Category Archives: unemplyment

My Championship Sports Picks

2016 is setting up to be a historic year in regards to elections. The republican and democratic party have respectively and reluctantly chosen their presidential candidates. Through his marketing genius and ability to entertain Mr. Trump has eliminated and eviscerated the other GOP candidates. Similarly, through inherited political connections, promises and skulduggery Mrs. Clinton eliminated Bernie sanders and the primary ballots especially in New York are at the deepest end of the Hudson River. Trump is running a traditional Republican marketing campaign of values and low taxes. He himself is of questionable values but at least he follows through in being an advocate for lower taxes by himself not paying any taxes.

In essence and in effect they are both of highly questionable mores. That is why I suspect I will vote for Gary Johnson. He doesn’t know Aleppo from Adobo but I don’t care as long as he knows and focuses on what is going on here in America.

Just as important or possibly more important are the many local elections. I will list my championship team pics below. Some were chosen because I could not locate an online presence for their opponent, they were cute(Helen Voutsinas) or they had campaign  which I found noble. They come from Gree, Democratic and Republican parties. Enjoy.

Gary Johnson – President
Robin Laverne Wilson – US Senator
Edmund M. Dane – 10th District Supreme Court Judge
Du Wane Gregory – 2nd Congressional District Representative
Jack M. Martins – 3rd Congressional District Representative
Kathleen M. Rice – 4th Congressional District Representative
Gregory W. Meeks – 5th Congressional District Representative
Ellen R. Greenberg – Family Court Judge
Ayesha Keri Brantley – Family Court Judge
Eileen C. Daly-Sapraicone – Family Court Judge
Darlene D. Harris – Family Court Judge
Helen Voutsinas – 2nd District Court Judge
Eileen J, Goggin – 2nd District Court Judge
James F. Gaughran – 5th New York State District Senate
Ryan E. Cronin – 6th New York State District Senate
Adam M. Haber – 7th New York State District Senate
John E. Brooks – 8th New York State District Senate
Todd D. Kaminsky – 9th New York State District Senate
Joseph S Saladino – 9th New York State District Assembly
Charles D. Lavine – 13th New York State District Assembly
Michael F. Reid – 14th New York State District Assembly
Dean E. Hart – 15th New York State District Assembly
Anthony D’Urso – 16th New York State District Assembly
Matthew W Malin – 17th New York State District Assembly
Earlene Hooper – 18th New York State District Assembly
Gary B. Port – 19th New York State Assembly
Anthony P. Eramo – 20th New York State Assembly
Travis P Bourgeois – 21st New York State Assembly
Michaelle C. Solanges – 22nd New York State Assembly
Douglas P. Mayer – 4th Council District Town of Hempstead
Arnold W. Drucker – 16th New York State District Legislator

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Pater John’s Pizza Furlough

Some month’s ago, around the 2012 elections, Papa Johns Pizza threatened to cut workers hours in efforts to avoid paying health insurance under Obama’s health plan. There was a public uproar causing the head of Papa John’s to backpedal faster than Lance Armstrong on steroids.

Other companies and C.E.O.s also threatened to cut worker’s hours, close their businesses, and even outsource to Asia and in general repressive nations. Papa Johns provides a product and service that cannot be outsourced overseas so this is the best they can do. Also, I don’t think they could find a better market that a country with an obesity epidemic.

Let me get to the point in a New York Minute. We should applaud Papa John’s. There are still many unemployed and even though companies may cut part-time hours there customers do not stop eating. They will need coverage during the same hours they had previously by hiring more workers. They will have to have more workers and less hours per worker. Overall this will diminish the officially reported number of unemployed people. Maybe the Obama administration expected this reaction, but probably not. Either way this can be a good knee-jerk reaction by Papa John’s, Olive Garden, etc. for the hordes of unemployed.

The recent hub-bub about the sequester and the furlough or government workers is similar. Let us cut the individual worker’s hours to save the companies, save the jobs and give more opportunities to more people. I would be willing to work only three(3) days per week than have another guy work my other two(2) days. Or we can alternate some other way. We both would be able to live more, spend time with family, maybe even read a book made of paper, go back to school, write a screenplay. We would have enough money to eek out an existence and still have a real life! Let the furloughs begin!

Stop, theif!!

Today I want to rant about wage theft. I’m certain anyone that works for a salary and not an hourly wage can identify with what I will write.

Now all my young adult like I aspired to make thousands of dollars so I could make my parents proud and fund my creative activities and partying. When I was finally offered a living wage. I realized the concessions necessary to maintain that job compromised time with family and doing the fun things I expected the job to finance. I especially was not making a living wage if I divided my earnings by the amount of hours I worked and multiplied by 40 hours.

I felt deceived, no, dare I say, I felt robbed. Recently the HR department presented all the workers with a contract regarding “Wage Theft.” How dare they! Anyways just as we are all doing, I quivered in fear of reprisals and signed stating that the company has been compensating for hours worked over 40/week. By my calculations I have been robbed $16,000/year working overtime without compensation.

I must say though, that nowhere does it state that workers must work extra hours. It is an unspoken rule, somewhat of a culture. On at least two occasions it has gone beyond unspoken when my boss has stated [we all need to stay late, and if that’s a problem then we have a problem.] Being the submissive, yes-man that I am, I did not grab him by the throat ant throttle his wrinkly neck.

I must say that labor has gotten weak. What happened to the unions backed by Mafia dons who would punish these bosses and spread the spoils to keep the troops in good morale?(I’ve been watching a lot of Mafia documentaries of late.) Companies would not dare to send jobs away to another country or even state. They would not dare anger labor who had physical prowess to backup their pageantry.

I will close by saying that I am grateful that I am working for this company, in a time where jobs are scarce. I am definitely loyal and will provide them with a positive ROI. For how long is the only question, as I will take my talents elsewhere in conditions do not improve. Ideally to my own company, where I will reap the rewards and retards of exploiting my own labor.

People make the word go round.

We have done it to ourselves, as usual. In the attempt to plug small holes we have created one big hole somewhere else. I am referring to automated services that have saved companies on labor, therefore lowering overhead and increasing profits. TEMPORARILY. The increase is temporary because, when you eliminate jobs with automation you eventually and permanently eliminated a group of customers. Not only for your individual company’s goods/services but other’s goods/services.

This is potentially why the recovery was a jobless recovery. Stocks were moved around, markets and currencies manipulated, people were fired, wages/benefits were cut, and web-sites and automatic check-in/check-out machines were introduced. A large segment of the especially unskilled population became unemployed. Unskilled workers, who were WILLING to work are now have to use unemployment and other publicly funded methods of staying ALIVE. Creating a burden on local and federal governments.

So that’s a double whammy. No spending, plus leaning on the state. These people were WILLING TO WORK, but in our selfish and eventually collective shortsightedness we have screwed ourselves in the long term. We forgot Stylistics’ song “People make the word go round.”

I propose what the nut in the cabin in the woods proposed. Destroy these computers and job-killing automated systems. This will take people off state and federal doles and pump money back into the economy. FDR didn’t just give out money, he did public works projects. He put people to work. We just give out money and people become complacent. NO. Americans need to regain the culture of earning a living. Also while were smashing computers lets get rid of these reality shows full of wealthy people who are living off inheritances or non-working wealthy. That’s a terrible example. I dont expect government to do it alone that would be too hands-on. We the people have to hold public entities public and private to task. We come back to the fact that, “People make the world go round”.