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Today's Note From a Madman

May 6, 2008

 

Jobs Lost

Another 20,000 bite the dust. That's how many of our fellow Americans have lost their jobs in the month of April 2008. After months - nay, years - of President Bush touting his economy stating things such as, "We've had ('X'-number) of months of continuous job growth," there is not a peep out of his White House on the not-so-good news that we've had "Y"-number of months now of jobs being lost. In total, there have been more months of jobs lost during "The administration of Diminished Responsibility" than there have been months with jobs gained.

And that isn't good news, no matter how you spin it.

Here is just a small sampling of the trades which have lost jobs in just the past month alone:
Goods-producing: -110,000
Construction: -61,000
Manufacturing: -46,000
Retail trade: -27,000

If there is any spin which the Bushies might attempt to put on these awful, awful numbers, it is that some industries actually gained jobs. However, within that statistic, one of the big gainers was our government itself. Yes, the "small government" Bush administration actually increased government by an additional 9,000 jobs.

And to add insult to injury, as the Bushies like to do, the total average weekly earnings for all private industry employees has gone down - yes, DOWN - by $1.45 from $604.01 to 603.56 per week.

Believe it or not, 362,000 more Americans joined the ranks of the employed, but with an additional 189,000 joining the ranks of the unemployed, another 173,000 joining the labor force and 30,000 more "joined" the "not in labor force" group which, according to the Bush administration, are just not searching for work anymore.

Not good numbers to be sure.

And when one compares the situation from the "good times" last year (as a Bushie might remember them, not how most of us remember them), the news is even more horrible:

"The number of unemployed persons (7.6 million) and the unemployment rate (5.0 percent) were little changed in April. A year earlier, the number of unemployed persons was 6.8 million, and the jobless rate was 4.5 percent,"
-The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics

In just one year, as our population grew and our dollar fell, the unemployment rate increased by ten percent and an additional 800,000 Americans went jobless.

Where's the good news in that?

When one checks our President's website (www.whitehouse.gov), one would notice by its absence any mention of the job numbers for this month. It's a pattern which is constantly repeating itself amidst statements such as, "Although some are still having problems, the economy remains strong," and "the tide hasn't lifted all boats yet."

That tide's a long time in coming and when it gets here, it will probably be a tidal wave which drowns many of us.

Maybe it just isn't President bush's fault. After all, it never has been. Maybe he's just unlucky.

Or maybe we are.

-Noah Greenberg



Don Sloan responds to the trio of candidates left for the presidency:

I understand and sympathize with your frustration over this coming election./ Sorry, but none of the candidates has earned my vote.

Yes, the McCain presidency is another Bush term. But the Obama and Clinton choices are not close to be worthy. Now that Kucinich dropped. Sad.

I will select a minor candidate like Family party on the NY ballot.
But I will not vote for someone unless the primary direction is to give us universal health care and end the war immediately.

As Debs said, I would rather vote for someone I want and not get him/her than vote than for someone I do not want and get him./her... In solidarity, Don Sloan.


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