America's two-class society, pitting rich against the poor continues under
our profit driven private economy as Republicans refuse to allow the Obama
Administration to make an effort to redistribute America's wealth back to
the working class whose labor the private sector uses to gain their profits for
their investors and CEOs.
One can't ignore that Universal Healthcare is encouraging more employers to
shift fulltime jobs into part time to avoid the expense of healthcare unlder the
new federal law.
Tabuno--Everyone wants to see a strong middle class with upward mobility of the
poor and the middle classes. But trying to take from the rich to give to the
poor will not work. Why? Because the politicians are among the very rich 1%.
They pass laws with loopholes. They, along with other rich people, hire CPAs
and attorney's to help them accumulate and keep their wealth.Do
you think Obama is doing anything to help the situation? If you do, you are
absolutely wrong. Obama is all talk and theory. Do you think if
democrats had control of all branches of government that the issues of poverty
and wealth in America would improve? It wouldn't because Democrats go
about it the wrong way. If politicians truly wanted to make a
difference they would focus on education and quality jobs (not this part time
nonsense going on now). They would lower corporate taxes and break unions.
This would encourage manufacturing and business back to America. Rather than throwing away money into entitlement programs, we should be
pouring money into education. Then change the tax code and encourage better
America needs a well-educated population and a strong business and manufacturing
culture. instead we are spiraling down into an entitlement culture
dependent upon government, and a part-time employment culture.Obama
is a disaster, really.But are Republicans much better?There are those with the right ideas. Remember, education and quality jobs
should be the focus of the next several presidential campaigns.
hope n change....
I work at a part-time job with no benefits, making $10 an hour, which is better
than some places, worse than others. I had a full-time job, without benefits,
and when Obamacare was passed, plus with the downturn of the economy in our
area, my employer decided he had to cut back on expenses, so I got laid off two
years ago. At age 64, it was not easy to find work, but I had to. Now I work
anywhere from 12 hours to 20 hours or so a week, depending on the need. I'd
love to retire...I'm 66...but we can't make ends meet on just my
husband's income alone. I worry about my children, who are just starting
out with their families, attending college, etc. One son is working 3 jobs (1
full-time, and 2 part-time) to support his family. One son graduated from
college last year, and is still trying to figure out what to do with his degree.
So he's mowing lawns this summer to pay his student loans. It's tough
to make a living.
It's called flex for food. The MBAs of the country use their creativity to
squeeze more out of the workers, in every shape and work scheme. Let's not
forget that employers are also exempt from paying for health insurance, with
flexed-out part timers. This is one of the main reasons Mitt Romney lost
the election. It wasn't as much his LDS faith that hindered him. It was
because he reminded too many Americans of the corporate suit who fired them.
Business can only cut hours if there is a surplus of labor. They must have
workers to fill the extra hours. Enter their demand for surplus labor from
illegal workers and visa workers (3.2 million in 2011). Their presense makes
this possibile. 80 hours split between three workers will only hurt
our economy more. The is not off topic.
Barry O. Is going to unveil 1 million shovel ready jobs soon...Fixing roads (translation: supporting friends in solar battery companies),
building bridges (translation: developing electric cars in Detroit), and
rebuilding the infrastructure (translation: increasing support to PBS, NPR and
Planned Parenthood)...I wish his mom had of tried the last shovel
ready job 40+ years ago...
Part time work means no health coverage which is a boon to employers. Under R.
Reagan, there was a trickle down effect. The current malaise in the market is
directly attributable to far left reasoning in socialist redistribution of
wealth. The capitalistic right wing approach was not much better for certain
groups. The "everyone is now poor" is not good either. The answer is for
organized labor to give their opinion and exert its influence. James P. Hoffa
(yes the son of) of the Teamsters has been "growling of late" about the
cost of reform health care. Let's allow his growl to become audible and to
listen carefully to what he has to say. Sixty percent of the 2010 census is from
European stock and therefore associated with labor. Actually, the left is bereft
of such numbers and the 1% on the right is irrelevant.
“There are many workers out there available for work, so employers are
able to hire at lower wages,” And the Senate wants to open the
doors to America with double the green cards and visas, plus allow those here
illegally to compete with Americans for jobs. Business is not playing fair with
the American worker. Do American workers have any rights anymore.
As a typical Utahn who is politically conservative and practicing L.D.S., I
believe it is time for sweeping labor, health care and minimum wage reform. It
isn't in the benefit of marriage, family, and the exorbitant cost of
welfare and it's attendant evils to permit this trend to continue. A
minimum wage that would sustain a family at the poverty levels, and constraints
on the use of part time and temporary employment are overdue. Tax penalties and
incentives are the best solution to bring this about, since penurious employers
put the obligation of supporting their employees life needs on the taxpayer, and
companies who are paying a living wage. Fifty to sixty years ago, we
weren't having these problems because laws were calculated to prevent them.
Further reforms in the 1970's forbade age discrimination and improved
workplace safety. Students had access to enough part time jobs for their needs,
but the main labor force was made up of full time jobs with benefits. Many of
the evils facing our society will resolve themselves if employers are not
allowed to "skate" on their obligation of "A fair days wage for a
fair days work".
A major reason the unemployment rate dropped is because 37,000 workers gave up
looking and left the workforce. Some day perhaps journalists will start
reporting the actual unemployed number that is much higher.
This is one of the effects of Obama's trickle up poverty (redistribution).
Inflation, especially inflation of food and energy prices is another along with
massive deficits. The final nail in America's economic coffin is being put
in place-Obamacare. Ironically, its the poor and the middle class who suffers
the most. Everyone can see it happening right before our eyes, except those
blinded by their liberal ideology.
It doesn't help that much of the work is being farmed out to groups of
industrial slaves in Eastern and Southern Asia. There's a short-term
return in cheap goods, but a very harmful long term result of reduced
opportunity in both strengthening the brutality and corporate misconduct there
and impoverishing the rest of us to their level.
Part-time jobs are good for those who want a part-time job. For those like me
who need to support a family, part-time jobs are terrible - but unfortunately
that's all there is.
Its a numbers game. Politicians have carefully carved out a formula to campaign
with. Each month they are able to stand up before cheering crowds who see the
neon signs with proof that the economy is improving. But they are just numbers;
numbers without substance.Every time I hear a new and improved jobs
report I cringe. I know full well that all those glorious new jobs are part
time and/or low paying jobs. Some weeks ago I read a statistic of how many more
people were added to the food stamp roster for every thousand jobs added. And
people actually believe that the economy is getting better.Let's all take a moment to praise our government who has worked so hard
to make sure that - that they will always have food and shelter no matter what
happens to the rest of us.
No one should rely on just one employer or just one income for their daily bread
and receive benefits. That is foolish. Employers aren't the only source for
benefits. If one is disciplined there are many ways to earn money. Personally I have no college degree and yet have a positive attitude and have
found many ways to earn money. I went to Insurance School and work in Insurance,
plus I work another part time job. Plus I studied on my own and learned
how the Stock Market works and earn a little money that way. Please no
comments about how the Stock Market is fixed or whatever. I earn money on
Cash Reward Credit Cards as well. Again, you have to put in effort, work hard
and be disciplined to succeed in these things. I am not here to toot my
own horn. I mention these things after reading so much negativity on the
comments above. I am not wealthy but have no debt and keep the wheels greased
financially and so can you.
The ACA will be a huge benefit to workers who are part time once it is fully
implemented. Workers will have a freedom that they have never ever had before in
America. It is expected that millions of workers will be able to retire because
of the ACA and the availability of affordable health care that is not tied to
one's job.Guess what when people retire they need to be
replaced in most cases. That will mean more jobs for workers that are looking
and will decrease the available labor supply meaning wages will start to rise
because companies will have to pay more to attract good workers. The current
problem now has everything to do with the private sector. The companies
especially the big ones could afford to provide health care to all employees but
they are choosing not to. Short term it may work for them, but long term it is
not a good business idea.
obama is my man, he is my hero, and very thing else. People had a chance last
year but who wanted to change midstream. (I did) We get what we sow. We all may
end up with a obama phone and food stamps.
Since the 1980s we have reverted back to the failed version of Capitalism,
Supply-Side Economics. We saw the Internet bubble burst in the 90s followed by
the real estate and banking industry failing in 2008. Throughout the 2000s we
saw deregulated commodities, such as oil skyrocket. In fact, in 2007, did you
know that gas prices should have decreased? Supply increased and demand actually
decreased. Instead, the prices doubled. Consumers, were being gouged. Has anyone
been held accountable for that? Nope. Because
Supply-Side demands that the markets remain unregulated. While a few
made killings (and didn't create new jobs) the rest of us suffered.Just as we saw in the Gilded Age.The market blew up and
collapsed in on itself in 2008. Just as we saw in the 20s. How many
more examples do we need until we (re)discover the lessons our great
grandparents knew? Supply-Side doesn't work. The truth that
they learned (and we have forgotten) is that the real job creators aren't
the folks on top but the folks in the trenches. If we want to build
a healthy long-term economy, we need to focus on rebuilding the middle-class.
@ LA Mormon: You must be kidding! Paying the premiums for private, or even group
insurance not tied to an employer, is very expensive. We could not do it, and
yet we may be required to. My husband has insurance with his job, and we pay
about $285 a month for the premiums. I have a Medicare advantage type insurance,
but it pays very little. I work part-time, with no benefits. I would love to
retire, but I can't afford to. The premiums where my husband works have
gone up since the first of the year, and I expect that trend will continue. I
was laid off a fairly good-paying part time job 2 years ago because my employer
was worried about the anticipated expense of having to carry insurance for his
employees. I can see very few benefits from Obamacare.
I am shocked that nowhere in the article it talks about Obamacare...an extensive
article this last week on the Wall Street Journal has pointed out that the
number of part time employees will skyrocket because companies are trying to
minimize the burden of Obamacare. And with 30 hours being set as "full
time", most employees will be limited to 29 hours/week. They will have to
find at least 2 jobs. Time for America to wake up and push for an end to
@prelax "Business can only cut hours if there is a surplus of labor. They
must have workers to fill the extra hours. Enter their demand for surplus labor
from illegal workers and visa workers (3.2 million in 2011). Their presense
makes this possibile."Ever heard of Marx's reserve army of
@milehigh "And with 30 hours being set as "full time", most
employees will be limited to 29 hours/week. " I find it interesting that
Obama and government get criticized but business and corporations escape
criticism. Why? It's business giving the shaft to workers in this case.
The reason this cannot be perceived by most people is that they have absolutely
no knowledge of the economic system they live in.
We TeaPublicans know the jobs have gone out of the United States and almost
everywhere else! Our Corporations must make a corporate profit. Americans
want to pay less for everything they buy. Ever hear of Wal-Mart? Some people
want their employer to provide them with a minimum wage or more plus all kinds
of benefits. Our job creators have to satisfy shareholders and also satisfy
Americans need to pay less at the stores. So our job creators do create
jobs…they invest in other countries and create jobs in THOSE foreign
countries. You want these jobs back in America? Then get rid of the minimum
wage, taxes on Corporations, make sure they don’t have to offer any
benefits at all and throw out all the federal regulations. That’s how you
get the job creator to again invest in our America! Yes, it is true! We
TeaPublicans ARE taking back our America in 2014 and 2016. And we will take
back that minimum wage law and federal regulations too! “P n P’ in
2016…yes it is going to happen. Perry n Palin in 2016!
Vince,It sounds wonderful, but where exactly does the money come
from. I own a small business and most of my customers are small businesses.
Many of them have been hard hit by the economy so they spend less with me than
they did 5 years ago. I use skilled labor so I pay well above minimum wage and
provide health insurance. However, if you came in and mandated a 30 percent
raise for my employees, I would spend the weekend deciding who was going to lose
their job.While there are some companies that make large profits and
are using the downturn to put downward pressure on wages, there are also alot of
companies that are struggling to hang on and barely turn a profit. If you
start raising the costs of doing business, either by raising the minimum wage or
implementing Obamacare, businesses have to save money somewhere - and low
skilled people will be the first to go. Americans are getting
exactly what they voted for - government intervention that makes business more
difficult. While some of you think you are sticking it to the rich, you are
really hurting small businesses - and ultimately yourselves.
So how will adding millions of more workers help American workers? The Senate
bill S744, will add 33 million more workers over the next 10 years. It not only
dramatically increases the number of legal immigrants (now at 1 million each
year) it dramatically increases the number of work visas. There is a new W visa
for unskilled workers too! Our college grads are doing these unskilled jobs now.
Why would Obama and Boehner want to do this to American workers?
Obama said he would work night and day to create jobs. Remember the last thing
he thought of at night and the first thing he thought of in the morning. Maybe
its working more jobs but only part time. Yea Obama. That is true to his own job
it is part time also. To bad he is without a job. That would be the blessing
America would enjoy.
Funny thing is, the trend started five years ago, just about the time that our
current leaders started trumpeting to herald the arrival of a federal mandate to
force all employers to provide health insurance for all full-time workers.Cause and effect.Anyone who fails to see this is probably a
graduate of the Lucy and Ethel School of Economics.