Friday, July 16, 2010
Of course, in being a do gooder, you'd have to support minimum wage increases. Right?
For the first time on record, senior citizens outnumber teens in the labor force as the Great Recession accentuates trends that make it harder for young people to find jobs and more likely for older workers to delay retirement.
This historic crossover is revealed in data compiled by Bloomberg News showing that 6.6 million people over age 65 worked or looked for work in the first six months of the year, versus 5.9 million 16- to 19-year-olds.
That analysis is based on federal records that started in 1948 when there were 4.4 million teens in the labor force compared with 2.9 million people over age 65.
Experts say that over the past decade older workers have tended to hang on to their paychecks longer, owing to sagging stock portfolios and falling home prices.
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun
Sinking in the sea.......
A list of companies moving out of or expanding outside California has grown by 84 since the start of the year, says Joe Vranich, Irvine consultant who specializes in relocating companies.
He includes 25 Orange County companies – including Kyjen Company (Huntington Beach to Centennial, Colo.) and MotorVac Technologies (Santa Ana to Ontario, Canada) – that have expanded outside California or moved completely.
But he excludes companies like Irvine Scientific of Santa Ana, which is building a production facility in Japan, because it’s tied to a global expansion strategy, not California’s business environment.Vranich has been compiling his list since July 2009, and every time he gives a speech to business groups or appears on talk radio, such as KFI’s John and Ken show, he says people call and e-mail him with rumors, tips and news of departures he missed. He verifies each one before adding it to his list.
The 84 in six months of 2010 compares to 44 in all of 2009 and 35 from 2006 through 2008, he says, adding that the moves represent $4.7 billion in capital shifted out of California.
“The exodus of capital and jobs has reached such an alarming point that California ought to declare a state of economic emergency just as we have emergencies resulting from floods, fires and earthquakes,” Vranich says. “Raising taxes or creating new regulations should be out of the question.”
He has long insisted that most of the moves are related to California’s “high taxes, undue regulations, excessive fines and fees, high workers’ comp (insurance) costs, a legal environment stacked against businesses and lengthy permitting requirements.”
But other than that, it's a great place to do business.
Creating a place for commerce to leave?
Now that's "Progressive"!
If you're the gambling type let's have a wager.
I'll put up a thousand dollars that says within the next ten years we'll have another big bank collapse and subsequent bail out.
Let's face it, congress has been passing bill after bill for over two centuries and yet seem inept to prevent another oil spill, Katrina disaster, bank bail out, auto bail out, etc. And yet this time it's going to be different?
Who's the gullible one?
New cuts may be coming to the Philadelphia Fire
Departmentand they could include rolling closures of firehouses.
What if you stopped by your local firehouse and found the firefighters who would normally be first to answer your call weren't there at all that day?
It could happen.
The city announced as many as four units each day may be taken out of service in neighborhoods city wide in hopes of saving more than $3.5 million in overtime to ease the city's budget crunch.
Denying basic government services to your citizens?
Now that's "progressive"!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Cab driver Abraham Habteab says around 2 p.m., he picked up a well-dressed passenger at Union Station who wanted to ride to a hotel in Southwest D.C.More....
"He wanted me to drop him off and put his luggage inside the hotel and he wanted me to take him to a different location," said Habteab.
He did not realize his passenger was Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York until other cab drivers told him. It was just a typical cab ride according to Habteab.
But then he says Congressman Nadler told him, “Don’t turn the meter off. He wanted me to take him back to Capitol Hill.”
According to the D.C. Taxicab Commission, the law says when a passenger gets to their destination, in this case which was the hotel, the entire fare is paid including waiting time.
The law also says if the passenger asks the driver to wait or take him to another destination, that is a new trip and the meter starts again.
The congressman was supposed to pay $8.
"He said I will not pay you if you don't take me running the same meter which we came with,” said Habteab.
Habteab says he called police after Congressman Nadler would not pay.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
But instead, what you get in "progressive" counties is a lack of police, fire and roads...........
Squeezed by budget cuts, several suburban police departments have talked with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office about policing their towns — but Cook County Board members say those law enforcement agencies would have to cover the costs and get county board approval.
“We don’t have the resources to take on another police department,” said Commissioner Peter Silvestri, a Northwest Side and suburban Republican.
He sponsored the resolution approved today that calls for municipalities to pay for the sheriff to come in and take over primary policing duties, including patrols.
Here's the deal. These citizens already pay for these resources.
Holding your residents hostage to pay for services their supposed top be getting already?
Now that's "progressive"!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
In addition they withhold child support for three other workers, IRS tax levies for another worker, and a garnishment for a third.
The owner of this company once told me "I'd give these guys a 25% raise if I didn't have to deal with all their crap".
Well, here's one more burden a small business owner will have to endure by hiring an American worker............
The White House and congressional Democrats, with the backing of the AARP, will soon put forth a plan to automatically enroll new private-sector employees in investment retirement accounts (IRAs).
The measure will apply to new workers at firms that don’t currently offer 401(k) retirement plans, according to AARP, the lobby group for seniors. Workers would have the choice of opting out of the accounts.
The auto-enrollment provision will get pushback from small-business groups.
"It’s another burden placed on business that’s coming from Washington, keeping business owners from hiring and investing,” said Bill Rys, the tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business. “They’re being told, ‘Here’s how you run your business.’ ”
Another reason to believe that democrats think business exist solely to serve their employees. Another reason to move a job overseas. Another reason to believe AARP is a communist front.
And you wonder why unemployment remains high.
Oakland's police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned.
Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.
Some 80 officers were to be let go at midnight last night if a last-minute deal was not reached. That's about ten percent of the work force.
Not providing adequate police protection to your citizens?
Now that's "Progressive"!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Last week the NY Post ran a story about two late-shift, unionized public employees sleeping on the job. According to the Post, "(S)leeping workers are a familiar nighttime sight along the streets of NoHo and SoHo around the Angelika theater, which is next to the transit crew entrance." And what do these arrogant deadbeats get paid for shirking their responsibilities? $33-an-hour.
I'd like to tell you that this story is a new development — but it's not. Two years ago a supervisor and a mechanic were caught sleeping in a locked office at the same facility by the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Inspector General's Office, which conducted a surprise raid. The same supervisor was discovered to have been moonlighting as an electrician for 20 years — and ordering a subordinate to falsify his hours. A clear-cut firing offense? The MTA reportedly tried, but union work rules required an arbitration process.
The man received a 30-day suspension as his "punishment."
Outrageous? Here's the most damnable part of the story: when the NY Post looked in workers' cars parked near the facility, "several" of them "had pillows and blankets on the back seats."
I guess I need to be president because he's got all kinds of time to get a game in..........
President Barack Obama spent Sunday on the golf course at Fort Belvoir, Va., according to White House pool reports.
The president was playing with regular links partner Marvin Nicholson and two others whose names weren't immediately known.
Prior to this tournament, I was pretty much indifferent to soccer. After watching about six games, including yesterday's final, I'm convinced that soccer was the EU before the EU became popular.
Soccer is the equivalent of sports masturbation; lot's of moving around but really not a lot of accomplishment when you're done.
I think I now know why everyone's playing with their vuvuzelas during the game.
By the way, call me a racist, but doesn't every Dutch soccer player look just like Joran van der Sloot?
None the less, I now put the World Cup in the same class as a cicada invasion; it shows up on some type of cycle measured in years, makes incessant annoying humming sounds, it's the lead conversation for about four weeks and it disappears by mid July.
Now we can get back to real sports.......like Lebron's reality show.
Winter chopped more potholes into Cincinnati streets this year - at least 2,257 of them - but budget cuts have left fewer workers to fill them.
Callers reported 2,257 potholes to the Public Services department between Jan. 1 and the end of June. That's more than the number reported in 2009 (1,941) and in 2008 (2,150). That's as far back as city records currently go.
The same city department, which also handles trash collection and snow removal, lost 27 workers last year after some AFSCME union members declined to take the city's request of 10 unpaid days. Another 10 workers were demoted and reassigned, nine of them to other departments.
Those who left either had direct involvement in pothole-filling or their departures prompted moves that affected the pothole progress, said Diana Frey, president of the Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE) union.
The city doesn't keep comparative records to show how long pothole-filling has taken this lean year compared to the times in fatter years, but officials don't dispute longer wait times now.
"We're working as efficiently as we can, but the budgeting does have an impact," said Larry Whitaker, spokesman for the public services department.
Spending money for a few and ignoring problems for all?
Now that's "progressive"!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Diamond Offshore announced Friday that its Ocean Endeavor drilling rig will leave the Gulf of Mexico and move to Egyptian waters immediately — making it the first to abandon the United States in the wake of the BP oil spill and a ban on deep-water drilling.
And the Ocean Endeavor's exodus probably won't be the last, according to oil industry officials and Gulf Coast leaders who warn that other companies eager to find work for the now-idled rigs are considering moving them outside the U.S.
Devon Energy Corp. had been leasing the Endeavor to drill in the same region of the Gulf as BP's leaking Macondo well, which has been gushing crude since a lethal blowout April 20.
But Diamond announced Friday it will lease the rig through June 30, 2011, to Cairo-based Burullus Gas Co., which plans to send the Endeavor to Egyptian waters immediately.
Devon is one of three companies that has cited the deep-water drilling ban in trying to ease out of contracts to lease Diamond rigs. Diamond, a drilling company, said it expects to make about $100 million from the deal, including a $31 million early termination fee it recovered from Devon.
I'm all for a more progressive tax code. But consider: The Tax Policy Center examined what it would take to avoid raising taxes on families earning less than $250,000 a year yet reduce the deficit to 3 percent of the economy by decade's end. The top two rates would have to rise to 72.4 and 76.8 percent, more than double the current level. You don't have to be anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist to think this would be insane.
C'mon Ruth I think you're underestimating the insanity of the democratic party........
The corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich descended into farce yesterday, as witnesses testified to just how bizarre the behavior of the loudmouth pol was. If Hollywood turns the story into a reality TV show, it would be called "Diary of a Mad Governor."First up was former Deputy Governor Robert Greenlee, who described how disengaged Mr. Blagojevich was during his six-year tenure. The governor would spend only two to eight hours a week in the office, refused to make decisions and would hide from his staff in the bathroom so as to avoid dealing with budget issues
I guess he couldn't just vote "present".......
The 57-year-old man charged with murder in 10 slayings in the Los Angeles "Grim Sleeper" case was arrested at least 15 times over four decades on other charges and was in police custody many times after the killings began, probation and jail records show.
The arrests of Lonnie Franklin Jr. in crimes including burglary, car theft and assault were never considered serious enough to send him to state prison or to warrant his entry in the state's DNA database, according to a report in Saturday's Los Angeles Times.A string of slayings of young black women had south Los Angeles on edge in the mid-1980s. The killings suddenly stopped but resumed 14 years later.
Now ask yourself this question. The fact that this guy never saw any time for his previous crimes is a result of liberal or conservative law and order policies?
The conventional wisdom (and big lie) that liberals champion the underdogs of life. I'll go out on a limb to say that this guy wasn't out victimizing rich, conservative, suburban, white women; he was killing black women.
Keep that in mind the next time some squishy liberal types let another criminal on the streets.
With a new mandate looming that will require business owners to file millions more tax forms, the Internal Revenue Service has begun the daunting process of figuring out how to turn the law's sweeping demands into actual rules for taxpayers.
The new regulations, which kick in at the start of 2012, require any taxpayer with business income to issue 1099 forms to all vendors from whom they purchased more than $600 of goods and services that year. That promises to launch a fusillade of new paperwork: An estimated 40 million taxpayers will be subject to the requirement, including 26 million who run sole proprietorships, according to a report released this week by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson.Olson's office, which operates independently within the IRS, flagged the new reporting requirements as one of its priority issues for the next year. Like many who have delved into the details of the new rules, Olson is concerned about their far-reaching scope and potential unintended consequences.
"The new reporting burden, particularly as it falls on small businesses, may turn out to be disproportionate as compared with any resulting improvement in tax compliance," the Taxpayer Advocate Service wrote in a report released this week.
But hey. What the hell were they going to do with that money if they weren't going to give it to me. Raises for their employees?
I need to donate more money to the DNC. Let's face it they've done more for my net worth than any republicans have.