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“All I want for Christmas is free Obama money!”

From Macon.com: “Showing her Georgia Power bills in the one warm room of her home, Raymeica Kelly explains how her mother, sister and herself were turned away from the Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday morning after standing in line for four hours. All three complained that the system the Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council uses to give out the assistance needs improving.”

That's a really nice and big HDTV you have, Raymeica! Looks like you have XBox 360, too. Explain to us, again, why taxpayers need to pay your bills, especially since you're gainfully employed again? Raymeica's on Facebook, too. Read her recent comments (below) to those who don't understand her 'needs.' What's wrong with this picture?

That's a really nice and big HDTV you have, Raymeica! Looks like you have XBox 360, too. Explain to us, again, why taxpayers need to pay your bills, especially since you're gainfully employed again? Raymeica's on Facebook, too. Read her recent comments (below) to those who don't understand her 'needs.' What's wrong with this picture?

“Kelley said she was unemployed for a year before recently landing a job. But her bills have stacked up while she was unemployed, and she needs the assistance.”

Raymeica wrote on her Facebook page, “I cant blieve how people hate to help others in their time of need! hope u never need help…im sure u will…keep livin ‘REAL-TALK.'” She adds, “I do work and have always worked ,never been on welfare, and if you need help why not ask for it I have worked and paid my taxes just like any other citizen. THANK YOU!!!! then on top of that, HOW DO ANYBODY KNOW IF I WAS EVEN AT Y OWN HOUSE? SO STOP ACTING LIKE YU TOO PROUD TO BEG!!! SEE YOU LATER IN LINE PIMPS AND PIMPETTES!!!!”

Well, Raymeica … we know the picture was taken at your house because the photo caption says you’re standing in “one warm room of [your] home.”

What’s your advice to Raymeica for managing her personal finances? Sound-off below.

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New College Grads Are Becoming Big Gov’t Bureaucrats

Blogger Mike Mandel reveals that new college grads are overwhelmingly turning to the government over the private sector to launch their careers. We can’t help but see the eery resemblance to what’s happening here and what’s already driven bureaucracy-driven nations like Greece to bankruptcy.

"Why work in the private sector when you can come with me and control it? Did ya see what I did to GM?"

"Why work in the private sector when you can come with me and control it? Did ya see what I did to GM?"

“Immediately obvious: Government has been the main hirer of young college grads over the past year,” Mandel says. “And why not? Government jobs are safer, they pay well, and have better benefits than the private sector.”

Let’s look at how well having the majority of citizens working for the state has turned out for bankrupt nations like Greece, for example:

Greece’s problem is Europe’s problem…and following closely behind, America’s problem too. We’re all Greeks now. Quite simply, Greece’s problem starts and ends with government employee unions. There are too many government employees (1 in 3 Greek citizens works for government); their salaries are way too high; their bonuses can only be described as insane (2 months for each public employee); their pensions are ridiculous (retirement far too young and free healthcare for life); and their government jobs are guaranteed for life.

Sounds crazy, right? Sounds like in Greece the inmates must be running the asylum. Except America has the exact same problem. California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois are our very own homegrown version of Greece. These states are bankrupt, insolvent, and desperately need a bailout. Why? For the same reasons as Greece. Far too many government employees; bloated salaries for civil servants; bonuses and raises are contractually obligated even during an economic crisis; sky high pensions; and jobs guaranteed for life. The only difference is that we are a nation of 300 million, so the debt is far bigger than Greece. It turns out that we are Greece squared.

What are your thoughts? Should recent grads be faulted for being attracted to government jobs that offer greater security than the private sector in this difficult economy and job market, or is big government to blame using them as pawns to expand the role of bureaucracy in all aspects of Americans’ lives?

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NSLF’s Top 10 Least Wanted in the U.S. House

Editor’s Note: Candidates appear in no particular order.

Nancy left her heart in San Francisco and brought back a souvenir from the Folsom Street Fair.

Nancy left her heart in San Francisco and brought back a souvenir from the Folsom Street Fair.

1. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif. | CD 8) – Not content with allowing Americans to even sample the health care bill before shoving it down their throats, Pelosi told us, “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” That so-called “fog” and “controversy” were citizens demanding transparency and accountability from Pelosi – and, by her account, we were simply asking too much. It’s time to revoke Pelosi’s license to prescribe cradle-to-the-grave entitlements that the majority of Americans do not want.

"Freddie who? Fannie what?"

"Freddie who? Fannie what?"

2. Barney Frank (D-Mass. | CD 4) – When revelations began coming to light in 2003 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were going to cause the housing bubble to burst, Frank adamantly defended his longstanding belief that home ownership is a ‘God-given right’ for all Americans, even if they were unemployed or couldn’t afford their mortgages. “These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” he told The New York Times on Sept. 11, 2003. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.” Flash-forward to 2009 when the bubble blew-up in his face, and we see Frank calling for the prosecution of those who caused the housing meltdown. Got hypocrisy? Better yet, got a mirror?

"Bilge Pump" Betsey celebrates her 19th bailout vote.

"Bilge Pump" Betsey celebrates her 19th bailout vote.

3. Betsey Markey (D-Colo. | CD 4) – Promoting herself as an anti-big government Blue Dog Democrat, Markey has marched lockstep with Speaker Pelosi in voting for 19 bailouts costing taxpayers “trillions in deficit spending.” Ironically, back home in her district, she’s been running ads telling voters Wall Street bailouts “really offend” her: “Bailout is just another word for cop-out … And here in Colorado, that’s not how we do business,” she says in one TV ad.

Concise and to the point.

Concise and to the point.

4. Chris Smith (R-N.J. | CD 4) – Smith, a 14-term incumbent, rode in to Congress on the coattails of Ronald Reagan in 1980 and should be ushered out on Speaker Pelosi’s broom on Nov. 2. When he’s not voting to tax the air we breathe and gases we release, Smith’s padding his pockets with big labor union money, most likely in exchange for the nearly $24 million in earmarks he’s made to contributors in FY 2010.

How about we join together and vote you out of office?

How about we join together and vote you out of office?

5. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H. | CD 1) – During a candidate forum on Sept. 27, the incumbent informed voters that no corporation should be “too big to fail,” then touted her support for the nearly $20 billion bailout of General Motors. Pressed to identify at least one small business that she has assisted during her 2 terms in office, she refused, citing “privacy concerns.” Folks, this is our money and she can’t refuse to tell us how it’s being used or misused.

Bill took half of the girls profits.

Bill took half of the girls profits.

6. Bill Keating (D-Mass. | CD 10 [OPEN SEAT]) – A few short months ago, Keating opposed a wind farm project that would cost taxpayers billions, but once his primary race started heating-up, he changed his position. Now, Keating has the endorsement of the state’s leading labor unions that smell a big payday ‘blowing in the wind.’ That’s just the cost of doing business with big government bureaucrats like Keating. On Nov. 2, make sure you’re not held responsible for repaying Keating’s favors to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103.

John skips the teleprompter and just lets Nancy Pelosi whisper in his ears.

John skips the teleprompter and just lets Nancy Pelosi whisper in his ears.

7. John Boccieri (D-Ohio | CD 16) – This cold-hearted coal country Democrat supported the National Energy Tax that’s poised to kill 100,000 jobs in Ohio alone, then he leant his signature to the HIRE Act that does little, if anything, to reduce the state’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate. And, these are just two examples of Boccieri following Speaker Pelosi’s marching orders.

As always, Nancy leads her lapdog, Stenny.

As always, Nancy leads her lapdog, Stenny.

8. Steny Hoyer (D-Md. | CD 5) – Hoyer, a 15-term incumbent and Speaker Pelosi’s chief lapdog, believes that the Constitution allows big government bureaucrats the right to do whatever they please, so long as actions are made in the spirit of promoting “the general welfare.” And, when it comes to forcing Americans to purchase so-called “affordable” healthcare, Hoyer says, “I think clearly this is within our constitutional responsibility.”

Upton's so environmentally friendly that he just rolls to work in a tire.

Upton's so environmentally friendly that he just rolls to work in a tire.

9. Fred Upton (R-Mich. | CD 6) – This RINO has cast way too many votes enabling Speaker Pelosi and her boss, President Obama, to bankrupt America by any means necessary. On top of that, Upton’s an environmental wingnut who Democrats say is “someone they can work with on energy and climate issues.” Thanks to Fred and his friends across the aisle, beginning in 2012, old-fashioned light bulbs will be phased-out and replaced with those super-expensive ‘energy-efficient’ bulbs. Despite co-sponsoring the light bulb ban, Upton’s now trying to downplay his involvement the bill’s passage.

Tom's displays his ability to screw with ease.

Tom's displays his ability to screw with ease.

10. Tom Perriello (D-Va. | CD 5) —  The very same economic crash that left 10,000 citizens in Virginia’s 5th congressional district unemployed is what Perriello credits for carrying him to victory in 2008. Over the course of his first term in office, Perriello has talked a big game about putting people in his district back to work, but the only firm numbers he can offer are based on promises and speculation from businesses that are either under construction or yet to be built. “Instant gratification,” he tells jobless voters, “is part of what got us into this place.”

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1. U.S. Senate (Oct. 27)
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NSLF’s Top 10 Least Wanted Gubernatorial Contenders

Editor’s Note: Candidates appear in no particular order.

When you act like a piñata, people will treat you like one.

When you act like a piñata, people will treat you like one.

1. Mike Beebe (D-Ark.) – Incumbent Mike Beebe has proposed more than $10 billion worth of tax-and-spend legislation since launching his career as a professional politician in 1982. Mike’s plan for putting the Arkansas’ more than 100,000 unemployed citizens back to work: None. In March 2009, the State borrowed more than $390 million from the Federal Unemployment Account (FUA) to cover future unemployment claims. Considering only $60 million has been repaid, that should ensure big government continues to play a role in citizens’ lives for at least the next few years.

Don't mistake this bobblehead's nodding for giving a damn.

Don't mistake this bobble head's nodding for giving a damn.

2. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) – During an interview with CNN in 1992, Brown readily admitted lying to voters was a strategy he used to win his first term as California’s governor (1975-1979). Asked by CNN, “You said you had a plan for California and you lied because you didn’t have a plan,” Brown candidly replied, “You say you’re going to lower taxes, you’re going to put people to work, you’re gonna improve the schools, you’re going to stop crime … crime is up, schools are worse, taxes are higher. I mean be real!” More recently, he reiterated that “being governor is a pain in the ass,” just to give you a feeling for how much he’s looking forward to governing in the people’s best interests, if elected, of course.

It's going to take more than a cold shower to wake-up this 'rock' star.

It's going to take more than a cold shower to wake-up this 'rock' star.

3. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) – Hickenlooper traded his job as a rock-digging geologist for a career as a gold-digging politician in 2003 when he became Mayor of Denver. Over the past 7 years, he’s signed over $290 million in to law and even established a charitable organization to benefit the same anarchists whose threats to disrupt the 2008 Democratic National Convention “cost the city and federal taxpayers tens of millions in added security measures.”

Jamming the system is what Barnes does best.

Jamming the system is what Barnes does best.

4. Roy Barnes (D-Ga.) –  Two separate incidences of personal financial mismanagement should make voters question whether Barnes is capable of leading Georgia down the road to economic recovery. A so-called “accounting error” was recently blamed for claiming a tax break on a home he didn’t even own. That blunder was followed by a request for a $30,000 refund from a failed bank in which he invested, reports BigGovernment.com’s Dan Riehl.

Pat celebrates Flag Day.

Pat celebrates Flag Day.

5. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) The State of Illinois continues to bury itself in more than $5 billion in debt while only making $1.4 billion in spending cuts, yet incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has rewarded his fellow big government bureaucrats with handsome pay raises of up to 20 percent. It’s something Quinn likes to call “shared sacrifice.”

"Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash."

"Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash."

6. Chet Culver (D-Iowa) – The incumbent is fond of saying, “Iowans are at their best when their backs are against the wall.” Since assuming the role of Governor in June 2007, Iowa’s unemployment rate has steadily risen from 3.7 percent to 6.6 percent, more than 3,000 businesses have declared bankruptcy, and more than 66,000 Iowans have been added to the state’s ‘Food Stamps’ roster.

O'Malley burns through taxpayers' money like a rock star.

O'Malley burns through taxpayers' money like a rock star.

7. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) – Maryland’s roadways have become Martin O’Malley’s private ATM machines since he rode anti-Bush sentiment to the Governor’s Mansion in 2006. Last year, O’Malley signed SB 277 in to law, prompting the installation of speeding cameras that nanny state bureaucrats expect to generate revenues in excess of $11 million annually by tricking and trapping motorists.

Don't take Deval Patrick's bait!

Don't take Deval Patrick's bait!

8. Deval Patrick (D -Mass.) – Thanks to a revenue-generating scheme incumbent Gov. Patrick signed in to law in 2009, even the those found ‘not guilty’ in traffic court must still pay a $25 fine. Maybe that explains why he recently said, “It’s a free country. I wish it weren’t.”

A.G. Cuomo receives Rev. Sharpton's blessing. We rest our case.

A.G. Cuomo receives Rev. Sharpton's blessing. We rest our case.

9. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) “Government in New York is too big, ineffective and expensive,” says Cuomo, the former secretary of the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) who “planted the seeds for the nation’s housing collapse.”

Ted enjoys a hefty helping of 'stimulus pie.'

Ted enjoys a hefty helping of 'stimulus pie.'

10. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) – While Gov. Strickland doesn’t trust Ohioans to borrow money from short-term lending companies, he has no problem spending $57 million in federal stimulus money on highway projects “that won’t begin for years.” So, citizens who need money in a pinch to feed their families and pay the bills can’t get “payday” advances, but Strickland can pig-out on his state’s share of the stimulus pie whenever and however he desires. Talk about your big government hypocrites!

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NSLF’s Top 10 Least Wanted in U.S. Senate

Editor’s Note: Candidates appear in no particular order.

"Do the 'robot' for me one more time, Barry!"

"Do the 'robot' for me one more time, Barry!"

1. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) – “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” says Murray, but only if it’s her gander and you’re willing to play nice with this big government bureaucrat. In 2009, she threatened Senate colleagues to fund the now infamous $223 million Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere” — a favor for her friend Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) — or else she’d make it difficult for them to waste taxpayers’ millions in their own states on their own pork barrel projects.

"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!"

"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!"

2. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) – For some strange reason, the Rolling Stone’s song “Start Me Up” comes to mind when thinking about good old Harry. Let’s all sing together, especially if you’re a Nevadan: “I’ve been running hot. You’ve got me ticking gonna blow my top.” Why? In Nevada alone, unemployment is at 14 percent and foreclosure rates are five times above the national average. His solution: Grab $57 million in taxpayer funds to pay-off defaulted mortgages in his state. Better watch out for your job, too, because he thinks unemployed American citizens should compete with illegal aliens for whatever jobs still exist.

"Do you think we can re-unite on Dancing with the Stars?"

"Do you think we can re-unite on Dancing with the Stars?"

3. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) – Babs doesn’t think American parents are responsible enough to raise their own children, so she’s pushing the Obama Administration to ratify a United Nations treaty that would empower foreign crackpots and quacks to make decisions about how our nation’s children should be raised, disciplined, and educated. One provision of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child states, “A child’s ‘right to be heard’ would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.” So, asking Little Johnny to take out the trash could result in a U.N. tribunal determining the legal merits of your request versus his so-called ‘rights.’ Brilliant, Babs! There are some nice men in white coats awaiting your arrival.

"I love it when you talk dirty politics with me!"

"I love it when you talk dirty politics with me!"

4. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) — “There’s only thing worse than big government and that’s big government owned by special interests,” Feingold told the Wisconsin Democratic Convention in June. Guess what? He’s taking in special interests’ money hand over fist in his current campaign alone, making him worse than … himself! And, let’s not forget about a little law he passed in 2002 commonly known as the ‘Incumbent Protection Act’ to silence opponents of big government career politicians in election years.

Is there a cereal for losers, too?

Is there a cereal for losers, too?

5. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) – Lincoln claims that she’s “saving our children” with the $4.5 billion allocated to her Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, but chances are you’re still packing lunches for Little Johnny (or, Jane) while other kids are eating for free, courtesy of taxes taken out of you job wages. Quit the job and maybe your kid(s) will eat for free, too! And, that’s just how big government bureaucrats like Lincoln want it – them taking care of you and your kid(s) from the cradle to the grave.

"You remind me of a younger Arlen Specter!"

"You remind me of a younger Arlen Specter!"

6. Charlie Crist (I-Fla.) – “I’ve never voted for a new tax in my life, and I only signed one, and that was on cigarettes, so who cares,” remarked Crist in a July interview with the Wall Street Journal. Who cares? Well, for starters, how about every American citizen who is still free to purchase and smoke cigarettes! Crist seems to think taxpayers who smoke don’t matter, and taking their hard-earned money is proper punishment for a lifestyle decision he opposes.

"Show me how bad you want my old seat!"

"Show me how bad you want my old seat!"

7. Alexi Giannoulias (D-Ill.) – Here’s what President Obama says about Giannoulias: “Alexi’s my friend. I know his character. You can trust him. You can count on him.” Well, back in 2004, Alexi was a loan officer for his family’s bank when it leant $20 million to Chicago mobsters hard hit by the recession. Alexi joins a growing list of FoBs (Friends of Barry) that Americans can’t afford to trust, much less elect to represent their best interests in the U.S. Senate.

"A vote for me is a vote for Nancy Pelosi!"

"A vote for me is a vote for Nancy Pelosi!"

8. Paul Hodes (D- N.H.) – Hodes spends money like it’s nobody’s business, including American taxpayers. On Sept. 15, he told his Facebook followers, “I will fight to create and keep jobs right here in New Hampshire and to end the wasteful spending and reckless policies in Washington that have left our hard-working men and women in the dust.” Those are tough words coming from a guy who has voted lockstep with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to make it nearly impossible for businesses nationwide to afford to create jobs and hire new workers.

"Joe's gonna do to you what I did to New Yorkers - control your appetites and everything in-between."

"Joe's gonna do to you what I did to New Yorkers - control your appetites and everything in-between."

9. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) – For starters, you have to be suspicious of any politician who has the cross-party blessing of New York City’s Nanny-in-Chief Michael Bloomberg. Next, Sestak tells us, “I don’t just give a cute slogan and say cut government, cut taxes. Yes, we all would like that. It’s about effective government. Tell us what you’d cut. I’ll stand up to my own party and to any special interest group. I served this nation. My career is over. This is a passion to do what’s right in service to this country one more time.” Hmm. Was bailing out Wall Street, then buying stock in Bank of America (BoA), and then voting for a second bailout of America’s banks, including BoA, “right” for helping taxpayers or your stock portfolio recover from economic collapse?

Done kissing babies on the campaign trail, Jack turns to horses to win their votes.

Done kissing babies on the campaign trail, Jack turns to horses to win their votes.

10. Jack Conway (D-Ky.) — Conway adamantly refuses to file a lawsuit to repeal Obamacare in W.V. because he doesn’t want to “waste” taxpayer dollars on something that the majority of his state’s citizens didn’t want to waste their money on in the first place. Also note that he has vowed to eliminate the ‘filibuster’ in Congress because he says opponents of Obama, Pelosi and Reid’s big government agenda are always making a fuss about nothing and wasting everyone’s time in the process.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Joe tries to prove that the stimulus is working for West Virginians. Again, he's the only one who believes it.

Joe tries to prove that the stimulus is working for West Virginians. Again, he's the only one who believes it.

11. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) – Manchin said in February that the stimulus bill would “make a big difference in the job market.” West Virginia’s unemployment rate peaked at 10.9 percent that month, dropped down to 8.5 percent in May and has been steadily on the rise ever since, thanks to porkulus funds being flushed down the toilet, literally, in his state. According to Gov. Manchin’s “WEST VIRGINIA STIMULUS/AMERICAN RECOVERY ACT INFORMATION” webpage, “[M]any of the details of the Recovery Act are still being determined both on the federal and state level.” That’s big government talk for, “We still don’t have a clue, but our intentions are really good.”

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Bureauweenies Shut Down Hot Dog Stand

It's not the recession that's busting Smitty's - it's the nanny state. Click image to visit Smitty's Pronto Pups online.

It's not the recession that's busting Smitty's - it's the nanny state. Click image to visit Smitty's Pronto Pups online.

A seasonal hot dog stand has been forced to close up shop early this year because city officials claim it was selling contraband doughnuts. The owners of Smitty’s Pronto Pups say Park Township bureauweenies are selectively interpreting the definition of “snack” which allows them to sell homemade “sourdough cinnamon” pretzels and should not prohibit them from adding freshly made doughnuts to their menu.

According to WZZM-13 News, the Park Township Zoning Board’s ordinance requires that Smitty’s Pronto Pups strictly limit its menu offering to “hot dogs on a stick with or without batter coating, with side snacks such as chips, pretzels, or similar items, and drinks.” Doughnuts, officials argue, do not qualify as “similar items.”

Mark and Kimberly Smith, the hot dog stand’s owners, said they added doughnuts to their menu with the understanding that “a snack is a snack,” and that the specific notation of chips and pretzels was provided as an example — not as limitations that they were forbidden to extend beyond.

“Our interpretation comes from the way the zoning board actually put in there and wrote it,” says Mark Smith. “The ordinance uses chips and pretzels as examples of side snacks, but does not limit side snacks to chips and pretzels. That is one of the most important factors,” he told WZZM.

Doug Dreyer, a member of the Park Township Zoning Board, told WZZM that if the Smiths had asked for permission to sell doughnuts, they’d still be in business. Apparently, he and his fellow board members refuse to admit that their ordinance’s definition of “snack” is vague and would rather be sticklers and bankrupt a ‘mom and pop’ business in a lousy economy that’s hit already devastated Michigan.

If you feel that the Smiths are being treated unfairly by Park Township’s Zoning Board, file an official complaint with Sandy Brodie at 616-738-4238 or sbrodie@parktownship.org.

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Calif. Law Will Require License to Flip Burgers

"You got a license for that spatula?"

"You got a license for that spatula?"

Anyone seeking low-wage employment as a fry cook or burger flipper at fast food restaurants in Calif. will soon have to pass a state-administered licensing exam to assure they are skilled in their ‘trades.’

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley) was the mastermind behind the Food Safety law that stands to bankroll the fiscally irresponsible state with $105 million in “food handler” licensing and training fees in 2011 alone.

“Food handlers” charged with “preparation, storage or service of food” will be required as of June 1, 2011 by S.B. 602 to possess the licenses that will cost “no more than $60.” The training course prior to licensing will tack on another $15.

According to the California Restaurant Association which supported the licensing law, “California is home to more than 1.4 million food industry jobs.” If each of those 1.4 million food workers pay a total of $75 for their required training and licensing, the state will pull in an easy $105 million in 2011 alone. License renewals should ensure a steady flow of free money for years to come.

Does this sound like a big government revenue-generating scheme or an authentic effort by bureaucrats to ensure French fries, hamburgers, filet mignons, deli sandwiches, donuts, ice cream cones, coffee, etc. are properly prepared?

Here’s an even better question, how do you think the state will go about licensing illegal aliens who work ‘in the shadows’ for food service employers? Surely, they won’t be applying for the licenses, but will still be preparing food in kitchens at countless restaurants across the state. Try asking Sen. Padilla how that’s going to work since he’s so concerned about ensuring “food safety.”

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