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BHO’s minimum wage increase harms, not helps, workers
The Military Times reports on a damaging repercussion of the mandated increase in the minimum wage for companies with federal contracts.
When Obama signed the executive order unilaterally hiking the minimum wage, employees of such companies —- workers at traditionally entry level jobs —- were jubilant. But that cheer will be short-lived for those who find themselves unemployed. The hourly pay increase to $10.10 from $7.25, is causing many fast food concessions on military bases to request release from their contracts
The new rules must be part of any contract we negotiate,” said Kathleen Martin, a Navy Exchange Service Command (NESCOM) spokeswoman. Many vendor partners have verbally indicated hesitation to accept contract changes reflecting the revised wage rules.
“At the end of the day, there will be fewer jobs,” said an industry source. “And for [the contractors] who stick it out, there will be higher costs and the customers will pay more.”
Labor Department rules issued last fall for fast food workers on federal contracts under the Service Contract Act require an increase in the minimum wage. The rules also require payment of new, additional “health and welfare” benefits at a rate of $3.81 per hour to those employees.
Four restaurants chains, including McDonald’s outlets, are slated for closure on Navy installations, according to NESCOM officials. Two other contractors —- a name-brand sandwich eatery and a name-brand pizza parlor —- have asked to be released from their Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts to operate fast food restaurants at two other installations, according to AAFES
These closings “are the tip of the iceberg,” the source said. “I don’t think anybody has realized what the far-reaching effects of this will be.”
At the time of Obama’s signing of this executive order, critics of the mandate correctly charged that raising the minimum wage would have an adverse effect, discouraging businesses from hiring more workers at a time when job growth is sorely needed. It would also negatively impact young workers who typically take these entry level jobs.
Just 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 are currently employed, according to a Pew Research Center study. That’s the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948. One in four 18 to 34 year olds have moved back in with their parents after living on their own.
Yet in 2012, Obama irrationally carried the youth vote nationally by 60 percent. This liberal demographic clearly is not paying attention.
No mention of God in the entire two hour movie
Breitbart News’ Senior Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro has done a masterful job in his review of the newly released film, Noah —- widely anticipated as a family film with a rich Biblical morality factor.
The traditional Biblical morality epic has been turned on its ear, with fanciful dramatic fabrications by director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky, an admitted atheist. The concept of sin has been transformed into destruction of the environment and animals. Further, Noah and his family are unrecognizable as the righteous beings chosen by God, as portrayed in the Biblical account.
The weather is ideal. Plan a bike ride. Go on a picnic. Plant a tree. Take a hike — away from Noah.
Within short order, a legal complaint was lodged with the government’s Human Rights Tribunal in Ontario, where McGregor demanded that Mahrouk give her a haircut.
The Toronto Sun‘s Ezra Levant wrote, “In the past, human rights commissions have been a great ally to gay activists, since traditionally, these activists have complained against Christians. And white Christians are the one ethnic identity group that human rights commissions don’t value, and that multiculturalism doesn’t include.
In recent years, Canadian human rights commissions have weighed a complaint about a women’s-only health club that refused a pre-operative transsexual male who wanted to change in the locker rooms.
They’ve ordered bed and breakfasts owned by Christian families to take in gay couples. They’ve censored pastors and priests who have criticized same-sex marriage. Gays win, because it’s a test of who is most outraged and offended.”
One might expect that in the case of the Muslim barber, the homosexual activists had met their match — if the test is who can be the most offended or most politically correct.
Read how the issue was actually resolved months after the complaint was filed.
This sensible editorial, “In the great Toronto haircut debate, common sense should prevail,” ran in the Toronto Star. In Arizona, the state’s newspaper of record relentlessly used its editorial and reporting contrivance bully pulpit to promote bias against the faith-based.
Caving to pressure exerted by loud special interest groups and mass demonstrations, Gov. Jan Brewer has exhibited her cowardly leadership skills by vetoing SB 1062, the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
Brewer’s letter to Senate President Andy Biggs justifying her veto can be read here.
Though nearly a dozen prominent law professors from prestigious schools across the United States have urged Brewer to take a deeper look at a bill that has been “egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics,” she has bowed to threats from a more vocal minority — homosexual activists and the leftwing media who have relentlessly pressed for a veto.
Read the letter signed by eleven legal scholars — Democrats and Republicans — here.
“As these legal scholars rightly point out, the misrepresentations about the bill have been egregious,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Douglas Napier. (Listen to his sound bite.) “It has nothing to do with refusing someone a sandwich. It has everything to do with making Arizona a safe place for people to freely live out their faith. The falsehoods need to be exposed for what they are.”
Given the raucous demonstrations accompanied by cries of discrimination surrounding the issue of religious liberty SB 1062 has engendered here in Arizona, it’s worth asking the question, “Just where does all the money advancing the ‘gay’ agenda come from?” Michael Voris, who produces ChurchMilitant.TV, provides the answer.
Voris’ own religious perspective is Catholic, but his words hold truth regardless of one’s faith.
We urge you to watch the enlightening “Pink Money.”
There is no discriminatory language pertaining to “gays’ or anyone else contained in SB 1062. That fact has not kept it from becoming a rallying cry for those relentlessly pushing the homosexual agenda.
The Arizona Republic, leading the charge against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, “came out” long ago, as we previously pointed out in the post In their very gay element at the daily.
These past few days we in Arizona have been hearing a lot about discrimination — from a single perspective. Just as SB 1070 spitefully transmogrified into the “show me your papers” law, SB 1062 is now gaining traction among liberals as the “OK-to-discriminate” bill. The fact that neither designation is factual means little to those spewing the falsehoods.
The issue to ponder as this bill has taken on a life of its own — fed by a frenzied media and fervent homosexual rights proponents — is who is actually oppressed? There is no question religion in under attack in America.
It’s important to understand that SB 1062 simply strengthens protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination toward people of faith. Our country was founded upon the First Amendment and our right to freely exercise our religious beliefs.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
The Free Exercise clause prohibits the government from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion. The significance of the Free Exercise of Religion Clause is its affirmation of the value of religion in American culture.
Organized pressure is mounting against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is now on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk. Clamoring demonstrators, armed with signs and loud voices, have parked themselves at the state capitol, playing for the willing media, while conservative supporters of the bill are at work.
Absurdities rule the day. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have, of course, weighed in, imploring a veto. Bowing to pressure, state legislators who voted for the bill are peeling away and opportunistic gubernatorial candidates are preening to the cameras. Threats of relocating the 2015 Super Bowl are stirred into the bawdy brew by a previously unheard of Democrat governor from Delaware. The Drudge Report headlines with a photo of Arizona Gov. Brewer topping SHOWDOWN IN AZ.
Read The Christian Post’s in-depth analysis of the issue. Then sit back and wait for Brewer’s veto pen to scratch across SB 1062 — exactly as she’s been advised to do by her left-leaning McAdvisors.
The concept of America as a “melting pot,” where people of many ethnicities came together as citizens to joyfully celebrate the uniqueness of being proud, assimilated Americans, embracing our remarkable history as their own — is regrettably out of style. Today, to the detriment of this country, multiculturalism and diversity take center stage.
To a large extent, the far-left education establishment has aided in this destructive trend, teaching relativism, and instilling the idea that no culture is superior to any other when comparing systems of morality, law or politics. The theoretical concept that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, goes hand-in-hand with the implementation of Common Core Standards, which are alive and well and being implemented by the administrators at Fort Collins High School in Colorado.
When the student council at Fort Collins High proposed a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week the students opted for “’Merica Monday“ —- and requested their classmates dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly dismissed by administrators who deemed “’Merica Day” celebrations offensive to the school’s “international” students.
The Coloradoan newspaper reports that students suggested a compromise in “My Country Monday,” which would allow students to celebrate any country they chose. School administrators originally turned that option down, also, but on Monday agreed it was okay since Principal Mark Eversole ultimately told students he thought it was a good way for students to show pride in their country of origin.
One senior said she thought the school’s decision was hypocritical, given that students celebrate the Mexican cultural holiday of Cinco de Mayo. She also believed prohibition of “’Merica Monday” was an affront to students and their family members who have served in the Armed Forces.
According to this analysis in US News & World Report, Fort Collins High has 30% minority enrollment and over a quarter of the student body are considered to be “economically disadvantaged.”
More to the point, they are “educationally disadvantaged” with this type of contemptible instruction.
Todd Starnes, writing for Fox News, has written an excellent commentary on this topic.
Today marks the 41st anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court travesty known as Roe v. Wade, when our nation’s highest court inexplicably ruled that state sanctioned slaughter of the most innocent was found in the previously unheard of right to privacy.
Over the intervening years, an estimated fifty-six million pre-born human babies have been killed — residing in what ought to be the safest place on Earth — the sanctuary of their mother’s uterus.
And just two days after the nation commemorated Martin Luther King’s birthday, comes this shocking statistic from New York: More black babies were aborted in the city than were born alive. Yet despite that disgraceful fact, New York’s liberal Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that pro-life advocates have “no place in the state of New York.” The Weekly Standard reports Cuomo is now backtracking his contemptible intolerance after calls for his resignation.
Abortion is the Number One Killer of black Americans. More than HIV. More than diabetes. More than heart disease. More than cancer. Abortion snuffs out more black lives than all other causes of death, combined —according to the CDC.
The encouraging news is the abortion-on-demand trend is meeting public opposition. This Marist poll, released today, indicates more than six in 10 Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong. Just two percent of Americans indicated that it was not a moral issue. Andrew Cuomo, a father of three, is among that razor-slim minority.
Liberal federal judge enacts social engineering, dismisses support of 76% of voters for traditional marriage as “irrational”
A federal judge has declared Oklahoma’s law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman to be “irrational” and well as unconstitutional. Read his 68-page Opinion and Order here.
“The Court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern — as he emulated other courts engaged in in the liberal practice of fundamentally transforming the definition of marriage.
Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment was passed in 2004, shortly after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared that state’s constitution required recognition of same-sex marriages. The Oklahoma ban passed the state Senate by a vote of 38 to 7, and the state House, 92 to 4, making its way to the ballot.
Kern, age 70 and semi-retired, stepped down from the court, assuming senior status in January 2010, yet he was able to subvert the will of 76% of the state’s voters, substituting his judgment for that of 1,075,216 Oklahomans.
His decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by two lesbian couples challenging Oklahoma’s law restricting marriage to a union between one man and one woman. He based his ruling on his conclusion that the Oklahoma ban “intentionally discriminates against same-sex couples desiring an Oklahoma marriage license without a legally sufficient justification [for the discrimination].”
Adding insult to injury, Kern opined that Oklahomans who passed the constitutional amendment had engaged in “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a government benefit.”
Kern was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 1994 — one of 305 District Court judges appointed by Bill Clinton. He was confirmed by a voice vote, leaving no record of individual yeas or nays.
Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin issued this blistering statement: “The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue. I support the right of Oklahoma’s voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge’s ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once against been ignored by the federal government.”
Ed Whelan’s Bench Notes written for National Review provide a brief but worthy analysis.