I have a part-time job, and I am going in, on Friday, for my only day of work for the week. Better than nothing. There are signs that not only is my employment future looking up, but the country’s are as well, thanks to our President and the previous congress and the clearly strong business acumen of American businesses large and small.
Payrolls are up 217,000 in February, according to ADP’s numbers, after a revised increase of 189,000 in January. Initial unemployment claims dropped by over 20,000 last week, and by 25,000 the week prior. The monster employment index, which looks at the amount of on-line job application, increased 7 points last month. The ISM non manufacturing index increased for the 15th consecutive month. Non farm productivity increased by 2.6% on the month.
All of that pointing to one prospect, that the American economy is finally starting to get moving after several years of lethargy.
And I have gotten a great many phone calls from interested employers over the last few days. Got two more today, including setting up an interview for an art handler position, a job that I have written about here before, one that I loved doing at Sotheby’s, and one which I hope I will be hired to do after my interview on monday. There have been a few other calls, but that one was the most promising. One caller seemed to want me to work security/front desk type work, waiting for a call back from them.
I fully plan on whistling while I work when I finally get a full time job, which hopefully will be next week. Hell, I might even begin to toy with the idea of retiring when I turn 75 or so, rather then working until I die, which has been the plan since the economic uncertainty in my life started back in … whatever year I started working in Manhattan. 1987 or 88 or some year or other.
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Thomas A. Edison
Viddy of the day: Jobless claims sink to 2-1/2 yr low
It drives me crazy that the Governor of Wisconsin and his cronies are holding their own people, the people they are supposed to be governing, hostage. Threatening 1,500 people with layoff if legislators don’t do their bidding is, being my usual mild self about this, is fucking insane. On top of this clear abuse of power, there have now been issued warrants for the arrest of the 14 senators who fled the state rather than allow the republican abuse of power to go unchecked.
The governor is a dictator, or a wannabe dictator, and his men in the senate are the epitome of the term thugocracy. There is a difference between governing, and abusing the people you are meant to be governing, and Gov. Wanker seems to have crossed this line a long time ago.
If the people you are trying to work with run the hell away from you so you can’t do wrong to people, that is a message. A simple message.
Don’t tread on me.
How else could you put it? Walker has stepped on the rights of workers, he has created an atmosphere of fear and loathing about himself and his entire political party by being too stubborn to understand that he simply won’t win by the clear abuse he is heaping upon his people.
These republicans are simply Un-American.
That’s it from here, America. G’night!