Yesterday with the Hobby Lobby case, we have now allowed the courts to tell us that Corporations are not only people with free($$) speech, but they now have the freedumb of religion. Ohh joy!
Where will this lead? If these paper people are now allowed to impose their religion on their employees, where will it end? Will it end with simply health care benefits, or could it go further?
Could it end with the this line of thought: Corp: WE provide you with a job. With that job, We compensate you with OUR money. As an employee of OUR company, you are also a representative of OUR company whether you are on the clock or not. Your facebook and other social media are open to OUR interpretation and whether we agree with what you publish is agreeable with the fine print in OUR company policy is subject to Corporate policy.
Also, since We compensate you with OUR money that comes from What God bestows upon us with the business acumen that HE has bestowed upon us, if you are doing things that go against what OUR beliefs are, WE should and do reserve the right to terminate your employment at anytime for spending the money that We compensate you with by purchasing things that go against OUR beliefs.
We don’t condone alcohol, drugs,(prescription or illicit) pornography or other sinful things that will be left to the discrimination of our board of directors and Corporate policy handbook, which is 1,000 pages plus. (Non bureaucratic, of course)
Now my questions are these: Does this decision only refer to Christian Corporations, or does it also apply to Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and other religions? Are we all going to be at the beck and call of our new religious Corporate laws?
Isn’t it already bad enough that we have few if any rights in the workplace now as it is? Stay tuned for the fallout of this decision. I am sure that we have only heard the first of many shots about to come across the bow of employee rights.
Hello, I am back. I have been battling on NM Craig’s list. It sometimes is juvenile, but interesting how they answer. Mostly I do it because the rhetoric and aura of superiority on that site is stupendous, and someone has to retort their paranoid delusions of grandeur.
Here is my latest comment. I will post a few more soon. I am going to try to invite some of them here so that no one can delete comments. Unless the comment is outrageously vulgar or Word Press makes me take it down, it goes up. unless it’s spam of course.
“Put the trade back in our schools. We need to give our children a chance to try these things so they can see if they my like it . Woodworking ,welding ,machine shop, drafting,sewing, home economy’s”
Didn’t the schools used to teach these things? Yes, they did? So the question that needs to be asked is: “Why did they take them out?
Most likely for the same reason that this question of yours won’t happen to any but a select few schools in NM, let alone the country,”Why isn’t there any swimming pools in the schools?”. The answer?
When I was in school, many a decade ago, drivers ed was taught by a couple of teachers that were certified to teach drivers ed. The local car dealers donated a couple of cars for the use of drivers ed and the cost was built into the property taxes.
Now, each parent has the great honor of paying $500-$1,000 or more for each of their kids to learn how to drive. And if they fail the first time, guess who gets to pay that fee again? Ahhhhhh PRIVATIZATION! Aren’t the cost savings awesome?! Aren’t you glad that this model is starting to happen to school sports also?
The machines that we used for wood and metal shop were outdated when I used them many a decade ago (notice the plural), and those machines aren’t cheap, and there are few people that are willing to donate an outdated machine let alone a good used one or a new one. Those heavy machines bring a lot of money at the scrap yard. A down payment on a new or good used machine for the business.
Not to mention that most of the jobs in those catagories are being outsourced because they are considered “low skillz” jobz. Machinist jobs are going to China, along with a lot of the other manufacturing trades. So are furniture building and clothing jobz. According to cons, Mehicans are taking over the home building jobs (what little there are) and the landscaping tradez.
Everyone is now looking to have a ‘high skillz jobz’ or career, like fraudsters uuuh…ehem..errr…bankerz, traderz (traitors?), CEO’s, COO’s (coo coos?), accountants, doctors, physical therapists, hospital techs, lawyers, talking heads on TV or talking entities on what is left of radio. You know, good paying jobs/careers that pay good Money (Gods must be Capitalized, especially when it involves Capital/Money) and get more than a modicum of respect. None of those jobs that you mentioned get either of those anymore. Thanx cons.
Hard, mental and physical work (yes cons, those ‘low skillz jobz require mental skillz too) gets you nothing but a broken body and tossed aside like a broke down, rusted out 20 year old vehicle. Except the vehicle still has ‘value’ ……..at the scrap yard.
So the reason that we have schools failing, kidz failing, bridges falling apart, pot hole filled roads, crumbling industrial parks, and a faltering economy is because the wealth is being concentrated, condensed and compressed.
No one wants to pay for pools in schools. When I talk to my conservative friends and family, they do nothing but complain about how much time kids spend at school. “Before school practice, after school practice, study groups after school, after school/community related extra-curricular activities.” They hate schools but don’t mind their kidz being watched while they work and or get some time away, like a baby sitter. That is what they say teachers are anyway. Yet they wouldn’t nor could they do what happens at a school, even if they didn’t have to work. Not one of them could teach math, algebra, trig, English, grammar, home ec, computer lab, science, geology, geometry, social studies, local/State/Fed government, art (another thing cons hate “liberal arts…eewwww! How… how…..elitist! Now give tax cuts to the ‘Job Creators’ and Wealthy!” ( more Capitalization for Gawds)Aren’t those people technically the, uh…how do I put it…. THE ELITE!?)
Not one of them have the necessary knowledge in ALL of those fields to educate their kidz. That is why schools were invented. That is why WE adopted PUBLIC SCHOOLS. So that EVERY KID could have a BASIC or above average EDUKASHUN. Do you know why there is a National Lunch program AND free or reduced rate lunch at our commie skool system? Thank the Military for that.
There were small local school systems that had lunch programs, mostly in poor areas of cities. But after WWI, I will let the author of this article tell you.
“By 1913, School Lunches were operating in 30 cities and 14 states. However by 1918 and the beginning of WWI, the realization of how desperate the youth of America was painfully obvious. Enormous numbers of young men could not enter the military due to poor physical condition related to malnutrition. By 1919 2930 schools were now receiving hot lunches.“
You see, you can’t wage war with malnourished draftees. Where were the Churches, charities, families and communities to help these less fortunate children and young adults?
And now, we have privatized out the school lunch programs in a majority of schools. There have been plenty of stories of lunch personnel tossing out perfectly good food into the trash because students were a few dollars short of the price of a meal. Tossing out and wasting food rather than feeding a child. Family Values? Tough Love? Personal Responsibility? Pro Life? Or, Corporate can write off the perfectly good food that was wasted and thrown in the trash and basically spit in the kids face and embarrass them in front of the whole school? Most likely it will be filed under all of them.
Personal Responsibility: If their parents were personally responsible they would’ve had the Money for the lunch.
Tough Love; sending the parents and the child the lesson that they have to Pay their bills,
Family Values. Being a good responsible citizen that pays their bills, feeds their children, and can take a little embarrassment will avoid such situations in the future.
So, if we end up in a war with one of these countries that now do our low skillz manufacturing jobs, where will we get our manufactured goods and who will do the low skillz work to get the necessities for waging WAR?
Or haven’t we thought that far ahead?
Free trade and Free markets for Freedumb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is another topic that has been in the news lately, because of the new policy that was enacted by the President.
I used to be one of those “send them back to their own country” people. Then I thought about it for a while. If our country was like Mexico ( which some in this country are eagerly trying to make happen) and I could not make a life for myself because the wealthy hoarded all the money and only certain favored relatives and friends were allowed places in power, would I pick up and move to try to make a better life for myself? How would I want to be treated where I went? Would I like to be treated like a human or an animal? Maybe you think that analogy is a little over the top. With the recent spat of comparing food stamp recipients to wild animals, I am sorry if you are offended. The conservatives would like to round them up in ICE box trucks and put them in jail until they are then bussed back to Mexico, because that is where ALL illegals come from. Sounds kind of like what happens when there is a dog loose in the neighborhood.
We keep hearing how the illegals are taking American jobs. They are lowering wages, stealing welfare benefits, Social Security numbers, ripping off the hospitals and schools and raping and robbing and pillaging our cities and countrysides. OH the horror! Illegal this! Illegal that! Illegal here! Illegal there! Illegal everywhere! There is one Illegal that I don’t hear this crowd talking about though……….
The Illegal employer and landlord.
No where in any conversation or discussion on the over-paid talking bobble-head shows will you hear about Illegal employers, and if you do, it is for just a few fleeting moments. Enough moments to exonerate the employer from having to verify someones immigration status because it is too time consuming, burdensome and you don’t know if someone is lying or forging documents. Coming from an industry that is continuing it’s intrusion into their employees personal lives in the form of drug tests, criminal background checks, credit checks, previous employer checks, checking your facebook profile, I find that to be a facetious argument.
These Illegal employers are reaping a generous windfall. Think about it. These illegal immigrants are desperate for work, willing to do work that Americans have been taught to strive for more than menial labor and or unwilling to do the work for what the “free market dictates”. ( What a joke. If that wage is what the “free market dictates” they wouldn’t have to bring in illegals to work for cheaper. Maybe my definition of wage markets is a little out-dated.) These illegals have no rights. If they get hurt on the job, oh well. It’s not like they are going to hire a lawyer. Yeah, let’s go to court where the judge will find out I am an illegal and deport me. Not. Thus there is no need for workers comp insurance. There is no need for unemployment insurance. And the illegal works in fear that not only might they be fired at a moments notice, but the Illegal employer may just report them. The Illegal also profits from lower wages they can get away with paying the illegal. Not to mention there are no overtime laws, wage or hour limits. Now imagine yourself in that situation.
The Illegal landlord doesn’t exactly have a bad situation either. Most illegals live 5 or more to a house. They pool their resources and live very inexpensively so they can send some home to mom and dad or other relatives that are living in squalor, once again, because the “job creators” feel they are the only ones that deserve a life above squalor. WELL ABOVE squalor. There are again NO rights for the illegal. No one to defend them for unscrupulous rent increases, a dwelling that is in disrepair, plumbing that may need repair or faulty appliances. Who are they going to complain to if the Illegal refuses to do the repairs? No one.
Now you are saying they full well knew what they were doing was illegal and they had no rights here, and you would be correct. But does that mean that it is right to treat them like they have no rights and to take full advantage of that fact? And what of the Illegal employer or Illegal landlord. Are they committing a crime by hiring these illegals? Do you hold them at fault for anything? For not hiring an American? For not paying a decent wage to an American? Or do you see it as just good business and if the Government isn’t going to do it’s job, they are well within their rights to employ them instead of turning them in for deportation?
Aren’t we supposed to be a country that receives their rights from our Creator, not the Government? You will find that I will be posting a little about religion, just because it is a hot topic and plays a part in my life. I am not a biblical scholar nor have I studied the bible, I just read it. And try to understand it. That being said let’s look at how God tells us how to treat illegals.
Leviticus 19:33-34 When a foreigner lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The foreigner living with you must be treated as a native born. Love him as you love yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I AM THE LORD.
Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and the needy and unlawfully exploited the foreign resident.
Some thought patterns just amaze me. I guess that there are people that think I am crazy too. Maybe we are all crazy.
This is a subject that has been more prevalent in the last few years. We hear about how many people are on them without hearing exactly why, except for the reason that they are lazy skeezes who have no pride. While I am sure that there are some out there who fit this description, I find it highly unlikely that that describes the majority of them. I know a few of these so called “lazy” people that collect food stamps. Most of them work. Mommy and daddy. More and more they are losing full time employment and are having a hard time finding work. Now that it is summer time, work is showing up more frequently though.
I know single people that are on them too. With no kids. Most of them are working too. Lower hours, but still working. Do I know of people that are on them who don’t work? Yeah, I do. Are they looking for work? Most of them. Some can’t work. And then there are those that don’t work. Yes, I admitted it. I know people that don’t work. Most of them even, would like to have some way to make money though. I don’t know very many people who don’t want to have something productive to do everyday and make a living. I know people who have lost a lot of hope in this time of coddling the wealthy “job creators” , as lower wages, lower hours, and less upward mobility and the cost to access the ability to achieve the credentials needed to have that mobility is putting it out of the reach of more and more people.
(Disclaimer: I have used the food stamp program, and appreciated it very much. and when I no longer needed it, I called and asked to be removed.) Having said that, I was in the gas station a little over a year ago looking to get a pop(soda to some of you) and looked down in the cooler and saw that those new fangled energy drinks had the same EBT (electronic benefit transfer) stamp as the eggs and bread. Note these things are $4 a piece. Now I knew that pop (soda) was an approved product. Then I looked further. And I found a slew of things that were approved that you wouldn’t normally think would be. Oh no! The cons were right! Their stories of buying alcohol and tobacco are wrong. Never, ever have I seen this. If this were to occur, that would be the store owners fault or the clerks. They are the ones that complete those transactions full well knowing that those are unacceptable items. Same goes for the furniture rental places that take food stamps! (Yes. I have actually heard that argument, and it was disparaging the food stamp recipient. How would the recipient even know that they would accept that for payment? Would you? Apparently we do now. 🙂
Any hoo, I started finding out all kinds of things that are SNAP approved foods and places that are allowed to take them. Restaurants, both traditional and fast food. This is for the homeless and or elderly that are unable to make their own food or don’t have the necessary equipment to prepare meals. I can understand that. I was almost homeless once. Eating cold canned raviolis and vegetables would suck. I suppose it would be better than nothing. None the less, I believe it to be more acceptable than candy bars and energy drinks.
Well that got me wondering how these things are SNAP approved. I mean you don’t think the people running the SNAP program just said “hey, how about approving the fast food restaurants, all the major pop (soda) brands, all the candy and junk food, and Twinkies(tm) , HO HO’s ™ and cream pies they can stuff in the cart. 🙂 Just because we are nice and we want their vote.( despite the fact that most of this group of the population does NOT VOTE, and we do not vote for the people that run SNAP.) So if the people who run SNAP did not bestow this bountiful treat of junk food goodies to the lazy skeezes, who did? I know! I know! It was those filthy LIBS! Better read this http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/24/top-secret-what-food-stamps-buy/print/ Notice in the comments there was not a mention of the fact that an aid to John Boehner was hired by a well known convenience store, to lobby on “issues related to the general application and approval process for qualified establishments serving SNAP-eligible recipients.”
I am more than positive that this transcends both sides of the aisle. My problem is that putting all the blame on Government officials is leaving out the true culprit. Who is going to hold these corporations that are scamming our system responsible? The level of them skimming off the top of programs designed to help our less fortunate (lazy) citizens. Do you realize that JP Morgan runs the food stamp program in Virginia? I knew that the banks had their claws in the issuing and collecting fees off of unemployment benefits, but it seems they are also in the business of issuing of food stamp and EBT cards also. Wow. And the junk food industry is taking more and more from this program also.
But we should really put the blame on the holders of these cards. I mean they are making the choice to purchase those goods after all, right? Given the choice, what would you do? I know, you’d get off your ass and get a job right? How are you supposed to do that when employers are shipping jobs over seas? Those jobs left in America would translate into those same jobs and eventually more jobs from the spending that those jobs left in America would create. It is a cycle. And another post. The fact remains that the more jobs we send over to China, means less jobs and less money in our economy. Thus the need for food stamps. Now, the approved foods were not always junk food. That has only been in the last decade or so that this has happened. Given the choice to buy some junk once in a while, people will be people and buy it. The junk industry knows this, that is why they lobbied for access to the program. Why don’t we blame the people who changed the rules? That would be a quaint little notion, wouldn’t it? And not just our senators and congress people. Someone bought them off, paid them or offered them something to do this. They don’t just come up with this shit on their own.
But we will continue to blame the poors. I mean in the end all societies have collapsed because of the corruption and loose morals of them there poors.
Hello, welcome to the Corporate Chronicles. I am the Corporate Chronicler. Yes, for now I wish to remain somewhat anonymous. I will give a little background just so you know where my views come from. I live in the upper part of the mid-west of the United States. United, as in all for one, one for all. We wouldn’t be the same if we were separated.I have a high-school diploma, a little used certificate in locksmithing,four years of machining , and 20 years or more in manufacturing,welding, and fabricating. I was a shop rat. Loved the work, and will not apologize for it.I took a few years of community college but never got a degree. So I am not an intellectual. That being said, I don’t believe that you need to be an intellectual to observe things that are wrong. Let’s face it, most people in this country are not. And let’s also face the fact that we have been led by intellectuals and here we are.
This blog will be mostly of a political nature just because that is what I am most interested in, opinions on pertinent topics, and an occasional cartoon thrown in if I can get my ancient computer hooked to my ancient 3 in 1 printer. This will all be new to me, so I appreciate feedback and most of all patience 🙂
Disclaimer: I was a born,raised and bred conservative Republican, and now I am not. As you will see through this venture, my views tend to lead me to a more Left leaning pattern of thought. It may have been my thought pattern has changed, but I think it was more that I was left behind in a rush to the far right or was lied to or a little of both. You will see why I feel this way, and I hope to wake some more up to what I woke up to after what I found to be the definition of practiced fiscal conservatism.