Career Day in 2014

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This is sad, but it is a reality of today’s economy. There are young college graduates finding themselves working in fast food and/or taking more than 1 part-time job. They thought they would be employed by an organization, big company or etc. making a nice salary with good benefits. Do you support and did you vote for Barack Obama for President?  We are now into the 6th year of his presidency. It is not intelligent to continue to blame George W. Bush for the state of the economy 6 years after his presidency. This economy that delivers low skilled full-time and non benefit part-time jobs over skilled full-time jobs with benefits is the Obama economy.

Raised Minimum Wage

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Yes, this will be happening if/when the minimum wage hikes to $10.00 an hour or even as some proposed, $15.00 an hour becomes law of the land. Some otherwise very intelligent people strongly feel that the employer should personally take a pay cut so that every low hourly wage employee benefits from the wage increase and no one gets laid off.  We are well down that road where you end up in a cul-de-sac of mixed socialism and communism.

I use to think that wealthier people owed those making less money more pay. That is leftist thinking. Now that I think the opposite, I cannot get over how so many people feel wealthier employers owe their employees more of their personal profits. Some of these same people are okay with raising taxes to help equalize pay and benefits for everyone. Why are more and more people so into the government taking from those who are reaping the benefits of  establishing a successful business?

Thanking the Super Linemen

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Many of us, including my household dealt with the loss of power in the last 2 months due to a very rough record-breaking winter. I want to thank the linemen everywhere who spend so many hours in the snow and ice repairing the electrical lines so we can get our power back. Again thank you so much! As this Varvel editorial cartoon depicts, you are all Superman.

Bleak: The New Normal

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This is so sad, but at least people are getting jobs that place them in the over qualification category. My year of 1973 was also not a great time to graduate and look for a job. Back then, the policy of not hiring people who were over qualified for a position prevailed.  Through the years that I worked in child care, I worked as a teacher in a center that would not hire an over qualified person for any of the classroom positions. When I directed a center for a for-profit chain, I was told not to hire any over qualified people, because they are still on the hunt for the job that befits their degree, less loyal and would not give full commitment to the children.

There are people out there who feel college is a waste, but then they want college degree people educating their young children, helping them with legal issues and etc. I know a few folks who are telling their teenage sons and daughters that they are on their own for paying for education after high school, because of the bleak outcome for today’s college graduate as featured in the “New Normal” editorial cartoon. They feel college is a wasted investment. And to think this bleak situation continues and increases under Pres. Obama! I hope the people most affected think seriously about not voting for him in November.

I must add that “child care” at the end of the list  in the cartoon would be needed regardless, even if people could get jobs befitting  their degrees.

Another Ryan Budget

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Republican Rep. Paul Ryan came up with a budget last year that Democratic Senate ignored. He has now come up with a budget this year which made the first hurdle by getting House Budget Committee approval with opposing votes coming from all committee Democrats and 2 Republicans. Will this budget get passed on the floor vote in the Republicans House with some Republicans thinking that the budget does not go far enough? Read more here. Remember the Democrats have not done much on the budget and there has not been one in place under the Obama administration. Pres. Obama sponsored a budget proposal last year, but even the Congressional Democrats did not support it.

We are in hard times which calls for drastic measures to rebuild our economy and bring down the national debt. I know those on the opposing side believe in taxing the rich at a higher rate. Pres. Obama proposing the Buffett Rule, which is a 30% tax rate for the wealthy. That will not help the national debt much. There was a time when I would have supported that, but I am now rooted in the belief that I do not have a right to someone else’s money. Hence, as hurtful as it is due to people thinking they have this right, cuts have to make their way into entitlements.