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Christ!
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7/9/2014 | 6:06:29 PM
Livable Wages or Adult Dependency?
He wants to lower the Non-Livable wage even more?  

People can't afford their own residence as it stands now.


Banker666
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7/9/2014 | 5:30:21 PM
Re: Disconnected...
"Bingo. For example, how do you like your chances of starting, say, a streaming video service if Verizon gets its way? And even if the net neutrality issue gets favorably sorted, it's only one example."

 

Absolutely right, look what happened to Aereos who got spanked by the SCOTUS or Kim Dotcom when the storm troopers raided his residence.     

 
Michael Endler
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7/9/2014 | 5:27:48 PM
Re: Nice Joke
Indeed. I know some affluent people who profess to know nothing about taxes or stocks, but who nonetheless do very well because they pay the right people to handle their finances. A person of lesser means can still make his or her own opportunities with this sort of stuff, but speaking on the whole, to pretend that someone making $50,000 or even $150,000 is living in the same tax reality as someone earning $10 million is bonkers.

 
Michael Endler
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7/9/2014 | 5:16:44 PM
Re: Disconnected...
" And since the very people who the current system benefits almost exclusively, hold almost exclusive controll over every aspect of our government, that is unlikely to happen."


Bingo. For example, how do you like your chances of starting, say, a streaming video service if Verizon gets its way? And even if the net neutrality issue gets favorably sorted, it's only one example.
Banker666
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Banker666,
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7/9/2014 | 5:16:26 PM
Sure thang
I thought I was already doing job sharing by training this H1-B replacement for me.  Nothing new about this idea. 

I'm okay with this so long as they make prostitution legal so I can have a dependable source of income.  It shouldn't be too hard to find some wealthy C?O needing my services.   After all they are professional about screwing people over.
Michael Endler
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7/9/2014 | 5:12:28 PM
Re: Disconnected...
"I think billionaires are disconnected from reality." There's actually a fair amount of research to that effect. Also, I agree with your overall sentiment.The most ambitious people would absolutely hold multiple jobs in this new Page-inspired society. Even today, I know a lot of well-educated people who, out of finanical necessity, have spent the majority of their 20s and early 30s working multiple jobs. In the Page vision, that effect would only be greater.
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7/9/2014 | 5:08:19 PM
Re: Yeah Sue...
One trend I've noticed too is an increase again in middle management. After all the layoffs in the 90s, i'm seeing several companies pad their management layers again. 
Thomas Claburn
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7/9/2014 | 5:06:53 PM
Re: Nice Joke
>The tax rate on income over $375,000 is 35%. 

I believe it has risen to 39.6% but nonetheless the wealthy tend to have ways to reduce their income through deductions that aren't available to the less affluent.
Michael Endler
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7/9/2014 | 5:03:38 PM
Re: Yeah Sue...
I concur, Lorna, though I think you bring up another quandary: While our current rate of material consumption isn't sustainable, a lot of people's jobs rely on that stuff. If we lose some jobs to technology and other jobs to environmental sustainability or the results of wealth polarization, the social implications can't be overstated.

That said, a lot of people dismiss the "tech will eat jobs" argument by pointing out that new technology also breeds new jobs. For at least the short term, this trend will clearly continue. There were no smartphone app developers when I was in college, but now it's what half the students out there aspire to be. Page seems to think technology will accelerate to the point that this is no longer the case, hence his argument for shared work, but I wonder if his vision is a legitimate eventuality, or a sign of a lack of imagination on his part.
Michael Endler
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7/9/2014 | 4:51:20 PM
Re: Yeah Sue...
@Craig,

I'll actually give Google credit for setting a good example in this regard; it compensates its employees well.

But I sympathize with your overall sentiment. The notion that wage stagnation is merely a byproduct of a self-regulating free market is pretty quixotic. Still, even if Page wasn't having the conversation you might have preferred, he's raising an important question. I'm not sure I have much enthusiasm for Page's solution, but technology will certainly obviate many jobs among both low-wage and high-wage earners. Assembly line workers will be replaced by robots, doctors will be forced to adapt to algorithms that diagnose diseases better than they do, and so on. It's important for the present that we get on the right page socially regarding the Randian ideals currently governing wages, but it's important for the future that we think about the logical extension of technology's accelerated pace.
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