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  • What Is Really Holding American Workers' Back?

    05/14/2016 5:35:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    Even though the official unemployment rate fell below 5%, most of us who live in the real world know better: there are still an estimated 30 million Americans who have either given up looking for work or are underemployed. According to the latest Pew Research, the American middle class has shrunk for the first time in decades and is no longer the economic majority. In the mean time, the number of low-income Americans is rising. Who should we blame for this economic reality? Many point their fingers at immigrants. Maybe you have heard this saying, “When you point one finger,...
  • Report: The 2nd-best U.S. city to start a business is in N.C.

    04/05/2016 4:47:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Biz Journals ^ | April 29, 2015 | Rebecca Troyer
    Wilmington is the second-best city in the U.S. to start a business, according to a new report. San Francisco-based financial planning website NerdWallet analyzed 183 metropolitan areas with 15,000 or more businesses and populations of more than 250,000, as to six factors: The average revenue of businesses; the percentage of businesses with paid employees; the number of businesses per 100 people; the median annual income; median annual housing cost and unemployment rate.
  • 1924 Republican Platform (Very protectionist)

    03/21/2016 4:49:18 AM PDT · by central_va · 43 replies
    patriotpost ^ | 1924 | Sane Republicans
    The Tariff We reaffirm our belief in the protective tariff to extend needed protection to our productive industries. We believe in protection as a national policy, with due and equal regard to all sections and to all classes. It is only by adherence to such a policy that the well being of the consumers can be safeguarded that there can be assured to American agriculture, to American labor and to American manufacturers a return to perpetrate American standards of life. A protective tariff is designed to support the high American economic level of life for the average family and to...
  • Americans fear a life of 'dead-end crap jobs with crap wages'

    03/20/2016 4:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    CNN Money ^ | March 16, 2016 | Heather Long
    Jo-Ann was a child prodigy who went to college at age 14. She graduated and landed a coveted job at Citigroup. Soon she was flying around the world leading meetings. Then she jumped to a management role at a financial printer. She was middle class, maybe even on her way to the upper middle class ... until the tech bubble burst. And September 11th hit. The U.S. fell into a recession and companies cut back. In 2002, Jo-Ann was forced to train the Indian workers that would replace her. After she was laid off, she struggled to find a good...
  • Thinking Biblically About the Economy, Government, and Your Money (John MacArthur)

    03/04/2016 12:02:14 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Grace to You (you tube video) ^ | June 18, 2012 | John MacArthur
    Excerpt from the transcript: Tonight I want to talk to you a little bit, kind of like a family talk. This is not really a sermon, I wouldn’t call it a sermon because I’m not even sure what I’m going to say myself. So I have a lot more things to say than I will have time to say and I don’t want to drag it out, but I want to try to help you have a bit of a biblical perspective on the situation as we face it in our world and in our country today. I want to...
  • Study: No Consent Divorces Favor Women

    02/23/2016 7:35:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Chateau Heartiste ^ | February 23, 2016 | CH
    Courtesy of reader BK, a link to an economic analysis of woman-coddling divorce laws.
  • Man skips work for 6 years; no one notices

    02/15/2016 7:49:30 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    KHOU ^ | 2/15/2016 | KHOU
    (NEWSER) – A 69-year-old Spanish man was fined this week after officials discovered he hadn't shown up to work for at least six years, the Guardian reports. Ironically, the civil servant was discovered only when the deputy mayor attempted to give him an award for 20 years of "loyal and dedicated" service in 2010. “I thought, where is this man?" the Guardianquotes the deputy mayor. "Is he still there? Has he retired? Has he died?”
  • Maine required healthy, childless food stamp recipients to work, and ... Guess What Happened?

    02/10/2016 1:19:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s a case of miracles and wonders up in the Pine Tree State, folks. A report from Rachel Sheffield and Robert Rector at the Daily Signal takes a look at welfare programs and efforts to reform them, particularly in the area of food stamps. They note that one of the fastest growing segments of welfare programs over the last decade has been applications for food stamps by ABAWDs, or able bodied adults without children between the ages of 18 and 49. These are folks who are determined to be otherwise able to work but without a source of income....
  • When Maine Required Childless Adults to Work to Get Food Stamps, Guess What Happened

    02/10/2016 2:47:16 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 9, 2016 | Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield
    One trillion dollars—that’s how much the government spent last year on means-tested welfare aid, providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income individuals. The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest welfare program. The number of food stamp recipients has risen dramatically, from 17.2 million in 2000 to 45.8 million in 2015. Costs have soared over the same period, from $20.7 billion in 2000 to $83.1 billion in 2014. The most rapid growth in the food stamp caseload in recent years has been among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). These are work-capable adult recipients...
  • Edwards says he'll remove work requirements for food stamps

    12/21/2015 2:39:19 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 36 replies
    Lake Charles American Press ^ | December 21, 2015 | Melinda DeSlatte
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov. Bobby Jindal has enacted for more than 60,000 food stamp recipients. Edwards sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying he will seek a federal waiver of the work requirements. The governor-elect says Louisiana's unemployment rate qualifies it to skip the work mandate. He's asking the USDA and the state social services department to stop any interruption of benefits until Edwards can reapply for the waiver that Jindal allowed to expire. The work requirements are supposed to kick in Jan. 1 for adults aged 18 to...
  • Federal Rules Shutting Down Work Centers for the Disabled

    12/16/2015 5:54:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Work centers for the disabled provide a useful service for businesses while allowing individuals with special needs to gain work skills and autonomy. But new federal regulations would make life difficult for these charitable operations, potentially causing some to close their doors. These centers have historically been exempt from minimum wage laws, but proposed rules from the federal Labor Department would end the exemption. Regulators are also considering mandating "integrated work settings," which means they would have to employ more higher-priced, nondisabled workers to work with those who are disabled. For many centers, that means they would have to fire...
  • Mike Rowe to Bernie Sanders: Stop Telling Everyone College is The Only Thing

    12/15/2015 2:43:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | December 15, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Mike Rowe, the popular host of CNN's Somebody's Gotta Do It and former host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, lays into Bernie Sanders for pushing everyone to go to college. Rowe, whom Reason interviewed in December 2013 (see below), isn't against college, but he takes exception to the idea that the only legit way to get ahead these days is to get a university sheepskin. Rather, he argues, there are lots of excellent trade jobs available that many people would not only be successful at but happy to do. He sees a systematic, elitist attempt to denigrate such work in...
  • What Happens to our Economy as Millions of People Lose the Habits of Hard Work?

    10/07/2015 7:09:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 10/07/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    If we're going to dig our way out of what lies ahead, we need people who can work hard and start/operate new businesses.Simply put, job growth is not keeping pace with population growth--specifically, the growth of the labor force which is generally defined as the population between the ages of 18 and 64.So what happens to the economy as millions of people never acquire the habits of hard work or lose them due to chronic joblessness?Yesterday I presented data on not in the labor force, which is defined as "persons aged 16 years and older in the civilian noninstitutional population...
  • "They Just Don't Want A Job" - The Fed's Grotesque "Explanation" Why 94.6 Million Are Out Of

    10/02/2015 5:55:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/2/15 | tyler durden
    In a note seeking to "explain" why the US labor participation rate just crashed to a nearly 40 year low earlier today as another half a million Americans decided to exit the labor force bringing the total to 94.6 million people...... this is what the Atlanta Fed has to say about the most dramatic aberration to the US labor force in history: "Generally speaking, people in the 25–54 age group are the most likely to participate in the labor market. These so-called prime-age individuals are less likely to be making retirement decisions than older individuals and less likely to be...
  • Can Sweden make the case for a 6-hour workday?

    10/02/2015 6:48:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/02/2015 | Kelsey Warner
    Sweden, birthplace of ABBA, IKEA, and Volvo, may soon have another celebrated export: the 6-hour workday.The practice is not yet universal, but companies across multiple sectors report positive results from the shorter day.Brath, a tech startup, made the move three years ago for its 22 employees. Maria Brĺth, the CEO, says her firm has tracked productivity and found that her team exceeds output when compared to similar tech shops. One of the biggest advantages is that it helps them hire and keep employees, Ms. Brath writes in a blog post:Recommended: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz. We also...
  • Why have so many men stopped working?

    09/11/2015 6:44:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/11/2015
    Fifty years ago, nearly every single working-age American man had a job or was looking for one. That's not the case anymore. The labor force participation rate for men ages 25 to 54 stood at nearly 97% in 1965, but now hovers near a record low of 88%. That rate includes those who are working or have looked for a job in the past four weeks. If the participation rate had held steady, more than five million additional men would be in the workforce. Men are dropping out of the labor force in large part because they can't find positions...
  • New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

    09/09/2015 4:56:30 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Larry Huss
    Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article recalling the halcyon years of the Works Progress Administration or Works Project Administration (WPA) as it became known as in later years:
  • Have Men Given Up on Work?

    08/05/2015 8:27:18 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 49 replies
    GoodMenProject.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dixie Gillaspie
    There is an economic crisis that isn’t much talked about, but which is responsible for a downward spiral that none of us want to see continue. Men are opting out of the workplace. That’s right. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, in the 1950’s about three percent of men between 25 and 54, which is still considered “prime” working age, were unemployed and not seeking employment. In the late 1960’s that had climbed to about five percent. In 2013 it was reported at 12 percent. And the last report placed it at 16 percent. These aren’t just men...
  • Netflix introduces unlimited paid maternity and paternity leave

    08/05/2015 3:24:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Silicon Republic ^ | 8/5/15 | Kirsty Tobin
    Netflix is to give employees unlimited maternity and paternity leave during the first year after the birth or adoption of a child, it has been announced.... ...Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally.” This is in stark contrast to the US’s maternity leave legislation, which mandates for a mere 12 weeks of paid leave. Paternity leave isn’t legislated for at all....
  • Michelle: Barack ‘Works All the Time,’ ‘He Is Never Off’

    07/27/2015 3:27:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 26, 2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Obama tells students they can succeed despite "inequality, racism and sexism." First Lady Michelle Obama told college-bound students President Obama “works all the time” and never takes off, adding that young people have to embrace the reality that success is not easy. “I’ve gone to the best schools. My kids go to good schools and I’m telling you, folks, work hard. You know, people are going to class, they’re doing their homework, and they’re studying for their SATs. When they get to college, they don’t play; they don’t think it’s a joke. They know why they are there. So if...
  • Let’s Hope Machines Take Our Jobs: We Want Wealth, Not Jobs

    07/09/2015 9:13:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | June 11, 2015 | Peter St. Onge
    Peter St. Onge writes: The job-threatening rise of the machines is an economically illiterate meme that refuses to die. We’re actually probably in the early stages of it, a bull-market in neo-luddism, if you will. Bastiat’s “Candlemakers Petititon” answered this one long ago, but today I’ll run a little thought experiment that owes it all to good old Bastiat. Let’s say Weird Al Yankovic invents a machine capable of making everything with a single push of a button. The first thing he does is print up a bunch of machines and sell them for a ton. Weird Al is now...
  • Unpaid Internships Are Worth it: Suck it Up Millennials

    06/29/2015 7:50:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Kristan Hawkins
    A die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter – a young, female Millennial – recently applied to be a fellow with the campaign and was accepted. However, she was asked to move out of state and work for free. It was hard not to laugh at her over-the-top, entitled millennial reaction published in USA Today: “Finding out that Hillary perpetuates the exploitation known as unpaid internships was like discovering that Santa wasn't real.” Poor baby. Millennials are in a tough position right now. They are hard pressed to find work, with 14% of them unemployed, others barely able to make it on a...
  • The 9-to-5 office workday is dying in America

    06/28/2015 4:43:41 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 42 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 28 2015 | Max Nisen
    With the rise of flexible working schedules, the freelance economy, and video conferencing, more Americans are getting their jobs done without ever heading into an office, according to new data from the American Time Use Survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among all workers, 23% report spending all or part of their day working from home. That’s up from less than 19% in 2003, the first year for which there’s comparable data.
  • Uber for benefits: An idea that could transform America’s economy

    06/25/2015 8:48:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fusion ^ | June 24, 2015 | Felix Salmon
    The rise of Uber and other start-ups that deliver services at the tap of an app has been dependent on flexibly-employed workers who have, for the most part, embraced the sharing economy and the freedom that comes with it. The gig economy should, or at least could, be a significant improvement on the world of full-time jobs that last years or decades. Employers can access a dynamic and flexible on-demand workforce; workers can shop their skills to the highest bidder in real time, take as much time as they want for themselves, and never feel locked in to a dysfunctional...
  • A World Without Work

    06/23/2015 6:28:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 23, 2015 | Derek Thompson
    1. Youngstown, U.S.A. The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977. For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was a model of the American dream, boasting a median income and a homeownership rate that were among the nation’s highest. But as manufacturing shifted abroad after World War II, Youngstown steel suffered, and on that gray September afternoon in 1977, Youngstown Sheet...
  • The Highest-Paying Jobs Of The Future Will Eat Your Life

    06/05/2015 12:18:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fast Company ^ | May 20, 2015 | Jay L. Zagorsky
    In the future, highly skilled people will be bringing home fatter paychecks, but they'll rarely be home long enough to spend them.For a glimpse of the future of work, especially the high-paying kind, look at finance and high-tech companies. Some of the biggest offer high employee salaries combined with lavish perks like free meals at work, luxury shuttle buses for commuters, and extras such as dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at people’s desks. This might look like the fruits of corporate beneficence. In fact, alongside email and other digital technologies, perks like these aim to maximize efficiency and...
  • Reparations Would Help Close Wealth Gap in America

    06/04/2015 11:01:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The questions around reparations to descendants of slaves in America often trigger strident conversations. These discussions lay bare how race continues to affect the nation - despite the unfounded protestations by Americans that race holds little relevance to their lives. The "coded racial appeals" that Ian Haney Lopez has written in his informative book, "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked The Middle Class," is must reading for all Americans and provides a foundation for how racism endures and evolves. In this week's guest blog, Michael Holzman provides additional thought suggesting the moral debt America...
  • Millies

    06/01/2015 8:30:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/01/15 | Michael Obrendorf
    Half of the Millies are out of work and up to their eyebrows in student loan debt, Millies Millenials—people born between 1980 and 2000—have become a hot topic for politicos, economists, marketers, the “mainstream” media (read: Leftist Democrat Propaganda Machine) and a host of others in recent months. It’s estimated that there are about 80 million of these Millies in the U.S., a pretty hefty demographic comprising about a third of our population. Though the 2016 elections are nearly a year-and-a-half away, this significant bloc of potential voters is being looked at with increasing interest—more like with drooling jowls -...
  • Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

    05/29/2015 1:55:29 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/27/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    For two decades the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has recommended repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. It is an expensive mandate that artificially raises the cost of state-funded construction projects. Bills to make prevailing wage an artifact of history have been adopted by the state Senate. Mackinac Center research suggests repeal will eventually free up money for more road, school and other government construction projects. It's an example of how not all reforms that impact the budget are actually "cuts." State prevailing wage laws mandate that construction projects funded by the state pay fabricated union scale wages. Our 2007...
  • WORK, WORK, WORK v VOTE, VOTE, VOTE

    05/28/2015 8:16:31 AM PDT · by shortstop · 7 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 05/28/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    The other night on the TV news they did a montage of commencement addresses. Various bigwigs in various robes at various lecterns giving pretty much the same message. At least most of them. Live your dreams, do your best, find your joy, give back. Stuff like that. It was all very nice and probably very quickly forgotten by new graduates who understandably are pretty distracted. But two snippets grabbed me, for their simplicity and their difference. In both, the speaker repeated one word three times. It wasn’t the same word, but it was the same emphasis. One came from television...
  • Obama Calls Nation's Top Earners 'Society's Lottery Winners'

    05/18/2015 11:23:35 AM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 1, 2015 | Staff
    Video:Obama Calls nation's Top Earners "Lottery Winners" The president suggesting that the super successful in this country are super lucky like lotto winners. Obama:If you've got a business, you didn't build that,somebody else made that happen.
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national “right to work” law: “As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today.”Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • The death of the 40-hour workweek

    05/02/2015 3:48:34 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | April 30, 2015 | CNN
    When you're hired for a full-time job, the understanding is that you'll put in at least a 40-hour workweek. The expectation -- especially for salaried employees who don't qualify for overtime -- is that you'll put in more to ensure your projects get done. Or because the boss needs something at the last minute.
  • On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest”

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?

    04/22/2015 10:05:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/21/2015 | Dr. Antony Davies
    The claim that women make less than men is one of those claims that is true but not in the way that people want you to believe. The true part is that women earn less than men. The untrue part, and this is the piece union leaders would like you to believe, is that women with the same work history, the same educations, and working in the same fields as men earn less than men. The earnings data is quite clear that this is simply not true. What does all this mean? It means that the (very real) male-female wage...
  • Maine's Republican governor renews welfare-reform push

    04/10/2015 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Leep · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 6, 2015 | leep
    Maine Governor Paul LePage on Monday revived legislation to crack down on welfare fraud, making good on a 2014 campaign promise to tighten restrictions on the state's public assistance programs and help speed the transition from "welfare to work." LePage's bill would require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to apply for three jobs before receiving state aid, while prohibiting use of electronic benefit cards to purchase tobacco, liquor, tattoos, lottery tickets or to pay for bail.
  • How Do We Get Those Able to Work Off of Disability?

    04/09/2015 4:44:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by ROMINA BOCCIA
    With the Social Security disability-insurance (SSDI) program heading toward insolvency before the end of next year, lawmakers are looking for reforms to help individuals with disabilities but the capacity to work to return to work. Why it is so hard to get them to do so? Olga Khazan explores the question in a new piece in The Atlantic. Even those awarded benefits for a temporary condition tend to stay on Social Security for the rest of their lives. It’s a tough but urgent question. The disability program has seen tremendous growth in both costs and the number of beneficiaries in...
  • This Is What Happened When Maine Forced Welfare Recipients To Work For Their Benefits

    04/08/2015 5:30:14 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    US Herald.com ^ | 4APR2015 | Staff Writer
    Maine finally took a bold step forward in welfare reform and it’s paying huge dividends. Last year Maine passed a measure that would require recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, to complete a certain number of work, volunteer, or job-training hours before being eligible for assistance. Main Governor Paul LaPage passed the measure last year and the resulting drop in food-stamp enrollees has been dramatic. At the close of 2014 approximately 12,000 individuals were enrolled in the state assistance program. Keep in mind that these individuals are adults who aren’t disabled and who don’t have...
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • You May Be Forced to Wear a Fitness Tracker at Work

    03/13/2015 2:26:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/12/15 | Nick Tate
    Millions of Americans are embracing health and fitness tracking devices — such as Fitbit and the new Apple Watch — to boost their health and wellness. But a new study suggests a potential downside of the new med-tech devices: Employers may begin to require them for some workers to hold down rising healthcare costs. MarketWatch reports that millions of the devices are expected to be introduced into the workplace by 2018 as employers adopt incentivized wellness programs to tackle rising health care costs, according to a study by Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Tracker information will become part of your health record,”...
  • The Right-to-Work Fight You Aren't Hearing About [in New Mexico]

    03/10/2015 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eric Garcia
    ..Tamara Kay, a professor in the sociology department at the University of New Mexico, criticized right-to-work laws as "kindergarten math."Much of the focus on fights over right-to-work laws has been on Rust Belt states like Michigan, Indiana, and now Wisconsin, as its governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill Monday. But there's also a high stakes showdown underway in New Mexico. Late last month, the state's House of Representatives passed a right-to-work bill, setting up a face-off with the Senate, which could raise the profile of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, positioning her as a Walker-esque rising...
  • Scott Walker to sign right-to-work bill Monday at Badger Meter

    03/08/2015 8:04:38 PM PDT · by Monitor · 51 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2015 | Lee Bergquist
    Gov. Scott Walker will sign so-called right-to-work legislation on Monday morning at Badger Meter in Brown Deer after the Assembly passed the measure Friday morning following almost 24 hours of debate. The measure bans labor contracts that would make it mandatory for workers to pay union fees. The legislation zoomed into play this year, pushed by GOP legislators, after Walker brushed aside the issue as a distraction during his re-election campaign last year.
  • Why Does Income Inequality Exist? An Economic and Biblical Explanation

    02/17/2015 4:11:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    The Bible speaks at length about our uniqueness. We are created in God’s image and are matchless, just like a snowflake. We are also commanded to use our unique combination of skills and abilities to glorify God and serve others. Our unique skills allow us to make a special contribution to the world we live in, not just in the church or on the mission field, but through our work. Because we are uniquely created, we are endowed by Christ with a specific set of gifts. We can further the Kingdom of Christ by knowing our gifts and pursuing them...
  • Jeb Bush: We Must ‘Dramatically Expand’ Immigrants Coming to Work

    02/04/2015 2:59:54 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 128 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/4/15 | Pam Key
    Wednesday at the Detroit Economic Club, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said to “create high, sustained economic growth,” we need to “dramatically expand immigrants that are coming to work.”
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    01/26/2015 12:46:36 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 September 2014 | Linda Tirado
    In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what I’d seen and how...
  • How to Work: The Most Important Self-Reliance Skill Ever

    01/14/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Mother Erf ^ | February/March 2015 | Steve Maxwell
    Few other dreamers I’ve known have managed to fulfill their ambitions. In my experience, most dreams don’t die because of a lack of practical homesteading skills or passion, but rather become casualties of the failure of knowing to work efficiently to get enough of the right kind of work done. Bills pile up, gardens don’t get planted, roofs continue to leak, enthusiasm wanes. The cause of these problems often goes unrecognized until passion is cold, relationships frazzled and finances exhausted. Knowing how to work efficiently on a homestead where you are your own boss requires a specific skill set that...
  • Interview Insider: How to Get Hired at Planned Parenthood (BARF)

    01/03/2015 6:40:40 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    cosmopolitan ^ | Jan 1, 2015 | Heather Wood
    Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider of reproductive health care and sex education, and it's often on the front lines of political debates surrounding abortion access and health care legislation. Working at the nonprofit organization requires a certain level of passion for these rights, says Gaitre Lorick, a senior human resources officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Here, she talks about how to convey that passion in an interview and get a job with the organization. What qualities do you look for in every candidate? Two important qualities are a passion for collaborating and a commitment to being...
  • Unexpectedly: The New York Times discovers that many don’t have to work in the age of Obama

    12/12/2014 9:34:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2014 | Noah Rothman
    p>He was right when he called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” With Moscow occupying sovereign foreign territory in Europe for the first time since 1989, and as American tanks and possibly even nuclear weapons are headed back to the European front, the 1980s called and they clearly got their foreign policy back. He was right to warn about the expansion of Islamic extremists into formerly obscure places like Northern Mali. Despite being mocked by the unduly self-assured for his insistence that Islamic radicalism in North Africa was a threat to global security, France introduced troops into that country in...
  • Your Screwed Up Life Is Your Own Responsibility

    12/09/2014 2:04:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-2014 | John Hawkins
    “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” — P.J. O’Rourke “We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society whereno one is responsible for what he himself did,but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past.” – Thomas Sowell It’s truly bizarre how often in Obama’s America that we are being presented with “victims” we’re supposed to feel sorry for without anyone even seeming...
  • The 8 Jobs In High Demand That Don't Require A College Degree

    11/20/2014 1:23:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 20, 2014 | Kathryn Dill
    (SLIDESHOW-AT-LINK)As the high demand for skilled labor continues to dominate conversations about hiring, some jobs that don’t require a college degree remain open month after month, with few workers to fill them. This list, compiled by CareerBuilder with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. showcases roles for which a college degree is not required and where the number of jobs posted by companies each month far exceeds the number of workers employers are able to hire. “Job creation is gaining ground and job seekers are gaining leverage,” said Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder CEO. ”For nearly 70 occupations in the U.S, the rate at...