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By D.A. King
“A lot of big companies, even outside the tech sector, are announcing the elimination of executive positions.”
The below is taken from today’s National Review “Morning Jolt” – Jim Geraghty.
On the menu today: Remember how, at the end of July, President Biden and his team insisted that two consecutive quarters of shrinking GDP didn’t mean the country was in a recession? Well, companies big and small are announcing layoffs more frequently these days, indicating that we’re in a period of not-so-subtle belt-tightening. Meanwhile, the projections for energy costs ahead of this coming winter are increasingly ominous, the decline in unleaded-gasoline prices has stopped, and a long-simmering national housing shortage may be catching up with us. But hey, apparently Biden intends to tout his economic record as the midterm elections approach.
The Quiet Recession
About two weeks ago, a smart friend of mine who works on supply-chain issues observed that, “Based on what I’m hearing throughout all the industries that I work with, this month’s job report might be brutal. People are getting skinny everywhere they can, so that they don’t lose their [butts]. Unfortunately, that means huge groups of people getting fired.” (“Getting skinny” means cutting operating costs.)
And, like everything else, once you start looking for something, you start seeing signs of it everywhere.
Meta — you know, Facebook — plans “to cut expenses by at least 10 percent in the coming months, in part through staff reductions.” Google is eyeing similar cuts, with CEO Sundar Pichai characterizing it as “being a bit more responsible through one of the toughest macroeconomic conditions underway in the past decade.” Twilio has announced plans to lay off 11 percent if its workforce, and Snap has announced plans to lay off 20 percent of its workforce.
A lot of big companies, even outside the tech sector, are announcing the elimination of executive positions. The Gap is eliminating 500 corporate jobs. Boeing has announced that it will eliminate about 150 positions in finance and accountingin October. Last month, Walmart announced that it would eliminate 200 corporate jobs.
FedEx is enacting a hiring freeze and closing more than 90 FedEx Office locations.
It’s not just big brand companies: It’s also an ice-cream plant in New York; it’s also a slew of hospitals nationwide. God help you if you work in real estate: “Some of the biggest players in the real estate industry, including RE/MAX, Redfin and Wells Fargo, have announced layoffs in recent months totaling thousands of jobs. Industry analysts are projecting the cuts could eventually be on par with what was seen during the housing crash of 2008.”
None of these individual company moves, by themselves, are likely to make a big difference in the national jobs numbers, and you can find companies announcing layoffs in any month. But cumulatively, these announcements suggest that we’re in a period of not-so-subtle belt-tightening. Businesses doesn’t know what to expect in the coming months, except higher costs to heat their facilities this winter. The stock markets are jittery. Sooner or later, those rising interest rates will reduce customer demand — which should reduce inflation, but will also lower sales, profits, and eventually, jobs.
Of course, in some people’s minds, the economy can’t be sputtering, because the guy they like is in the White House, and the party they prefer controls Congress. And the pressure to align an assessment of the economy with partisan needs is never stronger than in the final months and weeks before Election Day.
Last week, President Biden attended a Democratic National Committee event held at National Education Association headquarters — yet another sign of how those two organizations are now so symbiotic that they’re becoming indistinguishable — and took a victory lap about how well the economy is doing:
We passed the American Rescue Plan, which lifted this nation from economic crisis to economic recovery. And every single Republican voted for it. [Note: Biden meant every single Republican voted against it.] Nearly 10 million more jobs have been created since I’ve been President — the highest number of jobs in that period of time of any President of the United States of America. We have a 3.7 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in 50 — more than 50 years; a record number of new — record number of new small businesses created; and over 668,000 new manufacturing jobs in America.
The same day, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre offered this remark:
This is one of the strongest job markets that we have seen on record. And, and so, what we are seeing – and I’ve said this before; you’ve heard this from Brian Deese — is a transition to a more steady and stable growth. And that’s what we’re currently seeing and in the process of moving the economy into.
That “steady and stable growth” she’s referring to is two consecutive quarters of declining GDP. The White House message is, “You’ve never had it so good.
By D.A. King
We will save this post until January, 2023 when the GA legislature begins session
Breitbart News and several other outlets ran a story “Stacey Abrams: Illegal Migrants Should Get Cheap College Slots” last week on the fact that Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has advanced the “we want instate tuition for illegal aliens in public colleges” campaign ploy for the “progressive” voters.
“My first belief is that if you finish high school, you should be able to attend any college to which you are qualified to attend, no matter what your documentation says .. [because] we are growing the next generation of leaders,” Abrams told an audience Wednesday at Valdosta State University.”
Most pro-enforcement Americans recognize that offering any sort of reward or encouragement to any form of illegal immigration serves to encourage more illegal immigration. Pro-enforcement Americans should fight everything that encourages illegal immigration.
A video of the 2018 runner-up in the race for Georgia governor spouting her support for instate tuition for illegals featured in the Breitbart piece tagged as being a product of the “GOP War Room.” I can’t be sure who exactly runs the GOP War Room but it looks like somebody from the Republican side who “stalks” the Abrams campaign made it in an effort to illustrate her willingness to reward illegal aliens and put them in front of Americans in America.
Related: The average tuition & fees for Colleges in Georgia is $4,739 for in-state and $17,008 for out-of-state #HB120 #HB 932
In the heat of the race for governor, Abrams position is rightly depicted as being too far out on the left for sensible Georgia voters. We agree. But we note (along with Breitbart writer Neil Munro in the above report) that the fact it was Republicans who advanced legislation under Georgia’s Capitol Gold Dome in the last several years to change state law in order to reward illegal aliens with instate tuition while American and legal immigrant students from other states would still be forced to pay the much higher tuition rates. Last year’s edition of this tuition sell out was HB 120 from Dalton Rep Kasey Carpenter. And Republicans – including Rome Rep Katie Dempsey – who voted to advance HB 120 out of the House Higher Education Committee. Only the spread of too much information from the Dustin Inman Society stopped the bill from going to the floor. It was a Republican who introduced HB 932 that would have changed state law so that refugees, Special Visa Immigrants and some other foreigners could bypass the existing one year wait on accessing instate tuition in our public colleges after they had “migrated” to Georgia. Americans who move to Georgia would still be required to wait for a year to get the much cheaper rates.
We write this up merely to illustrate that for Republicans in September of 2022 the concept that a radical, far-left Democrat advocating that instate tuition be given to illegal aliens is viewed as a very bad idea to be rejected by voters.
We’ll save this for January, 2023 when the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the far left again push their demand that the Republican-controlled legislature give instate tuition to illegal aliens.
By D.A. King
Update: Aug 20, 2022: Half of US companies gearing up for layoffs, survey suggests
Georgia’s congressional delegation remains deeply divided, politically, but they are in agreement on one thing: the state needs more workers.
Members of congress from both parties spoke Tuesday in Macon, in an event hosted by the Georgia Chamber.
Republican Rep. Buddy Carter, who represents the state’s 1stCongressional District, says Georgia’s worker shortage is not hard to miss.
“Ride down the road, you see ‘Help Wanted’ signs everywhere,” Carter said. “You see businesses closing early and cutting back on their business hours because they don’t have the help.”
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democrat, says a significant reason for this labor shortage is the steep drop in immigration over the last six year…
Read there entire report from the liberal WABE News here.
By D.A. King
Partial update: They passed. Voting records on both bills described below, HB 34 and HB 268. More coming along with entire list of House members to whom I sent “heads up” warnings about these two pieces of legislation long before they voted.
ATTENTION REPUBLICAN SENATORS: UPDATE March 11, 2021 8:54 AM: Easy way to amend to insure belt and suspenders care: “Nothing contained in this Code section shall be construed to invalidate, override, or amend any licensing compact entered into by the State of Georgia or to permit the issuance of a license without verification under Code Section 50-36-1.“ Which is what Sen Thompson did on SB 45, lines 48 & 49.
Professional licenses are public benefits in Georgia. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is well aware of that fact as they opposed the law that created it. I was there.
We have been here before, just a few weeks ago: (“Libertarian pushed Gold Dome ‘reciprocity’ bill…”) would dismantle screening process for illegal aliens accessing professional licenses.”)
The people who run Georgia are tired of the “mo’ money” delays involved in the process of verifying lawful immigration status of applicants for public benefits.
Georgia law (OCGA 50-36-1) put in place in 2006 and improved several times after that says that applicants for public benefits must swear they are either U.S.citizen or an eligible alien on a notarized affidavit. They are supposed to show “Secure and Verifiable ID” Then, that lawful presence status is supposed to be checked in a federal database called SAVE (SAVE is not doing their job correctly and we will expose that fact after session). But the state law still stands. Professional licenses are public benefits. Contrary to the mislabeling by numerous state and local departments that administer public benefits, this is not a “citizenship affidavit” – but a verification affidavit. One need not be a U.S. citizen to qualify for benefits, merely a lawfully present alien.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is asking House members to vote yes on at least two bills, HB 34 and HB 268. While we have not had time to carefully study these bills (update, Feb 27. we were correct on initial analysis), a quick appraisal tells us they are designed to provide “reciprocity” with other states on professional licenses – and to skip the verification process described above.
If an individual who has a license to be an occupational therapist in California, for example, moves to Georgia the plan is eliminate much of the licensing process here to put this person to work almost instantly – and to bypass the Georgia law for immigration verification.
These bills are apparently on the Rules calendar today. I have notified several members with the below and they tell me they will now vote “no” – and that author (s) are not aware of existing law.
Sent to several members and to Kim in the Speaker’s office this morning:
“After a very quick look: HB 34 has no language I can see that requires compliance with OCGA 50-36-1 (verification of lawful presence for public benefits). Professional licenses are public benefits . A yes vote is a vote to dismantle existing law on illegal immigration. In a state with more illegals than AZ. The senate will take careful note of that fact. I promise. A 30 second “isn’t it true” question should wake people up? I assume same for Chamber of Commerce HB 268. Reciprocity write up here.
Unless I have missed it in a big hurry, here they all need: “Nothing contained in this Code section shall be construed to invalidate, override, or amend any licensing compact entered into by the State of Georgia or to permit the issuance of a license without verification under Code Section 50-36-1.”
Updated – Libertarian pushed Gold Dome ‘reciprocity’ bill (HB147) would dismantle screening process for illegal aliens accessing professional licenses *UPDATED WITH ADDITION OF IDENTICAL SENATE BILL (SB45) INFO
Military spouse not automatically legal immigrant. Wash Post story:
Below are two letters put on House member’s desks on the floor today.
By D.A. King
United States Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donahue says it is “crucial” that businesses be allowed to continue importing foreign visa workers even as 30 million Americans remain unemployed due to the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
Donahue sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking that he not halt foreign visa worker programs — such as the H-1B visa, the L visa, the H-2B visa, and the OPT program — claiming businesses need the foreign workers to fill American jobs. Read the rest here at Breitbart News.
By D.A. King
By D.A. King
SB 195 is yet another Republican bill under the Gold Dome apparently aimed at dismantling law we worked to put in place making life more difficult for illegal aliens. It passed the senate on March 6 without any member voting against it (vote record on the bottom).
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce goal is to allow a spouse of a member of the U.S. military and their spouses to see a fast track to obtaining a professional or occupational license. According to the bill, generally, if a spouse of a member of the military moves to Georgia and already “holds a current and valid license to practice a profession, business, or trade issued by another state for an occupation with a similar scope of practice in this state” the Georgia licensing process will be “expedited.”
Professional and occupational licenses are “public benefits” under state law.
Bills we worked to see passed in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 deal with a verification system in which applicants for occupational and professional licenses must swear on an affidavit they are eligible for the public benefit because of U.S. citizenship of are have “lawful presence.” That system is set up in OCGA 50-36-1. That existing verification system should not be waived for anyone, including a spouse of a member of the military who could be in the U.S. illegally.
The bill is easily fixed with the addition of this sentence: “Nothing contained in this Code section shall be construed to permit the issuance of a license without verification under Code Section 50-36-1.”
Please contact your own state Rep and point this out? We doubt this is the only such bill.
Also please contact the chairman of the House Regulated Industries committee, Rep Alan Powell at his Gold Dome office 404-463-3793 – firstname.lastname@example.org . just leave a polite message on voice mail or with the staffer who answers the phone: We are watching SB 195 and want to be sure you add ‘belt and suspenders’ language to keep illegal aliens out of our occupational and professional licensing process.”
By D.A. King
Please see the “ACTION NEEDED” instructions in red below.
Below: Two bad GOP illegal immigration-related bills and a bonus (GOP) bill that creates a new tax in Georgia.
A reminder: Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than Arizona and more illegals than green card holders. Conservative logic is that we should not do anything to make our state more attractive to illegal immigration.
Nearing the end of the 2023 legislative session this is likely the week GOP leadership will make decisions on what bills they want to see passed – and which ones they know voters don’t want. Please make your voices heard in Atlanta? Please see the “ACTION NEEDED” instructions in red below.
Talking back really does make a difference! I’ll wash your car. D.A. King (Thanks, Scott).
The senate is calling this bill “school choice.” We call it needlessly rewarding and encouraging illegal immigration into our state. It is easy to have “school choice” without including illegal aliens.
To avoid future Democrat border scams and insure security and common sense use of state taxpayer dollars, these “Promise Scholarships” should only go to U.S. citizens and green card holders – and illegal alien parents should not have the ability to apply to the state for the scholarship or participate in any part of the administration of the proposed new state grant.
Note: SB 233 was rushed through before most people – including many senators – could learn about its contents. It passed in the senate with every Republican voting “YES.” It is now in the House committee system (House Education committee).
–>ACTION NEEDED TODAY AND EVERYDAY THIS WEEK: Please call the office of the speaker of the House (404-656-5020) and leave a short, polite message with the nice young staffer: “Please tell the Speaker I heard about SB 233 from D.A. King on Scott Ryfun’s ‘Straight Talk’ radio show and urge him to hold the rushed-up bill until next year so that all legislators can be educated on the illegal immigration aspect and have time to change the bill language so that only U.S. citizens and green card holder have anything to do with the new proposed scholarship benefits. Please slow down on “school choice.”
Then call your own state Rep’s office with the same message. Contact info for all state Reps here.
Note: This bill has passed the GOP-controlled Senate. Only one GOP senator voted “NO” The bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Higher Education Committee Wednesday after lunch.
–>ACTION NEEDED TODAY: Please call the office of the Speaker of Houseagain (404-656-5020) and leave a message with the staffer: “Please tell the Speaker I called to say SB 112 as passed the senate is a ridiculous effort that includes illegal aliens and would help Joe Biden settle more illegals in Georgia. The proposed new Adult Education benefit should only go to U.S. citizens and green card holders. Please remind him that it is illegal to hire illegal aliens. Change the bill or kill it.”
HB 170 (Rep Kasey Carpenter, R – Dalton) : This Republican bill actually creates a new state tax. This time on downloaded digital products. You can see a 20 second explanation of the bill from the sponsor here. It quietly passed the House with only four Republicans voting “NO.” It is now in the state senate committee system (Finance committee). A shameless tool of special interests, Rep Carpenter is the sponsor of the instate tuition plus 10% for illegal aliens with Obama’s illegal DACA status bill (HB 131) that we stopped for the year in the House. It would have required Americans from other states to pay higher public college tuition than illegal aliens with DACA who live in Georgia.
–>ACTION NEEDED TODAY: Please call the office of the Lt. Governor (404-656-5030) and leave a short, polite, message with the young staffer who answers the phone: “Please tell the Lt. Governor that we are watching to see if he puts bill that creates a new state tax up for a vote. We are watching HB 170. We have memories like elephants and we know he allowed a bill to pass the senate that includes illegal alien parents in the “school choice” bill, SB 233.”
By D.A. King
Education for state legislators
We judge the bill to be un-American in its current iteration.
Georgia Promise Scholarship Act (2023 version) Senator Greg Dolezal, lead sponsor. See cosponsors here.
SB 233 LC 49 1349
Note: All of the obvious problems outlined below can easily be resolved by using already offered language that clearly and openly limits benefits for, access to and authority over the use of state funds for K-12 scholarships to U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) who have submitted documents proving that status. I was asked for this draft language in 2022 and sent it to senior House members then. I received no reply. I have since traded emails with Sen. Greg Dolezal on that draft language and know that he has read it and finds “language like this “appropriate.” He has declined to respond to two requests for a meeting. Coming soon: Sen. Dolezal and his campaign promises on “sanctuary cities.” dak
State funds are deposited into a consumer directed account on behalf of a participating student to be used for qualified expenses and distribution is ordered by “parents.”
Parents of the participating K-12 student submit the application (line 84) for the state to send funds to an account set up for the student and ‘promise’ (line 77) to only use the state funds for qualified services – which are basic education of the student.
“Parents” include legal guardians, custodian or “other person” (line 30) with legal authority to act on behalf of the student of the student living in Georgia.
The above definition of “parent” does not exclude illegal aliens.
Georgia media does not usually report that the Biden administration has been shipping “UACs” into the interior of the United States and puts them into the custody of illegal aliens – including in Georgia.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, only six states have a larger population of illegal aliens than Georgia (table 3, page 5). The anti-enforcement GBPI has passed on stats that show we have more illegal aliens than green card holders (pie chart).
The above fact should point out the very real likelihood that if this all becomes law, we will watch as authority to request $6000.00 per year in taxpayer dollars is turned over to illegal alien ‘parents’ who have been awarded the power to order up dispersal of those funds with the ‘promise’ it will be done within the guidelines of the Act.
This brings up another “Act.” The federal Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that illegal aliens defy. Here we also mention a long list of state and federal laws that illegal aliens violate literally every day – including employment laws and use of false or stolen ID and Social Security numbers. There is no reason to believe the illegal aliens won’t happily take advantage of the lack of security in the current version of SB 233.
“Parents” also make up a review committee (line 193) that would have authority to determine the validity of expenses paid for by the “parents” on behalf of the student. Again, we see the likelihood that illegal aliens could easily be deciding what constitutes an eligible expense and how state funds are used.
A “student” is eligible if his “parents” reside in Georgia (line 73).
Considering illegal immigration, when we drill down through the bill’s references to various code sections students are ineligible (lines 74-76) for the new state benefit under the same guidelines created for Title IX circa 1972 when the world, the U.S. and Georgia were very different places. Title IV noncitizen eligibility here.
The fact that the Biden administration has compromised the integrity of the Title IX eligibility guidelines should not be a reason for Georgia legislators to do join in and do the same in the name of “school choice.”
These parameters make hundreds of thousands of inadmissible aliens from all over the planet who have been illegally granted blanket “parole” by the Biden administration and herded into the U.S. eligible for the proposed “Promise Scholarship” benefits provided by Georgia taxpayers in this version of “school choice” in SB 233. The Biden “parole” scam is ongoing.
As is, SB 233 creates the scenario in which illegal alien/paroled parents can be in charge of dispersing state funds and determination of the eligible use of those funds for payment of private school tuition for paroled (otherwise illegal alien students) eligible.
Statistics taken from official Border patrol reports show that in the period Oct 2021 – Sept 2022 (FY 2022) about 380,000 otherwise illegal aliens were released into the nation under Biden’s (illegal) parole program. Immigration watchdogs are asking “How Long Does Biden’s DHS Wait to Put Paroled Border Migrants into Removal Proceedings?” (see Parole `+ATD in table).
I am working on cobbling numbers together to reflect the number of “parolees” created by Biden from what were previously known as “illegal aliens” in the first five months of FY 2023, but we anticipate those numbers will be similar to FY 2022. Georgia is already a very popular state for illegal “migration.” Offering private school tuition to paroled parents and students will only increase that attractiveness.
Twenty GOP states are challenging Biden’s illegal border parole hustle in a Texas federal court – GA is not one of them.
Unless I have overlooked it, there is no mention of any caps, limits or “subject to appropriations” disclaimer in the bill. This was not the case in some previous measures aimed at “school choice.” It can be assumed that the intent and expectation is that the state budget will always include provisions to accommodate funding for all eligible students.
At least one previous bill included a lottery system to determine winners and losers in the event there was not sufficient funding to benefit all eligible applicants. We hope this possibility is made clear to legislators and voters as that scenario creates a possibility of illegal alien ‘parents’ and or paroled students winning that lottery while American students and parents watch them access state benefits that are unavailable to the citizen families.
Please see also: “New “school choice” bill in GA Senate would provide state benefit to Biden’s illegally paroled, inadmissible “migrants” – formerly known as “illegal aliens” SB 233.
Updated, March 2, 2023, 5:45 PM. Removed my personal opinion of Senators Dixon and Dolezal. Added copy on top that SB 233 did not come out of Rules committee.
Contact info for the Georgia delegation in Washington DC here. Just click on their name.