The Voice of Joyce: Apprentice level jobs only ones available? Time to Strike for more? 

June 13, 2017

 

 

 

We’ve become a Nation of serfs,  serving an entrenched Monarchy! When they say there are 3-4 million jobs out there, they mean , at the Apprentice ship level. I wonder, do apprentices get paid? If they were in the Union, they’d get 25-50% of the Union Journeyman wage scale plus benefits.

 
In our Gig economy, how much is their pay? Most likely minimum wage jobs?  If they lead to upward mobility in 2-4 yrs,  with wage increases , that’s a plus for the very young.

 

This was normal practice in the old days,  of the 70’s and even the 80’s,  when kids getting out of college , with no work experience made a minimum  wage of $25-35,000 a year. Today’s  $’s  should be would be higher, but they’re not.  Sad, so sad!

 

Why were  Middle Management jobs deemed expendable?   Why jave we dismissed qualified project managers and failed to hire them back.  We know the airline s can’t schedule without Middle Management expertise in the business, scheduling and IT.  We know Rehab facilities don’t function well without Supervisory management and staffing.  We know IT requires more then coders and upper management direction.  So, why don’t we care?  The only reason I can discern, a dysfunctional organization only affects, “we the People”.  The CEO’s and shareholders are rewarded at the expense of the working public.

 

So, I see a two class society.  Input at the bottom, no management and the high earners and shareholders at the top. This is no way to run a business or a country. 

 
At some point Americans will  Strike. Wait and see!  If you are afraid someone will take your low level job, don’t despair, there are 3-4 million Apprentice level jobs available, according to our President.  Enough to shuffle through!  Though I still wonder, when will the good high paying jobs return to America?   Where are the proposed Infrastructure jobs?  “We the People”  have nothing to lose but your continued loss of pride and the apathy we’ve sunk into!


JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11am Monday Wake up America, we’re being boiled alive like Frogs! 

June 11, 2017

 

 

What’s the difference between us and the Russians? They don’t care about politics or politicians, as long as they have an apartment, a good paying job and food. They’ve withstood life under the czars, the Revolution, Stalin, and now Putin. The Russian people are ok as long as their lifestyle remains untouched. Tamper with their right to life, liberty and their pursuit of happiness and the Russian people will not tolerate their governments lack of concern for their rights.  Take away the apartments of 1.6 million Muscovites and they take to the streets.

 
They’re different then us. We are consumed with Politics and politicians and quietly accept our fate, like frogs boiling slowly.    Otherwise, how can you explain our denial of the facts. American rights have been eroding since the 80’s,  yet most of us didn’t realize the harm done to us till recently.   Some still believe in the “goodness” and capability of Donald Trump and his Administration.  They’re accepting the Party line.   They deny their reality and believe with all their heart , as he continues to destroy our Institutions and degrade the rights of labor , that he will produce “good” paying jobs for them.

 
One has to wonder why are Americans so tolerant? The rest of the World appears to be demanding an end to cronyism and corruption,  while we accept it and shrug  off it’s effects at our peril.  Our economy is not improving.   Wages are stagnant.  Good paying jobs at the management level are non existent.

 
Wake up America! We’re being swindled. The alt right will not stop their crusade against the poor and the Middle Class till we’ve all taken to the streets or we’re dead. Stop deluding yourselves, change is slow.  I understand. After 9 yrs of being patient myself,  I realize there are no white knights to save us.   I was hoping for a 3 rd Party to emerge and that never happened either.

 
I am now my own advocate for change. Enough is enough. Bills are passing the House that make my hair curl and few say anything. Every decent Congressman on both sides of the aisle should be denouncing these assaults on “we the People”. I hear some opposition on the GOP side but not many. We need real dissent to counter this extreme agenda. We need centrists. 

 
I’m no politician and I will encourage decency no matter who says they stand with the American people. Everyone else should get out of our way as we advocate for Legislation that improves the lives of the poor and the Middle Class.  I’ll detail how to generate revenue on Periscope at 11am.

 
Together we can build an America for the 22 nd Century.  Wake up and join me before we’re boiled alive, ” just like the Frogs”.

 
See you at 11am and we’ll chat.  More to follow.  Other thoughts to be published tomorrow.  Have a great night.

 
“The heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11am Tuesday: ” We the People” are the Power! Recognize it! Use it! 

May 29, 2017

Dear followers, ask yourself these questions and determine for yourself what is right and just.

 
Are the poor less entitled then our children and our families? Does it have to be, either or?   Why not both?  Use our tax dollars to feed and provide Healthcare and a social safety net to the less fortunate and take care of our children and families, too. 

 
Next, you might wonder how do we provide for the poor and those who were once comfortably Middle Class? We raise revenue 5 different ways. Just re-look at my Revenue Generators, enclosed. Then we  readjust the taxes stated and collected on Corporations (28% , no loopholes) and  tax Individuals making $1 Million and up!

 
Why should we Tax the wealthy you may ask? Because the wealthy are becoming indolent while they make fortunes for doing nothing. Look at the  CEO salaries posted on Twitter @ grandmajsilver.   CEO’s  are lavished with huge  compensation  packages whether or not their company’s share price rises or whether they have improved their corporation.   I urge you to read, Gretchen Morgenson, Fair Game’s column @ The NY Times.  She cites several examples.

 

  •  Why should  CEO’s grow their businesses?   They are well compensated for being the CEO! Therefore, Corporations keep their cash and reward their shareholders and themselves at the expense of everyone else in our Global society.   

We see evidence of absolute greed in everything we do. There is no customer service for “we the People”, systems crash because IT project managers have been cut from businesses in order to increase profits. The end result, we have created a society of needy self centered individuals clamoring for more money , creating nothing and destroying the lives of ” we the People” who use and rely on their products .   As an example, think of British Airlines,  this weekend.   They cut their IT depts.   and sent their business off shore to India.  Management said they were on top of the problem, really, when passengers were stranded for two days, languishing in airports with a meal voucher?

 

When I was delayed in Savannah, I was candidly informed, delays happen all the time, the Controllers and the Delta schedulers don’t communicate.   Delta is routinely  not equipped to handle scheduling changes ?  Why not we should be asking? Airlines never made so much profit;  They’re making 40% profit.  These profits were  not attainable years ago.   When  Buffett purchased an airline and called it an embarrassing moment in BRK history,   he meant it.  He called his purchase, “the indefensible”.

 

Times have changed. The airlines haven’t improved, they’ve just gotten greedier. Pretty soon as they continue to accommodate more passengers with smaller interiors they might clip their wings and be unable to fly!

 

But I digress! You get the idea?
The very wealthy CEO ‘s are holding back progress by taking all the money out of their corporations  and keeping it for themselves.  They are preventing the rest of us from creating because we lack enough funds to be creative and to live at the same time. This is the dilemma of wealth inequality. The wealthy socialize and purchase high ticket items while the rest of us subsist. 

 
Where is it written in the great religions of our World that we should look away from those in need? It isn’t. I know full well that life isn’t fair. No one guarantees you a helping hand , however , “we the People ” have every reason to hope for a Social safety net and a job. Life was better for the Middle Class before the Reagan Tax Cuts.

 
I remember life before the Fiscal Crisis of “08. I remember those wonderful workdays when we experienced fairness in the workplace and had an opportunity to make a living wage . A healthy thriving Middle Class is a sign that our Country is thriving and productive.

 
When the wealthy are taxed, they may make less and they’re forced to be creative to earn more money, just like “we the People”.  

 

Everyone benefits when society is balanced and equal. When more money circulates through our Economy , the creative flourish, society produces more and those dreams we dared to dream become reality. That’s the Society I want to live in.

 
What about you dear follower, what society do you envision for yourself and your families?   A self interested Society, rewarding a few or one that is all inclusive , giving everyone an equal opportunity to succeed ! I choose the latter.

 
I remember Mrs B, the owner of the Berkshire Furniture Mart, I met her when she was in her 90’s before the fiscal crash, driving around the warehouse on her scooter in a Chanel suit , she stopped to talk to me and explained that she was disgusted with her 4 children. She called them the dilettantes, spoiled kids who knew nothing about the worth of money. She was unhappy, exclaiming, they had too much and forgot the value of hard work. We talked for 15 min. It may be recorded somewhere, I don’t know.   I do know that her saga is not unusual. Many of us have given too much to our family and perhaps that experience has jaded your outlook on the poor and misfortunate?

 
In this age of record Corporate share prices, who is thinking of their employees and Americans ? Will they willingly share their wealth? No! Taxation is the only way I know to make people work harder. Then, If they want to give personally of their time and money , that’s commendable.  

 
In this age of Inequality there is no way forward for Millions without taxing those with so much. The Party is over. We will not have true prosperity till we reverse our State of Inequality and stop artificially inflating stock prices and CEO SALARIES.

 
ANOTHER THOUGHT: Since some of the 10 top earners in the Country are Internet and Social media corporations, they should pay us, “we the People” , for using their platforms and allowing them to steal our profiles for their personal and commercial profit.   Just a thought! This concept is being used in India. Every time someone clicks on a product , they receive cash in their iPhone accounts.

Enough is enough!  ” We the People ” are indeed valuable and deserve to be rewarded, just like the rich. The rich would not have so much, if we didn’t vote for them or buy their products. We are the power behind the wealthy. Choose wisely , we don’t want an either or Society or  “us vs them”.   We want “us” and ” them” to live and prosper according to our chosen destiny! 
See you later at 11 am.
” the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


The Voice of Joyce: Social Safety Net , no strings! Show compassion! 

May 26, 2017

 

 

I understand the Republican mentality of giving with strings. I was guilty of that feeling. I gave to a family member and attached emotional strings. The bond was a disaster of resentment and anger on both our parts.

 
I understand and I also know in my heart that it is wrong to give money with strings attached. Many times people need a helping hand and the handout is temporary. When it becomes a lifetime of giving it is hard to break the pattern.

 
in our Country, the Social Safety net we’ve established satisfies very few. That’s why folks can’t live solely on Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security. That’s why folks are angry or in despair.

 

Conversely , folks who’ve made it are mad as hell that they must keep giving . The reality and the sad truth, unless and until we end our State of Inequality, we must continue giving. To be compassionate, those who are in control, must give with no strings . Cutting the Social Safety net is not an option: Not in the big cities and not in the South or the Rust Belt or anywhere.

 
“We the people”, are a mixed bunch , just like the wealthy. Stereotyping serves no ones purpose .

 
Think big, think grand, think TR, FDR and do what’s right for our Country and humanity.


JoyceAmericaSpeaks Periscope @11am No time for chaos! Advocate loudly. 

May 19, 2017

“We the People” are being listened to!  Congress has responded with a special counselor, our previous FBI director Robert Mueller,  That’s good news. Trump is being advised to seek his own attorney outside government.  Congress continues their probes into the Trump Russian connections.  Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor appointed by Justice,  is now going to conduct an investigation into criminality on anyone’s part, in the Trump administration.    Meanwhile, the designated adults in the room, composed of McMasters, Mattis and Tillerson will be responsible for Foreign Policy damage control.
Only Congress can move our Country forward domestically and economically .

 

The real question is can Congress forge a union for the good of our Country, as  our Nation  now re- enters  a phase of several credit bubbles and Debt?:

1. Corporate Debt

2. Student Loans & Debt

3. Car Loans

4. Consumer credit

 
If interest rates rise, our fragile economy could enter a Recession. If interest rates remain low, “we the people”, will not be able to manage our debt without rising wages. Where are other proponents of a Private Public socially responsible Society. We need government revenues to improve our Economy.

 
Our lives depend upon a growing productive economy. Literally, as we watch chaos unfold in the White House, the Antarctic may be losing ice at an unstoppable rate. It is an impending catastrophe that could translate into boom times for us with a little long term planning. What we were promised must become reality. We need infrastructure programs to adapt to and mitigate the changes anticipated in our environment.

 
We have no more time left for political gamesmanship. The pettiness of our era should be discouraged as we raise our voices high and State our needs. We the people can no longer be counted on to bail out the Banks. That’s the Financial Industries’  responsibility.

 
Our needs are simple , a living wage for work performed. Gender equality. We’ll give our 200% only when we’re recognized as valued team players. Otherwise , Late Capitalism, will be too late to save itself. 
Advocate for a living wage. 

Advocate for a massive infrastructure program and don’t take no response as an answer. 

Advocate for affordable quality Healthcare & education!   Job  growth is the goal of our agenda. 

 
With 534 in Congress , there are enough Committees to make our Dreams come true. Think every day is your last and make it count.
Onward! We are moving forward! See you at 11 am and let’s chat.
“The heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


Joyce America Speaks Periscope @11am moral compass v Harvard Business School MBA’s

April 12, 2017

David Brooks, the NY Times columnist,  is partly right,  we have lost our moral compass and the Harvard Business School is responsible.  Let me explain.

 
Years ago when you decided to become a  business  person, your motives were different.   You wanted to make a living, pursue the “art of the deal”, and make profits – decently.  Being a business person was not just about making money.  Though you can’t stay in business without making a profit, business became an extension of your life.   Your ethics, leadership qualities, negotiating skills , compassion and the understanding of your customers combined to make the right formula for success.  No more ! Today’s crop of CEO’s , running Big Business,  only care about their investors and  their own  personal bottom line.

 
What happened ? The professors of the Harvard Business School consult to the CEO’s they have created, reinforcing each other’s belief in the worship of money above all else.  They have worshipped  this ” false idol ” at the expense of Americans and the rest of humanity.

 
Gone is the original Harvard premise,   pursue business to sell a product and make a profit , “decently”! 

 
A new day starts now. We the people were angered by United’s callous disregard of a person’s rights and his dignity.  The Public fought back by divesting of United’s stock that caught management’s attention.  Perhaps now they’ll consider the needs of the flying public, too!  People Power works.  Use the power of the purse to get Management’s attention.

 

See you at 11am and let’s chat.

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


The Voice of Joyce: why fear deficits ! Create Revenue! 

March 22, 2017

 

 

 

Why are we worrying about the deficit? $5 Trillion of the $19.7 Trillion deficit is a cushion against US losses. The rest could be eradicated by clever taxation that targets everyone, not just the Middle Class.

 
1. Increase the income level for payroll deductions to infinity or the first $500,000 earned and you’ll capture a minimum of $4Trillion.

2. Take away the special exemption from employers and enforce that they match the payroll deductions of their employees. Small businesses have to match employee funds , why not large businesses, too?

3. Cut back on farm and oil subsidies and generate revenue for the real economy. $684 Billion.

4. Cut out 10% waste in the defense budget and you’d have the money for Defense modernization.

5. Tax Risk by Taxing Derivatives and millisecond trades 6% . Collect another $600 Billion to a Trillion Dollars. Derivatives could be substituted with an insurance product decreasing their risk to the Banking and Bank like industries.

6. Provide Quantitative Easing for the Middle Class instead of bailing out Wall Street. Give 154,000,000 $12,000 each.

Lives count. Restore the American spirit and our dignity. We can do it by slight revenue adjustments. Austerity doesn’t work.

 
All these revenue generation ideas would create new jobs now and negate the need for cuts to our institutions. We save the people from poor health and return their dignity thru better jobs and better wages. No need to suffer!    Generate revenue and invest in American R&D and Americans. 

 

Politics afftects us!


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