Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jobs

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Flood Gates
What are you doing, Trump Administration?! Stop!

The DHS believes that there is a gap between the demands of businesses and the number of “qualified and willing U.S. workers,” and announced on Monday that they are looking into increasing the number of seasonal workers granted access into the United States.

Businesses have been actively pushing for an increase in H-2B program, arguing that there are not enough Americans that are willing to fulfill their temporary employment need. However, this move could adversely impact the unemployed of America, as noted by Roy Beck, President of NumbersUSA, an advocate for reduced immigration.

Beck argued, “Sec. Kelly’s decision to increase H-2B foreign workers threatens to reverse the trend of reports emerging around the country of employers working harder and raising pay to successfully recruit more unemployed Americans for lower-skilled jobs.”

“This is yet another example of the administration and Congress failing to keep the Trump campaign promise of putting American workers first,” He added. ‘

However, Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly disagrees. “Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers,” said Secretary John Kelly. “As a demonstration of the administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap.”

The number of H-2B visas had been capped for this year at 66,000. With Mar-a-Lago President Trump’s Florida resort looking to hire sixty-four workers under this program.

The decision faced further criticism as Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin issued a statement, “A growing body of evidence shows that our increasing reliance on the H-2B visa program hurts wages for American workers.”

Since, the DHS’s announcement came during the government’s as “Made in America Week,” the DHS’s announcement is garnering a lot of attention – and criticism. However, one DHS official noted “We’re talking about American businesses that are at risk of suffering irreparable harm if they don’t get additional H-2B workers,” he said. “This does help with American businesses continuing to prosper.”

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies on the other hand argued, that instead of “propping up unsustainable businesses by allowing them to become so dependent on foreign workers,” the Trump administration should consider providing incentives that promote employers to hire the “hundreds of thousands” of Americans that are looking for entry-level work.

Interestingly enough, opposition to the DHS’s announcement has taken a bipartisan turn. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee released a statement in opposition.  “This move by leadership and appropriators cedes portions of this authority to the executive branch without a public debate,” Grassley and Feinstein said. “We understand the needs of employers who rely on seasonal H-2B workers if the American workforce can’t meet the demand, but we are also aware of the potential side effects of flooding the labor force with more temporary foreign workers, including depressed wages for all workers in seasonal jobs.”

The DHS had limited the number of immigrant workers entering the United States to 15,000 while providing the DHS complete authority to raise this number if need be. “The increase represents a 45 percent bump from the number of H-2B visas normally issued for the second half of the fiscal year, said senior Homeland Security officials in a call with reporters” notes the Washington Post.

The DHS blamed Congress for delaying the decision being made about the hiring of seasonal workers and pushing it into summer and announced that they are “committed to protecting US workers and strengthening the integrity of the US immigration system.”

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Shop Floor
"Is that a 'Made In China' sticker I see on the side of this machine?"

In an attempt to move the media spotlight away from the Russian investigation, the White House is making the issue of trade agreements and global trade deals the center of attention in an event called “Made In America Week.”

On Monday, President Donald Trump’s top trade strategist publicized the Trump administration’s policies on trade, specifically the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). New steel tariffs are also expected to be announced in the near future. Both announcements are expected to deliver on Trump’s major campaign promises, as he promised to crack down on what he termed unfair trade practices.

President Trump also attended a colorful display of products manufactured in all 50 states, in the White House on Monday.

Previous attempts to keep Trump on track with themed weeks have been quite unsuccessful and nobody seems to have any expectations as to how this most recent week will keep critics’ attention away from the federal and congressional investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.

The Trump administration’s recent efforts to promote its “Made in America” policy gave critics another opportunity to attack the president and his family. Many of the president’s aides were forced to deflect questions regarding why Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump chose to manufacture many of their products in other countries.

While Ivanka Trump’s clothing line gets its products manufactured in Indonesia, China, and Bangladesh, the Trump Organization itself gets many of its clothing and home décor goods from Mexico, Pakistan, China, and Bangladesh.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, managed to parry several questions from reporters, regarding this contradiction between President Trump’s actions and his words, saying it wouldn’t be right for him to discuss the president or his family’s business.

However, in an attempt to defend Trump, Spicer said that he is a businessman and as such, he has a “unique” understanding of regulations and trade policies that make the business environment in the US tough for companies who want to make their products internally.

“In some cases, there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country,” Spicer said during an off-camera briefing. “I’m not going to comment on specific products, but I will tell you the overall arching goal is … to grow and invest here in the United States and to grow U.S. workers here.”

According to Trump, his administration’s efforts to renegotiate the NAFTA, pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a new free trade agreement with South Korea will help the country achieve that goal.

Talking to businessmen and staff in the East Room of the White House, Trump cracked a joke, saying that the head of Omaha Beef wanted to kiss him after finding out that he had managed to finalize a deal to sell American beef in China.

“That’s why I’m here. That’s one of the primary reasons you elected me and [Vice President Pence],” he said. “I know you’re going to see one of the great differences.”

According to him, putting an end to “stupid trade” would increase jobs and help raise wages in the country. “We’re going to end up having a level playing field. I don’t want to say anything more than level, but if the playing field were slanted a little more toward us, I would accept that also, OK?”

While the White House is constantly trying to get the media’s attention to such achievements of the administration, it seems they are getting ignored for the more controversial ones.

On Wednesday, Trump is expected to give a speech on American-made products and also sign a declaration. Later this week on Saturday, he will be going to Newport News, Va., to attend a ceremony to commission the US Navy’s most recent addition to its fleet of aircraft carriers, the USS Gerald R. Ford.

However, it’s pretty obvious that it’s not just the media that is focused on the Russia controversy, as President Trump himself took to twitter on Monday to defend his eldest son. The latest twist in the Russian probe saw Donald Trump Jr. get embroiled in the controversy for meeting a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

“Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don Jr. attended in order to get info on an opponent. That’s politics!” Trump wrote.

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college-is-mandatory

Liberals would have you believe that in a perfect world everyone is college educated. They want to use taxpayer money to fund universal tuition. They want everyone to walk across a stage in a cap and gown and get a degree in what makes them happy.

It seems nice, but here’s why that doesn’t work, for more reasons than money.

While presidential hopefuls trip over each other trying to win over swing states and the largest demographics of voters the left is working hard to alienate a big part of the population.

See, what they don’t see is that this country operates by the sweat and dedication of Americans who get their hands dirty every day. For every corporate corner office there are 100 trucks on the roads, lawn mowers running, tractors pulling, and brooms sweeping. There are mechanics under the hoods of the expensive cars that the few elite drive. There are hands washing and setting the hair of those whose paycheck gives them the luxury to call a $200 cut and color a necessity. There are childcare providers playing with the children of those who occupy board meetings and corporate retreats.

Most of America does not need a four year degree. Their problem is not just the dwindling power of the dollar and a tax structure that gives them a few bucks back a year. Their problem is the myth that the only way to “make it” is to go to college.

Meanwhile, current college graduates are facing obstacles to the American Dream. They are postponing buying homes, cars, and starting families because of student loans. The amount of graduates has flooded the job markets so positions are more competitive than ever and many are unemployed. Still we push children onto college.

Before they are even done maturing we tell them to have a plan and do stick to it. Earlier and earlier we train young students to prepare for a college education and a future that is getting less appealing. We teach them that only degree based jobs are worth having. We teach them over and over again that they are too good for anything else.

I was shocked to hear that a young man quit his job without any prospects because he thought that he was too good to load manure onto people’s trucks for minimum wage. It was not the bulk of his function either, just a part of a job that had other responsibilities. But this is the culture that the left is cultivating.

A big myth about illegal immigrants is that they are easy to employ. Restrictions on businesses have made it increasingly difficult to pay under the table and have undocumented workers. But they keep being used because no one is lining up to do the jobs. I’m not saying that is always the case, but it is more often than not.

The left is teaching our children that they are too good to get mechanic certifications, attend cosmetology school, get a commercial driver’s license, or really anything that would put them to real hard work. There are a lot of programs that take less than four years to complete. But the left would have us believe that these aren’t “real jobs”.

The good news is that because so many people are buying the lie that they need to go to college the amount of jobs available in industries like HVAC, electricity, cosmetology, child care, and hospitality are enormous. The Mike Rowe Works Foundation puts out scholarships for skilled work that cover certifications in things like welding and mechanics.

The left wants you to believe that college is the only answer and that it’s right to push your children towards it. But there are plenty of ways for anyone to have a rewarding career that don’t involve mountains of debt and them having to move back in with you.

Besides, don’t we want more good people who are okay getting their hands dirty more than stuffed shirts who are too good to mow their own lawn?

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disney-workers

So much for working at the “happiest place on earth”: in January, Disney laid off hundreds of employees–and replaced them with cheaper foreign workers, who have temporary H-1B “guest worker” visas.

And worse, Disney isn’t the only one.

In fact, increasing numbers of companies nationwide are stepping up to the plate to can American workers, and replace them with temporary workers here on those H-1B visas.

So far, the H-1B program–which brings educated guest workers to American shores for a term of three to six years–is killing off so many American jobs that Congress has begged Obama to investigate the problems with this program.

So far, Obama has refused every single time.

H-1B foreign guest workers are, by their very nature, substantially less expensive than American workers–both because they’re regulated differently and, because these workers require a work visa to come to the country in the first place, are far more likely to take the same job at a lower salary. Which means more money for corporate profit.

Ron Hira, a professor at Howard University who has testified before Congress on the importance of protecting American jobs, explains what the problem is:

“H-1B guest workers are cheaper than American workers and… any company would be foolish not to take advantage of this highly lucrative business model that has been inadvertently created by Congress and multiple presidential administrations,” Hira explains. “Of course, this business model is paid for by destroying the livelihoods and dignity of tens of thousands of American workers. The costs are also borne by American taxpayers, through foregone tax revenue and the additional social services that need to be provided for those newly unemployed American workers.”

This problem’s only getting worse, as more and more companies see that they can save money by bringing foreign workers to America to take foreign jobs.

Which, apparently, is just the way Obama likes it.

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Barbra Streisand should really stick to singing–because her latest op-ed for The Huffington Post is straight out of Crazy World.

Her editorial, called “Have You Heard the Good News?” is a puff piece touting all the jobs that Barack Obama “created” over the last five and a half years.

Unfortunately, she gets just about every single fact wrong.

Streisand writes: “In the wake of the financial crisis, President Obama took the helm of a sinking economic ship and help to right it. The unemployment rate is now once again at pre-recession levels — the lowest in seven years (5.5%).”

Streisand, of course, leaves out some critical facts.

Like, for example, that there is the largest percentage of Americans not working in history. Just 62.7% of Americans have jobs–a truly shocking number for a nation that prides itself on hard work and entrepreneurship. The unemployment rate is 5.5% not because more people are back to work–but because so many people have given up hope and stopped looking for jobs, and aren’t even considered “unemployed” anymore.

She continues with her “good news”:

“President Obama’s Administration, with only opposition from the Republicans, has steadily helped put more than 11 million Americans back to work in the private sector.”

Except 11 million jobs simply isn’t enough–and, historically, that’s not nearly as good of a number as Barbra wants you to believe.

Ronald Reagan–who also inherited a broken economy–created 18 million jobs by this point in his presidency. Including, famously, 1.1 million jobs in just one month in 1983. And keep in mind that the population of the United States was substantially smaller back then.

Compare that to the anemic 127,000 jobs Barack Obama created last month–which isn’t even enough to keep pace with population growth, let alone grow the economy.

Barbra Streisand has a long history as a partisan mouthpiece for the Left, but this piece takes the cake. Americans certainly aren’t better off in the age of Obama–and Barbra’s either lying or living in a bubble. Or maybe both.

Babs, if you’re listening: stick to singing. Journalism just isn’t for you.

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