I know a whole bunch of people who fit into this category.
At Least 27 Million Americans ‘Underemployed’
While the official unemployment rate last year was 8.1 percent, a far greater percentage of working-age Americans were “underemployed.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the underemployment rate in 2012 was 14.7 percent, amounting to 23.1 million people.
Underemployed Americans include those who are officially considered unemployed, plus involuntary part-time workers and “marginally attached” workers — those who have not looked for work within the last four weeks but have sought a job within the last year and are available for employment.
About 2.5 million people were marginally attached workers last year, and 8.1 million were involuntary part-time workers.
As troubling as that may be, the actual figures are likely much worse, according to a report by Wendell Cox for NewGeography.com.
For instance, Gallup estimated that the nation’s underemployment rate stood at 17.4 percent in August, meaning that there are more than 27 million underemployed workers.
Also, economists at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity have estimated that 48 percent of college graduates who are employed hold jobs that do not require a college degree. These are not included in the underemployment figures. If they were, the underemployment rate would soar.
Nevada had the highest underemployment rate during the year ending on June 30, 19 percent, followed by California with 18.3 percent. The lowest rates were in North Dakota at 6.2 percent and South Dakota, 7.8 percent.
“The productivity gap that results from underemployment constrains the U.S. economy at a time of unusually severe financial challenges,” observes Cox, visiting professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers in Paris and the author of “War on the Dream: How Anti-Sprawl Policy Threatens the Quality of Life.”
“College graduates face not only a grim employment market, but have student loan repayments that require good jobs,” he adds.
“Yet things could get worse. The soon to be implemented Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has a built-in incentive for employers to shift workers to part-time status” or to hire part-time workers to avoid the mandate to provide health insurance to full-time workers.
Dems Hold ‘Closed-Door Discussion’ with NFL, NBA, NHL to Promote Climate Change Agenda | Media Research Center
Climate change alarmists have turned to recruiting sports leagues to promote eco-hysteria. Democrats in Congress are calling on the major sports leagues to promote climate change regulation and to answer what they are doing to limit greenhouse gases.
Democratic legislators from the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change announced on Nov. 20 that they will host major sports league officials in “a closed-door discussion,” Nov. 21. Representatives from Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA/WNBA, NHL and Olympics are expected to attend.
That will be followed by press availability. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are expected to “discuss the effects of climate change on sporting activities and the work these organizations are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the task force website.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama urged his supporters to help Americans enroll for health insurance by mail, in person and over the phone, seeking to tamp down expectations that the error-riddled HealthCare.gov website will ever be a panacea for the uninsured — even once it’s fixed.
Obama’s appeal for help in spreading the word came as the White House was actively considering more ways to let people sign up, including direct enrollment through insurance companies. Earlier Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said 1 in 5 Americans won’t ever be able to complete their enrollment through the website due to technical glitches, discomfort with using computers or complex personal tax situations.
A coalition of Republican lawmakers formally introduced Articles of Impeachment against Obama’s disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder (shown), who stands accused of perpetrating multiple high crimes and misdemeanors. The widely anticipated measure to force the Justice Department boss into early retirement — and potentially open him up to criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress — argues that Holder refused to comply with congressional subpoenas on “Fast and Furious” gun-running, lied under oath to lawmakers about targeting journalists, has failed to uphold his oath of office, and more.
CBS’s Major Garrett Grills President on ObamaCare Debacle: Where’s the Accountability? | Media Research Center
CBS journalist Major Garrett grilled Barack Obama at a White House news conference, Thursday. On the subject of ObamaCare’s disastrous rollout, the reporter repeatedly zeroed in on what the President knew and when: “You said after the law was implemented or signed, if like your plan, you can keep it. Americans believed you, sir, when you said that to them over and over.”[MP3 audio here.]
Garrett pushed, “Do you not believe, sir, the American people deserve a deeper, more transparent accountability from you as to why you said it over and over and when your own statistics, published in the Federal Register, alerted your policy staff, and I presume you, to the fact that millions of Americans would, in fact, probably fall into the very gap you are trying to administratively fix now?” The journalist wasn’t done. He offered up two more hard-hitting queries.
NBC’s Todd: There Were Always Going to Be ‘Small Number of Losers’ Under ObamaCare | Media Research Center
Appearing on Thursday’s NBC Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd matter-of-factly declared that ObamaCare was always going to be a bad deal for some Americans: “There are always winners and losers in any piece of legislation. There is a small number of losers in here, if you want to count losing as in having to pay more for your health insurance….That was always the intention, that was the only way you could make the law work…” [Listen to the audio]
Todd acknowledged that was not the way President Obama sold the law, but avoided calling it a lie: “…this goes to the problem that the President brought upon himself, when they didn’t make this clear.” On the March 3, 2010 Nightly News, just weeks before the passage of ObamaCare, Todd touted the President’s deception: “If this reform works the way the White House hopes it does, the bottom line is simple, it should be easier for you to get health insurance and harder for you to lose it.”
There was a microphone misfire at the UN on Thursday – someone told the truth! – Patriot Action Network
A “hot mic” took center stage at the UN General Assembly on Nov. 14, 2013 Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal MarcusAt today’s session of the United Nations General Assembly, the body to which all 193 member nations belong, it was mostly business as usual. Mostly, but not completely.Nine resolutions were passed denouncing Israel; none were passed denouncing any other nation on earth.That’s right, no resolutions were passed condemning Syria for mass slaughter of its citizens, no resolutions were passed condemning North Korea which already executed 80 people this November alone, some merely for possessing a Bible or watching a movie from South Korea. And no resolutions were passed condemning the government of Sudan which has killed more than 170 people since protests erupted there on September 23, with scores more injured.But here’s something very different that happened at the UN.
Outlets are quoting Democratic operative Howard Dean saying of President Barack Obama suspending certain Obamacare requirements, “I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this.”
To remove all doubt: The Take Care Clause of the Constitution absolutely forbids any president from doing exactly what Obama did Thursday.
Obama said he would allow insurance companies to keep offering previously-offered insurance plans that Americans would like to keep. Nobody knows if this means all plans, or only some of them, and how the White House will make such determinations. He says he has “enforcement discretion” to make this change to the Affordable Care Act unilaterally, without consulting Congress
The Republican-led U.S. House passed legislation that lets insurers sell for another year health policies that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Today’s 261-157 vote, with the backing of about 39 Democrats, follows by a day President Barack Obama’s proposal of a one-year reprieve for Americans whose health policies have been canceled. Obama’s announcement sought to limit what could have been more Democratic votes for the Republican bill.
White House officials said Obama would veto the measure from Michigan Republican Fred Upton, saying it was intended to “sabotage” the president’s signature health-care law. House Democratic leaders said the bill is the Republicans’ 46th attempt to curtail the law.
What do liberals not get about the fact that even if taxes were 100% we would still have a deficit? Our county has a spending problem. Not to mention that government never spends money wisely so why should we want to give them more?
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Lobbyists are crying “here we go again” as Democrats on the new budget conference committee renew their push for tax increases.
A Democratic wish list obtained by The Hill contains 12 examples of the types of “tax loopholes” that they would like to see closed in a year-end budget deal. Most have been proposed many times before.