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Quist’s letter a breath of fresh air

July 16, 2013

To the editor: Allen Quist’s July 13 letter (Walz embarrasses us on the farm bill) was a breath of fresh air to many of us in the greater Mankato area....

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Zorromcgee

Jul-24-13 3:18 PM

If the minimum wage had grown like wages for the top 1%, it would be $28.34.

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mnsotn

Jul-23-13 12:30 PM

1) Federal Prevailing Wage

2) Child Labor Laws (some in the south want to eliminate them)

3) Minimum Wage

4) OSHA

5) Education Standards

How many more do you want?

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Auntydem

Jul-23-13 11:18 AM

A good read in The Atlantic: "The Huge Threat to Capitalism That Republicans Are Ignoring"

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mnsotn

Jul-22-13 6:42 PM

We saw what happened when we let our guard down on Wall Street and the Big Banks. How many of them saw prison time. Bernie Madoff's only mistake was that he stole from the rich, or he wouldn't have seen prison time either.

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mnsotn

Jul-22-13 6:35 PM

MT, you do realize that the quality of life is far better in Minnesota than in much of the country, don't you? Without the Federal government leveling the playing field, we would be in direct competition with the armpit of America (the Deep South) even more than we already are. Southern bumpkins are very happy with very little, and many of the good things in this country would go down hill if we had to compete with those who have and want very little. It would be like having China without the ocean between. At least the Federal laws set specific minimums that these states must meet in education, workplace rights, public safety, public health, etc.

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mnsotn

Jul-21-13 9:00 PM

But you have no problem with the corporations that already run our government. They aren't going to let you or some silly convention change that.

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mnsotn

Jul-20-13 10:59 PM

In a nutshell, you are starting to get somewhere. A little crude and sarcastic, yes, but dirty corporations need to be taught some ethics. If they would quit attacking unions, employees would be able to correct the imbalance without government help. Just about all of the advancements made in the 20th century for the working people are because of unions and the many people who faught for labor rights. Big Money is spending a lot to take away collective bargaining rights. They need to be stopped.

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Auntydem

Jul-20-13 4:18 PM

In the final analysis it appears one commenter confuses analysis of what others say with what the voices in his radio say.

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mnsotn

Jul-20-13 4:11 PM

No, Michael. We want companies to have ethics. We want small businesses to thrive against companies without ethics. We want good paying american jobs where the boss makes considerably more than the lowest played employee, but not to the extreme that it is now. I'm tired of seeing my small business friends struggle against unethical people who cheat their employees. If your big businesses that you idolize so much would play fair and treat people as they should, we wouldn't need regulations. You just don't get it.

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EaglesFan

Jul-20-13 9:29 AM

I like japanviking's comment. If a company can not stay solvent without paying poverty wages or by relying on the welfare system for their employees I might add, then let them fail. Don't worry MT, you will be able to buy your cheap socks and underwear somewhere else.

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mnsotn

Jul-20-13 1:52 AM

Excuse me, I was wrong as to who to credit. The Economic Policy Institute is credited with this statistic.

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mnsotn

Jul-20-13 1:38 AM

MichaelT, the statistics on Walmart having to increase prices by a mere 1.1% is from prolaboralliance dot org.

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mnsotn

Jul-20-13 1:35 AM

MichaelT, are you seriously that deranged that you put Walmart on some sort of a pedestal as the utopia of corporate citizenship? Depending on what study you read, each Walmart store ***** up anywhere from $300,000 to $900,000 of OUR tax dollars to make up for what they aren't giving their employees. You may think that this isn't a career for adults, but you have to remember that Walmart sent millions of career manufacturing jobs to China with the help of George Bush at the beginning of his term. You pissandmoan about taxes, look at why they are so high!!

Open your eyes!

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Zorromcgee

Jul-19-13 3:56 PM

Quist-wow for him to call someone else an embarrasement is a stretch. Quist believes man and dinosaurs co-existed, women are genetically subservant to men, and once went into an adult bookstore in disguise to root out sin! And no one who owns a farm should have a say in how much governemnt welfare farmers get./

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Zorromcgee

Jul-19-13 3:48 PM

MT said in a previous post "my future response to any of your comments will be no response." What a feeling of joy and freeedom that is. But then MT being what he is he will say "oh I only meant for that letter' or some such other nonsense to justify his breaking his word. But on the off chance he keeps his work, please excuse me while I do my happy dance~!

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Zorromcgee

Jul-19-13 3:44 PM

As Schieffer told Kelly, “It’s almost like welfare for the wealthy, but you don’t include a dollar for hungry people for food stamps. What kind of message is that?”

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JReader

Jul-18-13 1:45 PM

If nobody wanted to work at Walmart for the "low" wages they offered they wouldn't have any open stores. If their starting wage is too low for the job market they will need to raise to it to a point where people will start applying. This concept is known as a free market. Supply and demand determine price. It works in the labor market just like it does in other markets. It is the same reason why minimum wage laws cost workers their jobs.

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mnsotn

Jul-18-13 7:49 AM

That is the viscious cycle, Grandma. Walmart has eliminated enough good paying jobs in this country that people feel they need to shop there. It is the modern day version of the company store in the turn of the 19 the and 20th centuries where you were paid in vouchers from your employer to shop at the store that they owned.

George Carlin sums it up best: This country is no longer "We the People". It is owned by people who want it all. They own the politicians, they have the judges in their back pocket, they own the media they own you and me. They want everything we have. They give you a pension, and when you retire, they want it back..and they get it! Now they want your social security, and they will get that too! They call it the American Dream because it only exists in your dreams.

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GrandmaD

Jul-18-13 12:36 AM

Some corporations treat their employees great. Others do not. Walmart's reputation in regards to this is not good. However when I talk to some of the employees who work there, they say they are treated well.

Each week more than 138 million people shop Walmart because they save money. I shop there occasionally. My kids always shop there because they see it as a way to help make ends meet. Most of my friends, my kids' friends, elderly neighbors who are also friends also shop there. The majority of low income people & people with big families shop there because they need to find the best deals for their money.

Walmart does need to do a better job with their employees, but they do service & help millions of needy customers. Perhaps we could give them credit for that?

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mnsotn

Jul-17-13 11:51 PM

To MT's credit, I suppose Walmart was never meant to be a full-time adult job. It would be better suited for high school and college students.

One little problem: no American company has been as responsible for outsourcing American jobs as Walmart has, and now all these unemployed factory workers are knocking on their door and demanding better, because they know that the company can afford to do better. Good for them!

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mnsotn

Jul-17-13 11:45 PM

MT, if Walmart paid their lowest paid workers $12 an hour and passed 100% of the cost on to their customer, it would raise prices by only 1.1%. I'm sure this could supply to many other businesses. Why would you rather have people on welfare than have rich companies give more of their money to their employees instead of crooked politicians?

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Auntydem

Jul-17-13 9:15 PM

Cont……I did not “accuse (you) of asking an unfair question”. I said my answer really would not matter to you, because you always read what you want to see no matter what anyone actually says. Any suggestion that costs business or the wealthiest a penny is considered the equivalent of saying the state should confiscate all the evil businesses and the money of the greedy rich, then call the takers on their Obama phones to come and get their share before they head off to plunder the now empty homes of the rich, whose now reside in a gulag.

No wonder you worry we’ll all be “enslaved by radical Marxist/socialists like the ones in the current administration”. I submit you can see nothing but extremes.

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Auntydem

Jul-17-13 9:15 PM

MT: Many times people have written comments about trickle down which created the current inequality and written about their support for things like minimum wage which helps boost wages at all levels, modest benefits including insurance to protect against financial disaster, safety nets for those in need, and regulations to protect consumers and workers. Since the 80’s wealth has been going to the top and has stagnated for middle class and lower wage workers. Before that there were low wage workers, billionaires, and everything in between, but each level gained wealth. (continued)

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Auntydem

Jul-17-13 4:25 PM

MT: Once again you go straignt to the extreme and "quote" people with words they did not say. As for your essay questions, it really would not matter what anyone said, because you always read what you want to see no matter what they say.

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japanviking

Jul-17-13 3:16 PM

Michael you state "When small businesses are faced with significantly higher costs for wages and they can't pass the costs on to consumers, they either reduce their workforce, reduce their service, or go out of business." My response is if a company can not make enough profit while paying a decent living wage and the only way for them to stay solvent is keep their employees below the poverty level they should fail and go out of business.

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