Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions.
Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new, wonderful good society which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.
The updated Netflix Culture memo includes a new anti-censorship section called “Artistic Expression,” that warns that the streamer will not “censor specific artists or voices” even if certain employees consider the content to be to“harmful” to one of more specially privileged classes.
If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.
As employees we support the principle that Netflix offers a diversity of stories, even if we find some titles counter to our own personal values. Depending on your role, you may need to work on titles you perceive to be harmful. If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.
It seems that Netflix’s leadership understand that “Get Woke, Go Broke” is real and they’ve decided that they’re not going to be the ones who are going to go broke by allowing their employees to “pre-cancel” speech that they hate.
It’s a hard truth that most won’t conscious accept and all the Socialist sorts will violently deny that it is the work that is worth the wage, not the worker. No worker has any intrinsic value, on their work does. And, Ladies, Gentlemen, and Leftists, this is true for exactly 100% of us, irrespective of what sort of labor we perform or for whom.
And yes, that sucks! Then, more often than not, the objective truth sucks for somebody because they’re on the down side of it.
It’s truly simple. It’s the work you do – the product you produce or the service you provide – that has value to the consumer and, hence to the business, be it your employer or your own business. You, yourself are worthless in this equation; you have no value. You are replaceable, either by another worker or, as is more and more common, by an automated process.
But remember, as I said, this applies to all of us. This is totally equal and egalitarian, spanning both genders, all races, and all social classes.
If what you do and the amount of it you do isn’t worth both your wage and your amortized share of materials costs and overhead, you won’t be likely to have a wage anymore. And, by “wage” I do mean your total compensation package, every single dime that an employer has to spend upon you. Your employer – or you, if you own your own business – has to be able to sell the fruits of your labor for enough more than the fully-weighted cost of producing or providing it to make it worth doing so in the first place. Or the business will fail and you will have no wage.
Honestly, this is Economics 101R, but it seems to need to be taught again, and again, and again, because way too many people have serious and deep-seated illusions of worth.
But, and this is both a big and important but, a worker’s work may have more value than the employer either knows or is willing to admit in the absence of force. The effects upon both prices and profits at McDonald’s indicates that some employers can bear to pay more for the work their employees provide.
So, the correct way of thinking is what ones work is actually worth, not pretending that one as a worker has intrinsic worth in a business context.
The sorts that speak for the Biden administration have cheerfully touted “record job growth.” Sadly for Americans dealing with the on-the-ground reality of the Democrats’ “new economy,” this “record job growth” is all to easily explained and it’s not good.
Yeah, various Democrat politicians misuse their authority in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and in self-serving, Trump-hating furtherance of their COVID-19 panicdemic to shutdown 43% of small businesses and caused the remainder to he businesses reported having reduced their active employment by 39%. Now, with businesses being able to reopen, of course there’s record job growth, not that we’ve reached pre-panicdemic levels of labor participation.
Yeah, “record job growth” my ass. It might be technically true, but it’s a lie to say it’s anything more than what it is.
What’s old is gone, largely forgotten, and back again… or will be very soon. The real effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the massive damages from the panicdemic built up around it, the “retiring” of so many of the eaters, and the Democrat policies and restrictions that exacerbated these issues has all but guaranteed that 2020s will be a reprise of earlier economically devastated times.
The Perfect Storm or Slacknado
From what I can see, this is being brought about by the intersectionality of TURDS and the simple fact that both the lower echelons of the residents within our country and the ever-entitled Millennials disdain for working. When Democrat politicians are willing to sacrifice the nation in order to refute President Trump’s very existence and 10s or 100s of millions of individuals are more than willing to capitalize upon it in order to avoid working, the coming economic collapse is foreordained.
So, My Fellow Americans, you’d better both strap in and get strapped. Things aren’t just going to go downhill, they’re going to go over a cliff. Be ready, willing, and able to take both defensive and proactive measures to defend yourself, your family, and the future of our People.
Recently, The Portly Politico wrote a short piece entitled “Fast Food Premium” about Universal Basic Income (UBI) and some of what is grossly wrong with this particular Leftist idea.
Thereâ€™s been a lot of discussion of UBIâ€”Universal Basic Incomeâ€”over the last few years, especially with the presidential primary run of Andrew Yang. The concept is seductive in its simplicity: gut the welfare state and its behemoth apparatus of bureaucratic pencil pushers and middlemen, and just cut every adult citizen a monthly check.
For fiscal conservatives, itâ€™s a particularly toothsome Devilâ€™s Bargain: streamline an inefficient and wasteful bureaucracy and simply direct deposit a grand every month into Americansâ€™ checking accounts. Of course, itâ€™s a siren song: weâ€™d just get the payments and still suffer from an entrenched bureaucracy, claiming $1000 a month isnâ€™t enough to meet the specialized needs of whatever community they pretend to support.
Even if the deal were struck and every redundant welfare program was eliminated, there UBI would still be a bad idea. Besides the absurdity of merely paying people to exist, itâ€™s inherently inflationary: if you give everyone $1000 a month, prices are going to go up. Just as college tuition has soared because universities realized they could jack up the price and federal loans would expand to cover the costs, UBI would cause a similar rise in prices. Sure, itâ€™d be great at first, but the inflationary effects would kick in quickly.
Rather than comment on his post directly, I’ve chosen to put my thoughts out here, both to boost the signal of his post and to avoid clogging up his post with TLDR commenting and bringing in tangential and barely tangential facts and predictions to his discussion.
My Thoughts On His Post and Premise
He right; UBI is prima facie very seductive to those who want to increase efficiency and decrease the size of the federal government’s payroll. He’s also right in his allusion to the fact that such an improvement is unlikely in the extreme to happen. The realities of the Deep State’s power, the issues involved in putting a significant number of federal workers onto the unemployment rolls, and many of the several States each likely deciding that they need more than the proposed $1000 per month per person, all indicate that there would be little, if any, streamlining of the federal bureaucracy.
I also agree that UBI would be inherently inflationary. Any time you inject “free” money into an economic system, inflation will be the result. This is especially true when it’s perceived as a stable, recurring injection of said money.
Finally, I agree that UBI would devastate the many industries that rely upon – and are to some extent relied upon by – the unskilled, lowest tier of workers inside our borders, e.g., the fast food industry that was his example.
I disagree, however, that this would be simply a Direct Deposit of monies into people’s bank accounts. Even today, most form of government “largess” are offered through debit cards managed by various third-party firms who make a great deal of money off of proving that service. There’s just too many of the same sorts who have issues with Voter IDs who “need” that sort of card vs. having a banking account of some sort.
My Thoughts On Near-Term UBI
My first thought is that this very much wouldn’t be a replacement program in the near term. UBI, along with “free” college, pay per baby birthed (I believe this will be expanded and made more direct than the current refundable tax credit), and other subsidies will simply be added to the billions of dollars the federal government hands out as subsidies to the “poor” every year. I firmly believe that, if UBI is enacted, it will be an addition, not a replacement, to the current subsidies collectively referred to a “Safety Net.”
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
— President Ronald Reagan (Bl. 😉 )
No, my guess would be the only part of the “Safety Net” that might be removed (after a one-time, lump-sum payout) as redundant is Social Security (SSI), which is a largely worker-funded program that has been an issue for the government – as well as a cash cow – for some time now.
My second thought is that this, like minimum wage, unemployment, and a plethora of other nationwide programs, will actually increase the inefficiencies and sizes of state and local governments. After all, $1000 doesn’t go nearly as far in Manhattan, NY as it does in Gering, Ne. Hence, the more costly, Democrat-controlled states and localities will do whatever they can to get significantly (200% or more in some cases) increased UBI stipends.
Hellfire! That’s not even ridiculous or grafting. Just taking into account rent, there’s a huge difference. Apartments in Manhattan average costing 680% ($3670 vs. $540) of what they do in Gering. Other costs are similarly different. It would just make sense for NY politicians to demand more UBI money per resident, especially since UBI wouldn’t be means-tested in any way.
My third and final thought is that the proposed $1000 per month federal subsidy would only be the starting point. It would dramatically increase relatively quickly as increasing the monthly stipend would become a key campaign promise, especially for Democrat candidates.
Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) – America’s only long term experiment with any form or level of UBI and Mike Dunleavy landslide victory in the 2018 Alaska gubernatorial election after he promised to increase the PFD payout by more than 600% of the then-current payout and over 300% of the original payout, rather proves that point.
My Longer-Term Predictions: UBI â†’ UBM
In the longer-term, I predict that, if UBI is enacted upon America by the Democrats now or in the near future, it will over the course of some amount of time morph into Universal Basic Maintenance (UBM), with specific subsidies, services, and products replacing all or most of the cash payout. The negative synergy between the Republicans’ desire to not spend taxpayers’ money on frivolous or immoral things and the Democrats’ ideology of benevolent tyranny, pretty much guarantees this, as do all the politicians’ perfectly logical desires for increased control over the populace.
So, those UBI monies that bureaucrats think would or should be spent upon food will, at some point, be replaced by actual, preselected, “appropriate” foodstuffs either available for pickup at government or government-authorized locations or delivered to people’s homes.
Remember, President Trump already floated this idea as a change in SNAP, and the only real reason Democrats lambasted it was that President Trump was the one putting it forth.
Similarly, I’d expect some hybrid of government credit system in POS’s for durable goods, e.g., toilet paper and cleaning supplies and home deliveries of the same to replace that expected portion of the UBI cash payout.
Rent could and might well be handled similarly to how NYC’s rent control works, with the landlords receiving federal monies but being required by fiat to limit their rents to a pre-specified level – a portion of the future iteration of the UBM program that they may not be allowed to opt-out of in most cases.
And, of course, even if healthcare doesn’t get moved to a fully government-controlled single-payer model, that portion of each person’s UBI allotment would likely end up under UBM being placed directly by the government into that person’s Health Savings Account (HSA). Additionally, the government will probably at that point completely control how much medical professionals and institutions can charge for individual procedures and medications.
Yes, my predictions is that UBI will mutated into UBM, a para-utero to grave support and control system ran by the government, without the need for- or use of money by the residents of the nation for their basic needs as defined by our government.