Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hear about this?

Sources tell me that Dover's Zimmer Patient Care has laid off 15 full-time employees, moving one facet of its local operation -- Accounts Payable -- to Warsaw, Ind.

Apparently, the Zimmer folks lost their jobs at Christmastime.


I'm still having trouble with all the talking heads on my favorite business channel, CNBC, who continue to maintain the Great Recession is over. Let me reiterate. Get off Wall Street and visit Main Street.

It ain't over.

And now American Greetings Corp., which is headquartered in Cleveland, plans to leave the state. It wants to move its operation, with 2,000 employees, to another city in another state that offers a better tax deal.

Of course, Gov. Ted Strickland is on it. He's pleading with company officials to stay.

I wish politicians would visit employers before they make a decision to leave, not afterward.

By the way, if American Greetings leaves, does it take its beloved Ziggy -- the comic strip character created by AG's Tom Wilson that has somehow been able to strut around family newspapers for decades without wearing pants -- with them?

Oh, the pain of it all.

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My old friend -- former U.S. Rep. Bob Ney of St. Clairsville or Heath or wherever -- is heading to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where he'll preview "Casino Jack and the United States of Money."

Ney was interviewed for the film and apparently appears in it. The film details the life and times of super lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who led Ney and others down a very bad path.

Ney did time in a federal prison for his role in the Abramoff scandal before his release some months ago.

And by the way, give credit to Ney for the new interchange being built between the current Dover and Strasburg exits on I-77. He started the ball rolling and got the initial funding for it some 10 years ago. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a Johnny-come-lately.

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After Sarah Palin was selected as John McCain's running mate, she was briefed on world affairs. Apparently, according to the book "Game Change," Palin did not understand why there were two Koreas, nor could she identify the enemy in Iraq even though her son was headed there as a member of a military deployment.

Her staff suggested she call Joe Biden "Joe" during the vice presidential debate because she kept referring to him as "O'Biden" during debate preparations.

It's unfortunate Fox News won't let Sarah Palin fade into the woodwork.

Clearly that's where she belongs.

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See you next time.

1 comment:

kyle@sift said...

The talking heads continue to tell you the recession is over because they are, well, talking heads and that's what their advertisers want them to tell you.

The recession will never be over if Americans don't start spending more money than they earn...like they used to...70% of the economy comes from consumer spending. I for one have stopped spending money on anything that is not absolutely necessary, for the most part. I cut up all my credit cards. I won't finance anything. Even when my debt is paid off I am going to continue to be as frugal as possible. It's people like me who are perpetuating the recession.

No matter who secured funds for the completely unnecessary North Dover interchange the American taxpayer is the one who is paying for it. Ney is a crook...like all politicians.

Sarah Palin is an idiot. The only reason so many people think she is the bee's knees is because they too, are idiots. We are surrounded by them. They sign our paychecks, make our laws, spew nonsense at our churches and educate our children.