Oh, good: Obama to announce more faux stimulus with $600 million for job training

posted at 1:21 pm on April 16, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I guess random bouts of trifling executive actions are one of the few things he can really manage to do these days — in between flying all over the country to fundraise for Democrats, natch. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, one of the ‘promises’ Obama pronounced was to “train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life. It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs. And if Congress wants to help, you can concentrate funding on proven programs that connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.” …I guess that’s what this is supposed to be, i.e. another chance to talk about how Congress is tying his hands with their obstructionist inaction, via Reuters:

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To try to fill the void, Obama will announce during a visit to Oakdale, Pennsylvania, a plan to use $500 million in existing Labor Department funds to pay for a competition.

The goal of the competition is to spur employers and community colleges to work together and develop training programs that are designed to get workers prepared for specific jobs that already exist.

Another $100 million will be drawn from a Labor Department fund to support programs aimed at training apprentices in new fields with fast-growing occupations such as information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.

Employers need people trained as welders, machinists, dental hygienists and even electrical power line installers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Hey, remember when the economy flowed so smoothly and robustly that people could afford to make investments by themselves, for themselves in career development like dental hygienist training, sans any sort of top-down government spending? Man, those were the days.

Once again, rather than truly reducing the many government barriers to prosperity, the White House just keeps piling them on and inventing more ways to redirect taxpayer dollars toward top-down intervention.


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More government…just what we need…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I got nothin’ but sarcasm :
.

“But this time it’ll WORK !”

listens2glenn on April 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

At this point, he might as well wipe his azz with the money..

ToddPA on April 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Keep printing that money so we can hire some old ACORN workers to train you as a communist community organizer…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 1:25 PM

600 million for job training for motherf***ers that refuse to get a job.

M240H on April 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Does the training include How To Become a Cattle Rancher?…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

That is such a small portion of the stimulus as to be laughable.

Yeah, that’s right. The Weeper of the House has been re-authorizing the stimulus every CR, plus 8%. Thank you baseline budgeting and no budget. Hidden in plain sight is over one trillion dollars in stimulus every year (minus the pathetic sequestration “cuts”).

platypus on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The pig is also doing this

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The training will be done by illegals…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Wake up, America!

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

So Emperor Hussein appropriates funds on his own now?

ConstantineXI on April 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Does the training include How To Become a Cattle Rancher?…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

If only this were so.

tominsd on April 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Another $100 million will be drawn from a Labor Department fund to support programs aimed at training apprentices in new fields with fast-growing occupations such as information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.

 
Wow. The new system is going to be so awesomely awesome we’re having to pay people to consider going into the field.

rogerb on April 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Good grief! I’m so tired of being disgusted by this guy and his followers.

Not to worry, though. In this department, I have remarkable stamina and depth. I just want my fellow Americans to awake.

freedomfirst on April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Obama pronounced was to “train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now

What “good” jobs?

Ditkaca on April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Let me guess: He’s pivoting to jobs?

His polls must be down again.

Socratease on April 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

That is such a small portion of the stimulus as to be laughable.

Yeah, that’s right. The Weeper of the House has been re-authorizing the stimulus every CR, plus 8%. Thank you baseline budgeting and no budget. Hidden in plain sight is over one trillion dollars in stimulus every year (minus the pathetic sequestration “cuts”).

platypus on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

As they say: if something can’t go on forever then it won’t. The only questions are when and how.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

600 million for job training for motherf***ers that refuse to get a job.

M240H on April 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Awesome insight!
You are spot on as I see it.

freedomfirst on April 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Say … what has the Obama fellow been doing during the last 5 years ?

J_Crater on April 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life. It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs.

You would think that employers and community colleges would be making those connections without involvement by the rat-eared wonder waving his magic money stick. But if America’s sugar daddy isn’t handing out money, there would be no excuse for a bunch of stupid partisan parasites to stand behind him and pretend all is well with the nation.

And BTW, anybody else notice that the more pathetic the lazy stupid bastard is, the larger the crowd of props becomes. It makes him appear all the more petty and small.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The pig is also doing this

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

“GM is alive and well, and Al Queda is on the run!!!”

*snort*

BigWyo on April 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Won’t training people for jobs lead to “job lock”?

Bitter Clinger on April 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Gee, what do you think they can do with $500 million that they couldn’t have done with $800 billion ?

I guess there was $799.5 billion in waste, fraud and abuse.

J_Crater on April 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Jobless Lock is the new phase now?

Electrongod on April 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Remember the Good Old Days, when this was called “high school?”

Maddie on April 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Why worry about jobs?
People are out there enjoying time to discover themselves. I bet you it’s tough finding a spot in a sculpting or poetry class, eh Pelosi?

freedomfirst on April 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Like a laser….

d1carter on April 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Won’t training people for jobs lead to “job lock”?

Bitter Clinger on April 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Training people for jobs and hiring people to do a job are two entirely different thing.

Besides, I have to wonder if somebody who doesn’t take the initiative on their own to train to be a welder, machinist, dental hygienist or even electrical power line installer would have the gumption to actually work at a job. The employment one would get as a welder or dental hygienist are not easy jobs like those found at a cube farm in some some government agency.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Shovel-ready jobs”

Ramadahl on April 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

WHAT?

gophergirl on April 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I predict it will be run to exclude those who really need training and will put it to good use. Ya know, US citizens who have been pushed out of the job market. But, it will include all illegal aliens.

jake49 on April 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

What job? I want a list.

Amjean on April 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

He needs some walking around money for his minions in ACORN/OFA. There’s an election coming up ya know.

HumpBot Salvation on April 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But if your over 55 (I’m 61) it doesn’t seem to matter how long you have been a programmer (I’ve been one for 35 years), they don’t want to speak to you.

I find that competence and experience doesn’t count against 30 somethings that will work for low wages and spend 60-70 hours in their cubes for half the amount.

If Obama and/or the Congress wants to get jobs kick started again, they should start to address the ageism that abounds in our companies.

In my case, I’m finally doing what I like to do most, working as a contract journalist, writing for a weekly newspaper. I’ve always written part time and I have had a number of my pays published and produced. But salary wise, I feel like I am performing community service.

Money wise, I would still take programming over writing.

Walter L. Newton on April 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

“Plays” published…

Walter L. Newton on April 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Hey Barry, Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe beat you to the punch!

Sven on April 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

OT but too good not to point out.

That ad showing Mary Landrieu taking Obama to task? Yeah not so much…….

However, the footage was staged. The ad attempts to reenact things Landrieu did say in a hearing in July 2013, but several details are clearly different. Landrieu has a different appearance, a different outfit and different people sitting behind her.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

$600 million for job training.

0 jobs.

Yup, that sounds like a government operation to me.

Good Lt on April 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Walter L. Newton on April 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Not to be argumentative but is it really ageism that employers opt for cheaper labor over experience? If you and a twenty-something are doing the exact same job (i.e. your experience isn’t a critical factor) it really isn’t age discrimination of the company goes for the individual willing to work for less.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Dump Common Core and give the kids in school real education and training. A good vocational style training where these kids can learn useful skills such as construction, auto mechanics, oilfield services, electronics, or something that requires sweat would prepare them for a job,other than picking up a government check, right out of high school.

DAT60A3 on April 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

A government contest to pick winners and losers.

Who could possibly object to such a worthwhile use of my taxes?

Drained Brain on April 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Not to be argumentative but is it really ageism that employers opt for cheaper labor over experience? If you and a twenty-something are doing the exact same job (i.e. your experience isn’t a critical factor) it really isn’t age discrimination of the company goes for the individual willing to work for less.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

It’s when you sit in a job interview and the manager says “you don’t fit the corporate culture” which I have been told by recruiters is a catch phrase for “you are too old.”

And I have been willing to work for the going wages. My financial need are small, much smaller than you would think for someone 61 years of age. I’ve always managed to pay off my obligations as quickly as possible and down size when needed.

I can afford to work at half or more than half of what I was making at my highest IT wages.

That’s been my experience.

Walter L. Newton on April 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

At an efficiency-of-government rate of about $1M spent per job created, everyone be on the lookout for the 12 jobs coming to a state near you.

Carnac on April 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Gee, I wonder if all this taxpayer money will wind up in the hands of Leftist cronies of this commie regime and have ZERO effect on jobs, unemployment, or anything of use?? I went to sleep one night in America, and woke up in Venezuela. Thanks liberals!

Whitey Ford on April 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Even if all the $600 million was used to train only pharmacists, that comes out to $5,455 per pharmacist. Has anyone ever found even a community college that could train a pharmacist for $5,455?

Anyone who has ever called a customer service representative knows that they need no education beyond a high school diploma. But if we add the software developers, electricians, and pharmacists, that comes out to 856,000 people, and the $600 million fund would provide $700 each. Anybody ever try to train for any job for $700?

Drop, meet bucket.

Steve Z on April 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Will any of these jobs be at the BLM???…

PatriotRider on April 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

“Job training” is code for Acorn-affiliated voter fraud. The funds go to “community-based” agencies embedded in the minority and Hispanic communities. There’s a desperation in the air on the left.

DaNang67 on April 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Oh good, another ‘pivot to jobs’

Maybe the new growth occupation will be ‘marijuana tester’ in those states with legalization.

BTW I wonder if those pot shops that sell pot brownies etc have to have a food license? And get inspected by Health Department…probably not. Anybody in Denver know?

txdoc on April 16, 2014 at 2:16 PM

At an efficiency-of-government rate of about $1M spent per job created, everyone be on the lookout for the 12 jobs coming to a state near you.

Carnac on April 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Hey! don’t forget the 24 bureaucrats to be hired as program coordinators for those 12 jobs! All SEIU members.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 2:17 PM

support programs aimed at training apprentices

Basically, seems like $600 handout to unions – paying for training to create more dues paying members (for those that actually get a job in the end).

HornHiAceDeuce on April 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Boehner and all the RINOs will give him this money.

nobama1267 on April 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

It’s when you sit in a job interview and the manager says “you don’t fit the corporate culture” which I have been told by recruiters is a catch phrase for “you are too old.”

Walter L. Newton on April 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

So….. did you challenge the manager on what he meant by that?

When I was in a job that involved hiring, the company lawyer told me that for every rejection I should have three reasons why. That way it isn’t just because the individiual was a certain gender, race, age, or whatever could be used to sue for discrimination of a protected class. In other words, we didn’t hire Johnny because he howls at the moon but because he didn’t have as much experience as other candidates, didn’t have a Masters degree which is preferred, and has specialized in “X” when the job really requires skills in “Y.”

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

If we’re going to train welfare and many unemployment recipients to make beds and pick crops then I’m all for it!

cajunpatriot on April 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM


Walter L. Newton on April 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Not to be argumentative but is it really ageism that employers opt for cheaper labor over experience? If you and a twenty-something are doing the exact same job (i.e. your experience isn’t a critical factor) it really isn’t age discrimination of the company goes for the individual willing to work for less.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Ah! This reminds me – back in the day I was dealing with a purchasing agent for a company who manufactured tables and chairs.
He had a secretary who was a real dingbat. Rumors were circulating
that the company might be experiencing some financial difficulties.
“The proof was in the pudding” as my grandmother used to say as
one day I walked in to a meeting with engineers and purchasing
agents, only to find out that the $50,000 year purchasing agent I was used to was fired and in his place was the $25,000.00 dingbat.
It did not go well. There is another old say, “You get what you
pay for”.

Amjean on April 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

oops! hit the wrong link – gives new meaning to “read between
the lines – read through the lines.

Amjean on April 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

“Job training” is code for Acorn-affiliated voter fraud. The funds go to “community-based” agencies embedded in the minority and Hispanic communities. There’s a desperation in the air on the left.

DaNang67 on April 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Yep. As I posted above, job training is not the same thing as getting a job. But it is a good way to spread money around some favored interest groups. Next up another $600M for “education programs” to inform the public about the problems of the gays and women. Education programs are even larger a fiction than job training.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

It’d be easier to end federal student loans. That’d accomplish the same result more efficiently and completely.

jhffmn on April 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

It did not go well. There is another old say, “You get what you pay for”.

Amjean on April 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

It’s a trade-off. The reality here though is that this is a $600M gift to supporters. There isn’t anybody out there pining to be a Customer Service Agent…… if only they had the right training.

Obama isn’t proposing training in anything more than the types of jobs individuals go to when they leave their entry-level minimum wage jobs.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Exactly how is it that the GOP controlled House allocated funds such that Obama has discretion over half a billion dollars in the Department of Labor budget? I suspect we got completely screwed in the Ryan-Murray budget, and I blame Ted Cruz for dealing Ryan a weak hand.

thuja on April 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM

aka, funneling $$$$$ to unions cronies.

phatfawzi on April 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM

What an absolute waste of taxpayer money. Nothing good will come from this, and to think this moron runs the Gov.

rjoco1 on April 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

SNIPPED
Anybody ever try to train for any job for $700?

Drop, meet bucket.

Steve Z on April 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

To try to fill the void, Obama will announce during a visit to Oakdale, Pennsylvania, a plan to use $500 million in existing Labor Department funds to pay for a competition.

It does not look like any part of this $500 million is designated for training anyone. It’s only the cost of some sort of completion.

News2Use on April 16, 2014 at 2:47 PM

OK, so this keyboard messed up and that last word – completion – should have been competition.

News2Use on April 16, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Gee, what do you think they can do with $500 million that they couldn’t have done with $800 billion ?

I guess there was $799.5 billion in waste, fraud and abuse.

J_Crater on April 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I had a friend that ran for congress a few years ago. He did the math, and calculated that 800 billion, after adjustment for inflation, would buy 1 Hoover Dam… IN EVERY STATE IN THE UNION. Anyone see a Hoover Dam being built? Anybody? Beuller?

JusDreamin on April 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Employers need people trained as welders, machinists, dental hygienists and even electrical power line installers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Employers need people trained as welders (union), machinists (union), dental hygienists (soon) and even electrical power line installers (union), the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

JusDreamin on April 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

“Job training” is code for Acorn-affiliated voter fraud. The funds go to “community-based” agencies embedded in the minority and Hispanic communities. There’s a desperation in the air on the left.

DaNang67 on April 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Yep, it’s for Democratic Party GOTV efforts, which include resurrecting the dead, transporting people to vote in multiple states and counties, creating new citizens from nothing, registering illegal aliens to vote, etc.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Doesn’t it seem kind of out of whack that the number of customer service reps is more than all of the other three categories combined?

And doesn’t anybody except me realize customer service reps are some of the lowest paid positions around (excluding waitpersons)?

Mitoch55 on April 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years

That strikes me as wildly exaggerated and overblown. But no one will question it.

as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives

Don’t forget the telephone sanitizers… (in tribute to Doug Adams)

according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hmmm… Wonder how many rounds of hollow-point they’ve requested, and if they’ve got snipers too.

bofh on April 16, 2014 at 3:01 PM

By the way, why does the government have to fund training for customer service reps anyway? When I was an inbound telemarketing rep (a long, long time ago), the company paid for a three day training session (for which I was paid) prior to letting me loose on the phone.

Mitoch55 on April 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Why doesn’t he find that $6 BILLION MISSING TAX DOLLARS the State Department can’t find when the books were audited after Hillary took a walk and use some of THAT to fund their B$ project?

easyt65 on April 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

What are you going to train them for?

mixplix on April 16, 2014 at 3:32 PM

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years

Which is not a bad job, if you think the right way… which is a very logic/math oriented process. So if you’re unemployed are math-savvy and logically minded you’ve got a good chance; otherwise not so much.

Getting my degree in CS I could tell who would drop out of the program pretty quickly. When they said “Yeah, I’m good with computers, but I’m not a math guy” that was a red flag. I heard that 4 times, all 4 of them dropped before completing their degree.

But lets pretend people can be cross-trained to anything. My dad is tone-deaf and a bit clumsy; lets have him be concert violinist.

Why not? Isn’t that the magical thinking we’re using here? You can be anything you want… right?

as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists

How is your ability to learn and memorize complex medical interactions? I’m a clever guy, but my memory is not impressive… I’d never learn the requisite skills for this job.

gekkobear on April 16, 2014 at 3:43 PM

I want to know who is underwriting Obysmal’s frequent campaign trips to Pittsburgh with these phony “jobs” programs.

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

And how many of the above-cited jobs are related to Obysmalcare make-work positions? Customer service? You mean like Obysmalcare navigators or claims representatives?

onlineanalyst on April 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Oh, good: Obama to announce more faux stimulus with $600 million for job training

Thieves.

Liars.

Criminals.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM

American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Doesn’t it seem kind of out of whack that the number of customer service reps is more than all of the other three categories combined?

And doesn’t anybody except me realize customer service reps are some of the lowest paid positions around (excluding waitpersons)?

Mitoch55 on April 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Couldn’t you call a waitperson a customer-service representative?

Way the by, where are the numbers on how many yard-maintenance workers needed?

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM