California Governor Jerry Brown Embraces 'Continuity' in His Twilight

Here in California, Jerry Brown is poised to march to an unprecedented fourth term in the Governor’s mansion, albeit split by a couple decades. It helps him that immigration-fueled demographic change has made the state entirely run by Democrats. (Pay attention, Republicans who are urged by consultants to go full-tilt amnesty, the fastest route to GOP national suicide lies in adding 30 million big-government Democrat voters to the mix, as shown by the California example.)

Jerry is 76 now, no longer the young guy in a hurry who ran the state according to his own style in the 1970s. He admits in a PBS Newshour interview that he appreciates continuity these days, that change for change sake no longer appeals as much as it once did.

It’s nice to see that Jerry has gained a little wisdom with the years, although the same stubborn liberalism remains, in particular his fondness for illegal aliens. California has the fourth-worst unemployment in the nation, but Jerry is pleased with his licenses for illegal alien drivers, surely a magnet for more.

Did his extensive education not include the economic principle of supply and demand, which works efficiently in labor markets??

The interview touched briefly on the topic of Google tech worker buses being harassed by San Franciscans angry about increased rents in the city, which is another example of supply and demand. Even success has its costs — not news in the real world! (See my recent VDARE.com article: Liberal Civil War in San Francisco: Immigrants And Hipsters Attack Tech Workers).

I’ve pulled the interesting part of the interview below:

Considering the long view for California’s future, Gov. Jerry Brown embraces continuity, PBS Newshour, May 9, 2014

[. . . ] GOV. JERRY BROWN: So, there’s a lot of change out there, and I’m managing it in a way that I think makes sense to me. But it’s — these are tall hills to climb. But I feel exuberant, excited. And I’m certainly ready to go forward.

JOHN MYERS: Critics, though, say California isn’t going forward, as much as it is stuck. Unemployment remains fourth highest in the nation, and last month Toyota announced it’s moving 3,000 jobs from Southern California to Texas.

Republicans say the state is unfriendly to business. Others say it remains unfriendly to the working poor. Protests in the San Francisco Bay area are frequent and critics see the chartered buses that drive tech workers to their Silicon Valley jobs as a symbol of the growing gap between rich and poor.

What do you make of all of that? Do those protesters have a point?

GOV. JERRY BROWN: They have a point because inequality, the return on assets is better than the return on labor and people’s ability to make salaries. But it also is part of the economy, and part of the prosperity and part of the tax system, so it’s a matter of taking reasonable steps, and I think we’re doing that.

We have raised the minimum wage. We’re giving driver’s licenses to undocumented people. That certainly is going to help. We have the local funding formula which directs significant, billions of dollars to schools to help them cope with low-income families, with non-English-speaking families, with foster care kids, but to try to close the gap. One little state can’t do that. [. . .]

Senator Rand Paul Says GOP Should Forget about Voter ID

As we look ahead to the 2016 Presidential election, the Stupid Party is showing its stuff. Today’s example is Republican Senator Rand Paul, noted here previously for promoting mass legalization for unlawful aliens and making America bilingual Spanish.

Now Paul says preventing election fraud by insisting on voter identification is a bad idea. It seems he met with some black pastors who convinced him that the requirement is offensive to them.

Are the pastors suggesting that black citizens are too lame to acquire the same sort of identification that is ubiquitous in American life today??

The nation has changed, as the diversity cheerleaders like to remind us. As a result of immigration plus technology, America is no longer the free and easy place it once was. One example is the need for government identification to do anything.

Meanwhile, in the nation as a whole, a voter ID requirement remains enormously popular, as shown by numerous polls. If there is a major issue with more widespread approval, I can’t think of it. Senator Paul is an idiot to blow off such a highly favored topic. He certainly gives libertarians a well-deserved bad name for their open-borders craziness.

● A July 2013 McClatchy poll found 83 percent of persons surveyed thought voter ID was a good thing, including 65 percent of self-identified “very liberal” respondents.

● A 2012 Rasmussen poll determined that 71 percent of voters believe voter ID should be required at elections.

● A 2012 Fox News poll ascertained that 70 percent of those queried thought voter ID laws are necessary.

● A March 2014 Rasmussen poll found that 78 percent of likely voters believe that proof of citizenship should be required in order to register to voter.

As usual, the New York Times likes to promote Democrat-lite Republican pols like Paul, giving this story a front-page spot on Saturday.

Paul Diverges From His Party Over Voter ID, New York Times, MAY 9, 2014

MEMPHIS — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.

“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Mr. Paul said in an interview. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”

Mr. Paul becomes the most prominent member of his party — and among the very few — to distance himself from the voting restrictions and the campaign for their passage in states under Republican control, including North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, that can determine presidential elections. Civil rights groups call the laws a transparent effort to depress black turnout. Continue reading this article

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Explains Boko Haram and Its Enslavement of Women

The Wall Street Journal is a mixed bag today. On one hand, the paper printed a piece by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somalia-born defender of women’s rights about the shocking kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria, which has gotten a load of medias attention.

On the other hand, the front page suffered from politically correct photo editing. The Nigerian girls story got top billing shown by the choice of photos:

Note the original photo below. Even average African folks understand the connection between border security and public safety, which is more than you can say for the Wall Street Journal.

But back to Ayaan Hirsi Ali (pictured). As a young woman, she escaped from an arranged marriage and ended up in the Netherlands where she eventually graduated from college, was elected to Parliament and worked with other Muslim women who were abused.

She is an expert on Islam’s cruelty toward women, and how it is part of the whole jihad package. She wrote the script for the Dutch film Submission about Islam’s oppression of women, which was produced by filmmaker Theo van Gogh (who was later assassinated for insulting Muslims).

Why America continues to allow Muslims to immigrate here shows how completely crippled the culture is from political correctness. Keeping out enemies used to be job #1, but now we don’t want to hurt their feelings.

Boko Haram and the Kidnapped Schoolgirls, Wall Street Journal, By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, May 8, 2014

The Nigerian terror group reflects the general Islamist hatred of women’s rights. When will the West wake up?

Since the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month, the meaning of Boko Haram—the name used by the terrorist group that seized the girls—has become more widely known. The translation from the Hausa language is usually given in English-language media as “Western Education Is Forbidden,” though “Non-Muslim Teaching Is Forbidden” might be more accurate.

But little attention has been paid to the group’s formal Arabic name: Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da’wa wal-Jihad. That roughly translates as “The Fellowship of the People of the Tradition for Preaching and Holy War.” That’s a lot less catchy than Boko Haram but significantly more revealing about the group and its mission. Far from being an aberration among Islamist terror groups, as some observers suggest, Boko Haram in its goals and methods is in fact all too representative.

The kidnapping of the schoolgirls throws into bold relief a central part of what the jihadists are about: the oppression of women. Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated. The terrorists’ mission is no different from that of the Taliban assassin who shot and nearly killed 15-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai—as she rode a school bus home in 2012—because she advocated girls’ education. As I know from experience, nothing is more anathema to the jihadists than equal and educated women.

How to explain this phenomenon to baffled Westerners, who these days seem more eager to smear the critics of jihadism as “Islamophobes” than to stand up for women’s most basic rights? Where are the Muslim college-student organizations denouncing Boko Haram? Where is the outrage during Friday prayers? These girls’ lives deserve more than a Twitter hashtag protest. Continue reading this article

California's Illegal Alien Drivers Licenses Are Rejected by Feds

California’s speedy transformation from an American icon to a third-world multicultural dump hit a tiny bump on the road to ruin. It seems the design of the special driving permit/licenses for illegal aliens violates federal law — oops!

This is the Obama administration saying the much desired cards are not up to snuff, so you know they are bad. The LA Times report says the cards are identical to real California DLs “except for a subtle mark on the front and a disclaimer on the back in small print.”

No pictures of the mini-amnesty cards are available, for some odd reason. The “subtle mark” must be invisible without a microscope.

The alien boosters want the driver licenses to be identical to what citizens get, so the cards would be amnesty papers in effect because they would be used for identification. And of course handing out ID cards like peanuts is a serious national security threat, being a terror magnet.

I heard on local TV this morning that the usual raza suspects are begging for the rejected design to be kept.

California design of driver’s license for immigrants rejected, Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2014

Federal authorities have rejected California’s proposed design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough for security purposes from permits given to citizens.

The Washington officials want the license to state clearly on its face “that it is not acceptable for official federal purposes” and to have a design or color that differentiates it at a glance from other licenses.

The current design does not differ from other California licenses except for a subtle mark on the front and a disclaimer on the back in small print: “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes.”

Officials said Tuesday that the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security could delay distribution of the first licenses because immigrant-rights activists have vowed to fight proposals that would make them look significantly different from other licenses.

The activists consider conspicuous markings to be a kind of scarlet letter. They and others say such marks could lead to mistreatment.

“Covering the fronts of licenses with this information that Homeland Security is demanding would subject the holders to unnecessary discrimination and possible harassment,” said state Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles).

Leaders of the Latino Legislative Caucus called on California’s congressional delegation Tuesday to demand that Homeland Security officials reconsider. Continue reading this article

Vaclav Klaus on Immigration in the European Union

Former Former Czech President Václav Klaus made one of the more noteworthy comments about governance in 2003, quoted in a Washington Times article: “You cannot have democratic accountability in anything bigger than a nation state.”

There are others in Europe who think the way to retrieve freedom there is to revive the nation state, like Geert Wilders.

Klaus is still thinking about the appropriate size of government, not surprising since he lives in theEuropean Union superstate. The EU was originally pitched as a trade deal that would make business easier, but somehow it swiftly grew into a government with little oversight by the people.

The Dutch and French peoples voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, a rather large statement of no confidence. Nevertheless, the Brussels bureaucrats soldier on.

Europeans are increasingly displeased with the hostile diversity forced upon them by elites.

This following interview was translated from the German version on the BlazingCatfur blog.

Klaus mentions the February Swiss referendum on immigration where voters chose to limit the inflow, a result seen as another snub to the EU.

Q: What worries you most currently about the EU?

A: The deteriorating economic situation, the decreasing respect for Europe by the rest of the world, the rising democratic deficit and increasing frustration that much of the European population are given scarcely any political regard.  That makes me nervous.  This can be seen  in the EU’s handling of the Swiss referendum on immigration.

The top level EU politicians want to impose a continental thinking on us.  They want to suppress the nation state and dissolve the national borders.  In order to weaken the cohesion of the nations today, they encourage massive and unrestricted immigration.

The EU considers the movement of pe ople [within the EU] as one of its fundamental freedoms and that to call yourself a liberal you must agree with this.

Yet one must distinguish between the “freedoms” that the EU promises us, and the freedom for political and cultural values, that I fight for as a liberal.

The migration beyond the borders of sovereign countries has radically increased in recent decades and has systematically undermined the cohesion and governability of countries.

The weakening of individual states could easily amount to an anti-liberal development because it strengthens the European super-state that the EU is turning into. Yet the EU is less democratic than any of its member states.

I have never considered immigrating to any country as my right.  The fact that the Swiss want to retain control over the extent of immigration is understandable.

I consider the results of the [Swiss] referendum not to be taken as an absolute no to immigration, but as a message: “Let us make the immigration careful and slow.”

As it happens, Pat Condell has a few choice comments on the “theft of democracy” that the EU embodies.

Left Fascism Threatens Freedom in Europe and Beyond

Free Speech is under attack by the left here in America, and we can look to Europe to see how bad it can get. CBN journalist Dale Hurd does a lot of reporting from there and is not hopeful about the future of free expression on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly since universities have become socialist indoctrination factories turning out angry activists.

In Europe, leftists claim their actions are anti-racist, and that PC label masks a lot violence and intimidation.

Of course, Europe has Muslims by the millions, and the mix of leftholes with Allah’s gangsters produces a particularly noxious brew.

Free Speech Farce: Rise of American Fascism, By Dale Hurd, CBN News, April 30, 2014

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — America is facing a new fascism that does not tolerate any views it doesn’t like — where “wrong” speech is being hounded, demonized and shouted down.

The head of Mozilla, maker of Firefox web browser, was forced to step down because he gave money to a campaign several years ago that was against gay marriage.

Brandeis University recently withdrew an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an internationally acclaimed champion of women’s rights and a victim of female genital mutilation and forced marriage, because her opposition to Islam was deemed offensive.

Across the Water
If you want a glimpse into how bad it could become in the future, Americans need not look any further than across the Atlantic to Western Europe.

Transplant American conservative values of ‘God, country and traditional family’ in Western Europe and, more likely than not, you’d be branded “extreme right,” “anti-woman,” “homophobic,” and even “Nazi.”

If you’re against radical Islam or immigration, you can be labelled a racist. Wave your nation’s flag too much and you’re a fascist.

And should you be brave enough to demonstrate publicly for a conservative cause or run for office on conservative principles, you could be physically attacked or, in Sweden, your home might be wrecked.

Danish Journalist Lars Hedegaard publishes the Scandinavian online newspaper Dispatch International.

“You could get beaten up. We see that in Sweden. You have these so called ‘anti-fascists’ coming to known right-wingers’ homes and wrecking their apartments,” Hedegaard said. “They go destroy the furniture, tear up the books, and then they make a video of it and put it out on the web.” Continue reading this article

Senator Sessions Finds Loophole Allowing Non-English Speakers to Get Disability More Quickly

In the upside-down society that America has become, applicants for disability benefits may falsely claim not to speak English because they will qualify more rapidly.

A May 1 press release “Sessions Investigates Disability Benefits Being Awarded On Basis Of Inability To Speak English” included the senator’s letter to the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration with his concerns about the level of fraud.

Senator: Non-English Speakers Qualify for Disability Benefits More Quickly, Washington Free Beacon, May 1, 2014

Disability Enrollees Increased by 230 Percent

The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits.

Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin on Thursday, raising concerns regarding revelations that individuals who cannot speak English are fast-tracked for disability approval.

“I write to express my concerns about the expanding number of individuals now qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and to raise a specific issue, the basis for many of these individuals’ disability classification, where the inability to speak English is a determinative factor,” Sessions said.

Sessions revealed a policy for SSDI payments that allows individuals to qualify for benefits more quickly if “they are incapable of communicating in English.”

The Social Security Act allows for the consideration of education when deciding if an individual is disabled. “The education factor is not limited to actual education as it relates to schooling, but includes a linguistic limitation on the ability to communicate in the English language,” Sessions said.

According to the Act, “Since the ability to speak, read and understand English is generally learned or increased at school, we may consider this an educational factor.”

Sessions said he is concerned that the administration is “misconstruing” this part of the Social Security Act, to approve disability applications solely on this factor. Continue reading this article

Egyptian Christians Live in Fear of Murder by Their Muslim Neighbors

When President Obama visited Southeast Asia a few days ago, he remarked, “Myanmar won’t succeed if the Muslim population is oppressed.”

If he has ever made a similar statement in support of Christians persecuted and murdered in dar al-Islam, it was made in secret. In fact, the President has been criticized roundly for his failure to champion Christian rights and safety.

And Christians are the most persecuted religious group on earth, according to a Pew study.

One of the worst places to be a Christian is Egypt, where Muslims are 90 percent of the population and quite a number of them object to having infidels in their country. In August, Muslim mobs burned dozens of churches and killed at least 580.

Christian girls continue to be kidnapped, raped and enslaved into marriage with Muslim men because supremacist Muslims believe it is their right to do so.

According to the following story, Muslim mobs are still killing Christians for fun, particularly after Friday prayers.

This persecution and murder is how Muslims intend to eliminate all Christians from the Middle East.

Egypt ‘Christians Expecting Death Any Time’, CBN, May 01, 2014

DELGA, Egypt — On August 20, 2013 in the small village of Delga, four hours south of Cairo, Egypt, thousands of radical Muslims went on a rampage.

“We were at work when we heard Muslims were burning churches,” Boutrous, a Christian living in Delga at the time, said. Boutrous’s real name was not given for security purposes.

“Leaders in the mosques were telling Muslims to attack Christians and kill them,” he said.

Boutrous and his father Iskander, both Christians, were in their family barber shop when a mob of Muslims attacked them.

“They broke into the shop, took everything and burned the place down,” Boutrous said.

Caught on Tape
Boutrous managed to escape, but his father wasn’t so fortunate.

“They caught my father and shot him multiple times. Then they dragged his body to the mosque,” Boutrous said.

That afternoon, someone with a cell phone recorded a video of Boutrous’ father’s body, riddled with bullets, being dragged through the streets.

“When they reached the mosque they tied his body to a tractor and dragged him through the village again.”

The mob continued to mutilate his father’s body while chanting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Arabic for ‘god is great.’

He was buried hours later in a nearby cemetery.

“The next day some people dug up his body and dragged it through the village again. They did this three times that day,” Boutrous said.

Boutrous and his family have since escaped from Delga.

“We have no money, no clothes, no job, our home is destroyed, and our business is destroyed,” he said. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Majority Think Government Not Aggressive Enough in Deporting Illegals

This sounds pretty good: over half of voters polled think the Administration isn’t deporting enthusiastically enough.

52% Say U.S. Not Aggressive Enough in Deportations; 14% Say Too Aggressive, Rasmussen Reports, April 30, 2014

The Obama administration is considering a reduction in the number of illegal immigrants it deports, pending passage of an immigration reform plan now stalled in Congress. But most voters still believe the federal government is not aggressive enough in this area already and should not halt deportations while it waits on Congress to act.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 14% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. government is too aggressive in deporting those who are in this country illegally. Fifty-two percent (52%) believe the government is not aggressive enough in deporting illegal immigrants. Twenty-two percent (22%) view the current number of deportations as about right. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

However, a similar poll in December found 60 percent thought there should be more repatriations.

Interestingly, the more recent poll question specified the number of deports: “2* The U.S. government has deported nearly two million illegal immigrants since Barack Obama became president.”

The December poll didn’t give a number of deportations, just asked the questions.

So did including the number of deportations make a difference in the survey outcome? Maybe two million sounds like a lot, even though it is over five years. Or has all the whining about separating families and such silliness had an effect?

It’s a question.

Michael Coren Interviews Paul Weston concerning His Free Speech Arrest

Leader of the Liberty GB Party Paul Weston was arrested Saturday as he campaigned for a seat in the European Parliament. His crime? Quoting Winston Churchill with a few critical sentences about Islam, something that is not allowed in today’s Muslim-subjugated Britain.

How shameful that the man who inspired Britain to save itself from the Nazi hordes can no longer be freely quoted in public. Now the fear of upsetting touchy Muslims shuts down any notice of the dangerous Islamic hordes inside the gates, brought by unwise immigration.

It’s good to see the affront to free expression get mainstream media attention, including the BBC, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

But only SunTV’s Michael Coren could muster an appropriate level of alarm. Remembering Churchill, Coren said, “He did save the world from racist tyranny and barbarism.”

So the late Prime Minister would seem to be worthy of respect in his homeland. But not so much in this case.

Here is the offending quote from Churchill’s book “The River War:”

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property — either as a child, a wife, or a concubine — must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

Italy to Europe: Help Us with African Boat People!

When I reported in mid-April about the swarming Africans headed to Europe, the estimated number was 600,000 from Libya alone which is close to Italy’s southern islands. Now the number is 800,000.

How would authorities know with any accuracy how many are poised to launch their Camp-of-the-Saints-style boat brigade? The number 800,000 is code for “Too many — please help!”

The problem is the policy, specifically Europe’s welcome to one and all with rescue boats picking up whoever needs assistance and nobody gets sent home. As a result, the Africans arrive with a well developed sense of entitlement and make demands accordingly.

Why wouldn’t half of Africa and the Middle East come get a first-world life with generous welfare benefits?

Moochers (including many hostile Muslims) would rather travel thousands of miles to feed at the European welfare office than work to fix their home societies, so they are bums twice over.

The RT report below emphasized Italy’s cry for help with the crisis, but still assumed that boaters need to be rescued.

Meanwhile, Australia is showing the proper response to seaborne invaders by turning them back to Indonesia, demonstrating that fleebags will not be received.

It’s not hard, just send the Africans back where they came from. When they learn Europe is not their free flophouse, they will cease coming.

The population of Africa is over a billion and that doesn’t count the Middle East with its unhappy millions. Europe needs to stop the invasion or it will be overwhelmed in a few years.

Italy says 800,000 migrants poised to arrive, ANSAmed, April 29, 2014

Border police say reception system ‘already at breaking point’

ROME, APRIL 29 – At least 800,000 migrants are about to depart the North African coast for Europe, while the reception system in Italy – the first landing point for the vast majority of these – is already on the brink of collapse from tens of thousands of earlier arrivals, official said Tuesday.

“We no longer have a place to take them, and locals are overwhelmed by the constant arrival of foreigners,” Giovanni Pinto, head of the Immigration and Border Police agency, told a joint meeting of the foreign and defence committees in the Italian Senate.

As many as 25,000 migrants have landed on Italian shores to date this year, almost a ten-fold increase over the 2,500 reported during the same period in 2013 and nearing 2011’s record levels of 62,000 migrants, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said earlier this month.

That has stretched already-strained resources in Italy, which only emerged from its deepest recession since the Second World War late last year, to the breaking point, particularly as it comes after record-breaking levels of migration in 2013. Italy is appealing for international help in the face of the waves of newcomers fleeing their homelands in numbers that tend to increase in spring and summer months as sea conditions improve.

“Europe should know that Italy is a welcoming country, but we cannot accommodate everyone,” Alfano said in an interview Tuesday with Rai television morning chat show ‘Unomattina’. Continue reading this article

Obama's 'Recovery' Has Created Low-Wage Jobs

We little citizens mostly hear from the liberal pravda media that the recovery is bubbling along nicely, although not quite as robustly as the Administration would prefer. However on Monday the New York Times did note:

The report shows that total employment has finally surpassed its pre-recession level. “The good news is we’re back to zero,” Evangelist said.

Five years into the Great Recession and we’re reached zero. That’s just great.

Lou Dobbs performed one of his scintillating chalk talks on the recovery. He at least mentioned immigration, though he didn’t emphasize the insanity of doubling legal immigration (per Senate bill) plus amnesty for double-digit millions while the economy remains so weak in the job-creation department.

Another unmentionable topic in the “recovery” is increased automation. The burger-flipper jobs may also disappear with demands for higher wages for fast-food workers, since the smart machines have already been invented: Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers per Hour.

Nevertheless, Democrats continue to preach raising the minimum wage as the solution to poverty jobs.

Speaking of zero, that’s the number of additional immigrants needed in the increasingly automated America of the near future.

Recovery has created far more low-wage jobs than better-paid ones, New York Times News Service, April 28, 2014

Washington: The deep recession wiped out primarily high-wage and middle-wage jobs. Yet the strongest employment growth during the sluggish recovery has been in low-wage work, at places like strip malls and fast-food restaurants.

In essence, the poor economy has replaced good jobs with bad ones. That is the conclusion of a new report from the National Employment Law Project, a research and advocacy group, analyzing employment trends four years into the recovery.

“Fast food is driving the bulk of the job growth at the low end – the job gains there are absolutely phenomenal,” said Michael Evangelist, the report’s author. “If this is the reality – if these jobs are here to stay and are going to be making up a considerable part of the economy – the question is, how do we make them better?”

The report shows that total employment has finally surpassed its pre-recession level. “The good news is we’re back to zero,” Evangelist said.

But job losses and gains have been skewed. Higher-wage industries – like accounting and legal work – shed 3.6 million positions during the recession and have added only 2.6 million positions during the recovery. But lower-wage industries lost 2 million jobs, then added 3.8 million.

With 10.5 million Americans still looking for work – the unemployment rate is 6.7 percent – employers feel no pressure to raise wages for those who are working. As a result, the average household’s take-home pay has declined through the recession and the recovery to $51,017 in 2012 from $55,627 in 2007, after adjusting for inflation.

With joblessness high and job gains concentrated in low-wage industries, hundreds of thousands of Americans have accepted positions that pay less than they used to make, in some cases, sliding out of the middle class and into the ranks of the working poor. Continue reading this article