Rob Lorei takes listener calls on Radioactivity
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12/05/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday) | Listen to this entire show:
Tags: Walmart, Marijuana. Wages, economy, wmnf

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei takes listener calls to discuss the economy, wages, the medical marijuana arguments at the Florida Supreme Court and other items in today's news.

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Thank you, Rob, for holding your ground against James in St. Pete! I admire you for the way you take on these crazy, misguided people. I also like the verbal sparring with James in Sarasota. What's up with people named James who call in? Isn't there a reasonable person by that name in the Tampa Bay area?



Hey Rob Everyone, both pro and con, is discussing Walmart, McDonalds, etc employee wages and a reason to rise to $10 or $15 an hour. We're all forgetting the most important part of the equation, the customer. I can't find a liknk , but CNBC, the business TV show, stated that roughly 30% of Walmart customers don't have a checking account. Nobody shops at Walmart because they want to, many need to. Go there, you'll never confuse the customers with Nordstroms customers. Let's not hurt the customer to "help" an employee, who does have a choice.



Hey Rob Everyone, both pro and con, is discussing Walmart, McDonalds, etc employee wages and a reason to rise to $10 or $15 an hour. We're all forgetting the most important part of the equation, the customer. I can't find a liknk , but CNBC, the business TV show, stated that roughly 30% of Walmart customers don't have a checking account. Nobody shops at Walmart because they want to, many need to. Go there, you'll never confuse the customers with Nordstroms customers. Let's not hurt the customer to "help" an employee, who does have a choice.



that's a really good point, Bob, that a lot of Wal-Mart shoppers shop there because they can't afford to go elsewhere. However, there are other cheap food options, such as Save a Lot and Dollar General Market, and I hope poor people would consider supporting those companies instead, since Wal Mart is kind of evil.



I too, was wondering about the name James and Radioactivity callers, but today the caller near the end of the program that seemed entirely brainwashed to the idea that labor should only be compensated in direct correlation to it's contribution to the bottom line. While capitalist Oligarical Rulers( 1/10 of the 1%) are increasingly storing the planets wealth either in tax sheltered off shore accounts or large holdings of natural resources ( used only to generate profit) the everyday working person must work 2 or more jobs just to pay the ordinary costs for food, clothing and shelter. What has happened to America that so many confuse capitalism with democracy? Simple math shows that the wealth of this nation could provide every citizen with a basic safety net that would remove the constant angst being felt by much of society. The argument about minimum wage increase is never discussed in terms of the huge profits of company executives and high volume stock holders, but always focuses on the false assumption that increased minimum wage will lead to higher prices. Higher pay never causes inflation.....it creates greater demand and grows the overall economy. The top execs now getting hundreds of millions of dollars( much of it in tax protected "incentive bonuse" would have to make due with only a few hundred thousand per year. How they survive. The insanity of unregulated, unrestrained capitalism is the cancer eating the life out of our planet and these bottom line thinkers somehow are able to convince themselves that their great wealth and political power will protect them from catastrophe. Equality will reign if that comes and all will be lost to greed of the few. "BBC's Surviving Progress" available on You Tube clarifies the direction these bottom line addicts are taking the entire planet.



Great lively show! Oh boo hoo. Raising the minimum wage will lower the bottom line. These corporations get no sympathy from this corner. Look at countries like Germany, France and most developing Asian nations (they have a strong emphasis on education) and provide health care, cradle to grave. Their students time and again outshine those in the U.S. I don't think this single minded focus on the bottom line is good for anyone, not the people or the companies. They are cheating their own future. Further, if people have more purchasing power, that makes for a healthier economy. These days, most people's energies are focused on survival. A strong middle class is what will kept America strong. Do these crazy 1 percent-ers really want to go back to the days of slave labor and an uneducated, sickly workforce with shortened lifespan? The real problem in the economy is the trade deficit and depressed wages. Bob in Lakeland is right about people being forced to shop at Walmart. But a living wage would offer them the chance to be a bit choosier, no?



First, 52% of WM workers need food stamps to survive in America. That means that taxpayers are supplementing the salaries of workers in a company worth 90 billion. Wanna get rid of food stamps? Fine, pay workers a livable wage so that they don't need them. You can't have it both ways. Second, It's about time we stopped bickering about socialism and capitalism. America needs both, but they are like fire and water. Great when used properly, but disastrous when out of control. The best fifty years in our economic history came after WWII when we had a proper balance of both. Workers and unions did well and so did the Corporations that they worked for. We already have good social programs such as Soc. Sec., TVA, Cleveland Power, Bank of North Dakota, VA, Credit Unions, etc. and we have the best Corporations in the world - FDR managed them both to the betterment of our country - let



Be nice if we could return to those years after WWII but it won't be the same now. Planet wide population explosion, an atmosphere polluted with fossil fuel contaminants, increasing income disparities and on and on prevent a return to the old ways.The world is much different then those days and the belief that progress must be continued depends entirely on how one defines progress. We cannot continue growth as we have in the past. Progress now requires us to adapt to new ways of organizing society and new solutions to deal with the planet wide problems we have caused. progress cannot continue to be measured by bottom line profits and growth. Think smaller, better, leaner, cleaner, fairer, equality based society.