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Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess, of courage.
- Plutarch, Greek Essayist and Biographer (46-120 A.D.)

Monthly Archives: August 2013

Obamacare Creating a Part-Time Nation

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work. That is a really high number for a six-month period. I’m not sure that has ever happened over six months before.” – Keith Hall, former head of the Bureau of Labor Statistics

source: McClatchy

 

That means for every one full-time job that’s filled, there are THIRTY-FIVE part-time jobs being filled. Did you, in all your infinite wisdom, not see this coming with your requirements for employers to cover full-time employees, Mr. President? Survival instinct has dictated it, and now employers are hiring thirty-five part-timers for every one full-timer!

Is that part of the awesome vision you had for this nation when you spoke of “fundamentally transforming” America, Mr. President?

As astoudning as those numbers are to imagine, it is almost as sad and disappointing to know that these numbers won’t get one single mention from the Obama State Media. The onus is on you and me to spread the word. Barack Obama is fundamentally destroying America.

 

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During the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, Yakov Smirnoff immigrated to America from the USSR, telling jokes about how bad life really was living under Communism. His “In Soviet Union” jokes are especially memorable:

In America, you can always find a party.
In Soviet Russia, Party always find you!

In America, you break law.
In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!

In America, your work determines your marks.
In Soviet Russia, Marx determines your work!

In America, you assassinate presidents.
In Soviet Russia, presidents assassinate you!

In America, you watch Big Brother.
In Soviet Russia, Big Brother watches you!

Well, as you can see below, I felt it was time to create a new genre about our own nightmare:

“In Barackamerica” . . .

In Barackamerica, Line Crosses You!

In Former America, you peek through blinds.

In Former America, you peek through blinds.

In Barackamerica, blinds peek through you.

In Barackamerica, blinds peek through you.

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Ashton Kutcher Speaks to Fast Food Strikers:

Video and a full transcript of Ashton’s speech can be found below, but there was one section in particular of Ashton’s speech to the fast food strikers that I wanted to emphasize first.

When I was 13 I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant and then I got a job in a grocery store deli and then I got a job at a factory sweeping cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve 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.

To the fast food workers demanding a raise of 2/3 over what they’re currently getting paid, now consider this:

One in every eight Americans has worked at McDonald’s.

No one said you have to stay there forever.

If you don’t like the wage that job pays, do like Ashton said, use it as a stepping stone.

If customers were fine with spending as much at McDonald’s as they would on a night out at a nice restaurant, I’d applaud you on your raise from $9 to $15 an hour, but let me tell you something, customers aren’t going to pay fine dining money to eat at McDonald’s. The market won’t support it. And don’t give me that crap about how many billions of dollars McDonald’s is making, if you were smart, you’d stop complaining and get your own share of those profits by investing in the company and becoming a shareholder. If McDonald’s is making billions, then it’s a sure thing that the stock will only continue to rise and oh by the way, the quarterly dividends on McDonald’s stock have risen each and every year since McDonald’s paid its first dividend in 1976. Stop complaining about the billions McDonald’s makes and get your own piece of that action. It’s amazing how much that would change your perspective on the profits they’re raking in.

I think workers’ right to strike for a higher wage is as American as the entrepreneurship of the people who actually created these companies and made your jobs possible, but the market will not support $15 an hour for you to flip their burgers or work the cash register. No one’s going to pay that much for you to do what you do. McDonald’s could just as easily start filling your shoes with all the illegals Obama’s trying to give amnesty to or they could bring in $4,000 robots to fill your shoes, and guess what? The customers will be fine with the savings because they’ll be able to afford McDonald’s once a week instead of every other month and all the while, the shareholders will be seeing their stocks and dividends rise on the increased earnings.

Once you figure out McDonald’s will never pay you the 66% increase in wages, don’t turn to society to hike your wages. Society does not owe you any specific wage and even the Democrats know that if they jack the minimum wage up too high, it ultimately becomes a jobs killer.

You think $9 an hour for working in a fast food place is unfair? Start your own restaurant and pay all your employees $15 and I’ll wish you the best of luck.


Okay, as you’ll immediately notice by the squealing, this speech was actually made at the Teen Choice Awards a couple weeks before the fast food workers went on strike today, but Ashton’s message could be just as relevant (maybe even more so) if he were speaking directly to those fast food workers.

Here’s the full transcript of Ashton’s speech:

My first name’s Chris and it always has been and it got changed when I was 19 and I became an actor. There were some really amazing things that I learned when I was Chris and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it’s helped me be here today.

So it’s really three things: The first thing is about opportunity. The second thing is about being sexy. And the third thing is about living life.

So first the opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant and then I got a job in a grocery store deli and then I got a job at a factory sweeping cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve 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.

Number two, being sexy. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less, so don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful and be generous.

The third thing is something that I just relearned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in too much trouble and maybe get an education and get a job and make some money and have a family, but life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing – and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people live in.

So build a life, don’t live life, build one.

Find your opportunities and always be sexy. I love you guys.

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NEW YORK — Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union.

About 500 people, including workers, activists, religious leaders, news crews and local politicians, gathered outside the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue. The protesters chanted “Si Se Puede” (“Yes, We Can”) and “Hey, hey, ho, ho $7.25 has got to go,” holding signs saying “On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25,” referring to the federal minimum wage.

The protesters plan to spread out to other stores throughout New York during the day. Protests are also expected in Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and other cities.

source: LA Times

It will be interesting to see how the turnout goes, but it’s unique in that they’re targeting the protests all across the fast food world from McDonald’s to Wendy’s, from Subway to Burger King.

Power to the people, if they can get the suits to cave and raise their wages, more power to them, I won’t have any problem paying fifty cents or a buck extra on the bill. (Funny though, knowing human nature, some of the same people voicing their sympathy with the workers will be the same people bitching about the higher prices when they hit the menus.)

And of course, if the workers do win a higher wage and they manage to organize a union, I hope they’ll be aware, there does become a point where if they’re feeling empowered and keep demanding wages to a point that the free market can’t support, they’ll end up doing to themselves what the unions did to Detroit and all those McJobs will McDisapear.

UPDATE: The strikers want a 166% wage increase. Good luck with that. With Obama set to give the illegals amnesty, don’t be surprised by how easily those jobs will be filled.

On to the big picture, despite what the media tells you, five years in, five trillion deeper in debt and the employment situation has only gotten worse under Obama. Consider this: 8.5 million people dropped out of the work force in Obama’s first term, with a measly 1.2 million jobs created so don’t believe the lower unemployment numbers they’re feeding you. Now check this final bit from the article . . .

The fast-food industry used to employ mostly younger people just trying to make some extra money as they went through school. Now, workers are older and depend on the work to feed families. Analysis by the Economic Policies Institute shows that the average age of minimum-wage workers is now 35, and that 88% are 20 and older.

In Obamaville, where once it was teenagers working those fast food jobs, now it’s mainly adults struggling to support their families. I have nothing but respect for those people, but it should be pointed out, America voted for CHANGE, now this is what it looks like.

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Kudos: David Burge @iowahawkblog

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