President Obama Is Creating A Part-Time Economy? Yeah, Right


Derek Thompson: Here’s What Obama’s ‘Part-Time America’ Really Looks Like

Like a bad summer-pop earworm, some economic ideas get stuck in our heads for no good reason and refuse to go away. Take, for example, the remarkably durable myth that Obama has presided over a “part-time economy,” where full-time work has been devastated by his relentlessly anti-capitalist policies. The Atlantic has done our best to bust this myth, but there’s no killing some summer earworms, and so, like a particularly terrible Top 40 DJ, here comes Mort Zuckerman, spinning the old track on the Wall Street Journal op-ed page. It’s impossible to briefly sum up Zuckerman’s argument—”The Full-Time Scandal of Part-Time America”—which is a collage of bad stats and randomly drawn lines of causality.

The gist is that the U.S. economy only makes part-time jobs now, and Obamacare is hastening the demise of full-time work. The easiest way to fact-check the claim that part-time work is rising is to measure Americans working part-time who want to work full time—i.e. “for economic reasons.” 1) Most people working part-time want to work part-time because they’re in school, or they’re raising kids, or they consider themselves mostly retired. Don’t pay attention to anybody who’s using the number of stay-at-home dads and moms to argue that Obamacare is destroying full-time work. The president’s critics love this talking point. But since 2010, full-time jobs are up 7.6 million, and part-time jobs have declined by more than 900,000.

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118 Responses to “President Obama Is Creating A Part-Time Economy? Yeah, Right”

  1. 1 japa21
    July 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    GE folks

    • July 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Well hooooooooly smokes, it’s the Canadian Goose woman’s other half 🙄

    • 5 hopefruit2
      July 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Congrats Japa on #1!

    • 7 GGail
      July 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Congrats japa on First!

      How are the grandchildren?

      • 8 japa21
        July 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

        The grandchildren are fine, although 4 of them are, as of today, a lot farther away and settling into their new home.

        • 9 GGail
          July 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

          Thanks japa for replying.

          I wish them love, joy, adventure and happiness in their new home.

    • 10 Cindy
      July 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Happy Tuesday evening japa21,

      CONGRATS on the GOLD MEDAL – you’re #1!!!

      How is Miss Maggie doing? Is she still with you and the family – I do hope so?

      • 11 japa21
        July 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        Miss Maggie is still with us, thank you for asking. Not sure how much longer. She is quite old for a beagle and has some really bad days at times. It is, regrettably going to reach the point, probably sooner than later, that the bad days are so often and so bad that we will have to make a decision we really don’t want to make. But having her suffer just so we don’t have to make that decision isn’t fair to her.

  2. 21 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  3. July 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  4. July 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

  5. July 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    POB is off the charts with everything he does.
    We know it. They know it. They are getting richer while they hate him and laughing all the way to the bank.
    These hypocrites, vipers are going to eat each other alive with all of their power and money.
    They make me sick with their racism while POB is working so hard to clean up their BS.

    As much as I am going to miss our President not being in the WH. A part of me cannot wait for him to leave that cesspool in Washington, D.C. for rest, relaxation and enjoy his family. He will be just as powerful because he stands for truth, honesty, liberty and justice for all.
    All their money and power will not change who they are
    POB’s grayling hair he wears as a badge of courage for us.
    I am eternally grateful that he and his wife made the decision to take on this enormous task.
    There will be no others like them with all they had to endure because of the color of their skin.
    History will have more than enough facts to get it right. If not TOD sure will.

  6. July 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I think in a previous thread I saw a question about where to send aid for the refugee children. I haven’t been able to be on much, but in case someone else hasn’t, I’ll post these.
    The first link is for the Texas Young Democrats. It’s a list of items needed that can be ordered through Amazon and the list is updated daily. I think they have had $9,000+ in donations so far.

    “I note that the protection of migrant children is an especially important issue for the Catholic Church, as one of Jesus’ first experiences as an infant was to flee for his life from King Herod with his family to Egypt. Indeed, Jesus Himself was a child migrant fleeing violence. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were asylum-seekers and faced the same choice as the one facing thousands of children fleeing to the United States each year.”

    “The Catholic Church’s work in assisting unaccompanied migrant children stems from the belief that every person is created in God’s image. In the Old Testament, God calls upon his people to care for the alien because of their own alien experience: “So, you, too, must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:17-19). In the New Testament, the image of the migrant is grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. In his own life and work, Jesus identified himself with newcomers and with other marginalized persons in a special way: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Mt. 25:35). Jesus himself was an itinerant preacher without a home of his own, and as noted above, he was a child migrant fleeing to Egypt to avoid violence, persecution, and death. (Mt. 2:15).”

    “Mr. Chairman, the Catholic Church’s work in assisting unaccompanied migrant children stems from the belief that every person has a unique and sacred dignity. This dignity is not bestowed by governments or by laws or based upon their wealth or where they happen to be born. It inheres within the human being. We seek to be consistent in acknowledging the implications of this, namely that from the time we come to be in our mother’s womb until the moment our life comes to an end we are deserving of respect and care. This is true of the unborn child, the person with disabilities, the immigrant, the prisoner, and the sick. The more vulnerable and weak a person is the more they are deserving of our love. This we understand to be the mark of the Christian and of a healthy society.”

  7. 27 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I have my issues with Van Jones, but if that is true, then he really needs medical help.

  8. 41 dotster3
    July 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Smiled when I saw the tweet that a spike in mens’ underwear sales indicates an improving economy—–’cause I had just bought mr. dotster a bunch of new cool undies. Isn’t he lucky? Anyhoo—-I guess this is a dependable economic barometer—-the thinking is that men will just go with what they’ve got, no matter the age or condition, that new undies is last on the list when times are tight, and only when they’ve got some extra jingle jangle in their pockets will they get around to splurging on the new needed undergarments. Interesting? No? (I guess ladies don’t count, they’re constantly resupplying)

    • 42 vcprezofan2
      July 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      (As you can tell I’m just working my way through this post) Dotster, are new undies EVER on male shopping lists, tight times or not?

  9. July 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Saw the tweet from Chris Cilizza aka @thefix, WaPo, that HF2 posted and Chips responded to.

    Regular readers here know that I’m in full agreement with HF2 and most everyone else here that the MSM are GOP propagandists and cheerleaders.

    This post from Cilizza confirms that. Here’s my two-part response:

    Cilizza provides no context on what was happening during the other years cited, when the opposition party gained midterm seats:
    1986 – Ignores Saint Reagan’s loss of seats
    1990 – Ignores GHWBush 41’s loss of seats
    1978 – Doesn’t mention the double-digit inflation at that time (mortgage rates were at 21%, many young people took out negative amortized loans to buy their first house)
    1974 – Ignores Watergate, Vietnam war, OPEC oil embargo which caused gasoline rationing, gas station closing, hours to get gas, etc.
    1994 – Ignores MSM (Time, Newsweek) cheerleading for “Newt’s revolution”
    1982 – Ignores weak economy, still recovering from double-digit inflation
    2006 – Ignores the fact that America had woken up from the Sept 11-induced stupor after Abu Ghraib.

    What he ignores in 2014 that our economy is surging, wars are ending and uninsured Americans are now eligible for medical insurance.

    What a tool.

    • 44 Vicki
      July 15, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Beautiful analysis Arapaho. Hats off to you! If the MSM stays mired in their own poop then November will be as big a shock to them as President Mitt Romney’s victory in2012 , sorry? what???

    • July 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Just excellent Arapaho415, he really is a pathetic shill.

  10. July 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    • 47 GGail
      July 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      I’m a little concerned and shocked by Garcetti. He cleaned house of all of Villargosa’s people – we expect some change with a new administration, but all of the AA folks have been replaced with Latino folks. I know several who heard the footsteps and made the leap to a new organization just in the nick of time.

      I’m keeping a side-eye on Garcetti. I hope he doesn’t disappoint me. I’m paying close attention to the demographics of his Administration, great and small.

      • July 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        Wow, I had no idea.

        Thanks for your comment.

        I heard snippets of an hour long Q&A with Garcetti on @knx1070 about a month ago — couldn’t listen to the entire segment then, and keep forgetting that is available online.

        Now that my memory is jogged, I will listen to what he had to say — the portions I heard sounded great.

  11. July 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

  12. 50 Nena20409
    July 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

  13. 51 Nena20409
    July 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    WH Presser by Josh “The Voice” Earnest on 7-15-14

  14. 52 dotster3
    July 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    OMG—-Tweety is taking credit for PBO’s Highway bill. Said PBO must watch his show—–and that’s where he got the idea! OMG—-the narcissism and insanity of these media goofs!

  15. 63 Nena20409
    July 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    This 1st year House of Rep from NC is really Not very bright.

    To what Level exactly? Down? This is 2014, right? This is bull pucky.

    • 64 Sandy1110
      July 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      That’s why GOP women vote GOP – they don’t think much of their abilities or don’t mind leaving things to their men. Ugh.

      • 65 vcprezofan2
        July 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        Yes indeed. In fact, I’d bet you that for as many Repub women who pretend they are ‘weaker’, there are many more of them who genuinely believe that they *are* inferior to men. Go figure, when some of the ones we see on display are so unbelievably stupid! I mean, who would want to admit they are ‘stupider’?

    • 66 dotster3
      July 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Just pitiful. I abhor those kind of weak women.

  16. 67 Nena20409
    July 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Until, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy and Scalia get this case at the SCOTUS and we know that a 5-4 decision will carry the day.

    • 68 Nerdy Wonka
      July 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm


      The deck is still stacked against minority students on campuses across the country.

  17. July 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    lawdddd….These things are unbelievable…..

  18. July 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    What’s going down??

  19. 81 Layla
    July 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Please proceed idiots!

  20. 83 Nena20409
    July 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I like this Col a great deal. He often calls the Dick Cheney, 5 deferment.

  21. 84 dotster3
    July 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Fl. Gov. Rick Scott may not just be the creepiest governor, he may be the creepiest American. Or at least in the Top Ten. Just my ‘humble’ opinion. He gives me the creepy-crawlies. Ewwwwww.

  22. July 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  23. 96 Nena20409
    July 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Wow…..and this is Hannity’s BFF?

    Keep talking, please.

    • 97 Layla
      July 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Well you are, ya know, EVIL!

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      July 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    • July 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      All the demagogic rhetoric coming from RW extremists is based on what, exactly? Have they gotten medical reports of disease or police reports of their gang activity? NO, they have not. This is the most egregious scar mongering yet.

      • 101 Cindy
        July 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        Hi meta,
        Happy Tuesday to you,

        It’s based on their “IGNORANCE” in believing in their invented conspiracy theory that President Obama has put together a grand slam plan to bring all of these kids over to benefit Democrats.

        According to their conspiratorial belief; 100,000,000 of these children will all be Dems, and the repukes will never hold the Senate, Congress or the Presidency “ever” again.


    • July 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      • 103 Nena20409
        July 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        My goodness Doc, you simplify things very well. Thanks.
        But for some reason, as I enjoy your tweets…..a song I’ve heard in 2013 by Bobby Darin(sp)…..Multiplications…… in a Movie with Rock Hudson…Summer Time or Summer Vacation came to mind. I can’t explain it. 😉

        • July 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

          Interesting, Nina. Yes, Bobby Darin is the correct spelling. Was the song “Beyond the Sea”? One of my favorites of his and among his best, along with “Mack the Knife” and “Dream Lover.” 🙂

  24. July 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • 108 Cindy
      July 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Happy Tuesday Mr.Bobfr,

      What I fear about this hate aimed at the children, is that it feels like it’s a matter of time before we read about a gun bath; whereby, one of these nuts go to the borders and slaughter these mothers and babies.

      Hate is a ugly thing and will cause people to do unimaginable evil.

  25. July 15, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  26. 110 dotster3
    July 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  27. July 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Kiev: ‘Absolute Proof’ Russia Was Involved In Shooting Down of Aircraft
    20:18 (GMT)

    The head of Ukraine’s security services (SBU) says that there is “absolute proof” that Russia was directly involved in the shooting down of a military transport plane yesterday. http://pressimus.com/Interpreter_Mag/press/3351

  28. 114 Vicki
    July 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Labor had a 5***** day in USA.

    First the news out of Chatanooga, TN, from VW. 2000 jobs + worker participation in running plant..
    Next, Ed announced US tariff imposition on countries who are flooding our markets with cheap low-grade steel.
    Hurray for steelworkers!
    Hurray for every American who wants buildings they live and work in to be supported by the best-quality steel!

  29. 116 Nena20409
    July 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm


    A conservative group is launching an online ad campaign criticizing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s record on judicial nomimnations ahead of his trip to Iowa this week.

    The Judicial Crisis Network is spending $75,000 on a digital media buy in Iowa to push a pair of online ads and a Web site blasting the Republican for not making the New Jersey Supreme Court more conservative.

    “Chris Christie promised to change New Jersey’s liberal Supreme Court,” says the narrator of one of the ads. “Five openings later, no change. Instead, a liberal Democrat for chief justice.”

    Going Down?
    The Rise and Fall of the Fluffy Christie?

  30. July 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Top Georgia Officials Are Going After Black Leaders Who Organized Voters

    By Spencer Woodman Jul 15 2014

    On the morning of December 21, 2010, Lula Smart was preparing to leave for her job at Sears when she heard a firm knock at her front door. An array of law enforcement vehicles had amassed outside, and armed officers were fanning out around her house. Before that day, Smart had no rap sheet to speak of, only a master’s degree in criminal justice earned earlier that year. While she enjoyed her work in retail, Smart hoped to transition into a job more like that of her unannounced visitors, who would read her a dizzying list of felony voting fraud charges that amounted to more than 100 years in prison. Handcuffed, Smart soon met nine other incarcerated African Americans who had participated in a vigorous get-out-the-vote campaign ahead of an election the previous month. Three of those jailed had been elected to the local school board.

    Their efforts had helped to win the first-ever African American majority on Brooks County’s Board of Education. But almost four years after that vote, dozens of felony fraud charges still overshadow the group, known locally as the Quitman 10 + 2 (two more were subsequently charged). In her living room, Smart points to the television where she first saw her orange-jumpsuit-clad mug shot on the nightly news. She is the only member of the group who has not yet seen a trial—or, more precisely, she’s had two mistrials and counting. Since receiving 32 felony charges, her hoped-for career in criminal justice has, obviously, stalled. She now works full-time at Home Depot and fills in part-time shifts selling shoes at the department store. Before the first trial, she contemplated suicide, but says her resolve has since grown.

    Smart’s arrest was the result of a massive investigation initiated by a local district attorney whose senior assistant attorney sat on the Brooks County school board. Although this conflict of interest disqualified the DA from trying the case, it didn’t prevent him from compelling the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to launch an exceptionally large probe into the disruptive school-board election.


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