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Coal Miner Gives Heartfelt Testimony Regarding Obama’s EPA Policies

Obama promised that he would put coal fired power plants out of business.  Obama promised that his policies would make make electric bills “skyrocket.”  As we face potential energy shortages and even possible brownouts/blackouts due to Obama’s policies, coal miners are looking forward to a bleak future as well.  Here is video of a miner making a rather humble and heartfelt comment a a public hearing.   When Obama kills the industry that uses much of the coal mined, it puts the coal miners in a precarious position. But, of course, the Obama administration doesn’t care a bit about the […]

Open Thread: The ‘Let it Burn” Edition

I thought I’d lead off with something original, and look at a growing mindset in the US…

Let it Burn

The illusion of a recovery: Unemployment drops as part-time work explodes

Recovery Summer Episode VI, Revenge of the Part-Timers. In the new landscape of the American labor market, jobs are easier to come by but hours remain in short supply. New government data released Thursday showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June — the fifth straight month gains have topped the critical benchmark of 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, down more than a percentage point over the past year. But there’s a gnawing fear among some economists that the improving data provides false comfort. The number of people in part-time jobs jumped by more than 1 million […]

New Jersey raises minimum wage, Chili’s deploys robot waiters

Editor’s Note: I’d like to take a minute and welcome our newest contributor here at CH2.0, Chris Wysocki! Now besides the fact that his name sounds like a motorcycle, he is a Blogger, Dad, Curmudgeon, Long suffering Jets fan, Reagan acolyte & Conservative Catholic. ~~~~~~~~~~ Today’s Star-Ledger business section reprinted this article from Sunday’s Washington Post. When Martin Hines takes his 8-year-old daughter for a weekday lunch at the Chili’s Bar & Grill in Timonium, Md., this summer, he s looking for quick service so he can return to work. Instead of waiting for an employee to bring his check, […]

Final tally of job losses from the federal sequester: One

Watchdog.org is reporting that the GAO (Government Accounting Office) has finally released the numbers behind the dreaded sequester. The Government Accountability Office has finished its analysis of the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequestration and determined that exactly one — yes, one — federal employee lost a government job. The GAO surveyed 23 federal departments affected by the budget cuts for its 200-plus page analysis released this week. The report shows that most departments had to cancel or limit monetary awards like grant programs, many reduced employee training or travel and seven agencies reported furloughing a total of 770,000 […]

Some Brief Thoughts on the UAW, or Organized Labor as a Whole

As you recall, the UAW recently lost a landmark vote at a VW Plan in Tennessee.  The defeat was even more devastating with the fact that VW fully endorsed the union.  Not only did they not resist in any way, they rubber stamped it.  As usual, like most leftist entities, when they fail, they blame someone else.  Because, as well all know, it’s only democracy when  the leftists win. But, let’s take a look at the legacy of the UAW.  Here is an image that sums it up nicely… The causal relationship  is obvious.  It reminds me of something I […]

The Slacker Presidency, and the Curse of ObamaCare

“Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job.” – Nancy Pelosi “Obamacare lets people keep their health insurance even if they quit their job to master iambic pentameter.” – Jonah Goldberg “Now that the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that ObamaCare is the jobs-killer conservatives always claimed it was, the White House has put the spin machine into overdrive. Since they can no longer deny the truth, they’ve decided to convince you that destroying the workforce is a good thing.” – Robert Laurie “The Democrats […]

ObamaCare Requires Nutritional Information on Vending Machines?

ObamaCare, beyond increasing health insurance premiums, causing people to lose hours at work, causing millions of people to lose their plans, and causing thousands of jobs, also apparently forces vending machines to display nutritional information.  Wyblog has more… Obamacare requires you to read a nutrition label before buying chips from a vending machine Because nagging the crap out of you makes you healthier. And it makes do-gooder bureaucrats happy. Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. Requiring […]

Dominoes Pizza Franchisee Explains How ObamaCare Harms Small Businesses

Here is a video of a small business owner, a Dominoes Franchisee, explains how government, and especially ObamaCare, harms small businesses. (From the video description) Domino’s franchise owner Mary Lynne Carraway tells her emotional story of taking on her husband’s business when he became ill. She explains why complicated menu labeling rules in Obamacare are threatening the livelihoods of her store managers and employees. Mind you, this is intentional.  Is it meant to harm businesses, decrease hours of workers, and even cost jobs.  It is meant to harm and not help.  Finally, people are catching on to that. I would […]

Cash for Clunkers Update: Jobs Created for the Bargain Price of $1,400,000 a Pop

Government programs tend to fail, and fail hard.  “Cash for Clunkers” was no exception, as we had covered here at the CH 2.0. Ulterior Motives in “Cash for Clunkers?” Cash for Clunkers: Revisited Cash for Clunkers Revisited: More Damage Done So then, we see a report that indicates that some jobs might have been created, to the tune of $1,400,000 a job.  Steve, at Motor City Times, has more… Free markets are the only way to go: A Bookings Institution study found the $2.85 billion program “provided a short-term boost in vehicle sales, which were pulled forward from sales that […]

ObamaCare Damage: Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Confound NC Businessman

Yesterday, we reviewed how President Obama lied early and often about how ObamaCare was going to decrease premiums.  We went over that many people have had their premiums double, or even triple.  And now, we have the plight of a NC businessman who is struggling between a rock and a hard place in order to do right by his employees and customers… Did you catch the lie at the very end of the video?  That runs counter to the CBS News report from earlier that indicates that the system needs a complete overhaul to function.  In the end, ObamaCare is […]

ObamaCare Damage: Indiana University Cuts Jobs, Limits Graduate Assistant’s Hours

In another case of ObamaCare Damage, we see that Indiana University is cutting jobs, and hours… I remember being a grad assistant.  That money comes in real handy.  It provided me with my staple foods… 1.  Hot dogs 2.  Pierogis 3.  Peanut butter 4.  Coffee 5.  Beer Seriously though, If I had my hours cut, I would have really been in a tough spot.  I can only imagine what the grad assistants at that school are going through.  It has to be tight.  For the staff, it isn’t known if the contracted agency will hold them to under 30 hours […]

Neil Cavuto Destroys Obama

This is excellent! Neil Cavuto if FOX Shredded Obama.  Take a look! I’m sure that his IRS audit is on the way. Linked by iOwnTheWorld, thanks!

ObamaCare Damage: 41% of Small Businesses Have Frozen Hiring Due to ObamaCare

If only someone would have warned us.  Oh wait! More predictions about ObamaCare are coming home to roost.  Now, Gallup shows that 41% of businesses have stopped hiring due to ObamaCare.   The carnage from the worst legislation in modern history keeps piling up.  The latest damage assessment comes from a Gallup poll that shows “Forty-one percent of small businesses surveyed have frozen hiring” because of ObamaCare, while an equally astonishing 19 percent have actually reduced the number of employees in their business specifically as a result of the President’s health care reform.  38 percent said they have pulled back on expansion […]

ObamaCare Damage: Wegman’s SuperMarket Eliminates Insurance for Part Time Staff Due to ObamaCare

If you voted for ObamaCare, you voted for part time workers at Wegman’s to to lose their insurance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nPfVTdGCrPQ. Elections have consequences.  You were warned, but chose this anyway. Happy now?

ObamaCare to Cost Delta Airlines $100,000,000 IN ONE YEAR!

We’ve covered a lot of ObamaCare Damage in the last couple years.  Hundreds of thousands of workers have had their hours cut.  Many have lost their plans.  Almost 75% of all jobs created so far in 2013 are part time jobs.  And as a far as we can see, that’s only the beginning.  For the latest, here is a letter from Delta Airlines. Delta Airlines expects Obamacare will directly and indirectly cost it $100 million in 2014. As you can see, ObamaCare is going to present a significant threat to Delta, and it’s workers. Delta has the usual options at […]

Even More ObamaCare Damage: Even Reuters is Reporting on the Part-Time Job Trend

It seems that even Reuters can’t avoid discussing what we’ve been covering for months; that ObamaCare is forcing businesses to convert full time jobs into part time jobs.  Even Reuters can’t hide the truth any longer: U.S. businesses are hiring at a robust rate. The only problem is that three out of four of the nearly 1 million hires this year are part-time and many of the jobs are low-paid. Faltering economic growth at home and abroad and concern that President Barack Obama’s signature health care law will drive up business costs are behind the wariness about taking on full-time […]

Obama Administration Spanked Twice by Courts, Employers can and Should Consider Criminal Backgrounds of Applicants, Administration Ordered to do it’s Job

Team Obama’s disregard for the law, and common sense were smacked, and smacked hard, by recent court decisions.  If you recall, there was an attempt to ban businesses from checking criminal background as a condition of employment.  If allowed to stand, that ruling would have enabled criminals easy access to victims, and left the employers open to liability for the employees actions.  So, if the power company hires a rapist, not being allowed to know that he/she is a rapist, and they employee rapes a customer, the company could be sued.  Yeah, it was that stupid of a policy.  Thankfully, […]

ObamCare Damage: Even NBC Now See’s That ObamaCare is Causing Worker’s Hours to be Cut

It seems that even the most loyal of networks is now talking about the fact that ObamaCare is causing worker’s hours to be cut all over the country.  Here are the facts… According to a NBC News investigation, union bosses and small business owners agree President Obama’s signature healthcare law is causing employers to lessen workers’ hours to less than 30 a week. The reduction is leading to the destruction of the 40-hour work week and creating financial hardships as workers see their wages decreasing. “To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of a law passed in Washington […]

Elections Have Consequences: 77% of all Jobs Created in 2013 are Part Time Due to ObamaCare

For several years now, people have raised the warning that ObamaCare would prompt employers to hire part time workers instead of full time.  The reason is simple-if you have too many full time staff, you either have to buy them insurance, or pay a fine.  Then, with insurance premiums skyrocketing due to the extra costs inflicted by ObamaCare, providing health insurance is completely out of the reach of many small businesses.  Also, even paying the fines are prohibitive. As I’ve covered before, many businesses have cut hours for workers because the cumulative fines would be more than their yearly profit.  […]