I wanted her to concentrate on school which is why she didn't start looking for summer work till May. My bad. But I wanted her to finish school STRONG. The kid was blowing the doors off the curriculum at her school, taking AP classes, team captain, Sunday School teacher, full load--stuff I know I wasn't bothering to take in my slacker senior year. I wanted her to look strong going into college. So she started looking for her first REAL non babysitter job in May. She should have started in March.
Odds were against her, however. The Oregon unemployment rate went UP to 8.7% in July. And with a 17.2% U6 unemployment rate in the state of Oregon, it's obvious adults are cobbling together several part time jobs to make up for the full time ones they lost. They're more experienced workers and my kid probably didn't have a chance against them. After all, do you want to pay a wet-behind-the-ears kid Oregon's inflated minimum wage or start an experienced worker in that spot at that wage?
Now fold in the unemployment rate of kids in the 16-19 age range: 24%. That's right, one out of every four kids looking for jobs in that age group won't find them. For black kids it's even worse. Teenage black males have a more than 50% unemployment rate. When she graduates college I hope she'll be in the 50% who can find a job in her field--or a job at all.
Leftist Obamanomics has made everything worse. Through the EPA overreach, local regulations and permit fees, systems development charges, the specter of Obamacare fines over the heads of small business and higher taxes and future uncertainty (among other things) getting a summer job is very difficult for teens. Higher costs mean fewer employees will be hired.
And now the President has illegally --by fiat--granted illegal kids of illegal aliens who are under 30 years old never-before-issued- (made up) work permits in order to curry favor with Hispanics during an election year. Those kids will be competing against my kid for the same summer jobs next year and for years to come. And so will their kids.
The Daily Caller reports the Obama Administration will allow even illegal alien middle school drop outs to become a part of the American work force.
Great. Now non citizens will continue to gobble up the starter jobs so many of us had when we were teens. That experience will be deprived of not just my kid but hundreds of thousands across America.
And now, because of EEOC and other "minority rights" laws, a kid by the last name of Lopez or Gonzalez will get a leg up on the legal kid whose last name is Taft.
When someone tells you that these illegal alien kids were brought here "through no fault of their own," you tell them they're right; it's their parents' fault. Their parents' law breaking created the problem and their parents should solve the problem.
But the President is making it my kid's problem.
Mr. President, in her first election as an 18 year old who has earned the franchise: she will not be voting for you.