Walmart Should Stop Trying to Placate Living Wage Leftists

Otherwise, they are committing suicide. It is impossible to placate the Left. You only encourage them. I recently posted about Walmart closing hundreds of stores and raised the possibility that this was the result of Walmart’s wage increase. Now Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge weighs in on the issue, telling Walmart that they should “never listen to the left.” Back when Walmart raised the wage Mark Horne raised the possibility that the retail giant was hoping to stop criticism. For Durden, there Read more […]

City Recruits the Homeless as Paid Workers

I never thought I’d see a Huffington Post article cite The Blaze about social policy. But it does so in this piece about Albuquerque: “Instead Of Arresting Panhandlers, Albuquerque’s Giving Them Jobs.” After a series of incidents of police brutality, which included the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic homeless man this year, advocates and the Justice Department demanded that the Albuquerque Police Department overhaul its approach to how it treats homeless people and people with mental illness, Read more […]

College Price Tag = Sticker Shock

I am the parent of soon-to-be high school graduates.  The oldest one at home will graduate from high school this spring, and we have been exploring his college options.  It has been an eye-opening experience.  It seems every college presents one price with the full expectation that financial aid and scholarships will bring the cost down significantly.  The idea of comparing apples to apples in the college cost comparison process is practically impossible.  It feels a bit like buying a car.  You Read more […]

CBO: Obamacare Will Discourage More People from Working

The Hill reports more “benefits” of the Affordable Care Act: “CBO: 2 million jobs’ worth of hours lost under ObamaCare.” ObamaCare will force a reduction in American work hours — the equivalent of 2 million jobs over the next decade, Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper said Monday. The total workforce will shrink by just under 1 percent as a result of changes in worker participation because of the new coverage expansions, mandates and changes in tax rates, according to a 22-page report released Read more […]

Job Numbers Are Propaganda

The job numbers are designed to disguise a damaged economy. We often remind you on this blog not to trust the job numbers. Nothing has changed with the new report last week. CNS News reports, “Labor Force Participation Remains at 38-Year Low; 94,513,000 Not in Labor Force; Unemployment Ticks Down to 5.0%.” The number of Americans not in the labor force last month totaled 94,513,000 — a slight improvement from the 94,610,000 not in the labor force in September–but the labor force participation Read more […]

Governor Cuomo “Astroturfs” to Give the Impression of Grassroots Support for Climate Change Issues

Governor Andrew Cuomo along with former Vice President Al Gore were on hand for a climate change event last week in which Governor Cuomo “astroturfed” the meeting to make it appear that there was vigorous grassroots support for it. The New York Post reported that: The workers said they left their jobs in the middle of the day Thursday and were paid their full salaries to hear Cuomo at Columbia University announce the state was joining a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “I’d Read more […]

Tolerance Takes a Holiday

I love me some Chick-fil-A! In our city, Chick-fil-A has slowly been adding more stores, and with each one, I feel a little more thankful for a family-friendly fast food chain that has some pretty healthy choices on its menus. They also serve up freindliness, courtesy, and smiles. I guess I am not the only one who likes the overall atmosphere of Chick-fil-A. Some customers at one of the newest and largest branches of the chain are feeling pretty good about it, too. According to writer Ginia Bellafante in Read more […]

Pope Stumps for Environment, Using Poor as the Excuse

I tried to like this pope when he was selected. I think most of the world wanted to love or at least respect him. But his American tour has shown beyond any doubt that instead of a man of God, he is a man of the Left. And while he uses the poor continually as a prop in his speeches, a la “do this because the poor are suffering,” he is pushing the same tired leftist rhetoric about economic equality, social justice and environmental welfare that you can get from your run-of-the-mill Marxist college Read more […]

More Propaganda for Working Shorter Hours with No Consequences

Everyone wants to work shorter hours; the trick is to convince people that they won’t lose income. I saw this Guardian story being trumpeted over the internet this weekend: “Efficiency up, turnover down: Sweden experiments with six-hour working day.” A Swedish retirement home may seem an unlikely setting for an experiment about the future of work, but a small group of elderly-care nurses in Sweden have made radical changes to their daily lives in an effort to improve quality and efficiency. In Read more […]

300,000 Federal Contractors Just Became More Expensive for Taxpayers

Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring Federal contractors to get paid sick leave. I know the Associated Press is biased, but their description of President Obama as “showing solidarity with workers on Labor Day” by signing the executive order was more sickening than usual. The President didn’t give up one of his family’s lavish vacations to help any workers. The president simply ordered contractors to spend more money on each employee, money that will ultimately come from Federal Read more […]

Welfare Is the Highest Paying Entry-Level Job in 38 States

How many people have been diverted from the workforce thanks to our welfare system? There are obvious problems with giving people “free” money. We could list the fact that the money is taken from the people who earned it, or that the debt pyramid that funds the “free” money is unsustainable and will end in crisis. We could point out that people drop out of the labor market because the free money makes it possible, thus lowering productivity at the same time that we are increasing obligations. Read more […]

Fast Food Business Owners and Employees Are in a Mutual Relationship

A recent Chick-fil-A decision demonstrates that business owners are not opposed to their employees. The basic stance in the media and in politics has been that fast food business owners are the enemies and exploiters of their employees. Just like telling one lie demands a person make up other lies, so this myth creates others. If fast food business owners are exploiting their workers, this means that a free society is a place where mutually agreed upon payments are detrimental to one class of Read more […]