Obama on jobs for vets: update
August 5th, 2011
12:49 PM ET

Obama on jobs for vets: update

President Obama has now delivered his speech on a new push to find veteran's private sector jobs. Here's my recap:

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama outlined a new initiative Friday that aims to help former members of the military find private sector jobs, part of his renewed job creation effort focusing on unemployed veterans.

In front of 300 active service members and their families at the Washington Navy Yard, the president laid out a series of reforms that his administration is pledging will better prepare service members for the civilian work force and encourage employers to hire recent veterans.

"Our companies need skilled workers like our veterans to help them grow and there is no reason why we can't connect the two," said Obama, who was introduced by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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  1. Howard

    General Electric Co.’s health care unit, the world’s biggest maker of medical imaging machines, is moving the headquarters of its 115-year-old X-ray business to Beijing.
    “A handful’’ of top managers will move to the Chinese capital and there won’t be any job cuts, said Anne LeGrand, general manager of X-ray for GE Healthcare. The headquarters will move from Wisconsin amid a broader plan to invest about $2 billion across China, including opening six “customer innovation’’ and development centers.
    The division should have “double-digit’’ growth rates as the country converts from film and analog to digital X-ray technology, LeGrand said.

    General Electric is planning to move its 115-year-old X-ray division from Waukesha, Wis., to Beijing. In addition to moving the headquarters, the company will invest $2 billion in China and train more than 65 engineers and create six research centers. This is the same GE that made $5.1 billion in the United States last year. but paid no taxes-the same company that employs more people overseas than it does in the united States.

    So let me get this straight. President Obama appointed GE Chairman Jeff Immelt to head his commission on job creation (job czar). Immelt is supposed to help create jobs. I guess the President forgot to tell him in which country he was supposed to be creating those jobs.

    If this doesn't show you the total lack of leadership of this President, I don't know what does.

    August 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • USN ret

      Try and stay focused on the topic. GE is one of the most diversified companies in the world. I worked for them when Jack Welch was CEO. If Jeff Immelt is JW trained ,the the President couldn't have picked a better man for the job.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • chris

      that's the great thing about liberal hypocrisy. it doesn't apply to liberals.

      August 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • John Bosshardt

      Where is Warren Buffet behind all of this? Are you unaware Obama hands are tied?
      Political games continue as long as you accept them. Get off the pot!
      The GREED continues!
      How much tax did GE pay last year? We know!
      Are they registered at "Little house of secrets on the plains" Wyoming?
      Wake up people President Obama has had his hands ties since he was elected
      and he inherited this whole fiasco. Thanks to the Bush Administrations War, based
      on "Weapons of Mass Destruction" well done Chaney and Haliburton good job!
      The worthless politics on Capitol Hill playing Republican against Democrat and visa versa,
      the name calling and childishness is going on while the people of this country need representation
      by the delegates they voted in. They are our problem 90% of them need to be replaced.
      The laws of this country let hands be tied and thus nothing can get done and as long as we
      have Capitol Hill "Greed" the laws will not change ! ( Lobbyists, GE? Et al.)
      This is called "CATCH 22"
      If you have to blame someone don't blame the guy who is trying to change the system,
      when poliiticians get in the way blame yourselves for being complacent for ten years.
      Most of our couch potatoes in this country are getting what they deserve.
      It is unfortunately the actual working people who pay taxes are the one who suffer the most.
      The people who obey the laws pay for everyone else.
      These laws need to be changed to protect law abiding citizens and force the rest to
      "PAY THEIR OWN WAY" whether it be by tax or budget cutting.
      "Just get off the backs of the working class" we would do better without you!
      There is a political sickness and media sickness and the people need jobs and the country
      is in huge financial dilema and Capitol Hill has not resolve their problems.
      POLITICS! Thus nothing gets done as usual!
      CATCH 22!

      August 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  2. John Bosshardt

    Where is Warren Buffet behind all of this? Are you unaware Obama hands are tied?
    Political games continue as long as you accept them. Get off the pot!
    The GREED continues!
    How much tax did GE pay last year? We know!
    Are they registered at "Little house of secrets on the plains" Wyoming?
    Wake up people President Obama has had his hands ties since he was elected
    and he inherited this whole fiasco. Thanks to the Bush Administrations War, based
    on "Weapons of Mass Destruction" well done Chaney and Haliburton good job!
    The worthless politics on Capitol Hill playing Republican against Democrat and visa versa,
    the name calling and childishness is going on while the people of this country need representation
    by the delegates they voted in. They are our problem 90% of them need to be replaced.
    The laws of this country let hands be tied and thus nothing can get done and as long as we
    have Capitol Hill "Greed" the laws will not change ! ( Lobbyists, GE? Et al.)
    This is called "CATCH 22"
    If you have to blame someone don't blame the guy who is trying to change the system,
    when poliiticians get in the way blame yourselves for being complacent for ten years.
    Most of our couch potatoes in this country are getting what they deserve.
    It is unfortunately the actual working people who pay taxes are the one who suffer the most.
    The people who obey the laws pay for everyone else.
    These laws need to be changed to protect law abiding citizens and force the rest to
    "PAY THEIR OWN WAY" whether it be by tax or budget cutting.
    "Just get off the backs of the working class" we would do better without you!
    There is a political sickness and media sickness and the people need jobs and the country
    is in huge financial dilema and Capitol Hill has not resolve their problems.
    POLITICS! Thus nothing gets done as usual!
    CATCH 22!

    August 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  3. Howard

    OBAMA continues to push the
    Dead Horse method of management ...

    The tribal wisdom of the Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount." However, in government, education and often in corporate America, more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

    1. Buying a stronger whip.
    2. Changing riders.
    3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
    4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
    5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
    6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
    7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
    8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
    9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse's performance.
    10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.
    11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
    12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
    And of course....
    13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

    August 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • jean2009

      @HOWARD ....so you agree George W. Bush killed the economic horse!

      Republicans controlled the house from 1994 to 2006 which was several years of Pres. Clinton's term and 6 years of GW Bush's presidency.
      Numbers in the Senate are as follows.
      Senate for the 107th Congress (Jan to June 2001) was evenly divided at a 50/50 deadlock, from June 2001 to Jan. 2003 the divide was Republicans 50, Democrats 48, 2 independents,
      The 108th Congress -Senate (2003-2005) the makeup was Republicans 55/ Democrats 44 and 1 independent,...Republican control.
      The 109th Congress -Senate (2005-2007) Republicans 55/ Democrats 44 and 1 independent. Republican control...that is a total of 5 years Republican control when Republicans controlled the House of Representatives.
      The 110th Congress-Senate (2007-2009) Democrats 49/ Republicans 49 and 1 independent...again a virtual deadlock.

      The problem is the Republicans did their damage during the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% during the years when both the Presidency, the House and the Senate were all in control of Republicans. That is when the decisions were made to start 2 unfunded wars, an unfunded drug plan (that allowed no bargaining for a better drug price), and 2 major tax refund stimulus bills...followed in 2008 by G. W. Bush's Hail Mary Pass to try to save his presidential reputation for tanking the economy when 2.6 million jobs disappeared...with both TARP bank bailout, and the auto bail out loans. The deficit may have appeared low...simply because he was running 2 sets of books...not a penny of the 2 wars were included in his unbalanced budgets...1/3 or the current federal deficit can be attributed to George W. Bush and failed Republican policies which have not stimulated the economy or created a job.

      The article below from the Daily Kos : Congressional Resolution for July 25, 2011

      RESOLVED: Republican economic policies and voting records from 2001 through 2011 are responsible for the current annual and cumulative federal account deficits.

      Whereas President William Jefferson Clinton handed over an economy to President George W. Bush that included an annual federal government budget surplus; and

      Whereas the passage of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 did not create jobs and has also added to the annual and cumulative national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the passage of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 did not create jobs and has also added to the annual and cumulative national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the passage of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 did not create jobs and has also added to the annual and cumulative national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the these three [3] Reconciliation Acts did not create jobs, created an income disparity between the top-2% of earners and the bottom-98% not seen since before the ‘Great Depression’, and have an associated fiscal impact that have added nearly $3.0 trillion to the cumulative national debt and continue to add an additional $450 billion annually to the national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the 2001 initiation of the War in Afghanistan had nothing to do with the horror of 9/11, has cost more than contemplated, and has added to cumulative national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the 2003 initiation of the War in Iraq had nothing to do with the horror of 9/11, has cost more than contemplated, and has added to the cumulative national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the cost of these two [2] Wars have added over $750 billion to the cumulative national debt and continue to add an additional $150 billion annually to the national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the size of the federal government and total spending was further increased in 2002 by creation of a new agency, the Department of Homeland Security, with an annual budget of more than $50 billion; and

      Whereas the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 has not slowed government expenditures nor the growth rate for Medicare costs and has added approximately $320 billion to the cumulative national debt as well as continues to add an additional $55 billion annually to the national debt and deficits; and

      Whereas the unemployment rate was 4.7% in January, 2008 (a year before Barack Obama was inaugurated president, when the rate was 7.5%), until October, 2009 when unemployment was 9.4% – the loss of approximately 8 million jobs during these 22 straight months caused and continues to cause an increase in annual federal government outlays of over $60 billion for unemployment insurance as well as reduced the annual income tax revenues received to the U.S. Treasury; and

      Whereas in addition to the increase in unemployment insurance outlays, the rise in unemployment from the recession beginning more than a year before President George W. Bush Recession left office and the resulting loss of tax receipts has caused a decline in government revenue from 22% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to less than 15% of GDP; and

      Whereas the interest payments on the total government debt accumulated during the term of President George W. Bush is approximately $200 billion of the more than $400 billion annual interest payments; and

      Whereas the proof of the budget costs and economic impact of the Reconciliation Acts ($3 trillion), addition of Department of Homeland Security ($450 billion), defense spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ($750 billion), expansion of Medicare Part D program ($320 billion), a rise in U.S. unemployment and unemployment insurance payments ($60 billion), and increase in government interest expense ($200 billion) are verified by a doubling of the national debt from $5.7 trillion at the start of the term of President George W. Bush to over $11.4 trillion at the end of 2009 budget year associated with his term; and

      Whereas without objection from either the Republican Congress (2001-2006) or with a veto from President George W. Bush, passed into law were an expansion of the federal government with the creation of a new agency, an increased rate of spending throughout the federal government, an overall decline in government revenue punctuated by continuing tax cuts for the top-2% of income earners and high unemployment, along with a constant raising of the federal government debt ceiling to pay for these changes; and

      Whereas President George W. Bush and the economic and fiscal policies he enacted with a Republican Congress from 2001-2006 are responsible for more than one-third (1/3) of the current cumulative $14 trillion national debt and at least one-half (1/2) of the annual $1.5 trillion deficits currently being blamed on President Barack Obama; and

      Whereas the proposed Cap, Cut and Balance Act of 2011 voted for by the U.S. House of Representatives and rejected by the U.S. Senate in July, 2011 calls for a near immediate cutting of total government expenditures by 25% across-the-board to nearly all domestic programs and agencies (i.e., Education, Veterans, Environment, IRS, FDA, Transportation, Agriculture, Justice, Social Security, Medicare, etc.) to create a cap on government expenditures to be no more than 18% of GDP – an unrealistic level not seen since before the introduction of Medicare in 1965; and

      Whereas the Rep. Paul Ryan Path to Prosperity 2012 budget proposal voted for by the U.S. House of Representatives and rejected by the U.S. Senate in May, 2011 would have not only changed Medicare as we know it into a voucher program, it would have also required raising of the federal debt ceiling by at least $4 trillion over 10-years without balancing the federal budget; and

      Whereas the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 signed into law by President Barack Obama was rejected en masse by congressional Republicans despite the fact that it preserves Medicare as we know it, while both decreasing the growth rate of national medical care costs and resulting in a decrease of projected national budget deficits by at least $210 billion over the next decade; now, therefore

      Be it Resolved by the Members of the United States Congress:
      That We, the members of the United States Congress, agree that a federal Balanced Budget Amendment and requisite change to the Constitution of the United States is nothing short of a political ploy given a 50-year history of Republicans always increasing deficit spending and never providing a reality-based balanced budget

      August 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  4. joe

    Obama =INCOMPETENT leadership taking us down the wrong path

    August 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Fact Based

      Of course, Joe wouldn't be able to offer any proof, and of course offers no suggestions that have a track record of working.

      Sounds like the GOP who wants to re-institute the policies (tax cuts for the rich, regulatory anarchy, unlimited pollution, more tax cuts for big oil, etc...) that got us here today.

      It's no wonder the GOP wants to cut education funding... if you have and use an education, they are incredible transparent.

      November 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  5. jean2009

    Obama -Biden 2012

    August 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |