Here’s another example of the WilsonianObaman government’s racism.
The EEOC is haling Dollar General and a US unit of BMW into court, charging them with racism for the heinous practice—seriously—of using background checks to screen those convicted of
Murder, Assault & Battery, Rape, Child Abuse, Spousal Abuse (Domestic Violence), Manufacturing of Drugs, Distribution of Drugs, [and] Weapons Violations
from job applications.
Just to add racism to the EEOC’s racism, in the BMW case, there’s this: 70 black and 18 non-black contractors had criminal convictions, and the company declined to hire any of them. The EEOC is only suing over the blacks’ non-hiring. The non-blacks can go hang.
Dr Alan Blinder, Princeton University Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, is at it again.
First, some side issues which he raises:
Since the economy as a whole created 5.41 million net new jobs over the past three years, you might expect that about 4.51 million of them were in the private sector and about 900,000 were in the public sector. In fact, the private sector created 6.56 million net new jobs over the past three years while about 1.14 million net government jobs were eliminated via layoffs and spending cutbacks.
Currently, many companies that do business with the Federal government can get Uncle Sugar to pick up as much as $763,000 of their executives’ pay—a cap that, in today’s world of the Evil Sequester, is going to go up to $950,000 at the start of the new fiscal year this October. And it will be retroactive for all of the current fiscal year of 2012. That’s your and my money going into a paycheck that companies in the private world cover entirely out of their own revenue flows. President Barack Obama wants the cap lowered to $400,000.
Apple, Inc paid no corporate income tax to any national government on tens of billions of dollars in overseas income over the past four years, Senate investigators found, a revelation that fuels the debate over whether the US tax code needs an overhaul.
The Senate thinks this is a bad thing, even as they acknowledge that Apple actually paid all the taxes it legally owed. Senator John McCain (R, AZ), ranking Republican on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that hectored Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, on that dastardly legal behavior earlier this week, gripes that
Matthew Payne, writing in The Wall Street Journal this weekend on a related subject, had this little tidbit. Quoting a Chief Executive Magazine poll of business-worthy states, he wrote,
CEOs are well disposed to Texas, and it’s not hard to understand why. 52 Fortune 500 companies now call Texas home.
That’s 10% of the Fortune 500 that live here.
If those 500 companies were spread evenly across the 50 states, there would be 10 of them here. If the 500 were spread proportional to each state’s population relative the nation’s population, Texas would have 4 of them.
The Labor Department released its April jobs data last Friday. First, the good news: the labor force participation rate didn’t change from March—good news because it actually means more folks, in absolute terms, are participating, since the US’ population increased from March, and because while participation still is down from last January and remains near 30-year lows, it’s not dropping further. Also, 165,000 new non-farm jobs were added in April—no great shakes compared with what’s needed for actual economic growth, but it’s better than even the upwardly revised number for March. These combined to lower the unemployment rate a tick from March, to 7.5%.
In Bayou Lawn, et al., v Department of Labor, Bayou Lawn, the Chamber Of Commerce of the United States of America, the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance, the Silvicultural Management Associates, Inc., and the Professional Landcare Network, among others, objected to a number of wage rules and bureaucratic requirements related to the H-2B visa program that had been promulgated by DoL. Among other things, these groups doubted DoL’s authority even to write such rules.
As the quid pro quo for agreeing to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s demand for his higher minimum wage, the New York Senate Republicans browbeat him into accepting a tax credit for businesses who hire at that new minimum wage.
Leaving aside the anti-hiring outcomes of minimum wage increases, as a result of this foot-shooting everyone in New York now gets to pay a piece of that higher wage, not just the businesses and their customers.
Over the last few days, Big Labor and Big Business have reached a working agreement on one the last (apparently) sticking points in the immigration reform idea being worked by the Immigration Gang of Eight in the Senate. This agreement, which centers on low-skill “guest workers,” has the following outlines. These guest workers
would be paid the higher of the prevailing industry wage as determined by the Labor Department or the actual employer wage
would be allowed to pursue a path to citizenship and to change jobs after they arrived in the United States
Congressman Ted Poe (R, TX) is wondering about sequester cuts to tuition aid for our military veterans while we continue to send education aid to Pakistan. The Marines, for instance, had spent $47 million tuition aid in 2012, while nearly $13 million went to Pakistan for “higher education.” And then, post-sequester, the Obama administration committed another $37 million to the Pakistan program.
And there’s this example of Obama cynicism. Recall that the US Department of Agriculture would be forced to “furlough” a significant portion of its meat inspectors, among other personnel. In the meantime, though, and again post-sequester, the Obama administration