Unemployment jumps to 9.7%

posted at 9:30 am on September 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this a part of Barack Obama’s August horribilis.  The White House desperately needed good news on the employment front after spending the last five weeks getting hammered by angry constituents in almost every Congressional district in the US, and especially after Joe Biden spent yesterday bragging about the economic policies of the administration.  Instead, unemployment hit a new high in August:

U.S. employers cut a fewer-than-expected 216,000 jobs in August, while the unemployment rate rose to a 26-year high, the government said on Friday in a report showing a still fragile labor market.

The Labor Department said the unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent after dipping to 9.4 percent in July and the decline in payrolls was the smallest in a year. The department revised job losses for June and July to show 49,000 more jobs lost than previously reported.

ADP found more than 80,000 more job losses in its report yesterday, based on private-sector payrolls.  Maybe the government is hiring?  That seems to have stopped, too:

Manufacturing employment fell by 63,000, with a total of 2 million factory jobs lost since the start of the recession. Payrolls in construction industries dropped 65,000 after falling 73,000 in July.

The service-providing sector purged 80,000 workers in August, while the goods-producing industries shed 136,000 positions.

Education and health services continued to add jobs, with payrolls increasing 52,000 in August after rising 21,000 in July. Government employment fell 18,000 after slipping 28,000 in July.

The US still bleeds jobs across all sectors, and now unemployment has hit a new high.  July and June numbers also got adjusted upwards after the Obama administration used them to argue that they had turned the corner on the recession.  Retail numbers continue to drop, which means that hiring won’t commence for several months out yet.

Recall the argument made by Obama and his economic advisers when they demanded a $787 billion slush fund to “stimulate” the economy?  Recall this curve?

Now we’re here:

We’re still cresting, only far above what Christine Romer and Barack Obama used as a scare tactic to get the cash, and much farther above what they promised from their top-down economic policies.  It’s not getting better at all, despite Joe Biden’s blathering.  The problem is getting worse, and it will continue to worsen as government eats up capital that could have gone to job creation.


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But AfroLib got a job so I think all is well.

angryed on September 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Hey, at least it’s not a 27 year high!

The stimulus worked!

Imagine if they’d spend another trillion, it might only be a 25 year high!

Mr. Bingley on September 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Own it, Dims.

And have fun in your 2010 elections.

AZCoyote on September 4, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Than God we saved or created 750,000 jobs.

ColumbusConservative on September 4, 2009 at 9:33 AM

All Joe said was that Stimulus/Stabilization was working far better than anyone expected.

Which begs the question, just how bad did they think this was all going to turn out?

myrenovations on September 4, 2009 at 9:33 AM

It could have been worse, we might have lost 28 million jobs.

rob verdi on September 4, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Gibbs later today: Its all good. We aren’t nearly as bad as we could have been without the giant success of the stimulus package. Oh that graph? I don’t know, maybe its been photo-shopped.

jbh45 on September 4, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Nearly 200 days into stimulus effort, Biden says it is working faster than hoped,

WASHINGTON – Trumpeting economic progress to a skeptical nation, Vice President Joe Biden says the massive government program intended to stimulate and reshape the economy is reaching and exceeding goals.

Nearly 200 days into the effort, Biden says it is more effective “than we had hoped.”

Nearly 200 days after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Vice President Joe Biden says the program has changed the “trajectory of our economy”.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/56889457.html?

Good grief. One wonders if a complete recovery means 30% unemployment.

drjohn on September 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM

But hey, his primetime speech on Wednesday will decrease advertising revenues (hitting the networks, any cable channels that carry it, the marketing agencies hired to produce ads, the companies that would have been advertised, etc.).

Oh, that’s a bad thing?

Abby Adams on September 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM

But AfroLib got a job so I think all is well.
angryed on September 4, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Yeah. I wonder how his job inspecting yard sales is going?

But I thought we were coming out of the Recession?

kingsjester on September 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Down is also a trajectory.

drjohn on September 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM

will Van Jones be part of the Sept numbers?

rob verdi on September 4, 2009 at 9:36 AM

But the recession is over.

loudmouth883 on September 4, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Since the administration insists we are in recovery, this must be a job-loss recovery.

ICBM on September 4, 2009 at 9:36 AM

but that there stimulus is workin dontcha kno

alexraye on September 4, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Rahm Emanuel is probably thinking, “Never let an opportunity to make a crisis go to waste.”

jwolf on September 4, 2009 at 9:37 AM

The Bush Depression will be over soon. Mission Accomplished!

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Well, they did bend the curve after-all…

jbtripp on September 4, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Any day now, I expect to see state-run media reports on what a FANTASTIC Christmas shopping season we’ll have this year. Carrying water is hard!

SouthernGent on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM

3…..2……1…..

It’s Bush’s fault…oh…and Biden says the Stimulus is working. Disregard this 9.7% number…means nothing. Just wow!

SPGuy on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM

That Joe Biden. What a kidder! I almost believed the stimulus was working cause Joe said so.

Gotta go close that loan for that bridge in..where was it? Brooklyn?

karl9000 on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM

The One has saved or created 90.3% of our country’s jobs! All hail the One!!

Darksean on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM

9.4….do I hear 9.5? 9.5…ok, got a 9.5. Do I hear 9.6…9.6…? oh, great I got a bid for 9.7…. Do I hear 9.8, 9.8? Wow I got a bid for 10.0! 10.0 going once, twice, three times? Sold to the puppet standing behind the teleprompter!

jbh45 on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM

It’s Bush’s fault…oh…and Biden says the Stimulus is working. Disregard this 9.7% number…means nothing. Just wow!

SPGuy on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 AM

“Stand up growth , oh ..”

the_nile on September 4, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Job gains generally start about 6-9 months after the economy comes out of the recession. Look at the recession in the 1980s to see the lag effect in employment. Last month was the first time that ISM and other indicators were positive, so don’t expect any employment increases until the middle of next year. It may even be slower this time because companies have cut hours and cut pay much more than in prior recessions, so they may well increase hours for existing employees before hiring others.

Jimbo3 on September 4, 2009 at 9:40 AM

10% by Christmas
a slight dip to 9% by summer 2010,
then the commercial real estate bubble hits
11% by fall 2010
12% by election day 2010
13% by 2011 summer. no real change until the eleciton.

FOR REAL. it’s POSSIBLE, if obama keeps his activist economy, it’s *possible* we could get to 15% in 2012. FTW!

battleoflepanto1571 on September 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Obama will now do one of the following things:

1. Give a speech beginning with “We inherited…”
2. Give a speech beginning with “We saved or created…”
3. Change the subject.

SoulGlo on September 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Well that was certainly unexpected.

….

rollthedice on September 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

But Newsweek told me the recession is over.

/s

Lance Murdock on September 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

The Bush Depression will be over soon. Mission Accomplished!
simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Hi, Skippy! No **schoo” today? Boooosh is no longer President. This is your role model’s problem. The stimulus that the Apollo Foundation wrote for him is not working….except maybe the money that went to sex offenders in Florida. They got new tents to put up under the bridge. Responsibility is a tough thing. It’s pitiful that your role model doesn’t want to accept any.

kingsjester on September 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Jimbo3 on September 4, 2009 at 9:40 AM

You are correct that jobs is the last thing to show improvement in a growing economy, but politics is at play here. The statists did this to Bush in 2003-4, even when the employment picture was improving. Remember the jobless recovery? So, the unfortunate game of politics is in play and coming back at the Dems and Obama.

Sucks doesn’t it?

WashJeff on September 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

On Bloomberg-Job losses slowing! It’s because there’s not any jobs left to lose.

Tom

marinetbryant on September 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

The Bush Depression will be over soon. Mission Accomplished!

simple343 on September 4, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Gallup has asked the public to evaluate most of the first ladies at least one time during their tenures in the White House. In general, Americans give positive marks to first ladies, but Laura Bush’s scores are among the best Gallup has measured.

For example, Hillary Rodham Clinton averaged a 64% approval rating while she was first lady, ranging from a low of 54% in January 1995, to a high of 80% in February 1999.

Other first ladies’ approval ratings tended to be in the 50% range; these lower ratings were due in part to the fact that many Americans did not have opinions of first ladies when asked to rate them. Nancy Reagan had a 53% approval rating in May 1988, with 31% disapproving and 16% having no opinion. In April 1987, and December 1981, her approval ratings were 58% and 57%, respectively. Rosalynn Carter had a 59% approval rating the one time she was rated in August 1979. Pat Nixon had a 54% approval rating in a June 1969, poll. Gallup also asked about Eleanor Roosevelt twice during Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. She received a 67% approval rating in 1938, and a 68% rating in 1940.

Del Dolemonte on September 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM

From the NY Times:

The slower pace of job losses suggested that the worst recession since the 1930s was losing steam, but the figures offered few hints that employers who had slashed their payrolls to conserve money were ready to hire again. Economists say employers must create 300,000 to 400,000 jobs a month to bring unemployment rates back to pre-recession levels — a difficult hurdle after such a prolonged downturn.

rob verdi on September 4, 2009 at 9:44 AM

“We’ve already lost three-quarters of a million jobs this year, and some experts say that unemployment may rise to 8% by the end of next year. We can’t wait until then to start creating new jobs. ” -Barack Obama

FAIL.

stackedeck on September 4, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Major distraction coming within 12 hours…like gibbs actually wears ladies underwear, or something like that..

jbh45 on September 4, 2009 at 9:44 AM

I just hope some of dumbo’s supporters are in this line…but what are the chances that any of them had jobs to begin with?!?

DanaSmiles on September 4, 2009 at 9:45 AM

I can’t wait for the joint session of congress so we can watch President Obama sway his head in long sweeps from side to side like a horse, alternating between the left and right teleprompters, with Nancy Pelosi’s demonic, scowling visage over his left shoulder.

AS Larry King would say, for a full hour.

jeff_from_mpls on September 4, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Then there is gem from the paper of record:

But the loss of 216,000 jobs in August, while grim by normal standards, underscored how far the economy had come from its worst days, when an average of 691,000 jobs were lost each month in the first quarter. Economists credited the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus plan and other rescue efforts by the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve with stabilizing the economy and slowing job losses.

“They ended the credit crisis,” Robert Barbera, chief economist at ITG, said. “Banks are functioning. You’re got some pop from the clunker program. They get high marks in those areas. It’s a real tough labor market, one of the toughest in the postwar period, but it simply looks better than it did six months ago.”

rob verdi on September 4, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Spin this one, libs. 800 billion up in smoke, unemployment getting worse by the day, and Ogabe is hell-bent on spending as much money as possible as quickly as possible.

Bishop on September 4, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Wait till next year when the feds stop giving printed money to the states and the states have to get serious about their budgets. They will, at least smart states will, have to cut jobs. That wave of cuts will unfortuantely line up with the expected commercial real estate bust.

Obama will have completely grayed by Nov 2010.

WashJeff on September 4, 2009 at 9:46 AM

a slight dip to 9% by summer 2010,
then the commercial real estate bubble hits

battleoflepanto1571 on September 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM

The commercial bubble will burst well before that. The seams are starting to tear. My opinion, it will be shortly after Christmas.

HoustonRight on September 4, 2009 at 9:47 AM

And the real unemployment rate (including all those that quit looking and all those that are working part-time, but they used to have full time jobs) is probably around 20%.

albill on September 4, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Wrong!!!

Unemployment is really 16.8%.

Bill C on September 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

How the MSM would report on sports if they used the same method as they do on the economy:

Last night the Detroit Lions lost by a score of 34-3. However, in a sign of improvement, this is the best score the Lions have had in 7 weeks and much better than the 45-0 loss they suffered last week. Therefore it is obvious that the Lions will win the Super Bowl this year.

angryed on September 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Nearly 200 days after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Vice President Joe Biden says the program has changed the “trajectory of our economy”.

That it certianly did. In a really bad way. At least it LOOKS to be cresting.

Unless another shoe drops.

sonofdy on September 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Obama will now do one of the following things:

1. Give a speech beginning with “We inherited…”
2. Give a speech beginning with “We saved or created…”
3. Change the subject.

AP quoted the president after the better than expected employment numbers,
“Let me be clear, I have no ****’* clue as to what I’m doing. I’m a community organizer. If you don’t like these numbers your racist”

SPGuy on September 4, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I just hope some of dumbo’s supporters are in this line…but what are the chances that any of them had jobs to begin with?!?

DanaSmiles on September 4, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Being that there is a difference between Obama supporters and Obama voters, I’m sure that there are tons of unsuspecting Obama voters in the 9.7%. But you are right, most of his supporters probably didn’t work to begin with.

myrenovations on September 4, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Flirtin’ with 10%. Real soon.

Then what will the Dems say?

They elected these morons to turn things around. They spent trillions, and things are only getting worse. Will they ever admit that they’re doing everything the exact OPPOSITE of what they should be doing, which is cutting taxes, cutting spending, and letting entrepreneurs and other creative people take the reigns to drive economic growth?

I mean, this is not a Seinfeld episode where you can do everyhing the opposite of what is known to work, and then everything works out even better.

We’re headed for EPIC FAILURE of our civilization, not just of our nation.

UltimateBob on September 4, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I spent a trillion dollars and all I got was this lousy 8%, 9% 10% unemployment…

tottoritodd on September 4, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Unless another shoe drops.

sonofdy on September 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

We still famous footwear’s inventory waiting to fall.

WashJeff on September 4, 2009 at 9:51 AM

slight dip to 9% by summer 2010,
then the commercial real estate bubble hits

The commercial bubble will burst well before that. The seams are starting to tear. My opinion, it will be shortly after Christmas.

HoustonRight on September 4, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Absolutely correct. There will probably be a slight boost from Christmas sales, but soon thereafter, all hell will break loose.

UltimateBob on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

well without that good news I intend to lay someone off next week to help crest the 10 mark just in time for him to stuff Obama Care down our throat!!!!!

SDarchitect on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

I spent a trillion dollars and all I got was this lousy 8%, 9% 10% unemployment…

tottoritodd on September 4, 2009 at 9:50 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

I spent a trillion dollars and all I got was this lousy 8%, 9% 10% unemployment…

tottoritodd on September 4, 2009 at 9:50 AM

get those t-shirts made!

Mr. Bingley on September 4, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Bill C on September 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Yes, remember that Ed and others pointed out that BLS rigged the stats in July to make it look like fewer people were in the job market because the long-term unemployed figures were ignored (a stat that the MSM were quick to point out during the previous eight years, btw; see Newsbusters for a plethora of quotes on the topic).

As long as Spendulus keeps hosing capital out of the markets, the jobless rate will keep climbing.

Hold on to your butts, people; the ride’s gonna get rocky…

Wanderlust on September 4, 2009 at 9:55 AM

If you not pissed-off enough this morning, and you would like to reach you high earlier rather than waiting for Ed’s next four posts, read about our friend the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp and its money issues (which many of already know about). Makes a us 401(k)ers look like suckers.

WashJeff on September 4, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Education and health services continued to add jobs, with payrolls increasing 52,000 in August after rising 21,000 in July.

Health service sector is adding jobs? The State had better get more involved with that industry and “fix” it.

forest on September 4, 2009 at 9:55 AM

It’s absurd for advocates of the stimulus package to claim that it is “working” because the pace of job loss has slowed.

The pace of job loss always slows after the initial period in any recession, because the easiest-to-shed jobs are cut first. This happens on its own without any stimulus.

A history of unemployment rates is publicly accessible and can be searched over virtually any time period. There one can see that this pattern of “slowing job loss” always happens, and has nothing to do with the stimulus “working.”

Chuckles3 on September 4, 2009 at 9:55 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…
simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

All the Democrats in Congress thought there were WMDs, including HIllary, Skippy. That was almost close to being a snark. Is all you can muster up this morning but…but…Boooosh!? Try again.

kingsjester on September 4, 2009 at 9:55 AM

How could The One lie? I mean he and Mrs. Messiah were crowned in a Greek Temple?

Cinday Blackburn on September 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

I have seen liberals repeat this 1 trillion number before but never found a reliable source for it.

sonofdy on September 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Wrong!!!

Unemployment is really 16.8%.

Bill C on September 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Precisely! And the BLS used the Birth Death Model to add 118,000 jobs. Call me crazy, but I rather doubt the economy added 24,000 Leisure and Hospitality jobs in August.

Since February, according to the Birth Death Model, the economy has added 383,000 Leisure and Hospitality jobs. Restaurants and hotels in my area are struggling, so I’m having a hard time figuring out what these folks have been hired to do and by whom? New street hookers perhaps?

flyfisher on September 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM

I guess there’s nothing left to do but pass a jobs-killing health care Bill coupled with a jobs-killing energy tax Bill.

Because jobs-killing policy initiatives are exactly what we need to get our economy back on track.

So says economist Barry Obama.

NoDonkey on September 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Obama: The unemployment rate is up to 9.7%, but at least no one bit your finger off yet.

Jeff from WI on September 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Must be Cheney’s fault… to the propaganda catapult!

IntheNet on September 4, 2009 at 9:57 AM

I’m still unconvinced that the unemployment curve has that shape. Frankly I’m worried that it might have a double peak as other factors (inflation, commercial real estate, credit default) start to influence jobs later next year.

NickelAndDime on September 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM

These charts need to get wide play. Democrats promised the porkulus bill would work. It hasn’t. Epic Fail!

rbj on September 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

I don’t think we have spent $1T on Iraq and Afghanistan yet, but would it be OK with you if the war was partially about oil. Old school war, winner takes some resources from the loser to repay the war effort?

WashJeff on September 4, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Everything Teh Won touches turns to crap! Damn it was nice when the adults were in charge!

Esmerelda on September 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Obama: The unemployment rate is up to 9.7%, but at least no one bit your finger off yet.

True. And I can’t bite liberal’s heads off like bats, because their head’s are up their a**!

SPGuy on September 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Meanwhile, in Michigan a ‘coalition of social services, education, and labor groups’ are asking for increases in taxes to balance the state budget.

Skandia Recluse on September 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

You forgot to mention not being attacked by terrorists since 9/11, so I’ll mention that for you. Thank you for that protection Mr. Bush.

CBP on September 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Well for bush the t-shirt it would be:

I spent a trillion dollars and all I got was 7 years of no terrorist attacks, a functioning democracy in the middle east,and Libya to give up it’s nuc program

tottoritodd on September 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM

I have seen liberals repeat this 1 trillion number before but never found a reliable source for it.

sonofdy on September 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM

That’s because they use the entire defense budget as part of the trillion, as if that’s the only thing the U.S. military was doing during the Iraq War.

And even past that, the best the left can come up with is “Barry’s not any worse than we told you George Bush was”, to defend Barry?

That’s not exactly what the left promised when they were pushing this turd’s run for office, I seem to recall.

NoDonkey on September 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

More people are unemployed today than ever in the history of the Republic and Obum and OBiden and their water carriers in the MSM are desperately tryin to put lipstick on that pig.

Well the lipstick ain’t helpin!

I long for the days when the Democrats LIED about BOOOSH and the evil Republicans WANTING to cut Social Security and Medicare!

Much better days than now, when the DEMOCRATS are actually doin it!

Keep the CHANGE Pinnochio!
I HOPE to keep some io mine!

dhunter on September 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Consider this a part of Barack Obama’s August horribilis.

No, this is just the beginning of September horribilis.

faraway on September 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Flirtin’ with 10%. Real soon.

Then what will the Dems say?

UltimateBob on September 4, 2009 at 9:49 AM

They’ll will declare that since the porkulus bill was so successful they will resend the extension of unemployment benefits. Therefore, they can take a couple million off of the rolls and as ADS & BLS calculates it presto 7.5-8% unemployment.

HoustonRight on September 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

But every news report says that it is less then expect. You have to love the media, they aren’t transparent at all.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Why didn’t the Stimulus ‘save’ these jobs?

catmman on September 4, 2009 at 10:03 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

You got a tough job. Feel sorry for you.

DrStock on September 4, 2009 at 10:03 AM

What hiring future?

GM signs away light truck manufacturing to China. Chrysler sales dropped 17% during Cash-for-Clunkers. Retailers are already planning on heavy discounting for the Christmas season and that won’t save them. All that newly printed money is going to start showing up soon as expensive bread.
Barry gives Brazil billions to drill offshore while our oil workers stand around idle. Insurance industry threatened with price controls.

Job recovery? A Democraps acid trip.

Limerick on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Where’s the outrage?

yoda on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Good article; But, why do they always use the photo of people waiting in line to vote for Obama?

Cybergeezer on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

What will the unemployment numbers be when Glenn Beck gets done exposing all of Barry’s Czar’s?

Knucklehead on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

We found plenty of WMDs. You do know what WMDs are, right?

faraway on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

9.7% can’t be right….must be for a socialist country in Europe, not the USA.
/

chipandcharge on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Hmm. I guess now that means even MORE people will be moving to ND.
Ever since this crap hit the fan we’ve got CA, NY, MN, WA, etc people moving here to the stix.
We had a dog groomer move here from CA. Into a community of less than 1000 people. There’s just not that many dogs to go around here.
I wonder how soon she’ll be on welfare, if she isn’t already.
Meanwhile, I still enjoy my full-time employment as a science teacher in a rural school district.
Boy do I love the stix.

Badger40 on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Try staying on topic. The WMD stuff is so old and lame.

Nibble on this libtard:

52 Consecutive Months of Job Growth – Bush Administration

Hussein’s got some catching up to do. LOL.

fogw on September 4, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Everyone keeps talking about the stimulus and how that helped/didn’t help save jobs. But what else has the President done to stave off the job loss? Is there any other legislation or policy matters that he has done to help? Seems he had one lofty idea of using the stimulus, but what else can he claim has helped. Anyone have a list of actions taken by Obama or is he a one-trick pony.

CBP on September 4, 2009 at 10:06 AM

So, Ed, when will you finally admit that this is a depression?

corona on September 4, 2009 at 10:06 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…
simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

A trillion?

Anyhoo, regardless of how much the conflicts cost it’s lucky for you that President Ogabe has ceased our involvement in “Bush’s Wars” and brought the troops home.

Bishop on September 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Nibble on this libtard:

52 Consecutive Months of Job Growth – Bush Administration

Hussein’s got some catching up to do. LOL.

fogw on September 4, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Well Barry is working on a pretty impressive streak of his own. Just in the opposite direction.

Doughboy on September 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Not sure if folks saw this US News article last week on # of unemployed using other metrics that include long term unemployed and those force to work part-time. It puts the real unemployed number at around 20.6%, not counting the latest stats from today.

NickelAndDime on September 4, 2009 at 10:08 AM

So… is it safe to say if is no longer viable to blame Boooooosh?

BoomJunkie on September 4, 2009 at 10:09 AM

We need to counter the “worst recession since the Great Depression” meme.

The 1980s were much, much worse.

Obama is on his way to repeating the mistakes of the Carter Malaise years

faraway on September 4, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Still blaiming president Bush. He must have held back even more bad economic news.

Do you all realize Obama recruited a top name group of economic advisors before innaguration and never had them meet??

seven on September 4, 2009 at 10:09 AM

That’s almost as bad as spending $1 Trillion and not finding the WMDs! Almost…

simplesimon on September 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Wow, I notice that you don’t mention the greatest treasure lost in the war, our military dead and wounded. Better be careful your priorities are showing.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Joe Biden is right. The “Stimulus” IS working “better than they ever could have hoped.” You see, Joe Biden made a gaffe, which we all know is an accidental telling of the truth. How? Our definition of success is healthier economy, more jobs, more wealth.

THEIR definition of success is equality. That means the poorer and more dependent the country becomes is, in fact, success to Obama and Biden. Cynical, you say? Nobody, especially with an army of, ostensibly, bright and talented people, can be as accidentally stupid to believe the “stimulus” would stimulate. Their actions are intentional and deliberate.

Joe Biden accidentally told the truth.

cpr on September 4, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Badger40 on September 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Me too Badger keep an eye on those move ins they have some funny ideas like you and your neighbors should pay their mortgages, buy their cars, heat their houses your payin for , and feed their kids!

Just wait for Sept. OCT. Nov. when construction really slows in the northern states and winter construction layoffs begin.
Maybe Al Bore will ramp up the Global Warming thing so’s OBum and Obiden can save a few thousand jobs.

It could be a long cold winter!

dhunter on September 4, 2009 at 10:10 AM

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