If we do not protect human rights then injustice comes to us all. That is what is happening now as those left with no rights are being used to take away all rights. Please think how easy it is to work for equity for all when you have Rule of Law protecting you rather than watch Rule of Law and Equal Protection being dismantled and then having to fight to get it back. WE THE PEOPLE CAN STOP THIS SLIDE INTO AUTOCRACY!
Progressive liberals protect labor and justice----that is the Democratic platform. Clinton neo-liberals do not ---they work for wealth and profit---GET THEM OUT OF THE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY!
The Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation DLLR is the tool to protect labor and consumers. The fact that these agencies are dismantled is what drives the systemic fraud and corruption against consumers----and the reason workers are being abused and exploited. Maryland is supposedly a Democratic state----they even try to make it sound progressive yet it has absolutely NO DLLR. When we rebuild these agencies citizens do not have their disposable income stolen and they consume more driving the local economy. IT IS BASIC ECONOMIC POLICY HAVING MONEY TO SPEND DRIVES AN ECONOMY. To create an economy of thievery====creates a stagnant economy. Whether Republican or Democratic voter----stop allowing race and class take away that stable and thriving first world economy by allowing the rich to become super-rich. They want people to believe that deregulation creates jobs but it does the opposite.
About the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) is committed to safeguarding and protecting Marylanders. We're proud to support the economic stability of the state by providing businesses, the workforce and the consuming public
with high quality customer-focused regulatory, employment and training services. Vision Statement:
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) continues to change Maryland for the better by providing a predictable and inclusive regulatory environment through efficient and responsive processes. DLLR safeguards Maryland's work environments through outreach and educational programs, by establishing partnerships and encouraging ongoing improvements in workplace safety and health. We're fostering economic growth through our collaborative, comprehensive employment and job training programs that best ensure Maryland workers have the skills Maryland employers need to succeed and grow into the future. Our vision for Maryland drives the work of the Department’s employees each and every day.
I am focusing on immigrant labor this week but all the protection of all labor is the same. Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore and Governor O'Malley of Maryland actually advertized around the nation for immigrants to come to Maryland ---they are welcome and immigrants came. A REAL progressive does not bring immigrants to a state just to exploit them and progressives do not do so when unemployment is soaring---especially in Baltimore. We protect immigrants now here while ending the flow until Marylander's have REAL full employment. Remember, we can have a thriving economy employing both immigrant and domestic labor--global pols simply need to create competition for resources. Below you see our Federal government and media are lying about economic upturns and 5.8% employment and as the comment below states---they are moving the US to a third world shadow, black market economy for most citizens as has been the case in Baltimore. This assures people cannot climb a social ladder and are always trying to undermine the next person causing derision. THIS IS THE GOAL OF CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH NEO-CONS IN IGNORING RULE OF LAW.
Do not believe the stats of 5.8% unemployment---that does not include the long-term unemployed at record numbers and neo-liberals and neo-cons have no intention of employing Americans in any number. Women and people of color are hurt the most-----but all Americans will be brought to poverty if you keep electing these same global pols that see the US as a third world economic colony!
January 14, 2014
Who Is Dropping Out Of The Labor Force, and Why?
By Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Although many economic indicators are heading in a positive direction, last week's December jobs report highlighted the problem of the declining labor force participation rate, the percentage of people aged 16 and over who choose to work or look for work.
The labor force participation rate moved back to 62.8 percent from its November level of 63 percent. In 2007, before the recession, 66 percent of Americans were in the labor force. Today's levels are equivalent to 1978, before the Reagan Revolution and the movement of women into the labor force during the 1980s.
'But it yet another sign that the formal economy is utterly failing to create enough
The $2 trillion shadow economy is the recession’s big winner
By Brad Plumer April 23, 2013
In this week's New Yorker, James Surowiecki considers one theory for the recent and drastic decline in the U.S. labor force. More and more Americans might be working off the books, in informal jobs that aren't counted by statistical agencies:
Psst, want a job? Bernard Baumohl, an economist at the Economic Outlook Group, estimates that, based on historical patterns, current retail sales are actually what you’d expect if the unemployment rate were around five or six per cent, rather than the 7.6 per cent we’re stuck with. The difference, he argues, probably reflects workers migrating into the shadow economy.
“It’s typical that during recessions people work on the side while collecting unemployment,” Baumohl told me. “But the severity of the recession and the profound weakness of this recovery may mean that a lot more people have entered the underground economy, and have had to stay there longer."
This "underground economy" could include anything from illicit activities — selling drugs, say — to off-the-books jobs in things like construction. There are plenty of examples of the latter: Bloomberg recently interviewed an unemployed woman who walks neighborhood children to their bus for $2 per kid. Surowiecki cites a study finding that "between eighty and ninety-seven per cent of nannies were paid under the table." And so on.
But those are anecdotes. Is there any hard data on the underground economy? Some. A 2011 paper (pdf) Richard Cebula and Edgar Feige estimated that as much as “18-19 percent of total reportable income is not properly reported to the IRS." That's as much as $2 trillion in underground economic activity, with about $500 billion in taxes that aren't being paid to the government.
And here's another suggestive piece of evidence that the shadow economy has been growing during the downturn. The amount of U.S. currency in circulation has been soaring in the last six years, from $803 billion in 2007 to $1.18 trillion in March. Some of that reflects growing overseas demand for dollars. But some of it could reflect growth in unreported economic activity in the United States — people getting paid under the table in cash, say.
If the shadow economy is in fact growing, that has upsides and downsides. It's certainly a good thing that people are finding ways to survive during a brutal downturn. But it yet another sign that the formal economy is utterly failing to create enough
Already New York City and San Francisco are seeing huge slums of immigrant workers brought to the US thinking they would have a better life but instead simply living as they did in that third world nation. Baltimore City has been allowed to reach a third world level of poverty all in the effort of erasing what it is like to have a quality of life and developing the culture of criminal and corruption as a norm in corporations and businesses. If your Baltimore City Hall comes from that kind of poverty---they will work with Baltimore Development and Johns Hopkins in fleecing the working and middle-class.
Trans Pacific Trade Pact seeks to allow global corporations to bring these third world citizens to US to work as they do in those nations so we are seeing Americans being forced to survive under the same black market conditions and the percentages of Americans doing so is soaring. Remember, in autocratic societies 90% of people live in poverty and the people hired as administrators to government come from that culture and care little for human life. It is bad for the immigrant brought to live in the US under the same conditions in their nation and it is bad for Americans being forced to live like these immigrants.
THIS IS WHAT CAUSES ALL THE VIOLENCE IN BALTIMORE CITY AND IT IS DELIBERATE.
Allowing the poor to afford TVs allows autocratic governments to keep people in-tuned to what wealth buys and to aspire for what people will not be able to attain as is happening with inner city kids wanting Michael Jordan tennis shoes.
India Slums: 1 In 6 Indian City Dwellers Live In Conditions 'Unfit For Human Habitation'
| By KAY JOHNSON Posted: 03/22/2013 9:10 am EDT Updated: 05/22/2013 5:12 am EDT
MUMBAI, India — About one in six Indian city residents lives in an urban slum with unsanitary conditions that are "unfit for human habitation," according to the first complete census of India's vast slum population.
More than 40 percent of households in Mumbai, India's financial capital and largest city with 19 million people, are located in overcrowded shantytowns where most residents are squatting illegally and many have little access to basic sanitation.
While the report described open sewers and poverty, it also shows that many slum residents have cellphones and televisions in their shacks and have made do with a lack of government infrastructure by rigging up elaborate, mostly illegal, systems to supply electricity.
Life in Mumbai's slums has been portrayed in the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" and last year's bestselling book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," but until now India has never had a complete census of its slum dwellers.
There was an incomplete head count in 2001 that only included the country's largest slums. In the 2011 census, survey takers took pains to visit every shantytown – they counted 108,000 of them – and also made detailed records of their lives, according to the report Thursday by census commissioner C. Chandramouli. Detailed information from India's latest census is still trickling out.
The census report identified 13.8 million households – about 64 million people – located in city slums nationwide. That's 17.4 percent of all urban households, which account for roughly one-third of India's 1.2 billion people.
"A slum, for the purpose of census, has been defined as residential areas where dwellings are unfit for human habitation by reasons of dilapidation, overcrowding ... lack of ventilation, light or sanitation facility," Chandramouli said.
New Delhi, the Indian capital, had a relatively low 15 percent of households in slums, while major cities Kolkata and Chennai had 30 percent and 29 percent respectively. High-tech center Bangalore had only 9 percent of its households in slums.
Nationwide, more than one-third of slum homes surveyed had no indoor toilets and 64 percent were not connected to sewerage systems.
About half of the households lived in only one room or shared with another family.
However, 70 percent had televisions and 64 percent had cellphones. That's about the same cellphone ownership rate as the general urban population and only slightly less than the number of general city dwellers with televisions.
Even the gains Hispanics already in the US have made are disappearing and they are already falling to the level of Asian immigrants working the harshest conditions so this current move to bring immigrants from all developing nations will even lower the already deep poverty Hispanic immigrants in America face. There will be a high-skilled tier of immigrants in the short term taking American middle-class jobs-----but that tier will soon disappear and even those higher paid immigrants will revert to what they earn in third world nations taking American workers with them. The cycle has any worker gaining power and rights get beaten back with another group brought in with fresh hopes----so do not allow these corporate pols pose progressive with immigration policies that are market-based.
THIS IS THE GOAL OF GLOBAL POLS AND IMMIGRATION POLICY SO YOU SEE IT IS BAD FOR BOTH IMMIGRANTS AND US WORKERS.
Limiting this kind of immigration as we work to reinstate Rule of Law and get US workers back in the workforce is the progressive thing to do!
In a Shift, Biggest Wave of Migrants Is Now Asian
By KIRK SEMPLEJUNE 18, 2012
Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States, pushing the population of Asian descent to a record 18.2 million and helping to make Asians the fastest-growing racial group in the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
While Asian immigration has increased slightly in recent years, the shift in ranking is largely attributable to the sharp decline in Hispanic immigration, the study said.
About 430,000 Asians — or 36 percent of all new immigrants, legal and illegal — moved to the United States in 2010, compared with 370,000 Hispanics, or 31 percent of all new arrivals, the study said. Just three years earlier, the ratio was reversed: about 390,000 Asians immigrated in 2007, compared with 540,000 Hispanics.
“Asians have become the largest stream of new immigrants to the U.S. — and, thus, the latest leading actors in this great American drama” of immigration, Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, wrote in the report.
Immigration scholars have attributed the decrease in Hispanic immigration to a mix of factors, including the economic downturn in the United States, increased deportation and border enforcement by the American authorities, and declining birthrates in Mexico.
Tougher enforcement measures have made a greater impact on the Hispanic immigrant population than on the Asian immigrant population because a much higher percentage of Hispanics are in the United States without immigration papers,
experts said. About 45 percent of Hispanic immigrants in the United States are here illegally compared with about 13 percent to 15 percent of Asian immigrants, Pew demographers found.