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February 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Question of the Day’



December 8, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Than 230,000 Americans Will Lose Their Unemployment Benefits This Weekend

Via: Think Progress

According to a new report from the National Employment Law Project, 230,000 Americans will see their unemployment benefits vanish this weekend, even as the jobless rate remains stubbornly high. Nearly half of those losing their benefits live in California, where the unemployment rate is 11 percent:

Long-term unemployed workers in a growing list of states are being abruptly cut from federal unemployment insurance, a new analysis from the National Employment Law Project shows. Due to reductions Congress enacted earlier this year, more than 400,000 workers in 27 states will have lost between 13 to 20 weeks of federal unemployment insurance under the Extended Benefits program by Saturday, May 12th. The cuts come even though long-term unemployment remains near record highs. […]




And the Fox Nation headline will be:

“230,000 give up looking for work”



May 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unemployment Rate Falls To 8.1 PERCENT As People Give Up On Looking For Work (horse-shit!)

Via: Huffington Post

While the U.S. unemployment rate in April was the lowest it’s been in more than three years, the unemployed may simply be falling off the government’s radar as they give up looking for work.

Meanwhile, job growth has slowed sharply after a fast start to the year, suggesting another bump in what has been an agonizingly long road to recovery for the job market.

Unemployment fell to 8.1 percent in April, the lowest since January 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

But the decline was mainly due to 342,000 people leaving the labor force, meaning the BLS had stopped counting them as unemployed. The number of employed people in the nation actually fell by 169,000.



Via: Free Republic

(2/14/2010) Jobless? Retire early (Every day another 10,000 BOOMERS will get SOCIAL SECURITY)

A surge of early retirements and a decline in payroll tax revenue caused by the recession have begun to cut deeply into Social Security’s surplus funding.

Led by aging baby boomers and older workers frustrated by the tough job market (see photo of the happy couple), record numbers of eligible Americans started receiving Social Security retirement benefits in 2009.

According to government figures, more than 2.7 million new beneficiaries were added to the rolls in 2009, up 20 percent from 2008. The one-year increase was the largest since at least 1975.

“Much of that surge is coming from the weak economy,” said Richard Johnson, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. “The fact that many people can’t find work is forcing them to retire and collect benefits early.”

Read more, HERE:




do the math:

in 2009, 10,000 x 30 days = 300,000 people left the workforce each month, BECAUSE THEY RETIRED!

And the ‘retiring’ baby boomer population is much larger in 2012, than it was in 2009.

So, DO the F’n Math!


May 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Josh Byrnes (R-IA) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

Conservatives have pounced on President Obama for the COMPLETELY FALSE STORY that he called Americans “lazy.”

But one Iowa Republican is publicly agreeing with the disparaging characterization Obama never made. State Rep. Josh Byrnes doesn’t think all Americans are lazy — just the 14 million who are unemployed. And he blames Obama for the problem, writing:

“I might have to partially agree with President Obama on this one. I don’t think Americans as a whole are lazy, but we have some pockets of Americans that appear lazy. Ironically, the president has helped enable some of these pockets by doing things like extending unemployment benefits.”

Byrnes also says people who are out of work could find jobs if they wanted to, but are simply too proud: “There are jobs out there and I think the problem is that some people think some of these jobs are beneath them.”



November 19, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, We Are the 99 Percent | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boomer Bust!

Via: Huffington Post

For Baby Boomers who are out of a job, the picture isn’t getting any brighter.

People age 55 and older are still the most likely to be part of the long-term unemployed, according to research released this week. The numbers point to a continuation of a trend that has persisted throughout the economic downturn: In a competitive, fast-changing job market, older applicants are finding their options especially limited.

More than 4.4 million people in the U.S. are among the long-term unemployed, meaning they’ve been looking for work for a year or more, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, which made its research available on Tuesday.

The long-term unemployed include people of all ages, but it’s people 55 and older who might have it the worst. Over 43 percent of unemployed people in that age range — some 923,000 people — have been out of work a year or more. That’s the highest rate of any age group.

Overall, nearly a third of all of the unemployed — 31.8 percent — have been jobless for more than a year.



November 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized, We Are the 99 Percent | , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Signs That American Youth Are a Lost Generation

More Signs That American Youth Are a Lost Generation

Via: The Atlantic Wire
New census data released Thursday casts a shadow over the long-term impact of the recession on America’s youth. During the last decade, the unemployment rate for young people spiked to the highest levels since World War II–only 55 percent of Americans aged 16 to 29 have jobs, a 12 percent drop from the employment rate in 2000.
Faced with a grim outlook, many young people aren’t leaving home until their 30s–the number of Americans aged 25 to 34 living with their parents jumped 25 percent during the recession.
Last month, The New York Times called the collective youth “Generation Limbo,” but after seeing the new census data, Harvard economist Richard Freeman takes it a stage further. “These people will be scarred, and they will be called the ‘lost generation’–in that their careers would not be the same way if we had avoided this economic disaster,” Freeman told The Associated Press.

The world has seen a number of lost generations in the past century. Gertrude Stein first coined the term in 1920s in reference to the Europeans who grew up during World War I.

But it’s most recently referred to Japanese youth who grew up during that country’s recession in the 1990s. In Japan, the lost youth are referred to as the hikikomori, and the decade of widespread unemployment meant that many of them never had the chance to start careers.

In the 10 years of recession in Japan the number of young people working temporary or contract jobs doubled, and the collective hopelessness lead to a sky-rocketing suicide rate.


Read more, HERE:



Newt Gingrich“I believe it is fundamentally wrong to give people money for 99 weeks for doing nothing. That’s why we had welfare reform.”

In Georgia, which Newt represented in Congress:
“Unemployment (must be) through no fault of your own. (Recipient must be) either looking for another job, have definite recall to their jobs within 6 weeks of the last day worked, or in approved training.”



Q: How many of the 45% of Americans aged 16-29 who are without jobs, are eligable for government assistance, in ANY form?

A: I have NO IDEA, but I bet it’s very few; and Gingrich knows it.


September 23, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Gingrich, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Notes on Class Warfare – Krugman

Via: NYT

I’ll be saying much more on this. But for now, partly as a note to myself, some notes on the actual class war that has taken place over the past THIRTY YEARS – namely class warfare for the rich against the middle class.

1. Major tax cuts for high-income Americans, much larger as a percentage of income than for the middle class; CBO data here.

2. Decline in REAL minimum wage.

3. Union-busting, aided and abetted by federal policy.

4. Financial deregulation, which has fed inequality because very high incomes come disproportionately from that sector.


And now shrieks of outrage over the prospect of even a slight reversal of these trends.  (Fuck ’em all!)



Via: The State Column – September 16, 2011

Michael Bloomberg to Congress: ‘TIME to EXPECT RIOTS’

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Congress Friday, saying members  should expect riots if the nation’s rate of unemployment remains above 9  percent.

“We have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs,” Mr. Bloomberg  said on his weekly radio show. “That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what  happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kinds of riots here.”

Mr. Bloomberg also noted that the nation’s poverty rate, which rose to the  highest level in over a decade, was the latest indication that Congress is  failing America.

“The public is not happy,” he said. “The public knows there is something  wrong in this country, and there is. The bottom line is that they’re upset.”

Riots have hit a number of nations, including Greece and countries throughout  the Middle East, as workers continue to search for jobs. A recent Labor  Department report found the U.S. failing to add a single job in the month of  August as the rate of unemployment remained above 9 percent.

Mr. Bloomberg focused on college students, saying the next generation of  workers are lucky to find any jobs in the current economic climate. Mr.  Bloomberg noted that the ramifications of the economic crisis are likely to be  felt for years to come.

“The damage to a generation that can’t find jobs will go on for many, many  years,” the New York mayor said.

Speaking Friday, Mr. Bloomberg PRAISED President Obama’s attempts to grow the  economy, saying Congress and politics have contributed more to slow growth than  the policies put forth by the Obama administration.

“At least he’s got some ideas on the table, whether you like those or not,” Mr. Boomberg said. “Now everybody’s got to sit down and say we’re actually gonna  do something and you have to do something on BOTH the REVENUE and the EXPENSE SIDE.” (will they? highly unlikely)

Mr. Bloomberg, an independent, criticized the partisan politics of Congress,  saying the inability of Republicans and Democrats to compromise on ways to fix  the economy has eroded confidence. Mr. Bloomberg endorsed the notion of  increasing taxes, saying it was necessary for balancing the nation’s budget.

“The only way you solve this problems is that everybody pays a little more  and everybody gets a little less,” he said.



personal thought:

I’ve always been somewhat surprised there hasn’t been a ‘middle-class’ Howard Beale screaming out the window,

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it this anymore!”



September 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

6 So-Called “Job Creators” Who Won’t Hire The Unemployed

Via: AlterNet

As President Obama hits the road on his jobs agenda bus tour, millions of individuals trying to re-enter the job market, seeking to eke out a modest living so that they too can live the American Dream – or what’s left of it anyway – are stuck in a rut. They write hundreds of cover letters, perfect their interview techniques and network like crazy, but sometimes the barriers are too high.

What some may not know is that a number of employers, including household-name companies, have taken the position that the unemployed should forget about obtaining a job altogether.


Log on to any jobs site, do a quick search and the results may surprise you: slews of job ads are essentially warning the out-of-work that they worthless and disposable.

How widespread is this practice? When the National Employment Law Project did an independent, one-month survey earlier this year of popular job sites such as CareerBuilder.com, Indeed.com, Monster.com, and Craigslist.com, their snapshot came up with more than 150 ads containing employment-based exclusions, including 125 ads that were identified by company name. In my own research (done over the course of an hour this past week) I was able to find close to 20 more ads on these same sites. In other words, this is not a case of anomalous malice.


Who are the culprits? Aside from companies and hiring agencies you may have never heard of, included in the list of prejudicial employers are:

– Allstate Insurance

– Enterprise Rent-A-Car

– Homebuilding Recruiters of America

– University of Arizona

– University of Phoenix

– Oil and Gas Field Recruiters of America

Sony Ericsson only ended the practice after they were caught by CNN-Money last year during its reporting on this trend.


The tools being employed by these companies are creating a PERMANENT underclass of unemployed individuals.


Read more, HERE:



personal thought:

Let’s take Enterprise-Rent-A-Car for example:

Say you don’t see their job ads on Career Builder.com, or Monster.com, or whatever; you instead go to their website:

Careers – ‘Named One of the Best Places to Start Your Career’


And lets say, you branch of Hertz, Avis, whatever, had just closed, so you are currently UNEMPLOYED.

You then say hell, I’m qualified to the job, so I will apply, and I WILL GET THE JOB.

Well guess what, you won’t even recieve a reply because Enterprise, like Allstate, like University of Phoenix, like hundreds of other U.S. corporations, will view you as UNFIT.


Absolute, horse-shit!


August 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking News – Thousands Lose Jobs As Michigan Unemployment Offices Close

LANSING, MI—In another devastating blow to the state’s already fragile economy, the Unemployment Insurance Agency of the state of Michigan permanently shuttered its nine branch offices Monday, leaving more than 8,500 UNEMPLOYMENT employees UNEMPLOYED.

Announcing the closings at a press conference, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm called them “a tragic coda” to a once-vibrant industry that until this week defined the Michigan economy and served almost one-fifth of the state’s employable population.

“This is a sad day for the people of Michigan,” Granholm said to a crowd of part-time reporters and former assembly-line workers Tuesday. “Our state has a long, hallowed history of unemployment, and with these closings, we have lost a vital part of our economic and social fabric.”










Via: The Onion – ‘America’s Finest News Source’



June 30, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News | , , , | Leave a comment