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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Holy Mother Of Government Intrusion

Published by Mockarena on April 11, 2010 in You Know What I Hate?. 16 Comments Tags: free market, organizing for america, unpaid internships.

I swear, news about the destruction of free enterprise in this country is coming so quickly and so often that I worry people are going to miss some of what’s happening.

I would like to say I can’t believe Obama’s latest power-grab, but of course I can believe it. It’s to be expected at this point.

Now that he’s got his claws in healthcare and we’ll all soon be waiting in lines and hoping that Kathleen Sebelius decides we’re worthy of medical treatments under the single-payer system, Obama has his sights set on internships.

Say whaaaa?

Yes. Obama is going to prohibit private for-profit companies from having unpaid internship programs. Nancy Leppink, the acting director for the DOL’s wage and hour division said, “If you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to be many circumstances where you can have an internship and not be paid and still be in compliance with the law.”

Isn’t that brilliant? Even though school age kids are facing a 26% unemployment rate, Obama is basically telling them they’re not ALLOWED to volunteer their time in private industry in order to gain job skills which could help them compete in the employment market after graduation. And obviously, if companies are required to pay interns, then they’re going to have FEWER INTERNSHIP POSITIONS, which will drive that unemployment figure even higher. I would say that this is one of the dumbest things Obama has ever done, but that list is so long now I’m honestly not sure it would even fit.

But here’s the kicker. If you want an unpaid internship at Organizing for America or at the White House? That’s totally cool. It’s only if you want an unpaid internship at a company which actually produces goods and/or services in the free market – then you’re SOL.

If you needed any more evidence that Obama is soundly opposed to the USA’s free market system, then you’re just not opening your eyes. The proof is everywhere. And, according to this, there’s another advantage for Obama to say “internships for me but not for thee.” What he’s doing will “have a disproportionate impact against students who are not left-wing ideologues as most of those students intend on going into left-wing non-profit advocacy and the government anyway. It’s the independent and conservative students who just want to get the skills and connections to make an honest living in the free market who are going to get screwed.”


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Becky said...

Seriously? Who hired this guy?

Jo Jo said...

Have not heard this at all. Unbelievable!