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TopamaxSurvivor

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08-07-2010 07:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jobs humor but not funny

John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock

(MADE IN JAPAN )

for 6 am.

While his coffeepot

(MADE IN CHINA)

was perking, he shaved with his

electric razor

(MADE IN HONG KONG)

He put on a

dress shirt

(MADE IN SRI LANKA),

designer jeans

(MADE IN SINGAPORE)

and

tennis shoes

(MADE IN KOREA)

After cooking his breakfast in his new

electric skillet

(MADE IN INDIA)

he sat down with his

calculator

(MADE IN MEXICO)

to see how much he could spend today. After setting his

watch

(MADE IN TAIWAN )

to the radio

(MADE IN INDIA )

he got in his car

(MADE IN GERMANY )

filled it with GAS

(from Saudi Arabia )

and continued his search

for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet anotherdiscouraging

and fruitless day

checking his

Computer

(made in MALAYSIA ),

John decided to relax for a while.

He put on his sandals

(MADE IN BRAZIL),

poured himself a glass of

wine

(MADE IN FRANCE)

and turned on his

TV

(MADE IN INDONESIA),

and then wondered why he can’t

find a good paying job

in AMERICA

AND NOW HE’S HOPING HE CAN GET HELP FROM A PRESIDENT

MADE IN KENYA.

I heard on the radio yesterday that 55,000 are running out of unemployment benefits every day. No one knows how many are out totally that have not found a job. Nobody counts that and they are no longer officially unemployed. In April, we created 271,000 new jobs. It takes 250,000 to keep up with population growth. I think July’s rate was 41,000.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 08:04 AM

Only yesterday, I saw a teenager behind the wheel of a fantasy V8 with shiny magwheels and double silver noisy silencer and huge loud speekers. On the back wind screen, he wrote “SPONSORED BY CENTRELINK”

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 08:10 AM

Wonder if I can get sponsored now that jobs are dead? I have been telling people employment is dead in America for the last 25 years. I find it hard to believe I’m the only one who couold see this coming:-(

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 08-07-2010 02:07 PM

Denial….pretend it’s not happening….vote for change.

Yep!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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canadianchips

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#4 posted 08-07-2010 02:24 PM

You forgot watching the comedy channel
“Comedians from Canada”
Sports channel
“Hockey Night in Canada”

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 08-07-2010 02:38 PM

The other day I was in Lowes in the plywood section and I heard someone asking where the 3/8 drywall was. The clerk said we’re out and that it would be January before they had anymore. That came from Chile and no shipping because of the earth quakes. They had two sheets of my plywood and didn’t know when more was coming in – I can’t remember where he said that was coming from. I’m using some cabinet grade birch plywood on a project in the shop and I had to remove a made in China sticker from one of the faces. I have always been told that to create wealth you had to mine it, grow it, or manufacture it. Well, the regulations on mining are getting so stringent that we are relying more and more on foreign mines; and I think everyone is beginning to notice haw much foreign food is coming into the country; and I know that everyone knows how our manufacturing is decreasing. We’re becoming a service economy. We can’t all make a living in this country by shuffeling paper, flipping Big Macks, washing each others dirty laundry, or cutting each others grass. The laws of economics will work all of this out but we may not like how the story ends.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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patron

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#6 posted 08-07-2010 03:02 PM

evidently ,
so long as the rich get richer ,

everything is fine !

it wasn’t the rice farmers in china that did this ,

it was greedy american business men ,

that moves their factory’s there !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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489tad

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#7 posted 08-07-2010 03:29 PM

Don’t blame the American business men too much. Americans are not willing to pay for American labor. Its getting harder to find all the items on the list that are still made in American but I’m sure if you wanted to pay for it you can find someone to build it or sew it. A few months ago I purchased a set of Lie Nielsen chisels. I could have purchased from over sea’s but I made the choise to buy American and paid for it.

Lets not open the can of worms that is our government regulations that prevent American companies from doing business.

Dan

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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ShopDogs

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#8 posted 08-07-2010 03:31 PM

Well, the unions have done their bit too—-$26 per hour for floor sweepers who can’t be fired! I’d move my factory too!

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 08-08-2010 08:33 AM

Actually what did it was OPEC and the oil spike in the 70s along with US free trade policies. We are the only country in the world that has suicidal open trade to all others. Forget the BS you hear on propaganda radio and the corp owned media. REad the facts about economics and trade by somebody like Ravi Batra, SMU economics professor. Greenspan said part of his job was maintaining a certain level of uneasiness in the labor market to keep people from asking for higher wages. He did it a little too well. Wages in the US are down 40% adjusted for inflation in the last 30 years. Actually, government jobs are the only ones that have even come close to keeping up. Another thing the stupid old fool, Greenspan, said was derivatives didn’t need regulation because responsible people run the markets. These are the same responsible people who were bailed out with 700 billion of tax payer dollars. They wrote themselves billions in bonuses after bankrupting themselves, making us pay the bill and being smart enough to get away with it. On top of that they package securities to sell to pension funds , then make big bets in the markets against those securities packages profiting billions while the pensions loose your retirement. Most of you would do well to get a few facts and reform your opinions.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 10:03 AM

Just read the layoffs minus hirinig left the US with a net loss of 131,000 in July. Add the 250,000 we need for population growth and we are only 381,000 short last month :-(( Hope none of them were LJs!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 08-08-2010 10:09 AM

BTW, at the last town meetinig my congressman, Adam Smith held in June he told me he had talked to employeers that cannot fill $10- 12 / per hour jobs. I talked to him breifly about it; he seemed surprised that those were not living wage jobs. Of course, he has never done anything but be a politician. I don’t know what they were doing, he didn’t say. If were out of work, I would probably take one of them if it didn’t cost more to get to work, supply my tools ect than I made after taxes. If my costs left me in the hole, I would tell ….................

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Eagle1

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#12 posted 08-08-2010 01:39 PM

Unions have there good parts and there bad parts. But so has company’s that are not unionized. Before the unions in the auto industry. It was like slave labor. The people on the line couldn’t even get a restroom break, causing them to pee in there pants. Back then safety wasn’t used either. People died right and left. You can also look at the retail industry. Not wanting to mention there company name but its hard not to. Walmart is one of the biggest abusers also. They will ask some of there employes after they have timed out to straighten up something and then not pay them. They told there employes that if they tried to bring in the union into there stores they would close the doors to that store. That really did happen to a store up near the Canada border. I also believe that a part of the problem is that I have seen in the auto factories and I’m sure it happens else where, is that some of the workers get away with working the system. Then they get there kids working there also and they have learned to work the system from there parents. It gets handed down. I do admit that part of the problem is the unions. They get people off for something that they did, that they should have been fired for. So other people see that and think they can get away with it to. They try it and do get away with it, and it spreads.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 08-08-2010 03:15 PM

TopMaxSurvivor, I’ll say one thing about it for sure. No country has taken up the use of fiat currency without it’s value dwindling away to nothing. If we use the 1913 American dollar as a measure it is now worth only 4% of what it was in 1913 – probably even less considering the growth in the money supply over the last few years. And I would certainly agree that “free trade” is not free. We always end up on the short end of the stick.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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HorizontalMike

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#14 posted 08-08-2010 06:29 PM

helluvawreck,
You are talking about inflation. Company greed drives prices of goods ever higher and higher. That in turn drives the cost of labor higher because the workers are also trying to improve their lot in life. This is what drives all economies. Comparing the cost of anything to what it was in 1913 is pretty much irrelevant, since inflation rates ebb and flow at different rates over time. This can, however, give us an “average rate of inflation” that can be useful in telling use when things are getting out of hand (compare the last few years to this year or the next).

FYI, inflation has been rather tame over the past couple of years. Maybe that is something that could be blamed on Obama. I’m sure the unemployed (those looking for American jobs) would prefer to pay ever inflating prices for goods and services. LOL

FWIW, Obama is considering taxing(penalty tax) those companies/corporations that off-shore jobs out of the USA. This should have been done earlier but under Bush/GOP it was prohibited.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 08-08-2010 08:20 PM

With all due respect, IMHO we have not had much inflation in the last two years because the banks are not loaning the way they normally do. Much of the money is being pent up and is not moving in the economy the way it normally does. When money is loaned out the banking system as a whole actually creates much of the money in circulation out of thin air because of what is known as fractional reserve banking. When the banks begin to loan again then you will see some heavy inflation unless the FED begins to destroy much of the money that it has created in the last couple of years.

In the words of the FED itself you can find out how it works strait from the horse’s mouth here:

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Modern_Money_Mechanics/Bank_Deposits%E2%80%94How_They_Expand_or_Contract#How_the_Multiple_Expansion_Process_Works

This was written by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank to explain how our money system works. The link to the whole article is here:

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Modern_Money_Mechanics

In simple everyday terms you can also read The Mystery of Banking by Murray N. Rothbard. There are other books as well.

For most of the first 130 years of our country’s history the inflation rate was relatively constant when looked at overall. Essentially gold was pegged to the dollar and the dollar could be fully redeemed in gold. When the FED was created in 1913 our money was taken partially off of the gold standard. Around 1971-1973 Nixon took our money completely off of the gold standard. If you look at all of the financial charts you can see how inflation began to take off. When Nixon took it completely off of the gold standard inflation really took off.

Money is simply a medium of exchange and should hold real value. In essence if I want to buy a dollars worth of flower I give you money that is worth a dollar. The dollar holds real value. That’s the way it should work. When gold is used as money or at least backs it up then all is well. Gold has remarkably held it’s value very well over thousands of years. However, when we start using fiat currency and fractional reserve banking then money is slowly devalued. The true way to look at inflation is that we have more and more money in the system and the money is worth less – it is constantly being devalued. Therefore, in simplified terms, a dollar may just buy 97 cents worth of flower next year. A bag of flower was a bag of flower last year and will be a bag of flower this year and in human terms is no more valuable to me last year than this year (assuming we don’t have a flower shortage). However, the money that I used to purchase it with last year was worth more than the dollar that I use to purchase it with today. This is how inflation actually works.

BTW, I really don’t want to get in any sort of deep discussion over this because this is the Lumberjocks website and it is probably not a good idea to dwell on these sorts of things less we disrupt the friendly nature of this group. I respect your opinion but I have my own opinion about what causes inflation and it is based on my on research about the subject. I simply do not trust fiat currency.

WOW! Mike, I just went to your home page and looked at your shop. You have a really nice shop and a whole lot of good equipment. How do you keep it so neat? I’ve been working on my own shop all weekend. I’m putting in a couple of new work tables that I built. They are going to give me some badly needed workspace. I just came inside for a moment to enjoy the air and cool off but I’m heading back out to the shop. Take care.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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