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  • A Surprising New Source of American Jobs: China

    05/30/2015 6:17:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/30/2015 | By ZOË BAIRD and EMILY PARKER
    The 2016 presidential-campaign season will bring all sorts of familiar proposals to create jobs in the U.S., but candidates who really understand today’s global economy should highlight a more surprising possible engine of new employment for Americans: China. China’s middle class continues to grow, reaching an estimated 630 million people by 2022. Those consumers want better health care, world-class education and a cleaner environment. China itself will eventually be able to provide those services, but meanwhile, the Internet makes it possible for China to create and sustain American jobs. Take health care. In 1994, a Chinese university student named Zhu...
  • Scott Walker calls EPA power plant rule 'unworkable'

    05/29/2015 12:44:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2015 | Zack Colman
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signaled in a letter to President Obama that his state might not comply with a forthcoming rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants. The likely GOP presidential candidate told Obama in the May 21 letter that he has "deep concerns regarding our ability to develop a state plan to comply with" the proposed Environmental Protection Agency targets. The implicit threat makes Walker the highest-profile governor to consider endorsing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategy of undercutting the regulation through states refusing to submit a compliance plan, though he ultimately stopped short of doing so. "The...
  • Intelligent Robots: The coming jobs massacre and a more violent world

    05/28/2015 7:46:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/27/2015 | John Lloyd
    The elephants in the room lumber about, undisturbed by politicians or people of vision. The hard issues of the economy are well known. Politicians, bureaucracies, CEOs and trade union leaders have dealt the the issues of productivity, unemployment, competition from east and west, the collapse of industries through the decades of the 20th, and now the 21st, centuries. Yet these are harder now. Intelligent systems, robotic manufacturing, driverless vehicles, online services, all carve deep into established trades. In the post-war decades, every time a new technology came along, the feared bonfire of jobs didn’t happen — or only briefly and...
  • The 7 Reasons Scott Walker Should Get the Republican Nomination for President

    05/28/2015 12:43:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 27, 2015 | Scott Ott
    [Note from Scott Ott: The presidential primary process doesn't help us to decide who's qualified to bear the party standard, and to serve as chief executive, but rather who’s disqualified. It’s just our way of crushing the hopes and dreams of anyone who dares poke head from hole. Because you already know all of the reasons why every candidate, and potential candidate, has no right to expect the nomination, I'm going to write an utterly one-sided series on why each one should get it. If you’re concerned that I’m not providing fair and balanced analysis, I’m sure the folks in...
  • Mike Rowe of 'Dirty Jobs' stars in videos for Michigan skilled trades initiative

    05/27/2015 2:46:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Emily Lawler
    MACKINAC ISLAND, MI -- Mike Rowe made dirty jobs look cool. Can he do the same for the tool and die industry? The state today at the Mackinac Policy Conference annouced a partnership with Rowe and his foundation, mikeroweWorks, to produce videos that show students skilled trades are sustainable, good career paths. Rowe's videos, targeted to middle and high school students, will highlight industries like tool and die, health care, construction and welding. "Closing the skills gap is not about creating opportunity. It's about making sure that people understand all of the opportunities that currently exist," Rowe said Wednesday. "Michigan...
  • Obama holds off on immigration appeal to the Supreme Court

    05/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    The Department of Justice on Wednesday said it will not make an emergency request to the Supreme Court to lift an order blocking President Obama's executive action on immigration. Instead, the administration will focus on the appeal of the injunction itself at the 5th Circuit, which is expected to proceed in July. "The Department has determined that it will not seek a stay from the Supreme Court," Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said. Rodenbush said the "best way" to win the case is "to focus on the ongoing appeal on the merits of the preliminary injunction itself. That appeal has...
  • Dallas Fed: Texas manufacturers slumped to Great Recession-level output in May

    05/27/2015 3:57:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 26, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    The Dallas Fed says factories churning out equipment and products in Texas slowed their output this month to levels unseen since 2009 when the nation was still mired in a recession. Texas manufacturing activity in May edged lower for the third month in a row as the effects of the oil slump continued to ripple through the state. About 28 percent of the state’s manufacturers reported a slowdown, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ monthly survey on Tuesday. “We are seeing all industries hold cash,” a fabricated metal manufacturing executive said in the survey. Others said refineries are...
  • Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports..

    05/26/2015 11:40:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 26, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Exclusive — Walker: We’d Be Sending in Navy to Stop Illegals if They Were Swarming Our Sea Ports Like They Do Southern Border [SNIP] ".........Since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—one of amnesty’s biggest proponents—has now backed off his previous support for citizenship for illegal aliens (he wants to give them amnesty via legal status), that means Rubio is the only candidate who still stands with the AFL-CIO and their brothers in the Chamber of Commerce wanting to give illegal aliens full blown American citizenship. That means Walker, the anti-special interest union battler, has an even better opportunity to fight Rubio—who’s...
  • The 4 percent-plus solution

    05/26/2015 6:04:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Richard W. Rahn
    Of those running for president, who will give this speech? “Ladies and Gentlemen, my administration will implement a series of economic policies to cause the economy to grow at an average rate of 4 percent or more a year. Growth of 4 percent-plus per year will create jobs at a faster rate than the growth in the labor force and provide hope for those who had despaired of finding a good job again. At a growth rate of a little over 4 percent per year, real incomes for all of our citizens will double in only 17 years. (At the...
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Fuel The Texas Job Engine

    05/26/2015 8:25:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/26/2015 | BY VANCE GINN
    An Econ 101 course explains what the classical economist David Ricardo introduced in the early 1800s as the concept of comparative advantage. To summarize: It's not beneficial for countries to produce everything they want to consume. Instead, they should produce what they can at a lower opportunity cost, thereby wasting fewer relative resources and advancing specialization so all parties involved can benefit from trade. Free trade provides more opportunity for people to prosper. Without free trade since World War II, a Peterson Institute for International Economics study finds, an average American household would have almost $13,300 less in income per...
  • Michelle’s Advice To Graduates: Fraternize With the Enemy i.e. that’s you & me.

    05/26/2015 7:01:05 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-26-2015 | MOTUS
    BUTT FIRST, THIS SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: MOTUS IS TAKING A SUMMER SABBATICALAs many of you know, the care and maintenance of a daily blog is rather labor intensive. And while I love the work and adore all of my colleagues here, the hours are long, and the days are short. I’m not complaining, butt I again find myself with a raft of half done and not-yet-started and projects that can no longer be deferred.Therefore, just like last year, as of today I will be starting my  Summer Semi-Sabbatical. Butt as a famous cowboy once said, “I don’t know how to quit...
  • Can you name the biggest racist employer in America? [when the "new norm" isn't okay]

    05/26/2015 12:57:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 26, 2015 | Newsmachete
    Every time the liberal media discovers that the racial composition of any particular company or industry does not reflect the population of the United States, immediately millions of gallons of ink (or digital ink) are shed as the media frantically searches for signs of inherent racism. Just look at this recent article worrying that not enough black directors were making Super Bowl ads. But in a curious article in the New York Times, the Times mentions an enormous racial disparity only second-handedly, and doesn't seem concerned about the nature of it, because the recipients of it are not white, but...
  • The Republican campaign to destroy the poor stoops to a new low [helping payments last longer]

    05/25/2015 10:49:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    http://www.salon.com/2015/05/25/the_republican_plot_to_destroy_the_poor/ ^ | May 25, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton, trying to mimic Joan Walsh
    Last week my colleague Simon Maloy caught us up with the latest on Kanses Gov. Sam Brownback’s famous Arthur Laffer “petri dish” experiment, in which he slashed taxes and government programs in order to usher in a Republican free market economic utopia. The experiment looks like it’s blowing up the lab: [T]he Brownback/Laffer tax scheme hasn’t goosed the Kansas economy and it doesn’t look like it will any time soon. It has succeeded marvelously, though, in redistributing wealth to the top of the income ladder, while, at the same time, screwing over the people at the bottom. While the rich...
  • The Top Cities For Jobs Right Now

    05/25/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/19/15 | Kathryn Dill
    At the top of the list is Raleigh, North Carolina. The city’s residents earn a median base salary of $50,000, higher than many of the cities on this list, while median home values remain a relatively modest $198,400. Chamberlain notes that the factors that put Raleigh at the top of the list can be a model for other metros. The city has long been attractive to major companies like IBM and Cisco. But now, Raleigh is gaining popularity among technology companies as well, who value the pipeline of talent provided by the city’s location among several major universities in the...
  • GOP’s demonic new crusade:Right-wing zealots look for crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage

    05/25/2015 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | May 25, 2015 | Joan Walsh
    [full title] GOP’s demonic new crusade: Right-wing zealots look for even crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage Happy Memorial Day! But if you’re in Wisconsin, and relying on food stamps, remember that Republicans don’t want you to have ketchup on your hamburger. They’d probably rather you didn’t have a hamburger at all, but Wisconsin farmers and ranchers have clout, and so proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program made room for Wisconsin products. But they still don’t want you to have “crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.” Or ketchup. Or spaghetti sauce. Really. For now, that’s...
  • Public-Sector Jobs Vanish, Hitting Blacks Hard [1.8 million fewer jobs in public sector]

    05/25/2015 3:20:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 89 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2015 | PATRICIA COHEN
    ".....Roughly one in five black adults works for the government, teaching school, delivering mail, driving buses, processing criminal justice and managing large staffs. They are about 30 percent more likely to have a public sector job than non-Hispanic whites, and twice as likely as Hispanics.The Labor Department counts half a million fewer public sector jobs than before the start of the recession in 2007...understates just how much the government’s work force has shrunk.... because it fails to account for the normal growth in the country’s population: Factor that in, she said, and there are 1.8 million fewer jobs in the...
  • Alpha Natural Resources scaling back central Appalachian mining operations; 439 jobs will be lost

    05/22/2015 2:01:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    Bristol Herald Courier ^ | May 22, 2015 | SUSAN CAMERON
    BRISTOL, Va. -- Alpha Natural Resources announced this afternoon that it's idling the mining and processing operations at Rockspring Development Camp Creek underground mine in Wayne County, West Virginia, which will mean the loss of 439 jobs. Employees were notified today about the idling "based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions,"according to a news release issued by Alpha Natural Resources. Last week, three other Alpha-affiliated mine operators announced reductions in work force "due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations that have challenged the entire central Appalachian coal industry. A total of 71 employees were affected...
  • Why Warren Buffett thinks a $15 minimum wage will 'reduce employment in a major way

    05/22/2015 8:27:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22/2015 | JAMES PETHOKOUKIS, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
    Wise words from Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha predicts how the rush to sharply raise the minimum wage will end. (Spoiler: badly for the people the policy purports to help.) And Buffett also offers a smart alternative to help low-income workers: In my mind, the country's economic policies should have two main objectives. First, we should wish, in our rich society, for every person who is willing to work to receive income that will provide him or her a decent lifestyle. Second, any plan to do that should not distort our market system, the key element required for growth...
  • On H1B Visas: Scott Walker Will Fight For American Workers, Senators Cruz and Rubio Not So Much.

    05/22/2015 5:42:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Red State ^ | May 22, 2015 | Repair Man Jack
    Why Scott Walker FLip-Flopped. One of the few intelligent and worthwhile things that John Maynard Keynes contributed to society is the following quote “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” Governor Scott Walker’s information has recently changed. Remember that Governor Walker had the guts to back down the Progressive Establishment in The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. It thus comes as no surprise that he also has the guts to take on the increasingly progressive and less pro-American pro-immigration caucus in the GOP. Walker explains his qualms concerning this headlong rush to replace domestic American...
  • U.S. Jobless Claims Rise, But Still Point to Growing Labor Market

    05/21/2015 7:59:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/21/2015 | BEN LEUBSDORF
    WASHINGTON—The number of Americans applying for first-time unemployment benefits rose last week, but remained at a historically low level consistent with an improving labor market. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the economy, increased by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 in the week ended May 16, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected 271,000 new claims. “U.S. labor market momentum remains solid in mid-May,” Barclays economist Jesse Hurwitz said in a note to clients. The prior week’s claims were left unrevised at 264,000. The Labor Department said no special factors...
  • The ‘low-wage recovery’ is a myth

    05/21/2015 7:43:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/21/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    Guess what? This isn’t a low-wage job recovery. Listen to the media, and you might think that the only kind of jobs being created are in fast-food restaurants and retail chains. It turns out that this is wildly misleading and that the economy’s employment profile — the split between high- and low-paying jobs — hasn’t changed much since the recession or, indeed, the turn of the century. Put differently, the share of high-wage jobs is just below one-third of all employment, roughly where it was in 2000 and 2007 — the last year before the financial crisis. Similarly, the share...
  • Los Angeles' Minimum-Wage Hike Is A Job Killer

    05/21/2015 7:09:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/21/2015
    "L.A.'s Big Raise For Working Poor," read the Los Angeles Times' front-page headline a day after the City Council passed a $15-an-hour minimum wage. It should have read, "L.A.'s Big Disaster For Working Poor." The moral preening of the City of Angels' leftist political elites after the 14-1 vote comes with a hefty price tag. Forcing employers to pay what politicians believe is fair rather than what the market says is fair will cost many workers their jobs and force them onto welfare. "Today the city of Los Angeles, the second-biggest city in the nation, is leading the nation," said...
  • The 25 best cities for job seekers right now

    05/20/2015 8:29:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2015 | JACQUELYN SMITH
    If you've been unsuccessful in your job search, it might be time to start looking in other parts of the country. But before you pack up and go, you'll want to consider which cities have the best career opportunities, the happiest workers, and the lowest cost of living. To help, online careers community Glassdoor just released its latest report on the 25 best cities for jobs right now. These metro areas stand out for having the highest Glassdoor "Job Score," which was determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable...
  • As Floridians Are Displaced, Rubio Demands More Foreign Workers

    05/19/2015 11:42:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    .....Disney, Southern California Edison and most recently Fossil Group have together fired hundreds of American tech workers and forced them to train their foreign replacements, many of whom were flown in specifically to take their job.....On their last day of employment, he and the other replaced workers were asked to turn over their badges, their Disney season passes, and their laptops and then asked to leave.... “It was just a complete shock that you could do that in this country,” he said........ “It’s just so humiliating and so anti-American. It’s just, it’s just terrible. It’s just awful.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker...
  • Watch: Michelle’s Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson

    05/19/2015 5:53:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 18, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Watch: Michelle’s Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson VIDEO B. Christopher Agee May 18, 2015 at 2:32pm In a recent installment of Zonation, host Alfonzo Rachel reacted to Michelle Obama’s recent commencement address at Tuskegee University. As Western Journalism reported, the first lady used the forum to spread a message of victimhood among black graduates. “I’m disappointed that the students at Tuskegee University didn’t get up and walk out on Michelle Obama’s speech,” Rachel said. “It’s like the graduates spent all that time at the college and didn’t learn anything worth a hard donut.”
  • Candidates Win Evangelicals with Pro-American Worker Immigration Policy

    05/18/2015 10:47:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, drew the ire of the political right and left recently over his comments on immigration. When it comes to the immigration issue, Republicans are expected to use the tried and true, consultant tested “secure the border” talking point and move on to other issues.Gov. Walker, like former US Senator, Rick Santorum, has taken things further than just a discussion of illegal immigration. They have dared to discuss the impact of legal immigration on American workers. Like most Republicans, I’m still undecided about the Presidential field. But I have an enormous amount...
  • The climate nightmare we aren’t taking seriously enough: President Scott Walker

    05/18/2015 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | May 18, 2015 | Jeff Stein, a recent Cornell graduate and the editor of the Ithaca Voice.
    Imagine, for just a moment, the following scenario: The year is 2019 — two years into the first term of President Scott Walker. The Royal Dutch Shell corporation proposes a massive expansion of its existing drilling operation in the Arctic Ocean. Shell officials note that there have been no major accidents since their first exploratory wells became operational, and that doing so will provide a big boost to an American economy sliding into recession. President Walker, whose base is furious that he has only eliminated half of all federal food stamp and welfare programs, jumps into action. He orders Interior...
  • Big Oil May Be Caught Off-Guard By Wave Of Retirement

    05/18/2015 11:12:48 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-05-2015 | Oil Jobs
    While we constantly analyze short-term data, the industry has a longer-term problem. And it is not related to what lies below the ground. There is a retirement tidal wave that could wash over the oil and gas industry over the next few years. The seeds of this crisis were planted in the late 1980’s after the last major oil bust. Oil prices crashed after Saudi Arabia became fed up with losing market share, and beginning around 1986, it pumped flat out in order to force out other producers. The price of oil crashed and a lot of US drillers cut...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren Faults Reagan for GOP Attack on Middle Class in CA Speech

    05/16/2015 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | May 16, 2015 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Democrat Elizabeth Warren warned Saturday that Republican policies being promoted by its emerging presidential field would create an "American nightmare" that would crush opportunities for students and workers, deepen wage inequality and favor Wall Street banks and huge corporations. Warren's speech before several thousand party loyalists at a California Democratic convention in Anaheim was greeted with thunderous cheers while scores of delegates waved signs emblazoned with her name. The Massachusetts senator and favorite of the party's left wing ridiculed the GOP's potential 2016 field, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has proposed a double-digit cut in state aid for higher...
  • Scott Walker in Contrast [Libertarian "dissects" his rise using racial cues]

    05/15/2015 1:52:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 11, 2015 | Sean Scallon
    Scott Walker is certainly ambitious, and planning a run for president may seem par for the course. But for a long time—most of the 1990s, in fact—Walker was content to be a backbencher in the state assembly and didn’t do much to advance himself up the party ranks. While the seniority he gathered in his state assembly career (1993–2002) from his safe Republican district just outside Milwaukee allowed him to chair some committees, the most attention-grabbing thing he did was to protest the hiring of a Wiccan as a chaplain in a state prison. The idea that he would become...
  • GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/14/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Got News.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash UPDATED W/ PHOTOS! May 13, 2015 by Charles C. Johnson 184 Comments Gotnews.com has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit.
  • Battered US Oil Firms Scramble to Delay Looming Retirement Wave

    05/14/2015 4:49:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | May 14, 2015 | Edward McAllister
    After 20 years in the oil business, Craig Reed, 62, is thinking about winding down his career just as a second downturn in six years rocks the industry. Reed is part of the baby boomer generation that forms the backbone of the U.S. oil workforce and now weighs retirement as energy firms cut spending and shelve projects. That is a worrying prospect for company executives keen to keep their most experienced workers while they ride out the oil market slump. "Between the politics and uncertainty and cost cutting, a lot of people of my age are saying that it isn't...
  • Why America Was Indispensable to the Allies’ Winning World War II

    05/14/2015 2:44:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | May 14, 2015 | Victor Davis Hansen
    <p>May 8 marked the end of World War II in Europe 70 years ago — a horrific conflict that is still fought over by historians.</p> <p>More than 60 million people perished — some 50 million of them in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and China.</p>
  • Education Secretary Meets With Chicago Gang Leaders: They Just Need Jobs

    05/13/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 13, 2015 | 5:42 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets. “We have to have jobs for young people,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders—back home in Chicago.” He said he asked them what was the “biggest impediment” to getting gangs to stop...
  • Senate GOP launches attack on EPA climate rules

    05/13/2015 12:21:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 13, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that would overturn the Obama administration’s landmark climate rule for power plants and make it nearly impossible to rewrite them. The legislation represents the GOP’s first major legislative effort in the Senate to confront the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon dioxide limits it proposed last year. It reflects the Republican Party’s broad opposition to the regulations, which they say would cost billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of jobs and have little to no environmental benefit. Republicans in both chambers have largely avoided legislation to stop the rules and instead focused their attention on...
  • Are 90 million Americans not working or not looking for work? [A closer look at the numbers]

    05/13/2015 9:28:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Politifact ^ | 7/30/2013 | By Louis Jacobson
    A reader recently asked us to check a claim that’s been widely repeated on conservative websites -- that 90 million Americans either aren’t working or aren’t looking for work. Over the past few months, the statistic has been cited by various conservative bloggers, pundits and news outlets. We thought we’d take a closer look. Here’s how the calculation is made, using Census Bureau population estimates and employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: The total U.S. population age 16 and over is at least 243 million. Subtracting the nearly 156 million Americans in the labor force in June...
  • 7,231,000 Lost Jobs: Manufacturing Employment Down 37% From 1979 Peak

    05/13/2015 6:43:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 40 replies
    CNS ^ | May 12, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000--or 37 percent--since employment in manufacturing peaked in the United States in 1979, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The real median household income of Americans who have completed high school--but have not attained a higher degree--also peaked in the 1970s and has declined since then. In fact, according to the Census Bureau (Tables H-13 and H-14), the real median household income of an American householder who has completed four years of high school peaked in 1973 at $56,395 in constant 2013 dollars. By 2013, it was...
  • Democratic Party puts up billboards demanding Governor Scott Walker return to Wisconsin

    05/12/2015 5:21:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | May 11, 2015
    MADISON (AP) — The state Democratic Party has paid for a series of billboards demanding Republican Gov. Scott Walker return to Wisconsin...... ....Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate announced Monday that the party has paid for billboards in Milwaukee and Green Bay that call on Walker to return to Wisconsin, accept federal money to expand Medicaid — a move the governor has steadfastly refused and get back to work for the state."
  • Senator Sessions on the Debate Walker Started on Immigration

    05/11/2015 11:41:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    Jim Geraghty has a piece on the home page today about how Jeff Sessions got Scott Walker’s ear on immigration. Here is a further statement from Sessions on the debate: >>>>Any political party that wants to win needs to demonstrate that it is willing to go to bat for working Americans. Perhaps no issue more divides a small handful of elites in Washington, D.C. from the American people than the issue of immigration. The idea that immigration should be increased beyond any level ever recorded — without any discussion of its social or economic impact — is not mainstream, but...
  • Walker Adopts Session’s Hard Line on Immigration, Dividing Himself from the Rest of the Field

    05/11/2015 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the all-but-declared Republican presidential candidate currently leading the polls in Iowa, sounds more like Alabama senator Jeff Sessions when he discusses immigration issues these days. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal-immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages,” Walker told Glenn Beck on April 20. “It is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today, is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that to...
  • Siemens Announces Layoffs as Slump in Oil Price Hurts Sales

    05/11/2015 5:40:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 7, 2015 | JACK EWING
    Siemens, the German industrial giant, said on Thursday that it would cut 4,500 jobs as it reacts to a slump in oil prices that has eroded its sales of equipment to the energy industry. Lower oil prices have generally been a boon to the eurozone economy, freeing up cash that consumers can spend on other things. But in the case of Siemens, the effect is the opposite because of its large business supplying producers of oil, gas and electricity. Siemens said it needed to cut jobs and reduce costs because of “the persistently difficult environment in the global power generation...
  • Texas Senator Cruz sets sights on 'uninspired' conservatives

    05/10/2015 8:15:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    More and more Americans are worried that life will worsen for the next generation, so a central issue in the 2016 presidential election will be “reigniting the promise of America,” according to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. And to win the White House, Republicans need to mobilize conservatives who have not voted in recent elections, Cruz told the Tribune-Review. People who were “uninspired or unmotivated to show up for either party” across the Midwest and New England — including evangelical Christians, Reagan Democrats, independents and women — are important for the party to court, he said. Pittsburgh could be considered “ground...
  • The Pain the Job Numbers Don’t Show: Core of America’s workforce hasn’t recovered from recession.

    05/09/2015 10:19:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 05/09/2015 | By Rob Garver
    It seems almost ungrateful to complain about the announcement that the U.S. added 223,000 jobs to the economy in April, dropping the official unemployment rate to 5.4 percent, particularly after the dismal showing in March. Economists saw those numbers as reason for a “sigh of relief,” as one put it. But the truth is that for many American workers, the jobs recovery hasn’t yet provided real relief — and there is still a lot of ground to cover before the country can be said to have truly recovered the losses from the Great Recession. The labor force participation rate remains...
  • Obama: Obamacare "Hasn't Done Too Bad In Terms Of Employment... Just Saying"

    05/09/2015 6:54:38 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 31 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 5-8-2015 | RCP
    BARACK OBAMA: This this morning we learned our economy created 223,000 new jobs last month. The unemployment rate ticked down again to 5.4%, lowest it's been in almost seven years. That's 3 million new jobs in past 12 months, nearly the fastest pace in over a decade. All told in 62 months in a row, America's businesses created 12.3 million new jobs. .......... Since there are a lot of predictions of doom and gloom, I suggest those making those predictions go back and check the statistics. Just saying.
  • Good news: U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs (CNN)

    05/08/2015 9:49:35 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | may 8, 2015 | Patrick Gillespie 
    America can breathe a sigh of relief. The economy is improving with the spring weather. The U.S. added 223,000 jobs in April, a healthy pick up after a disappointing March and about in line with what economists surveyed by CNN Money projected. April's strong job gains reflect a trend the country saw last year: job growth cooling in the winter months, then gaining momentum into the spring. "They are good numbers," says Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones. "It's reassuring that we saw job growth rebound to above 200,000." The good news doesn't stop there. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.4%,...
  • Old Workers Hit New All Time High As All April Jobs Go To The "55 And Older"

    05/08/2015 8:21:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier we reported that all the jobs added in April were part-time, or over 400,000, while full-time jobs decreased by over 200,000 pushing them further under the pre-recession peak. Here is another stunning data point: while it has been no secret that ever since the quote-unquote recovery virtually all job gains have gone to older workers, those 55 and over and ever closer to retirement, April merely confirmed this demographically disastrous trend, and of the 255K workers added in the household survey when broken down by age group, more than all, or 266K went to workers aged 55 and older...
  • Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate at 5.4%

    05/08/2015 6:43:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 05/08/2015 | By Dunstan Prial
    <p>The economy added 223,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4%, a rebound from the dismal March report that led to concerns the U.S. labor market was heading into a prolonged skid.</p> <p>Economists were nearly spot on in their predictions of a gain of 224,000 and that the unemployment rate would dip to 5.4%.</p>
  • The Texas Job Recession Is Now Literally "Off The Chart": Now Leads the Nation in Layoffs

    05/07/2015 9:10:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/07/2015 | Tyler Durden
    The paradoxical, utterly nonsensical "data" releases continue. On one hand, the government's Department of Labor reported earlier today that in the past week just 265K people were laid off: the lowest number since early 2000. On the other, private data aggregator Challenger reported that in April, there were a whopping 61,582 job cuts, a 68% surge from March, and up 53% from a year ago. This was the highest monthly total since May 2012 and the highest April total since 2009!Smoothing out the noise reveals that in the first 4 months of 2015, employers announced 201,796 planned job cuts,...
  • Jobless claims remain low, but planned layoffs jump to three-year high

    05/07/2015 7:30:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/07/2015 | Jim Puzzanghera
    Initial jobless claims rose slightly last week from a 15-year low while planned layoffs surged in April to a three-year high, providing mixed signals about the health of the labor market ahead of Friday's jobs report. About 265,000 people applied for first time unemployment benefits in the week ended Saturday, up from the previous week's 262,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists had expected claims to rise to 280,000 after hitting the lowest level since 2000 the previous week. The four-week average, which smooths out some volatility, fell to 279,500 last week. That was the lowest level since May 2000....
  • Walker In Wisconsin: A $1 Sweater And $2 Billion In Tax Cuts

    05/07/2015 4:34:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 7, 2015 | Martin Sullivan
    Since becoming governor of Wisconsin in 2011, Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker has signed into law 15 tax bills that have reduced taxes by nearly $2 billion. “Every action of our administration should be looked at through the lens of job creation,” Walker told lawmakers in early 2011. In that year, despite a looming fiscal deficit, he persuaded the Republican-controlled Legislature to enact a variety of tax incentives for employers. Those included a tax credit for business relocations to Wisconsin, a credit for manufacturing and agriculture, capital gains tax relief for new investment in Wisconsin, a deduction for new hires,...