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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Unemployment raises to 9% proving throwing money at a problem does not solve it.

Even though payrolls rose by 221,000 last month, the Labor Department just announced that the unemployment rate rose from 9%, in accordance to last month’s 8.8%.

Whatever happened to Obama’s *promised* unemployment rate of no higher than 8%. Wasnt that the reason for the bailouts for the auto, wall street and bank bailouts?

Looks like, once again, Obama cannot predict the economy and throwing money to a problem served little purpose.

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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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Unemployment Index

2010 Unemployment rate drop misleading.

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

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

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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.

2010 Unemployment rate drop misleading.

Obama has been touting on his accomplishment of lowering the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent in December and while it is certainly good news that the economy created 297,000 new jobs for the month, the unemployment rate is not so cheery.

What isn’t being reported is that a majority of the .4 percent unemployment rate drop can be credited to the 434,000 people who left the workforce in December. If the number of people in the workforce had remained unchanged, the rate would have dropped, but by a much more modest .2 percent. (Source:

Additionally, the 6.4 million people who have been unemployed for more than 27 months remained essentially unchanged — meaning the job growth did not help those who have been looking for an extended period of time.

It is also disturbing that the 8.9 million people who are in part-time jobs for economic reasons — meaning they want full-time employment — likewise remained unchanged.

Does anybody else remember when Obama stated that with the stimulus packages- unemployment would be at 8%?!  Whatever happened to that assurance?!

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