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Majority of Unemployed Job Seekers Want Jobs Rather Than Health Insurance


(NewsUSA) – The recent government shutdown inconvenienced many Americans — from federal workers, to tourists — but how did it impact those looking for work? The health care debate was among the main catalysts for the shutdown, with both parties claiming to be the voice of the public, but has the voice of the job seeker been drowned out as a result? A new national poll asked those very questions to find out what was more important to job seekers — a paycheck or health insurance. The result? The majority of unemployed Americans (77 percent) would apparently take the job, even if it meant no health insurance.

Online career network Beyond.com surveyed over 5,000 job seekers from across the country to find out how the government shutdown and the technical frustrations with the health care rollout impacted their employment search. The survey comprised a dozen questions to determine if healthcare was really the main concern for those seeking work, and most respondents, it appears, were just interested in a salary to support their family. 61 percent of those who participated in the survey said that their top priority when it comes to a job is salary, not health care. * That's despite approximately 32 percent of respondents saying they currently don't have health insurance, with nearly 50 percent of those people citing they haven't had health insurance for more than a year. * 89 percent of respondents said they'd do just about anything to find a job, including working long hours and/or weekends.

“With so much speculation about the job market, we decided to go out and ask job seekers exactly what they were thinking,” said Joe Weinlick, VP of Marketing at Beyond.com. “A big part of finding a job is confidence, and while health care is certainly an important issue, we've found that those looking for work are more concerned about things like honing interview skills or updating their resume. Health insurance is one of many factors people need to weigh when considering a job offer, but you have to get the job offer first.” Survey respondents included job seekers from the Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. Surprisingly, the majority of respondents from each generation reported that they'd consider job offers even if they didn't include health insurance at all — despite numerous reports citing the increased need for health care across the board, especially with Baby Boomers. What do you think people will be most thankful for — a paycheck or health care?


The Deal- The Butler-A Great Backdrop To a Period Of Change

African-American parents during my childhood had a habit of saying that their occupation was responsible for everything we had. During this time, the fifties and sixties and seventies, If you had friends who are black they will probably remember their parent saying this to them. Especially when it appeared that they were ungrateful or unappreciative toward the parents and the hard earned money and the sacrifices they made for their family.

My father would often say, everything you have is because of the Church, He was a pastor and minister at nine African Methodist Episcopal Churches in Kentucky and Tennessee.

That was often a hard pill for me to swallow. I would prefer he say, that everything you have is because of and by The Grace of God. God works through people and institutions and leaders. But I get his point given the tremendous politcal and social change that took place during the backdrop of the film, The Butler.

The Butler, some parts fictional others reality, brings home the fact that during this time, the time that real life Butler, Eugene Allen, actually worked at the White House from 1952 to 1986. This period was one of the most significant periods of racial change that this country has ever experienced. It was also a period of social and political change that helped to move African Americans to the center of social and economic mainstream.

This movie was masterful and chronicled how Presidents changed and influenced collegues to address the issue of discrimination and defeating servitude in the south. Although many parts of the film were fictional, history reflects the accuracy of the events that were chronicled in the film.

It was a moving and riveting film, especially for all of us who grew up in this period. There are many movies depicting this era, but the backdrop of the White House, made this film more memorable and on cue than any other.

I was born in 1954, that makes me 59 years old and I too went through this discrimination in the south during this same time. More to come as a reblog the many articles addressing this time that I experienced and in which my Father directly participated in as Minister and Pastor.



Republicans Can No Longer Place Blame on President Obama

President Obama has to be very pleased about the news of 200,000 jobs added in December 2011. This is the highest uptick of jobs since February 2009. All rational economists know that the cause of this recession was not on Obama’s watch; however a shell game, played by the Republicans was instrumental over the last two years to place blame on the Obama Administration. This dubious strategy put forth by Republicans is in a word irrational and a failed strategy. Much to the Republican’s deep alarm, the economy has taken a turn for the better and now the spin doctors are hard at work to deny any gloating from the Obama administration. The last thing they want is for Obama to gain traction with this good news.

Already there is little they can do to pin the recession on him. He has virtually won the terrorist war. He has brought home the troops from Iraq. He has begun to withdraw troop from Afghanistan. Republicans now have nowhere to go in pointing out deficiencies in Obama’s policy. Not only that, the best candidate that they can put up against Obama is Mitt Romney. They certainly will need to bring someone stronger than that. At this late date, it is highly unlikely that they will find the perfect candidate with the attributes to beat Obama. So the next few months will be interesting to say the least as the election season gears up.

Republicans Block Job Bill For Second Time

The vote to advance the bill was 50 to 50. Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

This time, the bill was narrowed to provide $35 billion to state and local governments to prevent layoffs of teachers, police officers and firefighters. To offset the cost, the bill would impose a surtax of 0.5 percent, starting in 2013, on income in excess of $1 million.

Despite the vote Thursday, Democrats said they hoped to gain a political edge, by forcing Republicans to vote on this and other discrete parts of broader legislation proposed by Mr. Obama to create jobs and revive the economy.

Campaigning for his $447 billion jobs package this week in North Carolina and Virginia, Mr. Obama suggested that Republicans could not understand the whole thing all at once, so he said “we’re going to chop it up into some bite-sized pieces.”

The Senate last week blocked consideration of the larger bill, which included a 5.6 percent surtax on income over $1 million.

Republicans objected to the tax and said the bill would be no more successful than the economic stimulus law Mr. Obama signed in February 2009.

The vote late Thursday generally followed party lines. Two Democrats — Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas — and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, joined Republicans in voting against immediate consideration of the bill for public employees.

Both parties seized on the smaller bill to draw contrasts in advance of the 2012 elections.

Democrats said the bill would save or create jobs for nearly 400,000 teachers and force millionaires to make a small sacrifice for the benefit of the nation.

“The massive layoffs we have had in America today are rooted in the last administration,” said the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. “It is very clear that private sector jobs have been doing fine. It is the public sector jobs where we have lost huge numbers.”

The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, derided the Democrats’ proposal as “a government jobs bill.” He said it would “impose a permanent tax hike on about 300,000 U.S. business owners and then use the money to bail out cities and states that cannot pay their bills.”

The bill would pay for the hiring, rehiring and retention of school employees, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency workers.

Public employees and labor union leaders joined Democrats, including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., at a rally on Wednesday urging the Senate to pass the bill. Mr. Biden said that because of police layoffs, “murder rates are up, robberies are up, rapes are up” in many cities.

Democrats see an urgent need to aid state and local governments, whose revenues have not fully recovered from the recession. The Congressional Budget Office said that less than one-third of new spending under the bill would occur in the coming year, however. It foresees annual spending of roughly $11 billion in 2012 and 2013, followed by $7 billion in 2014, $5 billion in 2015 and $1 billion in 2016.

Unable to pass the full bill devised by the White House, Senate Democrats hope some of the individual pieces will prove more popular with Republicans. Other smaller bills to be taken up in turn would expand the current payroll tax cut for employees, increase spending on transportation and public works projects, and provide incentives for the hiring of unemployed veterans.

For their part, Senate Republicans pushed Thursday for a bill that would repeal a tax compliance requirement that businesses consider extremely burdensome. The provision, adopted in 2006, requires federal, state and local government agencies to deduct and withhold 3 percent of payments they make to many suppliers of goods and services. The requirement was adopted after federal auditors found that thousands of government contractors had substantial amounts of unpaid federal taxes.

Democrats supported the intent of the bill, but blocked its consideration because it would also require unspecified cuts in spending for domestic programs.

Senator Scott P. Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, said, “We need to repeal once and for all this onerous and costly unfunded mandate.”

WASHINGTON — For the second time in 10 days, the Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic efforts to take up a jobs bill championed by President Obama.

Republicans described their proposal as a jobs bill because, as Mr. Brown said, it would “repeal a part of our tax code that promises to kill jobs.”

Enforcement of the requirement has been delayed several times. As part of his jobs bill, Mr. Obama proposed a further delay, to 2014. Businesses say the withholding will disrupt their cash flow and cause administrative headaches.

Steve Jobs Died Wednesday

From USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO – Steve Jobs, the innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes music store, died Wednesday.

  • CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after giving the keynote address at the Apple MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. Apple on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 said Jobs has died.By Jeff Chiu, APCEO Steve Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after giving the keynote address at the Apple MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. Apple on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 said Jobs has died.

CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after giving the keynote address at the Apple MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. Apple on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 said Jobs has died.

The Apple chairman was 56.

The iconic American CEO, whose impact many have compared to auto magnate Henry Ford and Walt Disney— whom Jobs openly admired — abruptly stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple in August because of health concerns. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” read a statement on Apple’s website. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, a former Apple board member, called Jobs the best CEO of the past 50 years — perhaps 100 years.

A seminal business and technology leader, Jobs’ success flowed from a relentless focus on making products that were easy and intuitive for the average consumer to use. His products were characterized by groundbreaking design and style that, along with their technological usefulness, made them objects of intense desire by consumers around the world.

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at 56.

He was known as a demanding, mercurial boss and an almost mystical figure in technology circles as well as popular culture. Author and business consultant Jim Collins once called Jobs the “Beethoven of business.”

He was one of the people who made Silicon Valley the capital of technological innovation and venture capital fortunes.

His creation of iTunes as an online way to purchase music digitally helped transform the music industry and delivered a blow to the standard industry practice of packaging music in albums or CDs. With iTunes, consumers initially could buy individual songs for 99 cents. The music industry didn’t welcome the change at first, but after waging an intense battle against illegal downloads, it came to rely on the business model iTunes created.

Jobs’ work at Apple and other projects made him a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine in 2011 at $8.3 billion. He was No.110 on Forbes’ list of billionaires worldwide and No.34 in the United States, as of the magazine’s March 2011 estimates.

His death raises questions about whether Apple, one of America’s most successful businesses, can maintain the momentum it has built as the source of must-have technology products that have helped to define a generation.

Unlike tech rival Bill Gates of Microsoft or business leader Warren Buffett, Jobs did not make a practice of public philanthropy. While he may have made anonymous gifts to charity, he did not publicly embrace Gates’ and Buffett’s call for the wealthiest Americans to pledge to donate half their fortunes.

Jobs was married to Laurene Powell Jobs, 47. He had four children, three with Powell Jobs. A fourth child, Lisa, had an early Apple computer — a predecessor to the Macintosh — named after her. The family succeeded in keeping the children out of the spotlight and largely unknown to the public. Jobs was a Buddhist.

Steve Jobs’ legacy

Apple, and a re-boot

Jobs dropped out of Reed College to build computers with high school friend Steve Wozniak, creating what became the Apple I computer in 1976.

As sales lagged by the 1980s, Jobs was ousted from the company’s leadership in a 1985 boardroom coup led by then-Apple CEO John Sculley. He returned in 1996 after Apple bought his technology start-up, NeXT, for $400 million. Within months, Jobs took over as Apple CEO for the ousted Gil Amelio and led a major corporate turnaround.

Five years later, with the release of the iPod personal digital music player, Apple had leaped from computer maker to become the leading consumer electronics giant worldwide.

Millions of its computers and gadgets were produced in Asia and sold to U.S. and worldwide markets, making the company one of the most recognizable and beloved brand names ever.

Once on the brink of a financial abyss, Apple had a market value of $350 billion — not far behind No.2 Exxon Mobil — by the time Jobs resigned as CEO.

After his forced departure from Apple, Jobs bought what became Pixar from filmmaker George Lucas. The digital animation movie company has produced box-office hits including Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Disney bought the company for $7.4 billion in 2006. Jobs held a 7.3% ownership stake in Disney.

Health concerns

He was known for creating a culture of secrecy at Apple that fueled intense media speculation about the company’s next product. Jobs himself introduced major products with flair at highly anticipated events that proved to be one of the company’s best marketing tools.

Jobs didn’t hesitate to level caustic comments at competitors, particularly Microsoft in earlier years and later Google, which he ridiculed as evil, mediocre and lacking in taste. His skewering of Microsoft was parodied in a series of TV ads featuring the characters “Mac” and “PC.”

Jobs was known for firing employees in profanity-laced tantrums and reducing some subordinates to tears. Yet many of his top deputies at Apple and Pixar worked with him for years.

Jobs is listed as an inventor or co-inventor on 313 Apple patents, including the iPod’s user interface.

Although he brought simple, elegant technology to the masses, the reclusive Jobs was often uncomfortable around people and rarely spoke publicly. On rare occasions when he spoke with reporters, he offered few or no personal insights.

His reluctance to appear in public led to questions about his health, as did a dramatic loss in weight and gaunt appearance.

Jobs was diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer in 2003. He informed Apple employees in 2004.

“No one wants to die,” he said in a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005. “And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.”

Jobs’ status as a corporate star put him on the covers of Time, Fortune and Forbes.

“Jobs led an enormous cultural shift of the businessman as a creative, even artistic, force,” says Alan Deutschman, author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs.

“When Jobs first came on the scene, it wasn’t cool to be in business,” Deutschman says. “Through the 1970s, the Dow hardly moved. Being in business was seen as being a total sellout. But Jobs was young and glamorous, and gave business that image. Now, young people aspire to be in business.”

The early years

Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco on Feb. 24, 1955, to unwed parents. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, Calif.

The young Jobs contacted William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, to ask for parts for a class project. Impressed, Hewlett offered Jobs a summer internship.

Upon graduating from Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif., in 1972, Jobs briefly went to Reed College in Portland, Ore. After a stint as a video-game designer at Atari, Jobs trekked to India in 1974, where he embraced Eastern culture and religion. Shortly after that, he lived in a commune in California.

In 1975, Jobs began hanging out with the Homebrew Computer Club and a friend from high school, Steve Wozniak. Jobs, then 21, and Wozniak — the “two Steves,” as they became known — co-founded Apple Computer in Jobs’ parents’ garage in 1976.

By 25, Jobs was a millionaire. His first go-round at Apple was highlighted by the creation and introduction, in 1984, of the Macintosh, a revolutionary personal computer with an inviting graphical user-interface and mouse that popularized PCs for the masses.

The influence of the Beatles ran deep to Apple’s core, too. Jobs presented a Mac to Yoko Ono, wife of the late John Lennon, and was ensnared in a long-running trademark lawsuit with the music group’s Apple Corps label. It was settled in 2007.

In a 1996 interview in San Francisco, Jobs offered a glimpse of his hopes to mirror the success of Walt Disney and George Lucas. “Computers are commodities with a six-month shelf life,” he said. “Classics like Snow White and Fantasia are passed from generation to generation.”

Wozniak said Apple is a reflection of Jobs’ creative daring.

“He helped it achieve incredible things in music, smartphones, tablets and retail, while still making great computers,” said Wozniak, who said he and Jobs occasionally talk.

Leander Kahney, author of Inside Steve’s Brain, said Jobs reconciled conflicting personality traits into an eclectic business philosophy.

“Jobs embraced the personality traits that some considered flaws — narcissism, perfectionism, total faith in his intuition — to lead Apple and Pixar to triumph against steep odds,” Kahney says. “In the process, he became a self-made billionaire.”

Democratic National Convention 2012

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Two weeks ago, over a thousand people gathered at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC to celebrate the Democratic National Convention Kick-off.

The energy was electric as we shared the excitement of being part of history in the making.  DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz summed it up best when she said,

This convention is about Americans coming together to commit ourselves and our country to a path that creates more opportunity. The success of this convention will be determined by the participation of you, the American people. This convention’s success will be based on engaging the American spirit and involving people who want to put their shoulder to the wheel and change the country for the better.

Now is the time that you can seize the momentum of that day by visiting our website and checking out the official 2012 convention merchandise store.

I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Thank you for signing up and thank you for being a part of this historic convention.  As we progress towards September 2012, I’ll be sending more updates and contests so you can stay informed.


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Charlotte Host Committee 2012</

Mr. President Your Speech To Congress was a Home Run

Mr. President, you  stood up to the Republicans in Congress tonight.  You made it awfully hard for Republicans to ignore your plea ” To Pass This Plan Now.”  I am with you and proud of your response.  I believe the response was right on time!   This is what the country needed from you.  They needed this speech desperately from you.  You will see your poll numbers rise rapidly as a result of this speech.

The American people needed you to fight for them and you certainly did that for us tonight.  We are with you, Mr. President!  We know that you will continue to be passionate about helping the American people.   This speech was a home run and  when your Poll numbers rise, it will be because the American people truly believe that you are really fighting for them.

Yes, it was high stakes, and you rose to the moment and delivered. Congratulations!

Obama Unveils $300 Billion Jobs Package

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will roll out a jobs package on Thursday that strives to lift the ailing economy through $300 billion worth of tax credits,  and $300 Billion in new cuts.  The jobs package will include school renovation projects, job training for the unemployed and a program to prevent teacher layoffs, according to a person familiar with the administration’s plans.

In his speech before a joint session of Congress, Obama also will ask lawmakers to renew the 2 percent payroll tax cut that was approved last December and to extend jobless benefits, said the person, who requested anonymity to talk more freely about White House internal deliberations.

The White House would not confirm specifically what is in the plan. And details could change as White House advisers fine-tune the package.

The address being written by chief White House speechwriter Jon Favreau looms as one of the most important of Obama’s presidency. Unemployment stands at 9.1 percent and the fragile economic recovery appears to have stalled.

A new wave of polling this week shows that people are deeply pessimistic about the country’s future and dissatisfied with Obama’s management of the economy.

A survey by The Washington Post-ABC News showed that 77 percent believe the country is on the wrong track.

Obama is under pressure from his Democratic base to submit a “bold” package that would put a real dent in the jobless rate — and revive his re-election prospects.

To the extent he follows this advice, though, he risks alienating Republicans and even conservative Democrats who want to avoid anything that smacks of another expensive stimulus package.

Briefing reporters on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that impartial economists will conclude that the new jobs plan would “have a direct, quick and positive impact on the economy and job creation.”

Carney also said the package would be “paid for,” not financed through deficit spending.

Whether it can pass the Republican-controlled House is no sure thing. Obama has said the jobs plan would include ideas that Republicans have traditionally embraced. One such proposal is a tax credit for businesses that hire new workers, an idea that fits within Republican economic doctrine. But the level of polarization in Congress doesn’t bode well for any new presidential initiatives.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gave a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday predicting that Obama would unveil ideas that “represent more of the same failed approach that’s only made things worse over the past few years.”

The top-ranking House Republican leaders, meantime, sent Obama a letter Tuesday asking him to meet with congressional leaders of both parties and discuss his jobs package before laying it out in a nationally televised speech.

An aide to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that in crafting the jobs package, the White House has not consulted Boehner.

Linkedin Stock Rises to over $74 Per Share

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In its first quarterly update since its sizzling IPO, online professional networking service LinkedIn Corp. reassured investors who have been buying into the hype surrounding a promising crop of Internet companies.

The second-quarter results announced Thursday injected some hope into a grim stock market and could feed the mounting excitement for upcoming initial public offering of stocks from other rising Internet stars such as online coupon Groupon Inc. and Web game maker Zynga Inc.

The reason: LinkedIn reported the accelerating revenue and membership growth that it needed to support its lofty stock price and delivered higher earnings when analysts were bracing for a loss.

It marked the first update since LinkedIn’s headline-grabbing initial public offering of stock in May. The company’s shares immediately doubled from their IPO price of $45 and remained in that range, stirring debate about whether investors are overvaluing Internet companies that build large audiences with mostly free services.

The fervor has raised fears that the Internet may be in the early stages of an investment bubble akin to the late 1990s hysteria that culminated in a devastating collapse.

LinkedIn’s performance served as a reminder that there is at least one significant difference in the latest Internet frenzy: Some of today’s online companies are making money, unlike the ones hatched in the Web’s early days.

LinkedIn earned $4.5 million, or 4 cents per share, in the April-June period. That contrasted with earnings of $938,000, or 2 cents per share, at the same time last year.

Revenue more than doubled from last year to $121 million while membership climbed 61 percent to 116 million at the end of June.

Analysts, on average, had projected a loss of 4 cents per share on revenue of $104.5 million, according to FactSet.

LinkedIn shares rose $3.50, or almost 4 percent, to $99.02 in extended trading to recover part of a steep decline that occurred during the regular trading session amid a sweeping market sell-off.

“The IPO and attention certainly helped raise the company’s profile and compounded the momentum we had already been seeing,” LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said in a Thursday interview.

The earnings in LinkedIn’s most recent quarter represented the most money the company has made in any three-period so far in its eight-year history. It’s still a puny profit for a company whose market value is sitting around $10 billion.

Losses could loom ahead too. LinkedIn has indicated it’s willing to sacrifice short-term earnings to increase spending on technology and new product development.

Growth is also expected to slow, partly because of economic uncertainty and partly because of the temporary lift provided by the IPO publicity

LinkedIn expects its third-quarter revenue to climb as high as $125 million, which would be slightly below the second-quarter growth rate of 120 percent. For the full year, LinkedIn sees its revenue rising to as high as $485 million, roughly doubling from $243 million in 2010.

The company, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., thinks it is better positioned to weather another recession than most businesses because its network has been designed to help people find better jobs.

“We connect talent with opportunity on a massive scale,” Weiner said in the interview. “When times get tough like this, I think our platform can make a real difference in the lives of people.”

If LinkedIn loses money for a couple quarters, it may not bother investors too much, as long the company is still persuading millions more people to post their resumes and other information about their careers on its website. As its audience grows, LinkedIn’s website will become a more attractive place for advertisers to promote their wares and for employers to recruit talent.

LinkedIn gets more than two-thirds of revenues from fees that it charges companies, corporate recruiting services and other people who want broader access to the profiles and other data on the company’s website. The remainder comes from advertising.

In a conference call with analysts, Weiner said LinkedIn is adding about two members every second. That works out to about 173,000 new members, a pace that would give LinkedIn about 132 registered accounts by the end of September. Weiner told analysts the company had more than 120 million members as of Thursday.