Fishermen have the most dangerous job in the United States, according to new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The loss is the deepest single-month decline since the depths of the 2008-‘09 recession, effectively annulling most of the previous month’s gains.
Heckuva job, Scotty.
Rep. Allen West Sends His Own Brother To A “Plantation Boss”
Politico: Rep. Allen West says he is a “modern-day Harriet Tubman” who wants to lead black voters away from the “plantation” of the Democratic Party.
There is a “21st century plantation” of African-American voters unwaveringly supporting Democrats, but the freshman Republican from Florida said Wednesday night that he is out to change that.
“The people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about,” West said in an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” responding to the anger that black Democrats showed earlier this week at a Congressional Black Caucus town hall in Detroit.
“I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility,” said West, who is the sole Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Some black leaders are “are nothing more than overseers over that plantation,” West said, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
Rep. Maxine Waters responded to Rep. West’s comments today on MSNBC:
“I think it’s a little bit outragous, a little ridiculous. It’s hard to respond to because it absolutely doesn’t make good sense… The fact of the matter is, we’re here [CBC Job Fair], and we’re connecting people with jobs…
As a matter of fact, Mr. West’s brother is here. He found himself out of a job and he asked his brother to help him and his brother told him to come to me. To come to us. That we’re here in Atlanta, where his brother lives, and he came up, he introduced himself, and I want his brother to get a job. And I hope his brother gets a job here today. And that Mr. West will understand, that the reason he sent him to me is because I am serious, and the Black Caucus is serious about helping to connect people with jobs.”
Host: With 14 million unemployed Americans, “I imagine you’re for extending unemployment benefits.” Rep. Eric Cantor: Nope.
POLITICO’s Mike Allen collects this list of job-creation legislation pending before Congress:
- The federal highway program lapses on Sept. 30, and Senate Democrats say a multi-year reauthorization would create more jobs than a shorter extension.
- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has been reaching out to Republicans to get support for an infrastructure bank (combining federal and private funds for marquee projects), which is supported by Obama, labor and the Chamber of Commerce.
- Extend 2% payroll tax break, which now expires at the end of 2011. Currently covers worker side; Larry Summers and other economists are arguing that it should also go to the employer.
- Other tax breaks, such as making R&D tax credit permanent and renewing clean-energy manufacturing tax credit (Section 48C), which expired at the end of 2010. The aide: “In this political environment, tax credits are going to be the most hospitable options. In the days ahead, we’ll say that the unfinished business of Congress includes these tax breaks that have lapsed.”
- Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has a veterans’ hiring bill, aimed at providing job training for veterans who return from Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have a bill to promote plug-in electric vehicles.
- Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is pushing clean-energy incentives.
via Business Insider
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