The Fiscal Cliff and the Blow Back From the Press, CNBC Hits Hard

December 24, 2012 Other Related No Comments

If you are frustrated with the future America’s future  financial security, you are not alone. CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo showed her frustration as well. While interviewing Democrat Senator Ben Cardin from Maryland about the “fiscal cliff’ , she begins the interview with the question from every American mind in this country…“Are you guys incompetent, or what?” She demolishes the senator for not having a solution to the current situation, and accusing him and other lawmakers of thinking the American people are stupid.

The financial cliff approaches, and even lawmakers say we will plunge into the abyss. It  is looming with both sides unwilling to try and fix it. Neither side want to budge, and we have a president who arrogantly shows his contempt for the Republican side by reminding them of his win in the elections, and demanding the Republicans to change their concessions and do what he wants, or he will use his next two addresses to the American public to blame the Republicans for the situation. This was his plan all along, and he knew that the Republicans will not budge. One contention, which have been talked about for months now is taxing those who make more than one million dollars. Somehow this kind of thinking doesn’t understand that the cost to businesses will be passed on to us, the general public. Either way, what ever happens, the frustration from both the press, at least a few of them, can finally be seen. See the video below.


An Interview with Frances Fox Piven and OWS

Frances Fox Piven’s fame has escalated from the Occupy Wall Street, and her fame from Glenn Beck. It is interesting how she has capitalized on her Glenn Beck fame, and the rally against her. Occupy Wall Street fizzled into a whisper of discontent, filled with inner bickering for power along with out right destruction. The idea of teaching debt management is not a bad idea, and teaching responsibility is great also, however, I don’t see that being taught as opposed to open rebellion to the responsibility of the choices of people who have debt.

Frances Fox Piven has pimped herself from the movement, almost reliving her days of protests and rebellion. As always, she is hoping for her change of the government in America, and her Cloward and Piven strategy where the financial ability of the government will be over thrown and cause a new movement if social justice and equality. Her take on predatory capitalists, it is interesting to see Piven’s true belief in teaching people to refuse to pay and honor the debt that people have incurred from those unscrupulous lenders.

It is interesting to see the old protestors of the past trying to install themselves in to the spoiled, self indulgent protestors of today. Bill Ehers, Piven, Van Jones, all were looking at the movement as a way to either stroke their ego, or use it as a way to further their own political goals. Frances Fox Piven is one of these, and capitalizing financially as well. I am curious if she is donating her profits to the collective….

Balancing Family & Business

December 3, 2012 Other Related No Comments

Balancing a career and a family is very difficult to do.

Many employees are working longer hours for less pay than they were just a few years ago. The economy has made everything more expensive and jobs in certain fields are very hard to come by. Very rarely can a couple afford to have one spouse act as a stay-at-home parent and instead must entrust the care of their children to family or babysitters. Job schedules can also make it difficult to attend extra-curricular activities and school functions.

In 1993, the ‘Family & Medical Leave Act’ (FMLA) was created in order to assist with the very issues that are listed above. It was meant to help employees who found it difficult to balance work with their personal lives. It is most commonly used when maternity leave is needed. It guarantees up to 12 weeks of time off from work for certain life-changing events including the addition of a new child (through foster care, birth, adoption, etc.), caring for a sick family member or an employees own health problems. Whether or not the leave is paid or unpaid is up to the discretion of the employer. Normally, employees will have to use their cumulative paid time off or vacation time in order to receive income during that time.

The Act doesn’t discriminate against men or women. If men need to take a leave of absence from work for their spouse having a child, they are able to under FMLA. The act also requires that employees continue to receive the same health care benefits and job position that they had when leaving. It is illegal for an employee to be demoted or fired for taking a leave of absence for any of the reasons covered under the act. It is also open for couples who are not married and does acknowledge same-sex couples. Employees must fill out the necessary forms in order to take their FMLA leave and should give employers adequate notice of their intended leave.

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