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Thursday, December 4. 2014
Gotham’s Tourism Boom
Move over Kim Kardashian, Indianara Carvalho crowned Miss BumBum 2014
Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys
5 Reasons Why Fewer Americans Are Working
The New York Times reports that the Kremlin bankrolled protests against fracking in Europe.
Putin's Kemlin Losing the Oil Price War -- And That's Good
Shale Pioneer Billionaire Harold Hamm Loses $12 Billion
Is Obamacare Destroying the Democratic Party?
Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime
Attorney General Eric Holder Suggests US Police Are an “Occupying Force”
A Letter To Vietnam Veterans.........a confession and seeking forgiveness...
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The crash of the Middle Class ought to be the biggest headline of the year. We are getting taxed, regulated, inflated, wage stagnated, and Obamacared out of existence.
Everything Obama has done seems to be aimed at destroying the Middle Class and it's working.
I wonder if he feels that way about the police that protect HIS neighborhood?
Meanwhile, deep blue Newark NJ wants more "occupying force" on the streets after last weekend's shootings.
re 5 Reasons Why Fewer Americans Are Working
One wonders if we have entered terminal decline?
We have record numbers of people retiring.
We are be over run with low skilled illegal immigrants.
Business is being crushed. More businesses being destroyed than being created. The jobs being created tend to be low wage.
Money is being printed to fund the welfare state at alarming levels.
There is no political move towards making the country more business friendly to stimulate economic growth. Our ruling masters seem to be good with all this.
How can this end well?
This, along with her lackluster book tour leads one to wonder if she has passed her 'sell by date'?
Clearly the public is no longer interested in what she has to say.
I wonder if Georgetown had to shell out 300 grand for her to speak to all those empty seats? Heh.
then there was this at National Enquirer:
Sources close to the former First Lady and ex-Secretary of State revealed the hush-hush “Rehab Before White House” plan to The National ENQUIRER in advance of Hillary’s formal announcement to be a 2016 presidential candidate, touted for early next year.
A high-level insider told The ENQUIRER: “Hillary’s social drinking has gone out of control!
I think the public has lost interest in what Hillary has to say because she has never once said anything interesting. She's a horrible campaigner who got her butt kicked by an idiot Freshman Senator in 2008.
Why Fewer People Are Working:
1. People not working because they are retiring should not be a problem. In an earlier and saner world, retirement meant you had stashed away enough so that YOU could provide for YOURself rather than "Hey, I'm 65 and even though I spent excessively rather than saving when I was younger, I now expect everyone else to support me, i.e. I ate my cake and now want a free one." Source of problem: Leftist "Great Society" government programs.
2. Teens opting to stay in school, e.g. college, longer rather than entering the workplace. Where do I start? First, our public schools are so bad - leftist politicos placing diversity and self-esteem agendas above real education - that the average college grad today is less prepared than yesterday's HS grad. The first year or two of college today is basically remedial HS education that the kids didn't get in HS. Second, if the government wasn't subsidizing the education, the kid and his parents would have to actually weigh the value of higher education in terms of how much more productive it will make the kid. Will going to college for 4 (or more) years allow him to recoup the financial loss of not working and bringing in an income during those years? Sadly, the answer is more often than not, "No!" But those tough choices are ignored when Uncle Sugar is paying the bill and even if they make a bad choice a pick a crappy, useless major, it's no big deal because Uncle Sugar will give them welfare benefits when they can't get a job.
Unfortunately, the "economists" at JPM have placed "number of people employed" ahead of "national productivity". We,as a nation, are wealthier and better off not when more people are employed, but when we are producing more. The left doesn't get this either, but then again big bankers and Democratic politicians are in the same - leftists.
3. Many - perhaps most - of the people on disability shouldn't be. It's a fact that many suddenly "discovered" their disability as their unemployment benefits were running out. In both cases - disability benefits and unemployment benefits - the government gives people an incentive to not work (to not be productive) by providing them with a comfortable safety hammock (as opposed to the safety net they should have provided for themselves by saving something rather than spending all of their income when the did work).
4. Discouraged workers. Let's just throw them a freakin' pity party! They have no right to be discouraged. The live in the USA. If they lived in North Korea, I might understand discouragement, but not in the US. Grow a pair and get off your @$$.
5. The criminal record problem. The solution: Don't do $h!t that will get you a criminal record and if you do, accept that you may get stuck doing menial jobs rather than jobs where honesty and adherence to societal rules is a qualification. The problem is not that there aren't plenty of these menial jobs available. It's that the federal government makes it too easy to not work.
Contrary to the paper's conclusion, we don't have a lack of workers (employable people) in America. What we have is a lack of incentive to work, or more precisely too many incentives to not work.
MIDDLE CLASS SPENDING CRASH
1. We're addicted to the internet and our cellphones. For most people, I wouldn't call "home internet" and "cellphone" basic necessities.
2. Look at how many of the top items are subsidized by the government - cellphone, internet (yes, part of your cellphone and internet bill pays for these services for "unemployed" people who chose not to work - this is mandated by the government), home mortgages, education and health insurance. When the government provides subsidies for these things, there are more bidders in the marketplace willing to pay a higher price for these goods and services. This leads to inflated prices - too many dollars chasing the same number of goods/services.
And yet too many middle class workers have been fooled into thinking that the solution is for the government to subsidize even more. Any subsidy that the government provides doesn't ease the middle class burden. It simply ends up in the hands of the people who provide the goods and services being subsidized (along with some that the politicians stuff in their pockets). Sure, it looks like you're getting something for nothing - that's what the pols want you to think - but the only ones getting rich are the service providers.
I was the person who brought "In Defense of Looting" to Walter Hudson’s attention as part of a Facebook argument. I contend that looting in Ferguson is a political statement. The local government has evidently failed and no longer can claim to be a just representative of the people there.
Another commenter on my Facebook thread noted that throwing tea into Boston harbor was also destruction of private property as political protest. Mr Hudson would have made a good Tory.
The difference between the original Tea Partiers and the looters in Ferguson was targeting. Do you think the British would have really cared if they had just burned down their local mill or cooper's shop?
Looting: When free housing, welfare checks, free food and a free education are just not enough. If you look at the overhead pictures of the shooting scene in Ferguson it is a reasonably attractive setting of apartment buildings. All of the residents of these apartment buildings live there for free. Most have a car and no doubt big TVs and air conditioning but you and I pay for their housing and virtually everything they need. And for these deadenders "looting is justified"??
In my humble opinion the problem IS the welfare. Welfare causes crime. They have nothing to do all day, they do drugs and alcohol and then go out on the street all night to assault and kill nieghbors and innocents. If they worked hard for 8 hours and then had to actually take care of their family they wouldn't have time to commit crimes and loot. End welfare.
Minnesota Plans has a bad link to a site called War Is Boring. How'd that happen?
Schools separate boys and girls? Gender Discrimination!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!!!
Kremlin bankrolled fracking protests? Well, quelle suprise! The NYT printed this? I am AMAZED!
Letter to Viet Nam Vets: Looooooooooooooooooooong overdue.