It starts on page eight of the American Jobs Act. Before any mention of provisions to help businesses get back on track and hiring, Democrats made sure that unions got their cut of the public’s money. Section 5, Wage Rate and Employment Protection Requirements, applies Davis-Bacon provisions to the bill’s infrastructure projects.
Why is it that no matter how much our government spends, and no matter what we are promised in return, things never get any better? Democratic stronghold Illinois could be over $8 billion in the hole next year despite a massive, retroactive tax increase (see: Illinois Raises Income Tax, Then Hikes Benefits).
How far will the bar be lowered so the country can afford Barack Obama’s reelection ploys? Last week he offered us his idea of a carrot, a new jobs bill. Next week we get whacked with the stick when he tells us who will pay.
The American Jobs Act is what happens when a president bereft of ideas finally gives up, throws caution to the wind, and decides to amuse himself. The joke is outrageous and expensive, but make no mistake. Joke or not, Barack Obama knows that this bill may be his last stand, just as we fear his presidency is ours.
Being offered more money in exchange for working harder is a novel concept these days. Turning down a raise in exchange for a longer work day would be unthinkable to private sector employees who kept their jobs for less money during the downturn, while doing the extra work of laid-off coworkers.
There are two job crises in America. The first is real, caused by the recession, and by the economy’s response to a president who took the “free” out of free market by indulging his own unique ideas on a planned economy.
Does Secretary of Education Arne Duncan work for taxpayers or teachers unions? Duncan agrees that states are out of money and talks about getting used to a “New Normal” because of the down economy. He also claims that teacher salaries should be as high as $150,000 per year.