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  • Scott Walker Wins Pennsylvania Conservatives' Straw Poll

    04/20/2015 11:35:15 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94 replies
    News Max ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Gizzi
    In results that were stunning for several reasons, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the runaway winner in a "straw poll" of Republican presidential favorites at Pennsylvania’s largest-ever gathering of conservatives, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, on Friday and Saturday.With the "straw ballots" counted and released on Saturday, Walker was an easy winner with 91 votes, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 58 votes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 56 votes.Since the first PLC back in 1989, the group has become the most-attended and most-watched conclave of conservatives in the Keystone State. Fueled by the recent campaigns of...
  • Scott Walker Lays Out Pro American Worker Stance on Immigration

    04/20/2015 8:44:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-20-15 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, pledged to protect American workers from the economic effects, not only of illegal immigration but also of a massive increase in legal immigration. During an interview with Glenn Beck, Walker became the first declared or potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate to stake out a position on immigration fully in line with that of Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). He also noted that he has been working with Chairman Sessions on the issue to learn more about it. Walker is now...
  • Glenn Beck on His Interview With Scott Walker: ‘I Loved Him’

    04/20/2015 11:53:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 20, 2015 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck on Monday interviewed Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is widely expected to be running for president in 2016. Though Beck had reservations before the interview, when it concluded, Beck said he “loved” the man. “I loved him,” Beck said. “I was really impressed with him, really liked him. [I] thought he had great answers for everything. We didn’t push him to the wall on things, but it’s our first meeting and I thought he had really reasonable answers.” Beck said he would like to speak with Walker more about immigration and the Middle East, but he was...
  • David Koch: Scott Walker Would Defeat Hillary Clinton ‘By a Major Margin’

    04/20/2015 11:48:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Observer ^ | April 20, 2015 | Will Bredderman
    Fuel mogul and conservative activist David Koch today declared to reporters that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would easily beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election—shortly after the co-owner of Koch Industries heard a private speech by the midwestern Republican at the Union League Club in Manhattan. After meeting with Mr. Walker and a group of GOP donors called the Empire Club, Mr. Koch told the Observer that he believed the governor would trounce the former first lady if Republicans get involved in the race. “I think so, no question about it. You know, if enough Republicans...
  • Walker Jumps Bush in The Chase

    04/20/2015 10:24:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    U.S. News and World Report | April 20, 2015 | David Catanese
    The new front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.He takes the top slot on The Chase – U.S. News' Run 2016 rankings of the four candidates most likely to end up as his or her party's nominee – for the first time, after establishing polling leads in each of the three early nominating states.Jeb Bush has held the top slot since the beginning of the year, and the former Florida governor remains the first choice of national Republicans, according to a new CNN survey released Monday.But the race for the nomination starts in early states,...
  • Higher US gas prices sparked modest inflation in March [AP now says inflation "healthy"]

    04/20/2015 6:44:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Charlotte Observer/AP ^ | 4/17/15 | Josh "Cover for Obama" Boak
    Higher-priced gasoline slightly boosted consumer prices in March, a sign that some of the effects of cheaper oil are fading and that inflation may be edging up to healthier levels
  • The Looming Minimum Wage Hike: Stuck on Stupid

    04/18/2015 9:53:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2015 | William Sullivan
    We might be inclined to laugh off the national demonstrations calling for a $15/hr minimum wage for burger-flippers, as the suggestion should be received as utterly ridiculous in any intelligent economic debate. But the left isn’t laughing. They’re undoubtedly ecstatic at the media legs such demonstrations have maintained against all odds, and they can’t wait to roll out these downtrodden fast-food workers as a reason to increase the federal minimum wage, victims as they are of an evil system of economic organization that dares assign a value to labor performed in the context of supply and demand. That evil is,...
  • The US labor market recovery is missing one ingredient: Labor Force Participation

    04/17/2015 9:03:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Blackrock Blog ^ | 04/17/2015 | by Russ Koesterich, CFA BlackRock Global Chief Investment Strategist
    Despite last month’s poor jobs report, the U.S. labor market is improving. Job creation is running at the fastest pace since the late 1990s, and there is some evidence that wage growth is finally starting to accelerate, albeit modestly.However, one key component is missing from the labor market recovery: rising labor force participation.In March, labor force participation declined 0.1% to 62.7%, the lowest rate since the late 1970s.Why are so few Americans participating in the labor market even as jobs become more plentiful? I see three main reasons.1. An aging population. While the Great Recession inflicted significant damage on the...
  • Judicial Watch Amicus Brief Challenges Obama’s Executive Action on Student Visas

    04/16/2015 9:14:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 15, 2015
    “DHS’ broad, unauthorized regulatory-rewrite of Immigration and Naturalization Act statute in question is especially harmful because it oversteps the agency’s authority and usurps the powers reserved to Congress.” (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on April 6, 2015, it filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers’ (WashTech) motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) rewrite of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). DHS is illegally allowing foreign students to work in the U.S....
  • US jobless claims hit six-week high, rises by 12,000 to 294,000

    04/16/2015 9:00:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/16/2015
    New claims for US unemployment insurance benefits rose more than expected last week to their highest level in six weeks, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, climbed to 294,000 in the week ending April 11, an increase of 12,000 from the prior week's slightly upwardly revised number. Analysts had expected claims would hold steady from the previous week. The four-week moving average, which helps to smooth week-over-week volatility, inched up by 250 to 282,750. A year ago the average was 316,000.
  • Obama amnesty granted 500K+ Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants

    04/15/2015 12:11:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration has granted about 541,000 Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s original 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, officials told Congress in a letter made public Wednesday. That means almost all of the illegal immigrants approved for the amnesty are being granted work permits and Social Security numbers, opening the door to government benefits ranging from tax credits to driver’s licenses. Social Security officials, in the April 10 letter to Sens. Jeff Sessions and Ben Sasse, said they don’t keep track of how many illegal immigrants have been denied numbers, and defended their process for granting the...
  • Is $30,000 a year worth it?

    04/14/2015 2:29:17 AM PDT · by newnhdad · 63 replies
    Just recently started a new job and I feel very lucky but I really despise it. I am starting at a pretty descent salary but it's not as important as the miracle of finding any employment in Obama's economy. I have to drive a long way to and fro and mostly through idiot filled DC traffic and I swear nobody actually watches the road anymore, they just tap on the smart phones. It takes about three hours a day to commute (1.5hr each way) so I'm no longer seeing my kids and eating meals with my family six days a...
  • Florida Gov. in Calif. to Poach Jobs

    04/13/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 25 replies
    www.kmjnow.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Unknown
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest state leader on a jobs-poaching trip to California. Scott will visit a jobs forum in Los Angeles on Monday, where he will discuss why California businesses should move their operations to Florida.
  • Your tax dollars at work: NY spends $28M to create 76 jobs

    04/12/2015 8:27:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Anyone who spends time in or around the state of New York and has access to a television is familiar with the nearly endless advertisements which clutter the airwaves touting the accomplishments of Governor Andrew Cuomo. It’s a rather strange phenomena considering the fact that he’s not up for election again until 2018, assuming he even bothers to run at all. One of his greatest “accomplishments” in turning around the dismal prospects of the state is the START-UP NY program which was ostensibly designed to attract businesses to the state, promote the creation of new businesses and boost employment....
  • Scott Walker Isn't Sorry - Wisconsin governor concedes nothing to his critics [race-baiters]

    04/11/2015 1:36:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 29, 2015 | Peter Beinart
    "... Walker concedes nothing to the conventional wisdom about what the GOP must do to compete in a more culturally tolerant, ethnically diverse and economically insecure America. And the GOP faithful love it.It starts with ethnicity and race. Since 2012, many prominent Republicans have made overtures to African Americans and Latinos....Not Walker. His speech in Iowa not only slammed President Obama’s executive action legalizing some undocumented immigrants. It didn’t even include the love-letter to legal immigrants that Republicans typically use to shield themselves from charges of being anti-Hispanic. In addition, Walker said nothing about reaching out to African Americans and...
  • Drugstore chain Walgreens to close 200 U.S. stores [Hope and Change]

    04/10/2015 4:37:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Fortune ^ | 4/9/15 | John Kell
    Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance will close 200 stores as part of a plan to cut $1.5 billion in expenses over the next three years.... Walgreens is closing some U.S. stores at a time when the company is reporting stronger results for its domestic retail pharmacy business. That division, which includes Walgreens and Duane Reade stores, posted second-quarter sales of $21 billion, up 7.4% from a year ago. Same-store sales climbed 6.9%....
  • Walker: Legal Immigration Should Protect American Workers and Wages

    04/10/2015 4:36:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 10, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    "....... [VIDEO] "“Once you [secure the border] then you can talk about enforcing the laws by using an effective e-verify system for all employers, one that works for small businesses, farmers, and ranchers, and making sure that any legal immigration, no amnesty, any legal immigration system we go forward with is one that ultimately has to protect American workers and make sure that American wages are going up. That's the way we prosper for every hard working American in this country," Walker told Hannity. Walker is so far the first possible Republican presidential candidate to make the case the immigration...
  • The robots are not threatening your job

    04/10/2015 4:34:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/10/2015 | By Catherine Rampell
    The Great Robot Freakout of 2015 has begun, and it looks a lot like the robot freakouts that came before it. In a new survey by CNBC, Americans were asked how concerned they were, if at all, that their jobs could be replaced by technology in the next five years. The level of automation angst was astonishing: About 1 in 8 workers indicated was worried about being displaced. Among those earning less than $30,000, it was a whopping 1 in 4. No doubt these workers have seen travel agents, bank tellers, typists, mid-skilled manufacturing workers and other occupations of yore...
  • Blacks Lose Ground under Obama - And Republicans should remind them

    04/10/2015 1:27:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2015 | Deroy Murdock Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416735/blacks-lose-ground-under-o
    As a declared presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) should generate even bigger headlines when he addresses black audiences, as he has at Howard University and other venues. When he was executive of mainly Democratic Milwaukee County, Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) appealed to black voters; his reelection majorities consistently increased. These and other Republicans should ask black Americans for their votes from now through November 2016. They should do so by challenging blacks to ask themselves an honest question: “What, exactly, have you gained by handing Obama 95 percent of your votes in 2008 and 93 percent in...
  • Jobless claims at 281,000 week ending April 4, 2015. Better than expected

    04/09/2015 6:32:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/09/2015 | BY JOSEPH LAWLER
    There were 281,000 first-time claims for unemployment for the week ending April 4, the Department of Labor reported Thursday. That was an increase from the previous week's revised 268,000 jobless claims, adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, but better than investors expected. The four-week moving average of claims, meanwhile, fell by 3,000 to 282,250. That average was the lowest since June of 2000, reflecting the ongoing improvement in the U.S. labor market. Low first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits are viewed as a positive sign for the economy, as fewer layoffs generally indicate greater net hiring. Thursday's good news comes after Friday's...
  • Barbra Streisand Fails to Notice That 6.6 Million Jobs Have Gone Missing

    04/08/2015 10:09:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/08/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Poor Barbra Streisand. Just last week the renowned economist (who also describes herself as a “singer,” “actress,” and “activist”) penned an opinion piece titled “Have You Heard the Good News?” about how well the economy is performing under Barack Obama. It was a pep rally of sorts, and all that was missing were the pom-poms. “President Obama’s Administration, with only opposition from the Republicans,” she gushed, “has steadily helped put more than 11 million Americans back to work in the private sector.” Then two days later the dismal jobs report for March was released. Bad timing, for sure. The statistic...
  • 9K Off Of Food Stamps After Maine Begins Work Requirements

    04/08/2015 9:15:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 8, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maine’s SNAP program before Jan. 1 - a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March. More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements. The new rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months - unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program or meet volunteering requirements. DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the goal of the...
  • There's 'no demand' for senior bankers on Wall Street today

    04/07/2015 8:36:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/07/2015 | SARAH BUTCHER, EFINANCIALCAREERS
    There was a time when it was possible to ‘retire’ from investment banking in your 30s. That time has passed. As the the trajectory of banking careers changes, 30 has instead become the age at which you must be positioned at a firm that will see you through to your 40s and beyond. Swapping banks when you’re aged 30+ is increasingly challenging. Headhunters working across business areas bemoan the lack of recruitment beyond vice president (VP) level. “Banks have become incredibly cost-conscious,” says a partner at an M&A search boutique. “They’re not making a 25% return on equity any more...
  • Obamanomics Has Failed Utterly In Reviving The Jobs Machine

    04/07/2015 6:39:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/07/2015
    How many times have we seen this? Every time the economy seems ready to pull out of its 2% growth rut and shift into a higher gear, the engine stalls. It's happening again in 2015. Employers added a flimsy 126,000 jobs in March — and with downward revisions from previous months, the job gains were half that high. The latest estimate for first-quarter GDP is below 1%, with one Federal Reserve Bank predicting closer to zero. Businesses aren't buying into the robust expansion story that President Obama has been peddling in his "mission accomplished" victory tour across the country —...
  • Scott Walker gets boost in GOP poll, Chris Christie sinks

    04/06/2015 11:38:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | April 6, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had the lowest unfavorability rating in a new poll of Republican voters, and scored the highest net-positive favorability at 35%. A fresh poll of Republican voters brings good news for expected 2016 presidential contender Scott Walker — and the opposite for New Jersey’s Chris Christie. Walker, governor of Wisconsin, pulls about even with “establishment” frontrunner Jeb Bush and scores a tie with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Monmouth University Poll released Monday. Christie pulled just 5% support in the poll, compared to 13% for Bush, former governor of Florida, and 11% each for Walker and...
  • How to Survive a Job You Hate

    04/06/2015 6:08:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    Daily Worth ^ | 2-26-15 | Carinn Jade
    The movie Office Space is a classic for good reason: We've all had a job we hated so much we wanted to take the printer out to an open field and smash it with a baseball bat. Sometimes you’re stuck because you’re waiting for your end-of-year bonus, need health insurance, or simply want your vacation days for an upcoming trip. Even if you’re in the right place, we all go through periods of disenchantment. In the meantime, here are some dos and don'ts of surviving the daily misery of a job that sucks.
  • A Weird Discrepancy In The US Economy Has Begun To Work Itself Out ... In A Bad Way

    04/06/2015 7:28:21 AM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    BI ^ | 4-5-2015 | Sam Ro
    Sam Ro4-5-2015 Since the beginning of the year, the pace of growth in numerous US economic indicators deteriorated significantly, so much so that many of these metrics even fell short of economists' expectations. Weirdly, the pace of jobs growth had been resilient even amid unexpected plunges in key measures like retail sales and durable goods orders, reports which reflected weakness in both consumers and businesses. However, this weirdness has begun to work itself out. On Friday, we learned the US economy added just 126,000 jobs in March, missing expectations for 245,000 new jobs. You have to go all the way...
  • The Numbers That Matter Most from the Jobs Report: We should NOT be using the official numbers

    04/05/2015 12:51:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 04/05/2015 | BY MIKE CASSIDY
    The March monthly jobs report released on Friday actually shares two striking similarities with Easter (hint: jellybeans are not one of them). One similarity is that, in each case, our attention is often focused on the wrong things. The labor market headlines, as usual, are focused on job growth and the unemployment rate. Employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, which, together with a reduction of 69,000 in the job creation estimates for January and February, suggests that the pace of recovery is slower than previously thought. Nevertheless, with unemployment rate steady at 5.5 percent — just fractions of a...
  • Is the internet killing middle class jobs?

    04/05/2015 5:14:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 152 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/04/2015 | James Pethokoukis
    The Robopocalypse for workers may be inevitable. In this vision of the future, super-smart machines will best humans in pretty much every task. A few of us will own the machines, a few will work a bit — perhaps providing "Made by Man" artisanal goods — while the rest will live off a government-provided income. Silicon-based superintelligence and robots will dramatically alter labor markets — to name but one example, the most common job in most U.S. states probably will no longer be truck driver. But what about right now? If you're unemployed or working part-time instead of full-time, or...
  • A Record of Futility

    04/04/2015 5:26:37 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 8 replies
    For over three years the Obama administration and their media minions have sounded like a broken record by touting this magical economic recovery. After all, how else could the unemployment rate have fallen to 5.5%? I hate to let logic and empirical truth interfere, but please allow me to introduce subtraction - addition’s tricky friend! Today the Labor Department confirmed there are a RECORD 93 million Americans out of the workforce, a RECORD 12 million African Americans out of the workforce and a RECORD 56 million women out of the workforce. In essence, since 2008, a record 13 million people...
  • 2014’s Jobs Boom Wasn’t Even Much of a Boom. Does This Jobs Report Mean It’s Already Over?

    04/04/2015 5:52:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/04/2015 | Patrick Brennan
    It is too early to say whether this morning’s seriously disappointing jobs report — 126,000 jobs added in March, only about half of what was expected — is the end of the run of strong jobs growth we saw for most of 2014. (Some called it the Obama boom; I prefer to think of it as the Mitch-McConnell-is-almost-majority-leader boomlet.) But it’s not a good sign, combined with the fact that January and February’s numbers were revised down noticeably, which is sometimes seen as evidence of deeper trends. Growth in the first three months of the year has now averaged 197,000...
  • Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 5.5%, US Employers Added A Lower-Than-Expected 126,000 Jobs in March

    04/03/2015 6:33:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 04/03/2015 | Jessica Menton
    U.S. employers added 126,000 jobs in March as the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters had expected net job growth of 250,000 last month. February was revised down from 295,000 to 264,000. The drop in March is under the average 269,000 jobs added over the previous 12 months. Job creation jumped in February despite harsh winter weather, and the U.S. has added at least 200,000 jobs per month for 12 consecutive months, a feat not seen in 20 years. However, the sharp gains in job creation in recent months...
  • South Carolina governor takes aim at union 'bullies' in Boeing labor vote

    04/02/2015 12:20:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Colleen Jenkins
    - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley considers the bid to unionize workers at Boeing Co's North Charleston plant a threat to one of her state's corporate crown jewels, and she is turning to radio, speeches and social media to denounce the campaign. "We don't need their bully middleman tactics between our associates and their employer," she wrote on Twitter last month. It was a message in keeping with Haley's previous declarations that she is a "union buster" who wears high heels to kick out organized labor "thugs" seeking to gain a foothold in the state. The April 22 union vote...
  • Five Reasons Why Prospects for Jobs, Wage Gains Are Dimming

    04/02/2015 9:56:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/02/2015 | Prof. Peter Morici
    Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 247,000 jobs in March down from 295,000 in February and 324,000 during the fourth quarter. Wages, for all but the most skilled professionals, continue to advance only slowly, and going forward good paying jobs and pay raises will likely be even scarcer for struggling middle and working class Americans. The headline unemployment rate is down to 5.5 percent, from the recession high of 10, largely because fewer adults are participating in the labor force—for example, the 7 million men ages 25 to 55 that neither have a job nor...
  • ADP: Private-sector job growth of 189,000 in March, 2015

    04/01/2015 3:08:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The recent spate of softening economic indicators continues today with the ADP employment report for March. Private-sector job growth came to 189,000, the lowest result in more than a year, and the manufacturing sector dropped for the first time in 14 months:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Private sector employment increased by 189,000 jobs from February to March according to the March ADP National Employment Report®. …Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 108,000 jobs in March, up from 103,000 in February. Employment among companies with 50-499 employees increased by 62,000 jobs, up from 57,000 the...
  • The Great Worker Shortage

    04/01/2015 6:59:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/01/2015 | Steve Moore
    The great conundrum of the U.S. economy today is that we have record numbers of working age people out of the labor ‎force at the same time we have businesses desperately trying to find workers. As an example, the American Transportation Research Institute estimates there are 30,000 – 35,000 trucker jobs that could be filled tomorrow if workers would take these jobs–a shortage that could rise to 240,000 by 2022. While the jobs market overall remains weak, demand is high for in certain sectors. For skilled and reliable mechanics, welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, computer technicians, and nurses, jobs are plentiful;...
  • RadioShack co-branding of stores with Sprint wins court approval

    04/01/2015 7:56:40 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/31/2015 | Nick Brown and Tom Hals
    A plan to salvage RadioShack Corp’s RSHCQ.PK business by co-branding most of its 1,740 surviving stores with cellular phone provider Sprint Corp (S.N) earned U.S. bankruptcy court approval on Tuesday, ending four days of contested court hearings. The stores are what survived of more than 4,000 outlets after RadioShack went bankrupt in February. Founded in 1921, the chain was a go-to retailer for electronics before becoming increasingly irrelevant in the digital age. Judge Brendan Shannon, in Delaware bankruptcy court, approved a sale of the stores to the Standard General hedge fund, which plans to keep most of them open under...
  • Obama’s 2010 Economic Estimate For 2014 Off By $1 Trillion

    03/30/2015 1:52:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Neil Munro
    It highlights the huge gap between Obama’s promise that his progressive, big-government economic policies would jump-start the economy, and the hard reality of America’s complex society and economy. The failure of Obama-economics was highlighted March 28, when the federal government admitted that the economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2014. ... Since 2009, the U.S. population has grown from 305 million to 321 million, including 11 million illegals. ... Even as he doubles down on his high-regulation, high-immigration policies, Obama insists that his top priority is increasing wages. ... But he’s continuing to rapidly add immigrants to the nation’s flooded...
  • Texas Hasn't Been This Bad In Two Years

    03/30/2015 10:10:07 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 3-30-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland March 30, 2015The crash in oil prices is hammering the Texas economy. The latest manufacturing outlook index from the Dallas Fed plunged again in March, to -17.4 from -11.2 in February, indicating deteriorating business conditions in the state. Expectations were for the index to show a reading of -9. But the most important part of this report is the commentary from Texas business leaders, who have given an on-the-ground picture of how the decline in oil prices is affecting one of the country's economies most driven by oil. In March the tune didn't change, as it sounds as...
  • Wisconsinites sue over rail expansion for crude oil

    03/30/2015 1:45:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | March 26, 2015 | Lisa Neff, Staff writer
    Still, Margolis said, “the reality is there’s no way to safely transport the highly volatile crude from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota or the heavy crudes from the Alberta tar sands. Instead, these extreme fossil fuels should be left in the ground.”Days after the fiery derailment of an oil train near Galena, Illinois, nine Wisconsin citizens went to court to challenge an expansion of a rail system for oil trains in their community. The train had just passed through Wisconsin before the derailment. Their focus was on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ decision to permit the filling...
  • Why There Is No Wage Growth In America

    03/28/2015 10:42:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/28/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past 2 years the Obama administration has been desperate to boost minimum wages, usually over tedious bickering with republicans and corporations who have resisted such an increase, with neither party realizing that such a measure would not do much to actually boost aggregate spending. Instead, what Obama should have been focusing on was to limit the maximum number of hours worked per week, because as the following chart shows, the reason why weekly pay is rising and aggregate earnings is not due to an increase in hourly wages but because Americans are simply working longer hours every...
  • More people moved away from Illinois last year than any other state

    03/27/2015 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    WBEZ 91.5 ^ | 3/26/2015 | Susie An
    Illinois had the biggest decrease in population according to a new report from the Census Bureau. Between July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, the state lost 9,972 people. On the other end, Texas saw the largest population increase adding more than 450,000 people during that time. Cook County saw a very slight decrease in population. It’s one of four counties with a population of more than 1 million to experience a decrease. Others include industrial counties like Wayne County, Michigan; Cuyahoga, Ohio; and Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The rate of people leaving Cook County for other counties has been increasing since...
  • Jim Talent to Scott Walker's team

    03/26/2015 10:45:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    KWCH 12 ^ | March 26, 2015 | Erin McPike
    Former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri, is joining Scott Walker's nascent presidential campaign as a leading adviser on foreign policy and defense, sources familiar with the move and Talent told CNN.... It's a big get for the Wisconsin governor as he draws up a campaign plan and team: In the coming election cycle, foreign policy figures are expected to loom especially large given the increased frequency of threats brought by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Talent was a foreign policy adviser to both of Mitt Romney's presidential bids, and nearly every major potential GOP hopeful this cycle has courted him. Talent...
  • Water Wars Loom Over California As Farmers Lose Thousands of Jobs: "Who Gets the Water”

    03/25/2015 12:08:28 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3-25-2015 | Mac Slavo
    Mac Slavo March 25th, 2015 The announcement that California is rapidly running out of water has put new pressure on our most precious resource that could, in turn, force increased prices and shut down organic food production. Ultimately, it could even threaten the food supply. The recent warnings from NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti, based on satellite data of the groundwater supply as it is threatened by the ongoing drought, is only compounding the issues for farmers who have already been driven to cut back production as water is rerouted to cities and industries. State leaders are embracing a full on...
  • Toddler Idolizes the Garbage Men

    03/25/2015 9:31:45 AM PDT · by apoliticalone · 30 replies
    AOL-Huffington ^ | 3-24-2015 | Cameron Keady
    Some things in life are just too good to handle. Quincy Kroner had that exact feeling on March 13 when he met his local heroes -- the neighborhood garbage men, Mark Davis and Eddie Washington. The Cincinnati 2-year-old has been fascinated by the garbage truck “since about the age he could walk,” the toddler’s father, Ollie Kroner, told The Huffington Post in an email. But this was the first time he met the garbage men in person, and it was all too much for him -- resulting in the adorably priceless photo above. “He was all smiles as the garbage...
  • Traitors to Their Class [poverty pimp attacks those who work hard and succeed]

    03/24/2015 12:49:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | Timothy Egan
    You probably know from his weepy reminiscences that the speaker of the House, John Boehner, once worked as a bartender and a janitor, and took seven years to get out of college. Maybe you’ve heard that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is a preacher’s son who churned out burgers and fries at McDonald’s. And you had to catch that bit from Senator Joni Ernst about putting bread bags over her shoes while growing up kind of poor in rural Iowa. People from humble beginnings often carry an extra load of empathy through the success of their later lives, a sense...
  • Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation

    03/23/2015 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City have the highest Job Creation Index scores among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, based on employee reports of hiring activity where they work. San Francisco, Houston and Orlando rank just behind Austin and Salt Lake City in job creation. Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs, including traditional tech centers in San Francisco and San Jose but also emerging ones in Austin and Salt Lake City. These latter two may be increasingly attractive destinations for tech workers, given salaries that are becoming more competitive for the...
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • Marie Harf Wrote Thesis on How Conservative Support for Israel Complicates US Foreign Policy

    03/20/2015 10:24:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote her college honors thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy,” according to Indiana University records. Harf’s thesis further illustrates the collegiate thinking in an Obama administration that has alienated a key American ally in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Harf, 33, previously worked on Obama’s 2012 campaign. Harf’s Indiana University honors political science professor said that Harf did not plan to pursue political science like her professor father Jim, but that she ended up becoming “pretty good” at it. “I always had a soft spot for Jim, since he...
  • Saudi Arabia said to offer jobs to sacked US shale workers

    03/20/2015 5:22:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Arabian Business ^ | 18 March 2015 | Staff writer
    Workers fired from shale fields in the United States after the slump in oil prices are reportedly being offered new jobs in Saudi Arabia. State-owned Saudi Aramco is posting new job ads online aiming to snap up experts in extracting oil from shale, Bloomberg reported. Thousands of US workers have been fired since November as oil prices plunged because of oversupplies, driven in part by an OPEC decision supported by Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg said. It quoted Tobias Read, CEO of recruiter Swift Worldwide Resources, as saying: “We’ve seen people who have historically been reticent to look at Saudi Arabia who...