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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE JOBS AMERICANS WON’T DO AND HOW TO SAVE $MILLIONS

December 20, 2016

As president, Barack Obama managed to turn our culture from one of pride and responsibility into one of government dominance and citizen dependence. With a few of his signature moves, he encouraged acceptance and addiction to government control.

It’s true, very true, that there are jobs of labor that Americans refuse to do. Why should they submit themselves to exertion when they can sit at home and have money deposited into their bank accounts or their EBT card replenished each month?

Why work when it takes up your free time and demands that you be somewhere at a specific time, for a designated period and perform a defined task? Transportation becomes a problem if you have to report to an employer. Public transportation is often slow and indirect. Gasoline, maintenance and insurance is costly for a personal auto. Walking or biking is out of the question because the employee is often spent by the time they get coffee in the break room before beginning a work shift.

Americans are trained for a mediocre existence, not for productive and rewarding work. Flipping burgers, making up hotel beds, sweeping floors, picking grapes and oranges are all time and labor intensive tasks that are now beneath the dignity of Americans. These tasks and others of like ilk are rapidly becoming beneath the dignity of immigrants too, legal and illegal alike, thanks to the generosity of our government.

When sending money to support family members abroad, it is necessary to take advantage of all income avenues and streams. If that means using a stolen social security number to obtain stipends and benefits from the government while cleaning houses, mowing lawns or hauling trash for homeowners without reporting the income, so be it. The dual income model also works for citizens, just not as often because most of the “under the table” jobs are those Americans won’t do.

These habits and ethics are promulgated by liberals and, in particular progressive liberals such as HRC and Marxists like BHO. They are necessary to develop and build upon a socialist structure of government dependence. They promote voluntary enslavement to the ignorant, indolent and slovenly.

Turn now to a culture where everybody works for what they receive; a society that requires recipients of taxpayer funds to partake of meaningful toil in order to justify the benevolence bestowed upon them. Rather than sitting at home (in section 8 supplemented housing) awaiting the next cash infusion, why not make it mandatory that the recipients pick a head of lettuce or clean a motel.  How about removing graffiti from walls and bridges or picking up roadside trash?

Encouraged employment” worked when President Bill Clinton reluctantly signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). Colloquially known as the Welfare-to-Work Act, it passed the House with 256 ayes (226 Republican) and 170 noes (165 Democrat). The bill also passed the Senate with a 73(R) and 1(D) approving with 24(D) rejecting. Most surprisingly, Chris Dodd was the sole Democrat to approve the measure. President Clinton now claims credit for the success of this measure.

The Welfare-to-work program, thanks to the warmhearted Democrats, is now so diluted and polluted that it is no longer a viable program, thus opening opportunities for illegal workers and unreported income. A re-institution of the program with some minor modifications would benefit Welfare recipients, the economy and the country greatly.

Depending on the state of residence, a family of four can receive as much as $46,000 in combined stipend and related benefits. (The actual cost to taxpayers, for this inefficient government interference assistance exceeds $120,000 per recipient.) For equivalence, a working family paying payroll and income taxes, would have to earn approximately $57,500 That works out to about $27.65 per hour for full time (40 hr/wk) employment. According to the New York Times, the median family income in 2015 was only $56,500 (about $27.15 per hour, 40 hours per week). Therefore, it is advantageous for a person of limited education, skills or desire not to seek employment and simply live off the generosity of the government and contributing taxpayers.

A program that would supplement wages for entitlement awardees rather than handing them cash and perks is one possibility to end, or at least moderate, the viscous cycle. Perhaps a tax break to the employer or even a reimbursement for a portion of wages may be in order. Granted, it might be difficult to incentivize employers with this carrot given that a family of four on Welfare receives about 102% of the median worker income for the same family size. But it would definitely reduce the federal and state financial burden for low-income families.

Of course, this would mandate that each benefit grantee (unless legitimately 100% disabled) seek and obtain employment – at any level available. Social welfare case workers and “job developers” currently employed by the taxpaying few, would also be expected to do outreach in local communities rather than spending the workday playing solitaire on their our computers or texting friends and family.

Help Wanted signs appearing in a particular area would warrant investigation, program explanation and contractual offering to hire the most job needy and capable. Though no obligation to hire benefit recipients would be required of any business, mutual gain for employee and employer should cause enough interest to invest in the program. Example: If a business hires Jane or John for an open entry position and pays them minimum wage + 25%, the program reimburses the employer 40% of the total wage paid.

To present an example, some assumptions are required. For this demonstration let us consider:

  1. a state minimum wage of $9.50 per hour. The federal minimum is currently $7.25.
  2. an employer burden of $23 per $100 in wages or 23%. (This figure, entirely dependent upon the Worker Compensation Insurance cost for a particular position, also includes SSI, Medicare, unemployment insurance.)
  3. compensation for sick or vacation time or additional benefits burden are not included in this formula.

Given the parameters above, the true employer cost for a minimum wage worker is currently $11.69 per hour, not $9.50. Adding 25% to the $9.50 per hour means the minimum wage for a program participant is $11.88. The new cost to the employer including burden is $14.61 per hour as the burden is figured on the $11.88 per hour figure.

By reimbursing the employer at a rate of 40% of the new hourly wage ($11.88 x .40 = $4.75), the business now has an employee at an hourly cost of $7.13 (not $9.50) plus the burden of $2.73 or $9.86. The employee receives $2.38 per hour above minimum wage for a starting position and the employer saves $1.83 per hour per employee. Both entities contribute to the federal tax revenue whereas only the employer does now with the Welfare recipient drawing from it.

The savings realized by the employer could then be awarded to the most productive employees.

Based on the $46,000 annual figure, under this program the taxpayers’ burden is reduced by $36,120 annually and the participant regains his or her self respect. This is not intended to make a person now on Welfare wealthy. It is not meant to compete with the median income of the U.S. It would simply offer a hand up rather than a hand out. It would also offer the opportunity for someone to increase their own income by demonstrating their worthiness before the lower level jobs are overtaken by electronics and robotics.

The suggested program will track participants for a period of 180 days. This 180 day term allows the participant sufficient opportunity to become familiar with the job and expectations. It allows the employer to evaluate the participant and determine whether or not to continue his or her employment.

An option available to the employer to terminate employment of the participant, for cause, at any time within the 180 day period is always open and would provide feedback to the program case workers and administrators regarding the individual participants. After three terminations by different employers within the 180 day term, eligibility for Welfare or program participation is revoked. (This will keep players from gaming the system and frustrating employers.)

The model identified above is nothing new or innovative. It has been used in numerous situations by non-profit organizations (NPO) for decades. What might be considered new would be direct state or federal involvement through established Employment Development Departments.

Is this the perfect solution to jobs and Welfare? Nah, it’s just a hell of a lot better than paying people to waste their time sitting at home and collecting benefits as is being done now.

ANOTHER MONTH, ANOTHER BAG OF B.S. EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

November 6, 2016

I get so very, very tired of the powers that be trying to spoon feed me and the American public false information that has little to no bearing on reality. Most of the population accepts the worthless words and goes on about their daily survival attempts. However, without truth, survival is made most difficult.

Each month the federal government shares employment numbers with the MSM. Unfortunately for the American public, the purveyors of misinformation pick, choose and massage those numbers before releasing them to us. In the words of claimed Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, “Exploiting the stupidity of the American voter is fun and easy: kinda like squeezing a lemon”.

It would be great if the numbers we lemons receive had a modicum of honesty, but that is not the case. For instance, the average person on the street hears that unemployment dropped from 5.0% to 4.9%. That is a number worthy of elation for most of us given all this administration has done to ruin the work opportunities for the average toiler or engineer by destroying businesses large and small. The EPA alone has over-regulated more businesses into closure than have been fruitfully started.

Even those people who try to rely on what is presented to them as news, either in print, audio or video format, as having a touch of honesty are generally misled. Most who believe they are knowledgeable are unaware that while 7.8 million people are counted on the rolls of the unemployed there are actually over 90 million people without full time or gainful employment. They are unemployed but they are not counted as such because they are not receiving unemployment insurance.

Some have exhausted that benefit by being out of work for over 27 weeks. Without regular reporting, the bureaucracies consider they are no longer seeking work. In most cases, this is a false assumption.

Another misleading statistic is that payrolls climbed in October by 161,000. Those are people previously on assistance who were dropped because they are now receiving a paycheck. What that number doesn’t reflect is that approximately 195,000 were laid off or otherwise dismissed from employment. That is a net loss of 34,000 real jobs.

Due to the statistical misinformation we receive, one might think that employment in the U.S. is actually getting better. Take off the rosy glasses and put on your readers. Just take a minute to look at the real (or as real as it gets) figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  It’s dry reading with a whole bunch of numbers, but I’m sure if you take the time you’ll recognize the difference between what CNN offers and what BLS actually reports.

Or, for the sake of simplicity, open this report.  If you just go down the October column of the second chart, it is easy to see that in 2008, just before the election of our current president, the job participation rate was 66.0% (34.0% true unemployment). While there has been some positive fluctuation over the past eight years, that was the last time it was so high. Today’s rate is only 62.8% (37.2% of the workforce is now idle).

The only way to increase employment is to allow business the opportunity to grow, not stifle them with unnecessary regulations and taxes.
Vote wisely on Tuesday!

EMPLOYMENT UNDER OBAMA

January 20, 2016

Despite employers and industry investors trying very hard to grow business and hire workers, the federal government is constantly in the way. Obama’s desire to create “clean room” atmospheric conditions across the globe is one way he has personally stymied that growth. Under his watch of seven years now, the massive and oppressive EPA (Employee Purging Agency), has instituted myriad job killing regulations. To comply with his fairyland ideals, companies must spend time, energy, production hours and money on fantasy projects to purify the environment rather than producing product and hiring workers.

He has broken the hopes of employment or re-employment for over a third of the potential citizen workerforce by flooding the market with foreigners, some illegal and some on H-1B visas. Now he is ready to collapse the economy of the states hardest hit by his actions with a mandate that they subsidize the pay for men and women returning to the labor force.  Let’s see now…the bulk of the employee tax revenue goes to the federal government.  But the states must subsidize the wages of returning employees.  Okay, yeah, that sounds fair to me.

It is hard to tell if his attempt to micro-manage the U.S. job market and economy is failing out of ignorance or if it is suceeding as purposely planned.  Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky, Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward, Karl Marx, Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers among others would agree and even applaud the outcomes.

Everything he has tried to “fundamentally change” has turned out poorly for the patriotic American people. He has decimated the top echelon of the military and reduced our security capabilities, butchered the coal industry and he has created more needy and dependent families than many third world countries. His “shovel ready” projects to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure never existed and the appropriated money was superfluously wasted. The agencies under his control have instituted and enforced fees, taxes and fines that stifle business growth. His presidency is mentored and influenced by Marxist, Socialist and Communist ideologues, lobbyists and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has caused our allies to question our trustworthiness while he appeases our most dangerous enemies.And the list goes on…

Under his tenure, and due primarily to his policies, the recession has been unnecessarily extended. Many of the better paying jobs requiring skill, education and experience have left our shores for more stablity. The remaining positions are now often filled by part time workers in order to avoid the burden of Obamacare. Employees work less, earn even less proportionally (approximately 10% less hourly) and are generally less well off than those in the same positions just ten years ago.

Yet, he is “confident that the State of our Union is strong”.

WHO’S SORRY NOW?

July 6, 2013

“Who’s Sorry Now?”  A great song sung by many artists is most closely associated with Connie Francis.  Back in 1958, she crooned the song that included the line, “I’m glad that you’re sorry now”.  Most of the ill informed young voters who praised the PPACA as the all encompassing guardian of health have never heard those lyrics.  Even if they have, they probably would have voted with emotion rather than information.

Well, now is the time to realize just how important and impactful your vote really is kids.  Though it is too late to correct your past three major polling booth stupidities, it is not too soon to begin paying attention to future candidates and elections.  Your vote for progressives and this President allowed passage of a law “so that we can find out what is in it”.  Nobody read the bill before voting on it.  Thus, nobody knew or cared what is in it.  Three years hence and we continue to find out why it streamlined to vote without anyone reading it.  If you’re not sorry now, sorrow is coming.  If you are, I’m glad that you’re sorry now.  Unfortunately, it is hurting us all.

Statistically, 66% of all voters between 18 and 29 voted for an unknown Senator from Illinois to become President of the United States of America.  It was an emotional vote.  There was no room for reasoned forethought.  You should have paid attention in your high school civics class.  Knowledge of history might have helped as well. 

Many of you went on to attend college so that you could make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and drive Porsches.  Since mom and dad both lost their jobs and could no longer afford to foot the bill, it seemed worth the risk to take out loans to finance your future livelihoods.  With interest rates at, say a reasonable 3.4%, and twenty years to repay the $50,000, taking the $287.42 servicing cost out of your $10,000+ monthly income would be a cake walk.

Unfortunately, thanks to you ignorant fools, Obamacare is now law and an additional tax on every American, especially those making less than $250,000 per year.  Starting this month, Obamacare caused your student loan servicing to jump from $287.42 to $381.66.  For the same reason, most graduates will remain unemployed, underemployed or employed in their field of education only part-time.  Missed payments on the student loans just become principal with interest accruing at the new, higher rate.   

The news just gets worse for low information voters with a new college degree.  The same officials you elected to represent you are voting to make it even harder for you to get a job.  Competition from amnestied border jumpers, not subject to mandatory health care, will drive down wages for most positions throughout the country.  As an additional spit in your faces, the newcomers receive special grants and only have to pay in-state tuition for many schools unlike Americans attending classes in a neighboring state.

Hey, no problem kids!  Your President has made it so easy to receive Welfare that you can be on the dole tomorrow.  Use your monthly stipend to pay for the student loan with the higher interest you pay going toward health insurance that you’ll probably not need for another twenty years or so.  Living in the spare room of your parent’s home isn’t so bad.  That is, if the house isn’t taken from them because their Welfare check isn’t enough to cover the payment and your expenses, too.

2014 is just around the corner.  Begin studying the issues and possible candidates now.  Maybe your next vote will not hurt you as much.  There are many more surprise lessons for you to learn, but you must be attentive.  I don’t want to be glad that you’re sorry, ever again.

COMING SOON, THE RICH AND THE REST OF US

October 10, 2012

It is virtually impossible to miss the pattern.  Over the past three years, there have been a large number of small and large business owners and CEOs identifying that they are going to stagnate or cut back on employees due to Obamacare and burdening regulations.  The paradigm presented by the Chief Executive of the United States and current administration is distinct and destructive to business.

Obamacare is but one major stumbling block to economic recovery and rebuilding American businesses.  The mandates on the workers and their employers present more disincentives for growth and production than are addressed by keeping them all healthy.  Increased and additional taxes on manufactured components and finished products also hamper the potential for profitability.

Some businesses, so restricted by paperwork and compliance to new and revised EPA, DOL, OSHA, ADA, and other agencies offering duplicated, replicated or conflicting standards, are forced to have products manufactured or assembled in third world countries where those standards are completely forgiven.

Outsourcing American jobs is of little comparison, however, to the increased global environmental impact caused by  the foreign nations offered the work. This is, of course, a direct result of ideological global wealth redistribution to affect a more “level playing field” for all citizens of the world.

We are all aware of the Solyndra example.  That California business received a taxpayer bailout of $535 million before declaring bankruptcy and relieving approximately 1,100 employees of their jobs.  Their sustaining income was lost producing an additional burden on the taxpayers supporting the federal and state governments.  Costs of doing business (read: regulation compliance) in the United States, and California in particular, made the company unable to compete with foreign manufacturers in spite of federal government intervention.  EPA regulations bore the brunt of cause.

Recently, Westgate Resorts founder, David Siegel, stated unabashedly that increased taxes on “the rich” will force the scale back of his resort empire if President Obama is re-elected.  This would mean the loss of jobs for some of the workers, revenue for cities, counties and states in which his businesses reside. Westgate Resorts will lose some, if not many, of the 7,000 hospitality workers.  Some 5,000 employees have lost their jobs with Westgate since 2007

Those areas of the nation affected include Orlando, Florida; Miami, Florida; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Tunica Mississippi; Williamsburg, Virginia; Branson, Missouri; Park City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada and Mesa, Arizona.

Steve Wynn stated, “I’m afraid of the president. I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up. I have no idea. And I have to tell you Jon that every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks.  I’ve created about 250,000 direct and indirect jobs according to the state of Nevada’s measurement. If the number is 250,000, that’s exactly 250,000 more than this president, who I’ll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I’m a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don’t like having a bulls-eye painted on our back.

Wynn continued, “The president is trying to put himself between me and my employees. By class warfare, by deprecating and calling a group that makes money ‘billionaires and millionaires who don’t pay their share.’ I can’t stand the idea of being demagogued, that is put down by a president who has never created any jobs and who doesn’t even understand how the economy works.”

Once supporting families, Mom and Pop businesses close daily due to lack of business.  The lack of business ties directly to a dearth of discretionary money caused by a high unemployment rate.

President Reagan once touted and successfully promoted trickle down wealth that benefited businesses, individuals and the government.  This administration seems bent on encouraging trickle up poverty.  Continuing on the current ideological path will not help individual or global prosperity.  It can only offer a two class society; the powerful (the rich) and the dominated (the rest of us).

Vote wisely!