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  • People who get food stamps now outnumber women who work full time

    04/15/2014 11:36:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/14/2014 | Rick Moran
    Here's a statstic that, taken by itself, doesn't really say much. More American are recieving government assistance for food via the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps) than there are women working full time. CNS: In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the food stamp program (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). That contrasts with the 44,059,000 women who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. For each woman who worked...
  • What Happens When American Teenagers Can't Find Work

    04/09/2014 12:32:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nancy Cook
    Most Americans love to reminisce about their first paying job, whether it was scooping ice cream, babysitting, or working behind a retail counter. It was rarely glamorous, but earning that first paycheck was a point of pride and marked a milestone in a teenager's life. By the time Andrew Sum entered his teenage years, he'd already held a job delivering newspapers. Now as an economist, one of his chief concerns is the state of the labor market for today's teenagers. The employment rates for teenagers, ages 16 to 19, plummeted from 45 percent in 2000 to just 26 percent in...
  • I Looked Up The Fastest-Growing Jobs In America, And Boy Was It Depressing

    04/07/2014 12:07:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/07/2014 | Rob Wile
    If you live in certain buildings in New York City, you get to know your doorman. The weekend guy in my building, Gene, knew I was a business reporter, and on Saturday he asked me what his son should study when he starts City College next year. (City College, by the way, remains the primary option — and a stellar one — for advanced higher ed in New York for the children of what remains of New York's working class.) Anyway, off the top of my head, I was at a loss. I mostly cover energy, an area that obviously...
  • The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

    04/01/2014 7:22:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/01/2014 | SVATI KIRSTEN NARULA
    A lot of Internet ink has been spilled over how lazy and entitled Millennials are, but when it comes to paying for a college education, work ethic isn't the limiting factor. The economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources, would need to complete 48 hours of minimum-wage work a week to pay for his courses—a feat that would require superhuman endurance, or maybe a time machine. To take a close look at the tuition history of almost any institution of higher education in America is to confront an unfair...
  • The Note This Employee Left On A Locked Gas Station Door For His Tardy Boss Was Perfect

    03/29/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 73 replies ^ | march 29, 2014 | mike miller
    When the manager of a Michigan gas station failed to show up for work on time, her third-shift employee did what any of us would do; he left an angry note on the door, locked up and went home. Okay, most of us would never do it. But how awesome was it that he did?  The BP manager, who declined to be named, said she was running “30 minutes late” because she slept through her alarm. The tardy manager also said she was surprised that “Joe” left the note on the door instead of calling her before leaving the store.
  • Pope to Italian Steel Workers [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2014 7:13:19 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 38 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 20, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope to Italian Steel Workers: work is essential for human dignity, should be available to all (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has reaffirmed that employment is essential to society, families, and individuals and for the dignity of the human person. In a Vatican audience Thursday for staff and families of the Italian Steel Works company “Acciaierie di Terni” celebrating its 130th anniversary, Pope Francis said his thoughts were directed not only to their company and others in the region, but to “all of the working world.” In the current economic climate and the difficulties facing the work environment, the Pope said,...
  • The Hidden Rot in the Jobs Numbers Hours worked are declining, resulting in

    03/16/2014 11:19:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/16/14 | Edward P. Lazear
    Most commentators viewed the February jobs report released on March 7 as good news, indicating that the labor market is on a favorable growth path. A more careful reading shows that employment actually fell—as it has in four out of the past six months and in more than one-third of the months during the past two years. Although it is often overlooked, a key statistic for understanding the labor market is the length of the average workweek. Small changes in the average workweek imply large changes in total hours worked. The average workweek in the U.S. has fallen to 34.2...
  • Is higher ed a job killer?

    03/12/2014 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 11, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who argue that higher education is a major league time suck just got more ammunition in a report from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). “The most new jobs projected for 2022 are expected to be in occupations requiring a high school diploma or equivalent,” BLS reports. “These occupations are projected to add 4.6 million new jobs. About a quarter of these new jobs will be in healthcare and social assistance. Another major area of projected growth for people with a high school diploma or equivalent is construction, which is expected to add almost 1 million jobs...
  • The Path to Responsibility Can Start With a Broom and a Paycheck

    03/04/2014 9:58:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 28, 2014 | ROBERT DOAR
    ... Those on the My Brother's Keeper team searching for answers about how to help the most "at risk" young minority men would do well to stop by the Doe Fund in New York City, where, for more than 25 years, the organization run by George and Harriet McDonald has helped homeless men. The program they run is based on a clear contract between the shelter managers and the homeless men. "You get up every day and go to work and stay drug free—and we will pay you and house you and feed you. It's as simple as that," Mr....
  • What Are the Best Excuses for Being Late to Work?

    02/27/2014 7:21:52 AM PST · by Focault's Pendulum · 90 replies ^ | February 26, 2014 9:00 PM | Steve Trevelise
    A new national survey by Careerbuilder,com puts traffic on top with 39 per cent of those surveyed. There’s nothing like that helpless feeling of sitting in traffic knowing you’re going to be late for work. Next up, lack of sleep at 19 per cent, followed by problems with bad trabsportation at 8 per cent. 7 per cent blame the weather, 6 percent are late due to dropping children at daycare or school and fifteen per cent of employees of employees admit to arriving late for work at least once a week. But there are other more unusual excuses like…
  • Obama Says Supporters Doing 'God's Work'

    02/25/2014 5:35:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2/25/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama thanked the group that used to be his reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, in event tonight in Washington. "The work you are doing is God's work," Obama told supporters.
  • Why Democrats Hate Work

    02/12/2014 4:10:54 AM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies ^ | 2-12-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report discussing the ramifications of Obamacare. The report revealed that the work-hour equivalent of approximately 2.5 million jobs would disappear from the workforce, thanks to Obamacare, in a voluntary process in which employees would simply dump out of their jobs, knowing they could get health care through expanded Medicaid and federal subsidies they would lose by working. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., an ideological leftist thought leader, spun the report as a massive positive for Obamacare: "The single mom, who's raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of health care,...
  • Meet the 99.999999 Percent: They’re worried about jobs and growth, not inequality.

    02/10/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Forget about the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. It’s really more like the 0.000001 percent versus everybody else. A tiny group — mostly comprising the Obama White House, a bunch of Washington Democrats, progressive economists, and the media elite — continues to fixate on income inequality as America’s greatest challenge. Most everybody else, the 99.999999 percent, sees things differently. Surveys continue to show Americans most worried about jobs and economic growth, not the income gap between the top and bottom. It’s a rational view given new employment data from the government. The January jobs report showed only 113,000 net...
  • Obama Democrats’ troubling view on work

    02/09/2014 5:46:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/09/14 | Michael Goodwin
    **SNIP** My, oh, my, how times have changed. America now has a government that views work as a trap and celebrates those who escape it. That is the upshot of last week’s remarkable exchange over ObamaCare. It began when the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the interplay of taxes and subsidies in the law “creates a disincentive for people to work.” The report predicted the mix would lead to fewer hours worked, costing the equivalent of nearly 2.5 million jobs. In response, President Obama’s spokesman pleaded guilty — with pride and pleasure.
  • Building a practical and productive future

    02/08/2014 2:46:53 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies ^ | 1901 | Booker T Washington
    Booker T. Washington wrote one of America’s greatest autobiographies, a story of how he rose from slavery to leadership. Washington did not minimize the hardship along the way... Washington believed in economic empowerment that would leave ex-slaves no longer poor and lead to political empowerment. Here are excerpts from chapters eight and ten of Up from Slavery: An Autobiography, first published in 1901. They detail Washington’s attitude toward African-Alabamans he met while starting his famous Tuskegee Institute, and the battles he waged to teach practical matters—the equivalent then of today’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). He did not want students...
  • How we ended up with a generation of no-discipline, no-talent job seekers

    02/06/2014 8:02:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    The Washington Post's Capital Business ^ | February 2, 2014 | Marina Ein
    Helicopter parents, professors who aim to please, the dumbing down of standards in courses and decreasing curriculum requirements have succeeded in reducing our young workforce to a no-discipline, no-talent pool of job seekers. Harsh words for sure — but a generation out there is desperately in need of a reality check. As a small-business employer, I have seen a disturbing downward talent drift in job candidates — most acutely in the past five years. When a job candidate’s first question is about vacation days or benefits, we know we have encountered collateral damage from the teachers and parents who believed...
  • The Work Ethic - Obama is betting that Americans will side with labor over capitalism. He’s right.

    01/30/2014 5:03:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | January 29, 2014 | William Saletan
    The central word in President Obama’s State of the Union address wasn’t equality or opportunity. It was work. People will tell you this was a boring speech. Don’t believe them. It was a speech with a sharp edge. It distinguished the free market, represented by Republicans, from the work ethic, represented by Democrats. If that’s the debate in 2014, Democrats stand a good chance of winning. Here’s the basic idea. Many people who vote Republican don’t really believe in the free market. What they believe in is the work ethic. These two things aren’t identical. Sometimes the free market betrays...
  • Tacoma teen fired after wearing Broncos jersey to work

    01/22/2014 2:32:53 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 27 replies
    Fox Sports News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Any Nesbett
    Nathaniel Wentz is a 17-year-old kid who plays quarterback for his high school football team. He also works — well, he used to work — during his free time. Why did we say he used to work? Because he was fired from his gig at Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma, Washington after he wore a Broncos jersey to work last Sunday. Why was he wearing a Broncos jersey? Because his boss told employees that they could wear jerseys of their favorite teams to work since it was the day of the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Wentz's manager...
  • Number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents on Food Stamps Doubles

    01/17/2014 11:38:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | William Bigelow
    The number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving food stamps zoomed from 1.7 million to 3.9 million between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010. In that same period, food stamp recipients in total grew from 26 million to nearly 40 million. Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what the number was in Fiscal Year 2008. Presently, the work waivers foisted on the states by Obama allow ABAWDs to receive food stamps indefinitely--without working or preparing for work.
  • Obama Mouths the Virtues of "Hard Work" (And You'll Never Guess What Got Michelle Robinson

    01/16/2014 5:43:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 1/16/16 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Did you know, folks, that if you work hard, you can get ahead? Did you know that? I vaguely remember hearing some nutcases say that, but I didn't believe it. But, yeah, I was just watching the president. There's a thing going on at the White House called the college costs summit. And President Obama's there, along with the first lady, Moochelle. By the way, Saturday night at the White House, big gala, 50th birthday party for Moochelle. I've never heard of this at this kind of thing. Guests are being told to eat dinner before arriving, because this...
  • Unemployment Checks Forever: Politicians Pandering to Parasites

    01/09/2014 10:33:55 AM PST · by IChing · 41 replies ^ | 1/9/14 | Donald Joy
    The majority of sleazes in congress and the chief criminal in the White House talk of “doing the right thing” and “having a heart” by their plan to extend unemployment benefits yet again for the millions of deadbeats sitting on their fat rear-ends collecting checks for month after month after month after month after month after month after month…instead of simply going out and, if nothing else, finding and accepting menial or low-paying, humble work. “Waaahhh, if we don’t continue to pay them not to work, they might lose their house, waahhh, they might have to pull their kids out...
  • Hipsters On Food Stamps, Part 1 & 2

    01/12/2014 9:36:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Last Psychiatrist ^ | November 10, 2012
    "In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore -- equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird -- Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric. After gathering ingredients for that evening's dinner, they walked to the cash register and awaited their moments of truth." Those are two "hipsters", and the punchline is that they pay for their foodie porn with foodie stamps, which sounds like it should be a terrible thing, except it's in, which means they're going to try and tell you how it's a good...
  • Are Americans Going Galt?

    01/12/2014 9:39:30 PM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Independent Women's Forum (IWF) ^ | 12 Janaury 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    Ninety-two million Americans are not in the work force—they don’t have jobs and they aren’t looking for jobs. These 92 million Americans aren’t just out of work—they are resigned to being out of work as a way of life. The ballooning numbers of Americans who are resigned to long-term joblessness inspired Roger L. Simon to suggest in a bleakly humorous piece over at PJ Media that Americans are going Galt: Tell all your “Objectivist” friends and the libertarian gang at Reason magazine to break out the champagne. Americans may have skipped the movie of Atlas Shrugged, nor have many read...
  • Crowding Out U.S. Workers

    01/07/2014 9:05:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 6, 2014 | Jeff Sessions
    The GOP needs to oppose the White House’s immigration plan and expose its flaws.Several prominent amnesty advocates, including Mark Zuckerberg and top Obama administration officials, have argued that amnesty is a civil right. The claim is, of course, preposterous on its face. Under this reasoning, every immigrant currently living in the U.S. on a temporary visa has the right to refuse to leave when that visa expires. And every household in a foreign country has the right to enter the U.S. illegally tomorrow and demand the Obama administration’s amnesty for “DREAMers” and their relatives. To say that amnesty is a...
  • Twisted Logic from MSNBC's Hayes: Paying People Not to Work Encourages Them to 'Get Back to Work'

    01/07/2014 2:43:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/06/14 | Brad Wilmouth
    Friday's All In with Chris Hayes exhibited host Hayes's latest example of fuzzy logic as he argued that paying people unemployment benefits, rather than encouraging them to go longer without taking a new job, actually encourages them to "get back to work." After applying loaded words and phrases like "unconscionably" and "screwing over millions of people" to Republican opposition to unemployment benefit extension, the MSNBC host played a clip of Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul arguing that unemployment benefits encourage people to remain unemployed longer, and then responded: **SNIP** Now, the reason Congress has never failed to extend federal emergency...
  • Why most Americans believe the US economy is poor (and they're right)

    01/06/2014 2:53:28 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 January 2014 | John Lott
    It has been over four-and-a-half years since the economic “recovery” began, yet a new CNN poll indicates that almost seven out of every ten Americans considers the economy to be in poor shape. Democrats want to claim that the economy is improving at the same time that they will be pushing Monday for a continued extension of unemployment benefits. Democrats also refuse to acknowledge that up to two years of unemployment insurance benefits actually creates unemployment. Indeed, people are so worried about the job market that they are clinging to their current jobs at remarkably high rates.
  • Woodie Guthrie's New Years Resolution List, 1942

    12/31/2013 12:52:56 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 31, 1941 /Dec. 27, 2013 | Woody Guthrie
    If you're having trouble nailing down your New Year's resolutions, here's a good place to start. Seventy years ago, American folk legend Woody Guthrie scribbled in his journal a list of 33 tasks he would dedicate himself to in the coming year. According to, he called them "Rulin's." At age 31, he was in the prime of his life, with a wife and three kids, as well as a good deal of life experience, having survived the Dust Bowl to make it out to California. As a result, it's a pretty unbeatable list. Check it out: 1. Work more...
  • Free money might be the best way to end poverty.

    12/31/2013 9:58:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | undated, but published: December 29 | Rutger Bregman
    In May 2009, a small experiment involving 13 homeless men took off in London. Some of them had slept in the cold for more than 40 years. The presence of these street veterans was far from cheap. Police, legal services, health care: Each cost taxpayers thousands of pounds every year. That spring, a local charity decided to make the street veterans — sometimes called rough sleepers — the beneficiaries of an innovative social experiment. No more food stamps, food-kitchen dinners or sporadic shelter stays. The 13 would get a drastic bailout, financed by taxpayers. Each would receive 3,000 pounds (about...
  • Good Ol’ Boy, Inc.

    12/31/2013 6:45:28 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | December 31, 2013 4:00 AM | Victor Davis Hanson
    December 31, 2013 4:00 AM Good Ol’ Boy, Inc. Reality shows about gold miners, ax men, and ice-road truckers are a far cry from the Kardashians. By Victor Davis Hanson The hysteria over Duck Dynasty reminds us that cable TV is currently inundated with working-class, white-guy reality shows. Top-drawing, relatively low-cost realities showcase gold miners, oil drillers, hunters, locomotive drivers, off-the-grid backwoods eccentrics, fishermen, crabmen, truck drivers, ax men, moonshiners, or the new generation of Beverly Hillbillies. The list of the particular subspecies of the muscular classes is endless. These shows share a few common themes. They do not take...
  • Some people are too stupid to get ahead, Boris Johnson, London mayor, says ...

    11/29/2013 4:57:18 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 15 replies
    National Post [Canada] ^ | November 28, 2013 | Michael Higgins
    Economic equality will never be possible because some people are too stupid to get ahead in the modern world, said Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, in a speech that is igniting a wave of criticism. Nick Clegg, Britain’s deputy prime minister, accused Mr. Johnson of “unpleasant elitism.” In the speech honouring the work of former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Mr. Johnson said natural differences between humans will always mean some will succeed and others fail. “I am afraid that violent economic centrifuge is operating on human beings who are already very far from equal in raw ability, if...
  • World’s First Robot Suicide? Android ‘Rebels’ Against Monotonous Housework

    11/12/2013 11:20:54 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 85 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 12 Nov 2013
    Has the world just witnessed its first ever robot suicide? Tedious housework was seemingly too much for one cleaning robot to take, when it apparently rebelled and decided to end it all. The android was given the tiresome task of cleaning up some spilt cereal before it climbed on to a kitchen hotplate where it was destroyed, according to reports in Austria. It had reportedly grown weary of being forced to clean the same house every day and decided to become a martyr to the robot cause. ‘Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the...
  • SLOTH: All That is Evil and Sucky Likes It When You Become a Dejected Little Monkey

    11/03/2013 5:45:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | November 3, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Do any of you remember back in the day when, if you were a listless, visionless, slack-jawed, gum-smackin’ laggard, your parents and peers would look at you weirdly and they wouldn’t make excuses for you, or say you have some special disease like “lazyassotosis”, and that’s why you’re such a daft dasypygal? In addition, how many can hearken back to a bygone era when you actually would be held criminally liable, or at least looked at weirdly, by culture when you didn’t try to help, if able, to stop a crime or rescue a damsel in distress? Further, and...
  • A new cry in France: 'Let us work Sundays!'

    09/30/2013 1:47:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/30/13 | JAMEY KEATEN
    <p>PARIS (AP) - When economic inequalities helped foment the French Revolution, the legendary cry from on high was, "Let them eat cake!" Now, as modern France struggles economically, the cry from below is, "Let us work!"</p> <p>As France battles high unemployment, rising taxes and pinched pocketbooks, the Socialist government has said its main focus is job creation. Now, critics of a more-than-century-old law that prevents most stores from opening on Sundays say revising it would be a good step in that direction.</p>
  • Nine Things Never to Say to Your Boss

    09/28/2013 11:39:10 AM PDT · by Innovative · 54 replies ^ | Sept 28, 2013 | Megan Malugani, Charles Purdy
    2. “That just isn’t possible.” Always speak to your boss in terms of what can be done. For instance, rather than saying “We can’t get this done by Friday,” say “We could definitely get this done by Monday, or if we brought in some freelance help, we could meet the Friday deadline.” When you talk to your boss, think in terms of solving problems for her, not in terms of putting problems on her plate. 6. “It’s not my fault.” Are you a whiny 8-year-old or a take-charge professional? Assume responsibility and take steps to fix a problem that you...
  • Calif. law will require OT for domestic workers

    09/26/2013 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 26, 2013 | By LAURA OLSON
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting. "Domestic workers are primarily women of color, many of them immigrants, and their work has not been respected in the past," the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, said in a statement. "Now, they will be entitled to overtime, like just about every other California working person."
  • Bills Would Require Michiganders To Work For Welfare, Pass Drug Test

    09/19/2013 10:30:54 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 22 replies ^ | September 18, 2013 | no byline
    <p>LANSING (WWJ) - Could this mean the end of welfare as we know it?</p> <p>A bill has passed in the Michigan Senate that would require those receiving public assistance to do some “volunteer” work. Another bill, which passed the House Commerce Committee, requires drug testing, revoking benefits for welfare recipients who refuse the test or who test positive.</p>

    09/10/2013 4:48:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    e21 ^ | 09/09/2013 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Despite a decline in the jobless rate to 7.3 percent in August from 7.4 percent in July, the labor force data released Friday were disturbing. The reduction in the unemployment rate was caused by a decline of 312,000 in the number of people in the labor force, a substantial deterioration for one month and an extension of a troubling trend. Congress should reconsider eligibility criteria and benefit levels for programs such as unemployment insurance, food stamps, and disability insurance. These programs have ballooned over the past five years, discouraging work. The proportion of working-age Americans who have jobs or who...
  • Is America Still the Land of Labor?

    09/03/2013 4:34:57 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 9/2/2013 | David Azerrad
    For all the talk these days of how to revive our supposedly moribund American Dream, it took a college dropout-turned-actor to state the obvious. “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work,” Ashton Kutcher recently said at the Teen Choice Awards. “I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.” That such remarks...
  • Minimum Wage: How Much is Too Much?

    08/30/2013 9:04:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcating Network ^ | August 29, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go to San Diego. We'll start with Sean. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello, sir. CALLER: (Unintelligible) tell (unintelligible) RUSH: Shh. Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh. Hang on, folks. Hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. Snerdley, where's the caller? We said hello to the caller five minutes ago. Is anybody there? Hello? Testing. One, two, three. CALLER: Hello? RUSH: Yeah, hello. CALLER: Am I on? RUSH: Yeah, you're on. CALLER: Am I really on? RUSH: We heard everything that you were whispering to your buddies. We heard...
  • If You Could Make More Money By Going On Welfare Instead Of Working, Would You Do It?

    08/25/2013 7:49:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    TEC ^ | 08/24/2013 | Michael Snyder
    If you could stay home and relax all day and actually make more money than you do at your current job, would you do it? That sounds crazy, but this is actually a very real dilemma for millions upon millions of Americans. According to a shocking new study that was just released by the Cato Institute, people on welfare are actually better off than minimum wage workers in 35 U.S. states. And in 13 states, those on welfare actually do better than those making $15 an hour. So why bother? It is very difficult to find a job in...
  • WashPost 'Work Advice' Columnist Lectures on How P.C. Stands for 'Potty Clarity'

    08/04/2013 12:20:28 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies ^ | 8-3-2013 | Tim Graham
    Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine has a regular column on “Work Advice,” and this week’s topic was “Potty clarity at the office.” A reader complained that “Bob” at the office had decided to become “Barbara,” and began using the women’s bathroom (after a year using a one-toilet unisex bathroom). Since “Barbara” can’t afford surgery, the reader wondered how much time before the federal agency they work for can “take the position she is legally only a cross-dresser and have her use the gender-appropriate bathroom? We are at our wits’ end.” “Work Advice” columnist Karla L. Miller made a beeline for Mara...
  • 99-Year-Old Man Works For Minimum Wage…For Over 30 Years

    07/24/2013 10:06:38 AM PDT · by Errant · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 24 July, 2013 | Staff
    When Newton Murray — everyone calls him Mr. Newton — moved from his native Trinidad to Tampa, Florida, he went to Harry H. Bell & Sons cold storage facility and applied for a job as a janitor. He got the job, and began sweeping and cleaning 90,000 square feet of enclosed warehouse space, plus parking lots and loading docks, for minimum wage. That was 33 years ago. Since then, the now 99-year-old man has never arrived for work late, never left work early, never said no, and never asked for – or received – a raise. In 2000, the...
  • 37.5 hour work week

    07/20/2013 5:31:08 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 55 replies
    vanity | 07/20/2013 | Oshkalaboomboom
    My son recently started a job that has a 37.5 hour work week and asked me why 37.5 instead of 40? I couldn't really come up with a good answer. You could say it saves the employer money assuming they get the same amount of productivity but I don't know if that actually happens. Or it could be the person who founded the business came from a country where a 37.5 hour work week is more common than here in the USA. I did a lot of searching and found some companies transitioning to 37.5 but no real explanation as...
  • The True and Complete Meaning of the "Prayer of Jabez"

    07/15/2013 12:03:18 PM PDT · by hope_dies_last · 15 replies
    July 15, 2013 | hope_dies_last
    An often way too misunderstood verse from the Bible is, 1 Chronicles 4:10, more commonly identified as the "Prayer of Jabez". In the New King James version, the prayer reads; " And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested." The introductory text is self explanatory, Jabez is asking God to bless him and enlarge his territory. That is, increased and...
  • What Americans Do When Not at Work

    07/01/2013 7:34:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/01/2013
    After work and sleep, most Americans have eight hours left of their day to spend as they please. How much time Americans spend watching TV, getting exercise, cleaning and playing sports depends on whether they are men or women, 15 or 64, married or single. While the economy and technology have changed dramatically in the past decade, how Americans spend their time on average has remained largely unchanged. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its 2012 American Time Use Survey. The survey measures the average amount of time Americans spend on different activities in a given day. Personal...
  • Americans Hate Their Jobs, Even With Office Perks

    06/25/2013 7:12:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/25/2013 | Kelli B. Grant
    If you hate your job, you're not alone. But having in-office access to catered meals, a pingpong table or free massages may not make you any happier at work. Just 30 percent of employees are engaged and inspired at work, according to Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace Report, which surveyed more than 150,000 full- and part-time workers during 2012. That's up from 28 percent in 2010. The rest … not so much. A little more than half of workers (52 percent) have a perpetual case of the Mondays—they're present, but not particularly excited about their job. The remaining...
  • Is Gen Y Loyal to Employers?

    06/12/2013 7:52:31 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 30 replies ^ | 6-11-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Do 20- and 30-somethings prefer a womb-to-tomb quasi-communist corporate culture like Japan, or do they prefer a less secure, more competitive, corporate culture of modern America? There was a time when Americans worked for a ...
  • Why We Should All Work Like Putin (article)

    05/31/2013 12:29:48 PM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 5-30-2013 | Michael Bohm
    Why We Should All Work Like Putin (article) by Michael Bohm May 30, 2013 Any discussion about the Russian work ethic inevitably ends up focusing on the Soviet Union, which did more than any other period in the country's history to corrupt work habits. Although much has improved since the Soviet collapse, Russians haven't been able to shake off some of the worst legacies of the Soviet work ethic. Here are the top seven components of the poor Soviet work ethic: 1. Pofigizm. Combining apathy, indifference and fatalism, pofigizm can be translated as "I don't give a damn." To be...
  • Want to Be Happy? Get to Work

    05/18/2013 5:52:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The American Interest's Via Meadia ^ | May 17, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Retiring early can make you depressed and unhealthy, as well as poor, according to a new study by the Institute of Economic Affairs, a British think tank. The IEA looked at micro-level data from 11 countries on the physical and mental health of retirees. Here were some of the report’s findings: – Retirement increases the probability of suffering from clinical depression by about 40 per cent – Retirement increases the probability of having at least one diagnosed physical condition by about 60 percent – Retirement increases the probability of taking a drug for such a condition by about 60 per...
  • Can A Nation Built By Giants Survive Nanny State Paternalism? The Numbers Don’t Look Good…

    04/01/2013 10:11:44 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-01-13 | Vince
    While US Constitution and free market capitalism set the the foundations for American prosperity, it took a rugged, passionate, free people to build it. From George Washington to George Washington Carver to millions of other Americans, the United States was carved out a continent of forests that seemed to go on forever, fertile plains, vast mountain ranges and scorching hot deserts.  Over time American frontiersmen and settlers forged a country that seemed to have all of God’s blessings in abundance. Conditions were rarely easy for most Americans throughout most of our history. Coal miners spent 12 – 16 hour shifts...