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  • The American working man slowly fades away

    08/28/2011 11:15:43 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 118 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Mike Dorning
  • Obama plays through on golf course during earthquake, inspires critics

    08/24/2011 7:24:02 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2011 | David Nakamura
    Is this the “bad optic” that President Obama’s critics have been waiting for: An Associated Press photo of the president taking a call on the golf course within the hour after the East Coast earthquake Tuesday? When Obama left for a 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard last week, critics and supporters alike warned that the image of him pursuing leisure activities on the tony island might make for an unfortunate contrast with much of the country mired in economic doldrums. Turned out it was a natural disaster, not the economy, which pierced his vacation bubble. But now we have a...
  • Do high ZOT taxes discourage trolls?

    08/23/2011 9:32:38 AM PDT · by Harry Callahan SFPD · 82 replies
    High marginal tax rates ^ | 8/23/2011 | Inspector Callahan
    "The fact is the idea that tax rates have anything to do with business creation is a myth. Nobody who has a great idea and good prospects is going to not go for it because of tax rates." -quote by a Liberal
  • Liberals Ugly Treatment Of Rick Perry's Jobs Ceation Record Continues As Unemployment Grows

    08/20/2011 7:15:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Cypress Times ^ | August 20, 2011 | John G. Winder,
    Left still telling the same old lies even as their strongest supporters are hardest hit by unemployment Texas Governor Rick Perry’s jobs record in Texas received help from an unlikely source on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve. Perry made headlines recently in his campaign for saying the Federal Reserve’s practice of printing more dollars was “almost treasonous” and that type of action would be treated “pretty ugly” in Texas. Liberals lost their minds....again. Since talk of Perry entering the GOP field of candidates for the presidential nomination began, liberals have taken the position of begrudgingly admitting that Perry had indeed created...
  • Nice guys really DO finish last... Nasty people earn $10,000 more a year, study finds

    08/17/2011 12:09:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 15, 2011 | Paul Bentley
    It is a common saying that nice guys finish last - and when it comes to pay packets, at least, research shows the genial really do end up at the back of the queue. A study which looked at the link between personality and wages has found that 'agreeable' workers earn significantly less than their meaner colleagues. The gap is particularly telling when broken down by gender, with the difference in pay between mean and nice men almost $10,000 a year. The study, titled 'Do Nice Guys - and Gals - Really Finish Last?', examined levels of 'agreeableness' attributed to...
  • Messing With Texas: What The Administration Doesn't Know About Job Creation

    08/16/2011 6:52:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | August 16, 2011 | by Charlotte Hays
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says that "the Texas miracle is a myth." He argues that Governor Rick Perry's state is prospering because of high oil prices and population growth, much of this growth from Mexican immigrants and retirees. As for the oil prices, does anybody think that, if Barack Obama were governor of Texas, he wouldn't have messed with the Texas oil industry by now? And those retirees: Wonder if they might be attracted to the Lone Star state because there is no state income tax? Whoever the GOP nominee is, whether Perry or somebody else, his (or...
  • If not college, then what? (What's the alternative if going into tuition debt is too burdensome?)

    08/12/2011 7:46:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 08/12/2011 | Jamie Gumbrecht
    At dinner tables throughout the United States, there are tough conversations about the exploding cost of college, the rough job market, the pain of debt. For parents and students, it adds up to the same question: Is college worth it? But American University economics Professor Robert Lerman is asking something different: If college isn't worth it, what else is out there? Lerman, an Urban Institute fellow, has studied youth unemployment for decades, and thinks the United States ought to try an updated version of an old technique for education and employment: apprenticeships. They're not the same as an after-school fast...
  • Goolsbee to S&P: Check your work

    08/07/2011 10:03:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/7/11 | Seung Min Kim
    Outgoing White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee went on the attack against Standard & Poor’s on Sunday, charging the agency’s credit downgrade was based on “questionable mathematics.” The rating agency lowered the U.S. credit rating on Friday from a top AAA to AA+, but not before the Treasury Department discovered an accounting error by Standard & Poor’s and urged the agency not to downgrade. “They made a $2 trillion math error, and they didn’t check their work,” Goolsbee said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Goolsbee also called for policymakers to focus not just on the deficit but also on longer-term...
  • Believe You’ve Seen Evidence of Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

    07/23/2011 2:13:21 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    gao.gov ^ | July 14, 2011 | Government Accountability Office
    WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2011) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is investigating fraud and abuse in the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program. Specifically, GAO is looking for information on cases in which federal employees are currently abusing workers compensation benefits. For example, fraud schemes might include a beneficiary working a second job, overstating their workers’ compensation claim, or collecting benefits for a deceased individual. Anyone with information regarding fraud or abuse of the FECA program by federal employees is encouraged to contact us at workerscompfraud@gao.gov. All information about individuals who contact us will be kept confidential.
  • Ten Things That Can Get You Fired

    06/30/2011 12:42:19 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 52 replies
    Fins Financial Services ^ | 28 June 2011 | Kelly Eggers
    Nobody wants to get fired. Most people avoid it by generally doing good work and keeping complaints about their jobs to themselves or close family. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. There are many things that can get you fired beyond the obvious; you don't have to burn down the office to earn a pink slip. "If you have created a situation for yourself where there's some level of dissatisfaction with your performance, any organization will figure out where there is an option or a point of entry where they can separate you from them," said Roy Cohen, a New York...
  • In May, Obama worked about four hours a day

    06/29/2011 9:23:50 PM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 41 replies
    citizen5408.com ^ | June 29, 2011 | Greg C.
    According to the White House, the President doesn't work all that much. During the month of May, which included 21 working days, President Obama claims he worked about 92 hours (91.95 to be exact). That's according to the White House schedule, posted on the whitehouse.gov Website. That equates to an exhausting 4.4 hours per day. Excluding his grueling G8 summit travels during the week of May 23 (when he was forced to endure eight hour work days!), Mr. Obama worked an average of 3.25 hours per day when at the White House in May. Indeed, the President's schedule is so...
  • U.S. Warns Israelis on Tourist Visa Work Scam

    06/23/2011 12:20:00 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 7 replies · 1+ views
    [Still looking for that scary youtube video of State Dept. official warning illegal aliens from south of the border seeking "work", that they could be banned from the U.S. for life if caught working here illegally.] [So far, not having any luck finding that video. Mabye they just made one for the benefit of young Israelis thinking about coming here to work illegally.] From INN: "The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv released a video warning young Israelis not to be tempted by illegal offers of work in the United States. The YouTube video features testimony by young Israelis who were...
  • Gov. Perry signs "Baker's Bill"

    06/20/2011 6:34:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies · 1+ views
    KLTV- 7 ^ | June 19, 2011 | Annette Falconer
    Governor Rick Perry has signed "The Baker's Bill", leading Texas bakers in hope for another source of income, all while staying in their home. KLTV's Annette Falconer talks with one east Texas baker, who can't wait to start her baking business. It's the day that can't come too soon for baker, Stephanie Frazier. "September first you'll hear me calling around saying, hey, would you like a cookie?", says Frazier. Governor Perry signed the "Bakers Bill", allowing bakers like Fazier to sell their non-perishable goodies. "If you had a kitchen under the same roof where people slept, you were not allowed...
  • 5 ways to really annoy your boss

    05/15/2011 10:38:17 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    OC Register ^ | 15 May 2011 | MARY ANN MILBOURN
    Want to really tick off your boss? Hand in sloppy work. An Accountemps survey of 1,400 chief financial officers showed that 41% cited lack of attention to detail or sloppy work as the thing that annoyed them the most. "Having to constantly double-check someone else's work is a sure recipe for tension between coworkers," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of "Human Resources Kit For Dummies, 2nd Edition" (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "The success of any team depends on everyone carrying his or her weight." Gossip and office politics also got the CFOs' dander up. Messmer acknowledged...
  • On the Clock for the Government - When Do YOU Stop Working For the Government?

    05/11/2011 10:37:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan residents have to punch in from 9 a.m. to 11:07 a.m. every work day to pay off their tax liability, according to a study done by The Tax Foundation. The “Tax Bite in the Eight Hour Day” analysis included federal, state and local taxes in the state. Michigan ranked 26th nationwide. Connecticut was No. 1, with their workers having to be on the clock for government until 11:40 a.m. Mississippi workers were able to cut out the earliest, leaving at 10:51 a.m. The overall nationwide average was 11:13 a.m., as taxes ate up 27.7 percent of U.S. workers’ salaries...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RERUM NOVARUM, 05-06-11

    05/06/2011 9:23:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-06-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):RERUM NOVARUM Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, issued on May 15, 1891, on the condition of labor. It refutes the theories of the socialists and defends the rights of private ownership. It advises employers and workers to organize into both mixed and separate associations for mutual help and self-protection. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why we love the rat race. Be Honest, despite calls to "unplug," we actually get joy from work

    04/18/2011 7:21:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/18/2011 | Kyle Smith
    Be honest. You’re a control freak. You’re in a rat race. You’re trapped on the hedonic treadmill, you’re surfing the info tsunami and you’re mainlining off your Crackberry. Gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to work. And that’s exactly the way it should be. Consider the Dickens Paradox. In George Orwell’s essay on Charles Dickens, he wonders what the Victorian novelist’s heroes get up to after the books end: “The answer evidently is that they did nothing . . . That is the spirit in which most of Dickens’ books end — a sort of radiant idleness. His heroes,...
  • Baby Boomer moms keep supporting grown kids?

    04/15/2011 12:43:50 PM PDT · by decimon · 117 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2011 | Barbara Liston
    ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – More than half of Baby Boom-generation mothers support adult children financially and 60 percent are the go-to person when their grown kids encounter problems, according to a survey issued on Thursday. That trend contrasted with the 86 percent of those 46- to 65-year-old women surveyed who said they were fully independent of their own parents by age 25. "We wanted to get the hell out as soon as possible," said Liz Kitchens, a partner in The Kitchens Group, a public opinion research firm in Orlando, Florida, that conducted the survey. > Helen Bernstein, a 54-year-old former...
  • New unemployment claims surge to 412,000

    04/14/2011 8:38:03 AM PDT · by Signalman · 29 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 4/14/2011 | Hibah Yousuf
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that the job market's road to recovery remains bumpy. The number of initial claims increased to 412,000 in the week ended Apr. 9, up 27,000 from the week before, the Labor Department said Thursday. The figure was the highest in two months and surprised economists, who were expecting 385,000 new claims. The spike disrupted the downhill move in jobless claims, which had been coming in below the 400,000-mark for four consecutive weeks. "Given the underlying downward trend, we are inclined to...
  • What's a Job Good For?

    04/04/2011 9:49:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | April 1, 2011 | Jeffrey A. Tucker
    Most people say that a job is good for making money. So, if you don't need money, what's the point? The fabled English aristocratic class of the late 19th and early 20th century apparently thought that way, if the caricatures painted by Jeeves and Wooster, Brideshead, and the like have any truth to them. Their main job was getting dressed and undressed. It seems like young Americans are thinking the same way. Doug French drew my attention to some statistics from the Wall Street Journal on teenage employment that knocked me out. In 2000, slightly more than a third of...
  • Cash-poor MTA may put recipients of unemployment benefits to work again cleaning subways

    03/29/2011 7:39:41 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/29/11 | Lisa Eadicicco and Pete Donohue
    The cash-strapped MTA may soon put welfare recipients to work scrubbing and cleaning the subways. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to revive its participation in the city's Work Experience Program - which makes the unemployed toil for their benefit checks. "This is a program that has a proven track record of doing three things: providing low-cost cleaning help for the subway; providing job training to people who need it, and leading directly to full-time employment for many of the people who participate in the program," MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/03/29/2011-03-29_cashpoor_mta_may_put_recipients_of_unemployment_benefits_to_work_again_cleaning_.html#ixzz1Hzztr3Ff
  • Let’s Work Closely with the Rebels

    03/24/2011 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 3/24/11 | Max Boot
    The White House and Africa Command have insisted that we are not coordinating air strikes with the Libyan rebels. I suppose it all depends on the meaning of “coordinate.” The Los Angeles Times reveals: Leaders of the opposition national council in rebel-controlled eastern Libya say they are making regular, secure contacts with allied military representatives in Europe to help commanders identify targets for the U.S.-led air assault. The contacts, conducted through the council’s civilian representatives in France and elsewhere in Europe, are made by secure satellite telephone connections
  • Swedes working overtime at record levels

    03/20/2011 4:43:49 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies · 1+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/18/2011 | TT/The Local/dl
    Employees at the Volkswagen plants in Germany only have to work 28.8 hours a week (altough many of them agree to work overtime). Over here in Sweden, assembly line workers in the car industry seldom enjoy a whole weekend off. Working 60-70 hours a week and trying to run a family at the same time is very common in my part of the World. In this regard, Swedish work conditions are almost at an 19th century level. The article: "As the economy continues to heat up, Swedes are working more overtime than ever before, with extra hours clocked in some...
  • More Americans Taking Work Home With Them

    03/17/2011 10:51:21 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 35 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 3/17/2011 | Patrick Seitz
    You aren’t imagining things – your job has followed you home. The fastest growing segment of home office workers is people regularly bringing home work with them, according to research firm IDC. Technology advances such as ubiquitous broadband and low-cost notebook PCs and smart phones are making it hard for workers to leave their jobs behind at day’s end, says IDC analyst Justin Jaffe.
  • NH Lawmakers To Work Late Wednesday...Because Of Poetry Contest

    03/16/2011 9:54:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/16/11 | Staff
    Concord, N.H. - New Hampshire House lawmakers — not known for short speeches — plan to wax long into the night to free their chamber for a statewide poetry competition. The House had planned on meeting three days this week to vote on more than 250 bills. When they scheduled the three sessions, House Speaker William O’Brien had already promised the 2011 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program could hold its statewide championship in Representatives Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. O’Brien hopes to finish the work on bills Wednesday night.
  • GOP Senators Introduce National 'Right-to-Work' Bill to Restrict Unions

    03/12/2011 10:32:19 AM PST · by GVnana · 139 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3/9/2011
    A group of conservative U.S. senators has introduced a bill to restrict unions from forcing workers to join and pay dues as a condition of employment. The move on Capitol Hill comes as several states consider what's known as "right-to-work" legislation -- proposals that have met stiff resistance. Indiana Republicans recently shelved their right-to-work bill after it sparked protests at the capital and after Democrats fled the state to block it, mimicking the tactic used by Wisconsin lawmakers holding up Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union proposal. But GOP senators in Washington said national legislation is needed to stop the "strong-arm political...
  • You deserve to be poor

    03/09/2011 8:36:08 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 19 replies
    03/09/2011 | WesternCulture
    Being a four year old toddler, my grandpa robbed me from my mother's knee and taught me the realities of life; "We men work and when work is finished, we'll enjoy grandma's great cooking". My grandma knew how to cook. I'm fortunate. I've enjoyed the greatest childhood any person could dream of. Despite the torture of Swedish Liberal schools. My maternal grandfather owned three summer houses by the age of 30 and managed them all by himself (with a little aid from his family though). His father worked at a factory. My paternal grandfather was just like him. He had...
  • Republican Senators Introduce National Right to Work Act

    03/08/2011 3:22:14 PM PST · by Qbert · 31 replies
    Senate.gov ^ | 3/8/2011 | Sen. Jim DeMint, Staff
    Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), introduced the National Right to Work Act to reduce workplace discrimination by protecting the free choice of individuals to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities. Seven Republicans joined Senator DeMint as original cosponsors to the Right to Work Act including Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana). During the 111th Congress, all Senate Democrats united to vote against workers’ rights but now they have a chance to protect American workers’ freedom...
  • Cities worth partying/working in, what's your say?

    03/03/2011 2:45:56 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 48 replies
    03/02/2011 | WesternCulture
    I'm 41. I try and be a good boss to this 20-year old bombshell at my work, but I don't know how to (- yes she's all that, but I've experienced so many other ones before here in Sweden so I can't just see it from your point of view, she's simply a work mate to me). I know she'll leave boring Gothenburg for the Continent when spring arrives. If we are to be serious, where does a young woman aiming at one day owning a restaurant of her own belong? If you know the business, please tell (all of)...
  • Global Economy? 23 Facts showing Std. of Living Of our Middle Class pushing to 3rd World Levels

    03/03/2011 1:50:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 03/03/2011 | Michael Snyder
    Global Economy? 23 Facts Which Prove That Globalism Is Pushing The Standard Of Living Of The Middle Class Down To Third World Levels From now on, whenever you hear the term "the global economy" you should immediately equate it with the destruction of the U.S. middle class. Over the past several decades, the American economy has been slowly but surely merged into the emerging one world economic system. Unfortunately for the middle class, much of the rest of the world does not have the same minimum wage laws and worker protections that we do. Therefore, the massive global corporations that...
  • Video: Hezbollah starting to work with drug cartels in Mexico?

    02/21/2011 3:40:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    hot air ^ | 2/21/11 | Allahpundit
    Oh, now, this can’t be true. Never mind that Hezbollah’s been working for years to establish a presence in the western hemisphere, or that a congressional report from a few years ago claimed that they’ve already tried to use the Mexican border to cross into America. And never mind the report that circulated last summer about a Hezbollah operative being arrested in Tijuana. If all that’s true then conservatives are right about weak borders being a national security risk, and they … simply can’t be right. My military and Department of Homeland Security contacts are insistent…it’s not if Hezbollah operatives...
  • Are Home Based Businesses The Future?

    02/17/2011 4:41:45 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 34 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | Feb. 17, 2011 | Niuhuru
    Does anyone here think that running a business from home is going to be the new way that businesses are run and how do you think this will affect hiring policies?
  • A Nice, Wholesome Hooters Girl for the Kids

    02/16/2011 5:35:59 PM PST · by Candor7 · 76 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Jan 12,, 2011 | Al Lewis
    <p>Becoming a Hooters Girl isn't something everyone in the family will understand.</p> <p>Chante Rivera did it a year and a half ago.</p> <p>"My mom was so excited," said Rivera. "She's like, 'You're going to have so much fun there. You are so pretty. I am so proud of you.' My dad, he said, 'I'm going to pray for you.'"</p>
  • Woman Dies At Desk At Work...No One Notices Till The Next Day (How appreciated do you feel?)

    02/16/2011 1:15:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/16/2011 | Ujala Seghal
    A 51-year-old woman, Rebecca Wells, who worked in the risk management division of the LA County Department of Internal Services, died while working in her cubicle on Friday. Her body was not discovered until the next afternoon, when a security guard found her slumped over at her desk. The last time a co-worker saw her alive was Friday morning, at 9AM. "She was always working," said a co-worker. County coroners are not yet able to say how she died (though no one believes it was foul play.) CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR VIDEO
  • Proposed bill would allow firearms in locked vehicles at work(MT)

    02/05/2011 5:35:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    kxlf.com ^ | 3 February, 2011 | Marnee Banks
    A Republican lawmaker wants to make it legal to have a firearm in a locked vehicle at work. Rep. Wendy Warburton says her bill is about Second Amendment rights and protecting oneself. Her bill allows for an employee to carry a gun to work and leave it in their locked car in the employer's parking lot. Opponents of the bill say the employer's parking lot is private property and the government can't dictate rules there. Supporters say the car is the employee's private property. "They impose a restriction on employees way beyond the workplace. They impose restrictions all the way...
  • Sloth nation: America has taken laziness to new lows

    01/30/2011 6:21:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 125 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 29, 2011 | Leslie Gornstein
    “I’m ready to offer my services for ur project. Contact me at ur earliest convenience 2 arrange for interview. Thanks in advance for ur consideration.” That’s a real cover letter from a real person claiming to be a real professional, who thinks she can get a real job. The letter was fielded by publicist and trend-spotter Richard Laermer, who gets so many of these he collects them and, when asked, forwards them to reporters for fun. The letter “just made me shake my head till it nearly fell off.” But it isn’t rare. In fact, Laermer says, it’s typical. “Lazy...
  • January 23 2011: Only 47% of working age Americans have full time jobs

    01/24/2011 1:41:02 PM PST · by FromLori · 19 replies
    Automatic Earth ^ | 1/23/2011 | Ilargi
    Ilargi: VK, roving reporter for The Automatic Earth, has been playing with the numbers from the January 7 employment report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It seems valuable to look at unemployment from this, a different, angle. Some of it may even surprise you. The total non institutional civilian labor force (Americans 16 years and older who are not in a institution -criminal, mental, or other types of facilities- or an active military duty) is reported as 238.889 million. Of these, we see: Employed: 139.206 million people (58.3% of labor force) Unemployed: 14.485 million people (6.1% of...
  • My First 100 Million Dollar Year

    01/22/2011 12:17:30 PM PST · by BillKneer · 2 replies
    The Patriot Statesman ^ | 1/22/2011 | Anthony Devar
    To some it seemed impossible. A struggling division of an international corporation had not been able to negotiate even one contract in over 2 years. But, by the Grace of God, in less than four months, he had over 200 international corporations deploying his company’s latest technological offering around the Globe and 13 top tier consulting companies committing up to 21 Million dollars each plus their Directors in charge of Sales personnel, bringing in 12 Million dollars per rep each year, leading with his companies’ solution to their clients. How did this person achieve his first 100 Million dollar plus...
  • Layoffs at My Work Place (Prayer Request)

    01/07/2011 2:17:12 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Freerepublic.com ^ | 1/7/2010 | Dallas59
    Lay offs were announced today at my place of business. It's a small company. 10 were given the pink slip. I know it's an unusual request...but join me in saying a little something to the BIG boss man up high for these people. Thanks.
  • Mike Rowe on Discovery, Realization and Lamb Castration

    01/02/2011 2:53:00 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 37 replies
    FORA.TV ^ | 1/2/2011 | BwanaNdege
    Drawing on his experiences picking up roadkill, feeding swine, and castrating a lamb with his teeth, Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, discusses how modern American culture...
  • The deindustrialization of America

    01/02/2011 7:47:31 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 63 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | JANUARY 2, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    An anonymous email making the cyberspace rounds is so upsetting that its author was correct to hide his name. The “Changes Are Coming” email details the demise of our post office, our newspapers, check writing systems, books and music as we know them along with the end of Cable TV and network systems as now constituted. But the harshest caveat bearing down on America is our demise due to deindustrialization. The email reports that “Tens of thousands of factories have left the U.S. in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost. . .the U.S....
  • Obama wiil [sic] 'work with anyone of either party who’s got a good idea'

    01/01/2011 4:21:10 AM PST · by maggief · 67 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 1, 2011 | Bridget Johnson
    EXCERPTS "At the start of 2011, we’re still just emerging from a once-in-a-lifetime recession that’s taken a terrible toll on millions of families," Obama said. "We all have friends and neighbors trying to get their lives back on track." (snip) "In a few days, a new Congress will form, with one house controlled by Democrats, and one house controlled by Republicans – who now have a shared responsibility to move this country forward," Obama said. "And here’s what I want you to know: I’m willing to work with anyone of either party who’s got a good idea and the commitment...
  • Britain Realizing Benefits of Work-Based Welfare

    12/31/2010 5:06:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 30, 2010 | Dick Armey (Freedomworks)
    Britain is enacting a work-based welfare system, reversing a dole-based system reaching back to the 1600s and Queen Elizabeth I. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Benjamin Franklin and Alexis de Tocqueville were very critical of the English system of public charity, which harmed the recipient and society. In 1766, Franklin wrote in The London Chronicle: I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it . . . There is no country [other than England] in the world where so many provisions are...
  • Ore. minimum wage goes up Jan. 1; Wash. already highest in U.S.

    12/30/2010 8:29:08 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 13 replies · 14+ views
    KATU ^ | 12/28/10 | KATU News and KATU.com Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. – On Jan. 1 the minimum wage throughout Oregon state goes up by a dime, to $8.50 an hour. This cements Oregon and Washington's positions as the two highest-paid states for minimum-wage workers in the U.S. Washington comes in first, at $8.55. Except for the past two years, Washington state's rate has risen steadily since voters passed Initiative 688 in 1998, which matched wage increases to inflation. Oregon comes in second. Federal minimum wage is $7.25. ...
  • The end of middle America? Working class white families are unraveling before our eyes

    12/27/2010 2:33:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 77 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 19th 2010 | Kay Hymowitz
    Foreclosures, plant closings, offshored jobs, underwater mortgages, miserable rates of unemployment, stagnating incomes: Is there any end to the woes of the struggling American middle? Apparently not, because now comes news of a trend guaranteeing trouble ahead for the more than half of the nation that make up the moderately educated and moderately earning middle — even if the economy improves. That seismic shift, outlined in a new report from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, is towards more divorce, more out of wedlock births and, ipso facto, fewer kids with a hopeful future. Family breakdown,...
  • China's skyscraper boom buoys global industry

    12/05/2010 10:21:50 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 5, 2010 | JOE McDONALD
    BEIJING – The 121-story Shanghai Tower is more than China's next record-setting building: It's an economic lifeline for the elite club of skyscraper builders. Financial gloom has derailed plans for new towers in Chicago, Moscow, Dubai and other cities. But in China, work on the 2,074-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, due to be completed in 2014, and dozens of other tall buildings is rushing ahead, powered by a buoyant economy and providing a steady stream of work to architects and engineers. The U.S. high-rise market is "pretty much dead," said Dan Winey, a managing director for Gensler, the Shanghai Tower's San...
  • 1 In 3 Need Gov Permission To Work

    11/19/2010 3:38:29 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    About 1 in 20 Americans needed government permission to work in the 1950s. Today it's 1 in 3, according to Commonwealth Foundation. The loss of freedom comes from requirements for training, fees, licenses and other bits of red tape magic aimed at keeping the Dolores Umbridges of the world happily sipping their tea in bureaucratic positions of power. A Illinois man, as a remembrance to a friend killed by a drunk driver, began offering tipsy bar patrons a free ride home. He was busted for "operating without a transportation service license" in a sting orchestrated by the local taxi drivers...
  • Poll: Union Members Overwhelmingly Oppose Union Boss Political Spending on 2010 Midterm Elections

    11/01/2010 10:10:30 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 23 replies
    National Right to Work ^ | Novemeber 1, 2010 | Press Release
    Despite DC union officials’ agenda, union membership think stimulus plan and healthcare bills were failures, and oppose keeping Pelosi as Speaker Washington, DC (November 1, 2010) – A nationwide poll of 760 union members from both the private and government sector conducted last week demonstrates a staggering disconnect between union members and the national union officials who claim to represent them. The scientific survey was conducted October 26-28 by long time pollster Frank Luntz. The poll asked various questions regarding their union leadership and the 2010 midterm elections. The poll found that 60 percent of union members oppose their union...
  • 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'.
  • Keeping the Poor in Poverty

    10/16/2010 3:03:09 PM PDT · by upchuck · 12 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | October 13, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    School choice, lower taxes, job creation: These, and not welfare payments, are what would really help the poor. In his autobiography, former British prime minister Tony Blair recounts the political epiphany that caused him to break with the old-style class-warfare–based Labour Party that he had grown up with. “In a sense they wanted to celebrate the working class,” he writes, “not make them middle class.” In many ways, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats appear to have the same attitude about the American poor. They talk frequently about the poor. They lavish programs upon them. (Last year the Obama administration...