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Tax Cut Deal Passes… No One is Happy

Filed under: Controversy,Economy,Government,Politics — Tags: , , , , , — Positronic Dave @ 4:44 am December 18, 2010

The controversial tax cut deal passes… no one is happy… this must be Washington, D.C.

Behind all the trumpeting of important work and bi-partisan progress, the passing of this bill, while possibly very necessary to keep our economy from stalling yet again, is leaving a sour taste in the mouths of almost everyone involved, as well as the kind of stains on the hand that drove Lady MacBeth around the bend. Let’s start at the top and sink down from there…

President Obama: One hand, he made this bill happen, when everyone was saying there was no way to pass yet another stimulus package in this post-mid-term election era of tight-wadedness.

Temp Workers the New Breed?

Filed under: Economy,Employment — Tags: , , , — Positronic Dave @ 9:56 pm December 14, 2010

Recent stories in the media are posing the question, are temp workers the new breed of American employee? Temp employees have been around forever (Ok, for centuries, although we called them part-timers before), but in recent years, even as unemployment stats go up, so do the number of temporary, or “contract” workers.

The appeal, so it is pitched, is temp employment gives greater flexibility to workers who want to be able to take time off more easily. Plus, they get to sample various work environments without having to commit to it like it’s a marriage. They’re free and they have freedom and can fly free… however, they often are doing it free of insurance and other benefits, sick days, paid vacations, etc. Oh, but they have freedom.

The attraction for employers is the available workers when they are needed, but for no more than that. You can imagine thew grunt filing and data entry that makes up much of temp work. But even with paying a fee to the Temp Agency, it still works out cheaper for the company.

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