May 4, 2018 9:54 AM HomeMorning ReadsMid-Morning Reads for Friday, May 4th, 2018 Mid-Morning Reads for Friday, May 4th, 2018 By Theresa Garcia Robertson Morning Reads 32 Comments May the Fourth be with you! Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is erupting. The U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2000. Governor Deal signed the Distracted Driving bill into law. Columbus, Georgia’s second largest city, is about to elect a new Mayor. Watch the only televised debate here. This is a very powerful list, but my favorite is Nikki Yu from GDEC. Congrats, Nikki! How to treat this day of Force. Over 7000 expected for NRA conference in Dallas, to include the President. Are YOU watching the Kentucky Derby tomorrow? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Theresa Garcia Robertson Wife. Geege. Foodie. Political Junkie. Southern Enthusiast. Taco Lover. 32 Comments Ellynn Job rates is great. What concerns me is the slow rate of wage increase (only 2.4%) and the luck of qualified and skilled labor. Companies don’t want to pay folks more, since this raises their costs for their share of SSI, unemployment funds, 401(k) matches, ect. Most are giving out bonuses, or other benefits that can be written off in their taxes. https://www.axios.com/us-economy-adds-313000-jobs-in-february-1525436151-e0c17812-218c-44e1-936f-6336367fc99a.html Additionally, the same jobs release shows 62 % of the population is working. In general that’s a good number. The pool of qualified people for some skills are shrinking. In the past this number has been sublimated with immigrant workers. As the limit of work visas across the board and the number of new potential citizens is being lowered, How will business addressed this? https://www.axios.com/steve-mnuchin-skilled-labor-jobs-workforce-automation-8e15591f-17e4-4785-93b0-b610d8b5d3cb.html May 4, 2018 10:34 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I think automation is a big factor in this. People are working, but after being displaced by a robot they end up working in a lower-skilled, lower-paying job. Fortunately, we are getting so much stuff from China that the lack of wage increases isn’t having as much of an impact as it would otherwise. Automation will continue to take jobs. It won’t be long before there are very few taxi drivers, bus drivers, forklift operators, warehouse sorters, etc. Population is still growing (slowly) but participation in the labor force is decreasing (more boomers retiring I guess). I believe automation will more than fill the needs of a shrinking workforce, to the point where soon the unemployment rate will start to rise again. As you mentioned, there are too many added expenses to hiring humans when a robot is available. We really need to be thinking about realizing our dream of the future where many of our descendants won’t have to work- but they will still need income. May 4, 2018 11:13 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The need for a universal basic income is increasing, but I don’t think we’re at that stage yet economically or politically. May 4, 2018 11:47 AM Log in to Reply Raleigh Walter Reuther had the best line for automation. Walter Reuther and Henry Ford II, CEO of Ford, toured a new engine plant in Cleveland. As they walked about the plant, Ford gestured to the cutting-edge, automated machines, saying, “Walter, how are you going to get these robots to pay union dues?” Reuther replied: “Henry, the question is how are you going to get those robots to buy your cars?” May 4, 2018 11:54 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Although animation is coming (ie, McDonald’s is testing out order Kiosk’s in areas with labor shortages right now) this is not solving the current skills issue which has been brewing in the last 5 years. As I have noted in the past, the construction industry is extremely short on skilled labor. And it’s the mid-level jobs that are an issue. You can have a mason go through all the tech and vocation training you can fit into a 2 year program, but laying brick and block beyond a basic run (which any robot can do) takes skill which is only really learned over time. Most masons who are in charge of the cut and laying of highly detailed work have at least 10 years on basic and secondary brick placing working under a master mason, and as I mentioned basic run that one learns off of can be will be done by robots one day. Most projects were already running short staffed before the construction boom started 2 years ago, and it has only gotten worse. Instead of increasing the labor force, it has only delayed the completion times, raised the bid costs and lowered the quality in some cases. Masons, sheet metal workers for HVAC, pipe fitters ect… all in short supply. May 4, 2018 11:57 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Automation is awesome but disruptive. Due to automation less than 1% of us are toiling on a farm for food. That is much harder work than any of us are doing today. We have the freedom to do so much more and advance as a civilization. Today is no exception. Better get a good education and be adaptable. If not, it is not pretty. But isn’t that the way it always has been? May 4, 2018 12:27 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ruhhhhhhh–rohhhhhhh! LMAO!!! https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/04/politics/paul-manafort-hearing/index.html May 4, 2018 1:10 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Sober legal analysis Don’t get too excited. Occasionally a lifetime appointment makes judges feel able to tell big truths – like the fact prosecutors will sometimes charge crimes they normally wouldn’t in order to flip defendants against the people they want. While he was harsh on Mueller’s team, I doubt he’s going to dismiss the case or reassign it to prosecutors for the USAO in Alexandria and, if he did, DOJ would immediately appeal such an order. Mueller’s team is producing the unredacted DOJ Directive from August which expressly granted the special counsel the power to investigate Manafort’s banking fraud as well as a bunch of currently redacted items. May 4, 2018 2:05 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I believe this is a joint indictment with both the tax division and local Virginia district of the DOJ with the SC office. My question is why does the judge want to see the unredacted items? May 4, 2018 2:15 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope One of the “questions” posed by Mueller’s team to Trump’s attorneys: What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign? Keep in mind that this question didn’t come off some list handed to Trump’s legal team. This is how Trump’s lawyers’ paraphrased it in their own notes. The wording indicates Mueller has information or evidence of communications between Manafort and Russian entities specifically about the election (hence why he’s inquiring into Trump’s level of knowledge). My guess would be that the redacted items concern information obtained via FISA warrants or information that remains confidential for sources and methods purposes. May 4, 2018 4:08 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 The Great Man….speaking at NRA! May 4, 2018 2:37 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 He just finished. Yall are so screwed in November! LOL!! May 4, 2018 3:23 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance So weird. May 4, 2018 4:16 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Next door in South Carolina… https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/us/citadel-woman.html May 4, 2018 3:08 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Why are Schiff and Pelosi actively telling their lemmings to back off from and tone down talks of impeachment? LOL! If Trump is such a pariah , why back off!!??? It’s because to quote DeNiro in The Untouchables, ” You got nuthin’, you got nuthin’…” LOL! May 4, 2018 3:40 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Because it would take 66 67 senators. If they don’t get enough R senators to go to an intervention and get woke then there is no point. May 4, 2018 3:46 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Better late than never, B. I pointed that out on here about 9 months ago. But if they truly believe it, why not adhere to their beliefs?!?!?!?!?!? May 4, 2018 3:59 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Not having the vote doesn’t mean you have abandoned your beliefs. Why am I responding to this? May 4, 2018 4:00 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope It’s because they’re trying to streamline the message for 2018: “The GOP has given massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires by taking health insurance away from hardworking Americans.” Not only does that message test well, it’s has the added benefit of being true. As Price and Rubio both acknowledged this week, the GOP tax bill will raise insurance premiums, cost people their healthcare coverage, do very little to spur corporate investment, and provide negligible benefits for middle class families. May 4, 2018 4:02 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, streamlining are we??!?!!!?!? LMAO! May 4, 2018 4:06 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 The Minnesota Groper returns! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/al-franken-blasts-facebook-over-privacy-in-first-speech-since-resignation/ May 5, 2018 7:57 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Franken is such a sniveling fool. Russia collusion…How is getting fake opposition research and trying to railroad a presidential election not Russian collusion? How can anyone not just laugh at these juvenile whiners? What are they going to run on? We hate a good economy. Anything that helps America we are against. Vote for us, we singlehandedly cratered NFL ratings. We just destroyed the Boy Scouts. We have polluted Washington. We can’t handle free speech on college campuses. We cant handle watching he Simpsons because Apu hurts our freaking feelings. We are gdoing to tear down all of the statues in your hometown. We need a crying closet in every building. We will not tell our kids if they are boys or girls… they can figure it out. We can’t stand the police and the military. Hillary says she lost because of the Russians and too many of the democrats are socialists!! Those are HER words. That sounds about right to me. At least you can take a whiz in the girls or boys bathroom if you feel like it… What the hell happened to these folks? May 5, 2018 8:41 AM Log in to Reply xdog You might want to sit down for a while, maybe have a cool drink. May 5, 2018 12:37 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Maybe just go to your safe space. Everything he said was right. I cannot freaking wait till election day!! May 5, 2018 12:53 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Too early to tell but at least one citizen is promising that “A storm’s a coming, baby”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/05/06/snl-brings-in-ben-stiller-scarlett-johansson-stormy-daniels-and-more-for-star-studded-cold-open May 6, 2018 2:09 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant I know I’m going to regret this but what in the H E double hockey sticks does the NFL do that “helps America”? Besides that this President is the one who appears to still bear a grudge with them going back to his New Jersey Generals bust. May 6, 2018 2:05 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope What are they going to run on? We hate a good economy. Anything that helps America we are against. That was the GOP’s platform in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Seemed to work for them. Republicans control all three branches of government, why are you still so incredibly butthurt about everything? Are you mad that your favorite Falcons player probably thinks you’re a tool? It looks like you have a pretty long list of things you’re upset about. Would you like to borrow my crying closet? May 6, 2018 3:15 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You think Lurch will be charged under The Logan Act? https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2018/05/04/kerry-quietly-seeking-salvage-iran-deal-helped-craft/2fTkGON7xvaNbO0YbHECUL/story.html May 5, 2018 1:33 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Grandpa foils maggot!! MAGA! https://www.yahoo.com/news/grandfather-sticks-leg-trip-armed-181552768.html May 5, 2018 5:34 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant No less than a trained “peace” officer pulling his gun on a man he assumed was stealing some mints: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/05/06/an-off-duty-police-officer-thought-a-man-stole-mentos-so-he-drew-his-gun May 6, 2018 1:37 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Georgia leading the nation again! https://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/armed-teachers-become-reality-georgia/z0S3TawrIJodR42r6nOL6K/ May 6, 2018 11:00 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant To Ellynn, Hometown boy makes the Big (Mac) Time: https://www.fdlreporter.com/story/news/2018/05/04/big-mac-don-gorske-fond-du-lac-breaks-mcdonalds-world-record/580862002/ May 6, 2018 1:43 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.