Also see Andrew Malcolm’s Obama marks 5th birthday of his shovel-ready spending hoax; How will you celebrate?
Hopey Changey Recovery! America’s 2nd Largest Employer A Temp Agency, Part Time & Temp Jobs At All Time High
Friday’s disappointing jobs report showed that part-time jobs are at an all-time high, with 28 million Americans now working part-time. The report also showed another disturbing fact: There are now a record number of Americans with temporary jobs.
Approximately 2.7 million, in fact. And the trend has been growing.
It’s a sad state of affairs for our country. While part-time and temp jobs reached highs last month, full-time jobs decreased by another 240,000. The recovery, or lack thereof, is being fueled by a shift from full-time to part-time work.
Image source: Zero Hedge
FDR’s New Deal ‘Planned economy or planned destruction?’ political cartoon published in the Chicago Tribune on April 21, 1934.
On Wednesday [June 10, 2009] the Trib reprinted the cartoon with the caption “This is a 1934 Chicago Tribune political cartoon that many say rings true in today’s political and economic climate. What do you think?”
Plan of action for U.S.
Spend! Spend! Spend!
Under the guise of ‘recovery‘
Bust the government.
Blame the ‘capitalists‘ for the failure.
Junk the ‘constitution‘.
Declare a dictatorship.
Ring any bells? From where I sit the din is deafening.
“The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.” >>>
Linked at Freedom is Just Another Word…thanks!
1994 Axelrod Flashback: ‘If you claim [economic] progress you frustrate alienated middle class more’
(BuzzFeed) –The White House is struggling to talk about a weak recovery in terms Americans â€”Â who may not feel the recovery â€”Â can identify with, and veterans of the Clinton Administration criticized President Obama’s political team yesterday for failing to present a more aggressive plan to improve life for the middle class.
In 1994, Democrats faced a similar challenge, and a C-SPAN roundtable mulled the issue.
One of its members, Democratic consultant David Axelrod, sounded then a bit like the Clintonites do today.
“One of the interesting things about this is that as you cite these statistics that say the economy is improving, you almost do political damage to yourself. If you stand up and claim great progress youâ€™re only frustrating this alienated middle class more,” Axelrod said.
O is squeezed between that rock and this hard place:
In the latest Post-ABC poll, 43 percent of voters express favorable opinions about Obamaâ€™s economic agenda, while 40 percent say the same of Romneyâ€¦
Go slightly deeper into the numbers, and Obamaâ€™s economic issues are even more acute. Among electorally critical independent voters, nearly three times as many have intensely negative impressions of Obamaâ€™s plan than positive onesâ€¦
What is clear â€” and virtually impossible to dispute â€” is that the American public broadly dislikes Obamaâ€™s handling of the economy. In the most recent Post-ABC poll, 55 percent disapproved of the way the president is dealing with the economy, and he has been underwater on issue No. 1 for nearly two years.
What a crying shame…
Hope & Change!
More than 7 in 10 US teens jobless this summer — And that means bored teens with empty pockets roaming the streets. Not to mention the hardship it places on middle class parents.
Obama fiddling around about his failed stimulus recovery, while the US economy was burning.
“Shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected.”
~ Obama –Cree INC. Durham, NC June 13, 2011
Shoveling through the stimulus BS:
More at Stimulus Watch.org here.
After three years with unemployment topping 8 percent, the U.S. has seen the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression, the Congressional Budget Office noted in a report issued today.
And, despite some recent good news on the economic front, the CBO is still predicting that unemployment will remain above 8 percent until 2014. The report also notes that, including those who haven’t sought work in the past four weeks and those who are working part-time but seeking full-time employment, the unemployment rate would be 15 percent. [...]
“Here at this site, Solyndra expects to make enough solar panels each year to generate 500 megawatts of electricity. And over the lifetime of this expanded facility, that could be like replacing as many as eight coal-fired power plants. It’s also worth noting, to achieve this doubling of our share of solar capacity, we actually need to make four times as many solar panels, because other countries are adding capacity, too. Nobody in this race is standing still.”
~ Barack Obama –Solyndra INC. Freemont, California May 26, 2010
Obama’s pet green shell company went belly up after having received over a half of a BILLION dollars in taxpayer monies. And adding insult to injury, they have now been caught on tape destroying MILLIONS of dollars of parts.
And YOU PAID for IT.
CBS San Francisco has the scoop:
FREMONT (CBS 5) — After filing for bankruptcy last year, Fremont solar company Solyndra still owes American taxpayers half a billion dollars. But CBS 5 caught them destroying millions of dollars worth of parts.
At Solyndra’s sprawling complex in Fremont, workers in white jumpsuits were unwrapping brand new glass tubes used in solar panels last week. They are the latest, most cutting-edge solar technology, and they are being thrown into dumpsters.
Forklifts brought one pallet after another piled high with the carefully packaged glass. Slowly but surely it all ended up shattered.
And it’s not a few loads. Hundreds of thousands of tubes on shrink-wrapped pallets will meet a similar demise.
Solyndra paid at least $2 million for the specialized glass. A CBS 5 crew found one piece lying in the parking lot. Solyndra still owes the German company that made the tubes close to another $8 million.
So why is a bankrupt company that owes a fortune to creditors, including American taxpayers, throwing away millions of dollars worth of assets?
Image source: Solyndra ‘Green’ Executives: $100,000+ In Obama Donations And 20+ White House Trips- Sad Hill News
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And as Doug Ross notes, by the time Obama gives his 2012 SOTU address on Jan. 24, he will have remained budget free for a total of ONE THOUSAND days.
For three years — including two years with super-majority control of both houses of Congress — Democrats have avoided passing a budget.
As in never.
New York Times/CBS News poll: Obama losing luster with independent voters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Independent voters, who helped propel President Barack Obama to victory in the 2008 election, could be an obstacle in his bid for a second term in the White House, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll published on Wednesday.
A majority of independent voters have soured on Obama’s presidency, disapprove of his handling of the economy and do not have a clear idea of what he hopes to accomplish if re-elected, the Times reported.
Only 31 percent of independent voters have a favorable opinion of the president and two-thirds say he has not made real progress in fixing the economy, the newspaper said.
In 2008, Obama won support from 52 percent of independent voters, compared with 44 percent who supported Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
Among all voters, 38 percent view Obama favorably, 45 percent unfavorably and 17 percent have no opinion, the survey showed.[...]
Rush Rant: Obama Pretends to Care About the Middle Class but Lives Like a King at the Public Trough [Audio]
Transcript via Rush Limbaugh:
Now, here‘s what Romney doesn’t do, all this talk about Romney, 15 percent, his speech income, he doesn’t know how much, how little and so forth. Let me tell you what Romney doesn’t do. Romney has not played over 90 rounds of golf in three years while everybody is suffering. Romney has not flown all over the world on the federal government’s dime. Romney has not had lavish parties and concerts on the public’s dime. Romney has not lived like a king on other people’s money. He has sent his wife on government jets four hours ahead of him to the same destination. Romney is not responsible, nor is any other Republican, for the 16 percent unemployment, real unemployment in this country. Romney is not responsible for increased fuel and food costs. He’s not responsible for any of this.
That would be Obama, who pretends to care about the middle class but lives like a king at the public trough. Mitt Romney’s not the problem. Newt Gingrich isn’t the problem. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, not the problem. We find ourselves in this mess because of Barack Obama. And here come some people who want to dramatically change course, reverse course. And all we get in the news media is what a bunch of reprobates they are, when every one of them is a fine human being. Every one of them is a decent person. Every one of them is an average American in their own ways. Obama is not, his wife is not.
Now, if the left wants to discuss this kind of thing and the media wants to talk about it, let’s talk about it. What financial sacrifices have the Obamas made? What money of theirs do they have that is theirs, that they have earned? How many no-show jobs has Michelle Obama had? How many people get to spend other people‘s money like they do and then act like they’re entitled to do it, in the midst of so much economic suffering throughout the country? Mitt Romney‘s not up there telling people don’t go to Las Vegas, don’t go to resorts. Mitt Romney’s not up there promising to focus laser-like on jobs and then not do it. Mitt Romney hasn’t grown the federal budget by $5 trillion.
Do you realize that Barack Obama has already spent the federal budget for the two years of the next administration, whoever’s in charge of it. He’s already spent it. The entire federal budget for fiscal 2013 and 2014 is already spent.Ã‚Â That’s how much money Obama spent. Romney hasn’t spent a dime of it. Nor has Newt Gingrich. The entire federal budget for two years after Obama loses in 2012 is already spent, folks.Ã‚Â How much money did Mitt Romney throw at Solyndra?Ã‚Â How much of your money did Mitt Romney throw at Solyndra and all of these other green energy companies?Ã‚Â How many automobile companies did Mitt Romney take over with your money and then demand they start making cars that nobody wants?
Did Mitt Romney turn down the Keystone pipeline?Ã‚Â Is Mitt Romney responsible for rising energy costs and depleting energy supplies?Ã‚Â All of this is Barack Obama.Ã‚Â Every ounce of misery, economic misery in this country is directly traceable to the Oval Office and the offices of Pelosi and Reid, and every other Democrat on Capitol Hill, and every Democrat staff member.Ã‚Â Mitt Romney‘s tax rate is not responsible for one deleterious thing that’s happened to any person in this country.Ã‚Â Mitt Romney has done more to empower and enrich individuals with Bain Capital and the other things he‘s done at the Olympics than Barack Obama could ever hope to do because Barack Obama’s done nothing but ruin people’s lives.Ã‚Â And we want to talk about Mitt Romney’s 15 percent tax rate and how much he makes on speeches, while we don‘t talk about Bill Clinton’s $82 million in speeches, his average fee of $181,000 a speech.
Mitt Romney had nothing to do with the subprime mortgage crisis. Mitt Romney had nothing to do with the bottoming out of the housing market. Mitt Romney had nothing to do with half this country losing the value of its number one asset, its home.Ã‚Â And nor did Newt Gingrich, and neither did Rick Perry or Rick Santorum.Ã‚Â What are we talking about here? Mitt Romney has not traveled to a foreign country and apologized for America any time, anywhere, anyplace. Nor has Newt Gingrich, nor has Rick Santorum or Rick Perry. Not one decision that has led to economic disaster in this country, the decline of this country, has been made by Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney or Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Jon Huntsman, any of the others that have sought the Republican nomination.
And in all of this economic downturn I ask you: What financial sacrifices have the Obamas made? See, one thing Romney could say: “If I’m elected president, I will actually be taking a pay cut, but for Barack Obama the presidency was a path to becoming a millionaire.” The presidency is going to cost Mitt Romney money. The presidency was a path to wealth for Barack Obama and for Bill Clinton. Now, you want to talk about morality and decency and who’s a good guy and who cares about the little guy and so forth? This is all a crock, folks. This is all the way this silly game is played. Of course, it‘s frustrating for us that there’s (groans) apparently not a candidate that thinks like I am articulating things here.
I know it’s frustrating, but this is what happens when there’s not a genuine conservative. Newt comes close, in his moments where he shines. If somebody said something like this in a debate, the standing O [ovation] would never end. The moderators would lose total control of the debate. Plus, everything I said has an added benefit: It’s all true. None of it is made up. In fact, I just scratch the surface. Nobody ever says this kind of stuff to Obama’s face. They asked Jay Carney yesterday, “Well, what about the Clem transcripts?” Carney said, “Well (muttering). It’s not important. It’s not relevant! What do you mean? He’s the King! He doesn’t have to tell you that.”
That’s just their attitude.
Michelle ‘Antoinette’ Obama image source: InstaPundit