Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sanders to introduce bill to force Walmart to pay $15 wage

Correcting for inflation the buying power of your paycheck is heading
for $0.75 per every $1 you make. The minimum wage hasn't been raised
in 10 years so inflation is higher than the wages along with the issues.
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/02/02/nothing-golden-minimum-wages-50-year-anniversary/302041002

As it's said small towns are small for a reason . Make nothing you have nothing.
Small towns have a small cost of living so does a old trailer park doesn't mean you
want to live there. And so having the pay low so people live low expecting high
expectations with more job skills needed with people that don't care about their 
education because they have to be at work in 20 minutes and it's cold icy with 
a long walk. 

Well if you can't live you live bad and so bring others to your level how are
businesses to hire people with no job skills because they are too busy walking
without cars. What will towns have if the people have nothing.

There is a need for higher wages you get what you pay for!

~~~~~Sanders to introduce bill to force Walmart to pay $15 minimum wage.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will introduce legislation Thursday with Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., intended to force Walmart to pay workers at least $15 an hour. The bill would institute fines for corporations that buy back their own stock unless they set their workers' base pay at that level.

"Last year, 4 members of the Walton family of Walmart made $12.7 billion in 1 day. It would take a full-time Walmart worker making $11/hr over 653,000 years to make that much. Thursday, @RepRoKhanna and I are introducing legislation to make Walmart pay its workers a living wage," Sanders tweeted Tuesday.

Last year, 4 members of the Walton family of Walmart made $12.7 billion in 1 day.

It would take a full-time Walmart worker making $11/hr over 653,000 years to make that much.

Thursday, @RepRoKhanna and I are introducing legislation to make Walmart pay its workers a living wage.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 13, 2018

In another tweet Sanders fumed, "The Walton family of Walmart owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans."

The legislation will be named the Stop Walmart Act, CNN reported Wednesday.

Sanders has been pushing individual companies to adopt the $15 an hour wage, calling on McDonald's Corporation last month to pay that and threatening a public pressure campaign if it didn't. In early August, Amazon announced it would make $15 the base pay for its employees, following a similar campaign by Sanders, which also included legislation: The Stop BEZOS Act.

Stock buybacks are common practice by corporations to reward shareholders. Sanders and Khanna's proposal would blunt corporations ability to do that. The legislation would be unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled Senate.

A spokesman for Walmart could not reached for comment.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/economy/sanders-to-introduce-bill-to-force-walmart-to-pay-15-minimum-wage

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/15/business/bernie-sanders-walmart-minimum-wage/index.html

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Roy Clark Dead At 85



Country music entertainer Roy Clark, who crossed over to the mainstream via the long-running variety show “Hee Haw,” died Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 85.

According to a statement from his publicist, Clark died due to complications from pneumonia.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/roy-clark-hee-haw-dead-at-85_us_5bedb2c2e4b09f4670081ce6

I remember Roy Clark from the Tulsa Candlewood club when I was a kid in the 80's.
I sat next to him at the pool once. I thought it was cool being a kid in the time
of HEE HAW being on TV a lot at the time to sit next to him at the pool!

Sad, he will be missed!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Emotional glue is good to have - Married lady with gay husband

Everyone has those times in their life where they where too young for such
a point in life that is shaking to the galaxy. For me...

In the 90's I was in love at work with a married lady my boss that had a
gay husband. At the time she would not divorce him so there was a lot of
issues there. I did love her and many knew I did. When people at work
found out they said they thought she was taking Prozac but said it was me!
They saw a change in her as there was a change in me also!

It was to the point that she had her hair done to look like Angie Dickinson because 
I said she looked like her at the time. Well she did and it caused me problems at 
work. Her friend told her look what your doing to him. She came over looking 
around to see if anyone was around. Then she poked me in the crouch and said
"Ok we need to fix this!" So she went back to the salon and had the
fire put out. The next time at work together I saw her hair and as we both
looked at each other from a distance I kind of deflated... Emotionally!
I didn't want her to degrade I wanted her to be better! It bugged me!

I adored her shown by the point of when there was a hidden camera in the wall
a black dot was in the wall so knowing it was bugging her I put butter over the
hole because the color of the butter was the same color as the wall that was also 
the same color of her hair. One notices those things when one is in love!
But she was married so a rules of engagement was how the relationship
was with me and her. I was SUB to her because I was not her husband.
So I was subject to her terms so that I was her happy SUB.

It was to the point in the 90's there was a thing that was getting big at the time
called "Bend over boyfriend." and so being I was SUB to her there was some
co-workers that called me "Bend over boyfriend." At the time we didn't know
what that was. We thought they where just calling me pussy wiped.
So I said  "I'm not pussy wiped, her ring is not from me and I am not her
husbands so I am hers as she is not mine." , " I have her best interest in mind and
that road goes both ways." And they LOL after I said that. Keep in mind they
are thinking she is pegging me because I am SUB to her.
And I said that road goes both ways. They now are thinking I am going in her butt
as she is going in mine! Both ways! She looked it up a few days later to find out
what bend over boyfriend was. She looked intrigued but said to the workers
"We are not!!!!!" She had a gay husband and this confused her I guess for
the time.

Her husband came up a good plan to push the divorce by going to a
gay bar that another worker a gossiper goes to. He waited for the gossiper
to come in and when he did he called his name and kissed a guy on the lips.
So his wife ended up getting word of this where at the time me and her
where working. She came at me running with a bunch of bills, papers.
She put me in charge telling me she is putting me in charge.
"Keep my job for me, your my lover, keep my job." and she ran
down the hallway. One of those many times seeing a love running down the
hall making a turn. Wanting a u-turn!

She had a breakdown. The co-worker gossiper told me what happened.
She went to the gay bar and chased her husband around throwing drinks 
at him. Then she got on stage at the bar and dropped her skirt pulling it out 
with both hands yelling out "Whats wrong with my &#$$@" 
Scarring the people in the gay bar for life as they ran out screaming 
holding their heads! 

She didn't mean to start a "Nuclear War" but she ended up a super star! 



So it was bad and when I was told what happened I was way over my head 
at the time. I never been married and I was young in my 30's. 
So I put the co-worker in charge and I went to the store to get emotional glue!
Thinking what to do. I was waiting in line and holding the glue in my hand
saying out loud "What am I going to do, what am I going to do..."
when this guy said "You glue something with it." I then said I have a
married girlfriend that had a breakdown I need to glue her back together!" ,
"Elmer's glue, emotional glue!" Everyone there broke out in laughter!

You love who you love in life! Such is life it's ok to support a married
lady with emotional glue if needed! Love has no boundaries!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The election cleared the way for bold climate policy and so why!

It is good to go forward without those other states as there is much danger
to humanity to pretend it does not exist.

"Bacteria can last a really long time frozen and reactivate as if nothing's happened. Consider, in a 2005 NASA study, researchers revived a 32,000 year-old bacteria from the bottom of a frozen lake. That's not the oldest. A 2007 study saw scientists rejuvenate a bacteria frozen for millions of years. So it's possible that an ancient pathogen which we have no knowledge of could rise up and cause the next great epidemic." 
https://bigthink.com/philip-perry/is-whats-coming-from-under-the-ice-going-to-kill-us-or-save-us

So noted action is needed and many states are moving on to clean energy
for a good reason!

~~~~~The election cleared the way for bold climate policy in these 6 states
Most of the climate-related coverage of this week’s midterm elections was pretty pessimistic. But if you dig down to the state level — the true hotbed of climate policy in the Trump era — the results were much brighter, even hopeful.

Climate-friendly Democrats won governorships and state legislatures across the country. In several key states, they managed to do both at once, achieving a “trifecta”: Unified control of the governor’s mansion and both branches of the statehouse. In most cases, that means there’s a wide-open lane for an expansion of renewable energy mandates and other climate-friendly policy from coast to coast — at a critical moment in planetary history.

Before the election, Democrats had trifectas in Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This week, they added Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, New York, and Maine. Combined, those 14 states are home to more than a third of the U.S. population.

New Mexico
Newly elected Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is aiming to transform New Mexico — the third largest oil-producing state in the country, behind Texas and North Dakota — into an environmental leader. She wants the state to be able to produce so much renewable energy that they can export it to California.

Colorado
Incoming Governor Jared Polis campaigned on a promise of 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, which would be the boldest state-level policy in the country. That goal is so ambitious that even Polis admits it will be a heavy lift, but he’s got the backing of the legislature to help make it a reality.

Nevada
Voters in Nevada managed to pass a 50 percent renewables mandate by 2030 on Tuesday, one of the most aggressive in the country — and one of the few big direct democracy victories this week. Incoming Governor Steve Sisolak campaigned in support of the ballot measure, and will have the full support of his state legislature to roll out policies to make it happen.

Illinois
Newly elected Governor JB Pritzker has vowed to turn the most populous state in the Midwest into a renewables powerhouse, boosting its relatively weak 15 percent by 2025 mandate to 25 percent, and ally his state with others vowing to uphold commitments under Paris agreement.

New York
It was the state senate that flipped, not the governorship, in New York. That will free up Andrew Cuomo to answer his critics and pass legislation to put the state on a path to 50 percent renewables by 2030, something he’s been trying to do for a while now. This comes a year after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for the city to purchase 100 percent renewable energy “as soon as sufficient supply can be brought online.”

Maine
Janet Mills, the first woman elected governor in Maine, is aiming to reduce the state’s emissions 80 percent by 2030 and supports the development of offshore wind farms — widely seen as more efficient and reliable than onshore wind. Maine’s potential offshore wind resources are 75 times greater than its current statewide electricity use, meaning it could soon sell energy to other parts of New England and the East Coast.

In these state plans, it’s easy to get a glimpse of a future United States that’s actually on a path to holding global warming to less-than-catastrophic levels. Today’s bold state policies could quickly grow into regional hubs entirely reliant on renewable energy, leapfrogging the broken incrementalist approach of the past few decades at the national level and stealthily achieving the kind of world we need.
https://grist.org/article/midterms-election-cleared-way-for-bold-climate-policy-in-6-states-michelle-lujan-grisham

Democrats Are Going To Investigate Trump’s Corruption

Looking ahead not looking backward it's time to go forward. 
As all in life we should not be concerned about loosing our freedoms
not theirs. We all should have freedom working together to make
affordable electric cars. We all should be brought up!

So on to... Where is Trumps Tax Returns?

~~~~~Democrats Are Going To Investigate Trump’s Corruption 
And His Nativist Immigration Policies. They’re also going to get his tax returns.
After Democrats won control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, President Donald Trump will face actual oversight from Congress for the first time. His most controversial policies will immediately come under investigation ― as will the scandals that circled the first two years of his presidency.

Trump’s family separation policy, efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, rollbacks of environmental regulations, the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the issuance of security clearances to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, voter suppression and the president’s potential violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause all top the list of Democrats’ oversight plans. They also plan to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Republicans Look to Safety Net Programs as Deficit Balloons - Get what you pay for

Why vote blue or not if you like suffering doing without as you have 
to cut back your spending to compensate for the cuts you will get.
It's just economics that people spend what they earn so with less help
is less to give to stores as you cut back.

Why let this happen to you? Vote! 

~~~~~Republicans Look to Safety Net Programs as Deficit Balloons
With the federal deficit growing and President Trump suddenly talking about another tax cut, the conversation in Washington has turned to the inevitable question of how — or whether — Congress will engage in any type of fiscal discipline.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader and Kentucky Republican, got people in Washington talking — and generated some new campaign ads from Democrats — when he suggested this month that changes to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid were needed to tame the deficit.

So what does that presage should Republicans maintain control of Congress?

More tax cuts, less safety net spending
This month, the Treasury Department recorded a $779 billion deficit for the 2018 fiscal year, stemming in large part from a sharp decline in corporate tax revenues after a $1.5 trillion tax cut last year. Since Republicans have historically made deficits a big talking point, Mr. McConnell was naturally asked what the heck he was going to do about it.

“It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem,” Mr. McConnell told Bloomberg News in an interview. “It’s a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.”

That is code for wanting to tackle entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, which Republicans say need to be reined in to address the ballooning federal deficit.

In the Capitol Hill language of indirection, Mr. McConnell’s response most likely served two purposes: to signal to his party’s base that, yes, deficits still make Republicans in Congress sad, but, no, the tax cuts are not to blame. President Trump has shown little interest in taking on the programs that are swelling as the baby boom ages — Social Security and Medicare — and Mr. McConnell further signaled inaction.

“There’s nothing on our agenda to do that unless we have an agreement with the Democrats that we can all sign on to,” he told reporters later.

Still, Mr. Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said in a recent interview that the administration had to be tougher on spending and would begin to consider “the larger entitlements” — Social Security and Medicare are the two biggest social insurance programs — “probably next year.”

Medicaid would be the likeliest target
Even if the Republicans maintain control of Congress, they are likely to lack the votes to make major overhauls to the big entitlement programs, especially without the president’s support. So they would have to turn to the budget process trick — most likely in the first half of 2019 — that allows the Senate to pass legislation with only 51 votes.

There are limits to that process, but Republicans’ myriad efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act provide a guide. The bill, which ultimately failed, would have turned Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, into block grants to the states while slowly rolling back its expansion under the Affordable Care Act and squeezing overall spending on the program.

“Last year when we were taking a run at repealing Obamacare, there was a very serious effort to reform Medicaid,” said Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania. “We got close to uniting Republican senators on the idea that not only do we need to change the architecture of the program but also long-term growth of the program.”

This would be their easiest play, especially if the Republican majority expands in the Senate.

“If Republicans keep the House, I have no doubt they will redouble their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash funding,” said Representative Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees the program, in an email. Indeed, if Republicans keep control of Congress, they might view this as a mandate from voters.

Social Security is probably, but not entirely, secure
Republicans have long toyed with the notion of allowing some private investments in Social Security, but there has been no serious legislative attempt since President George W. Bush was smacked down when he tried to change the program in 2005.

President Barack Obama offered some cuts in Social Security in exchange for new revenues in the “grand bargain” he pursued with the House speaker at the time, John Boehner, toward the end of both of their terms. But House Republicans rejected that notion, and it collapsed under the weight of partisan brawls.

Further, the retirement program is generally considered less of a threat to fiscal solvency than Medicare since its outlays are not expanding as fast as the health programs.

And given the political polarization, Democrats and Republicans are unlikely to agree on a plan to overhaul the program, which would be necessary for any major changes.

Medicare tweaks are likely to be geared toward drug pricing
The Republican agenda still officially calls for turning Medicare into a voucherlike program that would give recipients a choice of whether to get subsidies to buy private insurance or maintain traditional coverage.

Again, Mr. Trump has made it clear that he does not want to make changes to this program for older Americans, though he has spoken frequently about trying to lower the costs of drugs in Medicare, including by increasing the government’s power to negotiate prices.

Well, congressional Republicans don’t want the government to negotiate drug prices — that’s an idea pushed by Democrats. Congress has already made modest moves on the drug-pricing front.

“The tax cuts kind of poisoned the well on this,” said Brian Riedl, a senior fellow in budget, tax and economics at the conservative Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He noted: “It’s hard to cut taxes for corporations and then cut Medicare. The optics for that can be brutal.”

On Thursday, Mr. Trump released his latest drug-price ideas, which would essentially base the costs on those paid by other industrialized nations.

Democrats are seizing on the Republican threat to the safety net
“If Republicans retain the Senate, they will do everything they can to take away families’ health care and raise their costs,” Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader from New York, said in response to Mr. McConnell. “Americans should take Senator McConnell at his word.”

Right away, the comments became the subject of ads; Priorities USA Action, the largest Democratic Party “super PAC,” dumped an immediate $2 million into the effort, and others joined the fray.

Expect to see more of this as Democrats try to turn their closing message before the midterm elections back to health care, as they had already been trying to do

But could Republicans use the farm bill to cut safety net programs?
Yes, Republicans are embracing legislative efforts that would allow states to employ work requirements to lower the food stamp rolls. They will get a lot of pushback from Democrats, whose votes they need to pass the bill.

So with a 60-vote threshold in the Senate and an almost certain shrunken majority in the House, Republicans will still find a somewhat steep hill to climb.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A tale of two minimum wages something to look forward to dur!

Like it's said, you make nothing you have nothing and along with inflation
the wages do have to go up or just have states with no raise in the wages
have most of their people just doing without. While the other states that do
raise their pay have people that can spend money vs no sales I'm broke!

It's sort of like mixing states of The Flintstones and the The Jetsons
in a mess of income disparity and you get what you pay for!
https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/11/03/tale-of-two-minimum-wages-orig.cnn-business/video/playlists/mobile-digital-shorts