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Category Archives: Unemployment
In response to Trump’s crowing about the 1,000 jobs he convinced Carrier to keep in the United States, Obama’s Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, claimed that Trump needs 804 more Carrier deals to match President Obama’s record on manufacturing jobs.
Wrong. There are 303,000 FEWER manufacturing jobs in the United States than there were when Barack Obama took office.
President Barack Obama has just declared that he has not contributed to the divisions that have sprung up in the country during his administration.
I can’t believe he is uninformed. He’s the president, for crying out loud. Once a year, he even makes a big speech telling us what the State of the Union is. So either he knows the score and is lying or else he’s just too stupid to understand what he’s done.
Here are just two examples of why I vote for the former.
President Obama has boasted that the 2009 trillion dollar stimulus solved the unemployment crisis. Uhhhhhhhhhhhh … no.
The ranks of the “want a job but can’t find one” has risen to a whopping 15% under his administration. Five percent is considered normal for a healthy economy.
This graphic shows the percent of Americans employed during the Bush and the Obama years. It paints a very clear picture of the utter failure Obama has been on job creation.
Candidate Obama criticized Bush spending, likening it to treason and promising to “take a scalpel” to the national budget to reduce spending. But as soon as he got into office, he increased deficit spending.
During Bush’s years in office, the national debt increased by a little less than $6 Trillion. By the time Obama leaves office, it will be $8 Trillion higher than when he entered office, bringing us to an unprecedented and crushing $20 Trillion debt level.
As for “not” dividing us, puhleeze. At every turn, he has accused whites, police, and the justice system of oppressing minorities, perpetuated the oft-debunked gender pay gap which he, surprise NOT, blames on discrimination, and declared that Christians are homophobes, but that Islamic radicals, who actually murder gays, are peace-loving and godly people who are just fed up with all the discrimination.
I count the rise of the Tea Party, the collapse of the Democratic Party, the ever growing public awareness of MSM bias, and the election of Donald Trump as President Obama’s chief accomplishments.
“According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, U.S. firms announced 65,141 job cuts during April, which represented a massive 35 percent increase over the previous month. And so far this year overall, job cut announcements are running 24 percent higher than for the exact same period in 2015. Meanwhile, on Thursday we learned that initial claims for unemployment benefits shot up dramatically last week. In fact, the jump of 17,000 was the largest increase that we have seen in over a year. Of course the U.S. economy has been slowing down for quite a while now, and many have been wondering when we would begin to see that slowdown reflected in the employment numbers. Well, that day has now arrived.”
Obama points to the fact that unemployment dropped from 7.9% when he took office to 5% as of last month. But this is misleading in the extreme, since it ignores all those who want jobs, but who have given up looking because the economy is so bad.
During Obama’s time in the White House, labor force participation dropped farther and faster than under any other administration.
Other statistics that show how horrific Obama’s economic leadership has truly been:
- Percentage of families in which no one is employed = Up by 1.9%
- Number of Americans living below the poverty line = Up by 3.5%
- Number of Americans on food stamps = Up 13 million
- Number of small businesses = Down by more than 6 million
- The number of Americans who own homes = Down by 5.6%
- Real median household income = Down by 2.3%
Cruz is exactly right.
Saying Republicans are anti-immigration is offensive. We’re pro-law abiding immigrants! Besides which, Mexico and most other countries have zero tolerance for illegals. Why should we be any different?
Saying Republicans lack compassion is also offensive. IMO, Democrats are the hard-hearted ones for so blithely ignoring the suffering of the millions of Americans that their horrible economic policies have put out of work.
Link to my History of Political Party Control in DC album, which gives easy-to-understand graphic illustrations for which parties held the Presidency, the Senate and the House in each session of Congress.
Link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Population app.