Tag: Employment

Americans Forced to Work Job Just to Put Food on Table

 

A husband and father to three children, Dan Allen has been receiving a vast array of city, state, and federal unemployment benefits since being furloughed from his job when the COVID-19 crisis struck last March. Nevertheless, Mr. Allen and millions of Americans just like him are learning the hard way that government largesse just isn’t enough. Shortly after the initial lockdown last spring, Allen decided to swallow his pride and return to work.

“I’m not proud of it. But my wife and I sat down and crunched the numbers and there was no way around it: I was going to have to begin earning again,” he said.

Policymakers in Washington are struggling to deal with a problem that has perplexed public officials since the New Deal: how to keep people from relying on work to support themselves?

Carol Roth goes solo to cover her biggest post-election concerns, regardless on who wins, encompassing the size of government, spending, the Fed, the state of small business and more.

You can connect with Carol on Twitter @CarolJSRoth.

President Trump’s Bar Rescue Plan, Biden’s Demolition Plan

 

Ballot boxPresident Trump sat down with Jon Taffer, the hospitality industry guru who has a long-running reality television series, Bar Rescue.* Jon Taffer plays a very gruff, hard-nosed businessman with a heart for families caught up in the problems of successful bar management. He was the right interviewer to engage President Trump on the devastated hospitality industry.

It is a lie that we are all in this together. Anthony Fauci is secure in his six-figure taxpayer-funded salary with awesome benefits including a pension that will let him live the rest of his days in the style to which he has become accustomed. His unscientific medical malpractice in this pandemic has greatly harmed the young people and single moms who depend on food and drink service to others for their living. President Trump clearly declares for the forgotten servers, bartenders, cooks, and kitchen staff. Elitists in the punditocracy have taken the same attitude towards these jobs as they earlier did towards manufacturing. Jon Taffer has asked Joe Biden to also sit down with him for the exact same questions. Biden refuses. This really matters in states like Nevada.

Here is the short sit down interview, officially posted on the Las Vegas ABC affiliate Channel 13 YouTube channel:

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The early afternoons of September 2019 found me racing off from my online work to arrive breathless at a small outbuilding where I was being trained in my new job working with kids who had autism. The bell affixed to the front door jangled as I entered, glanced at the large digital clock high up […]

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“Can you start August 27th?” Here it was, a whole new routine in front of me, working afternoons for an organization that provided services for children with autism. Our two daughters were off at college, my online job was flexible, and I needed to supplement my income and take a daily break from the computer […]

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Content to Be a Cog, Part Two: Pursuing Opportunity

 

I scored the job interview–the one vetting me as a candidate to work with kids who have autism–but I almost canceled it. The process looked intimidating: thirty minutes to read and respond to questions, followed by an in-person meeting with multiple hosts. And honestly, if driving were to be a big part of the job, I wasn’t sure I was up to that level of responsibility behind the wheel. I was also considering a lucrative role as a dog sitter and childcare provider for a couple of doctors, one that would leave me free to work on my online job during the day. Why put myself through a rigorous interview process and waste everyone’s time if I didn’t plan to take the job? I felt tired just thinking about it.

However, I decided to keep the appointment for several reasons. First, I had learned that being open to experience was often more rewarding than not. I knew I was vulnerable to narrow judgments that, should I hearken to them, could result in missed opportunities. Second, plain old inertia had me considering action soon before the interview, and I thought it would be bad form to cancel so late. Besides all that, I was a second-stringer in the doctors’ home position, waiting on whether the young candidate they were currently trying out would sink or swim–and that was a job where I’d be regularly ferrying the professionals’ precious cargo to and from school. So, I opted to pursue opportunity by getting my car professionally cleaned (a small drama in itself) and following through on the invitation to talk further about the autism position.

Content to Be a Cog, Part One

 

In the afternoons, I have been leaving my online work for a second job. This supplemental employment is a change from typing up documents at a keyboard, and that’s what I needed after fourteen years. In this job, I drive a half-hour into town. I wear a small apron around my waist, with pockets that hold small toys, containers of crackers and sweets, and my phone, which comes in handy in this line of work. After an active several hours of leading a small person about by the hand, I go home with snatches of nursery songs in my head and put off the required quarter-hour of note-taking until late in the evening. Now and then I think, “I’m sure glad it worked out this way.”

It started a year ago; the need to earn a few hundred bucks extra per month and get away from the glowing screen for a few hours a day. It just did not seem healthy to spend my life in a chair, straining my eyes mercilessly, reading and writing, and fighting distraction. Substitute teaching, which had been the attempted supplement for the past decade, was just not cutting it. While often satisfying, including riffs of real teaching and enjoyable relationships with colleagues, substituting not only did not pay enough for the required outpouring of energy and time; it also sapped the resources I needed for my online job. It was time to look for a regular source of income, but I couldn’t see myself at a grocery store or working retail. I answered ads for tutors of young kids; these seemed hopeful, and then fizzled to nothing after promising phone interviews and even a meeting with a family. My photographer sister sympathized, all too familiar with the phenomenon. It’s called “ghosting.”

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In the current economic calamity, created by government edict, President Trump declined to add insult to injury with default level work visa issuance. Mark Kirkorian’s assessment is far more positive than he has sounded in a long time, even about the Trump administration. At the same time, illegal immigrants and their organized leftist enablers have […]

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The economic recovery has no chance to succeed until schools and daycare centers for younger children re-open. This week kids in elementary school up to third grade will return to their classroom at least a few days a week, but early childhood centers are still close and will not re-open until the middle of May […]

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We are in new territory. Three days ago, we had 300+ infected with Coronavirus. Today, we are well over 500 infected that we know about. Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, and face masks of any kind are long gone from local stores. A recent trip to Dollar General had dwindling supplies of toilet paper and bleach. […]

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On Quitting My Job

 

“What makes you think you were doing bad work?” Asks the psychologist. Not a real one, just the call-and-response in my cranium.

“Well, there’s only so many hours a workday you can spend on Ricochet when you ought to be doing other things and still think you’re a good worker. I’m not going to sit here taking their coin forever when I’m not providing commensurate services in exchange. It’s dishonest.”

President Trump Rocks Out with Real Heavy Metal Band

 

The afternoon of 20 March 2019, President Trump rocked out with a group that makes real heavy metal. The event was different from other presidential appearances, but featured many of the same themes. Two themes, American defense revival and energy dominance, stood in stark contrast to news from Germany. In the midst of the prepared remarks, with the usual riffs, President Trump elaborated on his criticism of the politician John McCain, who the appointed Senator from Arizona, Martha McSally, is unconditionally defending, raising questions about her viability or suitability in 2020. President Trump’s visit to the Lima Army Tank Plant was a great political messaging success on several levels.

The setting:

The Lima Army Tank Plant, in Lima, Ohio, is where the components of the M1 tank, in all its variations, are assembled into a heavy metal instrument that can rock your world. The plant has a uniformed Army oversight contingent, partnered with a skilled civilian workforce centered around proud UAW workers. President Trump spoke to the assembled plant crew, to repeated cheers from these skilled tradesmen, proud UAW members.

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http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180806-how-hidden-bias-can-stop-you-getting-a-job I was just reading the BBC essay above, on problems encountered in the hiring process, and how employers can further eliminate their hidden biases. Some of it was probably helpful but one sentence jumped out at me: Preview Open

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There is a terrific Wall Street Journal article today about the increasing number of people living with a disability who are entering the workforce. One man applied for more than 300 government jobs with no success before landing a job as a bartender near Gallaudet. Now he owns his own craft brewery. I am curious to […]

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Business leaders, educators, and nonprofit donors across the country are intensifying efforts to revamp career and technical education in the United States. Recently, City Journal convened a panel of experts to talk about how these efforts can be applied in American high schools.

Fixing America’s crisis of long-term, persistent joblessness will also require major upgrades to K-12 education, where big spending increases and centralization of control in Washington have delivered disappointing results.

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Thesis: For 55 years conservatives would eventually win every argument on economics, trade, and immigration by chaining liberals to the whippin’ post of data analytics. America is now on the brink of ruin, conservatism on the brink of irrelevancy, and the two political parties are stranded on terra incognita. If conservatives don’t stop winning arguments […]

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Would Fewer High-skill Visas Really Mean More Jobs for Americans? Hmm…

 

As I write this, President Trump still hasn’t selected someone to chair his Council of Economic Advisers, much less filled all the CEA slots. That, even though Gary Cohn, head of Trump’s National Economic Council, recently said his boss has “every intention” of appointing a CEA chair. (Actually, it’s the law. The CEA was created by the Employment Act of 1946.) What’s more, the CEA chair apparently will not be cabinet-level in the Trump White House. Still, maybe now that Steven Mnuchin is on the job as Treasury secretary, a CEA pick will be forthcoming. Who knows?

But why does Trump even need a CEA? Some have suggested all the billionaire smarties in the Trump cabinet will supply all the economic wisdom Trump needs. I disagree, and outlined my counter argument recently in The Week. For more evidence, check out the recent IGM Forum survey question asked of top economists: “If the US significantly lowers the number of H-1B visas now, employment for American workers will rise materially over the next four years.”

August Jobs Report: The Most Boring Economic Expansion Ever Keeps Being Boring

 

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As I tweeted about the August jobs report: “So 151,000 new August jobs, under expectations. Unemployment, employment, participation, and U-6 rates all stay the same.” I could also have tossed in the meh numbers on wage growth (slowed a bit, though keep in mind inflation is quite low) and long-term unemployment (stable but high).

IMO, nothing to change the presidential race or give the Fed reason to hike. Regarding the latter point, just slow enough. Indeed, odds of a September rate hike by the Fed have fallen to 18% from 24% yesterday. Certainly not everyone agrees. Barclays: