Posts tagged ‘budget’

No pay no stay

It’s just all-out hostility against the hobos and the poors these days!

Even after getting serious stimulus money, states are still cutting jobs, bull-dozing benefits and — as of this month — one city (NYC) will begin charging rent to working families staying in public homeless shelters.
::: What’s next?!? Tipping the breadline soup scooper??? :::

This latest societal bitchslap to the bereft is made possible by a 1997 state law allowing shelter managers to force flat-broke fams to fork over a portion of their income, depending on the shelter and family size.

For some of the strapped, this could mean handing over up to half their earnings.

(for serious!!!!)

How is a family supposed to save enough to get out of the shelter when they’re coughing up more than 50% of their take-home cash to the shelter?

::: rhetorical question, Bub — no one believes you care … :::

“I think it’s hard to argue that families that can contribute to their shelter cost shouldn’t,” commented one callous commish. “I don’t see this playing out in an adverse way.”

You sure about that??

Because I’m thinking that a state that eagerly earmarks

  • $2,500 for the Doll and Toy Museum of New York City
  • $2,500 for the Brooklyn Cricket League
  • $6,000 for the Harlem Honeys and Bears senior citizen swim team
  • $6,500 for the Utica Curling Club
  • $10,500 for the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing
  • $15,000 for the Urban Yoga Foundation
    – would probably enjoy some pretty sweet PR if it found a way to pinch off a few pennies for the penniless, right?
  • Right?!?

     I hope so, ‘cuz you gotta know it would take a ginormous truckload of NOTHIN’ for me to instigate an uprising of the impovrished when I visit New York in two weeks!


    May 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm 6 comments

    Movie makers get their miser on

    Old and Busted: Ginormous payouts plus part of the profits paid to barely-even pedestrian performers.

    New Hotness: Puttin’ those bitches on a budget!

    budgetdivaIt’s true!

    Oh sure, you may think life is all darkness and ominosity out there in this New Great Depression, but take heart you homeless hobos! There IS a silver lining!

    Your impovrished ass is about to get company!
    ::: YAY!!! Misery LOVES company! :::

    NGD Math Lesson:
    Your broke-assness + global economic meltdown = movie bidness bottom lines are moving toward  disgusting diva demands.

    Yessiree! After years of empty promises to cut the sweetheart deals with the pompous and the bitchy (AKA – mid-level movie stars), the studios are finally able to stick it to ’em!
    Hellooooooo?!?!? Haven’t you been listening?

    The ‘crisis’, you silly!

    They’re slashing star salaries and pulling perks like private jets, too.
    ::: I’m guessing they’re not pickin’ up the rehab tab anymore, either? :::

    “They’ve wanted to go in this direction for a long time and the global financial crisis has given them the lever to do it,” a veteran talent representative told The Daily Beast.

    Another rep broke it down a little better. “The studios are going out to actors who have been $10 million players and saying, `Here’s $5 million.’ Here’s two and a half.”
    ::: SLAVE WAGES!!! :::

    And if LindsayTaraWhatsHerFace balks? No biggie!
    The studios will simply pick another thespian from the pile.
    ::: Bitches on backup – smoooooth! :::

    “They’re not fucking around,”
    Mr. Nonamebecauseweareprobablytalkingaboutmyclient
    said. “They know exactly who that next person is.”

    Which may explain why Marvel Studios offered Scarlett Johansson and the twins a paltry $250,000 for Iron Man 2.

    “We don’t like to be portrayed as being disrespectful to talent, notwithstanding the fact that we are very budget-conscious and can’t always meet an actor’s initial asking price,” Marvel COO Tim Connors said.
    “We say, `We wouldn’t normally ask an actor at this level to do this but we’d be thrilled to have them.”

    Now, it’s all good because ScarJo and her magnificantly talented chi chi balls were able to negotiate their way up to a semi-sort of respectable $400,000 for the film – so we feel confident she’ll be able to feed and clothe herself for at least another week or two … but something tells me SAG may want to get crackin’ on an emergency out of work actress retraining program because Kirsten Dunst is gonna need some way to pay for those sniffy snax and god knows the fossil financing CZJ isn’t gonna live forever!

    Let’s go guys — CHOP CHOP!


    April 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm 6 comments

    Everybody Panic!

    Oh my god – the end is near!!

    This is bigtime seriousness worthy of multiple exclamation points for maximum emphasis!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Some Google big guns broke out the big-girl panties this week and sent a memo to folks in the New York City office informing them of *GASP* reduced cafeteria hours and **DOUBLE GASP** reduced food selection as part of an effort “to find areas where efficiency can be improved.”

    ::: slow. deep. breaths. :::

    Seriously though – you should panic.

    The day you see the big swingin’ dick around town pinchin’ pennies is the day you can pretty much start packing it in.
    That’s it.
    Lights out.
    Don’t let the ‘jobs are next to go’ sign hit you in the ass on your way out.

    Googlers see Mr. Economy over at the bar putting GHB in Miss Advertising’s cosmo as he prepares to butt rape that bitch well into the next presidency and, since they’ve watched their golden stock get a tad tarnished after losing nearly half it’s value this year, the cheeses are running scared.

    They’re derailing the worker-bee gravy train and pulling the plug on some of the perks for which their company is universally famous.

    Afternoon tea on Tuesdays?
    Snack-a-palooza smorgasbord in the micro-kitchen?
    Free dinner take-out?
    hahahahaha — No.

    Google is also shaving a half-hour off the time the hired help get for breakfast.
    ::: Don’t they know it’s the most important meal of the day?!?!?!  :::

    Morning munchtime has been whittled down to one wimpy hour (down from 90 minutes) … and that’s not all! Lunch and Dinner have been trimmed from 2 hours to 90 minutes.
    ::: quel horreur!!! :::

    Oh but it’s not all bad.
    The brass did toss the little people a bone … they promised the occasional ‘surprise snack attack’ just like their big-boy counterparts get in Google’s Mountain View, California offices.
    ::: a teaspoon of sugar helps the medicine go down … :::

    Employee morale meltdown in 3 … 2 …

    October 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm 1 comment

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