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Helpers of Mother Earth. Indeed !!!

For the life of me I can’t understand how these people think. Helpers of Mother Earth. Indeed!!!

 Is it your intention to breed a society devoid of civilized behavior, where individuals who lack self-discipline are free to run amuck, thereby justifying your existence in which you create an alley for city employees to rape the taxpaying citizens in bogus overtime pay, while at the same time forcing the city to enslave others to perform “volunteer” work that would otherwise be done by said employees?

 In your “noble” venture to clean up after the uncivilized pigs of the world, you obviously failed to take into account the consequences at both ends of your actions.

 By continuing to “remove” the garbage these pigs throw out, you create an excuse for those who lack respect, to continue to throw their garbage all over the place. They will not see it as the insult it should be, but rather the reason to continue. Perhaps your time would be better spent in documenting their lawlessness through photos. In this way, you could post these pictures of the scofflaws on your website, and let the police do their job in arresting them and eventually get them to stop polluting.

 And the reason I put remove in quotation marks, is because it is a fallacy to say you remove anything. To be precise, you simply pile it up and leave your name on it, as though it were some deed worthy of recognition. The simple fact is, if you wish to be seen as doing some worldly deed, why don’t you take a picture of yourselves hauling the trash away? By leaving it for the city to pick up, you are simply advertising the fraud and waste of taxpayers’ money, which you in fact, are perpetuating.

 For the residents of this city, your activity will most certainly require additional taxes to be levied, to pay for not only the city employees, but also for the fuel and equipment to load and haul. And let’s not forget, the additional expense to be paid to the landfill.

 So, if you expect to be glorified for your efforts, I’d suggest you look for private sponsorship in funding your so-called “volunteer” work, because in subjecting the taxpayers to suffer the additional monetary burden on your behalf, your “noble” actions could hardly be considered a worldly deed.

Illinois Democrats Refuse to See the Light

With the help of  American Action Network, we here at the Watcher are asking these congressional leaders to respond to our question;

How do you plan to cut spending, reform entitlements and balance the budget without raising taxes??!!!

 Times are tough. Ongoing high unemployment and increasing prices for things like food and gasoline are putting an enormous financial strain on Americans families and business. If we don’t balance our budgets, families lose their cars and homes and small businesses go under, so we work hard every day to make ends meet.

Washington should be no different. Federal spending is out of control, deficits continue to grow and countries like China gain more financial leverage over us by the day, but our representatives seem reluctant to make the hard choices we make every day. It’s time for Washington to work hard to make ends meet.

On Friday, April 15 Congress took the first real step toward fiscal responsibility by passing Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget plan. This legislation will cut spending, reform entitlements and balance the budget without raising taxes.

Since you voted against this plan, I respectfully ask what you plan to do to cut spending, reform entitlements and balance the budget without raising taxes.

Costello, Jerry F. (D, IL-12) Davis, Danny K. (D, IL-7) Gutierrez, Luis V. (D, IL-4) Jackson, Jesse L. Jr. (D, IL-2) Lipinski, Daniel (D, IL-3) Quigley, Mike (D, IL-5) Rush, Bobby L. (D, IL-1) Schakowsky, Janice D. (D, IL-9)

Those of you looking to remain in office, should consider responding, as you failed to resolve these issues while in office.

Senator Mark Kirk: We Have Been Warned

From The Desk Of Senator Mark Kirk

S&P Issued a Pessimistic Outlook for the Value of U.S. Debt

We Have Been Warned
S&P Today: “if an agreement is not reached and meaningful implementation is not begun by then (2013), this would in our view render the U.S. fiscal profile meaningfully weaker than that of peer ‘AAA’ sovereigns.”

Dear Friends:

S&P just announced a negative outlook for the future of U.S. debt – a warning that if we do not stop spending, a crisis could come.

The rate of U.S. spending and debt is unsustainable — our economy is on a dangerous course.  We are borrowing $4 billion a day and will pay our creditors over $200 billion just in interest payments this year.

In times of crisis, we face a choice: 1) raise taxes and provide government bailouts, or 2) cut spending and enact pro-growth policies.  I strongly support cutting spending.   

The Case of Ireland

If we do not change course, we face the fate of many European debtors.  Take the case of Ireland.  During the economic downturn, Ireland guaranteed the debts of its banks – essentially a bailout.  Ireland increased spending and borrowing while its tax revenues shrunk.  In response, Moody’s cut Ireland’s debt rating.

The price of Ireland’s bad government was paid by the people of Ireland.  In August 2010, Ireland issued 40% fewer mortgages than before. Residential and commercial lending fell so fast that Ireland’s state-run National Asset Management Agency stepped in to find a way lend something to someone.

Lenders charged the Irish taxpayer more and more for the privilege of spending other people’s money.

The Case of Canada

Compare this to Canada.  When faced with the same dilemma, Canada cut spending during its 1990s economic crisis.  After Moody’s downgraded Canada’s foreign debt rating in 1994, the Canadian government cut 20% of federal spending.   Because Canadian leaders waited until after their debt situation reached a crisis, they had to eliminate 40,000 public sector jobs. 

Canada’s tough choices lowered borrowing costs and strengthened the country as the government sought pro-growth solutions.  In fact, Canada came out of the recent financial crisis healthier than most other countries – lenders charged less and less, with new confidence that Canada had its act together.

The Case of the United States

We now face similar choices.  To protect you and your income, I think we should follow Canada’s fiscally responsible path and avoid the drop in incomes suffered by the Irish people.  If the government makes hard choices now, you will be protected from hard choices later.

In Ireland, the government said ‘yes’ to everyone and ‘no’ to its economic future.  In Canada, the government learned that restraint and responsibility led to a very bright future.

With today’s report from S&P, we Americans have been warned.

Thank you for your continued interest in these important issues. As always, please feel free to contact me at (312) 886-3506 or online at kirk.senate.gov if you have any questions or comments, or should issues of concern to you come before the Congress.

It is an honor to serve you in the U.S. Senate.

Very truly yours,

 Mark Kirk

U.S. Senate

If, by following Canada, you mean to gut over-reaching government mandates and job crushing regulations, as well as public employee positions, (Most notably; czars) then by all means, I agree.

The People Have Spoken. How Sad!!!

 So as the new mayor takes over, the citizens of Joliet are wondering if he will make the tough decisions. Considering he has been a councilman for a few years, perhaps the biggest question will come in the way of the city manager. What to do with him?

  How does one who’s been on the council for years, expect to garner any further knowledge of the city’s finances from a manager who’s helped put the city into its present condition? It’s like a hangman asking the coroner, “How’d he die?” It’s time to fire this one and try another. Perhaps someone with a few years business experience?

  I mean, as a councilman, what exactly were you doing all those years? Surely you showed up for more than coffee. Did you ever get involved in the voting process? Were those votes like congress, where you had to pass it, to find out what was in it?

 Perhaps you were busy with the people of the district, you know, getting out the vote.

 Somewhere you failed the people of Joliet, and now we are supposed to believe you are going to get things in order?

 And to think, YOU’LL be in charge of your replacement for the council seat you’re vacating?

  OH, PLEASE! PLEASE!, take the advice of your at-large councilwoman comrade, Jan Quillman: “I think it should be someone that would work with the council (read; more of the same), BUT, (Jan continues) I don’t think it should be someone who has already served on the council.” Would that come under the heading of “conflict of interest”, of perhaps, conflicting interests?  Wouldn’t want to upset the status-quo, would we?

 I’m sure you’ll choose someone who is already retired from another job and collecting a pension, over someone who is QUALIFIED.

  Maybe you could dig up one of those dead people who voted for you!

  So far, the best news to come out of this election is that three present councilmen WON’T be back. How these people keep putting back in office the ones who have taken everything they could, without getting anything in return for the people of Joliet, is beyond comprehension.

  The ballpark, which couldn’t pay its bills. The waterpark, which is way out of the way of the average citizen, not to mention, expensive. The only thing that is left in downtown…, oh yeah…, that’s right…, it’s going to be a GOVERNMENT CAMPUS!!!

 This, no doubt, will require more chamber of commerce employees paid for by taxpayers. (Chamber of commerce!! What a laugh!!!) WHAT COMMERCE???? All that is left downtown is, signs that read; for rent, for lease or for sale!!!

  The people have spoken, and the only thing sadder than the outcome, is what’s TO COME.

Durbins On Record

Thank you for contacting me about federal funding for Planned Parenthood. I appreciate hearing from you.

The Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, H.R. 1, would eliminate the grant program of the Public Health Service Act, Title X. In addition, an amendment to H.R. 1 agreed to by the House would prohibit the bill’s funds from being used “for any purpose” by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America or by any of the 102 Planned Parenthood affiliates or offices.

Title X of the Public Health Service Act provides over five million women with a wide range of services designed to improve maternal and infant health, lower the incidence of unintended pregnancy, and prevent abortions. In addition, this program provides funding for breast and cervical cancer screening and prevention.

Under Title X, the federal government provides grants to 89 public and private organizations for the provision of comprehensive family planning services and information. Grant recipients may include state and local health departments, hospitals, university health centers, independent clinics, public and non-profit agencies, including Planned Parenthood affiliates. These funds may be used for a wide range of family planning activities, including infertility services, contraceptive education and services, abstinence education, and programs that combine the latter two approaches.

I want to make it very clear that federal law already in place prohibits Title X funding from being used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning. Projects that receive these funds are closely monitored to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortion.

Title X has a proven record of success. Without this funding, it has been estimated that nearly two million unintended pregnancies would occur every year, resulting in almost a million additional abortions. Moreover, for more than half the clients, Title X clinics are their “usual” or only source of health care and 70 percent of total clients live at or below the federal poverty level.

We should encourage abstinence among our youth and support family planning to avoid unintended pregnancies that may lead to abortion.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me. I will keep your concerns in mind as the Senate debates funding for Title X programs. Please feel free to keep in touch.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Durbin

United States Senator

While Temp Agencies Continue to Break the Law….,

So, how many months has it been since I queried on the legality of these temp agencies in this country…, let’s see…, it was in fact, back in August of 2008.

Since then what has happened?? The Warehouse Workers for Justice are supposedly involved with ONE such agency (to date, there has been NO new activity on their web-site, which would naturally lead one to surmise they have dropped the ball), and they are focused on only ONE aspect in regards to its operation; namely racial discrimination; ignoring any other infraction of the law. I.e. making employees sign away their right, to even so much as talk to a union representative, the fact that these temp services are STILL hiring illegal’s, that said temp agencies are openly advertising less than minimum wage pay (likely cash under the table for illegal’s, thereby cashing in on unpaid taxes, filing false information to both state and federal authorities, and pocketing for themselves, the remaining pay from the company) all the while ignoring that Americans are out of work.

All of these, while not only illegal, play no small part in the additional cost to consumers, as well as, the companies themselves. Think about it.

Take the companies themselves.

The company pays a temp service anywhere from 10-50% more than the temp service pays the employee. I have on occasion called as a human resource employee of a company looking to hire thru their service, this after reading their add in the newspaper, or online. I am told that our company will be charged $21 dollars an hour, for them to send an employee, who they pay minimum wage. Now here in Illinois the minimum wage is $8.50 hr. Take that further, to the temp service paying only three dollars an hour, and WOW !!!

Company loses big time, HUH ???!!!! Now let’s add to that, inexperienced, self-serving, unreliable, sabotage-prone individuals, and you can easily imagine the lost productivity, and lack of quality resulting in lost revenue, on top of the wage payout to the temp service.

If you were running a business, does this look like a revenue providing, fiscally responsible ledger???

And, do you now see where the consumer wil be forced to pay even more for the product??

I can’t understand why these companies would do such a thing. I personally, would advertise a job starting at $11 an hour, saving my company $6 an hour right from the start. This would also provide incentive to the employee, and if you use the performance based pay system, you give the employee the knowledge of security in the position, along with incentive to constantly improve theirs and the company’s bottom line.

Now, to the companies who look to other countries for cheap labor. Did you ever stop to look at YOUR own mess here to figure out, not only what is wrong, but just how easily it could be avoided? If you would take YOUR greed out of the equation, I’m sure you would be amazed at what WE could accomplish. I’m not saying you’d have to unionize (believe me, I know what crooks they are) but if you would go back to screening prospects on your own, paying a living wage (utilizing a performance based system vs. seniority) it would go a long way towards improving productivity, product quality, while giving employee incentives, and ultimately, increase revenue.

And once your revenue starts to increase, re-learn how to reinvest in your business. (More Indians, not chiefs)

I mean seriously, after seeing it in print, unless forced by law, why would anyone use these temp services??

I’m not saying ALL temp services operate in this manner; those who do are easily identifiable through minimal research. These temp agencies are a blight on both consumers and companies alike, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

But you see or hear nothing in this regard. Why is that?

You’d think these companies would be all over this.

In fact, given the current situation of the state’s financial crisis, and I’m talking ALL states, I’m surprised the attorney general of each state isn’t already launching an investigation into these practices.

For the life of me, I can’t understand how Gov. Quinn is not seething over the loss of tax money. The ONLY other explanation for this is, he is counting his votes.

 Job Snapshot

Location:

215 Remington Blvd

Bolingbrook, IL 60440 ( Map it! )

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Base Pay:

$8,250 – $13,000 /Year

Employee Type: Full-Time

Industry: Industrial

Manages Others: No

Job Type: Manufacturing

Experience: Not Specified

Post Date: 2/24/2011

Contact Information

Contact:Alicia Trujillo

Phone:630-226-1727

Description Machine operator position in Bolinbrook.

Resume with solid work history required before interview.

Person will be working Monday through Friday, sometimes weekends.

Over-time and time and half.

Temp to hire.       

 Requirements Must have own transporation.

Must be interested in full time.

Must be willing to work weekends.

This is what I am referring to. Base pay= $8,250  Let’s do the math; 8250/52weeks=$158.65/40hrs=$3.97hr

Now, as I understand the laws of this state, THIS IS ILLEGAL!!!! Minimum wage in Illinois is $8.50hr.

Why is there absolutely NOTHING being done about this???/

Senator Mark Kirk; We Need More Energy

While I agree with the need for more energy, and that that will create jobs here at home, I would like to know why we still need to subsidize this so-called “green” energy research. This should be left to the individual companies to fund on their own. It seems to me that if you really were serious about the national debt, you would eliminate these subsidies for research, thereby creating am atmosphere of competition for the eventual sale of technologies proven to be benificial to the consumers. After all, wouldn’t this help to create MORE jobs?

We Need More Energy

Energy – Jobs

Dear Friend,

I support 50 new nuclear power plants, drilling off-shore and permanent tax credits for wind, solar, hydro and other renewable sources of energy.  

I also support reforming the boutique fuels rule that triggers higher prices for gasoline.  That is why I cosponsored the Gas Accessibility and Stabilization (GAS) Act, S. 511 by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), which will allow EPA to waive these rules.  We introduced this bill yesterday, joined by 34 other Senators.  This legislation will simplify the national gasoline market, reducing prices by eliminating the 17 separate gasoline monopolies created by overly complicated federal regulations.

In addition to the GAS Act, I am working to: 

  • Make permanent tax credits for wind, solar, geothermal, fuel cell, ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative energy research to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,
  • Increase drilling off-shore in the United States,
  • Build new nuclear power plants across the country, 
  • Complete the Trans-Canada pipeline, and 
  • Advance state-of-the-art clean-coal projects like FutureGen.

The solution to high energy costs is to back new sources of energy, emphasizing American-made power for economic growth.  Policies like the outdated boutique fuels rule should be part of our past, not our future.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views with me.  Please feel free to contact me at (312) 886-3506 or online at kirk.senate.gov if you have any questions or concerns about the federal government. 

It is an honor to serve you in the Senate. 

Very truly yours,

Mark Kirk

U.S. Senate