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You Made It! by The Elephant's Child

Are You a Free American or Do You Belong To The “Federal Family?” by The Elephant's Child

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants you to know that you should be mindful of potential terror attacks, natural disasters, and pandemics, but not to worry — “While our federal family is becoming better prepared to support the nation, we know that being truly resilient requires the whole community coming together.”

No. We do not have a “federal family” to which we belong. We have a limited government that serves at our sufferance. The federal government works for us, and is responsible to us. At least that’s the way it’s supposed to be. The transformations introduced by the Obama Administration continue apace.

Several other Obama administration officials have used the phrase “federal family” in recent weeks.

At a swearing-in ceremony on August 29, Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, firearms and Explosives talked about the ATF agents who pitched in to help local law enforcement in Newtown, Aurora, and Boston. “It’s as close as you’re going to get to blue-collar law enforcement in the federal family,” he said.

On August 22, David Heyman, an assistant secretary at HHS, told a Washington think tank how the town of Joplin, MO had recovered from a devastating tornado “in partnership with the federal family.”

On July 10, Richard Serino, deputy administrator of FEMA, told a Senate panel that the Boston Marathon bombing “was determined to be a high risk event. This determination resulted in enhanced attention to the event across the federal family.”

These are undoubtedly new talking-points from the Euphemism Department at the Center for American Progress. The one thing you cannot do if you are a liberal or a progressive is to describe truthfully what you are doing or intend to do. It must be cloaked or veiled in more soothing words, and they do spend a lot of time finding acceptable words that will float right past the consciousness of freedom loving Americans. You have to focus directly on these noxious phrases to notice just how offensive they are.

This collectivization is just going too far.

40,000 Longshoremens’ Union Members Dump the AFL-CIO by The Elephant's Child


Forty thousand members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions.  In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, The ILWU President cited a long list of grievances as the reason for the end of their association, but most prominent among them was the AFL-CIO support for ObamaCare.

“President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans, and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits. “But Obama pushed for just such a tax, and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure, and lined up behind Obama’s tax on those plans.”

Private sector unions have fallen to an all time low participation rate in the U.S. workforce. Unionized workers now account for only 11.3 percent of the U.S. workforce. In states that have enacted right to work legislation, membership is declining significantly. You mean people don’t want to belong to a union when they aren’t forced to?

The Weakest Expansion In Modern History! by The Elephant's Child

The economy added 169,000 jobs in August, 152,000 in the private sector, but that was less than predicted and offset by a downward revision for June and July of 74,000 jobs. The problem is that another 312,000 working-age Americans have quit looking for work and left the workforce.  They call it formally “labor force participation rate” and it fell to 63.2% — the lowest rate since August 1978, and before the big numbers of women entered the workforce in the 1980s and 1990s.

The labor force participation rate measures the share of the country that finds it rewarding enough to seek or get a job. Or stated differently, the measure of workers’ confidence that they can find a job that pays enough to make it worthwhile. These are levels last seen during the Carter Presidency. If participation in the workforce had just returned to where it was at the end of the recession in June of 2009, four million more Americans would be collecting a paycheck. If those who have stopped looking for work were counted as unemployed, the jobless rate would be closer to 10%.

Temporary help increased by 13,100 jobs in August, and by 181,700 from a year ago. Motor Vehicles and Parts employment was up by 18,800 jobs in August. Oil and gas extraction payrolls increased by 1,400 new jobs from July to August. Over the last 12 months oil and gas payrolls have increased by 4.4%.

The expansion of food stamp participation and federal disability rolls have made not working more attractive. A new Cato Institute study shows that the full plate of welfare benefits — food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and so on  — now pays more than a $12 an hour job in half of the states. This plays a role in the expanding numbers of people who are leaving the workforce. Reforming those programs would help, but the cure is faster economic growth.

Unfortunately, the president has little knowledge or understanding of economics. One would think that they would recognize, by this time, that Keynesian economics just doesn’t work, never has, yet some are still sure that the stimulus just wasn’t big enough. Obama is still railing at the sequester, and wants big tax increases. He just cannot conceive of spending less money. (click to enlarge)

Civilian Employment

Throw the computer out the window day! by The Elephant's Child
September 6, 2013, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Politics

Crashes, blue screens, driver not working, Some days are just like this.

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