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Category: Unemployment

Jobs Disaster Deepens

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Unemployment LineDemocrats are mocking Jennifer Rubin’s painfully-accurate new piece explaining how the U.S. economy is actually getting worse, Save Jerseyans. Reality and liberalism are like oil and water.

They can play dumb and ignore the difference between a U2 and U6 unemployment rate or the poisonous impact of their own policies; it’s a whole lot harder to ignore THIS scene from earlier in the week at Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino when 1,300 souls showed up to compete for 50 jobs:

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It’s Not Wall Street’s Fault That You Wasted Your Time In College

By Jordan Rickards ConservativeOpinion.com

The Rutgers-Camden Campus in Camden, New Jersey.

The Rutgers-Camden Campus in Camden, New Jersey.

I heard someone once observe that a “philosophy major is someone who spends a lot of time thinking, while he waits in line at the unemployment office.” It sounds a bit harsh, but it came to mind when I recently came across a picture that a young adult took of himself holding a sloppily written sign which read:

“I have a Master of Arts degree in women’s studies. However, the only job I can find is as a bartender at a local restaurant. I owe over $60k in student loans. I am forced to rely on food stamps and W.I.C. to support my son. Is this the American Dream I worked so hard for? I am the 99 percent. Occupywallst.org.”

For those unfamiliar, “women’s studies” is basically history and sociology taught through a liberal feminist perspective, the basic thesis of which is that all the problems in the world, past, present, and future, are the fault of men.  One can expect a graduate of women’s studies to be well-versed in such arcane concepts as “standpoint theory, intersectionality, multiculturalism, transnational feminism, autoethnography,” and will have done no shortage of reading “associated with critical theory, post-structuralism, and queer theory. The field researches and critiques societal norms of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social inequalities.”

And what exactly that qualifies someone to do with his life, I have no idea.  Like many academic pursuits, it is an entirely self-contained discipline with no practical application outside of the reality vacuum known as academia, which means the degree qualifies you to do little else other than write books on the topic, or tend bar.

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Obamacare Will Kill 71k+ Jersey Jobs

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Unemployment LineOr should we say 71k+ jobs “liberated”?

That’s what Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) estimates based upon last week’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, Save Jerseyans, which concluded that the United States could see 2.5 million fewer jobs by 2024 than it otherwise would’ve without Obamacare.

71,661 to be exact.

Click here to see ATR’s state-by-state breakdown. In case you were wondering, ATR arrived at its numbers by looking at Bureau of Labor Statistics tallies for each states’ respective shares of the total national job market. It’s looking to be a rough decade for New Jersey employees (and employers) considering our state’s cumulative pension woes, tax burdens, constitutionally-mandates minimum wage increases and, of course, a failed experiment in nationalizing 1/5 of the country’s economy.

Sorry. It’s a buzzkill. I know. But hey, don’t get too down. Your ‘liberation’ is at hand…

CNN Answers Its Own [Wrong] Question

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Democrat-controlled Senate declined to renew expired unemployment insurance benefits died in the U.S. Senate this week, Save Jerseyans. How did the Mainstream Media report it? Hmmm…

unemployment benefits

So CNN wants to know why Republicans don’t support an endless cycle of unemployment benefits extensions?

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Booker Debut: Talks Big, Thinks Small

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Booker (D-Twitter)

Booker (D-Twitter)

In case you missed it earlier this week, Save Jerseyans, Cory Booker (D-Twitter) delivered his first big floor speech in the United States Senate since taking office late last year. Tweeters were atwitter over it. Colleague Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic & Ecuador) took to the floor immediately afterwards and praised the junior senator’s “aplomb.”

My reaction? It was certainly a classic Booker performance.

We got (1) one Bruce Springsteen quote (a poor substitute for A.A. Milne?), and (2) a lengthy speech replete with good inflection and SAT words but devoid of either substance or originality. To hear Sen. Booker tell it, America’s greatness is attributable to unemployment benefits, ones which all objective indicators demonstrate are a poor substitute for economic growth. But oh well. The celebrity senator’s half-hour speech proved, yet again, that he’s nothing new or special. Just another politician lazily content to continue his predecessors’ habit of treating the symptom rather than addressing – or even admitting to the existence of – their role in catalzing poverty’s root causes…

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Booker Admits Failure (Sort Of)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Booker (D-Twitter)

Booker (D-Twitter)

I wanted to bring this up earlier in the week, Save Jerseyans, but Bridgegate knocked me (and the rest of New Jersey’s political watchers) off of the pre-planned programming schedule.

It happens.

Senator Cory Booker (D-Twitter) moved on from composing 140-character or less snow storm poetry (mercifully) and tweeted about the Democrat push to renew unemployment benefits.

In doing so, however, the former Newark superhero-turned-loyal Reid soldier inadvertently admitted something extraordinary and very inconvenient for his party’s prevailing narrative…

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The Real Hunger Games

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

HungerLet’s hope 2014 turns out better for the U.S.A. than 2013; an estimated 14.5 million American households had difficulty providing enough food for their families over the last year, Save Jerseyans.

In seven million of those homes, at least one member of the family had to skip meals or eat less because of a stretched budget. These numbers are more or less unchanged since 2008!

In the richest country on earth, 50 million of us, one in six Americans . . . goes hungry. More than a third of them are children.

The media has, for the most part, ignored the fact that national poverty rates have been rising under the Obama Administration over the last four years at least.

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Address Skills Before Wages

The Importance of Building a Bridge Between New Jersey Businesses and Education

By Tyler Seville | The Save Jersey Blog

The Ben Franklin BridgeThe quality of entry-level employees entering the workforce continues to be a challenge for employers in New Jersey, Save Jerseyans. While the state has one of the top education systems in the nation, students frequently lack essential math and verbal skills, which are necessary for future employment.

Education is a multi-billion-dollar undertaking in New Jersey. According to Census Data, on average, it costs $18,083 to educate a public school student, compared to the national average of $12,411. And in Fiscal Year 2011- 2012, the state received a total of $25.3 billion in revenues, 58% coming from local taxes.

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Handouts While Taking Your Health Care

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Monkey Court Judge Frank PalloneFrank “Monkey Court” Pallone is the gift that keeps on giving for bloggers this Christmas season, Save Jerseyans.

The latest: he’s worried about folks not having renewed unemployment benefits as of December 28th, but he couldn’t give less of a damn about hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents losing their health benefits three days later on January 1st…

…after he and the President told them it wouldn’t happen. NJTV’s Mike Schneider certainly did a better job of keeping his composure than I would have under the circumstances:

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They’ll Do Anything to Win

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

democrat donkeyNone of this comes as a surprise, Save Jerseyans, but it’s still disheartening to see what’s become of this once great republic.

You’ve probably heard that we finally have confirmation: the Obama Administration cooked unemployment numbers in the run-up to Election 2012. Welch, Trump and Santelli suddenly seem a little less nuts, don’t they?

I’ve never trusted this President from day one because I bothered to research his background unlike most of my fellow voters. I know how he thinks. The Democrat Party’s disturbing yet effective moral relativist streak goes hand-in-hand with its prevailing ideology, and the end result has been lies of increasing frequency and magnitude over the past 20 years. Fake jobs numbers and “you can keep your doctor” are only the latest, biggest. baddest examples.

The Obama Administration is just the culmination of the long-decline of a once-great political party.

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How High Will NJ Minimum Wage Go?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Minimum Wage SweeneyThe only honest answer is “who knows,” Save Jerseyans, after our fellow voters adopted an insane ballot measure to constitutionally tether New Jersey’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on November 5th.

Nine other U.S. states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington — have done the same thing.

Consider the example of Arizona; that state’s voters approved a similar initiative to our own in 2006 by which the minimum wage rose to $6.75 per hour beginning in 2007.

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Analyzing the LD1 Jobs Plans

By Ed Sheppard | The Save Jersey Blog

LD1 SlateSave Jerseyans, you might have noticed I have been quiet on the election front this cycle in my neck of the woods.

Some people have asked me if my silence was due to fear of the vindictive Democrats incumbents trying to hold onto their seats (Troopergate anyone?).

Please, I don’t fear bullies. Those who have read the few posts I have had time to write know that the real reason is that I unable to post is because I have been buried under the horrendous, job killing, money sucking, rights trampling, Democrat darling monstrosity known as Obamacare.

And those who have read my posts in the past know that I am a nerd who loves to dust off his double major from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and analyze the hell out of stuff. And this year, in the hotly contested LD1 race, where polling shows that JOBS are the number one concern in the District, I was looking forward to getting my nerd on by putting each ticket’s job plan through my Hoya Saxa inspired analysis then comparing and contrasting them.

Nerdvanna! I hit a snag, however. Only one ticket actually has a plan! Nerdvanna denied…

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The Warren Wage Won’t Fly

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

As if you needed another reason to vote against Question #2 on your November 5th ballot, Save Jerseyans, here’s a March 2013 clip which’ll scare the hell out of you.

Take it away, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

I want some of what she’s having, folks. It must be nice to go through life unrestrained by reality! Unfortunately for the rest of us, we have to live in the real job market quite unlike the former ivory tower occupant from the Bay State.

What’s even more unfortunate for New Jersey is that we’re about to adopt a constitutional amendment that could’ve been lifted right out of Elizabeth Warren’s twisted dreamworld…

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The Unemployed States of America

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Unemployment LinePresident Barack Obama has achieved the dubious distinction of being a sitting president with the highest unemployment rate ever, Save Jerseyans.

We take him at his word that he loves the poor (we know this because he has created so many of them).

Humor aside, the only things booming in this country under Obamanomics are poverty and health insurance premium rates.

The history behind this sad pass is pretty clear…

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Bloomberg’s Ludicrous Booker Ad

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D-NYC) must take Rick Shaftan’s polling a little more seriously than our new friend Stu Rothenberg, Save Jerseyans.

His PAC is launching a major $1 million television ad buy in support of Cory Booker (D-Twitter).

Here’s the TV spot:

Let’s drill down on my favorite part for a brief moment. A little background is in order: Booker and Bloomberg have jointly appeared together on numerous occasions; here they are on Meet the Press back in 2009 discussing unemployment in their respective cities…

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How Will Min Wage Hike Hurt You?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Minimum Wage SweeneySenate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 (SCR No. 1) is on the ballot this November 5th, Save Jerseyans, and its passage would hold dire consequences for each and every Garden State resident.

For months, we’ve discussed the ins and outs of a minimum wage hike right here at Save Jersey. If passed, this amendment is bound to send more businesses out-of-state and full-time workers to part-time work. Some things in our world are subjective. Mathematics isn’t up for debate.

Do you still need a visual? No problem: the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has launched an online calculator to aid New Jersey’s business community as they prepare for what’s coming at them if November’s ballot goes as expected.

It’s not pretty.

Click here to try the calculator for yourself; then share it with a business owner (or their employees) in your own life. We’ve got one month to spread the word…