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#2015296 Thoughts on Jonathan Cooper as a O-line draftee?

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 26 November 2012 - 09:04 AM

cooper is an offensive lineman


#2014835 Album of the Year...

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 25 November 2012 - 07:15 PM

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#2014362 skills don't pay the bills

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 25 November 2012 - 10:50 AM

http://www.nytimes.c...-the-bills.html

And yet, even as classes like Goldenberg’s are filled to capacity all over America, hundreds of thousands of U.S. factories are starving for skilled workers. Throughout the campaign, President Obama lamented the so-called skills gap and referenced a study claiming that nearly 80 percent of manufacturers have jobs they can’t fill. Mitt Romney made similar claims. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that there are roughly 600,000 jobs available for whoever has the right set of advanced skills.


Eric Isbister, the C.E.O. of GenMet, a metal-fabricating manufacturer outside Milwaukee, told me that he would hire as many skilled workers as show up at his door. Last year, he received 1,051 applications and found only 25 people who were qualified. He hired all of them, but soon had to fire 15. Part of Isbister’s pickiness, he says, comes from an avoidance of workers with experience in a “union-type job.” Isbister, after all, doesn’t abide by strict work rules and $30-an-hour salaries. At GenMet, the starting pay is $10 an hour. Those with an associate degree can make $15, which can rise to $18 an hour after several years of good performance. From what I understand, a new shift manager at a nearby McDonald’s can earn around $14 an hour.


The secret behind this skills gap is that it’s not a skills gap at all. I spoke to several other factory managers who also confessed that they had a hard time recruiting in-demand workers for $10-an-hour jobs. “It’s hard not to break out laughing,” says Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, referring to manufacturers complaining about the shortage of skilled workers. “If there’s a skill shortage, there has to be rises in wages,” he says. “It’s basic economics.” After all, according to supply and demand, a shortage of workers with valuable skills should push wages up. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of skilled jobs has fallen and so have their wages.


In a recent study, the Boston Consulting Group noted that, outside a few small cities that rely on the oil industry, there weren’t many places where manufacturing wages were going up and employers still couldn’t find enough workers. “Trying to hire high-skilled workers at rock-bottom rates,” the Boston Group study asserted, “is not a skills gap.” The study’s conclusion, however, was scarier. Many skilled workers have simply chosen to apply their skills elsewhere rather than work for less, and few young people choose to invest in training for jobs that pay fast-food wages. As a result, the United States may soon have a hard time competing in the global economy. The average age of a highly skilled factory worker in the U.S. is now 56. “That’s average,” says Hal Sirkin, the lead author of the study. “That means there’s a lot who are in their 60s. They’re going to retire soon.” And there are not enough trainees in the pipeline, he said, to replace them.


One result, Sirkin suggests, is that the fake skills gap is threatening to create a real skills gap. Goldenberg, who has taught for more than 20 years, is already seeing it up close. Few of his top students want to work in factories for current wages.


In retrospect, the post-World War II industrial model did a remarkably good job of supporting a system in which an 18-year-old had access to on-the-job training that was nearly certain to pay off over a long career. That system had its flaws — especially a shared complacency that left manufacturers and laborers unprepared for global trade and technological change. Manufacturers, of course, have responded over the past 20 years by dismantling it. Yet Isbister’s complaint suggests some hope — that there’s a lack of skilled workers; that factory layoffs overshot, and now need a reversal. As we talked, it became clear that Isbister’s problem is part of a larger one. Isbister told me that he’s ready to offer training to high-school graduates, some of whom, he says, will eventually make good money. The problem, he finds, is that far too few graduate high school with the basic math and science skills that his company needs to compete. As he spoke, I realized that this isn’t a narrow problem facing the manufacturing industry. The so-called skills gap is really a gap in education, and that affects all of us.


basically, wages have declined while employers continue to decry a fake "skills gap." people aren't interested in going into fields that require extensive, formal education, for what the author calls "fast food wages." meanwhile, some employers are willing to hire and train high school grads (rather than post a job listing requiring a degree and 3-5 years of experience for an entry level job, as i'm sure everyone who's looked for a job recently has witnessed first hand), but students who are adequately prepared go on to college, while those who have no intention of going on to college are failed by the system.

guys like isbister need to be prepared to either hire "under-qualified" high school grads at "fast food wages," or offer wages competitive with other industries; meanwhile, the educational system should be reevaluated to determine whether or not opportunity exists to fix this alleged "education gap."


#2010856 Your Opinion on the Target, WalMart, (Other Bigbox Retailer Here) Thanksgivin...

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 21 November 2012 - 09:39 AM

but isn't that a good thing? why is networking and organizing a bad thing? i don't really see the problem with petitions

also i don't know if i'd call, say, employees who don't walk out or strike or whatever "brainwashed." if you work at walmart you're probably a wage slave already and it's not easy to leverage your labor against the waltons when you depend on your paycheck to survive


#2010736 Your Opinion on the Target, WalMart, (Other Bigbox Retailer Here) Thanksgivin...

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 21 November 2012 - 04:48 AM

thanksgiving day and black friday sales, as well as "big box retailers" in general, encapsulate much of what is wrong with america so i'm ok with the protests

Part of me is extremely peeved that I received the email asking for my support for the petition because my first reaction was, "Where was change.org and online petitions when I was working slave jobs from 18-25 or so and was asked to work holidays away from my family?"

What makes these employees anymore deserving to have these holidays off then ones who didn't have the ability to make petitions just 5 years ago?


congratulations, you have bought into corporate propaganda. yes, be mad at those willing to actually take a stand while you were "working slave jobs from 18-25 or so and were asked to work holidays away from your family" rather than the people who made you do it in the first place.

"where was the government when i was a child laborer from 8 or so? what makes these kids anymore deserving of a childhood devoid of 60 hour work weeks in textile mills than those who didn't have a national child labor committee just 5 years ago?" said great grandpa proudiddy


#2009077 Hamas Military Chief Killed in Isreali Airstrike

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 19 November 2012 - 09:50 PM

http://www.nytimes.c...d=re-share&_r=0


israel doesn't want peace


#2007672 Bobcats draft needs

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 19 November 2012 - 07:23 AM

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#2002815 Hamas Military Chief Killed in Isreali Airstrike

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 17 November 2012 - 04:50 AM

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#2002492 Hamas Military Chief Killed in Isreali Airstrike

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 16 November 2012 - 06:01 PM

Its been said before, and its still true. If the Palestinians stop fighting and give up their arms, the killing would cease. If the Israelis were to lay down their arms, Israel would cease to exist.


sure looks like palestinians should be the ones concerned about "ceasing to exist"

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but you're ok with that


#2001660 Hamas Military Chief Killed in Isreali Airstrike

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 16 November 2012 - 02:55 AM

IDF are just as criminal. Bunch of *****

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#2001651 Hey sylvianlight

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 16 November 2012 - 02:30 AM

How do you get so many top comments?


Doing the jobs Americans won't. If Mexicans will get rid of the n****** then let them come.
SylvianLight 6 months ago



They should send mudsharks to prison for men. Let them get all the n***** dick they want there.
SylvianLight 5 months ago



This might be a false flag operation. Too many of the words are spelled correctly. We all know negroes can't spell.
SylvianLight 6 months ago



Maybe if her 'back door' wasn't open for negroes she'd still be alive...
SylvianLight 4 months ago


well this is entirely unsurprising


#1999106 Citizens of multiple states create online petitions to secede from the US.

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 14 November 2012 - 07:15 AM

Ahahahahahaha

You dumb


which part of that post do you wish to dispute?

it would take about as much propaganda to convince them to kill secessionist (see: treasonous) americans as it took to convince them to enlist to fight in illegal wars against countries that posed no threat to us in the first place. hey they might even give them a medal!


#1999069 Citizens of multiple states create online petitions to secede from the US.

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 14 November 2012 - 03:11 AM

And there is no mother fuging way any soldier or marine would fire on an American citizen who is peacefully leaving the union.


ahahahaha

soldiers do whatever they're fuging told and oh btw soldiers have willfully done far worse things than "fire on an american citizen who is peacefully leaving the union" in every single war in american history without question


#1997619 Citizens of multiple states create online petitions to secede from the US.

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 13 November 2012 - 04:18 AM

then acceptance? lol yeah right get ready for calls for impeachment


#1987202 disgruntled republicans plan uptown charlotte rally

Posted by GOOGLE RON PAUL on 07 November 2012 - 11:07 PM

*mock whisper tone* guess what? if it weren't for this thread, would anybody know? the best way to defeat oppressive cro magnon's is not to give them the time of day.

shh. nite nite


uh it's on the main page over at charlotteobserver.com

and yes, the best way to defeat white supremacists and fascists is to pretend like they don't exist. however, counterpoint, there is recorded human history




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