The unions were protesting a cut in pay which occurred because of increased operating costs. I do find it funny that in this wonderful market, where I know many people who have taken pay cuts instead of raises, these people decided they were going to go on strike. Tell me geniuses, how is no income better than some income? Have no fear though because I’m sure they will all be collecting unemployment from the government. That means you and I get to pay them for their stupidity.
Doubly so since the company warned the union that they were going to have to liquidate and shutdown if they didn’t return to work. Well, the union called the bluff with one minor mistake, the company wasn’t bluffing.
The last thing I need is freaking Twinkies but man they take me back to my childhood. Thank’s for ruining a direct link back idiots.
Welcome to the demise folks. This is what happens as government regulation gets to the point where businesses can no longer thrive or be profitable. Things crash and augur into the ground. Get ready folks because this is going to get worse, a lot worse. Especially when you consider the number of people dependent on the government, when the hand outs stop, they’ll just attempt to take their handouts from others.
Atlas is starting to shrug and it seems a lot of people don’t even realize it.
This isn’t as much a how-to buying guide but merely a disclaimer that right now is not the time to buy.
The most annoying thing about the post election panic is that it throws a wrench at planned purchases. I was planning on buying more blasting ammo for Boomershoot, well when ammo started disappearing from shelves, that changed the time frame. I did an inventory last night and confirmed, yes I needed more steel cased ammo. Since the new replacement ammo is lacquer coated steal rounds I picked up some P-Mags with it and had a nice long discussion with the owner since he’s also my neighbor. Seriously, he lives 2 houses down from me on the opposite side of the road.
While chatting phones ring and emails come in. The result of the calls and emails is that I’m promptly helping them retag every AR in the place. Now they weren’t gouging nearly as bad as they could, or probably even should. But every rifle went up by at least an extra 100 bucks. Now here’s why. There is no replacement supply anywhere on the horizon, their friends were reporting they were sold out and couldn’t get replacement stock. Their suppliers were sold out and back ordered for the foreseeable future. Even manufactures are listing as back-ordered. Given the sudden demand increase and a fixed supply, prices are going up.
So my advice is if you’re wanting an AR, now is probably not the best time to buy. Prices will probably drop back now in 6 months and deliveries will move back to normal.
The same goes for ammo. If you can survive on your current stock, do so. Come spring thaw it will be back to normal rates and you’ll also have people trying to unload excess stock they didn’t need. Right now a bunch of people are panicking and buying, but honestly if you wanted one for preparatory purposes, you should have done this a while ago.
Don’t ever be at a loss for words when someone whines about the rich getting richer. Don’t try to explain that it doesn’t or shouldn’t matter if some people get rich or that it means there is opportunity for others to get rich. Handle it as Ms. Thatcher did. Follow it up by forcefully making the case that if the gap between the rich and the poor is a valid cause for government and/or social action then they will never be satisfied until fully equality is achieved. And there are those that admit what they demand is fully equality in just those words. But what they cannot seem to comprehend is that fully equality can only be approximated by everyone being in extreme poverty. Full equality comes with death. And it should come as no surprise the political left is well acquainted with death on a very large scale.
Now, with his comments about taking away the incentives for success and people losing interest in working hard in mind. Lets look at another video:
Think about this for a second. They’re penalizing success and there are large groups of people who instead of working live off of entitlements from the government. As RobertaX said, we cannot reverse the slope, but we can at least change it to give us some time. Given time we might be able to reverse it.
There is no way a company is going to bother paying for benefits for an intern, doubly so since usually they are on school or their parents healthcare. So now when you’re working 40 hour weeks in the summer they’ll have to provide care of face a fine. Well instead they’ll limit you to 29 hour work weeks.
This is significant because during the summer I regularly worked 40+ hour weeks to pull overtime to save up for my upcoming semesters. Now instead students will have to incur more debt because they will be prevented from earning money to pay for school. Wait, who is it that subsidizes most of the loans, which are exempt from most laws governing debt, that’s right the government.
That’s right folks, the government passed legislation that will force more people to take loans and pay them interest. Nice huh? Don’t worry though, they’re from the government and they’re here to help…
Ultimately though Bill Whittle nails it with this one:
The money quote:
The left has these same failed ideas from about a 20 year window at the end of the 19th century. That have never worked, don’t work now, and will never work. And this clinging to an ossified discredited model based on envy and resentment has killed no less than 100 million people. And many people call this progressive as they cover themselves in glory, but not in the blood or the failure.
It may be the recent history of the 20th century, however I think it’s certainly in the current path of the future for the United States.
In the Fallout game series the premise was nuclear war has rendered most urban zones a total wasteland. Well, there’s another simpler method to create those urban wastelands. There’s already one wasteland that exists right here in the US in fact.
Don’t believe me that Detroit is like a waste land, lets look at a picture from Detroit and Chernobyl:
And now for another picture:
Now which one is which folks? Which picture was taken where? One was taken in a disaster zone caused by failed socialist policies, the other was taken in a nuclear disaster zone.
Ready? The first is from Detroit the second is from Chernobyl.
This is what socialism brings to the people, a wasteland devoid of prosperity and growth. Remember it the next time someone tells you government is the solution to the problem.
Fearless leader came out yesterday and said that unemployment drastically dropped. Except that also included some new ways of calculating the numbers. Except every way I’ve heard of them calculating the numbers is cooking the books. My wife was "unemployed” for a year and a half, though she didn’t qualify to be counted amongst the unemployed even while trying to find a job. It’s all done to provide political leverage. But if we use the same method they’ve been using it provides us a decent window to see what the trend is like.
Shamelessly stolen from Joe, who took it from Tyler Durden, tell me, can you spot the statistical outlier?
Or how about seasonally adjusted:
If you can’t make sense of the Seasonally Adjusted chart, let me give you a clue. Which one of these has a swing month to month well beyond any other? Can you spot it? I knew you could! The fact is, employment sucks and here’s a big clue for everyone, government cannot make it better. Despite the smoke politicians blow up your ass about creating jobs, they can’t create jobs. There are only two things that government regulations can do, make it more difficult to hire someone or remove money from the pocket of someone who would give you a job. If anything when they throw money at something it actually tends to have the opposite effect since people want the free money. More on that bit later.
Everyone keeps looking at the state as being the solution to their problem. They keep asking what can my government do for me!? Well if government had its way, it would make you their slave by making you dependent upon them. From the looks of this lady, they’re succeeding.
Not to mention the August incidents that they didn’t bother reporting. Remember these are the “best and brightest” that we send to college. No, I don’t think so anymore. A good majority of those who go to college I think go because they’re too dumb to do anything else.
They go to college racking up debt to get degrees in things that will never earn them enough money to pay it back. Again, remember what I was saying about them not really being the best and brightest. Then you have other incidents where someone claims that College is a right and that everyone should go.
Everyone has the right to attempt to obtain a college education. However just because you can attempt it, doesn’t mean you can afford it or that you will be admitted. It is up to the person to perform well enough to be admitted as well as find a way to finance their schooling. You do not have a right to force someone else to pay for your education. You do nothave a right to be automatically admitted. You merely have a right to seek education, you do not have a right to have it handed to you.
Besides, you know what’s great about the internet, which you can use at your local library, and it’s also cheaper than going to college, you can self educate. There are piles upon piles of information out there if you’re willing to go find it and read it. The MIT Open Courseware is the best example of available information. I have gone through many of the courses trying to improve my knowledge on different subjects as well as supplementing what I already know.
The point of college at this point is to provide a little sheet of paper and certification that you are educated about “X”. The thing is, that certification is an investment and you had better invest wisely. My wife got two degrees, both in the sciences, however it was an actual certification that finally got her a job. All you get out of college now days is a piece of paper, most of them are worthless, a few are gold. If you’re paying for that piece of paper, I suggest making sure it’s gold and not pyrite.