Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Labor Department reported the economy added only 209,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent, but that hardly tells how tough the labor market has become for ordinary folks.
The jobless rate may be down from its recession peak of 10 percent, but much of this results from adults, discouraged by the lack of decent job openings, have quit altogether. They are neither employed nor looking for work.

Only about half of the drop in the adult participation rate may be attributed to the Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age. Lacking adequate resources to retire, a larger percentage of adults over 65 are working than before the recession.

Many Americans who would like full time jobs are stuck in part-time positions, because businesses can hire desirable part-time workers to supplement a core of permanent, full-time employees, but at lower wages. And Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandates will not apply to workers on the job less than 30 hours a week.

Since 2000, Congress has enhanced the earned income tax credit, and expanded programs that provide direct benefits to low-income workers, including food stamps, Medicaid, Obamacare, and rent and mortgage assistance.

Virtually all phase as family incomes rise, either by securing higher hourly pay or working more hours, and impose an effective marginal tax rate as high as 50 percent. Consequently, these programs discourage work and skills acquisition, and encourage single parents and one partner in two adult households not to work. Often, these motivate single people to work only part-time.

Undocumented immigrants face more difficulties accessing these programs, and lax immigration enforcement permits them to openly take jobs that government benefits discourage low-income Americans from accepting.

Employers can, intentionally or unintentionally, abuse the H-1B visa program, which permit businesses to employ foreign workers when qualified Americans are unavailable. Americans may be overlooked, because they demand higher wages, or are not networked with immigrants that are already employed in technical and managerial positions.

The economy has created only about 6 million new jobs during the Bush-Obama years, whereas the comparable figure during the Reagan-Clinton period was about 40 million. A recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that virtually all the new jobs created since 2000 went to immigrants, whereas none were created for native-born Americans.

Adding in discouraged adults who say they would begin looking for work if conditions were better, those working part-time but say they want full time work, and the effects of immigration, the unemployment rate becomes about 15 percent—and that is a lower bound estimate.

Many young people are being duped both by unscrupulous for profit, post-secondary institutions—as well as accredited colleges and universities with low admission standards—to enroll in useless programs. They would likely be in the labor force now but for easy access to federally sponsored loans and will end up heavily in debt.

Adding in these students, the real unemployment rate among U.S. citizens and permanent residents is at least 18 percent.

Since 2000, GDP growth has averaged 1.7 per year, whereas during the Reagan-Clinton years, it was 3.4 percent. The reluctance of both Presidents Bush and Obama to confront Chinese protectionism and currency manipulation and open up offshore oil for development have created a huge trade deficit that sends consumer demand, growth and jobs abroad.

New business regulations, more burdensome than are necessary to accomplish legitimate consumer protection and environmental objectives, exacerbate these problems.

All of this suppresses wages except for the most skilled and talented workers.

No surprise, average family income, adjusted for inflation has fallen from about $55,600 in 2007 to $51,000 even as the gap between families at the bottom and top widens.

Hamas: We “love death for Allah” “We love death like Israelis love life”

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

They can say it, but if we repeat it, we’re “islamophobes.”
They can say it, and the media says nothing.
The war on the Jews is an Islamic religious imperative.
What they say is true.
Hamas: We “love death for Allah” by Itamar Marcus, PMW
Two of the most senior Hamas leaders appeared on Hamas TV yesterday saying that Hamas loves death like Israelis love life.
Hamas leaders: We love death like Israelis love life
A recorded statement by Hamas Chief of Staff Muhammad Deif, prepared during the current Gaza war, announced:
“Today you [Israelis] are fighting divine soldiers, who love death for Allah like you love life, and who compete among themselves for Martyrdom like you flee from death.”
Hamas TV also chose to broadcast yesterday a statement former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in the past:
“We love death like our enemies love life!
We love Martyrdom, the way in which [Hamas] leaders died.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014]

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Ramadan Bombathon, the final score

From: Jihad Watch 

Such a peaceful people they are NOT!


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House passes $694 million border bill

By Deirdre Walsh, CNN

Washington (CNN) -- In a late night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law.

The vote was almost entirely on party lines, 223- 189, with just one Democrat, Texas Rep Henry Cuellar, voting for it. Four Republicans opposed the legislation.

The Democratic-led Senate had already left Washington to start a five week summer recess after it was unable to pass its own legislation to give the President some of the money he's requested to address the massive influx of migrants at the southwest border.

At a news conference Friday, President Barack Obama dismissed the House GOP measure as "a message bill" and vowed to veto if it came across his desk.

The vote came one day after a chaotic scene on Capitol Hill when House Speaker John Boehner was forced to abruptly pull an earlier version of the bill because it didn't have sufficient votes to pass. 

Some conservatives didn't like the price tag of the legislation and others demanded tougher restrictions on a separate bill that would halt future deportations of some child immigrants who arrived years earlier.

House GOP leaders had already agreed to hold a separate vote on that measure, modeled on a plan from conservative Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz, which would prevent Obama from continuing his policy known as "DACA." Under DACA, the administration can defer deportations of children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

But conservatives wanted to end that policy, fearing that the President would use his executive authority to expand deportation deferments.

After a late night of negotiations on Thursday, GOP leaders agreed to the demand.

The House passed that bill Friday, 216-192, after a heated and ugly floor debate. Democrats accused the GOP of being "anti-Hispanic" and "extreme" -- a message the party will certainly repeat over and over before the midterm elections.

Brushing off the accusations that both bills were just political theater, House Republicans worked all day to lock down the votes from their members. They believed passing legislation right before they left for the break would flip the narrative -- instead of being the party that did nothing, they could claim they stayed and approved a plan while the Democrats who run the Senate left town without any action on the issue.

"The people's House is here working and we're not going to stop working until we pass legislation that actually addresses this crisis," Louisiana Republican Rep Steve Scalise said.

House Democrats said the Republicans would only make the situation worse.

Rep Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, warned the House Republicans legislation would cause the 600,000 so-called "Dreamers' to be deported and said, "Republicans want to kill DACA and kill it quietly on a Friday night."

But Rep Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, said that the President's move "to use his pen and cell phone to legislate" and allow children stay in the country violated the Constitution because it was up to Congress to pass new laws.

An additional $35 million was added to the bill to reimburse the state of Texas for deploying its National Guard troops to the border. The measure that passed Friday also included a change to a 2008 anti-trafficking law to make it easier to send home the unaccompanied children from Central American countries.

Republicans criticized Obama for sending mixed messages to Congress on modifying that law. The President and some in his administration indicated they could support a bill to expedite deportations of children coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but then backed off after Congressional Democrats strongly opposed linking that with additional border money.

Without any agreement on additional resources to address the border crisis, Obama said Friday, "we've run out of money."

Three weeks ago, Obama had asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to help process the unaccompanied children at the border and boost border security. The Senate Democrats' plan called for $2.7 billion, but it failed to advance.

The President said Friday he would reallocate money to ensure federal agencies providing housing or holding immigration hearings could continue to handle the increased activity along the border in Texas.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights: Israel is mean because they won't give Iron Dome missile defense to Hamas

For anyone who needed further proof that the United Nations has gone completely off the rails, and reached an altitude where the rails are no longer visible through the clouds, you've got the top "human rights" munchkin complaining that Israel won't give its Iron Dome missile defense system to the Hamas terrorists, to make things a fair fight, as reported right here at Breitbart News:

Navi Pillay told reporters following yet another "emergency" meeting of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council that Israel was not doing enough to protect civilians. "There is a strong possibility,” said the known Israel critic, “that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

Among the UN’s long bill of particulars against the beleaguered Jewish state comes the almost unbelievable accusation that Israel’s refusal to share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the "governing authority" of Gaza – i.e. Hamas, the terror group created to pursue the extermination of the Jewish state and now waging a terrorist war against it – constitutes a war crime against the civilians of Gaza.

The UN chairwoman criticized the U.S. for helping fund Israel's Iron Dome system which has saved countless Israeli and Palestinian lives. "No such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling," she said.

I know there's a lot of vicious and stupid to unpack in those comments, but let me just pull out the most brightly-colored clown underwear from the intellectual baggage on display:

1. Israel isn't firing the same kind of low-tech, random, badly-aimed, easily-intercepted rockets at Hamas that Hamas is launching at Israel.
2. Iron Dome is a very expensive system to operate, and as we've all learned by now, Hamas flushed the Palestinian treasure down the swirling toilet of its vast terror tunnel network.
3. Hamas wants civilian casualties.  They would consider missile defense as useless as the proverbial screen door on a submarine.
4. I suspect Iron Dome requires a great deal of technical expertise to maintain and operate.  Hamas' rocket forces are, shall we say, unsophisticated.  Is the IDF supposed to send trained crews along with the Iron Dome hardware and assign them to shoot down IDF air assets?

This goes back to a point I've been making about the Gaza conflict, and the United Nations in general: it is foolish, and dangerous, to give barbarians the same ethical and legal concessions afforded to civilized people.  Civilization is hard work, and should have its rewards.  Extending the benefits of advanced democracy to a gang of murderous thugs who refuse to accept any of the obligations - such as refraining from the use of human shield tactics, the deliberate targeting of civilians, and kidnapping - is not just unfair, it's suicidal.

It has always been understood that the laws of warfare are mutual obligations - the Geneva Conventions are reciprocal obligations owed by all signatories.  If the benefits can be claimed while gleefully ignoring the requirements, civilization hamstrings itself in the struggle against savagery, and savagery becomes a can't-lose proposition.  Why bother doing all that heavy lifting when you can pillage and murder at will, and still get the Turtle Bay crowd to insist you deserve the same considerations as your victims?

I can't think of any more perfect and absurd illustration of this problem than demanding the U.S. and Israel provide Hamas with a missile defense system it couldn't develop or maintain on its own, and wouldn't use even if it had one. Considering the general accuracy of Israeli military strikes, Hamas can "protect civilian populations" by not setting up rocket launchers and munitions dumps in their midst.

And the world blames Israel...

Hamas Hangs Young Children on Fence to use as Human Shields
Bt-ij0ECIAAt7Rd.jpg-largeYou Won’t see this in the New York Times.

Young Kids being used as counter bait or human shields to prevent Israel taking out military targets

No comment from the UN High Commisioner of Anti Jews.

Obama Blasts ‘Extreme’ Congressional GOP For Inaction On Border Before Summer Recess
by   / Personal Liberty Digest PM Edition
By Kathleen Hennessey
Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama blasted House Republicans for focusing on “extreme” and “partisan message bills,” rather than solving problems, highlighting how little lawmakers have accomplished before leaving town for a summer recess.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, Obama noted signs of economic progress, but argued that “we could be much further along” if the GOP had agreed to “even basic” elements of his agenda.

Obama pointed to Congress’ failure to deal with the surge of young Central American immigrants arriving at the southern border. Lawmakers left this week without passing legislation to address the problem, although both Democrats and Republicans had declared it a top priority.

Obama’s $3.7 billion proposal for bolstering efforts at the border died quickly in the divided Congress. Democrats in the Senate did not find the necessary 60 votes to pass a smaller version. And on Friday, Republican leaders in the House were still trying to pass a roughly $700 million plan, accompanied by changes in existing law to make deportations easier, although they knew it would not become law.

“As we speak, they are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of a bill that they already know is going nowhere,” Obama said. “They’re not even trying to solve the problem.”

Seeking to get enough support in their own ranks to pass a bill, Republican leaders tweaked their legislation to appeal to conservatives. Conservatives in the House had revolted Thursday, arguing that the bill did too little to stem the flow of immigrants. The House leadership was loath to leave town for a five-week recess without at least passing a bill that could shield themselves from accusation that they could not act.

Obama took a swipe at them anyway.

“They can’t even pass their own version of the bill,” Obama said. “That’s not a disagreement between me and the House Republicans. That’s a disagreement between the House Republicans and the House Republicans.”

The president noted a particularly awkward moment for Republicans, when leaders issued a statement Thursday calling on Obama to use his executive authority to address the issue. A day earlier, the House had voted to sue the president for executive overreach.

Congress’ failure to act “means while they’re out on vacation, I’m going to have to make some tough decisions to meet the challenge,” Obama said. “I’m going to have to act alone.”

A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said the fault lay with the president, not Congress. Obama had been “completely AWOL” on immigration, spokesman Michael Steel said.

Administration officials have said that existing funds for the Homeland Security Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement will dry up in mid-August. Customs and Border Protection expects a $400 million shortfall at the end of the fiscal year.

The administration will be forced to raid other budgets to make up the difference, probably taking money from other border security programs.

Roughly more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have come to the U.S. since October. Many have fled poverty and violence in Central America.