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- “President Barack Obama condemned Wednesday in the ‘strongest terms’ a bloody crackdown on protesters that spiraled out of control into the worst violence the country has seen since its independence from Russia in 1991.” [TIME]
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How are things over there? Are you still eking out an existence as a fly frozen in a novelty ice cube?
Uh oh...."Volkswagen’s top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized... German workers enjoy considerable influence over company decisions under the legally enshrined “co-determination” principle. "
So after Republican Rep. Corker told us that VW would never build another plant in the south IF the first one was unionized, it turns out that the company most likely won't build another plant in the south specifically BECAUSE the first one WASN'T unionized.
@barneydidit We call that winger short term thinking. They win a battle and lose a war, seeing as VW isn't the only German car company with plants down South, and their Union reps aren't going to be any more eager to see people they view as Union busters get any more business.
In Germany companies care about their labor.
Union membership are at all time lows, and they are desperate to penetrate car manufacturer's outside the Big 3. Also states and localities are rising up against the public unions as well, because they simply can't afford them anymore. California has a 500 billion dollar shortfall in union retirement payouts. One retired sheriff from Ventura County is collecting a whopping $276,000 per year in retirement benefits, and yet, he is suing for another $75,000.00 per year, because he feels like he deserves it. In California alone, over 20,000 California retirees are collecting over $100,000 per year in retirement pay.
The unions simply wants the employees to pony up their hard earned money to fund the unions future endeavors such as buying off local and state officials with campaign money. This is how it's worked since the beginning. However, the states and localities can no longer afford to keep up the madness, and the citizens are now wise to the scam. If this type of extortion was played out between two private citizens, someone would be going to jail, under the RICO Act..That's why for decades the mob has ran the unions..It's where the money is, and no one has to sleep with the fishes, lol..
I'm not anti-union.
However, these sweetheart deals between public unions and the politicians are a real threat to government finances in a number of states. Government employees do not need unions.
@TerryClifton02 @barneydiditYou seem to forget that it wasn't the unions that tampered in the vote, and lied about the outcome but GOP politicians like Bob Corker. When you attempt to stack the deck to get your desired result, why would you be surprised when you get push back from the people who feel cheated?
Stephen Harper uses a ludicrous concept of an "average" Canadian family to explain the benefits of Harper's policies in tax savings. Worse, they got a 20% increase in salary since 2012 when he started the annual process of talking about an "average" Canadian Family.
2012 Household Income: $100K
2014 Household Income: $120K
Average Household Income: $68K
Some interesting notes from the Women's Hockey Game
1) I was incorrect in my numbers earlier. This brings Canada up to 4 golds and one silver - the silver was in '98 in Nagano, the first year that Women's Hockey was an Olympic Event. Canada has been undefeated in the Olympics since
2) Canadian Defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson had a broken hand but still got dressed and played a full 21:44 for Team Canada
3) Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford are now the most decorated Olympians in Hockey in terms of medal totals surpassing Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak , Finnish Saku Koivu and former teammate Jennifer Botterill. Neither are expected to have another Olympics in them but it is possible as they're only 35 and 36 respectively.
They played like Amazons in those last four minutes + overtime. You could see how hard they pushed up ice almost constantly.
Great win for you guys.
Mickey puts out some energy, boy.
So this is Turtle's Primary challenger? Sounds like a lovely man
Bevin: Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead To Parent-Child Marriage
Seems like someone is crossing his fingers. Makes me wonder deep inside that if you can come up with such insane logic if you're not contemplating those thoughts?
@mantisdragon91 But idiot-savant marriages are Otay.
Have you heard about the hot new trend that is sweeping the Republican Party? No, not “endorsing a celebrity’s confused defense of Jim Crow,” I am talking about “caring about poverty.” Marco Rubio cares. Paul Ryan cares. Rand Paul cares. Even Eric Cantor cares. Now, it can be revealed that Sen. Mike Lee also secretly cares very deeply about the plight of the poor.
“Tackling poverty may seem a counterintuitive agenda for one of the most conservative figures in Congress,” the Guardian says, but we have seen many examples over the last few months of how easily a far-right figure can earn positive press simply by stating that it is bad that some people are very poor and that something should be done about that. (Though to be fair to the press, it is actually pretty unusual to hear any politician admit that many Americans are very poor, and the last prominent politician to campaign on a platform of doing something about it turned out to be a toxic narcissist.)
Lee, best known for being a less telegenic Ted Cruz, declared a “war on poverty” last November. Unlike the prior War on Poverty, which was made up of various policies designed to alleviate poverty (and which was much more successful than its critics have claimed), Lee’s war on poverty is mainly about making the rhetorical case that government causes poverty and that eliminating welfare benefits for the poor will somehow spur “market forces” to solve the problem.
Here are Lee’s policy proposals, as described by the Guardian:
- “[A] bill, introduced last week, that would restore a work requirement for recipients of food stamps….”
- “capping means-tested welfare spending at 2007 levels”
Capping spending on benefits at 2007 levels — that is, capping them where they were just before the devastating economic crisis and subsequent worldwide recession — seems, like so much of the modern GOP “anti-poverty” platform, to be more of a cruel joke than a serious suggestion. The right now rejects the idea that spending on benefits ought to increase when need increases, in favor of believing, because they really want to believe, that need increases because spending increases. Keep in mind too that “means-tested welfare spending” includes a wide array of programs beyond TANF and SNAP — scroll down to Sec. 301 here — and capping spending at 2007 levels would effectively reverse the ACA Medicaid expansion.
(The Guardian, to its credit and unlike certain American press outlets reporting on GOP poverty crusading, does quote experts explaining how Lee’s ideas will not actually help any poor people.)
At least Marco Rubio suggested a program that might actually alleviate poverty. (Though in order for it to do so, it would have to spend money. And that is why Marco Rubio is a huge failure at being a modern conservative superstar.) The Pauls and Lees simply argue that their goal of completely dismantling the welfare state is in fact an anti-poverty platform, because the government giving poor people money and vouchers is the only thing standing in the way of the poor lifting themselves from poverty with the assistance of the benevolent market.
When a Republican announces his war on poverty, impoverished people should understand that they are the ones the war is against.
@mantisdragon91 The GOP War on Poverty is actually war on people for not being millionaires like the senators starting the war. Maybe it is time to name the depression officially as the "GOP President George W Bush Depression".
With Canada's hockey win today BO lost a beer bet. What does he cough up? Falstaff? Stroh's? Schlitz??
@nflfoghorn They are in Mexico so it will be Corona.
Beck uses Ukraine crisis to pitch Goldline. When Grifters lose all shame
Now that you mention it.....he has a striking resemblence to Ken Hamm.
Beck has a goatee now?
Am I the only one who thinks he looks more like a hermit who just came out of his bunker in that thumbnail?