Friday, February 3, 2012

I Can See the White House from the Unemployment Line

It's first Friday at The Urbran Politico. Unlike first Friday at your local grown and sexy hot spot where the alcohol flows, the skirts are short, and the men are thirsty as hell to cut something, first Friday around these parts means examining unemployment numbers.

At 8:30 this morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the employment situation for the month of January 2012. Contrary to economists Thursday predictions that the economy would only add 150-thousand jobs in January sending unemployment up to 8.6 percent, the American economy in fact added 243-thousand jobs and the unemployment rate dropped yet again for the third straight month in a row to 8.3 percent.

Do you see the White House from the unemployment line because I sure as hell do.

But you know who doesn't?

Freaking Republicans.

But they wouldn't... Now would they?


Not at all.

After the good news report from the BLS the gruesome GOP twosome of the House, John Boehner and his muscle Eric Cantor retracted their prepared statements on the report that was based on economist speculation. They then released new statements not going after President Obama, but Democrats in Congress. Boehner's statement said:

"There's welcome news in this latest jobs report as more Americans found work last month, but the fact is our unemployment rate is still far too high. Our economy still isn't creating jobs the way it should be and that's whey we need a new approach...

President Obama should call on Senate Democrats to take immediate action on our bipartisan jobs bill and together we can create a better environment for private-sector job growth."

Now let's just stop right there with Boehner's statement. Did you see that last line? "President Obama should call on Senate Democrats to take immediate action on our bi-partisan jobs bill." Does he mean the same jobs bill, The American Jobs Act, President Obama sent to Congress in motherfreaking September that neither chamber of Congress has yet to act on aside from passing the small initiative for returning veterans to help them get hired?

He can't mean that bi-partisan bill, where we here at The Urban Politico played a drinking game to how many times in the hour long speech the POTUS said some form of "pass this bill right away." (The count was 15) He can't mean that bi-partisan bill because after the POTUS gave the speech, released the details of the bill online, the President went on the road in President Obama style selling the bill to the country (at least to the unemployed in swing states). Boehner can't mean the American Jobs Act that the President begged Congress to pass in one big clean bill, and then when they couldn't went back begging again for them to pass it piecemeal since they don't know how to do their jobs. Boehner can't mean that bill.

But of course you know he does.

This is what baffles me about the GOP right here.

Allow me a minute to lean all the way out the left side of my body...

What baffles me is the fact that when good things happen and it's not on the GOP watch it's bad. When bad things happen and it is on the GOP watch it's not their fault. Those are just market conditions.

The President can't get a slap on his back for a job well done for helping to bring down the unemploment rate once again, yet if he approved a policy that tanked the market then that's totally his fault. I don't see how but you know GOP logic is illogical.

Let's be real... For most of the decade that was the 2000's our economy was propped up by inflated economic growth numbers. In the early 00's it was the dot com bubble that burst so significantly Spike Lee made a whole beautiful movie about it. She Hate Me anyone. But as soon as we came out of that recession -- that Osama bin Laden, Kalid Sheikh Muhammad, and 19 other suicidal cowards only made worse -- we were into another extended period of growth boosted by an inflated housing market that we all know popped like Lil' Kim's ego on the release of Nikci Minaj's Roman's Revenge.

Now we are finally in an uninflated sustained growth period after hitting record high unemployment in 2009 and 2010 -- we're talking in the 10's -- and Pres. gets no credit.

Get the fuck outta here with that bullshit.

Politicking is politicking but facts are facts. Men lie, women lie but numbers don't, except for when they do -- side eye to Wall Street -- but this isn't one of those times.

Unemployment has decreased consistently for months now. And we can't say it's because the Federal government is expanding because they're actually decreasing their rosters. Word of the day boys and girls: Austerity.

Point. Blank. And period... the American economy is coming back. Yes it's coming back slower than a broken toe nail but it's coming back none-the-less. It has nothing to do with seasonal employment because the holidays are over, or the government hiring too many and expanding too fast, or people no longer looking for work. This is actual growth. Actual progress.

Me personally I'm betting for 7.9 percent unemployment come March 9th. But that's just me and I'm not really a betting woman.

What I will put my money on is this: The GOP candidates for President are trying to paint the President as a leader, a governor of this union that has no clue how to lead, how to govern. The law professor who doesn't understand economics because he's not a businessman.

Let me put it to you like this: Our law professor/community organizer/ and all around Ol' G' may not "like to fire people." He may in fact "care about the very poor." But beyond all that he likes to win. You saw his swag meter rise after he won the POTUS. #Winning. It rose again upon certain successes of the stimulus. Cash for Clunkers. #Winning. It jumped again after he finally signed that butchered health care law. #kindawinning. It jumped dramatically after he made the call to kill bin Laden all the while embarrasing the hell out of Donald Trump in the same weekend #Winning. (Two Times) And now he's letting the GOP do all their economic talking without really passing any bills of substance while he's doing the economic walking and turning this country on the cliff all the way around. #Winning.

Let the President sing:

"All I do is win, win, win no matter what
Got money on mind, I can never get enough
And every time I step up in the building
Everybody hands go up ....

And they stay there
And they say yeah
And they stay there

Up down
Up down

'Cause all I do is win, win, win
And if you goin' in, put your hands in the air, make 'em stay there"



1. How do you think the unemployment report will affect Obama's re-election chances?
2. Make a political pop-culture reference

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