JASPER JOTTINGS Week 18 - 2010 May 02

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Make a better finger and the world beats a path to their door


April 13th, 2010 at 8:02 am
ProDigits – Individual Prosthetic Fingers Can Replace Any or All Fingers on a Hand

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Dr. Douglas G. Smith, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, agreed. “Motors are getting stronger and smaller, and the batteries are thinner and smaller, too,” he said, making it possible to fit mechanical components into the space formerly occupied by a finger.

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[JR: You have to admire human ingenuity in solving the problem of their fellow men. All motivated by the "larger market". Greed is good. It's motivating. And, the paradox is that someone can only get rich by serving their fellow man. Amusing?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 25 2010 12:37 PM

JLINKEDIN: Monahan, Michael [MC1983] Reg Mgr at Encon HAC


Monahan, Michael [MC1983]
Mechanical Engineer – Regional Manager at Encon Heating & Air Conditioning
Greater New York City Area
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 25 2010 1:37 PM

JOBIT: Sullivan, Eugene Leo Jr. [MC1945 RIP]


Eugene Leo Sullivan, Jr.

Mr. Sullivan, 86, of Bayside, NY died April 15, 2010 in Matthews, NC, while reminiscing of his wife, who passed days earlier. Raised in Bayside, Long Island, he resided in the Albany, NY and New Orleans, LA areas before retiring in North Carolina. As a graduate of Manhattan College and NY Maritime College, Captain Sullivan could pilot any ship on the ocean. He enlisted in 1941 during WWII and served in the Merchant Marines, Coast Guard, and Naval Reserves during his fifty year career, which included eight awards. Gene was the son of Marguerite McGrath and Eugene L. Sullivan, of NYC. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia O’Grady, three brothers and one daughter.

He is survived by daughter Doreen and son ‘Chip’ (ELS III) and three grandchildren, Kalley, Camryn, and Colby Sullivan.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held 4 p.m., May 5th, at St. Gabrielle’s Catholic Church and Red Rocks Cafe on Providence Road, Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 027 of Monroe, NC.

Published in Charlotte Observer on April 25, 2010


Sullivan, Eugene Leo Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/28k6elp

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Dear John,

   I believe that Gene is a member of the Class of 1945.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sullivan, Eugene Leo Jr. [MC1945 RIP]

    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 25 2010 3:37 PM
    * Updated: Mon, Apr 26 2010 3:27 AM

JLINKEDIN: Cooney, Thomas {MC1998] SrPrinEng at Hazen and Sawyer


Cooney, Thomas {MC1998]
Senior Principal Engineer at Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.
Greater Atlanta Area
Environmental Services

Summary: Licensed Professional Engineer with ten years in the Environmental Engineering and Science Consulting industry. Accomplished work on several high-profile projects for New York City. Subject matter expert in Biological Nutrient Removal/Advanced Wastewater Treatment and Regional Water Planning. Demonstrated experience in the development of drinking water supply alternatives for New York City and upgrades to water supply and distribution infrastructure. Developed relationships with business development executives within firm to compose project proposals and cultivate a solid relationship with clients for future benefit. Proven ability to provide quality deliverables in a timely manner with focus on overall budget. Excellent technical and communication skills.

Specialties: ENR/BNR, water, wastewater, regional planning, BIOWIN, feasibility studies, water resources, land use planning, environmental permitting

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 25 2010 6:25 PM

JBLOGGER: O’Bannon, Deb [MC1983] on storm damage


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Water, Water News Magazine

Here is a link to the Civil Engineering article http://goo.gl/MiT6  on storm damage of water lines and wastewater systems. Dr. Deb walked the show through some surprising aspects of storm damage. She also shared some news about algae problems in China and how this radio show (“Water, Water Everywhere”) fits in the need for public education about our infrastructure.

Posted by Dr. Deb O’Bannon at 12:01 PM

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O’Bannon, Deb [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe tha Prof. Deb is a member of the Class of 1983.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Bannon, Deb [MC1983]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 25 2010 9:08 PM
    * Updated: Mon, Apr 26 2010 7:29 PM

MNEWS: MC makes the NY Post; not the way we’d like it, imho


Veterans help NBA hopefuls
Last Updated: 5:31 AM, April 25, 2010
Posted: 2:33 AM, April 25, 2010

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“I’d definitely go,” said Rico Pickett, the Manhattan College guard who after a season that included a disciplinary suspension has declared but doesn’t have an agent. “I’m hoping for a legit shot of going to try out for a team, showing what I can do. Hopefully, somebody has interest.”

The concern over the new ruling is it simply does not afford time to gather information for a proper decision. Teams cannot talk to or work out players until April 29. Then players without agents have 13 days to decide: stay in the draft or withdraw. Compounding matters are NCAA rules forbidding players, under threat of eligibility loss, from missing class to visit NBA teams.

Entering the weekend, 63 underclassmen had declared, roughly half without agents. Last year, 104 declared, 55 withdrew. The largest batch was in 2005 when 110 declared and 50 withdrew. Projections are for a record of underclassmen declaring this year. Some suggest fears of an NBA labor lockout next year are fueling the declarations this year.

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[JR: Unfortunately for these kids, (more like children than men). the NCAA ain't looking out for them. It's a racket with "student athlete" lipstick. These kids are raw material into the shredder that's the NCAA. All to make money for the "schools". At least baseball is honest enough to have the minor leagues. Anti-trust?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 25 2010 11:46 PM

JLINKEDIN: Brostowicz, Walter (MC1968)


Brostowicz, Walter (MC1968)
President at CFO-TO-GO LLC (Self-employed)
Independent Management Consulting Professional
New London/Norwich, Connecticut Area
Consumer Goods

Summary: I am a focused, quality driven finance and operations executive with a proven track record of effective leadership, astute and timely decision making, demonstrated analytical prowess, and long-term vision. Upon discussing my background in appropriate depth, you will quickly discover that I am fearless in the leadership role, welcoming scrutiny in methods and results. At this stage of my career, I am eager to apply, with considerable advantage, the skills and knowledge which I possess to a senior management opportunity seeking dramatic revenue growth and profit enhancement. This communication is the launch pad from which my pursuit initiates momentum. Effective response and precise application of resources, in a timely manner, are critical to the success of any endeavor. I present myself and my experience laden credentials as, equally, an effective response and a valuable resource.

Specialties: Finance and operations management, union negotiations, marketing strategy and tactical implementation, logistics, capital markets

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[JR: And Walter is one of my Manhattan Prep classmates. Who's email bounces and I thought lost. Woot!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 26 2010 11:09 AM

JUPDATE: McNamara, Brian J. (MC1973) Foley & Lardner LLP


McNamara, Brian J. (MC1973)
Foley & Lardner LLP
3000 K Street
Washington, DC 20007

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 26 2010 12:20 PM

JUPDATE: Vorvolakos, Alkmini (2006) PepsiCo

Vorvolakos, Alkmini (2006)

Westwood, New Jersey 07675

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 26 2010 1:17 PM

JFOUND: Dilg, Jim [MC1964?] Cathedral Prep


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Mr. Jim Dilg

Jim Dilg is a graduate of Manhattan Prep High Schol and received his B.S. from Manhattan College and his M.A. from New York University. He started teaching at Cathedral Prep in 1964 (part-time) and will be completing his 39th year at the Prep in June. Jim is presently the Physical Education Chairman, but has also taught Health and Environmental Biology. He has served as Athletic Director and coached the Varsity Basketball, Baseball and Track teams. Currently, he serves as Alumni Director, intramural director, and coordinates the Booster Club Phoneathon. He has been the Treasurer of the Brooklyn-Queens Catholic High School Athletic Association for over 25 years. Jim and his wife Kathleen reside in Hicksville, and they have three children: Maureen, Matthew and Patricia. The Dilges have been involved in church and parish ministries over the years. Jim enjoys gardening and rooting for his Jaspers, and, of course, the Crusaders.

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Dilg, Jim [MC????]

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— In Manhattan_Prep yahoogroup Peter Gallaher wrote:

MP 1960, MC probably 1964. Richie Scarlata would know more.

[JR: Thanks, Peter. Much appreciated.]

Dilg, Jim [MP1960MC1964?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 26 2010 5:43 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Apr 27 2010 10:27 AM

JFOUND: Gallagher, Joe [MC1949] remembers the Prep



Hugh Biens starred at Manhattan Prep, a small school located on one floor of De La Salle Hall on the Manhattan College campus. Biens led the Jasper Prepsters to either a NYC title or the CHSAA final four, quite an achievement. The scuttlebutt was that Manhattan College recruited Biens but Georgetown’s pitch included a scholarship to law school. I assume that was within NCAA rules ’cause the Jesuits wouldn’t cross the ethics line, would they? The Christian Brothers closed Manhattan Prep around 1971 as they were running out of Brothers to staff the faculty.

Joe Gallagher
Louisville, Tennessee
Manhattan Prep ’44
Manhattan College ’49

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 26 2010 8:18 PM

JEMAIL: Moore, Kevin (MC1980) reports on Schreifer, Russ [MC1980] quote

Dear CIC,

In an article on the new Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, there is a quote from Russ Schreifer, a classmate from 1980 in the Weekly Standard, a magazine of political opinion. Russ is a political consultant for Gov. Christie. I am sure it can be accessed by going to www.weeklystandard.com.

Kevin Moore

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The breadth of change proposed by Christie—“bold action now to reverse the direction we have taken for many years”—has surprised many New Jerseyans. He was less candid during the campaign, for a reason. Voters “wanted back then what he’s doing now,” said Russ Schriefer, Christie’s media consultant. “But he couldn’t do it now if he’d said it back then.”

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Moore, Kevin (MC1980)

Schreifer, Russ [MC1980]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 27 2010 1:33 AM

JPLAXO: Decker, David (MC1974) Director, Lake George Watershed


Decker, David (MC1974)
Director, Lake George Watershed Coalition
Lake George, New York

Organization formed in 2001 to execute the priority actions of a long term watershed mgt plan focusing on water quality protection and resource conservation.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 27 2010 6:25 AM

JPLAXO: Codispoti, Joseph (1979) IP Counsel, Siemens

Codispoti, Joseph (1979)
Associate Chief IP Counsel, Siemens
Iselin, NJ

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 28 2010 6:33 AM

JOBIT: Ryan, William Joseph [MC1947 RIP]


William Joseph Ryan, 87, born May 29, 1922 in Providence, RI to George and Madeline (Cahir) Ryan, passed away on April 24, 2010 at Stuart F. Meyer Hospice, Palm Coast, FL.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 30th at 10:00 am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, 4600 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The church will receive William on Thursday, April 29th at 6 pm with a scripture wake service; visitation will follow till 8 pm.

Mr. Ryan was a retired principal at Danbury High School in Danbury, CT. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College; where he majored in French. He then went on to obtain two Masters Degrees from Fairfield University. He coached basketball and track at LaSalle Academy, Providence, as well as at Danbury High School.

He served his country during WW II in the US Army/Air Corp., China Burma India Theater.

He was a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, a member of the VFW, the New England Club, and the Irish Social Club, all of Palm Coast, as well as the Holy Name Society, and Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 64 yrs., Jean F. Ryan, Palm Coast; sons, James Michael Ryan, Danbury, CT., Mark Brendan Ryan, Palm Coast; daughters, Jean R. Tepas and her husband, Joseph, Jacksonville, FL, Mary Virginia Ryan and her husband, William Storey, Westwood, MA, Sheila R. DeBold and her husband, Kenge, Murrieta, CA; brothers, Thomas Ryan, Cranston, RI, Charles Ryan, No. Providence, RI; sister, Ann McCrink, Cranston, RI.; 5 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, George, John and James as well as by a sister, Mary.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Danbury High School Scholarship Fund in the name of William J. Ryan. Friends may send condolences to www.LohmanFuneralHomes.com. Arrangements are under the careful supervision of Lohman Funeral Home Palm Coast.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on April 28, 2010


Ryan, William Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/2bj2vr4

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Dear John,

   I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1947.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ryan, William Joseph [MC1947 RIP]

    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 28 2010 8:33 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Apr 29 2010 5:58 AM

JUPDATE: Walker, Melissa Anne (MC2009) AAE at Amerisc Benefits

Walker, Melissa Anne (MC2009)
Assistant Account Executive
The Amerisc Benefits Corp.
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 28 2010 11:44 AM

JUPDATE: Puello, Brenda (MC2009?) Animal Specialty Center

Puello, Brenda (MC2009?)
Animal Specialty Center
Bronx, New York 10468

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 28 2010 11:47 AM

JPLAXO: Dreschnack, Paul (MC1978) Metairie, LA

Dreschnack, Paul (MC1978)
Metairie, LA

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 29 2010 6:37 AM

JUPDATE: Dimino-Pao, Patricia (MC????) NJ St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf

Dimino-Pao, Patricia (MC????)
Lower School Supervisor
St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf
Marlboro, New Jersey 07746

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 29 2010 11:28 PM

JHQ: Reunion info leaked in Google


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The alumni relations office is proud to welcome you back to Manhattan College for your upcoming Reunion Weekend celebration. Please join us for all or part of an exciting events lineup planned for you, your family and friends. Information available from this site can be used to plan your return to the College so that you can thoroughly enjoy the campus, the neighborhood, and, most importantly, reconnect with classmates and other alumni.

Save the Date:

Friday, June 4-Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Office of College Advancement would like to enlist your help to encourage your classmates to attend their reunion weekend. It will not require a lot of time or effort but we have found that attendance grows when classmates are invested in the process. When Jaspers reunite on the Quad, it’s an unforgettable experience. Please contact us for further information at alumni@manhattan.edu or (718) 862-7977.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 30 2010 12:34 AM

ADMINISTRIVIA: Backup, backup, and backup

A Jasper recently found his laptop “smoked”. And, has no backup.

Wisdom, some wag said, is the ability to learn from other people’s mistakes.

I’ve had two drives, in corporate laptops, die on me. The corporate backup solution didn’t work. The hardware vendor replaced the drive. But I was screwed. I lost stuff I never recovered from. It hurt me professionally. I learned that lesson the hard way.

In order I’d recommend, Carbonite (60$/year), Apple Time Capsule (300$ one time), Mozy, or other backup solutions.

So, learn from his and my bad experience. It WILL happen to you. All disk drives fail. The only question is when?

Fore warned is fore armed.

Remember, you don’t have to pay tuition at the School of Hard Knocks, aka experience bad things yourself. You are permitted to “cheat” and avoid this particular “pothole on the road of life”.


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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 30 2010 12:49 AM

JPLAXO: Birkeland, Steven (MC1994) School Counselor NYC DoE


Birkeland, Steven (MC1994)
School Counselor, New York City Department of Education

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Grew up on Long Island in a small town called Bayport on the South Shore of Suffolk County. Started sailing and swimming at age 4 and haven’t stopped since.

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[JR: And a JBlogger too. Added to the Jasper Blogger page. http://goo.gl/XIRk ]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 30 2010 8:09 AM

JUPDATE: Amoruso, Paul M. (1974) Consultant GA

Amoruso, Paul M. (1974)
Marietta, GA 30066

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 30 2010 11:33 PM

JPLAXO: Ward, Barry (MC1973) Pine Manor College

Ward, Barry (MC1973)
Pine Manor College

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 1 2010 12:32 AM

JPLAXO: Zammit, Valentine (MC1970) Management Consultant

Zammit, Valentine (MC1970)
Management Consultant

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 1 2010 1:21 AM

JPLAXO: Kilcoyne, Stephen (MC1987) Gotham Technology Group, LLC

Kilcoyne, Stephen (MC1987)
Gotham Technology Group, LLC

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 1 2010 6:16 AM

JEMAIL: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) questions intelligent life

From: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)
Date: May 1, 2010 2:25:17 PM EDT
To: “Ferdinand J. Reinke”
Subject: FW: [ManhattanCollegeAlumni] Digest Number 601

I’m not sure about intelligent life…..but I am still here…..in spite of (or because of) everything……..

Just broadcast my eighth poetry reading over USTREAM.TV It is now available on YouTube….

I hope that all English Majors, past and present, have enjoyed a very happy National Poetry Month!!!!!

AMDG (my husband’s influence….)

all best,

MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick
Mount Vernon, NY 10552-1826




Poetry podcasts hosted by Podbean.com:

See my listing in the ArtsWestchester Artist Directory:

Read my articles!!!


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[JR: The woman has a bigger signature and more web presence than I do. I'll have to get working. For those that didn't have FOUR years of Manhattan Prep Latin, (and other gibberish), AMDG is "Ad maiorem (or majorem) Dei gloriam" or "For the greater glory of God". Now please keep that Jesuit propaganda out of a good Christian Brothers forum. Our Latin motto was: "Illegitimus non carborundum est" translated to "Mothers, don't let your boys grow up to be lawyers." and "Fathers, don't let your daughters date Jasper injineers". Either is acceptable. Or so I'm told by my classmates who passed Latin. And, Math. And, so many many other subjects.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 1 2010 3:08 PM

ENDNOTE: So what’s wrong with a “minimum wage”? Everything!


Jewish World Review
April 14, 2010 / 30 Nissan 5770
Minimum Wage Cruelty
By Walter Williams

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One of the more insidious effects of minimum wages is that it lowers the cost of racial discrimination; in fact, minimum wage laws are one of the most effective tools in the arsenals of racists everywhere, as demonstrated by just a couple of examples. During South Africa’s apartheid era, its racist unions were the major supporters of minimum wages for blacks. South Africa’s Wage Board said, “The method would be to fix a minimum rate for an occupation or craft so high that no Native would likely be employed.” In the U.S., in the aftermath of a strike by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, when the arbitration board decreed that blacks and whites were to be paid equal wages, the white unionists expressed their delight saying, “If this course of action is followed by the company and the incentive for employing the Negro thus removed, the strike will not have been in vain.”

Tragically, minimum wages have the unquestioned support of good-hearted, well-meaning people with little understanding who become the useful idiots of charlatans, quacks and racists.

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Good old Walter Williams, wish I was so smart.

I tumbled to the “minimum wage” scam back in the Hands Across New Jersey tax revolt. I asked myself why were the unions and gooferment workers so hot about increasing the minimum wage.

Were they concerned about “social justice” and the poor?

Yeah right. They were just being “Mother Teresa” about the poor.

Then, I got insight. They were jacking up their own salary. All the union and gooferment bureaucrat wage tables are anchored by the minimum wage. To misquote JFK, “A rising minimum wage raises all boats or union wages”. Or in this case, all wage tables.

So our selfless “public servants” were just voting themselves a raise.

Now let’s look at the “social justice” aspect or “minimum wage”. Is it moral or even “fair” to prevent some one to from earning something or forcing them onto the dole? What right do you, through the guns of gooferment, to prevent an honest bargain for labor that benefits the buyer and seller. Freely offered and accepted.

On a personal level, I will cite my cousin, the very “bad” elevator operator, (bad, in the sense of incompetent, how does one “lose” your elevator; basically a very nice person), who thanks to the FIRST federal minimum wage hike I remember in the late 60’s, lost “her” job. NYC buildings found it economical to change to automatic controls. And, gobs of people lost “their” jobs. In my cousin’s case, that was the last time she worked outside the home. Today, she’s still paying for that political diktat.

Work that can not be profitably done at below the minimum wage just doesn’t gets automated like the elevator, off-shored to overseas, or just doesn’t get done. People will figure out a “black market” in its place. As with any time the government sets a price floor, or ceiling, they ensure shortages, dislocations, and sub-optimum results.

“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” Mother Teresa

Time to eliminate the minimum wage. Allow the poor the dignity of honest humble work. And, lower the overall cost to society of wages tied to a “minimum”.

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    * Posted on: Sat, May 1 2010 6:37 PM

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