Saturday, January 14, 2017

INVITATION



The Gloucester County Tea Party has curtailed their meetings.

Those interested are invited to the January 18 Washington Township Republican Club Meetings.

The meeting is scheduled for January 18 at DIVOTS next to the Wedgewood Country Club. 

You are invited to join in the enthusiastic atmosphere from the November Election Results.

Meeting will begin at 6:45 PM. Refreshments and food are available from the bar.

Bring your interest and join us. Let us know what are your interests regarding the state, county and local and concerns. 

This is the year wherein we need to focus on improvement of the governor’s office, as well as the assembly.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

TWO MONTHS AND THE WAR IS UNDERWAY



Most citizens are familiar with our Constitutions opening words: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Key words could be “insure domestic Tranquility”. What we need is a calmer approach without the rabble rousing of the headlines or twisted words of commentators. Listen carefully to the talking heads when they ask questions. How many times would a Wolf Blitzer, or Chris Matthews ask a negative question in their attempts for a ‘gotcha’.

Why has the woman, Whoopy Goldberg who made her claim to fame by the use of four letter words, become the analyst of our nation political direction? Go to a doctor’s waiting-room and you find yourself captive to either ABC CBS Fox or NBC and their programs of dubious social ilk. Because of age I find it hard to recall whether the half hour evening news of Swayze Huntley Morrow or others were trying to bring down or salve the reputations of Truman Ike or Kennedy. Our President elect who cares little about the TV or print coverages, has a direct response to the daily critics. Is this because critics have taken little time, or effort, to mind their manners? The last seven years have been protectionist for 

Obama. If anyone protested about our then President, the media was quick to criticize vocal opponents.  Where will freedom of speech take us for the next four years? Will there be a wait and see, or has the attack of the recent two months set the tone for our “Domestic Tranquility”?
  
 NOT LIKELY!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Is there an Obama Legacy?

Record 95,102,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Number Grew 18% Since Obama Took Office in 2009

By Susan Jones | January 6, 2017 | 8:49 AM EST
In this Dec. 15, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about job creation and the economic recovery during a visit to a Home Depot in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
(CNSNews.com) - Barack Obama's presidency began with a record number of Americans not in the labor force, and it's ending the same way.

The final jobs report of the Obama presidency, released Friday, shows that the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 14,573,000 (18.09 percent) since January 2009, when Obama took office, continuing a long-term trend that began well before Obama was sworn in.
In December, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 95,102,000 Americans were not in the labor force, 47,000 more than in November; and the labor force participation rate was 62.7 percent, a tenth of a point higher than in November.
The participation rate dropped to a 38-year low of 62.4 percent on Obama's watch, in September 2015. It was only 3-tenths of a point higher than that last month.
 
People over age 16 who are no longer working or even looking for work, for whatever reason (retirement, school, personal preference, or gave up), are counted as not participating in the labor force.
When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not in the labor force, the highest number on record. That number rose steadily during his two terms, reaching a record 95,055,000 in November 2016, then setting another record (95,102,000) in December.
BLS said the December unemployment rate increased a tenth of a point to 4.7 percent, well below the Obama-era high of 10 percent. Last month, a record 152,111,000 Americans were counted as employed, up 63,000 from November; and the number of unemployed stood at 7,529,000, an increase of 120,000 from the prior month.
But people who stop looking for a job are no longer counted as unemployed.
In an interview with a Chicago reporter yesterday, Obama said he has done "an enormous amount" to create greater economic opportunity for Americans.
"I took an economy that was about to go into a Great Depression, and we've now had a little over six years of straight economic job growth, an unemployment rate that's down below 5 percent, and incomes that have gone up and poverty that has gone down."
Obama also conceded that "there are still folks out there who struggle and communities that are still depressed." He called it an "ongoing battle."
"We have to continue to work to make sure that kids are getting the best education they can, that jobs are being located so that people in need can access them, and that's going to be something that I suspect we'll all be working on, and folks will still be working on after I'm gone."
During Obama’s two terms in office, the number of employed Americans reached its lowest point – 138,013,000 – in December 2009. Eight years later, in December 2017, 14,098,000 Americans have been added to the employment rolls.
The government collects payroll taxes from Americans who work, and some of that money is spent on government programs that support people who do not work. So the more who work, the better for the economy.
In December, the nation’s civilian noninstitutionalized population, consisting of all people age 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 254,742,000.  Of those, 159,640,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one.
The 159,640,000 who participated in the labor force equaled 67.3 percent of the 254,742,000 civilian noninstitutionalized population.
According to BLS, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by a lackluster 156,000 in December. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 165,000 per month.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.4 percent), adult women (4.3 percent), teenagers (14.7 percent), Whites (4.3 percent), Blacks (7.8 percent), Asians (2.6 percent), and Hispanics (5.9 percent) showed little change in December.
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 1.8 million in December and accounted for 24.2 percent of the unemployed. In 2016, the number of long-term unemployed declined by 263,000.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Why would Obama ever make life easy?

President Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump are making moves that tread on each other’s turf and complicate the other’s agenda, creating one of the messiest White House transitions in recent years.
Since Election Day, Mr. Obama has taken some of the most far-reaching actions of his eight-year presidency, leaving Mr. Trump to manage the fallout and narrowing his options once he takes office. He also plans a final major address the week before the inauguration that will reflect on his policy agenda, according to people familiar with the speech. The address could contrast his approach with Mr. Trump’s.
This week, Mr. Obama slapped Russia with a series of sanctions and diplomatic censures in response to a U.S. intelligence assessment that Moscow used cyberattacks to try to interfere with the presidential election. Earlier in December, Mr. Obama broke with decades of U.S. policy and let pass a United Nations resolution condemning Israel for building settlements.
As he prepares to take office Jan. 20, Mr. Trump has made countermoves. His team talked to Israeli officials about derailing the U.N. vote and he used social media to try to sway the outcome, calling on Mr. Obama to use U.S. veto power to reject the resolution.
Mr. Trump has made clear he doesn’t believe punitive sanctions against Russia are needed, and he has questioned the evidence of Moscow’s meddling. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he would hold off on taking retaliatory action and wait to see how relations take shape in a Trump administration. Mr. Trump commended the decision in a tweet Friday: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin)—I always knew he was very smart!”
Past transitions played out with far less conflict on core national issues.
The 2000 transition was abbreviated because of the recount in Florida. Incoming officials in George W. Bush’s White House said they enjoyed the luxury of building an administration behind the scenes, with much of the press and public focused on ballot counts in Florida precincts.
Once the Bush team moved into the White House, they accused President Bill Clinton’s aides of vandalizing in prank fashion some office equipment—including removing the ‘W’ from some typewriters—but the two teams didn’t contradict each other’s final and first acts.
The Bush-Obama transition in 2008 is viewed as among the most seamless. After he won the election, Mr. Obama sought to steer clear of commenting publicly on the financial crisis and steep job losses that consumed Mr. Bush’s final months in office. In the weeks before his inauguration, Mr. Obama repeatedly said the nation has only “one president at time,” and he praised his predecessor in his inaugural address.
Watching from the White House in recent days, Mr. Obama’s team has made plain it would like Mr. Trump to wait his turn.
Ben Rhodes, a deputy national-security adviser, said recently that the president and his aides “believe that it’s important that there’s a principle here that the world understands who is speaking on behalf of the United States until Jan. 20 and who is speaking on behalf of the United States after Jan. 20.”
Confusion is evident in some foreign capitals.
At a government news conference in Berlin this week, the German foreign ministry spokesman took a question about a tweet from Mr. Trump saying the U.S. should “expand its nuclear capability.”
“We cannot conclude how policy will look after Jan. 20 based on half a tweet and a comment,” the spokesman, Sebastian Fischer, said. “It is good state practice always to have only one president at a time.”
The transition started out on an auspicious note. Two days after the election Messrs. Obama and Trump met in the Oval Office for 90 minutes—longer than Mr. Trump planned. They have been talking  by phone about weekly ever since.
But beneath the cordial conversations are serious policy disputes. Mr. Trump wants to repeal the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s domestic legacy: the health-care overhaul aimed at insuring the millions of Americans who lacked coverage.
Next week Mr. Obama will head to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats to discuss ways they can try to preserve the Affordable Care Act, with hopes of stiffening their resolve in the face of Mr. Trump’s efforts to roll back the health law.
Mr. Obama has been taking other steps that could potentially circumscribe Mr. Trump’s action once in office.
Last week, the Obama administration said it would indefinitely block drilling in broad swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, an attempt to cement his environmental legacy and potentially stymie a move by the incoming Trump administration to expand drilling.
Mr. Trump seemed to be making reference to these moves when he tweeted Wednesday that he was “doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.”
“Thought it was going to be a smooth transition—NOT!” he added.
Kellyanne Conway, an incoming senior adviser to Mr. Trump, told Fox News on Thursday: “I hope this isn’t motivated by politics even a little bit.”
She added: “We do wonder about the rush to do all of these things in the next couple of weeks by the Obama administration and how that may upend longstanding U.S. policy, as it seems to be.”
White House officials stress while there are policy differences between the president and president-elect, that is separate from the logistical preparations for the transition of power that Mr. Obama has pushed his aides to ensure is seamless.
Part of what is motivating Mr. Obama, White House aides say, is a desire to lock in pieces of his legacy. He had been considering taking a stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the U.N. long before Mr. Trump’s election victory, White House officials said.
With respect to Russia, he became convinced the nation meddled in the election in ways that pose a genuine threat to the country and can’t go unpunished.
White House aides talk of “nailing down the furniture” so that policy goals that Mr. Obama methodically pursued can’t be undone once Mr. Trump takes power. The president, when he took office eight years ago, did just that to his predecessor, Mr. Bush.
Corrections & Amplifications:
Departing presidents in recent years have given farewell addresses in the final weeks of their terms. President Barack Obama’s final major address the week before the inauguration may be unusual, though, because he is considering a farewell that goes beyond the typical addresses in both scope and intensity, people familiar with the discussions said. An earlier version of this article characterized Mr. Obama’s address as unusual, but failed to explain why. (Dec. 30, 2016)
Write to Peter Nicholas at peter.nicholas@wsj.com and Carol E. Lee at carol.lee@wsj.com