Summer Of Recovery – Where?


Seems this is all you here from the Obama administration these days. My question is where is it recovering? Every day or so I see US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood tout about how our Recovery Act projects are putting people back to work, revitalizing our transportation infrastructure, and helping the American economy get back on track. Unemployment is at 9.5% and first-time claims for jobless benefits edged up by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 484,000, the Labor Department said today.

What is sickening to me is that USDOT is claiming all these new jobs are created, but these are just really temporary construction jobs. What will happen when these construction jobs are finished? Another thing that aggravates me about all these construction jobs that the USDOT is touting about is that most are probably union jobs. I have a brother-in-law who is in the union and works in Ohio and he works on and off at a plant doing construction and other things. He got laid off a few weeks ago and then the union called him and put him back to work for that company (which is not union) but agreed to pay him “prevailing wages” at $34.00 per hour – the company only pays its employees start off at $12.50 per hour.

In trucking I can search on Google and find thousands of articles “claiming” 400,000 truck drivers will be needed by years end. But not many trucking companys are hiring and if they are – they are not paying much. Part of this 400,000 jobs claim is because CSA2010 will or should be up and running and FMCSA has already claimed that 175,000 drivers will be out of a job by full implementation of CSA2010.

The four-week average for unemployment since January is at around 473,500 per week. Even in a small town here where I live there have been layoffs from the only grocery store that only employed about 12 people now and is down to 6 or 7 people working per day. And the store has quit getting some things in that did sell really well – but now with people out of work and money being very tight people are only buying necessities.

30,000 people turned out close to Atlanta on Wednesday seeking applications for government-subsidized housing with the temperatures reaching critical limits – it led to a chaotic mob scene that left 62 people injured.

I was sitting here thinking last night what I could write about today on this site and it came to me that this administration is just like some of the trucking company’s that I have worked for in the past. They come up with these idiotic ideas of how they are going to be more effective if they do this or do that. Then, they “spend money” in a company’s case thousands of dollars to save $5.00. This administration spends billions of dollars on different things trying to save or create jobs. Most company’s after a few hundred thousand dollars and no changes would stop spending – but not the Obama administration they just keep “printing money” and spending it.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee hit the nail on the head last night when he said: “Republicans would crawl through broken glass to get to the polls in November.” To me November can’t come soon enough, Obama was right on one thing – WE NEED CHANGE – he just said it at the wrong time – because then was not when we needed change – but NOW is the RIGHT TIME FOR CHANGE.

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One Response to Summer Of Recovery – Where?

  1. britter says:

    The job market in the trucking sector has certainly come back. We are having difficulty hiring drivers because there is so much competition among companies looking for good drivers. Learn more about how stiff the competition is by reading our job benefits…


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