Most Of Obama’s Job Gains Come With The Question, “Do You Want Fries With That?”

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The Obamabots will tell you the economy is “improving,” because their Dear Leader has created millions of new jobs.

What they won’t tell you is what kind of jobs he’s managed to create.

Lots and lots of low-pay, low-skill, dead-end jobs.

As in, “do you want fries with that?”

In a post-recession world where many once-familiar occupations continue to automate, move offshore or disappear outright, one of the most basic questions remains:

Who’s hiring?

It turns out the vast preponderance of job openings these days consists of low-skill, hourly wage work with high turnover.

The current slate of “help wanted” ads overwhelmingly involves cashiers, waitresses and waiters, personal care aides, janitors, those who stock store shelves, and the likes of Hardee’s and Taco Bell.

Of the top 10 “Occupations with the Most Openings,” nine fall into government-designated wage categories of “very low” and “low,” according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The proliferation of bottom-rung openings casts a light on an epidemic transformation within the national economy, one that has been accompanied by a long-term contraction of middle-skill occupations that often pay family-supporting wages.

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“Workers in many types of middle-rank positions — such as skilled production-line workers and people in clerical or administrative jobs — have had to migrate into jobs as food-service workers, home health-care aides, child-care employees and security guards,” according to a study by David Autor, economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For Obama so loved the poor, he made millions more of them.

“This is not an overall improvement in job quality,” Autor said. “The problem with many of these jobs is they require fairly generic skill sets, which means workers have limited negotiating power and are fairly interchangeable. These are not, in general, attractive jobs.”

What’s remarkable is how deeply the low-wage sector — once seen as temporary and transitional — has entrenched itself in the world of work.

According to the Labor Department, the No. 1 employment opportunity in the U.S. is for retail salespeople.

Typical retail work requires “less than high school” education.

Retail jobs do not always pay well, but there are plenty of them: Nearly 200,000 open up on average each year in the U.S.

And who’s competing for those retail jobs? Obama’s DREAMers, illegal aliens, here to ensure you’ll never work again.

No wonder then that so many Americans have simply given up on looking for real work. Why bother? There aren’t any more good jobs out there.

The only other growth sector? Government. Hey, Big Brother is always hiring. And always getting in the way.

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Foreign-Born Job-Holders Break 25 MILLION…

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers and Ali Meyer at CNS News.

The “Global President” strikes again…

Another amazing Obama record!

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – The number of foreign-born individuals holding jobs in the United States hit a record high of 25,019,000 in September, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS has been tracking the number of foreign-born workers annually since 2005 and monthly since 2007. The BLS does not distinguish between foreign-born individuals who are in the United States legally and those who are here illegally.

“The foreign born are those who reside in the United States but who were born outside the country or one of its outlying areas to parents who were not U.S. citizens,” the BLS explains. “The foreign born include legally-admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as students and temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants. The survey data, however, do not separately identify the numbers of persons in these categories.”

Read the full story here.

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What Hillary Meant To Say Is, “If you like your job, you can keep your job”

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Here comes the spin! Last week millionaire Democrat Hillary Clinton teamed up with populist uber-leftist millionaire Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren to deliver a zinger aimed at American businesses:

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

She’s a Statist. Statists believe only the government can create jobs. (Or Vernon Jordan, if you count creating jobs for Bill’s mistresses.)

We get it, we didn’t build that.

But, after enduring a weekend of ridicule (except on the Big 3 networks of course) The Hilldabeest backtracked, and blamed her “misstatement” on an internet video.

“Trickle down economics has failed. I short-handed this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades,” she said. “Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.”

Yeah, I can see how that mouthful could be easily confused, tongue-twisted even, into “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

Sure thing Hill. Because, at this point, what difference does it make? We know you’re a godless commie. And you know that we know that you’re a godless commie. So really, stop pretending. Tell us the truth, all the time. We can take it.

The real question is, can you?

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Another Obamacare Success Story: Businesses Cutting Jobs Ahead of the Employer Mandate

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On the plus side, you’ll have (allegedly) cheap health insurance, and more time to play golf.

Because, thanks to Obamacare, your job just went poof!

Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks.

Health economist John Goodman noted that “three Federal Reserve Banks in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta have surveyed the folks in their area and roughly one fifth of the employers are saying they cut back on employment.”

“Roughly one fifth are saying they’re moving from full time to part time,” Goodman added. “More than one in ten are saying they’re doing more outsourcing – all this because of the new health care reform.”

Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, said for the smaller employers — those that have between 20 and 49 employees — you get a negative impact on jobs, you get a negative impact on wages in those jobs. What this means for small business as a whole is over $22 billion of earnings gone for their workers and 350,000 jobs.”

The president repeatedly has delayed the mandate requiring businesses with more than 50 employees to provide insurance. But businesses know it’s coming, so many avoid hiring to keep their worker rolls below 50.

Also, the mandate applies only to those who work more than 30 hours a week — an incentive for employers to reduce hours.

Fewer jobs. And the jobs that remain are part-time.

Yay Obamacare!

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But wait, there’s more bad news.

Prices are rising, and incomes are shrinking.

More than a third of manufacturing firms in the NY Fed survey said they’re raising prices to cover the costs of health care, and about half the businesses surveyed by the Dallas Fed said ObamaCare is raising insurance costs for their employees.

“Yes we are going to see increased cost to employers who are trying to provide health care for their employees, but employers don’t just take that lying down,” said Tevi Troy of the American Health Policy Institute.

Goodman added, “Even among full-time workers, their take home pay is going to go down because one thing that almost all the employers are doing in response to ObamaCare is raising the deductibles, raising the co-payments and making the employee pay more of the premium.”

Oops. Scratch that “cheap health insurance” baloney. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the decrease in disposable income is all too real.

But smug liberals get to feel good about themselves for “helping” the uninsured, so there’s that.

Meanwhile out here in The Real World, Obamacare is a train wreck. And that light at the end of the tunnel? Yeah, it’s another oncoming train.

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Coal Miner Gives Heartfelt Testimony Regarding Obama’s EPA Policies

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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 miners, other than the fact that it drives more and more of them into dependency on the government.  I do have to ask some questions though…

Did the United Mine Workers Union endorse Obama?

Did the United Mine Workers give campaign dollars to the democrats that support Obama’s job killing policies?

And now, they’re going to take Obama to task for doing what he promised to do in the first place?

And, come to think of it, why does Obama only keep promises that wreck people’s lives?

I know, the typical leftist, having no facts in his or her arsenal, will resort to insults, but in the meantime, they’ll put this man out of work, impoverish his family, and blame it on someone else-probably Bush.

And the sheeple will bleat compliantly.

I can only hope that more and more people wake up to this, but previous experience tells me that it’s wishful thinking.

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Open Thread: The ‘Let it Burn” Edition

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It’s been a few months since I’ve written a post, but Don is sick, so it’s up to me to make sure there is content for 7-22-14.  I thought I’d lead off with something original, and look at a growing mindset in the US…

Let it Burn

No friends, there are no cans of gas or matches in my future.  What I mean is that many Americans have reached the following conclusion regarding the political and cultural war with the left:  we have lost.  Maybe it was that too many of us were silent for too long.  Maybe too many of us failed to pull our children out of the public schools (indoctrination machine).  Maybe too many of us failed to stand up to the angry, lying, intentionally stupid mobs of liberals until it was too late.  But, no matter the reason, the re-election of Barak Obama in 2012 was only due to the fact that facts no longer matter.  As Yuri Bezmenov pointed out 30 years ago, access to true information does not matter.  Let’s review…

ObamaCare causes millions to lose their plans, and millions more now pay more, for less.  The response of the left is “so effing what?”  Or, that it really isn’t happening.  Or, they still deny it, and also threaten the lives of anyone that discusses it.

A few weeks ago, the compliant and bleating liberal sheep were talking about the ice in Antarctica collapsing, and causing the oceans to rise.  The same day, data was released showing that there was more ice in the Antarctic that has ever been recorded.   Let’s pile on…

The Arctic had record ice growth last year, after a record cold summer-because of global warming.

The US had it’s coldest winter in 102 years- because of global warming.

At first, we were going to have more frequent, and more intense hurricanes-because of global warming.

When we had less hurricanes? Global warming.

Everywhere the minimum wage is raised, jobs are lost.  And the liberal sheep bleat for losing their jobs.

Gun free Chicago is a shooting gallery, because more gun laws control shootings.

Millions of jobs are gone after Obama’s election, but the economy is doing great.

We could be buried in ice up to our collective a**’s, in July, and “the experts” will still tell us it’s  the “hottest year on record.”

I can go on and on.  Reality itself is under attack.  And after five years of writing nearly daily, I too decided to let it burn.

Let the liberals live in their utopia, where dissent is banned, medical care is rationed, where elderly hospital patients call 911 because they are being starved, where molesting children is a “right,” and opposing it is “hate.” Let them eat cake, until it is banned by a nanny.  Let them have their $15 minimum wage hob, until they are unemployed.  Let them keep their doctor, until their plan (which replaced the other plan they were told that they could keep), isn’t accepted by their doctor, hospital, pharmacy, or voodoo priest.   Let them drive, until they can’t afford gas, or a car.

And the sad thing is that even when all of those things come to pass (at least the ones that haven’t yet), they’ll still blame someone else.

When a majority of our people live in a state of dependency on the government, and that government is hell bent on preventing them from escaping, we’ve lost.  When the people not only fail to see reality, but attack anyone who presents it, how can we win?

In the post that announced my “semi-retirement,” I said the following…

From my Christian perspective, playing politics is like playing the Devil’s game, on his home field, by his rules, with his equipment, and all the referees are demons.   You can be correct, well researched and referenced, as well as flat out right, and you can still lose.  And, in fact, you probably will lose.  For far too many people, it’s  easier to buy the lies. 

And, I have yet to see evidence that this is changing any time soon.

So, what do you think?  How many of you are “letting it burn?”  Let’s see all sides presented.  Maybe, if I have time, I’ll present my more cheerful alternative in another post.

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

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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 in June to 27 million, according to the government’s data, making it one of the corners of the labor market that has been slowest to heal. That has led to worries that the workforce may be becoming permanently polarized, with part-timers stuck on one side and full-time workers on the other.

“What we’re seeing is a growing trend of low-quality part-time jobs,” said Carrie Gleason, director of the Fair Work Week Initiative, which is pushing for labor reforms. “It’s creating this massive unproductive workforce that is unable to productively engage in their lives or in the economy.”

The spike in part-time work since the recession has been largely involuntary. These workers may have had their hours cut or are unable to find full-time jobs, earning them the official designation of “part-time for economic reasons.” In June, their ranks swelled by 275,000 to 7.5 million. In 2007, 4.4 million people fell into this category.

So the good news, if you’re an Obamabot, is the economy added 288,000 new jobs last month. The Real News though is that 275,000 of those jobs are part-time.

Hope and change!

And then there are the drop-outs; folks who’ve given up on ever finding a job, even a “low-quality part-time” job.

The US unemployment rate dropped to 6.1% in June the lowest level since September 2008.

However the number of people not in the labor force also rose to a fresh record high of 92,120,000 up 111,000 since June.

In fact, there are more than 7 million fewer people in the workforce than when Obama took office. Add them back in to the mix and the unemployment rate tops out at over 12 percent.

All of this should come as no surprise, unless you’re living in a bubble.

When you raise taxes dramatically and roll out tons of burdensome regulations, a contracting economy is only a surprise if you’re an idiot. Or a member of this Administration and the press. But I repeat myself.

Sadly this Administration envisions no changes to its disruptive policies. Because they can’t, or won’t, admit they’re wrong. So, as long as they keep shoving in the same inputs, we’ll keep seeing the same abysmal outputs.

In other words, the beatings will continue until morale improves.

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

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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.

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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, he prefers to swipe his credit card on an electronic tablet placed at each table, which also prints his receipt. During the meal, his daughter usually plays games on the tablet for a flat fee of 99 cents — a price Hines is willing to pay to keep her entertained.

During the past few months, Chili’s has installed 45,000 tablets at more than 800 locations across the United States. Though customers are still visited by a human waiter, they can use these devices to order certain items — desserts and drinks, once the waiter has verified their age — as well as to pay checks or play games. The tablets are intended to alleviate the burden on wait-staff by automatically relaying orders to the kitchen, and expediting payment, according to Chili’s.

As I kept reading it occurred to me that something must be driving this change.

Table-side tablets are proliferating in fast-casual restaurants. In December, Applebee’s announced it would install 100,000 tablets at its restaurants in the United States by the end of 2014. Ziosk, the Dallas-based tech company that builds tablets for Chili’s, is also working on similar devices for Uno’s Pizzeria and Red Robin, among other chains.

“We recognize that although the industry aggregates a phenomenal number of people, [restaurants face] rising food costs, rising labor costs [and] rising health-care costs,:” said Ziosk chief executive Austen Mulinder.

Bingo!

Rising food costs. Directly attributable to Obamanomics.

Rising labor costs. Because all the right-thinking people believe in the mythical “living wage” chicanery.

Rising health-care costs. Holy Obamacare Batman!

Congratulations Progressives, you’ve succeeded in eliminating even more entry-level jobs. But the Important Thing is you feel good about yourselves, so there’s that.

Don’t forget to tip your robot.

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Final tally of job losses from the federal sequester: One

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Watchdog.org is reporting that the GAO (Government Accounting Office) has finally released the numbers behind the dreaded sequester.

The much-feared federal sequestration turned out to be bad news for just one person, a federal employee in the Department of Justice who was the only one fired as a result of the cuts, according to a new GAO report.
The much-feared sequestration turned out to be bad news for just one person, a federal employee in the Department of Justice who was the only one fired as a result of the cuts, according to a new GAO report.

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 employees for at least one day and up to as many as seven days.

But only one agency actually cut their staff: the U.S. Parole Commission.

It laid off one person.

One.

ONE? REALLY?

What was it the President and his administration was saying about the sequester, again? Oh yeah, now I remember –

“You know, those Capitol janitors will not get as much overtime. I’m sure they think less pay, that they’re taking home, does hurt.”

Gene Sperling, director of the White House economic council, on ABC News’ “This Week,” March 3, 2013

“On the issue of the janitors, if you work for an hourly wage and you earn overtime, and you depend on that overtime to make ends meet, it is simply a fact that a reduction in overtime is a reduction in your pay.”

— White House spokesman Jay Carney, news briefing, March 4

At a news conference last Friday, President Obama claimed that, “starting tomorrow,” the “folks cleaning the floors at the Capitol” had “just got a pay cut” because of the automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester.

The president very quickly earned Four Pinocchios for that statement, especially after senior officials at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the federal agency that employ janitors on the House side, and the office of the Sergeant at Arms (SAA), which employs janitors on the Senate side, issued statements saying the president’s comments were not true.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says teacher layoffs have already begun… “This stuff is real,” he said last week. “Schools are already starting to give teachers notices.”

“Emergency responders like the ones who are here today – their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded,” said President Obama as he appeared at the White House in front of officers in blue uniforms to warn of the consequences of the sequester.

Read more here.

So this is yet another example of President Obama’s hype not living up to reality.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is now calling for a congressional investigation of the sequestration and its effects on the government workforce.

Despite relentless warnings about the dire consequences of sequestration’s budget cuts, it appears sequestration resulted in only one layoff,” Coburn said in a statement. “While that’s good news for federal employees and other workers, it is devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians and administration officials who spent months – and millions of dollars – engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public relations campaign to scare the American people.”

Two of the oft-cited predictions about federal layoffs as a result of the sequestration estimated between 100,000 and 1.5 million jobs would be cut, he said.

“Taxpayers expect us to root our predictions in fact, not ideology and spin,” Coburn said.

Coburn sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, the arm of the White House that handles budgetary issues for the executive branch, seeking answers about layoffs and other staffing cuts at federal agencies.

This President keeps reminding me of that old saying, “I can always tell when he’s lying – his lips are moving.”

Then, when sequestration went into effect in March, the White House did its best to make it look as devastating as possible. Tours of the White House were canclled, military bands stopped performing and national parks and monuments were closed — even some that did not require anyone to staff them.

Meanwhile, the feds posted more than 400 job openings during the first week the sequester was in effect. Assuming more than two of those job openings were filled, it would mean the federal government actually hired more people during the sequester period than it laid off.

In the aftermath, the nation trudged onward and Republicans took the blame for forcing the budget cuts into place.

Then the budget cuts were repealed entirely in September 2013 when Congress passed a new budget, albeit one with far less media fanfare and doom-and-gloom.

Of course we must not forget that the dreaded sequester really was that bad – at least for that one fella who got laid off…

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

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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…

uaw vs DetroitThe causal relationship  is obvious.  It reminds me of something I recall from the early 90’s.  Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel was dealing with a strike, when the President of the union was quoted in a local newspaper as saying that he didn’t care if they permanently closed the company, as long as they didn’t budge on their demands.  In other words, they would permanently shut down the company, who employed (at that time) over 5000 workers, just to make sure that they didn’t bend on their demands.  Unions do that a lot, as the empty steel and coal towns in the rust belt would attest.  But, the union bosses got theirs, and the democratic politicians that supported them got paid, so it was all seen as good.  And, Detroit is a similar example.  The workers got screwed when the jobs went away, but the UAW’s HQ looks awful nice, and I bet the president of that union is compensated nicely.  As for the tens of thousands of people that lost their jobs, well, that’s a small price to pay in order to protect the union boss.

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The Slacker Presidency, and the Curse of ObamaCare

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“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 once styled themselves the party of workers. Now, they are the party of people who would have been workers, if it hadn’t been for Obamacare.” – Rich Lowry

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What this country needs is not more bad poets; it’s fewer good Democrats.

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ObamaCare Requires Nutritional Information on Vending Machines?

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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 calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, says the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release final rules early next year. It estimates the cost to the vending machine industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that, but says if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health care system would be at least that great.

Now, please remember that nutritional information is already on the individual snacks sold in the machine, so what’s the point of having it on the machine as well?  If someone is going to ignore the package, they will equally ignore the machine.

And, come to think of it, would not the ADA mandate that the nutritional information be also available in Braille?  After all, if you are going to be asinine, why limit yourself?  I think if they Braille mandate isn’t in the act, a lawsuit needs filed to force it.  And while we are at it, will people that are not native English speakers be able to benefit from the government’s nanniness?  I demand that the nutritional information also be offered in Spanish!

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Dominoes Pizza Franchisee Explains How ObamaCare Harms Small Businesses

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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 also add that the video is just a good story.  People fight adversity, and try to persevere.

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

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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 would have occurred in subsequent months. There was a small increase in employment but the implied cost per job created ($1.4 million) was far higher than other fiscal stimulus programs.”

The study — from researchers Ted Gayer and Emily Parker — said the “Car Allowance Rebate System,” or CARS did little to boost employment. This is at least the fourth major study since 2012 that has raised questions about the value of the program.

The study said far more jobs could have been created using other government stimulus programs — increasing unemployment benefits (at $95,000 per job); $80,000-$133,000 per job created for cutting employers’ payroll taxes; $222,000 per job created for reducing employees’ payroll taxes; $200,000 per job created for providing additional Social Security benefits; or $222,000 per job created for allowing the expensing of investment costs.

The study estimates the sales led to 3,676 “job years” — sales supporting a job for a single year — between the automaker and auto parts sector, or at a cost of $1.4 million per job. “This suggests that the CARS program was far less cost effective at creating jobs than other fiscal stimulus programs,” the report said.

And, since Cash for Clunkers really just drained the market and led to lower sales for months after the program ended, you might guess that the extra jobs, if any, were eventually lost anyway.

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ObamaCare Damage: Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Confound NC Businessman

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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 everything we said it would be, and less.  That, and you have to be living under a rock, a die hard regressive, a pathological liar, or floridly psychotic to miss it.

Or do I repeat myself?

Elections have consequences!

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

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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 a week, but if they didn’t they’d have the same problem.

Let me end this like I end all of these posts…

If you voted for Obama, you voted for this.  You were warned.  Elections have consequences.

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

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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 plans.

CNBC reports:

“We were startled because we know that employers were concerned about the Affordable Care Act and the effects it would have on their business, but we didn’t realize the extent they were concerned, or that the businesses were being proactive to make sure the effects of the ACA actually were minimized,” said attorney Steven Friedman of Littler Mendelson. His firm, which specializes in employment law, commissioned the Gallup poll.

“If the small businesses’ fears are reasonable, then it could mean that the small business sector grows slower than what economic conditions otherwise would indicate. And small businesses have been a growth engine in the economy,” Friedman told CNBC.

Friedman found these results “startling” and described the reported job cuts as “significant, and a bit troubling.”  His firm commissioned the poll because they had been hearing such complaints from a number of their small business clients.

But wait, it gets worse: 24 percent of poll respondents are thinking about dropping insurance coverage for their employees (“If you like your health care plan, you will be able keep your heath care plan.  Period.  No matter what.” – Barack Obama, July 2009.)  And 18 percent report transforming full-time jobs into part-time positions – the great ObamaCare “burger flipper” transformation of the American workforce, which the media instantly lost its taste for discussing on the day George Bush left the White House.

Well, well, that’s not good news at all. And, therefore, it will be mostly, if not entirely, ignored by the MSM.

As usual, I will remind everyone that this was predicted.  It did not take rocket science-it took a grasp of the obvious to see that this would happen.

If you voted for Obama, you voted for this.  If you can’t find a job, and you voted for Obama?  You screwed yourself.  If you got you hours cut, and you voted for Obama?  You were asking for it.  You were warned.

Elections have consequences.

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