General Electric is selling its appliance division to Electrolux. How will this impact the American employees that work in the GE manufacturing facilities or maybe Electrolux will maintain the plants? I understand that the GE name/logo will still be used so I will not give up hope yet.
Four (4), get that ‘four’ casinos are closing in Atlantic City within the next few months in spite of everything that the illustrious Governor of New Jersey is attempting to do. This means that approximately 10,000 individuals will be out of work and/or looking for work. Can the service industry sustain them or will they add to the unemployment numbers that have, fortunately, been slowing dwindling over the past few years?
For those of you in the Health Care field, please note that a few things are ‘happening’ in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or will affect those of us here. Senator Casey is supporting a bill that will allow Federal Grant monies to be utilized for the hiring of more School Nurses; many schools have been utilizing contract nurses for the past 6-8 years due to the downturn in the economy.
Also, Pennsylvania has finally approved Medicaid expansion and enrollment will open in 82 days from this writing. WOOT! I’m told not to get too excited for Governor Corbett is still trying to decrease the monies available from the existing Medicaid program in order to attempt to fund the Medicaid expansion. This has been very tough for those here in the Commonwealth that did not qualify for Medicaid but could not afford the cost of the coverage available to them. Single Payer, Universal Health Care is needed; no more complaints all the way around, please. The countries with the overall best Medical Care in the world all have Single Payer, Universal Health Care. As Americans, we may have the research, the technology, etc. but we don’t give the average person the ability to obtain it, therefore our system does not work.
A homosexual NFL draftee gets ‘dropped’ from his team, another NFL player gets a year suspension for smoking marijuana (I still can’t believe this is happening) and the crème de la crème story is the NFL player, who literally beat his wife into submission, has lost his job, ‘indefinitely’; this after the initial ‘slap on the wrist’ of a two day game suspension and a probable ‘cover up’ on the part of the NFL. What does this say about how the NFL perceives women; I know they like us as purchasers of their tickets, clothing, and paraphernalia but to give someone a one year suspension for utilizing a substance that is now legal in two States, medically approved in a number of others, legal in many global economies and is being downgraded for its use in the City of Brotherly Love very soon….BUT give a two (2) day suspension for beating another human being.
Ray Rice has a problem; his wife (cannot believe she actually married him) has an even bigger problem but until she realizes that she has the problem, she will continue her denial. Regardless, they both need measured psychological counseling in different ways. Her position at this point is showing anger at the NFL for ‘firing’ him. Is she for real? There are way too many women (and some men) that live in fear daily without the multi-million dollar salaries to hold them up….and, trust me, no salary…no matter how big, can make up for the fact that someone has physically or emotionally abused you….nothing. I’ve been there; I know and it has taken a number of therapy sessions in as many years to understand why I stayed as long as I did. Janay Palmer will someday learn to walk away instead of apologizing for her role in this travesty. Hopefully, this is not an ongoing occurrence with Janay Palmer, however, no abused person should apologize for anything. She needs better role models in her life and if she is to be respected as an individual, she needs to be a better role model. My thoughts are with her.
There is also the news of how the Federal Government awarded the largest infusion of cash into the US economy in generations during the 2009 stimulus that harmed workers and cheated the American taxpayer. A review of public records in 28 states uncovered widespread cheating by construction companies that listed workers as contractors instead of employees in order to beat competitors and cut costs. The Federal Government, while cracking down on this practice in private industry, let it happen in stimulus projects in a rush to pump money into the economy. I was livid when I read this (part of an ongoing five page article) due to the fact that I have very dear friends who own an industrial contracting company that were precluding from ‘bidding’ on any of the stimulus projects due to the fact that their employees were not part of a union. This employer paid union wages but did not need a union on its premises. They also were not going to falsify information or cheat their employees in order to obtain the bid. I am very pro-union if needed, however, there are many companies that treat its employees with respect without a union dictating the compensation/benefit package of its workers. I remember forming an opinion when the company owners gave me this information for this is a very law abiding company that does its best to cater to its employees and to produce an acceptable finished product.
I will expound on each of these topics as the weeks progress; I want to write a bit about hiring the ‘Millennial’; a very challenging generation for those of us that grew up without a TV in every room.
Finally, I wanted to write about Ben Bernanke and his comment regarding the recession of 2008. He feels that the recession impacted the world far greater than the Great Depression. If you remember your history, there were many programs during the Great Depression that enabled a good deal of the population to ‘work’ at something, even if it was just for food. That has not existed in the past few recessions and it was certainly felt in this last one. I am all for helping our allies around the world but I am much more inclined to help our citizens here. I haven’t met very many people who do not want to work and I know first-hand that feeling of looking for and needing a job, of needing that sense of self-worth, which I don’t care what anyone says, it is not just inherent. No ‘person’ is an island; we all search for and need the ‘approval’ or ‘ratification’ of others.
Oh well, it is what it is. I seem to have had it OK under the circumstances; no one is abusive any longer, either at home or at work and I no longer have to watch corporate owners use trust fund monies for personal pleasures!