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December 2017

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5 Dec 17: The Department of Labor wants to require that service employees such as waiters/waitresses, etc., pool their tips. I grew up in a tourist town and worked in one of the nicest (and priciest) restaurants in town. I was good at my job of waiting on table - I chatted up my patrons a bit and I hustled to give them the best service I could. Thanks to my "hustle" attitude, I earned more in tips than most of the other wait staff and it was MINE. We did each give 10% of our tips to the busboys who cleared the tables, but otherwise what I earned was mine. I would resent a great deal being forced to share my hard-earned tips with others who didn't see the need to "hustle". This smacks of socialism, where the hard workers are penalized and the slackers are rewarded. I could expect such action from the loony left, but I'm surprised that the Trump administration would back this. But then I read a little more: under this proposal, the employer could keep anything the workers earn about the minimum wage! The goal is to bring up the pay of the lower-paid behind-the-scenes staff such as dishwashers. Well, darn it - raise their minimum pay, but don't steal my hard-earned tips to accomplish that. If this becomes the rule, wait staff performance will drop and people will stop leaving tips at all. Unintended consequences!

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2 Dec 17: Yesterday a former NSA employee, Nghia Hoang Pho, pled guilty to charges of storing classified information on his home computer. Prosecutors plan to seek an 8-year sentence, saying that "The facts supporting this criminal charge display a total disregard of the defendant’s oath and promise to protect our nation’s national security, Such conduct cannot and will not be tolerated.” Unless your name is Hillary!


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