THE August unemployment report pegged the unemployment rate at 7.3 percent, the lowest under the Obama presidency.
But Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., looked
behind the numbers and found trouble.
The "unemployment report is jarring news for the millions of Americans who are looking for work," she said. "With workforce participation down to 63.2 percent — the lowest since 1978 — the real fear is that people are so discouraged they have given up looking for a job.
"And with a record of long-term unemployed individuals, I am deeply concerned that number will only continue to grow. It is clear that failed stimulus spending and higher taxes haven't jumpstarted our flailing economy.
"I encourage the president to start showing some leadership and focus on economic initiatives, like the Keystone XL Pipeline, that will create jobs and move our country toward energy independence."
Sadly, the president is not listening to business on these matters. Obamacare is forcing businesses to cut full-time workers to part-time status in order to avoid paying a hefty tax.
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SCOTT Strzelczyk is fed up with more taxation and less representation in state government. He heads the Western Maryland Initiative.
The group wants to have Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties form their own state of roughly 650,000 people.
The five counties happen to be largely Republican in a blue blooded Democratic state.
Among his complaints are the state's high gasoline tax, sales tax and its flush tax, which helps pay for wastewater systems that protect the Chesapeake Bay.
There also are land use restrictions written in Baltimore that adversely affect rural Maryland.
West Virginia's three Eastern Panhandle counties also have their secessionists.
Maybe the eight can get together and form their own state: Grumpyland.
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FOR years, California has been at the forefront of environmental regulation, as its bureaucrats research for new ways to complicate life for marginal benefits to the ecology.
Businesses fled. Even Hollywood has only one-third of the film industry today.