That's a very good way of putting it. Customer has her or his guard
down, get's home, starts taxes as usual, and notices Turbo Tax Deluxe no
longer handles a Schedule D, etc., without an "upgrade". I regard it as
fraudulent (but I'm not a lawyer...)
Unit pricing on the shelf is alive and well here on the left coast, if
can read it.
The type size is so SMALL that you need to get on your hands and knees
to read the bottom shelf.
Shelves at eye level are another matter. With some effort, those tags
The only way to realistically read and understand the info is to grab
and find a scanner on the sales floor and read it.
These days, if I'm going to shop at a big box store, first thing I do
is grab a
sales associate, describe what I need and have them take me to the
Same thing applies to Mom-Pop operations.
Then their little taser type pistol takes over and reads the sales tag
Everybody is happy. I get what I need without wasting time, the
gets to demonstrate their skills and the company gets an order.
It's up to me to recognize when a reduction in size has been made
the last time the item was purchased.
Lowes margins haven't changed much in years, in fact they may have gone
down some. Yes, their gross and net have increased with selling more
and adding stores. Their financials seem to reflect a well run company.
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure,the creed of ignorance, and the
gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery"
I'm not sure Back a couple of centuries ago (1963) I had a minimum wage
job and was able to support myself, pay for college and buy a 2 year old
Today, many minimum wage workers are getting subsidized healthcare and
What is different? See my other post bout inflation and comparitive
value. My $1.55 per hour then is equal to $11.89 today. Minimum wage
has not kept up.
Which brings the total for minimum wage and subsidies pretty much in line
with what you earned in 1963. You seemed to do OK, so why all the
hullabaloo among the minimum wage earners for more money? They going to
give up the subsidies (yeah, sure)?
On Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:52:03 -0400, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Same here. My first full time job in 1955 paid $47 a week. That's equal
to $412 a week now. That's $10.30 an hour. Washington has the highest
minimum wage in the country and it's only $9.47.
Our state had a minimum wage increase a few years ago and the usual
suspects - restaurant owners - were frothing at the mouth about the dire
consequences. I talked to a couple of managers I knew and got their
staffing and meals served statistics. Turned out the "catastrophic"
increase amounted to about ten cents per meal served!
In todays paper, I see the Republicans are once again wanting to remove
the estate tax for the top 0.2% of estates those with over 10 million
dollars for a couple. 5 million for one person. But they hate a minimum
I wonder how many of the righteous right on this news group get Social
Security and Medicare while they castigate big government?
ME..ME. I do. But what does that have do do with anything? I bought and
paid for those. Against my will though. If I'd had my druthers, I'd
rather have eschewed SS and taken care of myself; I did anyway but could
have done WAY better if I'd been able to use the SS tax that the feds forced
Ditto medical for most of the time. Now, not so much, costs have just
gotten way out of hand.
What is it about big government that you find so endearing?
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