Daily Beast Writer Declares ‘Mitt Romney Won the Week!’

HEY HEY! MITT ROMNEY WON THE WEEK!

IT’S TRUE. Says so RIGHT HERE on the Daily Beast! Mark McKinnon said so! And you know that someone who served as principal media adviser for hundreds of campaigns for candidates, companies, and causes, including George W. Bush, John McCain, Ann Richards, Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong, and Bono (Sonny or Cher?) would NEVER lie about something so important.… [Read more]

Working For a Living

I’m taking what they’re giving ’cause I’m working for a living.

~ Huey Lewis and the News

The overall economy is improving but we still have a long way to go before the nation’s working class, the middle class, is vibrant and strong again.

In the meantime, during this Labor Day weekend, we honour all of those who are working for a living, and those who haven’t given up as they seek that fulfilling job.… [Read more]

Five Tax Tips for the Unemployed

With just over 8% of the American work force currently unemployed, with no projected change in the next year and a half, I thought it might be a good time to review the tax implications of unemployment.

  1. Yes, you do have to claim unemployment benefits as taxable income.  You should receive a 1099-G form which will show the total amount of unemployment benefits received at the end of the year.  
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Too Old

I left two jobs in the past ten years because of age discrimination. My position had been eliminated from one company but I could not help but notice that many of my fellow ex-employees were over 40 years old. There was a lot of gray hair in that room. I wanted to believe that age had nothing to do with it but there were just too many people in that room who were noticeably older.… [Read more]

Borrowing from the Money Store

In case you aren’t painfully aware that the student loan situation has gotten terribly out of hand, consider this: the average college graduate owes $25,000 in debt—what do you say to someone in that situation? Add to this the sublime impossibility of finding a job (days and days spent, dozens of CVs sent out… it’s like a ritual of sorts) and the proliferation of unpaid, or “for credit/experience/exposure” internships, and moving back home to your parents seems like more of a dire necessity than a sensible decision.… [Read more]

Mommies, March, and May Day Madness

During my daily hour-long commute to work on Tuesday, I had the chance to get stuck in traffic on a city bus while the May Day march was passing through Union Square.  I, along with a pair of mommies and their toddlers, marveled at the movement. I was happy to see democracy hard at work, but wondered where all those people had been since I hadn’t seen them hanging out in the square for the past few weeks.… [Read more]

Don’t Fall Down

This is the last installment in what has turned out to be a series of articles detailing my experiences as an employee in a right-to-work state. I didn’t write these stories to complain or to get sympathy – although at this point, I wouldn’t turn down any kind of sympathy. This has been a tough time in my life, and I hope that my story will serve as an illustration of the extreme imbalance in employer-employee relationships.… [Read more]

Right to Work? The Game is Rigged

Two weeks ago, I was fired from my job. It was undeserved, unexpected – and unexpectedly brutal.  I wasn’t fired because I was lazy or because I stole or because I was watching porn on my computer or because I took a nap at my desk.

California is a “right to work” state, which ostensibly means that workers cannot be forced to join a union as a condition of employment, but what it means in reality is that basically an employee can be fired for any fanciful reason your employer can cook up, and there are very few exceptions.… [Read more]

Apologies and Regrets: My Letter to My Employer

I’m sure you all know just exactly how crappy the economy is these days; I have been experiencing my own personal recession since February, 2009, when I was laid off from a long-term job that I loved. Since then, I’ve been riding the rollercoaster from hell and I can’t seem to get off.  I was actually hired less than 2 weeks after my initial layoff, and I soon found out that I was the fourth assistant my new employer had hired – in less than 2 years.… [Read more]

How Reagan Sold The United States Piece By Piece

One thing that the libertarians are extremely good at is channeling the anger at Democrats for the Republican misdeeds. The methodology is rather simple and this is how it works.

  1. Take any action where the government made a big boo-boo!
  2. Keep talking about the mistake and how that mistake would not have happened if there was no government.
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The Degree of Who or What You Know

I attended my friend’s 25th birthday dinner this past Saturday night. Surrounded by a few of her friends and a majority of her family, we indulged in plenty of alcohol. What should have turned into chaos instead evolved into a conversation about education. Included in the group of friends was one whom I had not seen since middle school.… [Read more]

Let’s (Not) Try This Again

It has been said that doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result is a sure sign of madness. If that’s the case, is it a sign of madness that trying to reinstate the same policies that have proven to be an abject failure means that the Republican party is comprised of batshit crazy people who simply don’t follow the lessons of history?… [Read more]

For The Economy’s Sake…

…Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Congress will, at some point, have to make a decision before their next taxpayer subsidised vacation on whether or not to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that were put in place during George W. Bush’s presidency. It’s really clear to me though not clear to any viewers of FOX/Fake News that the Republicans aren’t anxious to take any action that will move the country forward given how much they loathe the POTUS represent compromise with the Democrats but, perhaps, they can consider that letting the tax cuts expire will boost their image among sane people and enhance the nation’s overall economic picture.… [Read more]

And Now, For A Movie Break…

If you happen to have two hours to spare and feel like you want to spend that time being informed, amazed and maybe even appalled, watch ‘The Secret of Oz‘, winner of the 2010 best documentary award.  Here’s the desciption from IMDB.com:

“What’s going on with the world’s economy? Foreclosures are everywhere, unemployment is skyrocketing – and this may only be the beginning.… [Read more]

The American Dream?

We are spoon fed a dream growing up in America that is akin to a grandiose fairy tale.  We are programmed to believe that the corporate ladder is there to be climbed — and if we sweat and bleed enough, one day we will reach the top of it victorious.  It is ingrained in us that the path to reach the top of the highest mountain is to buckle down and study, avoid excessive idle time and make sure to pad our academic resumes with lots and lots of meaningful extracurricular activities.  … [Read more]

We Got Plenty of Nothin’

I got plenty of nothing

And nothing’s plenty for me

I got no car – got no mule

I got no misery

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Folks with plenty of plenty

They’ve got a lock on the door

Afraid somebody’s gonna rob ’em

While they’re out making more – what for?

~”I Got Plenty Of Nothing” from the musical Porgy and Bess.  … [Read more]

Show and Tell

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them”.

                                                                                   ~Maya Angelou

The American people appear to be waking up (albeit still a little too slowly andway late in the day) to the fact that many members of Congress do not have their best interests at heart.   In fact, some (many?) seem to have only two unified goals:  preventing President Obama from keeping his word to the American people on just about everything and making certain that he serves only one term.… [Read more]

Friends With No Benefits

According to government statistics, approximately seven million people in the U.S. are unemployed. For too many, that means scraping by on unemployment insurance.

Federal unemployment insurance is called an ‘entitlement’ program; some politicians who use the word entitlement convey the image of a class of people who feel entitled to receive funds without having done anything to earn it.  … [Read more]

No ‘Bennies’

The long-term unemployed have the fallen off the radar; nobody seems to be tracking them anymore.  Once people have exhausted their 99 weeks maximum unemployment benefits, they fall into the ‘No Zone’.… [Read more]

Six Weeks of GOP Debates

Last night’s debate among Republican presidential candidates was the fifth debate in six weeks.  My summary:

  • *Yawn*
  • Herman Cain still hasn’t walked away from the very idea that an electric fence to keep out undocumented immigrants may present significant problems — like electrocuting people.
  • *Yawn*
  • Rick Perry answered what he felt like answering, rather than the questions Anderson Cooper, the debate’s moderator, asked him.  
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