Venezuelan socialist Maduro’s latest populist ploy for fixing systemic economic woes: Raising the minimum wage.

posted at 5:21 pm on April 30, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The protests against runaway inflation, political corruption, rampant crime, and mass shortages of even the most basic foodstuffs have ranged from roiling to simmering for going on three months now as the government of Hugo-Chavez-successor Nicolas Maduro has been flailing around in its injudicious attempts to address Venezuela’s many economic and social crises. In the past few weeks particularly the regime has been trying to tamp down on the unrest, and last week, the country’s Supreme Court imposed new regulations limiting citizens’ right to protest with some trumped-up permitting process:

Demonstrators carried signs on Saturday blasting a Supreme Court ruling this week that gives police the right to disperse protests that don’t have a permit. Opponents say the ruling is the latest attempt by the socialist government to muzzle dissent amid widespread discontent with 57 percent inflation and record shortages.

Protests that the government blames for more than 40 deaths have lost some of their momentum in recent weeks in the face of a government crackdown and an attempt at dialogue by some members of the opposition.

Perhaps even Maduro realizes, however, that merely further legitimizing the repression of what we in America would refer to as inalienable First-Amendment freedoms isn’t actually going to do anything to address Venezuelans’ motivations for protesting in the first place, and that maybe he should do something about the country’s economic meltdown. …But that’s about where the logic stops. Via the BBC:

Venezuela will raise the minimum wage by 30% on 1 May, President Nicolas Maduro has announced. …

The increase is below the level of annual inflation, which official figures put at 56.2% for 2013. …

In an address to workers from different key sectors, Mr Maduro said he hoped that “by the end of the year, we will be choking off and overcoming (…) inflation”. …

He said that on May Day, the minimum wage would go up from 3,270 bolivars ($520; £310) to 4,252 bolivars.

Critics say that while the new minimum salary amounts to $675 at the government-set exchange rate, it adds up to little over $67 at the black market rate.

This is after the government raised the minimum wage by 10 percent just a few months ago, by the way. It’s just so strange that, despite the state’s tightly-held deathgrip over so many aspects of the economy, nothing they do and no threats they make seem to do much of anything to bring supply and demand into harmony, nor to stop the greedy business executives Maduro is always blaming for waging an “economic war” against the regime via price-gouging, speculating, and hoarding, isn’t it? I mean, take pasta, for instance: The International Pasta Association ranks Venezuela as the world’s second-biggest consumer of that Italian staple, and yet, via the Financial Times:

But Venezuela’s foreign exchange controls have forced Empresas Polar, a giant food producer and the country’s largest private company, to close down its pasta production plant.

The company said its factory in the city of Maracaibo was “obliged to temporarily suspend operations due to a delay in currency payments.”

This from Polar’s statement:

The situation at Pasta Primor and at other Empresas Polar operations is known to the national authorities, with whom we have conducted numerous communications and meetings, in which they have been alerted in a timely and responsible manner about the risks of delaying the release of foreign currency to pay our debts with our suppliers, and the effects on the production of an item that is part of the basic diet of Venezuelans.

The closure will put more pressure on Venezuela’s scarcity index, which showed in January that one in four basic goods were not available from the country’s shops. (The central bank has stopped publishing that piece of data, so it is hard to gauge the current level of shortages.) …

Polar is far from alone. The government’s foreign exchange arrears to companies – dollars it has promised but failed to deliver for authorised imports and other payments – were almost $28bn at the end of last year according to the latest available data, says Ecoanalítica, a respected Caracas consultancy.

Hmm — a troubled political faction using a minimum wage hike to appease constituents without actually doing much else to substantively address the underlying problems bogging down the economy? I feel like I’ve heard this one before…


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That should do it. :-P

ThePrez on April 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Great!

More money to spend in empty stores.

Forward Comrades!

workingclass artist on April 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Venezuelan socialist Maduro’s latest populist ploy for fixing systemic economic woes: Raising the minimum wage.


And
here I had been hoping Maduro would make Piketty Minister of Finance to solve all the problems!!!

PolAgnostic on April 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

But, but, but, doubling theminimum wage works well here because inflation is less than 3%! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahah…….HA!

vnvet on April 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Looks like Obama just found a new role model to emulate :) …when all else fails, raise the minimum wage :)…or change the first ammendment…or…whatev works…desperation is a terrible thing!

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The protests against runaway inflation, political corruption, rampant crime, and mass shortages of even the most basic foodstuffs have ranged from roiling to simmering for going on three months now as the government of Hugo-Chavez-successor Nicolas Maduro has been flailing around in its injudicious attempts to address Venezuela’s many economic and social crises. In the past few weeks particularly the regime has been trying to tamp down on the unrest, and last week, the country’s Supreme Court imposed new regulations limiting citizens’ right to protest with some trumped-up permitting process:

This is the Socialist system that Pope Francis wants for all of us.

RJL on April 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Well , if all you have is a hammer and sickle.

the_nile on April 30, 2014 at 5:31 PM

And here I had been hoping Maduro would make Piketty Minister of Finance to solve all the problems!!!

PolAgnostic on April 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

He’ll have to get in line, I think he’s being tapped by Hollande currently :)…am sure Obama too would want him in his dream team of economic wizards :)…

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Leftists have a whole playbook of ready-made solutions to every national problem.

It’s too bad they all make things even worse.

But that’s never stopped a Leftist from using them anyway.

Socratease on April 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

So everyone will be able to afford toilet paper now?

Brat on April 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

This is why the state-controlled media is ignoring Venezuela. It completely repudiates their lie that socialism will bring forth a paradise.

Brian in Titletown on April 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

So the Venezuelans like Italian pasta….
I wonder if they might also be researching Italian methods for dealing with oppressive dictators.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

When will it be ok to raise the minimum wage here in America? That is a question that needs to be answered instead of comparing giving people a living wage here to some Maduro in Venezuela trying to keep power.

where I live gas is 4.50 a gallon. Rent is high, food is getting more expensive. I love eating at Wendy’s and I see the lady at the drive thru who is always so polite and I wonder how she does it? And I remember that she probably can’t. That is why most people who work in fast food need government assistance to close the gap in their income.

We are paying for it no matter what. Might as well pay 1.05 for the burger instead of 99 cents. Is it really that unthinkable to give poor people a chance to live and not go on welfare.

Welfare bad. Living wage good. Say no to welfare by giving people a raise.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

This is why the state-controlled media is ignoring Venezuela. It completely repudiates their lie that socialism will bring forth a paradise.

Brian in Titletown on April 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM

HEY – we’ll have none of that!!!
Venezuela is a wonderful socialist utopia – and don’t you forget it.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I’ll bet you believed every word from that MSNBC bimbo about the book Animal Farm….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Say Hola to >>>Spain levels of unemployment.

Murphy9 on April 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Welfare bad. Living wage good. Say no to welfare by giving people a raise.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

…right after we end welfare.

I will decide how much I can afford to pay my employees,

they will decide if it is enough,

you will mind your own business, and keep your nanny state delusions to yourself.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I’ll bet you believed every word from that MSNBC bimbo about the book Animal Farm….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I read animal farm and I don’t need anyone telling me what it says.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I read animal farm and I don’t need anyone telling me what it says.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Your posts suggest otherwise.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

…right after we end welfare.
I will decide how much I can afford to pay my employees,
they will decide if it is enough,
you will mind your own business, and keep your nanny state delusions to yourself.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Downright strange how the REAL world works aint it?
My 2 boys are both making good salaries – far better than the libtards’ dream “living wage” – one with a college degree and one just 2 years out of HS.
And neither one of them got their jobs or pay raises because some gubmint bureaucrat told their employers to pay them more.

You want a “living wage”? Earn it.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I read animal farm and I don’t need anyone telling me what it says.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Your posts clearly indicate you don’t understand it.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

You want a “living wage”? Earn it.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Amen brother.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Your posts clearly indicate you don’t understand it.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Clearly I don’t. The end.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

You want a “living wage”? Earn it.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Since you are up such a guru please tell me what to tell that lady at the drive thru how to turn her pay now into a living wage by earning it. Share your magical secret.

Help her obi-won dentart.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Looks like Obama just found a new role model to emulate :) …when all else fails, raise the minimum wage :)…or change the first ammendment…or…whatev works…desperation is a terrible thing!

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

This is why the collapse in Venezuela doesn’t get much coverage in the liberal media here, -too close to home.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Clearly I don’t. The end.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Well, I have to admire your coerced honesty.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

So everyone will be able to afford toilet paper now?

Brat on April 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Funny thing there. The wages went up and workers still lucky enough to have jobs were happy, until they saw prices of commodities go up too, making real 2-ply squeezeably soft toilet paper remain a luxury only for the Venezuelan 1%.

What? They think that the money for that minimum wage raise was gonna come out of unicorn butts?

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Sardine philosophy warning

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Somebody is dream’n:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 8h

On Senate Floor, @SenatorReid urges GOP members to vote with Dems in support of bill to raise the minimum wage.

canopfor on April 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Oops!!

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 8h

McConnell says “the liberal playbook” just hasn’t worked and Dems should work with GOP on its bills to boost job creation.

canopfor on April 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Today

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) — A measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour failed to advance in the Senate Wednesday, with all but one Republican member voting to block the measure.

Members voted 54-42, short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster to move the bill forward for passage. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., switched his vote to no after it became clear the measure would fail so he could file a motion to reconsider the bill, which he did so immediately.


NH scumhag in the senate hardest hit.

And, soiled pants

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

BTW, the lady at the Wendy’s drive thru asked me to tell you she is doing just fine, the extra money she is making at this second job is putting her over the top.

She is a bit worried, though. Her boss told the staff that if the government raises the minimum wage, he will have to eliminate some jobs because he won’t be able to afford to pay everybody.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Sardines, aim to be a shark, not to destroy the sharks.

Sardines will never inherit the earth, especially not so long as your looters are in charge. They fooled you, morons, for votes only. They keep you poor, uneducated, unenlightened. Pitchfork them, politically. Wake up already. You have the same opportunity obama says that he had, the poor boy.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Since you are up such a guru please tell me what to tell that lady at the drive thru how to turn her pay now into a living wage by earning it. Share your magical secret.

Help her obi-won dentart.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

You wouldn’t understand. It involves things like hard work, putting in your time, getting more training and/or education to improve your skills, and getting promoted – or getting a better paying job somewhere else based on selling the skills you have to a higher bidder.
Things you wouldn’t understand because it’s not magic, and it’s not instantaneous.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

What? They think that the money for that minimum wage raise was gonna come out of unicorn butts?

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Of course – just ask coolrepubic.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Timing matters.

In this economic environment, increasing minimum wage is more likely to trigger job losses, which would increase the number of people on welfare.

Increasing minimum wage would drive up the prices of goods and services, which could place people living in poverty at greater risk.

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

If the lady/gent at the drive-through has an average mind, s/he is there only so long as s/he studies at night, or at opposed times to working. If we did it, s/he can do the same.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Corker voted with the Dems? Seriously?

That one surprises me.

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

What? They think that the money for that minimum wage raise was gonna come out of unicorn butts?

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Heh, yeah or maybe from Maduro’s Obama’s stash.

Brat on April 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I read animal farm and I don’t need anyone telling me what it says.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Your posts suggest otherwise.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

.
The EXTREMELY liberal teachers I had back when we read “Animal Farm” would have FAILED the MSNBC shill and coolrepublica for their “interpretations” …

… of course, that WAS back when liberals/progressives still had principles and a conscience which DOESN’T apply anymore.

PolAgnostic on April 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Guess who is active in Venezuela

http://faustasblog.com/2014/04/iran-in-latin-america-new-report/

Murphy9 on April 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

BTW, the lady at the Wendy’s drive thru asked me to tell you she is doing just fine, the extra money she is making at this second job is putting her over the top.
captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Funny how people with a little ambition do that.
My 21 year old son (no college) is already making around $30K a year as a salaried restaurant manager, but just decided to take on an opportunity as a part-time bartender/waiter at a new brew pub on his days off for a bit more cash to help pay for the house he just bought.
I just don’t understand how that could happen without some gubmint bureaucrat ordering it all…../

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

My oldest son is 35 this year (there’s only 16 years between us) He only has his GED, but he’s worked his way through various jobs relating to car/auto part sales, got a couple of certifications that gave him pay increases.

He was 19 when he married, and the girl he married was already pregnant when he met her. She only has a GED as well. She’s worked her way up into the position of legal secretary now.

Between them, they make about 100K a year.

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Your posts suggest otherwise.

captnjoe on April 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Yes, yes, do tell. I am assuming from your research on George Orwell’s life for your thesis on him, you came to the conclusion that he would not have supported minimum wage hikes for the poorest among us.

How interesting.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

This proves how stupid the Obama call for a minimum wage hike sounds to the folks who took Econ 101! Which class, Maduro and his socialist friends never took! Marx, they understand. Adam Smith, not so much.

Yes, Pope Francis ought to put away his copy of Das Kapital and read Adam Smith and Milton Friedman,

tomshup on April 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Since you are up such a guru please tell me what to tell that lady at the drive thru how to turn her pay now into a living wage by earning it. Share your magical secret.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

First, drive-thru jobs are the realm of high school and college part timers.

Anyone who tries to make a living by working for a fast food joint, quite frankly, can’t get a job anywhere else. Most likely because they were never a college student and/or didn’t finish high school.

But please, tell us what a person with 10+ years of experience on the french fry machine should earn per hour, if you think it should be above the minimum wage.

BobMbx on April 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM

When will it be ok to raise the minimum wage here in America? That is a question that needs to be answered instead of comparing giving people a living wage here to some Maduro in Venezuela trying to keep power.

where I live gas is 4.50 a gallon. Rent is high, food is getting more expensive. I love eating at Wendy’s and I see the lady at the drive thru who is always so polite and I wonder how she does it? And I remember that she probably can’t. That is why most people who work in fast food need government assistance to close the gap in their income.

We are paying for it no matter what. Might as well pay 1.05 for the burger instead of 99 cents. Is it really that unthinkable to give poor people a chance to live and not go on welfare.

Welfare bad. Living wage good. Say no to welfare by giving people a raise.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

You live in a mobile society, move.

RickB on April 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Since you are up such a guru please tell me what to tell that lady at the drive thru how to turn her pay now into a living wage by earning it. Share your magical secret.

foolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I’ll tell you how I did it. I found a couple of friends to rent an old house with, to keep down costs. I put off having kids and getting married until I could afford it. I used public transit, walked a lot, and shared rides. I ate a lot of Mac’n Cheese and Boyardee canned ravioli.

It’s ridiculous to expect someone making the minimum wage to be able to support a family as the only worker.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Oh crap! Now Obama is going to double down and demand a minimum raise of $16 per hour.

GarandFan on April 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I’ll tell you how I did it. I found a couple of friends to rent an old house with, to keep down costs. I put off having kids and getting married until I could afford it. I used public transit, walked a lot, and shared rides. I ate a lot of Mac’n Cheese and Boyardee canned ravioli.

It’s ridiculous to expect someone making the minimum wage to be able to support a family as the only worker.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Gosh I remember my 20′s too. Good times. Yeah but she has kids and she can’t crash at her friends house. Any other ideas to help solve her problem now. She needs a living wage now, not when she had no kids and friends with no family. Help her now.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM

You live in a mobile society, move.

RickB on April 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

You know it is not a bad idea. I will tell her to pack up her family and move to Texas. And to spread the word.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Since you are up such a guru please tell me what to tell that lady at the drive thru how to turn her pay now into a living wage by earning it. Share your magical secret.

Help her obi-won dentart.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Not a secret. work hard, move up, work harder, move up again. My foster dtr got her first “real job” at 16 making pizza, she worked hard, she got raises, she got a promotion to asst. manager, she went to community college part time, she worked harder, she got more raises, then promoted to manager, she worked even harder got a raise and a nice profit share, she opened a new store as manager and still worked harder, she got a promotion to the franchise office. She was making over 60K a year at the franchise office.

I call it her first “real job” cuz when she was 10 she was washing cars and doing yard work to make money for a new bed. I met her at 14 and hired her to do housework. she worked her buns off and I paid her well. Bought her some textbooks for school since her “real mom” would rather spend the money on a puppy.

kringeesmom on April 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Gosh I remember my 20′s too. Good times. Yeah but she has kids and she can’t crash at her friends house. Any other ideas to help solve her problem now. She needs a living wage now, not when she had no kids and friends with no family. Help her now.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I guess clueless people like you just can’t be helped.
You and your lady friend should just be happy serving up fries and making minimum wage and taking government handouts, cuz that looks like about all you’re capable of doing.
I’d tell you and drive-through girl to move back in with your parents, but I’m guessing you’re already there.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Runaway inflation, political corruption, rampant crime, and mass shortages of even the most basic foodstuffs have ranged from roiling to simmering for going on three months now as the government of borak obama has been flailing around in its injudicious attempts to address America’s many economic and social crises.

lel2007 on April 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

coolrepublica: Howza about you send her your money? That’s the liberal solution. Cut out the government middle man and pay her the difference between McDonalds and what you think she should be worth.

Why do you want to force me to pay more taxes so my government can waste 80 percent of it to give her food stamps?

But here’s what she should do. 1) move to Texas or Utah or some other Republican state, where the Democrats are not ruining everything. 2) when she’s not working, study something practical. Web design. Mechanics. Woodworking. Photography. HTML.

In Utah, right now if you can code, you are hired. I’m self taught. My degree is not in computers, but I have a programming job. I presume that she is just as intelligent as I am.

Start her own business. That’s the solution.

Vanceone on April 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

kringeesmom on April 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Yup – it’s really not that hard. Well, it kind of is, because you have to work hard for those things to happen – which is why coolpubic doesn’t get it.

The last time I worked for minimum wage was junior year of HS. Get good grades, get through college or work your way up in a non-college type job, get a good job, and THEN think about starting a family.
When you mess up that order you’re setting yourself up for failure – leading to whining about needing the government to help you – cuz it’s just TOO HARD on your own – waaa waaa waaa.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

…JugEars has a brother…that is not in Kenya?

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Start her own business. That’s the solution.

Vanceone on April 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

My wife just quit her $13 / hour librarian job back in October, after 15 years at the library – cuz it was being ruined by libtard management – and has started her own business doing a wide range of craft type products…

I think part of her problem that spurred her into making a change was that with the library she was still only making $13 / hour after 15 years, and with a Masters Degree – and both of our sons were/are making more than her already in their early 20s – one of them with only a HS diploma.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I guess clueless people like you just can’t be helped.
You and your lady friend should just be happy serving up fries and making minimum wage and taking government handouts, cuz that looks like about all you’re capable of doing.
I’d tell you and drive-through girl to move back in with your parents, but I’m guessing you’re already there.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

You got me! Actually me and Maria are lesbian lovers living in my mother’s basement with her 2 kids from a previous relationship. I am on welfare and she does flip burgers. We are horrible people. Forgive us. I guess what you are saying is that Maria doesn’t deserve a raise because she is too lazy and she needs a 3rd job. Don’t ask me to work, I am black and I am allergic to working. The work gene did not get pass down from when my ancestors worked the cotton fields. But I won’t tell Maria what you said, that’that would break her heart.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Well, I guess you’re just a typical Dem voter then.
Explains a lot.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Yup – it’s really not that hard. Well, it kind of is, because you have to work hard for those things to happen – which is why coolpubic doesn’t get it.

The last time I worked for minimum wage was junior year of HS. Get good grades, get through college or work your way up in a non-college type job, get a good job, and THEN think about starting a family.
When you mess up that order you’re setting yourself up for failure – leading to whining about needing the government to help you – cuz it’s just TOO HARD on your own – waaa waaa waaa.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

6 of one half a dozen of the other. I worked my way from part-time Easter Bunny to dishwasher/hostess to a Sr. Claims Examiner directing attorneys and meeting with judges and such to having my own small business. I have a GED and some very focused college courses.

I worked (and studied on my own) so hard because I had a child at 19 to support. I never got a food stamp or a WIC voucher or a “free” school lunch.

kringeesmom on April 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Well, I guess you’re just a typical Dem voter then.
Explains a lot.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

You are correct again. Typical democratic voters we sure are. The lazy black and lazy Hispanic lesbians. On our off days we go hug trees.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

6 of one half a dozen of the other. I worked my way from part-time Easter Bunny to dishwasher/hostess to a Sr. Claims Examiner directing attorneys and meeting with judges and such to having my own small business. I have a GED and some very focused college courses.

I worked (and studied on my own) so hard because I had a child at 19 to support. I never got a food stamp or a WIC voucher or a “free” school lunch.

kringeesmom on April 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Exactly. I used to think college was the key, but now that I have 2 boys who are 2 years apart in age – one went to college, the other didn’t – and they’re both making about the same salary right now – I no longer believe college is for everyone – or necessary for everyone.
If you have skills, integrity, and a bit of ambition, you can get ahead – unlike some people we see whining in here…

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

You are correct again. Typical democratic voters we sure are. The lazy black and lazy Hispanic lesbians. On our off days we go hug trees.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

There she goes again…Somebody should have warned her about the brown acid :)…

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

You are correct again. Typical democratic voters we sure are. The lazy black and lazy Hispanic lesbians. On our off days we go hug trees.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

BTW – if you’re actually trying to be some kind of snark puppet – you’re failing badly. Go read some of Bishop’s and Frank Lib’s work to see how it’s done.

If what you’re posting is really true – gawd you really are such a loser.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Exactly. I used to think college was the key, but now that I have 2 boys who are 2 years apart in age – one went to college, the other didn’t – and they’re both making about the same salary right now – I no longer believe college is for everyone – or necessary for everyone.
If you have skills, integrity, and a bit of ambition, you can get ahead – unlike some people we see whining in here…

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Had to work a bit harder than some with college degrees, had a lot of fantastic mentors to teach me.. I did have a lot of ambition, skills, and integrity.

kringeesmom on April 30, 2014 at 8:35 PM

You are correct again. Typical democratic voters we sure are. The lazy black and lazy Hispanic lesbians. On our off days we go hug trees.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

BTW – if you’re actually trying to be some kind of snark puppet – you’re failing badly. Go read some of Bishop’s and Frank Lib’s work to see how it’s done.

If what you’re posting is really true – gawd you really are such a loser.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Actually bishop and I have seen each other’s work and we both were Unimpressed with each other. But everything I said is true. Color me loser!

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Actually bishop and I have seen each other’s work and we both were Unimpressed with each other. But everything I said is true. Color me loser!

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I can see Bishop being unimpressed.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Actually bishop and I have seen each other’s work and we both were Unimpressed with each other. But everything I said is true. Color me loser!

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:37 P

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‘Have seen each other’s work’ haha…delusion of grandeur much, now you call the drivel you spew here ‘work’ :)…’piece of work’ is the only syntagm that has ‘work’ in it that comes to mind when I see …repubica monicker :)..

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

‘Have seen each other’s work’ haha…delusion of grandeur much, now you call the drivel you spew here ‘work’ :)…’piece of work’ is the only syntagm that has ‘work’ in it that comes to mind when I see …repubica monicker :)..

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

And the irony of you responding to my post is surely lost on you. Of that I am certain.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Fun with L-a

Murphy9 on April 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM