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  •  Jobs aren't a priority to the White House (4+ / 0-)

    because they figure it won't matter.

    Unemployment Rate Won’t Hobble Obama’s 2012 Re-election Bid, Plouffe Says

    “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”

    "Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories." - Thomas Jefferson

    by Sagebrush Bob on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 07:48:27 PM PDT

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    •  Digby's response: (15+ / 0-)
      He needs to get out more. The feeling of angst and fear across the land is directly tied to the fact that unemployemnt is high. People know it and except for the political class, heriesses, CEOs and Wall Street traders, even if they are currently employed they are personally experiencing it in their inability to get a raise, change jobs, move up, sell their houses,start a business or get a loan. People are stuck,unable to make a change, seeing the future they had planned just fade away as they adjust to a flat economy with no dynamism and no end in sight. Happy talk isn't going to do it.

      I can understand Plouffe wanting to downplay this issue in this forum because it's not going to work in their favor. But someone else might have done it by saying that the president is very aware of the people's angst and believe that they understand he's doing everything he can to fix it --- that Republicans are hostile to job creation policies and stymie any attempt to pass them. Pretending that it doesn't matter at all is very telling.

      I think that's just bizarrely out of touch. George-Bush-Sr-with-the-supermarket-scanner out of touch.


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

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 07:54:54 PM PDT

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