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The America Enterprise Institute seldom has much positive to say about the impact of California’s leftist public policies on business and job growth in the less-than-Golden State. But AEI’s blog pointed to Monday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment report to show that conservative Texas continues to crush liberal California in job growth.
The real action in Texas Tuesday wasn’t the klieg lights on Texas Governor Rick Perry being booked after vetoing funding for Travis County’s District Attorney and YouTube sensation Rosemary Lehmberg, it was that Texas businesses have continued to add more than 1,000 jobs every day over the last 12 months. Despite leading the nation again with 46,600 in July, there was no big celebration in Texas. In the Friendship State, job creation is just business as usual.
But in California, officials were high fiving that Employment Development Department data “showed state’s unemployment rate remained flat at 7.4%” last month and that they actually picked up 27,700 jobs in the latest BLS report.
The U.S. economy was hit hard in the Great Recession, but since December 2007, Texas has added 1,078,600 net new jobs versus California’s 69,400 net new jobs. That works out to a ratio of more than 15 new workers added to Texas State’s payrolls for every one worker added to California payrolls.
The ranks of non-teachers – such as administrators, counselors, teacher aides and cafeteria workers – has swelled 130 percent since 1970 and they now make up 50 percent of all public school employees according to a new study, The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach.
Looking at data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that the growth of non-teaching staff has greatly outpaced student growth over the past four decades.
From 1970 to 2010, the number of students grew by 8.6 percent, while the number of non-teaching personnel increased by 130 percent. Non-teachers now consume over a quarter of all education expenditures, the study found.
In addition, America now spends a greater percentage of its education funding on non-teachers than any other country in the world besides Denmark.
A previous study from the Friedman Foundation, The School Staffing Surge, found that “states could have saved more than $24 billion annually if they had increased/decreased the employment of administrators and other non-teaching staff at the same rate as students between 1992 and 2009.”
However, test scores and graduation rates show little evidence of improvement despite the explosive growth of non-teaching positions.
“As I showed in my study,” Ben Scafidi, author of The School Staffing Surge, told CNSNews.com, “student achievement in public schools did not rise between 1970 and 2008–even though staffing skyrocketed.”
With the exception of these two reports, the sharp increase in non-teaching public school employees has received little media attention or public scrutiny. That may be due in part to the difficulty in getting recent data on the trend.
Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling.
Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact:
This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country.
I didn’t realize it but as I started thinking about it and growing up, because as a kid going to college, you know I was all into the Democratic Party and everything; then I started realizing they helped destroy our communities and we’re supposed to be celebrating electing these people.
One of the towns in our areas, Camden, is still suffering. I want to put an end to this.
He goes on to explain further how the Democratic party and its policies have impacted youth, the economy, and more. He has some not-so-complementary things to say about the President as well.
In today’s world, a job is not just a paycheck. It’s an opportunity to express oneself in a positive and productive way. But there are ways to find contentment in life without having a dream job. One way is to try to find fulfillment in another aspect of one’s life. Whether it’s spending more meaningful time with family or taking time each day to throw oneself fully into something he or she is passionate about, seeking fulfillment in other ways can lessen whatever stress or unhappiness one experiences at work.
There are also situations where it’s good to just move on. Sometimes a fulfilling job can turn into an unfulfilling one as time passes. There is no shame in trying all avenues to find fulfillment, and sometimes that means trying a different industry, or turning a hobby into a full-time career.
Lastly, it is also important to remember where the control lies. While a person’s mood and attitude can be influenced by external forces, he or she can choose to influence them themselves. This may mean moving on, or it may mean working to turn the current situation into a better one. Both require courage and self-awareness, and in most cases, either one can lead to the fulfilling career we each desire.
Being a good speaker is easy, but being a good listener is a lot harder. If you’re trying to work on your listening skills, The Wall Street Journal outlines a few simple tips to help you tune in.
The process here is actually pretty simple:
- Take notes to stay focused while listening (obviously this one doesnn’t work in everyday conversation).
- Paraphrase what you think the speaker said and ask if you’re on target.
- Ask clarifying questions to sharpen the focus of the conversation.
- Notice the speaker’s body language and facial expressions as potential sources ofmeaning.
- Use pauses to reflect or draw out more information.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden declared that America’s jobs picture is brighter than ever.
“Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth,” said Biden in the newly released report supporting the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 1998, which President Obama signed on Tuesday.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reauthorization will use a $1.4 billion “job-driven checklist” tool to “ensure that the $17 billion in federal training funds are used more effectively,” said a senior White House official. The program will also feature a $25 million Department of Labor award to develop a web-based “skills academy” for adult learners.
Obama and Biden’s efforts to cast a positive light on America’s jobs outlook, however, may face headwinds with voters. As the New York Times noted, “In fact, part-time jobs accounted for two-thirds of all new jobs in June.” What’s more, economist Ben Casselman of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight states, “For the 49th time in 50 months, more jobseekers gave up looking than found work.”
Obama and Biden’s upbeat economic outlook stands in contrast to the views of voters. According to Gallup, 56% of Americans believe the economy is getting worse, versus just 39% who say it is improving.
How’s that feminism workin’ out for ya? According to a survey reported in a Psychology Today article, the unhappiest workers are:Female
- 42 years old
- Have a household income under $100,000
- Work in a professional position (i.e., as a doctor or a lawyer).
Sounds exactly like the feminist ideal: a woman who needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. On her own, independent, unburdened, I am woman, hear me roar. Except that she’s not very happy.
The author, Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D., notes that while it is possible the survey is inaccurate (the sample size is only 670 North American white collar workers),
In fact, a comprehensive analysis of the trends in subjective well-being across several decades revealed similar findings regarding female happiness. In The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness published by the American Economic Journal, researchers Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that although women’s life circumstances by most objective measures have improved greatly over the past few decades, women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relatively to men.
So I guess we are stuck with a “paradox.” Reality doesn’t fit with our assumptions. But instead of questioning those assumptions, we just reframe the question. Men and women are exactly the same, so much so that people get to choose which sex they live their lives at. It is all a social construct anyway. Ask any liberal. The “party of science” knows that chromosomes mean nothing.
At the same time the Obama administration once again renewed its Equal Pay push, the White House released salary figures for White House staff. Upon analysis, the Washington Post, among others, concluded that the gender pay gap (as defined by the White House) that has existed since President Obama was elected is as wide as it was in 2009, a thirteen percent difference:
The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent.
In 2009, male employees made an average of about $82,000, compared to an average of $72,700 earned by female employees — also a 13 percent wage gap.
One of the key reasons is that more men hold the higher-paying, senior jobs in the White House, and more women hold the lower-paying, junior jobs.
JOBLESS EU migrants claiming benefits will be booted out of Britain from tomorrow if they show no sign of finding work.
Ministers say the radical measure is an attempt to give Britain the toughest controls on migrants in the world.
It means those who have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for six months will have to undergo “prospect of work” interviews to determine whether they can stay in the country.
Those who do not have a job offer or the imminent prospect of finding work will lose their right to reside in the UK – leaving many liable to be sent home.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “The public have sent a clear message that they are concerned that migrants should contribute to this country and not be drawn here by the attractiveness of our benefits system. Freedom of movement is not a freedom to pick and choose where to claim benefits and we will continue to work with other countries across Europe that share our concerns to ensure we protect the integrity of our benefits system.”
Having a daughter teaches men empathy, humility and nurturing skills, and makes them far more charitable in the workplace
So I understood immediately the implications of a new American study which suggests men with daughters make better bosses, and are more understanding of the obstacles faced by women in the workplace.
The new research echoes the findings of a Danish study, published last year, which suggested that having a daughter brought out men’s “caretaking” side at work. Researchers at Aalborg University looked at how 10,000 men paid their employees over a decade, and discovered that it was fairly standard for male chief executives “to claim a firm’s resources for themselves and their growing family at the expense of their employees”. However, whilst fathers of sons tended to reduce staff wages, those who had daughters rewarded their teams with more money.
The conclusion – and really they could have saved 10 years and a small fortune by buying me and Amy a working lunch instead – was that men with daughters are warmer, more understanding and generous people