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GOP Jumps on Dismal Jobs Report

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Posted on Jun 4, 2010
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According to RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Obama’s employment strategies haven’t done the job.

A president’s employment problem is the opposition’s cannon fodder during election season, and Friday’s bad news on employment is giving the GOP some opportunities to lob a few more hits at the Democrats during the lead-in to this fall’s midterm elections.  —KA

Reuters via Google News:

The report was a disappointment for Obama and fellow Democrats, who are anxious for glimmers of economic hope before Congress faces voters in five months, but they argued it showed a continued recovery even if more ups and downs lie ahead.

The May report found hiring by private employers slowed sharply and came in lower than analysts expected, although temporary census hiring pushed payrolls higher and dropped the unemployment rate to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent.

“The underlying fact is that 9.7 percent unemployment is unacceptable by any standard. No amount of spin will resolve the fact that the president’s policies have been a colossal failure when it comes to creating jobs,” said Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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By SteveL, June 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

How about a tariff, trade and tax changes that bring jobs home instead of
exporting them out of the country.  Don’t really care which party proposes this it
is long overdue.

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By rico, suave, June 6, 2010 at 8:02 am Link to this comment


I refer you to Rep Paul Ryan’s plan for the economy:

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By Leefeller, June 6, 2010 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

So the GOP offers what? Say no to everything not GOP and then point fingers? What a plan.

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

That’s not even a sentence. Is English your first language? No offense if it isn’t.

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By rico, suave, June 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

“Steele is a pig
check out his mercedes and the heavy gold bracelets on his wrist
so goes his moral compass and his values
cheney mind so destructive and vile”

Two words:


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By samosamo, June 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment



What’s really sadder is the way the msm set up to play our ONE
PARTY political system as 2 separate parties trying to outdo,
trying to blame the other, all the quaint adversarial shit that has
the portents of a one of those dull dreary televised sporting
events that are as empty of reality as sugar is of nutrition. Which
makes it even the more sadder that those dumbstream
monkeys, addicted to what the msm feeds them, would not and
could not tell the difference in the numbers 1 party or the
charade of 2 as in the number of political parties living it up on
the taxpayers backs.

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By c.d.embrey, June 5, 2010 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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Rank and file Democrats should be jumping on Obama for his dismal
handling of jobs/economy. Doesn’t he know that most Americans don’t
work on Wall St? But why should he ...

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By Jim Yell, June 5, 2010 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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Of course the whole disaster rests upon the Republican, right wing and Libertarian ideology that the government shouldn’t regulate or even audit the behavior of business. The result is the Banks stole our money, the corporations stole our jobs and they all together polluted the environment.

Obama’s fault are his too centerist and compromising inclinations. But, the core of this disaster is right wing politics and the right wing has been most aggresive in blocking any real attempt to straighten things out and still Obama keeps looking to them for a reasonable response to a problem they mostly created.

I will ask once again, Why Does the Republican Party hate democracy? Why does the Republican Party hate the American People? And, more to the point why do so many ordinary Americans support these right wing crazies? It is a clear case of cutting off ones nose to spite ones face.

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By skulz fontaine, June 5, 2010 at 6:48 am Link to this comment

Steele is that “Humpty hump” clown isn’t he? The jobs disappeared from America
under Bushco. The Obama and Democraps are just too stupid to fix what the
Republican’ts broke. Republican’t, Democrap, they’re merely two sides of the one
war party coin. Not ‘cointel’ either. “Heads they win, tails you lose.”

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By Jimnp72, June 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

Steele is a pig
check out his mercedes and the heavy gold bracelets on his wrist
so goes his moral compass and his values
cheney mind so destructive and vile

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By Jimnp72, June 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment


well said. I would also add it was 8 years of criminality.

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By Jimnp72, June 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

of course. the skunk always smells its own scent first

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By purplewolf, June 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

Where was the GOP when we were losing thousands upon thousands of jobs on a daily and weekly basis for over 7 1/2 years when Bush was running the country? Oh, right. That don’t count when we (repukes) do it, we just push the blame onto the other party, the ignorant masses will believe anything we tell them.

After 12 years in office as Governor in Michigan, John Engler left the state of Michigan with the annihilation of most of the manufacturing jobs, and an extremely large debt for the incoming replacement for his job, and nothing positive was done for the state when he was in charge except when he left his post. Yet the repukes always seem to conveniently or selectively forget the mess THEY made of things when they are in charge of state or country and once back in charge, have no answers except to stuff their own pockets and outsource more of our jobs to third world countries.

It is all to often we see that the ones who have made a mess of things, once replaced, immediately point the finger at their successors and complain that things are not fixed with in a month or less-we saw that with Obama, who wasn’t even sworn into office to take over until Jan.21, 2009 and yet we saw people raising hell that he hadn’t fixed this(whatever) by now within days of the election, even though the soon to be former President was still in charge mucking up everything he could think of and more and he did it, but the right wingers never stopped to think that,hey wait a minute,Bush is still in charge until almost the end of January, so actually I should be yelling at the Bush administration at this time. And people after 8 years of incompetency from the GOP party of no nothings you can not expect everything that your party did in the last 8 years to be fixed within a week or less. It will take years and even decades to unto much of the damage your party did to America and the world.

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By rondd5, June 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment
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democracy (the american model) as manifested by the two party system has done NOTHING for working folks in this country….to expect different is madness…

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By Fat Freddy, June 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Republicans:  Vote for us, we’ll change things.

4 years later

Democrats: Vote for us, we’ll change things.

Repeat every 4-8 years.

I think I’d vote for the corpse of Karl Marx, before ever voting for any Democrat or Republican again.

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