President Obama wants to pass a modest, at best Keynesian-lite jobs bill. That includes $250 billion in tax cuts. What does that mean? It is the end of the world as we know it. We’re taking the express elevator to Marxist paradise. Conservative Media Criticism Of Jobs Plan Only Off By Millions Of Jobs
Conservative media figures are citing the discredited myth that the stimulus failed to argue that President Obama’s jobs plan also will not help the economy. In fact, economic analysts have repeatedly said that the 2009 recovery act boosted the economy and increased employment, and economists estimate that Obama’s jobs plan is likely to add millions of jobs.
Right-Wing Media: Obama’s Jobs Plan Won’t Create Jobs — Just Like The Stimulus
Fox’s MacCallum: “$447 Billion In New Money To Stimulate The Economy On Top Of 800 Billion In The Original Stimulus Plan That Didn’t Work.” Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum discussed Obama’s jobs plan with Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ). MacCallum said that “one of the big questions that I think a lot of people were left with at the end of the speech last night was: $447 billion in new money to stimulate the economy on top of 800 billion in the original stimulus plan that didn’t work, as evidenced by the employment numbers and every other indication of the economy that we’ve seen.” She continued:
MacCALLUM: So why would this $447 billion — where are we going to get the money, and why should everyone be convinced that this time it will work? [Fox News, America’s Newsroom, 9/9/11]
The original Recovery Act created about 2 million jobs. If President Obama had done nothing rather than having a current official unemployment rate of about 9.1% we would probably have an official rate of 12%. It has become an unofficial rule of thumb to add about 4% to those figures because of the people who are no longer officially counted because they no longer qualify for unemployment benefits or they have given up looking for work. When it comes to official or unofficial, conservatives always seem to cheer and hope for the worse. One of the reasons is that conservatives think they benefit from a stalled economy. Conservatives have been blatant in their party before country ideology, especially since 9-11. With a majority in the House they have actively tried to make the economy worse. They see the USA as their toy and if they do not have control of their toy they are going to make life miserable for everyone until they get back complete control. Then they’ll double down on the misery – for a preview see Wisconsin, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, Michigan. And of course the “analysts” at Rupert Murdoch’s perpetual propaganda machine are wrong about the new Jobs bill as well,
But Economists Say Obama’s Jobs Plan Would Create Millions Of Jobs
Zandi: American Jobs Act Would Add Nearly 2 Million Jobs. UPI reported:
President Barack Obama’s $447 billion job-creation plan would likely add 1.9 million payroll jobs and grow the U.S. economy 2 percent, a leading economist said.
The plan, which Obama outlined before a joint session of Congress Thursday, would likely cut the unemployment rate by a percentage point, Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said as Obama prepared to tout the plan at Virginia’s University of Richmond. [United Press International, 9/9/11]
Macroeconomic Advisers: American Jobs Act Would Be “A Significant Boost To GDP And Employment.” From the blog of Macroeconomic Advisers LLC:
We estimate that the American Jobs Act (AJA), if enacted, would give a significant boost to GDP and employment over the near-term.
It is not that Texas is in the pits economically, the problem is with Rick Perry and the general claim of conservatives that the Texas economy is some kind of “miracle”. A few things follow having such a high percentage of minimum wage workers, one is that many Texans are not able to afford groceries after they pay rent and utilities In Texas, 18 percent are facing hunger, The state’s rate of ‘food insecurity’ is 2nd-worst in U.S.
According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas ranks second in the nation in the percentage of people struggling with “food insecurity,” a term that refers to households where members have difficulty meeting their food needs.
In 2010, more than 4 million Texans — 18 percent — either experienced hunger outright or altered their eating patterns to avoid hunger, such as buying less healthy but more filling food.
Only Mississippi had a worse rating.
On the heels of the national report, a Texas group released a study that reveals the level of food insecurity among Texas’ 254 counties, using the newest data.
Thomas Frank could have used Texas or Mississippi instead of Kansas in his book What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Not all the residents obviously, but just enough in all three states keep voting against their own rational self-interests.
In December, Cantor opposed a bipartisan bill “to improve health services and provide financial compensation for 9/11 first responders who were exposed to dangerous toxins and are now sick as a result.” Now, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Cantor is pushing for further cuts to first responders in exchange for disaster relief.
Cantor and his staff continue to insist “There will be no delay in meeting the president’s request and providing people the aid they need.” But they have yet to support any such request absent more partisan spending cuts.
Just recently after the debt ceiling hostage crisis – a crisis created out of thin air by conservative – Senate leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY) admitted, “What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.” So Cantor has also learned that if you can take hostages – in this case first responders and Americans in need of disaster relief – and win some kind of wing-nut trophy – he will. The Conservatives first, America last, agenda at work.
Another state which serves as a preview of the deeply ingrained culture of conservative corruption and pure malice is South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley( she is occasionally mentioned as a VP candidate on the 2012 presidential ticket) – Nikki Haley’s Pay-to-Play Politics. Not happy drive her state into the depths of pay-for- play politics, Haley is jumping on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s costly and counterproductive drug testing program. Like Rick, Nikki has not and will not spend money to create jobs, save education or rebuild her state’s infrastructure but she is determined not to let anyone who has taken a drag off a joint not get a loaf of bread. Why Nikki Haley needs drug testing. As long as we’re spending money on tests how about requiring that all conservative politicians have to pass a psychological test that proves they do not suffer from some kind of severe personality disorder. They are completely oblivious to the morality of some people getting millions in unearned income yet get really upset at the thought that someone might get a can a beans they may or may not deserve.