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]
“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]
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.
- 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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
- Take any action where the government made a big boo-boo!
- Keep talking about the mistake and how that mistake would not have happened if there was no government.
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]
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]
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]
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]
I got plenty of nothing
And nothing’s plenty for me
I got no car – got no mule
I got no misery
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]
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them”.
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]
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]
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]
Last night’s debate among Republican presidential candidates was the fifth debate in six weeks. My summary:
- 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.
- Rick Perry answered what he felt like answering, rather than the questions Anderson Cooper, the debate’s moderator, asked him.