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More Financial Difficulties in Solar Industry

Another solar panel company has laid off half of its workforce after receiving millions of tax dollars in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits. The company was lauded by VP Joe Biden, U S Secretary of labor Hilda Solis, and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland as being a “model of innovation and success”. The company had 80 employees but has just laid of 40 of those employees citing upgrades in the assembly line for the layoffs. The plant is located on Progress Drive in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Willard & Kelsey Solar Group LLC received a $5 million loan from the Ohio Department of Development, a $10 million loan from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, a $3.3 million job creation tax credit, and a $701,000 grant for the training of 50 current and 250 new employees. The 250 new jobs at the 262,000 square-foot plant along State Rt. 25 were promised in February, 2011 but have yet to be produced. The company goal of producing 600-700 jobs in the next two years and up to 4,000 more jobs in the next five or six years seems to be farther off than originally expected.

The layoffs have been confirmed by WTOL 11 TV and the executive manager of the Ohio Solar Hub, Sophia Fisher. The company expects the laid off workers to be rehired eventually but the company’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, Michael Cicak, would not give a timeline on any rehiring. Cicak stated that they are improving the efficiency of the assembly line and that they still have about 30 employees on the payroll.

The costs involved in changing the assembly line, profit margins, and quarterly earnings have not been released. Since the company is privately held there is no requirement to release this information.

 

8.6% Unemployment is NOT Good News

To read the first paragraph of the Bureau of Labor statistics one might think that the jobs situation in the United States has improved significantly.

The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 8.6 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care. Government employment continued to trend down.

In the detailed data section of the report, the picture becomes much less rosy.

120,000 new jobs were created according to the report. It has long been stated that growth of more than 240,000 jobs per month would be needed to get the unemployment rate to drop this dramatically. How is just 140,000 enough to lower the unemployment rate from 9.0% to 8.6%?  Far more jobs have been added in previous months and no such reduction in the overall unemployment rate resulted?

In September, the labor department reported 158,000 new jobs (which has since been revised up to 210,000 jobs). Why was there no .4% change in the unemployment rate in that month?

Also to note is that the number of long-term unemployed (jobless for more than 27 weeks) did not change at all – holding strong at 5.7 million which is 43% of all unemployed persons.

The only answer is that workforce participation must have drastically fallen and the report says as much. According to the BLS report, the civilian labor force participation rate declined by .2%. That can be interpreted to mean that half of the reported unemployment rate drop is due to people giving up on the idea of getting a job – at all.

In February, CDN reported the worst labor participation rates in 25 years at 64.2%. That was the only reason the unemployment rate dropped to 9% at that time. The new BLS report for November shows the participation rate at 64% – and another suspect drop in the unemployment rate is correlated.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis purports that lengthening unemployment insurance has been successful and is the only answer:

We know what has worked: extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance, and making smart investments in our economy. The clock is ticking. If Congress doesn’t extend emergency unemployment benefits for our long-term unemployed this month, 5 million Americans will lose their benefits next year. These are the everyday heroes of our recovery who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. They spend all day, every day filling out applications, sending out resumes and looking for work. Now is not the time to turn our backs on them. They deserve better. They deserve action.

Marxism on Full Display in DC on Saturday

The {fake}Reverend Al Sharpton led  a rally in our nation’s capitol today, which originally was supposed to be a demand for Congress to pass Obama’s Jobs bill. The U.S. Senate put the kibosh on those plans, as it voted down Obama’s jobs bill last week. That did not prevent the latest faux  journolist to be put on national display at MSNBC  from grabbing the microphone and prepping D.C.  for Obama’s dedication speech for the new MLK Jr. memorial tomorrow. And prep them he did. While  Sharpton did throw in some support for Obama’s now dead jobs bill,  that was nowhere near the main theme of this rally. The message that Sharpton wanted to tell the nation was unadulterated  Marxist ideology 101 =  WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION.     From Eric Tucker of the AP via startribune.com: Al  Sharpton enlisted Martin Luther King III for the main theme:

King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, was also among the speakers.

Over 45 years ago, my father talked about a redistribution of wealth. In fact, that is probably why he was killed,” King said. “Because he said if America is going to survive responsibly, then it must have a redistribution of wealth.” (emphasis mine)

I,ll let that statement, which was spoken in our nation’s capitol, right in front of the Washington Monument no less,  speak for itself. For the uninformed masses who still deny Barack Obama’s deep-seated Marxist ideology, even after he said almost those exact same words in 2008 to Joe the Plumber in Ohio, here is the definition of Marxism by education.yahoo.com:

The political and economic philosophy of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in which the concept of class struggle plays a central role in understanding society’s allegedly inevitable development from bourgeois oppression under capitalism to a socialist and ultimately classless society.

Get that? To form a Socialist and ultimately classless society. Play the class warfare victim cards, collapse the free market system and install a utopian Socialistic Society.. where there is one main class of people… what they refuse to tell people is that Socialism results in widespread poverty that in turn breeds a Dictatorship class of rulers that ends up making decisions such as who gets to eat and who doesn’t.  For a more complete understanding about the wealth re-distributive principles inherent in Marxism, please read this article:  The Communist Manifesto – The Capitalist Manifesto – Socialism by Bill Glynn.

Al Sharpton’s rally (from the above link, at  startribune.com) also had other points of interest, such as  condemning state laws requiring voter identification at the polls and protesting the recent execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia man convicted of killing an off-duty police officer. Davis maintained his innocence until his death and attracted thousands of supporters worldwide even though courts repeatedly ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to exonerate him.  Marxism relies on the breaking down of a societal system, including corrupting the electoral system which is why these people decry Voter ID laws today.

In case you are wondering who else was at this Marxist protest rally in our nation’s capitol on Saturday, here are the other notable people including many of our very own government’s tax-payer funded employees:

Kathie Williams, a part-time administrator for the Howard County, Md., parks and recreation department. She’d like to find full-time work but has struggled to do so despite an active search.

Belinda Shade, 56, of Waldorf, Md., works as a special education school administrator but said the economy still makes her insecure.

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray held a separate protest supporting greater autonomy for the district government — Congress must approve the local government’s budget — and joined in the larger gathering. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers were among the other speakers.

Wait a minute, someone from the American Federation of Teachers was there too? Isn’t that just another fancy name for a UNION? Yes it is.

Chanting for jobs and justice, many demonstrators carried banners for their labor unions and wore pins or T-shirts bearing King’s likeness. Obama is scheduled to speak Sunday at the dedication ceremony for the memorial, the first monument dedicated to a black leader on the National Mall. (emphasis mine)

In summary, the [fake] Reverend Al Sharpton made it a point to say this has absolutely nothing to do with Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. In Sharpton’s eloquent [bought and paid for by MSNBC]-speak he ended his speech with,  “This is not about Obama,” he said. “This is about my mama.”  Kinda makes me feel like Sharpton is just as gifted a speaker as the teleprompter-in-chief there.

How many times will America have to witness these anti-American Marxism preachers at events like this one at the National Monument, where big labor Unions, Socialists disguised as Democrats, Communists and MSNBC’s newest propagandist Al Sharpton are all shown to be promoting the overthrow and collapse of America, before they will take a stand against them?

Footnote: What is the now-stated main theme of the Occupy Wall Street protests today? Marxist wealth redistribution in the form of living wages regardless of employment, complete debt forgiveness, free houses for everyone regardless of ability to pay, good jobs regardless of qualifications, etc.etc.etc. Take from the working class and give to the freeloader-class until everyone is mired in poverty.

 From Sharpton’s DC rally, to the Wall Street protests across the nation, with the support of many Socialists sitting in our Congress disguised as Democrats,  America is being systematically dismantled by anti-American Marxist collaborators, including our own President, Barack Obama.   2012  just can’t get here fast enough.

 

 


Workplace Rights for Illegals? Be My Guest (worker)

Today, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis signed “partnership” agreements with representatives from Latin American countries in order to “protect the labor rights” of workers, both legal and illegal.  Says Solis, “No matter how you got here or how long you plan to stay, you have certain rights. You have the right to be safe and in a healthy workplace and the right to a legal wage.”   No need to rub your eyes, you read that correctly.  Just in case you don’t believe it, look at what California Labor commissioner Julie Su said earlier – “Nationwide, Latino workers suffer more minimum wage and overtime violations than any other ethnic group. My job is to make sure that the labor laws of this state are enforced, the right to minimum wage, to overtime for all hours worked and the right to protection against retaliation when workers stand up for their rights.”

Americans who are already terribly dismayed by a 9% unemployment rate and escalating violence at the borders find statements like this very disturbing, and rightfully so.  It certainly is disheartening to be searching (legally) for a job and come across business after business that has filled most of their labor with illegal immigrants.  Su is quick to remind us that companies nationwide are violating the “rights” of ILLEGAL aliens, denying them minimum wage, overtime, and general workplace protections.  She seems unable or unwilling to acknowledge the violations on the part of the ILLEGAL alien, who by definition is a criminal on our shores simply by being here.  They are not protected by our laws, our constitution and are not welcome to participate in the benefits of being American (though we know many do anyway).  Those privileges are not for people who break the law, they are for people who love America enough to put in the effort to actually become American – legally.

But hearing all this makes me think: perhaps we should be advocating for minimum wage and equal workplace rights for illegals.  Maybe we should be the ones front and center, protesting beside these non-English speaking, non-tax paying, non voting, non-citizens.  We should be advocating that employers be required to pay every illegal alien at least a minimum wage, health benefits, and overtime.  Employers who knowingly hire illegals to fill their positions should be required to provide the same workplace conditions as they would for real Americans.  They should be required to meet every OSHA standard and should be subject to special investigation by OSHA if they don’t.  I say special because illegal aliens are a disadvantaged sub-group in America.  Many don’t speak English (probably because they aren’t American) and are fearful of the authorities (probably because they aren’t American).  They are reluctant to report workplace violations, so OSHA should provide frequent and regular monitoring of businesses that choose to hire illegal aliens.  Furthermore, if an illegal alien decides to strike for better workplace conditions, their jobs should be protected, just like real Americans.  They should also have the right to unionize without threat of retaliation, as Su described.

Why not give our illegal alien guests the same workplace rights as the average unionized, American worker? I say go for it.  The reason American businesses turn to illegal labor in the first place is because arbitrary minimum wage laws, OSHA regulations, and union labor strangleholds have astronomically driven up the price of labor.  Illegal aliens are illegal (gasp!), and so obviously not concerned with fulfilling the law in their work.  So let them have their “American” workplace rights.  Conservatives worry that this is “backdoor” amnesty…and maybe it is.  However, why not engage in a little “backdoor” protection of our borders and drive out illegal aliens by making them just as costly as the average American citizen?  If a business has to pay the same amount for an educated American citizen as it does for an illegal alien who doesn’t even speak English, who do you think they would rather hire?  Of course, we would prefer that they could simply hire the American citizen a low but fair wage, but decades of Democrat “compassion” have made that nearly impossible.  Maybe the best route to go is to make the hiring of illegals equally as costly.

The Obama Administration has made it more than clear that they have no intention of defending Americans and American businesses from the current, debilitating onslaught of illegal, uneducated labor.  They have all but surrendered certain patches of sovereign American soil in some places along the border and prosecuted Arizona for their audacity in taking the issue into their own hands.  If our own government won’t protect us, the citizens, but will  protect illegal aliens, perhaps its time for a new strategy.  Maybe we need to cure the problem using their own medicine – stifling regulations and crushing burdens of compliance and oversight.  Let the illegals “enjoy” the privilege of being a regular American employee in the work place today.  Not only may it drive employers back to good, old-fashioned American labor, the Tea Party may find some partners in these newly  outraged (non)Americans.

Hey, at this point, it doesn’t sound so crazy.

Obama Administration Afflicted by Corruption

Corruption is the abuse of public office for private gain, and it tarnishes the Obama Administration at every turn. We have a tax cheat in Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. He conveniently neglected, by his account “forgot”, to pay in excess of $40,000 in payroll taxes. Showing that there is honor among thieves, Geithner then appointed chief of staff Mark Patterson, who was a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist, to oversee the $700 billion TARP program. Geithner turned a blind eye to the fact that Goldman Sachs had already received $10 billion of that money. What could go wrong? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Then there is the case of Tom Daschle who was Obama’s original choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Daschle’s nomination, you will recall, was withdrawn because he failed to disclose more than $300,000 in past income.

Then there is the case of Nancy Killefer’s nomination for chief performance officer. Oops, the administration “belatedly” learned that she had a lien on her property to the tune of $946.69 back in 2005 because she “forgot” to pay taxes. At this rate she’ll never reach the level of Daschle, but hey, at least she’s trying!

Then Barry Obama commits to the public that he will have “no more lobbyists” in his administration. Promptly “forgetting” his public pledge he turns right around and appoints acting Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, who used to be the treasurer of American Rights at Work.

And let us not forget William Lynn, the deputy Defense secretary, who lobbied for a defense contractor as recently as 2008. Lynn is not alone. There are more than a dozen lobbyists in the Obama Administration. Obama is fond of making great sounding pronouncements and then immediately doing the opposite, so what’s new?

And let us not forget the trickery and behind-the-scenes corruption that gave us all ObamaCare. Can anyone say Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson?

Gail Shumway, writing for www.redpills.com, had this to say on the subject of another icon of integrity, a certain Janet Napolitano, Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security:

Well what’s new is not just the level of corruption but the level of ignorance that is exhibited by Barry’s useful idiots. I am talking about Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. This is the top dog, and the use of that term has more than one meaning, between us and the terrorists. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean ‘creators of manmade disasters‘. Veterans, those who actually pay taxes, gun rights individuals, Libertarians, et. al. is the new terrorists. Anyway, this idiot, Napolitano, stated that “suspected or known terrorists” have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack. REALLY!? Canada, I apologize for Barry’s useful idiot Napolitano, her IQ must have slipped at least 50 points by becoming a member of Barry’s administration. I mean it has almost become a prerequisite.

From the nationalpost.com dated April 22, 2009 entitled “The border for dummies”.

Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job? She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo.

In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Ms. Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that “suspected or known terrorists” have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack.

All the 9/11 terrorists, of course, entered the United States directly from overseas. The notion that some arrived via Canada is a myth that briefly popped up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and was then quickly debunked.

Informed of her error, Ms. Napolitano blustered: “I can’t talk to that. I can talk about the future. And here’s the future. The future is we have borders.”

Just what does that mean, exactly?

Just a few weeks ago, Ms. Napolitano equated Canada’s border to Mexico’s, suggesting they deserved the same treatment. Mexico is engulfed in a drug war that left more than 5,000 dead last year, and which is spawning a spillover kidnapping epidemic in Arizona. So many Mexicans enter the United States illegally that a multi-billion-dollar barrier has been built from Texas to California to keep them out.

In Canada, on the other hand, the main problem is congestion resulting from cross-border trade. Not quite the same thing, is it?

But enough of the minions. Obama appears to take the cake when it comes to integrity issues. Here are a number of examples of alleged inconsistencies between Obama’s words and documented truth:

  • “Selma Got Me Born.” – The truth is that Obama was born in 1961 and the Selma incident didn’t occur until 1965.
  • “Father Was a Goat Herder.” – Obama’s father was a privileged, well-educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.
  • “My family has strong ties to African Freedom.” – Obama’s cousin Raila Odinga created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007 in Kenya. It was the first widespread violence in Kenya in decades.
  • “My grandmother has always been a Christian.” – In a public interview Obama’s grandmother admits that she does her daily Salat prayers at 5 a.m. and states “I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith.” The elderly women said that in a recent interview in Kenya. Also, Christianity wouldn’t have allowed her to have been one of 14 wives to one man.
  • “My name is African Swahili.” – Actually, Obama’s name is Arabic and ‘Baraka’ (from which Barack come) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.
  • “I never practiced Islam.” – Obama practiced it daily at school, where he was registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until Michelle Obama made him change it so that he could run for office. Enter Rev. Wright.
  • “Present votes are common in Illinois.” – They were common for Obama but not many others in Illinois have 130 NO VOTES.
  • “I was a professor of law.” – He was a senior lecturer on leave.
  • “I was a Constitutional Lawyer.” He was a senior lecturer on leave.
  • “I have released my state records.” – State bills Obama sponsored or voted for have yet to be released.
  • “I won Michigan.” – He lost Michigan.
  • “I won Nevada.” – He lost Nevada.
  • “I don’t take PAC Money.” – Obama takes lots of PAC money.
  • “I inspire people with my words.” – He inspires people with other people’s words. Cue the Teleprompter.
  • “I am as patriotic as anyone.” – He has refused to wear a flag pin. He doesn’t put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. There was a Cuban flag with Che Guevara displayed at Barack Obama’s campaign Office which he allowed to be displayed. He voted against making English the official language of the United States. He voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits, which would bankrupt the Social Security system for Americans legally paying into it.
  • Wal-Mart is a company I wouldn’t support.” – Michelle Obama received nearly a quarter of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.

Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, once said that “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Other notable Goebbels quotes that appear to have been taken to heart by Obama include:

The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

“Intellectual activity is a danger to the building of character”

“Faith moves mountains, but only knowledge moves them to the right place”

“If the day should ever come when we [the Nazis] must go, if some day we are compelled to leave the scene of history, we will slam the door so hard that the universe will shake and mankind will stand back in stupefaction.”

“Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.”

It has been said that today we see the same old sins – performed by new people. Corruption becomes a habit within societies. It takes the clear, calm voice of truth to shed light on government corruption. It takes a free press to hold government officials accountable for their words and their deeds. It takes a free people with liberty in their hearts to oust the corrupt from public offices. It takes new people exercising the same old rights of free people everywhere to keep corruption in check.