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Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2013 | Austin Hill


The day started with an American CEO ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ in New York. And it ended with that same CEO announcing plans to cut his company’s American workforce.
It was Friday, August 9th. Mark Durcan, CEO of the global Micron Technology, Inc. had traveled from the company’s headquarters in Boise, Idaho to visit the NASDAQ trading epicenter in Times Square. The company has been enjoying good news over the past several months, including a rise in its’ stock value, additional contracts to sell its’ computer memory systems to additional tablet manufacturers, and its’ recent acquisition of the Hiroshima, Japan based Elpida Corporation. Ringing the bell at the stock exchange seemed like a great way to cap-off a string of celebration-worthy events.
But late in the day on August 7th, and continuing through August 8th, an internal memo from Mr. Durcan began circulating to Micron’s American-based employees (the company has operations throughout the North American continent, including the state of California, Colorado, Idaho, Virginia, Minnesota, Texas and Utah). In announcing what was described as a “workforce optimization” plan, Durcan noted to employees that “steps like these to improve efficiency and competitiveness are difficult, but our business is heading in a positive direction and we must build the foundation for a bright future. Success will not be achieved without some tough decisions, and this is one of those.”
The “steps” he announced amounted to an across-the-board reduction in Micron’s workforce. But this wasn’t aimed at Micron employees worldwide – no, it’s a reduction in the company’s American workforce specifically. Durcan was offering a generous severance package to those who voluntarily wanted to leave, and if the company’s American workforce reduction goals aren’t met within a specified time frame then official “layoffs” will be the next step.
Micron, by the way, is a great American business success story. Begun at the dawn of the new “computer revolution” era in 1978 with, among others, some very young and eager graduates of hometown Boise State University, it would eventually be infused with investment capital from an billionaire Idaho potato grower named J.R. Simplott on its way to becoming a publicly traded global enterprise.
Like other players in the highly competitive computer memory industry, Micron has had its ups and downs over the decades. Job layoffs have happened before within the company, and twice last decade – during the post “Nine-Eleven” recession of 2001 and during the “great recession” of 2009 – former CEO Steve Appleton chose to sacrifice his entire salary as a means of helping restore profits during lean times. Through it all the company has remained charitable, as its’ logo appears on engineering and computer science buildings at college and university campuses as a sponsor of “tech education” throughout its’ home state of Idaho.
But this time Micron’s “unfortunate news” is different. The company isn’t merely reducing its’ workforce. It’s cutting jobs in America, even as it will soon be expanding its work in Japan and Singapore. One can imagine that President Barack Obama and lots of disingenuous members of Congress are already prepared with talking points to bash the “un-patriotic” Micron, and vow to “crackdown” (whatever that means) on corporate America.
But Americans need to wake up and realize that it’s the policies of these disingenuous politicians that are making the United States a lousy place to do business. The U.S. has the highest corporate taxation rate of any country in the world right now. When Japan lowered its corporate income tax rate from 39.5 percent to 37 percent in 2012 it went from the highest rate to the second highest, and now the Japanese government is talking about lowering it even further.
And then, of course, there’s Obamacare. The President’s signature policy initiative is driving insurance costs sky-high, and most of that burden is being carried by individual American workers and their employers. Companies whose CEO’s are on “good terms” with President Obama – companies like McDonalds and GE Corporation, for example – have gotten themselves exempted from the Obamacare horrors. Micron hasn’t received our dear President’s blessing, apparently, and so must make some moves to protect the interests of its’ investors.
Do Americans want a thriving economy that produces career opportunities and productive lifestyles? Or do we simply want to continue in our fantasy-based pattern of believing politicians’ promises of “free” things as we pay no attention to their actual policies?
The choice is ours to make.

Tim Wise Tells CNN’s Don Lemon The 5 Things White People Should Do To Improve Race Relations

Mediaite ^ | August 11, 2013 | Tommy Christopher

On Saturday night, CNN’s Don Lemon delivered a response to the controversy surrounding his agreement with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly‘s diagnosis of the black community’s ills. In the spirit of equality, Lemon followed up that segment by hosting anti-racism educator Tim Wise, and his “Five Tips For White People to Improve Race Relations, or Improve Their Conditions.”
Wise’s advice to “white folks” is a true study in contrasts between what is expected of black people, and what is expected of white people even by anti-racism activists.
Lemon took considerable criticism for his own five point plan, which included:
1) Stop sagging your pants/dress appropriately.
2) Stop saying the n-word.
3) Stop having babies out of wedlock.
4) Stop littering.
5) Stay in school.
The criticisms of Lemon were varied, but one thing you can say about Don Lemon’s list: for what it’s worth, it was all about black people.
Strangely enough, Tim Wise’s list of things for white people to do was also all about black people:
1) Stop telling black people to get over slavery.
2) Believe black people when they say they’re being profiled.
3) Stop saying you have a black friend as a get out of racism free card
4) Confront the long legacy of white denial when it comes to racism.
5) Stop using statistics incorrectly to justify prejudice.

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Insurers flee States which will not permit them to make a profit. ObamaCare supporters stunned!

Coach is Right ^ | 8/11/13 | Doug Book

“Looks like Obamacare is more “on track” than “train wreck,” gloated the experts on Barack Obama’s Think Progress website as they reported the Master’s healthcare scheme was literally forcing America’s insurers to lower their premiums. (1)
The glad tidings arose back in May after Oregon providers Providence Health Plan and Family Care Health requested premium rate reductions from the state-run ObamaCare exchange. (Actually, the state just gets to PAY for the exchange. It’s RUN by Kathleen Sebelius at HHS.)
Naturally this was big news for Affordable Care Act fans. After all, what could be better than private insurers wanting permission to lower premiums, providing proof positive for Mr. Obama’s claims of lower healthcare costs brought about by competition. (MANAGED competition, that is)
But the left might be premature in celebrating the actions of 2 minor insurers in Oregon. For news from the rest of the nation is not quite as cheery...
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Will Democrat Voters Support Obama's Suspension Of Democracy And Calculated Deception?

Forbes ^ | Aug 11, 2013 | By Peter Ferrara, Contributor

On July 18, President Obama held an event at the White House to promote Obamacare. It was Calculated Deception writ large, which is Obama’s rhetorical style of taking advantage of what he shrewdly calculates the great majority of average Americans will not know, and what he is certain the so-called mainstream media will not tell them. That smacks of third world style, authoritarian propaganda.
Obama falsely claimed, “In states like California, Oregon, Washington, new competition, new choices, market forces are pushing costs down.” I have already discussed in prior posts the misrepresentation regarding proposed premiums for 2014 on the California Obamacare Exchange, drawing on the cutting edge work of Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute. The official press releases issued by the Exchange compared proposed premiums for individual health insurance in 2014 with health premiums for small business health insurance in 2013 to argue that Obamacare will not increase premiums after all in California. Saying that is like comparing apples to oranges is not even adequate. It is more like comparing prices of new Harley Davidson motorcycles next year to prices of new small buses and limousines bought by transportation companies this year, or dump trucks bought this year by small construction firms.
If the Democrat Party run California Exchange wanted to be honest, it would compare proposed premiums for individual health insurance in 2014 on the California Exchange with premiums currently paid for individual health insurance in California in 2013. When Avik Roy did that, he found, “For both 25-year-olds and 40-year-olds, then, Californians under Obamacare who buy insurance for themselves will see their insurance premiums double.” It can be much worse than that under Obamacare next year.
Independent analysis also found that the proposed Obamacare individual health insurance premiums in Oregon for 2014 are 66% higher...
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Appeals court says arrest of illegal immigrant violated her constitutional rights!

http://articles.washingtonpost.com ^ | August 7, 2013 | Pamela Constable

A federal appeals court, in a strong rebuff to local law enforcement agencies that aggressively pursue people they suspect of being illegal immigrants, ruled Wednesday that the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office did not have the right to arrest Roxana Santos, a Salvadoran dishwasher who was seized while eating a sandwich outside her workplace in the fall of 2008 and jailed for the next 45 days.

The ruling, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, appeared to clarify and strengthen a somewhat ambiguous Supreme Court decision last year in Arizona v. United States

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Greedy Obamacare supporters exposed by signing for “Mandatory Euthanasia” for Senior Citizens!

Coach is Right ^ | 8/11/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins

Mark Dice is back with another great video showing us how Obama’s America has created a greedy government dependent nation. Notice the oinker at 3:30 saying “Absolutely!” to killing old people so she can take their health care coverage.

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