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Gee, I Wonder Why Unemployment Is So High

 

 

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   The list at the link is just a small collection of ridiculously regulated trades that various state governments have instituted in the name of “protecting” the public , but which are really the result of lobbying efforts by private industry to protect/restrict their businesses , one example of which we highlight below . This is the power of government , picking winners and losers . Crony capitalism at work .

 

 

 

8. Makeup Artists

 

” Teaching someone how to put on makeup without a government permission slip is illegal in 36 states. Even worse, many of these states demand makeup artists get a cosmetologist or esthetician license, which covers many skills they don’t even use. For example, in Nevada, these entrepreneurs are forced to spend “700 hours in a classroom to learn about subjects that have nothing to do with makeup artistry, like how to cut hair, wax eyebrows and manicure nails.” The state’s restrictions are so strict they triggered a lawsuit.”

 

Read more about this protectionism in the guise of “public safety” at BuzzFeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘For Every One Job Added, Nearly 5 People Left The Workforce’

 

 

” Alabama senator Jeff Sessions responds to the latest jobs report:

” Today’s jobs report underscores a deeper problem facing our economy: a large and growing block of people who are chronically jobless and completely outside the workforce. In December, the economy added only 74,000 jobs – not nearly enough to keep up with population growth –and 347,000 left the workforce. That means for every one job added, nearly 5 people left the workforce entirely. “

 

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HOW BAD IS OBAMA’S RECORD ON THE ECONOMY? THIS BAD

 

 

” We are now nearly five years into the Age of Obama, and I think pretty much everyone understands that, economically speaking, the record is poor. If you think unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty, declining labor force participation, booming food stamp use and so on are the signs of a healthy economy, then you should be satisfied with the Obama administration. Otherwise, not.

It must have hurt the New York Times to report this, but report it they did: “Many Rival Nations Surge Past the U.S. in Adding New Jobs.”

[C]ontrary to the widespread view that the United States is an island of relative prosperity in a global sea of economic torpor, employment in several other nations has bounced back more quickly, according to a new analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Government Is Hiring … And the Pay Ain’t Bad!

 

 

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” Despite the sequester, the federal government is still hiring! They posted a whopping 27,000 job openings, some with pretty fat pay checks. The median salary for the openings tops out at $76,000 a year. The Defense Department is now recruiting dozens of bartenders and waiters, and if they work full-time, these employees could earn more than $3.4 million a year combined.”

 

Click through to watch the video … shameful .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Army Says No To More Tanks, But Congress Insists

 

 

 

” Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army’s hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.

Lawmakers from both parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams.

But senior Army officials have said repeatedly, “No thanks.”

Yet in the case of the Abrams tank, there’s a bipartisan push to spend an extra $436 million on a weapon the experts explicitly say is not needed.

“If we had our choice, we would use that money in a different way,” Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press this past week.

Why are the tank dollars still flowing? Politics.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington State Mulls Allowing Employers To Grab Facebook Passwords

 

” Bosses investigating allegations of workplace misconduct in the State of Washington could soon legally obtain passwords and full access to individual employees’ social media accounts.

CBS Seattle reports a bill before the Washington Legislature could be amended to create the exemption, which would permit employers to “require or demand access to a personal account if an employee or prospective employee has allegations of workplace misconduct or giving away an employer’s proprietary information.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explaining To The Left (as if they’ll listen) Why Raising The Minimum Wage Does Not Pay For Itself

 

 

 

 

” On the one hand, this is so elementary, it’s hard to believe anyone argues with it. But when you’re dealing with ideological true believers, you know they will argue withanything you say if it doesn’t line up with the faith. So don’t assume you’ve won the argument just because you point this out: Raising the minimum wage will worsen unemployment because, plain and simple, it raises the cost of labor.

Not only that, but it raises by statute the cost of the least productive laborers out there. There’s a reason minimum wage earners get the minimum. Their contribution represents minimal value. An employer who decides to hire such a person is accepting lack of experience, lack of training and lack of maturity, and is deciding to invest some time developing the worker and getting whatever minimal contribution they can make until they see if the investment pays off in the person’s improvement. Usually you’re not talking about people trying to support a family. Usually you’re talking about a 16-year-old kid. If you make it even more expensive than it already is to hire such people, businesses simply will not do it.”

 

 

STATES CUTTING EMPLOYEE HOURS TO AVOID OBAMACARE COSTS

 

 

 

” The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year–they are also hitting the government, and public employees as well. Virginia, for example, is about to limit part-time employeesto 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more. The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance.

Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work. In Ohio, Youngstown State University recently announced a 29-hour-per-week part-time limit, and placed employees on notice that they would be fired if they worked more than the maximum. Other public universities are doing the same across the nation, just as their private-sector counterparts are limiting part-time hours to avoid the Obamacare rule.

In addition to limiting part-time hours, many institutions–public and private–are moving employees from full-time to part-time status to avoid Obamacare requirements. Doing so means facing the ire of left-wing institutions such as John Podesta’s Think Progress, which recently castigated a Wendy’s franchise for cutting employees’ hours. Yet there is little most businesses can do–they are merely responding to incentives written into law.”

OBAMACARE LAYOFFS, HIRING FREEZES BEGIN

 

 

 

” “It will have a negative impact on job creation” this year, says Mr. Zandi.

The Obamacare employer mandate doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2014, but the government requires businesses to track worker schedules for three to 12 months in advance.  That means many employers plan to get a jump start on avoiding Obamacare’s $2,000 per-worker fine by firing workers now, reducing employee hours, or replacing full-time employees with part-time workers.

A survey by the International Franchise Association finds that 31% of franchisees say they plan to cut staff to duck under Obamacare’s 50-employer mandate.  And another study byMercer consulting firm found that half of businesses who don’t presently offer health insurance plan to reduce employee hours to avert triggering Obamacare’s penalties.”

Gun-Hating New York Pols Paid $6 Million to Bushmaster Rifle Manufacturer

 

 

 

” New York state has spent nearly $6 million over the past three years on subsidies for Remington Arms Co., the two-century-old factory in Ilion that makes firearms including semiautomatic rifles used by the military and police and like those used in the recent mass killings in Connecticut and Webster, N.Y.

A message for my gun-hating fellow New York taxpayers: This is just another example of how big government will always offend your values. Hate baseball, or the Yankees in particular? Too bad, you’re paying for ‘em. Can’t stand junk food? You’re subsidizing the stuff, from producer to consumer. The more government takes, redistributes, regulates, and insures, the more you are footing the bill for behaviors, industries, and practices you abhor. A first step toward protecting your bruised values is to stop supporting the use of tax dollars to “save jobs.” “

 

 

 

 73% Of New Jobs Created In Last 5 Months Are In

Government

 

 

 ” The United States government is propping up the dismal labor market by simply absorbing workers into its ranks. As CNS News reports, 73.3% of new civilian jobs in the last five months are due to government hiring:

In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.

Elsewhere on the employment front, the mainstream media are doing cartwheels over news that the unemployment rate ticked down from 7.9% in October to 7.7% in November. The celebration comes as 540,000 dropped out of the workforce, and the labor force participation rate dropped to 63.6%. This is slightly up from the thirty-year low of 63.5% in September.”

 … That Labor Unions Don’t Want Workers to Know

 

 

 

 ” However, workers have an option they should know about. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has a provision that may be the best kept secret in labor law. Known as de-authorization, it allows workers to opt out of joining a union as a condition of employment.

It is, quite simply, nearly impossible for workers to get rid of a union once it has been certified as their monopoly bargaining representative. The NLRA does not require an election at the end of a designated term—such as a given time period or after the expiration of a contract—to allow workers to decide whether they want to continue being represented by the incumbent union or not. In fact, some workers may never get the opportunity to decertify a union they don’t want representing them.

In non-right to work states, private sector workers employed in union shops are required to join the union as a condition of employment. If they decide they don’t want the union representing them, their only option is a decertification election, held after the expiration of a contract or a narrow 30-day window near the end of the third year of a contract. The union can circumvent a time window by agreeing to a new contract before the window opens—thus moving the window to the end of the new contract, when they can move it again. “

The Real Reason Unions Are Targeting Wal-Mart

 

The Same Reason Unions Do Everything … Hint ( It’s Not For Your Benefit

 

It’s All About The Money 

 

 

Wal-Mart employees may not know this, but the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which organized Black Friday’s “strikes” outside their stores, has a serious problem. Its pension funds are failing.

Most are in critical status (defined as less than 65 percent funded) or in endangered status (less than 80 percent funded), according to the union’s own reports to the U.S. Labor Department. Without an infusion of new cash, they will not be able to pay all their obligations to future retirees.

That’s why the UFCW seeks to sign up 1.4 million Wal-Mart employees — to inject fresh money into its failing plans. This union, with 1.3 million members in North America, has been unsuccessfully battling for years to organize Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer. “

 

 

If You Want To See What The Unions Are Really All About Go To UNION FACTS And See Where Their Priorities Lie .

 

Lindsey Stone Learns A Lesson About Respect

 

You Don’t Give Any , You Don’t Get Any

 

A sign commanding silence and respect at Arlin...

 

 

Her 15 minutes are up so we won’t run the idiotic photo that she posted again . Instead we run the one above . For those of you who may have missed it , her handiwork can be seen here .

” The Massachusetts woman at the center of the Facebook  photo scandal at Arlington Cemetery has been fired from her job at a Cape Cod business.

Lindsey Stone’s employer, Living Independently Forever (LIFE), issued a statement on their Facebook page on Wednesday announcing that they have released the two employees involved in the controversial incident.

“We wish to announce that the two employees recently involved in the Arlington Cemetery incident are no longer employees of LIFE. Again, we deeply regret any disrespect to members of the military and their families .

Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

 

 

 ” The Federal-Postal Coalition — a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions — pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the “fiscal cliff.”

Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily.

“Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”

According to the coalition, federal employees have funded $60 billion in budget savings in 2011 and 2012 as a result of their ongoing pay freeze and an additional $28 billion in savings will be derived from the freeze extension through March 2013.

Federal workers also contributed $15 billion toward the budget in 2011 when the contribution rate toward retirement pensions was raised to 2.3 percent for new employees. “

Drip , Drip , Drip …

 

 

 

 

” Full time work is about to get scarcer. The reason? By hiring part-time workers who put in less than 30 hours per week, employers can avoid a mandate dictated by the new health reform law: either provide expensive health insurance or pay a fine equal to $2,000 per worker. Avoiding the mandate becomes even more attractive for low-wage employees, since they can get highly subsidized insurance in the newly created health insurance exchanges. According to the Wall Street Journal:

  • Darden Restaurants [parent of Red Lobster and Olive Garden] was among the first companies to say it was changing hiring in response to the health-care law.
  • Pillar Hotels & Resorts this summer began to focus more on hiring part-time workers among its 5,500 employees, after the Supreme Court upheld the health-care overhaul.
  • CKE Restaurants Inc., parent of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, began two months ago to hire part-time workers to replace full-time employees who left.
  • Home retailer Anna’s Linens Inc. is considering cutting hours for some full-time employees to avoid the insurance mandate if the healthcare law isn’t repealed.
  • In a July survey, 32% of retail and hospitality company respondents told [Mercer] that they were likely to reduce the number of employees working 30 hours a week or more.

Clearly the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a major factor holding back economic recovery. But it’s not alone. Other public policies enacted during the Obama administration’s first four years have been affecting the supply side of the market. “

 

 

Illustration By Glenn McCoy

You’ll Need A Magnifying Glass

Chart Courtesy of Political Math

” President Obama’s Top 9 Biggest Lies”

“President Obama brazenly accused the Republicans of being liars, so it’s only fair game to look at the president’s own monumental
record of “fibs.”This list of Obama’s top ten biggest lies is by no means exhaustive.

  An explanatory note is in order. A lie is something said to deliberately mislead people or is otherwise a broken promise that one could
honor. One of the reasons it has been deemed politically incorrect to call someone a “liar” is because the government and the mainstream media want to do it constantly without being called on it.”

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Under “News you can Use ” comes this study , complete with a map of the business climate on a state by state basis .
  My one disagreement with the study would be the fact that New York somehow manages to escape an “F” rating . Having done business there for thirty years prior to “going Galt ” it is hard for me to imagine a less business friendly environment .
   Thanks to the Kauffman Foundation and ThumbThumbtack.com for publishing this .

How does your state fare ?

How does your state fare ?

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” Today Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing
Marion Kauffman Foundation, released new data showing that Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah
all earned A+’s for their friendliness towards small businesses. In contrast, small business owners gave California, Hawaii, Vermont, and Rhode Island an F, while New York narrowly avoided this lowest category with a D grade. Top performing cities included Oklahoma City, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio. “

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