An even more compelling case for change

Newest horrid jobless figures, amid wretched economy, could provide the capper for Democrats' midterm defeat

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The government's dismal unemployment numbers released Friday may not be a game-changer in the midterm elections next month.

They may be a game-clincher.

For families to be able to put bread on their table in the years to come, our leaders must change now.

As expected, and feared, the government's measure of unemployment Friday showed no improvement, staying at 9.6 percent. But that's putting the sunniest face on it. In truth, at least 17.1 percent are either looking for work or have given up, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The numbers from Gallup are even worse: The respected polling organization puts unemployment in double digits, at 10.1 percent -- and the broader unemployment rate at 18.8 percent.

Whatever numbers are correct, they represent a crisis of epic proportions in American life -- a kind of Gone With the Wind feeling among some who fear American society is changing drastically before their very eyes.

Indeed, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs says 59 percent of Americans believe the next generation will be worse off than today's adults, and 37 percent say the country's standing in the world has diminished.

Consider, too: A record number of Americans, 41.8 million, are receiving food stamps -- up 18 percent since the summer of 2009. The increase in food stamp usage has set a record every single month Barack Obama has been in office, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nearly two years in to the Obama administration, and with large majorities in both houses of Congress, this is now the Democrats' economy -- and the trend line indicates they are making it worse.

The much-ballyhooed $814 billion stimulus bill of 2009 was supposed to plug this leak. That it has been an abject failure -- and therefore has only added to our debt -- is not a matter of opinion, but fact: Jared Bernstein, chief economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, and former White House economic adviser Christina Romer predicted in early 2009 the stimulus bill would cap unemployment at 8 percent.

Everyone knows now how that turned out.

What we don't know is how much damage the health-care law will do: Sharply rising premiums are just now starting to come in, and a growing number of companies are having to seek emergency waivers from the bill to avoid dumping coverage altogether next year.

To add to the stifling uncertainty, Democrats running Congress 1) didn't even attempt to write a federal budget for the coming year and 2) left Washington without deciding whether to extend the Bush tax cuts.

Democratic leaders clearly didn't want a vote on the tax cuts prior to the November election -- that would have just been an embarrassing self-rebuke; the economically sound thing to do, as increasing numbers of Democrats were acknowledging, was what Republicans were recommending: extend the tax cuts for everyone. This is no time to raise taxes, especially on those in a position to create jobs.

That Democratic leaders ended up doing nothing on tax policy was unconscionable and can only damage the economy further: It now leaves all Americans, especially business owners, totally in the dark about what their tax liability will be next year. How can businesses plan ahead under such a scenario? How can they even consider hiring or expanding?

If Democrats wanted to kick the economy while it's down -- and lose even more seats in Congress in November -- they could hardly have drawn up a better plan.

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GGpap
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GGpap 10/10/10 - 01:18 am
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Unfortunately, Americans have

Unfortunately, Americans have very short memories...so, AC writers, your smoke screen BS will probably do exactly as you plan for it to do. But, by dang, I WILL remember the 8 years that preceded this administration, and the 5000 graves that were filled with American young man and women, and the 30,000 maimed that also can be charged to the former administration, and the Patriot Act that helped to gut American freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution; that "d..... piece of paper" our former fearless AWOL leader disparaged in a fit of anger.

Keep throwing out your skewed statistics, AC, the ones that you so blatantly misinterpret and present as "fact" in order to numb the memories of the those that waiver from right to left and back again with every change in wind direction.

You'll surely win...but...in the end your victory will be truly Pyrrhic.

GGpap

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 10/10/10 - 04:05 am
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GGap, you're right to note

GGap, you're right to note that Republican are to blame, too. Both major parties are controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations, which puts international special-interest banks first. For our nation to regain prosperity, our government must break free from the CFR, and that won't happen until a third party comes to power.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 10/10/10 - 06:45 am
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Fundamental, that John Birch

Fundamental, that John Birch Society chestnut was put to bed years ago. Blind fear will not solve our nation's problems.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/10/10 - 06:59 am
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Rhetor-Neither will spending

Rhetor-Neither will spending incredible sums of money to pay for studies on bar fights, teaching programs to teach African men how to wash thier crotches, sending money to China and Spain to produce windmills for the US, creating 5 new jobs at a cost of $5,000,000.00 per job etc. Then failing to pass a budget, vote on the Bush taxes cuts, and take care of the BASIC business mandated to Congress!

carcraft
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carcraft 10/10/10 - 07:06 am
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GGpap- Well Obama has kept

GGpap- Well Obama has kept every one of Bush's laws in place and sought to add more to the list including the ability to monitor cell phone texting etc with out a warrent. The DEMOCRATES controlled congress and could have repealed every part of the Patriot act but have kept it in place! It was fun to watch O'Reilly dismantle Mahr! O'Reilly asked Mahr what Obama had done to make things better. Mahr said "Well Obama stoped torturing" O'Reilly laughted at him and said "No he hasn't, rendition is still being used "

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/10/10 - 07:22 am
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Many economists think the

Many economists think the U.S. government can and should spend even more to create jobs and end the recession because the private sector isn't spending the money it has towards those ends.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/10/10 - 07:33 am
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We should have 100%

We should have 100% unemployment and 100% food stamp participation.That will solve ALL of our problems.Get on board with pelosi and the democrats

RoadKing09
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RoadKing09 10/10/10 - 07:33 am
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Banks won't loan.....period.

Banks won't loan.....period.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 07:38 am
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The hope and change promised

The hope and change promised by the obamamassiah are happening just as he promised. The economy is collapsing to a common level with much of the rest of the world, the national debt is increasing to a level with much of the rest of the world and the chance of recovery is diminishing to soon reach a level with the rest of the world. At last, the burden of American exceptionalism is almost gone.
I don't understand this vision of Utopia, and I don't want to.
I don't wish to belong to a "one size fits all" society that's owned and operated by an elite government that operates on the wealth generated by the enslaved society.
I don't want to live in a society that trades liberty, freedom, responsibility and accountability for a perceived security.
Now that all but the most easily tricked sees what this horrible diversity mistake has led to, it's time to recover. It's time to take our country back from those who strive to reach a common equality at such a low level. It's time to exercise the personal responsibility and personal accountability that is the true common ground for Americans.
While we still can, we must remove ALL of the left wing adversaries from power and we must remove ALL of the compromisers who don't buy into the American exceptionalism, and it's time to remove ALL congressmen (regardless of party) who put personal wealth and power above the welfare of this country.
Change is coming and it's up to the individual citizen to make sure it's sufficient to put this country back on the right path.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/10/10 - 07:52 am
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RoadKing09 is right on! The

RoadKing09 is right on! The private banking sector will not loan. The government can and must step up argue Paul Krugman and other respected American and international economists.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/10/10 - 07:55 am
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Former U.S. Secretary of

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich writes: "America's private sector generated 64,000 jobs in September -- just about half the number needed to keep up with the growth in the labor force. (Government, meanwhile, shed jobs.) That means American workers are in worse shape today than they were a year ago. The Great Jobs Recession continues. And we won't get out of it until we face and deal with the structural problem at its core: A record share of the nation's income going to the top, leaving the vast middle without enough purchasing power to get the economy moving."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/10/10 - 08:41 am
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The Democrats have had a

The Democrats have had a chance to get our capitalistic system moving again to no avail. Now it's time to let the Republicans have a go at it. One point, everytime the government gets involved in private enterprise by guaranteeing ANYTHING, it always turns out poorly.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 08:48 am
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Cain, as long as Paul Krugman

Cain, as long as Paul Krugman (Enron adviser) and Robert Reich (Clinton adviser) are considered "respected", your posts will continue to miss the reality mark.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 10/10/10 - 08:54 am
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That's funny- the bank loaned
Unpublished

That's funny- the bank loaned me money to buy my 1st house. What we need to do is get rid of the 2 party system we have in place & introduce mandatory term limits on ALL politicians.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 10/10/10 - 08:56 am
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Former Vice President Dick

Former Vice President Dick Cheney made his money as CEO of Halliburton. This is in the so-called "private sector", but the vast majority of Halliburton's profits come from doing business with the U.S. government. End all government contracts for "private businesses" and see how far you get with truly privatized enterprise.

dani
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dani 10/10/10 - 09:16 am
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Cain. During the Bill Clinton

Cain.
During the Bill Clinton administration.............Charles Domini, was a general with the Army in 1992 when it first awarded Halliburton its most lucrative contract, known as LOGCAP. Then, after Halliburton was fired by the Army in 1997, Domini was an employee of Halliburton when the Army re-hired the.....

The point is, Democrats awarded the contract to Haliburton.

Makes one wonder what they got from the deal.

getalife
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getalife 10/10/10 - 09:16 am
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Good article!!

Good article!!

corgimom
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corgimom 10/10/10 - 10:02 am
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I don't have any problem

I don't have any problem borrowing money.

However, I can pay back any loan that I take out.

Maybe that's the difference. You think?

chipshirley
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chipshirley 10/10/10 - 11:32 am
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Well...this story tells quite

Well...this story tells quite a big stinking lie!

ALL OF THE ECONOMIC REPORTS WERE AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN EXPECTED AND THE WRITER KNOWS IT!!!!

With the ending of vast numbers of census jobs and with the cutting of tons of government jobs in other capacities the unemp' number was SUPPOSED TO TIC BACK UP AND IT DIDN'T BECAUSE PRIVATE SECTOR HIRING WAS MUCH HIGHER THAN EXPECTED!!!!

That's exactly what the Conservatives said they wanted and that's what they got and now they are LYING LYING LYING ABOUT IT!

MORE HERE...
Chip Shirley
STRAIGHT OUTTA DIXIE!
http://chipshirley.com/

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 10/10/10 - 11:55 am
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Unemployment over 9% for 14

Unemployment over 9% for 14 of Obama's 21 months in office, record numbers of people on food stamps, irresponsible Congress took no action on budget and taxes, business owners are not hiring because the future is uncertain with the Democrats failure to act on the economy and financial issues. To say that the private sector is not creating jobs is correct, they have cash but the Dems have done nothing to make the financial and economic future one where the private sector feels comfortable hiring more workers. Banks WILL loan money, but in times like this they want to only loan to rock solid borrowers who have their financial house in order, have the income to back up the loan, and a track record of loan repayments. Short sighted are those who make generalized statements and do not look at the underlying reasons why things are in todays economy.

grouse
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grouse 10/10/10 - 12:02 pm
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Everyone knows how things
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Everyone knows how things turned out with the Republicans were in power in the eight years prior to Obama.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/10/10 - 12:11 pm
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Democrats took control of the

Democrats took control of the Congress in the 2006 election and were sworn in January 2007. The economy started crashing in 2007. Democrats are still in charge and the economy remains bad and stagnant. Can you see the trend here? If you really want things worse than they are now, reelect the communist Democrats, get Cap and Trade and a bunch more "stimulus" spending.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 10/10/10 - 12:12 pm
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Another generalized statement

Another generalized statement from the looney left. Everyone knows (except for the lefties) that the President has NO power to spend money, it is Congress that controls the Federal checkbook. Thus since Congress has been in Democratic hands since 2006, it is only fair to lay blame at the feet of the Dem Congress as well. And, with the housing bust, it was two Dems, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, who protected FANNIE and FREDDY when they were on the verge of completely going under. One thought everyone got the same sweetheart mortgage he got and the other, two months prior to FANNIE going under, stated matter of factly that they were in a very solid financial position. Grouse certainly displays the "let me make a generalized statement to slam Republicans without looking at the real facts". That is one reason why the American public holds such little regard for this Administration and Dems in general.

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Willow Bailey 10/10/10 - 03:41 pm
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Lending has changed, but not

Lending has changed, but not stopped. Banks are making wiser loans today. It's a good thing, for everyone concerned.

Cheeched
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Cheeched 10/10/10 - 04:15 pm
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I notice(not surprisingly)

I notice(not surprisingly) the majority of comments on here are negative against Obama. So do you really think the GOP is going to look after you if they take over congress. Really??? Do you really think the GOP is going to repair the economy in a year. Remember Obama has only been President for 1 year and 8 months and inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression. Do you think that the GOP and all their empty promises are going to fix the economy, and jobs in under 2 years? Really??? The GOP are white rich Americans with full access to the Health care that we the people pay for. Do you Know that the Health Care Industry wants the Obama Provision left in that we are required to Have Health Insurance but they want the provisions for sick children and Adult illness coverage to be taken out and they are dumping Billions of Dollars into GOP Election funds with promises by the GOP to repeal those provisions but leave the one in regarding Mandatory HealthCare, as they are telling the dumb Americans that they will fight to take that provision out. You are all fooled!! Wise Up, the GOP only care about themselves not the basic American citizen. It boggles my mind that people actually support them. Please tell me WHY?????

robaroo
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robaroo 10/10/10 - 04:35 pm
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I'm pretty sure the Democrats

I'm pretty sure the Democrats and Republicans are just fronts for Al Caida. That's why they are trying to bankrupt the US government.

chascush
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chascush 10/10/10 - 05:55 pm
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Cheeched, ‘Wise Up, the GOP

Cheeched, ‘Wise Up, the GOP only care about themselves not the basic American citizen.’
And the DUMocrats care about the average citizen? A lot of us hold our noses and vote against the DUMocrats. As bad as the repubs are they are usually better than the DUMocrats. Look at the mentally disturbed community organizer we have for a president.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/10/10 - 06:39 pm
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grouse, everyone who was

grouse, everyone who was paying attention knows that the Dems controlled congress the first two years of the Bush administration and the last two years of the Bush administration.
2+2=4
Repubs controlled the congress 4 years and Dems controlled congress 4 years during the Bush eight years.

As far as the other confusion goes, have a friend explain Carter's CRA and the government guaranteed sub-prime loans, no collateral necessary.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/10/10 - 10:51 pm
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Didn't it take about 9 years

Didn't it take about 9 years for Democrat FDR to clean up behind Republican Herbert Hoover? And he had to launch unlimited spending to do.

GGpap
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GGpap 10/11/10 - 02:23 am
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gaspring, good point, but

gaspring, good point, but don't discount the advent of WWII as a very important contributing factor for the recovery from the fiasco of the Hoover's administration.

George Bush tried the latter (war) when he used 9/11 to wage war in Afghanistan and it may have worked (he had the support of many Americans behind him) but he threw away his "golden opportunity"
to save America, and it's economy, when he miscalculated the support American's would give him for his misadventure in Iraq. Measure the patriotism of Americans when we entered WWII against that of Americans that openly opposed our interference in Iraq. George B. now reigns as the President that failed more than any other (and rightfully so)...with NO EXCEPTIONS!

GGpap

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