‘The road not taken’

Steve Benen: About a year ago, the job market looked a lot like it does now – after a strong winter, the economy stumbled badly in May and job growth stalled. Once the Republicans’ debt-ceiling crisis was resolved, President Obama shifted gears, refocused his agenda, and unveiled the American Jobs Act.

…. Despite public clamoring for action on jobs, congressional Republicans reflexively killed the AJA, saying it was unnecessary … For GOP policymakers, this was a time when Washington should stop investing in job creation and start focusing on austerity – lower the deficit, take capital out of the economy, and everything would work out fine.

As panic sets in after this morning’s brutal jobs report, take a moment to consider a hypothetical: what would the economy look like today if Congress had followed Obama’s lead, responded to public-opinion polls, and passed the American Jobs Act? In 2012, do you think the nation could use those 1.3 million jobs or not?

Are we better off now as a result of Republican obstructionism and intransigence, or would we have been better off if popular and effective job-creation measures had been approved?

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121 Responses to “‘The road not taken’”

  1. 1 Allison
    June 1, 2012 at 9:50 am


  2. 2 andogriff
    June 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Steve Benen nails it again!

  3. 5 andogriff
    June 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Congrats on first, Allison!

  4. 7 Pamela
    June 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Yay, Allison and andogriff! I am off to work! We have an economy to support! Damn the GOP! I hope they fail! Bye all, have the best day!

  5. 8 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Exactly! Reframe the question!

  6. 9 andogriff
    June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I must also do some errands, hope everyone has a great day too… bye!

  7. 10 snowbird42
    June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Just finished reading Benen and headed here. Like minds.
    The comments on his page are encouraging and remember, the media is a huge corporation. Journalism is dead. Long live Twitter . David Gregory is a douche.

  8. 11 onefourlife
    June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am


    Please read my post and give me insight. I placing it here again in this new thread.

    Hello TOD,
    I would not attempt to post this first. Top of the day to you all! Thank you all for your ideas and thoughtful suggestions in keep on keeping on. I do value all the input you gave to me. If I was not doing all of what you suggested my life would really have made a turn toward finding employment. This is a great site. Nowhere on the web have I found laughter, fun, real talk (Go PBO and FL) and sheer joy in one spot. Where I came from it might be illegal to think let alone speak such nonsense : ). Sorry, yet in my world there is a different reality. There are some people who turn their face when I approach pretending that I am a ghost or I am not there. Some shrug their shoulders in an unwelcome manner giving me the feeling to please not bother them. If the past 40 years of my life facing racism and finding healthy people to work with me in living in America were the typical experience I have faced these past years than I would not find it the least bit strange. Now my phone will turn off if I happen to say the wrong word and believe me I am a very uncomplicated person. I worked my butt off being a sandwich generation person while attaining my undergraduate degree in biology hoping to become a doctor. I was tricked into an (American medical school in the Caribbean) which was worst than Chucky or Nightmare on Elm Street. Finding my way to do something that I could potentially enjoy, one class before I finished my lpc degree I became homeless. I have written a book and saved my pennies to publish it and had to spend every dime moving to a location that I could seek work without a cloud over all my efforts. You can’t imagine the struggle to keep healthy by desiring to exercise and eat a healthy diet because if you get sick you would just become a number in a system. I went from having at least five doctors taking care of my needs including a dentist to hoping and praying for how I will be able to stay indoors for the next week. This is my reality. I have broken my silence because it seems that I am in a nightmare alone. Still, I thank you for the conversations on staying positive and keep networking. My computer is full of the job process and my heart is broken from the interactions. I will end this post with I have moved to a beautiful new place and I have started the process over again which gives me hope.

    • 12 0388jojothecat
      June 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Hello Onefourlife,

      You have endured a lot and have perservered inspite of so many obstacles. All I can say is stay strong, continue to reach out, you can find a safe place here at The Obama Diary to communicate with folks all across the country and world. God Bless you in starting over and starting a new life for yourself. If you are able and there is an Organize for America office or meetings in your area, I find most of them are small and you get to know some genuinely nice people with one purpose and that’s to re-elect this wonderful president who wants to improve lives for all americans.

      Take care and keep coming back.

      • 13 onefourlife
        June 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Hi 0388jojothecat,

        I had received a couple of calls where I last lived to volunteer before I left. I am a registered independent, so I did not know who to contact thank you. Not saying I won’t consider voting straight democrat in this upcoming election. For sure, I would like to help PBO get re-elected.

    • 14 Pamela
      June 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Onefourlife, I replied to your comment at the end of Rise and Shine… Hope you might have a chance to read it. Today could be the day things turn around for you. I hope so!

  9. 15 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 9:55 am


    And there’s a clear moral to this story: When the private sector is frantically trying to pay down debt, the public sector should do the opposite, spending when the private sector can’t or won’t. By all means, let’s balance our budget once the economy has recovered — but not now. The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity.

    As I said, this isn’t a new insight. So why have so many politicians insisted on pursuing austerity in slump? And why won’t they change course even as experience confirms the lessons of theory and history?

    Well, that’s where it gets interesting. For when you push “austerians” on the badness of their metaphor, they almost always retreat to assertions along the lines of: “But it’s essential that we shrink the size of the state.”

    Now, these assertions often go along with claims that the economic crisis itself demonstrates the need to shrink government. But that’s manifestly not true. Look at the countries in Europe that have weathered the storm best, and near the top of the list you’ll find big-government nations like Sweden and Austria.

    And if you look, on the other hand, at the nations conservatives admired before the crisis, you’ll find George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer and the architect of the country’s current economic policy, describing Ireland as “a shining example of the art of the possible.” Meanwhile, the Cato Institute was praising Iceland’s low taxes and hoping that other industrial nations “will learn from Iceland’s success.”

    So the austerity drive in Britain isn’t really about debt and deficits at all; it’s about using deficit panic as an excuse to dismantle social programs. And this is, of course, exactly the same thing that has been happening in America.

    Read that again: “It’s about using the deficit panic button as an excuse to dismantle social programs.” BINGO!

  10. 26 snowbird42
    June 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

    wondering if this reports reflects all the laid off teachers who won’t teach our kids.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      June 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Job losses this month were primarily in the area of CONSTRUCTION – which was a major component of the AJA. It’s time for the spotlight to be shone on the Republicans in congress who voted 100% “No” to infrastructure on the AJA. They were voted in 2010 promising jobs, jobs jobs. Yet they haven’t created a single job; instead they are pushing silly abortion bills.

      • 28 desertflower
        June 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

        I would love to see PBO address the nation and lay this at the feet of the Republicans.The truth doesn’t lie! Every news outlet would HAVE to carry it….agreed, hopefruit. This is what happens when you have the party of NO to contend with. assholes.

        • 29 hopefruit2
          June 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

          You’re right df. I am so sick and tired of the GOPMEDIA repeating stupid memes about “bad news for Obama” knowing fully well that the GOP is the source of the weak recovery.

  11. 30 Barb
    June 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Morning TOD & Chips! Time to catch up for me, Happy Friday everyone! My daughter opens a new Salon today & my sister closes on a home in Dallas, Tx, & my husband returns from a biz trip. (I see house cleaning in my immediate future, boo) Keep up the good fight!

  12. June 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

    good morning, everyone 🙂

  13. 33 anniebella
    June 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Seem like I felt better seeing POTUS smile when he got off that helicopter. Keep the faith everyone.

  14. 34 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 10:11 am


    Today’s jobs report is bad. So OK America, throw your temper tantrum about it.

    But when you’re done, its time to act like the adults we’re supposed to be and say “now what?”

    Because we live in a democracy, we have some choices to make. And the differences between them are crystal clear.

    If you think the economy is continuing to struggle because the government spends too much money, rich people pay too much in taxes, and Wall Street is too constrained by regulations – then Republicans are clearly your preference.

    On the other hand, if you think those are exactly the policies that got us into this mess in the first place, and that in order to fix things we need to work together to educate, innovate, and invest, then electing Democrats is your only option.

    That is what this is all about. Period.

  15. 35 Brit
    June 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

    It’s time for POTUS only, because his surrogates are horrible. Plus, Joe goes off message too. To go to the American people in many state and tell them how the GOP are cutting jobs. He has to stop assuming a lot of people know why the economy isn’t doing well.

    • 36 Chi
      June 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

      The President is only one man…

      And no, Joe does not go off message, he speaks from the heart and that is a good thing…

      Joe Biden is an impeccable V.P and an invaluable surrogate and part of this incredibly dedicated administration…

  16. June 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

    But what Steve Benen does not get is , we are running against the first Wall Street candidate ever, and he is very well connected.
    So, his message is portrayed heavily, while we struggle to define Him.
    That is all!

    • 41 desertflower
      June 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

      That is true, but one would think, that in THIS time of NOT TRUSTING WALL ST, (think Occupy and looted retirement accts and homes) that this goes AGAINST Romulan. (I like that. I think he IS a Romulan) He may be well connected, but like people here so often remind us, we each have one vote. I’m not so sure that argument holds water the way you think it does.

      • June 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Unfortunately, OWS is to busy doing Mic checks for both candidates and shutting down Ports, to be Useful!

        • 43 desertflower
          June 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

          Actually, quietly, they have been saving people’s homes from foreclosure.

          • June 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

            Oh okay!
            Then they are wonderful, never any problems with them! LOL!

          • 45 isonprize
            June 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm

            in some places “Occupiers” have been helpful. Others? Not so much. I really to think that the whole “Occupy movement” splintered off into local groups. Some being better than others.

            In Philadelphia, as it relates to the Public School protests, it’s a mixed bag. They have been helpful in working with parents and union groups to keep the issues of inequity and privatization of schools front and center. But then sometimes they do juvenile stuff to disrupt real dialog and just seem to want to get on camera and make the evening news. I’m still not impressed.

    • June 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

      He may be a wall street one percenter, but he still has not presented an ecomomic plan, or a jobs plan. It seems to me he is struggling to define just who he is, and what his message is. It’s gotta be more than “I’m not Obama”.

  17. 49 ChristiMTL
    June 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I wrote a comment in the other thread but just a few minutes before Chips posted the new thread….

    Basiclaly I’m wondering…………why are the words Liar and Racist taboo in the media? and even in the campaign.

    Calling Romney a flip flopper is wrong…he is not a flip flopper, he is a serial liar……

    What would happen if they would start calling him a liar?…..It’s consider an insult?….but shamelessly lying to the public is not?

    If they would start calling him out on his lies and calling him a liar, he would have to prove that he’s not…which he couldn’t obviously…but it would have a major impact….if the truth was told.

    The same as the word birhter….they are not birthers, they are racists……why always hide the truth?….that’s why Romney can fund raise with him.

    An headline like this: Romney raise money with birther Donald Trump doesn’t have the same impact as Romney raise money with racist Donald Trump.

    Words matter………

    • 50 desertflower
      June 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

      If they looked in the mirror, while calling him what he is, a liar, they would see themselves. I think it’s a form of denial and self preservation.

    • 52 EricFive
      June 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Words do matter and I also wish that the MSM would begin to call Mitt out on his constant lying, however, I am not holding my breath. As has been stated on this blog numerous times, our corporate owned media is aligned with the GOP. Corporations want lower taxes and less regulation. That is what Mitt/GOP offers, so the MSM will protect and prop up Mitt in an effort to do the bidding of their corporate masters. How else to explain the fact that the GOP is allowed to sabotage the economic recovery without a peep from the MSM? How else to explain the false equivelencies or the constant negative spin PBO has been subjected to since he took office? The game is fixed (it is similar to watching a baseball game with a corrupt umpire who refuses to call strikes on his favored team). As for the reluctance to call out racists and racist behavior, that is a reflection of this country’s inability to deal honestly with issues of race.

      • 53 desertflower
        June 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

        All valid points, EricFive. Pretty pathetic.

      • 54 isonprize
        June 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

        In keeping with your baseball example, the only way to win is to either hit home runs, play “small ball” or both. In other words, do you damndest to make the umpire calls irrelevant. I think the Obama campaign in doing a combination of both. In a game of strategy, Pres. Obama is the master. We’ve just got to have his back and play our positions.

        Small ball? – slowly, but steadily registering voters. slowly but steadily educating them for what they will need to vote. slowly but steadily recruiting volunteers, training them to educate others, checking in our neighbors and friends to make sure they have what they need to vote, etc.

        Home runs? – DOJ monitoring voter roll purges, developing multiple strategies to get to 270, getting the military “on his side” politically, keeping the pressure on exposing the “war on women,” filing lawsuits against these egregious, obstructionist voter ID registration laws, etc.

  18. 55 amk for obama
    June 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Methinks me take a break today lest me also go teh crazy.

  19. 60 Jessica
    June 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    The jobs numbers are so pitiful it hurts. Cnn is gonna have a field day.

    • 61 Linda
      June 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

      No one watches CNN anyway. That Erin Burnett from CNBC and Goldman only averages about 80 k

      • June 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

        I think that CNN tea party debate was the last straw for a lot of people. Who would have thought that CNN would lose half of their audience. We got cable 20 yrs ago so we could watch CNN. It’s Amazing how far they have fallen.

    • 63 criquet
      June 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      That’s not the way to look at them IMO. Under Bush US was losing 700-800,000 jobs a month.
      69,000 is not great but it is stil 25 straight months of private sector growth. Without a treacherous Republican majority in the house,a filibustering minority in the Senante and those Republican Governors laying off public sector workers, things would be much better.

      We have to stop playing into the MSM games and get our messages out. Want more progress on every front, vote the GOP out.

  20. 65 whatisworking
    June 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    We will have a tough day, and we will have an opportunity to grow from it and emerge stronger.

    What will you pledge to do to help us take back the country? I am talking about concrete actions….

    Here is my list, please add your actions below…

    Tomorrow our local OFA is having a phone bank to Wisconsin – I will be there

    Sunday we are having a table at the local Farmers Market

    I am hosting a phone bank at my house this coming Wednesday.

    I will continue to donate to those on this blog

    We can either become discouraged or determined……

    • 66 desertflower
      June 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Morning, Linda:) This!

    • 67 0388jojothecat
      June 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

      I just got an email and our local OFA is having a phone bank to Wisconsin and I will be there. No time to be discouraged, it is time to be active and bring people along.

    • 68 isonprize
      June 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Voter registration, volunteer recruitment
      Voter registration, volunteer recruitment
      Voter registration, volunteer recruitment
      Voter registration, volunteer recruitment

      Hey, did I mention that I’ll be doing voter registration and volunteer recruitment?

  21. 69 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I don’t know how to embiggen this….

  22. 70 ChristiMTL
    June 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

    With a Congress out to destroy the economy and RWer Governors with the same goal…I’m surprised that it’s not in free fall…

    The noise in the media doesn’t bother me anymore and it feels great,

  23. 71 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

    This is all you need to know! http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/03/05/437641/gop-austerity-reagan/

    The economy is now slowly recovering, enough that Republicans are left just criticizing the pace of the recovery, not its existence. But without the GOP-backed austerity measures and the job losses they’ve caused, the recovery would be moving at the speed of the Reagan recovery of the 1980s, according to an analysis from economist Paul Krugman:
    In fact, if it weren’t for this destructive fiscal austerity, our unemployment rate would almost certainly be lower now than it was at a comparable stage of the “Morning in America” recovery during the Reagan era. […]
    If government employment under Mr. Obama had grown at Reagan-era rates, 1.3 million more Americans would be working as schoolteachers, firefighters, police officers, etc., than are currently employed in such jobs.
    And once you take the effects of public spending on private employment into account, a rough estimate is that the unemployment rate would be 1.5 percentage points lower than it is, or below 7 percent — significantly better than the Reagan economy at this stage.
    At this point in the Reagan recovery, Krugman notes, government purchases rose 11.6 percent; they’re down 2.6 percent under Obama. During the Reagan recovery, government employment rose 3.1 percent; under Obama, it is down 2.7 percent. Under Obama, government spending rose 2.6 percent during the first two-and-a-half years of the recovery, compared to a 10.2 percent rise under Reagan.
    Despite those numbers, Republicans continue to blame “out of control spending” and a growing federal government for holding back the economy, holding Reagan’s recovery up as an example of the success of the party’s policies. As Krugman’s analysis shows, however, Reagan’s recovery wasn’t constrained by the austerity measures that are now barreling Europe toward a second recession and preventing the U.S. economy from growing at a faster pace.

  24. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    June 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This Congress can only do what the people they represent allow them to do. Yes, there are red states with hard line Republicans representing their Districts and State but if thousands of those unemployed lined up knee deep day after day after day demanding that they stop obstructing and pass legislation that would help put them back to work I honestly feel that they would feel compelled to do so.

    These Repubs do this obstruction mess everyday and there is little to no consequences for their actions. So everyday it’s business as usual.

    President Obama time and again has appealed to the public to pressure Congress to do their damn jobs. Nothing is done with any consistency. We live in a Representative Democracy. He shouldn’t have to plead with people to call and protest their congress to get action. We citizens will spend hours watching dancing with the stars, American idol or whatever talent show that rocks our world at any given time but spend an hour working to heal our Nation is just too much to ask. PBO is just suppose to fix it all on his own. Wave that magic wand and just make it happen.

    Our media treats this Presidency like a game show. Who’s Up and Who’s Down. Failing to inform the Nation of the record number of obstructions to legislation and polling every damn thing they can think of just to have another BREAKING HEADLINE for the day.

    If it wasn’t for this great man and his family who I see sacrifice everyday for this county I would check out of politics altogether.

    Instead….I’m going to OFA this weekend and work my heart out for PBO’s re-election. I hope each of you considers doing the same thing.


    • 73 desertflower
      June 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

      My soul sister.Could not have said this better myself.

    • 74 whatisworking
      June 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Donna – I so agree with you. EVERYONE ON THIS BLOG can help with OFA. If you can’t drive, someone will give you a ride. If you can’t make the scheduled phone banks, there is a part of OFA that allows you to make phone calls from your home. If you don’t have a cell phone, someone will bring an extra.

      If you are nervous, shy, scared, or embarrassed…. so was everyone else, those feelings will drop away and be replaced by feelings of power, strength and encouragement.

    • 75 nathkatun7
      June 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      You said the absolute Truth, donna!

  25. 76 Vicki
    June 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

    For every person out of work and low on hope, this is a bad day. No denying it.
    For those of us who respect our President this must be a time to trust in PBO and remember what we are up against here.
    I can’t be the only TOD writer who will never forget the young Repubs cheering when we lost the Olympics, can I?

    There will be better economic news and better days. Stay the course. Press on.

  26. June 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Did aprils report get revised up?

  27. 79 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Statement from Nancy Pelosi on jobs report


  28. 87 Linda
    June 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

    In an effort to tighten the message, Mitt Romney’s campaign is actively coaching its surrogates that are slated to appear on Sunday shows, reports the Washington Post:

    At Romney’s Boston headquarters, aides are trying to build a more disciplined surrogate operation, distributing talking points to politicians and pundits whom they call upon to spread his message. Romney aides are now picking guests to appear on the Sunday political talk shows and holding Saturday conference calls to rehearse answers to likely questions, according to a campaign adviser.


    Are they practicing how to blow bubbles ?

  29. 90 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 10:58 am


    borrowing rates for the U.S. government have hit lows never before seen:
    Investors stampeded into U.S. government bonds Thursday, driving the interest rate on the 10-year Treasury note as low as 1.54 percent, a record…The record low rate beat the previous mark of 1.55 percent, which was set in November 1945. That was just after the end of World War II, when government price controls kept interest rates artificially low to preserve financial stability.


    It makes no sense to sustain these sort of economic body blows when the government can borrow on the cheap and use it to put people back to work. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), though, responded to the jobs report by criticizing the supposed “‘stimulus’ spending binge” (the existence of which is a myth), and Republicans have made no indication that serious job creation efforts are on their agenda.
    Boehner, of course, neglected to mention that the spending cuts the GOP demanded in return for raising the debt ceiling will stifle job creation, and that the GOP refused to pass the Obama administration’s American Jobs Act, which economists said would create millions of jobs. In fact, Boehner has already indicated that he and the GOp will demand more spending cuts as the nation approaches its borrowing limit again later this year.

  30. 92 Rita
    June 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    It makes me sick to my stomach that the desire to make President Obama a 1 term president it stronger than the desire to help the people of America. Almost makes me want to stop following politics… almost. But that’s the easy way out. The better, and harder, option is to work even harder to get President Obama re-elected. To reject the GOP’s false promises and hypocritical agenda. Come on TOD family, we can do it!

  31. 93 EricFive
    June 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I think PBO will again make lemonade from the lemons he has been given (re: the economy). I predict PBO will counter the MSM’s refusal to call out the GOP on its obstructionism and lay blame for the struggling economy clearly and forcefully at the feet of the GOP. I hope he accuses the GOP of purposely SABOTAGING the American economic recovery for political gain. PBO has the guts to do the unthinkable (according to the MSM) and question the PATRIOTISM of the GOP. He has come close to this before, but now I think the gloves will truly come off. PBO realizes he has to change the current narrative where all blame goes to him and fellow democrats while the GOP remains blameless (didn’t Boner and the GOP campaign on creating jobs in 2010? Why are they off the hook?). PBO will probably have to make a primetime speech to circumvent the media filter. PBO will probably point to the horrible effects austerity is having in Europe. This jobs report is definitely a setback for the country, but I refuse to panic or lose hope or faith. Frankly, I am glad jobs are still being created in this country and we don’t have negative job growth (like much of Europe is experiencing).

    • 94 desertflower
      June 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I said this above. I hope that he makes a national statement and lays out the reasons why. Republicans need to take responsibility for their collective INACTION, as they grinned with glee at the American people desperate to climb out from this recession THEY CAUSED. This just makes me want to fight harder.

  32. 95 JER
    June 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Awaiting arrival of President Obama in Minneapolis, Minnesota: http://www.kstp.com/livevideo/videoWindow.shtml?aID=540

  33. 97 relellit
    June 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Good morning Todville

    Yes, the jobs report isn’t quite what we expected. If the MSM would just stop dwelling on and selling negativity it wouldn’t look as dismal as they portray. Why doesn’t the media highlight the obstruction our President has endured as much as they like to point out what they think our Presdient should do? If the were true Journalist they’d emphazie what the right wing should do; rather that dwelling on negative sensational sound bites.

    I perfer to be positive and see the glass as half full as opposed to half-empty. The media loves their measurement game. Negativity breeds negativiy.

    Have a nice day everyone. 🙂

    • 98 hopefruit2
      June 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      The MSM isn’t just about selling negativity. They’re about destroying PBO’s re-election chances at all costs. Their “negativity” campaign is directed solely at Barack Obama and his campaign. When it comes to Romney, they are POSITIVE or NEUTRAL. Let’s tell it like it is.

  34. 99 sabreen60
    June 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Chips, I think I’m in pending or my post was offensive or something.

  35. 100 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

    My view, this creates an exceptional opportunity for the President and All Democrats. The plot to destroy President Obama on 20 Jan 2009 by obstructing everything including the economic stabilty of America and the world can now be seen for what it is – a heinously traitorous plan that we have more than 3 years of evidence of being implemented by the Party of Koch & Norquist.

    President Obama will prevail if we stay focused on the single message to ALL Americans – your well-being and the well-being of the Republic has been intentionally threatened by a group of avaricious racists.

    If you check my TL, you’ll see numerous folk are receiving this message:

    Yes, America, this is not a test – this is the real deal. Our Republic is as endangered today as it was during 1861-1865.


    • June 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      You know Bobfr I disagreed about the treason thing but I think you are right that this is a golden opportunity to bring the whole sabotage the economy into the light. Frame this so it is crystal clear exactky who’s doing what. In some ways these job numbers are a huge gift to PBO.

      • 102 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        Thank you.

        Assure you, I’m not one to toss claims of treason and traitor as rhetorical flourishes. They plotted it. They’ve been remarkably consistent in implementing it. President Obama will now make them own it – of that I have zero doubt.


  36. 104 JER
    June 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Awaiting President Obama’s Remarks At Honeywell, Golden Valley, MN: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  37. 105 japa21
    June 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Excellent short article regarding costs of Medicare and Medicaid and rising insurance premiums. Is a strong argument in favor of ACA without directkly saying so.

  38. 106 japa21
    June 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Also, oil down to $83/barrel. This will help.

    • 108 57andfemale
      June 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Huh. Tweet didn’t show up. Wonder why.

      And then I need to not watch the news the rest of the weekend. Don’t know if I’m capable of that but I’m gonna try.

  39. 109 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm


    Most frustrating is the fact that it is not the means for recovery that lack, but rather the will. For purely political and cynical reasons, Republicans in Congress have blocked President Obama’s efforts to maintain momentum for growth, whether it’s the American Jobs Act or routine highway infrastructure investments. Moreover, under the leadership of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and John Boehner, Republicans are also looking to cut back on policies that provide relief for the millions of working families worrying about how to pay the bills and how to make ends meet.

    • June 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Good Day, Chips and TOD Family. BE Encourage in your thinking. We Will Get This Done. Going to work for the President again today.

      Be active, positive, calm, and have good faith in your goodness of what you are doing to help President Obama. He needs our hands, feet, voices, money, and most of all, Our Collective Good Spirits filled with Great Energy coming his way. ((((((((((( Love you all))))))))) HZ

  40. 111 Nena20409
    June 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Once again, those on the left, I have visited a few sites today are down. WHY?

    There are 27 straight months of Jobs added. There are 11 straight qtrs of GDP growth. When many buckle from our side and mentally withdraw, we get 2010. pres Obama to me now, has got nothing to prove to me. We have got to fill in the gap and move FORWARD. I just called Chicago at 312-698-6370 and I will call WH. Write all, tweet for those who can and FaceBook. This is no time to let the righties see Us pouting. They have nothing, but to continue to down this nation. The media will not cover their duplicity. Romney accuses the president of sending hecklers to his events and the media reports that without ever saying or asking the Romney Team why are you lying. $1-$3B will be spent against this pres. The question is what are We going to do about it.

    Summers have Not been great for this president. His team have always gotten in a rot during summers. Well Folks, we must break that spell this SUMMER. We can’t afford not to.

    Has it ever occurred to any one why if 22 states have UE below 7% points and 37 states have UE rates below the national average, why are people so down? No state in the 50 states have higher UE rate today than they had in 2009. None.

    We move On, and we work harder and we get a win in Nov 2012.

    • 112 Bill R.
      June 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Nena, well stated. Optimism wins elections, not pessimism. The trend is upward and will continue to be that way.

    • 113 57andfemale
      June 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      What we understand here at TOD and what the MSM and Republicans get out there to the low information are two very different things. Anything can happen. But every month of robust job growth is to our advantage and these numbers today are shocking to everyone.

      There’s plenty of time. There’s venting and frustration. It’s natural.

  41. 114 Don
    June 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    On Tuesday of next week we will finally know if the working class of Wisconsin wants to be saved or not. If Scott Walker survives the recall then we will know that the working class isn’t even concerned about its own well-being, so why should I. I’ll continue to donate to President Obama’s campaign fund, I’ll continue to donate to TOD’s fund, I’ll continue to engage my neighbors or whoever else I come in contact with about the election in November. I’m tired of reading about so call democrats that continue to parse their words when it comes to defending President Obama’s record. I’m so goddamn tired of a lot of shit, President Obama is out there fighting for our fucking lives, and you have motherfuckers out there that don’t have a fucking pot to piss in or a goddamn widow to throw it out of and they still want to talk shit about President Obama. I’m pretty much financially well off, I can survive whoever gets elected, but I was born poor so I know what it means to go to bed hungry or knowing if you will have a roof over your head at the end of the month. I remember as a kid sometimes coming home from school and my mother sitting in the house crying because she didn’t have any money to buy groceries, I remember coming home from school with the electricity turned off because my father took whatever money we did have to go and buy drugs. I know pain, I know disappointment, I know embarrassment, I know what it is to be beat down by life, I know what it is to do whatever it takes just to forget of a couple of hours of all pain you have. I don’t know why I’m even writing all this stuff; maybe it was the jobs numbers that put me in this mood. But I do know one thing; I still got some fight left in me, not much, but enough.

    • 115 desertflower
      June 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      You made me cry. This is why we press on. Move Forward. Thank you for sharing that….I need a Kleenex

  42. 116 desertflower
    June 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Of course there are boneheads like this…what ever happened to critical thinking skills and reason? (rhetorical question)


    After Government Sheds 13,000 More Jobs, GOP Rep. Claims Public Sector Job Growth Is Killing Recovery

    • 117 desertflower
      June 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      A piece of this:

      Blaming growth in the federal workforce for the struggles of the private sector has become a favorite Republican talking point, but that doesn’t make it true. In the last three years, the public sector has shed more jobs than any three-year period on record, and more than 600,000 government workers have lost their jobs since Obama took office. The private sector, meanwhile, has now seen 27 consecutive months of job growth and recovered all of the jobs it lost in the opening months of Obama’s term.
      The “huge, huge buildup” in the public workforce Hensarling claims took place would have certainly benefited the economy had it taken place, since adding jobs in sectors like education would have increased demand and driven growth. It hasn’t happened, though, because Republicans have repeatedly blocked efforts to send money to states to prevent further layoffs of teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public employees.

  43. June 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I just donated $27.00 for 27 months of POSITIVE JOB GROWTH…..care to join me?


  44. 119 Linda
    June 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    @ justinwolfers : Even excluding the Great Recession, average jobs growth under Dubya was only 66k. So if +69k is a recession, we’ve been in one for a decade.

  45. June 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    US companies are making record profits and their CEOs are earning outrages salaries. Production at those companies are higher than ever. The job numbers just tells me that corporations have no incentive to hire, when they can get the same bang for their buck with the same number of workers. They also know that in this climate, they don’t have to worry about losing employees to public sector jobs. They don’t have to worry about having to woo new hires with competitive benefits, when they can get interns who work 1-3 years unpaid labor. Those interns compete heavily to work for no pay. So until we can change the culture of m to the making low wage or no wage appealing, we’re in for more racing to the bottom.

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