Working Class Jobs
30 Apr 2014 adminPS
If elected I will propose:
The strongest E-Verify law (Employers must verify they are employing legal workers) in the nation:
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Michigan has experienced a very rough fifteen years, but today has one of the brightest job outlooks in the nation. The auto industry is a tremendous anchor industry. Its product wears out and must be replaced and the industry attracts technology. Michigan’s large numbers of engineers is attractive to manufacturing companies. The overall weak national economy has extended car purchases and we may have another five to ten years of consistent demand for cars since the average age of cars has not declined.
Michigan also has an advantage states in the South and West and Illinois do not have. It has, by and large, kept illegal labor from taking over its manual labor working class job market. We must be vigilant about protecting these jobs. The Northern part of this Senate District, in particular, has huge numbers of manual working class jobs.
Voters need to understand how much differently the Federal Government has handled unemployed Americans in the Great Recession verses how it handled unemployed Americans in the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
Great Depression—The government stopped all legal immigration-(there was not any illegal immigration), and employed unemployed Americans in the CCC and built the National Park system.
Great Recession of 2008-The Federal Government allowed the eight million illegal workers-(this is a government number), to keep their jobs, and continued to allow one to two million legal immigrants into our country every year. It has also allowed 900,000 H1B1 visa holders to take middle class tech jobs.
Instead of expanding government job opportunities doing productive work for unemployed Americans the Federal Government has forced unemployed Americans into government dependency. (1) Social Security Disability expanded by four million people, and (2) The Federal government helped those still working by augmented the wages of working class workers by $3/hour ($5,700/family) through the Earned Income Credit.
The response to the great Depression left a great National Park system. The response to the Great Recession is about to collapse. Social Security Disability is headed towards a payment cut of 20% in 2016 because the fund is out of money. The ability of the country to pay the Earned Income Credit will be stressed once interest rates rise to historical levels. An interest rate rise of 3% adds $600 Billion to a total discretionary budget of $1 Trillion-$500 Billion of which is military)
The 2008 approach of letting illegal workers continue to work while forcing Americans workers into government dependency is a bi-partisan effort. Democratic politicians see illegal immigrants as potential Democratic voters, and Republicans use illegal immigration as a token issue-they check the box saying they are against it and then take Chamber of Commerce money or endorsements. The Chamber of Commerce supports illegal immigrants because they help break unions and lower the wages of working Americans.
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