Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Many of these conservative christians on seem to be delusional enough to think we live in a theocracy (like Iran). We don't. America is a nation, at least according to the constitution and Founding Fathers.
Another thing that grinds my gears is how conservative christians try to turn things around to make themselves look like the victims here. I guess secular, atheist, non-religious, and non-christian folks are "attacking" them by asking to be treated equally. What kind of a delusional, twisted world do these christian right wingers live in?
Friday, May 24, 2013
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has updated their study of paid vacation and holiday time in developed countries around the world. The United States is the only country in the group that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time.
•1 in 4 private-sector workers in the US do not receive any paid vacation or paid holidays
•28 million Americans don’t get a vacation
•The average paid vacation + paid holidays provided to U.S. workers in the private sector is less than the minimum required by law in nearly every other rich country
•Only 69% of low wage workers have vacation
•Only 36% of part time workers have any paid vacation
Has it become apparent yet to my fellow Americans that we are getting screwed here? The Corporate Oligarchy and their conservative boot lickers constantly try to keep people poor, hungry, and desperate because they know that's the key to forcing people to work longer, harder, and faster for less.
Corporate profits are at an all time high. Productivity of workers is at record highs. Wages for the vast majority of Americans have fallen. The Republicans are literally trying to kill the last remnants of unions, end Over-Time pay, outsource more jobs, and deregulate even further in an attack on working folks.
Average number of vacation days offered
Italy 42 days
France 37 days
Germany 35 days
Brazil 34 days
United Kingdom 28 days
Canada 26 days
Korea 25 days
Japan 25 days
U.S. 13 days
Percentage of people that actually use the full amount of vacation time offered
France: 89 %
Argentina: 80 %
Hungary: 78 %
Britain: 77 %
Saudi Arabia: 76 %
Germany: 75 %
Turkey: 74 %
Indonesia: 70 %
Mexico: 67 %
Italy 66 %
China: 65 %
Sweden: 63 %
Brazil: 59 %
India: 59 %
Canada: 58 %
United States: 57 %
CEPR article and Acrobat link to study (pdf format)
Articles I wrote on the subject in 2011:
America: No Vacation Time For You
Message From Corporate America: Work Longer, Harder, Faster
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Following Obama's second Inaugural speech, the Republican response demonstrated that they only hear what they think they want to hear, and not the actual words said. This is a form of cognitive dissonance, and it is endemic with conservatives.