Thursday, September 01, 2011

Sec of Labor Supports American Auto Industry, Buys Canadian

Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor for Barack Obama, traded in her big black limousine for a more environmentally friendly car, one that shows her support for the American auto worker. There's only one problem. The crossover SUV Chevrolet Equinox is Canadian built and assembled from Canadian parts.

US News & World Reports says Sec. Solis attended a media breakfast Aug. 31 hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. When asked why she bought he Chevy, Solis explained
"she was inspired to buy the Chevy because of the pride she saw in American auto workers during trips to U.S. car and truck plants. She said that she was wowed by "the pride that they take making our automobiles here in America."

US taxpayers spent $85.3 billion on auto company bailouts and when her office was notified that her "American-made" car was really Canadian, Labor spokeshole Carl Fillichio said,
"Modern automobile manufacturing is a global industry and General Motors is a company whose reach extends far beyond the boundaries of the United States. Cars assembled here in the U.S. are made from globally sourced parts, just as cars assembled in other countries utilize parts made in America. Not only is the Equinox the second fastest selling SUV in America—a good sign for the overall health of the U.S. auto industry—66 percent of its parts were made in America. That’s up from about 50 percent just a few years ago."
I'm feeling better about 2012 everyday.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

California Nanny State and Babysitters, Too

The bonehead Democrat majority California legislature is about to pass another stupid, job killing, life sucking bill into law. Senator Doug LaMalfa, CA-4th Dist (my guy), writes in the The Union.Com that California parents are going to be happy with the proposed law requiring them to pay min wage and workers' comp bennies to date night babysitters.

How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers' compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for…babysitters? Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.

Assembly Bill 889 (authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, will require these protections for all “domestic employees,” including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

The bill has already passed the Assembly and is quickly moving through the Senate with blanket support from the Democrat members that control both houses of the Legislature – and without the support of a single Republican member. Assuming the bill will easily clear its last couple of legislative hurdles, AB 889 will soon be on its way to the Governor's desk.

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers' compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys' fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers – from agricultural laborers to garment manufacturers. (On the bright side, language requiring an hour of paid vacation time for every 30 hours worked was amended out of the bill in the Senate.)

Unfortunately, the unreasonable costs and risks contained in this bill will discourage folks from hiring housekeepers, nannies and babysitters and increase the use of institutionalized care rather than allowing children, the sick or elderly to be cared for in their homes. I can't help but wonder if that is the goal of AB 889 – a terrible bill that needs to be stopped.

Maybe this will start the slow awakening of the California somnambulant voters and we'll stop returning these idiots to Sacramento. I won't, however, be holding my breath.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Obama Faked Bus Tour

Obama didn't write his own books and now he doesn't attend his own magic bus tour. JEEZ! Talk about your ghost rider in the sky.

Obama flew AF-1 to each stop behind a C-17 carrying the Big Black Bus to the next airstrip where both were deplaned.

Obama then boarded the Big Black Bus to ride a mile or two so the little people could see him using little people transportation.

LiveLeak via Pat Dollard, The War Starts Here; via AJ Strata, The Strata-Sphere; via Bookworm, Bookworm Room
An AP reporter said that Obama might have ridden these expensive buses only one mile at each stop. Therefore, it wasn’t really a “BUS TOUR”! Obamaspent most of the “BUS TOUR” on an airplane traveling between stops. Itlooks like Obama has scammed the American people again........with the help of the liberal media. It’s no damn telling just how much this “show” cost the American taxpayer.
"Greyhound 1".... Secret Service Buys Two New $1.1 Million Buses For Three-Day Trip…
President Barack Obama (C) walks to his bus as he arrives in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minnesota, August 15, 2011, where he is to begin his three-day bus tour in the Midwest centering on ways to grow the economy.
He FLYS into an airport somewhere in the midwest, hops into a brand new 1.1 Million $ bus, paid for by you and me, for a “bus tour” ‘around the midwest’, and after an hour or so, gets driven back to the airport for ANOTHER FLIGHT, lands at another airport where another 1.1 Million $ brand new black bus is waiting for him… and repeats all that until his midwest bus‘tour’ is done?? Oh yes......and THEN he leaves on a 12 day vacation to Martha's REST UP from this campaign bus tour!
And don't forget........those brand new shiny black buses aren’t DRIVEN to the location where they meet Obama. Those buses are loaded up on one or more C-17s. Then, they are flown to the destination ahead of AirForce- AND!.......this is REPEATED FOR EVERY CAMPAIGN STOP. On this 'bus tour', the Prez will lecture the 'little people' on how they need to live within their means and cut-back! Remember when very recently Obama told that family man to GO BUY A HYBRID VAN when he said he couldn’t afford to fill up his truck???? Obama's 'carbon footprint' must be as large as most cities by now.
This was billed as a meet the people bus trip, not a campaign trip. You and I paid for this.

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