Do you suffer from a really bad heart, cancer, or need dialysis, and still want to buy health insurance?
If you can find a company in the U.S.A. that will cover you, the price will be many thousands of dollars a month with a cap on total payments, plus co-pays through the roof. If you don’t die rather quickly, our health system will devour your savings, house, car and force close relatives into poverty.
One alternative is to move to Japan, stay with a visa good for more than three months, and you will become part of their health system, which means: Continue reading →
The American Revolutionary War was really all about trade and the exploitation of colonies across the world by the British Empire. Nobody wanted to live under foreign subjugation, and you can’t blame them.
Today, we face a trade war with China that could set us back 214 years to colony status.
The British were the worst in trade with colonies. They even allowed a government-chartered corporation to build an army of 28,000 to rule India, so that nation’s conquered poor would supply cheap raw goods to Britain.
The London mills then turned cotton, for example, into expensive cloth, sold for top dollar. The people in India never shared in the wealth their country generated until freedom in 1947.
Another example of Britain’s avarice was the slave trade. While some 300,000 Africans were shipped to the American South, some 2.6 million were sent by the British to the Caribbean to harvest sugar. By the Civil War the 300,000 in America had grown in population to 3 million, but 2.3 million Caribbean slaves had died off, leaving just 300,000 survivors. Hell Britannia! Continue reading →
IBM’s chief executive, Ginni Rometty was anxious to meet with the newly-elected Donald Trump in December, last year, and she pledged that her tech firm would create 25,000 new American jobs. She also promised that IBM will be investing in the United States by bringing $1 billion to create training programs and opening new offices.
Promises are cheap. But Mr. Trump was quick to praise Rometty, and even included her in the June 19 Tech Summit, pushed by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. A tech council was supposed to be formed at that time, but nothing happened since then.
What did happen is that these companies, virtually all of them, continued to send jobs overseas and/or hire foreign workers on Visa programs to replace American workers.
No better example is IBM. Rometty’s promise to hire 25,000 workers was “clarified” to mean 25,000 workers over the next four years, and the reaction from employees was harsh: Continue reading →
FOX News yesterday proclaimed on the web:
The new GM deal would raise labor costs from $55 to $60 an hour, a 9 percent hike, according to a study of the deals from Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research and Art Schwartz, a former GM labor executive and president of Labor and Economic Associates. The union contract at Ford also reached the $60 hourly rate over the next four years, a 5 percent increase from its current rate of $57. Those hikes pale in comparison with Chrysler, where average hourly wages will spike nearly 20 percent from $47 to $56.
Imagine “average hourly wages of $56” at Chrysler and equally high “labor costs” at GM and Ford. That $56 an hour times 40 hours times 52 weeks, equals $116,480 a year! What a great job – fantastic pay!
The turkeys at FOX News consider this the reason cars cost so much and will cost even more. They even printed (and so authorized by moderation) this comment on the website story:
Well, here comes the NEXT set of lost Manufacturing Jobs in America. Either it will come by NON-USA cars being made overseas because of the price or More Robots will be doing their job.
I have watched these Assembly lines making cars on TV – – Not sure it takes a $124,800 (no overtime) person to do it (plus the best Insurance and benefits, probably puts it over $150,000) to do what I saw.
I am happy for them but everyone must be realistic – – you can price yourself out of a job if you get too greedy. This sounds a bit greedy. Not sure it takes a Master degree in engineering to do this job, and I know lots of Engineers that would love to make this much.
And this gem:
Democrat definition of a living wage. Making $60/hour to do a job that a trained monkey could do, soon to be replaced by robots.
And this one:
Union workers are remarkably stupid. History is going to repeat itself here. Unions priced workers right out of work before and are well on their way to doing it again. But union bosses keep raking it in, don’t they? Union workers will get what they deserve.
However, the article is a big lie….
The Kristin Dziczek quoted by FOX News explains what the corporate shills Continue reading →
Worker earns $12,320 more than “boss”, despite same hours. Let’s end employers’ abuse of “management” exemption.
The threshold to qualify for overtime pay, now $23,660, is expected to rise to $50,440 a year if new regulations are adopted by the Barack Obama administration. Until now, companies were allowed to call you a manager, pay you $26,000 and require you to work, say, 58 hours a week – no extra pay for hours worked more than 40. This has left many Americans earning far less than the folks they supervised, all just wage slavery for extra time of devotion to the job..
An example is a fast food worker, who earns $11 an hour, which is below the current threshold exemption for overtime (most of these employees don’t even make that much). He is promoted to manager at a salary of $26,000 a year. The job requires him to arrive early, leave late, work an extra day on the weekends, for a total of 18 hours a week, bringing him to 58 hours (not unusual for “junior managers”).
The new manager’s total hours per year are 58 hrs. X 52 weeks = 3,016 hours a year. Even if paid just Continue reading →