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  • Knowingly Jumping Off a Cliff (US Postal Service and their unions are fleecing you)

    06/16/2011 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 20 replies
    Evolving Excellence ^ | 15 June 2011 | Kevin Meyer
    The Bloomberg Businessweek cover story on the U.S. Postal Service a couple weeks ago was a real stunner - filled with so many juicy tidbits that it took a while to digest.  It is just phenomenal that a handful of ingnoramuses (ignorami?) are doing this to a once proud example of American ingenuity. We've heard the story over the past several years - the rise of email has demolished traditional first class mail.  Free markets created the likes of UPS and FedEx, and thanks to better and more reliable service customers willingly paid substantially more for those products.  So what...
  • Taxpayers on the Hook for Retiree Costs for Federal Contractors

    06/10/2011 10:04:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Fox Business ^ | June 10, 2011 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    A surprising new government report shows that taxpayers have been footing the bill for retiree benefits not just for federal workers, but for independent freelance contractors who do work for the government as well. And no one is watching the store to see if your tax dollars are being wasted. Taxpayers for years have been covering private contractors' retiree costs for things like pensions and health care, even though these workers are not on the federal payroll. Taxpayers also cover these retiree costs for contractors' spouses, too, and in some cases if contractors want to retire early (at age 50),...
  • Military Update: Gates tosses military pay, benefits into risk pool [militRY under attack]

    06/04/2011 4:23:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 37 replies
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next 12 years. Specifically he criticized a “one-size-fits-all approach” to basic pay and retirement, suggesting “tiered and targeted” methods could cost less but pay more to service members in “high demand and dangerous specialties.” He implied pay levels overall are set too high as evidenced by...
  • How many federal and postal workers can retire?

    05/20/2011 8:01:18 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2011 | Ed O'Keefe
    About 550,000 full-time career federal government and U.S. Postal Service could hang it up and move on at anytime because they are eligible to retire, according to government statistics. The eligible workers represent about a quarter of the 2.4 million permanent full-time employees collecting government or postal paychecks.
  • Gov. John Kasich says federal workers have 'zippo, zero' ability to collectively bargain

    05/11/2011 8:06:53 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 21 replies ^ | May 11, 2011 | Politifact
    Equity among workers is one of Republican Gov. John Kasich’s most consistent arguments in favor of Ohio’s new collective bargaining law. The law, Senate Bill 5, will bring Ohio’s public workers closer in line with private sector workers, who, on average, pay more for health care benefits and have weaker pensions, Kasich repeatedly has said. Now the governor is weaving collective bargaining for federal workers – or lack thereof – into his support for the law. Even though SB 5 restricts collective bargaining for the state’s 360,000 public workers, they would still be better off than federal workers, Kasich recently...
  • No Proposed Change to Federal Retirement, Pay Systems in Budget Proposal

    04/19/2011 5:54:22 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 11 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | April 15, 2011 | Ralph Smith
    Before the president's speech this week, there was speculation that he would adopt the recommendations of the deficit recommendation commission. The commission made its recommendations late last year and, among other things, recommended changes to the federal retirement system and the federal employee health insurance system as part of reducing the federal government's massive spending deficit. But that did not happen.
  • Unemployment Drops In 93 North Carolina Counties (the bad news - 37,000 lose extended benefits)

    04/06/2011 5:47:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    WITN ^ | 4/06/11
    Unemployment Drops In 93 North Carolina CountiesThe state says unemployment increased in just one county in the state, and that county is here in Eastern Carolina. Posted: 1:46 PM Apr 6, 2011 County unemployment rates dropped in all but seven of North Carolina's counties in February. In six of those counties the rate remained the same, while only in Perquimans County did the unemployment rate actually rise, by .3% from January. Here in Eastern Carolina unemployment in the Greenville metro area dropped by a full percent to 9.7%, in Jacksonville down by .3% to 8.7%, in Goldsboro the rate also...
  • Catholic university will offer partner benefits.

    03/25/2011 8:37:48 AM PDT · by ThisLittleLightofMine · 45 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 3/24/2011 | unknown
    <p>MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette University in Milwaukee will begin offering domestic partner benefits to its employees beginning next year.</p> <p>The move by the Catholic, Jesuit university comes about a year after the school rescinded a job offer to a lesbian and scholar at Seattle University. Marquette officials said at the time, rescinding the job offer to Jodi O'Brien had nothing to do with her sexual orientation. But, it triggered heated debate on campus over the issue.</p>
  • Union equates lavish benefits to black civil rights

    03/17/2011 6:52:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/17/11 | Byron York
    "Madison is just the beginning!" AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka told a union rally in Annapolis on Monday. "Like that old song goes, 'You ain't seen n-n-n-n-nothing yet!' " Fresh from defeat in Wisconsin, union leaders are planning a new campaign not just to head off future challenges to their collective bargaining powers but also to make the case that organized labor's benefits and prerogatives -- wages, health care, and pensions that are more generous than those of comparable workers in the private sector -- are the moral equivalent of rights won by black Americans
  • 'Outstate' Wisconsin vs the unions

    03/16/2011 3:24:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | March 16, 2011 | Bill Weckesser
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's support has been found, but to do so it looks like a reporter needs to leave Milwaukee and Madison. Bloomberg observes that Katherine Cramer Walsh of the University of Wisconsin-Madison reports that she found "bitterness while doing research in 27 communities, where many residents work multiple jobs without benefits while local government employees have health coverage and pensions." "I heard a lot of comments and conversations about the rural-urban divide in our state," said Walsh, an associate professor of political science. "I was very struck by how resentful people in so-called outstate Wisconsin are of Madison...
  • Anger brews over government workers' benefits

    03/08/2011 7:56:59 AM PST · by Poundstone · 49 replies
    AP ^ | March 8, 2011 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn't ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. "I don't think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well," said the Slinger, Wis., woman. She's been working a couple of bartending jobs since January, when she was laid off from her job at a Harley Davidson plant after almost a decade. She's not alone in seeing public servants as public enemies in some ways. It's a case of pension envy.
  • Pleased to meet you, I'm a federal employee

    03/02/2011 6:09:10 AM PST · by Poundstone · 134 replies ^ | March 2, 2011 | Mark A. Young
    I am proud to be a federal employee. Let me repeat, proud to be one of millions across the nation who work as a public servant and who believes that public employees choose careers so they can be a vital part of the glue that holds this nation together. Who are we? We are your neighbors, we are your friends, we are your fellow parishioners, and the people who sit with you watching the children and grandchildren at the ballpark or the basketball court. We are not faceless and anonymous "others." We are people you have known all your lives.
  • Is the Lavish Cost of Recent Firefighter's Funeral in LA Another Example of Union Benefits Overkill?

    02/26/2011 10:36:44 AM PST · by Stayfree · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Self | February 26, 2011 | Stayfree
    Thousands of firefighters in uniform on paid agency time came from different fire agencies all over Southern California to attend Glenn Allen's funeral bringing with them tens of millions of dollars of firefighting equipment, helicopters. Just the cost of fuel alone must have cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, notwithstanding the cost of salaries and accrued benefits of thousands of active duty firefighters. His funeral must have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars thanks to union rules that permit such a waste of taxpayer funds. I personally mean no disrespect to his family, but if it were not...
  • Christie: Wis. a class clash [the people who get benefits, and the taxpayers who pay for them]

    02/22/2011 5:15:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Christie: Wis. a class clash Chris Christie invoked Wisconsin's massive union-rights clash in his second annual budget address Tuesday, saying the protests are over a system with "two classes of citizens" — the people who get benefits, and the taxpayers who pay for them. Christie hailed New Jersey as leading the charge for other states with the belt-tightening practices he prescribed in his budget last year. And now, he said, the Garden State will follow what he coined as the "New Normal" of spending as they have the money, to try to ease the crush of debt. "In Wisconsin and...
  • End Public Sector Unions...Period

    02/20/2011 1:38:42 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2011 | C. Edmund Wright
    However, public sector "collective bargaining" is a bad joke, given that there are only chairs on one side of the bargaining table. The bigger universe of interested parties have zero representation in the process. There is no natural force working to keep costs in line...
  • (in the interest of "open and transparent gov") Salaries For City Employees Posted Online

    02/14/2011 6:24:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    KTVU Bay City News ^ | February 13, 2011
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The latest information about the salaries and benefits of each San Jose city employee was posted online Friday in an effort to maintain transparency in the city's government. The compensation information, which can be accessed at, is from 2010, the latest year available, according to city officials. Former police Chief Robert Davis had the highest total compensation - more than $534,000 in salary and benefits - for the year, according to the report. City Manager Debra Figone - who made more than $276,000 in 2010 - said the release of the information is an example...
  • Superintendents enjoy super benefits (Central TX schools)

    02/09/2011 11:36:24 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 14 replies · 1+ views
    KXAN-TV, Austin ^ | Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 | Nanci Wilson
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - With Texas facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, every school district is facing tough decisions. Some districts are considering closing schools and laying off teachers. So, why are some districts giving their superintendent raises and super-sized benefits? And do parents really know what their superintendent earns? Apparently, not. (exerpt - continues at link below)
  • Are increasing disability numbers hurting Social Security

    01/29/2011 11:46:23 PM PST · by jmclemore · 59 replies
    Congressional Budget office ^ | July 22, 2010 | Congressional Budget office
    Summary The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program pays cash benefits to non elderly adults (those younger than age 66) who are judged to be unable to perform “substantial” work because of a disability but who have worked in the past; the program also pays benefits to some of those adults’ dependents. In 2009, the Disability Insurance program paid benefits to almost 8 million disabled beneficiaries and about 2 million of those beneficiaries’ spouses and children. Between 1970 and 2009, the number of people receiving DI benefits more than tripled, from 2.7 million to 9.7 million (unless otherwise specified, all...

    01/29/2011 9:06:02 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 175 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | 1/29/11 | Steve Benen
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) broke unexpected ground this week, presenting a budget plan that included freezing Veterans Affairs health care spending and cutting veterans' disability benefits considerably. To put it mildly, the Bachmann proposal has not gone over well among groups representing the needs and interests of veterans.
  • Requests for unemployment benefits up due to snow (Global warming strikes again!)

    01/27/2011 9:00:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Google ^ | 1/27/11
    Requests for unemployment benefits up due to snow(AP) – 6 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week, but the figures were largely distorted by rare snowstorms that swept through the Southeast. Applications surged last week by a seasonally adjusted 51,000 to 454,000, the highest level since late October, the Labor Department said Thursday. A government analyst said that a major reason for the spike was the harsh weather in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. That forced many companies to shut down temporarily and also prevented many people from...
  • Obama Benefits in Having Palin as His Foil

    01/18/2011 8:13:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/18/11 | Matt Bai
    There was Sarah Palin again Monday, assuring Sean Hannity on Fox News that she was not going to be silenced, no matter what abuse might come her way. “Other people are facing much greater hardships and making greater sacrifices than I am in just engaging in debate,” said the woman who reportedly made $250,000 per episode of her recently concluded reality show. She added, several times, “This isn’t about me.” A lot of Republicans in Washington certainly wish that were the case. But as the new House majority begins its push this week to scale back the Obama agenda, it...
  • Bringing Balance to Public Benefits

    01/12/2011 6:32:21 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2011 | James Hohman
    There’s a way to save Michigan taxpayers $5.7 billion without cutting a single program, eliminating any government job or touching public wages. That’s more than enough to balance the state’s budget, repeal the Michigan Business Tax, fix Michigan’s roads and still have money left over. Michigan can do all this through government employee perks parity. Compensation comes from wages and benefits like paid leave, employer-paid retirement contributions, health insurance and other benefits. In recent years, the cost of these benefits in the public sector has exploded while the private sector has been getting them under control...
  • Assembly bill would limit pension benefits for UC executives - and others (6-figure 'earners')

    01/08/2011 9:01:04 AM PST · by Libloather
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/08/11 | Laurel Rosenhall
    Assembly bill would limit pension benefits for UC executives -- and othersBy Laurel Rosenhall Published: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 3A The backlash is mounting against the 36 University of California executives who wrote a letter last month demanding higher pensions. Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced a bill that would limit the pension benefits available to highly paid workers in all public retirement programs – including UC's. **SNIP** Hill's Assembly Bill 89 would require all public retirement programs in California to adhere to the IRS cap when calculating benefits for employees who join the...
  • Pay freezes put Air Force Civilians in Flux (one consequence of federal pay freeze)

    01/07/2011 6:01:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 57 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 7, 2011 | Robert F. Dorr
    Today is the day to say thanks to an unsung group in the Air Force: civilian employees. The Air Force wouldn’t run as smoothly if it weren’t for those 173,013 dedicated workers. They perform an incredible range of duties, from managing information technology systems to maintaining aircraft. Civilian employees are going to face tougher times in the coming year. They’re looking at a two-year pay freeze that President Obama wants to impose to reduce the federal deficit. Some will fight that battle with the help of the American Federation of Government Employees, a union, and professional societies; others, though, have...
  • County/City/School level Spending/Benefits

    01/06/2011 9:35:54 AM PST · by unique · 4 replies
    vanity | January 6, 2011 | Me
    I'm looking for input relating to County level spending, specifically in CA if possible. For example: How does one assess the fiscal performance of a county/city or is that even possible? Do City and County employees participate in the SS program, in addition to receiving a pension from the City or County? What about School teachers? In my county, the road department is always whining about not having sufficient funding to fix county roads - is there a way (for a citizen) to assess performance at the county department level?
  • Diane Rehm Show on Public Employee Pensions

    01/06/2011 7:38:50 AM PST · by Poundstone · 9 replies
    The Diane Rehm Show ^ | January 5, 2011 | Diane Rehm Show
    State and local government workers have reason to feel somewhat besieged. Declining revenues in many states have compelled politicians to take a hard look at expenses, and increasingly, the focus has been on salary and benefit packages promised to public employees. Research suggests that compared to the private sector, some state and local workers do earn more, but critics argue targeting public employees' wage and benefit packages and their collective bargaining power is an easy way to side step more basic issues such as the need for economic growth. Join us for a discussion of state budgets and public sector...
  • What you pay for Medicare won't cover your costs

    12/31/2010 3:19:25 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 47 replies
    Waterbury Republican-Republican via A.P. ^ | December 31, 2010 | Rocardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON — You paid your Medicare taxes all those years and think you deserve your money's worth: full benefits after you retire. Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll that they paid into the system so their benefits shouldn't be cut. But a newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the system doesn't come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive as retirees. Consider an average-wage, two-earner couple together earning $89,000 a year. Upon retiring in 2011, they would have paid $114,000 in...
  • UC executives threaten lawsuit over pension benefits ($245K 'earners' demand promised loot)

    12/29/2010 7:23:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies · 9+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/29/10 | Matt Krupnick
    UC executives threaten lawsuit over pension benefitsBy Matt Krupnick Contra Costa Times Updated: 12/29/2010 05:50:11 PM PST Some of the University of California's highest-paid employees have threatened to sue the UC system if it does not follow through on a promise to boost their retirement payments. In a letter to UC regents this month, 36 employees making at least $245,000 per year said many had turned down jobs at other schools or companies based on UC's promise. The university is in the midst of a pension overhaul to make up a $20 billion deficit caused by a 20-year hiatus in...
  • Public Servants Feel Sting of Budget Rancor

    12/21/2010 5:53:45 AM PST · by Poundstone · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2010 | Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe
    (snip) Relative job security with generous benefits that extend into retirement has long been part of the appeal of working for the government. But an eight-hour day in a drab Independence Avenue office building can look like a supremely privileged lifestyle when Americans in the private sector are panicked and furious over what has happened to their own salaries, health coverage and 401 (k)s. Add to that the growing view that the government has gotten too big and that deficits are going to swallow the economy, and you have all the makings of a backlash.
  • Robert Samuelson: Retiree Benefits Are Cheating Our Children

    12/20/2010 6:51:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 12/20/2010 | Robert Samuelson
    Except for those on Social Security and Medicare, government for most middle-class Americans consists mainly of schools, police, fire protection, roads and ambulance service. It's states and localities. How are they faring in the present economy? Conventional wisdom holds that they've been crushed by dramatic declines in tax revenues and have resorted to deep cuts in public services. Well, not exactly. To be sure, there are cases of severe cuts. Newark recently dismissed 13% of its police force. For two straight years, University of California has raised tuition sharply for its 220,000 students to help offset reductions in state aid:...
  • Saving Social Security, Again

    12/09/2010 12:06:30 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 9, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When trying to convince dubious students of the benefits of social security when they are all too familiar with the costs, professors might well ask the question: “Who are you going to believe, me or your paycheck?” “Social Security is safe and can still pay the vast majority of promised benefits if nothing changes between now and 2037, and even then benefits’ cuts would range from 21 percent to 24 percent if reform is not undertaken,” University of Massachusetts economist Christian Weller writes in a report released by the Center for American Progress (CAP). “But Congress can take prudent policy...
  • New sick leave rules for federal workers

    12/07/2010 11:03:19 AM PST · by fruser1 · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2010 | Ed O'Keefe
    Federal workers are preparing for a two-year freeze in pay, but they can also expect some positive changes to their sick leave policy in the new year. Starting Jan. 3, federal workers may swap up to 26 weeks of sick leave for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for family members sick with serious communicable diseases, including the flu. They may also use the benefit to care for an ill or injured family member serving in the military. In both cases, workers could receive up to 30 days of advanced sick leave if necessary, the...
  • Peru remittances reached US$635 million in 3Q 2010

    12/06/2010 9:33:33 PM PST · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    Andina ^ | December 3, 2010
    Lima - Remittance flow sent by overseas Peruvians to their relatives in Peru reached US$ 635 million in the third quarter this year, Central Reserve Bank of Peru (BCR) reported Monday. This figure is the highest of this year representing a 3.9 percent growth over the same period in 2009. So far this year, remittances have reached US$1.83 billion. During the third quarter, remittances channeled through banks jumped 8.1 percent from US$266 million in the same third quarter 2009 to US$288 million in the same period this year.
  • 5 Myths About Federal Workers

    12/05/2010 8:35:17 AM PST · by Poundstone · 210 replies · 6+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2010 | Max Stier
    1The notion that federal workers consistently earn higher salaries than comparable private-sector workers has become an accepted truth. Conservative think tanks, including the Cato Institute, make much of data that does not offer fair comparisons of similar public-sector and private-sector jobs or account for how experience and education affect pay. A pediatrician with a small practice in Des Moines and a doctor at the National Institutes of Health who is leading a team of 50 researchers trying to cure cancer both provide health care, for example, but we shouldn't expect that they be paid the same.
  • Maddow: "The single most effective policy for creating jobs: unemployment benefits"

    12/02/2010 3:46:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 47 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/29/10 | Rachel Maddow
    **SNIP** At the very top, the single most effective thing that they studied that Washington can do to reduce unemployment—the very top? Increasing aid to the unemployed. Why is that the most effective thing Washington can do? Because people who are unemployed are broke. So, if the government gives them money, they will turn around and spend it. They‘ve got to. They will spend that money instead of saving it, because they cannot afford to save it. And spending that money increases consumer demand, which is good for companies that supply that demand, which means those companies get more busy...
  • Social Security cuts are part of deficit plan

    12/01/2010 12:46:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Divisions remain within President Barack Obama's deficit commission on politically explosive budget cuts and slashes in Social Security benefits, even as the panel's co-chairmen go public with a revised plan to tame the runaway national debt. The new plan by co-chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, to be unveiled Wednesday, faces an uphill slog.
  • Obama's pay freeze for federal workers only limits raises

    12/01/2010 7:57:20 AM PST · by Poundstone · 19 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | Dennis Cauchon
    Many federal workers would still get pay raises the next two years despite the limited salary freeze President Obama proposed this week for 2.2 million government employees. The president's proposal, if approved by Congress, would stop across-the-board pay hikes set for January 2011 and January 2012. But many federal workers will receive other pay hikes — longevity increases (called steps), promotions in grade, bonuses, overtime and other cash payments.
  • Jobless benefits cost so far: $319 billion

    NEW YORK ( -- Unemployed Americans have collected $319 billion in jobless benefits over the past three years due to the federal government's unprecedented response to the Great Recession, according to a CNNMoney analysis of federal records. The cost of such benefits will be central to the heated debate in Congress in coming weeks over whether to extend this safety net for the fifth time this year. Lawmakers must act by Nov. 30 or two million people will start losing extended benefits next month.
  • Tempers Flare As Unemployment Benefits Near Expiration

    11/30/2010 7:30:11 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 77 replies · 1+ views
    WLKY ^ | 11/30/2010 | WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Unemployment benefits for more than 100,000 people in both Kentucky and Indiana could run out in a matter of days if Congress doesn't act. Many people are filing for benefits, others are looking for jobs, but with the threat of benefits running out, tempers are flaring. In the time that a WLKY reporter was at the Louisville Office of Employment and Training, at least two people were escorted out. Right now, benefits are scheduled to run out Wednesday for people who have been jobless for more than six months.
  • Unemployment extension unlikely; jobless file for last checks

    11/30/2010 4:44:57 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 128 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/30/2010 | CNN Money
    Although the deadline to file for extended unemployment insurance is officially Nov. 30, many jobless have already filed their last claim for benefits. And since lawmakers aren't likely to extend the deadline anytime soon, many more unemployed Americans will run out of their extended federal benefits in coming weeks. About 2 million people are expected to stop receiving checks in December. Though President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to extend unemployment benefits, lawmakers are still fighting over the expense. Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, introduced a bill Monday night that would extend benefits through next year at a...
  • Is Illegal Immigration Moral? (There is more to the debate than costs and benefits)

    11/26/2010 6:47:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We know illegal immigration is no longer really unlawful, but is it moral? Usually Americans debate the fiscal costs of illegal immigration. Supporters of open borders rightly remind us that illegal immigrants pay sales taxes. Often their payroll-tax contributions are not later tapped by Social Security payouts. Opponents counter that illegal immigrants are more likely to end up on state assistance, are less likely to report cash income, and cost the state more through the duplicate issuing of services and documents in both English and Spanish. Such to-and-fro talking points are endless. So is the debate over beneficiaries of illegal...
  • You live in nation's richest counties [Top 10 List]

    11/13/2010 10:24:03 AM PST · by Poundstone · 26 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 12, 2010 | WTOP Staff
    WASHINGTON - The D.C. area makes plenty of Top 10 lists, and this one shows its residents make the big bucks. According to a new report from Newsweek, seven of the nation's 10 richest counties are in this region.
  • Without Unemployment Benefit Extensions, This Rally Will Die In Q4

    11/11/2010 12:09:13 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 11-11-2010 | Markos Kaminis
    Without Unemployment Benefit Extensions, This Rally Will Die In Q4 by: Markos Kaminis November 11, 2010 Something is happening in the labor market, something good even. I'm still waiting to see if it is all a dream, the Giants winning the World Series, Republicans taking back the House, and the insured unemployed count is at the lowest it has been in two years. That said, without government intervention to extend benefits again, consumer spending could dive in the critical fourth quarter, labor recovery or not. This week's jobless data covering the period ended November 6th showed weekly initial unemployment claims...
  • D.C. outpaces nation's other metro areas in job growth

    11/04/2010 2:22:16 PM PDT · by Poundstone · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 4, 2010 | V. Dion Haynes
    The Washington area led the nation in employment growth with 56,000 new jobs created over the 12-month period that ended in September, according to federal government data released Wednesday. The gains were fueled by private-sector hiring and drove the region's unemployment rate down three-tenths of a point from a year earlier, to 5.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "It shows job growth is nipping away at the unemployment rolls," said Stephen S. Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. "We had quite a bit of job growth in a wide range of...
  • Federal Salaries Fall Behind Private Sector, Panel Says

    11/01/2010 7:14:07 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 92 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2010 | Lisa Rein and Eric Yoder
    Official numbers released by the government late last week show salaries of federal workers falling slightly farther behind their private-sector counterparts in the last year, by an average of 2.1 percent across the country. The disparity shows wide variations among the 31 regions where the government compares federal pay with salaries for private-sector jobs in order to determine pay raises. The Washington-Baltimore area, for example, showed among the largest gaps, with federal workers 38 percent behind the private sector.
  • No U-turn over housing benefit: Cameron refuses to back down over cap amid 'social cleansing claims'

    10/27/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 4:21 PM on 27th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    David Cameron today defended the Government's plans to limit housing benefit, saying it was not fair for working people to see their taxes used to fund homes 'they couldn't even dream of'. The Prime Minister dismissed reports there could be a climbdown over the proposals, telling Labour leader Ed Miliband: 'We are going forward with all the proposals we put in the spending review and in the Budget'.
  • For some, jobless benefits trump a job

    10/22/2010 10:49:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/21/10 | Allison Linn
    For some, jobless benefits trump a jobWork sometimes pays less than benefits in such a weak job market By Allison Linn - Senior writer updated 10/21/2010 11:31:28 AM ET You know the economy has become truly screwy when it pays more to collect jobless benefits than to get an actual job. The economy is so weak and jobs are so scarce that some people are finding that it isn’t worth it to work. These workers say that’s because the only jobs available are part-time or low-wage gigs that would not only be a big step down from their previous careers...
  • Spectator Exclusive: Britain’s welfare ghettos

    10/09/2010 3:28:28 PM PDT · by 198ml · 12 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 10/9/10 | Ed Howker
    Today we are releasing a brand new picture of the nation’s welfare ghettos. Our research gives a disheartening insight into the extent of dependency in England and Wales. The top line: things are getting worse. This is much more detailed and useful information that the statistics often bandied about by politicians. It is well known, for example, that nearly 2 million people have been claiming out-of-work benefits for more than five years. But what does that look like? We’ve examined the smallest measurable units recorded by the Department for Work and Pensions (the technical term is ‘Lower Super Output Areas’)...
  • State officials cancel access to welfare benefits on cruise ships and at all casinos

    10/07/2010 11:05:21 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 4, 2010 | Unknown
    California officials are cutting off use of state-issued welfare debit cards at casinos across the country and on cruise ships, in the wake of Times reports that the aid cards have been used to spend or withdraw millions of dollars in benefits at popular vacation spots including the Las Vegas strip and on ships sailing from ports around the world.
  • Don't expect us to pay benefits for unlimited babies, says minister

    10/07/2010 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4:19 PM on 7th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A Cabinet minister was branded 'abhorrent' today after saying that the state should not provide limitless support to benefits claimants with large families. Campaigners reacted with fury after the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt savaged the policy of sizeable handouts totalling more than the average household earns. Mr Hunt claimed that the Government's proposed cap on benefits reflected the need for claimants to 'take responsibility' for their children.