The President has failed us

This week, I decided to list the reasons I would not vote for Barack Obama in the next election. Full Story

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#62117 Nov 18, 2012
USMail XXXII wrote:
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Get a Room!
Get a brain!!!!
Q The Eye

Arvada, CO

#62118 Nov 18, 2012
FritoBandito wrote:
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Yeah, by pimping....
That would be you, And your Zetas Pals!

“Tutte le strade portano a Roma”

Since: Nov 09

Mount Vesuvius

#62119 Nov 18, 2012
USMail XXXII wrote:
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Although there are couple of hags that sound just like her, Bonbons was the only one who kept her promise to stay away from the forum after Mutt's defeat. The rest have no shame! IMHBEO!
(In My Humble But Expert Opinion)
"The rest have no shame!"
Nor common sense....
I'm calling it a night Primo, darsan namaste.

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#62120 Nov 18, 2012
fishaholic wrote:
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I'm not talking about medicare/medicaid. I'm talking about welfare fraud. Like illegals being issued food stamps, like able bodied people not actively seeking work. I'm talking about people buying items that used to be illegal to purchase with food stamps. Gov't seems to always come up with a way of watering down the rules so it EASIER, not harder to cheat the system. I see it too frequently so you can't tell me that it isn't a BIG problem. Why is everyone all up in arms about drug testing welfare recipients? They would have to take a drug test to get a job at most employers to earn a paycheck. Why not the same for getting a gov't check? There is PLENTY of low hanging fruit to fix a lot of fraud but there aren't any politicians with balls enough to get tough on it.
You have hit the nail on the head!

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#62121 Nov 18, 2012
USMail XXXII wrote:
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WND?
LOL!!!! Get the fck out of here. Pfftt!!
Hey!!!! You are not following Rose's instructions!

---Wild Irish Rose--- wrote:
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So what? Just because YOU don't like the information, articles or opinions on a certain site does not make them any less valid.
YOU are not the barometer of everything that is truthful and intelligent no matter how arrogant and condescending you are.
Anyone of us could just as easily dispute the ultra-conservative news sites that YOU favor, so just what is your point?

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#62122 Nov 18, 2012
USMail XXXII wrote:
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Whaaaa!!!!!
Whaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
Whine Department - Next Window
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =VWGil9ZCCD0XX
But I was sent to your window!!!!!!!! You people need to get your stories straight!!!!!
Q The Eye

Arvada, CO

#62123 Nov 18, 2012
Vorenus wrote:
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Don't blame the Mexicans for your inability to pass the required aptitude test for union membership Q.
Arithmetic and spelling is what you need to focus on.
ORGANIZED CRIME INVESTIGATION
http://www.drtomoconnor.com/3220/3220lect07a....

Rethinking work: Reporting Latin American labor abuses

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpo...

Oceanside Councilmember Has Harsh Words for Mexican Mafia During Presentation from Laura Duffy
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News TickerOceanside Councilmember Has Harsh Words for Mexican Mafia During Presentation from Laura Duffy
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0 Dorian Hargrove, March 16, 2012

.Facebook Twitter News Ticker alerts Write a story for us More Sharing ServicesShare Email .Elected officials in Oceanside have been known to take a hard line on certain issues. And while councilmember Jack Feller has often focused eliminating waste in city government, on Friday he had his sights set on the Mexican Mafia.

Feller had some choice words for the prison system for allowing members of the Mexican Mafia to operate while behind bars.

His comments were in response to a presentation that U.S. attorney Laura Duffy gave to SANDAG's Public Safety Committee on the influence of the Mexican Mafia in San Diego County.

"It frustrates me to know that these [street gangs] are being controlled in prison. You have to be so politically correct, making sure they have the right kind of toilet paper and every other stupid thing. How come we can't keep them from communicating to the outside?"

Added Feller: "I wish you could find a canyon to put them in."

According to Duffy, while the Mexican Mafia is reported to have only 150 to 200 members, it is considered one of the most powerful in the region. The organization controls nearly all Hispanic street gangs and has a number of operatives inside state and federal penitentiaries as well.

For those reasons, Duffy and local law-enforcement agencies have targeted the organization as was seen on January 25, when officials arrested 119 gang members from 20 different gangs, including 2 leaders of the Mexican Mafia in a countywide sting operation.

"We were able to cripple some of those street gangs that do the bidding and the work for the Mexican Mafia. We are going to align ourselves and devote our focus and resources to these cases."

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ti...

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#62124 Nov 18, 2012
Take a dive Fishaholic!

Walmart Must Be Accountable

March 1, 2011
By John R. Durso, President, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW

For years, Walmart has been a notorious violator of the country’s labor laws. Over the past decade, the company has faced dozens of lawsuits in nearly every state for wage and hour abuses, including not allowing employees to take breaks, requiring them to work through lunch, or forcing them to work off the clock, without pay. Other lawsuits have dealt with child labor law violations, where minors worked too late at night, during school hours, or worked too many hours in a day. Such allegations are not limited to the United States.

In 2005, a secret internal memo to Walmart’s Board of Directors was published by The New York Times. The memo outlined proposals designed to make long-term employment with the company unattractive and create a workforce that would be younger, healthier, and cheaper. To accomplish this, Walmart has changed several employment policies. Since then the company has implemented wage caps on hourly jobs, increased the percentage of part-time employees, and required employees to be available around the clock as their shifts would be determined by a computer system located at the corporate offices. Additionally the company has sought ways of decreasing the costs associated with Associates’ health benefits, including changing job descriptions to require more physical activity in order to attract healthier workers, adding a surcharge to employees who have health coverage for their spouse and moving the workforce from traditional health insurance to Health Savings Accounts, which are funded by the employees.

The company will also be before the U.S. Supreme Court this year, facing a class action suitthat claims women faced gender discrimination in pay and promotions. This suit covers between 500,000 to 1.5 million women who have worked for the company since December 1996. As a result, the National Organization of Women has referred to Walmart as a “Merchant of Shame.”

The healthcare situation for Walmart employees has not improved much. Almost half of Walmart’s associates, a total of approximately 644,000 workers were not insured through the company in 2010. 182,000 of that total were left completely uninsured while another 43,000 relied on Medicaid and other state run programs. Walmart’s dependence on State programs to subsidize those associates who are not eligible for or cannot afford their insurance, costs the
public millions each year. In Ohio, a report by the State Department of Job and Family Services revealed that 15,000 Walmart employees and their dependents were on Medicaid or received food stamps, a statistic that cost taxpayers $68 million dollars in 2008 alone.

Walmart ranks number one on this year’s list of Fortune 500 companies. In 2010 the company’s revenues were over $408 billion. They made a profit of over $14 billion, a surge of 7% from the previous year. The company claims that $80 billion of that revenue goes towards labor costs, a number they have spent the last six years attempting to lower.

Walmart has one of the country’s HIGHEST EMPLOYEES TURNOVER RATE, a fact the company acknowledged in their 2010 filing with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission. Yet, they spend millions on media campaigns glorifying their labor practices, millions that instead could be reinvested into their workforce through raises, more hours for their employees, and/or making health insurance more affordable and accessible.

It is time we hold Walmart accountable to the people who comprise their workforce and contribute to their overwhelming success. Until then, we cannot allow them into New York City to take advantage of and silence the voices of hardworking men and women.

“A little shake...”

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A Little Tingle

#62125 Nov 18, 2012
Vorenus wrote:
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Spot on Primo!
Talk about sense of entitlement.
They don't realize that every single anti-union talking head they watch on FOX or listen to in conservative radio is a union member. Every single one of them is a beneficiary of union fringes and collective bargaining through SAG-AFTRA or one of its affiliates..
Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Neil Cavuto, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, etc.

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“A little shake...”

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A Little Tingle

#62126 Nov 18, 2012
Republican Honey wrote:
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Liberalism creates a feedback loop. It is usually impossible for a non-liberal to change a liberal's mind about political issues because liberalism works like so: only liberals are credible sources of information. How do you know someone's liberal? He espouses liberal doctrine. So, no matter how plausible what you say may be, it will be ignored if you're not a liberal and if you are a liberal, of course, you probably agree with liberal views. This sort of close-mindedness makes liberals nearly impervious to any information which may be valid .
Liberals emphasize feeling superior, not superior results. Liberalism is all about appearances, not outcomes. What matters to liberals is how a program makes them FEEL about themselves, not whether it works or not.
Liberals take a dim view of personal responsibility. Who's at fault if a criminal commits a crime? The criminal or society? If someone creates a business and becomes a millionaire, is that the result of hard work and talent or luck? If you're dirt poor, starving, and haven't worked in 5 years, is that a personal failing or a failure of the state? Conservatives would tend to say the former in each case, while liberals would tend to say the latter. But when you disconnect what an individual does from the results that happen in his life, it's very difficult to understand cause and effect in people's lives.
Liberals give themselves far too much credit just for being liberal. To many liberals, all one needs to do to be wise, intelligent, compassionate, open minded, and sensitive is to BE LIBERAL. In other words, many of the good things about a person spring not from his actions, but from the ideology he holds.
http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/20 ...
Town Hall?

Pfftt!!

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#62127 Nov 18, 2012
Republican Honey wrote:
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So you do not agree with Rose???????
Yada! Yada! Yada!
Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!
Pfftt!!

“A little shake...”

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#62128 Nov 18, 2012
Republican Honey wrote:
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Get a brain!!!!
Get a life!

“A little shake...”

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#62129 Nov 18, 2012
Vorenus wrote:
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"The rest have no shame!"
Nor common sense....
I'm calling it a night Primo, darsan namaste.
Darsan Namaste mero sathi.

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#62130 Nov 18, 2012
USMail XXXII wrote:
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Town Hall?
Pfftt!!
Hey!!!! You are not following Rose's instructions!

---Wild Irish Rose--- wrote:
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So what? Just because YOU don't like the information, articles or opinions on a certain site does not make them any less valid.
YOU are not the barometer of everything that is truthful and intelligent no matter how arrogant and condescending you are.
Anyone of us could just as easily dispute the ultra-conservative news sites that YOU favor, so just what is your point?

“A little shake...”

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A Little Tingle

#62131 Nov 18, 2012
Republican Honey wrote:
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But I was sent to your window!!!!!!!! You people need to get your stories straight!!!!!
Yada! Yada! Yada!
Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!
Pfftt!!

How many boring people does it take to change a light bulb?
Prophet Tearing

Fullerton, CA

#62132 Nov 18, 2012
Why Walmart and Big Retailers Should Pay Their Workers More

Henry Ford famously decided in 1914 to pay many of his workers the then incredible sum of five dollars a day, which was substantially higher than the prevailing wage at the time.

While that wasn't done specifically to enable Ford's workers to buy his cars (his primary objective was to reduce employee turnover), it did at times have that effect. More important, Ford's innovation, which shocked the industrialists of that era, helped kickstart America's high-wage, high-consumption economy and the creation of its vast middle class.

Nearly a century later, in the midst of a weak economy and rising poverty, my colleagues at Demos, a New York-based think tank, have made a compelling case that Ford's revolutionary approach to industrial wages should now be applied to America's retail sector.

Retail is an enormously powerful force in the U.S. economy. It hauls in more than $4 trillion in annual revenue and employs more than 15 million people. The problem, and it's a huge one, is that many of the sector's dedicated and hard-working employees are badly underpaid. The typical retail sales person earns just $21,000 a year, with cashiers earning even less -- just $18,500, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's not much of a gateway to the middle class.

In a rigorous new study, Retail's Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry and the Overall Economy, Demos describes the broad benefits that would be gained if the nation's largest retailers established a voluntary wage floor of $25,000 for full-time, year-round employees.

Such a move would lift millions of people out of poverty, bolster the American economy and strengthen the retailers' own bottom line.

This would not be a heavy lift for the industry. Retail is booming and profitability reached a ten-year high in the first half of 2012. The largest retail firm, Walmart, earned nearly $16 billion in the last year alone. While the U.S. economy and millions of American families have been struggling, Walmart has seen its net sales grow by more than $70 billion since the start of the Great Recession in December 2007.

Retail employees, on the other hand, have been sinking in the quicksand of increased workloads and declining compensation. Productivity among retail workers rose by an average of 0.8 percent per year since 2008 while wages, on average, went down. America's largest retailers, those employing 1,000 employees or more, can well afford to pay their employees a minimum of $12.25 an hour, which is the base that the proposed $25,000 floor would establish.

According to the Demos study, the cost of the wage increases to major retailers would be $20.8 billion, which amounts to about one percent of the sector's $2.17 trillion in total annual sales. But the study also estimates that the increased purchasing power accruing to low-wage workers as a result of the pay raises would generate $4 billion to $5 billion in additional annual retail sales.

If the entire cost of the pay raises were passed on to consumers, shoppers would see an increase in retail prices of approximately one percent. What is more likely, however, is that just a portion of the increased cost would be passed on.

"If retailers pass half the costs of a wage raise onto their customers, the average household would pay just 15 cents more per shopping trip -- or $17.73 per year," the study found. "If firms pass 25 percent of the wage costs onto their customers, shoppers would spend just seven cents more per shopping trip, or $8.87 per year."

That's a tiny price to pay for an initiative that would have a potentially revolutionary impact on the standards of living of millions of Americans and the economic prospects of the nation at large. The $25,000-a-year wage floor would lift more than 700,000 people out of the ...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-herbert/wal...

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#62133 Nov 18, 2012
Republican Honey wrote:
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Hey!!!! You are not following Rose's instructions!
---Wild Irish Rose--- wrote:
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So what? Just because YOU don't like the information, articles or opinions on a certain site does not make them any less valid.
YOU are not the barometer of everything that is truthful and intelligent no matter how arrogant and condescending you are.
Anyone of us could just as easily dispute the ultra-conservative news sites that YOU favor, so just what is your point?
If your dog is barking at the back door and your husband is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first?

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#62135 Nov 18, 2012
USMail XXXII wrote:
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Yada! Yada! Yada!
Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!
Pfftt!!
How many boring people does it take to change a light bulb?
One!

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#62136 Nov 18, 2012
USMail XXXII wrote:
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Get a life!
Have one, but thank you!

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#62137 Nov 18, 2012
( CNSNews.com )– A survey of 1,300 employers finds that 30 percent will “definitely or probably” stop offering health insurance to their employees due to new requirements imposed by the Obamacare health reform law.

The survey, conducted by business journal McKinsey Quarterly, found that contrary to government estimates a large percentage of employers will drop their employee health plans, forcing employees to buy coverage on the government-mandated insurance exchanges.

“Overall, 30 percent of employers will definitely or probably stop offering ESI [Employer Sponsored Insurance] in the years after 2014,” the study found.

In fact, among companies who are most familiar with the laws mandates and regulations, 60 percent would drop employee health plans because of the law.

The McKinsey study finds that the reason companies will drop their ESI coverage is because the Obamacare law makes it too expensive for them to offer the plans, meaning that dropping the coverage and compensating employees in other ways will soon become better for business.

“Other requirements are game changing and could prompt employers to completely reconsider what benefits they offer to employees. Reform requires all employers with more than 50 employees to offer health benefits to every full-timer or to pay a penalty of $2,000 per worker (less the first 30),” the study says.

“These requirements will increase medical costs for many companies. It’s important to note that the penalty for not offering coverage is set significantly below these costs.”

In other words, the 50-employee standard and its accompanying penalty seem designed to have precisely the effect the McKinsey study found – to force employers to drop their private health coverage and drive employees into the government-run exchanges.

“If many companies drop health insurance coverage, the government could increase the employer penalty or raise taxes. Employers will need to be aware of actions by participants at any point along the health care value chain and prepare to adapt quickly,” the study said.

“Whether your company is poised to shift from employer-sponsored insurance or will continue to offer the same benefit package it does now, health care reform will change the economics of your workforce and benefits, as well as how your employees value coverage.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/30-percent-em...

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