Whirlpool has American consumers in a spin cycle

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first_imgSears is not what it was just 15 years ago, and is a shadow of what it was in the 1960s when its sales were almost 1 percent of U.S. GDP.Sears has been prostrated not by perfidious foreigners but also by America’s efficient, fairly recent “big box” retailers (Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, etc.) and by Amazon.The real villains, however, are American consumers, with their persnickety search for high quality and low prices.The president has until February to exercise his vast discretion regarding things like washing machine imports.If you are wondering how presidents came to have such discretion to impose taxation on American consumers, you have not been paying attention to Congress’ creation, by improperly delegated powers, of the imperial presidency.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? The tariff/tax, which is designed to limit the choices of, and increase the prices paid by, American consumers would be 50 percent on all imported machines, after the first 1.2 million.U.S. customers caused the importation of about 3 million Samsung and LG washers in 2016.Back in the day, Henry Ford said people could have the Model T in any color they wanted, as long as they wanted black.General Motors’ ascent was helped by offering color choices.Until recently, purchasers of washing machines had to want white ones.And ones that loaded in the top, and signaled the end of a cycle with buzzers.Then came imports in various colors, that loaded in the front, had chimes instead of buzzers, and other features. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — A household appliance will be the next steppingstone on America’s path to restored greatness.The government is poised to punish many Americans, in the name of protecting a few of them, because, in the government’s opinion, too many of them are choosing to buy foreign-made washing machines for no better reason than that the buyers think they are better.If you are wondering why the government is squandering its dwindling prestige by having opinions about such things, you have not been paying attention to Whirlpool’s demonstration that it is more adept at manipulating Washington than it is at making washing machinesIn 2006, when Whirlpool was paying $1.7 billion to buy its largest competitor, Maytag, federal regulators fretted that this would give the company too much market power.Whirlpool said: Fear not, competition from foreign manufacturers such as South Korea’s Samsung and LG will keep us sharp and benefit American consumers. Now, however, Whirlpool, which is weary of competition, has persuaded the U.S. International Trade Commission to rule that Samsung and LG should be reproached for what, 11 years ago, Whirlpool said it welcomed: competition.The U.S. market for washing machines has grown 35 percent in just five years.Whirlpool’s share of this market, although not the 70 percent it was in 2006, is still more than Samsung’s and LG’s combined 35 percent.In this happy circumstance, Whirlpool is profitable.It would, however, like to be more so, and it will be if the president accedes to the commission’s unanimous recommendation and imposes a “tariff-rate quota.”This is a tax, paid by American consumers, on imports that exceed a certain quantity that, in the government’s opinion (formed with the assistance of domestic manufacturers), is excessive.If you are wondering why the government has nothing better to do than have opinions about such things, you have not been paying attention to modern government’s vast diligence on our behalf. Competition increased, and so did Whirlpool’s reliance on the government, which in 2012 imposed duties on washing machines imported from South Korea and Mexico.Samsung and LG responded rationally, by what protectionists stigmatize as “country hopping,” moving some production to China, then Vietnam and Thailand. And now to the United States.Samsung and LG have announced plans to become domestic manufacturers.Samsung will open a manufacturing plant, with approximately 1,000 employees, in Newberry, South Carolina. LG’s plant will be near Clarksville, Tennessee.Before Whirlpool became dependent on government, it depended on Sears, which in the 1920s threw a financial lifeline to a struggling appliance manufacturer, Upton Machine Co., that became Whirlpool.According to The Wall Street Journal, as recently as 2002, when Sears sold 40 percent of the major appliances bought in America, sales through Sears generated about a fifth of Whirlpool’s revenues.In October, Sears announced that it would stop selling Whirlpool brand products because Whirlpool is powerful enough to make pricing demands that “would have prohibited us from” selling those products “at a reasonable price.”last_img read more

Guest Column: Ending tip credit will hit workers hard

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first_imgMuch like we are seeing up and down the West Coast, you will begin to see increased automation; businesses will move to a quick-serve or fast-casual model; or stores will close entirely—all of which would kill jobs and ultimately tax revenue in the Empire State.The last time New York gave tipped workers a 50 percent raise, we saw 273 full-service restaurants close (according to Census Bureau data).When Gov. Cuomo indicated his desire to change the tipping system, I started a Facebook group—Supporters of the Tip Credit in NY.I have learned in the last few months that we restaurant professionals are a difficult group to keep organized.We all are tasked with juggling our personal lives, work schedules and other responsibilities.Our Facebook group has grown to over 18,000 — which is incredible to see, but undoubtedly a huge responsibility.I’m consistently fending off trolls from our opposition, while trying also to ensure that all members remain respectful of others, as well as be factually informed.  It truly is a full-time job, for which I don’t get paid. But my livelihood is on the line and it’s time for us who are most intimately impacted by this change to stand up for our industry.While the governor’s intentions may be good, his intel is bad.He has fallen under the guise of ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Center), an anti-tipping activist group.According to filing data, ROC spent $80,000 last year to lobby Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature.The cost of upending and destroying my industry seems like a bargain.ROC claims that tipping exacerbates sexual harassment.With ROC’s encouragement, 16 female celebrities recently sent a “letter” to the governor that was published in The New York Times. I’m a bartender, a mother and now a grassroots organizer.Why? Because Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to upend my industry.I love being a bartender, for a multitude of reasons.The most important is the flexibility of my schedule.While my husband works a normal 9 to 5, I can be at home with my children.By working opposite schedules, it allows us to spend quality time with our children while maximizing our income.When I speak to thousands of tipped workers across our state, the two major reasons we choose to be tipped workers is the flexibility of hours and the great money we make. Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily Gazettecenter_img Many of us are college educated, yet we chose our profession because the money is good.Gov. Cuomo has said that he wants to change all this and upend my profession.He has proposed ending the tip credit.For those of that are new to this term, the tip credit allows us to count our tips towards our wage.It helps to keep menu prices reasonable, while we continue to remain the commission-based sales people we are.No matter how slow our week may be, we are always guaranteed the minimum wage.Ending the tip credit will have a multitude of negative effects. In turn, I wrote a letter showing that sexual harassment is a cultural issue and has nothing to do with tipping. I garnered more than 500 restaurant professionals to co-sign my letter.Admittedly terrible people exist everywhere; I am more likely to be harassed in a grocery store than I am at work, where my manager would have my back in showing that offender the door.At the public hearings over the next few months, Gov. Cuomo needs to hear the following message:The move to eliminate the tip credit is activist driven. Few-if-any servers or bartenders want this change.We are not asking for his help, we don’t need to be saved, and most importantly, you can keep our “raise”.Maggie Raczynski is a bartender in Speigletown.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 18

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first_imgConsider the effect of vapor on climateModels of climate change are little more than educated guesses. For one thing, models don’t even include the most common global warming gas, water vapor, which is far more common than CO2 or methane. The Republicans in Congress should declare Trump a “lame duck” president and work with Democrats to diminish his powers now, and not wait for the Mueller report.They should quickly pass laws (by two-thirds majority) that will limit the president’s executive powers, especially in regard to shutdowns and states of emergency. Sitting Republican senators and congressmen need to start rebuilding their party now.Louis BachScotia Trump is nation’s national emergencyThe only true national emergency this country is facing is the urgency of removing Trump from office.Louis Restifo Sr. SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine A population drop is on the horizonThis is in response to Doreen Harris’ Jan. 12 letter, “Include population in climate change fight.”  She states that “every individual should assess the “need” to reproduce” in order to fight climate change. The reduction in population began several years ago. The fertility rate (number of children per female) in the United States is below 1.7 and falling. Just recently, it dropped again. It requires a rate of 2.1 to replace the population we have; 2 to replace the husband and wife and 0.1 for early deaths. In Mexico, the rate has dropped from around 6 to just above 2. In most European countries, Italy, France, etc., the rate is well below that. It’s about 1.3 in Russia. In China, the rate is just above 1.1, even with a one-child-per-family policy, which has been changed,. But people there aren’t having more than one child due to numerous factors. In India, many sections also have a low fertility rate. It’s only in Africa that the rate is higher, but deaths are also higher. Projections are for the U.S. population to stop growing in 2040, level off, and then begin to drop in 2050. Without immigrants, we would see a quicker decline in population numbers. Be not stressed, Doreen, as the fight is being made.Arthur GlaudeRexfordcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRepublicans must take back their partyFact: Trump has destroyed the Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan, but it’s not too late. The reason modelers don’t include water vapor is because it’s too difficult to model. It varies from region to region and from season to season. But that’s no reason for not attempting to model it. We do know that warm air can hold more water vapor than cold air. So as the atmosphere warms, there is a synergistic effect, as warming begets more water vapor from the oceans, which enters the atmosphere and begets more warming.Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet is 50 percent higher than previously measured and is a major cause of concern. Lobes of the ice sheet may surge. Glaciers may advance, not at the rate of a few inches per day; they can surge up to 100 feet per day.The cause of these surges is unclear, but Greenland has conditions that seem ripe for surging. Water is flowing at the base of the glaciers, which decouples the glaciers from bedrock. And the leading base of the glaciers is being melted by seawater. Should Greenland completely de-glaciate by 2200, most coastal cities will be underwater. Venice will cease to exist and damage in the United States alone will be in the trillions of dollars.Richard Moody Jr.Middleburghlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 11

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first_imgGive owners of cats and dogs a tax breakI’ve wanted to write an opinion for years. Since the cost of living has been soaring, here’s a suggestion.So many people have been adopting cats and dogs and giving them good care. With the yearround costs of vet expenses and food, how about a tax break?The only thing free is the love we have for them.Agnes SantoroCentral BridgeFocus attention on plight of homelessWhat’s wrong with this picture? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others worry about the detention centers. What about the homeless street people?They don’t have a clean place to go, medical care, three meals a day, a bed, clean water or a bathroom.They live like wild animals outside. They should worry about the homeless in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities. Maybe some of the homeless people commit crimes just to go to jail. That way, they have three meals a day, a cot, medical care, air conditioning and heat.They better worry about the homeless street people. Help them, A.O.C. and others.To me, detention centers are like welfare —  free. U.S. taxpayers have to pay for them, too. They are crossing the border the wrong way.David MattasGloversville Racing horses is sad, cruel and deadlyHorse racing is very cruel, especially in 90-degree heat.Some horses finish the race and go back to their stalls and die.Horses are very noble animals; they depend on us to care for them.It’s very sad that humans put all this priority on speed. For what, fame and money?The priority should be their care and comfort. Trying to race them surely is not that.Then when they die or are hurt, the owners act like they care.Of course they don’t care or they would not participate in this cruelty.The whole thing is very sick and sad.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIf Trump’s Christian, he’s really bad at itSome of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters are far-right Christians such as Franklin Graham, head of the $765 million Billy Graham Evangelistic Association empire. Recently, Graham even asked for a national day of prayer for Trump, who, Graham says, was chosen by God. But it’s hard to see Trump as much of a Christian.Would a Christian “suffer the little children to come unto (him)” so that they could be separated from their mothers and locked in cages? And would a Christian break at least six of the Ten Commandments?No. 1: Second only to himself, Trump has always worshiped the Golden Calf before any god.No. 4: Although he hasn’t shot anyone in Times Square, he continues to support sending billions of dollars to his friends, the Saudis, so that they can slaughter thousands of Yemenis.No. 6: His adultery is legendary. What Christian needs to pay off strippers?And (No. 9), how many of his “conquests” may have been somebody else’s wife? And, what other Christian do you know who is being accused of raping or molesting 22 women?No. 7: Trump has “stolen” from numerous creditors by not paying off on their loans, declaring so many bankruptcies that only the corruption-riddled Deutsche Bank would do business with him. And then there are the kids who lost their tuition in the Trump University scam.No. 10: And, the “house” he has always coveted is, unfortunately, our White House.Some Christian.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.GlenvilleGrateful for return of cane left in cartI was recently at Hannaford in Rotterdam loading my car with groceries. I forgot my cane in the basket and didn’t think about it until I got home. I went back and some nice person brought it to Customer Service. Thank you. You saved my day.Carole RyanSchenectady last_img read more

Happy talk from the NAEA

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P&O to lodge giant Shell Haven plans

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What is ‘sweetener’? Savory provision introduced in omnibus jobs bill

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first_imgTopics : The sweetener will be paid one time only if the bill becomes law and is to be paid to employees working before the law takes effect.Read also: Omnibus bills submitted to House, public remains in dark”This will be a reward for workers,” Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah told reporters after a meeting with House of Representatives’ Commission IX overseeing manpower in Jakarta on Wednesday.The government submitted the long-awaited draft to the House on Wednesday afternoon after failing to meet its own deadline several times. If passed into law, the omnibus bill will amend more than a thousand articles in about 80 prevailing laws and is expected to attract more investment to help stimulate the country’s sluggish economy. Labor unions have voiced their objection to the bill, which has provisions overhauling the Labor Law, saying it will undermine their rights.The bill caps the compensation for laid-off workers at eight months of salary for 21 years of service from 10 months of salary for 24 years of service.The sweetener provision will not be applied to micro and small businesses.Read also: Palace operatives scramble to lobby labor groups over omnibus bill”We have communicated with employers and decided to rule out small businesses because not every employer is able to provide workers with sweeteners,” said Ida.According to Law No. 20/2008 on micro, small and medium businesses, micro businesses are those that have a maximum of Rp 300 million (US$21,900) of annual sales while small businesses are those that have annual sales between Rp 300 million and Rp 2.5 billion.center_img The government will make it compulsory for employers to provide bonuses or so-called “sweeteners” to reward employees in the omnibus bill on job creation.The draft of the bill, obtained by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, stipulates that employers must give the reward to improve worker welfare.Businesses would be required to provide a bonus equal to one month of salary to those who have worked for less than three years at the company, a two-month salary bonus to those who have worked between three and six years, a three-month salary to those who have worked between six and nine years, a four-month salary to those who have worked between nine and 12 years and a five-month salary for workers with a tenure of more than 12 years.last_img read more

PLN, Pupuk Indonesia to buy LNG from Masela plant

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first_imgMeanwhile, PT Pupuk Indonesia, the holding company of state-owned fertilizer producers, intends to buy 150 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of gas for 20 years to supply its fertilizer plants.After years of delays, Inpex secured a final approval from the government in July 2019 to develop a US$20 billion LNG plant in the Masela Block in the Arafura Sea. The plant, which is expected to start commercial production in 2027, will produce 9.5 million tons of LNG per annum.During the MoU signing ceremony, Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas) head Dwi Soetjipto gave an assurance that the licensing process for the Abadi project had been going “smoothly”, and expressed hope there would be no further delays.“So far, we have obtained a location permit from the local government, and the licensing process with the Environment and Forestry Ministry is going smoothly,” he saidHe added that of the $20 billion needed for the Abadi project, around $5.6 billion would be spent on purchasing local content, which would spur economic growth.  (mpr)Topics : Japanese oil and gas giant Inpex Masela Ltd will sell part of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced from its LNG plant in the Masela oil and gas block in eastern Indonesia to state-owned electricity company PLN and sate-owned fertilizer producer PT Pupuk Indonesia.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the sale of the LNG was signed in Jakarta on Wednesday by the president director of Inpex Masela, Kenji Kawano, the president director of PLN, Zulkilfi Zaini, and the president director of Pupuk Indonesia Aas Asikin Idat.Speaking following the signing of the MoU, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said PLN planned to purchase between 2 to 3 million tons of LNG per year to supply its power plants, which at present are fueled with diesel.last_img read more

Govt to involve universities, medical experts in fight against COVID-19: Moeldoko

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first_imgThe active involvement of medical scholars in concerted mitigation efforts will prove especially beneficial to the production of a vaccine, he added.This is the latest step to involve more parties in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Last week, the Health Ministry said its regional labs would be in charge of testing people suspected of having the disease, to ease concerns that the ministry had not been proactive enough in detecting infected cases and preventing the spread of the disease.The ministry previously insisted that only its Jakarta-based Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) was authorized to conduct throat swab tests and announce the results.As of the time of writing, there have been 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, resulting in one death. (rfa)Topics : The government plans to enlist the help of universities and other institutions to address the COVID-19 outbreak, which has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.“The WHO’s designation is our main reference; the Health Ministry must have anticipated [this development]. The Executive Office of the President will invite representatives from universities, health communities and the public to resolve this issue,” Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday.He went on to say that the government would no longer rely solely on the Health Ministry and health agencies for updates, but also actively engage health experts from a number of universities in its mitigation efforts.last_img read more

Kim Jong Un oversees military drill ahead of national assembly meeting

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first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw another military drill, state media reported Friday, ahead of a meeting of the country’s rubber-stamp parliament, which is going ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.The small-scale drill featured infantry units firing mortars at a target, and is the latest in a month of exercises by the North Korean military.Some earlier exercises included short-range ballistic missiles, and went ahead despite stringent measures the country has taken to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. The drill was held “to further fortify the country’s defence capabilities,” state news agency KCNA said in a report.”Sky-high militant spirit and enthusiasm pervade all the sub-units and artillerymen as they took part in the firing drill under the direct guidance of the Supreme Leader,” the outlet said.The Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) is due to hold its annual meeting on Friday.When the parliamentary meeting was announced last month, international observers said it was a sign of confidence by Kim’s government that he could gather hundreds of the country’s leaders in one place despite the pandemic.North Korea claims it has no confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2, but has said that it continues testing and has more than 500 people in quarantine, according to the World Health Organization.Topics :last_img read more