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School to Parents: We Want to Hit Your Kids

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 21st 2013

[“According to Leeds City Schools Public Policy, parents or legal guardians who do not want corporal punishment to be administered to their child/children must inform the principal of the school on an annual basis.” ]   IF PARENTS were doing THEIR JOB raising their kids, and not the Schools or the Street, they would not be getting into trouble.

Now if the parents don’t want to see their Child punished for being out of line and unruly, then they should be suspended from school for one week on the first offence, if the parents don’t do any thing about it and the child continues, then suspend them for a month and make the parents pay a fine for any Damage or Problems that occur why they were being punished. It is the parents responsibly to raise their Children NOT the Schools, so parents should be held Financially responsible for what their Kids do if they don’t want them punished. No punishment mean that they can away with it and continue with it.

If these kids are disruptive and causing problems then they should be picked up by the police and put in child detention and go before a judge, and the parents pay court cost .

This why there is so much problems in children are occurring today, and why these kids are running free on the streets with no supervision or punishment when they get in trouble, they want the schools to teach these kids between the difference from right and wrong but can not punish them, so they know that they can get away with what ever they want and nothing will happen, because they even know that their parents wont even punish them, and then they wonder why these kids are in trouble, it is time for the parents to do their job and take care of them and not some one else.

But these parents are the first ones to complain about the problems these kids are in to and saying that some one should do some thing about it.

Why do you think Kids are in so much trouble today, because of this type of thinking: Spanking Kids May Cause Mental Disorders in Adulthood, But there is punishment within reason.

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Alabama Elementary School to Parents: We Want to Hit Your Kids

By Andri Antoniades | Takepart.com
09-21-2013

When Alabama mom, Wendy Chandler, opened her daughter’s “Back to School” packet, she was shocked to discover that among the many papers sent to her, was a “Corporal Punishment Parental Consent Form.”

The permission slip, which has been making the Internet rounds since The New York Times reported the story this week, reads in part:

“According to Leeds City Schools Public Policy, parents or legal guardians who do not want corporal punishment to be administered to their child/children must inform the principal of the school on an annual basis.” Continue reading

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More On Your Rights

Comment By Bob L.
Sept. 9th 2013

Does the Constitution need a new amendment to ban the desecration of the American flag?

I don’t know about any one else, but this should be a crime punishable by death same as if you go out and kill some one in cold blood, PLUS, is it your right under the FIRST amendment to Kill a Bald Eagle just to protest, last I heard it was illegal to kill one any time, why is the Flag any different, it is the Symbol of this Country, it should be respected and not for some one to shit on.

To me that Flag means one thing, FREEDOM that this Country started in the beginning of this Country, and the people who died to keep it free, this also includes the Native Americans, who later were lied to, and to fly without being defaced in any way, other than being replaced when worn out, and when done by the proper people designated by the Government, and not just by any one.

If this Country allows the right to free speech to be used any way they want, then we will be no better than the wars going on in the Foreign countries today over who has control, you want a Civil War here then keep allowing people to do what ever they want, because the laws can never be enforced because of free speech rule.

This Country has to draw the line and stop pampering bleeding hearts when people break the law, and we have to send people to prison for PUNISHMENT, not LUXURY, go back to the chain gangs and make them work at hard labor, then maybe they won’t want to got to Jail or Prison if they knew they were not going to get pampered.

THE LAW IS THE LAW, ENFORCE IT!

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National Constitution Center

An amendment to ban desecration of the American flag

By NCC Staff
09-09-2013

Does the Constitution need a new amendment to ban the desecration of the American flag? Or is flag burning protected free speech? Vote now in our “Next 10 Amendments” project! Continue reading

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Fight for Civil Rights, Not Against

Comment By bob L.
Aug. 24th 2013

People are out there fighting to bring about and end to Discrimination, but as long as there are ones who don’t want to see it and are always trying to keep people fighting among them selves, you will never stop it, it will take the Courts, (Haven to Bid) to go after the people who are keeping Discrimination going.

You have to many hate groups and individual’s that want to keep it going so they can get their own way and to profit off some ones else’s pain.

The Courts are like the Democrats, the truth or not they are going to follow who they are for, until they start enforcing the laws that are on the books and stop favoring sides, you will never stop Discrimination against any one, no matter who you are.

It is ashamed that Martin Luther King had to Die for what he believed in, and was being stabbed in the back by traders the whole time by others that said they were behind him and agreed with what he was doing, why don’t the courts go after these people who do not want to see Discrimination end and treat them as terrorist.

But look at this part, they talk about Trayvon dying and he was unarmed, Now look at how many have died and were not armed every day by a person of color and nothing is done about it, but if it involves a white person who does it, all hell breaks loose, now why are they not trying to protect themselves from the ones that are giving them the bad name, I would call that Discriminating against them selves by not standing up against the ones are doing it.

Every year Hundreds dies from a Gun a Knife, by Drugs, Drunk Drivers, and a few other things, but it is the white person who is the blame of it all, or it is the law because it did not protect them, it is nothing but the people who are the cause of all this, by not standing up against it, why, because they are to busy screaming Discrimination to see that these laws are not being enforced and they are letting them off with a warning, or a slap on the hand and say don’t do it again.

They even go out and do a songs to tell people not to squeal on any one who commits a crime, unless it is a white person that does the crime, now that is what you call Discrimination.

You have people praising Mr. King for what he was doing, and at the same time they were trying to stop it, come on people we can all do this if we stop the people who are profiting for them selves by opposing what Martin Luther King stud for.

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March to focus on continued fight for civil rights

Associated Press
SUZANNE GAMBOA
08-24-2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alice Long planned months ago to use vacation time to travel from Huntsville, Ala., to the 50th anniversary events for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Long, a NASA administrative assistant, brought along her grandchildren to give them a close-up view of African-American and civil rights history that she said isn’t being taught in schools.

“I’m here supporting this march because there are so many injustices in this country,” Long, 59, said on the eve of Saturday’s march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. “I’m very concerned about it because I have a 5-year-old grandson and a 13-year-old granddaughter.”

Marchers began arriving early Saturday to gather on the National Mall, many staking out their spots as the sun rose in a clear sky over the Capitol. The NAACP passed out signs reminiscent of the 1963 event expressing reasons for the march five decades later: “We March To Protect Voting Rights,” proclaimed one of the placards.

Organizers have planned for about 100,000 people to participate in the event, which is the precursor to the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march. It will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and King’s son Martin Luther King III. After several speeches, participants will walk the half-mile from the Lincoln Memorial to the 2-year-old memorial.

On the day of the anniversary, President Barack Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place King stood when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will be joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Churches and groups have been asked to ring bells at 3 p.m. Wednesday, marking the exact time King spoke.

On Friday, a coalition of black leaders issued what they said is the 21st century agenda for the nation as it marks the watershed civil rights event that helped bring about the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 1963 march drew some 250,000 to the National Mall and ushered in the idea of massive, nonviolent demonstrations.

The leaders named economic parity, equity in education, voting rights, health care access and criminal justice reform as national policy priorities.

National Urban League President Marc Morial said the agenda was “by no means a complete agenda” but one that can strengthen the unity among the coalition’s members and a way to go forward in a new civil rights movement.

Throughout the buildup to the anniversary march, leaders have been acknowledging and honoring civil rights progress spurred by the 1963 march. But they also have bemoaned what they see as an attack on that progress since King delivered his stirring speech.

They cite the Supreme Court ruling that effectively erased a key anti-discrimination provision of the Voting Rights Act; persistent unemployment among African-Americans, which is about double that of white Americans; and the shooting death of unarmed black teenage Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Organizers of Saturday’s march hoped this year’s event would serve to inspire people again to educate themselves about issues they see as making up the modern civil rights struggle.

“It’s very difficult to stomach the fact that Trayvon wasn’t committing any crime. He was on his way home from the store,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, said Friday as she prepared to participate in the march. “Don’t wait until it’s at your front door. Don’t wait until something happens to your child. … This is the time to act now. This is the time to get involved.”

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Back to the 18th Century, Banning What You Can Say!

Comment by Bob L.
Aug. 5th 2013

When people came to America, they did it to get away from tyranny and dictators, now speed a head to America today, laws are going back to earlier days when this Country was getting started.

Today this Country thinks that they are in merry old England, France, Germany, you name the Country and you will see what this Country is looking like, go to Seattle, England puts up a Ferris Wheel on the River, Seattle just had to spend money to put one up on Puget Sound, that money could have been used for public safety, like pot holes, drive down many streets in this Country and you will see Traffic Circles, or an accident looking for a place to happen.

Take these States, they want tourist to come and spend money, so what do they do, well Washington State wants to Charge more for gas so that would raise prices to the tourist that they want to bring in, and if it does then they would take that money and blow it like a gambler in Las Vegas.

Now it is Banning words that have been used for years is now Racist, Offensive, or they just don’t like that word because it sounds mushy, like Mailman, Fireman, Milkman, Policeman, you can go on and on, and people today will not be happy and will always find some thing they don’t like, if you are not suppose to say man, then what do you call a Woman or Women, if you are not able to use the term man when it comes to Wo— or Wo— what do you call them then to make them Happy.

This is just like the Days when Wo— were burning their Bras, how long did that last, people have to forget about words and start getting this Country back from haters, ever since this administration got in to power, every thing Martin Luther King stood for has been wasted on to days society who only want to create problems, so what did Mr. Kings words mean, or did he lose his life for nothing? I think he was right, but to many people on both sides that don’t want to see change, it seems that people today want to see this Country go back to Foreign Rule and have the Government tell you what to do and take care of you.

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Seattle City Hall Considers Banning ‘Offensive’ Words

By Gillian Mohney
Aug 4, 2013

City Officials in Seattle are defending an internal memo that questions the use of certain terms such as “brown bag” (as in “brown-bag lunch”) or “citizen” in a government setting.

According to the Seattle Office of Civil Rights, those terms can be deemed offensive or have a history of being offensive and therefore should not be used.

“Luckily, we’ve got options,” Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?’”

Banning Offensive Words in Government

The Office for Civil Rights contends that city government serves all residents of Seattle whether or not they are citizens.

In addition, the use of “brown bag” could unintentionally bring up racist connotations, according to Bronstein.

“It used to be a way people could judge skin color,” Bronstein said in a phone interview with ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. According to the memo, other options are available to city employees such as “sack lunch” or “lunch-and-learn.

The memo comes after the state legislature voted to remove gender specific words from official records, meaning words such as “freshman” and “journeymen” will be replaced by “first-year” and “journey-level” respectively.

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Hope And Change, Really?

Comment By Bob L.
July 9th 2013

I can remember back in 2008 when a Senator running for President said he was for hope and change and spreading the wealth around by taking it from the rich and having them pay their fair share and giving it to the poor.

Well it has been Four Years and the poor are spreading the wealth while the rich are reaping the glory of the money, just the reverse of what he said was going to do.

Well if you have not heard this person, listen and see if you can see what he went through as a kid in Cuba, and then the United States when he was growing up until now, I think he tells a pretty sad story of what can happen when you don’t pay attention to what is going on.

If you believe in and love this Country, stand up and fight for it, don’t let it be torn down, Listen to this Gentleman all the way through, and then see if we are  not headed in the same direction as Castro and Hitler. 

I believe that we should spend more time finding out who we are going to put in charge of our Country to give true hope and change, not just a bunch of lies just to get elected so they can rewrite the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, if they are caught in lies, throw them out right away, don’t give them a chance to change any thing, freeze what they can do immediately.

This Country has to stop profiling and using each other against one another just to get what they want, they keep saying that all people are equal, but when it comes to wanting some thing, the first thing that comes up is profiling, we are a free nation why can’t we keep it this way and stop this hatred to others, but when you have a Government that thinks that hate groups are only white people, just look at what the White House said about the Westboro Baptist Church, was not a hate group, well it seems falls under what the LAW calls a hate group.

This has become a Country of hate, I can remember when thing were going in the direction of excepting you for who you are not where you came from or your color, today every thing has started to go back to the time of slavery, but this time it is all people making less than $60,000.00 a year or ones who now don’t even have a chance to find a job, this is getting pretty sad for a Country that fought to be free from Dictating Governments.

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A Bunch of Alcoholics Crying In Their Beer

Comment By Bob L.
05-19-2013

Alcoholics Crying In Their Beer, ask a Truck driver what their Alcohol limit is to lose their job.

One guy says I can not afford a DUI, if that is the case, then you should not be Drinking and Driving. Alcohol is to easy to shop lift today.

If a Bar or Restaurant can keep pushing Alcohol, they can afford to help pay for some ones death from it.

Truck drivers can not even use a mouth wash, if they are stopped with one hour of using mouth wash they can be classified as being drunk and some companies will can you for it, I know this for a fact, my son uses Listerine and went to work and the company did a drug test that morning, and eight drivers got fired, and 3 of them used a mouth wash, and mouth wash in most cases have Alcohol in them in turn with in an hour is gone but not from getting a DUI if stopped in that hour.

I have seen what Alcohol can do, get a job driving a tow truck and seeing what it looks like in an accident, especially when kids are involved, what are you teaching you kids, it all right to Drink and Drive and go out and kill others while doing it.

Admit it, any one who can not go a month with out a one Alcoholic drink is nothing but an ALCOHOLIC and lose their Drivers License, and if caught driving, FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE, if they can afford to buy Alcohol they can afford to pay for their Actions.

Insurance companies should do with Alcohol for what they do with people who smoke, make them pay THREE TIMES more their Insurance for their right to drive, and if they get stopped for drinking, THEIR insurance Doubles (if they can afford to drink, then they can afford the Insurance), not every one else should have to support their Drinking habits.

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Federal proposal to lower legal limit hits home for some

By HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News
Posted on May 18, 2013

How much is too much?  It’s a question a lot of folks might be considering over cocktails this weekend, after the federal government proposed lower the legal blood alcohol level for drinking, from .08 to .05.

For people like Lauren Hale and Alicia Bowers of Seattle, it’s an easy decision.

“I’m totally in support of that,” said Hale.

The two friends didn’t always feel that way, but a recent tragedy changed their minds.

‘It’s just not worth it.  You’re affecting other people, not just yourself,” said Bowers.

One of their close friends lost her mother last month, in a fatal accident on State Route 520.  Authorities have said Morgan Williams was killed by a suspected drunk driver.

“Morgan was on her way to work, Eastbound 520, at 5:30 a.m. or so, and the driver, a 25-year-old guy, did a U-turn, came back the wrong way, and hit her head on,” said Hale.

Now, Hale and Bowers say a lower legal limit might force people to think twice about getting behind the wheel.

“Maybe if it’s a little bit stricter, people will be way more on guard and be like, ‘Oh I shouldn’t drive,'” said Hale.

KING 5 spoke to other social drinkers who feel the exact opposite.

“It’s a terrible idea, a horrible idea,” said John Hotchkiss.  “Like who will be able to have anything to drink?  A .05 would be like walking by and sniffing alcohol.”

Hotchkiss and others say it will simply overload the system.

“I think overall it won’t pass, there’s be too much against it,” said Jordan Tursi.  “But it still makes me a little nervous.

The federal government wants every state to approve .05 blood alcohol level for driving.

It is too late to bring up the issue during this year’s special session in Washington, but KING 5 has learned many members of the legislature support the idea.

State troopers, meanwhile, say it’s not all about a specific number.  In Washington, you can be arrested for impaired driving even if your blood alcohol level is below .08.

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For Get About U.S. Education, Continually Pay Teachers to Do Nothing

Comment By Bob L.
04-11-2013

We can not sit back and let people who can not even come up with a budget or Balance Americas Check Book tell our Schools what to do, it is time that we Americans, take back our Schools and get the Federal Government, the States,  Special Interest and the Unions out of our Schools.

Schools should be spending more time on Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, every one of these head you in the right direction, we should not be teaching any thing else until you get in to the Eight Grade, then you start them on a trade.

This is why our kids are failing in this Country,because they are more interested to bring in Foreigners to do the jobs that Americans should be doing.

This Country has turned their backs on Education for Americans to Educate people from around the world, until they close the door there will not be a good Education program in this country.

Just look at how they want to give people from outside this country cheaper education while our kids pay more to go to college and school.

Why not lower the rates to our students instead of charging more so that they can bring people from outside this Country to get a better education then what our kids are getting, is this why our kids are failing, is this why our Teachers and Government are holding back out kids so this country can be left behind.

There is definitely some thing rotten going on in this Country when   Companies, the Rich, and the Government should be spensding more time with this Country, but they want to hand out Work Visas, and turn their backs on American Worker and their Education.

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Zuckerberg launches immigration reform advocacy group

By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News – The Ticket
04-11-2013

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is joining with top Silicon Valley CEOs to launch a political advocacy group called FWD.us that, among other things, will urge lawmakers to pass immigration reform.

Politico reports that Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer are among the group’s major contributors. Former staffers in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations have joined the group as well.

Before launching FWD.us, Zuckerberg had dipped a toe into politics when he donated $100 million to the struggling school system in Newark, N.J. He also held a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, in February.

High-profile techies have argued that the current legal immigration system does not allow them to attract and retain high-skilled immigrants from around the world. In March, executives from Facebook, Google, eBay and dozens more tech companies sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to add more visas for high-tech workers.

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Good Example of Wasted Taxpayer money

Comment By Bob L.
03-20-2013

It seem that the taxpayer get stuck with every thing, from having to pay for Parks that are owned by the people of Washington State not the Government, these parks are Governments responsible to take care of, this is why we pay taxes so the State can take care of the people’s parks, but no they think they are theirs to do with what ever they want, like  privatizing them.

Now on the opposite side the taxpayers are paying for such things like Art Museums, Theaters of Performing arts who collect money for you to go see, I think it is time that these so-called non-profit organisations start paying their way and not the taxpayer, if they can pay them selves a wage then they can pay to maintain where the work and perform not the taxpayer, it is time for these Actors, Performers, Entertainers, and Symphony Orchestras start pony up their money, the Taxpayer should not be subsidizing for any one who charges a fee for service, this goes for Public or Private, it is just like any Private Citizen, or Company, they have to work to pay their bills to see that their homes or offices don’t fall down.

Government Agencies should not be in the Realestate Business Owning or Renting to private businesses or Organizations, because who gets stuck repairing these buildings, YOU the TAXPAYER, and just think what happens, THEY Raise Taxes to pay for the Maintenance. Put the money into school books for a better Education to get these kids an Education they need, and NOT into WAGES so no teacher will be left behind, that is not giving a good Education when wages for Teachers and Unions are more important than our Kids futures.

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Olympia council considers cost to repair Washington Center

By MATT BATCHELDOR | Staff writer
Published March 19, 2013

The Olympia City Council will consider tonight whether to spend $3.3 million to replace the leaky exterior of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

City Manager Steve Hall recommends the council choose the lowest bidder for the job, Corp Inc. Construction of Salem, Ore. The bid is 4 percent higher than an architect’s estimate.

All told, the city could spend about $4.6 million to renovate the building at 512 Washington St. SE, including replacing the roof and rooftop mechanical equipment.

Olympia owns the building and is in charge of major maintenance, while the nonprofit arts organization also known as the Washington Center runs the theater and is responsible for interior maintenance.

The city has been looking to stem the deterioration at the building since at least 2008, when the Public Works department found “widespread water intrusion was compromising the integrity of the building exterior,” according to a city staff report. Crews made emergency repairs designed to last five years.

A more detailed study found that the entire exterior, a synthetic stucco-like material called EIFS, needed to be removed and replaced.

Last June, the council recommended the most expensive of three repair options — including a new brick exterior, canopy with lighting, glass doors, a ticket window, poster display windows, custom windows and stone cladding above the canopy, a canopy over the adjacent alley and a permanent marquee sign.

At the time, the council decided it would drop some of the design elements, including the marquee and the stone cladding, if it didn’t receive an $816,000 state grant. The state has recommended the city receive the grant, but the State Legislature has to include it in its final budget.

But City Manager Steve Hall is now recommending the council go with those extras anyway. According to the staff report, the project needs to start before a decision on the grant is announced later this month or next month. The council will make the final decision of going with the extras or without, which would save $197,890.

The center’s roof and mechanical systems would be replaced at the same time, Sullivan said.

Sullivan said that part of the council’s decision tonight is how the city will pay for the repairs. Minus design expenses, which have already been paid, the city will owe $4.2 million. Council members will decide on whether to borrow the rest.

Debbie Sullivan, director of Technical Services, said the plan is to start construction in April and wrap by this fall. That way, the construction will avoid the bulk of the center’s seasonal entertainment.

“We’re going to do the bulk of the work during their off-season,” she said. Chad Carpenter, director of event services for the center, said the construction will impact 14 events, but construction will not occur during the shows. And no events have been cancelled as a result.

“The impact that it’s going to have… although it will be significant, I think it will be minor,” he said.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869 mbatcheldor@theolympian.com @MattBatcheldor

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Do Not Toot Your Whistle, Democrats are not Through Yet

Comments By Bob L.
03-09-2013

Just because things might look a little better, don’t get excited, Obama and his pen are not through yet.

Obama still has three and three forth (3 and 3/4) years to screw things up, just look what happen the first four years, so don’t get to excited, there are still a lot of people out of work and have no prospects of finding work.

If you remember, Obama has said hire College and Military, and where does that leave the rest who are unemployed, and they say they don’t discriminate, they do it every day to all American Citizens, just some are more privileged than others.

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Politicians look for credit in a rising economy

By JIM KUHNHENN | Associated Press
03-09-2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Increased hiring, lower unemployment, stock market on the rise. Who gets the credit?

It’s a hotly debated point in Washington, where political scorekeeping amounts to who gets blame and who gets praise.

Following Friday’s strong jobs report — 236,000 new jobs and unemployment dropping to a four-year low of 7.7 percent — partisans hurriedly staked out turf.

“Woot woot!” tweeted former White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee. “With 12 million still unemployed?” countered Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s spokesman, Don Stewart.

Presidents usually get the rap for economic downturns and reap benefits when things improve. But the main factors affecting the current recovery and the record activity in the stock market may have less to do with high-profile fiscal policy fights in Washington than they do in the decisions of the Federal Reserve Bank, which has pumped trillions of dollars into the economy, kept interests rates at near zero and pushed investors away from low-yield bonds to stocks.

“From a policy standpoint, this is being driven primarily by the Fed,” said Mark Vitner, an economist at Wells Fargo.

Yet to some, Washington deserves little recognition.

“Economies recover,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and now head of the American Action Forum, a conservative public policy institute. He acknowledged the Fed’s monetary policies halted the initial free fall by the financial industry, but he said the economy has had to catch up to the Fed’s low interest rates.

“It took a long time for the housing market for them to matter and for the auto market for them to matter,” Holtz-Eakin said. “So I don’t think that’s a policy victory.”

If Democrats are eager to give President Barack Obama acclaim for spurring the recovery with an infusion of spending in 2009, there are just as many Republicans who will claim his health care law and his regulatory regimes slowed it.

If there is common ground among economists, it is that the next step in fiscal policy should be focused on reining in long-term spending on entitlements programs, particularly Medicare, instead of continuing debates over short-term spending. But such a grand bargain has been elusive, caught in a fight over Obama’s desire for more tax revenue and Republican opposition to more tax increases.

Obama and some Republicans are trying to move the process with phone calls and a dinner here and a luncheon there. Next week, the president plans to address Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate in separate meetings to see, as he put it Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address, “if we can untangle some of the gridlock.”

Who gets credit does have political consequences. A strong economy would create more space for Obama to pursue other aspects of his second-term agenda. But it’s an important question for the long term, too, because if the recovery is indeed accelerating it could validate the policies that the Obama administration and the Fed put in place.

Hiring has been boosted by high corporate profits and by strength in the housing, auto, manufacturing and construction sectors. Corporate profits are up. Still, it might be too soon to declare victory. While the recovery may be getting traction, the U.S. economy is not yet strong.

Economic growth is forecast to be a modest 2 percent this year. Unemployment, even as it drops, remains high nearly four years after the end of the Great Recession, with roughly 12 million people out of work.

Last year’s early months also showed strong job gains only to see them fade by June.

March could prove to be a more telling indicator as the economy responds to a third month of higher Social Security taxes and as across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in March 1 begin to work their way through government programs. Economists say anticipation of the cuts already caused a downturn in the fourth quarter of last year as the defense industry slowed spending. The Congressional Budget Office and some private forecasters say the coming cuts could reduce economic growth by about half a percentage point and cost about 700,000 jobs by the end of 2014.

“My view is that aggressive monetary and fiscal policy response to the recovery has been a net positive,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

But referring to the automatic cuts, he said, “Fiscal policies have turned from a very powerful tailwind to a pretty significant head wind.” And, he added, “the economy is going to be tested again in the next few months.”

Obama has been distancing himself from the potential consequences of the automatic cuts, even though he signed the legislation that put them in place. Initially, they were designed to be so onerous that it would force all sides to work out a long-term deficit-reduction and debt-stabilization package. But that agreement never materialized.

If the recovery has been slow, White House officials argue, it is because Republicans have been unwilling to yield to Obama’s demands for deficit reduction that combines tax increases and cuts in spending.

Obama himself seemed to touch on that viewpoint in his weekly address.

“At a time when our businesses are gaining a little more traction, the last thing we should do is allow Washington politics to get in the way,” he said while heralding good economic news. “You deserve better than the same political gridlock and refusal to compromise that has too often passed for serious debate over the last few years.”

Vitner, the Wells Fargo economist, argues that if anyone deserves credit for the recovery, it is the American public and American businesses “for being able to tune out all the noise that’s coming from Washington.”

“It’s remarkable,” he said, “that in the face of so much political uncertainty we’ve been able to see the growth that we have.”

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College Degrees the new High School Diploma

Comment By Bob L.
02-21-2013

College Graduates Only

College Graduates Only

Boy talk about DISCRIMINATION, and who do we blame for it, ever since this administration got into office, discrimination HAS became the norm, when things finally had a good start on equal treatment, some will say that is not true, but just look around, Today, and Before, Obama got into office, I see more discrimination and profiling now than before, I am not talking about back in the 50’s and 60’s, I am talking about NOW, TODAY.

People have been laid off to make room for College Grads, so why should any one even go to K through 12, when a lot of people are not going to, or be able to afford to even go to College, they call this Profiling, and I thought that was Illegal along with Discrimination, that is what this Administration keeps telling every one.

The article makes the comment that college grads are dependable and it is not the money that they want, boy what a fabrication of the truth, every one that I knew that went to college went there was for the pay that goes with it, and just how many jobs are going to be available to them when they graduate, would you say ONE job out of every FIVE THOUSAND WHO GRADUATE.

This is Obama’s doings, Hire only returning military, and college, and tell every one else to go to hell, what is going to happen when the Government can no longer support people not working and paying Taxes, lets put it this way, how long can the Government Operate on an empty tank, Same as a Car out of gas, and an Electric car without electricity, and every one of them Obama is trying to put out of business.

Here is a comment by an article that I posted about a while back that also goes along with  this article today, this person says it right.

[Lbromes] [Laws should be made to protect HUMAN life and conditions. Spending time, resources, and energy on hunting down “illegal” Immigrants is a moral sin! There are hard working human beings not infringing on anyones rights, being thrown into prison using our tax dollars when, they other wise would be working helping our economy. NOT a fiscally responsible way to spend our hard earned resources. Our county was built by “illegal” immigrants. Unless you are a Native American you too are an “immigrant” It’s about human beings, not citizenship status. For you christians I have just one question, WWJD? Where’s the compassion Christ displayed for ALL living beings, especially human beings? We are forgetting its not us vs them. We are all in this race together!!! Lets stop all the pettiness and focus on what really matters, protecting human life and conditions for ALL!]

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It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk

New York Times
By CATHERINE RAMPELL | New York Times
02-20-2013

ATLANTA —The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.

Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.

This prerequisite applies to everyone, including the receptionist, paralegals, administrative assistants and file clerks. Even the office “runner” — the in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and the office — went to a four-year school.

“College graduates are just more career-oriented,” said Adam Slipakoff, the firm’s managing partner. “Going to college means they are making a real commitment to their futures. They’re not just looking for a paycheck.”

Economists have referred to this phenomenon as “degree inflation,” and it has been steadily infiltrating America’s job market. Across industries and geographic areas, many other jobs that didn’t used to require a diploma — positions like dental hygienists, cargo agents, clerks and claims adjusters — are increasingly requiring one, according to Burning Glass, a company that analyzes job ads from more than 20,000 online sources, including major job boards and small- to midsize-employer sites.

This up-credentialing is pushing the less educated even further down the food chain, and it helps explain why the unemployment rate for workers with no more than a high school diploma is more than twice that for workers with a bachelor’s degree: 8.1 percent versus 3.7 percent.

Some jobs, like those in supply chain management and logistics, have become more technical, and so require more advanced skills today than they did in the past. But more broadly, because so many people are going to college now, those who do not graduate are often assumed to be unambitious or less capable.

Plus, it’s a buyer’s market for employers.

“When you get 800 résumés for every job ad, you need to weed them out somehow,” said Suzanne Manzagol, executive recruiter at Cardinal Recruiting Group, which does headhunting for administrative positions at Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh and other firms in the Atlanta area.

Of all the metropolitan areas in the United States, Atlanta has had one of the largest inflows of college graduates in the last five years, according to an analysis of census data by William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. In 2012, 39 percent of job postings for secretaries and administrative assistants in the Atlanta metro area requested a bachelor’s degree, up from 28 percent in 2007, according to Burning Glass.

“When I started recruiting in ’06, you didn’t need a college degree, but there weren’t that many candidates,” Ms. Manzagol said.

Even if they are not exactly applying the knowledge they gained in their political science, finance and fashion marketing classes, the young graduates employed by Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh say they are grateful for even the rotest of rote office work they have been given.

“It sure beats washing cars,” said Landon Crider, 24, the firm’s soft-spoken runner.

He would know: he spent several years, while at Georgia State and in the months after graduation, scrubbing sedans at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Before joining the law firm, he was turned down for a promotion to rental agent at Enterprise — a position that also required a bachelor’s degree — because the company said he didn’t have enough sales experience.

His college-educated colleagues had similarly limited opportunities, working at Ruby Tuesday or behind a retail counter while waiting for a better job to open up.

“I am over $100,000 in student loan debt right now,” said Megan Parker, who earns $37,000 as the firm’s receptionist. She graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2011 with a degree in fashion and retail management, and spent months waiting on “bridezillas” at a couture boutique, among other stores, while churning out office-job applications.

“I will probably never see the end of that bill, but I’m not really thinking about it right now,” she said. “You know, this is a really great place to work.”

The risk with hiring college graduates for jobs they are supremely overqualified for is, of course, that they will leave as soon as they find something better, particularly as the economy improves.

Mr. Slipakoff said his firm had little turnover, though, largely because of its rapid expansion. The company has grown to more than 30 lawyers from five in 2008, plus a support staff of about 15, and promotions have abounded.

“They expect you to grow, and they want you to grow,” said Ashley Atkinson, who graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2009 with a general studies degree. “You’re not stuck here under some glass ceiling.”

Within a year of being hired as a file clerk, around Halloween 2011, Ms. Atkinson was promoted twice to positions in marketing and office management. Mr. Crider, the runner, was given additional work last month, helping with copying and billing claims. He said he was taking the opportunity to learn more about the legal industry, since he plans to apply to law school next year.

The firm’s greatest success story is Laura Burnett, who in less than a year went from being a file clerk to being the firm’s paralegal for the litigation group. The partners were so impressed with her filing wizardry that they figured she could handle it.

“They gave me a raise, too,” said Ms. Burnett, a 2011 graduate of the University of West Georgia.

The typical paralegal position, which has traditionally offered a path to a well-paying job for less educated workers, requires no more than an associate degree, according to the Labor Department’s occupational handbook, but the job is still a step up from filing. Of the three daughters in her family, Ms. Burnett reckons that she has the best job. One sister, a fellow West Georgia graduate, is processing insurance claims; another, who dropped out of college, is one of the many degree-less young people who still cannot find work.

Besides the promotional pipelines it creates, setting a floor of college attainment also creates more office camaraderie, said Mr. Slipakoff, who handles most of the firm’s hiring and is especially partial to his fellow University of Florida graduates. There is a lot of trash-talking of each other’s college football teams, for example. And this year the office’s Christmas tree ornaments were a colorful menagerie of college mascots — Gators, Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets, Wolves, Eagles, Tigers, Panthers — in which just about every staffer’s school was represented.

“You know, if we had someone here with just a G.E.D. or something, I can see how they might feel slighted by the social atmosphere here,” he says. “There really is something sort of cohesive or binding about the fact that all of us went to college.”

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