Monday, September 2, 2013

CITING OBAMACARE, 40,000 LONGSHOREMEN QUIT THE AFL-CIO

http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | Sep 2, 2013 | clyde

Breitbart is reporting that in what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamare.
“We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along,” McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.
The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their “Cadillac” healthcare plan.
The Longshoreman leader said, “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, regardless of that promise, the President has pushed for just such a tax and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure lining up behind Obama’s tax on those plans.
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Best Summation of Barack and Michelle Ever

The below summarization of Barack and Michelle Obama’s 5 year reign in the White House is by far the best I’ve ever read as it squarely hits the nail on the head. And it took a black reporter writing it to make it as effective as it is. A white man’s account would be instantly criticized by the liberal media as pure racism. But, how can anyone scream Racist when an exacting description of the Obamas is penned by a well known journalist of color?

BEST SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE EVER!
Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles.

The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's? Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture."

The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don't like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

I don't hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama's raw contempt for white America is transpicuous. I don't like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress.

I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President and a love of our country and her citizenry from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people.

The Reagan's made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama's arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?

Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama's have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.

I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.

Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same. I have a saying, that "the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide." No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother's death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father's military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today.

He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement - as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.

I don't like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.

Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.

I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.

As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, "Nero In The White House" - "Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood...

Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement - while America's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed."

Black mobs terrorizing cities ignored by law enforcement and news reporters?

Examiner ^ | September 2, 2013 | Martha

Is there a black-on-white crime epidemic in America that is not being reported by police and reporters who cover up the incidences of abuse and violence in fear of being called racist?
Has the time come to stop being called a “racist” when it is reported that white people are being viciously attacked because of the color of their skin?
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Colin Flaherty, author of “White Girl Bleed a Lot” and a journalist unlike the “race pimps" who use their influence and line their pocketbooks to stir the pot of hatred between blacks and whites and unlike the mainstream media that avoids talking about it, continues to report on what is actually happening in American cities. 

Black mobs terrorizing cities ignored by law enforcement and news reporters? (does a bear shit in the woods?)

Petition to Defund Obamacare Now Surpasses ONE MILLION Signatures!

Senate Conservatives Fund ^ 
Posted on 9/2/2013 11:33:33 AM by DestroyLiberalism

In just a matter of weeks, the Don't Fund Obamacare petition that Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have been working tirelessly to promote has now collected over ONE MILLION signatures and this number continues to grow by the minute! Folks, this is HUGE, especially considering that Congress hasn't even yet reconvened to begin debating the issue!
If you haven't already, please direct all your family and friends to sign this petition at: www.dontfundobamacare.com. Let's pull out all the stops now to get the number of patriot signatures beyond the two million mark! Eventually, this number is going to become too great for the RINOs in the Senate to ignore, so:

PLEASE DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO CONTINUE KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON THESE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES BECAUSE OUR INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY IS AT STAKE!!

More Loan Disasters Like Fisker and Solyndra Could Be On the Way!

Pajamas Media ^ | 09/01/2013 | BECKY GRAEBNER

The word on the street is that the Obama administration is ready to reignite the Department of Energy loan program for alternative vehicles. I think I’ve harped on Fisker Automotive, Vehicle Production Group and the battery-failure twins Solyndra and A123 Systems enough for you all to remember that each one of these flops received large loans from DOE… and failed to pay them back. The controversial loan program was taken offline by then department head Steven Chu two years ago. Well, it’s back.
Chu’s successor, Ernest Moniz, is hoping that the department can jump-start the loan program again — and the department is hoping to gain support by pointing to companies that did succeed. Although many of the DOE’s success stories were overshadowed by the nightmare of Fisker Automotive and defaulting battery companies, not all loan recipients were total flops (at least there’s some good in this story?). In fact, a few are chugging right along. Case in point: Tesla Motors. Other loan recipients: Ford Motor Company and Nissan — both for their battery-based vehicles.
I’m all for research, new technology, and reducing the amount of times I need to fill up my car, but I worry that the push for the return of this program might lead to Fisker Automotive 2.0… Fail.
As quoted from The Detroit Bureau:
"But proponents point to the need to rush new technologies to market to meet upcoming increases in fuel economy standards – and they point to California start-up Tesla Motors as a successful example of what the ATVM program was meant to achieve."
I really hate the word “rush”…
Yes, I get the need to start some serious R&D on new projects to meet the impending guidelines on fuel economy, but let’s not waste taxpayer dollars in order to meet this goal. Until we have a better grasp on battery capabilities and the prices for electric vehicles fall to affordable levels (let’s go with less than $40,000 for a car) so that people can actually BUY them, I think we should be cautious. If this program ever gets off the ground again, there needs to be a serious revamp.
Stricter requirements for loan applicants, more oversight regarding how recipients use the money, and instantaneous termination from the program if the company runs into trouble should all be present in DOE Loan Program Part Deux. Fifteen billion dollars is maturing in a make-believe bank account somewhere, waiting to be fed to hungry start-ups and established companies — we should make the most of it.
Here’s to crossing our fingers that the government learns from their past mistakes.

America’s Fall: The Modern-Day Roman Empire

Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2013 | Matt Barber

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”(Ecclesiastes 1:9)

The Apostle Paul likely wrote his letter to the Romans about 25 years after Christ’s death and resurrection (sometime between A.D. 55-57). Throughout the book of Romans, Paul warned of God’s unfolding wrath against the Roman Empire – indeed, all of humanity – for mankind’s embrace and practice of pagan morality.

Approach Paul’s words with a modicum of objectivity and the reader is left with this dreadful realization: The words of Christ’s hand-picked messenger likewise paint an eerily accurate portrait of America, A.D. 2013. The negligible difference is that ancient pagan morality has been sanitized with a new euphemism: postmodern “progressivism.”

It is unbridled hubris that presumes America – lest she depart the wide path to ancient Rome – will not suffer that empire’s same fate.

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them,” he wrote. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20)

Of course, an entire book could be written on this passage alone, but, essentially, Paul is noting that knowledge of God’s existence, eternal power, divine nature and moral law are self-evident. His truths are written on the hearts of every man, woman and child – Jew, Christian and pagan alike. Those who deny this reality are “without excuse.”

Yet, excuses we make.

Pull your eyes from your smartphone, America. Look around you. God’s wrath is “being revealed from heaven” once more.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.” (Romans 1:21-25)

Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun. Sexual impurity in all its ugly forms – fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, et al. – is celebrated by these “progressive” “fools.” American culture revels in the degrading of our bodies while purity is mocked. God has given us over to sinful desires.

Furthermore, while good earthly stewardship is a sound biblical principle, the pantheism and idolatry of which Paul warned (worship of creation and/or false idols over the Creator) prospers yet today in its contemporary, totalitarian forms: radical environmentalism and new ageism.

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones (lesbianism). In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:26-27)

Was Paul rebuking “progressives” on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Obama, liberals in Congress and other cheerleaders for these “shameful lusts” and “unnatural relations” – or was he just describing the disproportionately powerful and “inflamed-with-lust” homosexual lobby they represent?

Probably both.

Either way, God’s “due penalty” is non-discriminating. America’s official endorsement of “gay marriage,” “gay pride,” homosexualist indoctrination in our schools, “transgender” bathroom bills and bans on counseling to help with unwanted same-sex attraction will not end well.

Ask the Romans.

“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32)

Where to begin.

We have arrived. Shame on you, America. Our children – our adults – are depraved. They are “occupied” by envy. They attack innocent people, beating and killing them for sport. They murder one another in the streets without love or mercy. They disobey, gossip, slander and hate God. They are insolent, arrogant, boastful “little monsters.” They invent ways of doing evil. Hannah Montana is what America once was. MTV Miley is America today. She “evolved” because we “evolved.” You saw it on display. It’s ugly. It’s Satanic.

It’s “progressive.”

Still, though we have become a Romans 1 nation and, absent widespread spiritual revival, will fall as did Rome, those who embrace and follow truth – who is Jesus the Christ – are a Romans 8 people:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1-4)

That’s the good news.

And that’s a column for another day.

Obama’s Labor Pains

Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2013 | Dan Holler

Our government tells us Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” The Department of Labor’s website contends the holiday “constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Perhaps on this Labor Day, we’ll do something a bit different. Instead of “addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials,” it’d be worth evaluating the contributions President Obama has made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.
First, a few statistics.
At 7.4%, the traditional unemployment rate remains higher than it did in December 2008, the month before Obama took office. Similarly, at 11.5 million, the number of unemployed (16+) remains higher than in December 2008.
But as we all know, the official unemployment rate is only part of the story.
At 14.0%, the so-called U-6 unemployment rate, which includes those only marginally attached to the workforce, remains above its December 2008 levels.
Many have given up entirely. At 63.4%, the nation’s labor force participation rate remains abysmally low. That compares to 65.8% just before Obama took office, and while the difference may seem slight, the impact is substantial. The New York Times explained recently the “rate has fallen almost as sharply for people aged 25 to 54 as it has for the overall adult population.”
Add to that discouraging statistic that there are 1.25 million unemployed entry level workers, a 56% increase since December 2008. These workers, unable to find jobs early in their careers, are unlikely to recapture the lost earnings potential.
And then there are the workers stuck in part time positions because of the economy, all 8.25 million of them.
The plight of would-be full-time workers stuck in part-time jobs has been - and will continue to be - in the news thanks to President Obama. A key component of Obamacare was the (now illegally delayed) employer mandate, which required employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer health insurance that meets federal standards on coverage, affordability, etc.
Because full-time is defined as 30 hours a week, many businesses are opting to cut hours to avoid complying with the Obamacare mandate. The Nevada AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the “unintended consequences” of Obamacare for “threatening the 40 hour work week.”
These aren’t idle threats, either.
From restaurant and movie chains to colleges and local governments, employers are beginning to trim hours. According to a study from UC Berkeley, some 2.3 million workers across the country are at risk of having their hours cut back thanks to Obamacare.
Even as the White House dismisses story after story as “anecdotal,” its allies are are insisting the impact is real. Joseph Hansen, president of the 1.2 million member United Food and Commercial Workers union, told NBC, “Wait a year. You'll see tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced. The facts are already starting to show up. Their statistics, I think, are a little behind the time."
As with most big-government interventions, the impact will be felt most acutely on those without the means to overcome a new set of economic barriers. Obamacare is hurting low-skilled workers, explains the Heritage Foundation, because “it raises the minimum productivity required for them to hold a full-time job, particularly workers with families. … Employers will not hire them at a loss.”
The sad irony is that labor unions were a driving force behind the law’s eventual passage in 2010 and many claimed it would help lift low-skilled workers up. Now, as those low-skilled workers are being pinched by a painfully slow economic recovery and Obamacare, labor leaders are secretly begging the White House to fix the law.
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for Obamacare. As implementation continues to ramp up, the law’s impact will ripple across the country, hurting those who are most vulnerable. The only way to stop the avalanche of “unintended consequences” is to stop Obamacare.

49 things that defenders of government run schools don’t want you to know

wordpress ^ | September 2, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill


1) The United States is tied for first place with Switzerland when it comes to annual spending per student on its public schools. However, this has never stopped liberals from making the false claim that U.S. public schools are “underfunded.”
2) Education majors have the lowest SAT scores of any college major.
3) Public schools teach math and science much better when the teachers don’t have a degree in education.
4) When Barack Obama lived in Chicago, he refused to allow his children to attend Chicago’s public schools.
5) In 2012, Chicago’s striking public school teachers were already earning $74,839 per year before they went on strike.
6) The U.S. Department of Education reported that 79% of Chicago eighth graders are not grade-level proficient in reading, and 80% are not grade-level proficient in math.
7) During the 2006–2007 school year, a private school in Chicago founded by Marva Collins to teach low income, minority students charged $5,500 for tuition, and parents said that the school did a much better job than the Chicago public school system. Meanwhile, during the 2007–2008 year, Chicago public school officials claimed that their budget of $11,300 per student was not enough.
8) In Chicago, 39% of public school teachers send their own children to private school.

9) In Philadelphia, 44% of public school teachers send their own children to private school.
10) In Washington D.C., 28% of public school teachers send their own children to private school.
11) In the San Francisco-Oakland area, 34% of public school teachers send their own children to private school.
12) In Baltimore, 35% of public school teachers send their own children to private school.
13) In Rochester, 38% of public school teachers send their own children to private school.
14) In Cincinnati, 41% of public school teachers send their own children to private schools.
15) In Milwaukee, 29% of public school teachers send their own children to private schools.
16) In New Orleans, 29% of public school teachers send their own children to private schools.
17) In New York City, 33% of public school teachers send their own children to private schools.
18) A Berkeley public high school considered canceling its Advanced Placement classes because too many white students were succeeding.
19) A public school for low-income blacks and Latinos went from horrible to excellent by firing bad teachers.
20) Los Angeles teachers’ unions tried to shut down a South Central charter school that had been very successful at teaching low-income black and Hispanic students.
21) A study showed that in Arizona, public schools spend 50% more per student than Arizona’s private schools. While teachers constitute 72% of the employees at private schools, they make up less than half of the staff at public schools. According to the study, if Arizona’s public schools wanted to be like private schools, they would have to hire approximately 25,000 more teachers, and eliminate 21,210 administration employees.
22) In 1985 in Kansas City, Missouri, a judge ordered the school district to raise taxes and spend more money on public education. Spending was increased so much, that the school district was spending more money per student than any of the country’s other 280 largest school districts. Although this very high level of spending continued for more than a decade, there was no improvement in the school district’s academic performance.
23) Between 1960 and 1995, U.S. public school spending per student, adjusted for inflation, increased by 212%, but the schools did not get any better.
24) In 2007, the Washington D.C. public school district spent $12,979 per student per year. This was the third highest level of funding per student out of the 100 biggest school districts in the U.S. Despite this high level of funding, in reading and math, the district’s students score the lowest among 11 major school districts – even when poor children are compared with other poor children. 33% of poor fourth graders in the U.S. lack basic skills in math, but in Washington D.C., it’s 62%.
25) The Pittsburgh public schools have an enrollment of 26,649 students , and an annual budget of $529.8 million. That works out to $19,880 per student per year. By comparison, the Catholic schools in Pittsburgh charge approximately $7,500 tuition per student per year. The low-income minority children who get scholarships to Catholic schools in Pittsburgh through the privately funded Extra Mile Education Foundation have much better attendance rates, graduation rates, and academic performance, than the students at the Pittsburgh public schools.
26) On the ACT, Chicago’s public school teachers did worse than Illinois’ high school students.
27) A Chicago public school suspended a teacher because he taught students how to use wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers.
28) A Texas school expelled a 13-year-old because he stood up to a bully.
29) A Philadelphia high school punished a student for eating Mike and Ike candy in his own home.
30) A Chicago public school handcuffed a first grader for talking in class.
31) A Florida elementary school called police because a girl kissed a boy.
32) A Forest Hills school had a 12 year old girl arrested for doodling on a desk.
33) A North Carolina school had a student arrested for bringing a small paring knife to school with her lunch.
34) A Mississippi school called police because a five year old violated the dress code.
35) A Pennsylvania school suspended a five year old and labeled her as a “terrorist threat” because she said she would shoot another girl with her pink toy gun that blows soap bubbles.
36) A Maryland school suspended two students who pointed their fingers like a gun while playing cops and robbers during recess.
37) A New Jersey school suspended a student for drawing a picture of a stick figure with a gun.
38) A Florida high school suspended a student after he disarmed another student who had threatened to shoot someone.
39) A Philadelphia school searched a student who had a piece of paper that looked like a gun.
40) A Maryland school suspended a student for biting his pastry into the shape of a gun.
41) Arizona’s Poston Butte High School school suspended a student for having a picture of a gun on his computer screen.
42) Arizona’s Payne Junior High suspended a student for drawing a picture of a gun.
43) A Massachusetts school threatened to suspend a student who made a gun out of Legos.
44) A Virginia school suspended two students who pointed pencils at each other and made gun noises.
45) A Washington state school suspended a student who pointed his finger like a gun and pretended to shoot other students.
46) A Maryland school suspended a student for saying the word “gun.”
47) A Michigan school reprimanded a student who brought green plastic army men to school.
48) A Massachusetts school gave detention to a student who brought a toy plastic gun the size of a quarter to school.
49) A Colorado school suspended a student for tossing an imaginary grenade.

A Nation of Working-Class Dropouts

Taki's Magazine ^ | August 23, 2013 | Gavin McInnes

Every time a liberal sees someone behaving badly they sigh and say, “They just need education,” but the solution to America’s problems is less education, not more. If we got over this myth that everyone needs infinite academia, we would have less unemployment, more manufacturing, a stronger economy, less student debt, and less school tax. The economy would be stronger and we would all be happier. Ironically, in an effort not to hurt anyone’s feelings, we developed a system where everyone has to go to college, even the stupid people, until we all feel like shit.
When everybody’s special, nobody is. Getting everyone into college means you have to dumb down the curriculum until it is nothing but meaningless drivel that has no application in the real world. Colleges aren’t going to complain when you stick them with more customers. They just take the check, lower the bar, and say, “Come on in.” But getting a gold star on your math test does not a computer programmer make....
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The Contribution

Name One!

DREAMS

Character

Criminal Minds!

MSLSD

Then and NOW!

Ho Chi Mama

...a good show!

Weapons

Black is Black

GRANITE

Obama's Red Line

ObamaDoesn'tCare

Safe Storage

Flip of the coin

Supervision?

HOW?

Peace Prize

Finally got a job!

Drop it!

Bomb which one?

Stop Worrying

Working Moms and Stay-At-Home Dads In the Obama Economy

Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2013 | Brian Faugnan


America’s job market is changing – again. It was just a few decades ago that women entered the workforce in large numbers. Now they are increasingly the primary earners in their families – with a full forty percent acting as the chief breadwinner in their homes. At the same time, men are seeing their place in the workforce diminish: the percentage of stay-at-home dads has doubled in the last decade. And according to a new documentary that focuses on this issue of our time, “The Big Flip”, the average woman’s income is rising at a pace that will put them ahead of men in average earnings in just 15 years.

This is great news, right? Women are better educated than before. They are more in control of their lives. They are increasingly successful in business, commerce, entertainment and other sectors. There is a lot to be happy about. And it’s great that more families can choose what works for them. The traditional father-as-provider model may not work for every family. More couples now have the flexibility to choose a different path.

Unfortunately, a look behind the data shows it’s not all good news. For too many, “The Flip” isn’t about two earners who decide which of them will get to spend more quality time raising their children. Instead, it’s a forced choice: one made because a husband has surrendered in the face of an awful economy.

The Great Recession is making many changes in this economy. It’s accelerated one trend that‘s been underway since the 1950s: the declining participation of men in the workforce. There are plenty of reasons that men have slowly been dropping out: increasing use of disability, more jobs requiring a college education, and simple aging. But during the Great Recession, the male “dropout rate” from the labor force has jumped. Now, for the first time, fewer than ninety percent of men in their prime work years are in the labor force. Many left not by choice, but because they were driven out. The vast majority of the jobs lost during the Great Recession were lost by men.

This might not be a big deal if these jobs were coming back, or if we were seeing growth in sectors that these displaced workers could shift to. But that’s not happening either. According to a recent study by the liberal Urban Institute, nearly five million workers are now considered ‘long-term unemployed,’ and nearly one million more have stopped looking for work completely - most of them, men.

The ramifications for these workers are severe. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently spelled out just how hard it is for the long-term unemployed get back to their former earnings level. For many, it’s impossible. Workers don’t just suddenly lose a job one day; long before they enter into long-term unemployment, they start to see their wages fall. They drop by an average of more than seventeen percent from two years before their unemployment spell to the year after it began.

Even four years after the start of the long-term unemployment period, average hourly wages are still seven percent down from their level years before. So this trauma doesn’t begin the day they lose a job and end when they start working; for many families, this is a lost decade. Even years later, they deal with earnings losses, earnings volatility, and later periods of job loss. That doesn’t even begin to count the effect on family finances, sense of self-worth, raising of children, and the damage it can do to a marriage.

Is there anything we can do? We can start by looking deeper into the data. The increased role of women in the workforce is great – to the extent that it represents a choice, rather than a last resort. But policymakers in Washington shouldn’t try to hide the fact that many people are just trying to cope with an awful job market. Instead of sitting back and boasting about an economic recovery, workers and families need a bipartisan push for real, self-sustaining private sector job creation. Government stimulus has not worked – the numbers show it. It’s time for a new approach – one that empowers job creators and helps families to choose the model that works best for them.