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  • Ted Cruz Talks to Business Leaders on June 1 (Concord, New Hampshire)

    05/18/2015 10:28:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Patch ^ | May 18, 2015 | Tony Schinella
    The New Hampshire House Business Caucus, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, will host its fourth in a series of business roundtables with presidential candidates, on Monday, June 1, at 9 a.m. at The Draft restaurant, 67 South Main St. in Concord, according to a press statement. The featured speaker, and declared presidential candidate, will be Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “The momentum continues to build as we have more and more candidates take part in this series. We have had a terrific response and level of interest from the business community, the candidates, and state elected...
  • STATES SAYING 'NO' TO CITIES SEEKING TO REGULATE BUSINESSES

    05/17/2015 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 5/17/2015 | David Lieb
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator- himself - and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags. Shaul's dual role in state government and business may be a bit out of the norm. Yet his actions are not. In capitols across the country, businesses are increasingly using their clout to back laws prohibiting cities and counties from doing things that might affect their ability to make money. In...
  • Business damage from Baltimore riot estimated at $9M

    05/13/2015 1:20:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 13, 2015 | By Yvonne Wenger
    Damage is estimated at $9 million for the destruction of hundreds of businesses and two homes during the recent unrest in Baltimore — with at least 30 sustaining major damage, according to information released Wednesday. The Small Business Administration estimated the damaged at about $8.9 million to 284 business and $60,000 to two houses, officials told The Baltimore Sun. U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, along with other Maryland Democrats, called for Small Business Administration to assist with the creation of disaster centers in the city and a plan to inform business owners who are eligible for benefits about how to...
  • Exports Drive Economic Growth in the States

    05/11/2015 2:21:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-11-15 | Karla Jones
    International trade is a job creation engine that supports more than one in five jobs nationwide. Every state benefits from exports, and Texas, California and New York have the highest export revenues. Even states earning less than the top three states receive billions of export dollars. The United States is in the midst of negotiating three major trade frameworks (Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP], Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP] and Trade and Investment Services Agreement [TISA]) that will be difficult to conclude without trade promotion authority (TPA). Trade Promotion Authority – The States Are Stakeholders provides background on TPA and the...
  • Baltimore Is Not About Race

    05/05/2015 7:04:45 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 4, 2015 | William McGurn
    Baltimore Is Not About Race Government-induced dependency is the problem—and it’s one with a long history. By William McGurn May 4, 2015 For those who see the rioting in Baltimore as primarily about race, two broad reactions dominate. One group sees rampaging young men fouling their own neighborhoods and concludes nothing can be done because the social pathologies are so overwhelming. In some cities, this view manifests itself in the unspoken but cynical policing that effectively cedes whole neighborhoods to the thugs. Opinion Journal Video Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jason Riley on what prompted the violence and what comes next....
  • Largely Ineffective Sanctions Against Iran

    05/05/2015 7:06:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/05/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Sanctions are an ineffective tool on their own for achieving complex geopolitical objectives For those who believe that sanctions on Iran have made substantial progress towards their stated goals, a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is illuminating. The report reviews the sanctions applied against Iran by various entities and then critically examines their actual impacts. The results are not promising for those who believe sanctions are an effective tool with which to exert serious geopolitical pressure. The report acknowledges that “Iran’s acceptance of the JPA [Joint Plan of Action; the interim nuclear agreement that has been in...
  • US businessmen lining up to do business with Iran

    05/04/2015 7:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2015 | Rick Moran
    Capitalism is a wonderful thing - except when it isn't. Several US businessmen - oil execs for instance - are eagerly waiting for the day when "normalizing" relations with Iran would lead to exploiting the business opportunities offered by the mullahs. The Hill: Leaders from the United States’ oil industry are traveling to Iran this week to discuss potential investment opportunities, Iran’s government said. The delegation of oil company leaders and investors are visiting Iran in anticipation of sanctions being loosened against Tehran, Iran’s state-owned Mehr News Agency reported Monday. “It is forecast that by the visit of [the] American delegation...
  • Even Small Businesses Are Jumping on the Robot Bandwagon

    05/03/2015 7:52:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | Elaine Pofeldt
    Report: Robots replacing human workers at faster pace Robots aren't just for corporate Goliaths -- now even the little guy on Main Street is adopting them. The goal: to boost sales and productivity. But at what cost? Take Sam Kraus, a Hungarian immigrant who founded what became Skyline Windows in 1921. In the early days, the tinsmith traveled around with a small cart to do his roofing and waterproofing work by hand. Fast-forward to today, and the fourth-generation business based in New York City's South Bronx has left the pushcart era far behind. Skyline, which has evolved into a custom...
  • Up From Dish Washer to Franchise Owner — and Now, Regulation Target

    04/29/2015 12:16:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Amir Siddiqi
    I’m an immigrant who has realized the American dream. But Washington’s new labor rules are a nightmare. In 1985 I left my home in Pakistan at age 19 and came to the United States with the help of an uncle. I considered this my best chance to start a life away from the government control and corruption that troubled my country. That proved true. Through hard work, I learned to run restaurants and I now own dozens of stores as a franchisee. But the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to upend my business model by muddling the distinction between...
  • Oregon Couple Fined $135 K for Refusing to Bake Cake, GoFundMe Pulls Plug Too

    04/28/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 28, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A married couple is at risk of losing everything including their home after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And on top of that, after being fined $135,000, GoFundMe.com pulled a fundraising effort for the couple because of...tolerance or something. Todd Starnes reports:The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them...
  • New Orleans bans smoking

    04/22/2015 6:50:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/22/2014 | Cheryl Chumley
    In New Orleans, midnight sounded on last call – for smoking. A new law just took effect banning cigarettes, cigars and other forms of tobacco smoking from all bars. And some local residents are relieved. “This is one of the smokiest bars in town,” said Steve Zweibaum, speaking to the New York Times from one local bar. “I know a bunch of people who don’t come in here because of the smoke. Maybe they’ll come back.”
  • Here And There With Dave Marash April 20, 2015 with Dr. Daniel Fine on OPEC's oil price war

    04/21/2015 3:19:24 PM PDT · by Perkinsbob54
    Here and There Radio Program ^ | 4/20/15 | Dave Marash
    Today on HERE AND THERE: It's clear now, it's not just an oil price drop, but an oil price war, being waged by Saudi Arabia. Among the targets: the new generation of NM shale oil drillers that have made the United States at least temporarily energy-sufficient. Economist Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy has a petroleum battlefield report.
  • The next big fight for gay rights will be won by Big Business

    04/21/2015 6:43:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | April 20, 2015 | Peter Weber
    The rapid expansion of gay rights and LGBT acceptance in the United States is a remarkable story, and one that's still unfolding. If you think you know how it ends, you don't. As federal courts and state and local governments have opened the door to same-sex marriage, for example, state legislatures in Republican-controlled capitals have been responding with measures to limit gay rights, quash same-sex marriage, and take away local control over LGBT anti-discrimination policies. The "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas are the most famous of the recent state measures to curb gay rights. But Indianapolis and Little...
  • The Most Prosperous States for the Last 10 Years – They All Have One Very Important Thing in Common

    04/19/2015 8:21:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 4/10/2015 | Victoria Taft
    The most prosperous states in the past ten years were: Utah North Dakota Indiana North Carolina Arizona Idaho Georgia Wyoming South Dakota Nevada
  • Companies can't find workers who can hold a conversation or show up on time

    04/19/2015 7:35:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/19/2015 | Myles Udland
    It's not about finding workers; it's about finding the right workers.According to the latest supplemental survey from the New York Fed's manufacturing and business leaders surveys, employers in the New York area are facing two main problems: finding workers who can show up on time and workers who can hold a conversation.The survey showed that in April, 65% of manufacturing employers had difficulty finding punctual workers and 60% had trouble finding workers with interpersonal skills.Among business leaders, a broader survey group, 42% had trouble finding punctual workers while about 48% had trouble finding workers with interpersonal skills. These results also...
  • Involuntary Servitude Returns to America

    04/16/2015 3:06:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-16-15 | Jack Golbert
    A confession: Many years ago, I was an ultra-left liberal, a Marxist, in fact. As a newly minted attorney at law in New York, I joined the ACLU and volunteered serve as one of their lawyers. About six weeks later, they asked me to represent an American Nazi accused of inciting to riot. I refused. They were mightily put off, horrified in fact. They remonstrated. “But he has a right to counsel.” I said, “Maybe so, but he doesn’t have a right to me. I’m protected by the Thirteenth Amendment.” (The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary...
  • Angie's List (ANGI) Stock Gains After Announcing CEO Will Step Down

    04/16/2015 1:47:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    thestreet.com ^ | 4/16/15 | Shawn Ingram
    Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) were gaining 9.6% to $6.16 Wednesday after the online local business review company announced CEO William Oesterle will step down and raised its EBITDA guidance.
  • Michigan Shop owner will deny ‘openly gay’ customers

    04/16/2015 9:45:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Wood TV ^ | 04/16/2015 | By Leon Hendrix
    GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The owner of a Grandville auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.” Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec on Ottawa Avenue in Grandville, posted the statement to his company’s Facebook page on Tuesday because he says the voices of those who have Christian, conservative values are often overshadowed by those who do not. “I want to have a voice about this,” Klawiter told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday. “I want to be heard about this… It’s challenging to decide to say I’m on the opposing side...
  • What Is the State of the U.S. Gun Business?

    04/16/2015 5:48:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 37 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | 4-16-2015 | Marcelo Prince and Carlos A. Tovar
    What Is the State of the U.S. Gun Business? By Marcelo Prince and Carlos A. Tovar After several years of strong sales to civilians worried about new regulations, big U.S. firearms makers have recently reported lower sales. The overall number of American households with guns is declining..
  • Jack Welch: We Talked about Brian Williams Replacing Jay Leno (Likes Ted Cruz)

    04/15/2015 8:43:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | April 15, 2015 | Brian Kilmeade
    Former CEO of GM Jack Welch and wife Suzy, authors of “The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career”, talked to Brian on Kilmeade and Friends about why they wrote the book.---snip--- (AUDIO-AT-LINK)On the 2016 GOP Presidential candidates, Jack Welch told Brian that he is taking a very interesting and deep look into Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) because he likes what he stands for, has guts, and does what he says....
  • Reuters poll: Majority says businesses don't have right to refuse service based on religious beliefs

    04/09/2015 7:01:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Reuters via Hotair ^ | 04/09/2015 | Reuters posted by AllahPundit
    <p>Of fully 40 different demographic subgroups measured, the only one in which more people think businesses should have that right than shouldn’t is Republicans. And even among Republicans, it’s only a plurality who say so. There were no clear majorities for the right to refuse service on religious grounds among any group tested.</p>
  • No Income Tax States Outperform High Tax States

    04/08/2015 3:18:10 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-8-15 | Will Freeland
    Public policy matters to economic performance. Economic theory and data have established this link clearly. Most notably, limited government, free market policies that unlock the creative potential entrepreneurs and small business matter deeply to state economic health. Rich States, Poor States, released today and now in its 8th year, compares the 50 states public policy climate to see which states are most poised for growth. Utah again earns the top spot for states with the best economic outlook, followed by North Dakota, Indiana, North Carolina and Arizona, according to the newest edition of Rich States, Poor States. New York comes...
  • Business Group Blasts Religious Freedom Proposals [Texas]

    04/08/2015 9:51:51 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 04/07/2015 | Edgar Walters
    Standing alongside Democrats, a representative for the state’s powerful business lobby Tuesday denounced two proposed amendments to the state constitution aimed at bolstering protection for people acting on religious beliefs, which detractors say would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. “These amendments are bad for business,” Bill Hammond, chief executive of the Texas Association of Business, said at a press conference. “They would devastate economic development, tourism and the convention business.” It’s part of a larger debate taking place around the country, most notably in Indiana, where public backlash over a similar law forced the state’s governor to sign an...
  • A Right to Discriminate

    04/08/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | John Stossel
    Bake me a cake, or go to jail! Sadly, that is the new message from "inclusive" America. If you don't want to cater, photograph, preside over, sell pizza at, sell flowers to or otherwise participate in a gay wedding, you will be punished. If you don't want your business to pay for a kind of birth control that you consider murder, you will pay fines until your business is bankrupt. Personally, I think both birth control and homosexuality are just fine, and gay marriage is as valid as straight marriage. But forcing everyone to act as if they think that...
  • State Energy Expert Predicts $1.60-Per-Gallon Gas

    04/07/2015 8:27:21 AM PDT · by Perkinsbob54 · 42 replies
    Roswell Daily Record ^ | 4/7/15 | Jeff Tucker
    ROSWELL – Gasoline prices in New Mexico could drop to as low as $1.60 a gallon this year as the United States and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries engage in an outgoing crude oil price war, an expert told the New Mexico Landmen’s Association on March 27. Dr. Daniel Fine, associate director of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, said at the landmen’s association’s monthly meeting recently that crude oil storage in the United States is at a near maximum, meaning it will be some time before crude oil prices...
  • Hey Government: Leave Businesses Alone!

    04/06/2015 7:11:13 PM PDT · by goodn'mad · 17 replies
    Vanity | April 7, 2015 | goodn'mad
    Can you remember a time when a business owner's business was considered to be HIS or HER business? They could (and did) post signs reserving the right to serve anyone they chose. For example, "No shoes...no service." Or, "You must wear a coat and tie to dine here." No one thought much about it. It was a given....it was THEIR business, THEY took the risk, and they could run it as they dang-well pleased! And if they didn't want your business, fine, you could go to the many establishments that did. The marketplace pretty much sorted it all out without...
  • A Weird Discrepancy In The US Economy Has Begun To Work Itself Out ... In A Bad Way

    04/06/2015 7:28:21 AM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    BI ^ | 4-5-2015 | Sam Ro
    Sam Ro4-5-2015 Since the beginning of the year, the pace of growth in numerous US economic indicators deteriorated significantly, so much so that many of these metrics even fell short of economists' expectations. Weirdly, the pace of jobs growth had been resilient even amid unexpected plunges in key measures like retail sales and durable goods orders, reports which reflected weakness in both consumers and businesses. However, this weirdness has begun to work itself out. On Friday, we learned the US economy added just 126,000 jobs in March, missing expectations for 245,000 new jobs. You have to go all the way...
  • Nailed It! Forbes Leaves Fortune and Wall Street (Journal) Behind

    03/30/2015 9:17:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/29/2015 | Mark Skousen
    What amazed me about the latest “Billionaire” issue of Forbes magazine was not the stories about the billionaires, but about Forbes itself. See the amazing graph below. For years we’ve been told the print media is dead, that digital media (like Forbes.com, wsj.com, etc.) was the wave of the future. As the graph shows, Forbes magazine is not only surviving, but thriving, and now has 7 million readers. Yet Forbes is an outlier. The rest of the print media is going down, slowly but surely. In the past two years, circulation for Fortune, the Economist and even the mighty Wall...
  • Price decline hits oil patch

    03/29/2015 10:19:40 AM PDT · by Perkinsbob54 · 5 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 3/25/15 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    At least 2,000 jobs will likely be lost in New Mexico’s oil and gas industry in the coming months because of sharp declines in the price of crude oil, according to estimates by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
  • Angie's List nixes $40M project over Indiana bill

    03/29/2015 6:27:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | unknown
    “Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none,” Oesterle said, “and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.”
  • Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Brand of Weed

    03/27/2015 1:26:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 26, 2015 | James Joiner
    Willie Nelson takes a hit of the cigarette-sized vaporizer in his gnarled hand, exhaling a small cloud, before placing it on the foldout table in front of us. We’re seated in the cool enclave of his tour bus, at the entrance to his sprawling property just outside Austin, Texas, which he has dubbed the town of Luck. Up a hill and around a corner, people are rocking out at Willie’s own Heartbreaker Banquet, an annual fundraiser/music festival held concurrently with SXSW. Now 81, Willie is biding his time before joining the festivities, and we’re talking about why he puts on...
  • Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave

    03/24/2015 6:13:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A recent Michigan Public Radio story promoted a poll's finding that found 86 percent of Michigan voters support the concept of employees getting paid time off for illness or to provide care to a family member. The poll was done by Denno Research. The story pointed out that Democratic state lawmakers had introduced House Bill 4167 and Senate Bill 101, both of which would require employers to give paid sick leave to their employees. The paid leave would be between 40 to 72 hours annually, depending on the size of the business. But an advocate for small business owners and...
  • A Scandalous Documentary Will Examine Whether Yelp Exploits Small-Business Owners

    03/22/2015 9:33:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/19/15 | Sierra Tishgart
    It's long been debated whether Yelp has the right to manipulate the order and appearance of its own listings. Many restaurant owners, of course, think it's horribly unfair — and go as far as to classify the practice as extortion. That's where Billion Dollar Bully comes into play: Prost Productions is crowd-funding an investigative documentary to spotlight how Yelp takes advantage of small-business owners. Fifty percent of the project has been filmed, and from the looks of it, the documentary could be quite damning for the company's image. In the teaser, the owner of a small Oakland restaurant says: "It...
  • The Lee-Rubio tax blueprint

    03/18/2015 12:48:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | Allen West
    Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called “The Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan.” First, we should not embrace the language of progressive socialism in believing tax reform should have as a goal to advance “family fairness.” The plan should simply be entitled “The American Growth and Opportunity Plan.” That said, the Lee-Rubio plan is a great improvement over the current system. For the individual tax structure, the plan introduces a two-tier system to replace the current seven tax brackets. This plan moves America from a...
  • Seattle eateries closing as $15 minimum wage approaches

    03/14/2015 10:39:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last summer we talked about the rather faint hopes that some Seattle businesses were clinging to as the city moved toward jacking up their minimum wage (for some jobs) to $15.00 per hour. Employers – particularly in the restaurant industry – were asking the city council to reconsider as they evaluated their options in the face of labor costs which were about to rise to between 42 and 47 percent of their operating expenses. It all fell on deaf ears, unfortunately, and the plan is moving forward. And rather than waiting for the roof to come crashing down, some...
  • This guy used a get-rich-quick scheme and got rich

    02/27/2015 12:44:08 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 33 replies
    cnn ^ | 2-27-15 | David Goldman
    <p>You know those crazy get rich quick schemes that supposedly let you become a millionaire from your living room couch? That exact scenario just played out for Eric Martin of York, Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Last month, Martin read about a new all-the-rage startup retail/tech company called Jet.com, which had been holding a contest to get people to sign their friends up for a preview version of its service. The startup announced that it would give 100,000 shares of the company to the person who signed up the highest number of people.</p>
  • Japanese Company Fills Offices with Cats to Help Employees Unwind and Improve Productivity

    02/25/2015 8:13:46 AM PST · by Abathar · 32 replies
    Oddity Central ^ | 1/13/2015 | Sumitra
    In a cramped city like Tokyo, where owning a pet is a luxury and most apartments have strict no-pets policies, it’s hard for cat lovers to spend quality time with their favorite animals. In response, cat cafés have cropped up all over the city, where people get to sip delicious beverages while petting a purring kitty. But even that doesn’t come close to having a cat in your own home, because the time spent with the furry creatures is quite limited. That’s why a Japanese company has come up with a great idea to get its employees to interact with...
  • The stage is being set for a massive financial meltdown...

    02/24/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 43 replies
    Greek 4 month extension does nothing for the people of Greece. Sub-prime auto loans all time high and delinquencies are rising. Existing home sales implode while home price fall. Baltic Dry Index falls and ship builders are filing for bankruptcy. US blimp in Maryland used to watch the people. Ukraine bans Russian media and sets up their own propaganda media. Poroshenko wants Crimea back as they pull more weapons to the front line. US and the coalition forces getting ready for a major offensive in the middle east. DHS budget in trouble, using fear and a false flag event to...
  • Sorry Robert Reich, Companies Are Not Charities

    02/23/2015 6:57:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/23/2014 | By Jeffrey Dorfman
    Recently, I have been having a bit of a back-and-forth with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about labor markets (his, mine, his). While Secretary Reich stands out for obvious reasons, he is hardly alone in terms of criticizing my past columns about jobs and labor markets (if you want to join in, see my positions, for example, here, here, and here). Basically, the two main issues are that many people want jobs to serve as a delivery mechanism for social welfare benefits while I (and other conservatives) would prefer to keep the two separate and that liberals seem to have...
  • IRS: We’re Sorry for Seizing Small Business Bank Accounts

    02/11/2015 5:20:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/11/15 | Liz Sheld
    The IRS has apologized for stealing, or rather seizing, the back accounts of small businesses that did nothing other than deposit an improper amount of cash into their accounts. Pressured by Congress, the IRS has apologized for seizing banks accounts from otherwise law-abiding business owners simply because those owners structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements. The Associated Press reports “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress Wednesday that the IRS is changing policies to prevent the seizures, as long as the money came from legal means.” Civil asset forfeiture is a government racket where “suspicious” deposits at one’s banking...
  • Staples Fires Back At Obama: ‘The President Appears Not to Have All The Facts’

    02/11/2015 9:05:34 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/11/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    “Unfortunately, the president appears not to have all the facts,” Mark Cautela Sr., the Public Relations Manager for Staples said in a statement to Breitbart News. “The initial story was misleading as our policy regarding part-time employees is more than a decade old. It predates the Affordable Care Act by several years.”
  • It's Official: India is World's Fastest-Growing Big Economy

    02/09/2015 7:51:01 PM PST · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    profit.ndtv.com ^ | Updated February 9th, 2015 | Reuters
    India on Monday forecast that annual economic growth would accelerate to 7.4 per cent in the year ending in March after its statisticians changed the way they measure Asia's third-largest economy. The new estimate is sharply higher than the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) growth projection of around 5.5 per cent under the old method as well as a revised 6.9 per cent growth a year earlier.
  • U.S. Adds 257,000 Jobs in January, Wages Still a Concern

    02/06/2015 5:42:37 AM PST · by mykroar · 14 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 2/6/15 | Dunstan Prial
    The unemployment rate was 5.7%, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department, slightly higher than the December rate as more Americans re-entered the work force. Economists had predicted 234,000 new jobs last month and that the unemployment rate would hold steady at 5.6%. Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 0.5% in January, a turnaround from December, when wages fell by 5 cents to $24.57. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by just 1.7%, well below the 3% rate economists say is healthy. The labor force participation rate...
  • Troubled Labor Market

    02/01/2015 10:26:23 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/01/15 | Austin Hill
    Will America return to being that "shining city on the hill" where achievement is respected, both on and off the field? Winners, Losers, And Unequal Pay: Lessons From The Superbowl For A Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl Sunday is a day for fun, food and friends - and a good time to enjoy friendly rivalries as fellow Americans, rather than seeing one-another through “liberal” and “conservative” lenses. But as you enjoy the football game, consider the deeper meaning of it all – and how our economic fortunes could improve if we seriously changed our outlook. Consider these...
  • US Economic Growth Slows in Q4, 2014 to 2.6%

    01/30/2015 12:33:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    iStockAnalyst ^ | 01/30/2015
    US GDP growth fell short of expectations in last year's fourth quarter, the government reports. National output increased 2.6% in the final three months of 2014 vs. the previous quarter (seasonally adjusted annual rate). The consensus forecast was looking for something better—a 3.2% rise, according to Econoday.com's survey of economists. The soft number for headline growth in Q4 is a bit surprising when you look at the statistical elephant in the room, namely, consumer spending, which accounts for nearly 70% of GDP. Personal consumption expenditures accelerated to a 4.3% pace in the fourth quarter, a handsome improvement over Q3's...
  • Are Professional Sports Fixed?

    01/29/2015 1:51:29 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Would you leave a multi-billion dollar business up to chance? What if all of that time, emotion, and money has been wasted on a lie? What if the action on the field isn’t what it appears to be? What if you, and millions others like you, have been duped – outright lied to – by those franchises you hold so dear to your heart, all in the name of making an easy buck? Well, my friend, it has happened. And although your name might not be “Mark,” you have certainly become one to those running the carnival known as professional...
  • American Small Business Is Literally Dying

    01/28/2015 9:34:29 PM PST · by george76 · 71 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Mike Flynn
    When small and medium-sized businesses are dying faster than they’re being born, so is free enterprise,” writes Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup. “And when free enterprise dies, America dies with it.” For six years, the number of small businesses closing has exceeded the number of businesses starting. The number of business deaths exceeded births in 2008 for the first time in US history and has gotten worse in the ensuing years. Since 2010, the rate of small business closures has increased. In the 1980s, the number of new businesses exceeded those closing by more than 100,000 every year....
  • McDonald's CEO Don Thompson steps aside, stock jumps [PHOTOS]

    01/28/2015 4:13:39 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 28 Jan 15 | Katie Littel
    Amid a tumultuous past year for McDonald's, the world's biggest restaurant chain's CEO Don Thompson is retiring after two years on the job, effective March 1. The fast food is also getting a new CFO. The restaurant's Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook will replace Thompson, who is a 25-year veteran of the company, the company announced on Wednesday. Previously, Easterbrook served as president of McDonald's Europe and led the chain's "efforts to elevate its marketing, advance menu innovation, and create an infrastructure for its digital initiatives," it said in a release. The company's CFO Pete...
  • Biggest corporate lay-off in history is expected within days, with IBM believed to be scrapping 110K

    01/26/2015 3:41:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/26/15 | Thomas Burrows
    Biggest corporate lay-off in history is expected within days, with IBM believed to be scrapping 110,000 of its 430,000 workforce around the world IBM is preparing to scrap 110,000 of its global 430,000 workforce in the biggest corporate cull in the computer giant's history, a report has revealed. The company will make the job cuts this week under a plan known internally as 'project chrome', according to US technology blogger Robert Cringely on Forbes website. IBM is in the process of layoffs, as disclosed in its latest earnings report last week but said the number of job losses was significantly...
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    01/26/2015 12:46:36 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 September 2014 | Linda Tirado
    In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what I’d seen and how...