By marfdrat on May 8, 2013
Yessir, it’s definitely lookin’ up out there. Heck, the unemployment rate is all the way down to 7.5%! There really seems to be a tidal wave of people acquiring “disabilities.” I wonder if there’s a correlation in the increase in the number of disability claims to the number of people running out of 99 weeks of unemployment?
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By marfdrat on April 17, 2013
Seems some of the folks who supported Obama’s “reform” of health care are having a change of heart after “finding out what’s in it.” (thanks, Nancy)
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers International President Kinsey M. Robinson issued the following statement today calling for a repeal or complete reform of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA):
By marfdrat on April 2, 2013
Interesting piece on disability in America. Millions of people have joined the rolls of the “disabled” in the last few years. This piece examines the factors influencing the rise in the number of “disabled.” Here’s one:
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By marfdrat on January 4, 2013
Whose job, exactly, does it save? The guy at the unemployment office?
I keep thinking that sooner or later the masses of Americans are going to wake up to the bullshit that the Obama administration is shoveling, but since they’re getting checks, I guess they don’t need to.
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By marfdrat on September 11, 2012
Update: Over at the Washington Post, Charles Lane says students are the victims
By almost any measure CPS teachers do less, and get compensated more than any other big-city system’s teachers. Yet they still chose to turn down a 16% pay increase over four years, and put 400,000 kids out of class for an unknown period of time. Here’s a video put together by the Illinois Policy Institute with five key facts about education in Chicago.
By marfdrat on September 10, 2012
Teachers in Chicago’s Public School system went on strike today. They could not reach an agreement with the city about certain elements of their contract – apparently, all but two of their conditions were satisified, but they decided to punish the city’s 400,000 public school students with a strike, so they could get everything they want. They claim they don’t get paid enough based on the amount of work they do. National Review Online has some details about the strike (my bold emphasis):
By marfdrat on September 4, 2012
Nicholas Eberstadt details how entitlements have turned our government’s priorities upside down. In the last fifty years, transfers to individuals have grown by 727% (that’s adjusted for inflation and population growth). We can’t keep increasing entitlement payments at the current rate; soon, there won’t be anything left to pay for the other functions of government.
By marfdrat on March 16, 2011
From the Washington Post. I don’t know how you can read this article and not end up with the impression that we have a problem with public sector pensions and benefits. As recently demonstrated in Wisconsin, fixing the problem is possible, but it’s not easy, and it’s definitely not popular, especially with union types that are making out like bandits.
By marfdrat on February 24, 2011
In 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11.9% of workers belonged to a union. The percentage of public sector workers belonging to unions (36.2) was a lot higher than in the private sector (6.9). Any way you slice it, though, the rest of us are not particularly sympathetic to the complaints of unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere when it comes to collective bargaining rights:
By marfdrat on October 5, 2010
(via The Beacon)
MyGovCost is a clever calculator from the Independent Institute that allows you to gauge the impact of Federal spending on your finances, now and in the future. You supply information about your age, education and salary, and it gives you an estimate of your Average Future Monthly Taxes, Lifetime Federal Taxes, and the Alternative Return you might have gained had you been able to put that money somewhere else. You can also see the impact of individual programs like Military Operations, the Porkulus Bill, Agriculture Subsidies, Education, Medicare, and many others. Be prepared to be shocked, and dismayed – especially if you’re a younger adult who has just joined the workforce: you’ve got a lot to pay, my friend.