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  • On Wed, 29 Jul 2015, 9:07pm PDT in Why are dentists so damn rich?, turtledove said:

    I think it's funny that this article is describing a salary of $150,000 and "so damn rich." The million/billionaires are taking over this country. But let's focus our attention on people making $150,000/year and convince ourselves that they are the ones causing all the inequity we see today.

  • On Wed, 29 Jul 2015, 8:57pm PDT in Linda Tripp breaks silence after nearly 20 years, unloads on Hillary, turtledove said:

    Dan8267 says

    The Republican Party is full of child rapists.

    List of Republican Child Rapists, Adulterers, and Sex Offenders

    I checked to see what came up on Google, and here's what I found in the first couple of hits. You should add them to your list... Or does the Democrat-sicko list go to a different department?

    Democratic State Senator Dan Sutton of Flandreau, South Dakota accused of fondling a male page. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/24/AR2007012401966.html

    Carl Stanley McGee, 38, prominent gay activist, assistant secretary for policy and planning and top aid to democrat governor Deval Patrick of Massachuttsettes, accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year old boy in a steam room at a Florida resort. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1072114
    Bernard Vincent Ward, former chief legislative aide to Senator Barbara Boxer, self proclaimed "Lion of the Left" on bay area radio, admitted transgressions too numerous to mention. http://prosites-prs.homestead.com/ward_new.pdf

    Davidson County Democratic Party Chairman Rodney Mullins resigned Thursday morning amid child pornography allegations, according to press secretary Jean Carter Wilson of the Davidson County Democratic Party. http://nashvillefiles.com/blog/archives/000808.html

    Former Democrat Boston city councilor David Scondras is facing charges for attempting to lure a teenage boy over the Internet. Investigators said Scondras had several sexually explicit email exchanges with someone he thought was a 15-year-old boy. http://wbztv.com/topstories/Former.Boston.City.2.582093.html

    Charles Rust-Tierney, 51, is a former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU from 2002 to 2005. On February 23, 2007, Rust-Tierney was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography on June 1, 2007.[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Rust-Tierney

    Andrew Douglas Reed, 53, a North Carolina Democrat activist plead guilty to a page-long list of counts of 2nd-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Court records in the Asheville, N.C., case said he admitted that he would "record, develop and duplicate material containing a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity." http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53070 Scott W. Ballo, a long-time spokesman for various Democratic political campaigns and a former communications director for the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, was arraigned today in Marion County Circuit Court on two charges of encouraging child sex abuse (both misdemeanors) and one charge of official misconduct (also a misdemeanor), according to the court clerk's office. The charges relate to pornography allegedly found on Ballo's work computer when he was employed by the economic and community development department, according to a person familiar with the case. http://www.wweek.com/wwire/?p=9905

    Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment.

    Martha Robertson, the Democrat candidate running against Rep. Tom Reed in NY23, is having a fundraiser in Ithaca that will be headlined by convicted child molester Peter Yarrow. Yes, he’s the Peter Yarrow from the 1960′s band Peter, Paul and Mary.

    Convicted homosexual child molester and early gay rights activist Leon Rouse has once again been hired at the legislature. According to the Office Managers List for the Hawaii State Legislature, updated October, 2013 for the special session, Rouse is now managing the office of Rep Karen Awana, D-Nanakuli. Rouse's presence at the office is confirmed by office personnel and by constituents who have visited the office to lobby Awana on the pending gay marriage bill. Rouse is believed to be the only convicted child molester knowingly employed in any legislative office anywhere in the United States.)

    Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress.

    Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991.

    REP. JOHN YOUNG (D-Tex.). On June 11, 1976, Colleen Gardner, a former staff secretary to Young, told the New York Times that Young increased her salary after she gave in to his sexual advances. In November, Young, who had run unopposed in the safe Democratic district five consecutive times, was reelected with just 61 percent of the vote. The scandal wouldn't go away, and in 1978 Young was defeated in a Democratic primary runoff.

    REP. ALLAN HOWE (D-Utah). On June 13, 1976, Howe was arrested in Salt Lake City on charges of soliciting two policewomen posing as prostitutes. Howe insisted he was set up and refused to resign. But the Democratic Party distanced itself from his candidacy and he was trounced by his Republican opponent in the November election.

    REP. FRED RICHMOND (D-N.Y.). In April 1978, Richmond was arrested in Washington for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. Richmond apologized for his actions, conceding he "made bad judgments involving my private life." In spite of a Democratic primary opponent's attempts to cash in on the headlines, Richmond easily won renomination and reelection. But his career came to an end four years later when, after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana and tax evasion - and amid allegations that he had his staff procure cocaine for him -- he resigned his seat.

    REP. JOHN HINSON (D-Miss.). On Aug. 8, 1980, during his first reelection bid, Hinson stunned everyone by announcing that in 1976 he had been accused of committing an obscene act at a gay haunt in Virginia. Hinson, married and a strong conservative, added that in 1977 he had survived a fire in a gay D.C. movie theater. He was making the disclosure, he said, because he needed to clear his conscience. But he denied he was a homosexual and refused GOP demands that he resign. Hinson won reelection in a three-way race, with 39 percent of the vote. But three months later, he was arrested on charges of attempted oral sodomy in the restroom of a House office building. He resigned his seat on April 13, 1981.

    REP. ROBERT BAUMAN (D-Md.). On Oct. 3, 1980, Bauman, a leading "pro-family" conservative, pleaded innocent to a charge that he committed oral sodomy on a teenage boy in Washington. Married and the father of four, Bauman conceded that he had been an alcoholic but had been seeking treatment. The news came as a shock to voters of the rural, conservative district, and he lost to a Democrat in November.

    REP. GERRY STUDDS (D-Mass.). The House ethics committee on July 14, 1983, announced that Studds had sexual relationships with a teenage congressional page -- a 17-year-old male in 1973. He admitted to the charges that day and acknowledged he was gay. The full House voted on July 20 to censure Studds, the first time that ever happened for sexual misconduct. Studds refused to apologize. Studds won reelection in 1984 with 56 percent of the vote, and continued to win until he retired in 1996.

    REP. ERNIE KONNYU (D-Calif.). In August 1987, two former Konnyu aides complained to the San Jose Mercury News that the freshman Republican had sexually harassed them. GOP leaders were unhappy with Konnyu's temperament to begin with, so it took little effort to find candidates who would take him on in the primary. Stanford professor Tom Campbell ousted Konnyu the following June.

    SEN. BROCK ADAMS (D-Wash.). On Sept. 27, 1988, Seattle newspapers reported that Kari Tupper, the daughter of Adams's longtime friends, filed a complaint against the Washington Democrat in July of 1987, charging sexual assault. She claimed she went to Adams's house in March 1987 to get him to end a pattern of harassment, but that he drugged her and assaulted her. Adams denied any sexual assault, saying they only talked about her employment opportunities. Adams continued raising campaign funds and declared for a second term in February of 1992. But two weeks later the Seattle Times reported that eight other women were accusing Adams of sexual molestation over the past 20 years, describing a history of drugging and subsequent rape. Later that day, while still proclaiming his innocence, Adams ended his campaign.

    REP. JIM BATES (D-Calif.). Roll Call quoted former Bates aides in October 1988 saying that the San Diego Democrat made sexual advances toward female staffers. Bates called it a GOP-inspired smear campaign, but also apologized for anything he did that might have seemed inappropriate. The story came too close to Election Day to damage Bates, who won easily. However, the following October the ethics committee sent Bates a "letter of reproval" directing him to make a formal apology to the women who filed the complaint. Although the district was not thought to be hospitable to the GOP, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a former Navy pilot who was once shot down over North Vietnam, ousted Bates in 1990 by fewer than 2,000 votes.

    REP. GUS SAVAGE (D-Ill.). The Washington Post reported on July 19, 1989, that Savage had fondled a Peace Corps volunteer while on an official visit to Zaire. Savage called the story a lie and blamed it on his political enemies and a racist media. (Savage is black.) In January 1990, the House ethics committee decided that the events did occur, but decided against any disciplinary action because Savage wrote a letter to the woman saying he "never intended to offend" her. Savage was reelected in 1990, but finally ousted in the 1992 primary by Mel Reynolds.

    REP. BARNEY FRANK (D-Mass.). In response to a story in the Aug. 25, 1989, Washington Times, Frank confirmed that he hired Steve Gobie, a male prostitute, in 1985 to live with and work for him in his D.C. apartment. But Frank, who is gay, said he fired Gobie in 1987 when he learned he was using the apartment to run a prostitution service. The Boston Globe, among others, called on Frank to resign, but he refused. On July 19, 1990, the ethics committee recommended Frank be reprimanded because he "reflected discredit upon the House" by using his congressional office to fix 33 of Gobie's parking tickets. Attempts to expel or censure Frank failed; instead the House voted 408-18 to reprimand him. The fury in Washington was not shared in Frank's district, where he won reelection in 1990 with 66 percent of the vote, and has won by larger margins ever since.

    REP MEL REYNOLDS (D-Ill.). Freshman Reynolds was indicted on Aug. 19, 1994, on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker and then pressuring her to lie about it. Reynolds, who is black, denied the charges and said the investigation was racially motivated. The GOP belatedly put up a write-in candidate for November, but Reynolds dispatched him in the overwhelmingly Democratic district with little effort.

    Democrat activist and founder of the Human Rights Campaign, Terry Bean arrested for sodomizing a 15 year old boy.

    Falls Church Democratic party chairman Michael Gardener was on trial for molesting 2 girls (ages 9 and 10). He’s also being charged with trying to have the girls killed, presumably so they couldn’t testify.

    Democratic candidate Thomas K. Owens was busted for propositioning a 7 year old girl.

  • On Sun, 26 Jul 2015, 12:05pm PDT in Dunkin' Donuts CEO Who Earns $10 Million Claims to Be Outraged by $15 Minimum W, turtledove said:

    The corporation makes money by selling franchises to regular Joe's. I doubt they really care about how much "Joe" must spend paying his employees to make donuts and coffee. What they do care about is how much they can sell franchises for. If the return to the franchisee is crap because he has to pay higher minimum wages to his employees... and there's only so much the public would pay for a donut... Then franchise sales themselves will go down unless they reduce the buy-in to reflect the reduced return on investment for the franchisee. The fact that this CEO is making $15 million a year is a little ridiculous... And an increase to the minimum wage would likely have a negative affect on his ability to "earn" so much money, at least in the short run.

    The problem with raising the minimum wage, however, is the effect it has on pricing. The people who get screwed are those who are solidly in the middle and upper middle income brackets. They don't get a raise... Yet, their costs go up as a result of a rise to the minimum wage, of which they get no direct benefit. The middle and upper-middle don't make so much money that a 30% increase to the price of groceries wouldn't hurt them. So this kind of policy only helps to exacerbate the problem of a disappearing middle class. You will still have your people on top. But the people sitting solidly on the bottom will increase as the catchment of who qualifies for the bottom continues to widen. Raising the minimum wage without cost controls will not achieve a lessened burden to anyone... and it will have all kinds of unintended consequences.

    The problem isn't the minimum wage. The problem is in our taxation system. There's no excuse for a person who makes $60,000/year to pay a higher percentage of taxes than a person who makes $60 million/year. By focusing the tax policy on those people (through a flatter, but still progressive tax policy) who are making so much more than everyone else, you place the burden on those who can afford to absorb it most with the least affect on their standard of living. In this case, the only people benefiting wouldn't just be the people at the bottom. The middle and upper-middle would also benefit. Lest we forget, the important role the middle-folks play to a thriving economy.

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