Posted by: Debby Durkee | August 25, 2010

Obama: Job Destroyer.

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Obama: Job Destroyer.

This administration keeps wondering why jobs aren’t coming back strongly. Don’t believe them. They know why. They are destroying jobs every time they turn around. The latest – at least the latest that we’ve heard about – is destroying jobs in the recreational and commercial fishing industry. This isn’t about the Gulf, but I’m assuming it would include Gulf fisheries. This is about New England fisheries. This is about Obama’s grand sham of environmentalism. He’ll be on the receiving end of a boat protest while he vacations in Martha’s Vineyard. This is from Ed Morrissey at http://hotair.com.

the people who rely on fishing in the Northeast Atlantic have a message for Obama, which is that they don’t think that fewer jobs is better for their industry.  The Boston Herald highlights a little-covered aspect of the administration’s efforts to impose top-down economic policies, this time on fisheries to solve a problem that’s mainly resolved anyway:

Leaders of the recreational and commercial fishing industry are planning a boat protest against federal policies Thursday outside the harbor of Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama and his family are summer vacationing.

The protest is being organized after a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of federal lawmakers — including the core of the President’s Congressional base on banking and health care issues — have given up hope of working productively with Obama’s top appointee for oceans and fisheries, Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The White House and Lubchenco want an end to private commercial fishing and have taken steps to eliminate “freelancing,” for lack of a better term.  Instead, they want to close the fisheries into “commodities markets” where the government essentially licenses fishermen and then allocates the catch based on a predetermined distribution plan.  The “commodities markets” will kill many fishing-based jobs and essentially turn fishermen into government employees, and they’re not happy about it.      

In an economy where jobs are already scarce, how does the Obama administration justify the destruction of these jobs?

Read all of Morrissey here: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/08/24/obama-war-on-fisheries-jobs-gets-vacation-protest/

The Boston Herald goes on to further explain the rationale behind consolidation of private businesses into a sort of cooperative where government will decide who gets what and divvies up the jobs and profits. What could possibly go wrong? So this a nexus of environmental overreach and government overreach. Obama is grabbing another industry.

A co-organizer (of the protest) is the Recreational Fishermen’s Alliance, the lead organizing group behind the national protest outside the U.S. Capitol in February that drew as many as 5,000 demonstrating against federal policies seen as heavily tilted against the industry and unduly swayed by non-government environmental organizations.

Since her appointment to head the NOAA by President Obama, Lubchenco, who had been an officer of the Environmental Defense Fund and a leader of the Pew Oceans Commission, has pushed to convert the fisheries into commodities markets under a management system known as catch shares.  Snip—

Mayors Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester and Scott Lang of New Bedford have condemned federal fisheries policies for bringing unnecessary social and economic hardship as a certain price for the uncertain resource management benefits of catch share regulations.

Lubchenco has argued that consolidation, which has consistently followed catch shares, produces fewer but better jobs while giving the government a stronger hand in conservation.

The industry sees catch shares as an invitation for market speculation that will condemn the fishing culture to the same fate that conglomeration brought to the family farm.

Fewer but better jobs. What kind of arrogant terminology is that? Who determines what a better job is? And, why is that any business of the head of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There is much more at the link, including the discussion of how the administration policies, which went into effect on May1, have already led many businesses to insolvency. Read it all here: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?&articleid=1276664&format=&page=2&listingType=Loc#articleFull 

As Ed Morrissey said, this is very much like the policy of mortgage-backed securities … not a happy thought.

…And doesn’t that system favor large corporations who can afford to speculate with their capital over the small businesses and independent operators who can’t afford to buy rights to fish in these “commodities markets”?   Get ready for higher prices and more unemployment.

Once again, Obama sticks it to the small businesses and favors the large corporations. Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t – it’s easier to control one or two large corporations than to control all of the willy-nilly independent operators in the country at large. Corporatism not individualism. Fascism not capitalism. Top-down, government-run, regulation-driven inefficiency instead of the chaos and efficiency of the free market, is that what we want? Can our way of life survive this destroyer of America?

White House knew moratorium would cost jobs.

Okay, now on to the Gulf of Mexico. Remember the moratorium on drilling for “safety reasons” even though a panel of experts recommended against it? Well, the Obama administration knew their moratorium would cost jobs, but that didn’t dissuade them from going forward. This is from the Wall Street Journal.

Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn’t trust the industry’s safety equipment and the government’s own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.

Critics of the moratorium, including Gulf Coast political figures and oil-industry leaders, have said it is crippling the region’s economy, and some have called on the administration to make public its economic analysis. A federal judge who in June threw out an earlier six-month moratorium faulted the administration for playing down the economic effects.  Snip —

(Documents) show the new top regulator or offshore oil exploration, Michael Bromwich, told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that a six-month deepwater-drilling halt would result in “lost direct employment” affecting approximately 9,450 workers and “lost jobs from indirect and induced effects” affecting about 13,797 more. The July 10 memo cited an analysis by Mr. Bromwich’s agency that assumed direct employment on affected rigs would “resume normally once the rigs resume operations.”  Snip –

Mr. Bromwich has said the administration hopes to be able to end the moratorium before Nov. 30. He said his recommendation would depend on what he learned from experts in a series of public hearings over the next few weeks.

Once again, Obama and company devastate jobs and industry in the guise of environmental “safety.” In this economy, wouldn’t you think the administration would be more concerned about saving jobs instead of arbitrarily making decisions that negatively affect a large swath of the country? No, they are driven by ideology and have no concern for you or me – also known as “the little people.” They are so much smarter, you see. Read it all here:  http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748704488404575441760384563880.html

Related: Where are the jobs?

Why aren’t businesses hiring? Most of us know why – uncertainty. Or maybe certainty, certainty that the Obama administration has made business costs too high via health care and the new financial services laws recently passed by Congress, and the certainty that we can expect only more of the same. This is from John Stossel over at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/.

…Today, businesses replace equipment and inventory, but they are reluctant to hire new workers. Investment that does occur aims at replacing the use of labor by adopting advanced technology. In a growing economy, that’s a sign of progress. Freed-up workers are then available for new projects. But lately, those new projects aren’t being launched.  Snip –

Why isn’t the economy recovering? After previous recessions, unemployment didn’t get stuck at close to 10 percent. If left alone, the economy can and does heal itself, as the mistakes of the previous inflationary boom are corrected.

The problem today is that the economy is not being left alone. Instead, it is haunted by uncertainty on a hundred fronts. When rules are unintelligible and unpredictable, when new workers are potential threats because of Labor Department regulations, businesses have little confidence to hire. President Obama’s vaunted legislative record not only left entrepreneurs with the burden of bigger government, it also makes it impossible for them to accurately estimate the new burden.

In at least three big areas — health insurance, financial regulation and taxes — no one can know what will happen.

New intrusive rules for health insurance are yet to be written, and those rules will affect hiring, since most health insurance is provided by employers.

Thanks to the new 2,300 page Dodd-Frank finance regulatory act, The Wall Street Journal reports, there will be “no fewer than 243 new formal rule-makings by 11 different federal agencies.” These as-yet unknown rules will govern lending to business and other key financial activity.

The George W. Bush tax cuts might be allowed to expire. But maybe not. Social Security and Medicare are dangerously shaky. Will Congress raise the payroll tax? A “distinguished” deficit commission is meeting. What will it do? Recommend a value-added tax?

Who knows? But few employers will commit to a big investment with those clouds hanging over our heads.  Snip –

(Economist and historian Robert) Higgs says: “Unless the government acts soon to resolve the looming uncertainties about the half-dozen greatest threats of policy harm to business, investors will remain for the most part on the sideline … consuming wealth that might otherwise have been invested.”

The Obama administration knows what it should do to create jobs, it just doesn’t want to the things to create jobs because they are driven by their agenda, which is what exactly? Corporatism. They want to control the economy through big business, through a marriage of big business and big government. This will only lead to a diminished America, so if a few million people have to lose their jobs in the private sector, they’ll hire more in the public sector. Which, of course, leads to Greece. This is a tyranny of the regulators. Obama’s czars and department heads are creating new, massive regulations that have the effect of laws because Congress has abdicated their authority to these bureaucrats. This is what Pelosi meant by you’ll know what’s in it after it passes. This is government run amok. Read all of Stossel here:  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/08/25/where_are_the_new_jobs_106876.html

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