bah humbug american dream is dead

As most are out scurrying to spend the last of their money and indebt themselves in the name of Christmas, this holiday season raises the question, is the American Dream still alive? From where many Americans sit the American Dream is dead or at least on life support. That might sound contrary to all “the economy is growing” hype but the truth is in the fine print. Americans are working for less pay, the income gap between rich and poor has widened, and the unemployed facing the exhaustion of benefits are being forced into low wage or part-time jobs. As the old saying goes, “There are lies, dam lies, and statistics.” The latest economic news is case in point. What the figures don’t mention is the number of unemployed forced into part-time work or those that simply run out of benefits and are no longer counted. From a politician’s perspective it is better to not pass any additional unemployment benefits since doing so continues to shine a light on the unemployment problem.

The bottom line is how or why should the average American today be concerned with buying a home when job security is all but none existent? Those working for a living have simply lost faith in the American economy such that long term debts like homes are simply unrealistic. Others simply stick their head in the sand based on some idea of “positive thinking” that things will turn around and indebt themselves long term which is undoubtedly creating the same bubble soon to burst we just recently have overcome. So they say anyway. Bottom line, for most working for a living who aren’t on drugs, it just doesn’t make good sense to buy long term right now. Sure, mortgage interest rates are headed north but pay rates are continuing south. Moreover, job stability is a thing of the past. So why buy?

Until the employment situation stabilizes and Americans regain confidence in the future, the American dream is a ghost. Part-time jobs don’t cut the mustard and allowing unemployment benefits to expire won’t hide the problem. With all due respect to the Obama camp, as they mean well, but the economy has never really been a strong point for the Dems. The GOP on the other hand know how to jumpstart job growth which, unfortunately, oh too often comes at the price of employees forgoing rights and privileges that are and have been the bedrock of the American way. If only we could strike a balance between the Dems with individual rights and the GOP with job growth…now that would surely revive the American dream in a heartbeat. Pun intended. Ok yea it is the holiday season and who wants to be a bah humbug scrooge right? At the same time many millions of Americans are still struggling with the job market and we ought to remember that as we buy iPods, iPads, tablets, and other toys to make us feel better about living in a weak uncertain economy. Happy Holidays! Innocent


crime boosts prison job openings

Who said crime doesn't pay? He/she is either a politician or locked in a box with little to no access to the real world. Quite to the contrary, crime pays well. For prison developers and contractors it pays $38 million for a new prison facility in Concord. For prison guards the average salary is about $40,000 per year. That's a good salary for babysitting women criminals with anger management issues. While officials haven't disclosed the number of openings for the new prison facility, a prison of this size and scale will generally employ 50 - 100 full time staffed prison guards. So don't believe the hype, crime pays and violent crimes [particularly with guns] are at the top of the list of new inmate population growth, overcrowding, and viola --- the need for new prisons and subsequent job openings. No doubt about it -- crime has a huge influence on economics and job growth, at least in the criminal justice system [CJS] anyway.Surprised


emotional intelligence grows sales decline

Emotional intelligence in the workplace continues to grow yet sales continue to decline [or stay stagnant] for many companies. Isn't emotional intelligence "the way" the enlightened path? Why isn't the value of emotional intelligence showing up in the bottom line? Why are so many companies still not hiring? These are some compelling questions of the current workplace era. Surely there may be a multitude of factors that contribute but some of the common denominators include:

emotional intelligence

  1. Sales - Companies still have to sell their products and services. The workplace transformation to presumably over accommodate "feelers" hasn't shored up in terms of profits.
  2. Credibility - So one buys a product/service because their so called "friend" made them feel good about the purchase [no doubt motivated by their friend's monetary interest in selling the product or at least assisting in the sale of the product] later to find out the product/service doesn't cut the mustard. Even worse the buyer's "friend" knew so while persuading him/her to buy. Where does that leave the friend or the company in terms of credibility?
  3. Performance - If the fundamental purpose of product/service purchase isn't if/how the product/service performs than that would explain the apparent fools folly economy. For more than a millennium, the adage has been "necessity is the mother of invention." Are we now supposed to scrap that in favor of emotional intelligence as the driver i.e. a nice looking car that makes the buyer feel good but with a bad engine, a nice looking home to feel good about, for parties and hosting, but is grossly infected with termites or other foundation problems?

It would appear, at least on the surface, that some of economic problems of the current state of affairs is the departure from tried and true economic principles to accommodate an emotional intelligence trend that hasn't produced many results, if any, for a number of companies. Bottom line, a number of companies have gone gung ho with emotional intelligence and only have red ink to show for it. Sure, emotions are important in the workplace but when does accommodating such go too far? In my opinion it goes too far when you transform an otherwise profitable shop into a charity organization.

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