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Video: The Federal Eye on unemployment

By Ed O'Keefe

The Federal Eye appeared on MSNBC on Saturday morning to discuss the most recent employment statistics and how the the unemployment situation has impacted some key Democratic Party constituencies: Young people, Hispanics, Blacks and Asians. This as Americans increasingly blame President Obama for the bleak jobs outlook.

Watch the clip above and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 4, 2010; 1:04 PM ET
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Comments

Looks like another President with another delusional, premature declaration of “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”.

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN): The country has successfully "turned the corner," Obama told an audience at a lithium battery company in North Carolina. "This has been a harrowing time for our country" but "the worst of the storm is over."

"This month more Americans woke up, got dressed and headed to work in an office or factory or storefront," he said. "More folks are feeling the sense of pride and satisfaction that comes with a hard-earned and well-deserved paycheck at the end of a long week of work."

From: Obama, GOP spar over new jobs figures
By the CNN Wires Staff
April 2, 2010 2:31 p.m. EDT

Posted by: dockwobbler | April 4, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The reason many (but not all) of these 9.7 million Americans are unemployed is a lack of skills, training, or any other discernible qualities needed in today's workplace. May I suggest going back to school?

Posted by: aircardinal | April 4, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

And no, sitting at home watching Fox News and posting whiny comments on websites do NOT constitute "job skills."

Posted by: aircardinal | April 4, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now the Deceiver in Chief is concerned and focusing on jobs? He and the scoundrel congress spent 14 months focusing on health care at the expense of jobs, now he expects that we will just be diverted because he decides to change the subject to jobs.

MR PRESIDENT, WE WILL NOT BE DIVERTED NOR WILL WE FORGET HOW YOU AND THE CONGRESS DISRESPECTED "WE THE PEOPLE" WHEN YOU SHOVED THIS HEALTH CARE BILL DOWN OUR THROATS!!!

Shortly, we the American People will have a chance to speak, whether you or the congress likes it or not. AND WE WILL NOT FORGET.

WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!

Posted by: barrysal | April 5, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Someone said, "A recession is when you lose your job; a depression is when I lose mine." Those in power who are mismanaging the economy have a safety net in the revolving door, through which they pass when they leave office and enter high-paying jobs of corporations they served while in office. To improve this economy, we need to radically change the way in which we elect people to office, and retain them there.

Posted by: Quadspect | April 5, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Taxpayers have paid large sums to educate people, and we in fact do have people with the skills and knowledge; but the problem is a shrinking economy in which there are many qualified people and far too few jobs.

Posted by: Quadspect | April 5, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The federal government is the wrong organization to improve the employment situation. I earned master's and doctoral degrees, have an airline transport pilot's license, mechanic licenses, fluency in three languages, and ability to translate professionally from four others. To earn a living, I had to leave the United States to work because of the discrimination against me here, mainly enforced by the federal government, which over the years has spent over a million dollars of legal fees to see to it that I would never be placed in a job. The details are in court records. The reason the government has blacklisted me from all employment is simply that I fought in the Vietnam War for two years and have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. The government agencies are dominated by those who dodged the draft and would feel uncomfortable working with a veteran. They also resent the fact that the law gives me preference rights. I returned to the United States in 1998 believing that these people might have forgotten the war they protested against during the 1960s and 70s, but I was wrong. I now notice how the young patriots returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan are rapidly becoming destitute and even being driven to suicide due to the same kind employment discrimination that I faced. Actually, the major blame goes to the Department of Labor, which long ago decreed that no job is suitable for a veteran unless it pays less than $25,000 per year. That means that veterans without any job qualifications stand some chance of being hired for poverty level jobs, while veterans with better qualifications stand no chance of being hired at all because they are regarded as overqualified. The overall effect is seen on the streets of American cities, where thousands of veterans were forced to live from dumpsters and sleep in packing crates for years before they died from hunger, cold, and untreated illnesses. Large numbers of them were sound in mind in body and lacked only a steady job to survive. Is this a holocaust?

Posted by: cwheckman | April 5, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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