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First, businesses with fewer than 50 employees have stayed small to keep from providing government-approved health insurance or paying a fine. Enterprises with more than 50 people will see health overage costs go up with the mandate that they must buy costly government insurance or pay a penalty. Employers of every size don’t know what “qualifying” health insurance is and how much it will set them back in future years. Hiring has dwindled.
Twenty-three states are right-to-work states, which secure the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. Employment in right-to-work states typically grew 15 percent in the past decade, while the others grew only 7 percent, as described in The Weekly Standard of July 25 by contributing editor Noemie Emery.
She noted that the states patterned after the Old European model—high taxes, excessive spending, strong public unions (all heartily respected by Obama)—suffered the same plight as Europe, “while those with free market models did not.” The eight states “with no state income tax grew 18 percent in the past decade,” according to election expert Michael Barone.
The minimum wage, which Democrats have so faithfully pushed for years, is a great creator of underemployment when employees can’t afford to hire unskilled workers. This is among the job killers in the Obama lineup.
Just how can Obama keep his youthful band of worshipers in tow? Many can be sent to college through Pell grants. The economy has no jobs for its new generation. So, send them to college, where they can be taught socialistic principles to fit the Obama philosophy. A major problem for Obama is that only 45 percent of young people — his most ardent supporters — are working. Sixteen to 24-year-olds can’t seem to find work. The so-called “Millennials” voted two for one for Obama in 2008. But the Democrats have kept millions of young people from working by raising the minimum wage and expanding welfare programs to keep them subservient.
Although nearly one in ten workers is unemployed now, Linda Chavez writes July 22 in Townhall, jobs are available that go unfilled every day. About a third of those receiving unemployment benefits “get a job immediately after their eligibility expires.” In 2009, when the economy was in worse shape, 3 million jobseekers went unemployed.
How could this be? Obama liberals are convinced that unemployed benefits must be extended for the jobless, lamenting that about a fourth of the unemployed have not held a job in more than a year. But liberal policies “have actually created the problem rather than alleviated it.” This ruling class is “succumbing to the European pattern of unemployment.”
European nations—so admired by Obama—have “traditionally had a more generous (some may say lax) safety net, including unemployment benefits…In some cases Europeans who lost their jobs could expect to earn as much in government benefits as they did when working and do so for at least a year…. The real problem in long term unemployment may be a president who wants to emulate the European social model.”
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