Posts Tagged ‘job loss’
August 23rd, 2011 Posted 1:00 am
The President and his crack staff of econo-wizards have looked at the numbers: 10% unemployment, actually 17-18% including the underemployed and people who have thrown in the towel and given up trying. Besides just being concerned, however, the team has decided to take firm action. An Executive Order has been drafted which will require that everything that WalMart sells in this country must be made in this country. No more ugly Chinese tie-dye t-shirts, Indian absorbent cotton jammies, or flabbergammers from Hoogivesacrapistan. All merchandise, whether it be the semi-marginal quality stuff or the cheap, bargain-priced garbage futures, must be made here.
A WalMart spokesman responded that it is not fair to single out one retailer for this Executive Order…it should apply to all or none. She claimed that this Order would force their “everyday low prices” to skyrocket up 30-40%, putting them at a disadvantage to KMart, Dollar Stores, and Fred’s Funktown Econo-village who all carry similar low-end crap. “This could drive us into being forced to sell quality-manufactured goods, a business segment we have no knowledge or expertise in. How can the Administration possibly be expecting us to toss away our successful business model, and plunge into such uncharted territory?”
A spokesman for the President countered that these assertions are not true. “Our citizens can produce the same off-quality and marginally-acceptable merchandise as the Chinese or the Hoogivesacrapians. Maybe even better…or worse, whatever the case may be. The President is convinced that this Order will bring back into the workforce those hordes of workers who haven’t forgotten how to make over-priced, shoddy merchandise, and will be able to quickly regain those fumble skills, piss-poor attitudes, and “close enough, ship it” production behaviors that cannot be easily lost with just a few short years of mindless couch-sitting.
Melvin Farkwarf, a laid-off employee from Stumblebird Textiles and member of the Ironhead Workers United, agrees. “I may have been a lazy, goof-off, unfocused, injury-prone dimwit when I was employed before. But I believe now that I can work without getting hurt. And that’s the main thing. I now have a Can-Do attitude…at least when it comes to some things.”
“All they want is a chance,” CEO Cornelius Stumblebird said. “Just give us a level playing field with those A$$#*les, and we’ll show what we can do. We can make stuff people will buy. Especially if they have, shall I say, limited choices. Wait a minute…is this being recorded?”
Disclaimer: all stories in Bizarreville are fiction, even the ones that seem pretty darn real.
March 7th, 2010 Posted 1:43 pm
“Today is a BIG day in America. Only 36 thousand people lost their jobs today, which is REALLY GOOD…”
This, of course was a brief snippet from a speech made by Harry Reid on March 5th, after seeing the most recent jobless claims data. Many people have heard this quote and concluded that Harry is totally out of touch. But too often sound bites can be taken out of context and misconstrued. So, in order to better understand the meaning and emotion he was trying to convey, we present the full speech below:
“Today is a BIG day in America. Only 36 thousand people lost their jobs today, which is REALLY GOOD. Sure it would have been better for our Party and the Liberal/Progressive movement if the number was more like 136 thousand job losses. But we can’t be greedy, and I ask my colleagues to take comfort that jobs are continuing to disappear, and what few are left are being swallowed up by illegal Mexicans. Data clearly shows that more and more people are sucking on the government entitlement bosom than ever before. Millions and millions more. Don’t believe that 9.7 percent unemployment number. The real number is 17 percent. That’s right, 17 percent. Believe it. We’re on our way to posting 20′s.
“Right now the Senate is debating a new “Jobs” bill. But fear not, my comrades, it’s only meant to add jobs in a parallel universe to our own…with anti-matter people drilling for anti-matter energy in dry wells. That’s the kind of virtual jobs we will be talking about…job fiction. But we must name it a Jobs bill to create the proper illusion and misdirection to fool the idiots out there. We will use the buzzwords to make voters think we’re creating jobs, while at the same time using the old sleight of hand trick to dump a few trillion in cash into the bottomless abyss to do absolutely, positively no good for nobody. Presto! Ooooh, I’m getting shivers up my leg just thinking about it!
“So do not fear. Do not pay attention to the trash talk and mis-characterizations that suggest we are nuzzling up with Republicans, Freedom Lovers, Tea Baggers, or other Capitalistas. Ain’t happening, won’t happen. I know I’ve lied to you before, but you have got to believe me on this one. I promise on a stack of Communist Manifestos that I am true to our movement.
“But we all must stay diligent to the effort to bring down capitalism. We must all work together to push the National Debt to astronomical levels, so that the evil Financial institutions start to crumble. We must pass more outrageous regulations and taxes to drive those nasty industrialists to bankruptcy, so we can nationalize them just like we did at GM. People said we couldn’t take down a huge company like GM, naysayers gave us little hope…but we showed them all that it could be done. But remember, one big filthy auto company and a couple bloated banks here and there are not enough. There’s still huge food/beverage businesses, computer/information technology industries, and diaper businesses that are ripe for the taking….no pun intended. So, do your part to bring them down, one by one, quarterly disappointment by quarterly disappointment, greedy bastard by greedy bastard.
“Together, we can make change…change that you and I can believe…..wait, wait…are those cameras rolling? Oh crap…Cut! Cut!! Shut those f#*%r$ off, you A$$#*!es!! Oh geez….
Disclaimer: all stories in Bizarreville are fiction, even the ones that sound so real.
November 18th, 2009 Posted 3:22 pm
The Bizarreville Labor Dept is proud to announce that another 50 thousand job losses were avoided last month. This marks the 6th consecutive month of job loss avoidances, which Dept officials cite as evidence of a significant rebound in the economy.
As you know, Job loss avoidances are determined by telephoning a sample of businesses and asking them “If things don’t get better fast, will you have to shut down?” Then asking them, “Do you know that Congress recently passed a Stimulus bill?” If the answers are YES to both questions, that is considered an official Job Loss Avoidance. Numbers are then tallied, and statistical extrapolations are used to determine the nationwide estimate.
Unfortunately, slightly dampening that good news was the report that there were 30 thousand Job Gain Avoidances during the month. Several large expansions by Bizarreville companies were abruptly cancelled, when certain favorable tax incentives were dropped. Legislators had called for these tax revisions, claiming that the firms were getting “just too darn greedy”, and needed to pay more of their Fair share. One of the firms, Melfnerd Industries, decided to pull up stakes altogether and move the company to Botswana where the economic climate is better, and Leaders actually want the jobs there. Many legislators have dismissed the Job Gain Avoidance number as being “totally speculative and hypothetical, aimed at dampening an otherwise rosy picture.”
The Labor Dept also reported that Mean Wage Gain Avoidance was high last month, but Executive Compensation Loss Avoidance was much less than expected. “More evidence of the growing Avoidance disparity between the high-end and low-end of the pay scale,” cited liberally-minded Dept officials. “With consumer price inflation avoidance less than expected and crude oil price decline avoidance less than originally projected, there continues to be a ratcheting squeeze on the lower middle class…particularly those who failed to avoid the mortgage crunch.”
A night class is being scheduled at Bizarreville Community College to explain economic avoidance theory. At this point, however, the College is still searching for someone who would know how to teach it.