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27 November 2011

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Russ Steele

The state with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation is South Dakota at 3.5%. And they’re pumping oil at more than 200 rigs, with more waiting to come on line. There are currently more than 16,000 job openings posted, many of them in the above $100K range.

bill tozer

re: green jobs. Its bad enough that taxpayer money via the ole Stimulie is going to create green jobs after Wall St turned these businesses away. The government has become the lender of the last resort. However, when the DOE gives money to a foreign billionaire to make steel in Russia, one has to wonder how that will create jobs in the steel manufacturing sector in the Rust Belt. I wish this was a joke. http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/26/doe-green-loan-to-russian-steel-tycoon-under-scrutiny/

Mikey McD

And the idol of the socialists said,"In the long run we are all dead."

My uncle just left town for the South Dakota boom; drill here, drill now. 30,000 jobs still to be filled... Drill Here, Drill Now.

Todd Juvinall

But not in Alaska.

Russ Steele

One of the problems with the South Dakota job issue is the lack of training and experience, they need welders, machinist and experienced oil rig worker. You have to be sharp to work on a oil rig, it is complex and dangerous and no place for dummies. Our high schools and colleges are no longer turning our welders and machinists. As a freshman in high school I was taught how to use an arc welder and cutting torch. I was also taught how to sent up a metal lathe and turn a marlin spike. Was I an expert, no but I had leaned the basic skills that could have been build on in future classes and practice.

When Charles Litton Sr arrived in Grass Valley in 1953, he discovered there was a need for technical workers in the community and crafted a program for Sierra College to follow. Many of those programs have been shut down, for lack of interest and preparation by graduating high school students. You need some advanced math to be machinist and knowledge of metallurgy to be an effective welder. No training, no jobs in fastest growing job market, the oil and gas fields of America. Of course there are support jobs, the high paying jobs are for those with the needed technical skills.

George Rebane

Excellent follow-up Russ. Here's an amplification of the shortage of skilled workers that appeared in the 26nov11 WSJ. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203707504577010080035955166.html?KEYWORDS=worker+shortage

Too many dumbell majors on the street, and still in the pipeline. It doesn't look like our high school career counselors are aware of this problem. We continue to pump out graduates that only the government might hire.

D. King

"Too many dumbell majors on the street, and still in the pipeline."

http://moonbattery.com/occupy-prostester.jpg

Todd Juvinall

BobW is a mold maker. Many of the things he makes are in fighter jets.

bill tozer

I sure hope Kevin Bacon doesn't die. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kpe2/6272893056/

bill tozer

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/apple-huge-data-center-north-carolina-created-only-143852640.html

"Most of the new jobs won't be filled by Maiden residents who lack the skills...."

Russ Steele

Bill,

Check the link at the very bottom of the yahoo link about and see the charts that are making the Occupy Crowd unhappy.

Barry Pruett

"The New Tammany Hall" article is excellent. No offense George, but it does not take a rocket scientist to understand that the current crony socialist system is unsustainable. We are at a crossroads in the USA, and I am pleased with the direction in which we appear to be headed. Keep up the good work guys.

bill tozer

Sorry to ALL for posting bad link. Should have done preview. The OWS crowd will always be unhappy. Nothing worse than hooking up with a lady who is never satisfied with anything and nothing is right. Hell on earth for those unfortunate enough to have been down that road. Give me a country girl or a modest hardworking woman with a gentle quiet spirit and I will treat her like a queen she is, but I digress. OWSers will always be complaining til the hell they don't believe in freezes over. The person who worries about their well running dry will draw water that will never quench their thirst. Heard Barney Frank is not running again. Typical socialist. He knows there ain't no mo money to spend so he is outta here. Very predictable dem libbies. When the going gets tough, the libs get going to greener pastures. Guess it is cause they care too much, lol. My glass is half full.
[No problem Bill, I fixed your link. gjr]

George Rebane

No offense taken BarryP, the telltales of the system's failure have been broadly visible and obvious for some years now - this rocket scientist agrees ;-) That a leading light of the Left, Fred Siegel, has the courage to very publicly indict the public-sector unions is most noteworthy, and piques the deniers (both national and local) for defending their long history of corruption and opposition to prudent government.

Todd Juvinall

BillT I like you description of Barney Frank's retirement. The greener pastures was right on the mark. That reminds me of the movie Independence Day where the President through alien telepathy is told they are like locusts (the aliens), as they move through the universe and strip a planet then move on. Just like the liberals!

bill tozer

Dr Rebane, thanks for fixing my boo-boo and thanks Mr. Todd for your kinds words. Tanks a rock. Here is a rather long opinion piece that touches on this post's theme of communism and by default, socialism and workers of the world. Somehow Marx did not envision bigger and bigger governments. http://pjmedia.com/barryrubin/2011/11/22/karl-marx-visits-occupy-wall-street/

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No Barney? Guess who's next in line for the head of the finance committee? Mad Maxine. She'll have to stop having those slip-ups about nationalizing companies.

George Rebane

ScottO 537pm - ... but only if the Repubs lose the House next year.

Douglas Keachie

"they need welders, machinist and experienced oil rig worker."

The high schools have saved lots of money by shutting down the shop programs in the junior highs and high schools. I taught a set of video productions classes at Hoover Middle School in what was a machine shop. Need any videos of your oil wells? Those students are now in their mid late thirties....

George Rebane

Good point DougK. I believe that shutting down high school shop (occupational) programs was a very big mistake. Especially since they kept a lot of the politically correct crap for curriculum. I took the full course of 'shop classes' in Indiana, and was subsequently able to work summers in industry besides men who were my father's age. In California, I hired on as a draftsman (promoted to designer) on the strength of what I learned in my high school year of drafting. My wages were such that I could have quit school and made a rewarding career and raised a family on what I learned in high school. Instead, my summer drafting job paid for a physics degree from Univ of Calif. And my story was not unique, high school prepared you for life in those days.

George Rebane

Apropos to Barney's swansong, the 29nov11 WSJ remembers "the Congressman from Fannie Mae" here
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203802204577066450968125224.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop

The fierce denials from the country's progressive baggage underline and add to the comedy central that structures and informs their view of the human condition.

Todd Juvinall

Adios Barney! There is hope for the country now.

George Rebane

Not so fast ToddJ, the terminally corrupt Mad Maxine Waters (D-CA) is poised in the wings to do the memory of Barney one better.

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