Thursday, November 15, 2012

U.S. Entitlements – How do you pay for them?

By Marvin Pirila - Writer of the blog

The majority of American’s polled before the election wanted their politicians to eliminate deficit spending and reduce the national debt.  The best duo possible, Romney and Ryan, were right there and ready to deliver.  However, when it came time to vote, the population cast their votes to stay the same course we have been on the last four years.  As the record shows, that means increased deficit spending and enormous additions to the national debt while entitlement programs skyrocket in cost.

As we approach the $16.5 trillion mark in national debt, run annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion, and have unfunded liabilities of $121.4 trillion (Medicare, Social Security, and Prescription Drug Liability), where is this money going to come from?  This country has to come up with $1,058,059 per taxpayer right now, as of November 9, 2012, just to fund what these funds are already behind.  With the population of baby boomers rising and the number of disability claims being added each day, it will take much more.

There could not have been a worse time for Obamacare.  Obamacare is going to cost this country dearly in terms of unemployment, economic growth, and tax revenues.  Obamacare should be renamed ObamaScare as it scared businesses, incentives, and jobs away from the U.S.  It is undoubted the largest entitlement program ever. In October of 2012, the average American household’s share of this spending was $29,691, roughly two-thirds of median household income. 

Our best path to economic growth, surplus revenues, employment, and debt reduction was on the table, laid down by Romney and Ryan.  The cornerstone of job growth, GNP growth, lower inflation, and higher tax revenues was by developing our natural resources, coal, natural gas, and oil.  This plan went away with the re-election of President Obama.  Obama is against drilling for oil, coal use, or even piping in oil from our #1 supplier Canada.  His energy plan is wind and solar, whose time simply has not come of age yet.  Obama's policies favor higher gas prices, which would make wind, and solar technologies more competitive.  Nothing that takes manipulation to be competitive is yet ready for the broad based market.

The only plan on the White House table now to increase revenue is to tax the richest 1% much higher.  This will have only a negligible effect, if any noticeable difference whatsoever.  Their plan to reduce spending is to cut the military outlays by $1 trillion.  This comes at the most volatile time internationally since World War II.  The volatility of Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries makes one question the move to weaken our military.  Russia remains a staunch supporter of Iran and Syria, using its UN vetoes to kill all UN action on either of these countries.  After using its veto to kill action to help Syria, Russia then supplied weapons and other assistance to the Syrian government.  Russia, under Putin, is not trustworthy and routinely takes actions that undermine the U.S. internationally.

Obama says he is going to close tax loopholes without specifying which ones.  Any fair and objective view of this administration show no real plan to balance the budget, reduce the deficit, and fund our unfunded liabilities.  The reason there is no plan on the table is that the real plan is too disturbing for public consumption.  The real plan is to bring this country to its knees.  The only “Forward” place we are headed is over the cliff.  This administration is working extra to outspend its revenues, outpacing every administration since this country’s founding.

Since Medicare and Social Security was established, Congress and the President have been raiding its coffers to pay bills it readily took on in excess of the revenues coming in.  Debt enslaves us, and our debt has never been so large, and growing so quickly.  What this country needed was someone to lead them into prosperity, not one who would lead them into destitution.

Obama’s plan to tax the rich at higher and higher rates will not help American’s financial crisis.  The biggest and most painful job as a politician is to tighten the belt on spending, and in our status, very tight.  One reason Romney and Ryan lost the election was that their plans were to take those painful steps to restore our economic strength.  The problem now is that too many American’s are addicted to government handouts.  Too many are worried more about what they can get rather than what is best for their country, their kids, and the future.  They voted to squander the well being of the next generation to receive free handouts for themselves.  This short-term vision and the “me” concern has to give way to reasonable sacrifices for the long term benefit of the country and its citizens.  The sacrifice people should be willing to make is to get only what they need from the government to get back on their feet again after a layoff, injury, or other setback.  Our government designed itself to care for the truly needy or temporarily in need while looking for work.  The capable must work, doing whatever they must to survive.  All honest work is honorable and even if it is not your ideal job, you should keep it until you can find the job you want.  Sitting at home when you are fully capable of working is immoral when you are feeding off the taxpayer’s hard work.

Romney and Ryan had a plan to cut entitlement programs Obama does not.  Obama is not going to change course, because his course, unlike the desire of many Americans is not to cut spending in any significant way, if at all.  Obama has not taken responsibility in four years so why should anyone believe he suddenly would now.  Significant change will only occur when we have a leader willing to accept responsibility for fixing our situation rather than blaming everyone else.  Many American’s give him an endless pass because they refuse to examine the facts, instead relying on the media in its short snippets to form their opinion for them.

The answer to our economic problems is simple but there is no one in office with the backbone to carry it out. 

  • Cut all subsidies to oil and alternative energies.  Allow the free market to determine their period of relevance.
  • Cut all funding to the overly bureaucratic and stifling United Nations.  The corrupt U.N. duplicates existing services and accomplishes nothing.  A single veto ends action on any important matters.  The U.S. will always share different values and beliefs than the rest of the world, and making concessions of any kind is dangerous to our way of life.
  • Abandon the notion of Global Warming, and its redistribution undertones.  Cut funding to the Kyoto Protocol that governs carbon emissions – Canada did.  Canada's Piers Corbyn, the founder of the Weather Action Foundation, concluded, “carbon dioxide is controlled by world temperatures rather than the other way around.”  Corbyn states that solar activity, not carbon dioxide, is behind climate change.  He again stated, “Carbon dioxide has zero effect, I repeat: zero effect, no effect whatsoever.”  Corbyn says that solar activity, not carbon dioxide, is behind climate change.

    “I don’t believe in man-made climate change because there is no evidence for it. In fact, carbon dioxide is controlled by world temperatures rather than the other way around,” he told RT. “Climate change is going on, and the key aspects of the big, very extreme events that happened in the last 18 months were predicted by us, the Weather Action, using solar activity.

    Corbyn believes the Kyoto protocol is a semi-fraudulent scheme aimed at wasting public funds, which could otherwise have a better use.

    “It is a complete waste of time.  It’s a waste of public money. It’s a gravy train for so-called scientists looking into things that don’t exist, and, of course, for the governments to impose taxations, and oil companies to increase oil prices on the back of increasing energy prices – which is the thing demanded by the global warming’s nonsense lobby,” he explained.
            Global temperatures rise as more sun hits the earth, particularly when it rests on             water.  Water covers 70% of the earth’s surface, and is a huge carbon sink.  As the oceans warm, the waters release more carbon, and the effect of this carbon release is more warming.  More cloud cover leads to less carbon emissions, and lower             temperatures.  This is in stark contrast to Al Gore’s infamous claims that carbon             dioxide is the sole cause of global warming. 

  • Cut all agricultural subsidies and let farmers rely on crop insurance to protect against losses.
We cannot afford any expense that is not necessary.  The simple existence of government grants/subsidies produces an imbalance in the free market.  A subsidy of one commodity and not another encourages production that is not based on supply and demand.  Crops may be grown only because the government is subsidizing it rather than because of consumer demand.  If something cannot make it in the free market on its own, it is unneeded or the price is too high.

The government should not be deciding what pet projects get green lighted, because this encourages pandering to political supporters.  Worse yet is that this pandering comes on the backs of taxpayers, many of whom would not agree with their funding.  Ethanol is a perfect example of politics at its very worst.  Corn-based ethanol was an early attempt to cut the use of fossil fuels, but was quickly determined to use more fuel in its production than it produced.  Still, taxpayers paid tens of billions of dollars subsidizing a losing venture that wasted food and feed stock as well.  Politicians finally cut the subsidy, yet sustain the industry by the government mandate that a certain percentage of government vehicles use alternative fuels.

Any budget considerations have to have true accounting involved.  That means passing legislation that requires gas and food to be included in inflation figures and eliminates manipulation by the White House.

The U.S. has to reduce its regulations if it is going to compete domestically and internationally.  If we cannot produce products at a competitive price, American’s will import more and export less.  There are too many government agencies overseeing and overlapping the same industries.  This overhead hinders the ability of companies to control their costs.

High gas prices increase the cost of nearly everything.  We must achieve energy independence, coupled with the cheap oil available from Canada.  In the process of achieving energy independence, we would create millions of jobs, both direct and indirect, by hydro-fracking for oil/natural gas.  An improved network of pipelines and new refineries could also lower the price of gas. 

Natural Gas

Enormous reserves of natural gas should welcome a higher number of natural gas vehicles.  Natural gas costs, on average 1/3 less to fill a vehicle and with cleaner emissions.  About 98% of the U.S. consumption is produced in the U.S. and Canada. The Energy Information Agency (EIA) predicts that over 98% of natural gas used in the U.S. will come from the U.S. alone by 2030.  A recent study found that the U.S. already has 118 years of natural gas resources itself.

The 1 1/2 million miles of pipelines and distribution lines across the U.S. makes it readily available to nearly anyone.

Natural gas produces 22 to 29% less greenhouse gas emissions than diesel or gasoline-powered vehicles, respectively, and less urban pollution.  Source: State Alternative Fuels Plan, California Energy Commission, Adopted December 5, 2007.

Natural Gas has Renewable Options Too!

Natural gas can be produced from any organic waste or energy crop like switch grass.  Conservative estimates suggest that the U.S. could produce the equivalent of 10 billion barrels of gasoline by producing biomethane (renewable natural gas).  This potential is nearly infinite when biomethane production from cellulosic energy crops is considered.

Unlike Ethanol, natural gas does not compete with food sources, and drive up its prices.  Ethanol also has distribution issues that natural gas doesn't. Greater ethanol use would only create more food shortages and higher prices.

Infrastructure Money Reality

When the government touts infrastructure money as a stimulus to the economy it fails to explain that its benefits directly relate to the project undertaken.  Repaving a road with breaks with it, but still smooth, in a low traveled region will do little to benefit citizens.  On the other hand, a more efficient mass transit system in heavier traveled regions allow citizens to travel more cheaply, takes more vehicles off the road, and puts more money into their pockets to buy other things.

The Sacrifices Required comes with Benefits

The answer to the debt crisis is simple, but the carry through will take a nation of patriotic citizens willing to live without government entitlement programs.  The sacrifice comes with its own benefits:

  • Greater freedoms to create and innovate through less government interference, namely regulation and taxation
  • Ability to determine our own donations, rather than allowing the government to decide who should get taxpayer money – often in exchange for expected votes
  • Lower taxes due to the elimination of unneeded entitlement programs, grants, and subsidies
  • Lower gas prices due to domestic production, lowering the cost of most goods
  • More jobs due to the millions of direct and indirect jobs created by tapping our natural resources, including coal
  • The end of entitlements leads to less lobbyists, less lobbying, and a stronger voice of the individual rather than special interest groups
  • Less borrowing from foreign countries, and less interest being paid to them
  • A stronger dollar that buys more from other countries 

Paying our Public Debt is an American's Responsibility

Ultimately, it is our responsibility to pay our own debts rather to pass it along to the next generation.  In our case, we need to pay for every Congress and Administration that has raided Medicare, Social Security, and Postal Service coffers to pay for some of their incessant spending.

Our Founding Fathers Weighed in on Debt...

“I, however, place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.”  Thomas Jefferson

The Founders recognized the nature of debt for what it is: evil, because it is a form of bondage.  Debt is giving another power over your liberty.  Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “If you cannot pay that time [when the debt is due], you will be ashamed to see your creditor; you will be in fear when you speak to him; you will make poor pitiful sneaking excuses, and by degrees come to lose your veracity [truthfulness], sand sink into base downright lying; for as Poor Richard says, the second vice is lying, the first is running in debt.  And again, to the same purpose, lying rides upon debt’s back.”
The Founding Fathers felt the debts of one generation should be paid for by the generation that incurred them.  The rising generation, they felt, should be both politically, and economically free from the burdens of the previous one.  They felt that passing debts onto the next generation would be forcing the children of the future to be born into a certain amount of bondage or involuntary servitude.  This position would be something for which they neither voted nor subscribed.  Literally, it would mean “taxation without representation” and a blatant violation of a fundamental republican principle.
George Washington stated “No pecuniary [monetary] consideration is more urgent than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt; on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.”  (Fitzpatrick, Writings of George Washington, 33:168.)
Our Future or Demise Rests on our willingness to Sacrifice Entitlements.

The United States Postal Service is being dealt an Unfair Hand

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The United States Postal Service (USPS), also known as the Post Office and U.S. Mail, is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The cabinet-level Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation and transformed into its current form in 1971 under the Postal Reorganization Act.

The USPS has not directly received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s with the minor exception of subsidies for costs associated with the disabled and overseas voters. Since the 2006 all-time peak mail volume,[5] after which Congress passed the "Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act",[6] (which mandated $5.5 billion per year to be paid into an account to pre-fund retiree health-care, 75 years into the future—a requirement unique to this agency), revenue dropped sharply due to recession-influenced[7] declining mail volume,[8] prompting the postal service to look to other sources of revenue while cutting costs to reduce its budget deficit.[9]

  1. "USPS: By the Numbers" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  2. Rep. Thomas “Tom” Davis [R-VA11, 1995-2008]. "''PAEA: Overfunding of Retired Employee Health Benefits''". Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  3. "USPS Comments re: 2011 Rate Increase PRC Remand" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  4. Liberto, Jennifer (August 12, 2011). "Clock ticking on Postal Service budget crisis". CNN.
  5. Smith, Aaron (May 11, 2009). "U.S. Postal Service find ways to save money". CNN. Retrieved May 26, 2010."

Facts:  The number of employees the Postal Service is forced to prefund for retirement are based on 2006 figures, figures which have been reforecast and will be much lower. All in all, the Postal Service has performed far better than the media and public would believe.  When you are forced to pre-fund retiree healthcare 75 years into the future, by $5.5 billion a year, based on greatly exaggerated employee numbers, it's not as bad as you think.  That truth, coupled with the 2nd worst economy since the Great Depression, the Postal Service isn't dead yet -- despite the calls for its coffin.  Meanwhile, look at the governments history of raiding Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, now underfunded for more than $100 trillion.  The worst thing is that number depicts current unfunded liabilities and doesn't even account for future years.

Scientist Shoots Holes In Obama's Climate Change Claims

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What happened to the Employee Theft Claims in Carlton County?

County Commissioners, Thom Pertler, and Jesse Berglund;

In regards to the October 13, 2012 claims of employee theft, what has your office and/or Carlton County done? If nothing, say so.

Leadership isn't silence, hiding, or trying to ignore the truth.
Thank you,
Marvin Pirila


Published October 13, 2012, 06:58 AM

Carlton County addresses charges of employee theft

A 29-year employee of Carlton County’s building and maintenance department lodged a verbal complaint this week with the Carlton County Board about alleged time-stealing and theft by employees.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal

Friday, November 9, 2012

Layoffs due to Obama's Re-election...and watch it GROW!

As Obama says, "Going Forward" must mean towards complete collapse of our economy.

Total layoffs since Obama's re-election:  Too many coming too fast to keep count  (I'll keep posting links so you can see the economic effect of Obama and his policies)

Additionally, more are reducing a percentage of their employees (not included in numbers above):

  • Boeing is going to cut 30% of its executive staff by the end of this year
  • United Blood Services Gulf South region, the non-profit blood service provider for much of south Louisiana and Mississippi, will lay off approximately 10 percent of its workforce
  • West Ridge Mine will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014″

November 18 , 2012 (Closings)

King & I Thai Restaurant and Lounge, located in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis
The Kmart store on Market Street in West Smithfield NC
The Boston Beanery restaurant in Staunton Mall VA.
Seattle Veterans Museum in Seattle
Vons will close its Hesperia Ca. store on Jan. 5
Update: Lucas & Howard Furniture on South Sixth Street in Klamath Falls
The Vertin Gallery on Oak Street in Calumet MI - Nov 9 Closed

November 18 , 2012 (Layoffs)

Clinton Community College - Faces Layoffs in 2013-14
Update: Memorial Medical Center Ca. - 114
Update: Kaiser Permanente S. CA. - Confirms 530

November 17 , 2012 (Closings)

British electrical retailer Comet ( International ) - 41 Stores
Kroger is closing its Raleigh grocery stores on New Bern Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard NC
The Emporium Hairstyling Center in West Lafayette
Robinson’s Southtown Market in Susquehanna County PA
James Locke Jewelers on East Fifth Street in East Liverpool Ohio
PCCW Teleservices close its facility in Quincy IL early Next Year

November 17 , 2012 (Layoffs)

Mountain View Center PA - Reports of Layoffs
AMD - More Layoffs Coming in Jan?
Take Charge America - 35
Montana's Decker Coal Mine - up to 75
Update: Stryker - 1,170
Xtreme Power Grove Okla. Plant - 63
Glu Mobile - Some Layoffs
The Lubbock Radisson - 36

11/16/12:  Banks may shrink for good as layoffs near 160,000
GameStop - Closing 200 Outlets
Secura Insurance will close its Okemos, Mich., office by April 1
Crooked Fence Gifts in Enumclaw WA - But Continuing Online
Anastasia's Accessories in Hoboken NJ
My Country Delicatessen in Niagara Falls
Both Johnnie's Foodmaster stores in Somerville MA
Update: Laurel Hill Healthcare in Winsted
The Monroe County Home in Aberdeen Miss.
Superfresh market on Cuthbert Boulevard NJ
Stanek’s Nursery at 2929 E. 27th Ave Spokane Washington
Hysil Outlet announce that their Northgate Revere store will be closing
Capital Nursery Closing The Elk Grove and Citrus Heights location Ca
V.A. Anderson Clothing & Shoes in Princeton IL
The Kmart store at 4 Tunnel Road in Asheville NC - Late January 2013
Bank of America has announced its branch on Cherry Street in Macon Ga April 5
Promark Research Closing Call Center in Ammon Idaho?
Fresenius Medical Care Closing Billing Office in Lehigh Country - 92 Jobs Lost
The Upper Crust pizza chain Closing 10 Boston Area Restaurants

November 15 , 2012


November 14 , 2012 (Source: - BIG layoffs!

Texas Instruments 1,700 Layoffs Worldwide
Westchester County NY - 126 Layoffs in Proposed Budget
The Brattleboro Retreat - 27 Layoffs, 4 Positions Lost
Turkey Point Nuclear Plant FL - 277 Layoffs Possible
Otsego County NY - 10 Layoffs Possible
Wake Forest Baptist Medical NC - 950 Positions by June 2013
Update: Smithfield Foods Inc. Meat Plant VA - Starting Layoffs
Update: Cummins - Starts Layoffs in Indiana
Solel Solar Systems ( International ) - 140+
Panasonic - 10,000 More Layoffs by End of March
Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton - Layoffs begin
Optus ( International ) - Additional 184
Gamesa Energy - 92 Layoff Notices
Report: Spain's Bankia ( International ) - 5,000
Tooele County UT - 22
Monitor Group - 235 Layoffs, Probably Much Less


November 14 , 2012

Chicago suit maker Hart Schaffner Marx Warns of Possible Des Plaines Plant Closing = 567 layoffs
Tessera Technologies Inc to Close Tel Aviv Facility ( International )
Manassas News & Messenger Va. - 33 Jobs Lost
Xbox World and PSM3 magazines
SuperFresh outlets in Marlton and Westmont NJ
The Bagel Shoppe in Katonah NY
Ben Franklin and Homestead House Gifts in the Kimball Ridge Center in Waterloo IA
Several West Virginia Suzuki dealerships Being Forced to Close
Kowalski Cos Closing All 4 of its Metro Detroit Delis but to Continue Food Production
Three Memphis charter schools and one in Nashville Tenn. Could Close Due to Poor Test Scores
The Custer School District SD - Closing 2 Rural Schools
The Dressing Room, on North Lincoln Avenue IL
The Utica office of IBOPE NY

November 13 , 2012  (Source:

Xerox Corp. - 2,500
Citigroup Inc. - 100 in Long Island NY
Atlantic City's Casinos - Workers Face Layoffs After Sandy
Glens Falls Hospital NY - 29
Bayou Cane Louisiana - 7 FD Layoffs Likely
San Diego Hospice - Possible Violations may = Layoffs
Sun Media newspaper division ( International ) - 500
Publishing Firm Lulu in Raleigh - 9
Iron Range nonprofit Minn. - Layoffs Pending
Hostess - 3 Plant Closing = 627 Jobs Lost
Hamilton FD Ohio - Possible 2 Closing - 17 Layoffs
NBCUniversal - 500
Dana Corporation - Warns Employees of Poss. Layoffs
Mississippi County Arkansas - About 12 Layoffs
TMX Group ( International ) - Plans to Cut 100 Jobs

November 13 , 2012


Montague’s Jewelers in Rimrock Mall
The District of Columbia - Submits Plans to Close 20 Schools
Teleperformance USA confirmed Monday it was shutting down its Pocatello branch
The Pub Restaurant on 4th Street Live in Louisville KY
Old Town Alehouse 5233 Ballard Ave in Seattle?
Space Aliens restaurants in Minot and Grand Forks ND
DeWaay Financial Network LLC
Sears at Quail Springs Mall Oklahoma City OK.
Fashion Bug in O'Fallon MO is closing in January
Kmart Store in Oak Hill W. Va
Update: Jett & Hall men's clothing store in Richmond KY
D.C. school List of Possible Schools Closing to Be released Later today
Dunkin' Donuts in Holly Hill FL
Hostess Brands Inc Permanently Closing 3 Bakeries Following a Nationwide Strike
Philips Electronics subsidiary Lightolier will close its local fluorescent light fixture manufacturing plant in Willington


How Many Businesses Have Announced Closings or Layoffs Since Obama Won A Second Term?  Posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:29pm by

Energizer - The St. Louis-based company said Thursday that it expects to shed about 1,500 employees. When finished, the restructuring should lead to $200 million in pretax yearly savings, Energizer said. It aims to have most of its restructuring steps finished by the end of September 2014.

Exide Technologies - Exide Technologies announced Thursday that it will be idling its lead-recycling operations in Laureldale and laying off 150 workers, effective no later than March 31.

Westinghouse -Westinghouse Anniston, the contractor responsible for shutting down Anniston’s chemical weapons incinerator, has reduced its workforce by another 50 employees.

Research in Motion Limited - Research in Motion Ltd., the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters in Irving on Wednesday, according to a source close to the company who did not want to be named

Lightyear Network Solutions - More than one dozen employees at a Pikeville company lost their jobs this week. Officials with Lightyear Network Solutions said they are consolidating offices in Louisville and Pikeville to save money.

Providence Journal - The Providence Journal Co. laid off 23 full-time workers Wednesday as part of a cost-cutting effort, including 16 members of the Providence Newspaper Guild and 7 non-union employees.

Hawker Beechcraft - The company says 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas.

Boeing (30% of their management staff) - Boeing Co. said Wednesday it plans to employ 30% fewer executives at its Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit by the end of 2012 compared to 2010 levels.

CVPH Medical Center - CVPH Medical Center has handed pink slips to 17 employees. The layoffs — nine in management and eight hourly staffers — are part of an effort to “help bolster the hospital’s financial position in 2013 and beyond,” a press release said.

US Cellular - The move will result in 980 job cuts at U.S. Cellular, with 640 in the Chicago area, according to a spokeswoman. The cuts are slightly under 12 percent of the approximately 8,400 total employees U.S. Cellular had at the end of the third quarter.

Momentive Performance Materials - About 150 workers at Sistersville’s Momentive Performance Materials plant will be temporarily laid off later this month, officials said this week.

Rocketdyne - About 100 employees at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, most of whom work in the San Fernando Valley, were laid off Wednesday in response to dwindling government spending on space exploration, the company said. The layoffs were effective immediately, and 75 percent of them came at the facilities on Canoga and De Soto avenues, which employ about 1,100 people. The company has six sites across the Valley.

Brake Parts - The leader of an automotive parts plant in Lincoln County has told state officials that there are plans to lay off 75 workers starting in late December…The layoffs are expected to start Dec. 28 and continue in the first quarter of 2013
Vestas Wind Systems - Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) is seeking to sell a stake of as much as 20 percent and said it’s reducing headcount by 3,000 to raise the staff cuts by the biggest wind turbine maker to almost a third over two years.

Husqvarna - Husqvarna AB (HUSQB), the world’s biggest maker of powered garden tools, plans to cut about 600 jobs in a move that will save 220 million kronor ($33 million) a year by 2014.

Center for Hospice New York - The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care plans to temporarily lay off as many as 40 employees next year as it embarks on a major renovation of the inpatient unit at its Cheektowaga campus.

Bristol-Meyers - Bristol-Myers Squibb is following up its lackluster third-quarter results with almost 480 layoffs. As Pharmalot reports, the company notified the New Jersey government that it would scale back in Plainsboro, which means the cuts will hit its sales operations.

OCE North America - Trumbull printer- and scanning-equipment provider Oce North America, Inc. will lay off 135 workers in three Connecticut communities, including East Hartford, according to its notice with the state Labor Department.

Darden Restaurants - The company, which was among those who had received an Obamacare waiver in the past, is looking to limit workers to 28 hours per week. A full time employee that is required to have health insurance (lest the employer pay a fine) works 30 hours per week, as defined by the Obamacare law.

West Ridge Mine - In its statement, UtahAmerican Energy blames the Obama administration for instituting policies that will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014″ and for drastically reducing the market for coal.

United Blood Services Gulf - United Blood Services Gulf South region, the non-profit blood service provider for much of south Louisiana and Mississippi, will lay off approximately 10 percent of its workforce. It was a hard decision to make according to Susan Begnaud, Regional Center Director for the Gulf South region.

List from
More jobs losses posted at

November 10 , 2012 (CLOSINGS)

November 12, 2012


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Entitlements now deciding elections

As I watch the election unfold for president of the United States I am disturbed by what I see truly occurring.  Michigan goes to Obama - why?  One could say the billions that taxpayers footed for the car industry that Obama took credit for.  The Northeast swung on emotions in favor of Obama because of Hurricane Sandy - leaving logic and reason behind them.  Why?  Hope of endless government help. Romney would provide the same help but coordinate efforts better and wouldn't have needed, after four years, to borrow money from China to pay for it.  Romney would have made it more than a photo shoot.

During the oil spill, where the hell was Obama?  He was letting things get worse so he could further his agenda.  He turned away help from other countries that would have helped contain the situation much faster.  Does everyone have such short memories they forget how he really handles catastrophes?  Look at the tornado disaster in Joplin, Missouri, that he ignored and denied FEMA assistance too.  If there wasn't an impending election Obama wouldn't even have shown for the short photo-shoot.  Oblama would have been golfing or hanging with an ignorant celebrity.  And what about Benghazi?  Endless lies, cover ups, and blame is all we ever got.  If Obama gets re-elected he'll do what he did to the Fast and Furious Scandal and the Black Panther voter intimidation scandal, and simply kill them.  Transparency in Obama's eyes means smoke and mirrors, lies and deception, manipulation and endless rhetoric.

Whatever the result tonight, this country is in big, big trouble, because almost 50% of this country wants handouts, instead of working for their own.  We will become the largest Greece protege' anywhere.  We will cease to be a world power, cease to be a democracy, and cease to have any voice of true, working, honest Americans.  The freedom earned by our service women and men will have been squandered for the hope of redistribution and handouts.  We will take from the rich and give to the poor, then take from those left with more than others and give that to the bottom until everyone is equal, destitute, poor, and without hope.  Meanwhile, Obama and his cronies will be the elitists determining what rations we get while he lives high with buddy George Soros, William Ayers, and Warren Buffett.

Obama played a pivotal role as ACORNs lawyer in bring the subprime crisis he is famous for blaming Bush for.  Hell, what doesn't he blame Bush for?  He's a leader from behind.  Says it all doesn't it.  Apparently not, because a large part of the population likes to hear his rhetoric and save his catch phrases for arguments against logic and reason.  "Things are getting better, we have created 4 million jobs."  Really, and I have swamp land that's going to simply rise into mountains of gold.  If you've ever quoted one of Obama's ridiculous lies, you are an idiot.

If you think Obama is suddenly going to make things better, look no farther than the last four years...and look beyond his lying speech secretaries and look at the facts.  This guy has done nothing his whole life that benefitted Americans  --- NOTHING.  Take a look in the mirror because you are the sucker that everyone used to always joke about.

Where will the handouts come from once we can't borrow anymore money or print anymore because we've killed every tree printing money?  Quit worshipping Obama and start reading some real facts.  Then and only then will you see what a buffoon you really are and how you sacrificed a great country for some idealistic fantasy world where money comes from the sky, we don't have to work, and everyone is happy, happy, happy.

If you think things are bad now, just wait until Obama doesn't have to worry about a reelection.  Businesses are closing down and moving overseas.  Gas prices are going to go through the roof because Obama has killed all oil leases to federal lands, is anti-oil, and anti-Keystone.  We are simply doomed and everyone of you that voted for Obama, if elected, have accepted responsibility for America's official end as a great country.

Excuse me now, I see Obama is leading in the electoral vote, so I need to throw up, then slash my wrists.