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 […]

Sin, not Lack of Wealth Redistribution, is the Problem with Baltimore

Baltimore’s problem is not poverty and lack of opportunity; it is sin in the human heart. Many politicians are so predictable. Their views are based in fantasies that more power to certain people, and more money, can allegedly solve deep problems. So the Patriot Post reports, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) pontificated on the Baltimore rioting and what she believes is contributing to poverty and, ultimately, violent behavior among minorities. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace brought up the city’s Read more […]

L.A. Stage Actors Understand Economics! No to Higher Wage.

L.A. stage actors want to be exempt from minimum wage hikes because they don’t want their employers driven out of business. This is great but it is infuriating. Doesn’t anyone realize that all other businesses are affected by the same economic forces? I’m referring to this story at the New York Times about L.A. stage actors: “Actors’ Equity Pushes for Minimum Wage, but Not All Members Want It.” They rehearse for weeks, often in run down theaters that were once garages or retail Read more […]

How to Lose Your Job Before You Even Start

There are some 30 million out-of-work Americans across this country today who are no longer even counted by the government as unemployed because they’ve been jobless for so long. I’m betting that most of those former workers would jump at the chance to have gainful employment once again. But that’s apparently not the case for a Twitter user named @Cella, who had a job lined up but evidently felt it was beneath her. Call it a reverse career move, but Cella Tweeted, “Ew I start this f*** Read more […]

Need a Ride to Work? Try Your Feet!

When James Robertson needed a ride to work, he gave himself one. Next time you hear about someone who says he can’t get a job, because he has no transportation to get him to work… remember James Robertson. [See also, “What to Do with Free Money? Welfare v. Work Ethic.”] His story came to me through the Detroit Free Press: “Heart and sole: Detroiter walks 21 miles in work commute.” Leaving home in Detroit at 8 a.m., James Robertson doesn’t look like an endurance athlete. Pudgy Read more […]

Teens Work Hard to Serve Customers until Police Stop Them

Police stop youths from offering their snow shoveling services door to door. No they weren’t drug dealers. They weren’t trying to sell marijuana to anyone. They weren’t even selling loose cigarettes. But the police warned them to stop offering services or trying to find customers. From myCentralJersey.com: “Bound Brook cops stop teens seeking snow shoveling work.” School was closed for the blizzard that wasn’t, but there was still enough snow on the ground that two Bridgewater-Raritan Read more […]

MO State Senator Jim Lembke’s Job Boom

A job boom came from ending unemployment benefits, just like Jim Lembke tried to get the MO state legislature to do. The Wall Street Journal editorial staff pointed out that Congress’ about face last year in zeroing out extra unemployment benefit last year resulted in 1.8 million jobs. You can read “President Costanza’s Job Boom” here if you have an online subscription. Here is a quotation: The authors find that this abrupt policy shift created some 1.8 million jobs, or slightly Read more […]

Government’s Not the Solution to the Poverty Problem

Government can’t solve it, but it can make the poverty problem worse. Here is an article I think is quite interesting: “Why Poor People Stay Poor.” An excerpt: It’s amazing what things that are absolute crises for me are simple annoyances for people with money. Anything can make you lose your apartment, because any unexpected problem that pops up, like they do, can set off that Rube Goldberg device. One time I lost an apartment because my roommate got a horrible flu that we suspected Read more […]

Recovery Delivers Sinking Wages for Younger Workers

Millennials are experiencing sinking wages across almost every industry. So we keep hearing about this “recovery” that is going on. Even in an article about descending wages, the writer rehearses the standard line. The evaporation of real wages for young Americans is a real mystery because it’s coinciding with what is otherwise a real recovery. The economy has been growing steadily since 2009. We’re adding 200,000 jobs a month in 2014. That’s what a recovery looks like. And yet, overall Read more […]

What to Do with Free Money? Welfare v. Work Ethic

Last year I wrote to someone getting free money, “An Open Letter to the Welfare Cage: Dear Lucy, Nothing from THEM is ever Free.” Lucy was a woman who seemed both articulate and honest who called into a local conservative radio show. The two hosts were talking about people living off welfare and why anyone would live that way. She replied, If someone is going to give me money to do nothing and get to smoke pot all day, why wouldn’t I take the money? (That’s a paraphrase: you can listen to Read more […]

Ex-Employee Goes On Record About Pretend Work for Obamacare

Ah, the truth about how Progressivism succeeds! Step One: Create sham companies where you can funnel billions of taxpayer dollars, and pay people enough that (most of the time) they will keep quiet about the fact they’re earning $17 per hour to do NOTHING!! Step Two: Live high on stolen taxpayer money, while recycling a good chunk of it back into more Progressive causes to create additional scams. From the Free Beacon: Paula Bujewski was employed by Cognosante for two months. The company Read more […]

Magic Numbers Show Unemployment Down to 6.7 Percent

Unemployment is down to 6.7 percent. Obama’s policies have finally broken the 7 percent barrier. Whoo-hoo. Right? No doubt that number will lead many news reports today now that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the jobs figures for December. And don’t be surprised when the White House and Democratic leaders trumpet this as a great success and vindication for the error of their Keynesian ways. As this is written, the gears are rattling and the smoke is pouring out of the Talking Read more […]