Posts tagged ‘spending’

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

    Economical strategification

    According to a new survey, “More companies in the U.S. plan to boost prices and limit hiring as the surge in raw-material costs hurts profits.”

    What a groundbreakingly bold new strategy!!
    ::: charge more + hire less = common sense! :::

    Thank you Captain Obvious and the rest of the Super Duper Thinking Team over at the National Association for Business Economics!
    ::: I you guys! :::

    Can this exciting new plan could be applied to other  things?!?

    What if — and bear with me here, I’m just throwing this one out there off the top of my head — what if we DROVE LESS to offset the high price of gas???

    WOW — right?!?

    July 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm 5 comments

    South Carolina not happy to be gay

    Oh honey chil’ – South Carolina is pissed, Pissed, PISSED!!

    Seems someone leaked the Palmetto State’s gayness all over a London subway last weekend as part of a quiche-ified tourism campaign.
    ::: YAY! Company!! :::

    The campaign called for plastering the subway with posters advertising the charms of South Carolina and five major U.S. cities to gay European tourists.

    The South Carolina poster says:
    “From plantations to the Civil War. Golf to gay beaches.
    Hilton Head, Charleston, Myrtle Beach.
    There’s no place quite like South Carolina.”

    Wait. What?
    I’m sorry, but I don’t see the big gay problem here?
    According to the poster, the only thing gay about South Carolina are some beaches.

    Big whoop!

    I’m near Key West, and I’ve been to Fantasyfest! Y’all are gonna have to bring a WHOLE lot more gay than some crummy beaches to get my attention!

    Ahh, but sadly (if not predictably), it did get attention in South Cackilackee, where the campaign was greeted with nothing less than shock, horror, revulsion, denial, wine spritzers and a very nice fruit and cheese assortment (from what I hear).

    After The Palmetto Scoop wrote about the promotion, officials were falling all over each other in the race to publicly readjust themselves and be all ‘Nuh UH, we don’ cotton tuh thaht kahnd uv bu-hayvyer heeyuhr.’

    Republican (ooo big shock there!) state Sen. David Thomas – no friend of Dorothy, he – got his panties 27 kinds of twisted over his state being outed. He put on his prissy pants and called for an audit of the state’s advertising budget.

    Speaking for homophobes statewide his constituents, Thomas said, “South Carolinians will be irate when they learn their hard earned tax dollars are being spent to advertise our state as ‘so gay.”
    ::: Yeah, I’m sure they much prefer being advertised as ‘so bigoted’ :::

    Tourism officials insisted they knew nothing about the campaign. So it’s kind of strange that, when the promotion was first announced last month, the tourism board issued a statement saying “it sends a powerful positive message.”

    But now  they’ve pulled their foot back from the other stall and are canceling payment on the posters … but not before the big, burly bureaucrats laid blamed the whole unfortunate episode squarely on the shoulders of some ‘low-level state worker who did not run the idea by senior officials’.

    The employee, who was not identified, resigned last week.
    ::: Probably for the best. Bigots turn bully real fast :::

    And what of Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. – the other  cities who took part in the campaign?
    Oh, they’re just fine — and thanx for asking!!!!

    None have reported any negative backlash.
    They are, in fact, very much into meeting new people, traveling and taking part in the $64.5 billion U.S. gay tourism market.

    So fuckyouverymuch South Carolina and good luck with that whole ‘coming into the 21st century’ thing!!


    July 16, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Senate to Bush: Suck it, beeyatch!

    Thumbs UPIt just may be the vote heard ’round the world … or maybe not —  but I don’t care … I’m fucking ELATED!

    In a ‘we-do-have-balls-after-all’ vote that highlighted, put in bold text and underscored President Bush‘s diminished standing, the Senate thumbed its collective nose at his veto threat and added tens of billions of dollars for veterans and the unemployed to his Iraq war spending bill.

    ::: boo-YA :::

    A majority of Republicans gave the proverbial hand to the Shrubster on a haha-where’s-your-veto-NOW-suckah 75-22 vote.
    Even more shocking?
    Those very same Repubs were voting in favor of adding more than $10 billion for domestic programs like heating subsidies for *gasp*  POOR PEOPLE, as well as other Bushy non-faves like health research and infrastructure (you know, so maybe not quite as many bridges will crush future voters to death …)

    Democrats were seen high-fiving and back-slapping each other all over Capitol Hill.

    Oh sure, sure .. I know it’s still got to be passed  and all to become law and who the hell knows what’ll be done during the extreme makeover all good and decent proposals must undergo in order to become passable — but it’s a start, goddammit!

    It’s a start! And after being held hostage for eight long years of progressive blight brought upon by the Texas Twit and his dungeonmaster, Dickless Chaingang — I am thankful for this wee little ray of potential legislative sunlight and I don’t mind saying so!


    Can I have more Kool-Aid now?

    May 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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