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Enemies of the People

Lloyd99 Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 10:49 AM
Although the writer has pointed out the many false statements and irresponsible spending, he, like everyone else, cannot seem to tell the truth about unemployment in the country. We all know that it is much higher than 8%, and resent being lied to. Take for example, reported job creation and initial job claims for February of this year. A total of 277,000 new jobs were reported as being "created", lowering the unemployment rate to 8.3%. However; during that same period, a total of one million, one hundred twenty nine thousand, l,129,000 initial unemployment benefit claims were filed. The unemployment rate should have gone up, not down. Along with the false reporting, the government does not consider those whose benefits are used up.
Reginald10 Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 4:06 PM
Or those who find it necessary to stop filing for benefits. Under new regulations, if you're filing for benefits you MUST apply for (at least) three jobs a week, whether they are ones which would pay your bills or not. You might have to apply for a job that pays half of what your benefits would be. And if you don't take it? Suppose there are no suitable jobs at all to apply for?
CapitaLost Wrote: Apr 12, 2012 8:02 PM
Then start your own business. You are stuck in the "hunter gatherer" stage of business. You think the only "jobs" are those created by others (the "evil hated rich" for the most part, or the government if you consider "public service" to be productive). At least come up to the "farmer" stage of business - CREATE YOUR OWN JOB. What would you do if your children were starving and there was no welfare to take money from others to feed them? You'd find SOMEWAY to make money (hopefully legally). If there are no jobs "just lying around", then GROW YOUR OWN.

In 2008, a mostly unknown Barack Obama ran for president on an inclusive agenda of "hope and change." That upbeat message was supposed to translate into millions of green jobs, fiscal sobriety, universal health care, a resetting of Bush foreign policy, and racial unity.

Four years later, none of those promises will be themes of his 2012 re-election campaign. Gas has more than doubled in price. Billions of dollars have been wasted in insider and subsidized wind and solar projects that have produced little green energy.

Unemployment rates above 8 percent appear the new norm, when 5 percent in the past...