Category Archives: Jobs

Loon Toon

Written by Scarabus

 

While reading a story on ThinkProgress, I saw the ad below. It’s always fun to see the totally loopy wingnut ads that accompany stories on this very liberal blog. Being in the mood, I clicked on this particular ad to see what I’d find. As you can see from the excerpt of the story that follows, I wasn’t disappointed!

 

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Talk about slathering it on! “Money Morning” is the name of the organization paying for the ad (see below), but the phrase also reinforces the image: Here’s a seriously obese woman, “Bogarting” a drawn-down cigarette, holding a big glass of white wine—not “Joe Sixpack” style cheap beer, but the effete white wine of the “librul” elite—enjoying her “money morning.” [Homework question: Why use a white model rather than black? Why a woman rather than a man?]

Ironically, the following appeared at the same time, in the same block of ads at the bottom of the page:

 

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First ad: Accepting government benefits is naughty.

Second ad: Here are 14 more benefits you might be qualified to accept.

 

 

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New Study [The study is neither identified nor documented.] Shows Average American Pays $8,577 for Welfare

By MONEY MORNING STAFF REPORTS [Who’s responsible for this steaming heap of el toro ca-ca? We’ll never know, because no one was willing to put his or her name to it.]

It’s time for the government to admit facts: The war on poverty is a malicious, unsustainable conspiracy designed to destroy America’s middle-class.

Today there are 108.5 million Americans receiving some form of welfare, but only 101.7 full-time workers paying for these benefits, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   [No explanation or documentation provided.]

While President Obama campaigned against the rich [Not sure when this happened. He certainly didn’t campaign against the rich in 2012. One can be for the middle class without also being against the rich.] and for a stronger middle class, the truth is his actions are part of a government conspiracy keeping poor Americans out of work and on welfare. [“Government”? That’s a hell of a conspiracy! According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2,800,000 persons work for the federal government.]

The end goal for Obama and the political elite orchestrating this scheme-career politicians with unlimited power and wealth- [Not a single person among the latest Forbes 400, all billionaires, is associated in any way with the federal government.] is a nation entirely dependent on Uncle Sam. 

And both Democrats and Republicans alike are involved. [And Independents? Libertarians?]

“What you are seeing in Washington is not a capitol that is hopelessly divided-it’s hopelessly interconnected,” New York Times Magazine Chief National Correspondent Mark Leibovich recently wrote. [Meaning what? Does “interconnection” = “conspiracy”?]

This conspiracy started 50 years ago when Lyndon B. Johnson initiated the “War on Poverty.”

“What I’m doing is taking from the haves and giving to have-nots,” Johnson said back in 1964. [No, LBJ did not say that. This is a bold-faced lie!]

The “giving” has been expanding ever since, today reaching its most critical level ever.

As Thomas Jefferson warned, “Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” [No, Jefferson never said that. This is another bold-faced lie. It first appeared in print in 1986!]

 

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Macroeconomics 101: guns or butter?

Written by Scarabus

 

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CHENEY: They peddle this line that now we’re going to pivot to Asia, but they’ve never justified it. And I think the whole thing is not driven by any change in world circumstances, it’s driven by budget considerations. He’d much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops.

What Cheney apparently doesn’t realize is that many of the same troops that he claims the Obama administration doesn’t support rely heavily on the food stamps that he wishes to cut. A Defense Department review released last year showed that military families were more reliant on food stamps in 2013 than in any previous year, with over $100 million in food stamp spending at military grocery stores. “Food stamp usage at the stores has more than quadrupled since 2007 as the recession compounded the already difficult financial situation faced by military families,” ThinkProgress’ Deputy Economics editor Alan Pyke wrote last week.

 

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Lies, damned lies, statistics, and the right-wing media

Written by Scarabus

 

Top hits on a quick search for info about reactions to an employment item in the most recent CBO report on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

 

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  1. Forbes, the plutocrats’ must-read magazine, calls the ACA a “tax on work.” Whatever that odd characterization might mean (stop for a moment and think about it), it suggests the ACA will hurt workers. The CBO’s 2.3 million grows to 2.5 million.
  2. Politifact lowers the number to 2 million, but they say these are 2 million full-time jobs that will be cut.
  3. Wa-Po sticks with the 2 million number, and acknowledges that workers will voluntarily retire or reduce their hours.
  4. Reuters too goes with the 2 million figure, but they do acknowledge that this is an equivalency. They say “Obamacare [will] cut work hours”. They don’t explain WTF that means.
  5. Forbes tries again! They stick with 2.5, and they change “cut full-time workforce” to “reduce employment.”
  6. The Hill rounds up to 2.5 million, and says, “O-Care will cost 2.5 million workers.” They do modify that to “reduce worker hours,” and they do acknowledge the reductions will be voluntary.
  7. Fox is very clever. They say that “ObamaCare creates a ‘disincentive’ to work.” The cleverness is that they put this issue in a much wider context. Think about it. Why is SNAP bad? Creates a “disincentive to work. Why is unemployment insurance bad? Disincentive to work.
  8. Politifact repeats the same tune, apart from raising the figure from 2 million to 2.3 million.
  9. The Washington Times says Obamacare will “push 2 million workers out of the labor market.” They do acknowledge the reduction will be voluntary.

 

So what exactly did Director Elmendorf say?

 

Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader heard him say this:

 

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But here’s what he actually said:

 

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Quite a difference!

 

Amidst all this back and forth, keep your focus on availability of work, not on who’s doing the work.

 

I retired in 2009. That meant I was gone, but it did not mean my job was gone. It meant there was an opening for someone else.