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Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:31:06 PM »
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/economy/211346-can-jobs-uptick-boost-dems-in-2014

 By Vicki Needham - 07/03/14 06:18 PM EDT

The strong June jobs report released Thursday is giving Democrats a needed boost of confidence ahead of the midterm elections.

Accustomed to the president and his party being blamed for a sluggish economy, Democrats found themselves in an unfamiliar offensive spot with the news that employers added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell near a six-year low last month.

President Obama was all too happy to tout the good news, even making a surprise stop at a Washington, D.C., textile factory on Thursday to discuss the strides made since the financial crisis struck in September 2008 while urging Republicans to adopt legislation that he deemed critical to jobs growth.

“It’s really important for us to understand that we could be making even stronger progress, we could be growing even more jobs, we could be creating even more business opportunities for smart, talented folks … if those of us here in Washington were focused on them, focused on you, the American people, rather than focused on politics,” he said Thursday.

It was a welcome message shift for Obama, who has never scored well on his handling of the stagnant economy he inherited. A June NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed 54 percent of respondents disapproved of the job he was doing in handling the economy, with just 41 percent approving.

In his daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the good economic news “an indication that these crises aren't created overnight, and they're not solved overnight, and that there needs to be a long-term, coordinated strategy to strengthen our economy.”

While press releases poured in from House and Senate Democratic leaders, Republicans were uncharacteristically quiet on one of their chief talking points. Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) was the lone GOP leader who released comment.

While Congress is out of session this week for the July 4th holiday recess, neither outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) nor Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the Majority Leader-elect, sent out their usual statements on the monthly report.

There was similar silence on the Senate side too, with only Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) chiming in on the positive report.

The House and Senate heads of the Joint Economic Committee — Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) — each sent out statements.

In a possible accidental reflection of Democrats’ enthusiasm, Klobuchar’s release was sent out five times.

The positive report, which was the fifth straight month of jobs growth over 200,000 since the late 1990s, put the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee into a war of words over who was responsible for the best and worst state-based jobs numbers.

The DNC argued that the employment surge reflects the positive effects of Obama’s economic policies, but pointed out that states with Republicans governors, such as New Jersey, Florida and Wisconsin, are still lagging behind.

“So while the GOP continues to bill their governors as the future leaders of their party, their poor economic records tell a very different story,” the DNC said in a statement.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus fired back, citing a recent report that “found that the top five states for business are all run by Republican governors."

“We need a Republican majority in the Senate so we can get job-creating legislation to the president’s desk and job-killing policies like ObamaCare out of the way of American workers,” Priebus said in a statement.

Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) pointed to missed legislative opportunities to even further grow the economy they blamed on Republicans bowing to Tea Party pressure.

“House Republicans' relentless obstruction and dysfunction are holding back our growth and threatening hundreds of thousands of American jobs,” Pelosi said.

“Our economy cannot afford more of Republicans' contempt for working families, or their disinterest in creating jobs,” she continued, pointing to GOP refusals to raise the minimum wage, renew emergency unemployment insurance and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) said the uptick proves that the economic recovery continues moving forward because of Democratic policies implemented during the recession. 

“With 262,000 private sector jobs created in June, bringing our unemployment rate down to 6.1%, we can be proud of the work we have done so far to bring our economy back,” he said.

But Boehner argued again that the House has passed dozens of jobs bills and “in order for us to make real progress, the president must do more than criticize.”

“From trade to workplace flexibility, there’s no shortage of common ground where he can push his party’s leaders in the Senate to work with us.  Until he provides that leadership, he is simply part of the problem.”

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, argued that more could be done “if we could simply get past the shut-down, do-nothing politics waged in Congress.”

“It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics at the expense of American working families and join President Obama’s jobs agenda to build an economy that works for all Americans, not just the wealthiest few.”

The economy added 1.4 million jobs in the first half of this year, the most in any first half since 1999.

In addition, the economy has added nearly 2.5 million job in the past 12 months, the fastest yearly pace since May 2006.

Also, last month was the first time since September 1999 through January 2000 the economy has seen total job growth above 200,000 for five straight months.

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Re: Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 10:37:50 PM »
This is all about manipulating the numbers like they did in 2012.  They want it below 6% and in the last report before the election, it will be.
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Re: Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 11:42:27 PM »
Pure rope a dope smoke and mirrors.
People are working 2 and 3 jobs while the obamites are sitting on their asses sucking up freebies.
U6 is over 12% and I'll bet it's actually more than that.
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Re: Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 07:56:40 AM »
This is all about manipulating the numbers like they did in 2012.  They want it below 6% and in the last report before the election, it will be.
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Re: Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2014, 09:30:26 AM »
This is all about manipulating the numbers like they did in 2012.  They want it below 6% and in the last report before the election, it will be.

That is exactly what they did in 2012, and is what they are doing now.  It's so predictable and the media will dutifully comply with tooting horns and confetti and the great recovery - all for the State and the State for all!!!

The Senate is too important for them to lose and I think they are going to pull out all the stops for this election.  They get away with it every time and they will again this time.  This Unaccompanied Alien Children thing is just the tip of the iceberg as to what they've got planned to keep the Senate.  The economy is being propped up and the numbers are being fudged to achieve this.  They are bald-faced liars and I do not believe anything they tell me - I expect every "event" from here to election to be part of this plan.
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Re: Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2014, 10:36:01 AM »
Huge numbers of new jobs are of the part-time variety. 

So far in 2014, 926K full-time jobs have been added to the US economy, along with 646K part-time jobs.

In June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Household Survey was even more dramatic: full-time jobs decreased by 523K to 118.2 million, while part-time jobs soared by 799K to over 28 million.

That is not a recipe for a healthy, growing economy.

At the same time, wage growth has been stagnant:



The Obama pom-pom wavers at MSNBC and CNBC can cheer all they want, it does not change the fact that wages are going nowhere, while the reported inflation rate of 2% is a joke and a purposeful lie. Our official government reports now exclude both food and energy prices, as though no one might be adversely affected by them.

Perhaps in New York and Washington, where public transportation and limousines abound, and where salaries are more than double the national average, such pedestrian concerns are only distant annoyances.

But they are killing the rest of us.
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Re: Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2014, 02:29:27 PM »
"Jobs uptick".  :laugh:

A gallon of regular gas is over four dollars here. Manipulating the economic numbers for their Dear Leader is not going to help them this year.

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Re: Can jobs uptick help Dems in '14?
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2014, 05:23:47 PM »
Food prices are skyrocketing.  I was looking for some chicken at the store yesterday (I prefer to cook my own for lunches rather than buy prepackaged stuff full of only God knows what chemicals).  Two employees were putting out some other meat and one commented how no one was buying anything this year for the 4th.  The other replied because everything is "too f***ing expensive" and "the rich don't shop here."
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