I'm really getting sick and tired of all these leftist women whining and crying about discrimination - both real and imagined - in the workplace. Let's face it; if you can prove that you have the same job with the same tenure, the same success rate and the same responsibilities as a guy in your company, you're going to get paid just as much as he is, and you've got the law to back you up. But if the guy has better success and more tenure, you need to stop whining about any discrepancy in pay, because all things have to be equal in order to get equal pay.
At least you've got a job that you're allegedly qualified to perform.
You want a lesson in discrimination? Try being a 55 or older white male or female in today's marketplace. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost in the recession of 2007-2008, and it's taken until now for many corporations to begin to bring back some of those jobs. But if you're one of those people who either lost their job or left the corporate world voluntarily at the time and want to get back to doing something where you can be paid something approaching what you're clearly worth, you can forget about it!
Age discrimination is alive and well in 21st Century America, and it's the silent discrimination no one wants to talk about, and that corporations will never admit to.
Some of you reading this will know my story, while some will be reading it for the first time. Eleven years ago, I was finishing up an incredibly successful 20-year career at a Fortune 100 company after deciding to go in a different direction with my life. I had shot up the corporate ladder, moving from local to regional and finally national positions, many I didn't qualify for on paper, but achieved because I had shown the ability to take on new tasks without the formal education required of the position. From managing products, processes or people, I was able to do it all. After finishing my 4-year sabbatical from corporate America, there were no jobs to be found anywhere in just about any company, so retail became my life. Due to it's high turnover rate, jobs are almost always available in the retail world.
But for someone who had succeeded at every level in corporate America, my talents, knowledge and skills are being wasted.
As they have been for the past 11 years and running.
I have applied for hundreds of jobs over the past 11 years where my past experience would be a perfect fit for the particular company looking for someone, and in that time I have received less than a handful of replies to my applications. Part of it is due to the new corporate way of allowing Human Resource people to cull from a checklist of requirements without ever having to peruse actual resumes where true experience can be evaluated. In the new corporate reality, if you don't have a specific degree in a specific field, HR "professionals" can reject you without the slightest effort on their part, even if your actual experience exceeds their educational requirements.
But the real reason for the overwhelming rejection rate is more sinister, and illegal. Even though most workers spend less than 5 years on average with a given employer, companies do not want to invest in training time and money bringing new employees up to speed. They also want to pay entry-level wages to entry-level applicants, and they know that someone with actual experience will want more. So companies don't even consider 55 or older because they figure we're only going to stay for less than 10 years, and have to pay us more.
I get the business model, but it's still illegal as Hell.
But us seasoned workers don't whine like the leftist women marching and rallying these past few days, mainly because we have no advocates speaking on our behalf (because we're white AND old), and because we largely don't rely on government to fulfill the promises made to us in the laws they've passed. We lower our shoulders, put our backs into it, and soldier on as best we can until we either retire or die.
So pardon me if I don't join your little pity party you've made for yourselves. For the next 30 years or so, you've got everything going for you.
Wait until you're 55, when the REAL discrimination begins.
"Protestors" are apparently making their way to Washington, D.C. for Donald Trump's inauguration this Friday, but these little snowflakes aren't going there just to voice their displeasure at the prospect of a nation led by the successful businessman and reality star.
No, they're on their way to disrupt the ceremonies. In fact, some of these little snowflakes think it is not only their right to disrupt the inauguration, but their duty to do so as well.
The problem is that they're misguided on two different fronts: First off, "protesting" does not equal "disruption". One is protected free speech, while the other is against the law if taken to the extremes these losers are suggesting they're going to go. The second is that civil disobedience is almost always done as a result of some wrong being perpetrated on another by government.
The only harm that has occurred thus far is that the snowflake's chosen candidates lost an election. In short, these pampered princes and princesses didn't get their way. Worse yet, they didn't even get their usual "Participation Trophy" they've been brainwashed to expect every time they do something. After a lifetime of being told that there are no such things as winners and losers, reality has set in.
They are, in fact, losers.
So now that these little snowflakes didn't get their expected cookie, they've apparently made it their goal in life to piss in everyone's bowl of Cheerios. What's next? Tossing cow patties at some bride because your best friend was dumped by the groom 2 years earlier and married someone else? Keying the car your Daddy bought for you because it was the wrong color or model?
Of course, this could all be a very calculated scheme on the part of some snowflakes. After all, their college days are rapidly coming to a close, and at some point they're looking at having to go out and get actual jobs. Faced with this dire consequence, some of these layabouts are probably thinking that if they can get themselves arrested, their record won't allow them to get a job, whereby they can then justify getting onto public assistance for the rest of their lives.
I mean, what's a couple of days of "three hots and a cot" compared to living on the dole for a lifetime?
Maybe there's a Trump plan to deport whiny snowflakes.
You're John Lewis, and the only thing you've accomplished since marching with Martin Luther King, Jr in the 1960's has been to get yourself elected to Congress. Only in America can you get a lifetime gig doing no work for something you did 20 years before.
You're John Lewis, and the district you represent is a virtual cesspool of humanity where more people are on public assistance than have gainful employment.
You're John Lewis, and you no longer have the ability to put two complete sentences together unless they're written out for you in advance by an aide.
You're John Lewis, and in your 30 years in Congress, you've never sponsored any significant piece of legislation.
You're John Lewis, and you've become a bitter old racist who clings to your seat of relative power, taking a paycheck you haven't earned, while you whine about things you haven't the power or intelligence to change.
You're John Lewis, and no one missed you when you didn't attend George W. Bush's inauguration, and no one will miss you this year, either.
You're John Lewis, and it's time for you to retire for the good of your district, and for the country as a whole.
Because you're John Lewis, and you've become irrelevant.
I love William Shatner. Not only did he play one of the most iconic heroes of my youth as Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise in the classic series 'Star Trek', but he has a heck of a sense of humor.
Back in the '80's, he guest hosted Saturday Night Live, and starred in what might be one of the funniest, if not one of the more accurate skits in SNL history. After putting up with inane questions from a bunch of loser Trekkies, he finally excoriates them by uttering the now famous line, "Get a life!", and finishing his diatribe by telling them to get out of their parent's basements and live.
Note to Democrat voters: Get a life!
Trump is the next President of the United States. He's not illegitimate because Russia hacked into DNC and Hillary campaign computers. They hacked into those computers because the people who ran them were too damned stupid to employ rudimentary security on them. Trump won because you put one of the most unlikable, shrill, incompetent candidates to ever come down the pike up against him.
He doesn't support the KKK. They endorsed HIM. In case you missed it, there is a big difference between the two. Candidates can't pick and choose the people who are endorsing them.
He's crass and crude, and he doesn't really care what you think. Get over it. While Obama was less obvious, he spent his last 8 years not caring what anyone on the right thought about him as well.
Trump doesn't like the media. News flash - unless you're in the media, not many people like the media, either. Just a bunch of pretentious, pedantic, chesse-nibbling wine-swillers who make their living doing nothing except lying about what other people actually do.
Now, if you're determined to waste an awful lot of time and energy whining and crying about the fact that someone you loathe got himself elected, even going so far as to dismiss your own family members and friends who voted differently than you, well - it's your loss. I won't tell you it's your own life, because you don't have one.
So "Get a life!" Stop clogging up Twitter and Facebook with your stupid memes and posts about how wonderful Obama was (he wasn't) and how bad Trump is (it's too soon to tell), and get out of your parent's basement and LIVE!
So Obama is meeting with Congressional Democrats to try to find ways to save his disatrous signature legislation known as Obamacare from being decmated by Republicans in 2017.
You have to wonder why, except that he still thinks his legislaton has done some good.
At this point, only die-hard Socialists and Congressional Democrats (redundant, I know) still believe that this ranks as some kind of accomplishment worthy of being proud. It isn't.
Sure, they'll trot out inflated government numbers showing 18-20 million people are now insured under Obamacare, ignoring that over 10 million of those people had their existing health care policies cancelled by Obamacare in the first place. They'll ignore the double-digit premium increases, even though they claimed that health care prices would drop under Obamacare. They'll conveniently forget that many people liked their policies and doctors, but couldn't keep their policies or doctors, even though they promised that Obamacare would deliver on those promises. And finally, they'll crow about the few rare states which have made Obamacare work, never mentioning the deficits that those states and the Federal government are racking up in subsidies to keep their wonderful piece of legislative cow flop alive. Heck, the most costly of provisions in Obamacare (the employer mandate and Cadillac plan fines) haven't even been implement yet, and it's still an unmitigated disaster of a legislation.
Yet Congressional Democrats are going to fight tooth and nail, in some weird political Quixotic quest, to keep Obamacare alive.
Even as they have no chance to do so.
House Democrats have nothing close to the numbers needed to slow down or derail any legislation that Republicans want to pass. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Clueless) can bray all she wants, but not only does she not have any bullets in her gun, she has no gun and no holster; thus being the woeful state of Congressional elections following her pathetic term as Speaker and two terms of Barack Obama as President.
Her colleagues in the Senate with their arcane filibuster rules would normally fare much better, except for one problem - they passed Obamacare on a simple majority vote, and made it stick. Senate GOP leaders can now point to this precedence are justification for repealing the legislation, and with a GOP President in the Oval Office come January 21st, they'll be no veto to override that needs 60 votes.
Karma is a bitch.
Just a little willingness to work with Republicans back in 2009, allowing them some amendments that got them some things they wanted in health care legislation, and the last few elections might just have gone a different way for Democrats. But intransigence has it's price, and Obamacare is about to pay heavily for it.
To be sure, Republicans need to keep a couple of provisions in their replacment plan, especially the one where insurers can't cancel or refuse to insure someone, but the rest of Obamacare needs a stake in it's proverbial heart. And the sooner, the better.
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