Democrats Willing to Play Chicken With the American Economy

July 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm (Bush Tax Cuts, Democrats, Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Jobs, Obamacare, Obamatax, Patty Murray, Recession, Republicans, Small Business, Tax the Rich)

Democrats have laid down the gauntlet, claiming they are willing to drive the American economy off the “fiscal cliff” if Republicans don’t agree to their demands to raise taxes on individuals and businesses making over $250,000 annually.

The Washington Post reports:

Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation’s wealthiest households.

Emboldened by signs that GOP resistance to new taxes may be weakening, senior Democrats say they are prepared to weather a fiscal event that could plunge the nation back into recession if the new year arrives without an acceptable compromise.

In a speech Monday, Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the Senate’s No. 4 Democrat and the leader of the caucus’s campaign arm, plans to make the clearest case yet for going over what some have called the “fiscal cliff.”

In other words, they are threatening to allow the economy to plunge into another recession if they can’t demand small businesses and job creators pay for their reckless entitlement spending during the Obama years.

Four straight years with a trillion dollar deficit, with Obama and the Democrats adding nearly $6 trillion to the national debt in the last three years, and now they are threatening to drive you over a cliff if they can’t collect more in taxes.

This from the PJ Tatler:

This is big, and it is outrageous: The fundamental difference between the two major parties is exposed for all to see. The Democrats want to punish job creators with higher taxes and are willing to hold middle class tax rates hostage to get what they want. The Democrats are lurching hard left on a pretty fundamental thing in an election year: the state of the economy. This is Jim Jones, drink-the-Koolaid stuff the Democrats are doing. They are threatening to hurt millions of Americans if the GOP doesn’t agree to raise taxes, taxes which may help bring the weak economy down if they are enacted. But if the GOP agrees to raise them it disappoints and dispirits its own base, and will share the blame for the consequences.

 Bear in mind, this threat comes on the heels of one of the biggest tax hikes in American history – the Obamacare Tax.

With businesses having to deal with the cost of the Obama Tax, and now having to worry about the Bush Tax cuts expiring, a double dip recession seems likely, while unemployment will most certainly remain stagnant or grow even higher.

Obama of course, was the man who said, “you don’t raise taxes on anyone during a recession”.

Now they’re going to demand taxes be raised and intentionally attempt to wreck the economy?

Politics.  Politics first, at the expense of sound fiscal policy.

Are you ready for the plunge?

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Company That Received $1.96 Billion in Stimulus, Gets $1.3 Million Grant For Employees Laid Off Because of Stimulus

April 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm (CH2M Hill, Department of Energy, Economy, Hanford, Hilda Solis, Jobs, Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Stimulus)

Sometimes the stories write themselves.  Here are the facts…

  • A Colorado-based consulting, engineering and construction firm, named CH2M Hill, was awarded nearly $2 billion from the stimulus to perform cleanup work at the Hanford nuclear site.
  • The company used those funds to hire roughly 1,300 employees.
  • They then inflated the hiring numbers by using a Department of Energy metric known as “lives touched”, which allowed them to boast that the stimulus helped somehow helped or ‘touched’ three-and-a-half times as many people as they had actually employed.
  • When the stimulus funds ran out, so did the ability to support the jobs created or lives touched.  Roughly 1,500 employees were laid off.

And now, via the Tri-City Herald:

The Department of Labor has awarded a $1.3 million National Emergency Grant to help laid-off Hanford workers find jobs.
The largest portion of the money will be used for retraining former Hanford workers who lost their jobs as federal economic stimulus spending at the nuclear reservation came to an end.
“This grant will serve as a safety net for workers and their families during these challenging economic times,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a statement. Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., sent a letter to Hilda Solis, the secretary of labor, in February, requesting consideration of a state application for the grant.
The money will help an estimated 400 former Hanford workers seeking jobs, giving them intensive employment-related assistance, including training, to help them re-enter the work force in areas of the economy that are growing, according to the Department of Labor…

…  The grant is intended to provide money for workers laid off from DOE Hanford prime contractors CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. and Mission Support Alliance and more than 10 subcontractors…

“Workers formerly employed at the Hanford site are facing the challenge of finding jobs comparable to the ones they lost,” Solis said in a statement. “This federal grant aims to help lessen the negative impact of these layoffs.” 

So to summarize, CH2M Hill receives $2 billion in stimulus funds, loses a net of roughly 200 jobs, pretends they helped out over three times as many people, and then has to get a government grant to help those who were laid off find jobs.

Government efficiency… the ultimate oxymoron.

Incidentally, I encourage you to read the entire report to find out exactly why Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have a vested interest in this company’s success.  Find it here…

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