Evidently the major news story about this came out locally in Oregon last October…sure as heck wasn’t the national media dontcha know! We wouldn’t want anyone to know how well the O-Teams Stimulus money worked when it comes to ‘Shovel-Ready-Jobs‘…now would we…especially since those jobs went to foreign workers!
Of course now this is getting some attention on various blogs because a couple democrat congress-critters in the House have presented a bill to take care of the ‘Loop-Holes‘ that our wonderful federal govt. used to by-pass local loggers who needed work desperately…and of course to save their own sorry a$$es in the upcoming Nov. elections.
There are two different reports…I’ll put links to both of them here, they need to be read. For now I’ll use a basic summary for this post via Free Beacon:
ANCHOR: A loophole that allowed foreign workers to take Oregon logging jobs may soon close. Last year more than 250 foreign workers were hired using federal stimulus money, even though thousands of Oregon loggers didn’t have jobs. Forest companies exploited a loophole in a foreign worker visa program. But Rep. Peter Defazio and Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a bill today to stop what they consider abuse of the system.
MERKLEY: All of this was about creating jobs for Americans, and as it turned out this money was spent in Oregon and not a single Oregonian was hired.
ANCHOR: If it becomes a law, the bill would force companies to aggressively advertise for U.S. workers. It would also give the states power to certify the company did all it could possibly do to hire American workers first.
Here’s the other report that came out last October! This is via KATU.com :
PORTLAND, Ore. – As the U.S. economy spiraled deeper into recession, Oregonians looking for work in the forestry industry lost out on hundreds of jobs to foreign workers.
They weren’t just any jobs. These were jobs paid for by American taxpayers as part of the government’s program to stimulate the economy.
Four Oregon companies, all located in the Medford area, racked up more than $7 million in stimulus contracts to clear the forest in Central Oregon. But instead of advertising the jobs to Oregonians, they recruited workers out of state and then hired foreign workers here on a visa.
But the companies did not break the law. A Department of Labor report this week found they utilized loopholes that required them to recruit workers only in the states where the work began.
In this case, the stimulus jobs started outside of Oregon so the companies were not required to advertise the jobs here. As a result, few Americans applied for the work, and the companies did not hire those Americans who applied; instead, they hired 254 foreign laborers for six worksites in Oregon, leaving Americans shut out of the stimulus-funded jobs.
Local loggers near Scappoose said Friday their fellow timber industry workers would have wanted those jobs.
“When they’re using stimulus money, that’s not fair or right at all. Stimulus money is tax money,” said logger Dennis Mattinen.
“I know guys that were losing their equipment back then because they didn’t have any work. And I’m sure they would have done anything to get work,” said logger Jeff Heller, who owns his own logging company. “The purpose of that stimulus money was to create jobs, and when it goes to foreign nationals, that’s just a crime.”
He said at the time the industry probably had 30 to 40 percent unemployment.
As Jeff Heller said it’s a crime indeed! You can read the rest of the story in the link highlighted above.
This administration had done everything in the power to destroy every single business and industries of all venues they can (the Keystone Pipeline is a recent example today with the Master-of-Disaster)…we in the household have worked hard in the logging industry for decades, we’ve watched the dems and RINOs destroy once thriving towns that depended and prospered on logging without federal govt. money…they are now nothing but basically ghost towns…we know, we’ve lived all over the North West including Alaska as well. What’s left of those once thriving towns are now exactly as the greenie-weenies worked hard to achieve over the decades…and achieve they did! Job Well Done!
The O-Team has to go…and take the RINOs with them once the November elections come!
‘Vote We Much’…Early and Often!