Quote from The Economist Feb 1st 2001 “Debating the Minimum Wage”
that the minimum-wage increase left the overall number of workers employed roughly the same, but reduced their hours. (Not implausible, given that most workers in the fast-food business are part-timers.) Then it would be true that the wage rise reduced the demand for (hours of) labour, as the standard model says; but at the same time it could also be true, as advocates of the minimum wage say, that the incomes of the affected workers went up, thanks to the combination of fewer hours at work and the higher wage rate. In which case the policy could be judged a success, even though it had “reduced employment”.
I am moving soon, so I have to start packing my stuff. Today, I spend whole day putting my toys back into their boxes. I have already spent a day last week and I guess I may need another day. I know I have lots of toys, but I still surprise by how many boxes I have. People love to collect things, just like I like to collect toys. I have been thinking about why people do collect things for quite some time, but I fail to come up with any good explanation. Collections are not investments, most of time your collection are just old junks to other people. Collections are not something you can use daily, they just sit there doing nothing. Collection suppose to bring you joy, but you only need to have a few to experience the joy. There is something special about the shear size of the collection. When I am admiring my fleet of Valkyrie and armies of Gundam, I have a sense of satisfaction. Where this sense of satisfaction comes from, I have no idea. It doesn’t make any logical sense to feel happy about something that has no objective value, can’t be used and pretty much just various duplication of one another.
Internet discussion is very different from face to face discussion. I have been activitly discussing various issues ranging from politics, economy, environmental protection, animal rights, religion and philosophy in internet for many years. I found that internet discussion is more in depth. You can rarely drill on a controversial yet serious issues in face to face discussion. When you are talking to friends, you phase those issues in a light way to avoid hard feelings. Talking to someone oppose to your idea make your idea crystallize in your mind. When you are force to defend your argument, you will have a much better understanding of the issues, so that you can make a better judgement.
Internet discussion is like debating club in school, you can find opponents who defense their view to their last breath. Unlike school debate, you can choose your side in internet. You can argue for or against what you truly believe in. Like in a debate, you are not try to convince your opponent, because people usually won’t admit they are wrong. You try to convince the by standers who are following the discussion, although you may never find out whom you have influenced. Unlike debate, there is no judge to determine who win or who lose the debate. You are the only judge in an internet disscusion. Although you may not admit you had lost, but you will remember the defeat and vow not to make the same mistake again. This is a learning process make your argument stronger next time.
Maybe someone say internet discussion is a waste of time. In some way, it’s a waste of time. Thinking and arguing about those serious issues is a waste of time. Time is better spent on making more money then use the money to enjoy life. Who cares about those serious issues?
No, I am not talking about the US election. I am talking about the Canadian election. Something I like about the Canadian political system is the election will not drag on too long. From the moment the government announce the election, there is only one month before it actually take place. So we will not bored by the ever lasting election campaign like in the US. I wonder what’s the point of having pro-long election campaign? Isn’t that most voter already make up their mind? The political view of a party won’t change over night, voters should be well aware of what they expect to get from each party. The candidate themselves are irrelevant, all politicians cannot be trust anyways. Whatever they promise you in the campaign are lip service. As long as there the politicians do not make any stupid mistake or involve in any scandals, the voters are pretty much voting for the party.
I used to vote for the Liberal in the past elections. This time, I will switch to the Conservative, since it is the only party that is not anti-gun. If I want to keep my toys, I better vote for them. Other than this factor, the agenda of the other parties are pretty much loads of shit. The Green Party is a joke, their policy does not make any economical sense. The Quebecois is really a provincial party, their sole agenda is the independence of Quebec. Only stupid Quebec people will vote for them. There are three major party, Conservative on the right, New Democratic Party on the left and Liberal in the middle. I never buy policy from the left, they always want to raise tax. The Liberal suppose to be ok, but this time they dig themselves in a big hole by proposing carbon tax. Tax increase is bad, period. The Conservative seems to have the best policy with the usual small government and tax cut agenda. I really admire the Conservative refuse to please the arts and culture group by denying them more money. The reason is very libertariain, arts and culture are personal perference, the government should not spend tax payers’ money activities that most citizens don’t really care. They make a very good point stating that those who really care about arts and culture, should just donate to their favorate arts or culture group. It is unfair asking the general public to pay for their perference. This kind of sound fiancial policy really win me over as a support for the Conservative Party.