Posts tagged jobs
Posts tagged jobs
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:
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 war—has 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 members—and 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.
At first I was like:
And now I’m all like:
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)
- That awkward moment when Whites have one of the lowest unemployment rates.
- That awkward moment when White ex-cons have more of a shot at jobs than a Black man with no record.
- That awkward moment when White company owners are the least likely to hire minorities.
- That awkward moment when the majority of companies are owned by White people.
- That awkward moment when Affirmative Action helps White Women.
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.
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.
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?
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.