Jobs, Economy, Anger
It's an angry bunch of Readers Who Comment this morning as they juggle the confounding notion that while more people are finding jobs the official unemployment rate may increase, as Obama Administration officials said.
Readers complain that many government jobs -- mostly for the census -- have skewed the figures. They complain that the "socialized" health-care reform package will lead to economic ruin. They complain that jobs are outsourced to India and China or off-the-books illegals. They blame President Obama. And they regard the process the government uses to determine the unemployment rate as a lot of hooey. If you're unemployed but are not officially looking for a job, you're not counted as unemployed.
And the situation isn't going to get better fast. As V. Dion Haynes writes, "Some economists say the jobless rate will not recede to pre-recession levels near 5 percent for four more years."
We'll start with releggneh1 who wrote, "So what you are saying is the 9.7% has been much higher because you haven't included the ones that gave up looking right?? A tremendous increase in the labor force?? Could you please state what are these 162000 jobs that have been created? How many census * how many govt jobs?? But yet the unemployment #'s go nowhere?? The great number pretender is at it again. But yet Obama takes credit for it!! What exactly are they leaving out of this picture??"
Realist7598462 said, "The "jobless" rate should include everyone who is not working, or who is underemployed, not just those who are looking and getting unemployment. But, politicians aren't really interested in the truth, just spin."
CatMan1 wrote, "This is serious. When will the Post and other news outlets start reporting that this IS A DEPRESSION."
Which caused MikeJ9116 to say, "What the WaPo should be reporting is the truth about Obama. They would rather have you believe the country is in an economic depression than tell you Obama is running the country into the ground. Obama, Pelosi, Reid and nearly every other Democrat doesn't have a clue as to what needs to be done to get the economy really moving... The only hope this country has is to be run by true conservatives and not the RINOs the Republican Party has coddled the past decade."
And that inspired pjs1965 to ask, "Exactly how is Obama running the country into the ground? What about the 8 previous years of intractible wars, unsustainable trends in housing, a banking system brought to the brink of failure, and other areas of the economy leading up to a big fall among other things. You idiots argue as if history began on January 20th 2009. You are basically blaming the janitor cleaning up the mess left over by the food fight in the lunch room caused by the Bush Administration."
fabricmaven1 wrote, "Why should we be surprised at these numbers? For over thirty years this country has embraced politicians who were outsourcing our jobs to other countries for pittance salaries. We can't have it both ways. Embrace a living wage and reasonable job protection or put on a Tricorn hat and pretend you know the intent of our 'Founding Fathers'."
umt123 asked, "When will we stop outsourcing jobs to China and India?
Is there a cutoff date?"
dryrunfarm1 said, "...We did just fine for more than half of our history without IRS employees, FDA chemists and 90% of the balance of the federal workforce, and we'd do just as well for another 140 years or so if we got rid of them all tomorrow."
But asja wrote, "I just have to tell you. If Obama invented a proven cure for all cancers tomorrow, some folks on this thread would criticize him for putting good American doctors out of work by growing government solutions to problems the private sector can solve. Those trying to reason with some folks is a futile exercise..."
christy42 said, "...Look - I've been an entrepreneur for over 15 years because I'm too much of a loser to make it through a job interview without sweating and sounding like a babbling idiot. In other words - I'm un-hire-able... The jobs are NOT going to be created because the economy has changed - BUT - you CAN make your own jobs - if you open your eyes to see what new services people need."M
LETFREEDOMRING2 wrote, "Didn't we just hear from Obama that we had turned a corner?... His dithering on Afghanistan and Iran and his budget killing credit wrecking, fascist Obamanation of rationed health care will wreck our economy and ruin our health care system. He is a complete failure and this article proves it."
gsouthwellmd said, "I know let's pass a job killing, non-problem solving health care bill, orchestrate an industry decimating cap and tax bill, and make 11 million illegal immigrants citizens! Oh wait, the great Ozbama is doing just that."
Homemom wrote, "I am a small business owner and...listen to other small business owners. Most will not hire even if they have openings because there are too many unknowns at this point. They have no idea how new taxes will hit them. Mnay make more than $250,000 a year but out of that comes taxes, salaries, benefits for FT employees. By the time they are done, that money is pretty shot. They are afraid to hire..."
marknelso said, "This administration doesn't have a clue as to how this economy works. While they were busy with their feel good health care program, big and small business were busy building bunkers to protect themselves from the onslausght of taxes that this Conngress has in store for them. Say goodbye to any potential job recovery."
We'll close with LizYang2, who wrote, "It's been almost 12 months since I lost my Marketing Manager position... it is very difficult to keep your spirits high. There are days I wonder will I EVER work again..
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