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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Trump: Wall Is ‘A Higher Purpose’ Than Paying Federal Workers

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump rambled through a long and disjointed press conference Friday, once again taking ownership of the government shutdown he engineered while insisting that the federal workers he refuses to pay are backing his unpopular obsession.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are slated to miss their upcoming paychecks thanks to Trump’s actions. But instead of doing right by them, Trump insisted that the workers are happy to go without their salaries because erecting the wall serves a “higher purpose.”

“So this really does have a higher purpose than next week’s pay,” Trump told reporters. “And the people that won’t get next week’s pay, or the following week’s pay — I think if you ever really looked at those people, I think they’d say, Mr.…

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If You’re Over 50, Leaving Your Job May Not Be Voluntary

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

 

Tom Steckel hunched over a laptop in the overheated basement of the state Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, early last week, trying to figure out how a newly awarded benefit claims contract will make it easier for him do his job.

Steckel is South Dakota’s director of employee benefits. His department administers programs that help the state’s 13,500 public employees pay for health care and prepare for retirement.

It’s steady work and, for that, Steckel, 62, is grateful. After turning 50, he was laid off three times before landing his current position in 2014, weathering unemployment stints of up to eight months.



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Special Gifts For Special People

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Ho-ho-ho! Wait till you hear about the gifts I gave some of America’s power elites for Christmas.

To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that, from now on, they receive the exact same income, health care and pensions that we average citizens get. If they receive only the American average, it might make them a bit more humble — and less cavalier about ignoring the needs of regular folks.

To the stockings of GOP leaders who’ve so eagerly debased themselves to serve the madness of Donald Trump, I added individual spritzer bottles of fragrances like “Essence of Integrity” and “Eau de Self-Respect” to help cover up their stench.

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