Politics & Policies

How many more private-sector jobs since Obama’s election?

The nation does have 4.5 million more private-sector jobs than it did in January 2010. But by then, Mr. Obama had already been in office for a year. Starting the jobs count in January 2009, the month Mr. Obama took office, shows that the nation now has only 332,000 more private-sector jobs now. Figuring out when to start the count is not easy. Mr. Obama did not take office until Jan. 20, 2009, and his policies did not have time to take effect for months. But when evaluating claims about jobs creation, it is worth looking at when the starting point is…

via A Closer Look at Jobs Claims – NYTimes.com.

Paul Ryan – 12 million new jobs over the next four years


Entering the Republican National Convention to ebullient cheers, Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman, hammered Obama for failing to create enough jobs, chastised the current administration for focusing on health care at the expense of the unemployed. “Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work… Nearly one in six Americans is … Continue reading »

Obama Jobs Council – A Lot of Outsourcers


During the past two weeks, President Barack Obama’s campaign has blasted Republican challenger Mitt Romney as an “outsourcer,” focusing on his career with private equity firm Bain Capital. The Romney campaign hit back on Tuesday, claiming Obama’s stimulus package failed to protect American workers and helped create jobs overseas. If Romney really wanted a juicy …Continue reading »

Neither Obama nor Romney Will Jump Start Jobs Growth


Last week’s weak unemployment report was bad news. But here’s an even more sobering piece of news. Even with jobs playing a central role in the campaign, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney is going to turn things around anytime soon. Here’s the problem, in a nutshell: Obama has a plan for job creation but … Continue reading »

President Obama on the Economy vs Golf


As of last week, the president had played 102 rounds of golf since taking office. According to White House reporter Keith Koffler, each golf outing takes about five hours. Using arithmetic — something apparently unfamiliar to Democrats, given their staunch refusal to pass a federal budget — Obama has spent about 510 hours golfing. This … Continue reading »

Unemployment Rates – U.S. vs other ‘mature’ economies – A Graph


How does the performance of the American economy compare to other similar economies–i.e., “mature” market economies, with high per capita GDP. With that in mind, take a look at this graph of unemployment rates over the past 12 years, and at my comments on it below. Focus on the maroon, yellow, and light blue lines. … Continue reading »

Voters Want Plans for U.S. Jobs

POSTED BY  ⋅ JULY 31, 2012 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

Americans see Jobs as Top Priority for US Next President according to Gallup’s Survey. Voters Want Plans for U.S. Jobs  Bloomberg says. Tarsha Darden, a 34-year-old family doctor who lives in Virginia Beach, volunteered for President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Now she doesn’t even know whether she’ll vote for him. “Normally I’m not a political person but I … Continue reading »

US Next President – Americans see Jobs as Top Priority

POSTED BY  ⋅ JULY 30, 2012 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

Creating good jobs, is the top priority for the Next President according to Gallup’s Survey. via Americans Want Next President to Prioritize Jobs, Corruption. Related articles President Obama on the Economy vs Golf US – A Very Bad Recovery – Worse Ever ? Obama Jobs Council – A Lot of Outsourcers US – 83% Negatively … Continue reading »

President Obama – We tried that and it didn’t work: Hum…


Speaking to supporters in Oakland, CA, President Obama declared that his economic policies are already proven successes. “We tried that and it didn’t work,” Obama said of Mitt Romney’s proposed tax cuts and spending cuts, which he dismissed as a Bush-style “top down” economic policy.  “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan … Continue reading »

President Obama – More Americans have been put on disability than jobs were created


A conservative attorney points out that more Americans have been put on disability than jobs were created during President Obama’s tenure. Since June 2009, the economy has created 2.6 million jobs, while 3.1 million workers signed up for disability benefits. That includes the month of June 2012, when 85,000 workers joined the disability program and … Continue reading »




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