April 19, 2014

Sign, Signs … A $17 an Hour Sign?

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:32 am

Here’s one:

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Wow, that’s impressive. Guess where it was found:

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Huh? Walmart? Yep:

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It’s very safe to say that $17 an hour to work at Walmart is a higher rate than virtually “any” city outside of North Dakota, not just “many.”

Some takeaways:

  • There’s opportunity for those whose personal circumstances allow it to better themselves simply by moving. Those who live in a high-unemployment area who could move without personal consequence and don’t really have no right to complain. If Wal-Mart’s paying $17 an hour, imagine what you can make at skilled jobs in North Dakota. (Yes, the cost of living in North Dakota has shot up, but don’t even try to argue that it’s twice that seen in other states.)
  • The law of supply and demand works. If there’s a shortage of workers, employers have to pay more to get them.
  • The law of supply and demand works in the other direction too. If Congress grants amnesty to millions of workers already here, and each of them therefore gets to bring in relatives, and more illegal immigrants arrive in anticipation of the next amnesty, wages will be stay low or go lower. The Wall Street Journal and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may like that, and the Democratic Party may like the electoral majorities such a move will almost certainly guarantee, but the average American worker’s standard of living will deteriorate even more than we’ve seen already during six years of slack economic conditions.

NewsBusted (041814)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:04 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– Tax Day
– Tea Party Audits
– IRS
– Obama’s Tax Bill
– Mickey Rooney
– Obamacare
– Kevin Spacey
– Morning Joe
– Hillary Clinton
– Jane Pauley

Best Lines:

  • “Last Tuesday was Tax Day. So now that all the returns are in, let the Tea Party audits begin.”
  • “The three major networks failed to report on news claims that the IRS targeted Tea Party groups. Of course they did. ABC, NBC and CBS don’t want to get audited either.”
  • “The Obamas paid just over $98,000 in taxes this year. But that’s only because they were able to write off the 47 million Americans on Food Stamps as dependents.”
  • “Last week the ‘Morning Joe’ panel failed to name even one reason why Hillary Clinton was qualified to be President. President Obama immediately responded, ‘Like you need one?’”

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041914)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Abby Johnson’s Ministry Has Helped More Than 100 Abortion Clinic Workers Quit

Filed under: Activism,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Life News:

April 14, 2014

There are a number of ways of stopping abortions — whether it’s legislation, with prayer, pregnancy centers providing positive alternatives, pro-life groups working to close abortion clinics or what former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson is doing. Johnson is working to help abortion clinic staffers quit their jobs.

What if there were no employees to staff the abortion facilities across the nation. Countless unborn babies would be saved.

“A few weeks ago, we told you that we were very close to reaching our 100th abortion clinic worker. I’m so happy to announce that we have now reached that mark! We are actually at 101 workers who have joined our ministry! Thanks to all of you who have continued to pray for us and for the workers who have come to us for assistance! Just this week, we have been contacted by four workers who are looking for help. We are so honored that they trust us enough to contact us.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

AP Howler: Admin’s Good Friday Timing of Latest Keystone Pipeline Delay a ‘Surprise’

It either doesn’t take much to surprise Josh Lederman and Dana Capiello at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, or they have very short memories.

The AP pair described the Obama State Department’s Friday afternoon statement (roughly 3:30 p.m., based on the “9 hours ago” result returned in a Google search on the document’s title at 12:30 a.m. ET) that it would “provide more time” for eight federal agencies involved to submit “their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project” as a “a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter.” It’s as if something like this has never happened before during the Obama administration. Well, yes it has.

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