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Republicans Holding 3,000,000 Jobs Hostage For 6,000 Temporary Jobs!!! What The Heck Are They Thinking?!!


With as many as 2.9 million new and existing jobs on the line, House Republicans are refusing to pass a transportation reauthorization bill, even after the Senate’s version of the bill overwhelmingly passed through the upper chamber in a 74-22 bipartisan vote.

The deadline for new transportation funding is June 30, and if the calendar flips to July without a compromise, as many as 1.9 million workers could lose their jobs, at least temporarily. The Senate version of the bill, if adapted, would create an additional one million new jobs as well, according to Department of Transportation projections.

So why are House Republicans holding nearly three million jobs hostage? Because they want approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be included in the bill. This infographic gives a sense of the GOP’s priorities:

The State Department estimates that roughly 6,000 jobs would be created if the Keystone XL is approved, but as few as 20 of them will be permanent.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

Positively Persistent Teach: Sad


I don’t feel like going into detail about this right now, but I am not being offered a contract for next year.

The budget situation is bad, and a number of positions are being cut/reduced…I feel like there’s more to it than that, but that’s the official story. (Lots of things…

This is me, too. No one at my school has a job as of next year. Our contract expires in August, and the district has told us they won’t negotiate as they can just wait until September to decide who, if any of the current staff they want back. I feel so very terrible for all of us.


The Republican Jobs Plan

Strange as this may seem, the Republican Party has successfully instituted part of their jobs plan.  Since they stood so unequivocally against Obama’s support for the U.S. auto industry, they consider anything that marginalizes that effort a success. Since they are so gung-ho for fossil fuels, they consider anything that that hurts green energy a success. 

Since the more people are out of work, the better their chances are to retake power in November, they consider anything that costs U.S. workers, especially union workers, jobs a success.  Sadly this part of the the Republican Jobs Plan was successful in all three areas… (video)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published its employment/wage projections for the years 2010-2020. This table lists the 30 occupations that the BLS believes will have the largest numerical growth in employment over the period.

The table is worth a long look. Among other things it challenges the assertion that more education is the key to a better employment future. More education is, of course, generally a good thing. But, given BLS projections, it appears that our corporations have little interest in creating jobs requiring (and thus paying) a more highly educated workforce.

Of the 30 occupations with the largest projected numerical employment growth, 10 require less than a high school education and an additional 13 require only a high school diploma or its equivalent. Only 4 require a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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