You lazy Americans are to blame for all our problems..."YOU HAVE GOTTEN SOFT!"
Perhaps this is true of much of this generation. The entitlement mentality, affirmative action, and the Democrat Social Justice Great Society agenda have assured this result.
Now that hard working, long suffering Dear Leader of ours is going to "whip" us back into shape!
Obummer goes on to say that this happened over the last two decades...(meaning under BUSH). Well, under the Bush administration there was job growth at a steady pace throughout.
We also reached an all time peak in housing construction in 2006.
I have been working in the NON-UNION construction trades for too many years to count, and during the era in question I ran my own buisness and was shop foreman at another firm. At most times we had more jobs than I could hire qualified help for.
Now it would be impossible for me to start my buisness as I did in the previous era. Democrat changes in tax codes and over-regulation have made sure of that. The intrusion of union thugs into the process today has just made matters worse.
The article below this short and stupid Bamster interview will give you just one more example of Chickago Mob rule destroying entrepreneurship and opportunity in America.
John Ransom at Townhall Daily writes the following...
The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration is investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs.
“In a letter [from the Labor Department] cited by The [Wall Street] Journal,” wrote Crain’s Detroit earlier this month “homebuilders were asked to immediately turn over the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, pay rates and hours worked for all employees over the past two years. The letter from the Labor Department asked for the names of all contractors hired in the past year. The letter didn't allege any specific violations of law.”
No. It’s just the usual harassment that the Obama administration gives industry when they have a disagreement with a key Obama constituency such as unions that are all mobbed up. Re-write the rules, send investigators in, bury them in document discovery and government lawyers until they cave.
“The pay rates for construction workers and the subcontractors used by general contractors hired by PulteGroup,” says Crains “is part of a long-term conflict between the home builder and unions, in particular the Laborers International Union of North America.”
Oh, so now I get it:
Last week we wrote about Ray LaHood, the Republican secretary of transportation under Obama. You know the guy responsible for doling out much of the $787 billion stimulus package? LaHood’s patron is William Cellini, the former executive director of the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association. Cellini is under indictment in Chicago for trying to extort $1.4 million from a Hollywood-type who wanted to manage teachers’ pension business in Illinois.
What does the Pavement Association have to do with teachers’ pensions? The same thing the IRS has to do with a dispute between unions and home builders. Let’s just call them “interested” parties or “known associates.”
So now we have the Obama administration hooking up the Department of Labor with the IRS to join together union muscle to shakedown homebuilders, mafia style.
Oh, you thought Obama meant job program?
No, no, no: That’s mob program.