‘Tis The (Political) Season.

December 22, 2007

So let’s look at what some of the Presidential candidates are saying at this holiday time:

Fred Thompson’s Christmas message. My. Thoughts. Exactly.
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Compare it to Hillary’s “I’m-bringing-presents” message. For extra points, guess who’s money Hillary will be using to buy all those “presents” she’s got for you. (Hint: look in your wallet.) And, dare I ask (dare! dare!) – where’s Bill?

Here’s Obama’s entry. Calm, traditional, upbeat. Pegs on the cute kids scale, too. No wonder Hillary is scared.

Rudy weighs in. Complete with sweater vest, and lame fruit cake joke.

Mike Huckabee’s is here. Or, maybe not.

Ron Paul’s message. Family, carols, grandma cooking, trimming the tree; it’s darn near Republican. And just in time for the Holidays, the Paulists got themselves a blimp. (It must be a Ron Paul blimp – it hasn’t been down to earth in years. [rimshot!]) It’s got a catchy Ron Paul = John Galt slogan that will really energize the .00001% of the electorate who get all excited about such things.

And so, from your humble blogger: May each and every one of you have a Blessed Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Propserous New Year!

Point of Entry — If you’re a teen, fast-food restaurants are a good place to learn employment basics see here fast food restaurants

Yakima Herald-Republic October 8, 2002 | COLLEEN MORAN DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL The sizzle of burgers on the grill. The smell of deep-frying oil. Numbers announced over an intercom system. The rattle of the cash register drawer snapping in.

“Welcome to McDonald’s. May I take your order?” Wait a minute – Take a closer look at that person behind the counter. Chances are, it’s a teen-ager. After all, two-thirds of all fast-food workers are under the age of 20, according to the 2001 book “Fast Food Nation,” by Rick Schlosser.

“A job at a fast food restaurant (is) an American rite of passage, a first job soon left behind,” writes Schlosser.He adds that the “industry seeks out part-time, unskilled workers who are willing to accept low pay.” Why do so many teen-agers work at fast-food restaurants? The answers becomes obvious if you talk to any teen with a fast-food job: money.

“I needed money,” says Rita Sanchez, 29, who worked for Dairy Queen for two years when she was a teen. But when asked about the pay, she replies with a laugh,”It was terrible!” While most fast-food restaurants pay minimum wage to the majority of their workers, some offer raises based on employee skills and knowledge. Tim Bale, a 16-year-old Zillah High School, took several tests while working at McDonald’s that gauged his “McDonald’s IQ.” Based on his score on these tests, Bale received a raise.

Bale chose to work at McDonald’s because it’s “the best place. It works around your availability and your schedule.” Because it employs so many “crew members”- employees who flip burgers, work the cash register, clean and do almost everything there is to do behind the counter – McDonald’s is able to be flexible in the hours it schedules them to work. Bale works 20 to 25 hours each week, on every day but Saturday.

Brianna Connally, 16, a junior at Davis High School, works at Major’s Drive-In Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon.

“Sometimes it gets frustrating because it feels like all I do on the weekends is work and homework,” she says. “It’s hard to have a social life.” However, Connally says she likes her job. “My management is good, and everyone is really laid-back.” Jessica Magana, 18, a senior at Toppenish High School, agrees. Magana is a manager at the Zillah McDonald’s. She feels that working in the fast-food industry has helped her learn how to manage things – and people. go to website fast food restaurants

“I’ve learned how to do things I’ve never been able to do before,” Magana says, adding that her job has helped her be more polite to people, and keep her temper with difficult customers. “If they’re mean, you have to be able to handle them.” Bale agrees: “You get some customers that are real jerks, and some that are really nice.” Some people question whether teens who are still in school should be working so many hours after school and on weekends, leaving little time for homework. Sanchez says that her job at Dairy Queen made schoolwork difficult.

“I had to stay up late, and I was tired a lot,” she explains.

On the flip side, it might seem that there are more cons than pros to taking a fast-food job. Roughly 200,000 teens are injured on the job in the United States every year, according to Schlosser. In the fast-food industry, the most common injuries are falls, strains and burns – usually caused by the hot oil used to cook french fries.

Also, there is zero union activity among workers in most fast- food restaurants, which means that most workers have little or no rights. A job at a fast-food restaurant is almost never considered as a lifelong career by its workers. When asked, Connally said that she never gives much thought to being promoted.

Still, people working at fast-food restaurants say it has been a good experience. Sanchez says she enjoyed her job, and she thinks that it has helped her in her current job as a nurse’s aide at the Toppenish Farm Workers Clinic.

“It taught me to be more open and gave me a sense of responsibility,” she says. “Now I stop and think about what I say – before I say it.” COLLEEN MORAN


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