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Forum Post: Jobless rate at 17 year low - I told you Trump would take care of us workers

Posted 4 years ago on May 5, 2018, 11:14 a.m. EST by BrentWeirick81 (-87)
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The working man is back. All of you college types can kiss my __. we put Trump in office and he is protecting us against China, and putting my people back to work. Read it and weep. Clinton was just part of your machine and you lost the working man years ago. The Republicans represent the working man.



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[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

There’s a myth going around that Trump is presiding over a great economy.

As White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow recently put it, “The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting.”

Really? Look at the living standards of most Americans, and you get a very different picture.

Yes, the stock market has boomed since Trump became president. But it’s looking increasingly wobbly as Trump’s trade wars take a toll.

Over 80 percent of the stock market is owned by the richest 10 percent of Americans anyway, so most Americans never got much out of Trump’s market boom to begin with.

The trade wars are also starting to take a toll on ordinary workers. Trump’s steel tariffs have cost Ford $1 billion so far, for example, forcing the automaker to plan mass layoffs.

What about economic growth? Data from the Commerce Department shows the economy at full speed, 4.2 percent growth for the second quarter.

But very little of that growth is trickling down to average Americans. Adjusted for inflation, hourly wages aren’t much higher now than they were forty years ago.

Trump slashed taxes on the wealthy and promised everyone else a $4,000 wage boost. But the boost never happened.

That’s a big reason why Republicans aren’t campaigning on their tax cut, just about their only legislative accomplishment.

Trump and congressional Republicans refuse to raise the minimum wage, which is stuck at $7.25 an hour.

Trump’s Labor Department is also repealing a rule that increased the number of workers entitled to time-and-a-half for overtime.

While unemployment is down to 2.7 percent, jobs are less secure than ever. Contract workers—who aren’t eligible for family or medical leave, unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, or worker’s compensation—now occupy one out of every five jobs in America.

Trump’s Labor Department has invited more companies to reclassify employees as contract workers. Its new rule relaxes the California Supreme Court’s recent decision requiring that workers be presumed employees unless proven otherwise. (Given California’s size, that decision had nationwide effect.)

Meanwhile, housing costs are skyrocketing, with most Americans now paying a third or more of their paychecks in rent or mortgages.

Trump’s response? Drastic cuts in low-income housing. His Secretary of Housing and Urban Development also wants to triple the rent paid by poor households in subsidized housing.

Health care costs continue to rise faster than inflation. Trump’s response? Undermine the Affordable Care Act. Over the past two years, some 4 million people have lost health care coverage, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund.

Pharmaceutical costs are also out of control. Trump’s response? Allow the biggest pharmacist, CVS, to merge with the one of the biggest health insurers, Aetna—creating a behemoth with the power to raise prices even further.

The cost of college continues to soar. Trump’s response? Make it easier for for-profit colleges to defraud students. His Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is eliminating regulations that forced for-profit colleges to prove they provide gainful employment to the students they enroll.

Commuting to and from work is becoming harder as roads and bridges become more congested, and subways and trains older and less reliable. Trump’s response? Although he promised to spend $1.5 trillion to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure, his $1.5 trillion tax cut for big corporations and the wealthy used up the money.

Climate change is also undermining the living standards of ordinary Americans, as more are hit with floods, mudslides, tornados, draughts, and wildfires.

Even those who have so far avoided direct hits will be paying more for insurance—or having a harder time getting it. People living on flood plains, or in trailers, or without home insurance, are paying the highest price.

Trump’s response? Allow more carbon into the atmosphere and make climate change even worse.

Too often, discussions about “the economy” focus on overall statistics about growth, the stock market, and unemployment.

But most Americans don’t live in that economy. They live in a personal economy that has more to do with wages, job security, commutes to and from work, and the costs of housing, health care, drugs, education, and home insurance.

These are the things that hit closest home. They comprise the typical American’s standard of living.

Instead of an economic boom, most Americans are experiencing a bust in all these dimensions of their lives.

Trump isn’t solely responsible. Some of these trends predate his presidency. But he hasn’t done anything to reverse them.

If anything, he’s made them far worse.

Robert Reich is the chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations and Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Inequality for All. His latest documentary, Saving Capitalism, is streaming on Netflix. Reich 's new book, The Common Good, is available now.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own.​​​​​


[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

The glorious days for warriors may well return. I love intrigues, clans, and assassin guilds. Murder by numbers: one, two, three. You can probably guess at my lineage as a survivor by thinking about why I don't fear the potential new world -- because it is the old world in which my ancestors had excelled! Ich spiele Überwache gerne.

In service to achieving the proposition that "all men are created equal," it's about time that everyone should learn how to make poison gas from urine. Kids are chemical weapon specialists (they need to be careful when they pee so that they don't produce poison gas.) Everyone has been a kid once but maybe only the observant ones have ever discovered the chemical formulae. Yeah, I cried when my pets were murdered by others.

Kids: don't keep edible pets. Pets also eat each other. "Mom, where is my parakeet? Where is my budgie[budgederigar means 'good eating' in Australian aborigines' language]? Where is my cockatiel?" "Oh, it escaped from the cage and there was our cat. Did you forget to put food in the cat's tray today before leaving for school? The house cleaner mopped the floor today and cleaned the excrement-catching tray of the bird cage and..." "Whaaaaat?!!..." "Where is my yellow hen?" "We have a good friend and it is gifting season so..." "Whaaaaat?!!..." "Where is my [hand-raised] sesame[-speckled] hen?" "Umm..." "Where did you buy this tasty chicken I ate?" "Didn't you like your sesame chicken today?" "Whaaaaat?!!... I feel nauseated." Chemical weapons are poor men's "nuclear" weapons. Avoid "house cleaners" of all stripes even if they provide "help." Mom probably told the house cleaner to disinfect the bird cage. "mortua vivos docent" "je me souviens"

Perhaps this was where I got the idea that children could become food, too, in very very clean neighborhoods. I know that I was my parents' pet and some of my teachers' pet. Pets can suffer ignominious fates but probably not in a neighborhood garbage dump where there is a partially eaten thrown-away turkey sandwich for the black and red ants to fight over. I felt safe - with the decoys in kiddie proto-Rome, sometimes co-digging with my neighborhood-boy-advanced-masturbation-techniques-class instructor.

One day, I was eating an afternoon snack. He wanted me to share it with him. Since his baby brother whom he was babysitting nearby on a cradling chair was crying and exposing his genital with his legs wide open, I had a flash of Divine X-insight and told him that he could have all of my snack if he would coddle his younger brother's smallish genital with his mouth to soothe the baby. He did and it worked. The baby calmed down. Being a preschooler of my words, I gave him all of what was left of the snack to eat so we all had peace and quiet and he had a full stomach after eating the snack in peace. It was the GREATEST North-American Fair-Trade Deal ever conceived and executed by preschoolers and a baby. We preschoolers were superhuman fast studies in becoming GREAT preschooler babysatters because we had learnt by osmosis from "Babystuffing: the Art of the Deal," authored by the Co-sseks Brotherhood of Kavalry Cadet after exhaustive and exhausting Greek-symposium- and German-Gymnasium-dipsonymphiac studies. Being his devoted disciple in the class under the bed, I helped him broaden his teachings most creatively to the new frontiers of babysitting. Endowed with Stockholm Syndrome, we lobbied for receiving a Nobel Prize in Babysitting "for opening up new holes of endeavor for soothing babies instantaneously and M-orally." Although we hadn't received any super-Suadish porn offer from Gnatficks, we are still looking forward to receiving the Inspector General's Noble Prize in Babystuffing.

If one really wants to go for broke, modern bioengineering techniques offer producing biological murderous weapons for billions of people in a garage or a workshop. DNA is digital so it can be hacked for any purpose, nefarious ones included, of course. Biological weapons can include Hyperbombs to wipe out most of human beings. One can type up a doomsday virus in a garage using a modern day biotech machine. We are in the age in which polio can be brought back very easily. Is the acute flaccid myelitis spread coming from a biocyberhack, targeting the quarter before every biennial U.S. election? There is also the already eradicated-in-the-wild smallpox, too, which can come back to life like an immortal vampire with reproductive cloning ability. As long as the bioengineering machines and the know-how exist, no disease can be eradicated anymore. What should we do to prevent someone who owns a "dinosaur-age " mechanical typewriter from typing the sequence of characters: 0xDEAD and sending it out as a message in the U.S. mail? Could we similarly receive a biocyberhacked message just like that while debugging our biocomputers which had mysteriously crashed? TAG CAT ACT...

The Japanese made and used less powerful bioweapons in China before and during World War II in their East China proving ground (the bioweapons "lumber-milling" laboratory for "lumber-cutting the maruta" [hello, Turkey has only heard a little lumber mill's manual operation and is shocked; imagine that lots of people indeed love to eat turkey sandwiches although in my neighborhood someone dumped such a sandwich that made me feel safe as a child] and the in-vivo live-action non-anesthetized experimentations on human captives was done in Manchuria) near the Yangtze River estuary, at Ningbo (previously Ningpo), which was like a microcosm model of all of China with its farmland and river system. They poisoned the drinking water fetched from the rivers.

Ultimately, the Japanese refrained from scaling up the usage of them to all of China because many Japanese soldiers had also caught the diseases and their commander thought of it as being stupid ( some high-level Japanese military commanders didn't want to take on and fight against France, the U.S., etc. but the Pearl Harbor attack triggered by the U.S. Oil Embargo left them no room to wriggle away -- they knew that attacking the U.S. would be suicidal, eventually, but it was an order to make the run to seize ["kriegen, wie immer," siehst du nicht?] the oilfields of Dutch East Indies or present day Indonesia ) because there would be no containment of the spread (Warum kriegen wir? Um allerhand Nahrung zu kriegen. Das Gift ist die Nahrung nicht!) For this reason, only anthrax was effectively weaponized as a bioweapon. The Soviets made weaponized anthrax at Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg, Russia) and had deadly accidents in 1979. Why Sverdlovsk though? Does Iran have a equivalent place?

Anthrax has the closest characteristics to being a "bomb" with localized killings. The dust from a puddle of shrinking warm water (or a newly dried puddle) with livestock dung/hide pollution may kill a person with inhalation anthrax (the deadliest form of anthrax infection to have due to the structure of the lungs.) Weaponization centers upon the formation of fine dust with anthrax spores in it that can stay airborne for longer periods of time. Mother nature teaches us and demonstrates to us repeatedly how to overcome the problem of the clumping of anthrax spores in case we should ever forget that the death button is still within our reach, no different from the high-ranking Nazi officers carrying cyanide pills with them. Of course, ours even comes with chime alarms to remind us from time to time.

Iran probably has the people with the know-how or can figure this out all by themselves because many Iranians know English and some are definitely not dumb (they were here in the U.S. during the Shah days for education.) Mother nature wants us to remember the method so observant Iranians can certainly figure it out. Iran is a very dusty place and they have some roaming livestock with diseases, I'm pretty sure.

Here though is our protection: we are all near-genetic clones of each other. We are all extremely similar on a genomic level that we are all definitely incestuous motherfuckers, fatherfuckers, brotherfuckers, and sisterfuckers relative to most other animals (cheetahs are in our incestuous club, too, so could they have been our neighbors going through the mass culling or having emigrated in a tiny migration band?) Anyone smart enough to create the doomsday virus probably also realizes this fact: they may well be an autofucker doing autoanofellatio.

God planted two trees at the center of the Garden of Eden and put Adam in charge of all of it as the gardener-in-chief. The trees are: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and his eyes were opened. Can't we recognize the fruit of the Tree of Life and eat it, too?

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

Can't we recognize the fruit of the Tree of Life and eat it too?

Sure. We must realize that the knowledge of good and evil is actually the differentiation of good and evil because there was no such thing as good and evil until we invented evil by taking from the community [of hunter gatherers] for the enrichment of individuals by the enslavement/employment of their fellows.

We left the garden of our own accord by abandoning the successful survival strategy [the fruit of the tree of life] of hunting and gathering. We've been going down ever since.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

The success of any survival strategy depends on what environment it is used in. Hunting for wild games and gathering root vegetables and seafood such as mussels and oysters can be successful in certain environments. However, it will almost certainly fail in a city like New York if applied by its millions of inhabitants en masse.

Note that in Eden, Adam and Eve could just reach out with their hands and eat of the fruits they chose without much effort. It's a bit like our present situation with the crude oil deposit close to the ground surface in places such as Saudi Arabia. With carbon-based fuels, we are still in Eden but with 7.5 billions of inhabitants, many wanting the freedom of rapid mobility via cars, it's not easy to avoid many oil wars such as in World War II Japan's annexation of Dutch East Indies' (present-day Indonesia's) oilfields and Germany's mad dash to reach and conquer the oilfields of the Caucasus, such as those near Baku. Iraq annexed Kuwait and mobilized to invade [and very likely conquer] Saudi Arabia. Then there was the Gulf War to defend Saudi Arabia and liberate Kuwait. Wars will manifest as "the flaming swords" preventing Adam and Eve from returning to the easy pickings in Eden.

When conditions are different, strategies must change to ensure continued success. Remember that before God's casting Adam and Eve out of Eden, He made them covers from animal fur instead of what they had made for themselves, the covers from twigs and leaves. Here's why pussy grabbers occupy all branches of the U.S. government - it's God's Will and Love for fallen Man to feel the silky warmth of miniature tigers. Hallelujah, Michael rowed the boat ashore at the panhandle of Florida which brought us through W Bush the inattentiveness leading up to the 9/11 attacks and subsequent wars. God also made children be born with huge brains so that they might have the cognitive advantage in surviving outside of Eden. Huge brains are needed for storing knowledge. God also cursed Adam that he would eat of the fruits of his own labor from earth which would no longer yield its fruits with ease.

Overall, you can see that God still had good and protective Will towards the disobedient sinners. He wanted them to succeed in their new much harsher environment. He made and gave them tools for survival. With their eyes opened, they embarked on the Cognitive Revolution. None whatsoever of the physical laws had been changed or repealed but Good and Evil became of Man's own choosing using his huge brain. "Speak to the earth and it shall teach thee."

Rather than pumping oil from underground, our future will be to grow oil using sunlight or its energy and biological techniques. What mother nature does in tens of millions of years will be done by Man in finely tuned conditions in a matter of weeks and months or even less amount of time.

We still eat root vegetables but most of us no longer dig for them in the City of New York. We grow them in California, for example. Similarly, we may run out of hunted and gathered crude oil but we may still have abundant sources of grown oil. Sunlight is the most widely available free energy in most places of the Earth. We have been trying to achieve controlled nuclear fusion since the 1950's, nearly for seven decades already but just lift your head up and see the nuclear fusion reactor coursing through the sky every day. It's the Sun! There's no need for us to control its nuclear explosions. We just reach out with our collectors. Perovskites seem very promising because they are cheap and easily made. Worldwide eradication of poverty seems to be quite possible through solar-generated electricity. Electricity is the key so worldwide electrification should be our goal.

Who paid for my reaching escape velocity in a Boeing-747 (U.S.) jumbo-jet to fly away to the Promised Land (U.S.)? Mom did. Believe it or not, I got various "calling cards" prior to flying! Upon hearing "We've got to go!" @24:56 of movie "Walkabout" on a black-and-white 625-scan-lines-per-frame Telefunken (German) vacuum-tube and cathode-ray-picture-tube television set, I fell asleep. I got a package from the elementary school pupils of the U.S.A. I received a map of the Moon (probably U.S. - the detailed information was surely from the U.S. because of its obsession at the time although we had the technology ourselves to make such a map) from school. People showed us their (U.S.) plan and told us that they would be landing on the Moon within two years. I saw a piece of Moon rock fetched by the U.S. I touched and leaned with my right hand on an F-4 Phantom jet (U.S.) on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier [perhaps ?the USS America?], probably homeward bound. I listened to the Star-Spangled Banner many times [some due to Mark Spitz's winning Olympic gold medals seven times in Munich] on the palm-held transistor (the greatest invention of the 20th century, U.S., ultralow-signal-attenuation optical fibers and powerful laser diodes may be the second best, linking up the continents in a crystal-clear nearly-free-of-artificial-noise way, again U.S.) radio (U.S.) that Dad had brought home from abroad.

Although the USS America had already reached its final home deep under, the catcalls of the still-in-heat F-14 Tomcats still screech incessantly at the bleeding edge between her thighs. Yeah, I know we still have not matured the F-35's so we are forced to film Top Gun II without using them but we should at least try beating down Gnatficks porn with F/A-18 Souper Hornyt or Catch F-22 Raper porn. Catcalls of any extant F-14 [-kiddo] Tomcat are absolutely improper in this age of the Me-Too Movement.

Here is the greatest health advice ever coming from Japan for the Dodo-turd to start its own long-live movement: set four glasses (32 fluid ounces in total) of clean drinking water by your bedside before going to bed at night; gulp all of them down upon first awakening in the next morning; don't eat or drink anything for forty minutes; then eat breakfast and resume usual activities. Be sure that you have ample reservation time slots at the People's Temple for worshiping to obey The Constipated-Kid's Law: "sooner or later, it will ALL come back out!" before starting this great health-enhancing routine in the morning. It will do your health wonders cheaply. You don't even need to shit out the ACA to reform healthcare and lighten your load. Another routine is to wash hands clean with soap and water before and after touching face/head, before leaving and upon returning home. Disinfect handles of refrigerators, doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, handsets. Personal healthcare can beat National healthcare in both costs and finesse. Yeah, recall the pussies who catcalled you mistaking you for a wayward F-14 in-heat, "leave your load with me!" "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, what a relief it is!" -- to discharge Sturm-und-Drang's lawsuit. Remember, "it's always better to deposit your turd into your throne in your porcelain Temple than having you yourself be flushed away mistakenly by a savvy pussy with cleanliness OCD. Dodo-turd is a rare and precious antiquated coprolite specimen from an extinct flightless island avian that could not aviate, not the same as your everyday diarrhea discharge. Don't worry about USS America, Cliton got it licked and Bushit got it sick. It's just supercarrier STI passed on. While flicking the juicy Big Birdie, let us all as one extol, "long-live the Dodo-turd! Long-live the Dodo-turd! Long live the Dodo-turd!"

I hated having to wait a few minutes for the vacuum tubes in the large-loaf-of-bread-size multi-band radio (also brought home by Dad from abroad) to warm up before I could listen to my favorite radio program. I also abhorred the electrostatic noises on short-waves (varied with different times of day and night) but I still appreciated its global reach presenting very different perspectives on the same news event. Yeah, I was exposed to much bullshit since my elementary school days but I ate of so many different kinds of bullshit in such quantities that I had developed a rather refined taste (and appreciation) for their different sights, sounds, aromas, textures, saltiness, temperatures, ingredients, and harmony.

How did Mom afford my airplane tickets? After talking about it and saving for more than a year, she finally bought a General-Electric (U.S.) refrigerator. She no longer went to the markets every day to buy fresh food (it's unfortunate that we the children started eating more leftovers but I knew securely that I wouldn't be eating any nausea-inducing tasty "sesame chicken" from Mom again). She had time left to take on more work and she accumulated the savings from her wages to buy my airplane tickets -- made possible by electricity driving the refrigerator freeing Mom to work. "Arbeit macht frei!" Arbeit and Freiheit didn't refer to the same persons. Freiheit was a present from Mom's and Dad's Love.

I also brushed my milk teeth with Colgate (U.S.) toothpaste to minimize my sweet-tooth-induced toothache. Mom was a bit superstitious because she told me that the ones made in Great Britain, not in the U.S.A., would not work well. I figured out later that it didn't matter where they had come from, what country, or labelled as what brand. What matters for tooth decay is the "hard" fluoride ions' concentration and their small ionic radii so one of them can replace the "soft" hydroxyl ion with its big ionic radius sitting at the middle of "laager" ring of the dental apatite, pulling the ring more tightly towards itself. Fluoride ions from Great Britain are the same as the fluoride ions from the U.S.A. Of course, if Great Britain had cut corners on the fluoride, the cleansing agents, or the abrasives, the toothpaste probably would not work well, just as Mom had said.

Dad was "holding down the fort" so it was Mom's wages that made changes for better lives possible. Mom accumulated capital. Dad provided survival.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 years ago

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[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

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I'm not a tweety ...

So, sadly, I'll never see it.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 years ago

sadly, I'll never see it.

But - happily others will & you wrote it. :-)

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

ok - I get it now. How do I access your twitter feed?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 years ago

Open a twitter account (free) and put in my user name in the search window

[-] -1 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

And you wonder why Trump calls it fake news. People are working and wages are up. The numbers say it but more importantly, you can see it in my business.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

You can't seem to make up your mind whether you're a working class construction worker or a bourgeois business man.

I know what I see in you. It's obvious that your head is so far up your ass you won't see daylight if you live to be a thousand. The lies and fake news that come out of Trump's ass mouth and Fox (that should be faux) news are nothing new.

The booming Wall St. economy is on the backs of debt bound slaves. The employment numbers are the same shit you cons have been spewing since Reagan realized Orwell's nightmare. Trump has said or done nothing new. He's tells the same old lies and appeals to the same LCD of morality, scruples and intellect but he does so more rabidly and evilly than anyone since Hitler.

Quantitative Squeezing:

"... pumped $4.3 trillion into bank reserves, enabling banks to lend to inflate prices for stocks, bonds and real estate. The pretense was that this would enable the banks to start lending to factories again, into the economy, to put people back to work...."

"... This cover story is truly bizarre, because for the last hundred years, banks haven’t lent to build factories. They only lend against assets in place, or steady reliable income that comes in. Almost 70% of real capital investment for factories and industry is done with retained earnings of corporations. The other capital investment is financed by stock issues, by the stock market. Banks don’t lend to build capital. But they do lend to corporate raiders to take over companies. ..."


[-] 2 points by trashyharry (3084) from Waterville, NY 3 years ago

Trump is mobbed right up The Wazoo. Trump take care of the working man? When your 2nd job doesn't cover the gas it takes to get to your first and third job, you gonna lose all three jobs, NOR

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 years ago

It is Democraps who are GOP enablers in U$A! Also fyi, this deeply revealing piece by Robert Reich ...

Good to see U here "trashyharry" & hope that all is at least OK with U & yours. Visit us more. Solidarity.

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23616) 3 years ago

Hey trashyharry. Nice to see you. Hope you're well. Yes, the low unemployment rate doesn't account for all the workers who have left the job market because of lack of success in finding decent work, all the workers who are underpaid (most of us) and the fact that most jobs on the offering are "bullshit jobs."



[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 3 years ago

When I was a pupil and talked out of turns in grade school, the teacher Scotch-taped my mouth shut with the emblem of the Scottish flag. I instantaneously became a Christian Patriot to everyone else, bearing the Confederacy's Cross to everywhere I went (cf., the Sexual Passion of X.) It was just too bad that I hadn't learnt how to reed the Bimbo yet at that single-digit age but I nude the passion of X alright. Yeah, the poor (?garter?) snake was stomped upon by the Son of Man -- I should have never been scared by the ?superstitious? stories passed down to me by Mom!

Where has my prepuce gone? Empire's "cut it out" to "stop" my bedwetting (?juvenile wet dream? "I had to pee [instead of "ejaculate" as reserved for post-pubescence]...") I was pretty sure that God didn't smell the aroma of a "burnt offering" because He wasn't angry at me as a teacher would be. The private-for-profit hospital was probably irreligious. My prepuce likely rotted away in a medical-waste dump while feeding some maggots. Well, at least my key-to-heaven unlike that spam key was freed from the sheath and relieved of the encumbrance of being a Gen-tile. Does St. Peter do pant-down inspections before the Pearly Gates? Do we lose our pants when ascending to Heaven? The angels don't wear pants in their depictions. Should we pull down men's pants and grab their testes to assess their angelic potential so that we can trust them accordingly? Extra-corporal testicular evolution of man indicates "yes." I wonder when a pant-down calendar of Pootin would become available for us all to assess his angelic potential ("Ladies First" so no grabbing of his testes by me until they have finished so yeah, I wonder about how much would be left over when the ladies had finished with him) as well as for him to practise going unabashedly before St. Peter trying to enter heaven as "a victim of aggression, a martyr" in the case of Russia having suffered a nuclear attack.

Acting upon the recommendation of the neighborhood pubescent boys, ?devout? Big Brother with the Y-ale chromosome probably got some from reeding the Bimbo. I think that he might have red the Bimbo every night before going to bed. Elementary biology was what I had needed to e-lucid-ate the Bimbo's holeyness in "[with]out-lights-eat[ing]" so my devotion had to be delayed. I needed to study first.

Trumpanzees which had climbed up the tree need Scotch-tape work done on their Bimblo behinds. Maybe the salt has eaten through the trumpery muffler. Why do trees, umbrellas, mushrooms, and nuclear explosion dust clouds all have the same similar shape? Is a toadstool poisonous, even to the toad itself when it eats the stool? Is Eros immune to Nietzsche's Christianity poison so that Vice is not the only residue left behind to "Winston Smith and Julia" doing missionary work together on the lawn of an arbor?

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4203) 4 years ago

At some point the world will realize there are 500 or so of ruling elites...and 7 billion of us ...give or take a few.

The "Federal" bank is like Santa Claus once you realize he is made up...we stop leaving cookies and milk

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

After the financial conflagration on the "plastics," there is still "soot" left. I cut my milk teeth on soot. Attend Sunday School and believe. In those sooty days, church served milk and cookies. There was the good news from the Sun of Man who prophesied: brothers will turn against brothers, fathers their sons, and sons their fathers. 》Staatssicherheit über alles.《 It sounds as if a communist purge by the Stasi is promised by the Lord.

Our doughnut Emperor is shooting through the cervix again. We need a Sitz bath.

There's a Book of Daniel in the Bible but who has ordered so many steamy profits?...

》James Ball ✔ @jamesrbuk US life expectancy: 78.7 years UK life expectancy: 81.6 years

US health spend: $9,892/person UK health spend: $4,192/person https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/960486144818450432

8:18 AM - Feb 5, 2018 18.1K 9,777 people are talking about this

Do sexually transmitted infections make periods irregular?

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 4 years ago

Sooooo....are you doing an abstract art project via this site? Social experiment? Serial killer? wait are you in jail typing on a laptop? ... no... Dexter? Plastics, cervixes, milk teeth, and Jesus in one stop and mmm god a sitz bath...oh you're a poet!!

go write your poems give up the politics and religion...just run like Jessie Owens...the rythm is there work on the meaning and u may have it

In those sooty days in Sunday School

I cut my teeth on the Son of Man

The iregular expectancy of life and

steamy profits spreading like an infection

through Europe, through your cervix

What is promised by the Lord

Manifests in plastics and dougnuts and financial empires

And iregular prophecies and Stasi


Heyyy?? ta daa? Please don't kill me...

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 4 years ago

Wow! You're a great poet! You've got the rhythm method of Jesse Owens down pat but I still have a little bit of advice for you though: never utter the 's'-sound at the end of Ill=i=nois if you want to sound authentic while riding the train from the Land of Lincoln to the Cesspool. I think that the 's'-sound is too reptilian, definitely not Frenchie enough for "classe affaire." дружба?

As for me being in jail, freedom is a state of mind. I'm happy living in a cage of my own making as long as I've made it willfully myself. Are you like me?

Poetry doesn't kill people. People kill people. Poetry affords people the opportunities to reflect upon the past and present and contemplate possible (and yet no free-choice) futures. Rather than just being besooted, they get X-raying help from the Linac Coherent Light Source of the S.L.A.C. facility.

Why would you even think that I would kill you? Bullshit! You are a poet alright--you can be my wingman anytime. Let's play Bach together for the classical reptilians that had survived beyond the D-T boundary mass extinction event.

There must be fullerene/graphene in addition to the unusually high amount of iridium in the boundary layer. We may someday build a Jacob's ladder from fullerene/graphene and take a ride up and down a space elevator to mine a captured asteroid parked at the top of the ladder. The asteroid may have a huge amount of precious metals such as iridium and platinum whose terrestrial counterparts (on Earth) have mostly sunk to the Earth's core.

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 4 years ago

Oh phew

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

Oh phew

Thank you & I admire your restraint

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 years ago

"There is a general consensus that the U.S. economy is close to full employment, given that one of the most commonly used measures (based on nonfarm payroll data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) indicates an unemployment rate that has fallen to 3.9 percent.

"As good as that figure appears to be, it is troubling that wage growth for the majority of Americans remains tepid, hardly what an observer would expect if the labor markets were as tight as implied by that number. And in fact, if one digs into the data a bit more closely, it does bring to mind the old expression commonly attributed to Mark Twain about 'lies, damned lies, and statistics.'"


[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 years ago

Check out the SNL cold open for 5/5/18

Saturday Night Live Published on May 5, 2018 With the FBI listening in, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) fields calls from Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin), Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong), Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) and Jared Kushner (Jimmy Fallon) with Stormy Daniels as herself.

Dr. Bornstein is played by Martin Short. Leslie Jones popped up as a disgruntled Omarosa and Beck Bennett comes in as a creepy Mike Pence


[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 years ago

The Reagan boom ended in the junk bond scam crash.

Clinton's in the .com bubble but at least there was a surplus for the idiot Bush to squander.

Dubya's real estate derivative ripoff is still in recovery, though Obama put us on the right path. ... barely.

Now the moron in chief is slowing that weak recovery and declaring victory to the inarticulate cheers of the fools who back him.

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 4 years ago

Right Trump talked a great infomercial to the working people...but as predicted he bold faced lied. If there was one iota of follow through id seriously give him some positive talk here. But all he has done is serve workers to multinational conglomerates and banks. People arent collecting unemployment it ran out. They are homeless on trains now And I bet my future train seat the homeless rates are higher than ever now. Workers are all sitting on a big fat silver platter with price stickers over our mouths and they have their knives and forks ready to eat us for breakfast. A multinational corporation isn't even a citizen...yet they buy our government then screw our citizens and kill self reliance. Regulating the common man and basically having no laws for themselves. Separate and unequal under the law applies. Selling us to the MNC is treason. We pay our government to protect us from foreign threats like offshore non citizen corporations not subserviate us to them. TREASON

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 years ago

The spirit of the confederacy has prevailed!

[-] -1 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

You don't get it. The working people have jobs now and our wages are going up. Yuo claim to defend us but it is Trump who is protecting us. You are all bluster. Scoreboard.

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 3 years ago

It is an empty promise before the next crash. The American people have lost control of their destiny and economy. People like you are the problem. Those who abuse power charm their victims with lies and promises. You think they come out and say ...hey I'm gonna fuck you all? Actually maybe they are now "fuck everyone" is the new normal will stock the Supreme Court with bankster loving sell outs. I know some working people who lost this week. Ask the teamsters what happened to their union at UPS. They will soon be training their lesser paid replacements.

[-] -1 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

You are kidding right, do you know anything about the Teamsters vote. It was 54% against accepting the labor contract and management (Hoffa) pushed it through. The Democrats and the old party want things there way. Trump is th eonly one who is not afraid and he represents the working people. You academics have no idea what is going on. Still worried about the Supreme Court. Yeah, you guys did a great job trying to railroad this last guy. The people know.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4203) 3 years ago

Keep up with assumptions and manipulation Brenty. Who names a kid Brent ...sounds like a rich name to me. (Or there u are again 'facts r fun' hmmm?) with whatever ridiculous tactics to drive this movement apart. I know far more than you about this vote/ contract and obviously you DONT support the working man or woman whoever you say you are. Trump is obviously against American Labor STANDARDS wants us all working like Chinese slaves. And I'm sure Kavanaugh will see to finish us off to the benefit of owner classes. Economy is about to crumble can't you hear the thunder coming...it is and the revolution is coming with it this time.

54 percent against the new fuck you contract:

54 percent in favor of renegotiating for a better deal!!!!.

Who makes sure the voting company doesn't get paid off same as Hoffa by UPS as they all meet in Singapore the Dark Money Capital where corrupt money is known to change hands unchecked and Hoffa silently slipped off to while union members called him out and demanded emergency meetings.

**Full Time Workers Voted it down demanding a contract that doesn't create a lower wage replacement force that may well put 374,000 previously well paid hard working AMERICAN workers off their jobs for subcontracting.**

Or further on the puppet strings of an abusive work environment.

Lifting packages well over the supposed 70 pound limits. Driving 14 hour days. Stress Managed into illness. Disregarding safety.

A worker in Kentucky was killed last month...being screamed at to hurry I'm sure. He was a young Dad and Husband. Another run over. Pressure to go faster and blamed for accidents as they drive around in traffic scanning for kids, dogs, some people who try to hit trucks for lawsuits, try to beat the clock and get stalked by supervisors with stop watches, cameras, and clipboards... Then lift 150 pound packages that aren't supposed to be on the trucks. They get injured it or car accidents it is then their "own fault". Lets not forget exposure to the elements extreme heat and freezing cold temps. No BATHROOMS especially on rural routes. But still they deliver, perform, and come back the next morning to do it again and deliver surging stocks. But nope not good enough for the company. And the shareholders are proud of this? Why don't they take action or speak up then if not?No they want workers they aren't responsible for after they use and abuse them then discard them...and sometimes cause them to die... while they sit back on inherited money collecting ever increasing stocks on the ACTUAL backs of REAL working men and women.

The CEO collecting $7000 bucks every hour these guys work. While they get a few meager weeks a year to recover from the body strain of 12 to 14 hour days with heavier and heavier boxes and to see family they have missed out on seeing and sharing time with. They get wages stolen. The "reward" is a big fuck you contract that threatens to replace their income with cheap labor.This is the "new normal" in America...third world wages and labor standards. We can't afford the sky rocketing cost of living. We are stuck in the WallStreet -Worker Abuse Cycle.

Now imagine this times 200 ( a whole truck still to go). When that is done go back and get the pickups:


He is someone's son, husband, and father. Maybe used to be a soldier... a lot of them are former soldiers. But we won't say they deserve to be compensated for their labor and afford a house or cars or college for their kids. We won't stand up. Trump definitely wont stand up for them. Not even Hoffa ...their own representative they pay. Trump and Hoffa probably both own shares in UPS stock though and BOTH INHERITED their money from their Daddys. They never worked as hard as these guys a lot of whom are former soldiers a day in their life. Not one day. (But they think they have it so tough).

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 3 years ago

As for sub contractors. Tri wire a Comcast subsidiary has a former level 3 child rapist working for them to install cable. I know because he is registered in my town with the police and listed as working for them. So when National grid sends a subcontractor into your house with lax training after the New England explosions and they lock out hard working union people are the subcontractors insured if they fall down your basement steps? Answer...NO! Or if that TriWire guy rapes someone? Answer...NO! Or if the mistake blows up a whole city and kills people? Answer...do we know? NO! Liability now falls to the subcontactor who may or may not have insurance may possibly even be hiring a low wage unemployable ex cons if he falls down steps, blows up your house with his lax training, or possibly comes back later and robs you or worse rapes a child or woman. Um sure level 3 guy whose crime appears to have been befriending a mentally disabled woman and luring her away from her group home to sell her body for sex 20 times in one night... so he could purchase drugs for himself and his gang. As well as um raped someone under the age of 14 is now installing your alarm system. (BTW Some LANDLORD is renting to him right near my house) So yeah have that subcontractor delivering boxes now too (casing houses, testing doorknobs, making mental notes for his gang buddies). Great idea WallStreet. Employing the unemployables. Ex Cons for cheap labor...coming to a home near you -possibly yours!!!.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 years ago

The people know.

Most do! But obviously not you the "blithering idiot Trump Administration & GOP" propagandist! You should stick to spouting your crap to the neo-nazi's of the deep red south!

[-] -1 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

So you are backing the Hoffa establishment?

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

I know I've got it right, when a moron tells me: "You don't get it."

English aristocrats/royalty established businesses and accumulated wealth and property in America before the Revolution in 1776. Many of them stood with the king and aristocracy as Tory traitors to our revolt. "The ... delegation at the Treaty of Paris included John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin" [see Wikipedia "Treaty of Paris 1783"] and others. By the agreement, the principal owners/Tories of America were allowed to keep the wealth they'd gained under British domination.

In the 1830s, when Britain and Mexico outlawed slavery, the spiritual and literal heirs of the Tory traitors fought for the "freedom to own slaves," here and in Texas. Later, they formed the confederacy and their treachery became open again, except where their ilk maintained a low profile in the North. At the time of the American Civil War, the fledgling Republican Party opposed the Tories who still owned much of America.

Today the Republicans and most of the Democrats are the tools of the neo-aristocracy of Tory Traitors: the owners of our country. There are, sadly, a large plurality of us who support the propertied class of banksters, corporate [stock] owners, executives and billionaires, because the latter sublimate appeals to racism, xenophobia, misogyny and christo-fascist Theocracy.

Obviously you, BrentWeirick81, are among the fools who suck the dicks of Tory traitors to the US Constitution, such as Donald Trump, all the Republicans and most of the Democrats.

This is how we got to the point of self destruction and had our democratic republic conquered from within by the greatest evil that ever afflicted the human race: the British Aristocracy. Never in my lifetime have they fired a shot or said an unkind word about the America they vanquished.

[-] 3 points by elf3 (4203) 3 years ago

Trump was born with a silver spoon ...his finances finally fully revealed. He is not part of or with the working man ...and don't even mention working women. He was born into the aristocracy which is his born and now chosen tribe.

[-] -2 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

Your man Clinton and his wife aren't much better. They sold us out. We are workind under Trump. You guys need to get out of your Ivory tower.

[-] -2 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

I am a working fool then. That is all we ask. You don't represent the working man you just say you do.

[-] 4 points by elf3 (4203) 3 years ago

That's funny...No i dont own a tower like your manchild Trump. You know I agree about the Clintons but at least they are reachable and capable of listening with some level of reason and college aid was a priority...unlike Bush who favored banks and war profiteers. But Nafta, Walmart, outsourcing yeah mistakes...Clinton fucked up. But politicians are all doing this song and dance as they quietly destroy the middle class...taking American quality of life and flushing it down the toilet in exchange for their own seat on the Yacht Ark. That is why we want Burnie. Our standards of employment and what made America so great...gone. Today we bust our asses for peanuts, no pensions, NO TIME OFF, no 401k, high health care costs, more stress and pressure and slave driving than ever, to meet an ever rising cost of living filled with pollution and crime, while wages sit in the gutter. The only people enjoying life are developers and landlords. Like you. The rest of us can suck it though. I would love to know the entry to the ladder as it appears to be invisible as education is totally unreachable now. And it seems not only are wages on hiring sites stagnant and unchanged since the late 90's...but there are no more jobs than back in 08 crash. So...you're stoked up to work in fast food? Clearly we are being lied to ....the employment stats are being manipulated/ something is being left out. Long term unemployed left the rolls. Just want to add union jobs are gone as are state and government jobs ...privatized and gifted to rich wallstreet men to profit as middlemen pocketing the taxpayer coffers.

[-] -1 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

I am back to work. Under Obama I wasn't. Everybody is back to work. And doing better. Isn't Bernie and the other woman the people who are part Indian or something like that. I don't care, I just want to work and Trump is doing that.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 years ago

Oh blow it out your (.)..... My Bad = You do nothing BUTT !

[-] 0 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

Clever. That is your response.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4203) 3 years ago


The tragedy here is that in the past UPS was unable to replace / outsource union drivers.... drivers need to be trained to do complicated routes, which on a mass scale was too difficult to implement without sever disruption to operations. Implementing a lower wage second tier workforce enables this process, which I imagine was drummed up by 'Chief Transformations Officer' Scott Price formerly of WalMart. WalMart has been able to avoid and crush union activity through staunch crushing reaction to throttle any and every attempt at worker unionization. Taking this model to UPS, Price knows what it takes to implement a subcontracted and lower wage workforce without interrupting business, and how to squash the union from the inside out. I wouldn't be surprised if we see Taylor pop up with a position in WalMart for undercutting the mouth that feeds him and his bold corruption costs him his current Teamster negotiator position. But instead he should go to prison. Why no investigation? Are his offshore accounts too hard to track? Good hard working Americans soon to be shoveled off to the unemployment line and replaced for $13 dollar an hour workers. Meanwhile, ceo makes $7000 per hour. As well as why are Walmart and Ups execs swimming in the same swamps? Perhaps weakening the nation's largest private union serves more than one agenda.

At any rate UPS is by reputation anti-worker Tom and Jerry routine... known to stress manage and harrass employees, steal wages, and on for what seems misguided ideas about motivation. ...They prefer a stick over carrot? But I doubt the second tier caste will stick around for the abuse at that wage. So I think after all this their plan is doomed to fail. And what will they be known for? Their anti- worker, anti- working class, and soon to be lax delivery services.

Add to that UPS you blew your chance for a great slogan. "Employed in America" or Upholding the America's Working Standards. Or Working Wages for America.

Do you know how many red hat wearing not to mention blue hat wearing people specifically go out of their way to buy American products and services? Could have squashed Fed Ex. But sadly zero innovation. Zero progressive thinking. Missed opportunity. Too caught in old habits. Rinse/ repeat.

[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

I like what your saying.

I think it needs to be more prominently placed. A reply to an idiot like Brent is a waste of energy.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 years ago

A reply to an idiot like Brent is a waste of energy.

True - but at least others who are not Block Heads can see it too.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4203) 3 years ago

Yes hoping others can see it. I think it is an important story. We are in a race to the bottom. First of all the reason Amazon raised prices here is their UNIONIZED labor forces in other countries went on STRIKE!!! The last thing they want is for American workers getting the idea to unionize. That is just amazing. Then at the same time the teamsters ratify a contract members specificlly voted against because the workers know it means the end of the union. Ups managers are already denying workers shifts and whipped out a secretly trained workforce which stands at the ready in specific violation of the contract. So while older better paid members haven't been cut, there apparently is nothing to guarentee they will have a right to work ...which can also mean they lose their insurance. It is akin to suddenly telling long time employees they are now a temporary worker, with no benefits. Amazon and UPS working together to stifle unions?? (Plus apparent payouts to corrupt Teamster leaders).

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

These are important points. Put them up front in a post. Don't hide it six deep in a thread as a response to a moron.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 3 years ago

Put it up front in a post. Don't hide it six deep in a thread as a response to a moron.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 years ago

Then there "IS" that.

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 4 years ago

Also ha ha ha fucking ha ha fuck omg phhhhhtttt. For you maybe...from your finite narcissistic perspective. It all revolves around you doesn't it? Everyone is just ...like ...Brent. The world is your personal mirror huh all projection and shit...awwww that's so naive it's almost pitiable. The housing market hit the low in 2011 and then began to rise long before Trump. Bubble, crash, bubble crash see a pattern? Have you planned ahead this time? No just ride the wave spend ride spend...oh no Brent you spent everything again? Oopsie ...

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 4 years ago

Working women...not so much though huh? Oh wait most of us dont scratch middle class. Construction only lasts until the next crash...the Denham amendment puts truck drivers in the lower class...and the retail sector is going to Amazon...buh bye small business. So what's a construction laborer ( non union as the union is being strangled) get paid these days anyway. How much do you pay the poor illegal Javier until the poor schlep dies of asbestos lung or falls off a roof and breaks his back with no disability or insurance. Taxpayers pay for that though right really doing your part Brenty. Btw we all know u guys dump that toxic construction shit in the back of Uhauls the populous uses to move maybe right where a baby crib goes next but it isn't your baby who won't reach 30 yrs so I guess then it is all good. Unscrupulous practices, exploit workers, exploiting renters. Raising diy repair costs for the working man building tick tack develepment condos. Have you priced wood these days? Is there any level a developer won't sink to? So how's that secretary doing ...can she afford to rent on what you pay her? Hope so since she pays for your yearly Dr. winteroff unemployment and disability. What a scam that is...good for you though scamming every where you can.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 years ago

we put Trump in office and he is protecting us against China, and putting my people back to work.

How many of "your people" need food stamps to supplement the slave wages at Walmart and McDonald's? Even with those shit jobs the growth rate has slowed since Trump took office. You must get your facts at Faux News: the lying right wing propaganda station.

"How much has the trajectory of U.S. employment really changed under his watch?

"The latest jobs data suggest a simple answer: almost imperceptibly.

"Consider the trajectory of total nonfarm employment: It looks almost exactly the same since Trump’s victory as it did in the previous five years ...

"... the Trump economy has actually underperformed. From mid-2009 until the November 2016 election, nonfarm employment increased at an average monthly rate of 0.14 percent. If it had maintained that pace through January, about 3.1 million jobs would have been created since the election, or 330,000 more than were actually created under Trump. If employment had increased at the average monthly pace of all postwar economic expansions (0.22 percent), the difference would be 2.1 million jobs. ..."


[-] -1 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 4 years ago

Your nuts. Everybody who want a job has a job. Maybe you are a racist since you don't want that black unemployment rate to drop.

The unemployment rate dropped to 3.8% in May, tying the lowest reading since 1969. May also saw the black unemployment rate fall to 5.9%, the lowest reading since record keeping started in the early 1970s. Black employment is up 3.5% per year in the past two years, versus a 0.9% per year gain for whites. As a result, the gap between the black and white unemployment rates is now only 2.4 percentage points, the smallest gap on record.

The average jobless rate among those without a high school degree is 6.0%, also the lowest on record (going back to the early 1990s).

It's a tight labor market, with initial claims at the lowest level ever as a percent of total employment and wages rising fast enough to pull people off the disability rolls and back into the job market.

This will help improve the low labor force participation rate. Participation among prime-age workers – those 25-54, who are either working or looking for work – was 81.8% in May, the same as the average for the past year.

To put that in perspective, that's higher than it ever was before 1986. The averages by decade are 67.4% in the 1950s, 70.0% in the 1960s, 74.2% in the 1970s, 81.1% in the 1980s, 83.7% in the 1990s, and 83.1% in the first decade of the 21st Century. Even the all-time high for any twelve-month period, back in 1998-99, was 84.2%, not substantially higher than it is today.

So, while participation is down from when the U.S. population was younger on average, it's way up compared to the 1950s-60s, which many view as a strong period for the labor market.

[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2515) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 years ago

Your nuts. Everybody who want a job has a job. >>> Only morons believe that!

A job that requires food stamps to sustain the worker is a private employer subsidized by the government. Walmart and Safeway profit at both ends of that scam. They are the real welfare recipients. WTFU!

further reading about American Corporatism:

"How Media Amnesia Has Trapped Us in a Neoliberal Groundhog Day" - By Laura Basu

"...the neoliberal model is centred on the needs of corporations and that corporate power actually intensified after the 2008 financial meltdown. This power has been maintained with the help of a robust ideology centred on free markets (though in reality markets are captured by corporations and are maintained by the state)..."


Milton Friedman wrote "Capitalism is Freedom." That's only true for the billionaire owners, the corporate overseers and a small portion of the petty bourgeoisie. For the rest of us it's "The Road to [debt] Serfdom." Screw Friedrich Hayek and all his wicked spawn including tiltin' Milton. We are the peons who suffer higher prices and lower wages when the freemen of Wall St. are thriving. When most of their profits are from after issue trades instead of primary investment, as they are today (see quants, vulture funds, hedge funds etc.) they just add unnecessarily to the cost of doing the business of making and selling real goods. And, course, we ordinary consumers pay the price for the Wall St. frauds.

Trump says the economy is booming, because Wall St. is thriving at the moment. (Oh, I haven't forgotten the fraudulent and/or misleading employment statistics that have so completely fooled you, Brent!) When the bubble bursts, as it inevitably does, no doubt he'll blame it on Obama and the Dems.

"Americans now have to pay up to 43 percent of their income for mortgage debt service, federally guaranteed. This imposes such high costs for home ownership [or rental] that it is pricing the products of U.S. labor out of world markets. The pretense is that using bank credit (that is, homebuyers’ mortgage debt) to inflate the price of housing makes U.S. workers and the middle class prosperous by enabling them to sell their homes to a new generation of buyers at higher and higher prices each generation. This certainly does not make the buyers more prosperous. It diverts their income away from buying the products of labor to pay interest to banks for housing prices inflated on bank credit...."


[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

Official Unemployment is at 3.9%? Economist Robert Pollin Says it is More Like 12% https://youtu.be/N9fNrU9wvZ8

If t economy is so strong & growth is so phenomenal & t unemployment rate is historically low, Then - Y r their growing numbers of protests in t USA nationwide from t PUBLIC stating that We R Not receiving a min Living Wage?

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4203) 4 years ago

We count those receiving unemployment funds right? So where does that leave people not collecting but not finding work staying on someone's couch? Or couples where only one person can get work? Or a cashier or waitress barely making ends meet? Or those forced out of work by attrition forced to quit via emotional abuse or abusive bosses and conditions? Or those unjustly fired or injured and can't afford lawyers to prove it or fight wealthy powerful corporations with teams of lawyers?Those who can only get pt no insurance... And so on.

In my personal experience large and midsize companies like to turn over staff every five years to restart the payrates to the lower tier. They don't even bother with layoffs...they hire psychologists to abuse people into quitting. They start this years in advance. I've quit two jobs enduring these practices until the stress ate at my mental well being and short time later learned of company wide layoffs and this during economic booms when housing was hotcakes and rent was skyrocketing and wallstreet was up up away. Only those who have been there twenty years get severance. In smaller companies attrition occurs when someones relative suddenly needs or wants a job. They force you out. They drum up phony reasons to fire people.

Worse yet that reference follows you everywhere...work 4-5 years for a sociopathic supervisor and you are doomed when you actually get out or after they fire you. The system is rigged against working. It doesn't want you to. At least not for long. Employees are considered a liability and burden to companies. The game is to suck you dry of your productivity and output ...then discard you like a full spectrum narcissist that companies are and the narc managers they foster and nurture.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

We count those receiving unemployment funds right? So where does that leave people not collecting but not finding work staying on someone's couch?

The Many that have gone through all of their unemployment benefits (insurance) and no longer collect any support and are no longer counted as they are removed from the payment roll. (statistics can be presented to show false positives by exclusion)

Underemployment is not designated as such, it is just recorded or presented in various reports to various inquirers (positively) as employed, regardless that those may be living on the streets or in a shelter (if one can be found with any openings).

[-] -1 points by BrentWeirick81 (-87) 3 years ago

4% GDP growth. Trump put the working people back to work.