant tweaking by more laws and amendments.

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