Popular TV Star’s Response To Lib Who’s Tired Of His Talk About ‘Work Ethic’ Is AWESOME

On his Facebook page Sunday, television star Mike Rowe rebuked the notion that he is peddling “right-wing propaganda” when discussing his approach to helping people who are unable to find work in the United States.

The host of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It shared a question from ‘Craig P’ which read:

Your constant harping on “work ethic” is growing tiresome. Just because someone’s poor doesn’t mean they’re lazy. The unemployed want to work! And many of those who can’t find work today, didn’t have the benefit of growing up with parents like yours.

How can you expect someone with no role model to qualify for one of your scholarships or sign your silly ‘Sweat Pledge?’ Rather than accusing people of not having a work-ethic, why not drop the right-wing propaganda and help them develop one?

The SWEAT Pledge, which stands for Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo, adheres to 12 principles regarding work. Craig P. was concerned primarily with how Rowe allocates funds from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which “promotes hard work and supports the skilled trades in a variety of areas” and “award[s] scholarships to men and women who have demonstrated an interest in and an aptitude for mastering a specific trade.”

Rowe responded:

Everyday on the news, liberal pundits and politicians portray the wealthy as greedy, while conservative pundits and politicians portray the poor as lazy. Democrats have become so good at denouncing greed, Republicans now defend it. And Republicans are so good at condemning laziness, Democrats are now denying it even exists. It’s a never ending dance that gets more contorted by the day…

I started mikeroweWORKS to talk about these issues, and shine a light on a few million good jobs that no one seems excited about. But mostly, I wanted to remind people that real opportunity still exists for those individuals who are willing to work hard, learn a skill, and make a persuasive case for themselves. Sadly, you see my efforts as “right wing propaganda.” But why? Are our differences really political? Or is it something deeper? Something philosophical?

You wrote that, “people want to work.” In my travels, I’ve met a lot of hard-working individuals, and I’ve been singing their praises for the last 12 years. But I’ve seen nothing that would lead me to agree with your generalization. From what I’ve seen of the species, and what I know of myself, most people – given the choice – would prefer NOT to work. In fact, on Dirty Jobs, I saw Help Wanted signs in every state, even at the height of the recession. Is it possible you see the existence of so many unfilled jobs as a challenge to your basic understanding of what makes people tick?

Rowe concluded that his goals are “modest” and would remain so. “I don’t focus on groups. I focus on individuals who are eager to do whatever it takes to get started,” he said. “People willing to retool, retrain, and relocate. That doesn’t mean I have no empathy for those less motivated. It just means I’m more inclined to subsidize the cost of training for those who are. That shouldn’t be a partisan position, but if it is, I guess I’ll just have to live with it.”

h/t: The Right Scoop

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NY Dems Want $15 Minimum Wage. They Just Got Slammed With A Dose Of Reality That Could Change Their Minds.

It happened in Seattle — pay goes up, business goes down. As Western Journalism reported about the city’s $15-per-hour minimum wage law, an article in Seattle Magazine raised the red flag about the red ink a number of local restaurants would be facing because of the increasing labor costs.

The publication noted that a “major factor affecting restaurant futures in our city is the impending minimum wage hike.” Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Restaurant Association, told the magazine: “It’s not a political problem; it’s a math problem.”

Los Angeles, too, is feeling the heat from a significant minimum wage hike mandated by city officials intent on helping low-skilled labor — workers who just might find themselves out of work because of the law of unintended consequences coming down hard on the City of Angeles. Western Journalism reported on that minimum wage hike that even the L.A. labor unions are now trying to avoid for their members.

As Los Angeles prepares for a significant minimum wage hike over the next several years, the negative connotations of paying unskilled laborers $15 per hour are already being realized.

Hollywood has been synonymous with the American film industry for generations, though some see the added business costs associated with paying support staff such a relatively high wage as a deal breaker.

Now the state of New York is bracing for a possible minimum wage increase that could be imposed not by voters or the state legislature, but — as The Washington Free Beacon reports — by an unelected “three-member board that is debating a potential $15 wage at chain restaurants.”

And the results of such a minimum wage skyrocket being set off by this board at the urging of the liberal Democrat governor could be devastating on fast food outlets, according to a new report that finds some 20% of those restaurant owners surveyed said they could be forced to shut down if Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way.

“The Employment Policies Institute, a free market think tank and critic of minimum wage hikes, surveyed nearly 1,000 self-described fast food entrepreneurs about how they would respond to statewide, industry-specific wage hikes. More than 20 percent of respondents said they were ‘very likely’ to go out of business if the state raises the minimum wage for fast food joints to $15, a 70 percent increase from the current $8.75 statewide minimum wage.”

Plus, argues a spokesman for the International Franchise Association interviewed by the Free Beacon, the Democrat governor is playing politics with the minimum wage proposal.

“…Cuomo’s targeting of fast food is about politics, not populism. The state, he said, has more than 8,000 local franchisees, many of which are owned by local entrepreneurs, rather than the big corporations Cuomo has portrayed them as.”

Meanwhile in St. Louis, the city’s governing body, the Board of Aldermen — vigorously supported by the mayor — is considering a measure that would essentially double the city’s minimum wage from the state-mandated $7.65 per hour to the increasingly popular $15 level. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the proposed hike could be facing a court challenge.

So far, various business groups have organized to oppose the minimum wage hike, but none have officially announced plans for a legal challenge.

Still, a 2014 Missouri Supreme Court decision restricted charter counties, like St. Louis, from creating laws contrary to state law — which could throw the matter into legal controversy.

Protesters across the country insisting on a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers have also been met with another kind of resistance that goes to show how their efforts can be brutally counterproductive. Instead of people behind the counter making more money, there could be “robots” with absolutely no wage demands.

CNN Money noted the tech trend in a recent report:

In a widely cited paper released last year, University of Oxford researchers estimated that there is a 92% chance that fast-food preparation and serving will be automated in the coming decades.

With artificial-intelligence technology like IBM’s Watson platform making strides in advanced reasoning and language understanding, it’s not hard to see how robots could be designed to provide more sophisticated interactions with restaurant customers than kiosks can manage.

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Fight For Families, Not The Elites

If you had $10 million in the stock market six years ago, you’d have over $40 million today. The NASDAQ is up 275 percent, and the S&P 500 is up 210 percent. Wall Street is booming!

The Washington bubble is more like a Kevlar, economic shield. Six of the 10 richest counties in America surround our nation’s capital. Federal employees have a 99 percent job security rate and are more likely to die than lose their jobs because of a government layoff or misconduct.

Washington is more dysfunctional than ever; but the number of insiders, interest groups, lobbyists, and record-breaking salaries keeps swelling.

Some are doing great in President Barack Obama’s economy, but Main Street America and South Carolina tell a different story.

Ninety-three million Americans don’t have jobs, and many have seen their full-time jobs with benefits become two part-time jobs with no benefits. We’ve had 40 years of stagnant wages for the bottom 90 percent of American workers.

Meanwhile, the cost of healthcare, education, and housing keeps ballooning. One in four American families pays more than half their income on housing.

For the first time in history, we have a president who celebrates government dependency and discourages hard work. The goal of Obamacare is permanent government dependency. Forty-six million Americans depend on the government for food stamps. In South Carolina, that’s 17 percent of the population.

America’s workers have been getting punched in the gut. The U.S. has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs in the last 15 years. We demonize the trades and push a one-size-fits-all, overpriced college education for everyone.

Washington signs unenforced trade deals with foreign countries and does nothing as the Chinese manipulate their currency, rip off American products, and subsidize industries.

Washington looks the other way and ignores the law so we can import low-wage labor, undercut American workers, and drive wages lower than the Dead Sea.

I’m running for president because there’s a huge disconnect between Washington and the Real World. There’s a difference between making a speech and making government accountable to the people who pay for it.

As governor, I defeated the Clinton machine. I cut taxes nearly 100 times, balanced the budget every year for 10 years, and raised average family income by 50 percent, despite facing the most Democrat legislature in the country.

As president, I will protect Social Security and Medicare. I will never rob seniors of the benefits our government promised them and forced them to pay for. I’ll also repeal Obamacare and return the $700 billion Obamacare raided from Medicare.

Hillary Clinton has made the minimum wage central to her presidential campaign. Instead of fighting over the minimum wage, I’ll focus on solutions to help every American earn his or her maximum wage.

We can never create prosperity for working people, grow our economy, and restore America as the greatest country on earth if we punish productivity and subsidize reckless irresponsibility.

That’s why as president, I’ll pass the FairTax and abolish the IRS to let every American worker keep his full paycheck. My plan will untax the poor and untax seniors living on a fixed income. It will also bring trillions of dollars in offshore investment and manufacturing back to the United States.

The Washington elites will spend millions falsely attacking me because they know I am not one of them and I will not protect them at the expense of hardworking American taxpayers.

But now, more than ever, we need a president who will fight for American workers, families, and seniors — not Wall Street and Washington elites — and give every American hope in a brighter, more prosperous future.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Company Gives Away $1,000,000 To Keep 2015 Graduates Off Mom’s Couch

Upon stepping into the real world for the first time upon graduating college, many students are finding that their pricey degrees may not be worth much more than the paper they’re written on.

Fifth Third Bank recently offered to give some help to those who have recently acquired their degree, in the form of $1,000,000 of job market training to 2015 college graduates. Stating that over half of recent American college graduates possess no full-time job, this company decided it was time to step up and do something about it – just in time for graduation season.

This doesn’t mean that over fifty percent of these people have no jobs, but it does mean that over half are getting back less than what they were told they were going to receive when they started off on their college journey. They can only find part-time work, low-paying work, or jobs that do not technically require a Bachelors Degree.

The 2015 job market isn’t only a tough one for recent college grads, but for all Americans. While the Obama Administration has been patting itself on the back lately for bringing the unemployment rate down from 10 percent to 5.5 percent (still higher than before Barry took office) as of February 2015, the reason for that is not actually because more Americans have gotten jobs. Two of the world’s most respect economists, David Blanchflower of Dartmouth College and Andrew Levin of the International Monetary Fund, recently published an article explaining how liberals have lowered the unemployment rate without actually lowering unemployment. They point out that the unemployment rate fell sharply in 2010 and 2011 not because more Americans found work, but because Americans stopped looking for work. As a result of how our government calculates the unemployment rate, these people who stopped looking were taken out of labor force statistics, which removes them from the pool of unemployed citizens as well. Forbes reports that this means “true unemployment rate in the U.S. would be somewhere between 7.4 and 9.4 percent, rather than 5.5 percent.

A $1,000,000 publicity stunt by Fifth Third Bank probably isn’t going to fix the job market all on it’s own, but at least it’s something.

What do you think? Good marketing, a sincere attempt to help America’s future, or both? Let us know in the comments below.

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Steve Wynn: ‘America Is In A Very Bad Place’

International gaming and casino magnate Steve Wynn said this week in a PBS interview that the great economic recovery is pure fiction. The founder and CEO of Wynn Resorts told KNPB‘s John Ralston that labor statistics are inaccurate.

Well, the idea that America is in the grips of a great recovery is pure fiction. It’s a lie. It’s not true. It’s a jobless recovery because recoveries are marked by the amount of real employment. And if you count the people who have left the work force, real unemployment is 15 to 20 percent.

Mr. Wynn said that he intends on waiting until the general election before he endorses any of the candidates for president; yet he acknowledged that the next president is going to have a monumental challenge.

I’m not endorsing anybody for president. What I do know is that we’ve got a mess in terms of the global economy, geopolitically, Mid-Eastern foreign policy, immigration – beyond disgrace.

Mr. Wynn weighed in on the impact that Obamacare has had on his business and his employees.

I may not agree with things like the Affordable Healthcare Act which was the single worse piece of junk in my lifetime that ever got passed. It was all wrong. And I’m a healthcare provider. It made things worse, not better. I hope to God we can fix it for the sake of my employees. And my union hates it.

The casino mogul summed up the current state of the country by saying:

America is in a hard spot economically, geo-politically. A very bad place. Not to mention race relations have gone to an all-time low.

Mr. Wynn commented that the $18 trillion debt, the devaluation of the dollar, and real inflation is impacting every working American and making it very difficult for the middle class to prosper.

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