By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer
1.) Whoâs Fighting For 15? Workers Or Big Labor.
A nationwide minimum wage protest planned for Wednesday is being called out by critics who claim the self-proclaimed grassroots movement is actually just a paid stunt by big labor. âThis is an orchestrated effort,â Ryan Williams, media advisor for Worker Center Watch, said during a press call Monday. âThe union has invested upwards of $20 million.â
Additionally, as sources for The Daily Caller News Foundation point out, the SEIU has spent $637,243 in strike benefits to some groups involved despite them not reporting any members. The concept refers to when a union pays compensation and benefits to striking workers adding to earlier speculation that some of the protestors are being paid to be there as opposed to actually being industry workers demanding a higher wage.
East Bay Organizing Committee, Fast Food Workers Committee and the Los Angeles Workers Organizations Committee are 3 of the 8 reported groups to have received strike benefits without reporting any members.
âThe vast majority of these protestors are not fast food workers,â Furchtgott-Roth noted. She points to email and text alerts as ways the SEIU is able to get people out to the protests, even if they are not industry workers. âMany of these demonstrators are bused in, many are paid,â Williams added.
Throughout the fast-food protests the SEIU has been criticized by some for using the Fight for 15 protests as a way to bypass labor laws to more easily unionize fast food workers. Additionally, according to a report from Union Facts, a minimum wage increase would benefit the SEIU directly while hurting non-unionized SEIU competitors.
MY OPINION: Should I feel sorry for the union lackeys, and the Socialist SEIU? They need to find new members, the old ones are bailing, realizing that the money the give in dues is lining the officials pockets and going toward Democrat campaign contributions and government bribes. Check the salaries of the executives in the SEIU and the extraordinary expense reports for which they are compensated. Rank and file workers are not the concern of the union executives. Money grubbing is.
2.) MCCONNELL, DEMOCRATS TO RAISE NATIONAL DEBT BY NEARLY $200 BILLION
Several Republican senatorsâincluding many who just won re-election and wonât face voters for six more yearsâvoted for more big government and nearly $150 billion to be added to the national debt on Tuesday night. The vote came on the so-called âDoc Fixâ which provides taxpayer cash to Medicare provider doctors. The votesâwhich came over two separate measures, one offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and the other by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)âfound several Republican senators joining Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and all the Senate Democrats to bust through budget spending caps set by the Budget Control Act that
McConnell once touted as an achievement worthy of sticking to. Cruz and Rubio opposed the national debt increase, but their fellow 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)âwho campaigns frequently against increasing the national debtâvoted for the âdoc fixâ on final passage.
âThere is rapidly growing concern among the Republican base that Republican politicians have already abandoned fiscal conservatism with their new congressional majority and bizarre definition of how to âlead,ââ a GOP congressional aide told Breitbart News on Tuesday night. âLeaders may want to sweep our national-security-threatening debt under the rug through 2016, but patriotic voters have not forgotten it, I guarantee you.â
MY OPINION: Iâll bet no one saw this coming right? Republicans once again go democrat-lite after lying to their constituents. We were promised the Budget Control Act that Mitchie the Kid McConnell swore would solve all problems. Not surprisingly it was just ignored and $299 million was just put on our children and grandchildren. Thanks a lot, Republicans. We wonât forget your treachery and you can bet that the people who voted you in will make a concerted effort to vote you out. Independents, Tea Partiers, and true conservatives will join the Republican base in seeing you out the door.
3.) Hillary Clintonâs Sweet, Cozy Connection To For-Profit College Industry She Now Attacks
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton disparaged Americaâs troubled for-profit college industry on Tuesday despite the close ties she and her husband enjoy with Laureate, Americaâs largest for-profit education corporation by enrollment and a company beset by charges of financial instability and unethical practices.
Clintonâs disparaging remarks about the often seedy for-profit college industry omitted the fact that she and her husband have deep ties to Laureate Education, an international conglomerate of aggressive, telemarketing-happy, for-profit colleges that is ensnared in controversy all over the globe. Laureate scored a marketing coup when it hired Bill Clinton in 2010 as its global pitchman. In his position as honorary chancellor, he has gone around the world over a dozen times â to places such as Peru, Malaysia and Spain â to hawk the company.
The for-profit education juggernaut pays Clinton a secret sum of money for his globetrotting efforts. Neither Clinton nor Laureate will disclose exactly how much it is. The former president gets other perks as well as cash. In 2012, for example, Laureate Education was one of a handful of sponsors of the Clinton Global Initiativeâs CGI University.
Hillary Clinton has also been squarely in cahoots with Laureate. As Secretary of State, she helped legitimize Laureate in the eyes of the world by making the for-profit education behemoth part of her State Department Global Partnership.
In her campaign kickoff remarks in Iowa on Tuesday, Clinton struck an anti-elitist note with attacks on wealthy people and the financial industry.
âThereâs something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker,â she declared, according to Bloomberg Politics. âThereâs something wrong when American workers keep getting more productiveâŠbut that productivity is not matched in their paychecks.â
My Opinion: Yes, I know. Another total shocker. The woman running for the President of the United States, lying? It canât be. If Whitewater, the Rose Law Firm, Benghazi and cattle futures have not taught us what a phony, lying, money-grubbing thug Hillary is, well, I donât know what to do at this point. Why not just make her President now, Iâm sure she, and Obama, and Cloward, and Piven, and Alinsky would all agree. Yes, sarcasmâŠâŠIt is all she deserves.
4.) Americans Not in Labor Force Exceed 93 Million for First Time; 62.7% Labor Force Participation Matches 37-Year Low
The number of Americans 16 years and older who did not participate in the labor force–meaning they neither had a job nor actively sought one in the last four weeks–rose from 92,898,000 in February to 93,175,000 in March, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is the first time the number of Americans out of the labor force has exceeded 93 million.
Also from February to March, the labor force participation rate dropped from 62.8 percent to 62.7 percent, matching a 37-year low.
Five times in the last twelve months, the participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent; but Marchâs 62.7 percent, which matches the participation rate seen in September and December of 2014, is the lowest since February of 1978
MY OPINION: Yes, the economy is booming, more jobs have been added in the past month than ever before, just ask Obama. We are on the way back to a robust economy, with unemployment at 5.5%. Just donât add the new high of people who have stopped looking, and letâs blame it on the boomers now, itâs too late the blame Bush. Speaking of Bush, wasnât it the democrats that whined and cried about the terrible economy when the Bush administration fell below 4.5% growth. How many of us would like to see that return?
John Velisek USN (Ret.)