5.26.2005

Big 'Saving'... but at a Big Cost

Big companies fill BadgerCare roll: More than 40% who get aid are employed by Wal-Mart
Wheeeee!!! Life sure is great at Wal-Mart isn't it? Look at the opportunities they provide:

Wisconsin's tax-supported health care program for the working poor spends millions of dollars each year covering the health costs of employees of some of the state's largest companies, such as Wal-Mart and Aurora Health Care.
Well why shouldn't great companies like Wal-Mart encourage its employees to use the state supported health care program? Otherwise the state and its BIG Government fatcats would give your money to its Welfare Queen allies... Don't you know this by now?
According to new figures from the state Department of Health and Family Services, the 10 employers with the most participants in BadgerCare cost the state about $6.4 million a year.

In April, about 2,919 employees and their dependents were enrolled in the state program from those 10 companies, with more than 40% of the employees working for discount retailer Wal-Mart.

The cost shifting comes at a time when Wisconsin's Medicaid program is in crisis, facing a $650 million budget gap over the next two years.
Damn you Wisconsin! Wal-Mart provides you with all the cheap plastic crap & unhealthy food you could possibly want and this is how you repay them? You ungrateful sons of bitches!

Problem is that this isn't happening just in Wisconsin but all over... this is what our great country is being reduced to: crappy, low wage retail jobs while we destroy those industries and disciplines (like all of that pesky SCIENCE that used to make this country great) and let other countries pass us by. If you think it isn't all related, you should take another look.

5.24.2005

Bush Doesn't Like It When Mommy & Daddy Fight

Business Groups Tire of GOP Focus On Social Issues
HAHAHAHA! What is that They Might Be Giants said? "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"?

John M. Engler, the former Republican governor of Michigan who now heads the National Association of Manufacturers, vowed before the November elections to use his trade association's might to back President Bush's judicial nominees. But as the Senate showdown approaches, the business group is delivering a different message: Judges are not its fight.

NAM's decision to sit out the brawl may be indicative of a broader trend. From Wall Street to Main Street, the small-government, pro-business mainstay of the Republican Party appears to be growing disaffected with a party it sees as focused on social issues at its expense.

"I'm inclined to support the Republican Party, but the question becomes, how much other stuff do I have to put up with to maintain that identification?" asked Andrew A. Samwick, a Dartmouth College economics professor who until recently was chief economist of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.

"I don't know a single business group involved in the judicial nominees," said R. Bruce Josten, an executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "Nada, none, zip."
Well except for the massive protections folks like Owens have granted business to pollute and not be held accountable. And those class action suits. If you don't count stuff like that, then no, no they don't have a dog in that fight.

Here's the really fun stuff...
Mark A. Bloomfield, whose business-backed American Council for Capital Formation pushes for lower taxes on savings, investment and inheritances, said the business community is no longer the GOP's base.
"American Council for Capital Formation"?? Sounds like a Grover Norquist wanna-be... bet he runs it out of his basement in some old house over by Whitlow's in Arlington? (We love Whitlow's!)

And what do the so-called "christians" say?
For social conservatives, the turnabout is fair play. Evangelical Christians had grown leery of a Republican Party that courted their interests in election years, then turned its legislative attention to business and economic concerns as soon as the polls closed, said Gary L. Bauer, a former presidential candidate and president of American Values, a conservative religious advocacy group.

[snip]

"Social conservatives expect their agenda to win out," Bauer said.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... they can expect that all they want, but once they start threatening The Man's plans? They're f@#king right out on their asses. The Man doesn't do Theocracy.

Makes you wonder who the Devil here is.

(Thanks to the Sirotablog!)

5.23.2005

Taking Back Jesus

Good stuff over at This Modern World.

Why Do Kids Hate America?

From America's favorite Coloring Book...

The number of undergraduates signing up for computer degrees is falling fast, making IBM and other tech companies worry that there soon won't be enough skilled U.S. workers to meet demand.

New enrollment in North American computer science and engineering programs has dropped four years straight, falling 10% during the 2003-04 school year from the year before, says the Computing Research Association, a trade group for computer professors.

That's because good tech jobs have been hard to find, professors say. "Students are responding to the alarming rate that the job market changed (during the dot-com bust)," says Ohio State University computer professor Stuart Zweben. "They're also concerned about offshoring of jobs."

Ironically, that could lead to more offshoring. Many low-level programming jobs have already been sent to such countries as India and China. But high-level jobs combining technical and business skills are still in the USA. That could change if there's not enough workers to fill them.
Yes, yes that is ironic... but we're Americans, we don't do irony. You're thinking of the British.

Here's the cycle: good jobs were to be had, kids started studying for them... good jobs started disappearing, kids stopped studying for them... kids stop studying, even more good jobs go away. Got that?