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pooltchr
04-02-2010, 08:46 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100402/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_jobs

Actually, the unemployment rate remained unchanged, in spite of the addition of tens of thousands of temporary census workers who are now considered to be employed.

Obama is visiting one company in Charlotte that has added employees, in a state where our overall unemployment is over 12% and in a metropolitan area where it is still over 11%.

Jobs created under the so called stimulus package are going to come back to haunt us. When the "stimulus" money goes away, businesses are going to need to decide if they are willing to absorb the cost, or lay off workers again.

In essence, the government is giving businesses a fish, but not allowing them to go fishing.

What a joke this administration is! And the fools that buy into it are an even bigger joke!

There is also a gathering of protesters already on the streets here that I'm fairly certain will outnumber the supporters who show up for Obama.

His visit does have one somewhat positive note. The number of police that are working overtime today will help make their paychecks a little bigger this week. Oh, wait! I'm paying for that too!!!!!!!!!!!
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Steve

sack316
04-02-2010, 08:51 AM
I used a word long ago that sums the whole thing up: band-aid.

Sack

editing to add: that's not to say a band-aid was not needed. It certainly was/is necessary. But we'll need some sort of foundation to create long term job prospects, otherwise we'll be doing this whole thing over again in a few years.

Gayle in MD
04-03-2010, 06:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: sack316</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I used a word long ago that sums the whole thing up: band-aid.

Sack

editing to add: that's not to say a band-aid was not needed. It certainly was/is necessary. But we'll need some sort of foundation to create long term job prospects, otherwise we'll be doing this whole thing over again in a few years. </div></div>

Yet you were bashing the President for supplying money in North Carolina to a companty that will create thousands of jobs in the future, that will not be outsourced.

You guys want it both ways.

Earth to Sack. The Bill clearly states that no citizen will recieve ANY legal retribution for not signing up for health Insurance. There will not be hundreds of thousands of Tax enforcers added to the rolls of the IRS. In fact, NO additional enforcers at all. There have been no more additional census workers this years, than in any other year of taking the census. AND there have been no additional Tax people added into the IRS, more lies.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">This news quickly spread to conservative media outlets, which hyperbolized the claim with statements like: the “IRS will now oversee health control and determine whether you are compliant,” and the IRS will now be responsible “for finding and punishing those who don’t” have “acceptable” health insurance. An article on the Daily Caller published an article headlined “IRS looking to hire thousands of tax agents to enforce health care laws” accompanied by a picture of armed soldiers.
Yesterday during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman made clear that all these claims are nothing but misinformation. He said that, essentially, Brady’s analysis was premature because the IRS is still figuring out the resources it will need “to implement the tax provisions” in the health care legislation. He also completely refuted the notion that IRS agents would be going after people to see if they have acceptable health care:
REP. RON KIND (D-WI): And IRS agents are not going to go out and auditing taxpayers to verify if they have obtained acceptable health insurance, will they?

SHULMAN: No. … [I]t’s probably worth me being very clear because I think there have been some misconceptions out there. The way we envision this working is that HHS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the exchanges will be working with the insurance companies to determine what is acceptable coverage.

All that will happen with the IRS is similar to a current 1099 where a bank sends IRS a statement that says “here’s the interest” someone owes, and they send it to the taxpayer. We expect to get a simple form — that we won’t look behind — that says this person has acceptable health coverage. There are not going to be any discussions about health coverage with an IRS employee.

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There is actually NO Mandate at all, since there is no punishment at all.

The role of the IRS is to inform the public of their tax cuts, that's all!

READ THE BILL!

And! Check out all the money North Carolina is slurping up from the stimulus!

http://www.ncdot.org/recovery/


<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Recovery Projects Near You


Use our interactive map to see where NCDOT is using its economic recovery funding.

View Map of Recovery Projects in North Carolina
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Latest News
ARRA Employment Data
Approved Projects
Recovery Project Selection Process
Southeast High-Speed Rail
Useful Links
Latest NewsNCDOT AWARDS $2.8 MILLION FOR LIGHTING RENOVATION, NEW REST AREA IN CATAWBA COUNTY (3/10/2010)
NCDOT AWARDS $967,326 RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT FOR STANLY COUNTY BRIDGE (3/10/2010)
CONTRACT AWARDED TO REROUTE N.C. 55 IN HARNETT COUNTY (2/19/2010)
CONTRACT AWARDED FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS NEAR HOPE MILLS (2/19/2010)
CONTRACT AWARDED FOR I-40 RESURFACING IN DUPLIN AND PENDER COUNTIES (2/19/2010)
CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR WIDENING U.S. 258 IN GREENE, LENOIR AND PITT COUNTIES (2/19/2010)
CONTRACT AWARDED FOR BRIDGE PRESERVATION IN DARE AND TYRRELL COUNTIES OVER ALLIGATOR RIVER (2/19/2010)
CONTRACT AWARDED FOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN CHOWAN COUNTY (2/19/2010)
$6 MILLION IN NCDOT CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR ROAD PROJECTS IN VANCE AND WARREN COUNTIES (2/18/2010)
NCDOT AWARDS $7.6 MILLION RECOVERY CONTRACT FOR I-540 AND I-40 IMPROVEMENTS (2/18/2010)
NORTH CAROLINA RECEIVES $545 MILLION FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL FROM AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT (1/28/2010)
$3.4 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN GUILFORD COUNTY (1/4/2010)
$2.3 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS (1/4/2010)
$1.2 MILLION RECOVERY CONTRACT AWARDED FOR A BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY (1/4/2010)
$1.8 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN STANLY COUNTY (1/4/2010)
$1.7 MILLION AWARDED FOR ALAMANCE COUNTY RECOVERY PROJECT (1/4/2010)
$2.9 MILLION CONTRACT AWARDED FOR GRANVILLE COUNTY RECOVERY PROJECT (1/4/2010)
$1.5 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR PERSON COUNTY ROAD IMPROVEMENTS (1/4/2010)
$8.6 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT CONTRACT AWARDED FOR WIDENING U.S. 401 (1/4/2010)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Additional $1.3 million recovery contract awarded for Wade Avenue resurfacing in Wake County (10/1/2009)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Includes $4.9 million to install computerized traffic signal system in Chapel Hill, Carrboro (10/1/2009)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Includes $7.2 million to resurface U.S. 158 in Northampton Co. (10/1/2009)
CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA; Includes $1.3 million to improve N.C. 86 in Caswell County (10/1/2009)
17 CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR FERRY, HIGHWAY PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA (10/1/2009)
17 CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR FERRY, HIGHWAY PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA (10/1/2009)
17 CONTRACTS TOTALING MORE THAN $65 MILLION AWARDED FOR FERRY, HIGHWAY PROJECTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA (10/1/2009)
NCDOT AWARDS $10.3 MILLION IN CONTRACTS FOR GUILFORD COUNTY ROADS; INCLUDES $1.5 MILLION RECOVERY PROJECT (8/31/2009)
View all Recovery news releases
« Prev1/ 5Next »ARRA Employment DataNCDOT has collected employment data for all active recovery projects since March 2009. The link below provides a month-by-month total of workers employed by recovery projects to date, as well as the hours worked and payroll for each project. Click here for the ARRA Employment Data.

Approved ProjectsAfter President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law Feb. 17, 2009, NCDOT learned it would receive $838 million in federal funding - $735 million for highway and bridge improvements and $103 million for transit. The legislation requires states to obligate the first half of funding within 120 days of receipt, and the remaining half to projects within a year.

The overarching goal of the ARRA is to create and sustain jobs for a wide range of industry partners throughout the state, meaning the projects ultimately selected must be diverse in size, type and geography.

As of Jan. 1, 2010, the department had advertised 294 contracts representing $577,773,914 in ARRA funding. Of these, 239 have been awarded and 158 are currently under construction across the state. Approximately 48 of the 294 contracts awarded are anticipated to be complete by March 1.

Bids have been coming in about 22 percent, or $100 million, lower than estimated, allowing NCDOT to stretch funds further. Being proactive, additional projects have been programmed that may be funded because of lower than expected costs.

For a complete list of projects identified to date, click here.
For more information on when specific projects will be let, visit our Project Letting page.
Highway and Bridge Projects
To date, 325 highway and bridge projects have been identified totaling an estimated $775 million in ARRA funds. Contracts for many of these projects will continue to be awarded until July 2010.
Low bids have enabled the department to program more than $100 million in additional projects.
Transit Projects
Of the $103 million in transit funding NCDOT received, $70.5 million was distributed to 17 urbanized areas.
Another $5.1 million in funds were identified for transit instead of highway use by two Metropolitan Planning Organizations -- Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Capital Area (Raleigh). The money will enable these systems to increase their level of customer service and safety, construct maintenance and administrative transit facilities, and purchase buses, including hybrid electric buses.
Ninety-two percent of the available ARRA funds for urbanized areas were obligated in grants by Sept. 1, 2009.
To date, $24 million has been awarded for projects in rural areas by the Federal Transit Administration. These funds are administered by NCDOT.
For a complete list of projects identified to date, click on Rural and Urban.

Recovery Project Selection ProcessIn an effort to be proactive, NCDOT began working to identify candidate projects in November 2008.
Most projects have already been approved as part of Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. Amendments are being made to the STIP and Metropolitan TIPs as needed.
Project sources include:
Potential deferred six-month let list;
Out year and unfunded STIP projects; and
Division-managed projects (including safety, mobility and infrastructure deficiencies);
Among the criteria used to select projects includes:
Could be obligated within 120 days of bill signing;
Reasonably meet three-year project completion;
Role in meeting the department’s mission and goals of safety, mobility and infrastructure health;
Equity formula distribution; and
Priority was given to economically distressed areas.
After looking at these factors, the list was evaluated for:
Ability to sustain and create jobs for a wide range of industry partners throughout the state, and
Diversity in size, type and geography.
NCDOT collaborated with metro and rural planning organizations and industry partners to determine priorities in each area.
The majority of the projects had already been delayed due to lack of funding.
Southeast High-Speed RailNorth Carolina is receiving $545 million in ARRA funding to further develop the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor, a nearly 500-mile route that will allow trains to travel between Charlotte and Washington, D.C. at top speeds of up to 90-110 miles per hour and an average speed of 86 mph. Click on the video below to watch the announcement being made during a ceremony at the newly renovated Durham train station on Jan. 28.



The project is expected to create or maintain 4,800 private sector jobs in North Carolina and provide environmental and energy benefits through reduced congestion and improved air quality.
Of the $545 million, $520 million will fund improvements that will enable higher track speeds along the corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte, and $25 million will fund projects to improve the reliability of existing service from Raleigh north to Virginia.
Since USDOT designated Charlotte to Washington, D.C. as a high-speed rail corridor in 1992, NCDOT has invested more than $300 million in the state’s intercity passenger rail service to pave the way for high-speed service.
Additional information is available at http://www.bytrain.org and on this rail fact sheet.
Useful LinksThe following links contain information regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and transportation infrastructure improvements:

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
American Public Transportation Association
N.C. Office of Economic Recovery and Investment (NCrecovery.gov)
Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration
Federal Highway Administration
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G. <span style="color: #000066">the right has filled this board with lies for months. It's all BULL! </span>

Sev
04-03-2010, 06:42 AM
Actually the estimated number of IRS agents is around 16,000 at a cost of 5 billion dollars.

The caveat in the health care bill is that there is not an enforcement clause. However that does not mean the IRS cant harass you.
More work for tax lawyers at the very least.

So expect more IRS agents for an as yet undisclosed purpose.