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President Obama, our beloved campaigner-in-chief, has decided to focus again on jobs. Remember the summer of jobs in 2010 and the pledge of millions of jobs by Vice President Joe Biden – and, in 2008, Biden’s magical three-letter-word – “j-o-b-s”? The great job summits of 2012? Or was it 2011? It was always those magical green jobs that somehow lost billions – except for friends and bundlers of Obama’s campaign cash.

We had the great stimulus of 2009, and billions lost in reckless spending and outright fraud. It was the great promise that our unemployment would go down to 5 or 6 percent. Yet for some unforeseen reason it hovered much higher, and millions who lost hope were not even counted.

We gave billions of taxpayer dollars to the auto industry while wrecking the savings of the bond holders such as teachers and firemen. In the process of losing billions in the deal, we saw the automakers show their gratitude by opening new plants in Mexico and China. Simple bankruptcy reorganization would have accomplished the same.

So many ideas borrowed from academia had unforeseen consequences in the real world. New terms were invented, such as “jobs not lost.” How about U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bragging of the stimulus by putting more people on food stamps? The list goes on.

So we have our dear leader campaigning for a repeat of the past five years to revive our economy. How’s that working? What about Keystone Pipeline and real private-sector jobs? What about an overhaul of the tax code, a repeal of burdensome regulations and a repeal of Obamacare? Now we even have Obama advocating corporate tax cuts to boost a sagging economy while maintaining higher individual tax rates as somehow fair. He ignores that small businesses file as individuals in most cases, and it is small businesses that are the real engine of job creation and employment. Yet Obama tells us how he’s for the little guy. Go figure. Guess you’ve got to follow the money on that one.

There are so many contradictions and lies. No wonder a majority of the country no longer believes in the American dream.

We need to examine ourselves and ask: When are we going to demand better? We are losing everything for which so many before us sacrificed, so that we could enjoy this great country and its freedoms. Politicians are not the answer. It starts with us. Relive the era of John F. Kennedy: “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

Everyone across the economic spectrum needs to use their talents, self-reliance and sweat, and not rely on government for their daily needs. Then we will be truly great again.

Rob Feero

Evans

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Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/19/13 - 03:15 pm
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So there are 400 or so

So there are 400 or so billionaires, and roughly 3 million millionaires. And this group often pay less taxes than those between a million and 250k because they benefit from tax breaks and can afford lawyers etc. The vast majority of the wealthy are paying their fair share, paying more because of Obama's last hike, and people like Buffet and millionaires are still going out of their way to not to pay their fair share of taxes. The vast majority of these less than 1 million and more than 250K are small business operators who are being burdened while the uber-rich just laugh making more millions because they benefitted from the economic failure.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/19/13 - 03:49 pm
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"Greed by the corporations

"Greed by the corporations moved the jobs overseas and have kept wages stagnant. They killed the American dream. Blame them."

Bod....yeh right........the part you forgot is that DEMOCRATS and UNIONS forced them to take jobs overseas. There was nothing else they could do to survive global competition. Blame DEMOCRATS and UNIONS.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/19/13 - 04:04 pm
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What dumb people we have out

What dumb people we have out there. What good does it do to make $20 an hour minimum wage when that inflation caused by that action would push the cost of everything up accordingly. NOBODY gets ahead with a raise in the minimum wage. The prices of everything, including rent, groceries, services, and medicines go up an equal percentage shortly thereafter. There is a NET ZERO SUM GAIN TO MINIMUM WAGE EARNERS WHEN YOU RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. And the rest of us have to eat the inflation without getting a pay raise.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/19/13 - 04:19 pm
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"Who do you know is asking

"Who do you know is asking around about filling a position in their business?"

Very few and they are very selective. With Obamacare coming there is not going to be any hiring. Obamacare has destroyed the job market and turned this into a part time economy. It's funny as heck listening to some of the Democrats bragging that the unemployment rate finally broke below 8% when the truth is really that some many people have quit trying to find work and have gone on welfare and food stamps that they are not being counted as unemployed. The ACTUAL unemployment rate is still over 14%.....the same high point that it has been since 4 months after Obama took office.

14% people.....The permanent Obama unemployment rate......Obamacare has destroyed the job market and the economy......and the worst is yet to come. Part time, less than 30 hours a week is ALL that is going to be available.....unless you've actually got a skill. Get used to it.

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Darby 08/19/13 - 05:38 pm
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When I saw the article and clicked on it, I

said to myself, this one is just made to order for Bod to regurgitate what he's read on Huffington Post and the other left wing propaganda sites.

And I was right!

All of OzBama's talking points. Neatly lined up and presented without changing a period or comma.

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specsta 08/19/13 - 06:01 pm
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Economics 101

dichotomy wrote - "What dumb people we have out there. What good does it do to make $20 an hour minimum wage when that inflation caused by that action would push the cost of everything up accordingly."

You fail to see the point. It's rather simple. If these corporations weren't so GREEDY, they would be satisfied with a fair profit, and not an obscene profit. The only reason companies continue to raise prices on their goods or offer less goods for the same money, is because they are greedy. If I purchase a carton of orange juice, which used to be 64 oz. and is now 59 oz. and I'm paying even more for that product, it is because of greed. These companies refuse to take a slighter lower profit. So the common man and woman are squeezed even more. And the economy stagnates.

They will say that if they pay their workers a living wage, they will have to close factories and lay people off. This is a lie. They are just GREEDY. When more people in the economy have more disposable income, more people are buying products and goods and sales increase. Everybody wins.

A five-year-old could understand that.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/19/13 - 07:45 pm
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Like Michael Douglas said in

Like Michael Douglas said in WallStreet-"Greed for a better word is good." Greed is natural selection at play where competition drives success. Who is to say what profit is obscene? So bad people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are greedy pigs we should hate is a synopsis of Spec. Yet they drove this technology which has influenced millions of individuals in their personal and business lives and created an industry with huge numbers of jobs, influenced education, etc. Yet they are bad greedy people. Some people are short sighted is obvious to a first grader. We need to organize an OWES protest of the Steve Jobs movie-because he was a bad man that people should loathe because he was greedy. I just wish we had more greedy people like both creating new industries and jobs-but no, no-not anymore because rich and successful is bad.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 08/19/13 - 06:53 pm
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Spec-I know how you can get

Spec-I know how you can get back at those evil capitalist. Quit buying the gadgets and gizmos that make our lives so good. Imagine no TV's, cellphones, no cars, no air conditioning, no modern medicine, all the comfort of life, that would really show them.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/19/13 - 06:54 pm
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I wager if the govt were to

I wager if the govt were to steal all the wealth of the 1% and redistribute it evenly to all americans within five years the wealth disparity and distribution would be the same as before the distribution. I think studies have indicated this trend.

Darby
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Darby 08/20/13 - 12:05 am
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"If these corporations weren't so GREEDY,

they would be satisfied with a fair profit, and not an obscene profit."

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Our problem is that we were lost in the wilderness before Specsta came along and volunteered to explain what a "fair profit" is. Oh! wait, he didn't did he?

But like all good "progressives", I'm sure he'd be happy to step in and make the tough decisions for those folks who invested, risked total financial failure and their own capital and took all the chances, often failing before finding success.

Oh, thank the heavens for folks like Specsta. How on earth did America survive this long without their advice?

BTW - I took Economics 101. (Not a word there about obscene profit.)

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska. Not once did any professor mention obscene profit. And some of those guys were pretty darn liberal too.

The concept of "obscene profit" and "surplus value" (created by abused workers) is entirely a construct of Karl Marx.

A thoroughly failed construct, I might add.

Darby
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Darby 08/20/13 - 12:08 am
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It's just not fair that some people get to risk

their money, invest it and get rich while so many of us have to work for those same people just to put food on the table.

It's just not fair!!

Note: Not so subtle sarcasm is fully intended.

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