Filed under: Politics, Domestic Policy, Education, Economy, Democrat Corruption, Law, Immigration, Immigration | Tags: Employers Want More Immigrants, The American People Want Jobs, Put Americans First
We have added more than eight million people to the working-age population of the United States since 2007. Yet half-a-million fewer people are employed. 531 fewer people have jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes anyone over 16, excluding inmates in penal or mental facilities, and active duty members of the Armed Forces. For their analysis, the Budget Committee compared data from the Labor Department and the Commerce Department manually to exclude persons over 65.
The first Baby Boomers began retiring three years ago. In today’s economy, some may be reluctant to retire, and in some professions there is no push to retire. I would guess that more people are currently unwilling to retire at 65 than might normally be the case. Statistics are one thing, and the real world is another.
Employers, especially in high technology, are pressing Congress to increase the number of people admitted on H-1B visas. The administration on Wednesday, presumably in response to employer demands, proposed to give perhaps 100,000 additional foreign workers, none being admitted because of their skills, permission to work in the United States. These are not highly skilled workers—these are their wives already living in the United States—H-4 spouses, most are women and most from India because most H-1B workers are from that country.
It just seems as if we should sharply reduce the numbers of our unemployed before we increase either the H-1B workers or their wives. We have an excess of STEM graduates who can’t find STEM jobs. Perhaps the High Tech companies could start their own training classes if our STEM grads don’t have the right skills — or are the H-1B workers willing to work for a lot less money?
In a period of high unemployment it seems as if we should make jobs for our own people first. I welcome legal immigrants, and believe they add vitality to our communities, but it is not racist or hateful to believe that Americans should get first crack at the jobs before we increase immigration numbers.
Filed under: Politics, Economy, Military, Energy, Democrat Corruption, National Security, Regulation | Tags: Obama Administration Priorities, Military Readiness Priorities, Radical Green Priorities
Climate Change comes in dead last on a list of the public’s concerns with zero interest. The newly released National Climate Assessment has the lapdog media, who have assuredly not read it (the executive summary alone is 148 pages), out in full cry to tell you how worried you must be about storms and floods that are not caused by climate, which is a statistic about temperature.
There’s a remarkable amount of taxpayer money filling the pockets of administration cronies, corn growers, private industry stakeholders, and Al Gore and Tom Steyer. Grants and subsidies and tax credits abound.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported that the Department of Defense (DOD) paid “about $150 per gallon for 1,500 gallons of alternative jet fuel derived from algal oil.”
“The price for conventional jet fuel is currently $2.88 per gallon. GAO’s report reveals that federal agencies have paid significantly higher prices in an effort to promote biofuels in commercial and military aviation,” Lachlan Markay reported today in the Washington Free Beacon.
The companies that produce these alternative fuels are small, and federal agencies are buying extremely expensive fuels as a means of subsidizing these firms. Even if they grow to a commercial scale, subsidies would still be needed to be price competitive. Subsidies can invite a lot of investors to attempt something that may well be useless if rewarded by government largess, especially if it is extra-large.
Federal requirements for renewables are driving big increases in the cost of electric power which is up 10.8 percent nationally, and add in the Obama administration’s push to bankrupt coal-fired power plants. This at a time when we are becoming the fossil fuel capital of the world.
Our military readiness is being cut to the bare bone, yet we can play around with paying $150 per gallon for an experimental fuel for which there is no recognized need. The military needs to rethink its priorities.