Since Republican legislators (many of whom are getting six-or-seven figure farm subsidies) claim that the SNAP program has increased solely or predominantly from fraud and abuse, here is a simple correlation.
Food stamps go up with unemployment, unlike farm subsidies which simply go up.
Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a local pub. Late in the evening the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.
The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing.
After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles, the man managed to find his car which he fell into. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night) flicked the indicators on, then off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained stationery for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left.
At last he pulled out of the car park and started to drive slowly down the road. The police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyser test. To his amazement, the breathalyser indicated no evidence of the man having consumed alcohol at all!
Dumbfounded, the officer said "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyser equipment must be broken."
"I doubt it", said the man, "tonight I'm the designated decoy."
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: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/no-vacation-nation-2013
Acrobat link to study ( #pdf format): http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/no-vacation-update-2013-05.pdf
Articles I wrote on the subject in 2011:
America: No Vacation Time For You http://newsjunkiepost.com/2011/01/19/america-no-vacation-time-for-you/
Message From Corporate America: Work Longer, Harder, Faster http://newsjunkiepost.com/2011/01/21/message-from-corporate-america-work-longer-harder-faster/
#Vacation #Labor #Jobs #Business #Unions #QualityOfLife #PTO #RightAtWork #Organize #CorporateTyranny #Slavery #Capitalism #Occupy #Revolution
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