Thursday, November 15, 2012

Elections Have Consequences...

Since the election last Tuesday, many companies have begun to take pro-active steps to avoid the coming cost of Obamacare. While some companies are pushing the costs to their employees, other companies, like Denny's, are putting the cost on consumers through an Obamacare surcharge. 

Now many of my liberal minded friends will probably think these CEO's are heartless "one-percenters" and should absorb the cost themselves. But why should these CEO's  be forced to pay to provide a service to their employees if they don't want to? When did it become our right to force them to pay for it? You enter into an employment contract willingly. No one forces you to take the job. As such, if you do not like the benefits you are being provided with, quit. 

Instead, we as a country have conceded to the entitlement mentality, and it is already beginning to destroy our country. Jobless claims have risen 78k since the election pushing unemployment to 439k, the highest level since April 2011.

Here is a list of some, not all, of the companies that have announced layoffs in the last week:
Bombay - closing remaining stores
Brake Parts – laid off 75 workers
Bristol-Meyers – laid off 480 employees
Cache - will close all stores
Center for Hospice New York – temporarily laid off as many as 40 employees
CVPH Medical Center - handed pink slips to 17 employees
Darden Restaurants – will reduce workers to 28 hours per week to avoid paying for Obamacare
Dillard's - to close some stores
Disney - closing 98 stores and will close more after January
Eddie Bauer - to close stores 27 stores and more after January
Energizer - expects to shed about 1,500 employees  
Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.
Exide Technologies - laying off 150 workers, effective no later than March 31
GAP - closing 85 stores
Hawker Beechcraft – Laid off 240 employees 
Home Depot-  closing 15 stores 1 in NJ
Hostess - closes 3 bakeries
Husqvarna – laid off 600 employees
JC Penney - closing a number of stores after January
J. Jill - closing all stores 
K B Toys - closing 356 stores
Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's - to close 150 stores nationwide
Levitz - closing down remaining stores
Lightyear Network Solutions – Laid off more than one dozen employees 
Linens and Things - closing all stores
Lowes  - to close down 30 stores
Macy's - to close 9 stores after January
Momentive Performance Materials – laid off about 150 workers
Movie Galley Closing all stores
OCE North America – laid off 135 workers

Piercing Pagoda - closing all stores
Providence Journal - Laid off 23 full-time workers
Research in Motion Limited - laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters 
Rocketdyne – laid off about 100 employees 
Sharper Image-  closing down all stores
Sprint/Nextel - closing 133 stores
Talbots & Pacific Sunwear - closing down specialty stores
Texas Instruments - will lay off 1,700 employees (H/T to @Repub9989)

United Blood Services Gulf – will lay off 10% of it’s workforce
US Cellular – laid off 980 employees  
Vestas Wind Systems – laid off  3,000 staff
Whitehall - closing all stores
West Ridge Mine - Will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014″
Westinghouse – laid off another 50 employees
Wickes Furniture - closing down all stores
Zales - closing down 82 stores and 105 after January

Monday, November 12, 2012

Moving #Forward

There is no getting around the fact that our loss last Tuesday was heartbreaking.  I won't get into why we lost, but I want to talk about where we go from here.  How do we as a party move forward? 

I have seen so many conservatives call it quits on the Republican Party and mourn the defeat of America.  This attitude is simply unacceptable.  Now is NOT the time to give up, now is the time to fight harder than ever before!  If we give up on America, who will fight for freedom?  If we give up, we have already lost.  There is nothing left to do BUT fight!

This election has shown us exactly where we need to go moving forward, the culture.  Conservatives have conceded the culture to the liberals for far too long.  We refuse to become teachers because the classroom is liberal.  We refuse to become filmmakers because Hollywood is liberal.  The list goes on and on, and we have lost my generation because of it.  

We need to start engaging in the culture wars!  We need to begin training young conservatives and teaching them why we believe what we believe.  Throughout my time working as the Youth Coordinator for George Allen for U.S. Senate this fall, I met way too many students who only voted for Romney because their parents told them to.  This is not sustainable for us as a party.  We need to mentor young men and women that are philosophically sound and then send them back to their classrooms and workplaces.

I have heard far to many conservative leaders blow off students because they think we are a lost cause.   Students are constantly being told that Republicans hate higher education, and being a Republican means they are fighting against their own interests.  And since there are no conservatives in higher education to fight against this narrative, students fall for the lies, never being questioned for their beliefs.  Many students are just naive and simply need to be shown why moral absolutes are necessary to have a successful society.  Winning elections means nothing if the culture is not on our side, and until we learn this, we will just keep losing.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day 2012

Today we honor all of the men and women who have given their lives to defend our country.  However, Veteran's Day is so much more than just a yearly obligation to say thank you to our troops.  These brave individuals have chosen to follow the highest calling there is.  The sacrifices they willingly make so that you and I will be safe at night deserves our respect every single day of the year.  We should never stop praying for their safety and for the families they leave behind.  You don't have to wait for a certain day of the year to show them your appreciation.  So the next time you see a soldier, thank them!