Greensboro Guilford County NC working poor, Labor Day carries a different meaning, Unemployment lingering at 9 percent or higher, Part time jobs and no health care

Greensboro Guilford County NC working poor, Labor Day carries a different meaning, Unemployment lingering at 9 percent or higher, Part time jobs and no health care

“Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is part-time work,”…Keith Hall, former BLS chief

“However … health insurance rates and benefit coverage plan costs have continued to increase. As a result of those increases, county employees have experienced a pay decrease that has grown larger each year.”…Guilford County Interim Manager Sharisse Fuller

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”…Barack Obama



A good article from the front top page of the Greensboro News Record September 2, 2013.

“For the working poor, Labor Day carries a different meaning”

“After years of area unemployment lingering at 9 percent or higher, Labor Day is a time of appreciation for those who have held on to a job.

But for many of Greensboro’s employed, a job hasn’t been enough to lift them to economic stability.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture keeps data on “food insecurity” — essentially, when a family has faced significant periods where it didn’t have enough to eat.

According to a report by Feeding America based on the agriculture department’s data in addition to that of the U.S. Census Bureau, 33 percent of the 95,480 people in Guilford County who are food insecure have incomes too high to qualify for federal nutrition programs commonly known as food stamps.

Yes, it’s true. You can be food insecure, but ineligible for food stamps.”

“In the Triad, a number of studies have ranked the area among the nation’s worst in terms of poverty and food hardship.”

““You have the people that were barely making it with 40 hours. Now, they’re below 30 hours and have the same household bills,” Sturdivant said. “And at the end of the day, if they go out and get another part-time job, they still won’t have insurance.””

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23 responses to “Greensboro Guilford County NC working poor, Labor Day carries a different meaning, Unemployment lingering at 9 percent or higher, Part time jobs and no health care

  1. Syrians Mock Obama As A “Coward,” “Trembling Like A Leaf”…

    Via AFP:

    “He who talks a lot doesn’t act,” said Souad, a Damascus resident, mocking US President Barack Obama as a “coward” for delaying a decision to attack the Syrian regime.

    “Obama is a coward. He didn’t strike because he knows that our President Bashar (al-Assad) is all-powerful,” said the employee of nationality electricity firm Ferdaws, in the northeast of the capital.

    In the wealthy neighbourhood people went about their business without seeming too worried about the thuds from intermittent shelling of rebel positions outside the city centre.

    A similarly calm atmosphere prevailed at one of the area’s traditional, men-only cafes, where some customers appeared more interested in winning at backgammon than by Obama’s speech.

    On Saturday the US president said he will ask US lawmakers to approve a strike on Syria when Congress returns from summer recess on September 9, effectively lifting the threat of an imminent attack.

    “He was like an actor taking part in a play being shown to the American people,” staunch government supporter Hassan Azzam, 73, said of Obama.

    “I saw him, he was trembling like a leaf as he spoke, he seemed really troubled,” said Azzam, leafing through a copy of the state newspaper Ath-Thawra.

  2. They have their chance to make him and him alone to be held responsible for all the repercussions for his stupid decision, if he goes it alone, and then impeach him for acting against the law. Anything to stop the train wreck this country is co-opted to be involved in to its great embarrassment.

    Congressional Leaders Doubtful On Approval Of Military Strike Against Syria

  3. Good morning CW et. al,

    Watching the news lately on Syria, it’s pathetic. They are literally all over the map here. First, it’s not about regime change, this morning – it is. It’s positive Assad used chemical weapons – well, it was used, but not sure which side did it. Obama said: I want congressionally approval first – no I don’t, Congress is holding me up to act. (we all knew that was coming).

    Bill M. on Fox news, when confronted by a congressman and 26 year vet A.F. commander stated that we are not sure the opposition didn’t use the chemical weapons (possibly both sides), Bill was “Shocked” he said this. What???? Ummm., are you sure sir? Ummmm did you discuss this? Ummm, I’m uhhhh – well, ummmm..

    Investigative journalism is gone, these people don’t know anything.

    Now Obama want’s to meet with McCain and Gramm personally today. Well, nothing like meeting with those that only support your own paradigm!

    There is NO Imminent (Immediate) Threat to the U.S. Territories and our U.S. Citizens! None… This is what McCain and Others should be asked. Where is it? National “Interest” is not Imminent threat and not what the War Powers Act was created for.

    Of course, this isn’t the first time it’s been abused. Kosovo comes to mind.

  4. Just to add,

    I still cannot find any email to Fox news to send them videos and information. None.

  5. Good morning William, et al.

  6. William, check email.

  7. WILLIAM……

    It’s called P A N I C……the whole damn world is on to Obama’s game…

    It’s kinda hard to hid ignorance…..stupid is one thing, ignorance is another.

    But neither are correctable.

  8. CW,

    Wow! Thanks big guy…

  9. RMinNC | September 2, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    CABBYAZ….my friend in Arizona…….

    i see where your Senator, the less than honorable. John McCain has been invited to the white House to chumb up with Obama over Syria…..I don’t know what your feeling are about Mr. McCain,… but he sickens me.
    RM, I FULLY agree with you about McCain (include his “pal” Graham also) !!!! Can’t wait until tomorrow to call RINO “Mic’s” office once again. You should hear me “talk” to him when he’s on TV.

    Whatever legacy he had from his POW days has been long squandered, imho. He and Lindsay would like full-blown war over there. Don’t forget that today is the day for the Obama blitzkrieg at the W.H., because tomoroow O takes off for the G20 pow wow! A lot can happen between now and when Congress reconvenes

  10. Cabbyaz……

    I’m so glad to hear your response….I was almost sure of what it would be…but now I’m positive of your feeling on that PUKE named McCain……

    McCain lost any creditability that he had with me a long time ago…and as for Lindsey Graham….

    South Carolina will send him packing the next election…that I am sure of…unless Graham enlist some of Obama’s goons to keep him in office….The people of SC are fed up with his supporting Obama on damn near everything and he is suppose to be a Republican….well in name only.

    and WILLIAM….when your eyeball deep in digging that hole….as Obama is….he must call on his buddies Graham and McCain to jump in and help him get it over their heads…..those three are like….DUMB…DUMBER…….. and DUMBEST….three lost sheep.

    As for O taking off for the G20 tomorrow….I don’t think he will have very much influence there…in fact, I expect he will find a corner of the room somewhere and sulk because he didnt get his way with Syria….I hope Mr. Putin rubs it in real good….

  11. Forgive me for taking the liberty to bring Pete’s post over from the prior thread, but imo it needs continuing exposure:

    Pete | September 2, 2013 at 7:46 am |
    I think the problem with Obama and Syria are legion. First, Obama has lost credibility due to his multiple lies in the past. Even if the intelligence was accurate, many no longer trust Obama. Second, where did the gas come from and the delivery system (the shell). We are days into it, and yet a simple explanation for the Sarin gas shell creation and delivery has not been forthcoming. Third, expansion of domestic payouts to non-contributors has created a ‘crisis’ of debt and federal funds, there just isn’t money for world wide police state enforcement. Fourth, Obama is reluctant to deal with the political fallout of his decision to intervene in Syria on both a domestically and foreign. Fifth, the public is weary of wars and leaders whom have no goals or understanding or fortitude to see them through to victory. Syria’s comparison to Vietnam is real, we have no national interest there. Finally, America’s manufacturing and production weakness will be felt on an international level, this is the problem with the redistribution of power and leadership that Obama represents both economically and militarily. The American people and government can no longer ‘do the right thing’ because we struggle to support those whom will not support themselves (the burden of the truly elderly, frail, and sick are not the problem). Chaos (Cloward-Priven) induced by bad management of social support systems has downstream effects that Obama is experiencing with Syria.

    The truth is, American no longer has the resources, international credibility, or fortitude to pursue a prolonged conflict in Syria or adapt to the Russian/Chinese response. This is the legacy of Obama and the democrats. Their hate for America, their quest to remove it from superpower status, has implications upon quelling inevitable worldwide horrors.

    Thank you Obama and Democrats, your blind HATE of good Americans and Patriots will now condemn billions of lives, present and future, to untold misery. This is your legacy, stare into the faces of the dead gas victims and understand that I blame you for creating an impotent American government, that has been the light of civilization since Hitler came to power. This is the Hope and Change that you sold to American’s and to the world.

    Pete, amidst all of the beliefs swirling around out there (hard to tell these days what is true and what is not), your essay hits the nail squarely on the head, as you analyze the big picture and remind us of why we are in our present dilemma. Now we see how the chickens have come home to roost I fear that this all is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

  12. And there’s even more that could be added to this…esp. involving the treatment and use of our military.

    BEST SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE EVER! Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles.

    The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn’t like the Obama’s? Specifically I was asked: “I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama’s? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture.”

    The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I’ve made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don’t like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

    I don’t hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama’s raw contempt for white America is transpicuous. I don’t like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress.

    I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President and a love of our country and her citizenry from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people.

    The Reagan’s made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama’s arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?

    Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama’s have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.

    I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.

    Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same. I have a saying, that “the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide.” No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

    And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother’s death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father’s military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today.

    He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement – as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.

    I don’t like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.

    Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.

    I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.

    As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, “Nero In The White House” – “Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood…

    Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America’s people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.”

  13. RMinNC | September 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm |

    I’m so glad to hear your response….I was almost sure of what it would be…but now I’m positive of your feeling on that PUKE named McCain……

    McCain lost any creditability that he had with me a long time ago…and as for Lindsey Graham….
    Oh, absolutely, absolutely, ABSOLUTELY ! (Hear that, Mr. Bill?
    LOL 🙂 ) Mr. Bill reminds us often that this is one of the three very important words to the media. Hope you are okay and enjoying Labor Day, Mr Bill !

  14. Observer | September 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    Thanks for posting that wonderful article! Every word resonates with me, and, I’m sure, most, if not all, who read here. The writer eloquently expresses the deepest feelings of our hearts in a true, but civil way.

  15. I read this from “Dora” on a sister blog and know that she wouldn’t care if I posted it over here:

    On another blog someone compared obama to a Post Turtle. I think the definition describes him perfectly.



    A post turtle is precisely that, one set upon a post in a somewhat balanced but precarious position.

    The post turtle did not get up there by himself.

    He doesn’t belong up there.

    He doesn’t know what to do while he is up there.

    He is elevated above his ability to function.

    You have to ask what kind of idiot would put him up there?

  16. We need to quit picking on Obama. Obama cares or does he?
    If the US planned the gas attack (McCains rebel visit 31 May 13) then why would Obama want to equip the rebels with gas masks. The rebels are losing and Obama is stiring the pot.

  17. OBSERVER….

    This one sentence says it all……
    “Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood”…

    I would be hard pressed to find anyone in my circle of friends that would disagree with that statement….AMEN

  18. Harsh language from Glenn Beck!

    Glenn Beck Shocking Video – This Is Who We Are Helping In Syria!

    Folks, this is what these savages are taught from birth. And they have infiltrated our own government, with the help of our Jellyfish lawmakers and our illegal, Muslim commander-in-chief.

  19. Shocking Report! Egyptian Media Says Obama is a Muslim Brotherhood Member –

    The Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center, Shadi Hamid, tweets out about the Egyptian media depicting Obama as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Newspaper also claims that son of Muslim Brotherhood leader threatened Obama with release of “papers” revealing his MB membership. –

    See more at:

  20. “Liars Teaching”

    American students deserve to hear the true history of their nation. Shame on those who hide it.

  21. If this is true, is it enough?:

    American Troops Have A Message For Obama On Syria: We Didn’t Sign Up To Fight For Al-Qaeda…

    Since the U.S. has started serious discussions about taking military action against Syria, many have publicly spoken out against a possible military strike. And now it appears that some of our uniformed service personnel have come forward to express their disagreement with an attack, any attack on Syria.

    “I didn’t join the Marine Corps to fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war”

  22. MortimerGarfinkle

    Sen. John McCain said that we know who the Free Syrian Army is in an attempt to convince the American people that we would not be arming anti-American terrorist groups by arming the Free Syrian Army. So my request to John McCain is this – if you really know who the Free Syrian Army is, please tell us.

    Is the Free Syrian Army (FSA) a friend of Israel or an enemy? Is the FSA a friend of America or an enemy? Does the FSA support Sharia law or secular law? Does the FSA support an Islamic government for Syria or a secular government for Syria? Does the FSA support America and Israel preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, by military force if necessary? Does the FSA consider the Muslim Brotherhood an enemy, a terrorist organization, or a friend? Does the FSA consider Hezbollah an enemy, a terrorist organization, or a friend? What is the FSA’s policy with respect to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians? If the FSA takes control of Syria, will they destroy all weapons of mass destruction? Will they support the US and the UN inspecting and verifying such destruction? What is their view of Hamas? Do they support freedom of speach, freedom of religion, women’s rights?

    So Senators McCain and Graham and Pres. Obama, please tell the American people who the Free Syrian Army is.

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