Posts Tagged ‘Unemployment’

Obama’s Rock Bottom Still to Come

July 9, 2014

From Alex Castellanos at CNN

Everywhere you walk, Mr. President, the world unravels. Americans are whispering that each political missile you fire seems to hit not its target but our own house…Your Veterans Administration is a dysfunctional mess…Your immigration agents are changing diapers and crying for fresh underwear…Your own signature initiative, the Affordable Care Act, has turned on you…Your Supreme Court is telling you to read the manual that came with your office…You are protected by the thinly manned barricades of an attorney general who refuses to investigate misconduct in your executive offices…In foreign affairs, you have undone one of the great accomplishments of the 20th century…Young people who voted for you to earn a better life than their parents are now living with their parents…You have now been reduced to pathetically small political “listening tours”… Behind the smile, we see an ego inflated beyond merit. Your intellectual detachment, we now find, was merely cluelessness…The road ahead is worse for you…

Read it all here: Obama hasn’t hit rock bottom yet

DJH

Common Sense Takes a Hike in Seattle

June 4, 2014

Washington State has the highest state minimum wage at $9.32 an hour, but the Seattle city council decided that $15 an hour is better. So, the road to hell received a new paving block with the good intention of a more than 50% increase in Seattle’s minimum wage. This feel-good, idealistic ordinance will have unintended consequences and the dominoes will begin falling.

The first domino to fall will wipe out some minimum wage jobs, hurting many who were supposed to be helped by this ordinance. Employers will have to cover the cost of this wage hike by eliminating jobs and increasing the work load for others. They will also think twice before bringing on new hires at any wage level.

Some adult minimum wage workers will be replaced with teens who are allowed by this ordinance to be paid less than $15 an hour. Families desperately dependent on an adult minimum wage earner will suffer and the cost of welfare and unemployment benefits will rise (tax increase on the horizon?). The replacement of adults with teens will also bring a lower level of competence to those jobs, resulting in reduced quality, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

Skilled workers now making $15 an hour will demand a raise – and rightly so. It would be an insult for an experienced, skilled worker to make the same hourly wage as a burger-flipper. Unions will certainly back up this demand and wages across the board will increase accordingly. As wages increase, so will prices – on everything.

Some workers will benefit from this increase, but a rising cost of living and the economic effect of other falling dominoes will make that short-lived. The idea that this will help the overall economy is similar to that of Obamacare lowering insurance premiums: Wishful thinking.

Believing something will happen does not make it so, and short-term “feel good” actions have long-term consequences. Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant gleefully tells us: “$15 in Seattle is just the beginning.” Some, however, believe it may be the beginning of the end.

David J. Hentosh

Naughton Challenges Fitzpatrick

April 24, 2014

Shaugnessy Naughton is running for Congress in the 8th District against Mike Fitzpatrick. In a guest opinion in the BCCT she laid out her “progressive platform” that contained very little detail but one: spend, spend, spend. That, of course, means more government spending.

The need for jobs, of course, ends up on every politician’s agenda, but the idea that government creates jobs is a progressive idea that is false. Government is not supposed to create jobs. It is only expected to help build an atmosphere where jobs can be created by private industry.

Naughton’s self-proclaimed “forward thinking attitude” was explained with all the right buzz words: investing in the future, investing in the infrastructure, investing in education and science and technology, modernizing transportation, raising the minimum wage, etc. How all this investing is to be paid for is left unsaid.

There is nothing wrong with investing, but “progressive” spending is at an all-time high and we are getting very little bang for the buck – and our children are being saddled with the bill. A little “forward thinking” a few years ago could have stopped Obamacare from being rashly devised and rammed through Congress. It could also have stopped our education system from deteriorating into a social engineering laboratory that is failing to educate properly. Naughton’s type of “forward thinking” always seems to ignore consequences.

Naughton complains about companies shutting their doors, but government over-reach and intrusion bears much of the blame. Government investments in alternative energy sources that have produced little could have done much for our failing infrastructure. Instead, the “progressive” agenda ruled the day and we spent foolishly. Appeasing the progressive agenda has put us in a difficult position. We need a real change.

Nothing Shaugnessy Naughton said makes one feel she is the change we need. She seems like more of the same, and that’s not working. Her science background is impressive, but science has been hijacked for political purposes to the point where it has lost credibility, especially when cited by politicians. We need to stop “progressing” and get our priorities straight. Then, maybe real progress can be made.

David J. Hentosh

Census Bureau Data Shows Bubble Bursting

April 16, 2014

For all those voting strictly for the party that continues to provide more and more government handouts, you should know that the freebie bubble is about to officially burst. Census Bureau Data shows those receiving handouts far outnumber those working to pay for them and it is only a matter of time before it all crumbles.

From cnsnews.com

Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know…In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time (35 or more hours per week)… There were 108,592,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2011 who lived in a household that included people on “one or more means-tested program“…Those 108,592,000 outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers who inhabited the United States in 2012 by almost 1.3 to 1…All told, including both the welfare recipients and the non-welfare beneficiaries, there were 151,014,000 who “received benefits from one or more programs”…The 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1

These numbers make it clear our current government assistance situation is not sustainable. It is also clear that we are already on our way down. If voters don’t wake up, we may possibly hit bottom during the next administration’s reign.

David J. Hentosh

How Wrong Can One Be?

March 5, 2014

Obama has turned out to be wrong most of the time but that is rarely acknowledged by true believers. For the idealistic, he “has to” be right, therefore, failure cannot occur, but it does and it has – consistently.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is turning out to be a catastrophe. Almost everything promised is turning out to be wrong while all the predictions heard from Senator Mike Enzi (and others) that were mocked are turning out to be right. Experts were ignored in favor of Obama’s “superior intelligence” and now provisions of the law are being delayed by Obama solely to keep the stink away from campaigning Democrats.

The Stimulus failed to revive the economy but believers claim it a success by saying our economy would be much worse if it was never put in place. Conveniently, that can never be proved, but it allows followers to deny failure and pretend they are right.

Global warming, rhetorically changed to “climate change” to ease embarrassment, fuels Obama’s continuing green policies even though predictions continue to prove wrong. Resent research conducted by the Environmental Policy Alliance shows that buildings receiving green energy certification use more energy than non-green buildings, but Obama’s “green” agenda continues to waste taxpayer money for idealistic purposes.

Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine is a direct result of Obama’s failed foreign policies. His inexperience and lack of decisiveness with Syria broadcast his weakness to the world. Putin has no fear of Obama and is taking full advantage just as Iran played him for a fool and is now on the verge of having a nuclear weapon. Allies (e.g. Israel) have been insulted while enemies have been appeased and USA world leadership and respect is at an all-time low.

Obama was also wrong about: Ushering in a “post racial” and “open door” administration; closing Gitmo; creating shovel ready jobs; Obamacare not being a tax; insurance rates going down; keeping one’s health plan; comprehensive immigration reform in his first term; Benghazi attack caused by video; Al Qaeda being decimated; unemployment reduction; and so much more.

How wrong can one be? For the sake of the country we can only hope we don’t find out.

David J. Hentosh

Democrats Running on Excuses

February 19, 2014

In spite of MSNBC’s biased campaign to make “Bridgegate” a momentous issue, polls continue to show that unemployment remains the most important issue for voters. Unless there is a miraculous economic recovery in the next six months, Democrats will have nothing but excuses to campaign on for November’s elections.

Obamacare has been a disaster and many Democrats are trying to distance themselves from it, however, its negative impact on jobs can’t be avoided. After a CBO report estimated a 2 million job loss by 2017 due to Obamacare, panic forced Democrat’s to say that losing jobs “empowers” people to make choices about their lives.

Harry Reid put out the foolish talking point that “…It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into”. It is an insult to those losing a job to be told they should now feel “empowered” because they are no longer “locked” into gainful employment. Perhaps, they should use this “empowerment” in the voting booth come November.

The CBO report validated the “racist, Obama-hating” predictions that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will create a disincentive to work and force many to work fewer hours due to part-time jobs replacing full-time jobs. This, too, brought out a panicky excuse that it will provide more choices, particularly the choice to “not work”. This is so lame it is embarrassing just to hear it.

Speaking of embarrassing, Secretary of State John Kerry is desperately trying to turn voters’ attention away from the poor economy by stirring up fear over man-made “climate change”, once called “global warming” until that began unravelling. He called it our greatest terror threat but he’s going to need excuses for all the failed, dire predictions and contrary data before anyone buys his Al Gore impersonation.

From Chris Matthews blaming the sun for a poor Obama speech to Sebelius blaming arcane insurance terminology for Spanish translation mistakes, excuses are becoming the Democrat platform in the face of administration failure. There will certainly be more as November approaches, but there will be no excuse for the silent majority if they sit home and allow this farce to continue. That would simply be a disaster.

David J. Hentosh

Red Moon Rising

December 16, 2013

Like many of Obama’s decisions, the canceling of NASA’s manned moon missions was shortsighted and blind to consequences. Giving up U.S. assumed squatter’s rights put the moon up for grabs and it didn’t take long for China to make a move. There is a red moon rising and the entire world is in its dangerous shadow.

China just became the first country in almost 40 years to soft-land a probe on the moon and plans to send its first astronaut to the moon by 2030, but what comes after that is a real concern. According to several reports, China has long-term plans for transforming the moon into a missile base.

The Want China Times claims that Chinese experts are discussing the possibility of establishing a missile base and/or a weapons testing site on the moon by the year 2050. Those who sneer at this idea cite international agreements banning weapons from space as a reason for skepticism, but they forget that similar international agreements against a nuclear Iran are proving to be useless.

Arming the moon dovetails with China’s recent sword-rattling such as sending warships to the coast of Syria, threatening nuclear strikes over US involvement with Taiwan, and imposing an air defense zone over disputed islands. This red moon is rising because of a perceived weakness in Obama and his foreign policies, a weakness becoming more and more evident, and dangerous, around the world.

Obama gave Iraq to Al Qaeda; he gave Russia credibility and influence in the Middle East; he gave Iran time to develop a nuclear weapon; he gave taxpayer money to “green” companies that failed miserably; he gave enormous debt to our grandchildren; he gave pink slips to millions of workers; he gave us a health insurance law that doesn’t work; and he gave the moon to China.

Please, Mr. President, stop giving.

David J. Hentosh

A Week Filled With Denial

September 30, 2013

President Obama lead the way in denial this week, stating that there will be no harm to the economy from Obamacare. This flies in the face of facts that show company lay-offs, freezes on hiring, decreases in full-time employees, and increases in part-time employment due to Obamacare – as well as premium increases.

Obama also brought his denial into the international arena by opening up negotiations with Iran based on obvious lies from the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. This guy promised to stop Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon – a quest he very recently claimed didn’t even exist. Obama is pretending this is real in the same way he is pretending Syria’s giving up chemical weapons is real.

These denials help Obama keep face and smooth his remaining years in the White House, but they are very dangerous to the entire world. Iran used Obama like a puppet for years, stalling for time to complete manufacture of a nuclear weapon, which is now close at hand. Putin is pulling those same puppet strings, allowing Syria to keep chemical weapons and a lucrative partnership with Russia.

Under Obama’s policies, the United States has lost world influence and grown weaker, but Obama boasted at the UN this week that “the world is safer than it was five years ago” because of his policies. Obama also took credit for helping Putin defuse Syria’s chemical weapon use. Putin erased Obama’s problematic red line and regained previously lost influence in the Middle East through Obama’s bungling, yet, Obama unabashedly pretended it was a personal diplomatic coup.

Of course, the UN is the ideal place for pretense. The UN climate panel just proclaimed that it is “extremely likely” that climate change is man-made, based on a new report it received. Conveniently, the panel ignored everything in the report that pointed otherwise, and there is much that does, such as: No increase in global temperature in the past 15 years; an increase rather than decrease in Antarctic ice; admission of inaccurate models, and many other findings that do not point to man-made global warming.

The best denial of the week, however, goes to Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a Saudi Arabian cleric who defended banning women from driving because it “…could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards…” This doesn’t sound quite like president Obama, but it does sound a lot like a UN interpretation of a medical report.

David J. Hentosh

Framing the Issue Falsely – Again

August 27, 2013

On The White House Blog, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, championed Obamacare by framing the health care issue in a way that presents a false sense of discrimination and victimhood. This framing is intentionally misleading.

Sebelius said: “Without the opportunity to live a healthy life, there is no opportunity to live the American dream or participate fully in our communities. Without the freedom which comes from having access to quality health care, there is no freedom to reach our full potential in the workforce or watch our kids or grandkids grow up.”

She is right in what she says but deliberately misleading because “opportunity” does exist to find the American dream and “access” to quality health care has been available for quite some time. “Access” is being used as a synonym for “free” by Sebelius, and that is the way the left has been framing this issue since the beginning of Obamacare in order to sell it to the masses.

“Opportunity” is also being distorted by Sebelius because she really means “entitlement”. This has been the most egregious and deliberate distortion from the left for years. The Civil Rights Movement was highly successful in providing opportunity to those who were previously deprived of it and that opportunity remains available. However, one must take advantage of that opportunity.

Ironically, it is a Hollywood celebrity who provided the best perspective. At the Teen Choice Awards, Ashton Kutcher defined opportunity perfectly when he said: “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work”. There it is in a nutshell.

Sebelius and the left rarely use the word “work” as a verb. They use it as a noun (as in “job”) and even then it is used as something that is provided, not earned. Telling people to work for what they want does not bring votes. That, too, is the issue in a nutshell.

David J. Hentosh

“Phony” Scandals Panicking Phony President

July 25, 2013

President Obama “pivoted” from issues that are drowning his administration to smoke and mirror obfuscation or, in other words, to his sweet spot. In an overly-long speech meant to shift focus away from his failing administration, Obama repeated stale economic “hope and change” rhetoric that has no bearing on reality of or the muck of his administration.

Dismissing the chaos swirling around his administration as “phony scandals”, Obama is relying on unconditional support from blind admirers to keep him above the fray, but he is mired much too deeply in the morass. The only phony thing here is his presidency, and even some of his supporters are starting to realize it.

Obama was a phony presidential candidate in 2008, having little or no experience in anything that qualified him for the top job. His rhetoric and promises turned out to be phony and his policies have been driven by personal ideologies. Obamacare, his piece de resistance, was rashly pushed through Congress to gain a political success, camouflaged by a phony concern for the uninsured.

His foreign policies have been idealistic, naive, and amateurish, sneered upon by both allies and enemies who understood right from the start that he was out of his league. His phony diplomacy has been transparent and his inability to make decisions has lowered respect for the US around the world.

His flip-flopping on the Defense of Marriage Act over the years indicates that his present backing of gay marriage is phony. He has shown to be swayed by the political wind, not his conscience. Even his attendance at Columbia University is being questioned and his “superior intelligence” has yet to reveal itself.

It is an insult for this president to dismiss legitimate concerns about the IRS, NSA, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Snowden, Obamacare costs, HHS Secretary Sebelius, Holder’s Justice Department, Solyndra, and much, much more as “phony” scandals. One can only hope that voters will remember this insult at the voting booth and begin the recovery we desperately need.

David J. Hentosh


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