Same here. I had shop in 7th and 8th grade public school, but the
Catholic high school I attended, like so many public schools today,
didn't offer shop.
FWIW, My Catholic high school turned out a Governor of CT, and two
mayors of a CT city. All three guys ended up in prison. =8^0
The Gov. and one mayor were simply corrupt. Mayor #2 hired hookers and
told them to bring their kids! I played high school football with mayor #2.
I was fortunate enough to attend a public school in a small, liberal
arts, college town.
Needless to say, there was a serious focus on academics.
My kids recieved their education at Catholic schools in a large
IMHO, didn't get fair value for the tuiton paid when compared to what
Ranking may have changed, but when we lived in Philly, the Catholic school
systems was ranked in the top 5 in the country while the public school
systems was ranked in the bottom five. When we moved we put our kids in the
Catholic school here and realized it was a mixtake. The public shoool was
much better, but still not nearly as good as what we had in Philly.
The current trend is to just throm money at it rather than try to truly fix
the problems. Teachers are not allowed to discipline, parents mostly won't
and the kids don't give a damn.
I'm convinced living in a town of less than 20,000 in a very
profitable farm community that had a liberal arts college owning 1/4
of the city incorporated area created a rather unique situation.
Many of the college faculty were very active in helping to form public
About 10 years ago, they built a new high school.
We were given a tour during a class renunion.
You needed a GPS to navigate your way around the place.<G>
One problem he might be having is that the government of the state of
Connecticut, despite decades of lip service to creating a climate
conducive to attracting new business, has nonethelese managed to put
Connecticut 39th on the list of desirable locations to start a
Except for the natural surroundings that attract people, I'd think
California would have that honor. High taxes, excessive regulation,
housing prices that make it impossible for new hires to live in anything
bigger than an outhouse -- what's not to love?
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
So what? Your contention seems to be that one nation accumulating
wealth results in the destruction of another. Do you have _one_ case
in which a nation conquered a superpower by buying it?
The total value of all publicly tradeded securities is ten times the
value of all the gold in the world, so what does gold have to do with
Yes, the Chinese are accumulating wealth. So what? They should
manage their economy so that it becomes smaller every year? The
question is whether they can accumulate US assets faster than the US
can produce them. Since 1945 the Chinese have managed to accumulate
3.5 percent of the outstanding US government debt. In that time the
US GDP has increased more than 600 percent. So far the Chinese, if,
for some reason they should want to buy control of the US, are not
coming at all close.
Why mention it at all in a woodworking newsgroup?
So Exxon and Monsanto and Pfizer and Intel and Microsoft aren't
selling "profitable items" and all that income they are reporting is
the result of cooking the books?
I dropped my subscription to the Courant decades ago when the rabbit
died and I didn't need to to line his cage anymore.
But I have no idea what you believe your point to be--Connecticut is
an obvious place to advertise for casino workers, considering that
Connecticut has the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere (or
perhaps you forgot about that?).
Why retrain machinists as "casino dealers"? Why not train them to be
doctors or lawyers or accountants or paralegals or nurses or medical
technicians? If everybody in Connecticut is out of work then who's
buying all the Hummers I see on the street? And if nobody in
Connecticut has disposable income then who is frequenting that casino?
Sorry, sounds to me like your machinist job went away and you don't
have the job-hunting skills to find another job that you like so
rather than blaming yourself for your own shortcomings instead you're
trying to scapegoat the Chinese.
Why not ask the guys that have been laid off from Electric Boat? The
skilled welders. ironworkers, etc. that went from $30 an hour to $5 casino
dealers. Or from many of the industries that have closed and moved jobs to
Mexico and China. Maybe one of them can be your doctor.
Never was a machinist. I'm still at the same job for the past 19 years and
plan to stay another 19 or so. I'm very well paid and like my work so I
have no plans to retire, thank you.
So let's see, those workers, who were making twice the national
average for machinists, got laid off because the US government is now
buying nuclear submarines from Mexico and China?
As for "casino dealers", how about they go for the 89 percent of jobs
in casinos that pay _more_ than "dealer", which is one of the lowest
paid jobs in that particular industry (it pays about half as much as
"locker room attendant")? Mean hourly for casino workers is about
$12.10, a pay cut from the $16.60 mean for machinists but not that
much of one.
You're the one who's on about retraining as "casino dealers" instead
of for some other occupation, like "casino dealer" is the _only_
occupation that exists. What's _wrong_ with a machinist becoming a
doctor? Do you think that they're too _stupid_ or something?
So what's your problem? Or do you just like to whine?
Ewin, You are both correct and incorrect. JC brought back gold that that
was taken by conquest (didn't mine it, refine it etc.). He also brought
back slaves (worth a pretty sesterce (sp?). and much other plunder.
Selling this stuff paid his army (actually the army was well paid without
this) a bonus.
Friend or enemey, makes little or no difference. This whole discussion
has already taken place, with the Japanese as the buy-up villains,
maybe 15 years ago, 20 or so. We don't hear much of that any more.
China may seek to buy up U.S. businesses, but I'm inclined to doubt
they'll succeed. If not, when things get too far along, it's a simple
matter for our goverment to expropriate all foreign-owned businesses
necessary to U.S. defense against terrorism, or whatever other excuse
works that day.
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