Jeanne Vickery The companies have not overtly targeted their employees like I've been targeted by members of both parties. The companies stated that if Obama is re-elected then they will have to layoff employees due to anticipated increased tax burdens. They layoffs will be non-discriminatory. Given the volume of planned layoff announcements for the end of the year and bleeding over to 2013 that were in the financial pages PRIOR to the election, your current case will not hold up in court.
Jeanne Vickery The target demo for companies like Papa Johns and Applebees are those who are at risk for layoffs at the end of the year and into 2013. The global economy is contracting again. With that contraction, anticipate layoffs, mergers (which always leads to more layoffs).
Jeanne Vickery No Allison, it wasn't and it's not the free market in action - it is the reality all companies are faced with, regardless of political leanings. For the past month the financial pages have been announcing planned layoffs by a lot of global companies and some us only based companies. Many companies have been holding onto head count as orders were slowing down and drying up. Tech companies have been merging and layoffs have been in the works for a while now - http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57438382-94/google-eyes-layoffs-in-wake-of-motorola-mobility-buy-report-says/ Capitol expenditures are down so tech mfg will also be laying off: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57531659-75/amd-preps-layoffs-that-could-hit-30-percent-of-its-workers/ Paypal/Ebay announced layoffs - http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57542095-93/its-official-paypal-to-cut-325-jobs-despite-strong-quarter/
Jeanne Vickery You'll find that a vast majority of conservatives are actually on the same page on a lot of issue as you yet disagree with a) delivery; and b) reasons why. You want the right to work with the left? Then the left needs to also demonstrate a willingness to work with the right. We each know what resonates with our perspective bases and we each have to contend with the extremes form the perceived base that does not represent the bulk of the party or voting base. Susan, there was only a 2% difference in the overall popular vote. Both sides need to pull it to the middle to get us through the next 60 days.
Jeanne Vickery Susan, you do see things when your isolated and I think it's time for you to come out of your own isolation. Susan, I love you to tears and, from what I've experienced, you're just as isolated as those on the extreme right. This is where the divisions are coming from. For example: I'll never agree with you that the pill should be free. Conversely, I'll always agree with you on equal pay. Economic freedom for women opens up additional freedoms. How does this make me 'isolated'? I'll never agree with you that climate change should be my number one priority. Conversely, I'll always agree with you that alternatives such as solar, wind, bio-fuels, etc., must be expanded. I disagree that increased taxation is the way to impact this change. How does this make me 'isolated'? We will always agree that the voting rights amendments should stay. How does this make me 'isolated'?
Jeanne Vickery Funny thing, the man who is considered the father of modern day liberalism, George McGovern, was born, raised, and died in a small town - George McGovern. Born in Avon, SD, grew up in Mitchell, SD, and recently died in hospice. Right before he entered hospice, he was still living in his home in Mitchell, SD. Attended church every Sunday in Mitchell, SD. Age of 90, btw. Accomplishments of this man from the sticks are as follows: 1. Changed the dem's views of 'minorities' and got them to open the party to all voters. 2. Established what is now known as the UN's World Food Programme. 3. Established dietary guidelines. 4. Established the food stamp program (he grew up poor, btw). 5. Fought his own party to end the Vietnam war (lbj kicked him out of all white house events - gerald ford put him back on the list). 6. Increased ag exports. The list goes on and on. Some may disagree with some of the programs but I gotta ask, not bad for a poor rural kid from the sticks, eh?
Jeanne Vickery Mike, thank you for looking into this. I'm curious - were there a higher concentration of D votes the farther east you look? Also, each state decides on how to allocate the electoral votes. A handful of states distribute them according to area. Do you think this would be a more equitable representation of the electoral college?
Jeanne Vickery Last month, Caterpillar announced layoffs due to the global slowdown. They were not clear on where the layoffs would hit and it looks like they have started notifying people in the US - http://www.kare11.com/news/article/997577/396/Caterpillar-to-close-Owatonna-plant-move-100-jobs J, companies are simply shoring up their resources in an economic environment filled with unknowns. They know Obama's plans call for more taxes and taxes are fixed operational expenses. Energy, rent, mortgages, insurance, etc, are all fixed expenses. Payroll isn't. That's why payroll and training are the first to go when times are tough.
Jeanne Vickery A discriminatory suit based on hiring/firing for political stances is hard to pursue. The first experience I had with it was from a company led by an Obama backer (former college classmate, in fact). The guy I reported to was the biggest misogynist I've ever met and also an Obama backer. He made my life hell. His goal was to not work for a woman or have women reporting to him. When I resigned they made a really good counter offer to stay. My only requirement, that I report to someone else. They declined. Since then, the company sold at a 1B loss (he never delivered my business plan to Obama's former classmate that would have garnered an extra 1B out of the deal). All of the women who once reported to him have since been laid off. Conversely, I've experienced this type of behavior from the extreme right, as well. My mistake with that company was supporting No Labels' efforts.
Jeanne Vickery This does not scratch the surface of the layoffs that have been happening in the health care industry. Some small, other health care systems have had higher cuts this year. http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/Crouse-Hospital-announces-another-round-of-job/BuXTvRc4vE6kru9-jby1xQ.cspx The wind industry is all but shuttering its doors - http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-07/vestas-to-cut-headcount-to-16-000-by-end-of-2013-from-22-721 The financial industry has tens of thousands of layoffs planned to start this year and carry into 2013. Telecom continues to consolidate - http://biztimes.com/article/20121107/CHICAGOLANDNEWS/121109864
Jeanne Vickery Good observation, J. From behind the lines, corporate deleveraging has yet to reach the peak and corporate consolidation/merges will continue. Also, I see people starting to take on more debt. The past month I noticed an uptick in postings for contractor services, the past two weeks especially. The layoff announcements are really troubling - http://myfox8.com/2012/11/08/report-te-connectivity-to-close-greensboro-plant-670-layoffs-expected/ http://247wallst.com/2012/11/01/challenger-jobs-report-confirms-layoffs-rising-rapidly/ After 60 years, this company has all but gone out of business - http://wnep.com/2012/11/09/layoffs-at-a-luzerne-county-business/ http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/20051203/layoffs-begin-in-tiffin-after-failed-levy http://www.startribune.com/business/176871351.html?refer=y&vi_adid=W
Jeanne Vickery *You own restaurants and a small corporate entertainment company. I live, eat and breath corporate America just like the other 99% of America. The other 99% knows that 4th quarter layoffs are just around the corner. Think of me as your 'reality check'.
Jeanne Vickery Ben, they've been slower but they've been happening and the announcements have increased. The suits have been touring various locations to determine the next round of layoffs, world wide layoffs have been announced by multiple companies in multiple sectors (finance, telecom, etc) that will impact the U.S. work force. H**l, Ben, even Groupon has announced layoffs. They gradually, and quietly, laid off a large portion of their sales force this year and just announced more, and smaller, cuts. People have been asked to take another round of pay-cuts throughout the year to stave off more payroll cuts and the volume of bankruptcies and business closures has steadily increased. You're own restaurants and a small corporate entertainment company. I live, eat and breath corporate America just like the other 99% of America. The other 99% knows that 4th quarter layoffs are just around the corner. Think of me as your 'reality check'.
Jeanne Vickery Obama's victory in FL was also very thing. Here's a look - http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/nov/10/florida-finally-declares-winner-obama/?print-friendly 50% to 49.1 - .9% edge. Much smaller than NC.
Jeanne Vickery That's because the media has not been broadcasting the increase in layoffs. Liberal leaning CEO's have been slowly letting people go for months now. The right held on for as long as possible.
Jeanne Vickery Susan, the debt deal was struck by Reid and McConnell. Biden negotiated it with Boehner. No one calculated the Tea Party's actions. No one. Boehner was the one who managed to get them to agree to it.
Jeanne Vickery Santorum is in the same camp as Bachmann so that would be the most likely pair up in that scenario. BUT Santorum would insist on top billing. If Bachmann, Santorum, DeMint or Amash are on any ticket the GOP and LP can say hello to more lost ground on the woman's vote.