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White House Juices the Job Count

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Posted on Jan 11, 2010
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The White House will now count all jobs funded by stimulus money, not just those that were created or saved. The job market is still hemorrhaging and the administration might be looking to do a little inflation. Or it might honestly be trying to simplify a confusing and highly criticized formula for counting jobs.

ProPublica:

Part of the problem is that there’s no accepted standard for counting jobs, said Mary Foelster of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

“It’s not so much calculating jobs; it’s trying to have evidence that a job was retained,” she said. “What is the client going to point to to say, ‘I was going to lay someone off, but now I’m not?’ ”

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By gerard, January 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

In my opinion the main problem with jobs here is the same as the main problem with getting universal health care—that is, the howling and yowling from the Right about “socialism” and “big government”—which howling is very effective even among “lower class” conservatives, whose opinions undercut their own wellbeing.
  I remember all too well the insane Republican howlings against the New Deal as “socialism”.  My own relatives were practically frothing at the mouth because Roosevelt was a closet Communist taking the country to hell.  I also remember artist and writer friends who could not have eaten except from bread-lines if it had not been for the WPA which supported many memorable works of art, research,literature and architecture. I remember my father handing out bags of food downtown on Market Street on Saturdays.
  It is very disheartening to see the country going through the same insanity, ultimately depending on war to “bring us out of the slump.” Classic Republican ideology has got to be dumped in favor of decency and human kindness—and “we are the ones we have benn waiting for.”  Truly.

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By ktkelly, January 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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It almost seems like their actually trying to destroy whats left of any resemblance to America.
This cannot be done without the approval of those in
power.WTF

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By purplewolf, January 12, 2010 at 9:50 am Link to this comment

From the news 1-10-2010 http://apnews.myway.com//article/20100109/D9D403G02.html

US SOLAR COMPANY TO BUILT POWER PLANTS IN CHINA

Pasadena,California. Southern California’s eSolar Inc. has signed a major agreement to built a series of solar power plants in China.

Under the agreement announced Friday, the Pasadena, Calif.-based eSolar will province China Shandong Penglai Electric Power Equipment Manufacturing Co. with the technology and information to build solar farms with a capacity totaling 2,000 megawatts over the next decade.

Company chairman Bill Gross says China is emerging as a major market for solar energy and is moving much faster than California and the U.S. The initial eSolar project will be located in the Mongolian desert in northern China.

The deal comes four months after Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar struck a deal with China to built a massive solar field in the same region.

Will these jobs be funded from Bush’s second stimulus act that was enacted by the Obama administration? This type of bleeding jobs from America should be illegal and these companies should be denied any funding as their loyalty is not to this country. America has more than enough workers with the skills to do this work and there are more than enough empty factories in which these solar panels could be made. Claiming that California and the U.S. is not ready to do this is a lie. These companies will have to build, then equip them and we have much of what is needed to product this product already here, it just needs to be tweaked to accommodate the product. Use what is already here instead of destroying more land to build another building. We will never be able to work for less than a living wage in America as things are to expensive in this country compared to many other countries. I have even heard people who have come to America thinking it would be better only to hear them complain how expensive it is to live in America. Unfortunately, the same companies who send jobs out of this country have yet to realize that we who still live her cannot afford their over-priced products from housing to food and medicine. Perhaps when they only have their slave labor left to purchase their products, they will find out their out-sourced workers cannot even afford to feed their families let alone buy their over-priced non-necessities.

Out sourcing jobs from America should be illegal and until that happens, we all loose, except for the big corps.

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