Obama Jobs Destruction Plan to Accelerate in 2012

Saturday, November 12, 2011

By the numbers: Obama jobs destruction plan to accelerate in 2012

If you do a Google search on President Obama’s oft-repeated statement — “I will not rest until every American has a good job” — you’ll get 6.6 million results.

Yet three years after the mortgage meltdown and the vaunted Obama stimulus program, the real unemployment rate (U-6) actually worsened even if we look at the year of 2011 alone. The U-6 unemployment rate remains over 16% and could actually be far worse because of some of the tricks used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In fact, ShadowStats.com puts unemployment in excess of 22 percent.

Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg. The job losses we’ll see in the coming years will make what we’ve seen thus far look like a jaunt in the park. A quick review of recent articles describing the impact of the massive regulatory state (the EPA alone has grown 120 percent under Obama) offers some ominous projections for future job losses.

Description Jobs Destroyed Source
Delaying the Keystone XL Pipeline until after the 2012 election 20,000 LA Times
Forcing  coal plants in Texas to close (EPA) 14,000 Heritage
Gulf Drilling Moratorium (Interior) 72,000 LA Times
EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule 1,440,000 Daily Caller
EPA’s determination that coal ash is a “hazardous waste” 250,000 Western Caucus
EPA’s shutdown of AEP plants 5,000 CAPPS Online
EPA’s commercial and industrial boiler regulations 800,000 Clatskanie Chief
Interior Department’s protection of lizards and smelt fish 75,000 Human Events
Jobs killed by the Obama environmental machine 2,676,000

That’s nearly 3,000,000 jobs that President Obama’s policies will have un-saved and un-created. Middle-class jobs. Blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Trucking jobs, manufacturing jobs, union jobs.

Liberals, drones, progressives and other anti-American malcontents would be hard-pressed to prove that this President isn’t intentionally trying to establish a permanent underclass, whose subsistence is dependent upon the largesse of the federal government.

Because every action this president seems to tack seems to prove that the destruction of the middle class is among his chief goals.

And, further: President Obama is ‘historic’ only in the sense that he is the most effective job destroyer ever.

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6 Responses to Obama Jobs Destruction Plan to Accelerate in 2012

  1. Ok. Maybe he changed his mind, but I heard a press conference where he said the WH was going to make a decision by December of this year. I don’t like the ramifications of the pipeline, so, if you’re right, it doesn’t upset me. The reserves available there just aren’t worth it to me. We have enough oil domestically to more than meet our needs for the next 15 or 20 years. Especially if the industry decides to increase domestic production and quit shutting down rigs and refineries for no better reason than to artificially drive prices up.

    • NASA Employee James Hansen Gets Canadian Fees To Undermine Oil Production
      November 8, 2011

      The Washington Examiner just reported that NASA employee James Hansen, one of the key watermelon activists has received money from a Canadian firm to help undermine oil production in Canada that would benefit the U.S. Hansen is a watermelon activist — green on the outside, red on the inside.

      Hansen, who was arrested over the weekend in front of the White House for protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline project, was a paid consultant for a legal firm that represents the Oil Sand Environmental Coalition (OSEC).

      This information comes from an FOIA request filed by Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. It seems that Hansen may have “forgotten” to list this source of income.

      As the Washington Examiner notes:

      Federal government employees are not allowed to accept money for expert testimony in proceedings before a court or agency of the United States. But Hansen was testifying before a Candian court, so as long as he disclosed the payments, the agreement should have been legal.

      It is still unclear how much money Hansen received from Ackroyd, however, since his 2010 financial disclosure form did not list them as a source of income. Neither does his 2009 form. There is also no record of his disclosing any travel expenses related to his 2010 oil sands testimony in Canada.

      If approved by the State Department, Keystone would bring about 700,000 barrels of oil a day — 255.5 million barrels a year — from Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. border, and then south to the Gulf Coast at Houston and Port Arthur.

      Hansen’s radical political activities outside of his job as a NASA employee should be investigated by Congress. He is raking in millions on consulting fees for subverting our nation’s energy policies — and we’re paying his salary.

      Read more at The Washington Examiner …

      • Radical political activities? Taking advantage of his First Amendment Right is a ‘radical political activity’?

        “Red on the inside”? The GOP is depicted as being red. So, he’s an environmental Republican?

        The article says nothing about what his activities were, beyond “testifying before a Canadian court”. It also says nothing about his qualifications for making said testimony.

        But, Justice Clarence Thomas “forgot” to report millions of dollars a year in income that his wife received from a number of political action committees associated with Americans for Prosperity. You know, that Kock front group that had the Supreme Court declare corporations were people and could make political contributions as such. And this forgetfulness went on for almost a decade. When confronted with this fact, he said that he didn’t understand the income declaration form and what it required him to report. Yet, he’d be one of the first people to bring a regular citizen up on charges of tax evasion or tax fraud for improperly filing a tax return for even one year. So, tell ya what, you bitch and moan about him, LOUDLY, and I’ll look into complaining about this peon Hansen. Deal?

  2. One other thing: I just looked over a page that states that the delay in approving the XL PIpeline is costing our country over 250THOUSAND jobs, NOT 20K. Both numbers are ludicrous, though.

  3. Keystone XL jobs are a farce. This has been shown numerous times this past half year or so. We won’t even get into the health problems exploiting that “oil reserve” will cause.

    Have you seen the text of the actual approved stimulus package law? It reads like a 21st century TVA/WPA. I have a pdf copy of it. It made my mouth water, since I interpreted it to mean that myself and most of my friends would have fulfilling construction work from it for at least 5 years.The main problem with it was that conservatives, seeing that they couldn’t defeat it, emasculated it. They got rid of all of the checks and balances, in such a way that NONE of the long term projects that were supposed to be paid for with stimulus funds were never started. Those projects that I DID see started, in Tucson, Az, went to low-ball contractors that hired Labor Ready personnel, instead of skilled workers, like they were supposed to. One contractor built a small solar farm on the northern outskirts of town. The customer had to call an outside contractor with skilled workers in to fix the problems the first one wasn’t qualified to fix. None of the infrastructure improvements that were supposed to be accomplished were ever even started.

    That “Gulf drilling moratorium”? That was lifted shortly after it was instated. I don’t believe any of the numbers showing layoffs or job losses, since most of them come from disgruntled corporate managers that are pissed off about having to spend profits to make system upgrades that are legally-mandated. I’ve heard statements from people concerning the Deepwater Horizon spill saying that the spill caused no damage to the Gulf ecosystem whatsoever. I’ve heard other pundits saying the Gulf has completely recovered. But then, I have friends and family that say the Gulf fishing industry is still pretty decimated, that they still see seafood from the Gulf with oil on it.

    I heard President Obama state he was going to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline this December. But, being in the construction industry, I just don’t see the pipeline creating 20,000 jobs.

    I’ve seen numbers showing that job creation has done fairly well under President Obama, but they could obviously be doing much better. But hey, according to some conservatives, those tax breaks that Bush mandated should be kicking in soon and magically creating millions and millions of jobs, right? I mean, we’ve only been waiting 11 years for those tax breaks to take effect and start causing rich people to create jobs they have no demand for.

    Your statement that liberals, progressives, etc would be hard pressed to prove that the president isn’t trying to create a permanent underclass could be just as easily directed at conservatives. My problem is with career politicians, those that have forgotten it wasn’t the lobbyists buying them all those nice toys and vacations that put them in office so they can keep fleecing us. Our Founding Fathers never desired career politicians. They foresaw the “citizen representative”. The citizen that saw something he thought could be done better, got himself elected, did his best in office for a single term, then went home and back to his business/family. Personally, I think that any elected official who takes money and allows his vote to be influenced by said money is guilty of treason and should be imprisoned. But, I also don’t believe in congressional lifetime healthcare or pensions, either. I believe in that simple statement: “Government OF the people, BY the people (corporations aren’t people, by the way), and FOR the people. Each of those iterations of the word “PEOPLE” could (should) have the word MAJORITY used instead.

    I also take serious umbrage to your calling people you don’t agree with anti-American. Being Native American, I consider myself and my family more American than any descendant of someone who invaded my people’s land in centuries past. Also, seeing that I wore a Navy uniform of one type or another all through high school, what college I was able to attend, and through my whole enlistment, that I had to LIE in order to have, I consider myself extremely more American than most “citizens” of this country. I consider myself ‘progressive’ and I put my life on the line for this country. Voluntarily. Can you say the same?

    Personally, I think both parties equally share the blame for the condition our economy and job market are in today. It wasn’t something that happened overnight. It’s been building steam for at least 2 decades. No single party or politician can say it’s all one party’s or politician’s fault. Just like when a football team loses, it isn’t just the fault of the coach or the quarterback. All players share the blame equally.

    Before I became an electrician, I was a materials/inventory manager. I helped shut down the 2 main warehouses in San Jose and Santa Clara (California), boxing them up and shipping them to SIngapore and Malaysia, along with the upgraded procedures that I had instituted, which saved them about a million dollars a year. I also helped to ship a Unisys warehouse and production facility to Taiwan. After all this, I took it upon myself to train myself as a computer and network technician, database administrator. All but one of the companies I worked for in that field sent my job to Singapore, Malaysia, Brazil, or Bangalore, India. The one job that didn’t go overseas, the company got bought by Microsoft. Whole support operations closed up and sent overseas. Dozens of jobs lost. In the 80s and 90s. This all happened over a period of about 15 years or so. Reagan. Bush. Clinton. and Dubya. But I will say that I made more money and worked more hours (construction) during the Clinton years than in the Reagan/Bush/Bush years-COMBINED. In fact, in 99, there was so much construction work in my area that I had 2 jobs, and worked an average of 14 hours, 6 days a week. For 11 months.

    Also, remember that it’s conservatives/Republicans, that are trying to kill the unions. NOT progressives, liberals, or Democrats.

    • The Obama administration put off the decision to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline until 2013.

      But that won’t stop Canada from trying to find another buyer, namely China, according to AFP.

      Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has already spoken with Chinese President Hu Jintao about possible oil exports this past Saturday.

      Harper told reporters, “This does underscore the necessity of Canada making sure that we are able to access Asian markets for our energy products.”

      With plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline on the rocks, and China looking to diversify its energy supplier portfolio, this might be the perfect opportunity for Canada to get its foot in the door of the Chinese energy market.

      Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/canada-will-try-to-sell-their-oil-to-china-2011-11#ixzz1dkXWfwtY

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