Tag: Employment

52% of Americans Wallow Happily in their Ignorance

So, what are you thinking about on this beautiful, sunny Pearl Harbor Day?  Yep, it is December 7th alright.  The birds are chirping, the squirrels are happily scampering around the park.  It’s Friday and the weekend is here! Four more years of “Hope and Change” just around the corner!  What is there to not be happy about?
Well, it’s often the things we are NOT told that sneak up and bite us in the ass ….!
And what is not in the news … thanks to Obama’s propaganda machine loosely refered to as the “Liberal Media”?  How about this little tidbit?  We only added about 146,000 new jobs in November.  And … we had 3.7 times that (540,000) drop out of the labor force.  Yet … somehow … miraculously … unemployment dropped from 7.9% to 7.7%.   Once again it’s Obama’s administration feeding us total BS and still the cool aid drinkers dutifully  lap it up.
Why is it total BS you might ask?  Paula Priesse explains it quite succinctly like this:
A company has 1,000 employees.  100 get the flu.  The company’s flu rate is 100/1000 or 10%.  But then 10 die from the flu.  The company now only has 990 employees (1000-10 dead)  … but has only 90 employees  (100-10 dead) with the flu.  So the company’s flu rate has mathematically dropped from 10% (100/1000) to 9.1% (90/990).  Is the company better off?  Of course not!  10 employees have died.  So, in the same manner, Obama’s unemployment rate drops from 7.9% to 7.7%, but only because 540,000 gave up  (died from flu) and therefore not counted anymore.  Is the economy improving?  Again, of course not!   America’s labor force participation rate is the lowest in over 30 years.
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The only “new normal” here is that OBAMA KILLS JOBS!

Chicago Teachers Demonstrate Democratic Politics of Greed and Corruption

So … Chicago, the stronghold of democratic machine politics … the home to Obama and  Rahm Emanuel … has given us another great example of the wrongness of Obama’s entitlement politics that are killing our nation!

According to the last numbers I heard, we have about 23 million Americans out of work.  Chicago teachers are currently among the highest paid teachers in the nation, most making $75,000 per year before benefits … some making more!  These same collectively bargaining teaches are striking for higher wages … having just rejected a 16% pay raise.  The hubris, gall, and out-right greed of these Chicago teachers amazes me … especially considering the state of today’s public school … essentially, most of them suck!

But then again, we know that the NEA is all about protecting bad teachers and creating good little socialist robots … at the expense of our children’s real education.  Tenure for bad teachers, no performance-based pay, leftwing-progressive curriculum …. what a mess!   I am so glad I do not have young children today … if I did they would have to be home schooled or in private schools and not in these left-wing brainwashing institutions.  I guess that’s why progressives are working so hard to make home schooling impossible ….

The smart Chicago families are the ones who have their children in charter or private schools.

It is interesting that progressive-liberals like to point to FDR and his “New Deal” for their motivation and core belief system on dealing with the current economic crisis.  However, FDR was strongly opposed to collective bargaining by government employees as is demonstrated by the following quotes …

This is an excerpt from a letter President Roosevelt wrote to Luther C. Steward, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees in 1937:

“All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress.”

And … if you think his position on collective bargaining isn’t clear enough from that quote, consider this one:

“Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.”

That about sums it up!

Yet Another Obama Fantasy

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Despite statements put out by the Obama administration and the liberal media‘s info-chicks, the economy is not recovering. A recent gallop poll show unemployment rose to 9%. The rate for the under-employed (those working part-time but want full-time employment) is 10%.

Combining the two rates gives us a realistic unemployment rate of 19%.  This is the number that would have been reported until Obama changed how the government counts unemployment to make his numbers appear better than they are.

Hmmmm!  And … how about those who’s unemployment benefits have run out and have simply given up on finding a job?  They aren’t counted anymore either!

Keep drinking the Cool Aid … like a bunch of drunken rats going down with the ship!

OMG: Obama Must Go

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I now this is not a real letter sent by an employer to his employees.  It is an email “joke!”  But, despite that … it has a great deal of truth in it … it really hits the nail on the head.  So I posted it here.  Read through to end, it makes a lot of sense!

To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job.

What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. Of course, as your employer, I am forbidden to tell you whom to vote for – it is against the law to discriminate based on political affiliation, race, creed, religion, etc.

Please vote for who you think will serve your interests the best. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interest. First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story.

This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You saw my big home at last years Christmas party. I’m sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life. However, what you don’t see is the back story.

I started this company 12 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living space was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business — hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the Goodwill store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70’s.

My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business — with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9 am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5 pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, ****, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to me like a 1 day old baby.

You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden — the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations… You never realize the back story and the sacrifices I’ve made. Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail out all the people who didn’t.

The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for. Yes, business ownership has its benefits but the price I’ve paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?

Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country. The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy. Here is what many of you don’t understand …to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the mud of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine.

Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep. So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem any more. Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire.

You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

While tax cuts to 95% of America sounds great on paper, don’t forget the back story: If there is no job, there is no income to tax. A tax cut on zero dollars is zero. So, when you make decision to vote, ask yourself, who understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn’t? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of saving your job. While the media wants to tell you “It’s the economy Stupid” I’m telling you it isn’t.

If you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the Constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me in the South Caribbean sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

Signed,

Your boss,

Michael A. Crowley,
PE Crowley, Crisp & Associates, Inc.
Professional Engineers
1906 South Main Street, Suite 122
Wake Forest , NC 27587
Phone: 919.562.8860 x22
Fax: 919.562.8872

Obama Works Tirelessly 3.5 Years to Destroy America!

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Well, we learned how Obama is going to fund his jobs (and I use the term loosely) act!  Higher taxes!!  Half a trillion dollars worth! Of course, in his jobs speech it was going to be fully funded by cutting spending  … who would have thunk!  And, his taxes are on single earners making over $200,000, and couple and small business owners making $250,000 per year.  Like this is wealthy?  Maybe it is in East Tennessee, but it is middle-income in Los Angeles, New York City, and Connecticut!   And the extra taxing of small private-sector business owners who create 70% of the real job growth, and funneling that money through the federal bureaucracy (making sure their pensions and benefits are safe) and sending the rest out the back door to give temporary jobs to union (NEA) workers who support Obama’s political agenda is corrupt Chicago political machine politics at its best!!

But … hey … for three and one half years, Obama has been tirelessly working; doing what needs to be done to fundamentally transform this great county into a shadow of its former self … a giant, centrally mismanaged, self-loathing, apologetic, socialist nanny state that Michele Obama can be proud of.

Truthfully, if Obama had worked tirelessly at what he has been “actually” doing … we would be in deeper shit than we are now!  Fortunately, he and Michele have mostly been living it up like royalty; jet setting around in separate jets, taking extravagant tax payer funded vacations, playing endless rounds of golf, redistributing tax payer money to their cronies, and attending lavish fund-raisers.

So why do we need to fund still more “shovel ready” construction jobs on roads, bridges, and schools?  Isn’t that what the last “porkulus” package was supposed to do?  Oh yeah … I forgot … that $1 trillion went to …. ummm  …. ummm … can anybody tell me? 

Oh yeah!  To fund green energy projects like Solyndra.

 (OBAMA MAY 26, 2010: It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future).

Well, the owners of Solyndra have a “brighter and more prosperous future.”  That is for sure.  Somebody got the $535 million Obama gave them just before they closed their doors!  Anybody hear anything about that from the liberal, drive-by media?

Yep! Simply another reason we don’t need the federal government handling American job growth.  We need to take the handcuffs like excessive regulation, the Obamacare abomination, and ever soaring taxes off the backs of small business owners  and let them expand their businesses and hire people!  Small businesses create jobs that do not need the federal government to steal money from medicare, social security, and tax payers to fund!  I know … it’s so hard to grasp the concept;  especially when your real agenda is simply increasing government power or if you are a useful idiot who can’t think past the progressive-liberal brainwashing that our public school system has forced down our kids throats for the past 30 years or more!

Sorry folks, it is not the federal government’s job to give your kid a musical instrument so he can play in the school band … that is the parents job!  It is not the federal government’s job to remodel schools in local communities, that is the local government’s job.   It is not the federal government’s job to tell you what to eat, think, read, listen to, play, watch, say, drive, ride, or otherwise do!  That is your job!  Be a man (or a woman … don’t want to be sexist here!). Make your choices … succeed or fail … but accept the responsibility for your choices … good or bad!  You can always try again.  That is freedom!  That is liberty!  And … that, my friends, is what America was once all about! 

Finally, many American’s are waking up and catching on to  the progressive-liberal elites that are tirelessly working to turn America into a nation of mindless morons (sheeple) that they can control and thus reap the benefits as the “benevolent American aristocracy.”   And, as more Americans awaken … Obama’s poll numbers continue to drop.  Perhaps that is why he recently blocked the deportation of 300,000 illegal aliens … he may need them as voters in November 2012!