Laura Browder is the latest example of how harsh America can be on working mothers. When an employer called the Houston mother of two to meet up for a job interview, she didn’t have time to line up childcare. Browder ended up taking her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter with her to the interview location, a local mall, where she kept an eye on her kids from 30 feet away.
Moments after she landed the gig, a cop arrested Browder for child abandonment. Though she was later released, the arrest was an unfriendly reminder of the tough calls moms often have to make.
This had to be one of the most obvious and least expensive ways to enable people to move themselves up the economic ladder from the lowest steps. Obviating to some degree voter disenfranchisement efforts via the Help Americans Vote Act or abusive gestations of Voter ID is just gravy. That helps one day each two years or so.
This help people do their business at a bank instead of a payroll advance business. This lets them receive and send monies at a reasonable rate. All year every year.
The thing that often stands in the way of a homeless person and housing is just a state-issued identification. But a new law in California is making sure that its residents are no longer stranded on the streets because of that issue.
In order for a homeless person to do something as simple as apply for a job, enroll in public school or access homeless shelters and food stamps, they need to provide official identification. But those IDs often get lost or stolen and homeless people lack the funds and resources to obtain new driver’s licenses or birth certificates.
“If you’re living on the street it’s very difficult to keep ahold and keep your documents safe,” Janet Kelly, a senior attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, told Hawaii News Now.
But a new California law, which went into effect this month, is making the process of obtaining identification much easier by requiring state recorders to hand them out for free, the Sacramento Bee reported.
A rant aimed at the con men who pretend gold is a wise investment above and beyond the usual cautionary small percentage hedge.
Congratulations, you have cost those who trusted you hundreds of dollars per ounce bought. You guys also severely damaged my industry (Fine Jewelry) by lying. Buying scrap from the public and lying about it’s being way under karat so you could cheat the price. You ruined their confidence in legit product, and now they are less likely to buy gold for a gift. Screw You very much.
The damage you idiots did with this bad advice has hurt the most vulnerable economically. The unwise, the elderly who had some modicum of success and or saved carefully. Then bought into your bullcrap about the soon to crash dollar.
Well, the dollar is getting better by the inch, for years now, gold has been falling, for years now and you still tout your goldline. You grifters never stop. Your lifestyle depends on the foolish. The gullible. The low info consumer. Don’t sleep too well the tax man & FTC comes calling.
The rout in commodities deepened with prices touching the lowest since 2002 as the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates sent gold tumbling.
Raw materials are losing favor with investors as the dollar gains amid signals from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that the central bank may raise rates this year on the back of an improving U.S. economy. Higher borrowing costs curb the attractiveness of commodities such as gold, which doesn’t pay interest or give returns like assets including bonds and equities.
This started as far as I can tell with offshore cheap labor. Adding to the mess was a tax penalty on very high salaries aimed at gazillionaire CEO’s. So a small exception designed to allow small cap corporations attract big league talent to grow on became a tax dodge. A tax dodge with what should have been expected consequences-First those CEO’s and later as shown below would be “pillage the village” investors hold sway. Add corporate influence on regulatory policy and we have the full hat trick of how we got where we are.
Voters, take heed of all this in 2016. and especially also in 2020. Our wounds and lost excellence in actually making things and developing new things that must be made should be retaken.
Bring back the middle class.
Remember when American enterprise was the best the world? Sadly, that is changing. A little over a month ago, the venerable DuPont Company surprisingly won an epic battle over Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund. DuPont, the company that brought us Cellophane, Neoprene, Teflon, Lucite, and so many other wonders of modern life had been forced into a grueling two-year fight for its life. Why? Because Trian, an “activist shareholder,” decided that by trimming research, selling divisions, and firing employees DuPont’s shareholders could make more profit more quickly. Although this time the company won, most companies don’t win. They either lose or capitulate. Battles such as DuPont’s are becoming widespread, and that is changing the nature and vitality of America’s public companies and the American economy.
Several decades ago I founded Rodel, Inc., a manufacturing company that eventually became global with plants spread around the world. It was the classic American success story. We started in a rented garage and built the company using retained earnings. Over time, we outdistanced our competitors and achieved such a high market share that almost every electronic device made anywhere in the world was made using at least one of our products.
From universal pre-kindergarten to paid sick days, New York City’s fight against inequality has grabbed national headlines. But recently, the nation’s largest city has quietly taken the lead in dismantling a far less obvious barrier to opportunity: the employment credit check. Thanks to a new law, businesses can no longer discriminate against employees and job seekers simply because they’re late paying bills.
This supposed link between credit and employee efficiency isn’t just illogical; it’s demonstrably untrue. Studies find that personal credit history fails to predict worker productivity and doesn’t correlate with workplace performance, even for high-profile positions in a financial-services company. In general, there is little evidence that credit checks are of any value to employers at all. Yet throughout the country, credit checks—and credit-based discrimination—continue.
Gawker: What else is part of the package of addressing inequality, besides raising the minimum wage?
NH: Raising the overtime threshold—something that is about to happen. This is more complex so not as many people understand it, but it’s equally consequential. The overtime threshold is to the middle class as the minimum wage is to low-wage workers. What the overtime threshold is is the salary level below which your employer is required to pay you overtime if you work more than 40 hours a week. When we had a thriving middle class 40 years ago, two thirds of salaried workers were entitled to overtime if they worked more than 40 hours a week. As a consequence, we had relatively low unemployment, and people went home at a reasonable hour and could take care of their families and their kids.
Today, the average full time worker works 47 hours a week. And they work those [extra] seven hours mostly for free, because today, less than 10% of salaried workers are entitled to overtime. If you earn more than $23,600 a year—if your employer pitches you a fake title like “assistant manager,” they don’t have to pay you overtime. And as a consequence, all over the country people are working for $27,000 a year and working 70 hours a week doing basically: one person doing the job of one and a half…
The president has unilateral ability to raise that threshold through a rule through the Labor Department. And within two weeks, the Labor Department will announce what that rule is, what that new threshold is. And I can tell you that the shit is going to hit the fan.
The idea that increased income inequality makes economies more dynamic has been rejected by an International Monetary Fund study, which shows the widening income gap between rich and poor is bad for growth.
A report by five IMF economists dismissed “trickle-down” economics, and said that if governments wanted to increase the pace of growth they should concentrate on helping the poorest 20% of citizens.
The study - covering advanced, emerging and developing countries - said technological progress, weaker trade unions, globalisation and tax policies that favoured the wealthy had all played their part in making widening inequality “the defining challenge of our time”.
The International Monetary Fund has backed economists who argue that inequality is a drag on growth in a discussion paper that has also dismissed rightwing theories that efforts to redistribute incomes are self-defeating.
The Washington-based organisation, which advises governments on sustainable growth, said countries with high levels of inequality suffered lower growth than nations that distributed incomes more evenly.
Backing analysis by the Keynesian economist and Nobel prizewinner Joseph Stiglitz, it warned that inequality can also make growth more volatile and create the unstable conditions for a sudden slowdown in GDP growth.
As you can see, we’ve now had a watershed moment in the long-running Brownback/Kansas budgetary train wreck. The Senator-turned-Governor slashed taxes, with the tax shortfall to be made up by increased revenues driven by tax-cut fueled economic growth. The economic growth didn’t happen and the state tumbled in a severe budgetary crisis which Brownback has been trying to find some way out of for months.
Now most of the state’s Republican lawmakers have taken the plunge and violated the “Norquist Pledge” most made never to raise taxes.
But it’s important to step back from the zany headlines and the tears and the not-negligible supply-side-doubting schadenfreude to see the dark, bigger picture. The net effect of everything that has happened has been to shift a major part of the state tax burden from upper-middle class and affluent Kansans to poor and middle class Kansans.
This is the big picture story for much of what has happened in US tax policy over the last four decades. But the story is seldom quite this stark or so tightly chained together in cause and effect.
Most of this new set of tax increases is in sales taxes. Sales taxes are almost by definition regressive since they focus on consumption. But Kansas’s sales tax is particularly regressive since it doesn’t include many of the exemptions which most states make for necessities. Unlike most states, for instance, the Kansas sales tax applies to food you buy at the grocery store (though there is a small off-setting tax credit if you’re really poor.) So get rid of taxes on wealthy people’s incomes and make the money back with sales taxes on family expenditures on food and clothing. In those terms, to borrow President Bush’s phrase, the whole thing has been a catastrophic success.
So Kansas, after its assfucking of the poors by limiting the amount they can withdraw from ATMs to $25/day (of which $5 is kept by the bank as fee) is now assfucking the poors even harder by implementing that wingnuts call the “Fair Tax” which is not “fair” at all, any more than “Right To Work” means an actual right to have a job. No, it is just wingnutspeak for MOAR ASSFUCKING
Coming soon to a GOP-controlled state near you!
When Walt Disney World opened in an Orlando swamp in 1971, with its penny arcade and marching-band parade down Main Street U.S.A., admission for an adult cost $3.50, about as much then as three gallons of milk.
Disney has raised the gate price for the Magic Kingdom 41 times since, nearly doubling it over the past decade. This year, a ticket inside the “most magical place on Earth” rocketed past $100 for the first time in history.
Ballooning costs have not slowed the mouse-eared masses flooding into the world’s busiest theme park. Disney’s main attraction hosted a record 19 million visitors last year, a number nearly as large as the population of New York state.
But rising prices have changed the character of Big Mouse’s family-friendly empire in unavoidably glitzy ways. A visitor to Disney’s central Florida fantasy-land can now dine on a $115 steak, enjoy a $53-per-plate dessert party and sleep in a bungalow overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon starting at $2,100 a night.
For America’s middle-income vacationers, the Mickey Mouse club, long promoted as “made for you and me,” seems increasingly made for someone else. But far from easing back, the theme-park giant’s prices are expected to climb even more through a surge-pricing system that could value a summer’s day of rides and lines at $125.
“If Walt [Disney] were alive today, he would probably be uncomfortable with the prices they’re charging right now,” said Scott Smith, an assistant professor of hospitality at the University of South Carolina whose first job was as a cast member in Disney’s Haunted Mansion. “They’ve priced middle-class families out.”
Replacing a bunch of middle-class tech employees with H1B’s that they were forced to train, was the biggest Fuck You ever.