President Obama still plans an
amnesty in the near, though
unspecific, future, according to threats continuing
to burble out of the White House.
That`s despite record unemployment
and widespread misery throughout the land.
We have become so desensitized to
Washington`s daily cruelty to average Americans that the
systematic displacement of citizens in the workplace
is accepted as the norm. Plus, not only is the White
House guaranteeing to reward millions of aliens for
violating U.S. sovereignty, but legal immigration on
auto-pilot continues to dump
125,000 new workers
per month into America`s already flooded labor
In boom times, captains of
industry demanded additional foreign workers and got
them. But now, when 15 million Americans are jobless,
there is no corresponding reduction.
But there is no such legislation
Interestingly, President Obama
understands something of the principle of supply and
demand regarding employment—as he demonstrated in his
CNN interview broadcast
"I think we`ll be adding jobs, but you need 150,000
additional jobs each month just to keep pace with a
growing population," the president said. "So if we`re
only adding 50,000 jobs, that`s a great reversal from
losing 700,000 jobs
[a month] early
this year—but, you know, it means that we`ve still got a
ways to go." [Obama:
Economy probably won`t produce enough jobs until 2010]
Among Americans, the
is the top concern. An August Gallup poll found that
31 percent of workers personally feared losing their job,
a new high and double the rate of a year ago. A Harris
Poll taken in early September noted that
60 percent of Americans polled gave the President a
on handling the economy.
Yet Washington and the elite media
are stuck on healthcare. It`s certainly important and
needs fixing. But unemployment is worsening (now at
9.7 percent nationally), and badly so in many
regions and job sectors.
42 states lost jobs (an increase of 29 states from
July) with a nationwide total of 216,000 persons laid
average time which people remain unemployed has
lengthened to 25 weeks, the longest since the end of
WWII, and 5 million Americans have been jobless for more
than six months.
The numbers are
worse for black Americans, where 15.1 percent of
those over 16 are jobless.
An article last spring examined
A Job Crisis for
Young Black Men:
"The relative size of this loss in employment among
black men was the highest in any of the 11 post-World
War II recessions in the United States. It is ironic
that at the same time that the nation was electing its
first African-American president, it was displacing
record numbers of black men from the ranks of the
Similar to the case for male workers
generally, the employment declines among black men have
been concentrated among the youngest workers (ages
16-24), among those with limited formal schooling, and
among blue-collar workers. The lack of adequate
employment opportunities among these young black men
contributes to a lack of hope and an increase in
often leads to rising delinquency, crime, and incarceration.
In recent months, only one in six black teen males has
worked, and only 52 percent of 20- to 24-year-old black
men held any type of job. Another new record employment
low is being established for these young men.
(by Ron Marlow and
Boston Globe, April 22, 2009).
"Last year, only 32.7 percent of U.S. teens ages 16
through 19 held summer jobs, the lowest level since the
government started tracking the data in 1948, said
Andrew Sum, the director of the Center for Labor Market
Studies at Northeastern University.
“With jobs still scarce, the teen
employment rate probably will hit a new low of about 30
percent this summer, Sum said."
“That figure doesn`t include some
400,000 to 500,000 low-income teens who are expected to
get summer jobs thanks to $1.2 billion in stimulus funds
for youth job programs.
“However, Sum said that these
jobs—some of which will go to adults ages 20 to 24—will
boost teen summer-employment rates only by another 1 to
1.5 percent, which, if accurate, would still be a
Another group that has been smacked down is the
recent college grad cohort.
During the first four months of 2009,
less than half of the country`s 4 million college
age 25 and under were working in jobs that required a
That career obstruction is a bitter disappointment for
young people who would like to get going on their adult
lives—and is extra bad news for those with large college
loans to pay off.
jobless rate reached 12.2 percent in August, and
nearly 2.25 million state residents searched
unsuccessfully for work. In August 2008, the state`s
jobless rate was 7.7 percent.
The Central Valley has been
particularly hard hit. (See the
interactive map of unemployment by county and by
month since January 2008.)
Center reported a 34 percent increase in homeless
families since last year. Director Louis Gill remarked,
folks you know and that you`ve worked with… We`re
seeing individuals come in that have never had to access
the safety net before." [More
Families Are Becoming Homeless, By Alexi Mostrous,
Washington Post, July 12, 2009].
Behind these numbers are Americans
who have used up their savings, lost their homes,
moved in with relatives, needed
food banks and become
traumatized and depressed by long-term joblessness.
Many millions are working part-time, meaning they are
scraping by but don`t make enough money to fulfill their
dreams of a good
college education for the kids and a comfortable
One of the President`s campaign
promises, made often in the Midwestern Rustbelt, was to
renegotiate NAFTA. It was a popular policy among
hard-hit workers who understand how globalized trade has
directly harmed them, since
NAFTA sent thousands of jobs to Mexico and turned a
moderate trade surplus into a loss. Senator Sherrod
Brown estimated that
NAFTA caused the loss of 200,000 manufacturing jobs in
“`Obama not only verbally promised voters there a NAFTA
re-do, he did it in writing. `Bad Trade Deals Hit Ohio
Harder Than Most States and Only Barack Obama
Consistently Opposed NAFTA,` declared an Obama campaign
leaflet picturing a shuttered factory.
“`He made those statements in the
Youngstown area,` [Rep. Marcy] Kaptur recalled. `And
when these words are heard, they mean something. Now
people are waiting for the results of that. `"
backs away from reforming free trade deal, Washington Examiner, By Susan Ferrechio, May 18, 2009]
The President has been oddly
uninterested in the employment crisis. He promised that
the stimulus would save and create jobs. But when it
didn`t work, he became passive, remarking in his weekend
"I want to be
clear, that probably the jobs picture is not going to
improve considerably—and it could even get a little bit
worse—over the next couple of months."
Meanwhile Obama has been focused
like a laser beam on
policy revolution that would take years to
implement, even if he can ram through a bill. But the
worst job loss in generations has become a snoozer at
the White House.
Obama`s apparent indifference may
stem from the fact that the easy, obvious solutions are
politically distasteful. His
kowtowing to Hispanics shows he regards them as a
vital part of his coalition. He may not be prepared to
miff Mexicans to help Americans. There`s no question
that many Democrat honchos believe a massive amnesty for
nanny-state-friendly immigrants will produce a
permanent Democrat majority for decades, if
There are two common-sense
solutions involving immigration, both legal and illegal.
As mentioned earlier, an
moratorium for the duration of the
jobs recession would be entirely reasonable. Simply
stop the annual inflow of
1.5 million legal immigrants until the national
unemployment rate gets back down to a normal level.
Such a policy would be kind to
citizen workers and would take the edge off the left`s
self-serving belief that immigration to America is a
universal human right.
immigration supposed to be a benefit for the country and
its citizens? That idea has gone down the memory
hole, along with the notion that the purpose of the
American government is to protect the freedoms of the
American people, not provide a
planetary social services and
wealth redistribution center.
The other solution is to make the
SAVE Act the law of the land. SAVE stands for Secure
America through Verification and Enforcement and has a
strong section on workplace enforcement.
"Second, the SAVE Act expands and mandates use of the
E-verify program—a free and effective program that
allows employers to verify the individuals they hire are
legally allowed to work in the U.S. The program will
phase-in over four years, beginning with the federal
government, federal contractors, and employers with over
250 employees. Smaller businesses would begin using the
system in a graduated manner. The Obama Administration
recently announced that all federal contractors and
subcontractors must use the E-verify program starting
September 8, 2009. "
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated last spring that
8.3 million illegal workers
were occupying American jobs as of March 2008. Even
allowing for a little shrinkage because of the
recession, removing those unlawful workers would free up
positions for nearly half of the 15 million American
Many of those liberated jobs would
be low-skilled, but so are many unemployed Americans. In
earlier times of economic difficulty, people of various
talents could easily pick up a part-time or service
industry gig. It wasn`t great, but a
survival job (as they are now called) kept food on
the table and the wolf from the door.
Recent workplace raids which have
removed illegal workers have been followed by
Americans lining up for employment, thereby
disproving the Open-Borders lobby`s much-used lie, that
spoiled, lazy citizens won`t do
Americans did those jobs 30 years
ago—before business became addicted to cheap and
exploitable illegal workers.
The question for President Obama
and Congress is this:
"In this time of
great misery, will you open up 8 million jobs for
unemployed Americans and stop the flow of unnecessary
foreign workers who compete against citizens?"
And why isn`t that question being
asked by sovereignty enthusiasts—and the
lives in Northern California and publishes two websites,
She reflects often on the idea that 600,000 Americans
were killed in the War Over
Labor (aka the
Civil War), and
business will not easily abandon illegal alien workers
essentially insert their own hands into chains.