The season is reason to reflect on an unusual year and how some have given until there is little left to give although there are those that insist on more. The plan to increase the city budget by no less than 1% in order to extend employee benefits to gay or straight domestic partners is a gift many citizen do not support.
City Council chairman Hakeem questioned the process saying the referendum sets a precedent for residents to push back on other issues that the City Council puts forward. He said, we are elected to make decisions.
In other words how dare those 10,000 or more that signed the petition to question those they elected to be good stewards of tax payer money and to exercise restraint and good judgment in fulfilling their fiduciary obligation. The council is elected to make decisions however, once people realize their mistake in their selection of decision makers they have an obligation and a right to challenge any decision they make. It is not a moral issue and those opposing the decision on those grounds alone have no right to decide who should have what kind of relationship.
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The country that cut poverty the most was China. Between 1981 and 2010 it lifted a stunning 680m people out poverty. This cut its poverty rate from 84% in 1980 to about 10% now.
Success and people escaping poverty comes disguised as hard work.
Americans are soft and want to be paid far beyond their ability to contribute to the success of their employer's business. CEOs and management are the most over paid, no human is worth what they are paid. The same applies to athletes. What justifies the $15 and hour being demanded for the ability to say "u want fries and a drink with that"?
Now, hidden in that cycle are people without much means and education. Low prices actually help them you say, but they are equipped only to take jobs, if they can find them, that are in the services/supply-end, like flipping burgers or cleaning floors that do not even pay a living wage.
You have the root cause identified but no solution. The number that fail to utilize an opportunity to develop a skill or trade that increases their value to an employer is growing rapidly. To a large extent government is a major contributor by allowing those that could and won't to become dependent on government. Equally responsible is the education system which is still operating on the old one room concept but having students change rooms and teachers all day. The U.S. spends more per student and gets poor results compared to many other countries.
Don't attack me for not having feelings for those ill, infirmed, the elderly or children. They should be provided for much better than we do but for those laggards that are just sorry I would not flinch if they starved or expired due to illness. Where are the parents when you see a young person with tat's, pierces, pants below their crack and their hat on crazy? They need a good dose of discipline, hard work and suffer serious consequences if they fail to utilize the opportunity to get an education.
smokie 59...apparently you read a bare bones news headline.
Wage rates in most cases have increased similar to GDP growth however the 63% percent of eligible workers employed is at the lowest level in over 30 years therefore net income has not seen similar gains. Companies have bought back shares of their own company stock, often with borrowed money, at a record rate to make profits per share look better and attract investors. QE with more money printed and added to the economy each month has artificially driven the stock market up also.
You are right Obama didn't do it, in fact he and congress have done nothing to improve the jobs situation but plenty to deter the creation of good jobs. Wages and inflation go up when unemployment is low and businesses have to compete to attract & hold employees.
Obama is not a leader. His adversarial attitude, public criticism of anyone disagreeing with him and seeming to never know what has happened until it is in the news is not conducive to reconciling issues. He has consistently defended incompetence within his staff which consist of the lowest percent of business experience than any president in history. Valery Jarrett is actually our president but Obama has the title and gets the blame.
You could call this trickle around.
CNBC...The United States is the world's most generous nation, according to a global index of giving, as a higher proportion of Americans helped a stranger than any other country in the world.
The 2013 World Giving Index – published annually by international nonprofit organization Charities Aid Foundation – looks at three measures: monetary giving, volunteering and helping of strangers in a typical month.
alprova...I am truly sorry about your health event but glad to hear you are recovering. I often disagree with you but enjoy it and your liberal bleeding heart comments. The president needs all the help he can get defending the roll out of his health care insurance initiative.
My question is why did those he depended on to make it work turn down the offers by some of the best web site builders to create the system free? Amazon, Work Force, E-bay and several others could have and would have developed and demonstrated it several months before it was needed. One CEO interviewed said their offer to do it free was rejected by ignoring it then finally responding that it did not fit their procurement process. Strange that not a word by either party in congress has been said about it. Makes me wonder if they owned stock in the providing companies.
Trickle down or trickle up would be better than what we have. You can't keep extracting more from people and expect demand to grow and you can't extract more from businesses and expect prices to come down. Legislated cost and taxes increases the cost of goods or services.
One of the most popular products being bought this holiday season is large flat screen TV's which are 100% imports which results in a few seasonal retail and shipping jobs. Most of the purchases for the holidays, estimated 80%, are imported products which includes clothing, electronics, toys and other typical gifts. What booming economy will we see from all that action?
nucanuck said...I suggest that you broaden your reading list.
I suggest instead of reading your broadened sources of propaganda you visit some of those countries and develop contacts with people there. You will get a different picture and defend them less and certainly see how futile the U.S. is in their attempt to influence and control them. There is a prevailing belief that failure to comply with U.S. demands will result in aggressive military action.
nucanuck...Are you sure the U.S. is in second place as the most disliked country? Name one country we are not interfering with either directly or indirectly? The deficit spending of borrowed money could be eliminated in 2014 through reduced involvement in other countries, close the 100+ bases and stop foreign aid. This and a slight tweak to social security and Medicare would yield an annual surplus. It is difficult to over come the propaganda we are constantly exposed to.
The West should sign the deal with Iran and drop all sanctions. The Iranians are far more interested in business than conflict.
nucu, we often agree but your sources or whatever drove you to this conclusion is about as reliable as Obama's sources and his promises.
I think the U.S. and others should stop interfering and encourage Israel to end the misery and get it on with any and all they feel threatened by. I would venture to say by the time the third bomb exploded they would be fighting each other for a place at the table to reach a peaceful settlement.