As someone, who was worked for a homeless shelter for over five years and whose job description sometimes meant signing in walk-ins and staffing the phones for referrals, I have met many homeless people. I can tell you that they are a mixed bunch. However, from my experience, there are four major reasons why someone is homeless: Read more
Four days before the 2012 Presidential election one enduring mantra from both candidates has been “jobs, jobs, jobs.” With unemployment in the U.S. hovering around 8%, the big question is how to get people back to work. Ro Khanna, a former Deputy Assistant to the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Obama administration, argues that U.S. manufacturing is integral to putting Americans to work and for the general welfare of the nation. His new book, Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future, delves into the state of manufacturing in the U.S. today, why manufacturing is crucial to the U.S. future, and what policies the country should aim for to strengthen the manufacturing sector. Khanna elucidates his points by using real world manufacturing case examples from his time as a Deputy Assistant. Read more
After the DNC got us re-fired and ready to go the next day's jobs report was ready to stall, so while the Prez enjoys a strong bounce, too many still suffer a weak slide. On Labor Day we honored working Americans and committed to move forward with them, and then Chicago teachers were forced to strike against Obama's anti-worker ex-chief-of-staff. We solemnly marked 9/11, but also were grateful that bin Laden is gone, troops are returning, & for the hope that bloomed in the Arab Spring. Then violence in Libya took our Ambassador's life. Read more
The General Laws of Massachusetts states, in Section 6 of Chapter 4:
“In construing statutes the following rules shall be observed, unless their observance would involve a construction inconsistent with the manifest intent of the law-making body or repugnant to the context of the same statute: . . .
Third, Words and phrases shall be construed according to the common and approved usage of the language; . . .”
So, with that in mind, what does the following sentence mean? Read more
The organization “Americans for Tax Reform” founded by Grover Norquist is well known for its anti-tax pledge which most Republican lawmakers and candidates for president have signed. The pledge binds those who sign it not to raise taxes for any reason. The pledge is really meant to protect the wealthy and large corporations from their taxes being raised, even though I’m sure Mr. Norquist would never admit to that. Read more
Is it a progressive idea to see that when people work they become consumers? Is it also a liberal idea that when workers make more money, they spend more money? The answer is; not really. Or at least it shouldn’t be. What it should be called is logical, not liberal. Read more
Maybe I was just confused.
Then; over time; I began to realise that far from being confused; I had a very good hold on what I thought and think about the various pieces of insanity that surround us; but…………………………………..
……………………………………….I did find; over the years that most of the folks who made the most noise about politics and were supposed to be the smart ones who knew the direction we should take and how to get to where we want to be turned out to be Very confused.
Either they don’t know what the American people want or they don’t care; I thought.
Then it came to me.
Politicians don’t run Governments. Read more
Anyone who reads my blogs, know I’m liberal and I’m supportive of most liberal causes. But there are a few things I’m not liberal about and one of those is Welfare. Don’t get me wrong; I’m supportive of general relief, meaning a very temporary program to help those who fall between the cracks.
I do mean temporary though; not a few years or even a few months – a month or two at the most. After that money is gone, then I believe we should have a government provided work program that offers a low wage community based jobs program to any able-bodied person who needs help. Read more
February employment in the private sector rose by 217,000 according to an Automatic Data Processing report. Service sector employment rose 202,000, while employment in the goods-producing sector rose 15,000. The company revised its January report slightly, up to a gain of 189,000 from 187,000.
The Federal government will report its February non-farm payroll numbers on Friday, and economists are expecting a gain of 200,000 jobs for an official unemployment rate of 9.1%.
It’s not official yet, but it appears that Democrats and Republicans in Congress are on the verge of striking a deal on extending the payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance benefits. While the payroll tax holiday would be continued in its current form under the deal, the policies governing extended unemployment insurance for the would change significantly. Read more
In an atypical conservative Republican move, Newt Gingrich is calling for colonizing the moon. Read more
The President calls for a fairer tax system
while a GOP multi-millionaire candidate
pays a low tax rate, says $350k "isn't very much" Read more
We complain that so many jobs have gone out of the United States, so why can't we find a way to tax companies who do that? Read more
The Politicus is looking for people who are either out of work or under employed to participate in our webcam documentary about joblessness in American. The process to participate is simple. First, sign up to the site here http://thepoliticus.com/user/register and then log on. Once you have logged on go to the “VIDEOS” tab on the menu bar and mouse over it for the drop down to “UPLOAD VIDEO” to appear. Click “UPLOAD VIDEO” and a video submission box will appear, select webcam (on the left) then select your computers webcam to activate and click record.
WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR:
We want to hear about your day. What jobs you applied for, do you feel optimistic about the future. Just a typical day in your life as you try to find employment or a higher paying job then you currently have. This is your opportunity to tell us what realities you face on a day to day basis in your job search.
WHAT WE WILL DO WITH THE FILM:
The Politicus will submit the finish product to The Documentary Channel and will alert all selected participates of the progress of the film. We will also have an event for all participants in NYC for a meet and greet. Timing and location is TBD Read more
The movement known as the tea party started in the mainstream media, on a national show. CNBC's Rick Santelli, fired what cable news would later dub "the shot heard around the world" in 2009, when he lamented paying for the mortgages of the "losers" who couldn't pay their bills. "President Obama, are you listening?" he bellowed.
Well, it was broadcast on national television. Read more