• A 1996 article had Barbie costs left in China at 35 cents for a $10 retail price - so 1/30th the purchase price. China wages have risen since, but I imagine it's still hugely lopsided. Someone else pockets the profits...

    • With e-Training like Khan Academy or fairly rigorous online classes, much of college can be easily duplicated cheaply. Much of college is just socializing - great fun, but also inefficient. And in an age of specialization, frequent career changes and disposable workers, just-in-time education makes...
    • I agree we need to step back and think about what a future economy would look like. The problems we face aren't caused by free trade alone. But while we're doing that thinking we shouldn't move forward with policies that exacerbate the problems.

      In the end if Musk gets his electric car...

    • Basically I think we need to step back and try to figure out what a future profitable and sustainable economy might look like, including trade. Iphones are complex products with LEDs from Japan, chips from Korea, assembly from China, sales &marketing & design from US. The LED TV market is a...
    • Ah yes, I remember when the 21st century was something exciting to look forward to. The Internet! The New World Order!

      Now we have Twitter, ISIS, and yet another Republican majority. Even the new technologies, like drones, robotics, and big data, inspire more dread than enthusiasm

    • Liberals sure need to fight, I agree with her about that. But what are we fighting for? Student debt relief? Banking regulation? A marginally higher minimum wage? These are important issues, and Warren's proposed policies are good ones, but it's hard to imagine people going to the barricades for...

    • Of course. But she's not just pointing out effective policies from the 50s. She's using nostalgic rhetoric to frame and promote her agenda. That's not a crime, but it is essentially conservative.

      Ultimately, this goes beyond Warren. The left has not had any revolutionary ideas in decades...

    • Reagan rode that nostalgia to victory. Clinton/Gore had the bridge to 21st century. It was nice when someone talked about forward looking technologies and the impact they can make - now its the 3rd rail. When Gore started running against himself and back to 50's liberal populism, it was over. I do...
    • Having just googled it , one fairly convincing explanation was that the "right" to be judged by your peers goes back to the Magna Charta and meant that nobles could count on being judged by other nobles.

      In any event , seems to me that the origin is irrelevant the important question is...

    • A couple of random thoughts on a subject -and a blog- that deserve better than that.

      Rightly or wrongly the belief has developed that somehow all of us are entitled to a trial by a "jury of your peers.". And I suspect that  most  people believe that's an important "right".Because if they...

    • I think Rubio must of fallen out of the tea cups after riding.  He is really rattled on Fox news today.

    • Do we really need more lying in our system to produce results that satisfy the needs of the minority population who oppose the DP? 

      Jury service isn't an inconvenience, it's a chance to participate in government at a key moment... If anti-Death Penalty citizens...

    • Michael, i may agree with you about the death penalty but what you are calling for possible anti-DP jurors to do is commit perjury to be accepted on a jury and then commit a further perjury by falsifying the reasons for their anti-DP verdict. This type of less than ethical thinking may produce...

      by Peter (not verified) 4 days 9 hours ago in Well, A Blog I'll Just Call Crime and...
    • LOL...Yup Walker had several rides in the tea cups. What a word salad talking points this morning on Face the Nation. He thinks his visiting 6 foreign countries gives him foreign policy chops. He is real proud of beating up on unions with his statement about air traffic controllers in 1980's.  ...

    • It's not about jeans as this video focused on nor socks as I mentioned in a previous post. That's just a specific example to help explain a complex topic. It's not even just about the apparel industry. It's about manufacturing across the board. We're not making much steel, we're not making many...

    • Thank you.  You are much more elegant with expressing this, then I can be.  I certainly agree. The mood of the country seems to be heading in this direction.  

    • I remember when I was first married and was able to go to the doctor and pay for necessities that I needed.  I had bought a home in my very early 20's and now I have to save up for necessities.  Conservatives with a big C went down the wrong road because they wanted to punish this country when...

    • I don't know...most laws that affect us "normal" people are pretty straightforward. Speeding, stealing, killing, etc.  It is the legalese that is employed to get people off that is confusing. And as my previous example demonstrated, over-riding facts because of empathy really doesn't have...

    • 8 classic Chomsky quotes:

      “in comparison to the conditions imposed by US tyranny and violence, East
      Europe under Russian rule was practically a paradise.”

      “[Regarding] Chinas actions in Tibet... it is a bit too...

      by NCD 4 days 13 hours ago in Ichabod
    • As a consumer I would like to be able to buy US made goods.  I am not alone on this.  I don't mind paying extra for them because I know the money will give some one a job. 

      I buy a Nordic Ware baking pan every year.  I now have a closet full of them and only use each one a couple of...

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