Morning Must Reads: April 5

In the news: Texas, Roger Ebert, sequestration pay cuts, Obama's budget.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • President Obama will release a budget next week that proposes significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security and fewer tax hikes than in the past, a conciliatory approach that he hopes will convince Republicans to sign onto a grand bargain that would curb government borrowing and replace deep spending cuts that took effect March 1.
  • Social issues now divide Republicans.
  • Paul Krugman: Unemployment, not excessive money printing, is what ails us now
  • Austin could become the next Dubai.
  • Treasury Secretary Jacob Jew and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have agreed to a pay cut due to sequestration.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer‘s bipartisan approach.
  • Will Texas turn blue?
  • RIP Roger Ebert.
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sacredh
sacredh

Here's a little something that might explain why many young people can't find work. They don't want to. I was talking to a friend a few days ago and he told me his son couldn't find work. I mentioned that I was going to be laid up for awhile and I 'd have a good bit of work for him for $10 an hour. I said to send him over as soon as possible to talk about what I wanted done. He just left. 4 days after the call. I mentioned some painting. He doesn't want to paint. I mentioned yard work. He doesn't want to do yard work. Cleaning out my garages? Too hard. Not interested.

Heigh ho, heigh ho. it's off to work I go.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Um... Now there's this: Ex-Senator Is Tempted by Neighbor

 "Scott brown is hinting that he might hop over the state line and challenge Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat who is up for re-election in 2014."

sacredh
sacredh

Really OT, but I'm a movie buff. I've been limping badly. After the daylight crew left yesterday the guy I'm working with came into the office and asked me if the knee was feeling any better. There's a scene with Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove where he gets out of his wheel chair in the War Room. I got up, took two steps and said "I CAN WALK!!". I threw my arm out in a Nazi salute and said "Heil Hitler" in my best Peter Sellers voice. The other guy just stared and then he asked me how many pain killers I took. Then he said to go into the other room, don't touch anything and not to answer the phone if it rings.



retiredvet
retiredvet

The Cultural Fight for Guns

 http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/04/the-cultural-fight-for-guns.html

"Though, from a cold-blooded accounting point of view, we might be able to survive many more 9/11s, the shiver that one feels writing that sentence reveals its falseness. The nation might survive it, but we would not, in the sense that our belief in ourselves, our feeling for our country, our core sense of optimism about the future, would collapse with repeated terrorist attacks. And so it is with gun massacres, whether in Aurora or Newtown or the next place. Our sense of what is an acceptable and unacceptable risk for any citizen, let alone child, to endure, our sense of possible futures to consider—above all, our sense, to borrow a phrase from the President, of who we are, what we stand for, the picture of our civilization we want to look at ourselves and present to the world—all of that is very much at stake even if the odds of any given child being killed are, blessedly, small. Laws should be designed to stop likely evils; it’s true, not every possible evil. But some possible evils are evil enough to call for laws just by their demonstrated possibility. There are a few things a society just can’t bear, and watching its own kids killed in the classroom, even every once in a while, is one of them."

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Sorry if info. posted earlier by others, but here's my regular jobs correction reply for reporters (drum roll, I keep having to post this a few times every year, sigh):

...as usual the media (including here - see 88,000 jobs numbers post) quotes the lower misleading unemployment rate - the U-3 - which is 7.6 percent. The higher broad-based (and thus more accurate) U-6 rate is 13.8. Sounds worse than 7.6? Because it is - imagine public reaction if media kept reporting the higher rate. Lazy reporting. I still don't know why the BLS publishes six rates, but do credit Barbara Kiviat when she worked here at TIME long ago. She was among a few reporters who regularly quoted the U-6.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Ivy_B I was in a relatively good mood this morning until I read that!

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B I need a shower after reading that.

sacredh
sacredh

Ivy_B, did you check out Katys' new thread?



shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@sacredh I can't speak for your friend's son but many of the young people who can't find work are recent college graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in college loans to pay off, in addition to their living expenses and probably not wanting to live with Mom and Dad. $10 bucks and hour would just put them further behind the eight ball and spending their time looking for a decent-paying job would probably make more sense. Pissed 'cause you have to clean out your own garage?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet Charlie Pierce says it would be another ass-kicking for McDreamy:

"Scott, baby, she's enormously popular and used to be governor up there, and she started out organizing the state politically 40 years ago. You're a one-term loser who got elected in a fluke and then lost to a woman who never had run for anything before because you ran the worst campaign in the history of man. You took a pass on both the Massachusetts Senate and gubernatorial races, and now you're going to carpetbag your way north to take on a woman who's been wiring that state politically since she ran McGovern's operation from her kitchen table in 1972? Rule it out, Scott. Say die already."

fitty_three
fitty_three

By the way, that -24 approval rating is spot on. 

Especially if you consider that he gets 1 point for every 30,000 jobs he actually created in fulfilling his promise!

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@nflfoghorn You definitely win! ;) Mine is very bad, but at least not a crook on the scale of yours before he got into office.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@sacredh Just took a look. See it was akin to a 1,000 for you. What's odd is that I didn't bother to check at first because it only showed one comment in Swampland. When I clicked, there were 32 and it came up under Newsfeed.

I've seen on some other posts that are actually in different areas (Poniewozik for example) that have one comment number here and then a different one in their area.


retiredvet
retiredvet

Very strange. That other thread is stalled. This one is OK.

sacredh
sacredh

shepherdwong, I know many of the young people that can't find work are recent graduates or even older graduates and need to find better paying jobs to begin paying back huge loans, but my friend's son isn't one of them. He went to one year of community college and flunked out because he didn't show up for classes often enough to pass. He's been out of school for at least 3-4 years. He's had a half dozen or so minimum wage jobs and was either fired or quit all of them. He just isn't interested in working and isn't skilled enough or trained to find a good paying job in today's market. The $10 an hour would have been his highest paying job.

I'm not the least pissed off that I have to clean my own garage. The only reason they're not cleaned already is because the weather has been terrible here and I have a knee injury. I thought the offer of work would have helped both of us, but like I said, he just wasn't interested..

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N  I probably should noted in the post that Scottie is not the sharpest knife in the drawer (who knew?) and his chances are slim to none. But I love Charlie's writing.

sacredh
sacredh

retorevet, I explained it to him that I was just having fun. He said he'd never seen the movie. I told him I only took the pain pills before I went to bed. He said"Next time, just say the knee hurts."

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@53_3   This keeps us going until we get a chance to vote, Fitty!

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@sacredh I saw that. Glad you told him the truth. Looks as if his son lies as well as being lazy.

sacredh
sacredh

Off to work for me. have fun.

sacredh
sacredh

We need a contest to rename "livefyre."

FUBAR is my submission.

sacredh
sacredh

Ivy_B, I posted a comment yesterday about a friend's son turning down a chance to earn some extra money. His dad called a little while ago and asked me what changed my mind about having his son do some work. He said his son told him last night that I'd changed my mind and didn't need him to do anything after all. I didn't know what to say and then he asked me if his boy even bothered to show up. I said that he'd been here and before I could say anything else he asked me if it was his son that said he didn't want to work. I told him the truth.

retiredvet
retiredvet

We need a contest to rename "livefyre."

sacredh
sacredh

I noticed the # of comments discrepancy too. there have been other threads where that's happened too. I need a "1000 Words" every once in a while to blow off steam.

sacredh
sacredh

I hope it straightens out for you. I have to leave. I'm getting my taxes done tomorrow and I need to check all of my receipts and stuff. I hate going through this stuff.



sacredh
sacredh

I think North Korea is hacking into Swampland in an effort to bring the US to it's knees.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@sacredh So, just a plain run-of-the-mill bum. But let's just not project his laziness on the couple million "young people [who legitimately] can't find work," shall we? Then there's the millions working sh!t jobs that won't pay their bills.

Hope the knee gets better.

sacredh
sacredh

I had to run out to the hardware store. There was a minor problem at one of my rentals.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Well, I got a reprieve. Temps here are 30's but gusty winds killed the job. The stalks are light and were blowing all over. Calm winds are needed so I wait.

sacredh
sacredh

It's in the mid 30's here now but should be around 60 this afternoon.

retiredvet
retiredvet

I have a small electric one I use for this job. The gas powered one is for trees.

sacredh
sacredh

Be careful with the chainsaw. My wife made me sell mine. She knows me too well.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Off to the yard here. I'm the resident manual laborer here. I have four huge (6 foot diameter) clumps of tall ornamental grass to cut down. It takes a chain saw and lots of elbow grease to clean up.

sacredh
sacredh

We've got a great safety record. We haven't had a single lost time accident in about 15 years. The boss has already told me that he doesn't want me to do much until the knee gets taken care of. What's crazy is that we just had a major inspection by a whole team earlier in the week and nothing turned up. Just my opinion, but I think it was a cascade failure and once one part went, it set a chain reaction in motion.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Best to stay safe. You don't want more injuries.

sacredh
sacredh

No. It's bad enough that delaying it isn't feasible. I really wanted to go out and see the damage but it occurred about 1/3 of a mile away and I'd have to walk it. Also not an option. It's a huge place.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Will that delay your sick leave?

sacredh
sacredh

Not an option. OT, but I was going to talk to the boss when I went in yesterday about whether I should finish up the 4-12's and go on sick leave until the surgery because neither of us want me to take a tumble at work. I never got the chance. We had a major equipment failure at work a couple of hours before I went in and everyone was busier than hell. It was the worst failure we've ever had and it's going to be at least a month or two before it's repaired.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Better yet, just keep your mouth shut!