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  •  Amen. (1+ / 0-)
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    Give activists like me a message we can take door to door that people can identify with on the jobs front.

    To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

    by gooderservice on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 08:11:22 PM PDT

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    •  How abou this? (0+ / 0-)

      Dem & Obama actions in 2009 took us from losing 700k+ jobs / month to adding 200k+ jobs / month.

      What did the Repubs do? They fought it the entire way, took their marbles home and wouldn't play.

      BTW, a larger stim bill may have increased those #s marginally.

      But high energy costs, tsunamis and floods would still have a negative effect on the jobs report.

      Don't panic over only adding 54k net new jobs in 1 month's jobs report.

      •  No, that won't work. (2+ / 0-)
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        For instance, I urge you to vote for the Democrats because in 2009 they took us from losing 700k+ jobs / month to adding 200k+ jobs / month. (Except it wasn't 200k a month)

        For instance, Mr./Ms who doesn't have a job or have a family member or friend who doesn't have a job, I urge you to vote for Democrats because What did the Repubs do? They fought it the entire way, took their marbles home and wouldn't play. Translated:  The Democrats weren't strong enough to stand up to republicans and fight them.

        For instance, I urge you to vote for Democrats because BTW, a larger stim bill may have increased those #s marginally.

        For instance, I urge you to vote for Democrats because  high energy costs, tsunamis and floods would still have a negative effect on the jobs report.  (Not that I could follow up with meaningful points about the Democrats who fought for climate change laws and renewable energy programs)

        For instance, I urge you to vote for Democrats because your husband/wife/sister/brother who still hasn't been able to find a job for over a year, take heart:  Don't panic over only adding 54k net new jobs in 1 month's jobs report.  Yeah, yeah, don't panic.  Your cost of living is still the same, yet you don't have a job.

        As Meteor Blades so eloquently stated it:

        Give activists like me a message we can take door to door that people can identify with on the jobs front.

        The elected Democrats haven't done that.

        Happy clappy is not contagious to the voting public.  It just isn't.

        To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

        by gooderservice on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 08:45:59 PM PDT

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      •  The jobs report isn't the only... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...factor here. Look at the ISM report. Look at the GDP report. Look at the Conference Board's report on consumer confidence, and its leading economic indicators. Look at the National Federation of Independent Business survey for May. Look at what 11 of the 12 Federal Reserve branches are saying about a slowdown, the second since the recession was officially over 24 months ago.

        Look, I am not blaming Obama and (most of) the Democrats for what happened to the economy starting in 2007. It's easy enough to bash Republicans for what happened, and I do. But excuses just don't cut it when you're going door-to-door. A positive Democratic proposal for creating millions of jobs, a proposal the party actually plans to push should it regain the House, would go a long way to helping it regain the House by giving us something to huzzah to the voters.

        The 130,000 jobs per month created over the past 15 months are definitely better than the sharp stick jabbing us in the eye previously. But it's anemic this early in a recovery. Last year's GDP growth was 2.8%. We're looking at possibly 2.5% this year. That simply is not enough to sustain job growth that puts millions back into a job. In my ZIP Code, where median household income is half what it is for the state overall (California) and unemployment is very high, people are suffering a great deal. They vote heavily Democratic. But, as we found in canvassing in 2010, they're not enthusiastic about it now, and while most won't vote Republican, they may very well not turn out, and that can be just as bad.

        Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 09:02:52 PM PDT

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