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The Dole, a lifestyle choice??? Get real Joan!

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has been likened to Margaret Thatcher  after claiming the dole has become a lifestyle choice for some school leavers.

Sinn Fein said the Labour minister’s comments were akin to those of Britain’s  Conservative prime minister during the recession-hit 1980s. An unemployed  support group and opposition politicians also rounded on Ms Burton, claiming  those out of work faced few job prospects.

Aengus O Snodaigh, Sinn Fein’s social protection spokesman, accused the  Labour Party of abandoning its working-class roots.

He said: “The comments of Joan Burton over the weekend in which she described  dependence on social welfare as a lifestyle choice were outrageous and another  example of the Labour Party moving to the right. It was like listening to  Margaret Thatcher during the 1980s.”

The unemployment rate stands at 14.2%, with 457,948 people signing on for  benefits last month.

Ms Burton said she was trying to end the situation where young people leave  school without qualifications and end up forced to rely on the dole.

She told RTE Radio: “I meet the mothers of young people and particularly  young men who end up slipping out of the school system, who end up with  short-term jobs and end up then actually being on social welfare. I don’t think  that that particular lifestyle is good for anybody.”

Socialist TD Joe Higgins said: “The statement by the alleged Minister for  Social Protection, Joan Burton, that young people are choosing to go on the dole  as a ‘lifestyle choice’ is an arrogant and gratuitous insult to a generation  cruelly betrayed by the current economic system and totally let down by a  government that is floundering in face of the need to create tens of thousands  of new jobs.”

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed said those out of work  faced a lack of choice.

Policy officer Brid O’Brien said: “I think it’s an extraordinary statement  given the fact that we’ve so few jobs.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/dole-claim-minister-like-thatcher-16024685.html#ixzz1SSvSzg8O

Comment:

Joan,

The country is looking for people to take chances and start
up business .You and your band of turncoats are set in destroying people’s
financial independents so they become dependent on the hand out system that
ensures you get a fat pension and a lottery salary whilst you dispense your
pearls of  Tripe about lifestyles as if the unemployed had a choice!

Get real Joan, and wake up Ireland!

They Didn’t Share the Wealth!

They Didn’t Share the Wealth
There is no money left in Ireland. At least that’s what you might think after listening to Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny, IBEC and the parade of capitalist economists and pundits who parrot this nonsense. Yes, we are heading into a deep recession but guess who is expected to pay the cost?

The Government has no problem finding money to bail out bankers and speculators, it’s only when cash is needed for special-needs teachers, the sick, or to improve run-down schools and hospitals that nothing can be found. The attack on pay & pensions is class struggle by employers and the government against working people.

It may sound old-fashioned to talk of class struggle, but what else do you call it when one class wants to preserve its wealth at the expense of the other class? When private sector workers see 90% of pension funds they paid into for years going down the tube, Brian Goggin of Bank of Ireland thinks he is hard done by because he will “take home less than €2 million” this year.

We had a financial regulator, Patrick Neary, who waltzed off with a golden handshake of €600,000 and a pension of €140,000 per year. That pension alone is the equivalent of what four workers and their families on the average industrial wage live on. And what did Neary do to deserve this, apart from turning a blind eye to massive financial ‘irregularities’ in the banking industry?



Workers in the public service are told to suffer a €1.4 billion cut in wages, those on €35,000 will see their pay cut by €43 a week. Yet the wealthiest 1%, with €87 billion in assets, pay nothing at all. To add insult to injury the government has torn up the Public Sector Pay Agreement, denying 260,000 workers their small but agreed pay increases.

At the same time billionaire businessman Sean Quinn can lose €1 billion and say it’s no problem “you win some, you lose some”. When you have an annual income of €500 million that’s very true!

IBEC’s aim is to reduce Irish wage rates and to make us think that a reasonable pension in old age is a privilege rather than a right. The attack on the public sector is just the start. Private sector wages are being driven down too. Even the Minimum Wage of €8.65 an hour is criticised as too high by Fianna Fail ministers like Billy Kelleher, who ‘earns’ a cool €139,266 before expenses (and that’s after his 10% cut).

Their goal is to subject working people to a Thatcher-style defeat. They want wholesale wage cuts across the economy. If we don’t fight back they will keep coming back to take more out of our pay packets, close down more of our services and give our children a lower standard of living than we had. The rich are good at looking after their class interests – we should take the same attitude. They didn’t share the wealth in the Celtic Tiger years, why should we share the pain today?
source http://www.wsm.ie/news_viewer/5304

New reserve currency

This is big trouble for the USA
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators on Friday shut down a Nevada bank, raising to 83 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.
The 83 closures so far this year is more than double the pace set in all of 2009, which was itself a brisk year for shutdowns. By this time last year, regulators had closed 40 banks. The pace has accelerated as banks’ losses mount on loans made for commercial property and development.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over Nevada Security Bank, based in Reno, with $480.3 million in assets and $479.8 million in deposits. Umpqua Bank, based in Roseburg, Ore., agreed to assume the assets and deposits of the failed bank.
New reserve currency
We in Ireland are still bailing out bankrupt banks at the cost billions we don’t have causing economic depression for this and the next generation!
With 52 thousand students coming out of our universities and no jobs to go to
alone along with 100,000 people all ready left the country ,and another 53 thousand students leaving secondary education this year
How many of them are going into apprenticeships, jobs or is it emigration for the majority for them
The Unelected Cowen and his band of economic terrorists are helping the top bankers of the state live it up while the rest of us struggle to pay our monthly bills
I say let the bankrupt banks pay their own bills and allow them to fail, just like the Americans are doing in the land of Free markets
Allowing the crooks in the Dail to plunder our natural resources and the wealth of future generations is a crime I personally do not want to be responsible for, when our children ask what you did to prevent it I can show I was active in my opposition and I made a stand
What can you say you did??
It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to oppose this band of thieves we must stand up and take action
Do not just stand by and allow our country to be destroyed by the current government who have sold out to the faceless bondholders in Germany , France and England
Stand up and Fight back now!
Put yourself up for election do not give you vote to any of the current TD’s
We need new blood in the Dail and not Family dynasties
We want a general election now and we need a new community party made up of new local people from ordinary backgrounds that will work for an average wage and not clock up huge self given perks, ending up as millionaires while the rest of us struggle to pay for these perks & pensions
We need real servants of the people and not leach’s sucking the rest of us dry like some of the current shower of TD’s are doing
The next general election must end Gombeenisem for good.
Promise yourself this and we just might save Ireland!

Irish Live Register

Irish Live Register: Rises 3,300 to 426,700 in December; 133,577 added in 2009; Unemployment rate still set to peak in summer 2010

 


Source: CSO

Taken from Finfacts Team
Jan 8, 2010 – 12:30:04 PM

Irish Live Register: The seasonally adjusted Live Register total increased from 423,400 in November to 426,700 in December, an increase of 3,300, according to the CSO.  In 2009 there was an unadjusted increase in the Live Register of 133,577(+46.1%). This compares with an increase of 119,642 (+70.2%) in 2008. The unemployment rate still set to peak in summer 2010.
 
January of this year has represented the spike in claimant increases in any month, with a record 33,000, or 11.3%, rise – – 26,700 additions in February, 20,000 in March; 15,800 in April; 13,500 in May; 11,400 in June; 10,500 in July; 5,400 in August and 600 in September.

The total fell 3,000 in October. and rose 900 in November.

There was an annual increase of 88,273 (+45.4%) in the number of males on the Live Register in 2009 and a corresponding increase of 45,304 (+47.5%) in the number of females.

I have being unemployed since January last year 2009

I was told at the Dole office as I was self-employed for the past few years I was not entitled to any state benefits, no Jobseekers allowance, and I did not need to register every week.

so go and don’t bother us again attitude !

Since I do not qualify for the jobseekers allowance, it would appear that I do not show up as unemployed in the CSO stats.

So now extrapolate this fact to the approximately 65, 000 thousand or so other X self-employed people. Who lost their self support means they had.

These would be chippies, electricians, brick layers and people who have lost their own businesses

And you begin to get the real unemployment figures.

Like every other government in the world this government is fiddling the real figures

I would estimate the real unemployment figures are close to 536,000 Thousand.

The greatest scam is that I paid all my taxes and paid into the PRSI, I also paid all taxes for my staff and I end up with no entitlements!

The lesson here is don’t set up yourself in Business in Ireland

Just go out and try to get a job in the public service

There are approximately 360,000 thousand lucky people already looked after for life.

But if you take in the now subsidized financial sector, and the thousands of guanos and advisers

We must be looking at 600.000 thousand plus.

Every time you here someone talking about the good job the government is doing just ask the question who is paying their salaries, inevitably it is the taxpayers!

Nothing is going to change for the Unemployed unless they get out on to the streets and take action themselves

Join the union for the unemployed

Demand jobs now and not empty promises

Join the CAB to-day

Sign  up and demand an emergency jobs creation and up-skilling program for the unemployed to-day!

 


Budget 2010

Remember the joke ‘What’s the difference between Iceland and Ireland? One letter and six months!’ Oh how Insider wishes that had been true.

The Icelanders took no crap from their Government;

They took to the streets and toppled their Government, dumping with it the banks and speculators that had caused the crisis through their greed and free market economics. There was no NAMA in Iceland, no bailing out of the banks and their hangers-on.

Today the icy island is experiencing economic ‘green shoots’ quite unlike Ireland

Where our crooks that led us into this catastrophe are still in place and they have successfully convinced the people to pay their gambling debts

But for how long will the people put up with this con job and take matters into their own hands?

To All TD’s

Give us jobs, results, not SoundBits!


The Government is busy telling us, they must fix the banking system first and then the finances of the country

This is all well and dandy but what about the likes of the hundreds of thousands of people like me who are unemployed?

Mr Cowen got up in the Dail yesterday and told the people that FAS was delivering courses for the unemployed. This is not what my personal experience shows

FAS was to do a course on web design ,starting on Sep 28th ,I applied for this course in February ,I heard nothing until I complained about the lack of information to FAS and I was called to an assessment exam just two weeks before the course was to begin

Here I was told that the course I was supposed to attend was no longer available; it was cancelled just like that

The FAS teacher went on to tell approximately 28 other people in the class that FAS was cancelling many more courses because of their budget problems

We were then told that the original course was now just 12 weeks (instead of 37 weeks ) and that the modules that were taken out were now included in the new requirements all candidates would have to have to attend the NEW 12 week course

All they did was to cut the original course from 37 weeks to 12 weeks to save money

Needless to say I was not successful in getting on to the new course because of these late changes!

I have heard from FAS in the last week informing me of a part  time course again which is of no use to me as it will not result in me getting any job

What a Joke cutting courses when they should be putting on more courses that have real job’s prospects at the end of such courses

We need Jobs and not time wasting courses that are just filling in the rhetoric of out of touch politicians

An educated, available workforce, is more likely to be offered jobs

We need up skilling and re-education as a matter of national emergency

Where do we fit into your National Emergency Plan???

Prison just for the poor??

THE NUMBER of people sent to prison for failing to pay fines or debts jumped to 2,520 in 2008, mostly caused by the recession and rising unemployment.

The latest figures available from the Prison Service show the number of people being sent to jail is rising. There were 13,600 prisoners on remand (a 14 per cent increase) and 8,000 under sentence (a 25 per cent increase) in 2008

Didn’t I read a few weeks ago that a court had ruled that it was unconstitutional for a court to imprison somebody for not paying debts?

Yes I remember now it was the McCann ruling on debt recovery

(Ms McCann (36), Mullaghmatt, Co Monaghan, brought her action against the State, with Monaghan Credit Union as a notice party, and the Human Rights Commission as amicus curiae (assistant to the court on legal issues).

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy yesterday ruled the relevant law – section 6 of the Enforcement of Court Orders Acts 1940 – breached McCann’s rights to fair procedures and personal liberty under the Constitution.) (Itishtimes.com)

Apart from this ruling it has also being reported that the Government will have an extra 400 more prison made available this year in order to cope with the rising demand as a result of people not being able to pay their debts

I am willing to take bets from anybody that Mr.Lian Carroll will not be gracing the inside of any of the countries Jails for non payment of his debts anytime soon

His latest action in the High court is just another attempt to stall the Supreme Court’s ruling a few days ago .just goes to show you if you have money in Ireland even when it is other people’s money you can run rings around any court’s ruling

Nor are we likely to see another Banker con artist, developer, or any politician join the thousands of ordinary people who will be turned out of their homes, and dumped into prison for non payment of their accumulated mortgage debts, in the coming months

We the people must not accept one law for the rich and one law for the poor Never!

Ireland To-Day !

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This to my mind represents Ireland to-day When will the people rise up and kick this lot out?

Financial Independence Dead for Ireland!


Taoiseach Brian Cowen, described the Nama bill as a “strategic priority to get the economy moving”, (Bull****) adding that ministers are “continuing to consider expenditure issues in light of the McCarthy report and other considerations”, the latter a reference to the impending report on the commission on Taxation

Well Mr. Cowen I have a question for you why are we paying up to 90 billion for these worthless assets

What is it going to cost to the service this new debt?

I believe it will cost at least 5% or all in 5,000.000.000 per year

So this means all the savings that board snip wants to save is now going to pay for the bail out of your friends the Banks and Developers is that right??

All the cuts and levies are in fact going to bailout International bond investors?

“The Government is united and determined to do what is required and expected. Over the last number of months the Government has taken and implemented decisions in the national interest.

No Mr. Cowne, It has not being in the Irish people’s interest to bail out international gamblers, the Americans did not do it and we should not do it either!

You are not elected by the people to do enslave us in to generations of financial dependency to foreign bond holders

Call a general election to get the peoples verdict now!

Time to get real!

 

Looking at the ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary, summer 2009

I notice that they are predicting unemployment to top 12.6% and then next year they are predicting a top of 16%

Given that this body has never got its figures right I suspect that they are just guessing!

Example from March when the unemployment total was only 300K at the beginning of July we have according to government figures 411K

So an average of 30K added every month!

They are calming that this acceleration is slowing down, and this is where they believe

We will see a top of 11.6% at the end of this year!

BUT wait a minute!

Since most of our economy is based on consumer spending we have a lot more pain ahead of us along with all the new taxes on the way 

these figures cannot be believed.

We in my own family have cut down on the VHI ,the phone the use of the car the take- a -ways even the Sunday news papers .

I am painting the house by and by myself I would say we are cutting about 50% out of discretionary spending.
Now extrapolate that to every family in the country and you start to get the picture!

We will see a rise of the unemployment figure at the end of the year to 550-590K

By the end of 2010 we will see at least 768.000 unemployed in this country and that is not counting the ca.50, 000. New young students and graduates that emerge from the third level collages every year

The government are also doing what most other governments are doing with the real figures and that is messaging them.

For example if you are or have being a self employed person and then register to go on to the dole, you do not show up on the live register, not for a year, then there are the people who are on the various trade courses and then there are the thousands in the community work programs that take anywhere from 2 weeks to 37 weeks

With the building industry destroyed, and nursing a disastrous oversupply in the housing stock

The same in the commercial building sector

The collapse of the financial services industry

Some Banks will have to go under (More on that topic soon) more job losses!

The disastrous tourist year to-date -30% and an oversupply of hotels all over the country (More Job Losses)

The need to slash jobs in the civil services

(We can’t afford to keep paying the overinflated numbers for such a small country)

Approximately 35 % of total civil services numbers will have to go I suspect (100.00 Jobs)

And the rest that are lucky to retain their jobs will have to nurse a 30 % shave off their salaries

And perks and come back down to earth and live amongst us humble citizens again!

The hint of big cuts on the way in the Health services

The already announced cuts in Education and more on the way

This is what to expect if the IMF are called in

Now for the big question

Where are 760.000 new jobs going to come from in the next 5 years???

Plus where are all the newly qualified students going to find work

Ask all the politicians that will be coming to your door soon

Do you believe that the ruling elite that got us into this mess should be forgiven and lead us as a country into the next 5 years

If so what message does that send out to all future political chasers?

Earlier in the year some minsters were saying that most of the immigrant workers were expected to go back to their countries, this was the spin around Christmas last

Well look at this graph from the ESRI and you will see that it tells a different story!



The most of them are clearly staying here!

So we might see even bigger numbers on the dole queues

The Government needs to be saving something in the order of 20 Billion and not pussy footing around with 3-5 billion. The longer they do this the more pain we will have to endure as a nation and the closer we might be coming to open revolt!

It’s time to take on the elephants’

Let Anglo Irish Bank Sink

Let Bank of Ireland Sink

Let Allied Irish bank Sink

Open a new Post Bank a credit union Bank

Stop bailing out international investors to the tune of Billions they took risks and they were paid handsomely for their risk .The Americans did not bail out the international investors of Laymen Brothers nether should we bail out the 10 golden circle investors of Anglo Irish Bank and the other high risk takers who played poker with our national wealth!

We must cut the civil service numbers by 30 %b at least and give the rest a minimum of 30 % hair cut!

We must immediately inject 4 billions into a stimulus for retraining re-education our work force population

Cut the Dail numbers to 50 slash pensions of former TD’s Minsters, Judges Teachers and any other Civil Servant earning a pension over the national industrial wage

Working for the public should not in turn make you better off financially than the people who you are supposed to be working for!

Full Stop! It’s time to get real

Bring the culprits that have engaged in corruption to justice and this means CAB taking everything away from them starting with the criminals in the dail and in the civil service and in the financial institutions

Jail them

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