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  •  This is a discussion about the minimum wage (2+ / 0-)
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    Automation is a critical thing to consider. You posted that you want more regulation, presumably to maintain or increase unskilled worker salaries. That strategy will have limited utility because any reforms to increase worker salaries (health care, sick time, whatever) is going to be met with increased attempts to automate away jobs.

    (-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 Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:58:26 PM PDT

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    •  And of course, you presumed (1+ / 0-)
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      what others posted would be something that dovetails nicely with whatever neoliberal crap you feel like pushing today. (smacks forehead) What was I thinking?


      increased attempts to automate away jobs
      Has it ever occurred to you that fixes to the tax code and banking regs might go a really long way? Of course not! That would interject reality into your opinions-masquerading-as-authoritative-talking-points.

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 01:39:21 PM PDT

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      •  How would tax fixes and banking regulations (3+ / 0-)
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        prevent people from replacing workers with automation?  

        If workers become expensive enough, it makes sense to invest that money, instead, into automation.  There's generally a tipping point, when automation, with a higher front end investment but generally more reliability and accuracty and far cheaper operational costs, will be more financially advantageous than hiring workers.  

        •  Of course, no one framed this discussion (0+ / 0-)

          in this way. But you and your little friends just keep on flailing and vomiting up strawmen at every turn, ok? Maybe someday you'll get somewhere...

          It is time to #Occupy Media.

          by lunachickie on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 02:47:00 PM PDT

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