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Morning Fix: Obama's job summit symbolism

The Fix family plane landed late last night back in Washington but we couldn't let down our loyal readers.

So, below you'll find an abbreviated version of the Morning Fix. Also, we are back!

1. Less than forty eight hours after delivering his speech setting the future course for American involvement in Afghanistan, President Obama hosts a jobs summit at the White House today. Make no mistake: this event is aimed at reassuring the American public that while Obama has an eye on Afghanistan, he understands the struggles on the job front. (In his address on Tuesday night, Obama expressed that sentiment bluntly: "The nation that I'm most interested in building is our own." Poll after poll shows that jobs and, more broadly, the economy, are the overriding issue for most voters as 2010 approaches. Democratic strategists are sure to breathe a sigh of relief at the gathering of bigwigs (the CEOs of Disney and Google will be in attendance) as well as small-wigs and everyone in between. The summit is just a symbol however. If unemployment stays in double digits over the next year, there will be a significant chunk of voters who punish the president and his party at the ballot box next year.

2. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) has been a bit quiet of late -- he was nowhere to be found in the spin wars that followed the president's Afghanistan speech earlier this week -- but he is re-emerging in a major way with an op-ed in USA Today and an appearance tonight on CNN's "Larry King Live." The op-ed is designed to pre-but the Obama's job summit as Romney alleges that the president's economic policies have made a tough economic situation "worse not better." The 2008 -- and likely 2012 -- presidential candidate then offers ten tips of his own to bring the unemployment rate below 10 percent. Among them: "freeze" unspent stimulus funds and direct them to the private sector, end the idea of passing a cap and trade system and kill the Employee Free Choice Act. Romney, a wildly successful businessman, clearly believes that when it comes to the economy and job creation he is on very firm footing in fighting the president and, if he does wind up as the nominee in 2012, will almost certainly make the contest a referendum on the fiscal state of the nation.

3. Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- he of the secession talk, the cowboy boots and the unapologetic conservatism -- was absolutely ripe for a profile piece and Robert Draper, writing for the New York Times magazine, has given it to us. Draper's 4,900-word opus is a fascinating look into the mind and heart of Perry who, many conservatives believe, would be a serious candidate for the Republican presidential nod in 2012 if he can beat back a primary challenge from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) next March. The piece is filled with great nuggets but here are a few of the Fix's favorite: 1) Draper describes Perry as "oozing sufficient levels of testosterone to detonate a Geiger counter" 2) Perry chief strategist Dave Carney dismisses those who worked for President George W. Bush as "country club Republicans" 3) Former KBH spokesman -- and regular booster of her candidacy on social media outlets like Twitter -- Matt Mackowiak calls his former boss "somewhat needy and demanding" 4) Draper describing KBH: "Determined not to resemble a buttoned-up Washingtonian, Hutchison instead went the 'Oklahoma!' route, garbing herself in a denim blouse, flouncy skirt and monogrammed cowgirl boots to blend in" 5) Draper on Perry: "Never one to be confused with a workaholic -- until recently, says a friend, Perry 'traveled a long ways on some good looks' -- the task of being a constitutionally weak chief executive who asserts his authority through appointments and speeches seems to suit him."

4. The Republican race for governor of Connecticut is getting more crowded by the day with Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele jumping in Wednesday and former ambassador Tom Foley widely expected to announce today that he will drop his Senate bid to run for governor. It's not immediately clear whether the Republican nomination is worth having as the Nutmeg State is overwhelmingly Democratic and voters may well be looking for a change of pace after 15 years of GOP rule -- a stint that included a decade in office by disgraced former governor John Rowland. The Democratic contest looks like a three-way affair between Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, 2006 Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont and Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.

5. If you're a fan of Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D), it's about time to start panicking. Culver's numbers are already in terrible shape -- a poll conducted for the Des Moines Register showed him losing to former gobernor Terry Branstad (R) by more than 20 points -- and now his campaign manager, Andrew Roos, has resigned after just a few months on the job. Culver tried to play the departure off to reporters in Iowa but senior level staff shakeups are never a good thing -- especially when you are an incumbent governor with numbers as bad as Culver's.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 3, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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"Lemmegetthisstraight (yes that is one word): Barack Obama is not patriotic enough to be president because he opposed an unjustified war, and appeared in a pic in clothing associated with Islam; Rick Perry ADVOCATED THE SESSESSION OF HIS STATE FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, but he is patriotic enough to be a Republican candidate for president?

Am I missing something?

Posted by: elijah24 | December 3, 2009 10:23 AM "


a sense of the absurd.

Posted by: Ichristian | December 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I seriously do not know what is going on.


First time you posted something honest

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 3, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama really say that he was going to leave the Jobs Summit - and come back hours later when everyone else has already decided what the best ideas were ???

How detached can Obama be ?

Obama is simply not engaged in the economy - today was a case in point.

Obama is much more interested in destroying jobs by making health care costs high, and by raising labor costs for business - and by raising costs with cap-and-trade.

I seriously do not know what is going on.

The accounting of jobs from the stimulus program - they apparent unwilling to correct the errors on the website - thereby making an evaluation of the programs difficult.

Does Obama believe he is going to dodge an evaluation with faulty data? Doesn't that sound like the East Anglia plan?


Posted by: 37thand0street | December 3, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

After his appearance, he will turn to another subject.


Wow you're right, he'll turn to another subject which will only show that he didn't care about the first one. REAL leaders are obsessive and monomaniacal, multitasking is for elitists who use words like "nuance" and who "multitask."

Go back to sleep.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 3, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The "jobs summit" is merely a photo-op, propaganda ploy by Obama, so he can appear to be concerned about high unemployment. After his appearance, he will turn to another subject. Chris is right, this is merely symbolism.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | December 3, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

zouk, im just curious, did you refer to our 40th president as ronnie?

Posted by: elijah24 | December 3, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah, but it is my dear ZOUK that is trying to rewrite history. Then again, you have a fairly impressive reality distortion field up at the moment. I recommend talking to the USPTO.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 3, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Blade, you had best stick to trading recipes with the flamer.

Rewriting history to enhance your own miserable failure of a leader is not convincing anyone. It is evident that Barry is way over his head, never actually holding a real job before this one. all the predictions of Hannity have pretty much come true.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

BB, I have found that nearly 1/3 of the time my kids were injured I had something to do with it. Usually I was doing something to portect them when it happened -- like pinching a cheek in the bike helmet clip or forgetting to use no tears shampoo.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 3, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

a good chance that it was mooing that morning

But wouldn't it have been better had it had been hung?

[and isn't the English subjunctive a wonderful thing?]

Posted by: shrink2 | December 3, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

This is strictly a PR stunt. Obama has shown that he is only concerned with Wall Street and the big banks.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | December 3, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

You weren't paying attention, ZOUK. Rather than take responsibility, Reagan attempted to blame the 1982 recession on his predecessor, Jimmy Carter. Just google the term "Carter recession". Given your penchant for lifting quotes from elsewhere, I'm sure it won't be a stretch.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 3, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@sliowa1 - I was busy with the kids this morning--4 year checkup for the twins. Not too bad until one was under my seat and got pinched. Nothing like trying to calm a screaming child right before his vaccination.

So you're at Iowa State or Ames Lab. I did my graduate work in the Physics Department at ISU, graduating in the mid-90s. We collaborated a bit with the chair of the Chemistry Dept. Incidentally, if you like a good steak, I'd highly recommend the Open Flame just north of town in Gilbert. You cook it yourself and there's a good chance that it was mooing that morning. The onion rings are also killer.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 3, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"I see drivl is intent in destroying the presidential campaign of Glenn Beck. She will be hard at work trying to discredit him and making sure he is not able to get the votes he needs."
Glenn Beck needs no help being discredited. He is the John Birch of his generation. I just dont see the aluminum-hat-wearing, paranoid-schizophrenic voting block taking him over the top. He may play alright in Alabama, Texas, Alaska, and Mississippi, but thats not a lot of votes. You want to shore up 4 more years for President Obama, run Glenn Beck against him.

Posted by: elijah24 | December 3, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"...I do not recall President Reagan whining and carping about the huge, honking mess left behind by the first incarnation of Jimmy Carter."

You are correct you were to young to recall the Vietnam economic down turn. Nixon's wage and price freezes, the United States pulling out of the Bretton Woods Accord taking the US off the Gold Exchange Standardand other currency changes Nixon made. 1973 oil embargo. President Ford's WIN (Whip Inflation Now).

By the time President Carter left office the economy was recovering but President Reagan managed to leave office with a $4+ Trillion Dollar debt.

Get off your knees, stop sucking in the nonsense you hear on talk radio. Try reading a bit of history since you were to young to experience the years before GWB.

Posted by: knjincvc | December 3, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse


You are supposed to always place a GREAT in front of ONE

What is wrong with you???


Posted by: 37thand0street | December 3, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

apparently, in Loud and Dumb's world, any criticism of THE ONE is considered ranting. As we all know, everything in the world is going swimmingly and there is simply no need for altering a thing. Keep up the good work Brownie, I mean Barry. Heckuva job.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Salient comments - the truth is that the data was faked - AND ironically the only thing the scientists ending up proving was that their theory is false - WHY else would they be compelled to change the data? If their data supported their theory, they would never have even thought about changing it.

Ironically, again, the scientists ended up being experts not in global warming, but in covering up fake data, and making it appear to support their theory.

Again, ironically, these scientists DID advance science - we know now their theory is wrong, and real science can now explore other ideas and investigate whether the data support those ideas.

Warm is good - it is really good.

The scientists were clever - they had to create a theory which not only showed the warming, but showed run-away warming.

That's because a moderate warming is probably really beneficial for mankind, so they needed a theory which showed horrible heat.

It appears that there has been substantial tension between these warmists and the branch of science of Geology - Geologists for decades have studied the temperature swings of the Earth through its history. I would imagine the geologists never thought there was anything unusual about the warming the alarmists were talking about.

THIS IS WHY THE ALARMISTS WERE MESSING AROUND WITH TREE RINGS - The Geologists KNEW what the truth was, they had the evidence - the alarmists thought ahead of time and decided they did not want to go up against the better science of Geology.

The tree rings never really worked out either - turns out the alarmists manipulated that data sample as well.

Global Warming never made sense - it was always a stretch to focus in on one variable in the atmosphere in any event.

It is absolutely amazing to see alarmists continue to cling to this theory - INSISTING without any basis at all that warming is still at run-away levels.

Once a reasonable person reviews where we stand, the Earth is in good shape today.


Posted by: 37thand0street | December 3, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Gallenod, ProCounsel, and sliowa for excellent posts. I am an employment lawyer on the management side and agree with ProCounsel's practical advice for jobseekers.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Regarding: "The Fix family plane landed late last night".

Wow, the Fix Family has their own plane. I guess Blogging is more lucrative than I thought! Way to go Chris! (I would be a little careful though. The new economy doesn't like it if you flaunt it. Probably best you came in under cover of darkness. :)

Posted by: lolson1 | December 3, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

all we need is Mo now.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

'Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took direct aim at Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)--ranking member on the Budget Committee--for authoring a detailed memo advising Republicans on the procedural tricks they can use to delay health care legislation.

"[T]he Republican plan we've waited weeks and months to see [is] not even about health care at all," Reid said on the Senate floor this morning. "The first and only plan Senate Republicans could be bothered to write up is an instruction manual on how to bring the Senate to a screeching halt."

"The Senate might be interested to learn that the architect behind this blueprint is none other than the Ranking Member of the Budget Committee, the senior Senator from New Hampshire," Reid said. "It's worth noting that this Senator - who, more than any other, often speaks publicly about how to properly use citizens' tax dollars - has now signed his name to a plan with the explicit goal of wasting the taxpayer's time and money."

Posted by: drindl | December 3, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Good thing there's a new posting from CC, because this board has been ruined by the repeated rantings of Ace McNumbnuts.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | December 3, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he will be sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. While many on the right praised him for deciding on a troop surge in the central Asian country, others attacked him for suggesting that American troops will begin drawing down from the country within 18 months. The Orlando Sentinel reports that one GOP congressman, Rep. John Mica (R-FL), had a particularly absurd attack on the the idea of a timetable, claiming that setting a withdrawal timeline would be a mistake because militants in Afghanistan patiently “wait centuries to get even“:

“I’m taken aback by his deadline,” said U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park. “These guys wait centuries to get even. Eighteen months is nothing for them.”

Mica apparently feels comfortable signaling to the Afghans that we may be in their country for centuries. But as Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) — who first proposed a timetable for withdrawal back in August — has said, “Showing the people there and here that we have a sense about when it is time to leave is one of the best things we can do.”

Posted by: drindl | December 3, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I see drivl is intent in destroying the presidential campaign of Glenn Beck. She will be hard at work trying to discredit him and making sure he is not able to get the votes he needs.

Poor drivl. not in the real world. Not a word about Present ident Obimbo's accomplishments from the old bird. What would she say? He is a master at choosing family pets? He is superb at spending money he doesn't have? He is the wizard of surrender, defeat and apology? He sure knows how to kill an economy and eliminate jobs? what would she say?

I think Barry should simply pretend it's opposite day. Everything he thinks is proper, he should do the exact opposite. It could only make things better.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I read the GUARDIAN's account of the HOCKEY STICK scandal TWICE, since I didn't believe someone would resort to such a cheap trick like cherry picking data points.....but when you control the data collected and won't let anyone look at it to replicate the findings, it's rather easy.

Sleaze bag scientists!

Now MANN has been suspended by PENN STATE U.!

I am a PSU grad. and remember well Dr. Joel Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather, start as a student weather forecaster for the Daily Collegian. His forecasts were so amazingly accurate the local TV, Radio and other media started using them instead of NOAA's(US Weather service).

Since then, the college of Meteorology has attained world wide status and reputation; Mann's suspension has shaken it to its roots and you should see a new view of global warming emerge as people with the ability to predict the weather regain control over the sleaze ball scientists.

This is really earth shaking news; and it's impact was felt around the world with the takeover of the Australian Senate by Climate skeptics.....more is sure to come, and it won't be pretty!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | December 3, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"If the US ever resumes the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction,"

Mission Accomplished ... search over!!
WMD is the GOP!
Goal is to destroy the middle class, demonize the have-not's for daring to ask for help.

Posted by: knjincvc | December 3, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

the huge, honking mess left behind


Of course, I was younger then, but I do not recall President Reagan whining and carping about the huge, honking mess left behind by the first incarnation of Jimmy Carter. I doubt President Palin (or Thune or Romney) will begin her term with a giant cry baby fest about how Barry messed everything up so bad that it is perfectly understandable that she continue on the path to utter failure with ineptitude and incompetence. Nope, that is the liberal only "excuse". Always the victim.

""Vote for me, I want the job, but if things don't go right, it's not my fault. However, if anything goes right, and someday, they just might, it was all me, me, me. Love Barry.""

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"Eric Burns, who had worked at Fox News since the network launched in 1996 and served as “the closest person Fox had to an ombudsman” as the host of Fox News Watch,
has ended his employment there.

Writing that he used to work for a “right-wing partial-news-but-mostly-opinion network.” In particular, Burns takes aim at Glenn Beck, who he calls “a problem of taste as well as ethics”:

'I speak out now because it is the time of year when one is supposed to count blessings. I have several. Among them is that I do not have to face the ethical problem of sharing an employer with Glenn Beck.

Actually, Beck is a problem of taste as well as ethics. He laughs and cries; he pouts and giggles; he makes funny faces and grins like a cartoon character; he makes earnest faces yet insists he is a clown; he cavorts like a victim of St. Vitus’s Dance. His means of communicating are, in other words, so wide-ranging and bizarre as to suggest derangement as much as versatility.'

Posted by: drindl | December 3, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Thank you drindl for the update on possible upcoming contests.
If teabaggers are able to oust some GOP members of congress, quite possible because of incumbent fatigue in both parties,GOP leaders will pigeon hole them in some of the most innocuous committees ever imagined.
Teabaggers haven't grasped the concept of who owns the GOP, they think they do but in reality it is neo-con and corporatist republicans.
Which is why Romney has been keeping a low profile lately. He is letting them cannibalize their own while he slowly pushes a corporate GOP agenda of eliminating the middle class.
No stimulus, no health care, gloss over immigration, blame POTUS Obama for GWB's TARP...

Posted by: knjincvc | December 3, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

But after 11 months of graceless disparagements of the 43rd president, the 44th acts as though he is the first president whose predecessor bequeathed a problematic world. And Obama's second new Afghanistan policy in less than nine months strikingly resembles his predecessor's plan for Iraq, which was: As Iraq's security forces stand up, U.S. forces will stand down.

Having vowed to "finish the job," Obama revealed Tuesday that he thinks the job in Afghanistan is to get out of Afghanistan. This is an unserious policy.

Obama's surge will bring to 51,000 his Afghanistan escalation since March. Supposedly this will buy time for Afghan forces to become adequate. But it is not intended to buy much time: Although the war is in its 98th month, Obama's "Mission Accomplished" banner will be unfurled 19 months from now -- when Afghanistan's security forces supposedly will be self-sufficient. He must know this will not happen.

Before Tuesday, the administration had said (through White House spokesman Robert Gibbs) that U.S. forces will not be there "another eight or nine years." Tuesday the Taliban heard a distant U.S. trumpet sounding withdrawal beginning in 19 months. Also hearing it were Afghans who must decide whether to bet their lives on the Americans, who will begin striking their tents in July 2011, or on the Taliban, who are not going home, because they are at home.

The president's party will not support his new policy, his budget will not accommodate it, our overstretched and worn down military will be hard-pressed to execute it, and Americans' patience will not be commensurate with Afghanistan's limitless demands for it. This will not end well.

A case can be made for a serious, meaning larger and more protracted, surge. A better case can be made for a radically reduced investment of resources and prestige in that forlorn country. Obama has not made a convincing case for his tentative surgelet.

George Orwell said the quickest way to end a war is to lose it. But Obama's half-hearted embrace of a half-baked nonstrategy -- briefly feinting toward the Taliban (or al-Qaeda, or a "syndicate of terror") while lunging for the exit ramp -- makes a protracted loss probable.

G will

Obama votes Present. anyone surprised?

Is it possible to choose "none of the above" at the same time as "all of the above"? It seems this is Barry's forte. What we get is more mush from the wimp.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA campaigned on, practically begged for the job of 'cleaning up BUSH & CHENEY's mess'...He proclaimed he could do so much better than these two using diplomacy, call outs, and reaching out to all sides.

Now we discover--not really, he's resurrecting the 'best of BUSH/CHENEY' like a SURGE w/ a soft exit; polarizing opposition..uh where's that sit down with the Taliban and Al Quaida?

And when failure pops up its ugly head; it's not responsibility we hear; but the wah wah whining of baby Obie blaming BUSH/CHENEY and dah big mess those bad people left me mommy!

Impeach OBAMA, Now!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | December 3, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Anne C.

This sabotage of global warming dissenters may be more galling than their manipulation of the data. Until now, the global warming cult's sole argument has been to demand that everyone shut up in response to the "scientific consensus" that human activity was causing global warming.

That's their idea of a free and open debate.

It's always the same thing with primitive people -- voodoo practitioners, rain dancers and liberals. In lieu of facts, debate and a weighing of the evidence, religious fanatics respond to all counterarguments by invoking a higher authority: the witch doctor, a "scientific consensus," "the Constitution" or "historians are agreed."

Liberals won't tell us why Congress passed a law outlawing incandescent lightbulbs by 2014 -- a bill solemnly delivered to the president in a Prius hybrid (making it the slowest-moving bill in U.S. history). Instead, they tell us there's a "scientific consensus" that we have to use fluorescent lightbulbs or we'll all die.

Even if the Earth were warming -- which apparently it is not -- the idea that humans using energy-efficient lightbulbs would alter the temperature of the globe is approximately as plausible as the Aztecs' belief that they were required to wrench the beating heart out of living, breathing humans in order to keep the sun on its path.

Sadly, the "human sacrifice deniers" lost the argument to Aztec CRU scientists, who explained that there was a "scientific consensus" on the benefits of ritual murder.

But at least the Aztecs only slaughtered tens of thousands of humans in the name of "climate change." The global warming cultists want us all dead.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Some folk have been asking why Canada Free Press (CFP) didn’t cover President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night speech at West Point Military Academy. CFP was tuned in on the speech through Mark Levin’s syndicated radio show. Our coverage of the speech is as follows: “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”. Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me,


It’s been nearly two weeks since a scandal shook many people’s faith in the scientists behind global warming alarmism. (Snip) Despite that resignation and calls by a U.S. senator to investigate the matter, ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programming has remained silent – not mentioning a word about the scandal since it broke on Nov. 20, even as world leaders including President Barack Obama prepare to meet


all Jay Leno has to do is actually report the news. this joke of a present ident writes its own comedy routine. except it's real.


some answers, not from Dems of course:

Today's White House jobs summit comes too late for millions of Americans who through no fault of their own have lost their jobs, their homes, their savings and, in many cases, the self-esteem and self-respect that come from work. Like other presidents before him, Barack Obama inherited a recession. But unlike them, he has made it worse, not better.

His failure to stem the unemployment tide should not have been a surprise. With no experience whatsoever in the world of employment and business formation, he had no compass to guide his path. Instead, he turned over much of his economic recovery agenda to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, themselves nearly as inexperienced in the private sector as he. Congress gave him and them everything they asked for, including a history-making three-quarters of a trillion dollar stimulus.

The president's team assured us that their massive stimulus would hold unemployment below 8%. So with unemployment now at 10.2%, it is clear that their stimulus was a miscalculated failure.

In an attempt to disguise the truth, the administration has touted inflated figures of jobs "created." But every month, in good times and bad, jobs are created and jobs are lost. What matters is the net difference between the two numbers. Focusing solely on jobs created while ignoring the far greater numbers of jobs lost is Harry Houdini economics

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Obama's biggest problem is the huge, honking mess left behind after 8 years of Republican Leadership. Other than that he's got it easy.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 3, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse


My last post was directed at you. Sorry about any confusion.

Posted by: sliowa1 | December 3, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

“Having lived in Iowa for half a dozen years during Branstad's reign (known as "governor for life"), he's anything but RINO. Still, the national party has moved far enough to the right that he probably qualifies as a moderate nowadays.”

I have only lived in Iowa for 6 years and I liked the former governor Vilsack. What I liked about Vilsack was he knew the nuts and bolts of how things got done on top of that was a really smart guy. He was a quiet unassuming leader (Obama made a wise choice in appointing him Ag Sec.). Culver is not the smartest guy nor is he a nuts and bolts type person either. He is the type of guy you would have a beer with and he is son of a former senator. Culver reminds me of Bush in both his anti-intellectualism and connections via his family name.

Iowa has fared fairly well during this recession since the ag sector of the economy has not been hit like the housing and auto sectors. However, the ag sector is starting to deteriorate (combination of commodity prices and credit) and with it Culver’s ratings. The state controller had warned of potential budget shortfalls, while they were appropriating this year’s budget. He wanted greater margins in the budgets in case the projected revenues did not materialize. He was largely ignored by both the governor and legislator. I would note the controller was a R and they were both D (another reason for the snub). As feared, the revenue projections were way off and with greater demand for services the current budget had to be cut just recently by 10%.

Culver knows he is in trouble and has already started airing commercials talking up his accomplishments (something I have never seen before especially since this is not an election year). I was a graduate student at UF (go Gators beat Alabama) when the state was facing budget shortfalls and I never saw the governor airing commercials about his accomplishments (of course that governor lost in his reelection). Anyway Culver is the anti-Vilsack. However, I do have a connection with Culver we both were attending schools in Montgomery County at the same time (he is a Churchill graduate, while I am from blue collar school of Wheaton).

When you were in Iowa where did you live? I reside in Ames.

Posted by: sliowa1 | December 3, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

White House Blocks Testimony on Party Crashers
Ummm, ummm, ummm. Desiree, honey, get out of town. Finally, some palace intrigue to take our minds off war and no jobs.

Mr transparancy is at it again.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I had no idea it was possible to be more loony than drivl. I know the flamer CF8 is annoying but not exactly loony. On display here is a foul mouthed loon, seething with rage and plebian notions of yesteryear.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

get yourself all worked up to orgasm of hate and anger

I think we can all see who suffers from that attribute clearly enough.

Posted by: ZOUK | December 3, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

3 Practical Suggestions to help Jobless family members

1. Buy gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 for food or gas.

Wal-mart cards are especially good since they can buy both at the larger stores, they have cheap prices, and they will not be bankrupt after Christmas making your cards worthless.

Try to have some older trusted family member give the cards if possible.

Better to give 4 $25 cards than 1 $100 card, as they may distribute them to other family members.

2. Set up a job seeking office at a church or community center.

You just need high speed internet, a phone with answering machine, a coffee maker, and some camping folding chairs.

Frequently unemployed people just need somewhere to go to get out of the house that is free.

If you have more than 8 people using the office, consider setting up regular office hours where they answer the phone say one hour a day and people will call with job needs.

Some strip malls will let a church or community group use an empty space free on a month to month basis (you have to agree to leave immediately if they find a paying tenant) to generate traffic and keep the lights on.

3. If you are unemployed, get in physical shape.

Employers judge your age and ability by your weight--not fair, not legal, but true.

You do not need a gym membership, or expensive equipment--the United States Marines perform their Physical tests with only an pullup bar--they test runnning, situps and pullups.

Finally, this is NOT the time to discuss politics or what caused this problem.

These people are depressed or discouraged, Christmas is coming and times are hard.

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 3, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Heh, heh. Branstad is a former "gobernor" -- surely a misspelling of "goobernor," no?

It is interesting how the open CT Gov. seat is getting so much more attention than the Senate seat now. Maybe because Dodds isn't as vulnerable as it seems? Or maybe because the off-chance of being Governor is more attractive than a better chance of becoming one of 100 Senators, and a junior one at that?

Posted by: mnteng | December 3, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"Or can I continue, as long as I only say mean things?"

No, successful blogs are ecosystems and your role, the standard of propriety, is well performed. Don't change a thing.

But wouldn't it be funny if someday someone pulled off that latex mask with the bad wig still attached and turned out to be a paid blog spammer for the White House? A fun job that would be.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 3, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

If the US ever resumes the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction, they will have to go no further than the sick and disgusting Administration currently in the White House. Is there anything left in this country for Obama to destroy?

Posted by: horace1 | December 3, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Lemmegetthisstraight (yes that is one word): Barack Obama is not patriotic enough to be president because he opposed an unjustified war, and appeared in a pic in clothing associated with Islam; Rick Perry ADVOCATED THE SESSESSION OF HIS STATE FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, but he is patriotic enough to be a Republican candidate for president?

Am I missing something?

Posted by: elijah24 | December 3, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If there is one thing that I have noticed about all of this it is that there are those inside the arena who are stuck on the dime to get something done, and there are those outside the are arena, making bets, throwing mud and rocks at those in the arena and trying to make sure that nothing gets done, and then the vast, larger group who are the spectators.

The absolute dumbest of the three groups are the spectators. They are lazy, uninformed, want to be constantly entertainedwith bread and circuses, have absolutely no patience, and ultimately take no responsibility for anything that is worn in society.

Those inside the arena are hapless, frightened creatures who try to do what is right but are easily cowed by those on the sidelines who are making bet on their failure. Those inside the arena are their own worst enemies because it is so easy to avoid doing what is right and just in favor of furnishing bread and circuses.

Yes, I am describing Rome in its final days. But remember, our FOunding Fathers copied much of Roman culture and politics. Sadly, we may have copied it so closely that now, we are on the path of decline and fall.

Posted by: jaxas | December 3, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Gallenod @ 9:33 ... great post.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 3, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

oh, there's more:

In addition, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who Beck counts as an enemy because of his former climate change and immigration views, is potentially facing a serious challenge from current radio show host and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ). Hayworth has found a following within the tea party movement.
Update Other Glenn Beck inspired tea party challengers:

-- Self-proclaimed "RINO Hunter" Joe Petronis is challenging Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).

-- Real estate broker Chris Riggs, who counts Glenn Beck as his favorite TV show, is challenging Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA).

-- Conservative activist Clayton Thibodeau is challenging Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) in the GOP primary. Thibodeau's website notes he supports Glenn Beck's "9/12 Patriots" and Glenn Beck's "56 Re-Founders."

Posted by: drindl | December 3, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

This is actually bigger news than all of the above. The radical right teabaggers are on a mission to drive Republican incumbents out of office, even those as rightwing as Pete Sessions. The repercussions and losses may be far-reaching:

Glenn Beck, who has waged a conspiratorial, hateful campaign against liberals and his other political enemies all year, has been galvanizing his supporters to run for office. Today, conservative activist Eric Forcade announced that he is running in the Republican primary to unseat longtime Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL). In explaing his reason for running, Forcade said he was inspired by the “values that have been popularized by Glenn Beck.”

Beck’s 9/12 project and its closely related “tea parties” have inspired a number of other challengers to Republican lawmakers deemed insufficiently “pure”:

– Phil Troyer, an attorney and former staffer to Republican Sens. Dan Coats (R-IN) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), is challenged incumbent Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN). An avid tea party supporter, Troyer has attacked Souder as a “big spending liberal.” Rachel Grubb, who is involved with Beck’s 9/12 project, is also challenging Souder.

– Matt Sakalosky, a businessman who is a member of Beck’s 9/12 project, is challenging Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE).

– Earlier this year, Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) had the audacity to criticize Beck. Beck has marshaled his supporters into a crowded primary to take out Inglis. One of the challengers, college professor Christina Jeffrey, directly cites Inglis’ criticism of Beck as part of the reason she is running.

– Liz Lauber, a former aide to tea party leader and corporate lobbyist Dick Armey, is challenging Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).

– Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) is being challenged by Jason Sager, who said he is running because of Brown-Waite’s support for moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava, the opponent of Beck mentee Doug Hoffman.

– Even NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), charged with recruiting Republicans to challenge House Democrats in 2010, is facing a contested primary. Conservative activist David Smith says he will rely on the tea party movement to bring down Sessions. '

Posted by: drindl | December 3, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

What is it with dumbos like you snowbama? Is it that you prefer a bumbling, stumbling moron who doesn't know which door to exit from and can't string enough words together to form a complete sentence. Or that you would rather listen to a drak, gray, whacked out old man whose weak heart doesn't supply enough oxygen to his brain to articulate a coherent position on anything unless it is spoonfed to him by the American Enterprise Isitte which is inhabited by old John Birch Society has beens looking to take America back to the preCambrian era?

Bugs like you sicken me. You sit on your fat stinking, dweeby hind ends all day listening to the addled burblings of drunken, drug addicted fatheads like Limbaugh and Beck, and get yourself all worked up to orgasm of hate and anger, then you grab your little popgun substitute for your pathetic, little organ and head to the nearest democratic town hall to terrorize old men women and their children and grandchildren all because they had the audacity to vote for someone who just doesn't look like one of "us".

You could just stay home and do your whacking to the Limbaugh-Beck phone sex equivalent of political dialogue.

Posted by: jaxas | December 3, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

CC, not everyone who still is an elected GOP official is a candidate in 2012.

Heh, heh, thanks for the
morning chuckle Andy.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 3, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The 2010 and 2012 elections will hinge on how the economy is doing. Obama will turn AfPak over to Gen. McCrystal like he's turned Iraq over to Gen. Odierno and let the professionals handle the details. His priorities going forward will be jobs, health care, and jobs.

He may attend the climate conference or talk about other issues like immigration, but he knows if the economy doesn't recover he'll lose governing leverage in Congress in 2010 and face an uphill battle in 2012.

Most of his critics are playing checkers, looking for any short-term traction they can gain. His more proficient opponents (and allies) in Congress are playing chess and have a more sophisticated agenda.

Obama, hwoever, is playing Go, a game with a strategic outlook far more complex than even chess. And he's already demonstrated that he's both very good at both long-range strategy and largely ignoring the gnats buzzing around trying to distract him.

His biggest problem isn't the Republican opposition, it's the myopic self-serving egotists in his own party in Congress who, somewhat like the Birthers, also haven't quite accepted this young upstart as their leader. He showed them he knows how to win and yet they still refuse to follow his lead for various personal, local or parochial concerns.

With one really notable exception: Hillary Clinton. This is one person who would have had the biggest axe to grind after the primary defeat. Yet she's on the Obama team and moving the agenda forward.

If only more elected officials, on both sides of the aisle, would put country ahead of party or personal conerns maybe our great-grandchildren will still live in the greatest nation on Earth 100 years from now.

Posted by: Gallenod | December 3, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Romney's fix for the economy seems to be the same old failed policies of George W. Bush--redirect as much of our Treasury toward private enterprise in the form of: Surprise! Surprise! Tax cuts for wealthy investors and corporations, more deregulation of business regulations that the GOP refused to enforce, and a foreign polcy that empasizes American exceptionalism and moral superiority to everyone else on the planet.

Of course, all of this new found energy on the GOP side comes form the fact that Obama did not immediately bring the economy back from the brink that GOP conservative fiscal and economic policies brought us to, and did not immediately bring world peace.

The only thing remotely giving the GOP a shot right now is a dimwitted electorate composed of lazy independent couch potatoes who halfheartedly pay attention to the news and tend to accept 100% as gospel every to every sh!tty word that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh sputter. It is this so-called "independent" part of the electorate that has gone back over to a GOP that has done absolutely nothing constructive and would in fact be the independent's worst nightmare if put back in office.

If they put the GOP back in charge of Congress, then they deserve precisely the ton of crap that will bring down on their heads. My God! How can the voters in America be so freaking stupid?

Posted by: jaxas | December 3, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Day by day ever more embarrassments from obimbo. This guy is supposed to protect this country from attack. He can't even keep random bimbo starlets out of the white house at a state dinner.

Must be time for another long empty TelePrompTer speech on foreign soil to distract the facts.

Posted by: snowbama | December 3, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Perry as the GOP nominee for President? Of what the lollipop guild?
Perry openly said that maybe texas should leave the union. CC, not everyone who still is an elected GOP official is a candidate in 2012. Perry wont' win the general election in Texas if he beats back KBH in the primary.

Posted by: AndyR3 | December 3, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Job summit. Quite hilarious. No one in this admin knows a thing about biz. They have been in government only. They know how to live off you. Not how to help you make a living.

The only thing more preposterous than lib economics is lib global warming "science". A close contender is surge and retreat all at once.

No wonder Barry us a worldwide joke already.

Posted by: snowbama | December 3, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I find it humorous that the fringe right who have their own set of facts that are self created complain of Obama lying. Obama is refreshingly truthful, though you would have to be a fool to take everything he says at face value. But I have to say that he is far more frank with the American people than any president since Carter.

Repeating the statement, Obama lies only proves that one is a follower of Goebbels and his modern incarnate Rove. Capitalizing your words only says that you do not think they have much value in the lower case. I concur, nonsense capitalized is no less nonsensical.

Posted by: Gator-ron | December 3, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Isnt unemployment
a Friday afternoon at
3 PM story?
Like the 1.42 TRILLION
dollar deficit?
Richard Nixon's Administration
was more Trustworthy then these

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 3, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

The truth of the matter is that Obama's policy on Afghanistan is a complete disaster - he got the Surge right, but then he completely, all by himself, destroyed the effectiveness of that decision by declaring that we are leaving.

The whole point of the counter-insurgency strategy, and the whole point of the Surge, is to get the tribal leaders on our side, and to start working with us.

In the SAME PARAGRAPH, Obama completely destroyed his own policy by saying we were going to leave.



Obama has been a disaster in office - he messed up the stimulus - he gave all the money to leftist interests instead of actually creating jobs - and now Obama is a disaster in foreign policy.

Up to this point, Obama has only been an embarassment in foreign policy.

And chalk this one up to another campaign LIE.

Obama Lied.

Obama Lied.

Obama Lied.


Posted by: 37thand0street | December 3, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Having lived in Iowa for half a dozen years during Branstad's reign (known as "governor for life"), he's anything but RINO. Still, the national party has moved far enough to the right that he probably qualifies as a moderate nowadays.

Ah, I see 37th has put back on the climate change hat. I look forward to its upcoming article in Nature. That can happen as soon as it finds a dictionary and looks up the meaning of the word "innocence".


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 3, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

The idea that a conservative is somehow "better" than a RINO is a distortion of the mind created by right wing media. Verbalize that concept at the risk of revealing your non analytic easily corrupted mind.

Posted by: Gator-ron | December 3, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Is the Washington Post going to continue in the cover-up of the global warming scandal ?????

For the Washington Post, which busted open Watergate, the last two weeks have been a low low point.

The Washington Post really should report on its front page exactly what was in the emails - that the faked data call into question the validity of the entire global warming theory.

Why else would scientists fake data - if that data originally supported their theory ???

AND then to tolerate anyone complaining that the emails were "stolen" - when the Washington Post STANDS TALL IN HISTORY IN THE PENTAGON PAPERS CASE, is just unbelievable.

Today's editors at the Washington Post really can not tear down the heroic actions of those who fought the government in the Pentagon Papers case.


The Washington Post really should live up to what it is -

Every single quote from the Climategate emails should be posted on the front page of the Washington Post

Every single charge of faked data, of manipulated data, of fabricated data should be printed on the front page of the Washington Post.

The Washington Post, in its Editorial Page, should state CLEARY that the VERY ACT OF FAKING DATA CALLS INTO QUESTION THE VALIDITY OF THE THEORY ITSELF.





Posted by: 37thand0street | December 3, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I thought Terry Branstad was a high-profile RINO, no better than a Democrat.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 3, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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