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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

Yeah, I read the same thing. By "middle class" they meant the bottom 50% of households. US is still much higher than Canada (and every other country) for the top 50% and for the overall average.

They also excluded any tax other than income (don't forget VATS, etc other countries have) and included government transfer payments.
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They also excluded any tax other than income (don't forget VATS, etc other countries have) and included government transfer payments.

My EBT card makes me middle class.
post #918 of 5111
I cut cocaine with my ebt card. That makes me upper middle class
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post #920 of 5111
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Would be interested in hearing from the resident legal eagles here. Michigan state law, and it's been in place a long time apparently, requires 1000 valid signatures to get on a primary ballot for US Congress. John Conyers, who has been in Congress continuously since 1964, failed to comply this time. His team fucked up so bad only 465 signatures were deemed valid. A judge ruled this Michigan law unconstitutional today and put him on the primary.

http://www.freep.com/article/20140523/NEWS01/305230097/John-Conyers-challenge-primary-ballot
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U.S. Rep. John Conyers on-again, off-again roller coaster ride for the Aug. 5 ballot took a new twist Friday when U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman put him back on back on the ballot,

His decision, released late Friday, contradicts the Secretary of State’s review of Conyers petition, which found earlier in the day that Conyers had less than half the required signatures of valid registered voters on the petitions he turned in to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.

But Leitman said the signatures from at least two ciruclators who were found to have not registered properly to vote, a requirement under state law, should be reinstated, giving Conyers enough valid signatures to be on the ballot.

“There is evidence that their failure to comply with the Registration Statute was the result of good faith mistakes and that they believed they were in compliance with the statute,” Leitman said in his ruling.

“As Secretary (of State Ruth) Johnson implicitly acknowledged in her ruling issued today, if the signatures excluded pursuant to the Registration Statute may not be excluded from Mr. Conyers’ total – and this Court holds that they may not be – then Mr. Conyers has enough signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot,” Leitman added. “He shall be placed on the ballot.”

The ruling ended a day in which the SOS confirmed a decision last week from Wayine County Clerk Cathy Garret that he didn’t have enough signatures to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.

The SOS review concluded that petition signatures gathered by at least five circulators were invalid because they were either not registered to vote, not registered to vote while the petitions were being circulated or had addresses on the petitions that didn’t match their voter registrations. As a result, the SOS ruled Conyers had only 455 valid signatures, far short of the 1,000 required by state law.

“The Michigan Election Law is designed to protect the purity of the ballot access process.,” the SOS review states. “The laws governing this activity place affirmative duties on petition circulators. As evidenced over the past two election cycles, when campaigns fail to comply with the law by executing basic principles of petition circulation, they create their own “ballot access crisis” when their failures are discovered by or brought to the attention of election officials. In this instance, consultant Steve Hood freely admitted that he failed to ensure that the petition circulators he hired to work on Conyers’ campaign were registered to vote.”

The ruling judge said the SOS's ruling supported his decision to put Conyers on the ballot when it pretty clearly did not. WTF at that and WTF at a 25 term Congressman not being able to get a lousy 1k in valid signatures? That's embarrassing in and of itself.
post #921 of 5111
Shocking, an incumbent doesn't have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. I'd like to see how Judge McAsshole would have treated a third party candidate in that situation.
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 On July 25, 2013, President Obama nominated Leitman to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan,

 

 

Shocking

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This story is all kinds of fucked up and all kinds of sad. Sad for the individuals and sad for society because society really has sold these poor folks a bill of goods and they're too fucking dumb to know it. IMO, these two people are poster children for Big Education. Even the one with a B.A. doesn't have a fucking clue.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/30/news/economy/fast-food-educated-older/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
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In essence, people working at a McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500), Burger King (BKW) or Wendy's (WEN) are older and more educated, but earning some of the lowest wages in the economy.

They look more and more like Dre Finley, who earns $8.78 an hour at Arby's in Tampa, Fla. He is 24, has a five-year-old daughter and another child on the way. Finley also holds an associates degree from a community college.

"Some customers think you're stupid because you're behind the counter, but I have an education," said Finley.
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Tanika Smith, a 25-year-old with a college degree, says her $8.75 hourly wage has barely budged since she started seven years ago at a McDonald's in Chicago.

"I never imagined working at a fast food place with a B.A. I imagined I'd be working downtown at a law firm making major bucks," says Smith, who hopes to earn a master's degree and aspires to be a judge.

I don't think I have to belabour the point too much. Making "major bucks" in a law firm with a B.A.? I'm not joking here; this is a serious problem and this is sad. These folks have wasted their money, and even if the economy had never stalled, no one was giving this broad a six figure job with a fucking B.A. and she ain't going to become a judge because she gets an M.A. either. It is not to be wondered at that folks like this become bitter with the system and are ripe to be convinced "the man" was always out to get them because hey, I've a random CC degree, and I work at Arby's!

I just became a believe in Big Education and how wrong it is.
post #924 of 5111
Perhaps because for the past 50 years (generally) the education system has existed to create future university professors or factory employees.
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post #926 of 5111
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This is a blast from the past but pretty predictable. The VA scandal? Bush's fault.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/veterans-affairs-backlogs-waiting-lists-george-bush

Although if you read the article it states the problem was first acknowledged, but not quantified, in 1995. Damn but Bush was in office a long time.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

This story is all kinds of fucked up and all kinds of sad. Sad for the individuals and sad for society because society really has sold these poor folks a bill of goods and they're too fucking dumb to know it. IMO, these two people are poster children for Big Education. Even the one with a B.A. doesn't have a fucking clue.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/30/news/economy/fast-food-educated-older/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

I don't think I have to belabour the point too much. Making "major bucks" in a law firm with a B.A.? I'm not joking here; this is a serious problem and this is sad. These folks have wasted their money, and even if the economy had never stalled, no one was giving this broad a six figure job with a fucking B.A. and she ain't going to become a judge because she gets an M.A. either. It is not to be wondered at that folks like this become bitter with the system and are ripe to be convinced "the man" was always out to get them because hey, I've a random CC degree, and I work at Arby's!

I just became a believe in Big Education and how wrong it is.

Even worse, they're set to be replaced with robots sometime soon (and that means more welfare recipients).

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In essence, people working at a McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500), Burger King (BKW) or Wendy's (WEN) are older and more educated, but earning some of the lowest wages in the economy.

They look more and more like Dre Finley, who earns $8.78 an hour at Arby's in Tampa, Fla. He is 24, has a five-year-old daughter and another child on the way. Finley also holds an associates degree from a community college.

"Some customers think you're stupid because you're behind the counter, but I have an education," said Finley.

Maybe Mr.Finley should invest in some condoms. Or a vasectomy.

post #928 of 5111
I only earned $3.85 an hour when I worked at Arby's. :/

But there is a generous employee discount program. 15% off all processed meat products.
post #929 of 5111
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I only earned $3.85 an hour when I worked at Arby's. :/

But there is a generous employee discount program. 15% off all processed meat products.


I saw an Arby's sandwich once, looked even more disgusting than KFC's chicken.

 

And I like a rare Wendy's Baconator.

post #930 of 5111
The Arby's meat comes to the franchise location in powder form. It is then mixed with special bottled water in large plastic bags to form a play-dough like consistently which is then baked.
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