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  1. #1 Chris Matthews Blames 'Robots' at CVS, MSNBC for Poverty in America 
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    On his September 14 "Hardball," host Chris Matthews admitted to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that it "sounds Marxist" but that automation in the economy has killed jobs by replacing human clerks in CVS and camera operators at MSNBC with "robots."



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    God I can't stupid like this. If automation caused unemployment than every technological advance since man began dividing labor would be an economic disaster.

    Good thing we have people like Henry Hazlitt who actually knows what he's talking about to offset complete morons like Chris "The Forehead" Matthews.

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    Among the most viable of all economic delusions is the belief that machines on net balance create unemployment. Destroyed a thousand times, it has risen a thousand times out of its own ashes as hardy and vigorous as ever. Whenever there is a long-continued mass unemployment, machines get the blame anew. This fallacy is still the basis of many labor union practices. The public tolerates these practices because it either believes at bottom that the unions are right, or is too confused to see just why they are wrong.

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    Suppose a clothing manufacturer learns of a machine that will make men's and women's overcoats for half as much labor as previously. He installs the machines and drops half his labor force.
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    After the machine has produced economies sufficient to offset its cost, the clothing manufacturer has more profits than before. (We shall assume that he merely sells his coats for the same price as his competitors, and makes no effort to undersell them.) At this point, it may seem, labor has suffered a net loss of employment, while it is only the manufacturer, the capitalist, who has gained. But it is precisely out of these extra profits that the subsequent social gains must come. The manufacturer must use these extra profits in at least one of three ways, and possibly he will use part of them in all three: (1) he will use the extra profits to expand his operations by buying more machines to make more coats; or (2) he will invest the extra profits in some other industry; or (3) he will spend the extra profits on increasing his own consumption. Whichever of these three courses he takes, he will increase employment.
    "In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."
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    Nobody ever said that Matthews understood economics, or anything else for that matter. As a political aide, he knows how to get his boss' agenda pushed, but that doesn't mean that he has a clue about anything else.
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    I feel bad for those extinct horses that met their demise via the invention of that new-fangled horseless carriage.:mad::(
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    I don't mind the "robots" at Sunoco, in fact I would rather get in and out without human contact...

    BUT I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE F_ING TELEVISIONS AND CHATTER

    These damned TV sets are everywhere with some chirping plasticon giving me useful tips on how to save money, time, or anything except peace and quiet. I'm surprised these TV's haven't been vandalized, in fact I am disturbed by the fact that these TV's haven't been vandalized. I'm also disturbed by the fact that none of the red-light cameras in my town has been smashed. Where is the American spirit?
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    And another thing: the absolute nerve of a company to make a telemarketing call to you, and then ask you to wait for an operator. Are we really to believe that the best and the brightest are running things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmPat View Post
    I feel bad for those extinct horses that met their demise via the invention of that new-fangled horseless carriage.:mad::(
    LOL...

    I feel guilty using my garage door opener now...shouldn't I own a couple slaves for that??? :D

    I think Mr. Matthew's memory forgets that technology creates jobs. R & D then production & service...

    He must think clerks at CVS should be using old manual cash registers and sales tax charts. What a job saver! Damn those scanners!!!!!!!!!
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    It's hard for me to slam CVS. They are one of the few companies with stores in Detroit-even in the worst neighborhoods, there is a CVS in walking distance, and the prices are the same as at their suburban stores .


    CVS also works with the welfare programs to employ people and get them off of assistance.
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    CVS or Walgreens.... am I the only one who is annoyed by clerks who demand that I repeat or spell my name out loud and/or speak my phone number, address, or birth date? I won't do this. I hand them my credit card and say that I am picking up my prescription. If they ask my name, I tell them it's on the card. They often seem to be annoyed by this. Do they not get that I don't want to broadcast my name or other information to the creep behind me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    CVS or Walgreens.... am I the only one who is annoyed by clerks who demand that I repeat or spell my name out loud and/or speak my phone number, address, or birth date? I won't do this. I hand them my credit card and say that I am picking up my prescription. If they ask my name, I tell them it's on the card. They often seem to be annoyed by this. Do they not get that I don't want to broadcast my name or other information to the creep behind me?

    Do you have Meijer? All prescriptions for antibiotics are free there. They don't announce your name, they just tell you to come back after 30 minutes.
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