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I loved Arrested Development, it was a smart and funny show, but of course Fox cancelled it. &*$%^@#%@$%#&^!!!!

But wait! It's coming back and guess who saved it!!

Granted the return of Arrested Development did create a few jobs, but that is a drop in the bucket compared to what we need. While unemployment is still too high, if we want to keep it moving in the right direction we have to do everything possible to make sure that Barack Obama remains our president for the next four years.

This will not be enough:

so I'd like to share some links and statistics that I plan on keeping in mind when I am trying to help undecided or misinformed voters understand how devastating a republican win would be.

The most recent good news is that in January the national unemployment rate fell to its lowest since February 2009 to 8.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, February 3, 2012. Employment rose by 243,000 jobs in January, and the number of long-term unemployed was down slightly to 5.5 million workers.

This chart alone should sway anyone voting that values jobs and job creation. Share and share widely!!

It is important to get these numbers out there, especially of you are taking to Fox news fans because they seem to have an issue with reporting the truth (although sometimes they let it slip).

GM and Chrysler, both bailed-out companies, are flourishing after years of decline. In fact, GM recently reclaimed the top spot in terms of sales and in January Chrysler reported its first annual net profit since 1997. The best news is that this is only the beginning:

In a study released in December, the Center for Automotive Research said that the government's bailouts saved 1.14 million jobs and prevented "personal income losses" of about $97 billion for 2009 and 2010. And the industry is expected to add 167,000 jobs by 2015.
"Let Detroit Go Bankrupt", Mitt Romney's big idea that he shared in op-ed published on Nov. 18, 2008, included this prediction of what would happen if the U.S. automakers were given bailouts.
"you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye."
Stark contrast is an understatement!

A few more bullets:

*The economic stimulus package created or saved between 1.7 million and 2 million jobs.

*In August, 2010, the $26 billion package that gave aid to states, prevented large-scale layoffs of teachers and public employees.

* Great news for veterans looking for jobs:

The White House announced new details last week of its Veterans Job Corps initiative, which it hopes will help put veterans back to work on a range of projects that leverage skills developed in the military.

Among the plans is a reworking of the old Works Progress Administration from the 1930s to preserve the country's land and resources. President Obama has proposed $1 billion to develop a Veterans Job Corps conservation program to put up to 20,000 veterans to work over the next five years. It's hoped they will work on restoring habitat, eradicating invasive species and rehabilitating trails, levees, and recreation areas on federal, state, local and tribal lands.

I know we laugh at the competition,

but I laughed in 2004 and thought no way could enough people be persuaded to vote for GWB for him to win. That sucked. We need to keep positive, and we need to keep at it!

Originally posted to kirbybruno! on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM PST.

Also republished by I Vote for Democrats.

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