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After a highly successful and exhilarating DNC convention the last few days, we should have expected and should have been prepared for the Republicans and their friends/allies in the media to come out swinging today with whatever remotely "negative" news or information that could be spun negatively, to deflate us with their false "Obama's doomed!" narratives.

Yet I see people engaging in all sorts of hand-wringing and sighing at today's unemployment report - which is not a bad report by any standard, but in fact a positive trend when you factor in the last five years jobs numbers for the same month of August.  We just came from a beautiful convention, where we were presented with FACTS about this President's record of job creation. We were also presented with FACTS about what the Republicans have done in the last 4 years and are still doing to prevent any improvement on the economy.

So why are we simply rolling over and accepting the Republicans' and/or media's framing of today's jobs report? Since when is 96K new jobs a reason to feel defeated? That is 96,000 people who did not have jobs last month who are now employed. Think about this: In August of 2008, we LOST 84,000 private sector jobs. Furthermore, the margin of error in this report is 100K, so this jobs report is NOT statistically different from last month's report in which 141K private sector jobs were added!!

The media are not honest brokers in this situation. They operate at the behest of the corporations who hire them. The media pundiots have NOTHING to lose if Romney gets elected - they will still earn their 6-7 figure salaries, and better yet, get to keep their tax cuts for the 1% that they belong to. So of course, they're going to work harder than ever over the next two months to create a negative, discouraged mindset in the general electorate, but particularly among President Obama's supporters.

These are the hard questions that the pundiots should be asking the Republicans in congress as well as the local/state Republican government officials, but simply refuse to do:

1. Why are the Republicans in congress obstructing the President's jobs bill, which has been sitting in congress for the last 12 months?

2. Why is it that in Republican-controlled states, public sector jobs are being lost at twice the rate of that in Democratic-controlled states?

3. John Boehner, can you cite for us exactly how many jobs bills has your Republican controlled created since you were sworn in January 2011? What exactly did those bills contain? Where can we get a documented link to those jobs bills that the GOP house created?

4. What specifically will Mitt Romney do policy-wise that is DIFFERENT from what was done in the years before 2009, when the economy was losing over 200K jobs a month?


So please, let's continue our positive and upbeat outlook for the next two months and stop letting the cable news dictate how we should be feeling about a single jobs report or any other such event. Their job is no longer to inform and educate, but to misinform, confuse, and advance a selfish corporate agenda to benefit the 1%.

At this point regardless of the unemployment figures, there's unlikely going to be much change one way or another between now and November 6. So we need to simply move on, armed with the facts of what is REALLY happening, not what some media pundiot or Republican operative hopes it to be.

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  •  Don't you know this? (3+ / 0-)
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    Hopefruit2, MKSinSA, Thinking Fella
    4. What specifically will Mitt Romney do policy-wise that is DIFFERENT from what was done in the years before 2009, when the economy was losing over 200K jobs a month?
    Rmoney's (rethug's) answer is a tax cut, roll back a few regulations, and call back in the morning.......
    •  You are leaving out: (2+ / 0-)
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      Hopefruit2, ardyess

      1. Selling off gov't assets, in particular, public lands to the highest bidder
      2. Instituting a nation-wide value added tax of maybe 15% that will deeply hurt the poor and middle class. [My speculation, but an obvious way that they can make their arithmetic add up]
      3. Do away with Medicare and Medicaid
      4. Privatize Social Security.
      5. Eliminate almost all other non-military spending.

  •  Am all for enthusiasm but (2+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, happymisanthropy

    no way to slice it up....that jobs report is lousy.
    Obama has to get reelected but this situation has been too awful too long for too many people. Hate that it'sbecome a political football when people are on their last $16. Someone better crack the code soon..

    •  Sitting on our hands sighing (1+ / 0-)
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      S F Hippie

      between now and Nov is NOT the solution to "cracking the code."

      We KNOW that the corporations are sitting on trillions of cash and not hiring as much as they could in order to help Romney

      We KNOW that the Republicans in congress are refusing to pass the President's jobs' bill which the CBO as estimated would create 1.9M jobs.

      We KNOW that the state/local Republican-controlled governments are slashing public sector jobs

      So we KNOW why we are in this rut. Are we going to simply allow the bullying to continue, or are we going to stand up the to media and the GOP and tell them, that they are NOT going to bully their way into the WH by manipulating the unemployment situation?

      •  No we are going to let them bully us into (1+ / 0-)
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        Cutting $4 trillion out of the economy instead.

        •  Not If Democrats Keep Our Majority In The Senate (0+ / 0-)

          and take back control of the House. If we can do that this November, I guarantee you, those $4 trillion in cuts will be eliminated, because I will personally hound the hell out of every single Dem in office to throw out cuts to SS, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, Head Start, etc. I am guessing every single person on this site will also hold Dems feet to the fire, in the event we hold the Senate and take back the House.

  •  Buying stock would allow you to benefit from (0+ / 0-)

    corporate profits and make it seem less selfish if you are an owner. Americans with some sort of retirement plan own equities and are not one percenters.

    "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

    by Kvetchnrelease on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 07:12:27 AM PDT

    •  You can say that when millions lost their shirts (0+ / 0-)

      during the 2008 crash?  How about the 401k's that were obliterated?  

      The richest people in this country are the only ones with any disposable income to buy stock.  What you are proposing is no different than buying a stack of lottery tickets or sitting in front of a slot machine with your mortgage money.

  •  Just get the official U3 down to 7.9%... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...because that is what the people look at first!  To finally get back into the 7s will most definitely have a positive psychological effect.  People will see that number, and they will be convinced that we are surely turning the corner for the better.  If the U6 keeps going down, so much the better.

    This is the best August we've had in SIX YEARS!  That should be emphasized without fail.

  •  how about a followup to the media (0+ / 0-)

    reporting about the dnc? the false memes, etc.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 08:00:36 AM PDT

  •  The Diarist Is Correct - Time To Stop Agreeing (0+ / 0-)

    with the media narrative that an increase in jobs numbers is something "negative", just because it is not high enough to satisfy right wing idiots. I could care less if the Rethugs think 96,000 new jobs isn't "good enough." It's 96,000 FEWER people collecting unemployment compensation. It's 96,000 MORE people with money in their pockets to spend lifting up the economy. Democrats need to stop apologizing for positive jobs numbers, and start messaging that the country is recovering from Bush's recession. As was said over and over again at the DNC - Bush and the Republicans left President Obama with a terrible economic mess, but with his leadership, our country is moving in the right direction. Keep repeating it!!

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