The Republican Party’s problem with black people

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

The Republican Party mascot in front of the Starlite Ballroom at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Washington Post – Jonathan Capehart

Overall, I agree with Ron Christie’s argument in the Daily Beast on “how to really empower black voters nationwide.” The former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney says, “Republicans need a positive message for people of color, and they need to state that message clearly, and with conviction.” The Republican strategist, who is African American, writes, “Republicans need to expand who they are talking to in communities of color.” Both are very true. But the GOP suffers a bit from denial and has a self-reinforcing image problem that makes it seem inhospitable to people of color, which is something that comes through in the fourth paragraph of Christie’s column.

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College Grads in US – Wages are terrible

Originally posted on Job Market Monitor:

More young people are grabbing debt to go to college, but they can’t punch the ticket to full-fledged adulthood, because college-grad wages are growing at historically pitiful levels. In fact, the incomes of recent college grads are growing so glacially that they make the rest of the country look like we’re discovering $100 bills in our coat jackets every morning.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Why Are Wages for Young College Grads So Terrible? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

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US – The underemployment of college graduates is displacing lower skilled workers

The jobless rate of Americans ages 25 to 34 who have only completed high school grew 4.3 percentage points to 10.6 percent in 2013 from 2007, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Unemployment for…

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Why I’ll only buy the cheapest beans: Private label brands are a Millennial trend

Originally posted on boom & echo:

I like the bargain basement prices of basic No Name cans of beans because, really, a bean is a bean. I like the seasonal granolas and hipster chip dips that Trader Joe’s releases on the regular because I like to be amused by my food. I will not buy the Name Brand aluminum foil or paper towels because, frankly, they cost more than my level of investment in the quality of those types of products.

Suffice it to say, I love a good private label or offbeat brand product.

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I just didn’t realize that this affinity was a generational trend, but according to Forbes, the trend towards private label is taking over a significant market share and, beyond merely the numbers, it indicates a serious shift in marketing models and long-term consumer habit that will affect brands for years to come.

And, as per the article, the reasons that private…

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Left Behind / How LGBT Young People Are Excluded from Economic Prosperity

Originally posted on Hispanic Political Caucus:

The Millennial generation—the cohort of young people born in the early 1980s through the early 2000s—reflects the greatest level of generational diversity in U.S. history. More than at any other time, America’s young people are redefining the role of the workplace as a space in which workers from all types of diverse backgrounds come together. This is particularly true of this generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people. While their experiences may vary based on where in the country they live, LGBT Millennials have an especially unique workplace experience relative to older generations of LGBT people, given that they are, on the whole, coming out earlier and expressing their gender identities and sexual orientations in all facets of their lives, including on the job.

However, for LGBT young people, the basic American bargain—that people who work hard and meet their responsibilities can get ahead—has not held true…

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Discussing heterosexism in the context of aging individuals

Originally posted on joysilverrainbowvision:

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One of the issues that aging LGBT people have to face is the heterosexism entrenched in their environment. This is an ideological system that regards any non-heterosexual form of behavior, identity, relationship, or community with disapproval, condescension, and ultimately, discrimination.

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Despite the progress of LGBT liberation movements in the US, many LGBT people still encounter inequality regarding their rights and the social programs established for their welfare. For instance, not all municipalities have adopted sexual orientation nondiscrimination laws, which protect LGBT people from discrimination in various aspects of their lives, including healthcare, housing, employment, education, social services, credit, law enforcement, union practices, and public accommodations.

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Of these, issues in healthcare, housing, and social services are among the most prevalent problems that aging LGBT people encounter. As people grow older, they rely more on public programs and social services…

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Poll: Governor’s Race Gets Close Amid Attacks

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

TALLAHASSEE  (CBSMiami/NSF) – With the campaign dominated by a barrage of back-and-forth attacks, Democrat Charlie Crist’s lead over Republican incumbent Rick Scott has narrowed in the race for Florida governor, a new poll shows.

Crist leads Scott by a margin of 45 percent to 40 percent in a head-to-head contest, down from a 10-point advantage in April, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

And in a sign voters could be looking for an alternative amid all the attacks, the race is even tighter when Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix. In a three-way contest, Crist leads with 39 percent, while Scott gets 37 percent and Wyllie receives 9 percent, according to the poll.

“Virtually no one knows much about Wyllie, but there are a lot of Floridians who aren’t keen on either of the major party candidates, Gov. Rick Scott or former Gov. Charlie Crist,”…

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The Washington Post: Opinion: Michael Gerson: The Tea Party Risks Scaring Away Voters

Originally posted on The New Democrat on WordPress:

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The Washington Post: Opinion: Michael Gerson: The Tea Party Risks Scaring Away Voters

I’m going to take you on a trip back in time to the mid 1960s and we’ll work are way up to the early 1980s as well. Imagine had the Barry Goldwater classical conservative movement managed to take over the Republican Party during this time period. And today it becomes what we see with Senator Rand Paul, or they combine with his father former Representative Ron Paul and this kind of conservative libertarian movement took over the Republican Party. With the Dick Nixon’s, Gerry Ford’s, Ron Reagan, George Bush’s who all had things in common with this movement, but who are perhaps not pure conservative libertarians, but able to work with these movement’s to lead the party.

Imagine had the Conservative Libertarians taken over the GOP and essentially kicked out the Northeastern Progressives, or…

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President Barack Obama Signs in Anti-Discrimination Law for LGBT.

Originally posted on The Writer Guy:

President Barack Obama signed a presidential executive order Monday to ensure workplace equality for members of the LGBT community.

Obama announced his plan to sign the presidential executive order June 16. The order specifically “prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” the White House said in a statement.

The presidential executive order affects an “estimated 28 million workers, or one-fifth of the U.S. workforce, and does not include an exemption for religious organizations that had been sought by some faith and conservative groups,”  - CBS Reported.

Only 18 states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that ban LGBT workplace discrimination, which includes sexual and gender identity, CBS said.

obama-executive-order_thumbThe President signing a federal order for workplace protection of LGBT folk is historic and as aforementioned is going to affect millions of people. However, not all are treating this as a victory…

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Mises Daily: Blog: Andrew Syrios: A Brief History of Progressivism: What is Progressivism?

Originally posted on The New Democrat on WordPress:

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Mises Daily: Blog: Andrew Syrios: A Brief History of Progressivism

What is a Progressive? It depends on what you mean and almost who you ask. But whatever a Progressive is, they aren’t Liberals unless the idea of what a progressive is means someone who believes in progress. But without some real ideological vision in how to achieve progress. So if that is the case than I would be both a Liberal because I believe in individual freedom, individual and equal rights for all and responsibility, constitutional law and rights that can’t be taken away just through majoritarian rule. Limited government that protects people from predators, but doesn’t try to run our lives for us.

But I’m also someone who believes in progress and that even government has limited role in seeing that progress is achieved for the people. To me that is what a classical Progressive I guess…

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8 Things That Will Happen During Your Internship

Originally posted on 10 point plan:

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Summertime in the workplace can mean a lot of things: overly-cool AC, wondering if your dress is too short, five out-of-office responses to every one email you send (unpopular view: I don’t like summer). But in a lot of offices, it also means the arrival of the interns.

First of all, I have a lot to say about interns. I’ve been an intern, I’ve hired interns, I’m managed interns, I’ve fired interns, I’ve drank with interns, I wrote recommendations for interns…Are internships the worst? Yes. Is it a problem that most low- or no-pay internships favor the already privileged? Yes. Why can’t we just call this a “first job” and thus pay a living wage? I don’t know, man. All topics for another day. What I want to discuss are a few things that pretty much every intern will experience at his or her shiny new job.

Things will seem unfocused
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