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  •  The good decisions part, I'll buy (1+ / 0-)
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    Damnit Janet

    Work harder? NOBODY works harder than the minimum-wage slob at your local WhateverMart. The higher you go, the less hard you work. The "work hard" myth is one of the things that has destroyed this country. Working hard gets you nothing but more hard work.

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:15:40 AM PDT

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    •  Amen! (1+ / 0-)
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      ChurchofBruce

      The rich get richer and the hard worker just works harder till they drop.

      "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

      by Damnit Janet on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:49:51 AM PDT

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    •  That's why... (0+ / 0-)

      ...self improvement is essential.

      Even for white collar workers, hell, doctors even, it is imperative to keep skills up to date.

      It is certainly difficult for minimum wage workers to find opportunities for self-improvement, but that is what you have to do in order to make more than minimum someday.

      Again, am I defending this state of affairs? No, but it is what it is. Helping these people politically may be a desirable goal but they would be fools to depend on it.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 12:09:21 PM PDT

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      •  "It is what it is" is defeatism (0+ / 0-)

        Aren't we  people who dream about what could be and ask, "Why not?" If I look at a failed "market economy" and say, "Well, it is what it is," then I have failed too -- as a moral human being.

        I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.

        by RudiB on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 12:52:18 PM PDT

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        •  Again (0+ / 0-)

          Which is better advice for people who work for minimum wage or are 16:

          (a) Improve skill set, try to get better work.
          (b) Wait for political movement to rescue you.

          (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
          Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

          by Sparhawk on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 03:07:47 PM PDT

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