Category Archives: JOBS!

Opportunities Available for Minority Students

See the following information on free college opportunities for minority students.

  • Wake Forest University has an opportunity for minority students to attend its MBA program for FREE, and so far, the response has been very poor.  Please pass along this opportunity to your friends, families. This is a great school and a tremendous opportunity to attend a top graduate school.  See the details below, the contact person is: Derrick S. Boone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, Rm. 3139 Worrell Professional Center , Babcock Graduate School of Management  Wake Forest University_ WINSTON_SALEM  N.C 27109-8738 email:derrick.boone@mba.wfu.edu or visit www.wfu.edu phone# toll free (866) 925-3622
  • Black Male Teachers needed. Do you know any Black Males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for FREE? The CALL ME MISTER program offered by 4 historical black colleges in South Carolina, Benedict College, Chaflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University ? visit the www.callmemister.clemson.edu/index.htl details online application or call 1.800.640.2657
  • Harvard University is offering free tuition to HONOR STUDENTS with family incomes less than $125,000 per year.  Visit www.fao.fas.harvard.edc  or call 617.495.1581 for more info.
  • Syracuse University School of Architecture is desperately seeking young women and men of color interested in pursuing a 5 yr. professional degree in Architecture. Contact:  Mark Robbins, Dean School of Architecture, 201 Slocum Hall, Syracuse , NY 13244-1250  (315) 443-256 www.soa.syr.edu/indes.php

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide North Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of North American labor. This year could be different. This year we could give the gift of genuine concern for our countrymen. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by North American hands. Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, privately-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down your dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town friends and neighbours with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the neighbourhood working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services  of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, hair stylist or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining North American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging local small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other our neighbours, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

THIS could be the new North American Christmas tradition.

For the GOP, It’s All About Jobs … ELIMINATING Them!

It’s becoming every more evident that Republicans are willing to tank the economy for their perceived electoral benefit. And they’re willing to drive our economy into another recession rather than raise taxes on the Koch brothers. If anything we should be expanding crucial programs that extend a helping hand to those Americans in need, not cutting them during this time of extreme economic duress.

Anybody who’s taken a basic accounting course understands that there are two sides of a balance sheet, a revenues side and an obligations side.  The Gang of Pillagers, from 2001 through 2006, continually reduced revenues via tax breaks for the rich and rang up considerable obligations by pre-emptively starting two wars in which we’re still engaged.

Taxes are the lowest we’ve seen since the Eisenhower era and there are now insufficient revenues to pay the bills coming due.  So what do the Gang of Pillagers insist on doing?  Well, they propose to cut taxes even further and cut government spending to the bone.

Okay, think about that for a minute.  Government is NOT some big monolith that you can just take a big to which you can just take a sledge hammer.  It’s programs, services, and most of all JOBS!  More than anything right now, we need JOBS!  Yes indeed, the Gang of Pillagers are singularly focused on JOBS … not CREATING them as everyone who voted for them expected … but ELIMINATING JOBS and the middle class occupying those jobs.

Cutting government spending is the ultimate job elimination strategy.  Not only can the Gang of Pillagers cut public sector jobs en mass, they can also cut private sector jobs of those that would have supplied those governmental programs and services at the same time.  In other words, they get a two-fer!

Don’t believe me?  Have you been watching the monthly jobs reports.  GOP governors have been dumping public sector jobs as fast as they possibly can (you know teachers, fire fighters, policemen, etc.).  Up until this last month, those public sector job losses have been making only a small dent in the overall job increases.  With all the uncertainty being caused by the GOP’s willingness to allow the U.S. to default on it’s debts, those public sector job losses came close to overwhelming private sector increases last month.  If you paid attention, the public sector created 58,000 jobs, but the public sector lost 40,000 jobs, leaving our nation with a net increase of only 18,000 jobs.

Their latest strategy for eliminating jobs, not just in our nation, but globally, is to drive the United States into defaulting on the debt.  You think we have problems now?  Wait until they force us into default.  Then you can watch credit rating of the U.S. Treasury plummet, the interest rates on both past and future borrowing skyrocket, and the national debt balloon to something your great grandchildren’s great grandchildren will only be able to dream of paying off.   But it won’t stop there, take a look at your own financial situation.  Are you unfortunate enough to have an adjustable mortgage?  Expect to see some dramatic rises in your mortgage interest rates, to the point it will certainly force you into foreclosure.  Any business needing a loan to be able to operate their business will likely see their cost of capital rise dramatically as well forcing them to pass those expenses along to those who can pay for as long as they can pay.  And once it gets to the point folks can no longer afford those more expensive products/services, that employer will go under as will the jobs associated with that employer.

The Desert Beacon wrote an exceptional piece on the 9th about “What a U.S. Debt Default Would Mean to You.”  If you haven’t read it yet, you should.  Please do take the time to read it so you’ll understand just how irresponsible it would be for the GOP leadership to drive the U.S. into default.  If that’s their intent, then they no longer believe in a Democracy and they’re taking this action as a means of economic revolution to cripple our nation, and to remake it into something a whole lot less democratic, something more like a plutocracy ruled by the elite super-rich robber-barons of this nation.

Dems: “We Can’t Continue to Let GOP Put Jobs Last”

It’s been190 days since the GOP took control of the House using a “Jobs” campaign message … and we’re still waiting on a Republican jobs bill. Democratic Senators are urging that job-creation measures be included in the final debt reduction deal resulting from the bipartisan negotiations led by Vice President Biden.

“Congressional Republicans abruptly pulled out of debt-reduction talks with the White House on Thursday and demanded that President Obama meet directly with GOP leaders to resolve an impasse over taxes,” according to the Washington Post.  Not liking where things were going, Mr. Cantor has acted like a six-year old, picking up his marbles and leaving the game,  threatening not to return until and unless Democrats take tax hikes for the rich off the table. (Just a question, but being rich himself, would that qualify as self-dealing?)  Now they want the President to step in to the fray so they can blame him for their own incompetence.

I’m sorry, but it’s not the President’s job to do the job of the House of Representatives.  The Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, knows or should know that, if that is, he’s read that Constitution he so proudly rants about.  The House of Representatives is the only entity of Government that can appropriate monies with which to fund government.  Hence, they are the only entity that can approve the Nation’s budget and forward it on to the Senate and President for concurrence.   This is a ploy by the GOP to drag the President into the fray so they can blame their financial incompetence on him instead of taking the hit themselves.

I certainly hope Americans are paying attention and learning that the GOP is totally incapable of effective leadership.  They have no forward looking vision for America. The best they can do is to use bullying tactics for force people to go along with their goal of  ‘taking America back.’  Back to ‘where,’ or back to ‘when’?   These guys are drama-queens.  All they’ve done since January is to manufacture one crises after another and then hold critical aspects of our economy hostage until they get their way.  They’re so mired in their benefactors’ nostalgic 1890s views of where American should be, they’re totally deaf and blind to anything contrary to their perception of science, economics, our nations needs, and the world as a whole.

Look out Mr. President, these guys are totally incapable of leadership on the truly critical issues facing our nation, and now they’re looking for a fall guy.

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Action Required

Heads up: Congress is debating a compromise to HR1 (the draconian House Continuing Resolution Budget bill) that would be devastating to Nevada.  Here’s a link to the original bill:  HR1  — Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. You can access my analysis of the appropriations chages by clicking here.  If you really want to verify my analysis or want to review the original bills, you can find links to all of the relevant approved appropriations legislation passed by the 111th Congress by clicking this link.

Even though Senator Reid brought the GOP’s HR1 up for a vote in the Senate on 3/9/11 (vote 36: failed 44-56) and then the Democratic counter-proposal up for a vote (vote 37: also failed 42-58) … GOP House Freshmen Reps (Teapublicans), specifically Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) claim that Senator Reid’s failure to consider HR1 is tantamount to a dereliction of duty.  Um … he not only considered it, he put it up for a vote. Ms. Hartzler, it FAILED passage in the Senate.

It’s not just freshman members of the house who don’t understand how government works.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor apparently doesn’t understand how laws are enacted per the constitutional process.  Yesterday, he announced that on Friday,the GOP will be voting on the “Prevention of Government Shutdown Act”  (HR 1255).  He went on to explain to reporters that if the Senate “does not act, H.R. 1” — that’s the $61 billion of cuts favored by Republican freshmen — “becomes the law of the land.” Just like that!  Um … I do realize that Friday is April 1st or in other words April Fools Day, but there is no way on God’s green earth that a bill passed only by the House and not by the Senate, and in addition, not signed by the President, will every become the law of the land under our US Constitution.  Apparently Mr. Cantor decided to do a bit of dozing when they went through their opening day reading of the Constitution.  Good luck with that premise Mr. Cantor, we’re not the fools you make us out to be and you can’t just arbitrarily suspend the constitution to bully your bill into law.

The Republican leadership has said ‘NO’ to additional CRs, and now legislators have until April 8 to come up with a compromise budget for H.R.1 or else the government will stop operating.  The problem is, however, that the process for identifying and delineating compromises is NOT all that transparent and we the general public don’t have enough information about what is being demanded by the GOP

I’ve searched the web for an hour now and can’t find specifics, but supposedly, Rep. Boehner has agreed to look at a compromise in the area of  $33B in spending cuts versus the $61B in spending cuts included in HR1. The itemized cuts for Nevada below are purportedly part of the compromise and have been disseminated via mass-email by MoveOn.org:

  • $12 million would be cut from federal funds for clean and safe water in Nevada. [1]
  • 479 Nevada children would be immediately cut from Head Start, which provides comprehensive early childhood development services for at-risk children ages zero to five. [2]
  • $19 million would be cut from Pell Grants, affecting all 33,000 higher education students with those grants in Nevada. [1]
  • Job training and employment services would be effectively eliminated for 1,000 dislocated workers, 4,900 low-income adults, and 1,100 youths age 14 to 21. [1]
  • $1.6 million would be cut from law enforcement assistance, taking cops off the beat. [1]

It’s especially galling when the same budget includes special breaks for corporations like GE, subsidies for the oil companies and tax breaks for the very rich.  Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid need to hear from all of us about it right now, before they cut a deal in the next few days.

Just last night the news broke that Congress may be close to striking a deal on the budget. Now is the only time we can influence the outcome.

Can you call Sens. Ensign and Reid and ask them to oppose these cuts in the budget? You can pick one of the cuts in this list to highlight in your call.  Or better yet, take a look at one or more of the riders included in HR1 and tell them to make sure they strike those riders from the bill before any vote on a compromise bill.

Senator John Ensign Senator Harry Reid
Phone: 202-224-6244 Phone: 202-224-3542

Click here to report your call (what the Senator or his call answerer said and/or committed to do).

The cuts that the Republicans are proposing would disproportionately hit those who can least afford it in Nevada, and it’s up to us to stop them.

Thanks for all you do.

-Daniel, Amy, Milan, Tate, and the rest of the team

Resources:

  1. House Bill Means Fewer Children in Head Start, Less Help for Students to Attend College, Less Job Training, and Less Funding for Clean Water,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March, 1, 2010
  2. Projected Reduction in Children Served in Head Start Based on H.R. 1—Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution,” Center for Law and Social Policy
  3. WP/Dana Milbank: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
  4. WP: House Republicans plan symbolic bill to pressure Senate on shutdown
  5. WP: House Whip McCarthy acknowledges meeting with Dems on fiscal issues
  6. Forbes: Boehner signals compromise in budget talks