Jerry Udinksy 
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Re: “Minimum Wage in Hayward to Rise to $15 in July

Mr. Tavares' article on the Hayward minimum wage lacks economic understanding. The following statement is misleading:

But workers at such businesses will still receive a $2 an hour bump in pay to $14, starting on July 1.

What he does not count are the number of workers who will lose their jobs because of the higher wage. McDonalds and other fast food restaurants are implementing automated ordering, eliminating the need for order clerks. You raise the wage, then free people respond by conserving on labor and increasing technology. The end result of this unfortunate increase in the minimum wage is that fewer entry level people will find jobs available to them. A first job at a low wage can lead to a higher paying job later on. That is the cycle of labor economics for those who are motivated. The same is true for the EBE. You deliver your paper to various places. As the cost of delivery increases, you cut back on delivery and go more towards online delivery. Your lower level employees are reduced in order to save costs.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 02/13/2020 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Let's Speak Truth About America's Housing Crisis

Hi LT,

I agree there is a housing crisis. But the problem is not the need for a "Marshall Plan." That would just be more slush funds, bureaucratic spending for housing projects that will inevitably fail.

It is important to remember that the price of housing and apartments has increased because real people have the money and are willing to pay more to live where they want to live. Generally I have seen a movement of software engineers from Sunnyvale and Palo Alto up to San Francisco and Oakland. These people have earned the right to housing because of their study and hard work, allowing them the economic means to buy the housing and pay the rent for apartments. The problem is that some people cannot afford the higher cost of houses and rents. That is not a new problem; that problem has existed since the beginning of humanity. Don't you tell you children to work hard in school, so that they can become software engineers and earn lots of money to buy nice houses? Some people have not followed the program.

The underlying economic problem is a lack of investment in new housing to accommodate the increasing demand for housing. With all these well off software engineers moving to San Francisco, why has there not been more housing built?

The biggest problem in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland is Rent Control and Eviction control, plus unfriendly rent board hearings and courtroom dramas. If I invest my hard earned money and build new housing, I am taking a tremendous risk. In addition, I will need to manage the properties. But who wants to own property in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley? Dealing with the rent board, eviction control, the Eviction Defense Center, unfriendly courts, rent board hearings, etc.. is a headache that normal people avoid at all costs. In addition, you have politicians like Mr. Chiu and tenants like Mr. Patton to make your life miserable. So who needs it? There are other places to invest your money. So, the housing stock increases very slowly but the demand for housing increases fast. There will be an inevitable increase in rent and housing costs that exceed inflation.

I lay the blame on politicians like Mr. Chiu and political activists like Mr. Patton. They probably do not realize that they are mouthing the words of Karl Marx. And Marxism has failed whenever it is tried. Yet people like Mr. Chiu and Mr. Patton never learn. They are consumed by ideology, so consumed that they prefer their ideology over what is good for people.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/17/2019 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Let's Speak Truth About America's Housing Crisis

Hi Mr. Patton,

In no way does my post suggest you are Black. Your effort to bring some kind of racial animus in to this discussion reveals more about you than about me. Second,you do not bring forward statistics because you have none to prove your points. You just argue by invective and and not by facts. By the way, Hispanic unemployment also is at all time lows.

Can you please stop the invectives and engage in a rational discussion? The issue concerns whether the economy has improved under Trump. The data are clear. Although President Obama did some good things, he just did not know how to stimulate an economy. After all, he was a community organizer from Chicago, without any real business or economic experience. What did you expect?

By the way, regarding the Chinese economy, it started to improve most when it adopted Capitalist methods of production and distribution. In fact, some Chinese younger people find more capitalist opportunities in China than in the U.S. Where would China be without the investment of Apple and similar companies? China had to attract American capitalist enterprise to China. Of course, you need to watch out for the Communist Party at all times, as you would recognize if you visited China. The people in Hong Kong are protesting for good reason.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/17/2019 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Let's Speak Truth About America's Housing Crisis

Hi Mr. Patton. Thanks for your comment. However, please give us a citation to the statistics that you are using. I checked back using BLS data, and your assertions are wrong based on the government data. So, rather than make statements, please give us your citations. Please cite a specific Bureau of Labor Statistics table to back up your claims.
African American unemployment is lower than during Obama, and Obama was supposed to benefit African Americans. African Americans are doing better under Trump than under Obama. You see, Socialists never create anything. They only distribute what is created by others. In the meantime, they create a large government bureaucracy that absorbs a large fraction of the wealth. The data I see is stagnation under Obama and much more growth under Trump. The data do not lie. So, Mr. Patton, please cite the government tables to which you are referring. Do you deny that African Americans have the lowest unemployment rate than under any year during Obama? And, how about giving me the great increase in your 401K plan, since you do not appreciate what Trump has done for you. Mr. Patton, show us the data you so valiantly claim to discuss. The Civilian Labor force was largely stagnant under the Obama administration. Unemployment remained high. Manufacturing was moving to other countries.
Please show us how Trump caused government housing programs to fail. For example, consider the government housing in Oakland. The failures have been notorious. The same is true for Chicago, Los Angeles, and other democrat run cities. Trump must have had some long coat tails to have ruined the government housing in Oakland! Trump had some multifamily housing work early in his career, but not government housing. Trump built his fortune by building hotels and golf courses, and had almost nothing to do with government run or financed housing. Man, where do you get your outlandish assertions? Frankly your rhetoric is taken directly from Marx.
Your Marxist education is revealed at the end of your post. Every country that has tried your Marxist views have FAILED. They fail economically, and they end up as authoritarian tyrannies. Show me a country that has tried your Marxist views which has succeeded? Your great experiment in Venezuela has failed. And I do not see you moving out of this country and into to your Marxist paradise in Cuba. Also, I do not see you moving to your communist paradise in China either.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/17/2019 at 1:11 AM

Re: “Let's Speak Truth About America's Housing Crisis

Hi Mr. Patton. Thanks for your comment. However, please give us a citation to the statistics that you are using. I checked back using BLS data, and your assertions are wrong based on the government data. So, rather than make statements, please give us your citations. Please cite a specific Bureau of Labor Statistics table to back up your claims.

African American unemployment is lower than during Obama, and Obama was supposed to benefit African Americans. African Americans are doing better under Trump than under Obama. You see, Socialists never create anything. They only distribute what is created by others. In the meantime, they create a large government bureaucracy that absorbs a large fraction of the wealth. The data I see is stagnation under Obama and much more growth under Trump. The data do not lie. So, Mr. Patton, please cite the government tables to which you are referring. Do you deny that African Americans have the lowest unemployment rate than under any year during Obama? And, how about giving me the great increase in your 401K plan, since you do not appreciate what Trump has done for you. Mr. Patton, show us the data you so valiantly claim to discuss. The Civilian Labor force was largely stagnant under the Obama administration. Unemployment remained high. Manufacturing was moving to other countries.

Please show us how Trump caused government housing programs to fail. For example, consider the government housing in Oakland. The failures have been notorious. The same is true for Chicago, Los Angeles, and other democrat run cities. Trump must have had some long coat tails to have ruined the government housing in Oakland! Trump had some multifamily housing work early in his career, but not government housing. Trump built his fortune by building hotels and golf courses, and had almost nothing to do with government run or financed housing. Man, where do you get your outlandish assertions? Frankly your rhetoric is taken directly from Marx.

Your Marxist education is revealed at the end of your post. Every country that has tried your Marxist views have FAILED. They fail economically, and they end up as authoritarian tyrannies. Show me a country that has tried your Marxist views which has succeeded? Your great experiment in Venezuela has failed. And I do not see you moving out of this country and into to your Marxist paradise in Cuba. Also, I do not see you moving to your communist paradise in China either.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/17/2019 at 1:07 AM

Re: “Let's Speak Truth About America's Housing Crisis

This article is misguided at best, and totally without any knowledge of economics. This is totally a puff piece without any intelligence. First, people are actually paying for the rents and the prices for the housing. Real people are paying for the homes and for the rents. It is affordable to some and not to others. So, what is new and intelligent about that comment? How dumb. He wants government to intervene, as if Government is the solution. Almost all Government housing has been a disaster, in every Democrat run city. He blames Trump, but it was Obama who created an economy that was stagnant and prevented people from moving up the economic ladder. Trump has created what could be called an economic miracle: African American unemployment at the lowest level, same for all ethnic groups. Incomes and 401Ks increasing fast. Give me a break, why does EBE continually allow such poppycock in their publication? Does anyone study economics in college? Well, certainly not, if you want to publish in EBE. The fact that Mr. Chiu is an assemblyman for San Francisco in the California Legislature speaks very poorly regarding the Democratic Party. What is unfortunate is that Mr. Chiu's dribble is actually believed by some people.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/14/2019 at 9:14 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Content of your character, not the color of your skin. Let me see, who said that? How often so many people have forgotten what Dr. King admonished. This article should investigate whether or not the hiring criteria are biased. Do we not want the most highly qualified people to become firefighters, without regard to the color or the skin, ethnic origin, etc.? This article has a particular point of view prior to writing. What are the characteristics of the hiring process that are biased? Are these appropriate characteristics to become a firefighter? Could this person save his comrade in a dangerous situation where lives are on the line? Does this person know enough about fire science to determine what is possibly safe when entering a burning building? Does the person have prior experience fighting fires, such as forest fires? These are the criteria which should matter. Then the admonition of Dr. Martin Luther King would be recognized.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/07/2019 at 8:42 AM

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