9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems

January 8, 2010

Talk about one last gasp from the horrible year that was 2009. On the political front, the December jobs numbers were terrible news for the White House and congressional Democrats in a midterm election year. Here’s how it plays out:

1. Remember this simple formula: Unemployment drives presidential approval numbers, and presidential approval numbers drive midterm election results.

2. President Barack Obama’s approval numbers are hovering just a tick below 50 percent. Since 1962, the average House midterm loss for the president’s party when his approval is sub-50 percent is 41 seats. The GOP needs 40 to take the House.

3. And make no mistake, the December unemployment numbers were bad both economically and politically. The 85,000 job loss was worse than expected and will be played that way the media. The continuation of double-digit unemployment also resonates with voters. And not a in a good way.

4. Then will come the second-take stories that will notice the shrinking labor force, which dropped by nearly 700,000 from November. Had it stayed stable from last month, the jobless rate would have been 10.4 percent. Had it stayed stable since August, the jobless rate would be 11 percent!

5. But wait, there’s more! The U-6 rate rate which combines the basic jobless rate, discouraged workers, part-timers-who-would-rather-be-full-timers climbed to 17.3 percent. And the average duration of unemployment rose to a record high 29.1 weeks.

6. Also, there is every indication that as the slowly growing economy eventually draws workers back into the labor force, the jobless rate will creep up to new highs. (Big companies remain cautious about hiring, and small biz remains under pressure due to tight capital markets.) The validity of the Obama recovery plan will seriously be cast in doubt.

7. The sickly labor market will also make it that much harder for the White House and Hill Dems to celebrate what is likely to be a brisk upcoming GDP report in the 4-5 percent range. That seems like an abstract number compared to the unemployment rate.

8. Combine a weak labor market – which may appear to be getting worse to voters – with the moribund housing market and rising gas prices, and you have a toxic triple threat that will be poisonous to Democratic incumbents and further drain Obama’s political capital.

9. Also, watch how these numbers play with Senate and House Dems thinking about resigning like Chris Dodd and Byron Dorgan.  A big improvement in the jobs numbers might have reassured any worriers that 2010 might not be as tough as some currently think. Now it looks a bit more like the worst fears of Democrats might be realized: losing the House and a half-dozen or more Senate seats.

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The projected growth of GDP at 4-5% is nonsense when so many people can NOT find work. American voters are not going to allow the Criminals in Congress and the White House to continue to DESTROY our economy.

This year is going to be the beginning of a New American Revolution. Professional Politicians, politiskunks that they are, will be swept from office in 2010 and beyond. It’s time for Citizen Politicians to step forth and make the Draconian cuts in Government that will be necessary to begin to get America back on track.

Posted by jgreene | Report as abusive

It might not be so bad for them had they pursued policies that make economic sense.

To push a strictly partisan healthcare bill that is opposed by a majority of private sector employers hasn’t helped their case.

Posted by J | Report as abusive

“The validity of the Obama recovery plan will seriously be cast in doubt.”

There was a plan? Blowing $787b on anything but the creation of sustainable jobs was a plan?

Posted by b | Report as abusive

This year ,we did not get a COLA increase in our SS check.That hurts.What until the Bush tax cuts expire this year.The howls will grow louder.

Posted by s graham | Report as abusive

What we are witnessing is the result of mindset – a mindset which has taken a generation of indoctrination by American voters and their pols.

Such a condition does not turn around easily, especially when said indoctrination continues to be taught in universities and peddled by the mainstream media.

Posted by Gord Richens | Report as abusive

GDP is calculated by adding spending by comsumers, investments by businesses, and spending by Government. The first two certainly haven’t gone up. Reporting growth in GDP when it completely driven by massive Government spending isn’t good news at all.

Posted by HoosierHawk | Report as abusive

The Second American Revolution is brewing. We must return to the U.S. Constitution and the limited government of our forefathers! Bring back gold and silver as legal tender (Article I, Section 10).

Posted by Austrian School | Report as abusive

The greatest success of Obama’s presidency is his War on Jobs.

With incomprehensibly massive deficits he has scared off investment, created great uncertainty about our economic future, and driven capital out of the country. With big new taxes on small business and investors he prevents the capital investment needed to create new jobs. With massive health care costs, threats of forced unionization, and a climate of vindictive regulation he has made to cost of employees unknowable but certain to rise. Obama is waging War on Jobs on many fronts, and succeeding brilliantly.

[...] This is bad news for Dems and Obama. See 9 Reasons Why the December Jobs Report is Bad News For Democrats by James Pethokoukis. [...]

Think you’re missing the point here. The jobs report is bad for more than just Democratic Party hopefuls, it’s bad for America as a whole. Really, really bad. Handicapping it like a quasi-partisan horse-race only makes matters worse, but thanks for trying.

Posted by The Bell | Report as abusive

Let’s get rid of career politicians making their fortune in “public” service. The presidency (thank god) only gets two terms that same should apply to all senators and congressmen. Two terms and they they are out and will have to get a real job.

Posted by Karen | Report as abusive

Public sector employees are just fine with this. They still get their high salaries, work rule protections, and lavish retirements.

Posted by EconRob | Report as abusive

[...] Another way to understand the unemployment numbers: Then will come the second-take stories that will notice the shrinking labor force, which dropped [...]

I believe its true that the economy must grow by at least 4% per year in order for unemployment to drop by 1% point, ie down to 9%. If so, its likely the “official” unemployment rate will be above 9.0% by November. Unless of course another shock to our country occurs such as a successful airline bombing. That will drive unemployment higher and Obama’s support to near nil.

Anyone want take a bet this President knows how to keep either from occurring?

Posted by richardb | Report as abusive

The system is working folks.

So, a few people can’t find jobs. They’re just not looking hard enough. They’re deadbeats lounging around just to make Barack Obama look bad. Hell, 700,000 of them didn’t even look for jobs so we didn’t count them this go round. That’s why unemployment fell. We’re sweeping the deadbeats under the rug where they belong.

Noticing unemployment and blaming it on Democrats is racism. In fact, all criticism of Barack Obama is racism. He’s black, you know.

Posted by libtard | Report as abusive

“Handicapping it like a quasi-partisan horse-race only makes matters worse, but thanks for trying.

- Posted by The Bell”

The party in power gets punished.
Dumb-ass!

Posted by Hickey Bilford | Report as abusive

Some more numbers from the report: The number of employed (total jobs) dropped by 589,000 from Nov to Dec. Most did not move to unemployed but dropped out of the labor force. In the past year, (December to December) 5,390,000 jobs have been lost–that is drop in the number of employed. However, there is some good news–the October unemployment rate was revised from 10.2% to 10.1%.

The labor force participation rate has dropped from 66.5% in December 2008 to 64.6% in December 2009. As people lost jobs, many left the labor force. If they had stayed in, being counted as unemployed, the unemployment rate would be 11.6%.

Posted by nohype | Report as abusive

Removing the discouraged workers from the unemployment calculation is great for the party in power as it understates true unemployment misery. When the economy starts growing, those folks come back into the labor force, get jobs and make the unemployment rate look good, still good for the party in power.
Removing discouraged workers(age 18-50) is a fraudulent way to game the numbers.

Posted by richardb | Report as abusive

“The 85,000 job loss was worse than expected and will be played that way the media.”

the msm is going to deflate obama?

the meme they have gone with is that he saved us from the depression. (in my muddled mind, I remember that TARP occurred before he was even elected, so the only action for which he can be credited is the 787 billion dollar stimulus program.)

it is funny how he will get credit for bringing us back from the brink, despite the general consensus forecast that we would be in positive gdp growth by 3/4 q 2009, days before his inauguration.

Posted by mark l. | Report as abusive

We must have government that stops stealing our property and our life from us. Every bit as important: there needs to be a conviction among a majority of Americans that taking of my money to give it to someone else is still theft.

Unemployment is as high as it is precisely because government has its hands out to individuals and business always: one is open waiting to receive the other pointing a gun at you. Ninety percent of what is stolen from you he keeps, ten percent he gives to charity.

Posted by MichaelMac | Report as abusive

Corporates which ship jobs abroad should be taxed heavily so that they hire people locally. Capital being invested overseas should be taxed so that it gets directed into local industry.

Posted by sam | Report as abusive

Unfortunately, this is exactly what the progressives are wanting. They want (nay, NEED) things to be this bad so they can seem like Knights on Chargers, coming to save us all from evil Capitalism. The more they can make us suffer, the more we are dependent on them for their handouts and the more power they can pretend they have. Read Glenn Beck’s “Common Sense” and you’ll fully understand that progressives are doing this ON PURPOSE. And getting away with it too.

Posted by Shawn | Report as abusive

Anyone take note that the economy, financial sector and jobs all started their dives off their respective cliffs in 2007 and 2008? This after six years of dominating Republican policies. Didn’t work so well did they? The same can be said of the middle & final years of the Reagan/Bush era. (coincidence?)

September 30, 2009 saw the end of the last remnant of the Bush stamp on our economy (end of the fiscal year which was passed the preceding year).

The right wingers are fighting hard to re-write history and frame the entirety of our current mess on Obama and the Dems.

Understanding how government works is as important as understanding democracy.

The eight years of Republican leadership helped get us here, make no mistake. The past 20 years of Republican leadership has been the root cause of our exploding national debt. (I defy you to look it up) No tax and spend has been their practice, while their mantra has been less government and low taxes.

Doublespeak champs = Republicans
Pragmatic leaders = Democrats

60 years ago Americans were asked to pay for their entitlements and their government at far greater rates than we do today. (look up our tax history).

Man up America, sinch up the belt and support your country.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

The administration has just announce much tougher smog rules that will cost billions. The Department of the Interior just said they are going to make it harder to drill for oil and gas on federal lands. The EPA plans to cripple American business to stop the fictitious “global warming”. The Bush tax cuts end next year. Why would a business hire anyone right now?

Posted by Mkelley | Report as abusive

Oh let’s create some more jobs, by more EPA rules, closing more land to resource development, and by not providing leadership. Our Government is in failure mode, led by people who don’t have a clue and who don’t ask the right people. I have given up on Congress and the Adminitstration. The Republicans surely can’t fix it. Same old ideas from the same old worn out polititians. (including Sarah)

Posted by Fred Belz | Report as abusive

Important safety tip for Barack Obama (drawn from the experience of guerrilla warfare):

“If you’re not winning, you’re losing.”

The smart money says that by next fall, ceteris paribus, Obama’s approval number will be hovering at a toxic 40% and unemployment will still be at least 9%–and that’s being optimistic.

Assuming this (and, yes, I know it’s a long way to November), we will likely witness a wipeout of Democrats–at all levels of government–that will make the Custer Massacre look like a Boy Scout jamboree.

Posted by MarkJ | Report as abusive

The economy under the Democrats is an Obamanation!

Posted by Scott W. Peters | Report as abusive

When you have a government bailing out large failing industries with tax payers money, you no longer have capitalism. You have socialism.

You’re paying.. EITHER WAY for something that you’ve voted that you don’t want with your cash.

Of course, in America, this socialism is only for elites.

Posted by Matthew | Report as abusive

Shove it down our throats in 2009 and we’ll shove it up your a.. in 2010. It will be interesting to see what happens with the elections. I am so happy THAT I CAN BE THE ONE TO finally say…DON’T BLAME ME…I DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM!!!

Posted by ARNOII | Report as abusive

Wasted stimulus money, you can’t give the money to the rich and expect them to provide more jobs! DUH! You give the money to everyday Americans and let it trickle up NOT down! $50,000 should have been given to E”very American Citizen”, that way they could have paid off their bills & mortgages with the money. By doing that the banks would be out from under a lot of debt they were suffering from. instead the bankers saw the stimulus money coming so they went on a spending binge knowing the Taxpayers money would bail them out from the Overpaid CEO’s with millions in “PERFORMANCE” bonus’s…I always a “Performance Bonus” was something you “Earned” by bring in more money for a company, and not by bankrupting the company you work for & defrauding the government! These people should & must go to PRISON!

Wasted stimulus money, you can’t give the money to the rich and expect them to provide more jobs! DUH! You give the money to everyday Americans and let it trickle up NOT down! $50,000 should have been given to “Every American Citizen”, that way they could have paid off their bills & mortgages with the money. By doing that the banks would be out from under a lot of debt they were suffering from. Instead the Movers & Shakers saw the stimulus money coming so they went on a spending binge knowing the Taxpayers money would bail them out from the Overpaid CEO’s with millions in “PERFORMANCE” bonus’s…I always thought a “Performance Bonus” was something you “Earned” by bring in more money for a company, and not by bankrupting the company you work for & defrauding the government! These people should & must go to PRISON!

[...] 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad <b>news</b> for Dems | Analysis <b>&#823… [...]

Banks who are receiving the lowest interest rates in near history via the fed refuse to help you or your family. In truth they couldn’t give a flying you-know-what about you or your situation.

Then you have the guys that say “tax the rich corporations” to show what limitations their intellectual and financial failures presented them and why they failed. They don’t understand that Dad’s savings is from owning parts of those evil corporations so that he pays tax on anything he earns from them after governement has taken from him through the corporation in addition to Dad paying his lazy ass money for school at 35 and to sit around doing nothing. Mom also owns shares that he wants more money taken by the government in addition to always nagging her for money while living in the basement!

My friends, my parents, my neighbors, my firemen, policemen own shares of stock in corporations – which are evil that should have more of their money taken and given to you – you dead beat whose envious of everyone else who goes out there and works and takes risks with their own money and property? Not you, you lazy bum who wants to tax everything more!

Posted by MichaelMac | Report as abusive

[...] 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad <b>news</b> for Dems | Analysis <b>&#823… [...]

If Americans are dumb enough to put the republicons back in office this November after the damage they did for 8 years; it will be the end of the US.
The republicon party of Palin and Limbaugh will finish the destruction or the USA started by GWB. Haliburton will be your new leader, more of our hard earned capital will head to China while the rebuplicons laugh all the way to the bank. The citizens of the US will need to get used to playing second fiddle on the world stage as we sink into irrelevance.
The rebpulicons seems to have the attention span of cockroaches.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive

Notice how Republican supporters talk in vague terms?
Notice how there is no concrete factual information?
Notice how they offer zero suggestions to help with matters, but spew vitriol and veiled threats?

America was at its greatest when its citizens sacrificed for the greater good, together. There was a collective understanding that we stand and fall together.

The party of NO, the party of finger pointing and fear and anger has no place in leadership for the future of this country.

The Beckians/TeaBaggers will buy gold and silver and stock up on ammunition, and they will continue to ratchet up the talk of revolution and second civil war (like that will solve our problems…really?), and the “human children” as Hitler described will follow unwittingly.

The rest of us need to roll up our sleeves and get to working out the problems and sacrifice as needed to help ALL OF US find a better tomorrow.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

The American people want politicians to represent OUR interests, not theirs. We elected them to WORK for us. We expect better of THEM, and want them to be good stewards of our resources. We don’t want them moving our jobs out of the country or disincenting businesses to invest and grow.
http://theillinoisguy.wordpress.com/2010  /01/05/fair-value/

Posted by theillinoisguy | Report as abusive

These postings just demonstrate how stupid most Americans are. You get the government you deserve, folks!

Posted by Merrill Grinch | Report as abusive

Democrats, get ready to reap the whirlwind

Posted by Tony V | Report as abusive

Why cant you libs just accept the fact the liberal ecomonics is a disaster?

Posted by FEDUP | Report as abusive

Thanks Grinch, that really helps. Excellent input.

Look up the history of our national debt and the relationship to rates of taxation and presidential terms since Carter.

Republicans have sold our souls to a devil we’ve supported called deferring our debt to some other generation. Tipled under Reagan/Bush, more than doubled under Bush II. Astronomical. They’ve also supported the exodus of US jobs (called outsourcing so US stocks pay better dividends). They’ve also supported the technology and manufacturing give away to China (Communist China that is)…since Nixon.

Call it the Whimpy syndrome: “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” or call it no tax and spend, corporate welfare, whatever works…

It’s easy and popular to run under a “we won’t tax anyone” platform, but reality is there is no gain without effort or pain (i.e. paying for what is owed)

Gues what folks? Tuesday has come, and it’s time to start paying.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

Let’s also add to the fact that this administration appears dramatically more incompetent when each and every release of the job statistics in the press (and constant revisions of them a week or two later) are always called “unexpected”. You can’t blame the other guy for your incompetence of not knowing it’s going to happen for 12 months. Especially when elected officials were elected as the experts to fix the problems. Members of both parties will pay the ultimate price for that. And let’s state the unspoken obvious word that goes with this for the President: “one-termer”.

Posted by L Dean | Report as abusive

[...] 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems – James Pethokoukis, Reuters [...]

The “Upstanding Brother” who writes confuses the old USSR, Maoist China and Pol Pot’s Cambodia with the United States of America. The “Upstanding Brother” has never really run anything a day in his life. He gets “refunds” of money he has never paid in taxes and wants everyone else to support him and those like him.

America was never a collectivist system. Marxism, socialism and communism that enforces it – it demands sacrifices of its people for its own sake. When Americans pulled together for “the greater good” it was the greater good of beating back an immediate threat of tyranny. To that do we allied ourselves with a tyrant who “sacrificed” 25,000,000 souls for the “common good.”

We, fortunately used American Know-How to build better machines to preserve our “collective” belief that each human life is sacred and to beat back tyrants of Europe and Japan. Unfortunately, though, we had to ally ourselves with Stalin – who over the course of Marxist “common good” murdered a huge percentage of Soviet people as did Mao in his China and Pol Pot in Cambodia for the same reasons of supporting Marxist states.

You want facts: You aren’t paying taxes to Haliburton. Your job is going “overseas” because government wants an ever larger piece of a pie they believe should be theirs – even though they didn’t do anything to earn it – kind of like you – you believe everyone else should pay to support your lazy ass. It’s not Haliburton, it’s not Cheney, Bush or Reagan: It’s the man in the mirror who doesn’t have enough character to demand that government stop stealing from others to support him rather than coming to grips that he, if he loves freedom and liberty, is made by God to be responsible for himself and his family.

Government steals from us, the banks are encouraged by the government to steal from us. Incentive for business to stay is when there is no more thievery. A government not for the people is a tyrant – a government feared is not by the people.

Posted by MichaelMac | Report as abusive

NOBODY (middle class) can afford to be a Dem…unless you live by government entitlements. And just watch that group grow and grow and grow.

Posted by zanne | Report as abusive

When did a news organization such as Reuters and others become a talking arm of the GOP. Really?!? Health care reform is supposed to take billions off of our deficit and help create new jobs, etc. I think in lieu of having tax breaks for the poor and middle class has actually scared supposed media moguls into reporting things that run contrary to the American people’s true interests…the fact is, unemployment is being felt all over the world…the GOP was in the majority in power for fifteen years, what did they do? Cheney openly admitted he did nothing about the economy (or much else) before leaving office prior to the Obama administration and the democratic majority…don’t tell me THAT helped and the party of NO has basically done NOTHING the last year, except hate monger, scapegoat, lie, distort, mislead, connive, etc. the American people for their own gain…I can see that the media, along with Reuter’s, cannot be trusted…I see this is another ploy to get the GOP back into power and extend those expired Bush tax breaks to the wealthy, powerful…including the big media corporations.

Posted by sn | Report as abusive

You make some excellent points, but dude, calm down! This piece is full of grammatical errors. Breathe, breathe!

Posted by Barney | Report as abusive

Businesses are not hiring because
A. they don’t know what’s going to happen.
B. Whatever happens they are certain the government is going to be taking more of what they earn.
It really is that simple.
The “stimulus” was one big pay off with OUR money. I looked up the figures for my county and there was 1! “shovel ready” project that involved a two block street in a town of less than 2 thousand. The vast majority of the money went to the school districts and colleges. Which you could argue the merits of, but it certainly doesn’t create any jobs.
I find it pathetic really that the die-hard Progressives are still spewing the same tired rhetoric when most Americans are waking up and well aware of what has taken place.

Posted by Conservativegal | Report as abusive

Nice FEDUP. Excellent input. Perfectly illustrates the 4:33 point and why every Neo-con should better understand history through the lens of reality, not what Palin/Gingrich/Beck/Limbaugh (core Republican leaders) try to pass off as reality.

Two major recessions post Republican presidencies directly linked to failed “trickle down” policies and exponential debt and you still believe the hype?

Think of that guy on your block who has the best house, car, clothes and toys. You know the one. The guy who’s job isn’t sufficient to pay for any of it. The guy who puts it all on credit. He’s the one that used his inflated home equity to buy that new boat and cabin in the woods. You know the one who now gets all of the collection calls, who lost his health insurance and has gone bankrupt because he can’t pay for his last bypass surgery. That guy?

That guy is America.

Republicon artists sell a different story and feed the anger and hate machine full of what it wants to hear.

Wake up human children and see what continues to be perpetrated on your catatonic souls.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

“It’s the man in the mirror who doesn’t have enough character to demand that government stop stealing from others to support him rather than coming to grips that he, if he loves freedom and liberty, is made by God to be responsible for himself and his family.”

-Amen!

Posted by Conservativegal | Report as abusive

why does it matter which side screwed it up? we know both sides are corrupt. too many politicians making out from lobbyist $$ and paybacks. seems like we need to get all of them out and start all over w/term limits, new ppl who aren’t corrupt, new ppl like everyone on this forum — at least we care enough about what is happening.

stop bailing out banks who won’t help any of us at all! if TARP $ is being paid back, why can’t we give all Americans their own bailouts?

Posted by tired of it all | Report as abusive

A few months ago somebody tried to persuade me that Obama and the Democrats were deliberately sabotaging everything they could in the hopes that “the system” would finally come crashing down. They know very well that they are going to be unpopular and lose a lot of seats in Congress, but to them it will be worth it. They assume that out of the chaos that ensues will emerge a European welfare state, not a rebirth of evil liberty and capitalism. I told the guy he was crazy.

But now, I’m not so sure.

Posted by Renfield | Report as abusive

Census hirings may be the saviour for a couple of months..

Posted by darkangel | Report as abusive

This presidency is effectively over.

Period…

Posted by JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA | Report as abusive

George Washington called government a neccessary evil.
The problem with Progressivism is they see government as a force for good in the world. They are tragically mistaken as has been amply demonstrated repeatedly throughout history.
GW also said “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
Let’s take that analogy a bit further. A campfire is useful for heat, for cooking, to scare away wild animals. But outside the boundaries it can start a brushfire, which unchecked, can become a forest fire and destroy everything in it’s path.
The Constitution was created as a boundary around government. I’m afraid it has jumped the boundaries, hopefully now that the populace has started paying attention, we can stamp out the brushfire and get it back to it’s place.

Posted by Conservativegal | Report as abusive

Fiscal 2009 spending bills were all signed by Obama, not Bush. Bush signed CRAs until January. This was by choice – the choice of Pelosi and Reid who figured that Obama would win the Presidency so they sidestepped Bush. Once they made that choice, with Obama’s consent, the Dems owned fiscal 2009. When you seek authority you also own the responsibility.

Posted by East Bay Jay | Report as abusive

I remember a year ago reading economists saying unemployment might even reach 10% this recession.

Obama, Pelosi & Reid spent nearly a Trillion dollars on the stimulus plus hundreds of billions more new spending through Obama’s blockbuster budget and other programs…

… and we got 10%+ unemployment anyway.

$5 Billion of the Stimulus for was “Community Organizing”! You think that helps the economy?

What the Leftwingnuts fail to understand is all wealth is created by the private sector. The government is like a leach, it can only live off the body of the private sector. The government leach grows and grows and all Obama policies stifle the private sector.

If you were a sucessful small businessperson, why would hire someone? Obama’s cap-and-trade will double your electrity costs. Obama’s health care will cost you a lot more money. Obama is strangling your business with regulation. Obama has raised your taxes and you expect Obama to raise your taxes more.

Obama’s Democrats have done things like let the R&D tax credit expire and Obama’s House just more than doubled the tax rate on venture capital profits. Obama’s card check law will greatly increase the chance your small business will become unionized.

If you are a small businessperson earning $300,000 a year, Obama and Pelois literally hate you. You provide several jobs in your community, yet you are the “enemy” to Obama, Pelosi and the Democrats. You must be regulated, hated and taxed more by the Democrats.

Read up on what has happened to small toy retailers: the Democrats have created onerous new rules that are literally causing mom-and-pop retailers as well as small handcrafted toy manufacturers to shut down. The costs of compliance are 6 figures, which exceed the revenues many get even in good times.

Of course, Obama has wrecked the economy: Obama has made war on the very people who drive the American economy forward. I was hoping Obama would be a pro-growth Democrat like JFK or Clinton, but no, Obama is just anti-business.

Obama’s budget will only get worse as the world economy recovers. The US government is borrowing Obama’s trillions at extremely low rates (literally below 1%). As the world economy recovers, investors will require higher rates. Just wait to see what you taxpayers are on the hook for when government T-bill rates get back to 5%. Not even Obama himself pretends to even come close to balancing the budget. Every year it will get much worse.

America, get ready for 3 more dire years!

Posted by UofC Alum | Report as abusive

Check out Snopes on this one!!!!
A retired Constitutional lawyer has read the entire proposed
healthcarebill. Read his conclusions and pass this on as you wish. This is
stunning!

Please take the time to read this and forward it out as you see fit.
Thanks The Truth About the Health Care Bills – Michael Connelly,
Ret. Constitutional Attorney

Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill
3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with
particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law.
I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being
discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what
I had heard or expected.

To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its
implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are
saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly
where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free
health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably
forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession. The Bill
will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business,
and put everyone into a government run system.

All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by
federal bureaucrats, and most of them will not be health care
professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and
allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled by the

government. However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface.
In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of
providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover
for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of
government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a
similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United
States will effectively have been destroyed.

The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power
between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S.
Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration
authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American
people, and the businesses they own.

The irony is that the Congress doesn’t have any authority to legislate in
most of those areas to begin with! I defy anyone to read the text of the
U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of
Congress to regulate health care. This legislation also provides for access, by the
appointees of the Obama administration, of all of your personal health
care direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to
the Constitution information, your personal financial information, and the
information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a
protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget
about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion
regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.

If you decide not to have healthcare insurance, or if you have private

insurance that is not deemed acceptable to the Health Choices Administrator appointed by Obama, there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a tax instead of a fine because of the
intent to avoid application of the due > process clause of the 5th
Amendment. However, that doesn’t work because since there is nothing in
the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it
is definitely depriving someone of property without the due process of
law.

So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so
much, out the original ten in the Bill of Rights, that are effectively
nullified by this law It doesn’t stop there though. The 9th Amendment that
provides: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be

construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;

The 10th Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States

by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the

States respectively, or to the people.

Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the
people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many

areas that once were theirs to control.

I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get
the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and
limiting rights. Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of
both houses of Congress to “be bound by oath or affirmation to support the
Constitution.” If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote
for this legislation or anything like it, without feeling I was violating
that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway, I would hope
the American people would hold me accountable.
For those who might doubt the nature of this threat, I suggest they
consult the source, the US Constitution, and Bill of Rights. There you can
see exactly what we are about to have taken from us.
Michael Connelly Retired attorney,
Constitutional Law Instructor Carrollton , Texas

Geraldine Schafferschaffervbgg@comcast.net

Posted by JoeM | Report as abusive

The Dems don’t give a dang about this analysis. The writer should stick it up his you-know-what. If Dems cared, they would have worked on jobs in 2009, not the gov’t takeover of health. But socialism is why they went into gov’t in the first place, not job creation. Stupid analysis!

Posted by Bill Carson | Report as abusive

If there’s one thing businessmen fear, it’s uncertainty. And that’s one of Obama’s biggest problems; we still don’t know who he is or exactly where he’ll draw the line. Will taxes go up in 2010? Who knows! Will the House push radical Cap & Trade, or radical Card Check? Who knows! Obama has promised to focus on jobs, but he has broken so many promises already, so really…who knows! IMO a lot of capital is sitting on the sidelines waiting this administration out. The best thing for Obama would be for the Reps to take back congress just like in 1994; then maybe we could get some good Centrist legislation passed.

Posted by JohnR | Report as abusive

[...] Pethokoukis lists 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems Jan 8, 2010 10:33 EST 2010 election | [...]

The democratic plan is to redistribute wealth regardless of the consequences. It is the ultimate progessive utopia to steal from the halves and give to the worthless. It’s socialism pure and simple. Anyone that denies it is either a liar, stupid, or lacks any historical knowledge whatsoever. Leveling the playing field is about opportunity not control. To level the playing field by force is tyranny. The government has no right to determine winners and losers. I can’t wait for November 2010.

NobleKin is nothing more than a communist, umm statist or one who wants government to take more away from everyone else to support his welfare and laziness. He just a troll on this site and a troll is all he or she will ever be, loving to be told what to do by big brother and bending over and taking it. God has a special place in hell for you and I take great joy in knowing you’ll be there someday!

Posted by deathtoNobleKin&hisCommieIlk | Report as abusive

GDP improvement of 4 to 5%? I don’t believe it. Not with state tax revenues continuing to plummet in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Posted by MarkW | Report as abusive

[...] 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad <b>news</b> for Dems | Analysis <b>&#823… [...]

Great, the economy continues to be worse than we expect, UNEMPLOYMENT is really much worse than 10%. The Democrats have discouraged so many people from looking for work that it makes the Unemployment number look better. And we aren’t even safe. “The System Works”. I guess while we’re surging the internet this year looking for a job we can at least watch the Circus trials of the murdering terrorists who planned 9/11. I’m a little miffed that Obama is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on them that could be spent to help the UNEMPLOYED, but I guess the Democrats have to have their priorites!!!

Posted by valwayne | Report as abusive

Nice Joe M.

The Snopes feature on this item only confirms that the essay was correctly attributed. It does not confirm or deny the correctness of the opinions expressed.

Also note that this essay was written on a bill that no longer exists as examined by Mr. Conelly in July and August of 2009.

The issues of legal concern have long since been rewritten or removed to adhere to the Constitution.

Snopes is a decent site and one worth using when panning for BS, particulary in emails of dubious intent.

That said, the private carrier insurance industry has caused its own demise.

As a business owner with employees the projected rate to cover one person with a family package is estimated at between 23,000 and 28,000 per year in the next 8 to 10 years…nearly 3/4 of the current base salary of our shop workers.

Inasmuch as I would love a free market solution, in the 17 years since this debate was squashed by Republicans in 1993, nothing has been done to change a system seen as broken for over 20 years ago.

Worldwide, looking at countries that do well with supporting free market enterprise and democracies similar to our own, it should be noted that all of them have what the Republicans would demonize as Socialized medicine. All remain competitive free marketers with working democracies…including Canada, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and many others.

It is garbage to claim there is a free market solution when the corporations have repeatedly forced legislation to work in thier favor and against a better system.

Greed will have destroyed them, not legislation.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

[...] The flim-flams are growing but the jobs are few and far between. [...]

[...] 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad <b>news</b> for Dems | Analysis <b>&#823… [...]

First off partisans, realize this, Dems are to heroin addicts what Repubs are to crack addicts. Both are addicts, just one is worse about it than the other. I think we can all agree to the obvious? Dems like to spend more money than Repubs. Doesn’t mean Repubs are good for us, they aren’t. What is good for us now is about 535 Members of Congress running for their electoral lives, with Obama leading the pack, and voters in hot pursuit.

Posted by richardb | Report as abusive

People who think Obama can’t be criticized because it was really Bush who screwed things up, and therefore Republicans are wrong, just don’t get it. The vast majority of Republicans think BUSH WAS WRONG on the stimulus, bail-outs, etc., that were simply continued, and doubled-down, by Obama. (If there’s a proper criticism, it’s that these people NOW don’t like what Bush did, but didn’t say much when he did it.) To criticize Obama for doing what Bush did, only more so, isn’t inconsistent if you don’t like what Bush did either. As for “knowing how government works,” the economic down-turn coincided almost precisely, not with Bush’s presidency, but with Democratic control of Congress. I’m not saying propinquity is causation, just pointing out that if you’re saying that, then you can’t put all the blame on Republicans.

Posted by Dave H | Report as abusive

Im so tired of the total dumbness syndrome that appears to spread through the country. All this baseless propaganda about socialism this and socialism that. And propaganda is exactly what it is. Scare tactics made up by people who appears to have no clue about the things they talk about. Honestly have everyones memory of the past eight years just been wiped out. All the policies that put us in this shit in the beginning. The mishandling of the economy, the billions spent on the war ( no one can say that at least the Iraq war has brought nothing but misfortune for all of us ).

The whole world is in a economic crisis, we are in the middle of two wars, and threats coming in every day. And this is Obamas fault? Can he control the weather to?

30 million americans are walking around without healthcare, and trying to fix it is what Socialism? What planet are you guys from?

If trying to fix the healthcare system is socialism. What is not doing a damn thing about it? cause it obviously hasn’t worked for decades, only making the deficit growing. Its not rocket science.

The scariest thing is that some people almost want things to fail only so they can blame it on the democrats. Take the stick out and stop whining.

He has been in the office for a year and accomplished more than Bush accomplished in eight years even if thats not something to brag about. Im not saying we should give him a break, just let him do his work. At least stop with the baseless propaganda.

We are recovering but it takes time. Don’t forget that Obama in the past year has restored some of the respect credibility of this country that the past government destroyed. It will show to be a very important factor for both the security and economy in the long run.
Its not about democrats and republicans. The fact is that the last government sat down and took the biggest crap in history on this country and it lasted for eight long years.

And finally while they leave people start to scream for them to come back. Im speechless.

Posted by William B | Report as abusive

[...] 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad <b>news</b> for Dems | Analysis <b>&#823… [...]

In the world of corporate media, everything is a terrible blow to the Democrats. In case no one was paying attention today, the markets shook off the unemployment report and closed at another new high. The trajectory of job losses in the United States is reversing. In the next few quarters, we will see job creation taking place. Somehow, this will also be spun as bad news for the Obama administration. It’s getting ridiculous.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

stimulus=tax=bribe=socialist=one term

Posted by voice of reason | Report as abusive

“Handicapping it like a quasi-partisan horse-race only makes matters worse, but thanks for trying.” – The Bell

Oh yeah, now that the stink in the kitchen is out of control you fake flag wavers are non-partisan. Right. You had the long knives out for GWB. Payback at the polls is gonna be hell for the radical leftists agenda taking place now.

Posted by Karen B | Report as abusive

Bad economic numbers, bad economic policy, ambitious spending and healthcare could spell disaster for the President and the Democrats. The President today also unveiled a $2.3 billion spending bill to create clean energy bills. This is all under the shadow of persistent unemployment and apparent failure of the stimulus bill. Check out this article: http://www.philosoguy.com/98/obamanomics -and-the-midterm-elections/

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

“The trajectory of job losses in the United States is reversing. In the next few quarters, we will see job creation taking place. Somehow, this will also be spun as bad news for the Obama administration. It’s getting ridiculous.” – getplaning

You are inhaling aren’t you? Even the WSJ can’t find it in the soul to badmouth the Obama economy. If Reagan were in office we’d have an endless parade of sob stories about the rise in homeless people. 700,000 job losses in a swipe is OK when a dem is in office. But tell me how the economy is doing once inflation sets in later this year.

Posted by Karen B | Report as abusive

Is it possible that after November 2010, we will see a change in the House Membership? Is it possile that we will not have to hear the lies spewed by Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank? I can only pray and vote(my entire family, even the very elderly ones know how to vote in November to rid us of this liberal poison!

There are many people who lost HIGH paying jobs and landed on low wage jobs.

For data reporting purpose these people are not unemployed.

Do these people’s situation factor into any of the employment / economic data?

Posted by Harry | Report as abusive

Government can never produce real jobs: it can only make jobs that depend on the work of others in the private sector. Government revenue comes from taxes, fees or printing money. Obama and his friends have no idea how to create jobs. Obama has no clue why sky high employee health care taxes, easy as pie unionization of even a small 4 person work force, and mushrooming cap and trade electricity costs prevent small business owners from risking the hire of new employees. Obama wants to kill small business in this country.

To “The Bell”: Sorry, but I disagree with you. If Obama and Democrats in Congress continue their liberal policies of taking over car companies, regulating businesses to , socializing medicine, and pushing a phony climate change agenda, I sincerely want us to fail, and fail miserably, with high unemployment, etc. This may make me sound awful to a lot of people, perhaps even insane, but I have young sons, and I desperately want them to grow up in the same country I did, full of hope and opportunity. And if this type of government appears to work, even for a short time, in my opinion we will be doomed in the long run, because it’s a horrible , headed for socialism. I believe that, although today’s jobs report was bad for the short term, it’s exactly what we need in the long run if we’re to get new leaders (of both parties) and survive as a nation.

Posted by Steve from Wisconsin | Report as abusive

Smallcap: It appears as though you are a fellow small business owner, good for you. How much are your current healthcare premiums?

Just attended a conference in California addressing the economy and the stimulus. The economist who spoke stated the stimulus has actually worked to this point but not as effectively as possible because banks were withholding $$$ for loans. This (the stimulus) he stated was artificial in nature, but said that is what a stimulus is, and is supposed to do.

Jobs are a lagging indicator, and he spelled out all of the other leading indicators as cause for hope and a likely better recovery than what is projected. We can only hope he is correct.

There was an accountant who also spoke and stated he had no party affilition, and was asked to speak on the current healthcare system. His summary was that the current system is unsustainable for business and gave the circumstances Starbuck and Walmart have found themselves in as examples of this.

Disagree with the “Government can never produce real jobs” comment as too many relatives (teacher, fireman, police, military)and friends (FBI, town police, teacher and county sherrif) work in government in real jobs for that to be true. None, Democrat or Republican, feel their jobs should be privatized.

Wish I had their health plans.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

The so-called stimulus was never intended to create jobs. It was intended as pure pork – to the victors belong the spoils. If they had wanted to create jobs, they would have put it all into contruction of boads, bridges, railroads, and nuclear power plants – as China did. This is especially true as the bulk of the unemployed are in construction and heavy manufacturing. Less than 10% of the Porkulus is for construction.

Conclusion – The Great Obama wants unemployment to be high. To increase demand for Socialized Medicine, perhaps???

Posted by Andrew P | Report as abusive

I believe you’re being too generous with approval numbers.
Even Quinnpiac Polls illustrate the dissatisfaction with ongoing ongoing Democrat incompetence! http://www.google.com/search?client=oper a&rls=en&q=quinnpiac+obama+poll&sourceid =opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Obozzo is awakening to the fact that all the Stimulus
(aka as ‘Porkulus’) in the universe will not BUY an election or 2… Ooh This will be a year for the books!

Does anyone have any idea what the job picture for December would be if we didn’t count newly hired government workers?

Posted by ROBERT TAMARO | Report as abusive

Author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” Dr. Steven Covey cites job search expert Robin Ryan, who says that the hardest hit are those “over 40” individuals who have suffered a triple whammy: 1) prematurely unemployed (and least likely to be rehired) 2) impoverished by the housing collapse, with their mortgages under water and 3) with 401K’s that are both untouchable and worth half of what they were two years ago. She has a petition to congress on her blog site “Voice of The Unemployed” that is dead on – and her new book “Over 40 & You’re Hired!” is a timely godsend for these folks.

But…where is the Hope & Change we were promised by the new administration?

That’s what I want to know.

geo96

Posted by geo96 | Report as abusive

“Conclusion – The Great Obama wants unemployment to be high. To increase demand for Socialized Medicine, perhaps”???
- Posted by Andrew P -

I agree this may have been a factor in their strategy! However, for Marxists a more effective plan might be to crash the entire economy to then proclaim “See Comrades, Capitalism has failed”… Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

Why bad? Unemployment creates more Democrat voters. They will be reaping a bonanza of people looking for the government to fix what the government destroyed -the ability to give them a real job. Go to work for the government,contribute no taxes, work for socialism.

Posted by Rick | Report as abusive

Given the steamy pile he was handed, along with nearly half of America continuing to want to believe they were right about voting for Bush II, which keeps them on the edge of their seats watching Fox News hoping for failures…

What chance does this president have?

The same was said of Clinton in the 90′s. He was a socialist, commie, blah, blah, blah…

And he turned out to be the best we’ve had in thirty years…all dick jokes aside. Sorry Reaganites, his numbers are better.

History is there to be read. The figures of the past thirty years on taxes and national debt don’t lie.

For the Neocon artist conspiracy theorists/propogandists I say Capitalism won’t fail…just ask the Chinese we’ve given it to.

Posted by NobleKin | Report as abusive

The author of this article should be ashamed. I’ve never seen so many errors in spelling and grammar.

Posted by Robert Cole | Report as abusive

But the Democrats have a little trick up their sleeve. Did I read somewhere that they will be hiring a large number of people to conduct the census? Combine that number with an increasing number of people no longer bothering to look for employment, and the apparent percentage of unemployed will soon start to fall.

The only true measure of success right now is the growth in the number of private sector jobs.

Posted by Independent observer | Report as abusive

In response to “Shawn”

You are partly correct sir. The economy did begin to implode in 2007 under the Bush Admin. Let’s ask the question – what was the root cause of the implosion? Shawn – does securitization ring a bell? What about the initial “stimulus” to spur lending to those poor, indigent, discriminated against Americans that were being denied affordable housing? Your people called this stimulus the Community Reinvestment Act. This democrat sponsored bill stated that it was unlawful for lenders to discriminate against borrowers with their strict underwriting guidelines. This sparked off one of the largest crime waves of “lending” in this country’s history. Now – fast forward to 2007, 8 years after the law was in-acted and what do you have? Good luck with that, Shawn.

Posted by Justen | Report as abusive

What small business will hire someone for 32 hours + per week when that is the threshold for ObamaCare tax of $600 per month? Hire two part timers.

This recession will be around a long time. Obama is nuts.

Posted by JoeS | Report as abusive

Wow, there are some hot-under-the-collar people posting here. Come on – settle down folks! Things are going to get better in America, albeit slowly and with some bumps in the road along the way. Be patient.

What we should really be worrying about is fixing Social Security, and making sure our young people can be competitive in the global economy. Otherwise, we Americans will have a bleak future, indeed.

Posted by Merrill Grinch | Report as abusive

Worse than expected? Are you kidding me? 85,000 jobs lost in December? This is freakin horrible! With all those temporary hires for the Christmas season and we still lost 85,000 jobs? What will happen this month when the retail stores let all those temps go?

Obama’s democrats must stop this war on jobs.

We invested $787 Billion dollars in jobs last year, plus $290 Billion in Omnibus (whatever that is) spending, and now we are about to invest $2 trillion dollars in health care.

Are we getting our moneys worth?

The donkeys have been in total control of the United States of America for over a year now. Have they been good stewards?

VOTE 2010 ;^)

Posted by D4N13L | Report as abusive

[...] 2: James Pethokoukis at Reuters — “9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems.” Comments [...]

I love people that act so intellectual and thus can’t be argued with. Tax rates and debt have a correlation but stating that tax rates were higher and debt lower at some point in US History does not take into account myriads of other factors such as spending, spending and spending, inflation and population growth. Simply saying higher taxes means less debt is to simplistic and stated by someone who probably has no more than 3 credit hours in economics or history. Oh yeah and things were so much better 30 years ago under Jimmy Carter?? LMAO. Seriously? Were do you get your liberal self denying talking points? 30 years ago, lets see Carter sold the Panama Canal to the Chinese, Carter surrendered to the Islamofacists in Iran, Carter prevented the recycling of nuclear fuel, higher unemployment than now, higher inflation and oh year 18% inflation. If you want to live in your LSD/pot smoking fantasy land about 30 years ago, go ahead. I bet you never quit living in 1969 on some college campus in a leftist program say like oh education or liberal arts.

Posted by NobleKinisStupid | Report as abusive

[...] = "UA-472984-2"; 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters I think what is going to be getting talked about soon, is the shrinking labor force. Basically, [...]

The Democrats Create Poverty.

Nasty Palosi took queenship in 2006 and ever since her first Budget that BUSH SIGNED the economy has been tankin.

Democrats have been destroying this economy and they still blamin’ BUSH.

IT’S CONGRESS THAT WRITES THE BUDGET YA DARN DUMB FOOLS! I GREW UP IN THE HOOD AND EVEN I KNOW THAT.

DEMOCRATS HAVE CONTROL OF CONGRESS … ECONOMY TANKS! PURE AND SIMPLE … THEY WANT ECONOMY TO TANK SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE MORE PEOPLE ON WELFARE DEPENDENT ON THE SLAVER STATE.

When NEWT GINGRICH WROTE THE BUDGET AND CLINTON SIGNED THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET THE ECONOMY WENT SCREAMIN’.

BUT WHEN, IN 1993, CLINTON GOT HIS 1 AND ONLY BUDGET PASSED WE HAD RECESSION.

DUMB FOOL VOTERS IT’S THE CONGRESS WRITE THE BUDGET … UNLESS THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS FROM THE SAME PARTY.

DEMOCRATS HAVE ALWAYS RUINED PROSPERITY. THEY HATE RICH PEOPLE … AND BELEIVE YOU ME … BLACK DEMOCRATS REALLY REALLY HATE WHITE RICH REPUBLICANS AND WOULD KILL EM IF THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH IT AND A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS. I KNOW FER SURE.

Posted by BlackBubba | Report as abusive

Whenever millions of people lose their jobs, the last thing on my mind is whether or not this event may be bad news for the shady career of Obama or of the clique of do-nothing-but-steals with whom he surrounds himself. His idea of bad news and the way his policies hit America when its down are signs that what matter to him doesn’t matter to real people. Every bit as little of a hoot do I give for the crocodile-tear-shedding anti-social felons leveraging other people’s lives on behalf of the Republican side, same story different party, both sides being culpable for the state America is in today.

When normal people’s livelihood goes up in smoke due to the antics of crooks in Washington DC, the least of their concerns will be whether there’s a dime’s worth of difference between so-called major parties – because there isn’t.

Posted by The Bell | Report as abusive

So here’s an off-the-wall musing: what if some “national emergency” happens, oh, maybe about mid-October, and the government in the majority suspends elections scheduled for November until “normalization”? Or even better, what if the government in the majority manages to pass a Federal voter registration scheme which suddenly, dramatically increases classes of voters (felons, anyone?) which would benefit the government holding the majority?

Posted by Saving Grace | Report as abusive

amazingly enough slick obama has already figured out how to make the job numbers look good by the midterms. of course there very temporary jobs, for union members, but still jobs. read an article the other day about the census bureau hiring a record number of census takers for the 2010 census. something like 1.4 million. he will probably hire just enough each month to actually make unemployment look like a positive gain each month. of course in 2011 they all magically disappear. but it looks good for the mid terms doesnt it.

Posted by frank di | Report as abusive

but on a side not , dont know why people always say democrats hate the rich. they dont after all the majority of the top 2% are democrats, and believe me they dont hate themselves. gates ring a bell, how about soros. for thast matter the majority of hollywood, most professional sports players. what side of the political spectrum you think they all fall into. theres your top 2%. democrats dont hate the rich, they hate the middle class that is trying to become rich. look at when bear sterns fell. when they were out doing interviews they asked employees heading out the door. one said the reason they let them fail was because there 80% democrats working there.

Posted by frank di | Report as abusive

“. . . competitive free marketers with working democracies[,]including Canada, Norway, Sweden, [the] Netherlands, [the] UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain[,] and many others.”

All with oppressive taxes, dysfunctional governments, and moribund economies, their industrial bases destroyed, their morale crushed, their native populations ever dwindling, not replacing their numbers. Their citizens enjoy nothing close to what Americans would recognize as freedom of speech. But hooray! They all have rationed medical care! So why do the ones who can afford it travel to the wicked evil United States of America if they become seriously ill?

Oops, I almost forgot another wonderful advantage those countries have: lots and lots of peace-loving, unassimilable Moslems.

Posted by Renfield | Report as abusive

In 2006 midterms, Democrats tool over Congress, by 2008, the economy had begun a hard slide, and the blame Bush game was in full play. The results were to elect more Democrats in 2008. In 2009, Democrats spent the year blaming Bush, and bringing us back from the brink. Now it is 2010, and they will continue to blame Bush and the Republicans. We have heard Republicans called the party of “No” all through 2009, but with the super majorities for Democrats in both houses of Congress, the Republicans do not have any power to stop any bill that the Democrats can agree about.

Therefore, with complaints from Democrats about spending being out of control under Bush and the Republicans, (and they were right), what do they do? They spend 10 times more, telling us that we can spend our way out of debt. When we needed jobs, they gave us health care. When we needed less regulation, they gave us more regulations (for jobs, “EPA”). When we ask them to listen, they told us to “shut the hell up”. When we told them there was no global warming, they wanted to give billions to third world countries (Thank You, China, India, and Brazil, for not agreeing with Obama). When we needed less taxes, the Democrats raised our taxes. The Democrats keep telling us they know what is best for us, and we are not smart enough to know what is best for ourselves.

So, I, for one, will not be voting for any of these Democrats in November, but that does not mean I will be voting for Republicans either. I will be voting, but only for those who will listen to the concerns of the people, a majority of the people, who have been ignored far to long. I also believe there are millions of voters, who think as I do. We are tired of political correctness and liberalism. So, before all “Hope” is lost, we must have “Change”. We simply need representatives to do the will of the people, the Majority of the people, and this President and Congress are not listening.

Posted by Sherlock | Report as abusive

Concerning the comment about “People sitting on the edge of their seats watching Fox News hoping for failures.”

Are people hapless victims that watch shows and are unduly influenced or do they watch shows with which they agree?

The surge in popularity of the Fox Channel is in part due to the urgency of the issues. If people were unconcerned they would not waste their time watching political shows, (nor reading blogs like this).

There is no sinister agenda, people are not being duped. Americans are just not far left enough for this administration to be long term.

Posted by Gwar33 | Report as abusive

[...] 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems 1. Remember this simple formula: Unemployment drives presidential approval numbers, and presidential approval numbers drive midterm election results. 2. President Barack Obama’s approval numbers are hovering just a tick below 50 percent. Since 1962, the average House midterm loss for the president’s party when his approval is sub-50 percent is 41 seats. The GOP needs 40 to take the House. 3. And make no mistake, the December unemployment numbers were bad both economically and politically. The 85,000 job loss was worse than expected and will be played that way the media. The continuation of double-digit unemployment also resonates with voters. And not a in a good way. 4. Then will come the second-take stories that will notice the shrinking labor force, which dropped by nearly 700,000 from November. Had it stayed stable from last month, the jobless rate would have been 10.4 percent. Had it stayed stable since August, the jobless rate would be 11 percent! The other 5 reasons here…. 9 reasons why the Dec. jobs report is bad news for Dems | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters [...]

It is clear that these comments are coming from individuals that are very frustrated with
everything in life- and have found a receptacle to place their frustration in – Obama and the Democrats. You need to remember that is was the mismanagement of 8 years of Republican leadership, and foolish policies like ” Lets go out an spend some money to stimulate the economy” that got us unto this mess in the first place. Remember Iraq and it’s “Weapons of mass destruction” and the war that resulted ? Blame this on Republican strategy. I do not want a hillbilly like Rush Limbaugh or a slick, spit shine shoe salesman like Mitt Romney running the country. I want pragmatic, thoughtful leadership, the type that the world respects, and the type that reflects the high ideals that this country represents. I see this in Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Posted by Michael Moore | Report as abusive

[...] me quote James Pethokoukis of Reuters, who framed this post perfectly for me as I was gathering data for [...]

[...] reality, the job numbers are terrible news for Democrats (don’t tell Delaware Liberal, though). Average Americans measure the economy by the [...]

It’a amazing that Obama is bankrupting America and HE can’t see it. Along with Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Democrats—they just don’t get it!! It’s all about GETTING EVEN with the Republicans and “to Hell with the American Taxpayers and JOBS.
On the other hand, MR. Obama is blaming the Security Agencies for NOT sharing “intelligence” between the agencies, YET the Democrats cannot “share” information with the Republicans regarding Heathcare; OR share Healthcare information with the American people.

What is wrong with this administration is the fact that
America’s financial stability is tied directly to jobs and our two political parties working together, NOT BRIBES to Senators to obtain votes with taxpayer money. Where is the U.S. SUPREME COURT; to propect the laws of the Constitution??? Bribery is a crime, except in Washington D.C.????????

And I quote, “Give me liberty or give me death”.

The Democrats MUST BE DUMPED!!!

As a former journalist, I disagree with the author of this article that the media will play up the bad economic news. I believe just the opposite will occur — they will look for silver linings and trumpet them for the Dems. As a former campaign manager for numerous legislative, Congressional, and statewide campaigns, I’m optimistic Republicans will pick up seats in ’10 in spite of always having to fight the referee (the media) and their opponents (the Dems) when they get into the ring. However, the momentum is peaking way too early for a landslide similar to ’94 — at this point. It’s possible Dems could do some unpopular things in ’10 which would increase anger (unlikely) or (more likely) there could be enterprising journalists who discover some shenanigans in the health care “reform” or (even more likely) terrorists could bomb again on our soil, which tends to rally people around the president but in this case could be used by Republicans to argue for more control to make the country more safe.

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I LEARNED WHEN I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD [1938] THAT YOU NEVER IMPORT MORE THEN YOU EXPORT, NEVER PRINT PAPER MONEY WITH OUT BACKING, NEVER SELL YOUR NATRAL RESOURSES AND BUY THEM BACK AS FINISHED PRODUCTS. WE ARE ALL AT FAULT FOR THIS. WE BUY WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST, NOT WHAT IS MADE IN THE U S A. WE GROW BETTER RICE IN THE U S A THEN THE JAPANESE. WE CAN SHIP IT TO JAPAN AND SELL IT FOR LESS THEN THEIR RICE. THEY WILL NOT BUY IT AS THEY ARE MORE PATPRIOTIC THEN WE ARE.

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Even the job loss figure is worse than reported. The jobs report is based upon the “non-farm payrolls” report. The broader “employment level” report, which includes the agriculture sector, shows a loss of jobs in December of 589,000, the third worst monthly job loss of 2009.

Obama continues to sit on his hands, doing nothing to restore a balance of trade and bring our manufacturing jobs back home. No wonder unemployment is so high.

[...] Marron calls it “sobering,” and James Pethokoukis gives nine reasons why it is “bad news” for Democrats. Mark Thoma discusses the story beneath the story, which is that the decline [...]

[...] correction: Unemployment would be at 11% if the government did not keep reducing its estimate of labor force participation. Share and [...]

William B and NobleKin are so far off it is LAUGHABLE!

Two morons.

Obama is driving our bus off the cliff at a speed that is three times the speed of Bush. Anyone who can’t see that doesn’t understand what is happening. Congrats to those who can see what is coming down the pike. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that Cap and Tax, so called Health Care Reform, and mondo higher taxes and mega spending will sink our already damaged ship.

If you think that our standing in the world is better now, think again. Having Europe’s progressive Liberals happy with our move to shared misery and our enemies and rivals seeing us as much weaker now with our Obama’s apologetic stance is suicide.

These people are truly disgraceful.

Peace

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I agree with Mark. The people who can still support Obama and his constant lying and legislation that is clearly unconstitituonal are just so pathetic. They have lost their ability to think and see clearly. Their very identities are tied to Obama’s success so they see roses where there is dung and deny the very existence of their own noses. Go ahead and and deny all evidence to the contrary of what you have bought from Obama.

The funniest part of all of thi, if there could be one, is the FACT that the truth of all of this will unfortunately come to light for everyone to see in time. Will the NigBama supporters still blame Bush? Yes they can!

You can stick the change up your asses.

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How silly to even consider Obama’s plan as a recovery plan. It is a “plain as the nose on your face” takeover of the nation by destroying it first” plan. Nothing new to Marxists who have done this for decades in nations. First, they destroy and destabilize – they come in and restore order with big government controls on everyone.
That, in your face, America, healthcare plan to save money by aborting seniors is one big clue. The billions of unaccounted dollars he set aside to ACORNize the dead and the illegal to vote, is another. When the world wakes up and realizes that there is no one big enough and moral enough to save us, (and therefore them)the groaning will replace the joy at watching America fail.

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When your “brisk” GDP growth is fueled by government spending, it’s not good news. Not good news at all. Expect it to be widely touted, however.

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[...] He also faulted Obama and Democratic lawmakers for not doing more to create jobs. [...]

funny how all the lib sheep have to baa in unison about how the republicans are such big meanies

useful idiots…

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[...] how will this play out for the mid-terms? Not the way our resident lefties thought it would that’s for sure: 1. Remember this simple formula: [...]

I personally believe that corporate conservatives are purposely not hiring or layng off to make the Obama administration look as bad as possible to the American public before the 2010 election. It’s what you call “Disaster Capitalism” and it is manmade.

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[...] how will this play out for the mid-terms? Not the way our resident lefties thought it would that’s for sure: 1. Remember this simple formula: [...]

[...] the number of people dropping out of the workforce is still quite high. As James Pethokoukis noted today, a growing economy will draw these discouraged job-seekers back into the labor force, offsetting [...]