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Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) listens to House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R) discussing the Balanced Budget Amendment, which is scheduled to be considered on the floor of the House next week, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 14, 2011.   REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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Mitt Romney and House Republicans have settled on a unified response to the slowdown in job growth and unfortunately it has nothing to do with creating jobs. Instead, they are taking comments made earlier today by President Obama out of context.

Obama, who was making the case that congressional Republicans should support his proposal to provide aid to state and local governments in order to put laid-off teachers, firefighters and police offers back on the job and that they should also support infrastructure projects to put construction workers back to work, said this morning that over the past two years, "the private sector is doing fine" when it comes to job growth.

Obama pointed to the 4.3 million private sector jobs that have been created over the past 27 months. Over that span, however, the public sector has continued to bleed jobs, which has slowed down the economy as a whole.

But while his point was obvious, Mitt Romney and House Republicans are choosing to take it out of context instead of responding on the merits. Romney says the comments prove that Obama is out of touch:

"He said the private sector is doing fine," Romney said. "Is he really that out of touch? I think he's really defining what it means to be out of touch with reality."
And shortly after Romney made his comments, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor piled on. "Take it from me, the private sector is not doing fine," Boehner said. "Are you kidding?" Cantor exclaimed. "It's not doing fine."

In absolute terms, they are right: The private sector jobs situation, while dramatically improved from the Bush years, is not fine. But President Obama wasn't talking about it in absolute terms, he was comparing it to public sector jobs growth. And as he was saying, one of the most important ways to strengthen the private sector jobs market is to make sure that layoffs in the public sector aren't a drag on overall growth. Instead of taking Obama out of context, that's what House Republicans should be focused on.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I am shocked. Shocked! (11+ / 0-)

    Next you're going to tell me there's gambling going on in Las Vegas! The horror.

  •  I know that the village (12+ / 0-)

    has been all abuzz about this will be taken out of context and how he just handed Romney a talking point...blah,blah,blah... But quite frankly, I think this was a trap set by Obama to elicit just the reaction we are seeing. They look ridiculous.

    •  How's the Stock Market? (4+ / 0-)

      How Many Trillions are sitting in Corporate Bank Accounts?  How's the pay for the Corporate CEO's and the Board of Directors?

      It's just the working people, the state employees, the teachers, firefighters, police officers who are not enjoying any additional benefits.

      Put the money in the pockets of the middle class and you will see an economic miracle.  As long as the 1% continue to hoard their corporate profits, they will continue to complain about the lack of consumer demand.  

      Why? Because the Consumers are the Middle Class!  The real job creators!

      "As long as Corporations control Government, there is no reason for Government to regulate Corporations!" John Roberts, Citizens United (SNARK)

      by NM Ray on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:31:39 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think so (1+ / 0-)
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      They look ridiculous?

      You mean they haven't for the last one, two, 40, 80 years?  People will hear this: 'Obama thinks we're doing fine.'  This is AMERICA.  We don't do, or hear, nuance.  We vote Scott Walker in twice.  We make Snakehead Criminal Rick Scott governor of a major state.

      This was a bonehead comment and it hurts the effort.

  •  And The press is helping them (4+ / 0-)
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    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:11:32 AM PDT

  •  Both sides do it (7+ / 0-)

    This is a mirror image of Romney's "I don't care about the very poor". I'm sure many more outrages over out of context quotes will be lobbed by all sides in the months to come.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:15:19 AM PDT

  •  I guess what the press (7+ / 0-)

    now expects, is that among the responsibilities that President Obama has is to make sure he doesn't say anything that the Republicans can use out of context against him. After all, the media certainly does not want to spend all that extra cocktail party time having to set the record straight

  •  Ok, so where is the Republican's jobs bill ? (11+ / 0-)

    Where ?

    If they think the private sector is hurting, then why are they so happy about that ?

    What exactly are they doing about it ?

    Playing juvenile word games ?

    That's all they got ?  They can't pass laws that put people to work ?  They're just there to play games ?

    WTF ?

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:21:49 AM PDT

  •  Private Sector waiting for all this DC bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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    ferg, shoeless

    to resolve itself......The GOP are making sure that there will never be any resolution as long as they're around. First Up......Supreme Court and the Affordable Health Care Act.

  •  Or just omit "of context". (1+ / 0-)
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    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:30:44 AM PDT

  •  Ugh, stupid stupid stupid (10+ / 0-)

    Flat out dumb remark by the President period. When McCain said the fundamentals statement in 08, we went after them and were right in doing so. They are right in going after the President on this one.

    It was a plain dumb thing to say to a a lot of people who are not fine. This is going to hurt us a bit.

    You can't scream context for our guy if you're unwilling to accept it from them.

    Now is the time for the President to clarify before this gets going.

  •  The President needs to do a presser like this (8+ / 0-)

    every two weeks.  It's ridiculously easy for him to do and it helps him speak to the people.  A small snafu is nothing in the overall pic.

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:35:02 AM PDT

  •  Tantrum (5+ / 0-)

    Cantor exclaimed. "It's not doing fine! It's not!. It's not! I'm going to hold my breath!"

    Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

    by shoeless on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:36:02 AM PDT

    •  Yep. After a few mint juleps and a handjob from a (0+ / 0-)

      staffer chinless McDonnell will be out in front of the mics mocking and deriding the President's remarks like only a pearl-clutching, Southern Republican whiner can. Speaking of, has Graham popped up to take advantage of this or has he been overcome by the vapors already?

  •  Can't you just (3+ / 0-)
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    make every headline:  Republicans lie about ___ again?  So much simpler.

  •  Another 'FAKE' outrage (6+ / 0-)

    i think the president needs to do more pressers, he needs to go over congress's head.

  •  The WH needs to scrub those speeches as every word (1+ / 0-)
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    sunbro

    will be twisted/misconstrued and the media spends 99% of it's lazy 'effort' on monitoring the echo chamber rather than factual reporting.

  •  People on DKOS echoing Repub talking points (10+ / 0-)

    I was really disturbed by the earlier thread to see so many ridiculous comments from people who call themselves Obama supporters. That thread was awash with MSM and Republican talking points, using the same comment by the President - taking it wholly out of context.  Instead of attacking the Republicans and reinforcing the President's message, there were all sorts of childish and uninformed remarks, eg., it was a boring speech, I wasn't inspired, speech was too wonkish, Pres doesn't know how to govern, etc...

    No wonder the Republicans are able to get away with outrageous behavior. They are routinely given passes, while the President is over- and inappropriately scrutinized, undermined and sometimes attacked for every little word or syllable that doesn't fit someone's preconceived notion of what he should have said, or how he should have said it.

    Meanwhile the GOP is grandly obstructing a very essential jobs bill that could put millions of unemployed americans back to work, and people here are hung up on the fact that they didn't feel "inspired" by a 15- minute statement or that he said that the private sector is doing fine - which is in fact true?

  •  It makes no difference what Republicans (4+ / 0-)
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    Julia Grey, JeffW, Supavash, mchestnutjr

    "should" be focused on.

    Instead of taking Obama out of context, that's what House Republicans should be focused on.
    House Republicans are, and will continue to be, focused on defeating Obama in November and electing as many Republicans as possible to congress and state offices.  No matter what "should" be, it isn't, and no amount of believing it shouldn't be that way will change things.

    Work. Our work for Democratic candidates will not change Republican attitudes, but their "focus" will not matter if they lose.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:45:20 AM PDT

  •  What happens to those teachers and firemen (0+ / 0-)

    when the Federal aid runs out again?   I don't see their employers keeping them on.   They will argue that this proposal merely extends or puts off the pain.

    How do you respond to someone who says that he's only proposing to delay the inevitable?  

    Does this buy more votes than it loses?  

    Tough questions to be answered in the days ahead.  

    You don't need to firebomb Dresden to prove that you can fly a plane.

    by SpamNunn on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:47:18 AM PDT

    •  Why don't the states that need additional funding (0+ / 0-)

      for teachers, police, firefighters, and other workers traditionally funded at the state and local level raise taxes at the state or local level, even having the increase paid by the rich in their state, if they so choose?  This way the jobs are paid for long term.

      Why is having this paid for at the federal level a better policy?

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 07:27:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Actually, the private sector is doing just fine (12+ / 0-)

    Have you seen the profits that some of these companies are making?

    They are sitting on tons of cash. They just aren't spending it.

    It's like the private sector is trying to slow something down.

    Hmmmmm...

    •  Good point (6+ / 0-)
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      Julia Grey, JeffW, NM Ray, Icicle68, emekz1, Matt Z

      Just hilight rising CEO pay and how well Wall St. is doing with their gigantic bonus'es and stuff.

      Yup, Wall St. swindlers are doing just fine ?  Firemen, teachers ?  Not so much.

      So, why is congress not taking action on helping firemen and teachers ?

      In other words, Republicans are for CEO profits and against firemen and teachers.

      Really, these morons can keep bellyaching.  It just comes right back home to roost.

      Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

      by yet another liberal on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:52:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Cash O'Plenty.....but they're eating their seed (2+ / 0-)
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      Julia Grey, JeffW

      corn......Turmoil here in the US leads to not ready for prime time college graduates.

    •  Correct, and the President put them on notice (3+ / 0-)
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      Supavash, CoyoteMarti, emekz1

      I think that aspect was lost in his comment by most people.

      He bascially told them (not in so many words):

      I know you now have the most ideal circumstances for maximum job creation/hiring. High profits, low taxes and inflation, stock market strong, etc. There's nothing more that you need from the government, so any laying off or failure to hire is deliberate and not unavoidable due to economic circumstances.
      •  i agree (0+ / 0-)

        I think it was a poor choice of words but I do think he was trying to make a point. We do need to have a debate about thus issue, so in a way, in glad were talking about it.

      •  If it was lost on most people (0+ / 0-)

        then it was a poorly-written and thought out statement to begin with. Which, frankly, it was. Good statements not only must be capable of being understood, but also be incapable of being missunderstood. Communications 101.

        The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.- Marcel Proust

        by CoyoteMarti on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 02:02:14 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  As much as president is out there and the number (2+ / 0-)
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          CoyoteMarti, emekz1

          Speeches he give, sure a human being will trip up once in a while. Even though this statement was in fact, taken out of context. It alot to do about nothing. Plus big business and corporations are doing fine.

          •  Yes, you are right. (0+ / 0-)

            And his clarification is getting equal time on network and local Chicago news I've noticed (cable news gives me angina...).Even us Obamabots (I wear the label proudly) freak out occasionally. OK I'm all better now.

            The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.- Marcel Proust

            by CoyoteMarti on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 07:40:04 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  It would have been better (2+ / 0-)
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      CoyoteMarti, wsexson

      if, instead of saying "The private sector is doing fine," he had said "Wall Street is doing fine."

      Or, if he had said "The private sector is adding jobs." It gets his point across and doesn't imply complacency or being out of touch.

      "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." - Benjamin Franklin

      by CaptUnderpants on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:38:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republican political campaigns (3+ / 0-)
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    yet another liberal, JeffW, emekz1

    have never been about policy:

    their campaigns are about getting elected---and saying whatever is necessary to accomplish that goal.

    "Power is a fleeting thing. One day your souls will be required of you." Bishop Peter Storey---Central Methodist Mission, Johannesburg, June 1981

    by lyvwyr101 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:48:40 AM PDT

  •  The private sector is creating record (9+ / 0-)

    profits and sitting on them. They're doing more than fine.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:48:58 AM PDT

  •  Boehner and Cantor are a couple of fucking (2+ / 0-)
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    wyvern, sunbro

    retards.

    Note: That's not a disparagement of Sarah Palin's baby with downs or people with developmental disabilities in general...but is a comparison of Cantor and Boehner to Sarah Palin, who also acts like a fucking retard.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. I'm riding in the Tour de Cure. You can donate here.

    by darthstar on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 10:56:18 AM PDT

  •  Par for the course, in light of recent history (1+ / 0-)
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    emekz1

    and their Luntzian plan to do nothing but obstruct, per today's excellent diary on the rec list.

    "The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles." Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan

    by psnyder on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:00:48 AM PDT

  •  The two... (3+ / 0-)
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    psnyder, investorb, emekz1

    ..most irrelevant political figures in America have to be John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

    Both are universally loathed; both have congressional approval ratings nearing the single digits.

    Hence nobody outside of Sunday morning yak-fests are paying any attention to these 2 idiots.

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:00:56 AM PDT

    •  I wish they were politically irrelevant. (0+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, whatever their personal qualities, their positions make them all too relevant.

      "The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handles." Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan

      by psnyder on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:03:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I said they are... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...irrelevant political figures, which is true.  Nobody outside of Daily Kos, Sean Hannity & Bob Schieffer pays them any mind.

        You are correct:  Their positions make them relevant.

        Their positions also have brought them incalculable shame.  Ergo the approval ratings of their congress being lower than whale shit.

        When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

        by wyvern on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:15:06 AM PDT

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  •  Obama needs to point out... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...in specific terms how the Fortune 500 posted record profits of $825 billion in 2011 alone.

  •  Record profits-They're doing fine (0+ / 0-)

    it's the 99% that are hurting. Those workers who were kicked to the curb and those survivors who is some cases being worked to death.......

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:03:54 AM PDT

  •  Obama is the Repugs scapegoat for doing (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    absolutely nothing since their majority in 2010.

    Republicans only care about themselves, their money, & their power.

    by jdmorg on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:06:10 AM PDT

  •  How low can we sink? (6+ / 0-)

    Amazing! The president addresses the Nation regarding jobs and the economy and the GOP and their compliant media whores focus on an honest comment and make that the focus of the issues presented by the president.

    This is a perfect illustration of just how dumbed down our politics have become. Romney will say how Obama is so out of touch and the press will debate the degree of the alleged gaffe and the Obama administration will have to focus on damage control. We will get no real honest debate about the merits of Obama's proposals.  The modern day press is tuning this country into a bunch of idiots! Pathetic!

  •  stock market (0+ / 0-)

    Since Obama took office, the Dow has gone up quite a bit--isn't that the way Republicans rate presidents?  Dems should compare the US markets with those in Europe and Japan--Obama is actually too pro business for my taste.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:16:43 AM PDT

  •  Cue Media Asking For Democrats To Respond (2+ / 0-)
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    KayCeSF, Matt Z

    to the distortion without themselves citing it as a falsehood. Make the Democrats do the medias job. Lazy journalists.

  •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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    createpeace

    MaddowBlog has a great take on this. Basically political speeches are no longer about their content, but what can be taken out of context and used in attack ads. Thankfully, Romney is much worse at saying ridiculous things when going off script.

  •  A sad comment (5+ / 0-)

    This didn't need to happen.  The President f'd up and threw the Republicans a piece of raw meat and the rest of the weekend will be spent fighting them off as they go for the throat.  The weekend news cycle will be "Obama says the private sector is doing fine" and the low information public (85% or more) will be going, "WTF, this guy is a complete idiot", because the companies and CEO's are doing fine, but those that work for them aren't, and those that are looking for a job are having a hard time finding one.  "Everything you say can and will be used against you" is true in politics, so the words must be chosen very, very carefully.  This was a really bad choice of words because it is an instant sound bite and it is going to have legs.

    •  you try speaking extemporaneously (0+ / 0-)

      in front of the press and see if nothing you say will be picked over for a "soundbite". As it is, it's weak - its just stupid press and media going to go over this as though its a big deal. American politics is stupid.

      •  For what it's worth (0+ / 0-)

        I happen to agree with you.  But the sad fact is that the real message is going to be lost in the controversy.  The media thrives on controversy and this is going to be pushed until it burns itself out.  There may be a way to mitigate the damage, and even turn the conversation into a real discussion about the private sector's economic health and the economy in general, but I'm jaded enough to not believe that until I see it.

      •  "Obama Blasts Republicans for Stalling Economy"... (2+ / 0-)
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        should have been the headline for a soundbite that never  happened during the President's genteel lecture on the state of the economy.

        *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

        by josmndsn on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:31:11 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  he was speaking from notes. (0+ / 0-)

        and he called the presser. he needs a new speechwriter.

        The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.- Marcel Proust

        by CoyoteMarti on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 01:58:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I think this is the type of phony outrage (3+ / 0-)
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    that most voters are quite sick of.  

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:38:37 AM PDT

  •  At least half Americans must be fools to believe (0+ / 0-)

    anything these repubs have to say. The same jokers who obstructed and didn't do anything about job creation for 4 years. Now they are about to go on their 9th vacation this year. What about the public and private sector jobs Republicans? Job situation must be alright to them.

  •  in full context (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama's statement is still very problematic. The amount of private sector jobs created is fairly low, is going down, and is definitely not keeping up with people entering the workforce. The reality is that if we counted the people who left the workforce, we would be at higher than 10% unemployment vs already bad 8.2%.

    Under such conditions you can't say that the private sector is doing fine. Maybe relative to the public sector, but it was not a pure comparison.

    Anyways, a wrongheaded statement ala fundamentals of our economy McCainism.

  •  OH NOZ! anne korblut says (0+ / 0-)

    everyone is giving a broad interpretation to "the private sector is doing fine" and she said it doesn't look good for Obama.

    If anne korblut says Obama is in trouble, we better listen-up!  pffft!

    How about, ms. korblut, that everyone is giving a broad mis-interpretation, including you, Matthews, and everyone else on MSM wringing their hands to make up another drama?

    I'm going back out to my garden, after I drink my cold glass of water, to refresh my brain from this idiocy.  ,)

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:46:34 AM PDT

  •  Out of context or not, Obama was dumb to say that (1+ / 0-)
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    CoyoteMarti

    He should have known what the Lying Sack of Shit Fuckhead party--oops, Republicans would do with those words.

    (Why isn't the strikethrough ever working? Is it because I'm on a Mac?)

    "Repeatedly he [Voltaire] dwelt on the folly and credulousness of the masses and the selfishness and unscrupulousness of the ruling few." 'nuff said.

    by caseynm on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:52:37 AM PDT

  •  Business IS doing fine (0+ / 0-)

    Mitt Romney and the GOP need to tell the 5 million Americans hired in the last two years that those jobs "aren't enough." The American economy is moving in the right direction. Contrary to the lies and exaggerations of an out-of-touch Mitt , Obama has not made the jobs picture "worse." Millions of new jobs have been added over the last three years and the needle continues to point forward. But America will never be able to fully recover until conservative lawmakers and Republican politicians stop their strategy of jobs sabotage and get on the page of helping this country, not just their own political aspirations.  http://www.sunstateactivist.org

  •  As long as repubs only appear on friendly (0+ / 0-)

    Networks like fox and CNN, they can open their yaps and spread all kind of lies without question or challenge.

    That's why the clowns who've blocked job bills for 4 years and did absolutely nothing to recover the economy, can speak and criticize Obama without shame.

  •  Extending the Bush Tax cuts was a major mistake. (0+ / 0-)

    If you look at the U3 and U6 numbers and debt creation over Bush's 8yrs and the last 4 year, the last 4 are worse.

  •  Why don't people get this? Every time a (1+ / 0-)
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    Republican talks about the President's record or quotes him, s/he is lying.  The only thing that is shocking is how that statement is true every time.

    They hunted Bill Clinton but this is different.  They don't give President Obama credit for anything, and everything he does is a distortion.  It isn't news that they're lying, it's news that the "news" doesn't pick up on that.  Since when has the "news" joined the Right Wing Noise Machine?

    When you hear a GOPer parrot this because they are going to do just that.  Your response should be: "No the President said from the statehouses to the Congress, Republicans have been firing hardworking Americans for no other reason than to stagnate the US economy.  You can't fire people and then complain about the unemployment rate.  Look at Europe."  Then explain how the House controls the purse strings.  Then explain how the Republicans control the statehouses like Wisconsin once did (grin) across the nation.  Then explain why you can't complain about the unemployment rate while at the same time putting those very people in the unemployment line.

  •  It's pretty much become 'Lord of the Flies' (0+ / 0-)

    on the republican's side at this point.

  •  It was a stupid damned comment, 'context' or no (3+ / 0-)
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    rennert, CoyoteMarti, wsexson

    Yeah, WE know what he meant.  But geezus, Barack ... come on.  We all misspeak but we're not all President -- and this one is an engraved invitation for a week of GOP/Beltway media bullshit.

  •  Using the same metrics to look at the last two (0+ / 0-)

    Presidencies.

    2000-2008  
    3.5 million added to the ranks of the Official Unemployed.
    3.9 million were added to the ranks of the Actual Unemployed.
    $5 trillion added to the national debt.
    Gross debt as a share of the GDP went from ~60% to 70%

    From this day in 2008 to today,
    3.562 million have been added to the ranks of the Official Unemployed, and 9.47 million have been added to the ranks of the Actual Unemployed.
    $5.9 trillion has been added to the national debt.
    Gross debt as a share of the GDP has gone from 70% to 104%

  •  It was an unforced error and (2+ / 0-)
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    rennert, CoyoteMarti

    it gives the GOP and MSM something to blab about all weekend on the Sunday shows.  Obviously we know what he meant but it's the GOP and MSM for Pete's Sake.  The only positive is that maybe it will shed light on the dirty little secret that the government has decreased by 700,000 workers under President Obama.  If you listen to the GOP you'd think that 7 billion governement jobs have been created under President Obama.  

    Oh well, buckle up for another Hiliary Rosen/Rev Wright ride for the next few days.  

    BTW, How about Boenher, Cantorm Romney and Preibus get on a conference call to didscuss an actual jobs bill?

  •  The GOP want to extend the Bush Tax Cuts. (1+ / 0-)
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    yet another liberal

    Those cuts have been in place for over a decade. By their own recent admission, the private sector is doing horribly. So...how can they now rationalize keeping things the way they are?
    I don't know if Obama misspoke. But I do know that the GOP just screwed up in a huge way. And I'm certain Obama will exploit it for all it's worth.

    Romney - 2012 - He's A Trooper!

    by kitebro on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 12:59:18 PM PDT

  •  the stock market is booming (0+ / 0-)

    corporations are sitting on piles of cash,  productivity is up, profits are good.  Big business in America is flush with cash, and the good times are rolling.

    Ordinary people are not sharing in that wealth.  They aren't getting as many jobs as they could be.  Because Republicans at the state and national level are doing their best to kill public sector unions, defund pensions, cut services and prove that government doesn't work.

    If it weren't for Republicans, this country would be doing better than fine, it would be doing great.

  •  Reps and Dems have different yardsticks. (0+ / 0-)

    The Democrats think that increases in private sector jobs is a good thing, and major reductions in public sector jobs is a bad thing.

    Republicans think that increases in private sector jobs are bad when Democrats are in the White House, and major public sector job loss is always highly desirable. They care more about imposing their ideology than its actual effects.

    Supply follows consumption. You cannot stimulate consumption by crushing the consumer. Deal with it.

    by Zera Lee on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 01:28:07 PM PDT

  •  The problem is the most obstructionist congress (0+ / 0-)

    In may be the history of this country, at a time the country needed republicans to work with Obama to pull us out of what was close to a second depression. You simply can not get around that fact. And yet repubs criticize, when they are the problem. The media simply let them get away with it and willing to jump all over Obama on words taken out of context. MSM, grow some balls and get out of the pockets of corporations and hold the Republicans feet to the fire.

  •  I was one of those who cringed (0+ / 0-)

    the second the Pres said those words. True that the corps and ceos are absolutely fine, and employment is better there than the public sector deficit. But he needs a new speech writer, because those looking for work desperately in the private sector don't see it as anywhere close to fine. And everytime he uses the term public sector it sets off alarm bells among indies as well as repubs. Just say "We have plans to put police, firefighters, teachers, and construction workers back to work and the republicans don't" and stop. right. there. We have the right story and it was burried by crappy messaging.

    The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.- Marcel Proust

    by CoyoteMarti on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 01:53:02 PM PDT

  •  The private sector that control most of the money (0+ / 0-)

    Corporations and banks are doing more than fine, they are doing great! So president Obama was understating.

  •  Let's move on, this is a none issue (0+ / 0-)
  •  All we have to know iiiss, who is responsible for (0+ / 0-)

    Private sector not doing fine, Republican's history making obstruction for 4 years. Their non action in participating in the recovery of the economy, would lead some to conclude, they think the economy is great.

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