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I live in a constant state of early 90s.
When college rock was good, and black people were still on TV.

     Black Friday Creep begins: Macy’s to open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving is bout damn near canceled at this point now that Macy’s has announced they will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving to get the jump on Black Friday.


Do you realize that along with The Kardashians and McDonald’s, the US has also successfully infected the rest of the globe with the plague known as Black Friday?  I mean of the three, The Kardashians are still the worst and Black Friday won’t cause diabetes, but still.  This is ridiculous and if you are actually out shopping at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day, I probably don’t like you that much.

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5:44 pm  •  14 October 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Minimum Wage Triptych.

The other day someone asked me about a little rant I wrote last year during the Fast Food strikes and it dealt with my feelings toward people who are against raising the minimum wage because they don’t want fast food workers making as much money as they do.  Reading over it again, that piece works a lot better in the context of two other things I wrote, and together the three of them sum up how I feel hearing about the strikes and the lack of widespread support.

You think you’re better than the cashier at McDonald’s.
Why should the single mother with a GED taking your money at McDonald’s make $15 an hour? She didn’t go to college. She didn’t pay her dues at internships. She doesn’t have a mountain of student debt as her reward for getting a magical piece of paper that opens doors to a job interview. Why should she get paid as much money as you do?

That’s the hurdle the minimum wage battle is facing.

Corporate America has got us all shaming poor people.
The generation before us could buy a nice house, two cars, and raise three kids on a high school education.  They could get a job as a bank teller or a store manager or machine operator, make a really decent living, and participate in the American dream.  That’s over.  

We have to stop fighting each other and start fighting the structures of capitalism and greed that put us here.  The cashier at Wal-Mart today made the same decisions and had the same opportunities as the store clerk of 50 years ago, but that guy was able to make a living and raise a family while today’s cashier has to wait in line for government assistance.  We didn’t change.  That job didn’t change.  Their education levels didn’t change.  Corporate greed did.

The American Dream is not real.
The inherent flaw with The American Dream in a capitalist economy is the fact that not everyone can be successful and not everyone can be rich.  Somebody has to make minimum wage sweeping the floor.  I’m not sure if Republicans are too dumb to realize that, or if they do realize but feign ignorance to paint themselves as hard workers who deserved every penny they made.  Every successful person seems to think they did it all themselves, with no luck involved in the midst of just the right set of circumstances.  They conveniently ignore all of the other people who worked just as hard yet failed to get anywhere.

That’s my problem with looking down on poor people.

None of us will ever be paid more until the ones on the bottom rungs are finally given a living wage. If that means that you with your degree and Billy ringing up orders at Wendy’s make the same amount of money for a few years, so be it. Putting their strike in terms of your paycheck is basically saying they don’t deserve a living wage because YOU aren’t living in luxury and that’s selfish.  We need to work together to take down greed at the very top, not fight against each other to make sure we’re doing better than the next guy.  American capitalism is the rich convincing the middle class that they’re doing so much better than the poor, and that’s the only way to keep us distracted from seeing how wealthy the rich really are.  This isn’t about uneducated or untrained workers making as much as you are.  They deserve a living wage regardless of the corporate greed that saddles you with pennies for a paycheck against the enormous wealth of our CEOs.  

11:20 am  •  5 September 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Look at this photo. Why is #McDonalds still calling their ketchup #fancy?  What’s so fancy about it? I’m sure we all know the secret ingredients by now: 1 part salt, 3 parts sugar, 17 parts Tears of Underpaid Workers,  13 parts Sweat of Illegal Overtime, and a little bit of tomato paste.  Oh wait no, that’s the blood of people with no hope of upward mobility. My bad. #iHadACouponForFries #ButICouldntEnjoyThem #frenchfries #fastfoodcrack

Why is #McDonalds still calling their ketchup #fancy? What’s so fancy about it? I’m sure we all know the secret ingredients by now: 1 part salt, 3 parts sugar, 17 parts Tears of Underpaid Workers, 13 parts Sweat of Illegal Overtime, and a little bit of tomato paste. Oh wait no, that’s the blood of people with no hope of upward mobility. My bad. #iHadACouponForFries #ButICouldntEnjoyThem #frenchfries #fastfoodcrack

7:10 pm  •  8 August 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     One in three Americans has debt in collections.

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.


Whelp.  I guess I don’t have to be embarrassed about those two years I spent unemployed and dodging bill collectors’ phone calls since every third person I pass on the street is currently doing just that.

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2:42 pm  •  30 July 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Republicans couldn’t live off minimum wage; still oppose raising it.

A survey by Public Policy Polling shows an even bigger disconnect about the minimum wage among the GOP.

  • 69% of Republicans say they couldn’t live on the current minimum wage
  • 37% of Republicans support raising the minimum wage
  • 80% of Democrats say they couldn’t live on the current minimum wage
  • 74% of Democrats support raising the minimum wage


Not only are many Republican voters wholly ignorant about what it really means to live on minimum wage, but even those who admittedly could not live on those paychecks still wouldn’t vote to raise the wage floor.  If that’s not the Republican Party spitting on poor people (AND THEMSELVES) I don’t know what is.

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2:00 pm  •  23 July 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Carlos Slim — world’s 2nd richest man — says we should work 3 days a week.

My first reaction was:  Of course you can say that.  You have more money than god and you don’t have to worry about a paycheck.

My second reaction (after reading what he said) was: 

Would you trade a shorter workweek now for a shorter retirement later?  If you could have 4 days off a week, would you work into your 70s before retiring?

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1:47 pm  •  21 July 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Rand Paul: Minimum wage is “temporary.”

Rand Paul responded to the Obamas’ interview last month where they talk of encouraging their daughters to work minimum wage jobs to understand what real work feels like.  In doing so, he made one statement that pretty much sums up the disconnect many Americans have (especially those with money) regarding the minimum wage.


The minimum wage is not temporary for many people and everybody cannot move up the ladder toward jobs that don’t exist.

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11:10 am  •  21 July 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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     Sobering retirement statistics:
  • 53% of households risk falling more than 10 percent short of the retirement income they’ll need to maintain their standard of living (x)
  • More than 40% of retirees are also at risk of running out of money for daily needs, out-of-pocket spending on health care or long-term care (x)
  • 25%  of Americans could not come up with $2,000 in 30 days if necessary, and another 20 percent would have to pawn or sell possessions to do so (x)
  • Only 17 percent of people in the lowest income quartile will have sufficient resources to avoid running short of money by the end of their lives (x)

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3:54 pm  •  16 June 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

| economy| retirement| news| social security| finance|

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