*clears throat gently* *stands on milk crate* SICK DAYS ARE A MYTH
@pizza Never build a new house, I guess! We probably have plenty.
What is a "housing contractor"? A GC? Or something related to buying/selling?
@jfruh You should check the math - I was on a 3%/2% card, then switched to the upgraded Amex. 6% gas, 4% groceries, 2% everywhere else, for $75/year. We EASILY clear the cost on points.
My problem with this is, where is the squeeze going to end up? Obviously I do not approve of how TAs are treated in non-union schools, but if they aren't treated like shit, where's the pay going to come from? The answer, historically, is federal student loans.
I never understand why American liberals don't take this argument. "Capitalism is the most powerful engine for wealth creation, but just like your car, it's maybe stupid and dangerous to keep the pedal to the floor all the time."
What bugs me about this kind of criticism of the Church ("they do more for the poor than any other charitable organization... but they do ENOUGH?") is that it doesn't propose an alternative religious model for charity. Short of saying "we shouldn't have religious charities," it seems like the Church does a better job, even with its fancy churches, than any other religion at actually doing things like building schools and hospitals.
@Megano! Are you claiming that the church didn't do anything for the poor before the 20th century?
@stuffisthings Isn't the real lesson here, pensions are unreliable as fuck and probably should not be counted as real income?
@stuffisthings Deserve ain't got nothing to do with it.