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What Retailers Said Then Reveals Itself As False

May 20, 2015

(From 1997)

The latest proposal to raise the $5.15 wage floor by $1 has retailers in a difficult spot.

With labor among the industry’s highest expenses, following inventory, it is strenuously objecting to any further increase, yet its usual arguments that higher payrolls will cost jobs and close stores have lost some weight in the current economic boom.

mmwageRetailers are riding the high tide of the current economy. According to Labor Department figures, department stores’ employment in May was 100,000 jobs above a year ago, and the overall unemployment rate is at a 28-year low of 4.3 percent. The situation has employers scrambling for workers and has forced many to enhance benefits packages and pay entry-level workers more than the (more…)

The Poverty Gap – Can’t Say We’re Surprised.

May 13, 2015

richpoorOver the past thirty years, America’s rich and well-educated have gotten richer, and the poor poorer. Since 1990 the wealthiest 5 percent has increased its income by 16 percent, while the income of the bottom 20 percent has fallen by 5 percent. During the first two years of the Clinton administration, according to the Census Bureau, the top 5 percent increased its income at a faster rate than during the eight years of the Reagan administration. The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans now control one-third of the national wealth, i.e. about the same as that of the lowest 90 percent. The top 10 percent control two-thirds. Such income inequality, combined with America’s traditional paucity of social benefits (now being reduced), is not a prescription for social stability.

Immigration. Of course this is a nation of (more…)

The Stars Over New Mexico Shine Brightly

April 20, 2015

Rising 300 feet from the canyon floor, Fajada Butte is a dominant landmark at the southeastern end of Chaco Canyon. Near the summit of the butte on a June day in 1977, Anna Sofaer, an artist, was recording one of two spiral petroglyphs located on a rock wall behind three upright slabs of rock. At midday, she noticed a dagger of light slicing through the spiral. This apparent “sun dagger” falls on the spiral during equinoxes and both solstices. It may also mark the major and minor standstills of the moon. There is a great deal of controversy among archaeologists as to the dating and placement of this “sun dagger” site. Also, because the site has become increasingly fragile over the years, tourists are no longer allowed to climb to the butte’s summit.

fajAt the opposite end of Chaco Canyon, near the great house Penasco Blanco, is a breathtaking painting which many believe to represent the supernova of A.D.1054, which formed the Crab Nebula (M1).

Standing beneath this pictograph, one can envision (more…)

Was Clinton Too Watered Down?

April 12, 2015

IN his weekly radio address in mid April President Clinton lamented that his anti-terrorism bill had been watered down and argued that “we need the real thing.” When the bill was in conference, Democrats worked to add provisions to give it “some teeth.” Rep. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), a liberal’s liberal, complained that “there’s a lot that should be in this bill that’s not.” Clinton FBI Director Louis Freeh, meanwhile, argued that a federal law-enforcement review commission provided for in the bill would have “a chilling effect on those charged with vigorously enforcing the law.” What all these newly tough-on-crime Democrats were complaining about were provisions either deleted from the bill or added to it at the behest of Republicans like freshman Rep. Bob Barr (Ga.).

Barr helped torpedo the initial Clinton version of the bill last year, then in March stripped down further a compromise version he had worked out with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde. “The traditional forces of big government say, ‘There’s a problem, let government fix it,”‘ explains Barr. “And if it’s law enforcement, traditionally Republicans said, ‘Give law enforcement whatever it wants.’ The process whereby this bill became law (more…)

How To Get Young-Looking Skin

March 29, 2015

dermatologyThe beauty industry is packed with anti-wrinkle creams from different brands. This is because many people have come to realize the importance of having a youthful-looking skin. It is crucial to be informed the results may vary due to several conditions. The type of active ingredient or ingredients that are present on the product and their concentration, the length of time that it was used and the personĀ“s skin type can greatly influence the result. If you are planning to use an anti-wrinkle cream, you must search for the 10 best anti-wrinkle creams in the market and study each one of them. It is also advised to consult a dermatologist before deciding on which product to use. The dermatologist will assess your skin type and can suggest a product that suits your skin best. However, you must not solely depend on the anti-wrinkle product that you are using. It is also important to consume fruits and vegetables that contain nutrients which are needed for a healthy skin. You must keep your alcohol consumption in moderation and do not smoke. It is also recommended to get enough sleep to avoid. The appearance of your skin can influence the way that other people perceive you. Thus, it is only correct to place a large amount of effort in protecting it.

What You Should Expect From Anti-Wrinkle Creams

There are probably thousands of commercials about anti-wrinkle creams all around the globe. This is because there is a strong demand for these types of products in many different places. Anti-wrinkle creams promise to give the consumer a younger looking skin by reducing age spots and wrinkles. Since ageing is natural process, everyone is a target consumer. However, it is crucial to be oriented that not all anti-wrinkle creams are the same. The results of (more…)

Welfare Reform – Has It Been Effective?

March 20, 2015

fwFOR the first time this year congressional Republicans feel as if they have their political footing. They have passed a major welfare-reform bill, “common-sense” health-care legislation, and a widely popular minimum-wage measure. President Clinton’s charge of GOP “extremism” has been implicitly revoked by all his signatures, while the appellation “do-nothing Congress” plainly no longer applies. Republican members left Washington, D.C., for the recess light of heart, convinced they had finally hit upon the formula that will see them through November. But if the last two weeks re-elect them, they will have learned the wrong lessons from their two years in power

Will Republicans be ready for him? They still suffer from their balanced-budget debacle this year. They concluded then that they couldn’t win any argument with President Clinton. In fact, they just couldn’t win a fight over Medicare. But they avoided passing popular bills on issues like affirmative action and taxes for fear of provoking attacks on them as extremists, friends of the rich, etc. They floundered for months, before settling on their latest strategy, which is to seek the President’s seal of approval. Instead of confronting him on wedge issues, they have accommodated him on consensus ones. Instead of defining him as a liberal, they join him in the center. It may work in November, but only at the risk of sabotaging presidential candidate Bob Dole.

Which presents two larger, strategic problems. The first is that if Dole loses big, he may take down enough bi-partisan, consensus-building Republican congressmen to scuttle the Republican majority anyway. The other is that Dole is now the symbolic repository of tax cuts, the foremost GOP issue. If Dole loses, tax cuts go down with him, while President Clinton will no doubt claim a mandate for his one-step-back, two-steps-forward liberalism. And what is to keep a rudderless, barely re-elected GOP Congress from cooperating with him on that too?

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