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There's a political one. We have to stop electing supply side republicans.
That's my position. To which no doubt a popular response will be: who cares?
Probably law schools expend millions of class hours exploring the criteria for any "right" even to be worth considering for elevation to that level ... I say "probably" not actually knowing never having eased my anatomy into a seat in a law school ampitheatre. So I'll happily stipulate the subject is above my grade of pay. Before proceeding to discuss it.
This was actually the elephant in the living room in the lengthy exchange in Ramona's space. But implicitly, not explicitly, appearing under varous headings such as:
o Have the voters any right whatsoever either to prohibit or defend collective bargaining (hereafter CB)? [Read more]
"Europe looks depressing. When you go to Asia ...they are always talking abut how they can make more money.......... Jurisdictions that are planning to require their banks to.......guard against another crisis ..will see higher risk activities migrate elsewhere. CEO of UBS
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Polls seem to show that the unions are winning the PR war over collective bargaining by public service employees. No thanks to the media.
Joe Lunchpail probably dislikes Obama and thinks the Government's spending too much on Welfare. But he knows how things work on the shop floor. Where the boss says the day ends when he says it ends, And only pays as much as he's forced to by the law or the contract.
As to the law, Joe may not follow politics that closely but he knows what the Republicans think about regulation.
As for collective bargaining well here's Daniel Disalvo yesterday on All Things Considered ............... [Read more]
But seriously, how bad are the regulations here in the U.S? Does anybody really know? Is it a case of any regulation being a bad regulation?
Well yes as far as Industry is concerned.
Unless they're universal.
Corporations don't object to a law that everyone has to obey. At least not nearly as much. They object to any law that gives their competitors an edge. The trouble is: that's every law in a "flat world" where there are plenty of -stans and -zanias which will permit their companies to do the things we have wisely limited here. Until now. [Read more]
Here's a longer version. From today's Financial Times:
There is a sense among companies that this is a difficult place to do business. It is about regulation,taxation,seemingly anti-business policies .... Politicians forget that business has choice. We're not indentured servants and we will do business where it's good and friendly. ..... We've got a real choice between manufacturing in Canada and Mexico - which tend to be pro-business - or America" [Read more]
From Donna Dubinsky in the NY Times on Feb 20
Money Won’t Buy You Health Insurance: THIS isn’t the story of a poor family ,,,,,,,,,, Unlike many others, my family can afford medical care...... this is a story about how broken the market for health insurance is,..................................... [Read more]