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Insane Clown Posse explains the September jobs report that has conservatives in a tizzy.
Here’s the bite-sized version: Republicans are losing their shit and accusing the Bureau of Labor Statistics of cooking the books because unemployment has fallen to the lowest rate since January 2009. 
Y’know, the month Barack Obama took office. Ezra Klein has already dispatched with the conspiracy theories here. This also kills the “unemployment is stuck at eight percent” part of Mitt’s stump speech, and his debate prep. From this Wednesday in Denver:

"There’s no question in my mind that if the president were to be reelected you’ll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. I’ll get incomes up again. You’ll see chronic unemployment. We’ve had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent."

In summary, +1 to Obama if he does this in the next debate:

Insane Clown Posse explains the September jobs report that has conservatives in a tizzy.

Here’s the bite-sized version: Republicans are losing their shit and accusing the Bureau of Labor Statistics of cooking the books because unemployment has fallen to the lowest rate since January 2009. 

Y’know, the month Barack Obama took office. Ezra Klein has already dispatched with the conspiracy theories hereThis also kills the “unemployment is stuck at eight percent” part of Mitt’s stump speech, and his debate prep. From this Wednesday in Denver:

"There’s no question in my mind that if the president were to be reelected you’ll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. I’ll get incomes up again. You’ll see chronic unemployment. We’ve had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent."

In summary, +1 to Obama if he does this in the next debate:

Filed under Unemployment jobs Mitt Romney Barack Obama Politics Election 2012 Election Economy Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS GOP Republicans

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WATCH: John McCain Does a 180 on Jobless Vets

Adam Weinstein of Mother Jones (and curator of their Tumblr) nails Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on jobs for veterans.

And I helped:

Senator John McCain—Naval Academy class of 1958, Vietnam prisoner of warhas long enjoyed a reputation as a straight-talking protector of the troops. But yesterday, he joined 39 Republican colleagues in blocking a bipartisan bill that would have provided federal jobs for up to 20,000 out-of-work ex-service membersand in doing so, he went back on a verbal promise he made to a veteran weeks ago.

Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio of an interview McCain conducted with military vet and citizen journalist Meg Lanker-Simons at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last month. In the exchange, McCain said getting vets back to work was job No. 1. (The jobless rate for ex-service members is up to 31 percent higher than for civilians.) “The fact is, it’s a national disgrace that veterans’ unemployment is 14 percent,” McCain said. “That’s a national disgrace. And we’ve got to try to find more ways and better ways to hire veterans. And that has got to be our highest priority.”

You can listen to the full interview at the link. I interviewed McCain at a fundraiser for vets as just a softball-type thing for the Tumblr Election blog. I had to soften the background noise, and ultimately ran out of time to post it. Still held on to it and cleaned it up… I imagine his office wishes I didn’t. 

McCain has never been much of a friend to veterans, but rarely does he get caught this red-handed.

I regret nothing and thanks to Adam Weinstein and Mother Jones for exposing McCain’s hypocrisy yet again.

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The people of America recognize that the slowdown in jobs that occurred during the early years of the Bush administration were the result of a perfect storm. And an effort by one candidate to somehow say ‘Oh, this recession and the slowdown in jobs was the result of somehow this president magically being elected…’ people in America just dismiss that as being poppycock. And they recognize it as that.

[The American people] also recognize that there was a cyclical recession that rebounded from the extravagance of the period that existed prior to that time where we had irrational exuberance, according to Alan Greenspan, and we had a downturn. They also recognize that the internet bubble burst. These things came together creating a perfect storm that meant a huge job loss.

Every indication is that the economic policies adopted and pursued by this president are creating jobs at a very high pace. And so the people of America have to ask ‘Do I stay with the president, who is rebuilding the economy, who is creating jobs, or do you want to stop mid-stream and find someone new?’

The 2004 version of Mitt Romney, defending President George W. Bush during his re-election campaign. 

The 2012 version of Mitt Romney on jobs: "President Obama’s Failure"

(h/t to Tommy Christopher at Mediaite)

Filed under Mitt Romney Jobs George W. Bush economy Election 2012 Employment Republican GOP Barack Obama

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White People always wanna feel subjugated by Affirmative Action.

pityplease:

It never occurs to them that they might just be shittier than the next White individual. It’s always a Person of Color stealing your shine.

Hahaha, your life is an imagined series of hardships. I’m going to need you to shut the fuck up. 

Yeah…

(via 55223311)

Filed under white privilege white supremacy white entitlement employment jobs occupation vocation scapegoating affirmative action

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You know, there’s a very popular contrast and description of the difference between Romney and his supporters and Barack Obama and his supporters. And that is that the Romney types, of course, are the ones who sign the front of the paycheck, and the Obama types are the ones who’ve spent their entire lives signing the back of them.

Michelle Malkin, demonstrating she’s even nastier than I ever thought.

Basically, she’s sneering at the working class who sign the backs of paychecks because those folks are more likely to vote for Obama.

I mean, what chumps, amirite?! I mean, who WOULDN’T vote for the guy who created jobs, and by the guy who created jobs I mean Romney the Jobslayer. Because Mittens was the guy signing off on shipping jobs overseas.

But this illustrates a truism about the right-wing: It doesn’t actually matter if you’re signing a paycheck, or receiving SNAP, or unemployment – if you support Barack Obama, you’re obviously scum, and will be derided as such.

Guess what? Plenty of GOP voters sign paychecks too. I hope they hear Malkin’s comments. Maybe she’d like to quit signing her Fox News check. Y’know, in solidarity with the Romney folks or something.

Filed under Michelle Malkin Fox News politics paychecks Mitt Romney Barack Obama GOP employment jobs seriously

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That stimulus he put in place, it didn’t help private sector jobs, it helped preserve government jobs, and the one place we should have cut back was on government jobs. We have a 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work!

Mitt Romney, detailing his plan for jobs in Craig, Colo.

Please tell me how firing 145,000 Americans would be good for the economy – not that Romney’s claim is correct. Under the Obama administration, public sector employment has dropped, but private sector employment has grown by 760,000 jobs since Obama signed the stimulus in February of 2009. Since then, public sector employment has dropped by 608,000. Even federal employment has a slower pace of growth than the private sector.

Anyhow, eliminating one job in the public sector does not automatically create a job in the private sector. That’s a ridiculous notion – if Romney is correct, for every teacher, police officer, or postal worker laid off in the public sector, their job became available in the private sector, right?

Right?

Romney’s hatred of the public sector is irrational. Romney supports public sector workers when he can use them as a prop for a photo op, like when he brought pizza to NYC firefighters. Obama may not be the #1 cheerleader for the public sector, but at least he’s not in favor of firing people in the name of job creation.

Filed under politics Mitt Romney Republican jobs economy I like to fire people public sector seriously GOP Barack Obama Obama Election 2012

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So this made me chuckle…

I work at a call center and we’re currently conducting public health surveys. I called a retired gentlemen who was initially reluctant to hang on the line and answer my questions. And then this happened:

Old guy: “Wait, where are you calling from? You sound American!”

Me: “Yes, sir, I am. I’m calling from Wyoming.”

Old guy: "You swear?”

Me: “Yes, sir.”

Old guy: “Aw hell. I bet you’re making minimum wage too. Y’all ain’t union in Wyoming. So they just work you… and I bet you get nasty sons of bitches all day for it.”

Me: “Yes, sir”

Old guy: “Shit. I’ll answer your questions But only because you asked so nice and y’all are getting a raw deal. At least it’ll keep one job here in America.”

Me: “Thank you, sir.”

He also told me stories about “goddamn Reagan” ruining unions, and said, “Now I’m a Republican, but a pro-union Republican. The boss ain’t gonna give you a day off and a raise out of the goodness of his heart, you see?”

I agreed. That whole conversation made my day. So to the retired steelworker I spoke with this afternoon, enjoy your beer and have one for me.

Cheers,

Meg

Filed under personal work politics economy jobs Wyoming organized labor

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Wherein it’s easy to get jobs these days

Anonymous asked:

I’m tired of the debate about having a welfare state. If your poor, get a job. If you have a job and are still poor, get a better one. Community collage is cheap. There’s federal money to go to school. Walk into somewhere that’s hiring, fill out an application, and get a job. I’ve never failed to get a job when I need one.

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Well…

And by that, I mean if it were that easy, we’d all be able to get jobs no problem. So you’ve always gotten a job? I have something for you:

Aren’t you proud? And it’s “college” — though a community collage could be fun! We’re living in an economic situation that’s marked by 5-6 applicants per open position. Even in times of economic prosperity, the unemployment rate is never zero. 

And yes, there IS federal money to go to school. It doesn’t cover tuition at many universities — even at maximum benefit. Also, you’re assuming someone can get into school and finish it. What about parents? What about those without a HS Diploma or GED? What about someone who’s been out of the labor market for a few years.

Your naïvety must be purposeful — I just can’t believe you think it’s that easy to find work. But thank you, Anon. I’m sure we all just didn’t get that it was that simple. I’ll let Charlie Kelly break it down for you:

Filed under reblogable Ask Anonymous seriously unemployment jobs economy politics

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True story - to a point. Let’s not forget the impact of quite a few of Clinton’s policies, particularly his “welfare reform.” The majority of his economic policy was compromise between himself and Republicans during Clinton’s second term. 
Hey, remember when they used to do that? If you’re several years younger than me, probably not.

True story - to a point. Let’s not forget the impact of quite a few of Clinton’s policies, particularly his “welfare reform.” The majority of his economic policy was compromise between himself and Republicans during Clinton’s second term. 

Hey, remember when they used to do that? If you’re several years younger than me, probably not.

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Submitted by: Shane Moore
Okay, I’m sick of people acting like these occupy people are a bunch of heroes. They’re a bunch of lazyass pretend hippies who don’t wanna work.
Can’t get a job? Fine, start mowing lawns, walking dogs, etc. Do SOMETHING other than trying to mooch off my hard earned money. I don’t get health insurance at my job. I don’t expect someone to just hand it to me like they’re greatful I work for them. I should be greatful to THEM for a job. There are jobs. You know how to get money from the rich? WORK FOR THEM. 
Go to Georgia. There’s a whole bunch of rotting crops since they got the illegals to leave. Now there’s jobs for AMERICANS who won’t take them up on it because they think they’re too good for farm work. http://forums.hannity.com/showthread.php?t=2270871
I am supposed to feel sorry for people who won’t work, made bad decisions by buying too much house, getting a worthless degree etc.? Sorry, keep your socialism and your change and I’ll keep my money. If you want to live in a socialist country, go try North Korea on for size. 
Meg, of Cognitive Dissonance:
Wow, that’s cute and callous. You assume there’s some mythical land with jobs aplenty for the taking. All you have to do is apply. Uh-huh.


Actually, I’m going to do you a favor and not post your email address. I’m just going to factcheck this a little.
First off, here’s the official list of demands from the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly. I see nothing in there about being able to not work ever again while “mooching” money off of Shane Moore or anyone else. 
Also, there are about four people actively seeking work to every job that’s available. Some estimate it’s higher than that. Employers are finding difficulty with hiring candidates with the qualifications they’re seeking. As the Business Insider article details in the above link, there’s a gap between finding skilled workers and those looking for work:

Employers say they’re having trouble finding applicants who fit the requirements for open positions. In a recent survey by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 40 percent of the members of the Inc. 500 (a group of the fastest-growing companies in the United States) reported that the biggest impediment to growing their companies was “finding qualified people.”
"That clearly speaks to the skills gap that exists," says Thom Ruhe, director of entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "So we’ve got this paradigm of millions that are unemployed, yet there are literally hundreds of thousands of jobs that are available if we had the right skilled labor to put there, so there’s a challenge."

Note he says “millions unemployed” but “hundreds of thousands of jobs” are available. So even if finding skilled workers wasn’t an issue, there would not be enough jobs to go around.
This leads to underemployment - essentially, people who want to work full time, but cannot find full time work. As Bloomberg explains: “More Americans who would like a full-time job are settling for part-time work instead. They are counted in the underemployment rate, which increased to 16.5 percent, the highest this year, from 16.2 percent. The number of people working part-time for ‘economic reasons’ jumped 444,000 to 9.3 million.”
How do we get skilled workers? Affordable education is crucial. Right now, the class of 2011 will be the most indebted class to graduate college. Wages have not kept up with the cost of education, health care, housing, etc. This is all while corporations are posting record profits. We’re in trouble all around.
It’s not as simple as you think. You can’t just say “GET A JOB ASSHOLE” and that makes it so. Not with the way the economy is now. 

The average worker is unemployed for approximately 40 weeks. That’s nearly a year. 
As for Georgia, if the crops are already rotting, there’s nothing that can be done. And the law did not just get rid of undocumented workers, jackass. People who are in the country legally also left. You know why? If you live in fear of being hassled or arrested for not having proper documentation on you at ALL times, you might take off too.
And North Korea is not socialist. The -isms aren’t all the same thing. North Korea is, on a good day, a one-man dictatorship ruling a communist state. On a bad day, it’s a murderous, infantile tyrant’s playground. You want socialism? Try Sweden. It sounds horrific:

Sweden has an extensive child-care system that guarantees a place for all young children ages two through six in a public day-care facility. From ages seven to 16, children participate in compulsory education. After completing the ninth grade, 90% attend upper secondary school for either academic or technical education.  Swedes benefit from an extensive social welfare system, which provides childcare and maternity and paternity leave, a ceiling on health care costs, old-age pensions, and sick leave, among other benefits. Parents are entitled to a total of 480 days’ paid leave at 80% of a government-determined salary cap between birth and the child’s eighth birthday. The parents may split those days however they wish, but 60 of the days are reserved specifically for the father. 

As for the rest of your post, there’s really no point in addressing it. You sound as if you think we should grovel in gratitude for jobs that pay less than a living wage. Instead of wishing we were all at your level and had no benefits, why not wish for health care for all? Countries with socialized medicine spend far less of a proportional amount of GDP on health care than we do. One theory is better access to a doctor leads to more preventive care, which then stops minor issues from becoming major ones. 
Like it or not, you are in the 99%. It’s not lazy socialists like you picture. It’s this man. And this woman. And those of us in Casper, Wyoming. I will continue to fight for you to have the right to a decent living wage, a job with benefits, affordable education and health care, and congressmen who represent We the People and not corporations. You can continue ranting on the Hannity forums. We’ll be out there so you don’t have to, Shane.
Cheers,
Meg

Submitted by: Shane Moore

Okay, I’m sick of people acting like these occupy people are a bunch of heroes. They’re a bunch of lazyass pretend hippies who don’t wanna work.

Can’t get a job? Fine, start mowing lawns, walking dogs, etc. Do SOMETHING other than trying to mooch off my hard earned money. I don’t get health insurance at my job. I don’t expect someone to just hand it to me like they’re greatful I work for them. I should be greatful to THEM for a job. There are jobs. You know how to get money from the rich? WORK FOR THEM. 

Go to Georgia. There’s a whole bunch of rotting crops since they got the illegals to leave. Now there’s jobs for AMERICANS who won’t take them up on it because they think they’re too good for farm work. http://forums.hannity.com/showthread.php?t=2270871

I am supposed to feel sorry for people who won’t work, made bad decisions by buying too much house, getting a worthless degree etc.? Sorry, keep your socialism and your change and I’ll keep my money. If you want to live in a socialist country, go try North Korea on for size. 

Meg, of Cognitive Dissonance:

Wow, that’s cute and callous. You assume there’s some mythical land with jobs aplenty for the taking. All you have to do is apply. Uh-huh.

Actually, I’m going to do you a favor and not post your email address. I’m just going to factcheck this a little.

First off, here’s the official list of demands from the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly. I see nothing in there about being able to not work ever again while “mooching” money off of Shane Moore or anyone else. 

Also, there are about four people actively seeking work to every job that’s available. Some estimate it’s higher than that. Employers are finding difficulty with hiring candidates with the qualifications they’re seeking. As the Business Insider article details in the above link, there’s a gap between finding skilled workers and those looking for work:

Employers say they’re having trouble finding applicants who fit the requirements for open positions. In a recent survey by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 40 percent of the members of the Inc. 500 (a group of the fastest-growing companies in the United States) reported that the biggest impediment to growing their companies was “finding qualified people.”

"That clearly speaks to the skills gap that exists," says Thom Ruhe, director of entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "So we’ve got this paradigm of millions that are unemployed, yet there are literally hundreds of thousands of jobs that are available if we had the right skilled labor to put there, so there’s a challenge."

Note he says “millions unemployed” but “hundreds of thousands of jobs” are available. So even if finding skilled workers wasn’t an issue, there would not be enough jobs to go around.

This leads to underemployment - essentially, people who want to work full time, but cannot find full time work. As Bloomberg explains: “More Americans who would like a full-time job are settling for part-time work instead. They are counted in the underemployment rate, which increased to 16.5 percent, the highest this year, from 16.2 percent. The number of people working part-time for ‘economic reasons’ jumped 444,000 to 9.3 million.”

How do we get skilled workers? Affordable education is crucial. Right now, the class of 2011 will be the most indebted class to graduate college. Wages have not kept up with the cost of education, health care, housing, etc. This is all while corporations are posting record profits. We’re in trouble all around.

It’s not as simple as you think. You can’t just say “GET A JOB ASSHOLE” and that makes it so. Not with the way the economy is now. 

The average worker is unemployed for approximately 40 weeks. That’s nearly a year. 

As for Georgia, if the crops are already rotting, there’s nothing that can be done. And the law did not just get rid of undocumented workers, jackass. People who are in the country legally also left. You know why? If you live in fear of being hassled or arrested for not having proper documentation on you at ALL times, you might take off too.

And North Korea is not socialist. The -isms aren’t all the same thing. North Korea is, on a good day, a one-man dictatorship ruling a communist state. On a bad day, it’s a murderous, infantile tyrant’s playground. You want socialism? Try Sweden. It sounds horrific:

Sweden has an extensive child-care system that guarantees a place for all young children ages two through six in a public day-care facility. From ages seven to 16, children participate in compulsory education. After completing the ninth grade, 90% attend upper secondary school for either academic or technical education. Swedes benefit from an extensive social welfare system, which provides childcare and maternity and paternity leave, a ceiling on health care costs, old-age pensions, and sick leave, among other benefits. Parents are entitled to a total of 480 days’ paid leave at 80% of a government-determined salary cap between birth and the child’s eighth birthday. The parents may split those days however they wish, but 60 of the days are reserved specifically for the father. 

As for the rest of your post, there’s really no point in addressing it. You sound as if you think we should grovel in gratitude for jobs that pay less than a living wage. Instead of wishing we were all at your level and had no benefits, why not wish for health care for all? Countries with socialized medicine spend far less of a proportional amount of GDP on health care than we do. One theory is better access to a doctor leads to more preventive care, which then stops minor issues from becoming major ones. 

Like it or not, you are in the 99%. It’s not lazy socialists like you picture. It’s this man. And this woman. And those of us in Casper, Wyoming. I will continue to fight for you to have the right to a decent living wage, a job with benefits, affordable education and health care, and congressmen who represent We the People and not corporations. You can continue ranting on the Hannity forums. We’ll be out there so you don’t have to, Shane.

Cheers,

Meg

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Texas poverty figures challenge Rick Perry jobs record

Republican frontrunner Rick Perry has put his economic record as Texas governor at the heart of his presidential nomination campaign, but a report has painted a stark picture of rising unemployment and spiralling poverty in the state.

The policy paper, published by the Austin-based non-partisan Center for Public Policy Priorities, said poverty in Texas was currently higher than the rest of the US and was growing faster.

The paper said poverty rates in Texas had jumped from 17.3% in 2009 to 18.4% in 2010, and compared them to figures for the US of 14.3% in 2009, rising to 15.1% in 2010. That suggests there are currently around 4.6m Texans living in poverty, which is currently defined as an income of $22,113 a year for a family of four.

Color me not shocked. The job creation in Texas was also to due to stimulus funds - so federal dollars. And yet, he has the gumption to oppose President Obama’s jobs plan.

Filed under Rick Perry Texas Politics poverty unemployment jobs job creation inequality