On Tuesday, the Labor Department announced that a record 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in August, the highest level on record.
“Quits hit a new series high going back to December 2000, as 4.3 million workers left their jobs,” CNBC reported. “The quits rate rose to 2.9%, an increase of 242,000 from the previous month, which saw a rate of 2.7%, according to the department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The rate, which is measured against total employment, is the highest in a data series that goes back to December 2000.”
CNBC added, “A total of 892,000 workers in the foodservice and accommodation industries left their jobs, while 721,000 retail workers departed along with 534,000 in health care and social assistance.”
For example, at Northwell Health in New York, the state’s largest provider of healthcare, thousands of employees were fired for refusing the vaccine. In Seattle, the police department is “already facing a staffing crisis” as the department is “bracing for the possibility that hundreds of officers will fail to meet an Oct. 18 vaccination deadline,” Fox 13 reported.
“As of Oct. 6, 292 sworn personnel had yet to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination,” Fox 13 added. “To add another layer of concern, Seattle PD Spokesperson Sgt. Randy Huserik confirmed to FOX 13 News that there are an additional 111 officers awaiting results of exemption requests. Those 111 are not counted in the 292 figure – meaning if their accommodations are denied, the actual number of unvaccinated officers could be as high as 403.”
Social Security Administration Announces 5.9% Benefits Increase for 2022 Amid Rising Inflation
On Wednesday the Social Security Administration announced some 70 million beneficiaries will be receiving a 5.9% increase in benefit checks beginning late December and January. The move is the “biggest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 39 years” following “a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic” reports the Associated Press.
Estimates released Wednesday suggest a roughly $92 per month increase for the average retired worker. “That marks an abrupt break from the long lull in inflation that saw cost-of-living adjustments averaging just 1.65% a year over the past 10 years,” writes the AP.
With the changes, an average Social Security payment could be around $1,657 per month, and a couple’s benefits could rise to $2,753 per month. The AP reports “the COLA affects household budgets for about 1 in 5 Americans. That includes Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, nearly 70 million people in all. For baby boomers who embarked on retirement within the past 15 years, it will be the biggest increase they’ve seen.”
However, the Washington Post reports that experts say millions of beneficiaries will see “much less” than a 6 percent increase due to Medicare Part B premiums, which are deducted from beneficiaries checks and tied to seniors’ income.
Roughly 64 million of those affected are Social Security beneficiaries, while 8 million are Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries and “some Americans receive both.” The increase is the “biggest since 1982 as the Social Security benefit increase has averaged about 1.7 percent over the last 10 years” writes National Review.
Dem’s $3 Trillion Tax Hike Hurts Working Families and Small Businesses
The Democrats’ almost $3 trillion tax increase proposal would deeply impact small businesses and working families. “This is the largest tax increase since 1968 compared to the size of the economy and the largest tax increase ever in nominal dollars” reports the Americans for Tax Reform website.
“Raising taxes on working families by increasing the federal corporate income tax rate from 21 percent to 26.5 percent” will be passed along to working families in the form of “higher prices, fewer jobs, and lower wages.”
As a result, the U.S. will have a combined state-federal rate of 30.9 percent. That rate is “higher than our foreign competitors including China, which has a 25 percent corporate tax rate, and Europe which has an average rate of 21.7 percent. The developed world average (OECD) is 23.5%” reports the website.
The Tax Foundation’s Stephen Entin states a tremendous 70 percent of corporate income tax is a burden to “labor (or workers)” in the form of wages and employment. In a 2020 study, the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 31 percent of the burden falls on consumers.
“A corporate tax increase will threaten the life savings of families by reducing the value of publicly traded stocks in brokerage accounts or in 401(k)s” as well as “higher utility bills as the country tries to recover from the pandemic.”
Small businesses will be impacted because “raising the top income tax rate to 39.6 percent, limiting the 20 percent small business deduction, expanding the Obamacare net investment income tax, limiting the ability of passthroughs to deduct excess business losses, and raising the corporate tax rate.”
The painful plan also increases the capital gains tax rate to 28.8 percent, adds a 16.5 percent global minimum tax, and increases the death tax by cutting the exemption level in half. Not to mention, $80 billion in new IRS funding would allow for the hiring of 87,000 new agents. “This would allow the IRS to audit and harass small businesses and American families for an additional $787 billion. It would hire enough new IRS agents to fill Nationals Park twice.”
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