After being screwed over by the IRS, think of this:

If you take every dime you will ever pay in taxes in your entire lifetime, it will only pay 1/1,000th of Solyndra (the failed green energy company propped up by a $536 million government loan). 

Another thing to remember: Solyndra was just one of many failed loans aimed at boosting green energy companies and these green energy loans are just one example of government waste/loss.

Have a great day!

One fed up father’s response to common core.

One fed up father’s response to common core.

the-forward-observer:

Because they both suck dick.

the-forward-observer:

Because they both suck dick.

(via fuck-liberal-morons)

redbloodedamerica:

Pretty much.

redbloodedamerica:

Pretty much.

Watch Steve Moore Demolish the Argument for Raising the Minimum Wage

45-70govt:

cheshirethecatt:

a-flash-in-an-abyss:

45-70govt:

Just zoomed in.
$24.69
Really?

This is because TV, Internet access, a smartphone (hell, why not one for every family member?), a $30,000+ car (or two), a $250,000 house, and designer clothes are apparently necessary. I know parents that are supporting three children on minimum wage. The people that complain just want everybody to have the same “status” so they don’t feel bad about themselves, and they often refuse to work more than one job. I don’t know where you stand on it all, but I’m sick of people seeing wants as necessities and demanding the minimum wage be raised.

That’s actually not true at all. I like how you listed all the frivolous wants that people have and not actual things people have to pay for that actually cost a a lot.  I don’t want to be a dick but there are so many problems with your paragraph. You make it seem like you look down on people working on minimum wage like you’re somehow better which is a common problem. You degrade us down to seem like all we care about is social status and how other people see us.  Everyone is so quick to condemn people for having wants and dreams like it’s a bad thing. Like for some reason not liking where you’re at and dreaming for something better is such a horrid idea. You generalize everyone working minimum wage to that one scumbag that’s just looking for a quick buck and doesn’t want to work hard and is just looking for a handout and thinks the world owes him something. Here’s a newsflash tho, not all of us are like that, surprisingly enough MOST of us are not like that at all.
The minimum wage in my state is around 7.93 I believe, so I actually make a bit above that because I worked hard and got opportunities to move up. And I can tell you first hand even making more than that it’s hard to live off of for a  lot of reasons. First off you list tv and internet access as one of the crazy things people on minimum wage have that they don’t need. I can tell you right now I don’t have cable access because I don’t see the point when I can just watch everything online, and tbh I’m not the only one. I’ll let you in on a little secret, when you are trying to save money and are looking for things to cut, cable is actually one of the first things to go. I do however have internet access, but that is a bit of a necessity for me. I currently have a job in which we get emailed our schedules ever week so I need it for that, not only that but I’m going to school , which a lot of people on minimum wage are actually doing too, so I have to occasionally do research which is a tad bit easier to do when I have internet access.
Next you list having a phone, heaven forbid people want to keep in touch with each other. I myself have a smartphone so I guess I’m one of those crazy poor people trying to live above their means eh? But no it was actually a gift from my grandparents I got a year or so ago. As far as my plan goes it’s actually not that expensive either, I actually did my research like a lot of people do and was able to find a good deal to maximize what I can get while still paying a decent reasonable amount.
And hey lets throw out a crazy big number for a car without looking at actual prices, hell lets throw in “or two” to make it seem even worse. Okay so here’s the thing, not everyone goes out and buys new cars, a lot of people don’t especially people living off minimum wage. Surprisingly enough we actually know when we can’t afford something, and even if we don’t most people can’t just go and go and buy a brand new nice car outright so they’d have to finance it, which you have to get approved for. To get approved they take a lot of things into account like how much you make and your credit score and blah blah blah. It’s actually not that easy to go get a $30,000 car, let alone two. So if you get approved for it it’s probably because you can somehow afford it. But most people are like me and probably wont get approved for that so we go and buy used cars, much cheaper, much more affordable. I know it’s not crazy, frivolous, and stupid but hey we can’t all fit into the narrow minded generalizations that society likes to throw at us.
Don’t even get me started on houses. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing of a house, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, location of the house, how much land its on, how big the house is, what the neighborhood is like, if it’s close to a fire hydrant, but you usually don’t take things like that into account when you’re spouting off random numbers without facts or research to make a group of people look bad.
And I can’t even tell you the last time I had designer anything.
You see people like you are actually one of the big problems with society today. You like to speculate and make assumptions about people or situations without knowing what it’s like. You like to demean stereotype and generalize us all into the same category because it makes it easier for you to keep track of. You like to throw out huge crazy numbers to make the problem seem stupid and small. You try and make it seem crazy to want to get paid $10 an hour (which was what most people were asking for, not 24) when there are actually people out there getting paid that and then some. Oh but because I work at a run of the mill job I don’t deserve that, because I’ve kept the same steady job for 2 years I’m not entitled to make a bit of extra money, because I have to deal with people like you that demean me, look down, and scoff at me on a daily basis for working where I do even tho they’re the ones coming to my store and eating the food that I make day in and day out, that maybe I don’t deserve a little bit of money so I can pay bills and maybe do something fun every now and then. Your’e so quick to judge without knowing a damn thing about what it’s like.
I don’t know what you think makes you better than people working minimum wage or qualifies you to make back handed comments, generalizations, and assumptions about them, but maybe next time you should do some research before you spout off some random rant about us only caring about status and only wanting minimum wage so we don’t feel bad about ourselves. Because I can assure you I don’t give a damn about status or how you or people like you perceive me to be. Nor do I feel bad about the job I have or the money I make. The reason I want a higher minimum wage is so that I can have a decent life without having to work my ass off constantly while trying live on my own and go to school so that I have a chance to actually make more and do better for myself one day.

TL:DR 
you missed the point, my school sent this to everyone without showing the opposing viewpoint.
Also minimum wage was never intended to be lived off of, it only exists so your employer is required to give you legal tender instead of on-site coupons or some shit like George Pullman.

All of this negates the real issue: If you raise the minimum wage employers will cut employees hours, lay off some employees, and pass the added cost on to the consumers. You end up with more expensive goods and a higher cost of living. What good is $25/hour when everything triples in price? Your purchasing power stays the same, only the numbers got higher.

45-70govt:

cheshirethecatt:

a-flash-in-an-abyss:

45-70govt:

Just zoomed in.

$24.69

Really?

This is because TV, Internet access, a smartphone (hell, why not one for every family member?), a $30,000+ car (or two), a $250,000 house, and designer clothes are apparently necessary. I know parents that are supporting three children on minimum wage. The people that complain just want everybody to have the same “status” so they don’t feel bad about themselves, and they often refuse to work more than one job. I don’t know where you stand on it all, but I’m sick of people seeing wants as necessities and demanding the minimum wage be raised.

That’s actually not true at all. I like how you listed all the frivolous wants that people have and not actual things people have to pay for that actually cost a a lot.  I don’t want to be a dick but there are so many problems with your paragraph. You make it seem like you look down on people working on minimum wage like you’re somehow better which is a common problem. You degrade us down to seem like all we care about is social status and how other people see us.  Everyone is so quick to condemn people for having wants and dreams like it’s a bad thing. Like for some reason not liking where you’re at and dreaming for something better is such a horrid idea. You generalize everyone working minimum wage to that one scumbag that’s just looking for a quick buck and doesn’t want to work hard and is just looking for a handout and thinks the world owes him something. Here’s a newsflash tho, not all of us are like that, surprisingly enough MOST of us are not like that at all.

The minimum wage in my state is around 7.93 I believe, so I actually make a bit above that because I worked hard and got opportunities to move up. And I can tell you first hand even making more than that it’s hard to live off of for a  lot of reasons. First off you list tv and internet access as one of the crazy things people on minimum wage have that they don’t need. I can tell you right now I don’t have cable access because I don’t see the point when I can just watch everything online, and tbh I’m not the only one. I’ll let you in on a little secret, when you are trying to save money and are looking for things to cut, cable is actually one of the first things to go. I do however have internet access, but that is a bit of a necessity for me. I currently have a job in which we get emailed our schedules ever week so I need it for that, not only that but I’m going to school , which a lot of people on minimum wage are actually doing too, so I have to occasionally do research which is a tad bit easier to do when I have internet access.

Next you list having a phone, heaven forbid people want to keep in touch with each other. I myself have a smartphone so I guess I’m one of those crazy poor people trying to live above their means eh? But no it was actually a gift from my grandparents I got a year or so ago. As far as my plan goes it’s actually not that expensive either, I actually did my research like a lot of people do and was able to find a good deal to maximize what I can get while still paying a decent reasonable amount.

And hey lets throw out a crazy big number for a car without looking at actual prices, hell lets throw in “or two” to make it seem even worse. Okay so here’s the thing, not everyone goes out and buys new cars, a lot of people don’t especially people living off minimum wage. Surprisingly enough we actually know when we can’t afford something, and even if we don’t most people can’t just go and go and buy a brand new nice car outright so they’d have to finance it, which you have to get approved for. To get approved they take a lot of things into account like how much you make and your credit score and blah blah blah. It’s actually not that easy to go get a $30,000 car, let alone two. So if you get approved for it it’s probably because you can somehow afford it. But most people are like me and probably wont get approved for that so we go and buy used cars, much cheaper, much more affordable. I know it’s not crazy, frivolous, and stupid but hey we can’t all fit into the narrow minded generalizations that society likes to throw at us.

Don’t even get me started on houses. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing of a house, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, location of the house, how much land its on, how big the house is, what the neighborhood is like, if it’s close to a fire hydrant, but you usually don’t take things like that into account when you’re spouting off random numbers without facts or research to make a group of people look bad.

And I can’t even tell you the last time I had designer anything.

You see people like you are actually one of the big problems with society today. You like to speculate and make assumptions about people or situations without knowing what it’s like. You like to demean stereotype and generalize us all into the same category because it makes it easier for you to keep track of. You like to throw out huge crazy numbers to make the problem seem stupid and small. You try and make it seem crazy to want to get paid $10 an hour (which was what most people were asking for, not 24) when there are actually people out there getting paid that and then some. Oh but because I work at a run of the mill job I don’t deserve that, because I’ve kept the same steady job for 2 years I’m not entitled to make a bit of extra money, because I have to deal with people like you that demean me, look down, and scoff at me on a daily basis for working where I do even tho they’re the ones coming to my store and eating the food that I make day in and day out, that maybe I don’t deserve a little bit of money so I can pay bills and maybe do something fun every now and then. Your’e so quick to judge without knowing a damn thing about what it’s like.

I don’t know what you think makes you better than people working minimum wage or qualifies you to make back handed comments, generalizations, and assumptions about them, but maybe next time you should do some research before you spout off some random rant about us only caring about status and only wanting minimum wage so we don’t feel bad about ourselves. Because I can assure you I don’t give a damn about status or how you or people like you perceive me to be. Nor do I feel bad about the job I have or the money I make. The reason I want a higher minimum wage is so that I can have a decent life without having to work my ass off constantly while trying live on my own and go to school so that I have a chance to actually make more and do better for myself one day.

TL:DR 

you missed the point, my school sent this to everyone without showing the opposing viewpoint.

Also minimum wage was never intended to be lived off of, it only exists so your employer is required to give you legal tender instead of on-site coupons or some shit like George Pullman.

All of this negates the real issue: If you raise the minimum wage employers will cut employees hours, lay off some employees, and pass the added cost on to the consumers. You end up with more expensive goods and a higher cost of living.

What good is $25/hour when everything triples in price? Your purchasing power stays the same, only the numbers got higher.

Koch Brother Spend 18 Million Over The Last 25 Years On Election Campaigns…

talkstraight:

..they’re called evil and accused of rigging the election process.

Billionaire climate-change activist Tom Steyer plans to spend $100 million in the 2014 midterm election season to help Democratic candidates….not a peep from the unwashed leftist masses.

Naw. No hypocrisy there at all.

(via conservacat)

From KSL:

Is the country due for a stock market crash in a matter of just three weeks?
A chart that compares the pattern of Dow Jones Industrial Average activity prior to the infamous 1929 crash and the current trend shows striking similarities, according to some market insiders.
The pattern has made waves on Wall Street and on the Web in recent weeks, and several posts Tuesday raised the question of whether a sudden market downturn was in the offing.
At Marketwatch.com columnist Mark Hulbert observed, “if this correlation continues, the market faces a particularly rough period later this month and in early March.”
Multiple Utah brokers are skeptical of the chart saying it seemed to be more descriptive than predictive and it was not a guarantee of a market plunge.
“Yes, there is a pattern that is matched, possibly coincidentally,” said Douglas Wells, partner at Albion Financial Group. “Much more important to investors and people in society is what does it mean about the future, and I don’t think it’s that predictive of the future.”
Wells said he believed there may be other periods of time where the 1929 crash pattern and the current pattern would have been aligned.
“They matched for a period of time and then they broke away, they no longer matched,” Wells said. “I do think we would have seen several of those in the past, and again. They match until they don’t.”
Wells said the markets were much more likely to follow “economic trends than omens,” and he’s much more concerned with core economic data like sluggish job numbers.
“We’re at the tail end of earnings season right now, and what we saw is relatively healthy growth,” Wells said. “We’d all like to see it be stronger, but still relatively healthy and, importantly, companies are seeing a strong future in front of them. They’re cautiously optimistic, and what I’d like to see down the road is for companies to lose the cautious and be optimistic. We’re not quite there. The recovery’s been a little anemic, but I think we’re taking steps in the right direction.”

From KSL:

Is the country due for a stock market crash in a matter of just three weeks?

A chart that compares the pattern of Dow Jones Industrial Average activity prior to the infamous 1929 crash and the current trend shows striking similarities, according to some market insiders.

The pattern has made waves on Wall Street and on the Web in recent weeks, and several posts Tuesday raised the question of whether a sudden market downturn was in the offing.

At Marketwatch.com columnist Mark Hulbert observed, “if this correlation continues, the market faces a particularly rough period later this month and in early March.”

Multiple Utah brokers are skeptical of the chart saying it seemed to be more descriptive than predictive and it was not a guarantee of a market plunge.

“Yes, there is a pattern that is matched, possibly coincidentally,” said Douglas Wells, partner at Albion Financial Group. “Much more important to investors and people in society is what does it mean about the future, and I don’t think it’s that predictive of the future.”

Wells said he believed there may be other periods of time where the 1929 crash pattern and the current pattern would have been aligned.

“They matched for a period of time and then they broke away, they no longer matched,” Wells said. “I do think we would have seen several of those in the past, and again. They match until they don’t.”

Wells said the markets were much more likely to follow “economic trends than omens,” and he’s much more concerned with core economic data like sluggish job numbers.

“We’re at the tail end of earnings season right now, and what we saw is relatively healthy growth,” Wells said. “We’d all like to see it be stronger, but still relatively healthy and, importantly, companies are seeing a strong future in front of them. They’re cautiously optimistic, and what I’d like to see down the road is for companies to lose the cautious and be optimistic. We’re not quite there. The recovery’s been a little anemic, but I think we’re taking steps in the right direction.”