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  • Morning Bell: Obama's Jobless America

    The economic news keeps getting worse for America. Last month, the unemployment rate went up to 9.1 percent, the economy added only 54,000 jobs, and the average length of unemployment rose to more than nine months, the longest since the Labor Department started keeping track in 1948. But despite all the writing on the wall, President Barack Obama wants you and the 13.9 million unemployed Americans to hang on for the ride.

    In his weekly address on Friday, President Obama played down May’s terrible unemployment numbers as mere “bumps on the road to recovery” and blamed America’s latest economic woes on high gas prices (which he can do something about, but hasn’t), the earthquake in Japan, and “unease about the European fiscal situation.” Meanwhile, his chief economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, parroted his boss’s “bumps on the road” line and, on Sunday, told America not to worry about the jobs report, remarking, “Don’t bank too much of any one month’s jobs report. You want to look at a little bit of a trend to get a more accurate barometer.” Goolsbee announced his resignation yesterday.

    No matter the barometer you look at, things aren’t looking good for the economy. On top of May’s jobs numbers, America’s economic growth is likewise depressing. The Wall Street Journal compares today’s measly 2 percent economic growth with that of the Reagan recovery following the 1981-82 recession, which saw a 7 percent growth rate and a plunging unemployment rate.

    And it looks like even if Americans are hearing President Obama’s message, they’re not buying it. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, they’re not happy with where America is headed, they see the economy as a major problem, and they think President Obama is doing a terrible job managing the problem:

    By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak . . .

    Overall, about six in 10 of those surveyed give Obama negative marks on the economy and the deficit. Significantly, nearly half strongly disapprove of his performance in these two crucial areas. Nearly two-thirds of political independents disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, including — for the first time — a slim majority who do so strongly.

    Americans are right to be worried about the economy, and they’re placing the blame in the correct spot. Heritage’s Rea Hederman, Jr., and James Sherk write that the state of the economy is, indeed, depressing, and that President’s policies have done nothing to lift the economy out of its flat spin:

    The Obama Administration’s economic policy has been a total failure with its complete disregard for businesses and job creation in the private sector. The Administration’s reliance on government spending and government experts to manage the economy has resulted in a labor market that is not recovering and a national debt that is at a crisis point. Congress needs to unshackle entrepreneurs and businesses from the stifling regulations and burdens that have been created in the past two years.

    Lest we forget history, Hederman and Sherk remind us what the President has done to allow the weak business climate to fester. It all comes down to Obama’s single-minded drive to grow government at all costs under the delusion that mighty Washington can stimulate the economy into putting bread and butter on America’s tables. There was his $787 billion stimulus, Obamacare and its bevy of costly regulations, an ongoing attempt to foist unionization on private industry, opposition to domestic energy production, and a refusal to approve trade agreements, leaving new business opportunities and tens of thousands of jobs on the table. It didn’t work.

    Those policies all satisfy the President’s hunger to put up points on his ideological scoreboard, but Americans are losing out as a result.

    The National Journal’s Charlie Cook points out: “Within the first six months or even a year of a new administration, it’s fair game to blame predecessors for any problems . . . But such arguments get much less convincing as the second year comes to an end. Once into the third year, such claims sound downright silly. Gradually, any president and any administration take ownership of the problems facing the country.”

    President Obama owns this economy and America’s joblessness. Now it’s time to focus on fixing it.

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    74 Responses to Morning Bell: Obama's Jobless America

    1. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      6 – 7 – 11 FROM – Ken Jarvis

      Weiner is a Weiner,
      and should RESIGN.

      Things are GOING to GET BETTER, They always have.

    2. Kevin H, college par says:

      Seems to me Obama and the Dems turned things around, took the economy from losing 750,000 jobs a month to adding more than 200,000 jobs a month, even more in the private sector. However, once the Republicans and the teaparty driven economic principles started to get pushed through the House and influence economic policy, we're headed back to the ways of sub-par economic performance. This should wake people up to the anti-spend, cut-more-taxes policy has never worked and never will work. When the economy is slow, we must spend, cutting taxes does nothing to spur job increases when we need them – NOW!

    3. Arvid Myhre, Idaho says:

      It is difficult for me to understand that 4 out of 10 think Obama is doing a good job with the economy. Are these people government workers or stupid or both?

    4. Mike from Long Islan says:

      I have heard Barak Obama being called "the black Jimmy Carter" because of his ineffectiveness in government.

    5. Bill B, Michigan says:

      Great assessment of our dire economic problems. If we are lucky, perhaps someone in Washington (The White House) will read Heritage and start to smell the roses,or in this case, the manure they are spreading.

    6. Stirling, Pennsylvan says:

      This administration's policies would be a success if America was a European Socialist country, since the European people are conditioned to accept the subjegation of their freedoms. Just consider the average jobless rate in European Countries which are 15-20% on average, compare that to the actual (non-manipulated) rate in our country currently which is similar, and you can see that this is by design due to the policies this administration has put in place (stimulus, obamacare, etc). It's clear the joblessness will continue until we have an administration (and ideology) change.

    7. joecool, westbrook says:

      Jimmy Carter, deja vou, except this fellow wouldn't know a peanut from a Heineken.

    8. Joe Ruffino, Merrick says:

      Obama's game plan is right on course. Private enterprises bad, government jobs or controlled atmosphere good. Socialism like in Europe only more so. Big brother all the way.

    9. John Dulleck, San Jo says:

      To President Obama, 9.1% unemployment is a mere bump in the road. To Herman Cain, if he is elected President, it would be a national priority!

    10. tonya asevedo says:

      i completely agree with this article.what i cant believe are the people who still can not see what this president is doing to our country. what does this man have to do to open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf. what he is doing is so clear to most americans but not to all, why?

    11. Robert, North Richla says:

      Then focus on Congress! We know what we have in Obama – an imposter. The House of Representatives should be in session daily passing the Good, revoking the Bad, defunding the Ugly – and sending it all over to the Senate by the truckload. If the House was doing its job, a tough republican senator could be de facto leader of the Senate. ANWR = 750,000 jobs; Keystone pipeline = 300,000 jobs; offshore drilling = 500,000 jobs; real, infrastructure investment = 34,000 jobs per billion dollars. All of the above = lower energy costs; housing recovery; auto industry full recovery and economic recovery with three strokes of the pen.

    12. West Texan says:

      Obama's a "social justice" guy who believes getting there is through federal government's wealth redistribution. He's obviously clueless as to what constitutes a true just society. In his view, it doesn't really matter who produces or creates jobs. He will cure the country's unemployment and economic woes by printing ever more IOUs. Say goodbye to investments and savings. Adios to prosperity. It doesn't take a genius to know the negative impact this has on jobs. Before he was president, I agreed with HF that Obama was far too overreaching which ultimately would drive the nation's economy straight into the ground. Guess we've arrived.

    13. Dave W. Provo. UT says:

      What did we expect to happen when the President had never been involved with running a business or meeting a payroll. He was a community organizer whose major emphasis was to harass business. As both a State Senator and US Senator he rarely was involved in anything that dealt with real financial decisions, choosing a here vote most of the time. Add to all this his socialistic education, friends and advisors and we have a President who cannot or will not think outside of the socialistic, big government box. Wake up America! We are on the road to ruin being lead by a clueless President. Hope we make wise conservative change in 2012.

    14. Jill-Maine says:

      I can't imagine how things would get better when we have so many idiots going to the voting booths. When I hear the presodential election is expected to be close I feel hopeless. In all honesty BHO deserves 2 votes. His and his wife's.

    15. Frank, Florida says:

      Bush's policies with 2 undeclared wars, lack of governmental financial oversight, bigger government programs (education, prescription drug benefits, creation of Homeland Security, etc), bailouts & worsening budget deficits clearly made Obama's task difficult. But Obama made a bad situation worse: more bailouts, a trillion dollar stimulus that basically went for State & Federal governments to keep workers employed for 2 years with little towards needed infrastructure improvements, another massive new Federal spending program with ObamaCare, another undeclared war, explosive Federal deficits funded mainly by printing up money out of thin air & soon-to-come massive inflation, possible collapse of the US Dollar, downgrading of our national debt, refusal to drill for oil, possible massive new taxes (including desired "Cap & Trade"), & massive new government regulations that do not fix our original problem. I could keep going, but you get the point. Nothing is better after Bush, everything gets worse & time is running out financially for us.

      Big government & Keynesian economics is not working even as we continue to lose our freedoms. Over half of US households now get more in benefits than they pay in taxes & the Democrats are hell bent on giving them more benefits to win elections regardless of the higher taxes needed on the few remaining workers that pay taxes or the manipulation of our money supply or exploding national debt.

      Our political system is failing us & the USA is in steep decline.

      Why would a new company want to start a business in the USA or an old company want to build a new factory here? Until those questions can be adequately answered in the positive, we will continue to decline.

    16. mike hutchings says:

      mr obama is under no illusions about an economic recovery…he is achieving what he wants..and with his cronies…remaking the world in his own image….the middle class hasnt the power it did before….this by design….rulers and those dependent on them will not tolerate a middle class….with a thousand stiches they will quilt virtue from poverty….with a thousand more they will fabricate a straight jacket for those who dissent….they will train them on politically correct lines of…coolness and chic rather than substance….substance is a dangerous thing for the common folk to discourse about…in the doing of that…ideas will be posed and wieghed as to their merit as opposed to thier political correctness….five real jobs are required to fund one goverment job…the balances do not work in the real world….three real jobs are required to support a green job….the balances do not work…in the real world….money supply is the blood supply of an economy….deny blood to one extremity and you starve another….let the truth of blood and money balance in reality and the body lives…let that not be so… and it starts to die…it starts to die in the middle…after the brain has consumed its substance….

    17. Gordon, Jonesboro GA says:

      Right on, Robert! The strategy is obvious; the tactics are available, but what do we get? Golf schmoozing with a genetic and terminal liar.

    18. Mary Gottlieb - Tenn says:

      He knows what he is doing….and he cannot wait until the economy

      is over the cliff and irretrievable….we cannot allow that to happen.

      We the people are a stronger force than he counted on and the

      "sleeping giant" is about to rise and put the house in order. We

      mourn that he has left behind a legacy that many fine black

      candidates will have to redeem before faith is completely

      restored. Shame on him.

    19. Dee Va. says:

      This man and also the other one that left knows they need to get for things are getting to hot in the WHITE HOUSE right now what with all the investigation going on about Obama being ILLEGIABLE to be in the WHITE HOUSE….

    20. Norm LA says:

      As long as corporations are his enemy [except those he chooses], taxes and tax rates continue to be unreasonably high, regulations, such as those being implemented [contrary to congressional oversight] by the EPA and this president’s lies, such as what the Fin Regs would do, corporations and small businesses will not hire. In fact they will continue to take operations overseas. When unemployment compensation is the new stimulus, as the mind set for the future, thanks to the former speaker of the house, we are in trouble. The way I learned it, profit is the way we get growth, including corporations investing in new equipment and creating jobs and profit is a dirty word to this administration. Professors serve a purpose in the university world, but they do not know how to implement their philosophy. The professors are the ones doing well, being chauffeured to the white house every day with all those new limos. As far as the rest of us, look out for the bumps in the road. And because one says things will improve, without actions to make it happen, somebody is wishing on a star.

    21. Jjay - Louisville, K says:

      Wait now… Didn't we just have an election 'turn around' that was based on what the McConnell / Boner "fix-all" plan would do to bring jobs back to the American worker????

      Oh right !! First we have to take away women's medical rights, kill Medicare for old folks who easily get confused about how far a 'voucher' will go in the hands of privately held insurance as opposed to Medicaid. Let's also send the largest deployment of our young innocent soldiers ever from these shores to IRAQ – where we are supposed to be trimming down our OCCUPATION of that country.

      And where is Congress in all this. Check out the "emergency" legislation in the House to see what is really going down. It AIN'T about the workers jobs, friend.

    22. toledofan says:

      When you put everything into perspective, we have three legs to the stool; some in the Administration and in Congress who want to bring America to her knees, those in Washington that are so far in over their heads and have no idea of how the world works because of little or no experience and a voting block that has no clue of what is going on, doesn't care or is to busy to pay attention. When all of this is combined it's a receipe for chaos, confusion, and outright panic. So, I guess the point, is if something doesn't change, we're going to be in deeper trouble. And until we wrap our arms around the spending and the entitlements, I suspect, not much will.

    23. J Zwahlen says:

      Hi Morning Bell — All this Anthony stuff will finally be over – What I would really like to read about INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE Fleecing our country is getting from SHARIAH COMPLIANT FINANCE and can it be stopped????

      It is WRONG as WRONG CAN BE. We are investing in the Brotherhood through SCF — Why hasn't this been in the headlines??? Yeah- They own all the liberal press!

    24. Jim Roumeliotis - Hu says:

      Does this President really feel that he is doing a decent job running this country? I believe he does and can't for the life of me justify how he comes to that conclusion. Is he caught up in himself that much or just not able to coordinate his thought processes to see that he is a complete failure. Possibility he is on a "joy ride" i.e. the presidency being a period of time to take advantage of the power, fame and perks that go with it. As far as the effort and accomplishments that are required to move this country forward…….he has little time for that let alone the ability. He does not even have the savvy to appoint a competent person to run a department and then take the credit. It seams America loses at all points until a change is made. It must be made!

    25. Dee Va. says:


    26. jgo says:

      So, cut taxes, cut some stupid regulations that hamper conversion of hobbies to businesses and growth of existing businesses, get out of the visa waiver program, require all visa applicants to pass proper background investigations, cut numbers of visas and apply some standards for a change, build the 8600 miles of border fence (even a token chain-link fence would be better than what we have now), patrol the borders with fully-armed regular troops (and activate Reserve and National Guard if needed to get the numbers up to 60K or more), repeal Obummercare (and the Socialist Insecurity Abomination, Medicare and Medicaid), eliminate most of HHS, all of HUD, most of the Dept. of Educationism (keep most of NCES), part of the Dept. of Energy, defund CPB, NPR and NEAH (including AFI), revoke the chargers of quangos and GSEs like Fannie, Freddie and Sallie, cut the budgets of NSF and the rest of the federal grant machines. Start paying off the federal debt. We can put off eliminating the inflationary Fed until next week.

    27. Bob Lee says:

      Why would he do anything. He's got us right where he wants us.

    28. G. Hugh Bodell, USA says:

      "It all comes down to Obama's single-minded drive to grow government at all costs under the delusion that mighty Washington can stimulate the economy into putting bread and butter on America's tables."

      Bone headed, narcissistic would be a better set of adjectives.

      9 out of 10 US Citizens’ concern centers around the worst economy in the lives of every living American.

      Add to that there constant awareness of gangsters at our borders, our young military men and woman getting killed and maimed in three middle Eastern countries that have no bearing on our welfare or safety, laws and regulations issued by Washington preventing American Exceptionalism from working its wonders and finally and probably most importantly an idiot in the White House who says "Duhhh! We don't know what happened…"

      To paraphrase a brilliant comedian, "Say good night Barack," and just fade into oblivion where you belong and our country would be better served.


    29. Larry PA. says:


    30. Pete, Houston Texas says:

      Well, the house has passed budgets and other laws that come to a standstill in the Senate and the Executive branch. The only thing that the House does is slow the cancer from the Senate and Executive branch. Slows but does not cure. I can't believe that the Democrats and liberals are content to spend two years allowing this country to go further away from prosperity. Why does living within our means and not giving welfare to the rest of the world sound bad.

    31. SSMcDonald, McAlpin, says:

      9.1% unemployment is the government's phony statistic. This is the statistic that the politically correct crowd promotes. 22% is closer to the correct unemployment statistic as published by several statistical services. One such source is NIA.

    32. Lynn, Austin says:

      Kevin H…..you're delusional, 54k jobs last month, that's it! and half were from Mcdonald's. Companies aren't hiring because they can't afford the corporate taxes, thus go offshore to escape them. There is no confidence in this government and the rules and regulations that are hamstringing businesses. This governement promotes taking 40% of our children's earnings to fund their agendas! You must be delusional, liberal policies don't work.,,,,it;'s been tried over and over again (France, Cuba, Greece, Spain, UK) When do liberals think enough taxes is enough??????

      Please name me ONE thing that b.o. has done positively for this country! Just one! (Other than wake up the apathetic conservative!)

    33. Anonymous, USA says:

      Here's a radical idea for lowering gas prices. Allow Democrats to raise them. Follow me for a second before you scream. There is a magic number when the $/gal reaches a certain point and individuals as well as businesses can no longer eat the increase. Everything shuts down. What that number is exactly is debatable but I think it's close to $5/gal. Once that event occurs, phones will be ringing off the hook in DC and in state capitals across the country. The advantage now is to those who want to drill because there is no other alternative fuel or infrastructure in place to alleviate the distress. Your cars don't run on solar, wind, nuclear or natural gas. They need fuel to operate and there is only one way to get it at such a low cost – drill and drill everywhere immediately. The response to the markets would drop the price/barrel to a fraction of what it is thereby getting America back to work again. Just something to think about..ahem Republican POTUS wannabes.

    34. Clearhead, U.S.S.O. says:

      Fevin H. — Do the math: If we're gaining jobs, why is the unemployment rate rising to 9.1% ? Simple. Manipulation of the "new jobs" numbers. Who determines the unemployment percentage? Ans: Neutral Americans. Who trumpets the "new jobs" numbers? Ans: Obama and the Dems. Figure it out. Furthermore, take a course in American History 101.

    35. Clearhead, U.S.S.O. says:

      Ken Jarvis — How clever!! You'd make a good stand down comic. By the way, there's an article entitled "Obama's Jobless America", published this morning by The Heritage Foundation. We invite you to read it.

    36. Staci Oregon says:

      Obama is taking political credit for things he has not accomplished. Gone is the honest transparency I thought we were getting. As a result, I no longer believe anything he says now or will be saying as we get closer to re-election.

      His misguided priorities and lack of fierce leadership have cost us dearly due to the circumstances of today. His brilliance has been wasted.

    37. clarence swinney says:


      George Heritage Bush sent 2,300,00 jobs to just China

      He got 31,000 net new jobs per month

      Worst number since Hoover Heritage

      Sort of drop from 237,000 by Lord William Jefferson of Hope

      where were you as Bush increased Spending by 92% and Debt by 112% and Deficit from 240B surplus to 1400B Deficit


    38. clarence swinney says:

      Who dug the deep hole????

      Clinton to Bush to Obama who fumbled the ball??

      Numbers rounded

      Clinton left Bush an 1800B Budget

      Bush Left Obama a 3500 Budget

      Clinton left Bush a 240B Surplus as far as the eye can see

      Bush left Obama 1400B Deficit as far as the eye can see

      Clinton left Bush 5,700B of Debt

      Bush left Obama 11,800B of Debt

      Clinton left Bush a 237,000 net new jobs created per month

      Bush left Obama 31,000 lowest since Hoover.

      Clinton left Bush 17 Million Manufacturing Jobs

      Bush left Obama 11 Million Manufacturing Jobs

      Clinton left Bush a 10,800 Dow

      Bush left Obama an 8028 Dow

      Clinton left Bush Peace on Earth Good Will From Most Men

      Bush left Obama Hell on Earth Two disastrous wars. Enmity of 1500 Million Muslims

      Clinton left Bush a President most highly rated of any peacetime President in Asia, Africa, Europe.

      Bush left Obama the most hated President in history

      Bush left Obama an Housing Tsunami and Financial Volcano

      Bush left Obama, in 2008, an 8500B Bail out commitment Yes! 8500 not just 700

      Bush left Obama his Takeover of Fannie/Freddie, AIG, and first bailout of Chrysler

       clarence swinney–political historian–lifeaholics of america burlington nc

      author-Lifeaholic–Life story of Workaholic failure to Lifeaholic success

      Best seller list in haw river nc population 200 and growing

      comments welcome at cswinney2@triad.rr.com facts -numbers not opinion

    39. Kaydell Bowles, Brig says:

      It does not take a scientist to figure out that one must balance the income with the expenses and live prudently. We have become a people of more wants and entitlements that we can spend our money on our wants and not needs. One can only look at the cost of sports and entertainement to figure this out with sell out crowds and billions spent. These are not all rich in the stands! We as a people have become lovers of pleasures more than lovers of our needs. Just give me more from the public trough!

    40. Victor Barney, LeHig says:

      I do know that Congress will correct our economic problems by February of 2012!

      I'll remind you all then! However, our 6,000 year trial is about over, so watch "women" come out big in November of 2012 with money in their pocketbooks again and vote in a complete Marxist(as Islam, Anti-Christ in theology) takeover of u.s. I won't need to remind you again in November because the two-witnesses of chapter 11 in the Book of Revelation will accomplish that purpose, I promise you! And, who do "you" think will give each other "presents" after the Anti-Christ kills these two-witnesses? Duh! Watch!

    41. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      What planet does Kevin H live on. I'll bet it's the same as Ken. No one, I mean NO ONE is that stupid to think that Obama is not destroying this economy

      delibertly to force us to accept socialism in desperation. No president could

      not recognize the complete failure of his policies unless it is his intention to

      push failure for the intire nation's economical system.

      Obama will continue to blame Bush as his usual distraction to divert attention away from his failues. Obama's blame will continue to be supported by the leftist and the media of this country, because they want the same result as Obama does.

    42. Billy Wilks, Mississ says:

      I heard a news report that maybe half of the jobs were filed by McDonalds. I'm not making lite of McDonald hiring, but to claim this as part of recovery, get real

    43. David Bess, Carson C says:

      The solutions to our economic problems are getting back to what made this country great.

      1. Energy independence. It's time for America to produce its own energy and not green energy. Oil,coal, hydro, and atomic, we developed all of this technology and are now restricted from using it.

      2. Restrain the environmental wackos that want to eliminate any type of production within America. It has come to a point that the environmentalist are creating the problems with their restrictions. Why should we have been drilling in 10,000 feet of ocean when we have the technology to safely drill in shallow water and dry land, there's plenty of oil there.

      3. Reformation of the rules, regulations, taxes, and tarrifs to favor American manufacturing. Along with increasing american jobs this would attract foreign companies to establish manufacturing in this country.

      4. Clear the roadblocks, both government and enviormental, to allow steel, lumber, agriculture, and other base industries to excel within our borders.

      5. Change our welfare system to a work-fare system not an entitlement. True welfare is not only a good, but a necessary system. As Americans we have always been the most compasionate people in the world. Always willing to help but shouldn't be burdened with cradle to grave support of those who don't want to be part of america.

      6. Secure our borders and make english the only language.

      7. Make our congress subject to all of the same rules, laws and programs that the American people are subjected. Our leaders should be statesmen not lifelong politicans.

      Every thing we need to make this come about is readily available and the people of America need to demand that the government pursues this path and only this path.

      We are still the greatest nation the world has ever seen. Let us not loose that.

    44. Cybercorrespondent C says:

      2006, before Democrats took over Congress, consumer confidence stood at a 2-1/2 year high, gas was $1.50-2.00 and unemployment 4.7%. When Bush recommended a regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry, the Democrats refused and imposed penalties if not enough low income loans were made.

    45. West Texan says:

      Kevin said "When the economy is slow, we must spend, cutting taxes does nothing to spur job increases when we need them – NOW!"

      Allow me help you get a grip on economic reality. The federal government severely needs to diet. The spending you advocate is nothing more than pouring on empty calories (much like today's dollar). There's absolutely no real benefit to jobs and prosperity. Small temporary spikes tend to deceive Obama supporters into a false hope. And cutting taxes? How does current or increased taxes on businesses spur job growth? Your argument is illogical.

    46. Dr. Henry D. Sinopol says:

      Why would anyone think Obama is interested in improving the economy. He lives in subsidized housing, gets free food & has free cable….He's living the American dream he dreamed about all his life.

    47. Disgusted , In Illin says:

      The " community organizer " has absolutely no clue as to what he is doing, but he DOES enjoy the myriad of perks ( the most recent trip to Europe ) just to set an example how he is milking us ( those of us that pay taxes ) for the LAVISH and exuberant trips , one hundred and eighty five trips that I racall so far since he has been elected . He should be sent back to Chicago's Hyde Park to stand on the corner with the clipboard in hand and " organize " that is his only redeeming virtue and talent.

    48. rosemarie douglass says:

      Keven h were are the jobs


      WAKE UP

    49. rosemarie douglass says:





    50. james bell 32314 re- says:

      This country has one chance to get it right in 2012, we srew up and re-elect this disgrace in the WH again,we are going to fall just like ancient Rome! (and for the same reason!) JUST A SHAME

    51. Wes Litchfield, MN says:

      I see all this good information coming out from many sources. What troubles me is that everyone seems to be preaching to the choir who agrees that things are terrible. But the folks that can really turn the election aroundare not/do not/will not get the message.

      Do we have another teflon president?

      I would like to see what Heritage and all the others give me a plan that will get the message out to the ones that need to get the message.

    52. Curt Krehbiel, Midla says:

      "The Obama Administration’s economic policy has been a total failure with its complete disregard for businesses and job creation in the private sector."

      On the contrary, the Obama economic policy is doing exactly what Obama wants. More people depending on government.

      Socialism Fails

      Socialism contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction. As the productive segment of the economy is taxed more and more to support the non-productive segment, the productive segment loses the incentive to continue to innovate and produce. When this occurs the government continues to raise taxes until there is no longer a base on which to tax and the system fails. Capitalism is the only economic system capable of providing incentive and innovation sufficient to create the wealth needed to employ a working class which, together with its employers, establish a taxable base broad enough to fund a sufficient government and still provide a standard of living with freedom and liberty as our founding fathers envisioned over 200 years ago. CK

    53. Cathy, Lancaster, Ca says:

      I too will be joining the unemployed at the end of this month, June. Been employed by the same company for over 20 years, but due to misappropriation of funds that they knew about, 35 people are losing their jobs. I am 1 year away from being able to pull full pension, so that blows. Being let go from a job I love is disheartening, the people that caused the funding crisis got raises, what is wrong with this picture. Sounds like the ones that run the company have cousins in Washington. And those in Washington will leave and others will have to clean up the mess. How do you clean up a mess this big?? Thanks for letting me vent.

    54. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      Civics 101, The Congress, both houses, runs the goverment, The house controls the money, BUT it has to be approved by the Senate. During the last 2 years of the Bush administration BOTH houses ere under the control of Pelosi and Reid, The Reb. may control the House but not by a big majority,and some are RINO's. Reid still controls the Senate and Obama is still in the WH and holds the VETO pen, therefore anything sent from house to senate is futile, even if it passes the senate by some miracle BHO has VETO power. NOw in order for things to change we need to elect some new blood into both houses and the WH 2012, Rino's need to go and we need a WH canidate that will stand up and uphold the Constitution in it's intirety not just offer mouth pledges.

    55. Ed Price, Lorain, Oh says:

      "Now it's time to focus on fixing it."

      But didn't the administration already tell us that they were "focused like a laser" on jobs? How many of the people in the Obama administration have any background in job creation? I'm so tired of their feeble attempts at convincing us things are getting better while all the while reading that the monthly figures are "unexpectedly" worse than predicted. Too bad sheer incompetence isn't a high crime or misdemeanor.

    56. 2dokie says:

      When most of the important foundational segments of a society become self-obsessed to the point of absolute inactivity…. welcome to the United Snakes of America!!! American management extract obscene salaries,when the majority of it should go to the stockholders who should also set salaries and bonuses. Labor acts like there's no limit to wage and benefit demands they can hang on the price of their product…regardless of market and economic conditions. And Educators, Lawyers,politicians,even professional athletes, don't seem to care whether they contribute to the continueing operation of the country or not. I'm sure nobody wants to listen to this, but I don't see us coming out of this without a major case of honesty. We're MORALLY BANKRUPT!!!

    57. AD says:

      That "jobless" recovery of "burger flippers" that the Left/media (redundancy alert) complained about in '02-'04, sure would look good right about now.

      I blame Bush!

    58. Joe G, Michigan says:

      The Federalist Papers supposed we would elect representatives of high character. Has that turned out to be the case? Our government seems run on the principle of every man for himself. Governments swing from republic with elections (personal responsibility) to totalitarian (strong man safety, for a while). People like their perks. Always have and always will.

      Hayek (Austrian Economics) seems to have got it right. All governments function on economics, or not. Simply put: the market rules, always, whatever style government is in place. It helped bring down the Iron Curtain. It may bring down our mixed economy. Jefferson said it would take generations to restore the Republic through education. I hope for no revolution.

    59. Dave W. Provo. UT says:

      Clinton wouldn't have left us in a positive financial situation without a Republican congress that demanded a balanced budget and welfare reform and the internet-computer bubble.

      Clinton goofed on getting Ben Laden when offered his location and missled a shoe factory instead.

      Bush had to weather the internet-computer bubble burst, the rise of economic China, 9-11 and all the terrorist threats and rumors, He had to make decisions based on faulty data–Remember not one Senator voted against invading Iraq. he tried to get a discussion going on revamping Social Security and Pelosi-Reed lead the attack that killed it. Greedy Barney Frank and friends social engineered Fanny Mae into the pit. Bush stumbled and made errors but Obama has not learned from Clinton or Bush and is leading us into a very deep and rocky canyon that we will only get out of if we return to the frugal God fearing ways of our founders.

    60. Renny, Maryland says:

      No increase in the Debt Limit. Do what you were elected to do!!!!

    61. ted san marcos, ca. says:

      Should come as no surprise that Obama's mentor/financier wants the US to tank – like the British pound and both are doing all they can to make it happen. Soros profits from disaster and uses profits to foment even more and more crises and profits while exercising inordinate control over media. Soros is guilty of insider trading at a minimum and plotting the overthrow of the U.S. HE HAS SAID SO. Therefore, is Obama naive, gullible, inexperienced, or a co-conspirator. Check the number of Soros visits, the relationship with Pelosi and others. These guys are rotten to the core all in the name of power.

    62. Ernest, Oklahoma says:

      Thank God! Auston Goolsbee has resigned! What a joke he was and continues to be! Now if Tim Geithner and the remainder of this administration will do the same, then the country can get on with economic recovery! This entire Administration is anti business, anti free markets, anti capitalism! These people have no idea what to do to turn this county around. This group must be the most incompetent administration in the history of our country! Even worse than Jimmy Carter!

    63. Jeff, Arizona says:

      People DON'T think Obama's doing a great job and he is very vulnerable as a result. That's why the media has to prop him up so much. It's the media and other people who commission the polls who want us all to believe he's universally loved. They're the same people who are all talking about the non-existent "recovery". But the pollsters don't tell us what questions were asked, nor whether or not the sample group was evenly distributed among Democrat, Republican and Independent voters. They can really design the poll questions to show whatever results their client wants them to show. Finally, why should we ever believe their numbers in the absence of the whole contents of the poll? I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't personally know a single pollster, so can't vouch for their integrity or their political orientation.

      As for stimuli like TARP and so forth, that's like taking water from one end of a swimming pool and going to the other end to dump it in. In so doing, if you don't damage the pool, at best, you have only accomplished lugging the water. For stimulus packages we didn't go and rob Spain of its wealth and then spread it around. We took it from the very economy we sought to help. That doesn't work any more than bleeding a sick person worked back in the 18th century.

      Let's bury Obama in the 2012 election, and bury Keynes with him.

    64. Bobbie says:

      Kevin H. like the article points out "sounds downright silly."

      Time to get real and accept the truth!

      Jjay, quite with your scare tactics. Your comment shows you only know the redundancy of the democrats who have NOTHING to offer except scare tactics and don't want you to open your mind to the truth.

      clarence swinney where are you now?

    65. bflat879 - West Palm says:

      It never ceases to amaze me how Democrats used to rag on the Bush numbers, take great joy in his low poll numbers, and rag on him every chance they got. Now, Obama and company would be cheering those numbers they were ragging on. Even the "jobs flipping burgers" as the democrats called them, rescued Obama last month. They talk about hypocrisy, that is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

    66. Bobbie says:

      Mr. Jarvis, I also wanted to touch on your comment in regard to the wiener. What a perfect example of the democrat party. Liars and perverters of the truth. Wiener gets extra points for his extra perversion. NOT what AMERICANS should be expected to accept in REPRESENTATIVES of America!

    67. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Three presidents, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, created jobs during their two terms in

      office. Two, Carter and Obama, lost jobs during their terms in office.

    68. Harry Snyder Tempera says:

      It has been said previously, and also today, that BHO knows that his policies are hurting the economy, not helping, and this is deliberate. He wants a U.S. with high unemployment, high energy prices (he said so, emphatically) and a weakened Defense Department, so that China will become the lone "super power, " and his efforts to make that happen will make him a good friend of China, along with most Democrats.

      A weak U.S. will be harassed by Mexico, Venezuela and other unfriendly countries. Europe will be gradually be controlled by a growing Islamic (high birthrate) population. Who knows what "reparations" China might demand, with willing coordinators and collaborators willingly administrating and enforcing them.

      Whatever the motives and "successes" BHO has, it does not look good for the people of the U.S. and their children…….

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    70. Nadeem Juwle says:

      America needs to spend less but the reduction should not come at the cost of its people…spends should be reduced on partners. America spends too much on what it call its national interest…which is a joke….why give money to countries from Asia to Middle East…..spend less on war… reduce your enemeies…make more friends by working with them (especially oil rich countries)…. people in oil rich countries hate us for our policies & this needs to be corrected…. the only leader capable of achieving this is Obama… his policies have helped in stabilizing the auto & financial services sector… and the republicans & tea party jokers are working hard to destabilize the country….. as they have nothing much to do in life…

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    72. Nick D, Staten Islan says:

      I am always amazed at the way people overlook the obvious and only concentrate on their argument without using reason. The brain-dead out there actually believe the trumped up government unemployment statistics which always include thousands of assumed phantom jobs. Even if the brain-dead are correct that 200,000 thousand jobs are being added each month, these jobs are low-paying jobs, except for any government jobs created which are a drain to the economy.

      Overlooked, is the fact that while 165,000+ jobs are required each month just to meet the newcomers to the job market, all those better-paid, family-supporting, America-building unemployed workers are still out of jobs (many permanently if the Global Wealth Redistribution In-Chief leader has his way) – and the brain-dead are happy with the numbers doled out by the government! I suppose they also believe the government's inflation figures too. Unfortunately, they would argue that there is a tooth fairy if whatever party whom they are affiliated with stated so.

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