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Illinois public sector jobs increase while manufacturing leaves

A recent Gallup poll showed that Illinoisans are the “least positive” about their state economy compared with residents of every other state. Here’s one reason why: An average of 56 Illinois manufacturing workers received pink slips for every workday in 2015, on net.
Illinoisans are not going to regain their confidence until they stop seeing factories closing and manufacturers heading for the nearest border. Manufacturing is one of a few industries in which workers can find opportunities to rise in the blue-collar middle class. But in Illinois, policymakers put enough roadblocks in place that the industry as a whole struggles to provide the rewarding jobs that Illinoisans deserve.
Policy problems are a big reason why manufacturing workers in Illinois are getting pink slips, while workers in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are getting new jobs and promotions.

2015 had 251 workdays. On the average workday, 56 Illinois manufacturing workers received pink slips, on net. That means that for every workday in 2015, 56 middle-class families found out their prospects had grown dimmer, and the possibility of slipping out of the middle class had become much more real. And yet policymakers have done nothing to address these lost futures, or the ongoing blue-collar job losses that continue unabated. Meanwhile, surrounding and Great Lakes states gained a combined 200 new manufacturing opportunities each workday, on net.

Some say Illinois’ manufacturing problems have resulted from global trade knocking out American jobs. There is some truth to that, especially with respect to the job losses that occurred between 2000 and 2010. But now, American manufacturing is competing and growing again, and companies in states around Illinois are adding manufacturing jobs. Illinois, however, has relegated itself to the sidelines by sticking with its uncompetitive tax, regulatory and labor policies.
Illinois manufacturers themselves are ready to up their game, but politicians are not. Any proposals that would help make Illinois manufacturing more competitive, such as workers’ compensation reforms, a property-tax freeze, or Right-to-Work laws, have been dismissed by Democrats in the General Assembly as “an attack on the middle class.”

That’s simply not true. If Illinois embraced these reforms, its blue-collar workers would find manufacturing opportunities once again. These reforms would mean an end to Indiana’s easy poaching of Illinois manufacturers just by laying out the benefits inherent in the Hoosier State’s tax and regulatory environment (coupled with a few tax incentives as sweeteners). It would mean that Illinois’ blue-collar middle class could have a bright future again.

Until the state enacts significant reforms, Illinoisans will answer the same way every time Gallup conducts its polls. No one likes to admit that his state has become uninspiring, short on dynamism, and a black hole for blue-collar opportunities. But nothing will change until Illinois has the policy environment that manufacturers say will bring them back to the Land of Lincoln.


Michael Lucci
Vice President of Policy

Source: Will County News

Congress: Obama’s EPA doesn’t make the laws

power120514Lawmakers are working to walk back President Barack Obama’s overreaching climate rules for power plants by arguing in court that the Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to undermine congressional authority.

In an amicus brief filed Tuesday, more than 200 lawmakers expressed serious concern that the Obama administration is essentially attempting to allow the EPA to wield the power of a fourth branch of government.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) are leading the fight against Obama’s out of control EPA.

“This case involves a new regulation where the agency fails to ‘conform’ to clear congressional instructions and is seeking to usurp the role of Congress to establish climate and energy policy for the nation,” wrote the lawmakers.

The lawmakers also noted that Congress “has not authorized EPA to make the central policy choices in the final rule and, in many respects, has affirmatively rejected those policies, as it certainly did with respect to cap-and-trade programs for [carbon dioxide] emissions from power plants.”

The brief supports a bevy of lawsuits filed by states and utilities facing serious economic damage if Obama’s EPA is able to keep the rules in place.

Those litigants called the EPA’s Clean Power Plan a “breathtaking expansion” of federal power in court documents filed last week.

“The rule’s restructuring of nearly every state’s electric grid would exceed even the authority that Congress gave to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the federal agency responsible for electricity regulation,” they said.

“EPA’s newly-discovered authority threatens to enable the agency to mandate that any existing source’s owners in any industry reduce their source’s production, shutter the existing source entirely, and even subsidize their non-regulated competitors.”

The new EPA rules, which were finalized last year, are a key pillar of the outgoing Obama administration’s heightened effort to build a legacy around environmental activism.

But for now, the power plant rules are on hold thanks to a stay issued by the Supreme Court earlier this month. A battle in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is brewing with oral arguments over the rules set to begin in June.

Source: Will County News

Clinton using more dirty tricks/ Dishonest Chicago Politics

Clinton’s Campaign Just Got Busted Impersonating Union Nurses in Nevada

 

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is attempting to trick Bernie Sanders supporters in Nevada into voting for Clinton by disguising themselves as nurses affiliated with the National Nurses United union (NNU), which has thrown its support behind Sanders.

NNU executive director RoseAnn DeMoro caught Clinton staffers red-handed changing from blue Hillary Clinton campaign shirts into red shirts of the same shade as the red shirts NNU members are wearing, in an apparent attempt to confuse voters:

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The shirts Hillary’s campaign workers are wearing are nearly identical to the shirts NNU nurses wear on the campaign trail with Bernie:

The t-shirt dupe was reported just after precincts opened for today’s Nevada caucus, which may very well shape the entire trajectory of the remaining Democratic primaries and caucuses. The stakes for Bernie Sanders couldn’t be higher, as a win in a state like Nevada, with prominent Latino representation, would prove his viability with voters of color.

This is just the latest in a series of questionable tactics the Hillary Clinton campaign has engaged in during the week leading up to the Nevada caucus. Earlier this week, ABC News confirmed an instance of push polling, which, as Las Vegas-based author Nolan Dalla pointed out in a recent viral blog post, comes straight from the Karl Rove playbook of dirty campaign tricks. A push poll is when someone masquerading as an independent pollster calls a voter leaning toward the opposing candidate, and asks them a series of questions meant to cast doubt on the opposing candidate. While this in itself seems harmless, Dalla explained the insidious nature of push polling:

What makes this so reprehensible is that many voters will not be able to discern truth from fiction.  They will conclude the “poll” feeling they were important enough to receive a phone call mistakenly believing they were asked fair questions and then were left with lingering doubts about the viability of Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate.

Bernie Sanders supporters on Reddit are documenting any and all instances of fraudulent behavior and dirty tricks in Nevada, and are encouraging caucus-goers to document and report any suspicious behavior in this thread.

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Source: Will County News

What Obama Did At Scalia’s Wake – It Speaks VOLUMES

Wow: People Instantly Noticed What Obama Did At Scalia’s Wake – It Speaks VOLUMES

…the brevity of the whole affair has led to questions…

In a move that many believe is disrespectful and unprecedented, President Obama did not attend the funeral of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, making him the only president in U.S. history to miss the funeral of a sitting supreme court justice.

 

 

Instead of attending the funeral, the president and first lady opted to attend Scalia’s wake, stopping by the casket for approximately two minutes before leaving early. While Obama did pay his respects, the brevity of the whole affair has led to questions of Obama’s sincerity.

 

 

Furthermore, it has been noted that Obama made great efforts to attend certain funerals, while specifically dodging those of conservative heroes. In addition to Obama missing the funeral of Justice Scalia, he also missed the funerals of Margaret Thatcher and Chris Kyle.

 

 

For comparison, Obama has attended several other high-profile funerals, during which he gave lengthy speeches and eulogies. In 2013, Obama traveled to South Africa and delivered a 19-minute speech at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

 

 

In the wake of the Charleston shooting in 2015, he delivered a 37-minute long eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pickney, a man he never even met.

 

 

In 2010, he even delivered an 11-minute eulogy for Democratic senator and former Klan member Robert Byrd.

 

 

While it’s true that President Obama and Justice Scalia were diametrically opposed in terms of their political ideology, it seems proper decorum would dictate that the president should attend the funeral of one of the country’s highest ranking officials, regardless of political rivalry.

 

 

Furthermore, as a president who claims to desire unity and an end to partisan politics, this move will likely not sit well amongst conservatives who idolized the late justice.

 

 

While Scalia and Obama did not see eye to eye on the issues, there is no doubt Scalia had a profound impact on the country and on the conservative ideology. For this reason, it seems Obama should have been there.

 

Source: Will County News