Americans now compete/grovel for low wage and shitty jobs

One more sign of how much “better” things are getting while our government laughingly imagines that Americans can’t wait to get bank credit to buy another house and a new car:

LEWISTON, Pa. — The growing ranks of unemployed Americans are turning to the traditional fallbacks — retail, restaurants, customer service — to ride out a rough economy. The bad news is job openings there are growing scarce, too.

Widespread “trading down” is sparking a fight for low-wage jobs that employers once struggled to fill. Mark Hall, 24 years old, of Alexandria, Pa., lost his $12-an-hour gig as a videographer when his employer folded and is now looking for anything to make ends meet.

And as our elected officials prattle about how every American should be able to get a four-year degree, whether they have any brains or not:

“Finding a regular job, not even in my field, is very challenging,” said Mr. Hall. “Even working for Lowe’s, I’d settle for that, and I have a four-year degree.”


Despite what objectives they may have put atop their resumes, when asked to describe the work they really wanted, the job seekers largely had the same goal: “I’ll take anything right now.”

In many cases, that desperation means that even educated workers must trade down to jobs below their potential and with lower pay. That results in painful, long-term effects, from hurting their own career advancement to displacing those with less education or experience.

So basically, it won’t be long  before you need that freshly dumbed down four- year degree just to sell hardware at Lowe’s.

All of this while we anticipate yet another major hike in the cost of heat and light with the Bomb Shelter and Y2K scare of the 21st Century known as Global Warming. But not to worry. Homeless people don’t have to worry about utility bills.

But don’t worry, Comrades. Nancy, Harry,  Tim and Barack are going to fix everything. They are going to fix you  good.


On a “Lighter note”, it does look as though The Onion was right. Promises kept. Thanks for reminding me, DE.


Nancy: No commitment to vote on automatic pay raises for Congress

Isn’t this about as In Your Face as it gets?

I would love to see this go to a floor vote and see the results from both parties. Let’s face it gang, when it comes to taking care of themselves, it doesn’t really matter which party is in charge any longer, does it now?

The economy is crumbling. Go eat your cake.

WASHINGTON – Congress’ automatic pay raises are in little immediate danger of being scrapped for good, even with the economy slumping and millions of Americans unemployed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday would not commit to holding a vote on a bill to do away with the annual cost-of-living increases. She pointed out that Congress recognized the economic crisis by voting this week to skip next year’s raise.

In so doing, though, lawmakers defeated a Senate measure to abolish the automatic pay hikes and force them into the deep discomfort of casting actual votes to give themselves raises.

Harry Reid did his own little dance over this issue as well.

Competing proposals on the Senate floor earlier in the week effectively canceled each other out.

Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican with personal issues that could threaten his re-election, talked of adding a ban on automatic congressional raises to a $410 billion spending bill already passed by the House.

Great idea, alleged Majority Leader Harry Reid, who’s also facing a tough re-election fight next year. But adding the pay issue to the bill would mean sending it back to the House, and that could kill the whole thing, Reid said.

Reid’s problem, as he described it, was with the process and not scrapping automatic pay raises. In fact, Reid said, congressional raises shouldn’t be automatic. So he proposed an alternative: a bill all its own almost identical to Vitter’s.

Nope, Vitter said, because Pelosi was almost certain to ignore it.

Reid bristled.

harry20reidOh come on Harry. We both know Nancy rides herd over you. There’s no sense of pretending any longer. She’s far more powerful than you are.  She’s faster than you are when she’s sleeping, Harry.  And Barack likes her better. Just admit it will ya? You’ll feel so much better. Atta boy. Don’t sulk.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could determine your own raise? Just go into your boss’s office and tell him you want an automatic raise on January 1 from now on—and here’s how much.

Gee, you would never know that Congress is supposed to work for us, would you now? That’s because they don’t. They haven’t been Pubic Servants for so long, we never even noticed the point at which they became Publc Masters.

More on Bailout Ripoff People at American Express

moneyhappiness_vl-vertical1Yesterday, we read where American Express took $3.5 billion in bailout money, which was given to them for the purposes of opening credit for customers. Instead they are busy arbitrarily harassing paying customers.

Well that story is nothing compared to what else  this  insult of a company is up to.

Apparently,  American  Express is also dumping  on customers who do business with vendors that are secretly blacklisted– because other customers who did business with them aren’t reliable American Express payers. That’s right.  If you and I both made a purchase at The Widget Store and you didn’t pay your  American Express bill on time, I can be blamed.

No kidding. You can’t make this smarmy shit up. Not only that, but these Bailout Thieves are surreal enough to actually send letters to customers on this subject.

In recent months, American Express has gone far beyond simply checking your credit score and making sure you pay on time. The company has been looking at home prices in your area, the type of mortgage lender you’re using and whether small-business card customers work in an industry under siege. It has also been looking at how you spend your money, searching for patterns or similarities to other customers who have trouble paying their bills.

In some instances, if it didn’t like what it was seeing, the company has cut customer credit lines. It laid out this logic in letters that infuriated many of the cardholders who received them. “Other customers who have used their card at establishments where you recently shopped,” one of those letters said, “have a poor repayment history with American Express.”

One disgusted customer pulled their pants down on  “Good Morning America”. Bravo, dude!

The question, then, is how much of the data they can use before spooking their customers. Kevin D. Johnson, a 29-year-old Atlanta resident who runs a marketing and communications firm, received a letter from American Express last October saying that his credit limit was being lowered. One reason was that other customers who had used their cards at places where he had shopped were late in paying their bills.

The company couldn’t — or wouldn’t — tell him which charges had met with its disapproval. Frustrated, he told his story to the local newspaper and on “Good Morning America.” He also began documenting his experience on, where he posted the names of all the merchants he patronized, in the hope that other American Express customers would cross-check his list with theirs and solve the mystery.

When I queried the company this week, before it changed its policy, I noted that if it wouldn’t tell people which establishments were suspect, people would have no choice but to guess. The truly paranoid, presumably, would stop using American Express cards altogether.

Sounds like a plan. I urge everyone who reads this blog to stop using your American Express cards completely.  I also think you should tell everyone you know about this company and recommend that they don’t use their cards either. Make AMEX pound salt.

One more thing: AMEX won’t let their customers know their list of vendors that would put them under “suspicion”.

But American Express couldn’t possibly go public with such a list. If it did, the merchants on the list, who generally pay the company a lot of money to accept its cards, would have a fit and hurl their Amex terminals into the nearest body of water.

I suggest you let all the vendors who accept your American Express card know that they might be on the American Express Black  List. Heh.

I also wonder where they put the $3.5 billion dollars they stole from America–because they sure aren’t using it to open lines of credit. I think  American Express should give us our money back. Our politicians say that this money is not traceable, which is testimony to their ineptitude to begin with. But it’s fairly easy to see where the money isn’t going.  If we know what these companies are pulling, how come oour elected officials who handed out this money don’t know?

Too bad Nancy, Harry and Barack are too busy eating $100 a pound steak to be bothering with such trivia. I know our new Secretary of the Treasury is far too busy learning  Turbo Tax to be bothered.