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  1. I’m not sure this is a good substitute for an actual increase in the minimum wage... I’m also not sure that a penalty for not paying $15/hour would be as good as directly raising the minimum wage to $11/hour. I’d like to see some evidence about how the penalty would work on the ground.
  2. Maybe there’s some plan to retaliate or hold him accountable that isn’t being made public, but right now this looks god awful. Has Biden even made a public comment criticizing MBS since the report was released?
  3. Yeah, but after 12 years of hustling you move up to full professor making 75k like a baller! By the way, not sure how much (if any) help I can be depending on what field you’re studying, but hit me up if you have any questions or whatnot about academia, dissertations, the job market, etc.
  4. Let’s be honest. You’re getting your PhD so you can make a middle class salary and not do any work.
  5. One of the biggest disappointments for me regarding technology is how much of Star Trek technology we’ve copied (and moved beyond!) these past few decades to make our lives so much better. The problem is that the things we copied were on the entertainment side — cell phones and translation software and games/simulations. But we haven’t focused enough on the core part of sci fi and especially Star Trek, which is eliminating hunger and poverty. It’s a real flaw with humanity that we’ve created all of these miracle devices to entertain and educate us but people still die of hunger and disease.
  6. I don’t think that’s what people are saying. At least, that’s not what I’m saying. Acknowledging that there are some people out there who don’t want to put in the work to climb into a good job doesn’t negate the fact that there are a ton more people who are struggling through no fault of their own. I’ve seen both types of people personally. At least, that’s my take on the conversation.
  7. No idea if there’s still a welding shortage, but a few years ago I heard about people getting a welding license/certification and making around $80-90k. And that doesn’t require a college degree. I still support a $15 minimum wage, by the way. I’m just saying that there are good jobs out there. I have a former student who is making $95k starting salary as a windmill safety inspector. She only has an undergrad degree and makes a lot more than I do.
  8. All I’ve said is to hold them accountable for promises they actually made and don’t attack them for not doing things they never said they would do. And if people are going to attack someone, attack the ones who made those promises but can’t make good on them, not the people who never promised those things.
  9. Right, but people in this thread are acting like it’s some kind of massive betrayal that Biden isn’t passing everything on the Progressive wish list when the reality is that, first, Biden never promised those things (e.g., “nationalize Medicaid”, whatever that means), and second, there are Democrats who strongly oppose some of those policies and they have a vote just like every other member of Congress. My problem is that people are attacking Biden and others based on completely unreasonable and unrealistic standards that no other politician has been held to in the past. It’s ridiculous.
  10. Then progressives need to stop making promises they can’t keep. Or at least people need to direct their anger at the progressives instead of people who never made those promises. And I’m not directing this at you, but think about what kind of absolute ****ed up situation that creates. Biden runs on his platform and wins. But a handful of progressives come out and promise things well beyond that. Suddenly Biden is expected to make good on the progressive promises even though moderate Dems aren’t on board and will oppose it. Then people start attacking Biden and “Democrats” for not m
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