• The Impeachment

    From Bjrn Felten@2:203/2 to Lee Lofaso on Sun Jan 31 23:56:48 2021

    We have a man here in the USA, a former president, who is about
    to be put on trial

    His only defence seems to be that the trial is unconstitutional because he is no longer president. What kind of crazy talk is that? After all, he committed the crime when in office. The House voted to impeach him while he was still in office.

    Imagine a chief accountant that is caught embezzling and is charged with the crime, and then he is fired. On his trial he claims the the trial is unconstitutional because he no longer works for the company in question.

    What kind of crazy talk is that? He'd probably do better by claiming insanity. That'll probably work for Trump as well, there are many witnesses that can confirm that he was -- and still is -- insane.



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  • From Bjrn Felten@2:203/2 to David Drummond on Mon Feb 1 22:55:42 2021

    I see Biden is trying to increase the minimum wage in USA. The current
    one is little better than slavery.

    Objections from some senators: But then McDonald goes bankrupt!

    Blissfully unaware of the fact that even Washington D.C. already has minimum wage $15. And so has many other US cities: Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more. McDonald still thriving there, albeit with a hefty 0.4% loss for the share holders. Corporate capitalism in a nutshell...



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  • From Lee Lofaso@2:203/2 to Bj÷rn Felten on Tue Feb 2 04:43:46 2021

    Hello Björn,

    I see Biden is trying to increase the minimum wage in USA. The current
    one is little better than slavery.

    Objections from some senators: But then McDonald goes bankrupt!

    Old McDonald had a farm.
    E-I-E-I-O!
    And on his farm he had a cow.
    E-I-E-I-O!

    Today that farm has gotten much larger.
    And it is not just cows and knick knacks
    that are raised.

    The family farm has gone the way of the dinosaur.
    It is all Big Business today. Most farmers have sold
    their land and moved to the cities. It is the only
    they can survive.

    Blissfully unaware of the fact that even Washington D.C. already has minimum
    wage $15. And so has many other US cities: Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

    New Orleans is a city. And a parish (county). Both the city and
    the parish tried to set a minimum wage twice as high as the federally
    mandated minimum wage. The courts overturned their attempts, ruling
    them unconstitutional due to the state of Louisiana not having a
    minimum wage, claiming that only the state of Louisiana had the
    legal right to do so.

    By not having a minimum wage, the state of Louisiana allows the
    federally mandated minimum wage to be the lowest an employer can
    pay its workers. Meaning that no other government entity (such
    as a city or a parish) can set any wage higher.

    Business is in business to make a profit.
    The lower the costs, the more profit to be made.

    There are a few other states (all in the South) which use the
    same principle. Keeps the employees loyal to the company who they
    work for.

    OTOH, Sweden also has no minimum wage ...

    McDonald still thriving there, albeit with a hefty 0.4% loss for the share holders. Corporate capitalism in a nutshell...

    The top three cities in the USA for fast food per capita are
    in Louisiana. McDonalds does very well in those cities.

    Louisiana - McDonald's favorite kind of place.

    --Lee

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  • From Björn Felten@2:203/2 to Lee Lofaso on Tue Feb 2 08:51:40 2021

    OTOH, Sweden also has no minimum wage ...

    That's true. Here it's voluntary. Unions set the "entry level" wages by collective agreements with the employers, and the employee is free to join a union or not. Usually they do join (90% do). 8-)

    Those collective agreements sets not only the entry level wages but all kinds of benefits and duties. The entry level wages depends on a lot of various factors such as branch, education, previous experience and so on, so there's no fixed minimum wage -- it varies widely.



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  • From Lee Lofaso@2:203/2 to Björn Felten on Tue Feb 2 20:01:52 2021

    Hello Björn,

    OTOH, Sweden also has no minimum wage ...

    That's true. Here it's voluntary. Unions set the "entry level" wages by collective agreements with the employers, and the employee is free to join a union or not. Usually they do join (90% do). 8-)

    Those collective agreements sets not only the entry level wages but all kinds of benefits and duties. The entry level wages depends on a lot of various factors such as branch, education, previous experience and so on, so there's no fixed minimum wage -- it varies widely.

    Various states (all in the South) solved that problem by passing
    "right to work" laws, thus effectively doing away with unions and
    collective agreements.

    --Lee

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  • From Lee Lofaso@2:203/2 to Bj÷rn Felten on Thu Feb 11 20:16:04 2021

    Hello Björn,

    We have a man here in the USA, a former president, who is about
    to be put on trial

    His only defence seems to be that the trial is unconstitutional because he is no longer president. What kind of crazy talk is that?

    Crazy talk? You want to know what crazy talk is? You have been
    accused of having written many anti-American things, of which I
    will not repeat. You have written, in your own words, quite a
    lot of things about Trump that may or may not be true. And to be
    quite honest, more than a few people in this echo do honestly
    believe you hate Americans by the nature of your comments.

    So. I have decided to take a stand. For the first time, I am
    going to reveal to you what real journalists and reporters are
    saying about Donald J. Trump during his current impeachment
    trial held by the Senate -

    "Trump has the Republican Party on a personalized power like
    we haven't seen. It's a caudillo, it's a Caesar, it's a Fûhrer.
    We don't see that in this country. We do now."
    ~ ABC News senior national correspondent Terry Moran, comparing
    the power of Trump over the GOP to that of somebody like Hitler,
    reporting live on television as the trial was being held

    This is an American reporter. Not anybody from Sweden.
    Just imagine the uproar had you written those words.

    FoxNews has gone wild about this. Keeps repeating his words.
    Over and over and over again. Showing his face, voicing those
    words. On their own network. Talk about free advertising for
    ABC News.

    When lawyers have a fool for a client, they do the best they can.

    After all, he committed the crime when in office.

    Doesn't matter. He is no longer office. Hence the case is moot.

    The House voted to impeach him while he was still in office.

    Please keep in mind the lawyers have a fool for a client.
    By his lights, he could have avoided getting impeached by
    resigning from office in disgrace. Just like Nixon. And
    then gotten his sidekick (Mike Pence) to grant him a pardon.
    Not that he needed a pardon. But since he won the election -
    by a landslide - there was never any reason for him to resign.

    Imagine a chief accountant that is caught embezzling and is charged with the
    crime, and then he is fired. On his trial he claims the the trial is unconstitutional because he no longer works for the company in question.

    Only one problem with that scenario. After telling the rioters
    to "fight like hell" and that he would be there with them when they
    broke into the Capitol building, he chose to stay behind.

    So who led the insurrection? Certainly not the fool who told them
    to do it. Nobody caught him on camera wearing a Vikings helmet (with
    horns), waving a Confederate flag, or throwing a fire extinguisher
    at a cop's head ...

    What kind of crazy talk is that?

    The US Constitution says the Senate has "sole power" to try cases
    of impeachment. Which is why the first thing the Senate did when the
    trial got started was to have to vote to decide if the trial itself
    was constitutional. The vote easily passed by a clear majority.

    He'd probably do better by claiming insanity.

    Insanity is a legal defense, but only a qualified psychiatrist could
    have him sent to the loony-bin (St. Elizabeth's Mental Hospital is the
    place where John Hinckley enjoyed his semi-retirement). Some folks
    love it there, and never want to leave.

    That'll probably work for Trump as well, there are many witnesses that can confirm that he was -- and still is -- insane.

    But did he know right from wrong at the time the crime was committed?
    That is the question. If he was, and it can be proven, then the Senate
    would have grounds to find him "not guilty by reason of insanity".

    However, this is a political trial. Not a criminal trial. And even
    though there are some doctors in the Senate, none that I know of are
    shrinks.

    OTOH, Trump can do everybody a favor by admitting himself ...

    --Lee

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