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Posted: 10/9/2012 1:23:30 AM

Would you want a President to speak without thinking? Used car salesmen talk quickly too, but I would put one in charge of the nuclear codes.

that's just what you have in BO


You're an "American" company and want to base your operations in China/Singapore/Indonesia or wherever?

A LOT of American companies also have locations in other countries.


Force them to create the jobs at home or they won't have anyone to sell their products to.


force 'em - eh? Well, no wonder you're a supporter of BO. He will. Didn't he attempt to keep a bz from opening a new operation in SC? (or was it NC?) He thinks he can just order everyone around to do what HE wants and thinks they should do. At the rate he's going (and if re-elected) there won't be many businesses left in this country - so then where ya gonna work?

Doctors are planning to retire early, businesses are cutting back and discontinuing healthcare for their employees. anyone who wanted bz to survive here wouldn't be doing the things he is doing. He wants most everyone to be 'owned' by the gov / him for survival - not their own job/talents of choice.


yeah. great idea to force people. Maybe they'll gladly leave this country under dictator BO.

So much for a free country and free people. The American Dream.

His hatred for this country is becoming more and more obvious every day.




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Posted: 10/9/2012 3:26:05 AM

Not if you put in price controls, thereby setting a limit to their profit margin and, again, taking away any benefit to them moving their manufacturing out of the country, thus essentially forcing them to stay. And again, even better - treat them as foreign companies. Set a limit to the % of foreign owned companies allowed to operate within the US economy. Make that # so small that most of these companies are no longer ALLOWED to sell their merchandise on US soil. If you take away their markets and the only way they can get them back is to play ball - start creating decent jobs FOR Americans IN America - they will fall into line.


IOW put them into a tiny little box and shrink that box smaller and smaller until you get exactly what you want. FYI they didn't start that business for YOU. They started it for themselves. If anyone else is hired and makes any money then good, if not too bad. If you don't like how their company is then start your own. Nobody is stopping you. This is a FREE country. Or it was. BO and the socialism crap has to GO.



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Posted: 10/9/2012 7:37:49 AM
Cycworker, I love reading your view normally. I've told you that before.

But what you have posted here saddens me to no end. What you have described is a world where freedom does not exist. A world much like Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Che, Castro, and Chavez (among others) envisioned.

When individuals begin to think this way, that's when the despots take hold and that's when millions die and wars decimate the world.

Are you really truly on board with allowing government to dictate every aspect of life? What if the pendulum swings and the people in power suddenly hold views that you find reprehensible. Will you be ok being forced to do things that are not in your best Intrest just because "society" says it just?







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Posted: 10/9/2012 2:59:03 PM
Lynn - there are already some things I'm forced to do because it's for the greater good of society. That's life, and yes, I'm happy with that. We must have a balance between the desires of the individual vs. the greater good. And that balance, imo, should tip towards favouring the greater good over the individual when necessary.

I admit that the whole, "Ban these companies who outsource from being allowed to sell their goods in the USA/Canada/the 1st World! That'll show 'em!" was a wee bit of over-the-top hyperbole.

I would, however, treat a company that outsources as a foreign company and I would set limits to foreign investment. Trudeau did it in Canada to give our companies help against American competition. He was right to do that, and we need to get back to that. We have got to put up some kind of fight against these multi nationals that outsource jobs, and it can't just be, "Pretty please, bring some business back home." There has to be some expectation, as part of the social contract, that if you want the priviledge of owning a business, you have certain social obligations. That business license comes with responsibilities to the greater good of society as a whole - not just to the desire of shareholders and execs who want to get rich.


FYI they didn't start that business for YOU. They started it for themselves. If anyone else is hired and makes any money then good, if not too bad.


They should be starting businesses because they want to contribute to the world. They should have a certain obligation to contribute to society, not just their own profits.

Extreme, full-on Marxist communism is admittedly very likely not the way to go. But this rampant, laissez-faire capitalism that doesn't set any expectations for business beyond profits, regardless of the social cost, is no better.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 3:06:17 PM

There has to be some expectation, as part of the social contract, that if you want the priviledge of owning a business, you have certain social obligations. That business license comes with responsibilities to the greater good of society as a whole - not just to the desire of shareholders and execs who want to get rich.

They should be starting businesses because they want to contribute to the world. They should have a certain obligation to contribute to society, not just their own profits.




Oh honey. Most people start businesses because they need to earn a living for their families.

It isn't a privilege to open a business in America. It isn't something reserved for the few. Anyone can do it, whether they realize or recognize that potential or not.





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Posted: 10/9/2012 4:53:19 PM

But this rampant, laissez-faire capitalism that doesn't set any expectations for business beyond profits, regardless of the social cost, is no better.


Amen to that.

Let me as the Peas one simple question. If there were a medication that would stop your child's cancer in its tracks and there were only enough vials of it to last a very limited time and the drug company that holds the patent doesn't plan on making it, how would that make you feel?

It happens in this capitalistic, hedonistic society every day. Medications, called "orphan medicines," exist but because the disease they were made for is so rare and the cost so high (according to the way the drug company calculates costs) that rather than distribute the drug, they keep it under lock and key. I agree that "most' people start businesses to feed their family -- but seriously, after a few generations of feeding your family VERY WELL, would you be the proud member of a family owned company that keeps life saving medicine off the shelf in order to make a few more bucks?

If you do, you have a black, black soul.



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Posted: 10/9/2012 5:32:07 PM

Let me as the Peas one simple question. If there were a medication that would stop your child's cancer in its tracks and there were only enough vials of it to last a very limited time and the drug company that holds the patent doesn't plan on making it, how would that make you feel?

It happens in this capitalistic, hedonistic society every day. Medications, called "orphan medicines," exist but because the disease they were made for is so rare and the cost so high (according to the way the drug company calculates costs) that rather than distribute the drug, they keep it under lock and key. I agree that "most' people start businesses to feed their family -- but seriously, after a few generations of feeding your family VERY WELL, would you be the proud member of a family owned company that keeps life saving medicine off the shelf in order to make a few more bucks?

If you do, you have a black, black soul.


Of course I would be livid with the drug company and do anything and everything I could to change their minds about making the drug.

However, through the entirety of human history, we have learned that a governmental body cannot successfully legislate morality or ethics. All governments and religions have tried it. It never works. It always turns into oppression and the "greater good" is quickly forgotten with the power that comes with the ability to regulate people's lives. So no, I don't look to a big brother government to come in and save the day by forcing a company to produce a product for any reason. Even if it was to my benefit. Today I might enjoy that kind of governmental control. But that gives them the power to also tell companies to stop producing things that I like.

Freedom has it's costs. There is no perfect system. But I'll take that any day over a government that thinks it knows better than me when it comes to running my life or my business.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 7:10:35 PM

Let me as the Peas one simple question. If there were a medication that would stop your child's cancer in its tracks and there were only enough vials of it to last a very limited time and the drug company that holds the patent doesn't plan on making it, how would that make you feel?


It would make me think the person saying this has no idea how the pharmaceutical industry and tort works.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 7:40:17 PM

However, through the entirety of human history, we have learned that a governmental body cannot successfully legislate morality or ethics. All governments and religions have tried it. It never works.


That's not entirely true, actually. I don't have a textbook nearby, sadly, but social psychologists have shown over and over again that you can change attitudes by mandating behaviour. You absolutely CAN legislate morality.

We've seen it with the civil rights movement. People may balk initially - and when the schools we desgregated, they did - but eventually, their thinking 'catches up' to the laws. And yeah, let's be honest and admit that sometimes those laws can have a negative impact. The rise of 'no fault' divorce, the state getting out of people's bedrooms, etc., has had an impoact in the increase in divorce, unwed mothers, adultery, etc., because there is no longer a tangible penalty that comes with those things.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 7:55:30 PM
I don't view civil rights as legislating morality. To me, that was protecting a citizen's constitutional rights regardless of race or gender. We didn't enact the amendments solely because it was morally right. We did it because we recognized that race and gender could not prohibit someone from being considered a US citizen and therefore they were entitled to all the rights under the constitution.

An example of legislating morality in more recent times would be prohibition, prosecution for adultery, or your example of forcing a company to produce a product simply because some may need it.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:17:15 PM

You absolutely CAN legislate morality


You absolutely CAN NOT. Government can force BEHAVIOR but not THOUGHT.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:21:17 PM
^^now I'm sittin' next to Wildcatmom

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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:32:32 PM

You absolutely CAN NOT. Government can force BEHAVIOR but not THOUGHT.


Actually, that's fair. But the studies show that eventually, thinking will change to mirror behaviour. It's not really relevant though. I don't care what people think... their thoughtsa re their own. What matters to me is how they behave. Whether they like having to behave a certain way is their business.

People don't have to like seat belt laws, speed limit laws, blood alcohol and driving laws, no smoking laws... it's not relevant. But they don't get to simply ignore those laws because they disagree with them. If their thinking never changes, that's fine. But their behaviour had better bloody well be in compliance to the laws of the land.



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Posted: 10/9/2012 10:50:16 PM

But they don't get to simply ignore those laws because they disagree with them.

Yeah, they can.

There might be a penalty to pay, but anyone, anywhere can ignore the law for whatever reason. It happens millions of times a day, I'm sure, all across the country.




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Posted: 10/10/2012 1:04:28 AM

There has to be some expectation, as part of the social contract, that if you want the priviledge of owning a business, you have certain social obligations. That business license comes with responsibilities to the greater good of society as a whole - not just to the desire of shareholders and execs who want to get rich.


Can you please put a name to this economic system you are advocating?

Businesses have a responsibility to their customers and their investors. I know this is a foreign concept to most on the hard left, but the more profits a company makes, the more they pay in taxes. That taxation and obeying laws is the extent of social obligation.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 1:52:26 AM

We must have a balance between the desires of the individual vs. the greater good. And that balance, imo, should tip towards favouring the greater good over the individual when necessary.


That's not freedom.


We have got to put up some kind of fight against these multi nationals that outsource jobs, and it can't just be, "Pretty please, bring some business back home." There has to be some expectation, as part of the social contract, that if you want the priviledge of owning a business, you have certain social obligations. That business license comes with responsibilities to the greater good of society as a whole - not just to the desire of shareholders and execs who want to get rich.


I thought you believed in the global community. Are you saying that the people who are employed by companies overseas don't deserve the jobs they are given, because you or I need one?


Not if you put in price controls, thereby setting a limit to their profit margin and, again, taking away any benefit to them moving their manufacturing out of the country, thus essentially forcing them to stay.


You do realize that those kinds of totalitarian ideals go against the very grain of freedom. Not only that, but it is obvious from this statement that you don't work in manufacturing. Limit prices? Limit profit margin? You do realize that many of the things we enjoy have very very little margin. Take technology for example. Let's talk cameras, since this is a scrapbook message board. You realize that the retail margin on those is only about 5-7%, at least the last time I knew. Which means that to even be able to give that kind of margin to retailers, the profit margins on the manufacture is the same or less?

Not only that, but the profit margin doesn't go just into the pockets of the fat cat employers you think it does. You reduce profit margins, you reduce benefits, salary and employment for those people who work for that company. You also severely limit the growth of that company to be able to increase those very things. If as everyone says we have to recognize we are part of a global economy, then we have to deal with the competition being in a global economy brings. Produce the better mouse trap cheaper than anyone else, and that is where you make your profits.



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Posted: 10/10/2012 2:09:59 AM

We must have a balance between the desires of the individual vs. the greater good. And that balance, imo, should tip towards favouring the greater good over the individual when necessary.

That's a huge shudder-inducing idea to me.


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