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Comment Re: I guess I know where all those DEA Profits wil (Score 4, Insightful) 67

It's not illegal to take money to do searches.

It makes them an agent of law enforcement, hence having to abide by the 4th amendment. Therefore the searches become illegal..

This is unlike where if I violate your privacy and go to the cops. Cause if they never asked me to do it, I'm just a tipster.

Comment Re:The Honeymoon is over I guess? (Score 1) 375

I'm confused about the logistics. There was a bin you just went up to and dropped an amount of money in, in cash? And everyone at the table noticed you didn't go up? Or they were calling people up table by table and a guy with a mike called you out?

Personally, I would mentally account for it as "price of 2 days dinner and hotel", but who knows in the heat of the moment.

Comment Re:Entitled with no marketable skills (Score 1) 389

It is certainly possible to live on a minimum wage income if you (a) get a roommate and (b) don't have children (you can't afford them). Tens of thousands of college students do it every year.

Living like that when you're young is fine. Telling people incapable of getting a good job they aren't allowed to have children isn't.

For one, they'll have them anyway. For another, it's tantamount to eugenics to say "those people are worthless, they shouldn't breed"

Comment Re:You're kinda trolling (Score 1) 389

Perhaps you've heard the saying that a 20 year old conservative has no heart, but a 40 year old liberal has no head?

Spoken by a politician who needed to justify switching parties for political gain.

But in modern America, old people definitely benefit far more from government handouts than young people.

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 1) 389

Wage slavery is never cost effective except for the slave owner. That's what makes it an unstable system which can only be perpetuated by government collusion, or lack of willpower by the employees to break out of slavery. e.g. Detroit used to have slave-level wages. Henry Ford decided to set up shop there and paid his factory workers much more than the prevailing wage. He accidentally discovered that when he paid people a fair wage, not only did their productivity increase, but they used those wages to buy the very product they were helping build. The resulting feedback loop multiplied his company's revenue and turned the Ford Motor Company into the behemoth it is today

Customers weren't his limiting factor, driving down construction cost was. While I'd imagine his employees bought Fords, there were 300k+ Fords sold the year he raised wages. Even if every employee wanted one, they didn't contribute anywhere near that increase. And they grew in sales year over year, without increasing their workforce as the customer base. Heck, the feedback loop you described doesn't even make theoretical sense - even if labor got paid exclusively in Model Ts, it still wouldn't make sense as a growth strategy.

The fact that he was a pioneer of the assembly line is what enabled him to pump out tons of cars. Which is what made them the behemoth they are today. And what made the employees more productive was the assembly line. The increase in payroll was because no one cared if they got fired - the economy was good enough they could get the same wages at a new job the next day. It was to reduce turnover

A business which pays slave wages is just ripe to be squeezed out by a business which will pay better (fair) wages.

Citation needed. With the exception of the Ford story (which is subject to a lot of discussion, see above), there don't seem to be any. Fast Food pays minimum wage and isn't being taken over by "fair wage" alternatives. A lot of companies build plants/whathaveyou where the wages are min. wage, and then leave if they start rising.

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 1) 389

Well, if you can't afford to pay the rent . . . maybe you shouldn't be renting anything?... Your mom's basement is probably looking like not such a bad living option now.

By and large, most people who cannot afford rent have the options of "sometimes afford rent" and "live in street", not "stay with relatives in their copious free space."

Folks who can't provide for their children . . . shouldn't be having children. ... Providing for proper health care for child should be your absolutely highest priority.

A lot of those people want to provide healthcare for their kids by having the government take over payment of health services.

Cut your cable TV, downgrade your Internet link, no more Netflix, no expensive nail jobs for the women folk, switch to really awful tasting light beer . . . you'll drink less of it. But please take care of your children

The cost of Netflix is $10/mo. That's a significant amount of money to someone close to the poverty line, but it's not going to cover a broken arm. At least, not in less than 3 years.

Also, frankly, you totally misinterpreted the "broken arm" point. It's a huge unexpected expense. Vaccinations/checkups are expected.

Going on, with your move/improve your life spiel, well, those things cost money. How are you going to move to the city if you are, to use your idea of how to survive, unable to pay rent and living in your mom's basement? What money are you going to use if the factory you worked at just closed, causing your house to go underwater, and you've been living paycheck to paycheck? What if you have some savings, but also kids. Can you expose them to the risk of trying to revamp your life?

I'd really like to watch you try to pull yourself out of one of these situations - I doubt you could.

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