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  •  They passed this same (10+ / 0-)

    bill in Indiana last year.  It was passed because Republicans believe it will increase the chances of companies coming to the state, setting up business, and creating jobs, but it is a lie.  Nothing in Indiana has changed and I haven't see any new job creation in the last year.  As a matter of fact I believe we are going to see more lost jobs in January since three major retailers are closing up stores and completely leaving our area.  Things are not getting better, it has been a very quiet holiday shopping season from past years.  

    The Republican mindset and union busting bills will not change the fact that industry is overseas because people will work for $60.00 a month which is not a reality that people can live with in America.  Low wages does even keep a roof over your head and Republicans need to understand that cheap labor doesn't buy you a life in America, it just buys more poverty.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 09:51:24 AM PST

    •  Cheap labor doesn't produce (3+ / 0-)
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      consumers, either.

      •  And also part of the problem is (1+ / 0-)
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        with all industry overseas they all produce the same product, cheaply, and if you've been to one store, then you have seen what they all have to sale.  There is no variety in stores anymore, they all sale the same thing.

        Thirty years ago it wasn't like that.  You had different stores selling different products and clothes.  But, not today.  They all buy from the same overseas producers and it is almost all junk.  The second hand stores and Goodwill are doing a better business in the area.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:02:20 PM PST

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    •  Gov Snyder .. (1+ / 0-)
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      ..was just on Andrea Mitchel MSNBC and citing Indiana and how it was just positively booming in jobs since February of this year...I wonder if he has stats to back it up.

      •  Honestly (1+ / 0-)
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        probably not.  Stats only tell one side of the story.  If a high percentage of people in the area are in the lower end of the bell curve it still doesn't make for a better life.  Unemployment is still around 8.0 in the state.  But even if just about everyone is working jobs that pay less than a sustainable wage or part-time then the stats can show more people having work, but not able to afford to keep a roof over their head or having excess income.

        About the only thing I see expanding in my area is medical services and I don't think that is going sustain an area for long term either.  Especially if Medicare gets cut or Social Security, then people will cut back on going to the doctor as well.

        My area use to be a very busy and productive area, as well as safer than average, but things are still going down hill since 2008.  We are also experiencing higher crime rates than ever before and a lot more robberies and break ins.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:13:38 PM PST

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