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Donald Trump wouldn’t qualify to be an immigrant.

Let’s see.  Trump has about five bankruptcies under his belt, can barely form a coherent sentence, and has no marketable skills that I can see other than being white and promising White America that he will whitely allow them to white even more effectively in the white future.  Add to that the fact that he could never pass a citizenship test because he has no idea of how the government works or the history of this country, and I’m pretty sure Donald Trump’s Administration would stop Donald Trump at the door if he was trying to come from another country.

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The Trump Administrations War on Brown people continues today with new legislation they’re hoping to push through Congress that would limit legal immigration.

(Bolded emphasis mine.)

President Trump unveiled controversial legislation on Wednesday that would sharply curtail legal immigration to the United States.

The president met at the White House with two Republican senators pushing the legislation, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

One of Trump’s campaign promises was to reduce immigration, illegal and legal. The Cotton-Perdue legislation, also known as the RAISE Act (for Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy), would cut by half the number of legal immigrants accepted into the U.S. each year.

Trump said the measure “will reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars.” The current system, Trump said, “has not been fair to our people, to our citizens, to our workers.” He said the new system would favor applicants “who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy.” It would also prevent new arrivals from collecting welfare.

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Let’s see.  Trump has about five bankruptcies under his belt, can barely form a coherent sentence, and has no marketable skills that I can see other than being white and promising White America that he will whitely allow them to white even more effectively in the white future.  Add to that the fact that he could never pass a citizenship test because he has no idea of how the government works or the history of this country, and I’m pretty sure Donald Trump’s Administration would stop Donald Trump at the door if he was trying to come from another country.

I doubt Melania would make the cut either.  She does speak about five languages and her English is just fine from what I hear, but her skillset is limited to squinting not following through on her anti-cyberbullying platform.  Unless they were both coming here to pick oranges or clean hotel rooms, we really have no reason to add them to the economy.

And yes, I really said that, because ignoring the reality of the immigrant workforce isn’t gonna do anybody any favors at this point.

I live in the most diverse city in the country (arguably in the world, depending on your measuring stick) and since I’m not a rich person, I get to see a cross-section of race, class, and employment every single day.  There are some generalizations you can make, though of course exceptions exist.

White people sit at the top of the employment food chain. They run Wall Street, media, government, and most of the white collar industries from law to education.  In service industries, these are the owners.  In blue collar industries, they’re your foremen and contractors.

Black & Brown people born in the US (and whose parents were likely born here too) sit below that cap.  In the “elite” sectors of employment, these are the ones answering to a white boss if they managed to get a foot in the door in the first place.  In service industries, these are your cashiers and busboys.  You never see white cashiers in big box or chain stores in NYC.  When white people do come in for those entry level positions, they’re quickly promoted up and out to management (I’ve personally been leapfrogged and watched white friends benefit from this trend as well).  These are your teachers or teachers’ assistants with white principals, stock boys, secretaries, nurses, nannies, unsalaried waiters, bus drivers, maintenance people, etc.  When you do see white people in those positions, they’re entry level.  You never see a 40 year old white cashier.  You can go to Bed Bath & Beyond right now and see three 40 year old Black ones.

The bottom of the employment ladder is made up of the people doing the jobs that nobody else wanted.  Hotel maids, dishwashers, day laborers, moving men, janitors, house cleaners, etc.  A big chunk of the second tier used to be employed in these jobs until the Civil Rights Movement opened the doors for employment in other areas.  Black people don’t want to scrub floors the way their grandparents did, so now the unskilled immigrants lacking in English proficiency do that.  The Trump Administration wants to shrink the bottom tier, move some of us back into those jobs, and lessen the competition for those six-figure, white collar jobs so that every white person can have one instead of having to settle for a management in the second tier.

Unemployment is actually still low.  And we’ll probably see a gap in the job market when the Baby Boomers start retiring en masse (please let it be soon, especially in the halls of government).  Nobody can come in from Guatemala and steal a job – it has to be given to them by the person doing the hiring, and chances are, there was little competition for it anyway.  Once again, this administration is just paying lip service to the false idea that white people are having things taken away from them and they need to get it back.  When I see a line of Beckys and Duncans jostling for a restaurant job washing dishes from 9pm to 4am for minimum wage, then they can come talk to me about all of the jobs going to immigrants who don’t speak English.

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CNBC: The budget breakdown of a 25-year-old who makes $100,000 a year and is excellent with money

Gen X & Baby Boomer media is about making millennials feel shitty about not being exponentially more successful and more educated than they had to be at the same age to maintain the same standard of living. Y’all had my salary with a HS diploma working at Auto Zone. Go away.

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Trevor Klee, he admits, is a “terrible employee.” But he’s great at working for himself — and at taking tests.

So the 25-year-old entrepreneur started a thriving business of his own. As a test prep instructor in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he brings in $100,000 a year tutoring people for the GMAT, GRE and LSAT. “It’s one of those weird skills that turned out to be really monetizable,” he tells CNBC Make It.

Klee is the first to acknowledge he’s benefited from both luck and privilege: “Growing up in a family that talked a lot about money was a definite advantage,” he says. “In a lot of ways, I feel like I’m good with money, but I’m playing life on ‘Easy’ mode: I’m a single guy with no dependents and I make a pretty solid income.”

Here’s a look at how Klee earns, saves and spends his money, and how he gives it away

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He’s 25 years old and makes $100,000 a year paying $825 rent.

When I was 25 I made $30,000 a year paying $900 rent.

I don’t understand who these articles are for.

Gen X & Baby Boomer media is about making millennials feel shitty about not being exponentially more successful and more educated than they had to be at the same age to maintain the same standard of living. Y’all had my salary with a HS diploma working at Auto Zone. Go away.

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WaPo: Workers are ghosting their employers like bad dates

Pay workers more and treat them like people. If your employees feel expendable, they have no problem ghosting on that spot that you’ll easily fill with someone else you don’t care about.

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Economists report that workers are starting to act like millennials on Tinder: They’re ditching jobs with nary a text.

“A number of contacts said that they had been ‘ghosted,’ a situation in which a worker stops coming to work without notice and then is impossible to contact,” the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago noted in December’s Beige Book, which tracks employment trends.

National data on economic “ghosting” is lacking. The term, which usually applies to dating, first surfaced in 2016 on Dictionary.com. But companies across the country say silent exits are on the rise.

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The author says ghosting on a job, as in leaving and not telling anyone, is partly due to bad social skills.

But we all know that’s crap, don’t we?

I gave one job two month’s notice to replace me because I knew it’d be difficult and I loved my boss. I can go back to that job anytime I want and I have no hard feelings toward that office bc my transition out of the job was smooth, just as I thought it’d be.

Just one job tho.

Everybody else got two weeks or less because I was leaving due to how much I hated the job, the pay, the management, etc. These jobs are not loyal to workers so why should we be loyal to the job? They can fire you with no notice but you have to give them 2 to 4 weeks? Pfffffffft!

That job will be just fine and will most likely have your replacement next week. And some intentionally make your life hell after you put in your notice.

You get a notice if I feel like you deserve a notice.

And co-workers don’t need to know your business. I don’t need buddies at the office – that’s work. I’m on Twitter instead of roaming around making chit chat because office gossip is how you fumble your bag. I don’t need any whispers behind my back about anything.

None of that has to do with “social skills” or any other lazy excuse.
Pay workers more and treat them like people. If your employees feel expendable, they have no problem ghosting on that spot that you’ll easily fill with someone else you don’t care about.

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Vox: Paul Ryan’s Long Con

Anybody still giving the benefit of the doubt to Republicans needs to go outside and break off a switch. Republicans keep playing this “fiscal responsibility” card, and too many of us keep falling for it to debate its merits as if their positions ever hold fast once they get elected. “Fiscal responsibility” is a catchphrase to bring two groups to the polls: rich people and poor whites.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s legacy can be summed up in just one number: $343 billion.

That’s the increase between the deficit for fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2018— that is, the difference between the fiscal year before Ryan became speaker of the House and the fiscal year in which he retired.

If the economy had fallen into recession between 2015 and 2018, Ryan’s record would be understandable. But it didn’t. In fact, growth quickened and the labor market tightened — which means deficits should’ve fallen. Indeed, that’s exactly what happened in each of the five years preceding Ryan’s speakership; from 2011 to 2015, annual deficits fell each year.

As he prepares to leave office, Ryan says that debt reduction is one of those things “I wish we could have gotten done.” Ryan, the man with the single most power over the federal budget in recent years, sounds like a bystander, as if he watched laws happen rather than made them happen.

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Anybody still giving the benefit of the doubt to Republicans needs to go outside and break off a switch. Republicans keep playing this “fiscal responsibility” card, and too many of us keep falling for it to debate its merits as if their positions ever hold fast once they get elected. “Fiscal responsibility” is a catchphrase to bring two groups to the polls: rich people and poor whites.

Rich people hear “fiscal responsibility” and they know their taxes will be cut. The GOP uses “fiscal responsibility” as part of their funny math to justify cutting taxes for corporations and rich people. The rich don’t actually care that the math doesn’t add up — they just know the politicians they elected are using that ruse to get over on the rest of the country, that their politicians are saying “we have to curb spending, and once we have less stuff to pay for, we don’t need as much tax revenue coming in” and then voila — the rich get richer.

Poor whites hear “fiscal responsibility” and they feel like the coloreds and the immigrants will be getting fewer handouts. Never mind the fact that it’s Republican states that take the most from the federal government and contribute the least, because facts don’t matter. Only perception matters, and the perception among poor whites is that they are struggling while Blacks & Muslims & Mexicans are living high on the hog thanks to welfare programs that taxes pay for. Why should they get free stuff from the government while Good Americans (white ones) are scrimping and saving to pay the bills? Those poor whites vote for politicians pimping austerity measures against their own self-interests because they’d rather suffer themselves if they can sleep soundly at night with the knowledge that brown people are hopefully suffering even more.

Then those politicians take office and have no interest in balancing a budget or keeping spending under control because, just like Donald Trump said last week, they won’t be in office when the bottom falls out. Democratic leadership will have to come in, fix everything, and then the cycle repeats itself.

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