Morning Reads for Friday, May 3, 2013

Here:
– Georgia gets a new Chief Justice.
Oh dear. Morehouse graduation fiasco or script reject from Mean Girls?
Jobs in Augusta!
– Next thing you know, these fellas will have their own reality show.
– Help send a veteran to the All-Star game.
Jobs in Dawson County!
– Is Atlanta’s most famous recent arrestee sufficiently contrite?
– Billboards going up in Georgia attacking Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) stance on immigration.
– APS case(s) now subject to gag orders? Pass the popcorn.

There:
Bad form. Bad form, indeed.
– Cern to recreate the first website.
– You know it’s bad when even the pack turns on its own.
$70 billion worth of new red tape during Obama’s first term.
– “Capitalist Construction” big selling point in Cuban apartments built 60-70 years ago. You do the math.
– With friends like this, who needs enemies?
Missing time, Mulder-style.
– No good deed goes unpunished.
– There’s more to Seattle than rioting hippies.
– Oops… about those Syrian chemical weapons.

Random Everywhere:
– Downton Abbey makes a cameo in Iron Man 3.
– Not enough yammering sports heads on the telly for ya? Well, there will be more!
Tasha Yar Sela is back!
UN vs. the Terminator.
LOLZ
– Now that’s a knife!

27 comments

  1. John Konop says:

    The reality is 50k Latinos are turning 18 every month…..this does not include Asians…….who are voting at higher ratios for Democrats every election cycle……..

    The GOP needs to focus on a realistic solutions or this will have a major impact of the party in the future…..I would suggest focusing on adding win win protection over the current boarder first approach, and self deportation……

    1) future adult immigration should have rules on having a job, paying taxes, health insurance, investing in America ….ie avoiding importing welfare……I am sure most would agree…..that immigration should be based on the best and brightest first…….

    2) current illegal immigrants living here should also have a one time chance based on job, college degree, military service, no felons……..

    3) temporary immigration for agriculture should be clean up to make it more efficient, and based on rules that are not about granting citizenship……they should have to follow the above…..

    4) a simple system to verify status……

    5) if we do the above we would need lees money to do enforcement on boarder……via cleaning up the rules…..the vast majority of immigrants are here for jobs…….clean the system up we can focus on the real risk…….ie gangs, terrorist………also a user friendly system would gain corporation from immigrants with law enforcement……via not having to hide in the shadows via immigration status……

    The longer the GOP waits to cut a rational deal, not only does it hurt the party, it is a drag on the economy ie wages, taxes, special services cost…….it also does not help with Homeland security…….

  2. Artful Dodger says:

    You wrote “LOLZ,” so it’s not really clear, but fwiw, the Daily Currant is a satire website like the Onion.

  3. Ed says:

    165k jobs added in April, Feb, March reports revised up, unemployment drops to 7.5%.

    Numbers overall still aren’t great but its a very solid progression. And we’re adding professional services jobs which is what we need to focus on, not manufacturing ones….

    • John Konop says:

      HUH?

      ……….. And we’re adding professional services jobs which is what we need to focus on, not manufacturing ones……..

      Is that not the logic that got us into this mess? We buy more than we produce and borrow the money from inflated assists…. And hope China still is the bank………..it is the production part of the economy that is slowly coming back ie energy, manufacturing, building……service companies support production……

      • pettifogger says:

        Haha, of course it is. What are all these professionals going to do? Having an economy that doesn’t produce anything tangible (for this argument IT is tangible) creates a total house of cards. Ask Europe how a service/professional-only economy has served them.

        Now, FWIW, we do need more professional jobs so that the millions of young professionals we’re pumping out will have something to do.

    • sockpuppet says:

      Nah. Bad, bad, bad idea. That would result in a small disproportionately female professional services class supporting a huge disproportionately male underclass. Bad economic policy and even worse social policy. We need to find some way to get our factories and other sources of stable, decent paying semi-skilled labor back so we can have real opportunity at multiple education and skill levels. Then there is the fact that factories do indeed employ plenty of professionals (engineers, managers, etc.) as well as skilled tradesmen (machinists et al).

      • John Konop says:

        The reason why this is not effecting consumer spending is the underground economy is growing…..it is now estimated at 2 trillion……..not just drugs…….people are making more side money ie landscaping, walking dog service, fixing stuff……..

  4. Ed says:

    Manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back. Professional services jobs tend to pay more.

    You tell me what we should focus on.

      • Lea Thrace says:

        On the macro, manufacturing jobs are NOT coming back. Too much incentive to have them in less thriving countries.

        • pettifogger says:

          I know what you’re saying, but at least in the microcosm of those regions, those countries are definitely thriving.

          • Ed says:

            Drawing from microcosms to explain what we should do for national policy is a terrible idea. FYI.

            • pettifogger says:

              I don’t think I advocated America following the Bangladesh path to prosperity. But please tell me more about how America simply doesn’t have enough professionals to fit our needs.

    • pettifogger says:

      I’m sure most of us agree professional jobs have advantages, but accountants accounting for other accountants, banks lending to banks and lawyers representing law firms and banks who lend to banks is only going to take us so far. It is unsustainable. We’ve got to figure out how to “produce” something.

          • Ed says:

            Yes. Because the collapse of the European service sector was due to all those countries that don’t make things.

            • pettifogger says:

              It was due to a number of things, a major one being the massive imbalance between the services sector and industry, as the latter plummeted in a number of major European states over the past several decades. So yes, you’re correct.

                • John Konop says:

                  Ed,

                  Do you understand the service sector is support for production? Do you understand we have a shortage of skilled production workers in our country? And if we had not changed our education system based on not needing production workers unemployment would be much lower, economy better, tax revenues higher……? This warning has been out for years! But it seems many still live in an echo chamber…..

                  Lack of skilled workers threatens recovery: Manpower

                  ….(Reuters) – Workers with specialized skills like electricians, carpenters and welders are in critically short supply in many large economies, a shortfall that marks another obstacle to the global economic recovery, a research paper by Manpower Inc (MAN.N) concludes…….

                  ……..The shortage of skilled workers is the No. 1 or No. 2 hiring challenge in six of the 10 biggest economies, Manpower found in a recent survey of 35,000 employers. Skilled trades were the top area of shortage in 10 of 17 European countries, according to the survey…..

                  http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/08/25/us-manpower-workers-idUSTRE67O35720100825

                  • Ed says:

                    Did you even read your article? “Workers with specialized skills like electricians, carpenters and welders” are not manufacturing jobs.

                    • John Konop says:

                      YOU WROTE:

                      ……. And we’re adding professional services jobs which is what we need to focus on, not manufacturing ones….

                      Implying we do not need production related jobs, just professional service ie lawyers, accountants, bankers………

                      I Wrote:

                      Is that not the logic that got us into this mess? We buy more than we produce and borrow the money from inflated assets…. And hope China still is the bank………..it is the production part of the economy that is slowly coming back ie energy, manufacturing, building……service companies support production……

                      When Pointed Out:

                      ………..It was due to a number of things, a major one being the massive imbalance between the services sector and industry, as the latter plummeted in a number of major European states over the past several decades…….

                      You Said:

                      …….Not really, but OK……..

                      Now you think that welders, electricians, carpenters, truck drivers, heavy equipment operators…..are not part of production used in energy sector, manufacturing……. WOW…….I guess you think accounts make furniture, carpet, cars, drill, move dirt. …….I have news blue-collar work is still needed…..production drives the economy……..not accountants, lawyers……..not that we do not need them, but I think you have the order in reverse……

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