ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida officials are investigating an unemployment agency that spent public money to give 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless.
Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on the red capes as part of its “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” public relations campaign. The campaign featured a cartoon character, “Dr. Evil Unemployment,” who needs to be vanquished.
Florida’s unemployment agency director asked Monday for an investigation of the regional operation’s spending after the Orlando Sentinel published a story about the program. State director Cynthia Lorenzo said the spending appeared to be “insensitive and wasteful.”
Workforce Central Florida Director Gary J. Earl defends the program, saying it is part of a greater effort to connect with the community. The agency says it served 210,000 people during its last fiscal year, placing nearly 59,000 in jobs.
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Face Forward Says:
Well the capes couldn’t have been too much at $2.33 each. However, my guess is that the unemployed in Florida would have been much more happy to have had the money spent on helping them get a job. Helping the unemployed produce a better resume or even polish their interview skills would have produced more results.
When governments have money to spend, they will spend it. It should not surprise anyone that our social security system is broken, medicare cost are rising, and illegal aliens are able to (very easily) steal benefits that are paid for by borrowed money from China. Thank god we had enough left over so we could dress up the unemployed in red superhero capes. I know they felt good wearing them around town.
Faced by Facefwd.com @ April 19, 2011
Pitching the promise of energy independence, President Barack Obama cautioned Wednesday that it’s going to be tough to transition from America’s oil-dependent economy and acknowledged there’s little he can do to lower gas prices over the short term.
“I’m just going to be honest with you. There’s not much we can do next week or two weeks from now,” the president told workers at a wind turbine plant. It’s a theme Obama’s struck before as he tries to show voters he’s attuned to a top economic concern with gas prices pushing toward $4 a gallon.
Obama said he wants to move toward “a future where America is less dependent on foreign oil, more reliant on clean energy produced by workers like you.” That will happen by reducing oil imports, tapping domestic energy sources and shifting the nation to renewable and less polluting sources of energy, such as wind, the president says. He has set a goal of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025.
But the president said it won’t happen overnight and if any politician says it’s easy, “they’re not telling the truth.”
“Gas prices? They’re going to still fluctuate until we can start making these broader changes, and that’s going to take a couple of years to have serious effect,” Obama said.
Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.
“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”
The president spoke at a town hall meeting at Gamesa Technology Corp., a Spanish company that makes giant turbines that use wind to generate electricity. According to the White House, it is the first overseas company of its kind to set up shop in the U.S.
For the Rest of this Article:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Obama-says-little-shortterm-apf-1680912387.html?x=0&.v=4
Face Forward Comments:Holy freaking cow…… Who does this man think is being hurt by the fuel prices. Oh wait a minute, that’s right, he knows it is the working middle class that is paying the fuel bill right now. And he does not care. Those being least hurt are the public transportation crowd AKA his voters. What arrogance! For a American citizen asking a legitimate question, being needled by the president of the country. Can you imagine what would be said if Bush had said something like that to a voter?
And now finally, I wonder how much of your money, Mr and Mrs American middle class Tax Payer, was given to this Spanish company? It is something you should find out and if you don’t like it, I suggest you vote out the man who gave it to them.
Faced by Facefwd.com @ April 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – A Republican budget plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday would cut $5.8 trillion from U.S. spending over the next 10 years, a congressional aide familiar with the proposal said on Monday.
The plan, which would take effect when the next fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, is expected to propose sweeping changes to the Medicare and Medicaid health programs, as well as hard caps on government spending and tax cuts.
Face Forward Comments:
More Please. Even with this huge prposed cut we will add debt. We must make the hard choices now and stop electing people that cannot make them.
Faced by Facefwd.com @ April 5, 2011
OBAMA: Seeking to justify military intervention, the president said the U.S. has “an important strategic interest in preventing Gadhafi from overrunning those who oppose him. A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful — yet fragile — transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.” He added: “I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.”
THE FACTS: Obama did not wait to make that case to Congress, despite his past statements that presidents should get congressional authorization before taking the country to war, absent a threat to the nation that cannot wait.
“The president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,” he told The Boston Globe in 2007 in his presidential campaign. “History has shown us time and again … that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the legislative branch.”
Obama’s defense secretary, Robert Gates, said Sunday that the crisis in Libya “was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest.”
OBAMA: “And tonight, I can report that we have stopped Gadhafi’s deadly advance.”
THE FACTS: The weeklong international barrage has disabled Libya’s air defenses, communications networks and supply chains. But Gadhafi’s ground forces remain a potent threat to the rebels and civilians, according to U.S. military officials.
Army Gen. Carter Ham, the top American officer overseeing the mission, told The New York Times on Monday that “the regime still overmatches opposition forces militarily. The regime possesses the capability to roll them back very quickly. Coalition air power is the major reason that has not happened.”
Only small numbers of Gadhafi’s troops have defected to the opposition, Ham said.
At the Pentagon, Vice Adm. William Gortney, staff director for the Joint Chiefs, said the rebels are not well organized. “It is not a very robust organization,” he said. “So any gain that they make is tenuous based on that.”
For the rest of the “Facts” please go here:
Face Forward comments:
To know one’s surprise and after avoiding making a statement or explaining himself for weeks, Obama made his teleprompter guided speech to the American public last night. After hiding in Latin America, Obama returned to the states to declare that his undeclared war on Libya was justified. I will say this for him, while he continues to be the worst modern day president to ever be elected, he is one of the better liars. Had there not been access to the facts I would have turned off the television thinking, “we are so lucky to have him as our leader in this time of crisis”.
What I find particularly interesting about this fact check is that the article was on the WLS website. WLS is the BIG talk radio station in Chicago. If the voice of radio Chicago is reporting on Obama and his poor record of telling the truth, then his support base has really taken a hit.
Faced by Facefwd.com @ March 29, 2011