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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio holds an on-camera briefing.
Seriously, Speaker Boehner. Bring unemployment aid to a vote.
Americans see unemployment and jobs as the most important problem facing the nation, a new Gallup poll finds. Unemployment and jobs, named as most important by 23 percent of those surveyed, are followed by the economy in general, at 20 percent. And while congressional Republicans and the establishment media consistently present the deficit as a top concern, when it comes to what Americans in general think, you have to go down to a distant fifth place, with 8 percent, to reach that issue.
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? Unemployment/jobs 23%; economy in general 20%; government dysfunction 19%; health care 15%; deficit 8%; immigration 6%
This is something congressional Republicans might want to consider next time they start claiming they can't extend emergency unemployment aid because deficit. Even among Republicans surveyed by Gallup, just 11 percent listed the deficit as the most important problem. And whether that's because people understand that unemployment insurance helps boost the economy or because one of these things is immediate and pressing in their lives and the other isn't, it does suggest that blocking action on the thing the most people think is important in the name of something few people think is important is not actually a great political strategy.

Sign the petition to John Boehner: Pass a jobs bill and restore emergency unemployment insurance.

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Comment Preferences

  •  They try to DISTRACT the masses. (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, JerryNA, sajiocity

    First, big business doesn't WANT to fix the unemployment problem.  Cheap labor is fantastic for the blue chips.  They made serious money in 1931 and they're doing it now, too.

    Second, it's hard to motivate someone through fear over a positive message like "more and better jobs."  Much easier to get your rabid base out with "fear of teh gay" and other stupid messages.

    Third, it's an US vs. THEM world, and they want to be special.  (h/t church lady)

    So they'll continue to try to distract everyone.  It's all they have.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 11:41:24 AM PST

  •  Interesting that (6+ / 0-)

    poor leadership/corruption in politics/Congress is seen as more of a problem than the deficit/debt.

    Ranks right up there at number 3, and climbing the charts.

    This might be a very interesting election year, especially if the GOP keeps thinking that the people care about the deficit and, or course, BENGHAZZIII!!!!

  •  One less unemployed person (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, Elizabeth 44, GleninCA

    Might want to blog this Ms. Clawson:

    Union-Hater 'Joe The Plumber' Just Got A Union Job At Chrysler

    Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher was just an ordinary guy living in Toledo when overnight he became the darling of the GOP after sparring with then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama in 2008. After riding a gravy train of Fox News appearances, stumping and a political run of his own, he's now back to being an ordinary Toledoan — working at Chrysler.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 01:18:01 PM PST

  •  So GOP campaigns in 2010 on "jobs", do nothing for (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Stude Dude

    4 years, then say they'll do nothing in 2014 while "throwing up" the word "jobs." And, of course, they'll probably hold the House, because GOP voters are trained to vote for them and Democratic and independent voters can't be bothered to vote in off year elections.

    Plus les choses changent plus elles restent les mêmes
  •  This survey can't be right... (6+ / 0-)

    Where is Benghazi!!11!!1

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck

    by RichM on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 01:23:51 PM PST

  •  ♥ ♥ ♥ (3+ / 0-)
  •  Sorry everyone; my comments were posted here (3+ / 0-)

    in error. I thought I was in another diary.

  •  The evil Rs don't care; we have to vote them out (4+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 01:31:52 PM PST

  •  Government Sector JOBS (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Leo Flinnwood

    Ask anyone who is unemployed if they care whether they get a private sector or a government sector job, and I can pretty much guarantee you that they will all respond with a resounding:

    "WHO CARES, as long as it pays good with good benefits."
    Dems. need to lose their fear of proposing the creation of Government sector jobs, either through direct hiring at the Federal, State or local level, or indirectly through infrastructure repair and upgrade projects.  If Republicans oppose government sector hiring, so-be-it.  Come Fall 2014 let them try to explain to the unemployed why it is better for them to wait for a private sector job (that may never come) than for the government to provide them a job now.

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 01:39:08 PM PST

    •  We could use modern day CCC, WPA and NRA (1+ / 0-)
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      (Roosevelt's program, not the shoot-'em-up variety) to put people back to work. People who work pay taxes and support the communities they live and work in.

      And there's no lack of work to be done, from repairing our crumbling bridges to educating inner city kids to wiring the country for high speed internet. Industry isn't creating the jobs, so government should be stepping in and damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

      So this West Virginian walks into a bar and says, "Fix me a Green River."

      by Omir the Storyteller on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 02:01:05 PM PST

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      •  That's pretty much what BHO has been pushing for (1+ / 0-)
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        Omir the Storyteller

        with a "fuck you" every time from the "loyal opposition." They would rather see another bridge collapse into the Mississippi because it could then be blamed on that colored fellow who happened to find himself in the white house.

        "Takes more than guns to kill a man" Joe Hill

        by sajiocity on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 04:29:23 PM PST

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    •  Biggest Democratic Failure During Obama Years (0+ / 0-)

      Should have made the case for creating demand through government sector hiring and the daily narrative should have been the GOP thwarting of these attempts. Maybe there will be another great recession and the Democrats will get it right.

      •  That's the way recessions have always been (0+ / 0-)

        dealt with in the past - expand the federal and state workforces.  Reagan did it, Clinton did it, and even G.W. Bush had sense enough to do it.  But none of them faced the mindless congressional Republicans who are in office now.

        "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 Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 05:29:55 PM PST

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        •  Have Been Stats That Show (0+ / 0-)

          if their had not been the decline in government jobs as compared to past recessions we would be doing much better. Private sector employment gains are not that much different from other recessions. Strategic error was focusing on the deficit before the midterms and not pushing for more job programs at that point. The pro-job growth narrative was ruined.

  •  Cheer up GOP! (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, GleninCA, sajiocity

    You are now the official champions of 13% of the US voting population.

    Oh, and add the 1% to that.

    "Legalizing pot won't make more pot-smokers. It will just make fewer criminals. - Me

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 01:39:38 PM PST

  •  Very important, but (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, sajiocity

    I desperately wish the environment were on that list. Without that nothing else will mean anything.

    •  Long-term thinking and planning (1+ / 0-)
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      have never been successful in American politics.  The general public is always, always most concerned with what's happening to them now and what's likely to happen in the immediate future.

      "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 Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 05:33:05 PM PST

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  •  Unrelated, but had to share... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...I keep chuckling over something someone said in response to a comment I posted on Facebook. In essence, I was dissing "Stand Your Ground" laws, and when this person made what I deemed to be a broad-brushed statement that masked the underlying reality, I called him/her out with a rather direct comment.

    In response, here's the last part of what was posted back to me (emphasis mine:

    Might you be literate in regard to this subject, you would realize the question rests in a law regarding this topic... not laws. So if you choose to take a confontational stance and accuse me of making a broad statement which challenges my understanding of reality, I will expose you as the hateful, childish creature you present yourself to be in this post.
    Hateful? Childish?  Churlish? Possibly. Childish? Perhaps, in some ways - occasionally in an intentionally irritating way, so yeah - I can accept that.


    My response:

    Why not start with 776.013, instead? Specifically, 3 -
    (3)A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
    That seems "reasonable" and yet it has been shown to be so widely applicable that people who are fleeing and who are unarmed have been "justifiably shot."

    So, lose the preaching, read the other links - learn a bit more. Those other links are NOT simply "opinion" - they contain facts, statistics and relevant information.

    As for "exposing" me as a "hateful, childish creature"? Good luck with that.

    I don't ever recall being called "hateful" before. (Sure, sometimes I'm an angry bird, and tend not to step lightly at those times, but ...hateful?

    The whole thing keeps echoing in my head as a pompous, bombastic, arrogant voice - and I can't stop chuckling over it.


  •  LC - Kudos! (0+ / 0-)

    I want to thank you for your continued focus on bread-and-butter material issues. At a time when real employment is still well over 10%, when wages have been stagnant for a generation, when housing, education, medical costs have skyrocketed - we need progressives out on the economic barricades.

  •  You put us to work (0+ / 0-)

    and we'll help to lower the deficit. Deal?

    No deal?

    OK, you can join us on the bread lines.

    So this West Virginian walks into a bar and says, "Fix me a Green River."

    by Omir the Storyteller on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 01:52:17 PM PST

  •  There are 2 ways to look at that poll.. (0+ / 0-)

    One is that more people are concerned by unemployment than anything else, OR 77% of Americans are more concerned with issues other than jobs.

    O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

    by Kevanlove on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 01:54:57 PM PST

  •  Here's what to say to anyone who claims... (2+ / 0-)
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    sajiocity, mmacdDE

    ...that the deficit should be our #1 Priority:

        "Well, America got along fine with deficits every year for almost 30 years, from 1970 to 1998.  Even after 30 years of deficits, President Clinton was able to eliminate the deficit and create a surplus by his second term, a surplus which lasted from 1998 to 2002, when President Bush returned to deficit spending, and we've continued to have deficits for the past 12 years.  

         So if America carried a deficit every year for 30 years without causing a disaster, and then the problem could be solved within a single Presidency, and now we've gone back to deficits for only 12 years, maybe we really don't have to worry too much for at least another 22 years."

    And if people respond to that by saying:

    "That's crazy.  Clinton was able to eliminate the deficit for a few years, so now we should just WAIT another 30 years before we try to do it AGAIN?"

    The best response would be:


    "Yes, that's a very good point.  We should not wait so long to have another Clinton Presidency."
    •  Clinton's "elimination" of the deficit... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...was due to the lies and distortions inherent to the finances of the era. While public debt fell, private debt skyrocketed. Sustainable economic recoveries involve drops in both types of debt.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 02:27:22 PM PST

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      •  Sorry, don't see your point... (1+ / 0-)
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            Absolutely true that Clinton did not fix everything that was wrong with the American economy, but so what?  

             That's like saying that a doctor has failed to cure your cancer because you still have acne.  

             Clinton DID eliminate the federal deficit, that is an objective statement that does not require quotation marks around it.  No lies, no distortions required to make that statement.  

             You can certainly argue that there were other economic issues like private debt that should have been addressed.  You can even argue that those issues were more important than the deficit.  That's completely irrelevant to my point, but it does support the main thesis of this article, which is that there are many things that are more important than deficit reduction.  

             I also wish that Clinton had done more to tackle the problem of rising private debt during his Presidency, just as there are many other things I wish he had done.  I wish that he had succeeded in his efforts at healthcare reform.  I wish that he had passed a national living wage.  I wish that he had vetoed DOMA. I wish that he had vetoed naming the Washington National Airport after Ronald Reagan.  I wish that he had ordered NASA to establish a base on the Moon, and to do a manned mission to Mars. I wish that he had passed legislation to build an undersea railway tunnel from California to Hawaii.  I wish that he had appointed Judge Judy to the Supreme Court.  

             Sadly, he didn't do any of those things.  

             But he DID eliminate the deficit and create a budget surplus, and there's no reason not to give him credit for that.  

        •  It's not irrelevant (1+ / 0-)
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          Talking about the deficit without talking about private debt is like escaping the cops by driving over a cliff. Sure you "escaped", but fat lot of good it did you.

          Transmuting public debt into private debt (or vice versa) doesn't help anything. It's as bad or worse than doing nothing.

          (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
          Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

          by Sparhawk on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 04:12:55 PM PST

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  •  Emergency Unemployment Aid (0+ / 0-)

    Completely agree with the diarist on this. Boehner needs to put petty politics aside and bring emergency unemployment aid to a vote in the House as soon as possible.

    That being said, Sen. Patty Murray and President Obama should have insisted on the unemployment aid extension in the budget negotiations with Paul Ryan at the end of last year BEFORE the unemployment aid expired.

  •  But wait!!! Isn't it time for another installment (1+ / 0-)
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    of the "Tea Bag/Republican Adventures In Repealing Obamacare" show?

    Or otherwise known as claiming, and owning the definition of insanity, 100%.

    "When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy...." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 03:33:18 PM PST

  •  It's Not Unemployment (1+ / 0-)
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    It's permanent redundancy.  

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