Comment Last Three
October 10, 2010
Recently, a Democrat candidate for the US Senate was asked, "How do you create jobs?" He could not give a clear answer, but did say that government programs would do it. Democrats do not care about creating jobs--just the growth of government and more taxes for expanded spending programs. Their policies of tax and spend (and support the unions) never create any jobs, but destroys the free market system.
This week the Labor Department reported that unemployment stayed at 9.6 percent, in a range where it has been stuck most of the year. The gains in private jobs came mostly in health care, restaurants, mining and temporary employment, and were more than offset by another month of losses in government jobs. A 159,000 drop in government jobs led to an overall 95,000 fall in employment during the month. It reflected a widely expected decline of 77,000 federal workers hired temporarily to conduct the census, as well as an unexpectedly large fall of 83,000 in state and local employment.
States and cities, hemorrhaging revenues as a result of the recession and running out of federal stimulus funds, laid off workers in every category from teachers to police and firefighters, in the largest such layoffs since 1982. The federal government cannot keep printing and borrowing money to bail out states and cities.
"The pace of job creation is more than disappointing," said Harm Bandholz, economist at Unicredit Markets. "The woes of state and local governments are weighing on the labor market" as fewer teachers were called back to work this fall. Obama tried to spend federal monies to keep the union members employed, but it is not working.
The only good news, he said, is that the large wave of layoffs of temporary workers since the April census is now mostly over. Moreover, the jobs market was worse in the last year than previously reported by the federal government. It said 15,000 more jobs were lost in July and August than it previously estimated, and it expects the department's annual revisions to show the economy lost another 366,000 jobs through March 2010. Why does the Obama administration keep lying to the American public about its policies and their real effects on the job market?
To create jobs---cut taxes, reduce regulation, reduce spending, loan money to small business owners, and get out of the way.
September 29, 2010
Below is an article written by Virginia's Lt Governor. He explains how to create jobs, not how to destroy jobs, like the Obama administration. Virginia is a Right to Work state, has good Public Private Partnership legislation, and is very business friendly.
Federal Policies Could Create Another Recession
By Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling
The Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 28, 2010
President Obama will be visiting Richmond tomorrow to talk about his plans to get America's economy moving again. If the president is really serious about creating jobs, he should start by abandoning the anti-business policies his administration has promoted over the past 18 months.
As Virginia's chief jobs creation officer, I have probably met with more CEOs over the past eight months than anyone in our state. Almost every CEO I have met with has told me the same thing -- they are ready to invest and they are ready to hire but they are afraid to do so because of the anti-business policies being promoted in Washington, D.C.
If someone had sat down 18 months ago and devised a plan to destroy American business, it would look much like the policies currently being promoted in Washington. I'm not suggesting that anyone has pursued these anti-business policies intentionally, but their effect is to create an anti-business environment that could drive our economy back into recession.
Washington's anti-business march started with the promotion of card check and cap-and-trade. Card check could result in the widespread unionization of American business, which would drive up costs and drive down profitability; while cap-and-trade would result in higher energy costs for businesses and families and make it difficult to produce energy through conventional sources like coal.
Washington's anti-business march continued to include the misguided federal health care reform bill, with significant mandates, fines, and penalties that penalize businesses for hiring; and a financial regulatory bill that has created an environment that could cause many of our financial institutions to look for locations outside the United States.
Now, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats appear willing to allow the federal tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 to expire, which will result in a $135 billion tax increase on families and businesses in 2011. If we raise taxes in the midst of the worst economic decline in 60 years, we will most certainly pay a heavy price for doing so.
The anti-business decisions coming out of Washington include many other misguided policies that have the effect of discouraging investment and hiring -- and damping consumer confidence.
For example, out-of-control government spending and debt threatens the financial foundation of our country. This year, our federal deficit will exceed $1.4 trillion dollars and the total national debt will exceed $14 trillion dollars. No one would have predicted this just a few years ago.
This out-of-control spending and debt is unsustainable, and it will inevitably lead to inflation and a further devaluation of our nation's monetary system.
Don't think for a minute that the United States couldn't find itself in the same financial situation as Greece did earlier this year. The federal government is also increasingly interjecting itself into areas that have traditionally been reserved for the private sector.
In the past 18 months, we have seen unprecedented federal intrusion into the auto industry, the banking industry, the health care industry, student loan programs, and more. Instead of promoting policies that grow the government, we should be promoting policies that empower the private sector and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of America.
And finally, the viability of American business is being threatened by the overreaching regulatory policies of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Current EPA policies are adversely impacting the viability of the coal industry, the nuclear industry, agriculture, residential and commercial development, and any industrial or manufacturing business that discharges into the air or water. If left unchecked, these overreaching EPA policies could have a devastating impact on American business and industry for decades to come.
Against this onslaught of anti-business policies and actions, is it any wonder that American business is afraid to invest, that consumer confidence is at an all-time low, and declines in the stock market have wiped out billions in investor assets?
If we are really serious about getting our economy moving again and creating jobs, we must abandon these anti-business policies in lieu of policies that will encourage investment and hiring; and we must get federal spending and debt under control.
Economic growth can be stimulated by promoting lower taxes, not higher taxes; less regulation, not more regulation; and recommitting ourselves to the apparently outdated notion that it is the private sector that creates jobs and economic prosperity, not the government!
January 10, 2010
Once again, political correctness gets in the way of protecting American citizens. When will our elected leaders stop illegals coming across our borders, stop terrorists from getting on airplanes, stop giving terrorists American legal rights, and start profiling radical Muslims? The White House cannot even get its own "guest lists" correct without allowing uninvited guests into secure environments.
The Obama administration has repeatedly said the failure to connect intelligence reports that might have prevented the Christmas Day panty-bombing attempt was not because spy agencies failed to share information. Instead, John Brennan, assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security, said top intel officials simply didn't understand all the intelligence pointing to a possible terrorist attack, which came true when a Nigerian national tried to blow up a U.S. airliner with a bomb in his underwear. If they did not understand the information, should they still have a job?
There are many intelligence agencies, offices, and people working around the world to protect the United States. Are these agencies asleep, not doing their jobs, or have the wrong leadership and priorities? Intelligence intercepts captured a steady stream of chatter before the bombing attempt, including one that said a Nigerian with connections to al Qaeda was planning an attack. Other major red flags -- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab bought his ticket to Detroit with cash and was traveling with no luggage, his father warned the embassy, and he had communications with known terrorists.
President Obama said that his administration had a "systemic failure" of our security services, so what will he do to correct the situation? Why were the signs missed and why were senior officials on vacation when there was a failure to prevent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (UFA) from flying into the country on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with a bomb in his underpants that could have killed 300 people. Only by the grace of God and the actions by passengers that the bomb did not explode.
Has the reforms of our intelligence agencies in recent years merely added bureaucracies and damaged the efficient collation and analysis of intelligence? American citizens will be punished by new rules while flying while the TSA, FBI, and other agencies do not pay any price for not do their jobs. Start profiling radical Muslims since no other individuals or groups are targeting the US. Again, Iran is a major force behind all of these attacks.
Security must be Job One.
November 25, 2009
We in Maryland have a state supported organization that helps illegals and thinks that they are above the law. When will citizens of Maryland stop supporting payments to CASA of Maryland? Our police do their job to protect us and they get sued by a left-wing organization that has the support of the Governor. If Maryland stopped providing support to illegal aliens, we taxpayers would save $500 M a year.
Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, among others, is the target of a federal lawsuit filed by a Hispanic immigrant. Roxana Orellana Santos' $1 million suit alleges that her civil rights were violated when two of Jenkins' deputies approached and subsequently arrested her in Frederick last October.
Santos claims she was simply eating lunch outdoors when she was profiled by the deputies because of her appearance. Kerry O'Brien is the director of services for CASA de Maryland, an immigrant advocacy organization, and one of several groups that has taken up Santos' cause. O'Brien's position is that Santos was neither committing a crime when she was arrested, nor charged with one after being detained.
Perhaps not, but is that the real issue here? The two deputies on the scene said Santos tried to hide when she saw them -- behavior that properly aroused their suspicion. A routine search on a national database turned up a federal immigration warrant, and, after discovering that, the deputies arrested Santos. Many in Frederick County no doubt find it ironic that a person in deportation proceedings is suing the law enforcement agency that identified her as a candidate for deportation. Frankly, we do too.
Those same folks may also see this lawsuit as an attempt to target Frederick County's participation in the federal 287(g) program, in which the sheriff's office, under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines and supervision, identifies lawbreaking illegal immigrants and refers them to ICE for potential deportation.
O'Brien claims 287(g) is designed to identify serious/violent crimes, but to date about 90 percent of those processed under the program were accused of misdemeanor offenses. Jenkins has interpreted the program to include offenses such as traffic violations. In the end, this lawsuit is a manifestation of the federal government trying to have it both ways.
On the one hand it has the 287(g) program to identify illegal immigrants, but on the other hand it said the program should focus only on criminal/dangerous illegal immigrants. What do you do when a person driving drunk or revoked turns out to be an illegal immigrant?
Jenkins' approach has been to refer to ICE anyone who, through normal police activity, is identified as an illegal immigrant. That would include scofflaw drivers -- and Santos as well if, as the deputies said, she attempted to elude them.
We are incredulous that Santos could be successful in this. Think of it. A woman is approached by police because of suspicious behavior, and while questioning her they discover federal immigration authorities have issued a warrant for her. They take her into custody and refer her to immigration officials. And they did what wrong? Now, while in deportation proceedings, Santos is suing the sheriff and others for a cool million.
The outcome of Santos' suit could have national implications; it could even be, as Jenkins says, a "powder keg." One thing is certain - folks in Frederick County won't be the only ones following the progress of Santos' lawsuit through the courts.