We Need 200,000 Construction Workers!

Earlier this month I asked where Governor Scott Walker was on tariffs that were having a negative impact on businesses in that great state Open for Business Wisconsin: Where Is Governor Walker On Tariffs And International Trade? There were several articles linked and quoted in my blog post, but one in particular bears calling out now: Rising costs for labor, lots and lumber pushing up new-home prices, industry pros say.

And one quote in particular:

“The industry’s had a worker shortage for the last four years or so,” Dietz (Robert Dietz: chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders) said. “We’re probably short about 200,000 construction workers.”

So where do we get 200,000 workers…worker that since we don’t have them…will likely need some training. So since we are training anyway:

How about the 53206 zip code in Milwaukee and other similar neighborhoods throughout the US? The unemployment rate is always quoted as being higher among African Americans than the stated rates for the general population. Train them…hire them…and keep in mind that you might have to provide some transportation as well. But there’s no reason you can’t find willing employees.

How about Puerto Rico? Because of Washington’s continued neglect the place is still a hot mess. And guess what, they don’t need visas or passports or work permits because they are American citizens. But most of the same issues related above probably apply.

And lastly what about all of the refugees who want to come to the United States…so eager to work that they are entering the country illegally. It is insane to think that we can continue to grow with out continued immigration. But again the same issues apply…and someone is going to have to step up and sponsor some refugees.

The real deal is we don’t have enough labor in this country to keep growing. We particularly don’t have enough labor to do many of the farm labor and construction labor jobs that need to be done. The linked article says so. Other articles have talked about labor shortages for harvesting crops and doing landscape work around the entire nation.

Immigration needs to be fixed. Education needs to be fixed. And business needs to invest their big tax cuts in training and recruitment if they want to survive.

nuff said.

Sen. Johnson Sez stop incentivizing people to come to this country!

Wisconsin’s US Senator Ron Johnson is a co-sponsor of a GOP Senate Bill to keep migrant families together when they are detained at the US Mexican border. So he’s taken a stand on the correct side of the issue (albeit under pressure from the public). But like more than a few other issues he’s commented on, I don’t think he’s quite got a handle on the issue:

“This bill would protect children and ensure families are not separated while their cases are being adjudicated in court, and would end catch and release of families at the border,” Johnson said in a statement. “But, the real issue at hand is a broader immigration issue. We need to stop incentivizing people to come to this country illegally.

Incentivizing people? You mean with relative peace? Better paying jobs than they can get at home? Better places to live? A better all around life for their children? Those incentives? Because they are going to work very hard to have those things here. And they are willing to do that all the while hiding from the federales’.

But if Senator Johnson wants to know how to stop incentivizing migrant families from coming to the United States, there are three straight forward things the US needs to do. They are simple ideas but very complicated in execution.

First: help our neighbors in Latin American develop flourishing economies. I know that NAFTA is currently a dirty word in Washington, but it has in fact improved trade relations with Mexico and that is not a bad thing. Living wage jobs in Nicaragua or Colombia or Guatemala won’t make the US look as attractive to most citizens of those countries. I don’t get why Washington doesn’t understand just how difficult it is to pick up a few possessions and spend weeks crossing Central America and Mexico to get to the US border. It is not a trip taken lightly. There is more than just a little desperation involved. Good paying, living wage jobs, spurred by US investment and US trade in their home countries is what they really would prefer!

Second: clean and safe neighborhoods. I haven’t heard diddly about the Organization of American States in years and the GOP probably doesn’t find it any more popular than NATO right now. But help via an unified organization with training and dollars and trans-continental co-operation to insure safe and clean living conditions across the region will be another consideration. And this with the first item is probably a chicken/egg situation and both things need to happen simultaneously. But a safe home and neighborhood to come home to after working at a living wage job would certainly allow our neighbors to relax and enjoy their home nations.

Third: And this is totally on the United States and the GOP leadership in Congress in Washington. Why the flock are you allowing the president to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council? Now more than ever the United States should be active in the HRC and using the full power and authority of the United Nations to push Latin American governments to incorporate human rights in their nations…so their citizens can have safe neighborhoods and companies feel safe investing in businesses that provide living wage job opportunities.

Incentivize immigrants? Yes, we do that by being America. A perceived safe haven with clean safe housing, jobs that can support a family, and where human beings are afforded the rights to which they are entitled. If they have those things in their home countries they’d have little interest in the long difficult trek to the United States.

Instead Senator Johnson talks like it’s some kind of game show…

And Then Trump Changed His Mind Again!

Just yesterday I posted about President Trump’s stand on immigration and his policy to separate immigrant families on the border and then 24 hours later changing his mind! Trump Refuses To Change His Mind and Then Of Course Changes His Mind

And then the very next 24 hours brings another change of mind: Trump tells GOP to ‘stop wasting their time’ on immigration

President Donald Trump on Friday told his fellow Republicans in Congress to “stop wasting their time” on immigration legislation until after November, dismissing his party’s struggle to surmount internal divisions.

Trump’s tweets come just days after he insisted Congress needed to act to resolve the problems at the U.S.-Mexico border. But stubborn differences between conservative and more moderate Republicans in the House have stalled immigration legislation on Capitol Hill, with a vote on a compromise measure delayed until next week.

Trump said Friday that even if a measure passes, it’s doomed in the Senate.

“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” he tweeted. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”

At what point will the GOP realize that Donald Trump is mentally unstable and unfit to be President of the United States?

Milwaukee Alders Condemn Family Separations on US Border

June 20, 2018

Separating families at the border is cruel, unnecessary

From Alderman Jóse G. Pérez, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman
Nicholas Kovac, Alderman Mark Borkowski, Alderman Tony Zielinski, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey,
Alderman Robert Bauman and Alderman Cavalier Johnson

Right now children are being torn apart from their parents. This is not happening in a war zone or in a far off
country. It’s happening right here on American soil and being implemented by our own federal government,
all in the name of being tough on illegal immigration. These children, nearly 2,000 of them have been ripped
away from their parents, housed in strange places and in many instances denied basic human contact. They
will go weeks perhaps even months without seeing their families again.

The thought of separating families is unspeakable. But unfortunately it is no longer a thought, no longer a
threat, it is reality. And we must speak of it and confront it head on for what it is – cruel and unnecessary.

Where Is Congress On The Family Separations On the Border?

Too bad that none of the GOP Representatives or Senators has the courage to sponsor a simple one item bill to stop the family separations at the border…and rush it through Congress to the president’s desk…he’d have no way to veto it after all of the bluster and posturing and nonsense coming out of the West Wing this past week.