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Selected News For The Week Sep 3 – Sep 9

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Sep 3 – Sep 9”

  1. BillK says:

    Sadly, there are indeed jobs Americans won’t do.

    From the Associated Press via the Durango (CO) Herald:

    Montrose farmer needs pickers

    MONTROSE – Despite high unemployment, one western Colorado farmer says he can’t find enough local workers to help pick corn.

    John Harold, an Olathe Sweet corn producer, said he decided to try to hire more homegrown workers this summer because he thought more Americans needed jobs and because the cost of hiring legal, immigrant workers rose under the federal H2A visa program.

    Harold told the Montrose Daily News that he’s paying the American workers $10.48 an hour and advertised in newspapers in Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

    He got plenty of applicants – but he said most didn’t stick with the job. For every three workers he hired, only one stayed on.

    Montrose County’s unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in July.

    “The thought was that we’d have a lot of (local) workers come to work,” Harold said Thursday, with about one week left in the annual sweet corn harvest. “A lot filled out applications, a lot of people started, but a majority worked less than six hours.”

    Harold typically has three crews of about 50 people picking sweet corn by hand each year. Most of his workers came from Mexico on H2A visas. Harold was required to pay for their transportation, housing, visa fees and an adverse-effect wage rate set by the U.S. Department of Labor. The rate “must be offered and paid to U.S. and alien workers by agricultural employers of nonimmigrant H-2A agricultural workers,” according to the department.

    But this year, that wage rate increased by nearly $2.50 to $10.48 an hour. Factoring in the additional expenses brought the cost to about $13 an hour. Harold sought fewer foreign working visas to get his crop harvested.

    That was a mistake, he said. Harold was forced to recruit more local workers from his pool of applicants, but those efforts met with the same results, he said.

    As of Thursday, his local crew had only 39 workers.

    You have to understand there is a work ethic of migrant laborers that is just not found with local labor,” Harold said. …


    AP spin to try and play up the “we need immigrants angle?”

    Unfortunately, very much not, according to the small business owners I know, who’ve said the same thing – many Americans are content to sit home and collect benefits rather than actually work a job, especially one that requires a full eight hours of hard work daily.

    There’s too much reality TV to be watched instead.

    “I guarantee that without migrant labor, I will not be planting sweet corn,” Harold said.

    Sad, but unfortunately, very likely true.

  2. yadayada says:

    “Harold was required to pay for their transportation, housing, visa fees and an adverse-effect wage rate set by the U.S. Department of Labor.”

    WTF ?!?!?!

    and liberals still don’t understand why small businesses are having trouble. “it’s those giant corporate agribusinesses like Archer Daniels and Con Agra that are crushing the small family farms.” true, ADM and others definitely get sweet profitable legislation from politicians, but add this to it and all signs point to one entity crushing small farms (and business in general) :
    big gubmint.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Some food for thought, the new DNC logo:


  4. Melly says:

    El Duce Bloomberg at it again – ‘Don’t call it Ground Zero anymore’: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urges Americans to move past the moniker linked to twin towers’ destruction

    People should stop calling the site of the September 11 attacks ‘Ground Zero,’ New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today, urging Americans to move past a term long linked with the World Trade Center’s twin towers destruction.

    ‘We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as ground zero. Never. But the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum,’ Bloomberg said in a speech on the rebuilding of lower Manhattan.

    Ground Zero originated as a term to describe the site of a nuclear explosion and later was used to refer to the point of any dramatic or violent event…..

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2034497/9-11-anniversary-NYC-Mayor-Michael-Bloomberg-urges-Americans-past-Ground-Zero-moniker.html#ixzz1XH3Lbplw

  5. JohnMG says:

    Pelosi is an affront to human beings.

    I think this is a brilliant move. Why even dignify his grandstanding campaign rally with a comment? We’ve heard the same old sh!t before.

    How clever you are, Granny Nanny. So now, not saying anything is racist, too. How did such a STOOPID old crone ever get elected?

  6. proreason says:

    Soros isn’t satisfied yet with the destruction of Western civilization


    Looks like he is gearing up for Sep-Nov 2012.

    He has learned that it doesn’t take trillions of dollars to destroy an economy. With a surprisingly small effort with a few billions, which is entirely within his and his allies’ capabilitis, it is possible to cause panic that can bring entire economies down.

  7. BillK says:

    Your tax dollars at work.

    From the Baltimore Sun:

    Dollar coins piling up at Baltimore reserve bank

    By John Fritze

    In a dimly lit underground vault a block from Camden Yards, the Federal Reserve is holding millions of dollars in cash that nobody wants.

    The money — stored in cloth and plastic sacks piled high on metal shelving units — is in the unloved form of dollar coins, some of them never used. But a 2005 law requires the reserve bank to keep ordering coins regardless of its stockpile, and so vaults in Baltimore and around the country are filling up.

    This is just a small portion of what there is nationwide,” Dave Beck, senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and regional executive for the Baltimore branch, said as he stood inside a small warehouse filled with money bags, each containing 2,000 coins.

    “At certain times, that vault will be full and we have to look for other Fed facilities … that have more space,” he said.

    Congress created a program in 2005 to mint four new dollar coins a year, each featuring a different U.S. president, in an effort to encourage consumers to make the switch from dollar bills to coins.

    But the new line, which began rolling out in 2007, failed to spark a significant increase in demand, Fed officials said, and some commercial banks are threatening to stop ordering the coins altogether.

    Nonetheless, the law compels the Federal Reserve to keep buying the coins. Each time the Mint issues a new presidential coin — the latest, featuring Rutherford B. Hayes, came out earlier this month — the Fed must be able to supply commercial banks with that new $1 coin, and only that coin, for several weeks.

    That requirement limits the Fed’s ability to draw down its burgeoning supply of idle coins.

    Beck, who has worked at the Baltimore branch for 27 years, would not say how many coins are stored in Baltimore, but the Fed’s board of governors told Congress in June that the reserve system is holding more than $1.2 billion in dollar coins at 28 cash offices across the country.

    Officials expect the number of dollar coins sitting in storage to grow to $2 billion by 2016.


    The very definition of “Big Government” economics – make it a law to buy something no one wants.

    Amazingly enough, even one of the most liberal members of Congress realizes how stupid this law is:

    Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, introduced a bill in July that would allow the government to stop issuing new coins if stockpiles exceeded one year’s worth of demand.

    We shouldn’t continue to spend money minting coins until it’s shown that the public actually has an interest in using them,” Polis said. “When they were new, they were collector’s items, but now billions of dollars of coins are sitting in storage space at taxpayer expense due to a lack of interest.

    “We’re not saying put an end to the program altogether,” he said. “Just that we should put a hold on producing more until there is a demand for the coins.”

    If only Mr. Polis would realize how applicable that statement is to the balance of the economy.

  8. Gil says:

    The double standards are showing..

    Drudge noted “Hundreds of union workers storm port, hold guards hostage…” – if that were tea partiers.. what would happen to them? But what happened? – This – “Longshoremen storm Wash. state port, damage RR, take security guards hostage – no arrests..”
    Talk about double standards.

    Longshoremen storm Wash. state port, damage RR
    AP – Sept 8, 2011

    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

    Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

    No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.


  9. mr_bill says:

    FBI Searches [failed solar company] Solyndra’s Offices
    September 8, 2011
    Wall Street Journal – By Brent Kendall

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that it is executing a search warrant at the California headquarters of solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC.

    Julianne Sohn, a spokeswoman for the FBI in San Francisco, said the agency was searching “multiple buildings” at the Solyndra campus in Fremont, Calif., as part of a joint investigation with the Department of Energy and that agency’s inspector general’s office.

    Ms. Sohn declined to offer any details about the nature of the investigation or what FBI agents were seeking in the search.

    Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week and is engaging in a last-ditch attempt to find a buyer before plunging into bankruptcy liquidation. A $527 million federal loan guaranteed by the Energy Department is at risk in the bankruptcy.

    The company shut down its plant last week, putting most of its employees out of work.


    I find some things terribly strange here. First, the article goes on to talk about how Reps. Waxman and DeGette were surprised that the testimony given by Solyndra when they asked for the loan seems to be in stark contrast with a bankruptcy filing. The Solyndra representatives testified that they expected orders to double in 2011. Did the Reps simply take Solyndra’s word for it before they gave them half a billion dollars? Did nobody look at Solyndra’s finances? Did none of them look at industry demand? Perhaps there was to be a major governmental purchase of solar which never happened because the Dems lost the House after the loan was made, i.e. loan them the money to make the product then purchase the product with taxpayer money to allow the company to “pay back” the loan, or not pay it back, nobody in government tracks this stuff anymore anyways.

    Secondly, why so fast with the search warrant? What documents are being removed and shredded? I hate to sound conspiratorial because I generally don’t think that way. nerobama’s government has given me every reason to be very suspect of everything the government does.

    Anyways, there’s another half a billion down the tubes. Thanks nerobama/democrat congress/environmental whackos. I guess we can subtract 1100 jobs from the “saved” category, or not, nerobama appears to have stopped even making up those numbers, now.

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