UF/UF 234: The Union is in a State

It’s State of the Union time again boys and girls. The annual government clown car of ridiculousness on parade for all the world to see. I’ve been watching since the Ford administration and I can tell you, the names have changed but the game, and the clowns, remain the same.

Also tonight!  A new segment: Are you serious? debuts.  And the Shot Gunning the News segment is straight fire. You cannot miss it.


UF/UF 234: The Union is in a State





Not sure who’s mean muggin more here. You be the judge!

Minimum wage? Table for three…


In President Obama’s state of the union address, he called for the minimum wage to be raised.

Specifically, he said

“To every mayor, governor, state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on. And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too. In the coming weeks I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour because if you cook — (cheers, applause) — our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you should not have to live in poverty. (Sustained applause.)

I left the applause insertions in the speech just for the comedic effect.

So, I’ve been reading up on it, and I’ve discovered the same thing here that I’ve discovered on a few other subjects; you can find experts that defend both sides of the argument. I’m no smarter than a bevy of experts, so there you go.

The minimum wage is $7.25. Less than 5% of American workers earn minimum wage.  At $7.25 an hour, a full-time worker would make $15,000. A minimum wage of $10.10 would mean earning about $21,000 per year.  The following table comes from the Department of Health and Human Services, and are the poverty guidelines for the continental U.S.


Persons in family/household

Poverty guideline

For   families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional   person.
1 $11,670
2 15,730
3 19,790
4 23,850
5 27,910
6 31,970
7 36,030
8 40,090

So, establishing a new minimum wage would lift families of 3 above the poverty line. If you’re a family of 4, I guess you’re still out of luck. Maybe it should be established based on family size? Why exclude families of 4? That’s not embracing diversity.

Why stop at 10.10? Why not raise it to $15? That’s what labor leaders in California are trying to do for hotel workers. Why not raise it to $20?

Raising the minimum wage would increase a worker’s pay by $6,000 a year. But there’s another perspective as well that I never hear about. If I run a small business, and let’s say I have 3 minimum wage workers, if the minimum wage was raised to the proposed number, it would increase my payroll by $18,000. I know at least one person who runs a small business who said he’d have to let someone go. That helps. I’m sure the counter argument is that it’s mostly big business that pays minimum wage, but there is another side of the fence.

Here’s an excerpt from Facebook, posted by a friend who owns a small business after he watched the SOTU:

I’d love to raise minimum wage. It’s only feasible for small business when one cuts taxes and increases TN care and Medicaid reimbursement though. Otherwise, true small business is out of business. Real talk. Common sense. What Washington lacks!!! And go ahead, lengthen true unemployment benefits, only if you cut those who use it for entitlement instead of getting a job

A recent Pew Research revealed this about America’s ideas about hard work.

Meanwhile, Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say that hard work and determination lead to success for most people. Fully 76% of Republicans say most people can get ahead if they are willing to work hard; just 20% say that hard work is no guarantee of success. Democrats are evenly divided: 49% say most can get ahead through hard work, but 48% say hard work is no guarantee of success.

Now, I agree, hard work alone is no guarantee of success. You can work as hard as you’d like, and if you’re dumb as a stone, doesn’t mean you’re getting anywhere. But I see the question more about work ethic, how you think about becoming successful. I wonder about the alternative to any question like this. For example, if you don’t think you can be successful by hard work, how do you think one can be successful? Maybe you think people can’t improve their situation? Well, there are about a million stories in America that will prove you wrong. Maybe you just think people get ahead by the government giving them things.

While writing this I saw a protest with a guy holding a sign that said “Can’t survive on 7.25.” I don’t know, maybe you can, depends on your life style. I couldn’t. That’s why I went to night school for 8 years to get my masters. Anyway, it’s called minimum wage, not living wage. I guess we should either change the name or raise the rate.

I’m all for raising the minimum wage. It is, however, incredibly unfair to those who run businesses to raise it by almost 3 bucks an hour all at once.





Podcast Episode 3: Meteors, shotguns, & water bottles, Oh My!

Great show for y’all tonight but first to some technical issues.

The fans speak and we listen.  We have upped the sound equipment and therefore the sound quality.  Thanks to our loyal listeners for the feedback.

On to the show.  Here is a preview of the issues we tackle tonight.

Duke Nuke-em

Duke Nuke-em

Revenge of Kim Jong UN – crazy man gets nukes – should Californians be nervous?










My kingdom for a drink!

My kingdom for a drink!

Dry foot in mouth – will water bottle sink Rubio?







Buy shotguns - NOW!  Oh don't forget the shells.

Buy shotguns – NOW! Oh don’t forget the shells.

Crazy Uncle Joe Chronicles: Joe says buy shotguns – Is Zombie Apocalypse coming…. in Delaware?






Who has Hupp stalked for an interview this week?

Who is our new sponsor?

Lots of questions

We have lots of answers

Only one way to hear them

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Then e-mail us at theunmail@yahoo.com and let us know what you think.  Some lucky listeners will get their e-mail read on the air.

State of the Union 2013: Meh…

The Chamber

The Chamber

Section 3 – State of the Union, Convening Congress

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

The post below is something I wrote about the state of the union in 2011.  The President’s 4th State of the Union was tonight.  We’ll cover it in our next podcast.  My quick analysis is this: a slow, lifeless effort by the President.  The speech had a lot of new initiatives without a lot of ways to pay for it.  It went about 45 minutes longer than it should have.

If you want the full rundown on the State of the Union and the two, yes two, republican replies check back here NEXT Friday for episode 3 of the Unfiltered and Unfettered podcast.  We will breakdown the Tea Party reply given by Senator Rand Paul (R) Kentucky and the Republican establishment or traditional reply given by Senator Marco Rubio (R) Florida.



Senator Marco Rubio (R) Florida

Senator Marco Rubio (R) Florida

Senator Rand Paul (R) Kentucky - for the Tea Party

Senator Rand Paul (R) Kentucky – for the Tea Party














Till then enjoy this post I wrote 2 years ago.  Sadly not much has changed.


Have you ever …

Nov 21 2011 by fmlinardo

…seen anything so dumb, so insincere, and so annoying as every member of congress leaping to their feet to applaud when the President mentions anything even remotely related to the military?

This brood of vipers and money changers that are about to gut veterans benifits/retirements and have been undercutting the troops in the field expect us to believe that they support us because they jumped up and clapped?

Ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, Sit The Hell Down.  You are embarrassing yourselves and insulting us.  This nonsense, along with “I support the troops but not the war,” has to end.  You can’t cut benefits and entitlements to military members or cut funding for ONGOING operations in the field and say you support the troops.  I don’t care if you leapt so high out of your seat to applaud you had to get clearance from the  tower at Reagan International to land, you are a phony, a fraud, a flim-flammer, a bam-boozeler.  Yeah, those are words.  Play me in scrabble and I’ll dare you to challenge them.

Some of you members of congress only have so many precious beats of your heart left.  Yeah, I’m looking at you McCain.  Save your energy folks, don’t waste it on false displays of patriotism.  Go sell it to someone else cause we ain’t buying.  Elect me President and the first member of congress that stands to applaud at the mention of the military will be forced to join it.  Don’t worry Barney Frank, chem gear comes in your size too.  You’re going to love our Meals Ready to Eat.  Although they might not love you back.

Oh, there was a speech tonight.  The only thing I’ll say about that is thank God the President didn’t use the same tired phrase about inheriting the worst economy since the depression.  Omitting that phrase tonight marks the first time he has not used it since his inauguration.  Hopefully he finally came to his senses and fired the toothless, half-wit who kept telling him that it was a good speech opener even though we are just about 3 years into his term.  Ok Mr. President, you said some things tonight, now lets see you act on some things.