Oct 17, 2011
President Obama is looking for a graphic design that will help him promote his “jobs bill” to the country. We suspect he is looking to re-create the magic of the “Hope” poster from his 2008 Presidential campaign.
The person who creates the graphic work for the jobs promotion will be paid nothing.
Not a dime.
Not one cent.
Here is a man who has raised $70 million for his re-election campaign in the last three months and yet he is not willing to pay an artist for their work.
According to the Obama campaign website announcing the contest, three “winners” will get the following:
Three winners will get a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store with proceeds benefiting the campaign.
There are many times when an artist will do something on the speculation they may get paid. “Spec work” as it is called, can help an artist build their portfolio, gain exposure, or be a feather on their resume.
But here we have a call for a poster advocating a jobs bill. One simply cannot get past the irony or hypocrisy of a campaign calling for work and not providing an actual job for the artist.
As part of the specifications for the artwork, the work has to include the text of the representation of the following phrases:
Oct 9, 2011
Once again, President Obama has been caught in a bald faced lie.
We should be used to it by now. Anytime Obama wants to trot out some program or idea, he feels compelled to lie about it.
Why we do not know. Why the media does not hold him accountable is a discussion for another day.
In Boston to promote his jobs bill, Obama said:
“I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz,” the president said at a midday news conference. “He’s got two decades of teaching experience. He’s got a master’s degree. He’s got an outstanding track record of helping his students make huge gains in reading and writing. In the last few years, he’s received three pink slips because of budget cuts. Why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?”
Two problems: Obama never met Baroz. And Baroz remains happily employed.
For his part, Boraz had not problem with the lie, which should tell you something about him as well.
It was all in aid of a higher truth, he said.
“People who want to fuss over the word choice are missing the point. It’s about our investing in education and in communities,” Baroz said. “It was technically correct; yes, I did lose my position three times within four years in the Boston Public Schools. To me, the question he posed to the people was a rhetorical question. The emphasis was on ‘like Robert.’ It’s people who are like me, highly qualified, and are not working. That’s the spirit of it.”
Is this teacher really trying to say that as long as there is a “higher goal,” lying is acceptable?
Sep 1, 2011
The US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) is taking comments and input on making a new class of protected workers such as women, minorities, holders of creeds, etc.
That new class?
In a warped world where people who have broken the law are protected in what is being termed “workplace discrimination” over those who have not broken the law, the EEOC wants to insure that felons have the same rights to a job as those who have not committed a felony.
The EEOC released a statement on the issue entitled, “Striking the Balance Between Workplace Fairness and Workplace Safety,” in which the Commission said:
Employers often refuse to hire people with arrest and conviction records even years after they have completed their sentences, leading to recidivism and higher social services costs, experts told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at a meeting today at agency headquarters.
Speaking to the Committee were:
Amy Solomon, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General of the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice. That would be the Obama Department of Justice run by Eric Holder who has made it plain that the DOJ will sue businesses on the basis of “disparate impact.”
Cornell William Brooks, Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a social justice “think and do tank”
Michael F. Curtin, Jr., President and CEO of the D.C. Central Kitchen
Victoria Kane, an attorney with the hospitality group Portfolio Hotels & Resorts
Barry A. Hartstein, a shareholder in the law firm of Littler Mendelson
Adam Klein, a partner in the law firm Outten & Golden LLP
In total that would be two speakers from the far left, three lawyers, and a President of a volunteer organization.
Who was missing?
Aug 22, 2011
It’s been awhile since we did a “Quick Hits” post, and today is just as good as any.
Remember that “new civility” that Obama keeps pushing for everyone but Democrats to follow? Well, Maxine Waters got the message and decided to take the idea of “civil discourse” to a new level:
“I’m not afraid of anybody,” said Waters. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to hell.”
Sorry Maxine, we visited hell and didn’t like the way you were running the place.
At the time of her remarks, Waters was taking part in a meeting with constituents on unemployment in California.
The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing that California’s jobless rate last month went up to 12%, from 11.8%. California now has the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation, trailing only Nevada at 12.9%, and its jobless rate is well above the U.S. average of 9.1%.
According to the Employment Development Department, California employers added just 4,500 new jobs last month, a steep drop from the revised 30,400 jobs added in June.
You would think that after all these years that Waters would realize the basics of job creation.
Congress is not the solution.
Congress is the problem.
Good news for parents and educators in Santa Monica and Malibu!
The school board of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has solved all their educational issues and are going to vote this week on whether to ban chocolate milk from schools.
This follows the Los Angeles Unified School District’s ban on chocolate flavored drinks which accomplished nothing other than banning drinks kids liked.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is scheduled to vote this week on whether students need sugar to make healthy choices. Of course, the vote won’t be structured that way, but sugar is what’s at stake. The school board will vote on whether the district should eliminate sugared milk from its lunchtime offerings.
We “teach” kids to make “healthy choices” by eliminating any choice that someone feels is not healthy! That way, as kids grow up, they will know that any choice they make is government approved and good for them.
That is the role of government, right? To make choices for us?
Jul 28, 2011
Another Quick Hits post today following up on some stories we talked about before and a Rule 5 lady as well.
We posted how difficult it is to get fired from a federal job and Bloomberg.com has further proof. When it comes to the FAA, “‘You’re Fired’ Doesn’t Mean Fired to Four of 10 Air Controllers.”
Moments before a single-engine aircraft and a helicopter collided over the Hudson River near Manhattan in 2009, an air-traffic controller who should have been advising the plane’s pilot was on the phone, joking with an airport worker about a dead cat.
Nine people, including three teenage boys, died. The Teterboro, New Jersey, controller, whom safety investigators said was distracted and partly to blame for the accident, still works for the Federal Aviation Administration. Although the agency tried to fire him, his punishment was reduced to a suspension, a transfer and a demotion.
What happened to the controller isn’t surprising, according to data obtained by Bloomberg News under the Freedom of Information Act. More than four of every 10 air-traffic workers the FAA tried to fire over almost two years kept their jobs or were allowed to retire, the data show. That included two-thirds of those targeted for firing over drug or alcohol violations.
Whether it is sleeping on the job, violations of protocols, or substance abuse, it takes almost two years to terminate an air traffic controller.
Managers who crack down on bad employees often receive harassment, discrimination or whistle-blower complaints, said Mary Schiavo, a former Transportation Department inspector general.
“Federal managers take the easy way out and let some underperformers or troublemakers retire, or they transfer them,” said Schiavo, now an attorney with Motley Rice LLC in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. “It is just easier to go with the flow than weed out underperformers.”
Think about that the next time you step onto a plane.
Last month we talked about BROWN v. ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION where the Supreme Court correctly ruled that the state of California does not have the right to restrict free speech because they don’t like what is being said or portrayed. Californians may be on the hook for some cash for the misguided legislature attempting to be more of a “nanny state.”
Jul 22, 2011
For years it has been assumed that governmental workers have job security unlike anyone in the private sector. A July 10, 2011 article in the USAToday newspaper supports that belief:
Federal employees’ job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes.
This is obviously embarrassing, or at least should be embarrassing to the Federal Government and those who run the various departments and divisions. But it isn’t embarrassing. In fact, instead of being embarrassed, HUD spokesman Jerry Brown had the audacity to say:
… his department’s low dismissal rate — providing a 99.85% job security rate for employees — shows a skilled and committed workforce. “We’ve never focused on firing people, and we don’t intend to start now. We’re more focused on hiring the right people,” he says.
Anyone who has ever dealt with HUD will agree that if the “right people” are unmotivated, slow, uncaring and well versed in the art of horrible customer service, then HUD has hired the right people.
Or the people at the Social Security Administration, or the Veteran’s Administration, or the FEC, or the TSA….
Heck, we can go on forever and ever on the lack of quality people in the government and all of it would ring true to each and every person reading this article.
But we here at Raised on Hoecakes do not believe that this study should be examined by itself. It needs to be examined in light of other studies and surveys dealing with the pay of public sector employees versus private sector employees.
May 18, 2011
Research at the Ohio State University show the failure of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are even worse than imagined:
Our benchmark point estimates suggest that the ARRA created/saved approximately 450 thousand state and local government jobs and destroyed/forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs. State and local government jobs were saved because ARRA funds were largely used to off-set state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases rather than boost private sector employment. The majority of destroyed/forestalled jobs were in growth industries including health, education, professional and business services.