Category Archives: Unemployment

Job Creation: Reagan vs. Obama

Reagan vs Obama percent employed

I just read an article at Forbes purporting to demonstrate that Obama-nomics has been way more successful than Reagan-omics was. I should say, “I tried to read an article” cuz the author lost me with his very first graph, which claims to compare Reagan’s Unemployment Rate with Obama’s.

But President Clinton altered the parameters for calculating the Unemployment Rate to make his numbers look better when nothing had really changed. (E.g., he had certain classes of unemployed persons removed from the “Unemployment Rate” data set and shoveled into some other, obscure data set, like “Discouraged Workers.”)

You can’t legitimately compare pre-Clinton and post-Clinton Unemployment Rate data sets; they’re apples and oranges. But the Forbes author does it anyway, without a word of apology. In other words, he is deliberately lying with statistics to make Obama look better than he is. Where oh where is my surprised face?

So far as I know, the Percentage Employed criteria have not been changed, so comparing those for Reagan and Obama should give us some real data.  Right off the bat it’s obvious that Reagan’s policies were better.  Obama’s percent employed went down while Reagan’s went up.  It’s kinda creepy how symmetrical the numbers are, isn’t it?

That Forbes article is named: “Obama outperforms Reagan on jobs growth.”  That works only if by “jobs growth” the author means the exact opposite.


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How many Americans has Obama failed?

1.5 Million MORE Americans are OUT of work today than on the day Barack Obama became president.

Obama's put 1 and half million MORE out of work

Click on graphic to embiggen for easier reading.

Check for yourself!

Percent of Employable Americans with Jobs @
Number of Employable Americans @, choose Labor Force Statistics, then Civilian Labor Force Level.


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You want JOBS? Vote Republican.

Let’s take a skinny minute here to understand how our government works.

ALL LAWS (including but not limited to appropriations bills, tax law changes, minimum wage changes, etc.) have to be passed by both the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and the SENATE, and then signed by the PRESIDENT.

Got that? There are THREE BODIES required that all must give consent to the SAME LAW before we can be bound by it (unless a Presidential veto is overruled by 2/3 votes in both the House and Senate).

So let’s give the MAJORITY the credit or blame for the economy, shall we? Whichever party holds majority control of two or all three of these bodies — House, Senate, Presidency — OWNS THE RESULTS.

1994 to 2014 Employment to Population Ratios

Click on graphics to embiggen.  These two graphs are 8-1/2″ x 11″ and easily readable at that size.

Go look at the figures for yourself. All of the data is available on-line at a GOVERNMENT website. These figures haven’t been “cooked” by the GOP or the Koch Brothers. They’re compiled and published by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The graph that shows what percentage of employable Americans have jobs is @ Below the line graph is a month-by-month chart of employment numbers. Above the line graph is “Change Output Options” where you can play around with the parameters; you have to click GO to get the changes to work. The data goes all the way back to 1948.

2009 to 2014 Employment to Population Ratios Michelle

1.5 Million MORE Americans are OUT of work today than on the day Barack Obama became president.



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This is Democrat Economics

Hillary Clinton: Corporations and Businesses Don’t Create Jobs [1:04]

The Record is Clear: Minimum Wage Hikes Destroy Jobs
“The case in favor of a higher minimum wage is built on a bewildering number of misleading statistics and straight-up falsehoods.” Minimum wage hikes not only cause job loses, but also do nothing to reduce poverty.

To her credit, Hillary is partly right about her last statement.

2014_10 25 Some corps don't create jobs

It’s hardly the first time Hillary has lied with a big sneer … as if looking down her nose makes her lies less untrue.

Hillary Clinton In 2007: If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan [:24]


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Yeah, that’ll work!

2014_08 Fast Food strike


Cartoonist Gary Varvel: The minimum wage hike and job losses



Prescription: Minimum Wage Increase


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The failure of Spain’s “green” energy experiment

Spain’s aggressive government support for renewable energy caused utility prices to skyrocket. While costs for energy and everything that uses energy rose sharply, jobs disappeared. With more people needing welfare and fewer producers paying taxes, the Spanish government was forced to admit in 2012 that it simply cannot afford to continue subsidizing “green” energy.

Spain The cost of pushing green

Obama told us to “look to Spain.” I couldn’t agree more.


Report @

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Obamacrats and the Pain of Joblessness

Coexist with anyone but Republicans

Democrats say they are the party of the people who CARE. Bull. They’ve been in charge in Washington since January of 2007. They OWN the pain of all the Americans who are unemployed and underemployed because of their ineptness and job-killing policies, but they spend most of their time spewing lies about Republicans.

Legislation must be passed by BOTH the House of Representatives AND the Senate, and THEN it must be signed by the President before becoming law. The political party that holds majority control of two (or three) of these three entities has dominance over policy.

For 2007-2008, when the recession began, Democrats had the majority in both the House and the Senate. Republican President Bush gets blamed for the recession, but it was Democrats (including Obama in the Senate) who were calling the shots in Washington.

For 2009-2010, Democrats not only gained the White House, but also enjoyed large majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. With a super majority, Obamacrats were free to do anything they wanted to fix the economy. But while other nations affected by the global recession were showing strong job recovery, the United States experiened more and worse job losses. The Obamacrat Super Majority continued to blame Bush and the eeeeeeevil Republicans, all of whom were mysteriously powerful despite being (a) retired and (b) in the minority.

For 2011-2012, Democrats had the White House and the Senate, while Republicans had the House of Representatives. Obamacrats continued to blame Bush and the eeeeevil Republicans in the House for blocking economic recovery.

For 2013-2014, Democrats again have the White House and the Senate, while Republicans have just the House of Representatives.

  • Since the current session of Congress began in January 2013, the Republican-majority House of Representatives has passed FORTY JOBS BILLS.
  • The Democrat-majority Senate under Harry Reid has refused to discuss or vote on any of them!
  • Yet Obamacrats continue to blame the Republican-majority House for blocking economic recovery.
  • (Obama has also blamed the weather, ATM machines, an earthquake in Japan and numerous other absurdities, none of which touches the real issue, which is his inept leadership.)

Below is a graph comparing the depth of job losses and the number of months to recovery for all post-WWII recessions. I have highlighted four of these and given the month count to recovery for each. I chose:

  • YELLOW: The quickest recovery (1980) when Democrat President Carter had an all-Democrat Congress;
  • BLUE: The second worst recession for total job losses (1948) when Democrat President Truman had an all-Republican Congress;
  • BROWN: The post 9/11 recession when Republican President Bush had an all-Republican Congress; and
  • RED: The All-Democrat 2007-20014 debacle that lasted six and a half YEARS.

Job losses and recoveries by month

Below is a graph comparing long-term joblessness from 1969 to present. Until Obamacrats took over, long-term joblessness never topped short-term, even when overall joblessness rose. Thanks to people like Obama, Reid and Pelosi, long-term joblessness not only topped short-term, but actually sky-rocketed to unprecedented levels.

1969 - 2015 Unemployment by Duration w Party Majority

So yeah … you hard-core Democrats … you just keep right on believing that yours is the party of the people who CARE, cuz that’ll be way easier for you than facing up to the fact that you’re so filled with hate and prejudice for your fellow Americans who vote (R) that you can’t even see straight.


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Thanks for nothing, Obama voters!

Megyn Kelly says how bad it is [1:22]

DOHbama administration scandals

June 24, 2014: Economy shrank 2.9% in 1Q, worst drop since ’09

2014 Obama's FAILED administration


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