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‘Delusional’ Hillary Clinton has ‘you didn’t build that’ moment, says businesses don’t create jobs

Did she happen to mention where jobs do come from?
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‘Spin spin spin’: Not everybody accepts Markos Moulitsas’ evidence Obamacare isn’t killing jobs

Not buying it.
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Rep. Steve King: Border patrol agents ‘doing jobs that Americans won’t do’

Will Rep. Pelosi pitch in?
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‘Obamacare math’: Nancy Pelosi claims $10.10 minimum wage would create 85,000 jobs; Citizens call BS

The above statement is absolutely true, which is why Rep. Nancy Pelosi went ahead and said it anyway: Joined @askgeorge and @USDOL today in calling on GOP to #raisethewage to $ 10.10. If we do, we can create 85,000 jobs. http://t.co/9wZo0YBlxm— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 15, 2014 If that would create 85,000 jobs, why not raise [&#8230…
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‘Shockingly ignorant’: Toolbag Touré calls jobs ‘an ineffective anti-poverty program’

Touré said something ignorant? This we’ve gotta see: @blackrepublican What is the Republican anti poverty program?— Touré (@Toure) January 14, 2014 To call "jobs" an anti poverty program is like sayin "they need more money." No kidding they need jobs. Also: many already have jobs plural.— Touré (@Toure) …
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Nice graph, Harry Reid, but where are the jobs?

Why does it make us nervous when Sen. Harry Reid says there’s more work left to do — and then presents this graph showing there still isn’t any work to be had? Unemployment rate is still higher than when Pres Bush first signed emergency UI. More work left to do. #renewUI http://t.co/FnX3YUTdBQ— Senator Harry Reid […] Twitchy » US Politics

Michael Ian Black says gov’t regs good for jobs; Goes back over 100 years for proof

The debate over raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour rages on. @michaelianblack @liars_never_win @politicsofamy but regulations harm jobs. Why can't workers get full-time hours?— Prudence Paine (@PruPaine) December 05, 2013 Michael Ian Black got involved in this particular conversation, and attempted to disprove the above claim by rea…
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Mike Rowe of ‘Dirty Jobs’ Unveils Exciting Scholarship Program Rooted in Hard Work – Read the Amazing ‘S.W.E.A.T. Pledge’ Students Must Take First

Mike Rowe, formerly of Dirty Jobs, appeared on TheBlaze TV’s “Wilkow!” Thursday night to discuss his exciting new scholarship program, the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Fund. The goal is to get high school seniors ready to enter the workforce with the skills they need to land the jobs that are available in the U.S. — the key word being available.

“The jobs right now that we have available, people don’t seem to want — and it makes no sense because we’re lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist,” Rowe told TheBlaze TV’s Andrew Wilkow.

Each mikeroweWORKS scholarship is worth $ 15,000 on average — a nice chunk of change. However, any high school senior interested in the program must first take the “S.W.E.A.T. Pledge” (Skills and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) and make a case as to why they are deserving of the scholarship in the form of a video.

“If your not willing to sign it, this particular pile of free money is probably not for you,” Rowe said.

Over the next few months, mikeroweWORKS will partner with some of the very best trade and technical Schools in the country, starting with the Mid-West Technical Institute (MTI).

Here’s the pledge via Rowe’s website, profoundlydisconnected.com:

1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.

Signed ____________________________________

Dated _____________________________________

Now, we understand many of you might want to sign the pledge just on principle alone — but remember, you have to be a high school senior to be eligible for the scholarship program.

For more information on the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Fund, click here.

Watch Rowe and Wilkow discuss getting America back to work:

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Dirty Jobs

Much has been broadcast, written and said about the shortage of skilled tradesmen and women in the U.S. While the national unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, some companies still have difficulty filling positions for machinists, welders and other vocational jobs because of the lack of qualified applicants. As you might imagine, firearm manufacturers have a pressing need for skilled laborers. To ensure they have a pool of qualified workers, some gunmakers are taking proactive steps to help train the next generation of American tradesmen.

Smith & Wesson donates used CNC machines to vocational colleges near the company’s Springfield, MA, factory. “We are constantly upgrading to the latest machinery, and as we do, some of our older CNC machines become surplus,” said Director of Marketing Communications Paul Pluff. “We give these machines, which are still completely functional, to local technical schools so their students can have hands-on learning experience with equipment they will need to know how to use in their careers. CNC machines are often quite expensive, so we are sometimes the only way these schools can obtain them.”

Beyond material donations, Smith & Wesson also recognizes graduates from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) made available through the state’s Department of Veterans Services. Offering military veterans employment opportunities, the program provides training and certification for veterans in the workforce via an intensive training curriculum that prepares students for production jobs in less time than traditional vocational learning. Smith & Wesson has hired numerous alumni of the MassMEP program, as well as students who benefitted from its donations.

SIG Sauer is also helping people train for manufacturing jobs within and outside the firearm industry. “We actively work with many engineering colleges and sponsor both co-ops and internships,” said Vice President of Human Resources Jeff Chartier. “We have a long-standing program that has many students returning year after year, and SIG Sauer does hire graduating students who have gone through these programs.”

These Smith & Wesson employees have multiple decades of experience manufacturing firearms. They are now helping to pass those skills to the next generation.

Beyond the obvious benefits to students, these programs also benefit SIG Sauer. “Our engineers really enjoy mentoring the students in leading-edge technology, and it is a way for them to ‘give back’ based on their years of experience. Also, if we hire the students, it is an advantage to us as well since they will have become familiar with our products, design and development processes. They know our culture and already have well established relationships with their co-workers. It is these same students who end up becoming some of our best recruiters as alumni of their schools.”

Gun manufacturers aren’t the only industry companies with a need for skilled tradesmen and women. Accessory makers like Brownells are also looking for ways to grow the pool of qualified workers. “We help gunsmithing students with scholarships at the major, in-residence schools,” said Brownells’ Public Relations Manager Larry Weeks. “We also have our annual career fair to help them find jobs. It is free for them to attend, and we have a scholarship program for that event to help many of them with their travel expenses. Many attendees have found jobs at or as a result of the career fair.”

Like Smith & Wesson, Brownells has also assisted gunsmithing schools with CNC machines to help their students learn on the latest equipment. The company has hired graduates of those programs, as well.

Manufacturing is not dead in America, and the firearm industry is helping the nation keep its skilled-trade know-how. It is also providing hundreds of new jobs around the country for those workers with the proper knowledge and aptitude. Ultimately, a trained workforce is good for the country, whether the laborers are building guns or any other manufactured item in the U.S.

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‘BOOM crowd’ conspicuously un-boomy as BLS releases dismal jobs report

What, no pom-poms and “rah-rah-econo-meh” from the usual suspects today?

Here’s why: Putting a positive spin on 7.3 percent unemployment is a fast track to beclownment no matter how cute the Left thinks its Obama cheerleader uniforms are.

We’re looking at downward revisions of June and July employment numbers and a 35-year low in workforce participation.

C’mon, give us an “O!”

Or not.

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The Steve Jobs School In The Netherlands

The Steve Jobs schools in the Netherlands are founded by the O4NT (Education For A New Time) organisation, which provides the children with iPads to help them learn with a more interactive experience. Those kids are going to be ace at Angry Birds. […]

Countering claims that Obamacare costs jobs, White House says, ‘Watch this GIF’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for his colleagues to defund Obamacare in a floor speech today, citing the fear that businesses will cut employees’ hours rather than face the crushing expense of implementing the mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The White House was quick to respond, issuing a graphic to assure followers that restaurant employees are working more hours. At least, there’s no evidence to prove that they’re working fewer hours — yet.



The real question: did the person who posted the graphic not know it wasn’t actually a GIF, or is it a clever trick to entire readers to stare at it waiting for the animation to kick in and convince them of Obamcare’s awesomeness once and for all? Here’s the animated version.

That’s nice, but most of those anecdotes about restaurants cutting hours were from CEOs planning to cut hours if and when Obamacare kicks in. And with the employer mandate now delayed a full year, the actual effect on employment is pushed back as well.





Libs call for boycott of Papa John’s as CEO anticipates cut in workers’ hours

Applebee’s targeted after franchisee mulls hiring freeze in response to Obamacare

As Denny’s franchisee preps Obamacare surcharge, liberals promise another boycott

Insanity: Papa John’s, Olive Garden, others attacked as racist for anticipated responses to Obamacare

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Surprise! White House cites sequestration ‘headwind’ in statement on awful jobs report

It’s not just left-wing pundits and groups like the Center for American Progress trying to tie today’s dismal jobs numbers to “sequester spring.” Now the White House is getting in on the dizzying spin. Unexpectedly!

Alan B. Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, published this statement on the White House blog:

It is important to bear in mind that the March household and payroll surveys are the first monthly surveys to look at employment since the beginning of sequestration.  While the recovery was gaining traction before sequestration took effect, these arbitrary and unnecessary cuts to government services will be a headwind in the months to come, and will cut key investments in the Nation’s future competitiveness.  The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the sequester will reduce employment by 750,000 full-time equivalent jobs by the end of the year.

Now is not the time for Washington to impose more self-inflicted wounds on the economy.  The Administration continues to urge Congress to replace the sequester with balanced deficit reduction, while working to put in place measures to put more Americans back to work like rebuilding our roads and bridges and promoting American manufacturing.

What say you, President Finger-Pointer?

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President to rediscover laser-like focus on jobs, infrastructure tomorrow

It’s been 100 days since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and President Obama still hasn’t banned guns yet, but he assures us he hasn’t “forgotten about those kids.” We’d begun to suspect he had forgotten, though, about that important three-letter word that used to be thrown around during his first term: J-O-B-S. It has been nearly two years since Obama joked that “shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”

Tomorrow, though, Obama promises to campaign like it’s 2008 and recalibrate his laser-like focus on the economy during a visit to Miami, Fla.

We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to learn if “smart, targeted investments” is just another euphemism for “stimulus.”

So, has the country’s dad plugged that hole in the economy yet? What’s the plan?

Patience, please. You can’t change Washington from the inside, after all.

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