Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Some Republican Governors May Refuse Stimulus Funds

Once again its politics over the people. I say you don't want the funds then fine. Tell the people in each of your states that their financial future is not important but your political future is.
A handful of Republican governors are considering turning down some money from the federal stimulus package, a move opponents say puts conservative ideology ahead of the needs of constituents struggling with record foreclosures and soaring unemployment.

Though none has outright rejected the money available for education, health care and infrastructure, the governors of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho have all questioned whether the $787 billion bill signed into law this week will even help the economy.

"My concern is there's going to be commitments attached to it that are a mile long," said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who considered rejecting some of the money but decided Wednesday to accept it. "We need the freedom to pick and choose. And we need the freedom to say 'No thanks.'"

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the No. 3 House Democrat, said the governors — some of whom are said to be eyeing White House bids in 2012 — are putting their own interests first.
Since Haley Barbour is so against these funds I suggest that he return half of all federal dollars he receives since his state gets back two dollars for every dollar paid. Mississippi is the welfare queen of the south and he has the nerve to open his fat mouth?

As for Alaska we all know that Sarah Palin will throw her hat in the ring in 2012 since she thinks there are enough knuckle draggers to overlook the fact that she is truly a mental lightweight. Lets see how she handles the finances for Alaska now that the price of oil has collapsed. I would bet it won't be pretty.

Now lets look at South Carolina where the unemployment rate is over 9%. Governor Sanford doesn't want the funds but he should go to an unemployment office and tell those on the last weeks of their benefits that their survival doesn't measure up to his bid for the Presidency.

These people make me sick and they should sicken every one of you as well.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

It's Not Just The Blue Collars Jobs Anymore

For a long time college educated people felt that the rush to outsource jobs did not effect them. They felt secure that the accounting and operational jobs simply had to stay within the United States. With the invention of the internet and the ease at which you can communicate worldwide that assumption has been turned on its head.

Middle Class jobs in accounting, operations, graphic design and customer service are leaving this country in alarming numbers. Once again the multi-national corporations (please do not call them American companies) are searching for the lowest labor costs. English speaking, highly educated people can be found in India, the Philippines and other nations. The middle class jobs in manufacturing do not even require the ability to speak English which makes the entire world a possibility for factory relocation. If we can't stop this flood of jobs leaving our shores how can we ever recover our current financial disaster? Our standard of living is falling and there seems to be nothing to stop this slide to the bottom.

Are protectionist policies the answer? In short I would say that some form of protectionism is needed or soon we will see lines around the block for an available opening at McDonald's. We were told that free trade was the answer. What they didn't tell us was that free trade was not necessarily fair trade. How is it that what limited goods we produce here are taxed in the form of tariffs in other countries yet those same countries send goods to the United States without such tariffs? How can we possibly compete with countries that pay their workers dollars a day with no benefits? In short the answer is we can't under the current situation.

These same companies shipping our jobs overseas are also using every available loophole to avoid paying taxes to the United States. Why these companies are even allowed to operate within the United States is beyond me and why Americans continue to patronize them is an even bigger mystery.

The Middle Class is dying and nothing is being done to stop it.