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  •  raising minimum would be a good start. (15+ / 0-)

    Just because you have a degree in brain surgery doesn't make one a good brain surgeon. Maybe an assembly position is all you are suited for, if so assembly should still pay a living wage so that you can still enjoy a reasonable existence. We need many things done, we should pay people to do them.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 04:32:10 PM PDT

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    •  The economy doesn't need many of those (3+ / 0-)
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      workers: that's the big problem. It is hardly a new one, but I think that globalization (downward wage pressure) and centralized/automated ordering and warehousing (fewer laborers needed) has pushed us into peril.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 04:46:29 PM PDT

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    •  ban nock - your comment is nonsensical (1+ / 0-)
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      First, there are not degrees in brain surgery. All brain surgeons are MDs with specialized training. That starts as a residency in general surgery. If you don't demonstrate exceptional skill as a general surgeon you can't advance to a second residency is neurosurgery. If you don't perform well in your residency you aren't allowed to complete your specialty and the prospective neurosurgeon takes another path.

      The notion that someone with an MD, who has completed even a residency in general surgery, should work on an assembly line is total and complete nonsense.  

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 06:54:45 PM PDT

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      •  Don't you ever get tired of being patronizing? (10+ / 0-)

        Surgeons who lose their licenses are just overeducated surplus workers. Gross negligence malpractice claims? Sexual abuse of patients? Repeated drug problems?

        Hop state lines, lose another license, can't get insurance or admitting privileges anywhere. What takes years to achieve can be lost pretty darn quickly.

        At that point, that training doesn't help at all. But folks still need to be able to work.

        Ban nock is right.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 07:03:44 PM PDT

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      •  I should have said rocket scientist and then (5+ / 0-)

        you might have gotten it, or maybe not.

        But speaking to the issue you raised, and I didn't intend. I've certainly seen my share of MDs that make me wish for the days when they paid people to pump gas, no too much responsibility, maybe lavatory attendant, someone needs to hand out the towels.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 07:32:12 PM PDT

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