The Administration sets up its’ U.A.W. Outreach Office
If I studied all my life, I couldn’t think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress. – Will Rogers
If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don’t get wet you can keep. –Will Rogers
(AP Perrysburg, OH)— President Barack Obama is creating a White House council to handle issues that affect American communities and workers tied to the automotive industry.
“Today’s announcement reiterates the president and vice president’s deep commitment to standing with our auto communities and workers during these very tough economic times. The White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers will ensure that the federal government is responding quickly and accelerating recovery efforts to those communities hardest hit,” said Dr. Montgomery. “It builds on the foundation we have laid over the past months to speed up and increase recovery to the region and ensure workers see a coordinated response from their government.”
The recession has been particularly hard on the auto industry, which has lost more than 400,000 jobs in the last decade. Northwestern Ohio has been hit hard by the job losses, and now is banking on more “green” factory jobs.
I am as empathetic as the next guy and I feel bad that so many auto workers are unemployed. But what about all the other industries with unemployment reaching six figures (Examples; Construction & Printing), who is looking out for them? I guess it is harder to pin down the vote of this worker demographic. Seems like the administration is good at creating government jobs between the new departments they keep setting up and all those Czars, they must have created a few thousand jobs by now. The problem is it requires more taxes to pay all these government salaries and it adds nothing to the GDP.
California cities monkey around as the state goes bankrupt…..
(L.A. Daily News) After hiring a feng shui expert and spending more than $7.4 million on a special exhibit, Los Angeles will not be getting three rare golden monkeys from China promised in a 2002 trip led by former Mayor James Hahn, officials said Wednesday.
“It was a decision by the Chinese government and we’re disappointed,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes the Greater Los Angeles Zoo. “But, it is not a waste. We have a beautiful facility and we will put other animals on display there.” The special exhibit was designed to create the sense of a rural Chinese village.
The agreement to bring in the golden monkeys, identifiable by their blue faces and long flowing blond hair, was developed by Hahn during his trip to China.
He went to China hoping to win a panda exhibit for the zoo, but came back with what was seen as a consolation prize – a commitment by China to loan the city three golden monkeys for 10 years.
Now even the consolation has been withdrawn.
Low‐Income Student Food Program Funds Used for Employee Bonuses – California ($3 million)
The San Diego school district misused $3 million in federal funds intended for nutrition programs to assist low‐income students by spending it on bonuses for employees leaving the district, according to the Voice of San Diego. The funds were given to the school district by the Department of Education, which had not yet decided whether the school district would be required to pay back the misused funds. (Source: 2008 Worst Waste of the Year, Sen. Tom Coburn, (R) OK)
So California is going broke, they are considering selling off state monuments but in the tradition of liberal spending, they built three foreign monkeys, coming to LA for a ten year visit, a $7.4 million dollar home with all inclusive service. Meanwhile, in San Diego they are stealing lunch money from low income school kids to provide bonus money to employees leaving (?) the district. This proves it is better to be an animal or a former school district employee than a homeless person or a low income student in CA – you’ll be treated better. If the administration bails out CA, taxpayers in the rest of the country should refuse to pay their taxes. We can not be expected to continue to bailout fiscally irresponsible states, companies or individuals. It is unfair to those that are responsible.
“We could say they spend money like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair – to drunken sailors. It would be unfair, because the sailors are spending their own money.” – Ronald Reagan on Congress
Barbara Boxer is an egomaniac
Sen. Barbara Boxer* (D-Calif.) didn’t like a Brigadier General calling her “ma’am” at an EPW hearing yesterday.
“Do me a favor,” she said, “could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’ It’s just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you.”
Imagine the nerve of this woman — this ‘servant’ of the people — interrupting a Brigadier General to make sure that he stops referring to her as ma’am and starts calling her by the title she ‘worked so hard for’…
Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina was also disturbed by the nomenclature request, calling the Senator a “loose cannon” and an embarrassment to her party.
Unfortunately, this is what passes for Congressional leaders these days. Polite is not good enough, she is a senator – he is only a mere Brigadier General. I’ll say no more…
“Whenever a man (or woman*) has cast a longing eye on [offices,] a rottenness begins in his (her) conduct.” –Thomas Jefferson
Now for some hope, presenting … Intelligent Lawmaker of the Week …
Utah Rep. Chaffetz suggests mail carriers conduct Census
Double duty » Proposal would turn postal workers into counters
Thomas Burr, Salt Lake Tribune Updated: 06/24/2009 03:23:22 PM MDT
Washington » Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, wants your mail carrier to count you.
Chaffetz said Wednesday he will introduce legislation to marry the U.S. Postal Service temporarily with the Census Bureau so that the postal workers can help with the once-a-decade count of how many people live in America.
“They really have the workforce in place to do this,” Chaffetz said. “They already go to everybody’s door.”
Chaffetz proposes taking a “postal holiday,” so that mail carriers, instead of dropping bills and magazines to your mailbox, would count the number of people in each household. The Postal Service matches up well with the Census needs, Chaffetz argues.
There are 760,000 postal employees, and the Census is anticipating it will need 750,000 temporary workers to conduct the Census next year. Congress is forking out $11 billion to do the count while the Postal Service is looking at a $1 billion revenue shortfall this year.
The Postal Service had no comment on the bill because the legislation had yet to be formally introduced Wednesday and Census officials did not respond Wednesday to a request for comment.
Chaffetz says he’s introducing the bill to avoid having the Census hire groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which has been under investigation in several states for voter fraud during the 2008 election.
“The ultimate underlying thing here about the Census is trust,” Chaffetz says. “And people trust postal employees a lot more than somebody just off the street.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Rob Bishop introduced legislation Wednesday that would force the Census Bureau to count Americans living abroad.
The move is a response to Utah missing out on a fourth congressional seat after the 2000 Census because the bureau did not count thousands of Mormon missionaries serving overseas.
“The Census Bureau could fix this problem right now and count Americans abroad, but they refuse to and are sitting on their hands until Congress makes them do this,” Bishop said. “It seems there is no other solution other than mandating that the Census Bureau change their policy immediately.”
Bishop’s bill follows on the heels of language that Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, tacked onto a funding bill that requires the State Department to study the best way to count Americans abroad.
The amendment is in reaction to the 2000 census when Utah came about 800 people shy of gaining a fourth U.S. House seat. But the census didn’t count Mormon missionaries in foreign countries, a bone of contention with Utah officials who unsuccessfully sued.
Matheson called it “unfair” that LDS missionaries abroad are not counted in the Census.
This is a great idea. Let’s utilize a workforce that is in place, that we trust and needs more to do right now. The government is going to underwrite the massive losses being incurred by the USPS anyway so why not redirect the funding from the census and kill two birds with one stone?
Of course, this is a logical, common sense solution so the question is will Pelosi and Reid allow it to get to the floor for a vote since it wasn’t their idea? Also there is that other minor issue of cutting ACORN out of the deal…..Hmmm, I wonder how that will fly at the White House?
“I love to see honest and honorable men at the helm, men who will not bend their politics to their purses nor pursue measures by which they may profit and then profit by their measures.” –Thomas Jefferson