What do you get without a union? 12 hour shifts!

No matter how glowing the remarks in this article about the success of 12 hour shifts, I can say from first hand experience that they pretty much suck…back in the late 1970′s when I thought being a machinist was cool and the road to big blue collar money I worked in a non-union contract manufacturer…and [...]

Energy Independence? Bull*lone*y!

One of my post election predictions is that President Obama will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on or after November 5, 2104.

It just seems to fit with the current oil trends in the US:

U.S. Crude Oil Exports Hit a 15-Year Monthly High:

The United States exported 268,000 barrels of crude oil a [...]

Federal judge throws out Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

Not surprising news via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Madison — A federal judge in Green Bay on Monday threw out a lawsuit brought by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and one of his aides attempting to force members of Congress and their staffs to stop getting subsidies for their health insurance under Obamacare.

Johnson, an [...]

State Senator Grothman Suffering From Raging Myopia

In an article about the egregious Supreme Court ruling in favor of ‘freedom of religion’ for Hobby Lobby in the second front on the war against woman, State Senator Glenn Grothman celebrated his deep sense of provincialism:

“The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a big win for Christians in [...]

Another Point On the True Cost of Labor:

Late last year I wrote a bit about the true cost of labor and how maintaining an undervalued minimum wage structure subsidizes employers and skews the cost/value of some products and services. For those who didn’t have time to read through to the conclusion, here is a graphic from AFSCME that illustrates my point:

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Obamacare Works!

As the nation celebrates 5 million enrollees in Obamacare, let me bring some real life anecdotes to the table.

Most of the people in my immediate circle, like me, work for employers who provide their health insurance. So I never really thought about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. But in the past several [...]

Major Milwaukee Company Ships Lake Water Outside the Great Lakes Watershed!

Water is the one resource that have continued to plunder with little concern for it’s availability in the future. We let the petroleum industry waste it in fracking. We let power companies pollute it in any number of ways. We let factory farms dry up aquifers with high capacity wells for irrigation. We waste it [...]

Is 11 The Lucky Number?

Last year when Act 14 was being debated across the breadth and width of Milwaukee County and the SanFelipans were agitating for a smaller Milwaukee County Board because it didn’t take 18 people to run the county…but whoops…when just one aspect of county governance is removed from local control by the state legislature…well it apparently [...]

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe raises their minimum wage to $10.25 per hour

If the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota can afford to raise the minimum wage at all of their businesses and enterprises, you would think everyone can. Read all about it here.

C’mon McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Menards, etc. You’re gonna tell us you can’t afford it? Puhleeeeeze.

CVS Caremark to Drop Tobacco Sales

CVS Caremark announced plans to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 1, 2014. I have to applaud them for doing so but wonder why it’s going to take so long.

But this is something that I have been advocating for some time. I don’t think I’ve written it here before [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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