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ADVICE OF THE DAY: KEEP YOUR WORK CLOSE AND YOUR ‘NOs’ STRONGER!

In Life!, Work Series on December 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Someone that I work with has a tendency to assign projects to me, then when I’m half in the process, come and take my work in an effort to help despite my “No, that’s fines,” then proceeds to “impress upon me the need for attention to detail” when he find a mistake.

WHAT THE HECK!  How can a person Double Check his or her work if you come and take it when they aren’t even done?

I knew this was going to happen.  Happened Again today!  Stuffing gift cards in envelopes and in the back of my mind planned to check every envelope to make sure there were cards.  Then the guy comes and tells me to wrap it in groups of tens and then proceeds to take a bag full of gift cards with him.  I said, “I can do it,” simultaneously thinking ,”I have to double check that” but somehow my brain froze and my mouth got slow and I couldn’t get it out fast enough. 

I think that is what office culture does to you.  Stops your blood flow and oxygen intake literally and figuratively so that you can’t even say what you want to say anymore for fear of improper tone of voice or all that PC nonsense. Could also be the air condition …

Advice for all you in the future who get jobs … keep your work close and your NOs stronger.

Obsolete When All Are Employed

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OBAMA: Incentives for Businesses to hire workers!!!

In Work Series on December 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Obama plans to create incentives for small businesses to hire workers by giving them grants and to create more green jobs.  That’s good news for 2010 and unemployed 2009 and anyone who just wants a job. 

This proposal and others are an expansion of the original stimulus package … good news?  Maybe not, because I’m still wondering what happened to the Stimulus package and the promised jobs then. 

*Recovery.gov has a listing … but I’ve heard that many of the jobs created are fake?????  And that they were caught a while back.  

 The article says:

With small businesses complaining that they cannot get bank loans, Mr. Obama proposed to eliminate fees and increase government guarantees in 2010 for loans from the Small Business Administration. He said the Treasury would step up loans to small businesses from the bank bailout fund, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Good news?  Bad news?  Do you trust Obama and our government?  Tell us what you think! 

READ HERE FOR THE ARTICLE

*Not sure if that is the website that was caught … must do more research on that, but some job listing website created for the Stimulus was.  Any Conspiracy theorists out there?

GENDER POLITICS: ARE WOMEN CRAZIER THAN MEN IN THE WORKPLACE?

In Work Series on November 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm

      I am a ROGUE! GRRRRRRRRR ….

Worker 1: “Someone complained to my manager that I was stretching in the hallway and it was inappropriate.”

Worker 2: “You work with a lot of women, yeah?”

Worker 1: “…..”

Men have stereotypically been considered less emotional and easier to deal with in the workforce. Many of my female friends prefer working with men because there is “less drama, gossip, catfights, grudge-holding, nitpickiness” and anything that shouts DRAMA QUEEN. The conversation above took place between two friends of mine after one of them complained that her female boss told her to “watch what [she] says and accused her of causing a “negative work environment,” as well as influencing her male coworkers to hate the boss.

Although working with women has been traditionally considered the “cattier” sex, I have found that there are some men out there that act like these “women.” It makes me slightly uncomfortable to say that there are men that act like women because that implies that women are indeed the crazier ones and harder to handle. HOWEVER, to dispel the conventional notion that women are crazy and uber emotional, I have worked with men-like-women who are defensive and emotional, as well as women who “act like men” and just want to get the job done.

Below are the stereotypical differences between men and women:

Men• Just want to get the job done
• Less emotional
• Don’t really care what you do as long as you don’t bother them
• Ready to get a beer and chill out
• Confrontational but, again, ready to get a beer and chill out after the “fight”
• Direct

Women
• Gossip-mongers
• Snitchers
• Emotional drama queens
• Grudge-holders
• Defensive
• Nitpicky
• Passive aggressive but can be really aggressive
• Two-face (they smile at you with lipstick, but secretly they are smearing your name in the bathroom walls figuratively and literally)
• Need more recognition and validation of power status
• Ruminate and scheme more

So what do you think? Is the above true? Are women really that much “crazier” than men? Is being “emotional” a bad thing? Should these traits not be generalized between men and women? Obsolete When All Are Employed Welcome Your Comments.

More Weird JOBS…. dealing with chickens, ostriches and, our favorite, humans ….

In Uncategorized, Work Series on November 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

11. Light Bender

Making neon lights seems like it would be a relatively easy job, but it requires a lot of precision and electrical work. Apparently if the lights don’t have the proper thickness and shaping, they will amount to nothing more than broken glass. This job has to be quite lucrative in a town like Las Vegas.

12. Odd Job Journalist

the authorThis writer gets actually paid money to write articles about other weird and odd jobs that exist. Maybe someday he’ll find a real job of his own. Hey, wait a minute…

13. Professional Whistler

Believe it or not this man whistles tunes and does it for a living. Allegedly this gentleman is well versed in several different genres of music.

14. Fountain Pen Repairer

Honestly, I think most of us would have to be fairly wealthy and care a hell of a lot about our fountain pens to have them repaired rather than go buy another pen.

15. Snake Milker

snakeIf you ever get bitten by a poisonous snake you’ll be grateful these people know how to work with animals. They are responsible for getting the venom out of snakes to make the anti-venom. Be honest, which one of you thought that snakes had actual milk glands?

16. Wrinkle Chasers

Nobody likes that crease that shoes get after about a month right below the toe line. Well wrinkle chasers make sure those leather crow’s feet never appear on those shiny new shoes before they leave the factory. Now can we please find someone to invent something that keeps it that way?

17. Rodeo Clowns

I know that I’ve always been fascinated with those Spaniards in Pamplona who risk their lives in the running of the bulls, but rodeo clowns do it for a living. You have to give them some respect though. Their theatrics not only takes guts, but you have to be fairly secure in your masculinity to do this covered in makeup.

18. Cow Hoof Trimmer

Just like horseshoes, cows need some hoof maintenance too. These fine animals can have poor milk production, lameness, and decreased fertility if not properly groomed. Try to imagine giving a cow a pedicure.

19. Chicken Sexer

Going through baby chicks and separating them according to sex. I hear this job is pretty easy, if you just play bad 80’s music and set things up like a 5th grade dance, they separate themselves.

20. Ostrich Babysitter

ostrichApparently this guy gets to sit in a field full of ostrich and make sure that they didn’t peck each other to death or get stolen. Any job where you can sit down, read a book and do absolutely no work is always a plus, but I have heard that these birds’ behavior can get a little aggressive.

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SICK OF YOUR JOB? Get WEIRD JOBS that pay … and are legal …

In Work Series on November 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Want to play? and get paid? get workman's comp... hehehe.

I’m ready to throw in the towel and get a weird job.

 

New Job for you folks and possibly a winner: Selling human fat for cosmetics.
Yup, that’s right. Last week in Peru, they recently arrested gangsters for killing five people and then draining their bodies of fat. And then selling it for cosmetic purposes. Apparently there’s a small black market for human fat, though medical professionals are skeptical.

But, despite the fact that it might be tempting to nab the guy at McDonald’s and stuff in your trunk, here is a list of 10 weird jobs that are legal. Tomorrow I will post more. Might make your normal and perhaps boring job seem bearable:

1. Odor Tester

This one is pretty odd, but some chemist has to make sure that all of those deodorants and anti-perspirants are operating properly to keep their users free of funk

2. Hair Boiler

This lucky soul gets to boil various kinds of animal hair until it curls for later use. We know that burning hair smells terrible; try to imagine catching the aroma of hair boil soup all day, no thanks.

3. Waste Station/Water Treatment Worker

Maybe more dirty than weird, but anytime someone has to deal with other peoples crap (literally) I think you can classify it as a weird job. Let us just take a minute to think about the things that go down our toilets and have a moment of silence for these brave men and women.

4. Citrus Fruit Dyer

Have you ever passed by the lemons at the supermarket and though to yourself, damn that’s some good looking citrus! Well it might be because there commercial farmers out there who dye the fruit a more vibrant color to hide the ripeness of the fruit.

5. Crocodile Wrangler

Many of us are privy to this unusual occupation due to the late, great Steve Irwin, but no matter how accustomed we become to handling animals it will always be a little out there. A nice mix of danger and excitement for what many would consider low pay.

6. Fortune Cookie Writer

Yes, we’ve all wondered who the heck writes those fortunes in English! Finishing a take-out Chinese meal isn’t only full of MSG, but those delightfully witty pieces of advice that people are so quick to heed.

7. Pet Detective

Another one we might have missed if it weren’t for a film or television show. Ace Ventura, pet detective, displayed just how important this job is, especially when Dan Marino is in trouble! Personally I would’ve gone with a missing ad in the paper, but these folks are sure to find that furry member of the family.

8. Cheese Sprayer

Don’t worry; I am not talking about someone spraying chemicals on your cheese. This person is actually in charge of spraying either cheese or butter on popcorn. Yet another job that most people might have guessed was done by a machine, but how else would you engineer that perfect, hand crafted cheese coating on every kernel?

9. IMAX Screen Cleaner

If you’ve ever seen an IMAX screen, these things are huge! But someone has to make sure that bad boy is crystal clear so we can travel through the Grand Canyon or explore the human body via a gigantic screen in a circular room.

10. Chimney Sweeper

Here is another job which could be more on the dirty side. The unfortunate person partaking in this age old profession is sure to be covered in soot and ash by the end of the day. It a fact that around the turn of the twentieth century people use to use young children to chimney sweep because they were small enough to fit inside the tiny chimneys some structures used. Even poets like Blake and Kingsley have written about this one. I’m pretty sure (I hope) technology has brought this one up to date.

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BAD ROMANCE: EVENT PLANNING IS OVERRATED

In Life!, Work Series on November 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

“Who wouldn’t want a career where life is one big party?” Woohoo! BUT, what people don’t realize is that it’s more organization than dancing around eating cake and saying “Isn’t this fun?”
Since we at Obsolete When All Are Employed seek to dispel any disillusionment between theory and reality, adding to the list of overrated jobs is: Event Planner.
As part of my job, I plan events, parties, and meetings – part glorified secretary, part leader and coordinator, and part liaison between those who really know what’s going on with those that don’t. Oh yeah, and part self-therapist to deal with the stress with the above.
Now, event planning in real life, and especially for a financial institution, is not like bringing a few kegs to a party and putting on some Lady Gaga music. Firstly, we hardly serve alcohol. Secondly, we need to be extremely organized. And thirdly, we need to be extremely organized and act as HOUND DOG to those who aren’t and can’t follow through with promises.
Below I highlight the key difference between college and real world:
College:
-Kegs ( I don’t drink so fruit punch too)
-Good music
-Mass email notification (it doesn’t matter if people you invite actually come, as long as someone does and talks about it the next day)
-Dress sexy (when you turn off the light it doesn’t matter)
-Decorate (again, only if you plan on not turning the lights off)
-Food that won’t make people puke

Real World:
-Registration (table, list, alphabetizing, etc.)
-Name Tags for VIP LIST
-Leis (Hawaii people love this)
-A real menu (that means calling catering services and bargaining)
-Parking validation coverage (people drive in the real world)
-Letters, cards, and emails (they like feeling important)
-RSVPS (actually getting them back and ON TIME so you can make your list of attendees)
-Decorations (gotta order the balloons and flower design)
-Gifts (you might think it’s fun, but it’s not really for you so it’s about 40 percent fun. Also mostly mugs, duffel bags, and letter openers)
-Coordinating with catering, your boss, your coworkers, your volunteers (can be more talk than help)
-Sending volunteer notification
-Award certificates signed by the right people

… could keep naming about 30 plus more things to do but you get the picture.

And in the real world, there are more consequences if your event fails – just ask a Wedding Planner, they’ll tell you.

But the question for today is: Is it a personality thing? Can work actually be a party? If you have any advice or comments, I’m glad to hear it. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for the Final List of attendees from a liaison. And dealing with a last minute broken promise from my coworker to follow up on parking validation. WOMP WOMP.

Obsolete When All Are Employed

IS SHAME A MOTIVATING FACTOR?

In economy, Work Series on November 2, 2009 at 2:19 am

My boss on welfare recipients:  “They should feel ashamed.  Shame is the best motivating factor.”

Getting a ride home from my boss  always leaves me with an insightful, if not enlightened or shocked impression.  Regardless of his often radical ideas, he brought up an interesting topic: Is shame a motivating factor?  My boss thinks so.

Apparently, his wife had witnessed a welfare member pull out a EBT card (now these “credit cards” replace the traditional food stamps) to buy steaks and expensive ice cream and groceries.   That scene threw out the notion that welfare people struggle due to their economic circumstances.

Disapprovingly, he said that the EBT cards were created to prevent others from knowing who was on welfare and who wasn’t and to prevent people from feeling ashamed about their welfare situation.   Even kids in school have similar cards for reduced meals so that other kids won’t pick on them.   At first, I thought that his view was a little harsh.   Struggling people shouldn’t be discriminated against.   Besides, my mother pointed out that EBT cards save paper and money to print.

However, after reading in the Star Bulletin that Costco is now accepting food stamps and that they are getting a flood of applicants, it begs the question: How could these people on welfare afford the 50 dollar membership fee?  And afford expensive products?    And, as my coworker said, buy nice fancy cars and bags?  And more importantly, does it matter?  Who is to say who controls how you spend your assets?

I don’t doubt that there are lazy welfare recipients.  However, I don’t doubt that there are also sneaky welfare recipients; those that get cutbacks from the government by filing even in their tax statements if they get under the table money for certain kinds of work (i.e. taxi drivers).  I also don’t doubt that there are honest people just trying to make a living.

So, is shame a motivating factor?  It can be.  In what form will it come? In these hard times, people are getting creative.  Does a nice bag and car indicate fruits of our labor? Not necessarily the conventional break your back kind.  But  should free riders be punished for taking advantage of a good opportunity given by government?  Darwin would probably say no.

So who’s at fault for our broken system?  We are all just trying to make it work.

Obsolete When All Are Employed

I DON’T NEED YOUR MONEY!: The Modern Woman

In American Dream Series, Life!, Work Series on October 29, 2009 at 3:08 am

In the effort to evade the courting of a local Club Promoter, I told him that I had to stay home to job search to which he replied, “Oh, good. I like a girl with goals.”  Two things crossed my mind:  1) he tried to impress me with his self-implied ambition and 2) how many goalless women has he met to be so shocked that I, a single female, is actively looking for a job?  To champion the typical female stereotype of Gold Digger fueled my drive to secure employment.  And, ironically, I have joined his line of work, but in the financial industry as a Promotions Specialist.

Recognizing the changing roles of women, as discussed in yesterday’s post, got me thinking about my recent change in priorities.  Earlier this year and during much of my time in college, I desired to join the Arts. “As long as I am happy, I am OK with being poor,” I told myself as I hustled through New York networking and scouring the theater scene.  Much to my dismay,  I found that many females in the arts can do so because they married well-paid husbands.

The efforts of the feminist movement from the political Susan B. Anthony  to the fashionable flappers to the Third Wave feminists of today are marked by a continuation of female progress in politics, in their personal lives,  in the work force, and in the arts.  Shocking to discover that despite the popularity of Sex and the City and the Vagina Monologues, a Princeton study confirmed that the failure of women progress in theater is due to biases by women artistic directors (who rank female playwrights lower than male playwrights).

Perhaps, women want to challenge women to up their game in this male dominated world but if a man is considered artistic because he threw a bunch of  Zombies in a Jane Austin novel, the standard isn’t that high.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The bottom line is that I never want to be impressed by someone because he can offer me something materialistic.  Impressed with his personable charisma and overall character?  Yes.   Impressed with his skills and direct line of work? Perhaps.  Impressed with the fact that he can afford to fly to France tomorrow. And take me with him? NO.

I’d be impressed if he could fly me to the moon.  But not many men could afford to fly me back … so forget that.   And the desire for financial independence changed my goals.

Sadly, these hard times has driven some women to cling to men — the return of concubines in China, (village girls who seek rich and powerful city men to take care of them), being one example.  However,  financial independence is what we Modern Women owe to our pioneers.

In addition, despite a recent poll report that 80% of males and females are OK with women getting paid more than men, we live in an age where people divorce each other with a the drop of a dime and are even quicker to leave a bad situation.  Women cannot solely rely on the male factor to decide their fate.

Perhaps it is a cop out to choose a profession that is not my first interest.  But the do or die mentality is for those willing to die.  And I do not.  Is there a fault in that?

–T.A.

State Of the American Woman: Visual Aid

In Life!, Work Series on October 28, 2009 at 10:26 am

Here are some of the stats and charts that the magazine article had that was pretty helpful, I picked some of the questions I thought were particularly interesting:

There would be fewer problems in the world if women were more equal in government and business

Women

Pie Chart of Female Responses

Disagree: 26%
Agree: 69%

Men

Pie Chart of Male Responses

Disagree: 36%

Agree: 54%

*Don’t know” and refused to answer
were not included


Men resent women who have more power than they do

Women

Men

Finally, In households where both partners have jobs, women take on more responsibilities for the home and family than their male partners do:

STRONGLY AGREE………………………………
Men

28% of the Males Strongly Agreed

Women

55% of the Females Strongly Agreed

Further Breakdown:

Women 65 and older………55%

Latino………54%

Black…………52%

White………….38%

Men 65 and older……..31%

According to the article:
The Abt SRBI poll of 3,413 adults (1,599 men and 1,814 women) was conducted by telephone between Aug. 31-Sept. 15

Time Review: The State of the American Woman

In American Dream Series, Life!, Misc, Uncategorized, Work Series on October 28, 2009 at 10:12 am
Time Cover

PHOTOGRAPH FOR TIME BY RALPH GIBSON

This Article Was: Insightful, puzzling, frustrating, doe-eyed, poll driven

In today’s society, are women forced to sacrifice happiness for power and respect? According to the recent Time’s article, since the magazine’s spring of 1972 research on the status of women “in the throes of women’s lib”, women have made amazing strives in the workplace, home and society in general. However, these advancements seem to have put a strain on their overall happiness, which the article points out: “no tidy theory explains the trend.”

According to Justin Wolfers, a co-author of The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness (touché): “We looked across all sectors—young vs. old, kids or no kids, married or not married, education, no education, working or not working—and it stayed the same,’ he says of the data…’but there are a few ways to look at it’” The article goes on to suggest that maybe these results have happened because women have become more honest about “what ails them.” Another suggestion is: “they [women] are now free to wrestle with the same pressures and conflicts that once accounted for greater male unhappiness.”

In addition, this article goes on to cover even more facets and complexities of this issue well. But what does it all mean, really?

When I studied abroad in South Africa a little more than a year ago, I remember a conversation I had with my host mom, whom I lived with in the Lang Township, in Cape Town. We were talking about women, and responsibilities, and I made the comment: “African women are expected to do everything these days! They have to buy the food, cook the food, feed the children, take care of the house, work, and lead the household. It seems so difficult.” “It is Ebony,” my host mom responded—she was a mother and a granny, who raised not only her children, but her children’s children as well—“it is expected of us to do everything, and we do it because we have to”. Now looking back on this conversation, I have realized that its not just women from Southern Africa who feel the strain, who was the group I was thinking of when I made the comment, but women all over. With the shift in status and power come responsibilities, but it does not necessarily equalize them…

So just because I am able to get a job and compete with men, in a way that I have never been able to before, I still may feel a need to eventually keep a home and domesticate myself in some way (learn how to cook, take care of kids, etc), while still being a member of the workforce. In some ways, the burden has become heavier to bear.

When I graduated from college in May, I started having thoughts on my future…crazy thoughts.

Hmm, when am I going to have kids?
When shall I get married?
I want to be a Foreign Service officer…can I have a family, and still be a competitor for better opportunities?

I am sure there have been women before me who have accomplished these goals, but if I were to ask them how it was, I doubt they would tell me it was easy accomplishing them. Or maybe they would…either way this article had me reflecting on my life in all kinds of ways…

I thought the article was extremely insightful, and made me think about how the journey of women has and will affect my ascent into womanhood. For the most part the information resonated with me…but one thing I disliked about it is the author tried to suggest that the increase of women who are single mothers:

Children living with a single mother:
1972: 13%
2008: 23%

Was a sign of increase of independence of women and the confidence in being the head of a household. I am not a statistician or a sociologist but that is a bit irresponsible. I know she is considering the fact that women are now adopting and birthing children on their own, but not all of them are doing this by choice…

In conclusion, it’s a good read…

A Time Special Report:
What Women Want Now

Email of The Day: Stress Busters: Making The Most of Your Job Search

In Uncategorized, Work Series on October 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

Source: Jobsearchinfo.com

Life brings us plenty of stress everyday. Don’t let the loss of a job increase your stress levels. Whether you’re out of work, or on a hunt for a better career, there are ways to reduce the amount of unnecessary stress in the process. When you’re ready to look for that new job, make the most of your time and energy by coming up with a plan to keep you focused on your goals.

Be Patient

Job searching is a process and it takes time like everything else. It’s easy to get frustrated when we don’t get results right away, but stay focused. Remind yourself that it may take longer than you think and more importantly, you’re worth it. Make realistic goals for yourself every week and reward yourself for achieving them. No matter how much time you’re putting into it, you need to take a break. So when you achieve your weekly goal, take some time off to regroup then start again fresh.

You are not your career

There is more to you than your 9-5. If you let your job define you, you will end up feeling lost and empty when you don’t have one. You are a valuable person and you don’t need a career to validate you. It can be very difficult to separate yourself from your career, but it will prove positive if you can. Think of yourself as an already complete person who will be even happier with a satisfying career.

Of course there is nothing wrong with maintaining a great career that enhances your life. Nevertheless, it can’t be the only thing that makes you you. If you get into a rut and you’re feeling really down in the dumps, take some time off. Job Searching is a full-time job and like every other job, you will need a vacation now and then. Use your time to assess your situation. Figure out how to work smarter-not harder.

Take yourself seriously

Make smart decisions about ads and occupations that sound like a good match for you. It’s never good to put all your eggs in one basket, but make sure you’re using your time wisely. Think of your job search as research project. Set up goals, a plan of action, and a deadline in which you should be done with your project.

Have a place to report to everyday. It can get depressing sitting in your house day after day, especially if you’re not getting your desired results right away. Find a quiet place like a library where you can use all of your materials and concentrate on your goals.

Source: Jobsearchinfo.com

IS THERE A LAW TO PAY INCOME TAX?

In Work Series on October 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I just got paid this week and have officially joined the Tax Paying Club.  After moaning about the tax deductions, one of my coworkers said that there is no formal law out there that says we have to pay taxes. Of course, if we don’t, the IRS will chase us down and send us to jail, but legally, there is no law in existence that says we have to pay taxes.  On one hand, those that support income tax argue that the Internal Revenue Code, Title 26, is the law (the United States Code is the collection of laws passed by the legislature and signed by the executive) and that the 16th amendment validates income tax:

U.S. Constitution, amendment XVI
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

On the other hand, those unsupportive of income tax argue that no statute exists.   Under Article 1 and 2 of the U.S. Constitution direct taxes, (i.e. income tax) should be apportioned according to population, which it is currently not (we are taxed on personal income rather than how many people in our state):

U.S. Constitution, Article I , § 2:
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers . . .

Secondly, Amendment 16 was never ratified. Thirdly, income tax is an indirect excise/privilege tax (Congress can change the value of the tax anytime) therefore it is unconstitutional by the very fact that it contradicts the intentions of those who drafted the 16th amendment (which was to limit feds taxing power).  And, fourthly, in order to tax, the law must specify three things: subject, amount, and entities liable for tax.  Here is list of laws that do.

The debate is ongoing.  In fact, in 2007, the IRS lost a court case to prove tax liability.

The winning lawyer, Tom Cryer says, “I think now people are beginning to realize that this has got to be the largest fraud, backed up by intimidation and extortion and by the sheer force of taking peoples property and hard-earned money without any lawful authorization whatsoever.”

Furthermore, an article in April 2009 states that a whopping 43.4 % of Americans are no longer paying their taxes.

According to the article:

As a candidate, President Obama promised still more tax credits, including ones aimed at child care, “clean cars,” and savings accounts. As the Wall Street Journal explained at the time: “You can receive these checks even if you have no income-tax liability. In other words, they are an income transfer – a federal check – from taxpayers to nontaxpayers. Once upon a time we called this ‘welfare,’ or in George McGovern’s 1972 campaign a ‘Demogrant.'”

This raises the concern that if people aren’t paying taxes, they may take advantage of government benefits and think that everything is free, which leads to laziness and free riding, and irresponsible voting for the candidate that promises the most “benefits.”

The tax issue is one of the biggest debates between Democrats and Republicans.  Is it fair to force taxpayers to support social programs that support non tax payers through income tax?  Is it morally wrong to forget about those who are not as well off and need government assistance?



WHAT ARE YOU WORTH?

In Work Series on October 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm

The other day, I had a discussion with a fellow theater mate of mine about our recent summer stay in New York.  To me, New York was expensive and the standard of living ridiculous.   To him, New York was awesome and affordable.

Being that we were both college students, I found to my surprise that he was able to make about a grand a week.  The awesome job? Selling shoes.

Selling shoes = $1,000 per week (roughly $21.71 an hour). I bet you thought I was going to say he worked at some top notch financial company. For five delusional minutes, I wanted to figure out how to scheme my way into being a professional shoe salesman. Fifty grand a year selling shoes is not bad at all. And if you work at Prada, you can earn 80,000 dollars. Down the drain went the adage of college being necessary to secure a well paying job.

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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD PREPARE FOR …

In Work Series on October 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm

On August 18th, 2009 I went to do an interview with a local federal credit union as a branch sales associate. I had heard about the job while opening up my own account with my mother. After sending in the application, they gave me a prompt call two days later to come in for the interview. Within a span of four weeks, I interviewed a total of five times. Below are several questions that they asked, which I believe are quite common and you should be prepared.

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College Night (Oh My)

In College Series, Life!, Work Series on October 10, 2009 at 8:58 pm

So, I went to my college night the other night, and it was interesting to say the very least. A lot of people where there, from my year…and they all had jobs….what am I doing wrong?