Gallup Polling Org Rips Obama’s Fake Recovery As Jobless

February 4, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Jim Clifton, the CEO of the Gallup polling group, recently published a huge slam on Obama’s fake economic recover that he sharply titled, “The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment.” In the piece he exposes something that we conservatives have been talking about for years, namely that Obama’s unemployment figures are nothing but lies and that the low, low labor participation rate proves that we have had no increase in jobs.

His piece starts somewhat absurdly saying that even “the smartest and most educated among us” don’t know that Obama’s unemployment rate reports are “extremely misleading.”

We can quibble with that because conservatives have been pointing this out since two years after Obama came to office. But, still, it’s good that the rest of the “educated” are catching up and finally starting to understand the lies that Obama is selling as an economic recovery.

Anyway, that aside, Clifton notes that the number of jobs has not really increased at all because there are millions who have simply stopped trying to find work and are seemingly permanently jobless. This is the labor participation rate and it is shockingly dismal.

Here is how Clifton put it:
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Socialism Doesn’t Pay: Britain is Poorer Than Any US State But Mississippi

August 25, 2014 | Filed Under Britain, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, Mississippi, Money, Nanny State, Progressives, Socialism, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Fraser Nelson of The Spectator did some number crunching recently and found a shocking fact: Britain is poorer than every State in the USA but one.

As Nelson wrote on August 22, “if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and join the US … we’d be the 2nd-poorest state in the union, poorer than Missouri. Poorer than the much-maligned Kansas and Alabama. Poorer than any state other than Mississippi, and if you take out the south east we’d be poorer than that too.”

This is both shocking and disheartening, especially to American liberals. The liberals all assume that Great Britain is still the jewel of Europe pointing to its nearly 100 percent socialist-styled government as a model of perfection. But it turns out that decades of socialism has laid Britain low making it worse off than every state in the USA but Mississippi…. and with Britain’s jihadi problem, one would think it would be better to be a bit poorer in Mississippi than be forced to live in Britain!
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Illinois Ranks as ‘Worst’ For Small Businesses

June 16, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, California, Capitalism, Connecticut, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Government Corruption, Idaho, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Louisiana, New York, Progressives, Rhode Island, Taxes, Unemployment, Utah, Virginia, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again Illinois and California are neck-and-neck in the calculations for the worst of the worst U.S. states, this time in a measure of how friendly the states are for the growth of small businesses.

Earlier this month released its third annual survey of the climate for small businesses exploring such ratings as the overall friendliness of the state to small businesses, the ease of starting a business, regulations, ease of hiring new employees, taxes, and other criteria.

The poll was conducted among over 12,000 small business owners across the country.

The survey, held in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation, found that the worst states for small businesses were California, Rhode Island and Illinois, all of which got a Thumbtack “F” rating. The next worst were Connecticut and New Jersey, both of which received a “D” grading.

Illinois has descended in its rating each of the three years that the survey has been conducted having earned a “D+” in 2012, a “D” in 2013, and an “F” in 2014.
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Obama to Give Unions a Veto Over Where a Company Can Set Up Shop

April 8, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, NLRB, President, Progressives, Right To Work, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you own a company and want to relocate to another part of the country, Obama wants you to know that you have no right to decide where that location will be. Obama wants you to know that only a labor union can make that decision. You have no say in the matter.

At least, that is what Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) wants to do with a new rule that would give unions veto power over where a company re-opens its doors.

The goal, of course, is to destroy the economies of right-to-work states and force them to allow destructive unions to hold sway over their business sector or risk economic ruin.

Currently it is perfectly legal (not to mention moral, I might add) for a company to decided it wants to close its facilities in one part of the country and move some or all of it’s business to another part of the country. We call it the free enterprise system.
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Breaking the Law: Pay Higher for Government Contractors Than Other Workers

March 28, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Crony Capitalism, DOL, Ethics, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Taxes, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Employees, whether unionized or not, who work for companies that have government contracts make far more per hour than employees who do similar jobs in the same area, a new study finds. This fact shows that government is essentially breaking its compensation own law.

The Service Contract Act of 1965 maintains that employees working for companies with government contracts must make the prevailing wage for their job in the area in which they work.

That means that if a carpet-layer in Peoria, Illinois makes $10.27 per hour, then any company that lays carpet for the government must pay their carpet-layers $10.27 per hour. Seems fair enough, right?

But the study shows that this isn’t happening. These government contractors aren’t making the prevailing wage. In fact, they are making far more than the prevailing wage! And all at the expense to the taxpayers, naturally.
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Obama’s Census Bureau Faked Falling Unemployment Numbers

November 20, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

For the last several years Obama’s administration has been short of thousands of households each month in its survey used to tabulate unemployment numbers, so instead of alerting the country to the problems inside the Census Bureau, now we find that Obama just faked the data. So, all those months of “falling” unemployment is likely a lie.

Some may recall that former General Electric CEO Jack Welch was attacked mercilessly by the left in October of 2012 when he Tweeted that he thought that the unemployment numbers were way off. He was joined by Steve Forbes in his belief that the Census Bureau was getting it all wrong (see video below).

In an October 5, 2012 Tweet, Welch said “Unbelievable jobs numbers. These Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.”

From Jon Stewart to every host on the extremist cable network MSNBC, to papers like The New York Times, Welch was called a lair and attacked as the lowest of the low.
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Rocker Ted Nugent Rips Democrats for Fall of Detroit

July 24, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Detroit, Economy/Finances, Jobs, Liberals, Michigan, Progressives, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Rock legend and conservative gadfly Ted Nugent told TMZ that he is “shattered but not at all surprised” that the liberals have destroyed his beloved city of Detroit.

As we all know, Detroit is filing for bankruptcy after 5 decades of Democrat Party rule.

Meanwhile, our bailed out auto industry is now outsourcing to China! Nice, eh?

Of course, Ted is called “the Motor City Madman,” so he has long ties to that once powerful American metropolis. But the liberals have reduced the city to a pile of burning rubble befitting as a backdrop for a WWII movie set in Dresden, Germany, as opposed to a great American city.
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Infographic: Obama’s Red Tape Rising

May 2, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Free Trade, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, Money, President, Progressives, Senate, Stimulus, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Kelsey Harris and Diane Katz, The Heritage Foundation

Regulatory costs skyrocketed in the first term of the Obama Administration, which added nearly $70 billion to the already excessive annual burden of government do’s and don’ts. Virtually every aspect of Americans’ lives is controlled to a varying extent by regulation, including how we light our homes, wash our clothes, fuel our cars, feed our families, and obtain our health care.

The consequences are dire: less investment and innovation, fewer jobs, and the erosion of fundamental freedoms.

In a new report, Red Tape Rising: Regulation in Obama’s First Term, our experts detail the number and cost of these many new rules. We put together this infographic to help understand how these costly regulations affect our lives—and pockets.

Democrats Want Background Checks… Except When They Don’t

February 18, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Immigration/Immigrants, Jobs, Journalism, Labor Law, Law, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the main discussions in this ginned up, fact-free anti-gun debate coming from the Democrats and their fellow extreme leftists is that they want “universal background checks” for gun purchases. So, “background checks” are a good idea to left-wingers… but in all cases? As it happens, NO is the answer to that. Democrats don’t want universal background checks in all cases.

Jams Bovard shows us this fact quite clearly in his recent Wall Street Journal piece headlined, “Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril.”

Now, Bovard isn’t talking about the gun debate with his piece. In fact, he never mentions guns even one time. Bovard, you see, is talking about background checks as a condition for employment.

As it happens, Democrats and the Obama administration are attempting to eliminate background checks for prospective employees claiming it is a “civil rights” issue.
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Obama’s Labor Sec: Jobs Are ‘Saved’ By Unemployment Payments

January 7, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, DOL, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, NLRB, President, Progressives, Taxes, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, recently gave a quixotic assessment of how many jobs were “saved” by Obama’s work in the White House. In fact, she felt it was the constant extension of unemployment benefits that somehow “saved” millions of jobs.

On a January 4 segment on CNBC, Solis maintained that the benefits “generate” spending in “the community.”

“…what I think about is, those 2 million people that would have lost their unemployment insurance. Because think about it, all that money that goes out in terms of what’s being spent by that unemployment check helps to generate two additional dollars back in the community. Everyone continues to keep their jobs. I can’t give you an exact figure, but I’ll tell you just by the movement that the President made, we’ve saved millions and millions of jobs,” Solis claimed.

This is, of course, a perfect example of the classic “broken windows fallacy.”
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NY Times Cutting Staff Again

December 7, 2012 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, The New York Times, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Workers at The New York Times are facing more lost jobs as the paper of record initiates a new round of staff cuts in a cost savings move.

In a pair of leaked memos written by The Times’ executive editor, Jill Abramson, management informs employees of the goal of eliminating thirty more newsroom staffers.

“The economic environment has grown more difficult in the second half of the year and I must reduce costs in the newsroom,” Abramson told employees.
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In Harsh Economy, Union Demands Put Crimp in Businesses Across the Country: Recent Stories Surrounding California Grocer

November 16, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, California, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Progressives, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The biggest union news this month is the pending closing of the Hostess Brand snack cake corporation, a company that has been an American mainstay for decades with such products Wonder Bread and Hostess Twinkies. As with the Hostess case, unions repeatedly prove that they’d rather destroy a business with absurd demands and strikes than work with management to keep the company alive in these tough economic times.

Another Illustration of the continued and alarming trend of unions destroying the businesses they work for with absurd contract demands is going on in California, the state with the worst economy and one of the worst business climates in the country.

Recently Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, a north central California-based grocery chain, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) reached an agreement over a strike that had workers walking the picket lines for nine weeks. Naturally, the company put a brave face on this agreement but both the strike and the agreement have put a strain on the company that can’t help it survive in this horrid economic climate.
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Foodstamps Surge to All Time High, Biggest One Month Growth Ever Recorded

November 13, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Nanny State, Policy, President, Progressives, Regulation, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston, Welfare | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Obama administration has finally released its report on the number of Americans on foodstamps. This report was released nine days past its traditional release date and just coincidentally days after the election. Shockingly, those numbers show that Americans on foodstamps is at an all time high. Worse the report shows the highest one month jump ever.

You may recall that just before the election, the Obama administration announced that Hurricane Sandy was going to delay the release of October’s jobless numbers. Many watchers of politics were suspicious about the possible delay in the release of October’s unemployment figures since the proper release date was to come just before the presidential election. While the unemployment report was ultimately released on schedule and before the election, now we find out about another report, the foostamp report, delayed for nine days after its traditional release date. This report was also supposed to have been released before the election.

This report is devastating, so maybe we now know why it was delayed?
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Infographic: Obama’s Unemployment Debacle

November 3, 2012 | Filed Under Americans For Prosperity, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Progressives, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Infographic courtesy of Americans For Prosperity

Yale University Economic Model Gives Election to Romney

October 31, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Jobs, Joe Biden, Liberals, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, President, Progressives, Republicans, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Based on his economic election model, Yale University economist Ray Fair predicts that GOP nominee Mitt Romney will pull out a sparse victory in November.

Fair’s model successfully predicts the winners of every election but two since 1916. The two, the 1960 election of John Kennedy and the 1992 election of Bill Clinton, are the only ones his economics-based electoral prediction model gets wrong.

Fair uses several economic indicators in his model to determine winners. Those factors include the per capita growth rate of the gross domestic product, inflation, and the number of quarters that the GDP grew more than 3.2% during the incumbent’s term.

But even Fair’s model predicts a race that is within his margin of error. Obama could still pull this out despite an economy that argues against his re-election.
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Media Blackout: GAO Says Obama’s Welfare Waivers Illegal

September 11, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Entitlements, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Jobs, Joe Biden, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Media, Media Bias, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston, Welfare | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Sept. 4, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made a startling assertion saying that Obama circumvented the law when he summarily waived the work requirements in the welfare law. Perhaps not as shocking, to date, few news outlets seem interested in the story.

In its Sept. 4 letter, the GAO found that Health and Human Services (HHS) should have formally submitted a letter of its intent to make the changes to Congress and the Comptroller General before any waivers can be legally issued.

The letter also said that the GAO had not determined if HHS had the legal right to even make such waivers available. The GAO is basically saying that the Obama administration is breaking the law with its waivers.
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(VIDEO) The Poster: ‘I Just Can’t Do it For Four More Years’

August 30, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Elections, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Video courtesy of American Crossroads.

VIDEO: The Story of Broke Response, Why Annie Leonard is Wrong… AGAIN!

January 13, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, Senate, Socialism, Stimulus, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Extremist “progressive” Annie Leonard recently perpetrated another video attempting to “explain” why capitalism and the United States is evil. Well, couldn’t let her lies and left-wing propaganda go by unaddressed. So, they made this excellent video…

Prof. Art Carden responds to “The Story of Broke”, a recent video by the creators of “The Story of Stuff.” In “The Story of Broke,” Annie Leonard claims that the government isn’t actually broke. Rather, the government just wastes resources on the wrong things like subsidies to the dinosaur economy and war. She claims that the government should change its ways, and instead, subsidize firms that will bring us the future we really want.

Art Carden agrees with Leonard that war and subsidies are wasteful, but is skeptical of notion that there is one unified vision for the future. To Carden, everyone has a different vision for the future. Our path to the future, he argues, is determined by the interactions of billions of unique individuals pursuing their own objectives.

Additionally, Carden questions Leonard’s distinction between bad subsidies and good subsidies. Every subsidy, deemed good or bad, must be allocated through the political process. Lobbyists and special interests exert a large degree of influence on political decisions, and they use this power to direct subsidies in their own favor at everyone else’s expense.

Carden concludes that government spending won’t buy a brighter future. A brighter future will emerge when people are allowed to spend money on things they care about. Put another way, positive change will come from billions of people cooperating freely and voluntarily with one another, not from pushing trillions of dollars through a broken political process.

Business Roundtable: Regulations Are Killing Business

October 28, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Banks, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, EPA, Ethics, Financial Reform, Free Trade, Freedom, GOP, Government, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Policy, President, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, The Law, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Friday I attended an informative business roundtable meeting of Chicago-area small businessmen who came together to discuss how government intervention and its avalanche of regulations are killing jobs and businesses not only in Illinois, but nation wide. Some of the stories were chilling, to say the least. These trials go to show how anti-business the most famously capitalist country in the world has become. No wonder we can’t get out of this second great depression!

The event was held at the headquarters of The Rabine Group in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Rabine Group is a group of nationwide companies that specializes in driveway paving, roofing, and other contracting work. The company is headed by owner and CEO Gary Rabine.

Filling out the panel was Moderator, Brian Kelly of Bulk Lift International; Gary Rabine, The Rabine Group; Garrett Patten, Patten Industries; Randy Truckenbrodt, Randall Industries, Inc, and Former State Senator Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners.

The panel began with some of the regulatory horror stories experienced by the panel. Each story illustrated how government stands in the way of job creation, small business, and expansion, and how government is not working hand-in-hand with small business but actually fosters an inimical relationship. The panel showed how the oppressiveness of these regulations actually tempts business to break laws just to be able to carry on with business.
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Government Kills… Businesses, Anyway

October 15, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A small business named Nice Cream found that government wasn’t very nice to its bottom line. In fact, due to its heavy hand, government froze the company into nonexistence. So much for everyone loving ice cream!

The other day, while discussing the failures of government unions and their pliant, paid-for, lapdog politicians, one of my Publius commenters said that government should “stick to its guns” and turn a blind eye to the needs of the business sector. This commenter wanted government to continue sticking it to the business sector and maintained that business would simply stand there and take it because of the “value they receive” from government. I said that business did react to a bad business climate fostered by government regulations, taxation, and interference. He didn’t think so.

Well, here is a story of how one small business was crushed, not by the market but by government. It was crushed because of government “sticking to its guns” and slamming it with idiotic regulations and rules made for multi-billion dollar corporations that did not make sense for small business.
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Roskam Statement on September Jobs Report

October 9, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Economy/Finances, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Peter Roskam, Republicans, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R, Illinois 6th District)…

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released their September jobs report showing the national unemployment rate remains over 9 percent:

“This is yet another disappointing example that the White House’s policies need to change direction. It’s been over two and a half years since the stimulus first passed, yet trillions in debt later, unemployment is 9.1% – well above the 8% peak promised by this Administration.

“Republicans stand ready and willing to work with Democrats on commonsense solutions that remove barriers to private-sector job creation. We’ve recently passed numerous bills reforming excessive Washington-imposed regulatory practices that would kill jobs — though the Senate has yet to act on these job-saving measures or any of the dozen job-creating bills we’ve passed this year.

“It is a positive step forward that the White House sent the long-stalled pro-export trade agreements to Congress. I urge them to work with us on places where we agree, like the trade agreements, and eschew the tired playbook of proposing increasing taxes, regulatory madness, and more ‘stimulus.’”

Oil is There. Obama Doesn’t Care.

October 2, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Declaration of Independence, Energy, Huffington Post, Jobs, Kevin Roeten, Oil, Uncategorized, Unemployment, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Kevin Roeten

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has told the Obama Administration they’ve found enough oil under US territory that estimates 163 billion barrels of recoverable oil and enough natural gas to meet the country’s demand for 90 years. [Read more:]

Back in 2006, the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Mineral Management Service (MMS) both revealed the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) had enough oil to last at least another 50 years [Assessment of Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Oil and Gas Resources of the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf, 2006 (Summary Brochure)].

The map above is from a 2006 MMS titled “Assessment of Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Oil and Gas Resources of the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf”. Additional details are here.

That was well before the CRS report. In fact, the CRS report shows how the US leads all nations in World Fossil Fuel Resources. That includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran–everyone.
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Illinois Jobs Need to be Job One

September 21, 2011 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Republicans, Taxes, Tom Cross, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Illinois GOP House Leader Tom Cross

For nearly 100 years, Modern Drop Forge employees have been manufacturing metal forging tools in Blue Island. In August, the company announced it was moving to Indiana and taking 240 jobs with it. The reason: Illinois’ “poor business environment”–specifically, workers compensation laws and high taxes.

How many more companies and good jobs are we willing to let go before we get serious about workers compensation, regulatory, tort and tax reform?

In January, after Illinois’ governor and Democrats in the General Assembly passed the largest income tax hike and corporate tax hike in state history, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels actively began recruiting Illinois businesses. He isn’t alone. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey came to Illinois and ran TV ads after the tax vote marketing his state to businesses.
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California Loses Another Business Over Tax Hikes

September 10, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, California, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Jobs, Liberals,, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston has just given California the big kiss off. They are closing their doors, moving to another state, and taking their 100+ jobs with them. isn’t the only California-based company that has pulled up roots and moved to another state, either.

So, what is going on? It’s all about California’s confiscatory taxes, the newest of which is the Affiliate-Nexus Tax bill — a tax that hits all Internet companies that have brink and mortar facilities of any kind, office or warehouse, in the state…

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Hultgren Statement on August Jobs Report

September 3, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, President, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Randy Hultgren (Ill. 14th District)…

Geneva, IL – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement regarding the August unemployment report released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“August’s dismal jobs report is disappointing, but unsurprising, so long as this Administration continues to pursue its anti-jobs agenda of burdensome regulations, taxes, and out-of-control spending,” said Hultgren. “Despite his claims to be cutting red tape, the reality is that President Obama and his appointed bureaucrats are proposing even more regulations that threaten to do enormous damage to our fragile economy.”

“Before he comes to Congress next week, I urge President Obama to study the commonsense pro-growth agenda Republicans will be adopting this fall. More taxes and spending won’t get our economy moving and put Americans back to work; that requires fostering a pro-growth economic climate; lessening intrusions by unaccountable bureaucrats; and providing certainty about what Washington will do in the future.”

Infant Tyro: Obama’s One-Upmanship of GOP Debates Clearly a Power Play

August 31, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Jobs, John Boehner, Liberals, President, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Obama wants to give us his jobs plan. Yeah, three years after he got elected saying he was all about jobs. It isn’t the speech that is important, here, though — he won’t say anything new or important in it. It is the fact that he’s trying to bury the GOP debate that is being held on the same night he suddenly wants to issue his speech. This is childish, one-upmanship of the highest order.

Worse, when his press mouth, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney, was asked about the date question, Carny haughtily told the GOP to go ahead and change the timing of the debate they had scheduled months ago.

Obama suddenly announced today that he wants to appear at a joint session of congress so that he can present his jobs plan. He then announced, without fully confirming the date with congress, that the date of the speech would be September. Sept. 7, of course, is the date that the next GOP debate had been scheduled for, a date that had been announced many months ago.
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Obama Blames Job Loss on Technology, Internet and Efficiency

August 18, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Blogging, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Illinois, Inernet, Jobs, Liberals, President, Regulation, Socialism, Technology, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

During his Midwest Misery Tour, President Obama was back to blaming technology, the Internet, and ATMs again for America’s job loss.

At a stop in Atkinson, Illinois Obama spoke about the need for education at an agricultural company named Wyffels Hybrids, Inc. He said that America is no longer a place where you can just “work hard” and find a good job doing so. Those days are gone he told his audience.

Obama lamented that bank tellers and travel agents have been replaced by automation. This is, apparently, why we have high unemployment.

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Union Thugs Deface Funereal Homes Over Union Fight

August 18, 2011 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Teamsters, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Apparently unions don’t even respect the dead. In Chicago, union thugs are defacing funereal homes over a contract dispute. Yeah. Property damage. That sure is a legitimate way to go about business, isn’t it? Good thing some of the people in those businesses are already dead or they’d have something to fear from the union thugs, too.

Naturally, the perpetrators are the Teamsters, Local 727. No surprise that it’s the Teamsters, either. These thugs have a long, long history of violence.

The contract for 16 embalmers, drivers, and funeral directors ran out with the Alderwoods funeral home chain on June 30. Unsurprisingly, the businesses were defaced by the unionists.
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Union Thuggery: More Criminality in Verizon Strike

August 13, 2011 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Unemployment, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In Pennsylvania union thuggery, violations of the law, and criminality is abundant in the strike by the Communications Workers of America against Verizon. It’s expected that unionistas don’t respect businesses, of course, but not to respect the safety of children? That’s beyond the pale.

Sadly, theft, property destruction, and otherwise breaking the law is no hurdle union thugs won’t jump. In fact, it is threats of and use of violence and thuggery that unions have always relied on to extort money from the business community. The situation in Pennsylvania is no exception to the illicit rule of unionism.

Yes, law breaking prevails. These Penn. union members, for instance, are breaking the law by preventing other workers from entering their place of work. It is illegal to do this according to the National Labor Relations Act.
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Obama Jobs By The Numbers

July 8, 2011 | Filed Under Banks, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Dan Scott, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Republicans, Taxes, Unemployment | 2 Comments

-By Dan Scott

President Obama recently claimed the economy grew by some two millions jobs. This claim was on a seasonally adjusted basis to the middle of 2011. We expect politicians to put their best foot forward and also put the best face they can on their performance, however, as with all things to do with Obama, his rhetoric does not match reality. His claims typically come with an expiration date or a dictionary in liberal speak is needed to decipher his rhetoric into normal understanding. In Obama’s view of the world, we the average person are at fault for not properly understanding what he says, he can’t help if you are not of sufficient intelligence or understanding to grasp the reality of his statements.

Since it’s upon us to elevate our understanding, let’s examine the Bureau of Labor Statistics raw unmassaged numbers to see what actually happened since this recession took hold with a vengeance. Using 2008 as the base year we see some interesting things. Total Employment (total of full and part time workers) on an annual basis was 143,194,000 people holding jobs. In 2009 the first year of his presidency, total employment dropped to 137,775,000. 5,419,000 people lost their jobs in 2009. By 2010, having spent billions on stimulating the economy, and increasing the annual federal budget deficits by over a trillion dollars a year, total employment dropped to 136,858,000. Instead of creating jobs, the total number of people who lost their jobs cumulatively increased to 6,336,000 since 2008. So far by the numbers can you see where President Obama’s policies created 2 million jobs?
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