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President Obama on Thursday morning, commenting on the June jobs report which showed the strongest job growth to start a year since 1999:
We just got a jobs report today showing that we've now seen the fastest job growth in the United States in the first half of the year since 1999. So this is also the first time we've seen five consecutive months of job growth over 200,000 since 1999. And we've seen the quickest drop in unemployment in 30 years.
The president was careful to note that we still have a long ways to go and said that if Washington were able to get its act together, things would be getting better even more quickly. Specifically, he cited infrastructure investment, raising the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, supporting parents by giving them assistance with childcare, and taking action on immigration reform. His bottom line:
My hope is, is the American people look at today’s news and understand that, in fact, we are making strides. We have not seen more consistent job growth since the ‘90s. But we can make even more progress if Congress is willing to work with my administration and to set politics aside, at least occasionally which I know is what the American people are urgently looking for.
And the GOP's response? Fat chance.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Keep telling us who's blocking progress! (8+ / 0-)

    I'm liking all the coverage on Obama not giving a shit what they say.  

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:34:45 AM PDT

  •  To be fair (5+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, 4Freedom, hbk, askew, FiredUpInCA

    I am not sure that the GOP House actually knows how to accelerate job growth.  They think "tax cuts for the rich" will do that.

    30, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:35:59 AM PDT

  •  Do We Have a Total of Jobs Created Under the (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, 4Freedom, hbk

    Obama Admin? We actually need 2, one for Inauguration Day forward, and one from the bottom of the crash that was already halfway along when he took office.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:36:43 AM PDT

    •  Good news for America means a world of anguish and (5+ / 0-)

      hurt for Republicans....

      •  Yeah; the Reason I Ask is That Carter, Run Out of (1+ / 0-)
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        NedSparks

        office for his crappy economy, created in 1 term more jobs that 3 terms both Bushes, and I think also Ford combined.

        Obama would need hardly any to beat the 2 Bushes combined, the two of them barely created any jobs.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:48:10 AM PDT

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    •  9.6 Million Using the Republicans' Frame (2+ / 0-)
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      NedSparks, bonetti

      Since at least June 2010, when the House Republicans released a 43-page report claiming that Obamacare was already hurting the private sector and killing jobs, the GOP has insisted on framing the economic debate around the health care law. Today, for example, RNC Chair Reince Priebus issued the following statement on the June jobs report: "We need a Republican majority in the Senate so we can get ... job-killing policies like ObamaCare out of the way of American workers."

      If one accepts the Republicans' argument that the economic debate should be framed around Obamacare, and that we should be particularly focused on the private-sector and the deficit, here are the relevant before/after numbers:

      Chart: After losing 3.6 million jobs in the decade before Obamacare, the private-sector has gained 9.6 million jobs since Obamacare became law.
      Chart: The private sector was losing nearly 800,000 jobs per month before passage of the 2009 Recovery Act (President Obama's stimulus law). Within a year of the Recovery Act's passage, the private sector was gaining jobs again, and it has created jobs ev
      Chart: Deficit drops from 9.8% of GDP before Obamacare to 2.8% of GDP in 2014.
  •  This is very good news going into the midterms. (5+ / 0-)
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    Hawkjt, hbk, askew, FiredUpInCA, Gooserock

    I hope it resonates with voters and helps to GOTV.

    There couldn't be a much stronger contrast between administrations. We now have more jobs and less war. What could be a more stark contrast?

    I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against. ~ Malcolm X -8.62 -8.36

    by 4Freedom on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:45:25 AM PDT

    •  Yes, it is good (5+ / 0-)
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      hbk, askew, FiredUpInCA, NedSparks, 4Freedom

      to see a robust jobs number for June and upward revisions for May and April.

      If we can maintain momentum in the jobs market, and get that unemployment number under 6 % by September or October....it could give the dems a boost.

      The President is out on the stump around the country, making it clear that he wants an increase in minimum wage, and transportation bill jobs ...infrastructure jobs.

      And he is not hesitating to point out who is blocking everything....the GOP.

      He is doing exactly what folks on here have demanded for months.
      He will continue to do it.  Immigration talks breaking down is the last straw for him.
      The GOP needs to made to feel the heat for obstruction.
      Make the contrast so clear by November that the indys will have a choice.....do-nothing or vote dem.

    •  Hence Creation of Anti Obama Memes Like "Worst (2+ / 0-)
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      PorridgeGun, 4Freedom

      president since WW2" and the pushing of other popularity depressing themes.

      How were the rankings for "worst president since ww2" during the W Bush years? Oh there was never such a poll before this week? Do tell.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:50:01 AM PDT

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  •  GOP (2+ / 0-)
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    I have seen around the GOP parts alot of mocking of the jobs report today as a confirmation that jobs grow when you get the government out of the way.

    They were laughing about the fiscal cliff, austerity, non-extension of UI benefits and SNAP cuts that were supposed to bring the economy to its knees. Yet the economy keeps on growing despite continued alarmism they claim.

    I am thrilled that jobs are being added, as it beats the hell out of the alternative.

    I do worry though that those who have fallen through the cracks in this "recovery" will become an even bigger afterthought than they already are.

    The perceived urge to want to help those down on their luck falls when the economy adds jobs even in the face of all the cutbacks we have dealt with.

    If politicians in Washington can keep cutting back on the safety net and still get jobs growth (which is largely what has happened the past few years) they are going to keep doing it.

    Meanwhile those who most need the help are pushed further into the background so as to not get in the way of a great feel good story about slashing spending, deficits, and still growing the economy.

    It is always harder to make the argument politically that "well it could be better if", which is essentially what Democrats are left having to do.

    The Rethugs on the other hand are pointing at the job growth as evidence that austerity is working, and that the slashing of UI and SNAP is motivating people to find work and get off the dole. So if some slashing is working, just imagine what a full scale assault would do.

    The whole situation makes me sick in a way because it is finally becoming apparent that there is no real help anywhere on the horizon for those who have been relegated to the shadows by an economy that has failed them.

    •  For the Rest of Many of Our Lives THere WIll Be (0+ / 0-)

      people, sectors, cities and areas of the country written off indefinitely. A lot about this country is going to be abandoned at least for a long time, while we are figuring out how and if we can eventually turn the system around. New Orleans, Detroit, there's going to be a lot of that, same for long term unemployed, workers over 45 years old, poor elderly.

      We have to realize it's coming and that we don't yet have a plan to put together the authority to fix it.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:52:35 AM PDT

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    •  Republicans have never been good on math.... (0+ / 0-)
  •  the Obama train is at the station (4+ / 0-)
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    NedSparks, skillet, hbk, askew

    get on board.

  •  GOP austerity policies are responsible for this. (2+ / 0-)
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    gypsyrose, NedSparks

    snark

  •  Predicted Republican Response (3+ / 0-)
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    hbk, gypsyrose, Gooserock

    After 4 years of the economy going nowhere, the sequester cuts began to right the economy in 2013.  Thanks to the sequester, we are finally seeing real job growth.

    So -- President Obama: Let's cut spending more and make some more jobs.

    Oh yeah -- we shouldn't be taxing rich people.

    And --- couldn't you git rid of the corporate tax so that they don't have to move to Ireland or Sweden or whoknowsiana to avoid contributing to the country that makes their profits possible?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:54:22 AM PDT

  •  The GOP does not want job growth or (3+ / 0-)
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    hbk, gypsyrose, FiredUpInCA

    anything that could be categorized as an Obama success.

    F'ing this country over to attempt to satisfy their hatred of Obama is not big deal to them.

    How can the GOP trust a woman to "raise" if they do not trust a woman to "choose".....

    by left my heart on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:55:48 AM PDT

    •  it should be a big deal though... (0+ / 0-)

      the majority of those who elected him twice to the Oval Office have a real score to settle with the Obstructionist Congress.

      If we aren't all pissed off enough at this point to get motivated about a massive removal project in November, then we'll get what we deserve.

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:09:43 AM PDT

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  •  What angers me beyond belief... (4+ / 0-)
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    skillet, gypsyrose, Bgrngod, askew

    is how much farther along we would be had republicans decided to work FOR the country as opposed to AGAINST this President.

    •  The extra special stupid sauce... (1+ / 0-)
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      kevinbr38

      is that GOP cooperation might have actually earned them some seats in the House/Senate.

      They still drunk on the giant bottle of shellacking they got in 2010 that no other approach could possibly be considered.

  •  But the Republicans told us Obamacare (2+ / 0-)
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    skillet, FiredUpInCA

    would destroy the economy and kill job growth. So much for all their lies and drama.

    If you can't fix stupid does that mean the Republican party will always be broken?

    by gypsyrose on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:04:34 AM PDT

  •  Does the President have any (0+ / 0-)

    discretionary military spending?  Since the Pentagon takes Global Warming seriously, use a bit of the Pentagon budget to "green" our infrastructure - or at least rebuild it with the consequences of not dealing with Global Warming in mind.

  •  I am starting to feel that Obama is saintly (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, flevitan

    for putting up with the rethug assholes with so much grace. He is also calling them out a little better. I would have pulled out all my hair and be in a straight jacket by now having to put up with their vile bullshit.

    I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

    by Doc Allen on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:06:56 AM PDT

  •  People have more jobs selling burgers and Chine... (0+ / 0-)

    People have more jobs selling burgers and Chinese shit.

  •  Obama and Job creation (0+ / 0-)

    I lost confidence in Obama when he declared he wanted bipartisan legislation. You cannot find a middle ground with the corrupt.

    Now he's finishing the Clinton/Bush 1/bush1/2 destruction of the economy with the TransPacific Partnership trade treaty.

    •  So you jumped off (0+ / 0-)

      back in 2008 when he campaigned on bringing the country and DC together to get stuff done?

      Beat the rush, I guess.  Long 6 years for you, I suppose.

      You might just have to forget US politics for the next 50 years or so, cus you aint gonna be happy...ever.

      Give me a call when the next candidate for president come out calling for ''no compromise...ever!!'' and wins the election.

  •  I'm happy for the country but equally happy (3+ / 0-)
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    askew, FiredUpInCA, gosoxataboy

    for Obama. No President other than FDR had to deal with such poor economic conditions.  He has turned it around. The discussion we're having now is about income inequality boosting infrastructure investments. These are issues on which  Democrats can win.  

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    by khyber900 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:21:54 AM PDT

  •  He needs to point out, this good news IN SPITE (3+ / 0-)
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    Glenn45, flevitan, PorridgeGun

    of the GOP's best efforts to derail the economy!!!

  •  Deep in the numbers (0+ / 0-)

    U-6  500K full time jobs lost.  799 part time jobs created.  Can you verify?

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:38:07 AM PDT

  •  There is no doubt even with the total (1+ / 0-)
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    PorridgeGun

    obstruction of the Obama Administration since day one, what Obama has been able to do has worked. Non-partisan economists have stated that without the first stimulus, without "cash for clunkers," without the saving of GM, it did make inroads in  the devastating recovery, along with the saving of thousands of jobs.

    But, jobs, jobs, jobs Boehner has since 2011 refused to bring the American Jobs Act to the floor.  Not only would this have created hundreds of thousands of jobs, boosted our economy, but saved the federal government's outlay of extended unemployment, food stamps, and a host of other federal programs aimed at those unemployed.

    This partisan Congress is sabotaging their own country and must be held accountable.  The only way to change the course of this floundering "ship of state," is in the voting booth.

  •  Here: A simple job's bill everyone can back! (0+ / 0-)

    As we approach the 4th here in Texas, entire neighbor's are spending their neighborhood taxes (A.K.A. HOA dues, oh the irony) on 'merican flags". Not just little flags planted in the flower beds but large flags on 6' tall poles planted at each house and up and down the boulevards and entrances. As I look at the one that was planted in front of my house I see the sickening stamp "made in China".

    The Jobs bill: All American flags used by the Federal government shall only be purchased from companies that are wholly owned by American citizens (no international conglomerates- which basically bans the Koch Bro's) and made from materials that are grown (cotton/hemp), woven and produced in America.

    Now what politician can vote nay on that? Ok, maybe the cotton/hemp thing cause that sounds liberal and after all that leaves big oil out cause nylon is of course oil. But the counter is that Betsy Ross used cotton and she attended church with George Washington so there. Now lets here the nays.

    Make the American flag in the U.S.A. with American labor and of American stuff and that is put into wrappers that are also made by American's. And if I may ask, even if you don't want or need an American flag, walk into a store, ask for a flag, notice it's place "made in" mark and kindly mention that you are looking for one that is MADE IN AMERICA.

    Enough of us do this on everything, we will end up creating a few jobs too!

    "I'm mortified at the thought of anyone judging me on the state of my own toilets. But the tea masters' point is valid: Spaces that have been thoroughly and lovingly cleaned are ultimately more welcoming." - Tadao Ando

    by O Wabi Sabi on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 02:35:08 PM PDT

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