Kris Rosvold

Commercial Services Specialist, Central Oregon Heating & Cooling
Terrebonne, OR, United States

About Kris

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

refrigeration, Restaurant Equipment, Commercial Laundry Equipment, Commercial Property Repair

I'm passionate about

Life and Joy and Learning. Making my action match my belief.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim
Mike, If yo really believe that Obama is not just as bought-and-paid-for as Bush Jr (or almost any congress member since about 1970), I have a suggestion for you: Look at the HISTORY of Obamas' campaigns...Look at what he promised to do in order to get folks to mobilize and vote for him...Then look at what he ACTUALLY DID (NDAA...the "new" Patriot Act and same as the old one...just a more innocuous sounding name) the Monsanto Protection act which he SIGNED in spite of getting a petition against it from OVER 350,000 Citizens two weeks BEFORE he signed it. Re-autorization of the FISA Kangaroo "Courts" which have NO mechanism for Citizen Review. (and in point of fact...Make it CRIMINAL for any Citizen to even ATTEMPT review) Re-authorization of the CIA using "extreme rendition" (read Government Kidnapping) The guy campaigning and the guy in office are TWO DIFFERENT CRITTERS...and the latter one IS NOT WORKING FOR US!!!
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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim
Nice theory but, the law of unintended consequences says that if we were to do this then legislators would be accountable to NO ONE...as We would not be able to monitor what they are voting for or against....AND: As EVERY engineer knows any machine without negative feed back loops quickly runs out of control and destroys itself (and, quite possibly, it's surroundings). The problem is that this election "system" which we have has No negative feedback loop which supports the rights of the Citizens (or the Constitution). The only feedback loop is the one supporting the interests of the multinational corporations and the .05%. Hence the massive dysfunction from BOTH major parties and the complete inability of 3rd parties to break into the system and provide a feed back loop.
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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
A stepped minimum wage
Good, valid question but it needs MUCH more research...There is one minor fallacy in your opening statement....The implication that employers can not afford to pay a living wage...The problem is that over the past 35 years while we as a nation have seen incredible growth in worker productivity the wages and Bennes paid those workers have remained static or lost ground. If (for example) the MINIMUM wage of 1968 had kept pace with inflation and productivity it would now have to be over $22.00 per hour. The other hidden fallacy is that corporations can't afford to pay higher taxes.. The Corporations are lying..They absolutely CAN afford both a living wage and the higher taxes but it would cut their profit margins from double digits to the old (1980s) standard of 3% to 6%...THAT is what the wage fight is about from the corporate perspective...that is also why the past 6 administrations have allowed unfettered illegal immigration...it drives wages down...
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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
24 hour/3-day work week with $30.00 minimum wage starting in 2013. Solve multiple social and individual problems with this.
Nice setup from a corporate apologist. The fact of the matter is that while employee productivity is up some 40% and corporate profits are up over 150% (and corporate taxes are down some 25%) in the last 40 years...real wages FELL 15%. In other words the people who are making all that $$$$ for the corporations are getting screwed out of the increases in pay the corporations implied (40 years ago) would be coming with the productivity increases that the corporations wanted. We are Not "broke" we are being ROBBED, with the collusion of Congress!
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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
24 hour/3-day work week with $30.00 minimum wage starting in 2013. Solve multiple social and individual problems with this.
People ARE getting active (finally). I've watched over 40 years of "Sigh....you just can't fight city Hall." I've also railed against it for 40 years. These "legislators" work for US, at OUR pleasure...If they don't they get fired... at least in theory....problem is they don't care because they have cushy jobs lined up and the best lifetime healthcare in the country. I fear that they are not going to stop pandering for corporate profits short of armed insurrection. If it goes there, and it may well (remember the adage about being careful not to take from the man who has nothing left to loose?) they will bring out the military to put it down, and welcome to 1984....
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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
24 hour/3-day work week with $30.00 minimum wage starting in 2013. Solve multiple social and individual problems with this.
My apologies to both you and Fritzie, I did misunderstand. 3 day 24 hour week or, 4 day 32 hour week? It's great in theory. Stipulate that the Corporations are willing to provide a wage which can be lived upon, comfortably; and some sort of usable retirement and healthcare. Problem is that while per-worker productivity has increased dramatically, wages have dropped dramatically. For example in my case...I was earning $13 per hour in a hardware store in the early '90s. I am now as an equipment service technician able to get between $25 and $35 per hour...Yet my spending power is LESS than when I was making $12 per hour, and I haven't seen a raise in this rate for over 15 years. Due to inflation (intentionally created by the Government to lower the real cost of paying back it's debt) my per dollar purchasing power has decreased by well over 50%. It seems to me that these questions need to be answered before we take on trying to shorten the work week...I guess what I'm saying is that I would be OK with a shorter work-week but am not in a position to have the luxury of taking a reduction in salary for that shorter week.
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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
24 hour/3-day work week with $30.00 minimum wage starting in 2013. Solve multiple social and individual problems with this.
How about we go back to the era where a majority of the corporations in the country had SOME sense of noblesse oblige'? Also lets go back to when a $1 would buy a dozen eggs or a 1.25 gal of gas. Or we could go back to the 1940s when there was SOME sort of political outrage when corporations wrecked the economy. Good luck with that too. As to Unions, we need them. without unions, and with the illegal immigration that has been permitted by our government, we would be at (or below) slave wages for every job...With the Food service Union busted in the 1970s (with the collusion of congress) we ARE at slave wages for food service workers.. I've APPLIED for high end tech jobs. The employer would rather hire someone at 1/2 pay, and full time, Buy their visa (by claiming "there are no suitable candidates" which translates to "the locals won't or can't work for slave wages and still pay their bills") and then dump them here when the contract is over, than hire someone with direct experience and pay for that knowledge. If these mega-corporations had their way they would be paying below $20k a year for service engineers.
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Kris Rosvold
Posted over 1 year ago
Can Money Buy Happiness?
More money can help make folks happier, up to a point... By reducing the stress of: "where in my next meal coming from?"...Once all you needs are met, more $$ doesn't mean better unless you happen to be psychopathic.
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Kris Rosvold
Posted almost 2 years ago
Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?
You say: "The time has come to realise it is mainly our children who pay the ultimate price for lack of diligence in monitoring a problem that has been there for far too many years." As a former gun owner, US Navy Marksman, and student of the US Constitution, I agree with the words quoted above...just not the direction that you are trying to take that sentiment. The consideration from the Constitutional point of view is that the FIRST act of every single dictator in history has been to attempt to dis arm the citizens of the nation they are trying to take over. I've done a lot of research over the years and two very interesting facts stand out: 1) Our gun laws (about purchasing weapons) as they exist today, WORK. The have prevented felons and psychos from being able to buy a weapon. They worked in this case and they have worked with VERY few exceptions in the cases of other school shootings. 2) Virtually every single case of a psycho (yes, I KNOW it's not politically correct but if you shoot up a school or a mall, you are by definition a psycho!) shooting up a school was made possible by some legal gun owner NOT securing their weapons and said weapons were STOLEN by the psycho because they were prevented from buying them. Here's my suggestion: 1) REQUIRE legal gun owners to SECURE their weapons whenever the weapons are not on their person with a shrouded trigger lock and or gun SAFE (NOT a display cabinet) 2) REQUIRE gun owners to take a use and safety class every 2 (two) years that is at least 40 hours. 3)Require gun owners to have liability insurance. Every one of these school shootings, IMHO, has been a direct result of legal gun owners displaying gross negligence...