High taxes, health care costs and regulation are why businesses flee the U.S. Any tax cut is a good thing. We fully expect that what Carrier and its employees got is what all U.S. businesses and their employees are going to get when The Donald is inaugurated.
The groups claimed that the pillows really didn’t cure insomnia, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
Oh, how could they have led so many astray.
The company based in Chaska, Minn was founded in 2004 by Michael Lindell and uses a patented open-cell, poly-foam design.
Hopefully, this legal issue doesn’t prevent Lindell from airing his commercials on so many different media. We know one person who would be truly heart-broken judging by the passionate commentary he provides each time he sees one.
Auto Subscribe Makes Bad Service Pay — Several years ago we accepted an offer from AOL, found the service lacking and went on with our lives. Months later we noticed their charges continued to appear on our credit card statements and tried to cancel. We found we couldn’t do it due to long waits and disconnections and such. We resorted to going to our credit card company and having them stop the automatic payments.
AOL, wouldn’t take no, however, and sent us threatening letters. It only backed off after we made a complaint to the state attorney general’s office.
What brings back these memories is a brief blurb in the December/January Popular Mechanics called “The Impossible Cancellation” in which Gary Dell’Abate describes the difficulty he had in cancelling the $7 month fee he was paying to Microsoft for his son’s Xbox Live account. He said the hold times were eternal. He eventually resorted to cancelling it through his credit card company as we did.
Corporate pigs have obviously found a way to make bad service pay.
There are legislative solutions. Auto-subscriptions could be limited by law to a year or six months, for instance, with client permission needed for each extension.
Or a market solution could be pursued. Credit card companies could separate automatic payments on their bills and put them in bigger type while informing sellers than the customer will always be considered right in any auto-payment disputes.
Trump Train Rolls — With the Republican Convention over, all should be on the Trump train unless, perhaps, one is a government civil employee or otherwise milking the public cow.
Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, last night, was long, substantive, extraordinarily unifying and consistent what he had been saying for the last 16 months. Trump has been remarkably consistent, in fact, regarding what he thinks is wrong with the country and how he plans to fix things.
The scary thing is that the simple, common-sense solutions he advocates have not merely been ignored for the last two decades but out-and-out condemned by our political and media leaders.
Also remarkable were Trump’s children. We cannot recall any candidate’s child ever giving such detailed, meaningful conventions speeches, much less three of them.
Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka are products of the first marriage so give a hand to Ivana, too.
Theil also baldly said that “fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline.”
And this baldly applies to those pushing incredibly stupid and unpopular laws that would open public ladies rooms to all and make businesses unmanageable by drastically increasing the protected class when they should have been fighting for pension reform and to keep an unbalanced budget from passing.
Wagner Doubles Down On Open Ladies Rooms — An email has been forwarded to us from Pennsylvania State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-28) in which he doubles down in support of legislation which most feel will mandate opening traditional private places for females in schools and businesses to males claiming to be women.
Sister legislation HB 1510 remains similarly and thankfully entangled in the House.
Wagner in his missive correctly notes that the bills were introduced before the open ladies room controversy happened and insists it won’t change anything with regard to state law.
That’s naive. Just because Wagner couldn’t see what was coming doesn’t mean the powerful interests who lobbied for the bill didn’t. And how, exactly, does a bill “prohibiting discrimination against LGBT individuals as it relates to . . . public accommodations” exempt public restrooms?
And school locker rooms?
Most troubling, though, is that Wagner, who has generally championed the needs of business, supported SB 974 knowing full-well it expanded “protected classes“.
Being in a protected class does not help one find employment. Just consider the employment rates for those in a “protected class” verses those who aren’t.
This is not due to bigotry. This is due to self preservation. A small business-owner will bend over backwards to avoid hiring a person from a “protected class” because it is exponentially harder to fire one in that class if that person turns out to be a bad employee.
Now, if one has a company that has grown big enough to have its own HR department fully able to keep up with the latest in employment law and do the appropriate record keeping of employee failings some of the risk is mitigated but if one is part of a three-man LLC and has to do the hiring and firing face to face along with a thousand other things, this is the type of government interference that causes ulcers.
As someone who has run a business and who has hired gays knowing full well they were gay — really, Scott where do you think gays are more inclined to seek employment, journalism/advertising or trash collection? — employee sex lives are not an issue for the vast majority of business owners. Show up on time and meet deadlines. Everyone is happy. Special protection does not help anybody yet probably hurts everyone.
And one more thing Senator. The “special snowflake” stuff does not become you. If you think you are being “bullied” or “intimidated” when angry constituents contact you, you probably should stick to trash collection.
Here is Sen. Wagner’s email:
Over the past several months, my office has received hundreds of phone calls and emails regarding my co-sponsorship of SB 974, The Pennsylvania Fairness Act. This legislation would add sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, effectively prohibiting discrimination against LGBT individuals as it relates to employment, housing, and public accommodations. I have been asked to remove my name as a co-sponsor of SB 974 because of recent events in the news related to how bathrooms are dealt with in other states, as well as President Obama’s recent directive regarding schools and Title IX funding.
Let me be very clear – I will not be removing my name from this legislation. Allow me to explain why.
As an employer and a Pennsylvanian, I believe that everyone should be treated fairly and with dignity.
As an employer, I do not care what your sexual preference is as long as you perform at or beyond the required expectations of your job. The fact remains that without this legislation there are a group of citizens that can legally be fired or overlooked because of their sexual orientation instead of their job performance. This is a step in the right direction to ensure workers are not being discriminated against.
This is why I put my name on this legislation, and this is what I will continue to work toward. The fact that attempts have been made to intimidate me and other supporters of SB 974 to try to get us to remove our co-sponsorships of this legislation and are trying to change the conversation to make it about men in women’s bathrooms should not deter us from our goal.
Cities all across Pennsylvania have had ordinances similar to SB 974 for well over 20 years without a single issue as it relates to bathrooms. From a very practical perspective, SB 974 changes absolutely nothing about the way that bathrooms are dealt with, in spite of claims to the contrary that are full of legalese and references to court decisions from states with laws that are very different from Pennsylvania’s.
I believe that it is critical that we find a way to treat LGBT people with the dignity and fairness that they deserve – that we all deserve. I am equally committed to work with concerned groups to find ways to improve the legislation. If there are valid concerns related to individuals with deeply held religious convictions, we should work to fix them. If there are real, concrete concerns with the way that bathrooms will be handled, we should listen.
What we should not do, however, is completely abandon all efforts to gain fairness for the LGBT community. What we should not do is use fear as a tool to attempt to bully legislators into just giving up on this important issue.
Those of you that know me, know this – I will not be bullied.
I encourage those of you with serious concerns about this legislation to continue to contact me so that we can continue our work on this issue. My staff and I have spent a great deal of time with interest groups on both sides of this issue attempting to find a way to accomplish everyone’s goals, and we will continue to do so.
I know that fellow Pennsylvanians share my commitment to make our great Commonwealth a state that is open and welcoming to everyone, whether that means changing our Human Relations Act or addressing our oppressive tax and regulatory systems.
I appreciate your support, and look forward to continuing the effort to create a better Pennsylvania with everyone.
Target Bathroom Policy Bad Business — Target Corp., April 19, declared that men with severe emotional issues can use the ladies’ bathrooms at its 1,800 discount retail stores and its stock has since dropped $2.65 per share.
More than a million people have signed a boycott petition against it.
If the organized boycott ended tomorrow the business’s future would still be bleak.
The vast majority of those who use the stores are women. People — especially women — don’t want to be in places that creep them out.
If one saw a mouse scamper across the floor of a restaurant one would never return no matter how much one had patronized it in the past.
So imagine a woman seeing the equivalent of a 200-pound mouse in lipstick and a wig and fishnet stockings scamper into the stall next to hers.
If you have Target stock sell it while you can.
And in a related issue, Montgomery County’s Springfield School District has opened its girls rooms to boys who say they feel feminine.
Hippette Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hacker says it was done because a junior at the school was afraid to use the boys’ rooms.
So now the 14 and 15 year old girls, many of whom are just as insecure about their bodies and the changes occurring in them as he, get to share their private space with him.
And maybe other males trying to make a big prank out of it.
With cellphone cameras.
Really stupid people are now running our institutions.
Verizon Springfield Picket Line — Verizon workers Tim and Kevin man a picket line, today, April 15, on Sproul Road, near the Verizon store in the Springfield (Pa) Shopping Center. About 36,000 Verizon workers have been on strike since Wednesday over concerns about planned cutbacks in the company’s landline business and off-shoring jobs.
Big Soda Shafts America — Joseph DiStefano of Philly.com notes in his story about Big Soda’s response to Philadelphia’s proposed soft-drink tax that Coca-Cola Co.’s tax rate is now less than 25 percent of its income while in the late ’90s it was 36 percent.
PepsiCo dropped from 34 percent to 23 percent.
In Coke’s case, it is because it has shifted plants and earnings to lower-tax countries and accepted “tax incentive grants” from nations like Brazil and Swaziland.
Pepsi baldly explained their strategy in 2005 declaring “We intend to continue to reinvest earnings outside the U.S.”