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What Next For Other Cities Under This Administration, and Last?

 

Comment By Bob L.
July 19th 2013

Detroit files for largest-ever bankruptcy in U.S. history, they say that it started Sixty years ago, this shows just what will happen when you got to have the best of every thing and not spending money wisely.

This is going to happen all over if these Cities and States don’t learn to spend money where it is needed and not on frills, what chased businesses out of there? Why did people move out? They say that sixty-three percent moved out, could it be because of wanting to much and not taking care or business?

I don’t know about you, but I would call it spending too much on Public Servant pay and perks, that is what happen in Detroit, could this happen in your State, Cities, and Counties?

If you don’t want this to happen where you live, you better ratchet in your Governments spending and taxing, they love to spend money, but they don’t want to repair what they have, they think that new is better, Oh wait that sounds just like our schools, they would rather spend it on Wages, schools, but not on an education for our Children.

$1.25 Billion can be spent to out source to an organization to administer Obamacare, what is it $1.8 Billion to support the Muslim Brotherhood, and how much more in aid to other Countries, but when it comes to the United States where it is needed, but the same thing goes for there are no homeless people, or starving Children in this Country.

It seem to be able bail out the rich so they can give them selves Bonuses every year, the same goes for the Bonuses that they gave the IRS people.

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Detroit files for largest-ever bankruptcy in U.S. history

Reuters
By Nick Carey
07-19-2013

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history on Thursday, setting the stage for a costly court battle with creditors and opening a new chapter in the long struggle to revive the city that was the cradle of the American auto industry.

The bankruptcy, if approved by a federal judge, would force Detroit’s thousands of creditors into negotiations with the city’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to resolve an estimated $18.5 billion in debt that has crippled Michigan’s largest city.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said he saw no other options for Detroit and approved Orr’s request to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

“Detroit simply cannot raise enough revenue to meet its current obligations, and that is a situation that is only projected to get worse absent a bankruptcy filing,” wrote Snyder, a Republican, in a letter accompanying the filing.

Detroit’s creditors are expected to face huge losses, and the future of retiree pension and health benefits for thousands of city workers hangs in the balance.

Anticipating the filing on Thursday, investors drove prices of Detroit bonds and notes lower, sending their yields to record highs on Thursday.

In some respects, Detroit’s legacy as a model for American innovation is at stake as well. Its crippled condition threatens to overwhelm its image as the home of Henry Ford’s pioneering assembly line and Motown’s 1960s soul-music hit machine. More recently, the city has become an incubator for efforts to repopulate and reinvigorate an urban relic of a bygone, industrial age.

New York, Cleveland and Philadelphia previously teetered on bankruptcy, but Detroit is the first major U.S. city to go over the edge.

Detroit has lost 25 percent of its population in the last decade, with just 700,000 residents remaining. The ranks of retirees outnumber the city’s active workers by more than a 2-1 ratio. With a quarter of its buildings abandoned in some neighborhoods, no other American city has borne the brunt of deindustrialization so heavily.

In his July 16 letter to the governor making the case for a bankruptcy filing, Orr laid bare the scope of the city’s decline.

“After decades of fiscal mismanagement; plummeting population, employment and revenues; decaying City infrastructure… Detroit today is a shell of the thriving metropolis that it once was,” Orr wrote.

Detroit’s bankruptcy filing: http://r.reuters.com/tuj79t

WHITE HOUSE MONITORING

Snyder named Orr in March to tackle the city’s spiraling long-term debt, which is estimated at $18.5 billion.

A White House spokeswoman said Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama and his senior team were monitoring the situation in Detroit closely. But unlike after the economic collapse of 2008, in which the federal government injected billions in cash into U.S. auto makers General Motors Co (NYS:GMNews) and Chrysler as the first step of a quick turn through a managed bankruptcy process, Obama made no promises this time.

“While leaders on the ground in Michigan and the city’s creditors understand that they must find a solution to Detroit’s serious financial challenge, we remain committed to continuing our strong partnership with Detroit…,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said.

Detroit was once synonymous with U.S. manufacturing prowess. Its automotive giants switched production to planes, tanks and munitions during World War Two, earning the city the nickname of the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Now the city’s name has become synonymous with decline, decay and crime. A population that peaked at 1.8 million in the 1950s has fallen steadily since then. Manufacturing job losses and an exodus of white residents to the suburbs, which accelerated after race riots in the 1960s, have left huge swaths of this 80 percent black city blighted and crime-ridden.

Pay cuts and job reductions in the city’s police and fire departments have added to the sense of insecurity. Budget cuts have left streetlights broken, fire hydrants out of order, and cop cars and fire trucks badly in need of repair.

The city’s murder rate is at its highest in nearly 40 years; only a third of Detroit’s ambulances were in service in the first quarter of 2013; and an estimated 5,000 buildings a year intentionally are set on fire.

To compound the challenges, a crime wave in city government has compromised efforts to recover. In just one high-profile case, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in prison, after he and associates were convicted of public corruption and systematic bid rigging.

The private sector has sought to make inroads against the crushing problems. Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert in 2010 began moving more than 7,000 jobs downtown, and several Detroit-based foundations have begun targeted investment in small local firms, neighborhoods and public schools.

But despite high taxes, the city’s coffers have continued to dwindle.

In June, the city’s emergency manager, Orr, presented a proposal to creditors offering them pennies on the dollar. His plan had met with resistance from some creditors, most notably Detroit’s two pension funds representing retired city workers. The funds recently filed lawsuits in a state court challenging the governor’s ability to authorize Orr to file for bankruptcy.

LONG ROAD AHEAD

Creditors are expected to mount a stiff challenge to the bankruptcy, which was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Douglas Bernstein, a bankruptcy attorney at Plunkett Cooney in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, said he expected the case would last one to three years and would be very costly.

“This could run to tens-of-millions to hundreds-of-millions of dollars,” he said.

Orr has said previously that he hoped Detroit could emerge from bankruptcy in a year or less. During a press conference in Detroit on Thursday after the bankruptcy filing, he said he hoped Detroit would emerge from bankruptcy by late summer or fall in 2014.

“We are planning to get through this process as expeditiously as possible,” said Orr, an experienced bankruptcy lawyer before he took the emergency manager job.

Corporate bankruptcy filings with far less at stake have taken much longer than Orr’s targeted timeline. Richard Ciccarone, managing director of McDonnell Investment Management, said it would be a long, drawn out process.

“They’re dealing with very difficult issues in which there’s not very much court precedent for a major city in this arena,” he said.

While thousands of companies have gone through bankruptcy and emerged intact, only a relative handful American cities have made Chapter 9 filings since the Bankruptcy Act was amended in 1934 to include municipalities. The paucity of precedent and sheer number of creditors portend a complicated road ahead.

“It’s a very complex landscape and it’s one that’s going to be watched very closely by municipal investors,” said Robert Amodeo, a portfolio manager at Western Asset in New York.

General Motors, the only major U.S. automaker headquartered in Detroit, said in a statement that the company “is proud to call Detroit home and…(this is) a day that we and others hoped would not come. We believe, however, that today also can mark a clean start for the city.”

Ford Motor Co (NYS:F), which is based in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, said it was “optimistic that governmental leaders will be successful in strengthening the community.”

But Ed McNeil, chief negotiator for a coalition of 33 unions that represent most of the service workers for the city of Detroit said the bankruptcy filing was about “busting the unions.”

“I’ve said all along that this is a power grab,” said McNeil. “This is not about fixing the city’s finances. It’s about the governor and his own agenda to take over the city of Detroit.”

(Additional reporting by Bernie Woodall, Deepa Seetharaman, Joseph Lichterman Paul Lienert in Detroit; Karen Pierog in Chicago and Roberta Rampton in Washington; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz and Lisa Shumaker)

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40% Of Small Businesses Not Hiring Any New Workers

Comment By Bob L.
June 25th 2013
[ I know some don’t like what I say, but today it is greed running this Country for ones self, and the truth hurt ]

Every one just had to have Obamacare, but no one had any idea that it was a scam pulled on the American people, well it is, because they are going to make sure that they the Politician will not have to get it, because they knew that it was that nothing more than a scam that they put together so they could invest in it, just like the scam they are pulling for Global Warming, it is a profit-making deal for them to invest in, like Carbon Futures. (The rich protect themselves before any one else)

Boy if you can not see it, then you are dumber than I thought, because of your ignorance, and just got to have what you call the best of every thing, you are bring this Country down to a Third world Nation, and will soon be in another Depression worst then the Nineteen Thirties Depression.

Tighten your belts, because it is coming, and it is going to be a rude awaking when it happens, and if you have not noticed it has already started, people have been warned, and are turning a blind eye on it and say it won’t happen, well you better hope so for your Children’s sake. 

This Whole thing with Obamacare like they say, was set by some one other than the ones who said you have to pass it if you want to know what is in it.

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40% Of Small Businesses Not Hiring Any New Workers Thanks To Obamacare

AUTHOR By Warner Todd Huston
June 24, 2013

Just at a time when we need the job-creating talents of small businesses to pull us out of the Obama Depression, he’s made it harder to do so with his jobs-killing healthcare law. It is now reported that Obama’s odious and country-killing healthcare law is causing 41 percent of small businesses to stop hiring.

A recent CNBC news report said that, “Forty-one percent of the businesses surveyed have frozen hiring because of the health-care law known as Obamacare. And 19 percent answered ‘yes’ when asked if they had ‘reduced the number of employees you have in your business as a specific result of the Affordable Care Act.’”

Obama is killing jobs at a record pace and already we have millions of Americans out of work, under employed, or have just plain given up looking. Worse, poverty is rising under this anti-capitalist president.

Yet, just as the President is telling us that Obamacare is a must have for all we lowly citizens, his party is working to get Congress exempted from Obamacare because “it’s not fair” to force Congressmen and their staffers to live under the same laws we have to live under.

Obamacare is also about to levy $130 billion in fines on business, too. This is also squashing the growth of the economy because businesses understand that they’ll have $130 billion removed from them, a whopping fee they had never had to pay before.

And this doesn’t even count the cost of insurance that is right now already skyrocketing. In Ohio insurace is already up 88% and in California it is a crushing rise of 140%! And this is just the beginning, America.

This isn’t the only new tax that Obamacare forces on America. Obamacare even charges a tax to use a tanning booth!

Remember, the law doesn’t even fully kick in until 2014. This economic devastation will only get worse.

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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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Put Them in Their Place, They Want It Give it To Them!

Comment By Bob L.
04-08-2013

Environmentalist, Special Interest, and Government Agencies who want Clean Air, Clean Water, and Streets Clean of Automobiles, lets give it to them, plain and simple.

Lets give them No Electricity, No Water, No Oil, No Gas, this includes Propane, Natural Gas, kerosene.

Now let’s go a little farther, can these people survive without any of these things mentioned, some will say yes, but can they, good, but one thing that will shut them down is food, do they have a place to grow their Food? do they have a Job,? not if they get what they want, they will be sitting on their thumb and NO Place to go.

If they think that the Government will help, they have another thing coming, if no one is working where is the money going to come from to help? Not even the Government Agencies will know what to do with an Empty bank, people will be in the same place that they were in 1929 to 1940.

And by giving them what they want means it will ground all Planes, cars, and Trains, so does any one have an idea on what to do if these people get what they want, one thing that will happen is that all people will have to work hand in hand no matter who you are.

People had better have a second thought before they go any farther on wanting, these people  have already wanted to much to where this Country is about to go BANKRUPT, and they will have no one to blame but themselves.

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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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Bigger Tax Bite for Most Under Fiscal Pact

Not Much Comment: By Bob L. But here you go.
01-02-2013

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You can not say much, except, can you under stand the double talk, the ARTICLE SAYS IT ALL.

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Bigger Tax Bite for Most Under Fiscal Pact

New York Times
By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM and CATHERINE RAMPELL | New York Times
01-02-2013

WASHINGTON — Only the most affluent American households will pay higher income taxes this year under the terms of a deal that passed Congress on Tuesday, but most households will face higher payroll taxes because the deal does not extend a two-year-old tax break.

The legislation, which was forged in the Senate and overcame resistance in the House late Tuesday will grant most Americans an instant reversal of the income tax increases that took effect with the arrival of the new year. Only about 0.7 percent of households will be subject to an income tax increase this year, according to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research group in Washington. The increases will apply almost exclusively to households making at least half a million dollars, the center estimated in an analysis published Tuesday.

But lawmakers’ decision not to reverse a scheduled increase in the payroll tax that finances Social Security, while widely expected, still means that about 77 percent of households will pay a larger share of income to the federal government this year, according to the center’s analysis.

The tax this year will increase by two percentage points, to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent, on all earned income up to $113,700.

Indeed, for most lower- and middle-income households, the payroll tax increase will most likely equal or exceed the value of the income tax savings. A household earning $50,000 in 2013, roughly the national median, will avoid paying about $1,000 more in income taxes — but pay about $1,000 more in payroll taxes.

Sabrina Garcia, a 35-year-old accounting assistant from Quincy, Mass., who together with her husband made about $102,000 last year, said the payroll tax increase equated to “about $200 a month for my family.”

“That’s a lot of money for us,” Ms. Garcia said. “It means we will have to cut back.” She said in an e-mail exchange that she will most likely will postpone buying a new computer. “And forget about being able to save money,” she added.

The deal will impose larger tax increases on those who make the most. It will raise taxes in two ways: by restoring limits on the amount of income affluent Americans can shelter from federal taxation, and by returning to a top marginal tax rate of 39.6 percent. The current rate is 35 percent.

For married couples filing jointly, the deduction limits apply to income above $300,000, while the top tax rate kicks in above $450,000. But both numbers are somewhat misleading, because “income” in this context is a technical term, referring only to the portion of income subject to taxation after exemptions and deductions.

Few households with actual incomes of less than half a million dollars will face a tax increase. The Tax Policy Center calculated that less than 5 percent of families earning $200,000 to $500,000 will actually pay more.

The size of those increases will be much smaller than President Obama originally proposed. The net effect, according to the center’s estimates, is that the top 1 percent of households will see an average income tax increase this year of $62,000 rather than $94,000. “The high-income people really are doing very well in this compared to what the president wanted to do,” said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

The deal passed by the Senate and the House will impose fewer limits on deductions than the White House plan. It will also tax income from dividends at a flat rate of 20 percent, rather than the same marginal rate as earned income. And there is another important point, often misunderstood: Affluent households will pay the new 39.6 percent rate only on income above $450,000. They and everyone else will still will pay lower rates on income below that threshold.

Households making $500,000 to $1 million will pay an additional $6,700 in taxes on average. Those making more than $1 million will pay an additional $123,000 on average.

Changes in the estate tax will also benefit affluent families. The tax will not apply to the first $5 million of an inheritance, extending the current exclusion rather than reverting to the $3.5 million threshold that President Obama initially favored. However, wealth above that amount will be taxed at a rate of 40 percent rather than the previous rate of 35 percent.

The Obama administration did win a five-year extension of tax breaks for lower-income families, including the child tax credit and earned-income tax credit. Those credits eliminate income tax liability for many lower-income families. In many cases, the government actually makes a direct payment to the family to help offset the burden of payroll taxation — up to $1,000 a child under the child credit and up to $5,900 total under the earned income credit.

The deal will also restore unemployment benefits for about two million Americans. People who can’t find work, and have already received government checks for the standard period of 26 weeks, have been able to stay on the rolls for up to an additional 47 weeks. But financing for that program, which is aimed at the states with the highest unemployment rates, expired Saturday. Under the terms of the deal, people who are eligible will receive any missed benefits retroactively.

The deal also includes new rules for the alternative minimum tax, which threatened this year to impose higher taxes on roughly 30 million households. The tax was created in the 1960s to set a lower limit on the taxes paid by the most affluent households, but the eligibility threshold was not indexed to inflation, so it theoretically encompasses a larger share of households with each passing year. Congress has repeatedly passed short-term increases in the threshold; the deal will make those increases automatic, obviating the annual ritual.

That is small consolation for middle-income Americans like Joe Interlandi, 61, a long-haul trucker who on Tuesday was driving a load of tomatoes from Florida to Los Angeles.

Mr. Interlandi, writing from a rest stop, said he understood the need for higher taxes. He will rather pay more now than impose higher taxes on his children and grandchildren, he said.

But Mr. Interlandi, who estimated that he worked 100 hours many weeks, added that the payroll tax increase still meant he will need to spend even more time on the road. Describing things he will have to cut back on, he wrote, “Family outings like vacations, and time together.”

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An average of $1,000 more for a household at the national median income.

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Gun Ban? Knife Ban? How About A Match and Lighter Ban?

Comment By Bob L.
12-28-2012

Now Stupid and Dumb this Country has become, Ban this Ban that, when are people going to under stand that it is people who do these things not the product that does the deed, a gun does not pull the trigger, a Knife does not thrust it’s self, a match does not start a fire without fuel, you can go on and every time it leads right back to a Man, a woman, or a child to product the out come, and where does it start? AT HOME, THE PARENTS, and why?, they are so wrapped in to them selves, their parties, their nightly bar runs, they don’t know what or where their kids are or what they are doing, and by this happening when they get older, and now that they got away with it, so now they think that it is alright today.

READ THE ARTICLE CLOSELY, NEXT TIME IT MIGHT BE A GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS, MAYBE YOURS, OR HOW ABOUT YOU, like every thing else there are copycats who will do the same thing, WHY, Government, Courts, Parents, no one is being held RESPONSIBLE, NO PUNISHMENT for the Parents, the child, or the people who instigate the do nothing punishment.

They talk about it is unhumane to punish when some one does wrong, BUT IS IT HUMANE to kill a group of Kids for being Kids or any one else, or Bully some one because it is fun, and knowing that you will not be punished, AGAIN Who do we blame, the do nothing Government but spend money that they don’t have, Bleeding Hearts, and last but not least, the Parents who believe the Bleeding hearts, AND who is the  loser of no punishment, THE VICTIMS.

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Woman set on fire in LA as she sleeps on bench

By GREG RISLING | Associated Press
12-27-2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For more than 10 years, the homeless woman slept on the same plastic bus stop bench at a busy intersection in the San Fernando Valley, no matter how cold it was or if it was raining.

The 67-year-old, described by one church volunteer who saw her regularly as the “sweetest lady on the street,” was nestled in her regular spot early Thursday when the unthinkable happened: A man came out of a nearby drug store, doused her with a flammable liquid and set her ablaze.

She was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.

Witness Erickson Ipina called 911, and police arrested Dennis Petillo, 24, a short time later. He was booked for investigation of attempted murder and was held on $500,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately known if he had retained an attorney.

“He just poured it all over the old lady,” Ipina told reporters at the scene. “Then he threw the match on her and started running.”

Police provided no possible motive and released no details on Petillo. The victim’s name also was withheld.

LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese told the Los Angeles Times it was unclear whether Petillo spoke to the woman before he allegedly set her ablaze.

“There was no incident or dispute or clear motivation for this horrific attack. He did not know his victim. It defies explanation,” Albanese said. “He is not of sound mind. … The motive is mental illness.”

The attack shocked nearby residents, and later Thursday about a dozen people held vigil around the charred bench, urging motorists to honk their horns in support of homeless rights. One sign placed on the bench read, “Our Prayers to Violet,” believed to be the victim’s first name.

Tej Deol, 31, who resides at a nearby sober living house, said the woman made the bench her home and often could be found sleeping there after sundown. He said he saw her Christmas Eve, getting ready to eat some soup.

“I told her, ‘Merry Christmas and happy New Year,’ and she said she was doing good,” Deol said. “She was so kind. She was happy to have someone talk to her.”

Thursday’s incident was at least the third in Los Angeles County since October where people were set on fire.

Last week, a 55-year-old man was seriously injured when he was torched as he slept outside a doughnut shop in Norwalk. Two months earlier, Long Beach police said Jacob Timothy Lagarde, 27, threw a lit Molotov cocktail at a man who had been waiting for his father outside a store. Lagarde has since been charged with attempted murder and five other counts.

Los Angeles police are investigating whether Petillo might be tied to any other similar crimes, but at this point detectives don’t believe he is, Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

As the number of flowers and candles around the scorched bench grew Thursday, people who knew the victim tried to comprehend why a woman who seemed so benign could be so viciously attacked.

Robert Wyneken, 75, who volunteers at a nearby church that serves meals for the less than fortunate, called Violet the “sweetest lady on the street.” He said she was quiet, independent and resourceful.

Wyneken said she supported herself by recycling cans and didn’t like to panhandle. He said there were efforts to get her housing and in contact with family, but she wouldn’t have it.

“I just think she had something in her life where she wanted to be alone,” he said. “She didn’t want to be a burden to anybody.”

Wyneken, Deol and others said they were deeply troubled by what had happened at the bus stop.

“The guy who did this should spend the rest of his life in jail,” Deol said.

Steve Williams, 62, who identified himself as a homeless veteran, said he is aware of the dangers of sleeping on the street but that it’s difficult to find space at nearby shelters, especially at this time of year.

“We are all human. No one should be treated like that,” he said.

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‘Fiscal cliff’ fight heads to family home NOT DC

Comment By Bob L.
12-06-2012

Obama still up to his old tricks, instead of planting his ass in DC where it belongs, he is out blaming every one else why nothing is being done, if he was a U.S President who was Elected to protect the Constitution and All legal American Citizens and not foreign Country’s, that where he spent most of his first term in office.

Now that he was reelected we can see the same thing starting again, but he going around America trying to keep the people on his side so they think that it is the Republicans are the problem while Obama and the Democrats do nothing, Harry Reid has already said that he will reject any thing that the Republicans send to them, and Obama has also said that he will veto any thing they send to him, just another FOUR YEARS of the same as the last four years.

Now in office Obama is going to start pushing for his Cap & Trade and tax services people need and use, and Global Warming, so with that said, Obama and the Democrats (just like Obamacare) will not approve any thing unless they give him what he wants.

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Obama takes tax-hike talk to Tiffany (no, not that one)

By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket
12-06-2012

President Barack Obama took his call for tax hikes on the richest Americans to Tiffany on Thursday—not the fabled jewelry store, but a high school English teacher and her middle-class family living in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Obama took his motorcade to Falls Church, Va., to sit down with Tiffany Santana and her husband, Richard, who works at an area Toyota dealership. Also present were Tiffany’s parents: Velma Massenburg, a child care provider, and Jimmie Massenburg, a postal worker.

At the kitchen table in the ground-floor apartment the Santanas share with their 6-year-old son, Noah, the president sounded his familiar clarion call to extend Bush-era tax cuts that chiefly benefit the middle class while raising rates on higher incomes. Obama has warned he will not sign legislation that does not raise rates on the richest Americans—a step Republicans have thus far rejected.

“It’s very important that we get this done now, that we don’t wait,” Obama said to the Santanas. “We’re in the midst of the Christmas season; I think the American people are counting on this getting solved. The closer it gets to the brink, the more stressed they’re going to be.

“They’re keeping it together, they’re working hard, they’re meeting their responsibilities,” Obama continued. “For them to be burdened unnecessarily because Democrats and Republicans aren’t coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms.”Failure to reach a deal would send the country over the so-called fiscal cliff, a package of tax hikes and deep spending cuts that threaten to plunge the economy into a new recession. The White House estimates that a typical middle-class family might pay $2,200 more to Uncle Sam.

“That translates into $200 billion of less consumer spending next year” overall, the president said. “And that’s bad for businesses large and small. It’s bad for our economy. It means less folks are being hired, and we can be back in a downward spiral instead of the kind of virtuous cycle that we want to see.”

The White House picked Santana from the thousands of families that have shared on its website what the fiscal cliff would mean for them—and released a video showing the family discussing the potential impact. (Details are courtesy of pool reporter Allison Sherry of the Denver Post’s Washington Bureau.)

“The message that I think we all want to send to members of Congress is this is a solvable problem,” Obama said.

Locked in seemingly stalled negotiations with Republicans opposed to the tax hike, the president has been waging an aggressive PR war to keep the public on his side in the dispute. In addition to his brief foray into Falls Church, the president will sit down for an interview with People magazine just days after doing one with Bloomberg TV. And the White House has been active online as well, emailing supporters to keep them engaged after the hard-fought 2012 presidential campaign and promoting a Twitter hashtag, #My2K, for users to weigh in.

Obama wants to let Bush-era tax cuts expire for individuals making more than $200,000 and families pulling in more than $250,000. He argues that the alternative is cuts to programs that the White House regards as fostering economic growth—things like college loan programs and infrastructure investments. Republicans have refused to let income tax rates on the wealthiest rise back to Clinton-era levels, warning that this will hurt some small businesses and take investment cash out of the economy.

 

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