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These are the Top Growing Industries in America

Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a list of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. Some of them will surprise you! Indeed, the government predicts that these jobs will grow exponentially through most of the next decade. Here are some of the growing fields that caught our eye! Do you know anyone who works in these jobs? If not, in a few years, you probably will!

10. Forest Fire Prevention/Analysis Workers

Most Americans don’t know the vast amount of work that goes into preventing and managing major wildfires. Federal, state, and local governments all employ people tasked with mitigating damage caused by forest fires. After a fire blazes through a forest, specially trained analysts help the ecosystem rebuild.

9. Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Solar energy is growing across the country, and solar energy generation requires solar panels. American homes and businesses will require trained technicians to install these solar photovoltaic cells.

8. Bicycle Repairers

This one surprised us! However, as more Americans move to cities, it makes sense that more of us will use bikes to get around. When those bikes hit a bump in the road, we’ll rely on repairers to patch them up.

7. Home Health Aides

The aging Baby Boomer generation means a sharply increased demand for home based medical care. In fact, in addition to home health aides, BLS predicts that the country will hire more physician assistants and occupational therapists, too!

6. Information Security Analysts

Hacking is a constant threat in the digital world. As more business gets conducted online, the need for advanced information security becomes greater. This behind-the-scenes job typically only makes the news when things go wrong. Still, every day without a hack results from the efforts of these digital defenders.

5. Oil and Gas Rig Workers

With a White House that favors energy independence, our country will need more skilled workers to harness the power of oil and gas. The oil and gas industry has caused an economic boom in North Dakota, where workers conduct major drilling operations.

4. Child Care Workers

Raising a child costs a lot of money, and in this economy, both parents typically try to remain employed. Because of this, the demand for child care is increasing. This one didn’t make the BLS list, but CNBC named it the top job for self-employed entrepreneurs. This field could employ as many as 378,900 people in 2026. There’s another growing career for people who want to help children – this time, before those children are born: BLS says that genetic counseling is growing, and more parents-to-be will want the services of a genetic counselor as science advances.

3. Wind Turbine Technicians

You might not know anyone with this unusual gig, but it’s one of the most lucrative on our list. Wind turbine workers earn a median annual wage of $53,880. As America’s energy needs grow, we’ll use wind as a natural resource to keep the country powered up.

2. Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

When Fluffy needs a walk or Fido needs a haircut, Americans turn to nonfarm animal caretakers. These groomers, dog walkers, and “puppy hotel” workers take care of Man’s Best Friend. Animal lovers are in luck; this field is predicted to grow exponentially for several more years.

1. Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants

Let’s get physical! These medical professionals step in when patients are recovering from injury or surgery. Once a profession geared toward athletes and people with major surgery, physical therapists now help anyone gain strength and feel better in their bodies.

 

How “New NAFTA” Impacts Your Bank Account

After months of negotiations, the U.S. and Mexico have reached a preliminary deal that paves the way for a new NAFTA. This deal, called the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement, has especially huge implications for the stock market and the auto industry. This new agreement lasts for 16 years, with a review period scheduled every 6 years.

New Auto Rules

Under the new agreement, 75% of the parts in any car sold in North America must be made in either the U.S. or Mexico. The deal also attempts to address wage disparity. Companies often outsource production from Canada and the United States to Mexico, where labor costs much less. Now, workers paid at least $16 and hour must produce 40% of auto parts in cars sold in North America.

The Future of Agriculture

According to CNBC, “Trump said Mexican officials promised the country would start buying as much U.S. farm product as possible.”

No details have emerged regarding which farm products the deal covers. Increased demand from American farmers may revitalize a struggling industry. However, agricultural tariffs or subsidies could change the prices we face at the grocery store.

Stocks Rally

This morning, stocks in all three NAFTA countries opened higher upon anticipation of a successful trade deal. CNN reports that “the Dow rose more than 250 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit new highs.”

In light of the bilateral agreement, Canada will join negotiations to iron out the future of NAFTA. In a statement, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs said, “Canada is encouraged by the continued optimism shown by our negotiating partners.”

Nancy Pelosi Calls Tax Bill Benefits “Crumbs,” Forsakes Middle Class

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called President Donald Trump’s tax cuts a “crumb,” denigrating the wage hikes and bonuses Americans are getting in the wake of the tax reform bill.

Pelosi and former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz spoke at Florida Atlantic University this week, where their comments were filmed by the conservative group America Rising Squared.

“Crumbs” for the Middle Class

The prominent Democrats dismissed that Americans are benefiting from the tax cuts, claiming that after taxes the cuts don’t amount to much of anything.

According to Pelosi and Wasserman-Schultz, the “fat cats” will get much more.

Wasserman-Schultz then explained why they believe Americans are not benefiting:

Frankly, if you look at the bonuses, which I haven’t heard of a corporate bonus more than $1,000 so far. Which by the way is taxed, so it’s not $1,000. And then you spread $1,000 over the course of the year – to think of about how much that is – of course, they get it all at once. But I’m not sure that $1,000 (which is taxed, taxable) goes very far for almost anyone.

Later, Pelosi told attendees that and tax bonuses were a piece of cheese that a mouse is about to take off of a trap.

“And around it are fat cats,” Pelosi finished. “And that’s the thing… You get the crumb, we get the banquet.”

Nancy Pelosi’s net worth is $120 million. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s net worth is a whopping $1.04 million in debt.

Americans Pay Bills on Time – Why Can’t Congress?

If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. That’s the simple rule that governs capitalist economies. Yet the U.S. Congress consistently fails to meet deadlines, and our Senators and Representatives still get paid with our tax dollars.

The “No Budget, No Pay Act” would withhold salaries from members of Congress if they do not pass a budget by the start of the fiscal year. Congress has not balanced the budget since 1998. It has not passed a concurrent budget resolution since 2010. The 2013 government shutdown cost $24 billion. This level of failure would get any other employee fired! Still, members of Congress draw their taxpayer-funded salaries even when they fail at their jobs.

Demanding Congress Does Its Job

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) has expressed his concern with the budget. “It’s time we stop kicking the can down the road and get serious about solving our country’s spending-driven debt crisis,” he said. Senator Heller filed the No Budget, No Pay Act in this year’s Congress. Heller campaigned on the bill in 2012. The proposed law would require members of Congress to pass a budget (and all other supplemental appropriations bills) before the start of the fiscal year (October 1) in order to receive their salaries. If Congress doesn’t do its job, it doesn’t get paid.

This bill will create accountability for all the elected officials in Washington D.C. that have thousands of constituents relying on them to make responsible decisions on their behalf. It will assure  Congress pays its bills on time and address the never-ending extension of deadlines. But first, the bill must pass.

 

 

Four Cases for Saying NO: Commercial Gas Complex to Harm Locals in Wilmington, MA

Wilmington, Massachusetts is a charming small town just north of Boston. The town has retained its small-town feel despite the buildup of other larger Boston suburbs. All this might change very soon, if a company called the Global Montello Group gets its way.

In April, the Global Montello Group requested a permit to build a multi-phase gas and convenience complex in Wilmington.  Construction of the proposed Global Montello Group complex would bring heavy traffic from the Route 93 Expressway into the small town. Wilmington residents fear that their community may soon be a huge traffic through-way, causing headaches for the locals and eroding the town’s local flavor.

Global Montello Group Might…

  1. Ruin small businesses.

    The proposed gas complex lies on a corner which already has a local tavern and gas station.  Introducing a complex run by an out-of-town corporation threatens locally-owned businesses and drives money out of the town’s economy.  The corporation, not the town, would see the benefits of potential cash flow.  The town would only see its economy harmed.

  2.  Erode the small town.

    The buildup that inevitably results from commercializing on a large scale poses a threat to the pace of life locals prefer.  Locals who have lived in Wilmington their whole lives have expressed disdain for the to-date changes to the area, that used to be friendly for walking and farmland. Further commercialization slights the townspeople who elect their government officials, for the benefit of people the government has no reason to represent.

  3. Impose on locals’ lifestyles.

    The corner is home to a child care center and an assisted living home.  The increased highway traffic to result from the new complex would congest the area at rush hour.  This inconveniences local Wilmington residents who are trying to pick up a child or visit a loved one after work.  Locals who pass through the intersection to return home after work should not have to sit in the traffic of commuters who only benefit an out-of-town corporation.

  4. Threaten the community.

    Safety concerns from introducing mass traffic into the intersection are abundant.  Increased car flow on roads where school buses drop children off is dangerous.  Additionally, the threat of crime is higher with people unknown to the town coming and going at all hours.

Although a commercial gas complex could yield a higher tax payday for Wilmington’s government officials, it only hurts citizens.  Elected officials have the chance to save Wilmington from this outside corporation.

Trump Announces Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA

President Trump formally announced to Congress that he will renegotiated NAFTA as early as August 2017. There is a 90-day consultation period for the Trump administration, Congress and private businesses to determine what must absolutely be renegotiated.  After this, President Trump will renegotiate with Mexican and Canadian officials, at which time he will promote regulations more fair to American businesses.  Trump may require Mexico and Canada to raise their de minimis thresholds (DMTs), which, as they stand, stifle American small business exports.

American DMTs

Each country determines its own DMT When an export to that country is worth more than the DMT, the exporter must pay an additional tax on the shipment. For example, the current US DMT is 800 USD. This means that a Mexican company may pay no tax if it sends a shipment worth 799 USD across our southern border.

Do Americans enjoy the same privileges? N0. American exporters must pay taxes on everything above 20 CAD (in Canada) and 20 USD (in Mexico). Why should our businesses have to pay more taxes? President Trump has an opportunity to level the playing field.

Demanding Reciprocity

Currently, both Mexico and Canada agree to work on mutually beneficial trade deals. The DMT issue will test the seriousness of their commitment to making NAFTA work.

The Obama Administration actually worsened the problem by raising our DMT from 200 USD to 800 USD in 2015.

It is undeniable that President Trump must negotiate deals that protect small businesses in America. Raising the Canadian and Mexican DMT levels would help accomplish this. President Trump could use this opportunity to level the playing field and stop stifling American small business exporters.

United Airlines had a man forcibly dragged off a flight. Will the FAA do anything about it?

On the night of April 9th, 2017, a 69 year old man boarded United Flight 3411 from Chicago O’Hare to Louisville. He sat down in his seat, just like any other passenger. This man – a doctor – was traveling home to Louisville, where he would see patients the next day. 

United needed to transfer four employees to Louisville, but Flight 3411 was full. The airline staff asked if any passengers were willing to give up their spot. They offered each passenger a one-night stay in a hotel and an $800 voucher for their cooperation.

Nobody took them up on the offer. Did they sweeten the deal with extra money or airline credit? No way. They ordered four people, chosen at random, to get off the plane. (This sort of “involuntary bumping” is legal – before passengers board the plane. Once they’re inside the aircraft, the company has a legal responsibility to get them where they’re going.)

Three of those unlucky passengers agreed, and then left the plane. The fourth was the Louisville-bound doctor. He explained his need to get home to his patients. 

Did United ask for volunteers, this time offering more money? No. They called the police to remove the man. What happens next is absolutely horrifying – and captured by another passenger’s phone.   

A video that has gone viral on social media shows police forcibly removing the man from the airplane. The police wrestled him to the ground and dragged him by his arms and legs.  According the Reuters, the man was seen “being dragged down the aisle on his back by his hands, body limp, bleeding from the mouth, glasses askew and shirt pulled up above his navel.” During the dragging, the man’s face was slammed against the armrests and ended up badly bloodied. (Meanwhile, the official police report from the Chicago PD claims that the man “fell.”)

You can hear the man screaming and other passengers pleading with the security to stop. The video records the man saying “Just kill me… just kill me.”

Seconds later, the doctor goes limp and quiet, and is seemingly unconscious.

The Chicago Department of Aviation and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are currently investigating the incident. One security guard is on leave until the Chicago Department of Aviation handles the issue. So far, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t done anything. 

United Airlines has apologized for overbooking the flight. It has not, however, apologized for the behavior of its employees. In fact, CEO Oscar Munoz sent a letter to his employees stating “I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right.”

Melania and Barron Stay in NYC, Taxpayers Foot the Bill

Do you know how much you’re paying so that First Lady Melania Trump can live in New York City? Secret Service costs to protect her and son Barron run at an estimated $500,000 per day.

After President Trump won the election in 2016, she opted to stay in New York until June with Barron until he finishes his year at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. Then, the two plan to move into the White House.

The price tag for this arrangement – a million dollars every two days – has raised eyebrows. It runs contrary to President Trump’s promises to cut wasteful federal spending.  However, Melania has made it clear that she is not following the path set by other First Ladies.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, her senior adviser, assured the American people that, “Mrs. Trump is honored to serve this country and is taking the role and responsibilities of first lady very seriously… The first lady is going to go about her role in a pragmatic and thoughtful way that is unique and authentic to her.”

What do Americans think?

Few American taxpayers want to take on the added cost of the duo’s security detail.

The NYPD estimates the added costs between $127,000 to $146,000 a day.  Taxpayers already floated a $24 million bill to protect the Trump family between Election Day and Inauguration Day.  

Some liberal media outlets, like the Washington Post, are livid at the situation: “Melania Trump is a virtual shut-in, her refuge 58 stories above Manhattan’s hoi polloi and laden with enough gold to embarrass a Saudi prince.” Other say she is prioritizing her role as a mother over her role as First Lady.

Do you think Melania is justified in spending our money to keep herself in New York City?

Trump Budget Boosts Military, Slashes EPA

“History shows that when America is not prepared is when the danger is greatest. We want to deter, avoid and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military dominance.”

 

Donald Trump stated this during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he was promising to grow the U.S. military. Now that we have seen President Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year, we know he was serious about that commitment.

 

With a proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending, Trump’s budget puts an emphasis on military strength and homeland security. If enacted, the United States would be spending $596 billion on our military – more than any other country on Earth, and more than the next seven countries combined.

 

Trump’s budget proposal also calls for down payments on two of his other major campaign promises: the border wall and school voucher programs. All of Trump’s proposed spending comes with a trade-off – massive cuts in existing federal programs.

 

That’s why the Trump budget has supporters of big government feeling distraught; some of their favorite federal agencies are hardest hit.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will take the hardest hit, as they will suffer a 31% decrease in funding. Coming in a close second is the State Department, which will endure a 29% funding cut compared to their 2017 budget. These are two examples of the 19 agencies that will face funding cuts if Trump’s budget is passed by Congress.

 

Gary Cohn, the National Economic Council Director, summarizes the agency cuts in a relatable fashion. “It’s no different than every other family in America that has to make the tough decisions when they need to spend money somewhere, they have to cut it from somewhere else.”

 

President Trump’s proposed budget is not expected to increase next year’s projected deficit of $487 billion. While the budget is not expected to lower the federal government’s debt either, it does show Trump’s commitment to stop the national debt from spiraling out of control.

 

Whereas past presidents have increased the federal deficit during their time in office, Trump’s first budget proposal shows he is on the path towards a smaller, more efficient federal government. As Democrats wonder how Big Government will afford these budget cuts, the rest of the country knows that we are nearly $20 trillion in debt. We can’t afford not to cut spending.

National Debt Nears $20 Trillion

Our national debt is about to cross the $20 trillion threshold, and it shows no signs of slowing down. That money amounts to roughly $59,510 in debt for every American citizen.

Simply paying the interest on the national debt – without even touching the debt itself – is a huge drain on our nation’s financial resources. Interest payments consumed 6% of the federal budget in 2015 and 7% of the federal budget in 2016. Every year, more taxpayer money will be eaten up by interest payments, leaving less funding available for things like the military, infrastructure, and education.

Those billions of dollars in interest may sound like a lot, but our interest payments are actually quite low…for now. The Federal Reserve has kept the interest rate low recently, and that has kept our interest payments depressed. However, the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates this year.

A 1% rise in the interest rate could add $1.6 trillion to the cost of our debt over the next ten years.

Virtually every household in America is limited by a budget. Congress, however, doesn’t stay within the parameters of federal revenue. In recent years, Congress has outspent what the government collects in taxes by over $500 billion.

This is akin to charging us a higher tax rate in the future, to be paid by our children and grandchildren, all because of politicians who are racking up massive debts. Kids today are growing up in a world where they will inherit massive debt incurred before they were born, plus interest, all because Congress refuses to live within its means.

America’s founding fathers were aware of the dangers posed by incurring large debts. George Washington issued a stern caution, “No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.”

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