Congressional Leaders React to Obama’s Jobs Plan

  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV): “I have serious questions about the level of spending.”
  • Presidential Contender/Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA): “All the ideas that didn’t work with 850 billion dollars he now wants to try to get it to work with 450 billion. He has zero pay-fors. He’s got to quit being a candidate, and actually be president for awhile.”
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): “He didn’t tell us where the money is coming from.  Many of these proposals just won’t work.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “This isn’t a jobs plan. It’s a re-election plan. That’s why Republicans will continue to press for policies to empower job creators, not DC. Obama’s economic policies don’t work. His jobs plan is to try these same policies again, and then accuse anyone who doesn’t support them of being political or overly partisan.”
  • Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX): co-chairman of the “supercommittee” on deficit reduction: “The President wants us to find additional budget savings to pay for his $447 billion jobs plan. By asking the Joint Select Committee to increase the $1.5 trillion target to cover the full cost of his plan, the president is essentially tasking a committee designed to reduce the deficit to pay for yet another round of stimulus.”
  • Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI): Chairman, Ways and Means Committee: “We already have a difficult job trying to reduce the deficit with very little cooperation from the Democrats. Now he has given us a plan that won’t reduce the deficit by one penny. He wants us to spend more money on the same programs which have produced so few jobs.”
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Good news for US veterans searching for a job in New York State.

Senator Charles Schumer is backing an online campaign to help veterans find jobs.

The senator is unveiling a campaign to connect unemployed veterans from Upstate New York with area businesses via the Internet.

He is encouraging businesses to post job listings on the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces website. Currently only 37 businesses partner with the site for the more than 50,000 estimated jobless veterans in New York State.

The Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces website – – was created by Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve and lists jobs nationwide by employers seeking veterans often linked to the skills they learned in the service.

Good luck and may God bless you in your endeavor!

Senator Kerry asked Transportation Secretary LaHood to divert funding for high speed rail.

After Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal funds to build a high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando, U.S., leaving the skeptics happy and the hopeful not so much.

Other Senators jump the mark in an effort to cash in on Florida’s poorly made decision to abandon the project.

Kerry and nine other senators wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last Friday urging the Obama administration to divert the funding earmarked for Florida to the Northeast corridor.

“Our states are ready to put these funds to good use to improve our existing high speed rail service, reduce congestion and create jobs,” they wrote.

Kerry and the other senators noted that more than 250 million passengers ride the rails along the northeast corridor annually, a number that is expected to increase 60 percent by 2030.

Ironically, Governor Rick Scott’s “Let Get to Work” motto falls flat on its face with the rejection of the stimulus package.

Scott rejected the federal high-speed rail funding on Feb. 16, calling the proposed project a “boondoggle” that would wind up costing Florida taxpayers millions more than expected.

This highly divided issue in Florida politics tends to anger many, myself included. As many of my friends were against the rail due to the financial problem it could potentially provide for taxpayers- Heart of America’s CEO, Denise Haywald, offers a differing opinion:

“I have lived in Florida my entire life- I can easily visualize the benefits of having a high speed rail connecting Tampa, Orlando (and even Miami & Pensacola). Not only would it promote tourism and reduce car accidents but it would also reduce our carbon emissions and improve our air quality.”

“It is a shame that people  could only focus on the negative of this governmental funded money. I have learned of the decision making behind the scenes and I am appalled by the lack of planning and attention giving to a job creation program.”

“I find it especially ironic that Florida Governor Rick Scott’s election slogan was “Let’s Get to Work”- when he rejected a job creation program without even a second glance or an active standing committee to weigh the risk/benefits analysis. What a slap in the face to an unemployed Floridian who would desperately needs a job.”

“Not to mention the economic boost from increased tourism and the benefits to the environment.”

Other Senators see the possibilities; Senator Kerry hopes the Northeast can once again benefit from other states rejecting federal high-speed rail funding after the Obama administration steered $2.9 million to Massachusetts last December after governors in Ohio and Wisconsin rejected $1.2 billion in federal support.

“We believe this is an insufficient investment in the Northeast Corridor, given our region’s position as a population and economic mega-region,” the senators wrote.

Governor Scott and LaHood met last Friday and LaHood gave the Florida governor a week to reconsider his decision after Scott asked for more information about a revised plan.

Time is up. I guarantee that Governor Scott will reject it and I can guaranteed that he has hasnt put any additional thought or analysis into it.

It is apparent that Governor Scott is adamant on not creating jobs via a high speed rail.  Our loss is the NE’s gain.

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The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Knowing is half the battle.


Published in: on February 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Job Concern Index

Another NASA job reduction, courtesy of President Obama.

CBO Confirms Health Care Law Destroys Jobs by 800,000.

Florida to propose a light rail between TIA and Downtown Orlando.

Job creation via 6 yr $53 billion investment in high speed rail.

New oil fields found despite possible risks to the environment.

The Atlantic Coast and it’s attempt to make Wind Power the new normal.

US-China debate on China’s undervalued currency rate.

Proposals put squeeze on Florida’s jobless and violates the US & Fla Constitution.

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 4:43 am  Leave a Comment  

The Atlantic Coast and it’s attempt to make Wind Power the new normal.

The potential for capturing wind energy off the coast of Virginia received a huge boost with an announcement from the federal government that energy companies could be allowed to install wind turbines within 3 years.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appeared with Energy Secretary Steven Chu in Norfolk to detail a quicker permitting process and the availability of $50 million in grants for research and development of the renewable energy source.

“The wind potential of the Atlantic Coast is staggering,” said Salazar, who pointed out that the nation’s only approved offshore wind farm is off the coast of  Cape Code, Massachusetts. A process that was eagerly awaiting approval for almost 10 years.

The Interior Department will issue leases by the end of the year or early 2012 in four zones off the coasts of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.  

From there, companies could place turbines in the water, but industry leaders have said it would take longer than that because the turbines are still on the drawing board and the infrastructure, such as transmission lines, are not in place.

The zone under consideration for Virginia is about 12 miles off the coast of Virgina Beach. It’s part of an area a research consortium said could provide 3,200 megawatts of electricity, or roughly 10 percent of the state’s power use.

The turbines would not be visible from shore, much to the delight of residents of Virginia Beach. The area is also outside of NASA’s Wallops’ rocket-launching range and the Navy’s live-ordnance ranges. Two problems the Nantucket wind farm project encountered.

Federal grants for the project will be awarded over the next 5 years to companies that will design turbines and conduct environmental and economic research.

As outlined in my blog, Wind Farms- Courtesy of China, China is a top runner in the renewable energy market but that is no reason why Americans cannot step up to the plate and take control, especially since this project is on American soil.

The wind farm off the Atlantic coast, if it comes to fruition, will have the blessing of the National Wildlife Federation and other environmental groups which is rather significant as opposition parties of wind energy claim that there would be too many birds that would run the risk of being hurt in the endeavor for cleaner energy.

Offshore wind farms holds great potential to create jobs, cut pollution, and reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels. It is time for America to move forward boldly and responsibly with clean energy. I realize that there are more unknowns with green energy than there is with gas/oil production but the benefit far outweighs the speculation and willingness to stay in our comfort zone.

At a time that unemployment is at a whopping 9%, wind power development could prove to be a godsend not just to ease unemployment woes but also for a decrease in energy and gas costs as well as an increase in environmental benefits.

Copyright (c) February 16, 2011. All rights reserved.


Job Concern Index

Another NASA job reduction, courtesy of President Obama.

CBO Confirms Health Care Law Destroys Jobs by 800,000.

Florida to propose a light rail between TIA and Downtown Orlando.

Job creation via 6 yr $53 billion investment in high speed rail.

New oil fields found despite possible risks to the environment.

US-China debate on China’s undervalued currency rate.

Proposals put squeeze on Florida’s jobless and violates the US & Fla Constitution.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Proposals put squeeze on Florida’s jobless and violates the US & Fla Constitution.

Job seekers surviving on unemployment benefits that top out at $275 a week aren’t the only ones facing a financial squeeze.

Business groups and Republican lawmakers point to dire finances for the state’s unemployment system, which has been sapped by an economic downturn that left more than 1 million Floridians seeking work.

Unemployment benefits are paid through an insurance system that gets little attention in good times. Employers pay a small premium every year, and workers who are laid off collect benefits.

However, with more people collecting unemployment in a weak labor market, and fewer employers paying into the system as businesses have failed, costs have soared. Two years ago, the minimum unemployment insurance premium for Florida employers was $8 per year per employee. This year, the minimum has soared to $72, and next year it’s expected to top $200.

Those skyrocketing costs led the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to push for tighter limits on unemployment benefits.

“We want small businesses to hire people, not go out of business,” said state Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice FL, sponsor of a bill that would make it harder for some to collect unemployment checks. “We’re looking for abuses of the system so we don’t put small businesses who are hanging on by a thread out of business.”

Detert is suggesting that job seekers accept low-paying job offers. During the first 12 weeks of unemployment, they’d have to accept any job that paid at least 80% of their previous wage. After that, they’d have to take any job that paid at least as much as their unemployment benefits.

This is RIDICULOUS logic as it would put more strain on the family to accept the percentage of amount and find quality childcare at a reduced cost. You cannot impose this logic without having a supplemental child care plan.

Detert also would require unemployment recipients to submit to skills tests to determine whether they’ll appeal to employers.

Now here is something I can agree with. Skill tests would allow job seeking citizens an opportunity to find and focus on their strengths to better connect with hiring employers.

In addition to Detert’s Senate bill, a House bill introduced last week would shorten the duration of state unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 20 weeks if the state unemployment rate falls below 9 percent. Florida’s jobless rate now stands at 12 percent.

And Governor Rick Scott has proposed requiring drug tests and community service of job seekers who receive unemployment benefits.

If the unemployment rate falls below 9%, I would support the concept of lessening unemployment benefit weeks. However, I disagree with Governor Scott proposal unless somebody drive out to the recipient’s house to administer the drug tests.

It would be unfair to require unemployed citizens to come out to get drug tested when the price of gas is so high and most of the time, these unemployed citizens do not have two cents to rub together.  Not to mention that it is in direct violation of Florida’s Constitution Article 1, Section 12 and the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Proponents of tighter rules say they’re not trying to punish the unemployed.

The intent is to weed out the system such as the example of unemployed people collecting benefits even though they’ve been fired for stealing from their employers or for failing drug tests, or even though they voluntarily quit their jobs. The push in Tallahassee aims to weed out the unknown number of Floridians who collect benefits when they shouldn’t.

I understand money is tight but we cannot unjustly squeeze Florida’s unemployment fund during a time of teetering recession/depression.

I am supportive of cuts to wasteful and abusive parts of our state’s unemployment but to require that people accept 80% of their normal pay and not provide quality childcare or require unemployed citizens to drive to take a drug test in order to qualify for unemployment is ludicrous and morally irresponsible.

To contact Senator Nancy Detert of Venice FL and tell her not to push a “work” program that doesnt have adequate and quality child care coverage which puts our children at risk, please call: (941) 480-3547.

To contact Governor Scott and ask him not to require unemployment recipients to get drug tested as it is against the 4th amendment of the US Constitution and the 1st Article/Section 12 of Florida’s Constitution, please call: (850) 488-7146.

CBO Confirms Health Care Law Destroys Jobs by 800,000.

Florida to propose a light rail between TIA and Downtown Orlando.

Hillsborough transit planners are proposing a light rail line between Tampa International Airport and downtown that’s smaller and less costly than the one shot down by voters in November.

The proposal, which came up during an agency meeting Monday, hasn’t yet been approved, and funding sources are still being worked out.

Initial estimates peg the 12.4-mile rail line at $825 million — far less than the $1.7 billion system voters were asked to approve last year through a 1-cent sales tax increase.

“I think it’s important that what we put forward not include local taxes, given what happened Nov. 2,” Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority board member and County Commissioner Kevin Beckner said Tuesday.

HART planners recommended the east-west system in part to keep costs down.

Most of the rail line would be built along Interstate 275 between Kennedy Boulevard and Lois Avenue on land already owned by the state Department of Transportation.

Planners recommended keeping most of the line at ground level, instead of elevated, to further control costs.

At Lois Avenue, the line would turn north to a passenger terminal at the airport.

An additional spur would take riders to Linebaugh Avenue.

In downtown, riders would disembark at a new transit hub at Kennedy Boulevard and Marion Street to connect with the proposed Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail line.

“We’ve been looking at two corridors: north from downtown to USF and New Tampa, and the second line was this west line,” said Mary Shavalier, HART’s chief of planning and program development.

“If HART wants a starter line, we had to look at what would be the most feasible, and this west line was more feasible than the north line,” she said.

The proposal came out of a study called an “alternatives analysis” begun about a year and a half ago.

Shavalier said funding could come from federal and state sources, public-private partnerships and lease options.

The exact sources and amounts haven’t been worked out.

Annual operating costs of $8.5 million could come from passenger fares, advertising fees, county gas taxes, and possibly a special assessment district where the line operates.

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