Looking For America? Corporate America Isn’t Looking For You.

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Hello fellow zobopians! Long time no see, you know how I be. After the election of *President* Trump, I’ve been at a loss of words. Now that we all know what a “white backlash” looks and feels like, I guess I have some thoughts on the subject now.

Most white working class Americans voted for Donald “art of the deal” Trump because well, they think he’s actually good at the art of the deal. Just look at how *President* Trump has been acting. Corporate-minded fools like Trump think they can just treat government like a business.  You can’t!  In government there’s going to be push-back when you fire someone because of a lack of loyalty. But here’s the thing. You can’t expect cult of personality loyalty in government! That would be authoritarianism! But that’s what the white working class-less Americans got. And now all these white working class Americans are yelling and crying for their Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare plans. They just didn’t like that it was called “Obamacare”. Obamacare was just a nickname for the ACA. Same thing! Duh?

 

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Looking for America – [art saves lives]

I’m sure most citizens also voted for Trump because they think he’s “going to bring jobs back”.  Right.  I guess these foolish Americans also think segregation is going to come back too.  [Don’t we already have that, again?]  Let me just state this loud and clear, “jobs are not coming back to America!”  Corporate America isn’t looking for you Americans!  This is why they want (cheap labor) immigrants.  Of course the U.S. companies claim they can’t find employees.  You can read their excuse.  [They ain’t looking for you fool!]  The corporate bosses don’t want you.  They don’t want to pay to train/re-train you.  Building a wall or stopping people from certain countries won’t stop corporate America from getting the cheap labor it wants.

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Get back to work training your replacement!

I guess it’s obvious now that the Almighty Globalization didn’t raise everyone’s boats.  It only lowered everyone’s wages.  U.S. business gets at least half the blame for all of this.  That means the other half of the blame falls on the rest of us for not adapting to the Almighty Third-Wave Economy.  Read that report here.

As you can see I’ve been thinking about this a long now.  It took me this long to finally get it out on blog.  I hope enough people read this because corporate America is looking.  Until neXt time…

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Map of corporate America

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Dear Land Of Lincoln, As if

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Cover your as if, part 2.  Hello again zobopians!  I just gotta cover my as if.  I simply don’t trust the Healthcare Marketplace.  Buyer Beware as the Romans once said.  Am I heading for trouble ahead?

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Until neXt time…for now!

The Jane Addams I didn’t know

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Hello fellow world zobopians!  Do you even like being called a zobopian?  If you follow this blog, you’re one!

Well anyway, it’s the start of yet another school year for Public Schools…what’s left of them.  Public schools are being closed and replaced by charter schools so fast it makes me wonder how long until the death of public institutions in America.  Public Housing is pretty much gone and buried…I mean privatized.  Remember New Orleans?  O.K. I’m getting off target here.  I just recently learned the community organizer Jane Addams was the head of a teachers pension fund way back in 1905.  You can read about the history of her and the fund below.  It’s sad after more than a hundred years America is still having a problem of giving teachers their due.

The Chicago Tribune featured a Perspective piece written by CTPF Executive Director Charles A. Burbridge in the September 17, 2015, edition. The text of the article appears below:
In 1905, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund faced a crisis. There wasn’t enough money coming in to pay for retirement benefits.

The president of the pension fund, Jane Addams – yes, the famous community organizer – turned to the Illinois General Assembly for help. A landmark law passed in 1907 required employees and employers to contribute to the fund and set up an elected pension board to oversee investments.

The retirement security that Addams protected for teachers is at risk again.

Pension holidays taken by Chicago Public Schools and approved by lawmakers have capsized the system and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars to correct. It’s just the kind of action Addams sought to guard against more than 100 years ago.

We must protect our teachers and the taxpayers from these shortsighted decisions.

The first step: Stop talking about CPS declaring bankruptcy. That’s a diversion from the real issues of education policy and funding. CPS bankruptcy – essentially allowing the state to insulate itself from the problem that it helped create – would be morally reprehensible. There are many parties responsible for this crisis. No one should be allowed to simply walk away.

The second step: Take three legislative actions to fix the system and prevent future funding failures. Those three actions are:
  • Make payments to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund mandatory by law. Pension funds across the country have something in common: Payments are mandated and the funds have strong tools to use if a payment is missed. Pension payments are not optional; they are promised to Chicago’s schoolteachers as part of their contract. We have to stop pitting today’s teachers against yesterday’s teachers. Lawmakers, city and school leaders must recognize that teacher compensation and retirement funding are one in the same.
  • Commit to an actuarial-based funding plan that covers annual contributions and unfunded liability. Fully funded pension plans let experts (actuaries) determine the annual contribution needed to keep the plans stable. The Chicago teachers’ fund is in a hole. We must stop digging. The problem was created by pension holidays. It can’t be solved by more pension holidays.
  • Make monthly payments to the pension fund, not a once-a-year payment. Pension plans work when today’s benefits are paid by yesterday’s contributions and investment earnings, and today’s contributions are invested to pay for tomorrow’s benefits. Prudent investment practices demand that payments to the fund provide a constant stream of revenue that can be invested throughout the year. Monthly payments would save Chicago taxpayers tens of millions annually.
A century ago, Addams knew that for Chicago to thrive, teachers’ pensions needed to be protected. If we are to thrive for the next century, that fundamental principle must never again be forgotten.
Source : Chicago Tribune, September 17, 2015

America: Communist Little Helper

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Back again today for another thought stream.  Wake up world zobopians!

America is [and have always been] helping Communist around the world.  [Soviet Russia, Vietnam, China, plus most other Marxist regimes.]  The American government have been moving heaven and earth to bring more trade [and trade secrets] to Communist China.  [It won’t end with IBM selling off its computer division to become Lenovo in China.]  Remember when Yahoo and Cisco tried to sell technology to prop-up the communist status quo?  Rupert Murdoch [FOX Corp] has been doing that for years so he could sell TV to Chinese viewers.  But to do that you have to give in to the communist rules.  What?

Even merchants like Wal-Mart are helping too.  They out-source manufacturing jobs and other forms of loss-of-jobs only to help keep these communist regimes in power.  Russian communist revolutionaries long ago gladly took Capitalist money.  That means the Cold War was a joke.

Just resently Lenovo was caught and accused of putting adware on their laptop computers.  My opinion is, China will succeed where V.I. Lenin’s Soviet Russia failed.

A link for you check out about the Cold War pretense.

Mini-Wage

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Happy New Year fellow zobopians!  It took me some time to get my blogging juices flowing for 2015.  And the best I can do is a photo opportunity.  Anything for the topic of the minimum wage for the working poor.  Let’s face it, anybody working at minimum wage is poor. That’s the way the “powers that be” want it.

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Mini-Wage

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What Histories Do You Read America?

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Hello fellow zobopians! So, what histories do you read? History or His, Story? Are Black citizens ever going to be a part of history or anybody’s story? We’re aware that the victors write the history. Unfortunately it’s not accurate. You know, “just the facts.” The losers or former slaves don’t get to write history. It’s no wonder people can feel like they’re left out, #BlackLivesMatter.

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“…What histories do you read, Gus? Tell me about the history of the American armed forces, and I can show you how important Negroes were to those forces; tell me about the history of American economics and I can show you where Negroes made up the bulk of those economies by being poor or left out of them altogether; tell me about the history of religion of America, and I can show you where, as long as there have been Negroes in this hemisphere, religion has been an absolute lie; tell me about the history of American politics, and I can show you where American politics would be vastly different today if Negroes had had a real voice in them…” –Chapter 24 from the book ‘The Man Who Cried I Am’ by John A. Williams (1967)

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*Note: We don’t use the term Negro anymore, it’s an old term from an old time. Until neXt time…

A Nation Of Panhandlers

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Hello fellow zobopians. I’ve been gathering my thoughts on this subject: panhandlers. Are we becoming a Nation of Panhandlers? Is the American economy that bad? I would think so when I walk/travel through my community in Chicago. It seems like everyone, (male and female; young and old), is constantly asking me for spare change. Walking down a lonely street or whatever, in some instance I’m the only one in sight, I’ll pass another pedestrian and I get asked if I have money to give to him. It just seems so casual-like. It makes me feel uneasy.

Most panhandlers are on busy street corners or standing/sitting in front of businesses to increase their chances of getting some hand-out. I encounter too many casual pedestrians just walking down the street, like me, asking for money in a way that comes off as to uncomfortable for me. Recently I was walking home and came across a store-front residence, where people live, and there was a guy standing in front of what I assume was a stair landing and he just ask me for spare change. In front of his home! Seriously, is this crappy economy this bad when citizens are panhandling in front of their home?

Now, lets pause. I don’t mind giving anybody my spare change to someone. It’s no big deal unless I really need the money for myself. (I’m not rich.)

I’m just beginning to sense a bad habit forming among people that comes off like a “third world” type of behavior. This is the USA for crying out loud! I’m not oblivious that America is in a Funk Economic Depression! If this country doesn’t get its economic affairs in order, this panhandling is going to become a bad habit. People need jobs & money so they won’t have to panhandle to every Tom, Dick & Harry.

I guess this ends my writers block. Until next time…

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Yes! I said Funk Economic Depression. That’s not a mis-spelling of the F-word. We are in a Funk, you know that!

Bossy @ss B*tch

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…and Dumb too! Hello fellow zobopians, let me explain myself. I don’t normally use my blog as a rant platform, but today…well…

As I was walking down the street going home Monday afternoon I was approached by a young woman walking in the opposite direction. As she was getting close to me she calls out to me to buy her a soda pop from a gas station at the corner I was just approaching. (It was right there!). I asked/said to her, “Why can’t you get it yourself?” As I’m asking her this, she’s pulling out her money to give to me. Then she informs me the owner or station clerk wouldn’t let her in the establishment anymore. Huh?

Now, let’s just slow down a minute here, ‘cause I’m about to pull out my RANT-CARD**. (I’ve had time to calm down since this happened.) Thus the name of this blog post: [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch! First of all, I won’t allow anyone to BOSS me around on the streets of Chicago. [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch! Second, why is this young woman attempting to spend what little money she has at a store that obviously doesn’t want her? [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch! I just came from a dollar store two blocks away! She could’ve walked her lazy @ss self to the dollar store to buy her much needed soda pop. [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch!

Dumb @ss people never cease to amaze me. If a business doesn’t want YOU in there establishment, then spend your money elsewhere! You don’t try to get someone else you don’t know to spend YOUR money at a business that doesn’t want you or your money. What the hell am I missing? If I were a sleaze-ball, I could’ve snatched her money and ran like hell but on the rough streets of Chicago, you think twice about that. You don’t harass someone on the street with your economic stupidity. I almost gave this young woman my piece of mind but on the rough streets of Chicago, you think twice about that. Bossy @ss B*tch! And dumb too!

I’m all ranted out! I have nothing else to say…until next time…

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**I rather not use my RACE-CARD. There’s no telling what trouble I would get for using that. Hello #BlackTwitter!

Chickenomics

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Somehow in 1979, (yes, I’m showing my age), I missed this piece of silly-ness.  Well, now we all get to see it! Whoever thought you could learn about capitalism from a fowl. Milton Friedman must be proud.

“Chickenomics: A Fowl Approach To Economics”