That's right; under Obama's "hope and change," 7.4 million people have simply lost hope and quit looking for work. Last month alone, 347,000 workers dropped out of the labor force. We have the lowest labor participation rate in 36 years.
Now take off that shoe and examine the dirty sock. If we adjust Obama's numbers to the labor force participation rate when the evil Bush left office, the unemployment rate has actually increased , from 9.7 percent to 10.9 percent, during Obama's blockbuster recovery.
Next, we anticipate two more shoes falling in the relatively near future that could have a substantially negative impact on the jobs market. Actually, it would be more accurate to describe them as heavy boots.
First, we have the ravages of Obamacare and what it is doing to destroy jobs by increasing the costs and risks of employing people and injecting untold uncertainty into the entire economy. Second, we will experience the continued assault on jobs by the compassionate left's (and feckless right's) extension of unemployment benefits.
Let's face it. Even though the liberal media have eventually been forced to reveal the dark side of Obama's jobs numbers, they are not going to be quick to tell you about the uncompassionate side of the ruling class's endless extension of unemployment benefits. And the Obama administration, which is interested far more in redistributing America's income than in improving the jobs picture, will never mention it.
So couldn't we beleaguered, constantly maligned-as-extremist conservatives expect that the political party that supposedly represents our principles, the GOP, could bring to the public's attention that what may masquerade as compassion in the short term is anything but compassion in the long term? That extending unemployment benefits would ultimately destroy American jobs? There's little serious debate about this.
Why can't Republican Party leaders get on the horn and tell the American people that what we need is not extending unemployment benefits ad infinitum but an end to Obama's growth-suppressing policies of increased spending, taxes, regulations and Obamacare?
Is it really that hard for Republicans to articulate the message of economic growth instead of offering liberal-compassion lite?
Or does the party establishment even believe in this message -- in its platform -- anymore? Inquiring minds are entitled to know.