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  • Supreme Court overturns landmark EPA air pollution rule

    06/29/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama and Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs of the regulation. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011. The case, Michigan v. EPA, centers on the EPA’s first limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS). Opponents, including the...
  • Why Donald Trump Resonates: The "Inner Voice" Factor

    06/28/2015 8:10:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | June 28, 2015 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    Are you wondering why Donald Trump is resonating across America more than you thought he would? Let me try and offer an explanation. To chalk it up to the simple fact that he’s a TV celebrity is naďve. Donald Trump is resonating because for many Americans he represents their, “inner voice.” He’s the guy that actually says out loud what a lot of people think inwardly. If you’re honest, you know you’ve thought some of this as well. And yes liberals, I bet you too have privately thought some of the things Trump is saying. Maybe not as much as...
  • 11 popular programming languages that can help you land a job

    06/27/2015 7:57:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/27/2015 | Matt Weinberger
    "Software is eating the world," venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared. Someone has to write that software. Why not you? There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others. When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — and they don't always want to experiment with newcomers like Google Go or Apple Swift. Here are the programming languages you should learn if you always want to have a job, as suggested by the popular TIOBE Index and Redmonk Programming Language...
  • The EPA vs. Pennsylvania's minorities

    06/27/2015 2:27:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Harry C. Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce
    With the Obama administration only two months away from releasing its “Clean Power Plan,” much debate has focused on the supposed benefits of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. Lost amid the rhetoric is the economic hardship it will impose on working families — especially the 2.2 million blacks and Hispanics living in Pennsylvania. That's the finding from a new study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce. This regulation will leave minority communities with disproportionately fewer jobs, lower incomes and higher poverty than whites. Thus, while the administration calls its regulation a “justice issue”...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip .. Black Jobs

    06/24/2015 9:55:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, 2014 to cut carbon emissions from power plants. ... There was a...
  • Former unpaid Clinton campaigner: Pay your interns [yet remains "a Stockholm syndrome victim"]

    06/24/2015 6:18:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2015 | Kyle Balluck
    A former Hillary Clinton campaign fellow is accusing the Democratic frontrunner of hypocrisy for relying on unpaid interns and fellows while publicly calling to for increased wages. Carolyn Osorio writes in a new USA Today opinion piece that she joined the campaign as a fellow after Clinton announced her bid in April, adding that she had to move to Nevada and work there for free. "I had hoped a trailblazer would be more willing to break the mold of indentured servitude that haunts my generation," she writes. "Finding out that Hillary perpetuates the exploitation known as unpaid internships was like...
  • On Taxes, Scott Walker Has Wisely Jettisoned the Supply-Side Orthodoxy

    06/22/2015 7:26:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | June 22, 2015 | Henry Olsen
    Like all the GOP presidential contenders, Scott Walker is being advised by economists and editorial writers to adopt a “cut the top rate first” tax policy. It would be a shame if he followed their advice, which would mean abandoning the approach that he has employed in Wisconsin to such political and economic success. Standard “supply side” tax policy argues that the inventions and advances of the economy’s most active participants drive most growth. Thus, tax policy’s priority should be to encourage more of that activity by lowering the marginal rate on those participants’ income. Since the most economically active...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump Slams Obamatrade, Stands up for American Jobs

    06/21/2015 1:18:47 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-19-2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, GOP presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump slammed President Obama’s trade agreements – especially the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which Obama argued the United States needs in order to better compete with China. However, according to a recent report by Politico, China may be trying to enter the TPP – defeating Obama’s main argument for finalizing the deal. “Of course China wants to join the trade negotiation because the deal is so pathetic and so bad,” Trump told Breitbart News. He added that China would continue to take advantage of America’s...
  • US manufacturing: What's it like to work in a factory?

    06/20/2015 8:59:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 19, 2015 | Emily Young
    Over the past few weeks, the BBC has been reporting on the trends in US manufacturing - the challenges of the digital age, running factories in the city and why young start-up entrepreneurs are attracted to the industry. But what's it like to actually work in manufacturing, making the goods we use on a daily basis? And how has it changed - from Henry Ford's assembly lines to today's cutting edge factory floor? As of May 2015, there were over 12.3 million people - nearly 9% of the total US workforce - engaged in manufacturing everything from Ford Mustangs to...
  • CoreLogic to add 500 jobs in North Texas (Average annual salary of $57,000)

    06/18/2015 5:24:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    HousingWire's Lending Blog ^ | May 19, 2015 | Brena Swanson
    CoreLogic (CLGX) could create an additional 500 jobs and workers in North Texas as part of it larger consolidation in the region, according to an article in the Dallas Business Journal. The move will combine two centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area into one, large operations hub. The article said that CoreLogic plans to make the $68 million, 325,600-square-foot campus at 3001 Hackberry Road in Cypress Waters its new regional campus. CoreLogic plans to relocate at least 1,300 full-time positions with an average annual salary of $57,000 from Westlake and Richardson into the new regional campus. In the next four...
  • Elephant Insurance to add 1,173 jobs at Henrico headquarters (Virginia)

    06/18/2015 4:51:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Danville Register-Bee ^ | June 9, 2015 | Randy Hallman, The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Elephant Auto Insurance will add 1,173 jobs at its Henrico County headquarters and will invest $2 million to expand the operation. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion today in Cardiff, United Kingdom, where he met with officials from Elephant's parent company, U.K.-based Admiral Group PLD. Elephant which had 365 employees at its headquarters in March, was already in a growth mode. In January the company moved from a 32,000-square-foot office on Eastshore Drive in the Innsbrook Corporate Center to a 54,000-square-foot site in the Deep Run I office building at 9950 Mayland Drive.
  • Michigan's Drop in Unemployment is Historic

    06/17/2015 11:11:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/15/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In a recent editorial, the Detroit Free Press’ Stephen Henderson criticizes policymaking that was supposed to spur job creation, saying that instead “the unemployment has creeped down at alarmingly slow rates.” ForTheRecord says: The drop in the state's unemployment rate from 14.9 percent in June 2009 to 5.4 percent in April 2015 has been among the quickest and steepest drops in Michigan going back to 1976, which is the farthest back comparable monthly data is available. In October 1982, the state's unemployment rate was 16.5 percent. It took the state until December 1988 to get unemployment down to 6.9 percent,...
  • America’s hiring paralysis

    06/17/2015 7:11:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/17/2015 | By Catherine Rampell
    Last week the Labor Department offered some seemingly very good news: U.S. employers now have more job openings than ever previously recorded. There is a bounty of opportunities to be had. And yet to unemployed workers, it may not feel that way. That’s because many companies are acting like big teases. They say they want to hire, then drag their feet. In fact, the average time required to fill a job opening has also just reached an all-time high: 27.3 days, or almost a month, according to an important and underappreciated monthly data release called the DHI-DFH Mean Vacancy Duration...
  • Walker leads nationally in new poll

    06/16/2015 2:49:09 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads a tight field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling. Walker is alone in first place in the poll with 17 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 15 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) at 13 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent. That’s a big jump for Bush, who was at 11 percent support in the same poll last month. However, Bush will begin his quest for the GOP nomination with a negative...
  • Reality Check: What's the Real Unemployment Rate in the U.S.?

    06/16/2015 10:51:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 06/16/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    By my reckoning, roughly 60% of the civilian work force is fully employed and 40% are marginally employed or unemployed.Officially, the unemployment rate in the U.S. is 5.6%, meaning 5.6% of the work force is temporarily out of a job and actively seeking another one. This low number reflects nearly full employment, as 3% to 4% of the work force is typically in the process of quitting/being laid off and finding another job. Typically, periods of nearly full employment are economically good times, as household income is bolstered and employers have to pay a bit more to hire workers when...
  • Donald Trump: ‘I Will Be the Greatest Jobs President That God Ever Created’

    06/16/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/16/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Declaring to be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” billionaire Donald Trump entered the Republican presidential contest today as its 12th candidate.Trump went way off script for the long announcement in New York, starting off with a dig at Rick Perry’s sweaty airplane hangar announcement.“Some of the candidates, they went in. They didn’t know the air-conditioner didn’t work. They sweated like dogs… How are they going to beat ISIS? I don’t think it’s gonna happen,” he said.Mexico, he said, is “laughing at us, at our stupidity” as they import drugs and “rapists” into the United States. “And...
  • Robert Reich: Americans have had it with free trade

    06/16/2015 2:17:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Salon ^ | June 16, 2015 | Robert Reich
    How can it be that the largest pending trade deal in history – a deal backed both by a Democratic president and Republican leaders in Congress – is nearly dead? The Trans Pacific Partnership may yet squeak through Congress but its near-death experience offers an important lesson. It’s not that labor unions have regained political power (union membership continues to dwindle and large corporations have more clout in Washington than ever) or that the President is especially weak (no president can pull off a major deal like this if the public isn’t behind him). The biggest lesson is most Americans...
  • Walker presents a record of achievement as governor that's taking some big hits [wins] at home

    06/16/2015 12:53:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | June 16, 2015 | SCOTT BAUER
    [snip of long lead-in] "...But the panel did agree on $250 million in cuts to the 26 campuses, including the flagship in Madison. ..The committee also kept Walker's call to remove tenure protections from state law, a proposal that's garnering attention nationally from academics who fear weakening tenure protections will catch on elsewhere. Even with delays and squabbling, Walker is likely to walk away with some big wins: on lifting an enrollment cap on statewide private school vouchers, on new drug screening for public aid recipients and on lower property taxes. Those are all sure-fire crowd pleasers on the Republican...
  • Remember what Obama, Pelosi & the DNC said about Gap agreeing to #RaiseTheWage?

    06/15/2015 7:15:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    ...Not all that long ago, Gap, Inc. was among the retailers the White House praised for participating in their #RaiseTheWage push:...Obama even visited a Gap store in March of last year to thank them for doing as Democrats instructed.....Let’s check out how that’s coming along just over a year later:
  • The American middle class isn’t coming back — it’s going to die with the Baby Boomers

    06/15/2015 12:22:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 168 replies
    Salon ^ | June 15, 2015 | Scott Timberg
    It’s no secret that the American middle class has been on the ropes for a while now. The problem isn’t just a crippling recession and an economic “recovery” that has mostly gone to the richest one percent, but the larger shifting of wealth from the middle to the very top that’s taken place since the late ‘70s. Add in things like the dismantling of unions that has accelerated apace since Ronald Reagan crushed the air-traffic controllers, and we’ve seen the middle class more solid in places like Canada, Germany, and Scandinavia, and begin to grow in a number of nations...
  • Battle brewing over logging, grazing at state parks

    06/14/2015 3:16:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Stamford Advocate ^ | June 14, 2015 | KEITH MORELLI, The Tampa Tribune
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Conservationists are drawing a line in the scrubland, vowing to fight any attempt by the state to expand logging and cattle grazing throughout Florida's 171 state parks. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson, appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott, set off a furor last month when he suggested in a series of newspaper guest columns that Florida expand grazing and timber harvesting in its state parks as a way to offset the cost of running them. In the columns, which ran in newspapers throughout Florida, Steverson said state parks hosted more than 27...
  • U.S. Created 16x as Many Jobs in Mexico as Mexico in U.S.

    06/12/2015 4:30:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/12/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    .S.-majority-owned multinational enterprises employed 1,106,700 in Mexico in 2012 (the latest year on record), according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, but Mexican-majority owned enterprises employed only 68,800 in the United States that year. That means that U.S.-controlled multinationals employed 1,037,900 more people in Mexico than Mexican-controlled multinationals employed in the United States. Put another way, multinational enterprises that had a majority U.S. ownership employed 16 times as many people in Mexico as Mexican-controlled multinationals employed in the United States. Forty-nine percent of the jobs--546,500 of 1,106,700--that U.S.-controlled multinationals maintained in Mexico in 2012 were in...
  • Dirty Jobs Star Delivers Devastating Rebuke about America’s Work Ethic

    06/12/2015 11:42:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mark Antonio Wright
    Mike Rowe’s successful Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs gained a following thanks to being exciting, vivid television: He joined workers as they wrestled alligators, cleaned septic tanks, and rounded up yaks on a ranch in Montana. But it also became something of a tribute to America’s blue-collar work ethic, and as Rowe finishes his second season with a new show on CNN, some can’t help but take exception to his hard-working creed. Rowe was recently moved to make the case for his message after getting a viewer e-mail: “Craig P.” was upset with Rowe’s constant “harping on the ‘work ethic’”...
  • Disney ABC Cancels Plans To Layoff Dozens Of Tech Workers

    06/12/2015 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2015 | Photo of Rachel Stoltzfoos Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Disney ABC Television Group reversed a decision to lay off about 35 tech workers this week, following recent reports that Disney laid off hundreds of tech workers in January after forcing them to train their replacements. Two weeks ago, Disney ABC told a team of between 30 and 35 application developers they were being laid off, some at the end of July, and that their jobs were going to an IT contractor with large offshore operations, reported Computer World. But on Thursday, Disney ABC told the workers plans had changed and they would not be laid off. Some of the...
  • Assurant Health to close; 1,200 Milwaukee jobs lost

    06/11/2015 3:07:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Milwaukee Business Journal ^ | Jun 10, 2015 | Rich Kirchen
    On Wednesday morning, the parent company said it will sell some small-group business lines to National General Holdings Corp. but exit the individual-health lines that are based in Milwaukee at 501 W. Michigan St. The first phase of job reductions at Assurant Health will occur this summer and impact an estimated 300 employees of approximately 1,700 positions in Milwaukee and other locations, Assurant Inc. said. Assurant Inc. said it will exit the health-insurance market over the next 18 months. ... Assurant Health has been losing money the past two years, and Assurant Inc. executives cited the challenges of running Assurant’s...
  • Is Shared-Equity Housing the Wave of the Future?

    06/11/2015 1:05:36 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | June 11, 2015 | Martin Longman
    In the new June/July/August issue of the Washington Monthly, freelance journalist Jordan Fraade has a piece on something you may not be familiar with yet. Driven by below normal home ownership in the Millennial generation, some communities are coming up with an interesting incentive called “Shared Equity Housing.” Because Millennials began entering the economy right around the time the economy cratered in 2008, they don’t have the savings typical of people their age. This makes finding a down payment on a house one of the most significant barriers to home ownership. All across the country, particularly in its most expensive...
  • America's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground

    06/11/2015 7:39:13 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 33 replies
    NPR (don't barf, this is pretty good!) ^ | June 11, 2015 | Chris Arnold
    There's a serious problem in the American economy right now: Big corporations are doing well, but real household income for average Americans has been falling over the past decade — down 9 percent, according to census data. "That's not good for America," says Harvard economist Michael Porter. "That's not good for America's standard of living. That's not good for our vitality as a nation." That's why Porter's excited about the deep reserves of natural gas and oil that have been made accessible by hydraulic fracturing technology, or fracking — a boon he examines in detail in a new report. "It...
  • Obama to seek climate rules for airplanes

    06/10/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration wants to declare that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes are harmful, which would set up regulations to limit the pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed “endangerment finding” Wednesday, which would formally conclude that carbon dioxide and any other greenhouse gases from commercial airplanes contribute to climate change and harm the public health and welfare. The move is a major win for environmentalists, since aircraft are the largest source of greenhouse gases that the EPA is not either regulating or planning to regulate. But the EPA’s proposed solution to the airplane climate problem — adopting...
  • Millennials: Job Hopping or Advancing Careers?

    06/10/2015 8:18:11 AM PDT · by thackney · 38 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | June 09, 2015 | Valerie Jones
    While many HR professionals have seen the oil and gas industry’s downturn as an opportunity to acquire some highly-skilled workers, the industry is still challenged with a shortage of STEM-capable people in the pipeline. And once the industry is back on the uptick, oil and gas companies will have to rehire – probably rather quickly – to remain competitive. So HR has some important decisions ahead. And while one can never determine how long an individual will stay with a company, Chris Melillo, managing partner and energy practice leader for Kaye/Bassman International Corp., recently told Rigzone it was a very...
  • The Job Market Will Get Much Worse, JP Morgan Economist Warns

    06/10/2015 7:54:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge via Dark-Bid.com ^ | 06/10/2015 | Daniel Drew
    As Zero Hedge reports every month, the labor force participation rate is at multi-decade lows. Michael Feroli, a JPMorgan economist, said the economy will produce even fewer jobs in the future.In the last ten years, the U.S. saw 68,000 new jobs per month. Meanwhile, the population grew by over 200,000 per month. The last decade's data was marred by severe job losses in 2008. From 1995 - 2005, it was normal to see 300,000 new jobs per month in good years, and the bad years didn't come close to the 2008 horror show.Job creation is on a slight uptrend now,...
  • READY, WILLING, AND ABLE: GRANT TO HELP STUDENTS BOOST JOB-HUNTING SKILLS

    06/10/2015 5:25:09 AM PDT · by bert · 4 replies
    Career Focus, Northeast State ^ | june 9 2015 | staff
    READY, WILLING, AND ABLE: GRANT TO HELP STUDENTS BOOST JOB-HUNTING SKILLS It always helps to have an edge in the job market. Northeast State stands ready to give students that edge with a recent $150,000 grant to support advanced technology workforce training opportunities throughout Northeast Tennessee. The funding is provided through a Walmart Foundation grant, which is managed by the American Association of Community Colleges. It is referred to as the JRWA Initiative, which stands for Job Ready, Willing, and Able. Northeast State was one of only 17 colleges across the United States to receive the award. The colleges will...
  • The Next Phase of the Industrial Revolution

    06/09/2015 11:57:22 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 10, 2015 | Warren Beatty
    Ever heard of the Luddites, who took their name from Ned Ludd? They were English textile workers who protested, from 1811 to 1816, against the development and implementation of labor-saving technologies....... .... Robots are causing a new Industrial Revolution..... [SNIP] ....Liberals are even proposing the regulation of technological advancement..... .........One aspect of the massive agrarian job loss in America was that the unemployed farm workers did not sit idle. Instead of lamenting their fate, waiting for government to do something and/or take care of them, they took advantage of the fact that new technology created hundreds of millions of jobs...
  • Why Do Less Educated Republicans Oppose Immigration Reform More Stridently?

    06/09/2015 12:55:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 9, 2015 | By Ronald Brownstein
    Across the key issues related to both legal and undocumented immigration, significantly more Republicans without a college degree expressed conservative views than Republicans who have completed at least four years of higher education, according to detailed results provided to Next America from a Pew Research Center national survey. Likewise, older Republicans embraced conservative views more often than the party's younger members, the survey found. These consistent contrasts may help explain why several of the likely 2016 GOP candidates jostling for blue-collar support have camped out positions not only opposing any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but also urging reductions...
  • Army Corps of Engineers seeking ‘civilian workers’ ahead of ‘impending national disaster’?

    06/08/2015 3:51:32 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    ARMY CALLING FOR ‘WORKERS’ TO RESPOND TO FUTURE “DISASTER STRICKEN AREAS OF THE US” KENNEWICK, Wash.- A tip was sent to me by a reader via email Saturday documenting how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now soliciting civilian workers for “maintenance” positions ahead of what appears to be an upcoming and potentially ‘imminent event’ of some type. Shockingly as listed in the solicitation numbered “NCFL156545791382984S” which is posted at USAJobs.gov the Army Corps of Engineers is literally calling upon skilled individuals amongst the civilian population in search of potential prospects rather than using already active Army personnel. The...
  • WI Republicans fire scientists working on research related to climate change and polllution (sic)

    06/08/2015 12:55:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | June 8, 2015 | Todd Richmond,
    Republican lawmakers are cutting scientists from the Department of Natural Resources who worked on issues related to climate change, pollution and mining. Republicans claim the cuts are designed to refocus the DNR on hunting and fishing. But Democrats say the GOP is retaliating against researchers in areas they oppose for political reasons. “It has to be political,” Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee, said of the cuts. “The public hasn’t called for this. Most people in the state want decisions about the environment to be based on science, not politics.” Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an...
  • This State Created Jobs and Surpluses Through Tax Cuts

    06/08/2015 11:21:45 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 2 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 6/8/15 | Stephen Moore
    In an interview at the governor’s mansion, Gov. Pat McCrory tells me that when he took office in January 2013 he looked at the data and knew “we couldn’t stay on the course we were on. We had the highest unemployment benefits and yet at the same time businesses were routinely complaining they couldn’t find workers until benefits ran out. We heard a lot of stories of workers waiting until benefits ran out before going back to work.” In sum, the state was paying people not to work. While these measures were passing the legislature, the state capital boiled over...
  • Scott Walker hits back at Obama: ‘Guy who called ISIS the JV squad’

    06/08/2015 4:56:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    ....“I thought it was interesting for the president to say that the guy who called ISIS the JV squad and Yemen a success story somehow suggesting someone else should bone up in foreign policy,” Mr. Walker said on ABC’s “This Week.” ....“My belief is if I’m going to — if I’m even thinking about running for president of the United States, it’s not about preparing for debates, it’s about being prepared to be the president of the United States,” he said...
  • G.O.P. Assault on Environmental Laws ["Batty suggestion from Gov. Scott Walker"]

    06/08/2015 12:42:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 8, 2015 | NYT Editorial Board
    President Obama has announced or will soon propose important protections for clean water, clean air, threatened species and threatened landscapes. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and other Republicans in Congress are trying hard not to let that happen — counterattacking with a legislative blitz not seen since Newt Gingrich and his “Contract With America” Republicans swept into office after the 1994 midterm elections bent on crippling many of the environmental statutes enacted under Presidents Johnson and Nixon. Bill Clinton threatened or used vetoes to block that assault. Mr. Obama should be prepared to do the same. The usual complaints...
  • Fracking divides red, blue states

    06/07/2015 1:58:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Fracking is creating a new dividing line between the nation’s red and blue states. While liberal-leaning states such as New York and Maryland have opted to ban hydraulic fracturing, despite the potential revenue from natural gas, conservative strongholds such as Texas and Oklahoma have gone the opposite route, moving to ensure that local towns and cities cannot outlaw the practice in their communities. Observers say a state’s approach to fracking is increasingly falling along partisan lines, with the affiliation of a state’s legislature and governor often reflected in whether the practice is welcome or shunned. “Where we have legislative or...
  • The "Illegal Immigrant" Recovery? The Real Stunner In The May Jobs Report

    06/06/2015 7:12:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/06/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Traditionally, when it comes to job numbers reported by the BLS's Establishment (the source of the monthly nonfarm payrolls change) and Household (the source of the monthly unemployment rate data) surveys, there is a substantial discrepancy. However, in May's far stronger than expected report, the two for the first time were almost identical: the Establishment Survey reported an increase of 280K jobs, while according to the Household survey 272K jobs were added. Impressive numbers in a month in which only 215K jobs were expected to be added. There were the usual kinks, of course. Two thirds of all jobs,...
  • Why you should Google yourself now

    06/06/2015 6:22:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/6/2015 | Kim Komando
    Whether it's a potential employer, current employer, budding romantic partner, long-time significant other, or someone else in your life, there's a good chance they have or will run a Google search for your name. Do you know everything that they'll find? The answer could make a difference between a job and the unemployment line, or ‘happily ever after’ and nights alone. That's why you need to run your own search first. Search Google for more than mentions Start with a basic search for your name in quotes, like "Kim Komando,” for instance. If you have a more common name, you...
  • Payroll Stats Become Even More Implausible: The Job Numbers Literally Do Not Add Up

    06/05/2015 1:23:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Alhambra Investment Partners ^ | 06/05/2015 | Jeff Snider
    Payroll Stats Become Even More ImplausibleSince Q1 GDP was revised lower by almost 1% that meant estimates of productivity were going to be even more out of alignment than they were at the first release. Of course, in a less massaged environment productivity might have preserved some sense if there was less rigidity from the BLS on the employment side. In other words, when “output” estimates were reduced (and they were, by more than GDP) it would make sense that everything would be revised downward in a more cohesive process. Instead, output was reduced significantly, by 1.4%, while total hours...
  • Where The May, 2015 Jobs Were: Teachers, Waiters, Retail, And Temp Help

    06/05/2015 1:18:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/05/2015 | Tyler Durden
    One of the defining features of jobs "recovery" and the main reason why wage growth has been so far below the Fed's expectations for years it has prevented wage inflation from appearing despite years of QE, is that the quality of jobs added month after month has disappointing. May was no difference.Yes, the headline print of 280K job additions was great, but a quick look at how the BLS got there shows that nothing has changed because four of the five main job additions were, as usual for the lowest paid jobs. Here is the breakdown: Education and Health...
  • 93 Million Americans Remain Out Of The Labor Force Despite Nearly 400K Work Pool Increase

    06/05/2015 7:17:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/05/2015 | Tyler Durden
    The reason why despite the better than expected increase in jobs the US unemployment rate rose from 5.4% to 5.5% even as the number of Unemployed workers rose by 125K to 8,674MM was due to the 397K influx into the civilian labor force which rose to 157.459MM, a new record high in the series, which on the surface would suggest declining slack as more people who have been traditionally left out of the employment calculation go back into the labor pool.Which aslo meant that since the total US civilian non-institutional population rose by half this number, the number of...
  • U.S. Economy Added 280,000 Jobs in May 2015; Unemployment Rate 5.5%

    06/05/2015 6:33:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/05/2015 | By PATRICIA COHEN
    Blunting worries about the American economy’s momentum after a stretch of lackluster growth this year, the government reported on Friday that employers added a hefty 280,000 jobs in May, well above the average monthly totals logged over the last year. The official unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent, as more Americans returned to the labor force and returned to actively looking for work. At the same time, hourly wages rose 0.3 percent last month, finally providing workers with some long-awaited gains. United States markets were expected to open lower on concerns that the strong report would provide further reason...
  • The Highest-Paying Jobs Of The Future Will Eat Your Life

    06/05/2015 12:18:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fast Company ^ | May 20, 2015 | Jay L. Zagorsky
    In the future, highly skilled people will be bringing home fatter paychecks, but they'll rarely be home long enough to spend them.For a glimpse of the future of work, especially the high-paying kind, look at finance and high-tech companies. Some of the biggest offer high employee salaries combined with lavish perks like free meals at work, luxury shuttle buses for commuters, and extras such as dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at people’s desks. This might look like the fruits of corporate beneficence. In fact, alongside email and other digital technologies, perks like these aim to maximize efficiency and...
  • In Georgia, Scott Walker explains how the GOP can win anywhere

    06/04/2015 11:00:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | June 4, 2015 | kyle Wingfield
    ".................“I think that argument’s even truer now,” he said. “Almost all of the battleground states are led by Republican governors. … What our argument should be, when going into those states, is: Remember how things were messed up? You not only elected Rick Snyder (in Michigan), Rick Scott (Florida),Susana Martinez (New Mexico), but you re-elected them because they made things better. “Imagine how much better if we could elect a reform-minded Republican like that to be president.” That will require the GOP to win over voters who tend to back Democrats, such as those under age 25. “I’ve got two...
  • Gallup: U.S. Job Creation Index Edges Up to New High in May

    06/04/2015 6:28:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 06/04/2015 | Rebecca Riffkin
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gallup's U.S. Job Creation Index reached +32 for the month of May, the highest Gallup has found, by one point, since 2008. It slightly exceeds the +31 found in April, and the +30 found in September 2014. Shortly after Gallup began tracking job creation in January 2008, the index nosedived as the Great Recession wreaked havoc on the economy. After remaining in negative territory for most of 2009, the index slowly recovered, reaching +30 in September 2014. It then dipped slightly and stayed between +27 and +29 for six months. More recently, it increased two points in...
  • Family Leave Policies Are Supposed to Help Women. Instead, They Trap Them.

    06/03/2015 5:51:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Reason ^ | 5-26-15 | Peter Suderman
    Mother’s Day this year, Hillary Clinton released a short video calling for the United States to adopt paid family leave policies. The U.S., she said, in support of her call, is "the only developed country" that doesn’t require employers to offer paid leave. Paid family leave requirements and other related benefits for working parents are indeed common around the rest of the world, and they are intended to make life friendlier for women who work and have families. But as The New York Times notes this morning, these policies come with trade-offs: Even as they make it easier for many...
  • Are There Any Freeper Truck Drivers Out There? (Vanity)

    05/31/2015 4:50:53 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 52 replies
    This is the situation. I am late 50s in the corporate world of supply chain management. I've done OK, though not spectacular and gone about as far as I can go. We are empty nesters now and my mother, for whom I was the primary care giver, passed away about six months ago.The present corporate world is giving signals that my work, which they were formerly quite happy with, is all of a sudden, a topic of petty complaints. I believe it is time to look for a new career.I see tons of ads for truck drivers promising a minimum...