President Obama has come under attack from critics lately for the pandemic chaos evident at home and abroad. The President has been called aloof, bored, disinterested, and incompetent. Pundits universally decry his inaction. Inaction seems to be the criticism leveled by all with their own preferred adjective attached.
Fox News’ ratings kingpin Bill O’Reilly sounds a repetitive theme, going back several years, in his nightly “Talking Points” memo when addressing Barack Obama’s economic views. Bill, in his earthy expression style designed to convey to “the folks” that he’s just looking out for them, points out that the President is not a guy who believes in capitalism or free market ideas. He contends that instead Obama is driven more by “social justice” type concerns. What invariably follows in Bill’s analysis, and is happening more frequently, is commentary on the struggling U.S. economy under the caped social-justice crusader’s watch.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial end-point of spring wherein Tennyson told us “a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” Now it’s time for that same young man, and the young female subject of his prurient interests, to fancy looking for summer employment.
At universities today, too many students are preoccupied with finding a perch from which they can call themselves afflicted with the malevolent intent of phantom “oppressors.” They seek to gin up conflict and create a permanent state of unrest by reminding themselves and the student body that all is not perfect in their life and that imperfection is the direct result of deliberate actions of others.
Millennials need to see that they have become the forgotten generation. They are being forced to pay for other people’s healthcare (they don’t need much themselves). They are being forced to pay for other people’s retirement (when polled they don’t believe social security will be around for them). They are having employment opportunities taken away under the banner of a greener workplace and higher employment taxes (they just want to pursue their dreams).
On Wednesday the Chicago Region of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) approved the request of 28 players from Northwestern University to form a union for college athletes. The NLRB found that the University in contesting the filing failed to meet the burden of justifying its decision to deny its football players employee status. In finding this, the NLRB applied the common law “right to control” test, which considers what level of control an employer has over an alleged employee under a variety of factors.
After WWI the code breaking arm of the U.S. Army was dismantled due to budgetary constraints. Prior to the Great War the United States had little capability in the area of surveillance and code-breaking, but beginning in 1918 it developed a quite prolific proficiency.
How can a Millennial be an intelligent voter one minute and a knucklehead the next? If they are knuckleheads over health care then they were knuckleheads before when they cast a vote for Obama. The First Lady can’t have it both ways.
A drive around the suburbs of Chicago where the author makes his home is quite revealing when looking at retail shopping space. Gone is the regional grocery store chain Dominick’s, a brand of the national grocery store group Safeway, having recently closed 72 stores just prior to year end 2013.
When Seattle kicks off next Sunday against Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, 100 plus million Americans are anticipated to be tuning in. They aren’t necessarily tuning in to watch the action on the field.
A lot has been made recently of the "Pajama Boy" advertisements released by Obama's former campaign arm, “Organizing for Action”. Upon viewing the image I immediately mocked it and made fun of it. However, upon further reflection I soon realized that young people are quite literally living in a "pajama economy."
All across the country today fast food workers are exercising an organized strike to protest "depressed wages" and the inequities of working under the current minimum wage. From the outside, it looks as if the workers have a good case as to why they need a hike in the minimum wage.
In order for the Affordable Healthcare Plan to "work," millions of healthy young people need to enroll in the exchanges in order to defray the cost of older less healthy people.
Most conservatives would be stunned if they found out their son or daughter is forced to learn from a book that is written by a former communist activist revolutionary.
The biggest problem when talking about issues, like minimum wage, is that the opposition gets painted as heartless and uncaring for the poor. If anything, those pushing for abolition actually care more than their supposedly more altruistic counterparts.
Last week Senator Warren proposed a bill to allow student loan interest rates to stay at artificially low levels of 3.4%, preventing them from doubling on July 1st of this year. This new bill has been met with much enthusiasm amongst the hard progressive left.
Privately held student loan debt surpassed 1 trillion dollars last November. More money is owed in student loans than in privately held credit card debt. This past year, bank write-offs of student loans are up almost 35% from the previous year.
Too often we hear politicians boasting about "cutting" spending and how they are "reducing" the federal deficit. During the recent sequestration debate, the vast majority of the media, Congress and President Obama all referred to the sequester as "cuts."
Previous generations pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and risk taking was encouraged as millions sought the American dream. A dream encourages one to stretch their imagination and think outside the box. I am afraid that my generation fears risk taking because we haven't been encouraged to take chances.