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Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street
By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

How serious is Obama about his own policies???

If in fact President Barrack Obama is extremely concerned about health care for US citizens, and raising the minimum wages… explain why:

  1. Many (full-time) federal employees make substantially below the proposed minimum wage; and
  2. Many (full-time) federal employees are not eligible for health care through their employer.

How much more disingenuous can you be than not “fixing” your own “house” before looking to force businesses to raise wages and provide (health care) benefits?

In the computer industry we have a phrase “eating your own dogfood“… or more colloquial, “what’s fair for the goose is fair for the gander“. 

But then again, this isn’t the first nor will it be the last time the government of the United States exempts itself for it’s own rules (laws)…

WhiteHouse.gov Petition – The federal government should implement the proposed minimum wage for all federal employees now.

Require the federal government to immediately raise pay for all federal employees to comply with the new proposed minimum wage.

…click here…


Shouldn’t the US government set an example to business and state governments by paying it’s employees the proposed new minimum wage?

Sign the petition.

Job Hunting in Florida

I decided to see what kind of jobs are available in Northwest Florida (again)…

So one of my first stops was Employ Florida Marketplace and they had the ability to browse through listings as a guest, and every listing I saw that was of any interest provided a direct link to the employer’s website… but I looked at the registration page — they wanted a social security number and date of birth… I see no reason to provide either of those to a job hunting web site — particularly one that impressed me as not being put together by the industries best and brightest.

But there was a note:

While we encourage you to register using your Social Security number so that we can continue to improve our services to you, if you choose not to, you may be provided an alternative way to access all Employ Florida services. Please contact the Help Desk at 1-800-438-4128 to be provided an alternative to providing your social security number.

So I called the number listed — they said simply I’d need to visit my local participating job center (I laughed and hung up — the web site could have just as easily said that).

I knew the local job center was Workforce Escarosa and there was a center just a few miles West on Highway 90 (5725 Hwy 90, Milton, FL  32583)… so I jumped in the car and went down there.

When I got there I was greeted (I’ll be polite — it was far from a pleasant greeting but a middle aged man grunted could he help me — so I’ll count that as a greeting); I told him I wanted to register, he immediately asked me for my social security number and I said politely “NO”, that if I’d wanted to use my social security number I would have done it on line, then he said that I wouldn’t be able to register — when I ask him why then the web site indicated that  I could and I called the number it provided and they said I would just need to stop by a local job center… he grumbled something under his voice and disappeared to the back.

After a couple minutes he re-appeared and in a snippy tone and said that I would just fill out the paper form and “of course just leave off that” (pointing at the social security number blank) and said then I would be able to search jobs.

I then said, I can search jobs now as a guest — and he quickly added, but you can’t apply — to which I said, all the listing I looked at had links to the companies web site and a way to apply for a posting there… then he put up the clip board with the form on it and said “I guess you don’t need to apply”.  All I could do was laugh and walk out.

I have no idea what the advantages of “registering” are supposed to be… but I have to say between the kindergarten level web sites and the totally dysfunctional employees all I see is these centers would be a way to greatly harm any chance of getting a descent job… and if these people can help anyone, it’s scary to consider how incompetent those individuals must be.

I’m not sure how these organizations are funded, but my bet would be through some type of public-private venture, and I suspect that a close accounting of the public money would find you’d be better off just burning one dollar bills to provide heat for the jobless than spending it this way.

Mr President, now is the time to be a president.

There is a good article on CNN.com by Donna Brazile on what President Obama could (and should) do to get the economy back on track.

I think she’s got the right idea, but I think she really stops short of just outright saying that the problem isn’t necessarily Obama’s failed programs, it’s his failed leadership.

Now is not the time to sit on the fence Mr President; you’ve tried to build a consensus with congress (you failed to do that when your party had control of both houses, and you’ve continued to fail to do that now that your party doesn’t)… it’s time for you to lead — or to step aside and let someone else do so.

The problems this country has are solvable; but every day we wait to start moving down a path that is likely to put us on the road to get American’s working and to pay down the enormous debt that Republicans and Democrats alike have saddle the current (and future) generation(s) with we simply make the problem harder — and at some point there will not be a solution, the US will simply drift into the fray of third world countries never likely to regain it’s position as a real world leader again.

So, Mr President — be the president; make the hard choices; and move this country forward… it’s not the time to be a politician or a two term hopeful, it’s time to be a president.


4 ways Obama can take control to get America back on track by Donna Brazile on CNN.com


I’ll open by underscoring this is my personal opinion.

I’ve read and watched a number of individuals come forward about being sexually harassed in the past — and I think that’s a great travesty that people would take advantage of another based on their position, social status, wealth, or power — but let’s wake up here… that is how the world has operated (and we’ve all turned blind eyes for years, decades, millenniums), so let’s ratchet down the (false) indignation and work for a newer world order where harassment is a thing of the past.

I see this as an issue were we need not only looks at who did what — but when it was done.

Yes, the standards 10, 20, 30, 40, 50… years ago were very different than it is today.  And the way things were done might be appalling by today’s standards, but none the less that’s how they were done and we all knew it (don’t even try to pretend you thought all those stories of the “casting couch” and “sexitaries” was just locker-room banter… you knew it was true, and simply chose to do nothing about it).

Here on MLK day I’ve decided to share my thoughts — though let’s not pretend like MLK was a saint… he too was a sinner. He too (seemingly) had issues with equal rights for all (you didn’t hear him mention women, you didn’t hear him mention races other than white and black, you didn’t hear him mention gays).  The one thing Dr King did do: he opened up dialog which started to move this country forward from a long period of stagnation.

My feeling is actions which happened many years ago need to be looked at in the light of the prevailing time… those people need to be admonished at minimum, but if they didn’t cross what was the norm at the time that needs to be the end of it.  We just need to make sure that we update our image of the past and those personalities to include that they failed to treat everyone with the respect they deserved, and failed to take a stand to end harassment.

However, when similar things are happening now, or within the past several years — that’s different.  Clearly these events are transgressions that go far beyond the accepted norms.  Not only do we need to admonish these individuals, but we need to take action to insure that they and the industries they are in change.  That change needs to occur sooner, not later.

Should they be fired — yes — if they don’t have the courage and integrity to resign.

But should individuals who committed transgressions many, many years back when times were different be fired — that’s a little more complex; we need to look at the individual now, appraise what changes have been made to their life, and if they are still that same person.  If they are — then they’re out; however, if they’ve made change… we can give them a little time under the microscope before we make our final decision.

I’m all for zero tolerance, but zero tolerance never seems to be that (just check when the local school’s sports hero crosses the zero tolerance line, there always seems to be tolerance for at least a second chance — so something else we need to be honest with ourselves about — rarely do we really have zero tolerance, it’s just a catch phrase).

Personally I abhor harassment of any kind, I abhor those who feel they are better than others and can get away with it, I abhor those who help hide it and punish the victims… but this is a problem where we have to start to resolve today, and not get carried away with witch-hunt after witch-hunt of “dark” figures from out past.