Frightening Economic Stat of the Day – 88 Million Not in Labor Force

April 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm (Department of Labor, Economy, Food Stamps, Hope, Hopelessness, Jobs, Labor, Non-Working, Paychecks, President Obama, Real Unemployment, Unemployment)

This should be a sobering reminder that the economic recovery being touted by the administration is nothing but a steaming pile of nonsense.  Labor Union Report has information which brings a much needed dose of reality to the conversation, in a post titled, From Hope to Hopelessness: Obama’s Economy Has 88 Million “Not In Labor Force”.

…after Friday’s jobs numbers came out (the economy added 120,000 jobs) Labor Secretary Hilda Solis promptly proclaimed: “That’s a noteworthy achievement.”
In fact, for the man who campaigned on the message of “hope” in 2008, the 120,000 jobs added is much fewer (about half) than expected and the edging down of the unemployment to 8.2% is not from job creation but from hopelessness.
There are now 88 million Americans who are “Not In Labor Force,” according to Department of Labor statistics…

Here is a chart to aid in visualizing the rapid climb of the non-working.

Labor Union Report also adds:

The hard truth for Barack Obama is:
People have given up.
They have gone from ‘Hope’ to Hopelessness.

Indeed.  They have also gone from paychecks to food stamps.  Why work when the government will pay you not to?

Read the rest here… 

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Poll Results: Who Do You Trust More With the Economy? You Won’t Believe the Results

April 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Circus, Democrats, Economy, Jobs, Monkeys, Poll, Republicans)

We asked our readers which political group they trusted more with handling the economy – and the results were quite telling.

It was clear from the beginning that Democrats were going to struggle, but Republicans also had a difficult time before rallying late to make a game of it.

So which political group do you trust most with the economy?

Here are the results…

  • Democrats – 9%
  • Republicans – 40%
And the solid winner, the one group you’d like to put in charge of the economy is…
  • Circus Monkeys – 50%

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Video – Stranger Handed Attorney General Eric Holder’s Ballot to Vote

April 9, 2012 at 11:00 am (Ballot, Eric Holder, James O'Keefe, Project Veritas, Tim Tebow, Voter Fraud, Voter ID, Washington DC)

Wait, voter fraud isn’t an issue is it Mr. Holder?  This video is remarkable in that it offers obvious proof that voter ID laws are necessary.

From Breitbart.com:

In a shocking new video, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas demonstrates to the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, just why he should be concerned about lack of voter ID laws – by walking into Holder’s voting precinct and showing the world that anyone can obtain Eric Holder’s ballot. Literally.

The video shows a young man entering a Washington, DC polling place at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, on primary day of this year – April 3, 2012 – and giving Holder’s name and address. The poll worker promptly offers the young man Holder’s ballot to vote.

Holder has maintained that voter fraud is not a major problem in the United States, and that voter ID would not curb voter fraud in any case.

Project Veritas has already shown how dead people can vote in New Hampshire, prompting the state senate to pass a voter ID law; they’ve shown celebrities like Tim Tebow and Tom Brady registering to vote in Minnesota, prompting the state legislature to put voter ID on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. Washington DC voting law is a federal jurisdictional area. Will the federal government take up the challenge?

Watch the video…

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Company That Received $2 Billion in Stimulus Addresses Rumor of Even More Layoffs

April 9, 2012 at 9:00 am (CH2M Hill, Department of Energy, Economy, Jobs, John Lehew, Stimulus, Washington State University)

John Lehew, the President of CH2M Hill, a company that received nearly $2 billion in stimulus funds and eventually had to lay off several hundred employees, had a very busy day on Friday.  After news spread that the company had been awarded a $1.3 million grant to assist those who had been laid off as a result of the stimulus, Lehew made the news twice.

First, when addressing a group of students at a Washington State University civil engineering program

…civil engineers are in high demand, and contractors at the Hanford site regularly hire them.
The program’s corporate sponsors — CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., Washington River Protection Solutions, Bechtel National and Fluor Corp. — all work in the area and in connection to Hanford. Their officials spoke toward the value of having a well-trained work force available and familiar with the area at graduation.
“I’m looking forward to hiring a few of you folks,” said John Lehew, president of CH2M Hill.

Optimism didn’t necessarily rule the day however.  While he may be looking forward to hiring new graduates, the prospects for Lehew’s current staff grow ever more dreary.  Also on Friday, comes this…

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. addressed rumors of potential layoffs Thursday with a memo to employees from Chief Executive Officer John Lehew.
The Hanford contractor is in the early stages of evaluating staffing and has no specific information now, the memo stated.
The current work force is aligned with the budget available for the fiscal year, it stated.
But as the remaining economic stimulus spending work that carried over to this year is completed and other work is performed, the contractor is evaluating various staffing scenarios to meet the Department of Energy’s 2015 vision, the memo stated…

All of this for a company that received a massive $2 billion from the federal stimulus bill.  We reported on the situationa few months back at Accuracy in Media:

… a Wall Street Journal report worried about what stimulating the economy now meant for the long haul, pointing out that shoveling money at nuclear-waste projects was nothing more than a short-term Band-Aid on a long-term wound.

“… projects that employ people quickly are often considered ‘low-hanging fruit’ and can fail to set the stage for long-term economic growth.”

Sure enough, when the low-hanging fruit began to go bad, when the stimulus funding ran out for the company at the Hanford site, all of those jobs—and then some—were eliminated. Reports of staff reductions at CH2M began in January when KEPR-TV announced that 1,350 layoffs were coming in September due to the end of stimulus funding.  The company had to organize a job fair for those affected by these layoffs, as well as an additional 1,000 laid off men and women at the contractor’s Hanford site. Hanford started the year with 12,000 workers but lost 2,000 positions nine months later.

Regardless, it has to leave a bitter taste for those employees who have been laid off, or are currently fearing for their jobs, to watch the President of the company talk about hiring inexperienced graduates.  Perhaps Mr. Lehew is anticipating another crony stimulation?

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Stunning Video: Man Beaten Outside Baltimore Courthouse, Onlookers Strip Him and Steal His Belongings

April 9, 2012 at 7:00 am (Baltimore, Beating, Courthouse, Stolen, Stripped, Tourist)

This is one of those videos that makes you wonder just what the hell is wrong with people these days.

Via The Blaze:

Video of a white man being stripped and beaten outside what appears to the Baltimore courthouse has sparked outrage on the Internet.
CBS Baltimore reports the man was a tourist in town for St. Patrick’s Day, on his way back to the hotel after a night out.  He was intercepted on the way by a group of “hoodlums,” punched in the jaw and sent flying to the concrete with a sickening thud.
Then, instead of helping him, onlookers laughed and stripped him naked– stealing his car keys, watch, phone, and anything else of value.

YouTube has pulled the original video, but here is the news report from CBS…

You should be proud, Baltimore.

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