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Obama Insructs the Court by The Elephant's Child
June 10, 2015, 10:58 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption | Tags: , ,

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For the second time during his presidency, Barack Obama has ventured to instruct the Supreme Court on what he conceives to be their duty. As John Steele Gordon writes in a piece titled “Obama Instructs the Court” at Contentions:

Presidents nearly always come with fully-functional egos. After all, climbing the greasy pole of American politics requires rich reserves of self-confidence. And self-confidence is equally necessary to being an effective president. No one wants a Captain Queeg in the White House. But Barack Obama combines his egocentricity with an almost boundless intellectual arrogance. It is one of the primary reasons his presidency has been so devoid of successes and so filled with failures and disasters. Only Woodrow Wilson comes anywhere close to being in the same league. And look what happened to him.

Noemie Emery points out in the Washington Examiner that men like Obama and Wilson cannot learn from their mistakes because they cannot admit or even conceive that they can make mistakes.

The conventional view of what has gone wrong — that Obama lacked experience, and that first-term senators should be viewed with suspicion — is undercut by the fact that he has had six years of experience, and failed to learn from it. At home and abroad, Obama makes mistakes over and over, with the same result, and takes nothing from them. He disses his friends, placates aggressors and seems surprised that aggressors advance and whole regions catch fire.

His arrogance prevents him from even listening to anyone who disagrees with him.

Yesterday, at a news conference in Germany, Obama criticized the Supreme Court for a decision that it has not yet made. Essentially, he is instructing a co-equal branch of government on its duty.

The New York Times  says simply that Obama is making his case for Health Law, With his usual charm he condemns opponents of his signature health care law as “cynical” partisans seeking to deprive Americans of a benefit that has become an integral part of the country’s social safety net. “This is now part of the fabric of how we care for one another — this is health care in America ” he said in a speech to the Catholic Health Association, who wrote a brief asking the high court to uphold it.”It seems so cynical to want to take health care away from millions of people.”

Their lives are better, Mr. Obama said, “Americans support this new reality.” This “new reality” has caused many people to lose the health care they liked. Families are threatened with double digit increases, and huge deductibles before their new insurance pays for anything. The Affordable Care Act does not give people health care, it gives them insurance, and not very good insurance at that. Costs are skyrocketing. Patients cannot find doctors and are going to the emergency room instead.The Court is expected to rule before the end of the month on King v. Burwell.



The Mysteries of Who Is Really Getting the New Jobs. Hint: Not Who You Think. by The Elephant's Child
June 10, 2015, 9:16 pm
Filed under: Economy, Unemployment | Tags: , ,

We are in the seventh year of “recovery,” such as it is. The first quarter of the year, the economy, the economy not only didn’t improve, it declined by 0.7 percent. The administration blames it on the weather, which was indeed a harsh winter in the East.

So it is unsurprising that economists are looking closely at the new reports on last month’s results. Hiring was picking up, last month’s jobs numbers came in at 280,000, an improvement over the average of 207,000 for the past three months.  But if hiring is picking up why are wages and GDP stagnant or even shrinking?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) reports the Establishment survey (the source of the monthly nonfarm payrolls change) and the Household survey (the source of the monthly unemployment rate data). In this case the numbers were almost identical. an increase of 280K jobs and the Household survey reported 272K jobs added. Only 251,000 jobs were expected. Two thirds of all jobs were low-paying, low-quality, primarily teachers, retail, temporary help and waiters.  The vast majority were in the 20-24 age group, and the number of self-employed workers jumped by 350K to 10 million. At Zero Hedge, the pseudonymous Tyler Durden is more helpful

So the “recovery” has almost entirely benefitted foreign-born workers, or 3 to 1 times more than native born Americans.

Here’s how the BLS describes a foreign-born worker.

The foreign born are persons who reside in the United States but who were born outside the country or one of its outlying areas to parents who were not U.S. citizens. The foreign born include legally-admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as students and temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants. The survey data, however, do not separately identify the numbers of persons in these categories.
Seventy-five percent of all the jobs since December, 2007 have gone to foreign-born workers. We don’t know how many of those are here legally, but their bargaining power for wages is nil. They are happy to just have a job, which leads to depressed wages for native-born workers. That’s why there has been little  wage growth over the past 8 years. The Center for Immigration Studies has been telling us this for some time. The Census Bureau estimates that by 2013 immigrants will account for more than one in seven Americans — the largest number in history.



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