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Job Numbers Are Propaganda

Nonfarm 2015-11D The job numbers are designed to disguise a damaged economy. We often remind you on this blog not to trust the job numbers. Nothing has changed with the new report last week. CNS News reports, “Labor Force Participation Remains at 38-Year Low; 94,513,000 Not in Labor Force; Unemployment Ticks Down to 5.0%.” The number of Americans not in the labor force last month totaled 94,513,000 -- a slight improvement from the 94,610,000 not in the labor force in September--but the labor force participation Read more [...] Continue reading →

Governor Cuomo "Astroturfs" to Give the Impression of Grassroots Support for Climate Change Issues

global warming thermometer Governor Andrew Cuomo along with former Vice President Al Gore were on hand for a climate change event last week in which Governor Cuomo "astroturfed" the meeting to make it appear that there was vigorous grassroots support for it. The New York Post reported that: The workers said they left their jobs in the middle of the day Thursday and were paid their full salaries to hear Cuomo at Columbia University announce the state was joining a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “I’d Read more [...] Continue reading →

Tolerance Takes a Holiday

eat-more-chicken I love me some Chick-fil-A! In our city, Chick-fil-A has slowly been adding more stores, and with each one, I feel a little more thankful for a family-friendly fast food chain that has some pretty healthy choices on its menus. They also serve up freindliness, courtesy, and smiles. I guess I am not the only one who likes the overall atmosphere of Chick-fil-A. Some customers at one of the newest and largest branches of the chain are feeling pretty good about it, too. According to writer Ginia Bellafante in Read more [...] Continue reading →

Pope Stumps for Environment, Using Poor as the Excuse

PopeFrancisWarming I tried to like this pope when he was selected. I think most of the world wanted to love or at least respect him. But his American tour has shown beyond any doubt that instead of a man of God, he is a man of the Left. And while he uses the poor continually as a prop in his speeches, a la "do this because the poor are suffering," he is pushing the same tired leftist rhetoric about economic equality, social justice and environmental welfare that you can get from your run-of-the-mill Marxist college Read more [...] Continue reading →

More Propaganda for Working Shorter Hours with No Consequences

men at work Everyone wants to work shorter hours; the trick is to convince people that they won’t lose income. I saw this Guardian story being trumpeted over the internet this weekend: “Efficiency up, turnover down: Sweden experiments with six-hour working day.” A Swedish retirement home may seem an unlikely setting for an experiment about the future of work, but a small group of elderly-care nurses in Sweden have made radical changes to their daily lives in an effort to improve quality and efficiency. In Read more [...] Continue reading →

300,000 Federal Contractors Just Became More Expensive for Taxpayers

obamaPen Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring Federal contractors to get paid sick leave. I know the Associated Press is biased, but their description of President Obama as “showing solidarity with workers on Labor Day” by signing the executive order was more sickening than usual. The President didn’t give up one of his family’s lavish vacations to help any workers. The president simply ordered contractors to spend more money on each employee, money that will ultimately come from Federal Read more [...] Continue reading →

Welfare Is the Highest Paying Entry-Level Job in 38 States

Welfare states How many people have been diverted from the workforce thanks to our welfare system? There are obvious problems with giving people “free” money. We could list the fact that the money is taken from the people who earned it, or that the debt pyramid that funds the “free” money is unsustainable and will end in crisis. We could point out that people drop out of the labor market because the free money makes it possible, thus lowering productivity at the same time that we are increasing obligations. Read more [...] Continue reading →

Fast Food Business Owners and Employees Are in a Mutual Relationship

chickfilacombo A recent Chick-fil-A decision demonstrates that business owners are not opposed to their employees. The basic stance in the media and in politics has been that fast food business owners are the enemies and exploiters of their employees. Just like telling one lie demands a person make up other lies, so this myth creates others. If fast food business owners are exploiting their workers, this means that a free society is a place where mutually agreed upon payments are detrimental to one class of Read more [...] Continue reading →

Clean Energy Jobs Act: Take the Money and Run

sowell understand politics Taxes were raised on the promise that the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create jobs. Didn’t happen. No one in government cares. While crime is almost always an application of laziness, people who commit crimes for their primary or secondary income do often learn to work. They try not to get caught. They know it is possible that they might get caught. They have every incentive to be careful and cautious. People who work scams will try to avoid running into their earlier victims. They will move Read more [...] Continue reading →

The Reason Politicians Hate Uber: Bernie Sanders Explains

uber_logo Bernie Sanders articulates what every politician feels about ridesharing operations: they are free and therefore wrong. Remember when we were told that the terrorists from the Middle East hate us for our freedoms? It was half true. There are people who hate us for our freedoms. But they are from the United States. They are politicians. Bernie Sanders was recently interviewed at He mentioned Uber, the rideshare company. Asked about his proposal to phase out the “tip credit,” Read more [...] Continue reading →

All Women's Employment Gains Were from Foreigners since 2007

War on Women Badge Women's employment has fallen much worse than people realize since the recession but immigrant women are gaining jobs. We have reported before on this blog about how women have been especially suffering in the Obama economy. If one blames George Bush for the 2007 recession (which I believe is a completely legitimate verdict) then we can allow him to share some responsibility for the problem. But it is indisputable that labor participation for women has been a disaster since 2007, which is why Read more [...] Continue reading →

Food Stamps and the Low Labor Participation Rate

Food Stamps Why wouldn’t labor participation be low if people get free food but don’t have to look for work? Here is a really interesting headline from Fox News: “Most states waiving work requirements for food stamps, despite improving job market.” Most states still are waiving work requirements for those on food stamps, raising concerns that despite an improving job market the Obama administration is feeding government dependency -- and all at the expense of taxpayers. Forty-four of the 50 states Read more [...] Continue reading →