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Sun Nov 24, 2013, 03:49 PM


xPost from GD: Tribute to Stephanie Sautter and more on my Radio show this week

This week's radio show features a panel discussion on the Senate filibuster changes, McDonalds and Walmart and more

The show airs at 7pm Eastern time tonight (Sunday) at blogtalkradio.com at the below link and Monday 2pm Pacific time on KCAA 1050am in Inland Empire and the Los Angeles Basin in California.

This week, Steve is joined by Noelle Nikpour, a GOP fundraiser who worked on the 2008 Presidential campaign of former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani


Penny Lee, a Democratic Strategist and President of Venn Strategies, LLC having joined after serving as the top communications and political advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

The three discuss the recent change in the US Senate to the filibuster rule for Presidential appointees, the crazy statements and actions by McDonalds and Walmart and the healthcare.gov website.

The Hall of Fame and Shame returns this episode featuring those politicians and prominent individuals who made great sense or shameful nonsense this week.

At the beginning of the show we will have a special tribute to Stephanie Sautter.


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sheshe2 Nov 2013 #1

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Sun Nov 24, 2013, 10:01 PM

1. Steven, Thank you...

I was only able to listen to the first half hour.

The segment on McD's and Walmart, outstanding.

Your mention of Henry Ford. I had read a lot about him previously, he was a good man.

Ford was a pioneer of "welfare capitalism", designed to improve the lot of his workers and especially to reduce the heavy turnover that had many departments hiring 300 men per year to fill 100 slots. Efficiency meant hiring and keeping the best workers.

Ford astonished the world in 1914 by offering a $5 per day wage ($120 today), which more than doubled the rate of most of his workers.[21] A Cleveland, Ohio newspaper editorialized that the announcement "shot like a blinding rocket through the dark clouds of the present industrial depression." The move proved extremely profitable; instead of constant turnover of employees, the best mechanics in Detroit flocked to Ford, bringing their human capital and expertise, raising productivity, and lowering training costs.[23][24] Ford announced his $5-per-day program on January 5, 1914, raising the minimum daily pay from $2.34 to $5 for qualifying workers. It also set a new, reduced workweek, although the details vary in different accounts. Ford and Crowther in 1922 described it as six 8-hour days, giving a 48-hour week,while in 1926 they described it as five 8-hour days, giving a 40-hour week. (Apparently the program started with Saturday being a workday and sometime later it was changed to a day off.)

Detroit was already a high-wage city, but competitors were forced to raise wages or lose their best workers. Ford's policy proved, however, that paying people more would enable Ford workers to afford the cars they were producing and be good for the economy. Ford explained the policy as profit-sharing rather than wages. It may have been Couzens who convinced Ford to adopt the $5 day.

The profit-sharing was offered to employees who had worked at the company for six months or more, and, importantly, conducted their lives in a manner of which Ford's "Social Department" approved. They frowned on heavy drinking, gambling, and (what today are called) deadbeat dads. The Social Department used 50 investigators, plus support staff, to maintain employee standards; a large percentage of workers were able to qualify for this "profit-sharing."


I wish McD and Walmart followed his example.

Thanks Steven

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