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America, Ass, and Children: Amy Renee Wasney Monday at 9:31 PM While watching A Christmas Carol tonight, my attention was caught by Bob Cratchit's salary. He makes "15 bob a week." I got curious and looked into inflation and conversion to American money, and if A Christmas Carol happened this year, Bob Cratchit would be making $27,574 per year in American money. If someone works 40 hours a week at the current federal minimum wage, they'll make $15,080. So Bob Cratchit, the epitome of poverty, makes $12,494 more than minimum wage workers (full time) each year. And yet we have people saying minimum wage is fine where it's at. <p><a href="http://eruhamster.tumblr.com/post/169093714870/thetakubooty-libertarirynn-hst3000" class="tumblr_blog">eruhamster</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://thetakubooty.tumblr.com/post/169093033392/libertarirynn-hst3000-libertarirynn-this" class="tumblr_blog">thetakubooty</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/169092911679/hst3000-libertarirynn-this-is-a-total-load" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://hst3000.tumblr.com/post/169092756302/libertarirynn-this-is-a-total-load-from-beginning" class="tumblr_blog">hst3000</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://libertarirynn.tumblr.com/post/169092461069/this-is-a-total-load-from-beginning-to-end-first" class="tumblr_blog">libertarirynn</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>This is a total load from beginning to end. First off I’m curious where you did your research because mine showed that Cratchit made about $90 a week or $4,680 a year in today’s money. That’s not even close to your number. Secondly, if minimum wage is so necessary to prevent employers from exploiting their workers, then why don’t all companies pay minimum wage?</p></blockquote> <p>A minor point on the conversion. Christmas Carol is far enough back that inflation calculations can get a bit hairy. Some things have been reduced in price dramatically due to automation and industrialization, while others have gotten way more expensive due to (funnily enough) rising labor costs. There’s about five different ways to calculate conversion, and none if them are broadly applicable to global statements.</p> </blockquote> <p>Oh definitely. Even in my calculations it wasn’t too clean-cut. Plus the modern English shilling is not the same as the shilling in 1843. I don’t want to sound like a cynic and suggest that this person just pulled a random number out of their ass without caring whether not it was accurate because they wanted to make a point but…</p> </blockquote> <p>what was their point?</p> </blockquote> <p>Their point was that Bob Cratchit made next to nothing working for Scrooge as it was, and if he got paid more than minimum wage workers today, then we have something very wrong with our society. Which isn’t necessarily wrong.</p> <p>Also <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mZHrjydhp9oUbxMGBDJA8rw">@libertarirynn</a> you’re really asking why minimum wage is necessary? Of course if everyone paid the same minimum wage, then they wouldn’t get people who cared about their jobs and it’d be harder to find skilled workers– both because existing skilled workers would rather work a minimum wage job where they could do less, and because no one would want to bother to learn trades and skills because they’ll get paid the same shit amount anyway. </p> <p>Minimum wage is necessary to stop people from taking advantage of unskilled labor. Factory work and the like. Do you know what life was like for people before minimum wage was a thing? People were making so little that essentially all they did was work all day, and child labor was popular because the entire family needed to work to make ends meet– mother, father, and children. It was necessary to give people a better standard of living, along with abolishing child labor and making sure people did not end up working 12 hours a day 6, sometimes 7 days a week. Do you not know what Industrial Revolution America was like, before regulations? Child labor, people just asking to ONLY work 40 hours a week, extreme poverty, a lack of regulations that caused tragedies like the fire at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire">Triangle Shirtwaist Factory,</a> etc. </p> <p>And before you ask why it’s necessary today now that we’ve long since gotten rid of things like child labor laws… It’s for all the people who lose their jobs or are single mothers and are forced to work multiple part time jobs in order to feed their children, because so many jobs that do not pay minimum wage today require so much experience and a degree. Maybe if employers were less selfish with hiring practices and gave more people jobs when they needed them and made it so only teenagers had to work minimum wage, we’d be alright. But that’s not how the world is.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><p>Their point was that Bob Cratchit made next to nothing working for Scrooge as it was, and if he got paid more than minimum wage workers today, then we have something very wrong with our society. Which isn’t necessarily wrong.</p></blockquote> Except that it is wrong, because as I just pointed out Bob Crachit was making much, much less than minimum wage. <blockquote><p>Also @libertarirynn you’re really asking why minimum wage is necessary?</p></blockquote> Yep. And if you haven’t heard me do it before you must be new here. <blockquote>Of course if everyone paid the same minimum wage, then they wouldn’t get people who cared about their jobs and it’d be harder to find skilled workers– both because existing skilled workers would rather work a minimum wage job where they could do less, and because no one would want to bother to learn trades and skills because they’ll get paid the same shit amount anyway.</blockquote> Wow I literally don’t know what to say. You pointed out the exact reasons the imposition of a minimum wage is unnecessary. Companies are naturally going to offer more if they think it will give them more skilled workers. <blockquote><p>Minimum wage is necessary to stop people from taking advantage of unskilled labor. Factory work and the like. Do you know what life was like for people before minimum wage was a thing? People were making so little that essentially all they did was work all day, and child labor was popular because the entire family needed to work to make ends meet– mother, father, and children. It was necessary to give people a better standard of living, along with abolishing child labor and making sure people did not end up working 12 hours a day 6, sometimes 7 days a week. Do you not know what Industrial Revolution America was like, before regulations? Child labor, people just asking to ONLY work 40 hours a week, extreme poverty, a lack of regulations that caused tragedies like the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, etc.</p></blockquote> Most of that has very little to do with minimum wage, nor is it particularly relevant in modernized industry. <blockquote><p>And before you ask why it’s necessary today now that we’ve long since gotten rid of things like child labor laws… It’s for all the people who lose their jobs or are single mothers and are forced to work multiple part time jobs in order to feed their children, because so many jobs that do not pay minimum wage today require so much experience and a degree. Maybe if employers were less selfish with hiring practices and gave more people jobs when they needed them and made it so only teenagers had to work minimum wage, we’d be alright. But that’s not how the world is.</p></blockquote> We can’t just magically decide to skill is worth more money because of sob stories about single mothers. I know many a single mother who did things like go to night classes to earn a degree or even just learn particular skills to make themselves a valuable employee worth more than minimum wage. And again, most low skill jobs *do* pay above minimum wage, especially to valuable workers. I’ve only been paid minimum wage once in my life, and I’ve worked several low skill jobs. Do you know why this is? Because those jobs are dime a dozen. Wendy’s knows if they pay you just minimum wage and McDonald’s offers you a dollar more, you go work at McDonald’s. Companies being able to set their wages drives competition and therefore wages up. Skill is a commodity to be paid for just like anything else. Flipping burgers simply is not worth $15 an hour and emotional appeals involving child factory workers from 1928 will not change that. I encourage you to check my minimum wage tag for more in-depth information. <a href="https://tmblr.co/mhaiNKeZ_RViwScgQtvf7CQ">@redbloodedamerica</a> <a href="https://tmblr.co/mIiX85InXZ_5gFO1XlH6zKA">@libertybill</a> <a href="https://tmblr.co/m5-xacQqloOb-oZ4F4dhAIA">@libertarian-lady</a>
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Africa, Google, and Memes: WE CARE MORE ABOUTTHINGS BURIED IN THE GROUND IG: @CONSCIOUSVIBRANCY THAN THE REOPLE ONIT Diamond miners who work in small-scale mining – panning or digging for diamonds – produce about 15% of the world’s diamonds. But their wages do not reflect the value of their work. -- An estimated one million diamond diggers in Africa earn less than a dollar a day. This unlivable wage is below the extreme poverty line. As a result, hundreds of thousands of miners lack basic necessities such as running water and sanitation. Hunger, illiteracy, and infant mortality are commonplace. Even within developing countries, diamond mining communities are often the most impoverished. -- Besides being grossly underpaid, many diamond miners work in extremely dangerous conditions. Small-scale diamond mining is often conducted without training or expertise. Miners may lack safety equipment and the proper tools. They can easily die or be injured in landslides, mine collapses, and other accidents. -- Diamond mining also contributes to public health problems. The sex trade thrives in many diamond mining towns, leading to the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Environmental devastation resulting from diamond mining is another cause of disease. In Sierra Leone, miners have littered the landscape with thousands of abandoned mining pits. These pits fill with stagnant rainwater, become infested with mosquitoes, and serve as breeding grounds for malaria. -- "People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos, is because things are being loved and people are being used." Consciousvibrancy Article: https:-www.brilliantearth.com-conflict-diamond-child-labor-?abv=81&utm_expid=1332916-304.hM-ctAR5RFOOfJL5tFLcng.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.ca%2F

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Being Alone, Arguing, and Books: Republic of Cuba Body Count: 73,000 1961-Present (45+ years and counting) 17 The body count only covers the years 1959-1987 (Rummel 1997). German Democratic Republic Body Count: 70,000 1949-1990 (41 years) 18 The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997). Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia Body Count: 65,000 1948-1990 (42 years) 19 The body count only covers the years 1948-1968 (Rummel 1997) Lao People's Democratic Republic Body Count: 56,000 1975-Present (31+ years and counting) 20 The body count only covers the years 1975-1987 exduding 47,000 war dead (Rummel 1997). Hungarian People's Republic Body Count: 27,000 1949-1989 (40 years) 21 The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997). People's Republic of Poland Body Count: 22,000 1948-1989 (41 years) The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997). Excludes 1,585,000 from ethnic cleansing between 1945-1950 (Rummel 1994) People's Democratic Republic of Yemen Body Count: 1,000 1969-1990 (21 years) 23 The body count only covers the years 1969-1987 (Rummel 1997). <p><a href="http://new-age-conservative.tumblr.com/post/121272103440/ldevstuff-new-age-conservative-ldevstuff" class="tumblr_blog">new-age-conservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ldevstuff.tumblr.com/post/121263654746/new-age-conservative-ldevstuff">ldevstuff</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://new-age-conservative.tumblr.com/post/121238170640/ldevstuff-new-age-conservative-ldevstuff">new-age-conservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ldevstuff.tumblr.com/post/121235765686/new-age-conservative-ldevstuff">ldevstuff</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://new-age-conservative.tumblr.com/post/121234774625/ldevstuff-new-age-conservative-i-love-idiots">new-age-conservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ldevstuff.tumblr.com/post/121232417456/new-age-conservative-i-love-idiots-who-claim">ldevstuff</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://new-age-conservative.tumblr.com/post/121215902625/i-love-idiots-who-claim-capitalism-kills-people">new-age-conservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>I love idiots who claim “capitalism kills people” they’re known as people who don’t know much about history. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>AND YOU ARE A FUCKING MORON-BECAUSE CAPITALISM KILLS 22,000 PEOPLE DAILY THROUGH HUNGER AND POVERTY-SOURCE, UNICEF. WHATS YOUR SOURCE FOR THESE MADE UP FIGURES</p></blockquote> <p>(1) Genius, if UNICEF is involved then those are place WITHOUT capitalism.  Those are countries without the property rights, without the law and courts, without the stable government that defines capitalism.  You can’t point to a place that lacks everything that defines capitalism and say capitalism is the problem.<br/></p><p>(2) You will notice a name and year after each death toll…that’s a reference to a study so asking for my “SOURCE FOR THESE MADE UP FIGURES“ shows you didn’t even bother to read. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>YOU CLEARLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT CAPITALISM IS… CAPITALISM EXISTS IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE TERRITORIES ON YOUR LIST. YOU ARE A MORON</p></blockquote> <p>You think areas without even a functioning free market are capitalistic, you don’t know what a study citation is, and you don’t understand how to turn your caps lock off, but feel secure in calling me a moron.  Fascinating.</p><p>“YOU CLEARLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT CAPITALISM IS… “</p><p>Capitalism is an economic system that can grow within a free market system. Whereas a free market is defined mostly a lack of barrier and government interference, capitalism builds on that system with a legal system to protect natural and civil rights, property and intellectual property, and has government policies to clear natural barriers to trade caused by lack of information or difficulties in trade from larger systems than a simple free market can handle (see <i>The Mystery of Capital </i>by Hernando de Soto) …also please see the Venn Diagram below for the distinctions  between capitalism and the free market (you can have a free market without capitalism, you can’t have capitalism without a free market.)<br/></p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="2249" data-orig-width="2999"><img data-orig-height="2249" data-orig-width="2999" alt="image" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/acaffbf7340a4bb2d4623e3e4357ad41/tumblr_inline_nprcrdtS971rei7b2_540.jpg"/></figure><p><br/></p><p>“CAPITALISM EXISTS IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE TERRITORIES ON YOUR LIST. “<br/></p><p>All the territories on the list I initially posted are Communist nations.  Now I can’t think of  single economist from the Nobel Prize winning F.A. Hayek or Milton Friedman to even the non-Nobel winning John Maynard Keynes who would call any of those nations listed a free market economy let alone a capitalist one.  You of course could point to underground black markets that operate under similar laws of supply/demand, risk and such as a free market, but being that they were black markets (or at best grey markets) they certainly weren’t free markets.  (Please see Friedman’s <i>Capitalism and Freedom)</i></p><p>Now perhaps you meant the meant the nations you vaguely referenced in mentioning UNICEF….now you didn’t actually source anything (possibly because you don’t know what a source even looks like) but I know how to do research and here is the <a href="http://www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers/">report I believe you’re referencing.</a>  Now if you look at the country by country <a href="http://www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers/documents/english/EN-FINAL%20Table%201.pdf">layout from UNICEF</a> and compare that to the Heritage Foundation’s listing of the most economically free countries (<a href="http://www.heritage.org/index/">i.e. which countries come closest to the ideal of capitalism)</a> you’ll notice a general trend that the more economic liberty (i.e. the more capitalism) the less meaningless death.</p><p>Now let me cut you off with what I’m sure is your next stupid statement that capitalist countries are the ones causing the suffering in these non-capitalist nations (because you people only have your talking points and I know what comes next so I’ll just skip to the chase) that would also be incorrect.  As economist Jagdish Bhagwati in his book <i>In Defense of Globalization</i> points out it is that these nations are not embracing the free markets and the beginnings of capitalism and once they do you see child labor drop drastically, as well as drops in the sex trade, infant mortality, disease and increases in education and quality of life.  </p><p>Now as you claim I don’t know what capitalism is (even though I can’t think of an economist who would contest my definition unless they were getting really detailed) please tell me what you think capitalism is, because I need a good laugh.</p><p>(Also if you press that button between the tab and the shift key, you can write in lower case letters….just a helpful hint).<br/></p></blockquote> <p>THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE MARKET AND THERE NEVER HAS BEEN. YOU ARE AN INFANTILE MINDED F00L. CATCH UP</p><p>START HERE IDIOT</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9FDIne7M9o">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9FDIne7M9o</a><br/></p></blockquote> <p>There isn’t really a <i>need</i> to respond, you’ve clearly already lost…but it’s just so much fun.</p><p>“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE MARKET AND THERE NEVER HAS BEEN“ So why did you tell me capitalism is to blame?  Capitalism is by definition a system based in the free market so if the free market has never existed (which is interesting as you can go to any open market in the world and see the free market on display on a small scale…but maybe I’m wrong maybe those farmers markets don’t really exist, it’s a lie!)  So let’s just track this you asked for sources but when I showed you they were already provided you switch to saying I didn’t know anything about an economic system…when I proved I did, you denied that such an economic system even existed (despite wanting to argue about it earlier).  What’s next?<br/></p><p>“YOU ARE AN INFANTILE MINDED F00L. “ Perhaps, but I have at least learned to turn the caps lock off.  Oh and I’ve actually read things about economics…unlike…well…</p><p>“START HERE IDIOT“ So let’s see here you first complain about my lack of sources (even though they were right there, you just didn’t know what a source reference looked like) and then you send me to<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeitgeist_%28film_series%29"> a known conspiracy theorist’s lecture</a>.  Wow, what a source…I’d ask for your sources but I’m afraid I’d get something about lizard people or the Illuminati.  I’ll be honest I’ll skip the youtube link and go and continue reading real books on economics and politics. <br/></p></blockquote>
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Being Alone, Dumb, and Fucking: Republic of Cuba Body Count: 73,000 1961-Present (45+ years and counting) 17 The body count only covers the years 1959-1987 (Rummel 1997). German Democratic Republic Body Count: 70,000 1949-1990 (41 years) 18 The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997). Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia Body Count: 65,000 1948-1990 (42 years) 19 The body count only covers the years 1948-1968 (Rummel 1997) Lao People's Democratic Republic Body Count: 56,000 1975-Present (31+ years and counting) 20 The body count only covers the years 1975-1987 exduding 47,000 war dead (Rummel 1997). Hungarian People's Republic Body Count: 27,000 1949-1989 (40 years) 21 The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997). People's Republic of Poland Body Count: 22,000 1948-1989 (41 years) The body count only covers the years 1948-1987 (Rummel 1997). Excludes 1,585,000 from ethnic cleansing between 1945-1950 (Rummel 1994) People's Democratic Republic of Yemen Body Count: 1,000 1969-1990 (21 years) 23 The body count only covers the years 1969-1987 (Rummel 1997). <p><a href="http://new-age-conservative.tumblr.com/post/121238170640/ldevstuff-new-age-conservative-ldevstuff" class="tumblr_blog">new-age-conservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ldevstuff.tumblr.com/post/121235765686/new-age-conservative-ldevstuff">ldevstuff</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://new-age-conservative.tumblr.com/post/121234774625/ldevstuff-new-age-conservative-i-love-idiots">new-age-conservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ldevstuff.tumblr.com/post/121232417456/new-age-conservative-i-love-idiots-who-claim">ldevstuff</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://new-age-conservative.tumblr.com/post/121215902625/i-love-idiots-who-claim-capitalism-kills-people">new-age-conservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>I love idiots who claim “capitalism kills people” they’re known as people who don’t know much about history. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>AND YOU ARE A FUCKING MORON-BECAUSE CAPITALISM KILLS 22,000 PEOPLE DAILY THROUGH HUNGER AND POVERTY-SOURCE, UNICEF. WHATS YOUR SOURCE FOR THESE MADE UP FIGURES</p></blockquote> <p>(1) Genius, if UNICEF is involved then those are place WITHOUT capitalism.  Those are countries without the property rights, without the law and courts, without the stable government that defines capitalism.  You can’t point to a place that lacks everything that defines capitalism and say capitalism is the problem.<br/></p><p>(2) You will notice a name and year after each death toll…that’s a reference to a study so asking for my “SOURCE FOR THESE MADE UP FIGURES“ shows you didn’t even bother to read. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>YOU CLEARLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT CAPITALISM IS… CAPITALISM EXISTS IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE TERRITORIES ON YOUR LIST. YOU ARE A MORON</p></blockquote> <p>You think areas without even a functioning free market are capitalistic, you don’t know what a study citation is, and you don’t understand how to turn your caps lock off, but feel secure in calling me a moron.  Fascinating.</p><p>“YOU CLEARLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT CAPITALISM IS… “</p><p>Capitalism is an economic system that can grow within a free market system. Whereas a free market is defined mostly a lack of barrier and government interference, capitalism builds on that system with a legal system to protect natural and civil rights, property and intellectual property, and has government policies to clear natural barriers to trade caused by lack of information or difficulties in trade from larger systems than a simple free market can handle (see <i>The Mystery of Capital </i>by Hernando de Soto) …also please see the Venn Diagram below for the distinctions  between capitalism and the free market (you can have a free market without capitalism, you can’t have capitalism without a free market.)<br/></p><figure data-orig-width="2999" data-orig-height="2249" class="tmblr-full"><img data-orig-width="2999" data-orig-height="2249" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/acaffbf7340a4bb2d4623e3e4357ad41/tumblr_inline_nprcrdtS971rei7b2_540.jpg"/></figure><p><br/></p><p>“CAPITALISM EXISTS IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE TERRITORIES ON YOUR LIST. “<br/></p><p>All the territories on the list I initially posted are Communist nations.  Now I can’t think of  single economist from the Nobel Prize winning F.A. Hayek or Milton Friedman to even the non-Nobel winning John Maynard Keynes who would call any of those nations listed a free market economy let alone a capitalist one.  You of course could point to underground black markets that operate under similar laws of supply/demand, risk and such as a free market, but being that they were black markets (or at best grey markets) they certainly weren’t free markets.  (Please see Friedman’s <i>Capitalism and Freedom)</i></p><p>Now perhaps you meant the meant the nations you vaguely referenced in mentioning UNICEF….now you didn’t actually source anything (possibly because you don’t know what a source even looks like) but I know how to do research and here is the <a href="http://www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers/">report I believe you’re referencing.</a>  Now if you look at the country by country <a href="http://www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers/documents/english/EN-FINAL%20Table%201.pdf">layout from UNICEF</a> and compare that to the Heritage Foundation’s listing of the most economically free countries (<a href="http://www.heritage.org/index/">i.e. which countries come closest to the ideal of capitalism)</a> you’ll notice a general trend that the more economic liberty (i.e. the more capitalism) the less meaningless death.</p><p>Now let me cut you off with what I’m sure is your next stupid statement that capitalist countries are the ones causing the suffering in these non-capitalist nations (because you people only have your talking points and I know what comes next so I’ll just skip to the chase) that would also be incorrect.  As economist Jagdish Bhagwati in his book <i>In Defense of Globalization</i> points out it is that these nations are not embracing the free markets and the beginnings of capitalism and once they do you see child labor drop drastically, as well as drops in the sex trade, infant mortality, disease and increases in education and quality of life.  </p><p>Now as you claim I don’t know what capitalism is (even though I can’t think of an economist who would context my definition unless they were getting really detailed) please tell me what you think capitalism is, because I need a good laugh.</p><p>(Also if you press that button between the tab and the shift key, you can write in lower case letters….just a helpful hint).<br/></p></blockquote> <p>That guy is a special kind of dumb.</p>
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Detroit, Do It Again, and Doctor: Do You See a Pattern Here? Conservatives opposed the American Revolution. Liberals won Conservatives supported slavery. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed Blacks and women voting. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed stopping child labor. Liberals won Conservatives opposed a minimum wage. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed the 40 hour work week. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed the 8 hour work day. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed workplace safety regulation. Liberals won Conservatives opposed unemployment insurance. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed workmen's compensation. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed compulsory education. Liberals won Conservatives opposed Social Security Liberals won. Conservatives opposed Medicare. Liberals won. Conservatives opposed the Affordable Care Act. Liberals won <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://futurepotus1322.tumblr.com/post/82028713661/source-though-i-wouldnt-stray-for-too-long">futurepotus1322</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheMarmelPage/photos/pb.216484961711918.-2207520000.1396903860./869790146381393/?type=3&amp;theater">Source</a> (Though I wouldn’t stray for too long, blood may shoot out of your ears.) </p> <p>1.) Conservatives opposed the American Revolution</p> <p>- Republicanism is deeply rooted in our history, going all the way back to ancient Greco-Roman times.  The ideals of Republicanism was based off of virtue and duty of a citizen to their republic.  It was these Republican ideals that helped light the whisk to the American Revolution.  With the growing tariffs being implemented on the colonies (taxation without representation), Britain appeared as more of a corrupt persevere overseer than as a guiding hand.  The true opposition to the Revolution were the Tories.  They came from all socioeconomic structures, but a large amount of them had a financial stake in the British maintaining their thumb in the new world’s pie.  Conservatives didn’t oppose the Revolution, but it was those who relied on GB to pay their salaries that primarily did; <em>And who does that sound like? </em></p> <p>2.) Conservatives supported Slavery </p> <p>This is where the intellectual dishonesty is troubling in the Democrats.  They attempt to paint Lincoln as something he simply never was: A Democrat.  The Civil war was a war to end slavery, the secession of the south was fueled by Democrats who wanted to continue to twist the Constitution to fit their <em>liberal</em> interpretation.  That’s where these classifications come from, liberals have a loose interpretation of the constitution, hence why they’re <em>liberal.  </em>The same <em>liberal</em> interpretation that allowed them to have as their platform that POC’s were only 3/5ths of a man when compared to white men.  Conservatives held to the constitution that nothing and no one can take away a persons <em>right</em> to life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness. </p> <p>3.) Conservatives opposed blacks and women voting </p> <p>The civil rights act of 1964 saw 82% and 80% of the Republican Senate, and House respectively, voting in favor of the right to vote for any and all.  </p> <p>This is as opposed to a 69% and 63% ‘yay,’ vote (Senate/House) for what was a <strong>Democrat controlled Congress.</strong> </p> <p>If the Republicans were so against the right to enfranchisement for women and POC, then why did they vote <strong>more in favor of it than their liberal counterparts?</strong></p> <p>4.) Conservatives opposed Child Labor Laws</p> <p>That’s insanely interesting considering that the very first mentioning of the Federal government stepping in to regulate child Labor was in 1924 by a Ohio congressmen by the name of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Labor_Amendment">Israel Moore Foster</a>. </p> <p><em>Oh, did I mention he was a Republican…which was a part of a Republican controlled Congress…Which was ratified in all <strong>Republican </strong>states except for the Democratic South? </em></p> <p>The support for this amendment died out around 1938 when the Fair Labor Standard was passed with the tack on provision of ending child labor, though the main provision in it was to raise <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Labor_Standards_Act">minimum wage</a>. </p> <p>Kind of hard to oppose something you’re party not only introduced, but <strong>tried</strong> to pass a decade before.  Weird. </p> <p>5.) Republicans opposed the New Deal, Public Unions, Handout Programs.  </p> <p>I’m tying in the next couple of claims made by our photo creator because they all stem from the same time period in which Roosevelt dragged the US economy through the mud.  It’s no surprise that the new deal is being heralded as possibly one of the worst things ever done…<a href="http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-fdrs-new-deal-harmed-millions-poor-people">ever</a>. </p> <p>Because it was, it sought the end of a deep depression, an admirable task, but the myriad of Keynesian economics to help off set the failing economy only put more of a burden on the working poor than it did to uplift them.  </p> <p>The same goes for public unions, as the Detroit auto crisis has shown.  The inflated wages and pensions of the workers under the union broke the back of the auto sector.  The fact that the government bailed them out did not allow for the companies to settle their differences in Bankruptcy court.  Because of this, these companies were unable to renegotiate their contracts with UAW in order to mitigate the costs, the government had essentially paid the balance for them.  Furthermore, Public unions are the creator of every pension problem in this country, and will more than likely continue to be until that bubble bursts.  </p> <p>The problems resides in the notion that it is <strong>forced tax payer dollars paying for it.</strong>  It’s a fancy way of wealth redistribution, and everyone’s involved.  </p> <p>The Supreme Court originally passed rulings that had eventually led to the passing of several Federal standards for the employer-employee relationship.  These mandated programs were opposed because it had introduced a third party into what was originally an arms length relationship between employer and employee.  </p> <p>Conservatives opposed these things because the government shouldn’t be in the business of regulating the private sector.  This was, at the time, an over reach of the governments power.  Before the ‘new deal,’ the government wasn’t a part of the private sector, they didn’t have any regulations because they were in two different worlds.  Conservatives sought to keep it that way, not because they sought to keep in place unfair labor laws, but because it was an issue for the employer-employee relationship; and the people were <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_strikes">handling it just fine</a>. </p> <p>Republicans didn’t want to expand the power of government, true to their conservative Republican values.  Certainly not after it was the roaring 20’s were our free market economy turned our nation into a production powerhouse and conservatives believed we could do it again. </p> <p>Mandated programs will always be opposed by Conservatives, because it comes out of your wallet.  All of these mandated programs are essentially coercion with no promise of the same benefits when we’re eligible for the same services.  If a guy asked to borrow five dollars, and promised to repay you forty years from now, would you really expect to seem him in 40 years? Neither would I. </p> <p>6.) Conservatives opposed the Affordable Care Act. </p> <p>Remember that this upcoming election when the glitz and glamour of Democrats can’t change what’s on the inside of an envelope holding your policy termination letter, or the broken website, or the hundreds of dollars of premiums, or the long emergency room lines, or your old doctor/hospital not covered under your plan.  </p> <p>Remember, that Conservatives tried to keep your money in your pocket, as they always have and always will.  </p> <p><img alt="image" src="http://cdn.gifbay.com/2013/05/colbert_mic_drop-52522.gif"/></p> </blockquote>

futurepotus1322: Source (Though I wouldn’t stray for too long, blood may shoot out of your ears.)  1.) Conservatives opposed the American R...

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