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  • Morning Bell: Welcome to the Obama Dependency Economy

    Today the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor and Statistics released its monthly jobs report showing that the nation’s unemployment is 9.7% for the third month in a row. While the jobs report does indicate that 162,000 net jobs were created in March, almost 50,000 of those jobs were temporary government Census jobs that do not reflect any real economic progress. In total, the U.S. economy has now lost a total of 3.8 million jobs since President Barack Obama signed his $862 billion stimulus plan. We are 8.1 million jobs short of the 138.6 million he promised the American people.

    It is good to see the American economy finally recovering again. It demonstrates the resilience of the American entrepreneur in the face a punishing job killing agenda from Washington. And don’t fall for any White House claims that this belated recovery is due to the stimulus. As the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) admitted last month, its analysis of the stimulus’ job creating record was simply “essentially repeating the same exercise” as the initial projections. In other words, the CBO numbers on the stimulus don’t take any actual new real world data into account. Working with actual data, Veronique de Rugy of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center has found: 1) no statistical correlation between unemployment and how the $862 billion was spent; 2) that Democratic districts received one-and-a-half times as many awards as Republican ones; and 3) an average cost of $286,000 was awarded per job created. $286,000 per job created. That is simply a bad investment.

    And President Obama’s future agenda is full bad investments. His recently released budget would raise taxes on all Americans by nearly $3 trillion over the next decade; borrow 42 cents for each dollar spent in 2010; and double the publicly held national debt to more than $18 trillion. This is simply unsustainable. As Thomas Edsall writes in The Atlantic: “Net annual interest on the debt will more than triple during the next ten years, according to the CBO, shooting from $207 billion in 2010, to $723 billion in 2020, more than doubling as a share of GDP, from 1.4 percent to 3.2 percent.” The cause of these exploding deficits is spending and that spending is making the American public more and more dependent on the federal government Edsall continues: “According to the Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the share of total personal income in the United States that comes from government transfer programs – Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, unemployment compensation, etc. – has grown rapidly over the past six decades, from 5.9 cents of every dollar in 1950 … to 17.3 cents in 2009. In addition, according to BEA, another 9.8 cents of every dollar went, in 2009, to salaries for state, local and federal government employees, a figure that does not include costs of fringe benefits. In other words, more than a quarter of all personal income in the United States is paid for with tax dollars.”

    Heritage’s own Index of Dependence on Government shows a steep rise in American reliance on government: “The burgeoning of flagship entitlement programs and the shrinking number of taxpayers who have any financial stake in the government threaten to bankrupt the government–which has led to an increasing interest across the political spectrum in the growth of dependency-creating initiatives.” And one of the strongest dependency-creating special interests, government unions, reached a key tipping this year. As Heritage’s own James Sherk was the first to document, government union workers now out number those in the private sector. Edsall explains what this means for the American people: “The consequences of this shift are profound. A majority of the American labor movement is now directly dependent on tax dollars. In terms of political orientation, these workers can now be described as tax consumers as well as tax payers. For these workers, a tax increase may result in a slightly smaller paycheck but, more importantly, the hike means more money is available to pay for raises and new benefits.”

    There is an alternative to the Obama dependency economy. We do not have to subject ourselves to chronically high unemployment and an ever-increasing government workforce. As bad as the media makes this recession seem, job losses were actually far worse in the 2001 recession. The difference this time around is that the private sector has not created new jobs to replace the lost ones as fast as it did the last time around. Reduced hiring is particularly acute among small businesses: they account for 36% of the net job losses in this recession compared to just 12% in 2001.

    What small businesses need to start hiring is less government intervention in the economy, not more. To promote entrepreneurship Congress could: Freeze all proposed tax hikes and costly regula­tions until unemployment falls below 7 percent; Freeze spending and rescind unspent stimulus funds; Reform business regulations, such as repealing Section 404 of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act in order to reduce excessive auditing costs; Reform the tort system to lower costs and uncer­tainty facing businesses; Remove barriers to domestic energy production in Alaska and the Outer Continental Shelf; Repeal the job-killing Davis–Bacon Act; Pass pending free-trade agreements; and Reduce taxes on companies’ foreign earnings if they repatriate those earnings to the United States.

    Quick Hits:

    • Gallup’s Daily tracking finds that 20.3% of the U.S. workforce was underemployed in March — a slight uptick from the relatively flat January and February numbers.
    • Backed by the city’s private sector employers, the Los Angeles City Council defeated Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s energy rate hike intended to pay for his leftist environmental agenda.
    • Leftist environmental land use regulations in Oregon’s Rogue River Valley are preventing pear farmers from expanding their fields and hiring more workers.
    • The Obama administration finalized expensive new gas mileage standards for new cars and trucks Thursday.
    • Have a blessed Good Friday, Passover and Joyous Easter, from your friends and family at The Heritage Foundation
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    71 Responses to Morning Bell: Welcome to the Obama Dependency Economy

    1. Richard Morton IL says:

      Until we move the anti-business, never met a payroll crowd out of Washington and Springfield, we will continue down this road. I believe we are close to the point that more people are taking money out of the system than are contributing. I will be working this fall for candidates that pledge to use the Constitution as a guide instead of a roadblock.

    2. Franco Zeferreli says:

      How can we overturn a law ? The math shows the everincreasing errosion of our financial position, but going forward we must overturn this law.

    3. Mary.... WI says:

      It won't be long now and the USA will be just another socialized country.

      Americans will rely on government for their EVERY need…..we will become dependants/serfs/slaves of government feeding its voracious appetite for more of our hard earned money.

      The light is almost out at the shining city on the hill. By 2012 the "fundamental transformation" of this free country governedby, dare I say dictatorship, will be complete. Sad part is so many Americans won't realize they lost their freedoms because they were too busy TAKING anything free they could get from government. BO has this country where he wants it….begging for help….kind of like selling your soul. Sad…very, very sad.

    4. steve macdonald, nev says:

      another thihg that would help small buisness would be to reform osha. osha has become an agency that supports itself with huge fines for minor safety violations. the main reasons they are called to a jobsite are disgruntled employees and unions calling on nonunion jobs.

      i.e. get osha in the safety buisness and out of the extortion buisness.

    5. Richard Cancemi says:

      The Progressives continue to march along without real resistance in their quest to dismantle and ruin the American system. Obama, Pelosi and Reid are leading the charge with lesser generals like Frank, Dodd, Waxman et al carrying out their orders. Those whose aim is to "enslave" others to government dependency and control, are truly evil people! Those who want to be controlled and lorded over by government are the disgruntled ones who blame Capitalism for their failures.

      Unions, like government, also do not have their members' best interests at heart. They are both corrupt and need be curtailed as neither do their members any true good. People are best off when they rely on themselves and not look to a nanny system for nursing.

    6. Gary Nevada/Alaska says:

      Can America recover from the damage being perpetrated on our Constitution, and economy?

    7. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      Obama will certainly go on TV and proclaim his policies are resulting in job growth, which those "in the know" realize more LIES forthcoming from this heinous president, and those lies will be repeated by the leftwing media. Soon this man will take credit for the sun rising and setting and the media will praise him for it. How 'bout asking the man, if your healthcare plan is so special and "good for the American people", why are YOU and POLITICIANS EXEMPT from it? Huh Mr prez? Answer a REAL QUESTION for a change! American exceptionalism used to be the rule of the land, creating the worlds only remaining superpower. We accepted immigrants who wanted to come here, work hard and BECOME an AMERICAN and they were PROUD to do it! Liberals changed all that. Instead of being an AMERICAN, suddenly there are African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and so on, all retaining their culture and shunning Americanism…we are all equal under God. The ONLY country on the planet which blieves so. Thanks libs for screwing things up! There are plenty of socialist /communist countries you can go to, you know, like the ones we BROKE AWAY FROM and DEFEATED WHEN THEY ATTACKED US. And after we defeated them we built hem back up and accepted them as friends…and they stabbed us in the back for it. Typical liberals.

    8. Carol CA USA says:

      Thank you. Stuart Varney on Fox and Friends was absolutely giddy this morning at a economic up swing in jobs.

      162.000 T when we lost 3.8 Million We are still at a 9.7 unemployment and according to you and the facts we are 8.1 million jobs short of the 138.6 million Mr. B HO jobs promised.

      He also promised Transparency, No more Pork and No lobbiest.

      these are at the top of the genies top 3 wishes and he lied about those. The man can not be trusted ever.

    9. Ken Jarvis says:

      Democrats are FOR THE NEEDY

      A person doesn't have to be POOR to be NEEDY.

      People that live in Rural areas NEED Broadband.

      Seniors NEED Soc Sec and Medicare.

      Babies NEED HCare.

      Workers NEED a Minimum Wage, and UNION Representation.

      The Sick NEED Medical Care.

      Unmarried Pregnant teenage girls NEED Help.

      Everybody NEEDS the TRUTH.

      The ignorant NEED knowledge,

      The Uneducated NEED Schooling,

      We all NEED a safe environment,

      The Hungry NEED Food.

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

      Democrats are FOR THE NEEDY

    10. Joseph C Moore Cpo U says:

      The government schools have done a superb job of brainwashing current generations to the dependency mindset.

    11. Lynn Merrill, Lehi U says:

      But NO ONE will actually CHANGE anything. You have some great ideas

      but our leaders are more concerned with feathering their own nests than in

      promoting the public good. How on earth do we really TRUST these folks who run for office? And if we do happen to get an honest one, he gets to

      Washington and they corrupt him or he is face to face with a stone wall.

      I vote. I am a Tea Party activist. Yet, I feel totally helpless. I am not alone.

    12. Joe Arsenault says:

      Guess the boys that think our constitution is worth saving had better start thinking of maybe using the " I " word at least in secret until Nov; that is if enough people in the country feel the same way.

      Sounds like a plan to me.

      Joe A

    13. Giles, Winnsboro, TX says:

      Keep the facts coming. We need all the ammo to defeat those irresponsible legislators in November. There will be many positive things spouted about the economy in the next few months, of course your article so succinctly pointed out that the majority of jobs are government positions. If the people of this country do not understand where the funding comes for all of the government positions and that the government does use proper accounting practices, then this country will surely implode from debt and tyranny from the government. Defeating the union agenda will also play a major part in whether or not our economy survives, it is interesting that people would pay dues to an organization that says it will guarantee their jobs, provides salaries comparable to any CEO-COO of any private organization and then must strike when told to and be forbidden to cross lines to go to work. There are some portions of the unions that are beneficial, however, in today's economy it is not realistic that citizens working for $12/hr can purchase products produced by union workers whose salaries (which includes all benefits) are over $30/hr. We have the opportunity this year to clean house, we have enough facts to impeach many of our government officials, at best we can vote them out, doing so will pave the way for smaller government that will actually do it's constitutionally prescribed job.

    14. Brad Mountz, San Jos says:

      I am working in the UK this week. After 13 years of Labor (leftist) government filled with social policy and anti business direction, it seems the PEOPLE are sick of it. Upcoming elections (or whatever they call it here) show the TORY (conservative) party leading as discontent is high over the recession, unemployment and insensible social rhetoric. Imagine that, while the UK becomes more conservative we move to the left? Headlines here should also foretell the future of mandated health care.

      "Companies bristle at yet another tax to subsidize the Nation's health"

      November will be a chance to reject OBAMA'S vision of HOPE AND CHANGE.

      Go and vote, get your friends, coworkers, parents, kids, employees and anyone with sense who loves our country to stand up for America by voting and changing the direction. Take America back from the socialists, the populists and the intelligentsia elite who think they know America and what Americans need.

      "Give me liberty or give me death!"

    15. Darrell, Denver says:

      Outstanding assessment to a very serious and sad leadership issue. I hope the US wakes up in November. If not, I fear we will be too far gone to resolve.

    16. Bob Veigel says:

      I did not vote for Obama. I do not like his policies and programs. I think he is by far the worst ever in the White House.I think he is intentially trying to destroy the America I love and have known for almost 83 years. But to blame him for our dependency economy is not 100% correct. That started long ago and, and in my opinion, during the FDR years of the 1930's with the passing of Social Security program. That dependency has grown slowly but surely ever since. Obama and his evil group have just taken it too a much higher level and at a more rapid pace.

    17. Norm, Ozark Alabama says:

      How much control does the White House have over the CBO? We keep hearing that the Congressional Budget Office is entirely independent from the White House but I think the jobs picture and the overall economy is worse than the government reports are telling us… Obama controls just about everything else in Washington, I don't see why anything is less true about the CBO…remember too, that the CBO is just people…Are they Obama people? I think so…what say you?

    18. Joseph Gerant, (USN, says:

      I have been reading the Chairman's book. Know your enemy or perish in ignorance. He claimed his program to be capitalist and democratic for the media and masses and for a period the time until the war with Japan was over. Calling the current administration an enemy may draw some heat. Let' us say, a la Churchill. we are the loyal opposition. Also we need look to the future, rather than trying to restore a failed system of operation. The next American Revolution will be a restoration of the original constitution as written and practiced. Read the Federalist Papers and the AntiFederalist Papers and institute them. The Repubs at this point do not seem to have a clue and appear to be backing down. Tea Partys seem to have it figures out.We shall see.

    19. Carol, Lousiana says:

      Completely agree–I can't seem to wrap my head around the idiocy of this administration's mission to destroy and throw away taxpaying citizens and cater to welfare abusers and illegal aliens.

    20. Kevin Habib, Glen Bu says:

      Sadly pathetic blog posting. The recession began in December of 2007 and in last month of Bush Jr.'s administration, over 700,000 jobs were lost. This past month, jobs were added. Yet you continue to say stimiulus failed.

      Most recent quarter shows economy grew by 5.9 percent, the fastest rate in 6 years. There was 12.3% turnaround from last quarter of 08 to last quarter of 09.

      Dow up 60+%, S&P up over 70%, Nasdaq up nearly 90% – and you call it a failure?

      Looking back over the last 3 decades, it's obvious the Dems know how to handle the economy. The Clinton years were the greatest in US history – there is no denying it. Look at unemployment – took it down each month of his admin, while it took Reagan 4 years to get back to the level it was when he took over – yet people are screaming about Obama, who's already done far better job than Reagan with unemplyment rate.

      Sadly pathetic blog post – when will you see this glenn becky fear mongering misinformation does not work and does nothing good for the country.

      By the way – Your chief, Ed, make $1,000,000 a year?!?!? National journal just published it – $1,000,000 a year?!?!? What a joke.

    21. Drew Page, IL says:

      In about two months or less there will be another 200,000 or so unemployed. They are called high school and college graduates. With the price of college tuition these days many who would have gone on to college, and not have been counted among the unemployed, now will be.

      The Stimulus bill was never designed to put people back to work with steady jobs. It was designed to create a slush fund ("stash") from which the Obama administration could draw in order to buy votes in the Senate and in the House on the health care bill.

      All economists know what it takes to create jobs in this country, lower taxes and less government regulation of businesses. the only new jobs created under Obama has been the increase in the number of federal employees. Just wait until you see the size of the federal bureaucracy this health care bill creates. It will not appear overnight. It will take five to ten years to see it (and the costs associated with it) and by then, the architects of this travesty will will out of office, living on fat government pensions.

    22. Stan from Ohio says:

      About 8 million illegal aliens hold jobs in our country. If Obama actually enforced our current immigration laws (rather than gutting them like he is doing), this would open up many of these jobs for our unemployed suffering working class citizens.

      Instead, by his actions, Obama is showing he cares more about illegal aliens (as possible future voters), than unemployed American citizens.

    23. Cliff, North Little says:

      What seems to be continually left out the dependency equation, well beyond the statistics, is the psychological damage done to the spirit and

      enthusiasm that is required for accomplishing practically ANYTHING within the realm of productively improving our state of affairs here in the homeland.

      It's quite understandable for those Americans who …CAN'T. But as for those who …CAN but have found themselves wedlocked to the mentality

      of WON'T, through decades of dependency programs, this gives rise to

      a visceral attachment to the very CORE of this malignant and cancerous form of existence.

      The policies of this administration that are being proposed or have already been signed into "law", that claim to be for the "little-guy" or some

      form of minority, are in reality quite the opposite. Again, not only along the financial lines, but within the very spirit of the recipients, surely a sense of self-pride and ownership of property WELL-EARNED as pertaining to the MERIT of their EFFORT rings hollow and leaves a void that must burden their conscience to question their own understanding of self-worth and ability to relate to the value and meaning of what they are actually DOING to themselves and their children.

      These caustic ideas and/or laws MUST be REMOVED this November and in 2012 !!!!!

    24. Butcher, Massachuset says:

      http://www.kyklosproductions.com/articles/bush_li

      The above is an article written in 2004 by Jack Rasmus of the AFL-CIO for his book "The War At Home", talking about the 'jobless recovery' of the Bush presidency of the same time period…

      Relevant quote…

      "….The grand predictions and assurances from Bush and his spokespersons about jobs have been no more accurate in the last 6 months than they were in 2003 or during the last three years. Since Bush's trumpeting last October of the 8.2% surge in economic growth that occurred during July-September 2003, jobs have been created at a rate of around only 61,000 a month on average. That's still about 90,000 a month short of the 150,000 minimum jobs needed every month just to absorb new workers entering the labor force. Even the brief surge in jobs that accompanied the 8.2% growth rate never came close, in the best months of job creation last October-November, to reaching the 150,000 minimum per month needed for net job creation. And after that brief period last fall it has been down hill once again in terms of job growth in the economy.

      If the government committed just 20% ($440 billion) of the $2.1 trillion tax cuts direct to job creation, it would produce a total of nearly 9 million new jobs, each paying $50,000 a year. The 8.2 million officially unemployed would be eliminated. .."

      I wonder if he still believes in this 150,000 jobs gained threshold for true economic improvement? Also…I wonder if he really feels that $440 billion in one-time spending (obviously it's much more) will certainly result in 9 million people earning a total of (9,000,000 * 50,000) $450 billion annually…

    25. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Kevin:

      Outwardly Clinton appeared to have a thirving economy. Remember that the housing industry was booming because of the notion that all should have a home regardless of whether they could pay for it. Much like Enron, the "books were cooked" in his administration. The problem is that many do not look at historical trends and only look at snap shots of the economy. I tend to look at historical trends going back to Calvin Coolidge. You should do the same and I suspect you will find the most prosperty follows conservative administrations.

    26. Gayle Kindall 94553 says:

      If only more Congresspeople cared and would listen to these better ides!

    27. Robert Traill says:

      Who would have thought art this day and age we could find ourselves living the fairytale era over again. But, there it is, right out of the fantasy world. We have pinocchio dancing on the strings of Geppetto, who has discovered the much revered string theory of which the best scientific minds have pondered about. Geppetto's strings are made from that rare earth metal, Rhama-monium. Geppetto excels in his daily display of his solution to the string theory by dancing his puppet to any tune that fits the occasion. At the present time his tune is called, "National Health Care", which has been put to the tune of "We are the World". I guess by now your aware where my wimsy is going. Pinocchio has had dreams of becoming a real boy, but like many dreams we have, they don't mature in the light of day, so pinocchio is destined to dance for geppetto for another 3.0 years unless the string theory is proved a false-hood, at which time pinoccio will become oyr "Fairy-Tale" of today….. Are we there yet Geppetto ?????

    28. CM, Colorado says:

      We the people can shut this down, we are at a point where the powers at be(all of them) are not serving the people anymore. Time to stop kick this horse that doesnt get up. Ask what you can do for your Country? We would be doing it to close down the clowns that supposedly run it. Stop funding them.

    29. Sylvia in Maui, HI says:

      Mr. Obama is trying to become the President of the New World Order: governing all countries under world economic rules. He will position himself as President for life of the World. He and his Chicago style of governing has planned this movement for years. He is treatening anyone who stands in his way. He is but a mouthpiece for someone or other people pulling his strings.

      Voting in November will not begin to lame his Presidency as all who surround him will ensure that he continues with his long thought out plan. He will buy and bully his way to success. God help us all.

    30. Scott, Lexington KY says:

      Dependence on government is exactly what he wants. The democrats believe that people are like farm animals and will give their loyalty to whomever is taking care of them, hence the public support programs.

      Barack Obama said he was going to "fundamentally change America" and that is what he is doing. This country's fundamentals are freedom, liberty, and an individual's right to pursue the life they want. Less government involvement means that our station in life is up to us and how we use our talents and our drive to succeed (it also means that if we want to be failures we can do that as well but without crying to the government to provide a safety net); more government means that regulations and "society's needs" decide how your life will play out. The founders also knew the dangers of an all powerful, central government that is why they made the states sovereign entities. Less government means less regulation on our lives.

      The reason it is going to be so easy for Obama to "fundamentally change America" is because so many people ARE like farm animals and want to be taken care of and be provided with an easy life complete with mediocre achievements but no consequences.

      Where were you when this once great republic died.

    31. Judith in Michigan says:

      Ken & Kevin; You should both be outraged. Wherever you received your degrees in economics did you both an injustice, and you should demand your money back.

      Here is a quick overview of some interesting stats for you from a US 2006 census bureau report and 2007 American Community Survey . Guess these weren't presented at your schools. Bad oversight on their part.

      Top 10 cities with population over 250,000 with the highest poverty level.

      Lovely Detroit at 32.5% (My territory) comes in at #1. Followed by Buffalo, NY; Cincinnati Oh; Cleveland, Oh; Miami, Fl; . St. Louis, Mo; El Paso, Tx; Milwaukee, Wi; Philadelphia, Pa; and Newark NJ. at 24.2%.

      What do these 10 cities have in common?

      Detroit hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1961; Buffalo, 1954; Cincinnati, 1984; Cleveland, 1989; Miami, NEVER; St. Louis,1949; ElPaso, NEVER; Milwaukee, 1908; Philadelphia, 1953; and Newark, 1907.

      So what was that again about Democrats caring about the poor and the needy and were better at dealing with the economy? Could it possibly be a factor that the poor keep electing Democrats because of this dependency factor? How have they lifted these chronically poor people up? Being on the public dole just doesn't quite do it., but it sure does keep the Democrats in power, doesn't it?

      I keep remembering that infamous video shown nationwide this past fall, from a Detroit citizen who was lined up downtown for her share of the money from Mr O's stash. I'm sure you saw it. Everyone did.

      Yes, the Democrats sure do nuture responsibility, don't they? Hope these stats give you some "food for thought".

      Now, go ask for your money back from those derelict schools.

    32. Lee White Tanks AZ says:

      Your closing paragraph makes absolutely the right points for economic recovery.

      Obviously it will never happen on this administration/regime's watch. Hurry up and get here November 2010.

      PC is Thought Control

      LEE

    33. randy sa tx says:

      why is everone blaming the goverment for job leaving the country. hello people its the big biz that hold the responsibility to hiring,firing and move job becuz we have weak union.union are the only leverage that we have on management.

    34. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      You know who's responsible for this? It's not Obama. It's the EVIL INSURANCE COMPANIES. Sound like a bad April Fool's joke? Well, it isn't. The insurance com-

      panies are responsible for this because they turn people down just to get their jollies

      and to make an f-ing profit. Government, in Obamaland, can do it better. Why do you

      think he's just socialized student loans?

    35. SAMUEL says:

      AMERICA will never see low unemployment again. We are a socialist country. That means we are depended on government handouts. There will be government workers only. For those few that have a job not associated with government, will be paying more taxes to cover the government workers pay, and all their benefits, health care, full retirement benefits.

      There was never a government in AMERICA nor a person that came to AMERICA to take from the government. Our grandparents and greatgandparents did not want a government handout. Our forefathers were too proud to take from government.

      If you took anything from government, you were considered trash, lazy. My grandfather had worked all his life and worked until he died at the age of eighty. He thought taking social security was a government hand down.

      I watched the travis smiley black agenda ( the blacks that meet to determine what else the blacks can get from the government) that would be us the tax payers. It was not about what they could do to make AMERICA GREAT. It was OBAMBBBA has not given enough to the black people that voted him into office, the 95% of blacks that voted OBAMBBBA in office. They were threating OBAMBBA to make him give more freebies to the blacks.

      So AMERICANS WHY DO YOU THINK EVERYONE IS COMING TO AMERICA. THERE IS PROBABLY MORE ILLEGIALS IN AMERICA THAN LEGAL. MOST ARE HERE TO GET FREE EVERYTHING. THE WORD HAS BEEN OUT FOR YEARS. AMERICA WILL GIVE YOU FREE HOUSING, FREE FOOD, FREE HEALTH, AND FREE MONEY TO KEEP YOU LIVING, FREE CARS.

      SO THE REST OF THE POOR TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR THE TRASH AND LAZY.

      OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE EVERY AMERICAN MANUFACTURING COMPANY THAT HAS GONE FOREIGN TO PAY 75% IN TAXES BRINGING GOODS BACK INTO AMERICA.

      OUR GOVERNMENT HAS RAPED THE AMERICA WORKER, SO HAS OUR MANUFACTURING BASE.

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    37. John B. San Diego says:

      Kevin Habib, Glen Burnie, MD

      I propose to the two of you, Obama's swearing in is as much to blame for where we are economically as GW's entire two terms.

      Capitalism and Socialism ; similar to pressing two like poles of a magnet together they repel each other you will never mate them.

      That is where we are divided and repelling each other.

      You are defending the indefensible.

      You are pursuing the unobtainable; give it up.

      Obama will not win this overthrow of our government.

      He is too scatter brained; he's not satisfied with President of the U.S. he wants to be world leader. It will be a true failure!

    38. hiscross says:

      Sunday is Easter. I hope all of you who may differ on how things need to get better can find How things will get better. Jesus died Today to save those who believe.He rose on the 3rd day (Easter) to show the world and satan he can not be defeated, not even in death. Please remember he came into this world to save us from it. Peace be with you.

    39. RSweeney says:

      Surely higher taxes, higher energy prices, more extensive regulation, increased public union power, vastly increased government, insane debt, printing money, and government micromanagement of EVERYTHING will turn this around. Sure.

      Democrats have proven that they don't understand ANYTHING, but that they will do ANYTHING to get and retain power. And Democrat-lights like Bush and McCain, clueless if not quite as stupid as the real thing.

      Are we paying attention? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

      Time to hit the reset button. Eject out of big government.

      Back to limited government of strictly enumerated powers.

      Is there anyone out there ready to really do it?

    40. Fred Z, Canada says:

      Up here in Canada we experimented with socialism before you did.

      We learned what you are now learning. There is only one true enemy of humanity, one terrorist of liberty, one alien eating out our guts: The state.

      All governments are both necessary and the eternal enemy.

      It is necessary, wise and good to lie to them and steal from them. Never give an honest answer to the federales, never file a true tax return or census form, always pay cash, leave no trace, live under the radar.

    41. Charlie, LA says:

      Sometimes, late at night, I wonder if Obama, Reid and Pelosi intend, purposefully, to drive the country broke. The only other possibility is a sort of determined stupidity which, I will concede, is not beyond them.

      Is it time to talk about the "I" word?

      Charlie

    42. Vinny B., Marin Coun says:

      Why is everyone so quick to blame Obama for every little thing? (We all know it is because he is black). All of this trouble started under Bush, who raped and pillaged the American economy to make his friends at Big Oil, Haliburton, and Wall Street filthy rich. Obama would have to be a miracle worker to fix everything that Bush did in four short years. Which is why he needs to be re-elected in 2012.

    43. fred edwards says:

      In Socialist countries, ( France Germany, Spain, Sweden etc) young people ( students?) chose government over the privater sector for their careers.

    44. Dr.Dean, California says:

      My company, an alternative energy start up, was within two weeks of closing a $30M+ investment when the health care reform bill was signed. Two days later, our investor's accountants and attorneys advised him to reconsider going forward with our investment and to outright cancel nine other investments due to the effects of the bill: The 3.8% increase in capital gains taxes; the near certainty of increased federal/state taxes on business revenues; the inevitable increase in interest rates driven by significant increase in government borrowing, etc., etc. All these things make risky start up investments much riskier and decreases or eliminates any returns that might someday be realized.

      The investor is working with us (we are number one on his list of desired investments), but he had to cancel most of the other deals. We may be able to figure out how to go forward, but sadly and ironically, the only way I can see to make it work is if we outsource our manufacturing overseas… It's sad and ironic because this investor and I shared the same strong values that not only did we want to bring our innovative and useful products to market but we wanted to create good, long term American jobs while doing so. We had agreed that our business plan would have no overseas outsourcing in it.

      It's amazingly sad. The bulk of the $30M – as well as any revenues we made over time – would have been spent as salaries and benefits for our forecasted 200+ employees and the multiplier effect of that money on our community would have been very good thing. And this does not even consider the fact that our quite innovative technology (that I spent seven years of my own time and money developing) probably will not come to market and so people and society will not receive its benefits.

      If we can't make the deal work, I am not financially able to continue seeking funding, especially given the now rapidly declining investment environment (re: Chris Dodd's going after Angel investors and Venture Capital…). And even if I can find a way to continue financially, I know of no way to deal with the reality that the government is out to kill business – whether by nefarious design or sheer incompetence it doesn't matter, it simply is.

      So this may be it for us.

    45. GraceUnderFire, Gree says:

      [I] randy sa tx said its the big biz that hold the responsibility to hiring,firing and move job becuz we have weak union.union are the only leverage that we have on management.[/I]

      Randy … You don't "get it".

      It was NAFTA and other trade agreements passed during the Clinton years allowed companies to take vast amount of manufacturing jobs overseas.

      When coupled with continuing increases in Corp taxes, MORE jobs went overseas. The more favorable tax rates in other countries, like India, with wages only a fraction of US wages is what caused more white collar jobs (like tech support) to be transferred overseas.

      The ONLY way to get these jobs back is to make doing business here more attractive. That means financially punish companies who use overseas workers, lower the Corporate tax rate to something more reasonable, and increase import tarriffs. Between travel, time differences, language & cultural differences, it is much less convenient to do business overseas – so when" we even things up" — voila! The jobs will be back.

      GETTING RID of unions would further decrease costs. Unions no longer do what they were intended to – their unrealistic demands causes companies to go out of business, which doesn't work well for the employees.

    46. Joe, Connecticut says:

      And the INVASION continues… http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

    47. bahmi eastern Connec says:

      Obama can't figure out why we have unemployment, probably Bush's fault. But, he sure knows how to make taxpayers pay for the banks' losses, doesn't he? Probably racism from the tea party gang. Never his fault on anything at all. We have a Marxist narcissist for presidente', are we not lucky?

    48. bahmi eastern Connec says:

      The govt. allowed jobs to leave the country by passing nafta, etc. Business left so they could lower labor costs, make bigger bonuses, etc. If govt. wanted to control the loss of jobs, they could, but they are in bed with the big businesses who answer to stockholders, directors, ceo's, etc. A very vicious cycle.

    49. Johnny Banana...Idah says:

      "The light is almost out at the shining city on the hill. By 2012 the “fundamental transformation” of this free country governed by, dare I say dictatorship, will be complete. Sad part is so many Americans won’t realize they lost their freedoms because they were too busy TAKING anything free they could get from government."

      Mary from WI has said it correctly: So many Americans are happy as can be at getting "anything FREE(???) from the government. Bottom line: We are an immoral people. We run to the Dr. for every little ache and pain …because insurance pays for it (FREE???), we love all those projects for our towns and cities because it was a government grant (FREE ??) and on and on and on! The ad on TV for the motorized wheel chair – And "it didn't cost me a dime – my insurance and Medicare paid for it all." More FREE stuff. We deserve to lose our freedom. We have not paid the price AT HOME to maintain it. Politics is a dirty word and so we didn't get involved. "We can't change it anyway, so whats the use of trying?" We don't enforce the laws that we have – we just make new ones to add to the pile. Our citizens are ignorant of the basic principles of government that our Founding Fathers worked so hard to give us. I see little hope but it is still my moral obligation to try.

    50. toledofan says:

      The real sad part of all this is that the high jobless rate is all by design; who would ever have thought that we would have an entire government working at making sure we lose jobs rather than create them. It's all about the lack of leadership, the distane for our Constitution coupled with the arrogance of a bunch of idelogs who have no grasp of reality.

    51. MrJimm, Chicago says:

      " As Thomas Edsall writes in The Atlantic: “Net annual interest on the debt will more than triple during the next ten years…"

      Hmmm Check out http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?applica… . It's a US Treasury website that publishes the total US debt, down to the penny. Forget the pennies. The US debt jumped by over $88 billion on March 31st (quarterly interest on T-bills, ya know). That's just one freaking day.

      Worse (much worse), the US debt climbed from ONLY $12.507 trillion on March 1st to $12.773 trillion on March 31st. Let's see, carry the 1, ummmm, that's a $265 billion dollar increase in debt during the month of March 2010 (including that quarterly interest payment.)

      And, let's see…. come June 30th, we'll be paying interest on about, what, maybe $500 billion or so more debt, making the June 30th interest payment…..

      Frightening.

    52. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      Anyone who supports UNIONS these days is IGNORANT of the total damage UNIONS CAUSE! Look at GMs problems…UNIONS! Chryslers problems…UNIONS. Anywhere a UNION is involved, PROBLEMS!! The DEMORATS have squered AMERICAN CORPORATIONS for years with name-calling and REGULATIONS, cause braindead/envious DEMORATS have NEVER HAD A PRIVATE SECTOR JOB, NEVER MADE A PAYROLL, NEVER CREATED A THRIVING JOB ENVIRONMENT, NEVER RAN A COMPANY MUCH LESS START UP ONE, so proving their LIMITED knowledge they SCREW THINGS UP! So many idiotic demorat regulations THEN the UNION walks in and the OWNERS SAY "thats it, we have had enough, we can not afford you BOTH!", and they move the company to Indonesia…NO FREAKIN UNIONS THERE! DUH!! What a surprise.

    53. Ritchie The Riveter, says:

      Randy, businesses do not have the responsibility to hire you.

      You have the responsibility to be productive enough, for them to want to hire you … and the responsibility, as a citizen and therefore a voice in this government of/by/for the people, to assure that government does not burden your prospective employer with unnecessary regulations and/or taxes.

      Shirk these responsibilities, and instead demand that business MUST employ and/or support you … and you are more greedy than they are.

    54. lee flanders, hammon says:

      on november 10 we must take our country, towns & states back from the progressive liberals (look for tea party endorsed candidates)I sure will !!

    55. Swobama - Houston says:

      You are close Ken. Democrats are for the WANTY.

    56. Marilyn, Indiana on says:

      YOU Randy! You are the one who needs to go back to school and see just how this country has run in prosperous times and you will find that every big war was under Democrats and every depression was begun or instigated under Democrats! Business is pretty constrained by GOVERNMENT and has been for years. Try to start a business or if you are flush enough, buy one! Different members of my family have been in business for years, I do speak from experience. Those people made money but believe me it was at a large cost in energy and time! Much of that energy and time is taken up dealing with government regulations! Obama has instigated the problems we are in now because he is basically a communist and it is the same way that Hitler got a hold on Germany in the 30's. Hopefully we can fight this by electing the right people to serve, if not it may take a lot of things no one even wants to think of right now! If you do not believe me go to the library or for that matter search the Internet! If you go to the library ask for the 2 volumes by Ian Kershaw, HITLER 1889-1936 and HITLER 1936-1945.

    57. Tom, Fort Myers FL says:

      I consider myself a staunch conservative and regularly read the Morning Bell. but the April 2 piece, inthe para starting "Today the Labor Department's…" is just junk on its face. One sentence says that "…we are 8.1 million jobs short of the 138.6 million he promised the American people" Does this not imply that his policies have delivered 130.5 million jobs in the period? But another sentence says that the economy has "…lost a total of 3.8 million jobs since…the stimulus plan".

      It simply makes no sense to admit that 130.5 million jobs were created and to simultaneously cry about 3.8 million jobs being lost in the same period,

    58. Frank S. An. Conn. says:

      The Dirt Bags in washington have sold us all out for thier own financial gain ,the only thing we can do is to vote these CROOKS out of office .

    59. Frank S. An. Conn. says:

      I THREW MY DEMOCRATIC REGISTRATION CARD IN THE SEWER THATS WHERE IT BELONGS!!!!!!

    60. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      Considering the FACT, this rogue congress and its radical/socialist president have broken every constitutional law, knowingly and blatantly, in-our-face style, knowing NOBODY IS GOING TO STOP THEM!!! Are you fool enough to ignore the MOTIVES of these people? Do you not REALIZE they get together(closed door meetings all!!!) and remind each other "there is not a freakin thing anyone can do to stop us, we will do whatever we want and just screw those people(YOU)"…do not think for one minute this is not the case…it is. What we all decide to do about "this scenario" is something else. Better decide how involved you want to be in stopping these people from creating another 3rd world country…right here.

    61. Bruce Ogden, Provo, says:

      When the majority of voters are not really taxpayers but tax consumers and tax dependents, officials are elected that raise burdensome taxes and increase entitlement spending, stifling economic growth and job creation. Widening economic deterioration and unemployment decreases tax revenue and increases the number of those dependent on the government, leading to unsustainable further increases in government spending.

      In the early American colonies, only property owners could vote. Only elected representatives of those who PAID taxes could vote to increase taxes. Under such a system, the problems described above did not occur because it was the "taxpayer class" that determined the level of taxation. In our current, unjust system, tax increases are driven by the "tax consumer class", who, to no one's surprise, are always in favor of higher taxes and greater entitlements.

      Twenty years ago, the AMA membership and leaders were overwhelmingly private practice physicians who would never have supported the Democrats' healthcare bill. But over time, the AMA became increasingly populated and led by non-private practice physicians. Today's AMA that supports socialized medicine, overwhelmingly represents the tax consumer class of physicians: those employed by government (i.e. universities, community health centers, PHS, CDC, NIH, IHS, military, etc.), and those reliant on government grants to run their research programs. This being the case, it should have been no surprise that the AMA supports the higher taxes and increased government spending that comes with the healthcare bill.

      Entitlement and tax reform, such as that proposed in the "Roadmap" by Rep. Paul Ryan, and supported by Heritage Foundation research, would be a step in the right direction in terms of bringing balance back to the taxpayer class vs. tax consumer class struggle.

    62. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      CBO can only work with the info given them, junk in junk out, The transparancy promised is not here, nor are any of the other promises. I did not vote for BHO, I listened but only heard emty rhetoric,, others did not listen and voted for his ability to read a teleprompter, the color of his skin etc. This person is the least qualified person to be in the WH, there are cases pending against him, I hope Fox news uncovers some or all of the hidden truths. BHO is a Muslim, he went to school on a grant for non-citizens, he either lied then or is lying now, he also visited Palastine when US cit. were not granted visas?? Just watch, something big will come out and the sooner the better. God bless America, Vote Conservative 11/02/2010

    63. charles fisenne bald says:

      ALL GOVERNMENT SPENDING EQUALS DEBT TO BE PAID BY SOCIETY OR

      THROUGH SOCIALISM THEY AQUIRE CONTROL OF PRODUCTION [AND YOU]

      DOUBTERS ARE UTOPIAN FOOLS

      CORPORATE PROFITS FROM OVERSEAS PRODUCE AND MANUFACTURING WILL NEVER SOLVE THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM IN THE USA

    64. Bennet Cecil, Clearw says:

      Avoid high taxes by working less. Do not support big government. Let this bad system collapse. Do not expand your business. Do not borrow. Do not hire. Americans will then wake up and dismantle this overgrown government. Do not support the system that is robbing you.

    65. Joe - Toledo, OH says:

      Despite the President's claims to the contrary, his Administration is deaf to the real concerns of Americans. Mr. Obama's liberal henchpersons (Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Dingell, Dean, and a host of others, too putrefyingly leftist to name) have totally ignored the call and will of the people and rammed an unwanted, unneeded, unnecessary Healthcare Reform bill down our throats.

      Polls have consistently shown that the majority of Americans say they don't want this overpriced and far too complex reform. And yet, they've ignored the thousands upon thousands upon thousands of phone calls from their consituents to not vote for President Obama's albatross. Still, the President claims he only wants what he knows will help the people. So far, this Administration has given the taxpayers the bill for a flaccid and inept stimulus program. No jobs have been created from that mess and we taxpayers are expected to fund that multi-billion dollar fiasco. We're supposed to pick up the tab for bailing out banks, the auto industry, the credit card industry, and numerous other programs that haven't and never will pan out!

      Thus, to frost the proverbial economic cake, we now must pay for a Massive health system overhaul whose promises fall well short of doing what it was intended. Our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will bear the brunt of its funding. In the meantime, President Obama and Company continue to move us ever closer to a Socialist State.

      I dare say that had these matters occurred during the early years of our Nation, that such actions would have been deemed treasonous and its proponents branded traitors. And rightly so.

    66. Jim Davidson, Baton says:

      I am so tired of hearing about jobs being saved or lost. We need to have a different word used. Governmental jobs are a drain on the economy and commercial business jobs grow the economy. The question for the Obama regime is how many commercial business jobs have been created during his reign? It is amazing how cutting jobs from corporations has made them very profitable so that they are making good money and the stock market is doing so well while folks are losing their homes. Too bad the small businesses, when cutting jobs, can't make the economy better like big businesses.

    67. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      Bruce of Ogden, you are right about the AMA in the past, today the AMA only represents less than 15% of MD's. Most practising doctors only belong to their state org., one reason is that AMA dues are sky high and over no real benefit. I also know most MD's do NOT agree with this so called health care reform, it is not a reform it is the gov't. intruding on our lives, their aim is to control us like all Communistic gov'ts. do, BHO will appoint himself Pres. for life and he hopes to rule the world. I am waiting for Fox news to expose the truths now under investigation, showing that BHO is a fake, Big news is on the verge of being made public, it will happen on Fox news or on Hannity, Levin, or Wilkow's programs and I believe soon.

    68. B.Lowe says:

      Stop saying he promised the American People. He has lost face with us like so many hundreds of others have done. We simply can't trust the man. We need to resolve the problems that he and others have caused for us. We can not wallow in the past. We need to do things now to remedy these problems as much as we can. and stop anymore from happening. The American People must read the Constitution and act on what is taught there.

    69. Jackie- BelAir,MD says:

      A piece of info that I recently found out is that approx. 47% of Americans do not even pay taxes. I suppose that those are the same ones that believe Obama ( no matter how radical or anti-constitutional he is ); is ok with them as long as they can keep depending on the gov't to take care of them.I have compassion and want to help people that really need help; but not people that is just as able as I am to work and pay their taxes.The democratic party has for many years now used these people as pawns to promote their radical agenda. Let me ask these people if they really think Bill Clinton cared for them when he didn't even care for his wife and daughter enough to be faithful, or care enough for his country that he couldn't even tell the truth, be genuinely sorry, and move on. Or do they really think Obama cares for them when he doesn't even care for the innocent babies that he wants to abort with MY tax dollars? I call on America to pray for our country like you never have before.Thomas Jefferson once said,"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever." Me also!

    70. Barb says:

      I wouldn’t mind being one of the 47 percent that didn’t pay taxes. I make a little over minimum wage and claim 1 have extra taken out and i STILL owe over a 1000.00 … and this has been my life the last 5 yrs….not sure WHAT the problem is but can someone tell me what are those 47 percent doing to not pay taxes?

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