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Comment by the Collector In Chief

ENDNOTE: The Participation Rate, Minimum Wage, and Disability

2014-Apr-19

http://goo.gl/nY0Yro

The Unemployment Puzzle: Where Have All the Workers Gone?
The U.S. unemployment rate is down, but rising numbers of Americans have dropped out of the labor force entirely
By GLENN HUBBARD
April 4, 2014 7:10 p.m. ET

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A big puzzle looms over the U.S. economy: Friday’s jobs report tells us that the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.7% from a peak of 10% at the height of the Great Recession. But at the same time, only 63.2% of Americans 16 or older are participating in the labor force, which, while up a bit in March, is down substantially since 2000. As recently as the late 1990s, the U.S. was a nation in which employment, job creation and labor force participation went hand in hand. That is no longer the case.

What’s going on? Think of the labor market as a spring bash you’ve been throwing with great success for many years. You’ve sent out the invitations again, but this time the response is much less enthusiastic than at the same point in previous years.

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The fierce debate now going on in Washington about extending unemployment insurance and raising the minimum wage largely ignores these issues. Such policies may affect the incomes of some Americans, but they won’t do much to expand opportunity and bring more people back into the labor force. Sparking a broad-based return to the labor force demands a more ambitious agenda.

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Another priority for bringing low-wage workers back into the labor force is reforming disability insurance, which is part of the Social Security system. Since changes in qualifications in the 1980s made it much easier to receive federal disability payments, the percentage of individuals reporting disabilities who are still working has dropped by half. For some, disability insurance has become an incentive to give up on work—but it doesn’t have to be this way.

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[JR: Two rants here: (1) The correct minimum wage is zero. If you and I agree on a dollar an hour, then what right does the Gooferment have to interfere. Look at all the unpaid “interns” used by liberals and Gooferment. What’s their wage rate? (2) Disability is being scammed. Look at all the TV shows showing the “disabled” doing things that testified that they couldn’t. Unemployment is higher than the Gooferment reports because they are “kooking the books” and we need a better measure like social security taxes collected. Argh!]

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ENDNOTE: Get a job

2014-Apr-12

FROM A EMAIL FROM A RELATIVE

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A TEXAS GIRL SOUNDS OFF AS ALL RESPONSIBLE FOLKS FEEL————
“IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT
WITH A HAMMER,YOU’VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL
PROBLEM”

WRITTEN BY A 21 YEAR
OLD FEMALE. Wow, this girl has a great plan! Love the last
Thing she would do the best.

This was written
By a 21 yr. Old female who gets it. It’s her future she’s
Worried about and this is how she feels about the social
Welfare big government state that she’s being forced to
Live in! These solutions are just common sense in her
Opinion.

This was in the Waco
Tribune Herald, Waco ,
TX

PUT ME IN CHARGE . .
.

Put me in charge
Of food stamps. I’d get rid
Of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s,
Just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of
Cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul
Away. If you want steak and
Frozen pizza, then get a
Job.

Put me in charge of
Medicaid. The first
Thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control
Implants or tubal ligations. Then,
We’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and
Nicotine. If you want to
Reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a
Job.

Put me in charge
Of government housing. Ever
Live in a military barracks? You will maintain our
Property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home”
Will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions
Will be inventoried. If you want a
Plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and
Your own place.

In addition, you will
Either present a check stub from a job each week or you
Will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the
Roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing,
Whatever we find for you. We will sell your
22-inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting
Stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common
Good.”

Before you write
That I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of
The above is voluntary. If
You want our money, accept our rules. Before you say
That this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self
Esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking
Someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was
Demeaning and lowered self
Esteem.

If we are expected
To pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least
Attempt to make them learn from their bad
Choices. The current system
Rewards them for continuing to make bad
Choices.

I love this
One.

AND While you
Are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can
VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a
Conflict of interest. You will voluntarily
Remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a
Gov’t welfare check. If you want to vote,
Then get a job.

Now, if you have
The guts – PASS IT ON…I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET THIS
BACK, IF EVERYONE SENDS IT, I WILL GET OVER 220 BACK!!! I
WOULD KNOW YOU SENT IT
ON!!!

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I agree!

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ENDNOTE: Taxes paid equals voting?

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/02/tom-perkins-has-a-fascinating-radical-un-american-voting-plan/283846/

2014-Apr-05

Tom Perkins Has a Fascinating, Radical, Un-American Voting Plan
The venture capitalist—who compared progressivism to Kristallnacht—wants to disenfranchise non-taxpayers and give wealthier voters more votes.
DAVID A. GRAHAMFEB 14 2014, 2:23 PM ET

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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins is on his own personal version of the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang tour: an aging star getting his kicks one last time with a barnstorming tour across the states. First he said that discussing income inequality is just like Kristallnacht. Then he sorta-kinda-not-really apologized.

And now for his latest trick:

“The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes. But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?”
This anecdote is being reported fairly uncritically, but it’s clear that Perkins seems to have been, at least partly, joking. After leaving the stage at the San Francisco event where he put forth the plan, he told a reporter, “I intended to be outrageous, and it was.”

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[JR:  He may be joking, but I’m serious. Only taxpayers should vote since they are the ones footing the bill. “Democracy is two wolves and sheep voting on what’s for dinner!” Besides if voting made an difference, “they” wouldn’t let us do it. ]

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ENDNOTE: Today’s “underprivileged” children

2014-Mar-29

http://sftimes.co/?id=216&src=share_fb_new_216

From my fellow Prepster Jack MacMillan

It’s a two and change video that points out an essential difference between kids today and us.

I’d call today’s children “underprivileged”. 

They don’t learn to get over stuff. And, they are drugged up. Also, catatonic.

Over indulged is our failure.

imho

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ENDNOTE: “Marriage” versus “partnership law”

2014-Mar-22

http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/catholic-church-dissecting-gay-unions/?cat_orig=faith

TESTING THE FAITH
CATHOLIC CHURCH DISSECTING ‘GAY’ UNIONS
Cardinal: Pope wants to ‘evaluate’ public policy
Published: 8 hours ago

(RELIGION NEWS SERVICE) Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said he would be “uncomfortable” if the church embraced that position.

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[JR: IMHO I would push the Gooferment off the word “marriage”. The origins of the Gooferment involvement in marriage via “marriage licenses” is racist. And fought front he get go. Now they should insist that the Gooferment endorse “partnership law”. Like the boom in sub-chapter S and LLC. We need the Gooferment to just allow folks to create “partnership”. And leave “marriage” to the Churches. We do have separation of Church and State?]

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ENDNOTE: The past is prolog?

2014-Mar-08

FROM FACEBOOK

Phelps, Stephen E. Jr. (MC1968) 

Stephen E. Phelps Jr. shared Isabel Wilkerson’s photo.

Lest we forget.

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2014 03 03 hattie

Hattie McDaniel’s controversial role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind” made her, on Feb. 29, 1940, the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She had not been permitted to attend the film’s premiere in Atlanta due to segregation in the South. And she had not been permitted even in L.A. to sit with the rest of the cast or others in the film industry, due to custom in California, the day she won the Oscar for best supporting actress.

That day, she was relegated to a table in the back of the banquet hall. It took her so long to get to the podium that the dead air time is frequently cut from clips of that year’s ceremony, as she made her way, draped in gardenias, past people who had lost.

McDaniel was the 13th child of a minister and a gospel singer who had been enslaved but migrated to Denver when their daughter was five. She was bright, well-spoken and a skilled singer and songwriter, but found that, when she pursued acting, the only roles offered her were those of servants and maids.

For years, she worked as a maid in real life to make ends meet while taking bit parts as a maid onscreen. It was a measure of the limits on black actresses of the era that the competition for her role as Mammy was as intense as for the role of Scarlet O’Hara.

The NAACP criticized the role as stereotypical and demeaning, while white southerners criticized “Mammy” as acting overly familiar with the white characters and stepping out of her place. McDaniel would make a career of portraying black servants, who oddly enough did not speak or comport themselves as she did in real life. McDaniel defended her decision by pointing out the limited options for women like herself: “Why should I complain about making $700 a week playing a maid? If I didn’t, I’d be making $7 a week being one.”

Hattie McDaniel died in 1952 at age 57. Her dying wish had been to be buried at Hollywood Cemetery with other leading actors of her time. Even her final wish was not granted. The cemetery was segregated and did not accept black bodies. She was interred at another cemetery in Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale, where she remains apart from her peers.

Here’s a video of her acceptance speech at the 12th Academy Awards, Feb. 29, 1940. Watch and listen to see how she spoke in real life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7t4pTNZshA
– The Warmth of Other Suns

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[JR: Sadly, the past is prolog. Then, “we” wasted a lot of human talent; now they are aborted. How eveil are humans? Image and likeness. I hope NOT! At least in this respect.]

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ENDNOTE: Multiple DWIs! Why was he free to injure others?

2014-Feb-22

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/21/he-drank-too-much-and-got-behind-the-wheel-her-son-has-to-live-with-the-consequences-after-five-years-shes-confronting-him-and-the-cameras-were-rolling/

We Can Only Imagine What Might Have Happened If There Wasn’t Glass In Between This Mom and the Man Who Left Her Little Boy Nearly Brain Dead
Feb. 21, 2014 3:24pm Liz Klimas

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For five years, Loubna Khader kept inside her pent-up rage and anguish at the man who left her 2-year-old son nearly brain dead after he chose to drive drunk.

On Thursday, the Texas mother went to the Tarrant County Jail to confront the person who hit her family’s car and changed their lives forever.

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“I’m never going to forgive you. I’m never going to forgive you for what you did to my son,” Khader yelled, smacking the glass with a dull thud.

“Never.”

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Though he pleaded guilty, KHOU reported that he is awaiting trial for more serious charges that could come with a lifetime prison sentence. Richardson had been charged in other states with driving under the influence prior to this incarceration.

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[JR:   

Why was he out from the other multiple convictions?

She isn’t forgiving? Trapped in a cycle of hate that will destroy her. Can’t imagine what she’s going thru, but she has to release herself from his prison.

And, now as a fat old white guy injineer, I wonder why cars don’t have a simple challenge to start them. Surely we can invent some type of a puzzle that a drunk can’t figure out. (Personally I try an calculate a cube root. I can’t it’s time for cab.) Would seem to be an easy challenge to invent. Maybe a car that senses alcohol in the interior and then challenges. Or just a challenge to everyone. Like simple simon. Repeat a string of 6 colors after a 15 second delay? Mistakes make the interval longer. Must be an app for that!

We’re supposed to be so smart. But we penalize “innocent” drinking and first time offenders, when it seems the real damage is done by repeat problems. Who are driving around as we sit here!

Argh!]

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ENDNOTE: Salk didn’t patent?

2014-Mar-01

[JR: I hope this is true. Because I never knew this. And, I’m ashamed I didn’t!]

http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_803_22-inspiring-acts-kindness-that-no-one-ever-talks-about_p22/

NewImage

[TIP ‘o' the HAT to: http://www.cracked.com]

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ENDNOTE: United Nations Report Rips Catholic Schools

2014-Feb-22

http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/2965/United-Nations-Report-Rips-Catholic-Schools-Vatican.aspx

United Nations Report Rips Catholic Schools, Vatican
February 6, 2014, at 9:34 AM | By Matthew Archbold 

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A United Nations committee’s criticisms of the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse by clergy outrageously included criticisms of Catholic schools that rise to the level of anti-Catholicism, argues Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online.

“It intruded into the doctrine, teaching, discipline and rights of the Church,” he writes. “It insisted that the Church change its unchangeable teachings. It even scolded the Church on how she instructs children in Catholic schools and sought to impose a curriculum.”

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Why are my tax dollars used to support the UN, Gooferment Skrules, and immoral activities?

Argh!

Time for secession.

I do NOT consent!

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ENDNOTE: Liberal versus conservtive

http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-5-number-1/time-has-come-reevaluate-strategy-change

ENDNOTE:

R&L: In the past, you have noted that some religious leaders fail to uphold this vision.

Higgins: There is a problem of late, particularly with the mainline denominations, and certainly with some of the Catholic bishops. The problem lies in their calls for social action. I am left with the distinct feeling that these clergy have abandoned one of religion’s most important roles: to act as an agent for change and improvement within a community. But they refuse to do it themselves, and instead become goads for government action. Thus, in essence, they lose their moral authority and we lose one of the primary institutions for affecting responsible change.

R&L: Could you speculate as to why this has become the trend? What sort of forces have caused the leadership of the established churches to behave in this way?

Higgins: Government solutions are very tempting. If you think about it, who wouldn’t want to go to a central entity which has the power to immediately affect the entire country with vast resources? It’s much more satisfying to feel you have done something on a national level rather than merely in your own back yard; though in reality it is more effective to pursue the latter. It seems to me that many people became uncomfortable with religion, particularly in the ’60s with its secular trends. Even the religious people bought into the idea that one shouldn’t impose one’s values on someone else. They wanted to do good without any strings attached. So if you asked the government to do it, your personal sense of good would remain intact and you would be less criticized.

Also, the churches use government more and more because the reasons for doing good have changed. The question is–What needs to change? The individual or society? You used to do good because you wanted to help the person in need have a better life by helping themselves. Later thinkers amend society, rather than the individual. Government policies were thus pursued because they made us feel good about ourselves; we were “doing something” by calling for a government program. Considerably less care was paid to whether something actually worked and benefited its intended beneficiaries.

It was also a cheap and easy way out. When the government tackles a problem, you have a lot more leisure time because you don’t have to volunteer yourself. Someone else solves the problem for you while you feel morally virtuous for making grand statements about what the government ought to be doing about it.

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So there we have it. The leaders take the easy way out and let the Gooferment assume their role.

I’d add that the pedophilia scandals have blunted the Church standing against the King.

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