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house Bill H.R. 4583

Should Federal Job Training Programs for the Energy and Manufacturing Industries be Prioritized?

Argument in favor

The U.S. energy and manufacturing industries will be providing many opportunities for skilled workers in the future, so the federal government should expand its job training offerings in those sectors — especially for underrepresented groups.

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03/03/2016
“It makes a lot more sense to me to be investing in jobs, in job training... than to be building more and more jails and to be locking more and more people up.” [washingtonpost.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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03/03/2016
"To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills." [whitehouse.gov]
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wpeckham's Opinion
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03/01/2016
The track detractors and supporters make good points about this bill. It should emphasize renewable energy sources for the good of the future of industrial United States and the environment, above traditional energy industry.
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Argument opposed

This bill’s fatal flaw is that it treats all energy sources equally when it comes to providing job training. The future of the energy sector is in renewable energy, and that should be the emphasis of federal workforce development efforts.

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02/29/2016
The Feds need to stay out of private industry. Sounds like a back door idea to bring in foreign workers while increasing federal spending and taxing.
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04/03/2016
It's not the governments job to teach us how to work.
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A's Opinion
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03/01/2016
The government, and particularly the federal government, should play no role in supporting nor advancing any particular industry or group of industries or professions. Resource allocation across industries and professions are best determined by the supply and demand made available by participants in a free and unconstrained market. Political interference in the free market process will only serve to create inefficient distributions that will benefit a few at the expense of the whole society.
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    “It makes a lot more sense to me to be investing in jobs, in job training... than to be building more and more jails and to be locking more and more people up.” [washingtonpost.com]
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    The Feds need to stay out of private industry. Sounds like a back door idea to bring in foreign workers while increasing federal spending and taxing.
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    "To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills." [whitehouse.gov]
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    It's not the governments job to teach us how to work.
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    The track detractors and supporters make good points about this bill. It should emphasize renewable energy sources for the good of the future of industrial United States and the environment, above traditional energy industry.
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    The government, and particularly the federal government, should play no role in supporting nor advancing any particular industry or group of industries or professions. Resource allocation across industries and professions are best determined by the supply and demand made available by participants in a free and unconstrained market. Political interference in the free market process will only serve to create inefficient distributions that will benefit a few at the expense of the whole society.
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    Instead of spending that money on a federal program, work with public and private higher education institutions to lower the cost to attend those schools. While that transition may take longer, there can be opportunity provided in the form of grants, scholarships and loans (with low, fixed interest rates, please!) We need a long term solution!
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    If a manufacturer wants to hire people then it's the business of the manufacturing company to do so! Not of congress to give tax breaks to there buddies and make a profit off the backs of the American taxpayers
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    Government is for protecting its people and that is it… Governments gotten too big for its britches… One man one… Etc. etc. etc.
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    This seems like it could be an instance of picking and choosing the industries the government wants to prop up via whatever administration is in power and their political agendas. Why can't government just stay out of things that aren't broken and stick to the powers and influences that were designated to the Government in the first place?
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    Training should not be a government function.
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    I am all for education opportunities provided by the government. A bill in the 90's gave me a tec degree that gave me, a young single mother, the skills to support my family and pay taxes instead of needing government help to get by day by day. The education they gave me has repaid them the dollars they spent many times over. Taking away these opportunities has crippled us as a nation and any bill which puts free education back on the table is a great thing!
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    Energy companies are making money hand over fist. They can pay for the training their employees need and get off government welfare
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    Educating for vocational jobs could bring the primary economy back to our shores. Although other countries may still provide cheap labor, we can insource manufacturing and energy jobs if we invest in a higher skilled workforce.
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    Why should we prioritize jobs that are easy to automate and offshore? Instead, lets invest in our innovative, financial based future and support education with tech/financial focus.
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    FDR did this in a time it was desperately needed in this nation,, we are at that point again.
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    A better idea would be to stop hiring aliens to do American jobs (read: H1b visa's), drop our punitive tax rates and let theses industries train their people based on market forces. Everything the politicians do along these lines create market distortions usually with bad unintended consequences.
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    Where in the constitution is the part about the federal government being responsible for job training? When are you people going to quit spending my damn money?
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    America needs to continue to develop more skills.
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    Experienced leader and reform-minded conservative
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