Gallup shows jobs no longer top priority for American voters

posted at 11:36 am on May 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

For most of this year, American voters have prioritized jobs as the #1 issue in politics.  This month, according to Gallup, jobs drops to #2, but that puts the economy back to the first position, which if not similar is at least closely related.  The most interesting change, though, comes in the new #5 issue:

After two months as the clear No. 1 perceived problem facing the country, unemployment/jobs dipped to No. 2 in May, while “the economy” in general moved back into the top position. At the same time, Americans grew more likely to name immigration (including illegal immigration) as the nation’s most important problem, moving that issue into fifth place. …

The heightened concern about immigration comes as a new Arizona law designed to address illegal immigration has drawn nationwide attention. There is increased concern both across the country and across the political spectrum. However, increased mentions of immigration are most pronounced in the Western states, surging from 2% in April to 16% in May, as well as among Republicans and conservatives.

The exchange between the top two issues doesn’t really mean much.  The concern for the economy almost certainly relates to jobs; that is the personal connection most Americans have to the economy.  For that matter, immigration is also in part a concern about jobs as well as national security.  Regardless of which angle one takes on it, the economy is what concerns most Americans in a year where the economic recovery looks wan and fragile.

The uptick in prioritization for immigration was dramatic.  Five times more people gave it as the most important issue facing the nation, going from 2% in April to 10% in May.  That brings immigration just below health care (15%) and corruption (12%), and just above the federal deficit (9%) and several points above terrorism (4%).

That last comparison is itself surprising.  Immigration spiked up eight points, obviously in response to the controversy over the new Arizona law.  In contrast, terrorism barely budged, even though Gallup conducted the poll just days after the botched attempt to blow up Times Square.  Instead of shooting up the list of priorities, terrorism is in a three-way tie for seventh place, along with family decline and lack of money.  Have we turned the corner and become inured to terrorist attacks — or would it have made a difference had the bomb succeeded?


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Jan Brewer, FTW!

Her ad calling out Obama is now up to 720,000 views, btw:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLgZ1LWLlko

nickj116 on May 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

So what exactly is the difference between the economy and jobs? Is the former more focused on what everything costs? Taxes? That’s an odd distinction.

Doughboy on May 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

As one who lost his job last Friday, I cannot agree!

MJBrutus on May 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Jobs.Economy.Immigration.

Each one of these intersects with the other.

portlandon on May 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Jobs?! We don’t need no stinkin’ jobs! It’s time to go Greek!

Fletch54 on May 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

The one that has to recover first is the economy. Maybe it’s just a greater understanding of that fact.

RBMN on May 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

That brings immigration just below health care (15%)…

Odd that healthcare would still rank as we have already solved that problem with ObamaCare.

myrenovations on May 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Jobs.Economy.Immigration.

Each one of these intersects with the other.

portlandon on May 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM


DEMOCRATS DO NOT CARE!

THEY SUPPORT FOREIGN CRIMINALS.

THEY WILL PUMP UNEMPLOYMENT UP TO %25!

tetriskid on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Interesting. I think the public is finally adjusting. The government simply can’t do a lot about jobs other than prime the pump or hire government workers.

Reality sinks in.

AnninCA on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The one that has to recover first is the economy. Maybe it’s just a greater understanding of that fact.

RBMN on May 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I guess that means the next stimulus that the Dems pass will be called an “economy bill”.

Doughboy on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The economy is not growing no matter what the TV and the papers try to tell us. If the economy was in fact growing, the gazillion people I know who used to have jobs and are now unemployed, would be back to work. They aren’t. And, the other bajillion people I know who still have jobs would be getting that overtime that they used to get to make ends meet. That ain’t happening either.

Johnnyreb on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

It moves up in the polls because it’s been in the news. The other 99% of the time Americans seem content with illegals flipping their burgers, mowing their yards and babysitting their kids.

repvoter on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

As one about to lose a job, this makes no sense to me.

Can we all just say that the socialists are getting richer and the rest of us………..just get polled I guess.

ORconservative on May 12, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Jobs and economy.

Left shoe and right shoe.

It’s a dumb poll question:

“Whats more important to you…the left or right shoe?”

BobMbx on May 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Will someone tell me what the difference is between jobs and the economy?If you have lots of people working the economy is usually good and if the economy is bad usually lots of people are out of a job.

thmcbb on May 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Odd that healthcare would still rank as we have already solved that problem with ObamaCare.

myrenovations on May 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

That’s what I was thinking. Funny how healthcare, which wasn’t even on the friggin radar a couple of years ago, is now listed as a top concern after it’s “fixed” by Obamacare.

Guardian on May 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Not one single RFQ for automation equipment in over 14 months. The economy is not growing but government is up double digits. A recipe for being Greece.

jukin on May 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

It moves up in the polls because it’s been in the news. The other 99% of the time Americans seem content with illegals flipping their burgers, mowing their yards and babysitting their kids.

repvoter on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Very sad but very true I suppose.

melachiro on May 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Six of one, half a dozen of another. Obama is still up a creek without a paddle or a clue.

sherry on May 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM

“Would it have made a difference had the bomb succeeded?”

Yes. And sadly, that’s what it’s going to take to shake us from our complacency on this issue.

NebCon on May 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

My shops are going gang-busters, then again I’m seeing breeds of cars I have rarely seen before entering for “Just make it last for another year” work.

Bishop on May 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Can we all just say that the socialists are getting richer and the rest of us………..just get polled I guess.

ORconservative on May 12, 2010 at 11:45 AM

We’re getting poled for sure.

VegasRick on May 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Instead of shooting up the list of priorities, terrorism is in a three-way tie for seventh place, along with family decline and lack of money. Have we turned the corner and become inured to terrorist attacks — or would it have made a difference had the bomb succeeded?

In a sane world, people would make the connection to terrorist attacks and what they would do to destroy our Economy and admit that the Jihadi’s are actively trying, plotting, wanting to destroy the current World Order led by us.

Instead we have piss poor leadership

jp on May 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Interesting. I think the public is finally adjusting. The government simply can’t do a lot about jobs other than prime the pump or hire government workers.

Reality sinks in.

AnninCA on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The government could quit punishing achievement, quit taxing achievers, quit regulating achievers, promote the energy sector, stay out of our kitchens, bedrooms, wallets,even the water in our toilets and you think they can only hire more government employees.

fourdeucer on May 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I think a lot of people associate terrorism, to some degree, to illegal immigration as well.
I don’t beleive it is unimportant, as its ranking may suggest. I believe that once the immigration problem is solved (who is here, for how long, and why) thT THE OTHER PROBELM WILL DIMINISH.

Gunslinger on May 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Bishop on May 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Good for you! We just sunk $1600 in our ten-year-old van to fix the AC and other things. We figured it was better than buying a new car at this point.

NebCon on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Sorry, fat fingers. But I pretty much said it all…

Gunslinger on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

AnninCA on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The government can cut taxes. That leads to jobs.

ladyingray on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

O/T. I wonder why people in Europe would be buying gold at 4 times the normal rate right about now? Hmmmmmm…….

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c43cc5fc-5d2b-11df-8373-00144feab49a.html

Johnnyreb on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

All bad news for Democrats.

The “economy” leapfrogging “jobs” may show that people may have noticed that real jobs come from the economy, and not from the government.

And the attempted terror attack, and others before it, can be seen as an immigration and border issue. People may be wondering why we aren’t checking people coming in and out of the country more. I know I am.

forest on May 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Immigration, just stealing the jobs Americans used to have. Not a winning idea.

tarpon on May 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Interesting. I think the public is finally adjusting. The government simply can’t do a lot about jobs other than prime the pump or hire government workers.

Reality sinks in.

AnninCA on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Anyone notice how its the conservatives turn in AnninCAs political science class to write the comments?

BobMbx on May 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Ask the right questions. You’ll find the priorities are:

1. Getting progressives out of office.
2. Getting progressives out of office.
3. Getting progressives out of office.
4. Getting progressives out of office.
5. Getting progressives out of office.
6. Economy
7. Jobs

Daggett on May 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Good for you! We just sunk $1600 in our ten-year-old van to fix the AC and other things. We figured it was better than buying a new car at this point.
NebCon on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Hope you got your money’s worth. I have the advantage of owning a fabrication and welding shop too, so I can always look forward to a brisk business of creating Road Warrior vehicles after civilization collapses.

A little barbed wire here, an armored plow there, and boom you have yourself a nice Lord Humongous Command Car.

Bishop on May 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The economy may be growing but jobs not so much. One of my kids has had all her software work out-sourced to India. Meanwhile they lost over 200 jobs here in the states. The company justifies it as cost cutting. Meanwhile she has to try and understand WTH the person on the other end of the phone is trying to say.(For some reason they just haven’t figured out texting.) And that takes more time than it used to, so maybe the company isn’t saving money after all. Meanwhile she’s worried about her job.

Deanna on May 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

fourdeucer on May 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Exactly – the government doesn’t need to “do” anything, just stop standing in our way.

This country has had recessions before, but this is the slowest recovery in American history, precisely because of this speed bump of a president and this obstacle of a Congress.

The “administration” and Congress are not the solution, rather, they are the ENTIRE PROBLEM.

Throwing out Democrats by the bushel should help this fall, but what we really need is to throw out Obama and Biden.

NoDonkey on May 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

The Economy replacing Jobs as the #1 issue illustrates a disturbing change in attitudes. If Jobs are the number 1 issue then people feel good about the state of the economy and bad about the sub-issue of Jobs.

By the Economy rising to #1, respondents have shown their biggest concern is the larger issue of the economy as a whole. They now view the foundation on which to build jobs is poor and must be addressed before we can move on to economic sub-issues like Jobs, Taxation, etc.

Hopeless Future on May 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM

The reason the economy in general moved ahead of jobs might be that people are beginning to recognize the shift from a free-market economy to a statist/corporate/labor syndicalism where jobs, contracts and subsidies are allotted through cronyism.

Archimedes on May 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM

I don’t believe anything coming from Gallup. Nothing, Zero, Nada.

Keemo on May 12, 2010 at 12:10 PM

As one who lost his job last Friday, I cannot agree!

MJBrutus on May 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Good luck on the job hunt. My husband also just lost his job this past Friday. He survived several mergers, etc. and then poof, 15 years gone. Fortunately, he gets his regular pay through the middle of January 2011.

moonsbreath on May 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

It’s time to go Greek!

Fletch54 on May 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

The Obama administration took care of that already with the healthcare bill…no lube.

Alden Pyle on May 12, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Bishop on May 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Good for you! We just sunk $1600 in our ten-year-old van to fix the AC and other things. We figured it was better than buying a new car at this point.

NebCon on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I had my mother put $900 of recommended seal repairs in her 2003 Taurus, rather than buy a new car. She is 86 and to her $900 seems like a fortune. I reminded her that to replace that car would be about 25 times more and it would be likely she might not get her money’s worth from a new car at her age. Sometimes you have to speak the truth so people can make good decisions. She agreed and had the repairs done. However, if her savings had not been whacked 2 years ago, she probably would have chosen the new car instead.

karenhasfreedom on May 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Odd that healthcare would still rank as we have already solved that problem with ObamaCare.

myrenovations on May 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Probably just more of those teabagging ingrates.

Barnestormer on May 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Bishop on May 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Wish you were up here with your shops. I need a good mechanic who isn’t going to guage the crap out of me and fix a truck I have.

upinak on May 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM

The government can cut taxes. That leads to jobs.

ladyingray on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The government needs to quit spending us back to the stone ages! I think that this year, the economy and jobs will improve, but that’s what happens when you inject trillions in to the economy. The problem is that we will enjoy be enjoying a sickly sugar high.

Starting next year, at some point the dire implications of the irresponsible Obama administration will come back to us in spades. From the expiration of Bush’s tax cuts, the health care fiasco, the lack of capital and stifling regulation on industry and borrowers not to mention the inflationary cycle waiting for us. The biggest thing we have going for us right now, is that the EU is in even worse shape, so for the time being we look like a relatively safer haven to invest. That won’t last very long.

MJBrutus on May 12, 2010 at 12:26 PM

DEMOCRATS DO NOT CARE!

THEY SUPPORT FOREIGN CRIMINALS.

THEY WILL PUMP UNEMPLOYMENT UP TO %25!

tetriskid on May 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Agreed.

portlandon on May 12, 2010 at 12:27 PM

The uptick in prioritization for immigration was dramatic. Five times more people gave it as the most important issue facing the nation, going from 2% in April to 10% in May. That brings immigration just below health care (15%) and corruption (12%), and just above the federal deficit (9%) and several points above terrorism (4%).

Illegal immigration really is an aspect of national security (d’oh). I think the polling confuses the concerns of Americans by delineating between these two issues.

Because we can’t discuss illegal aliens and border security without concerns for national security and vice-versa.

D.C. would have the public not be concerned with the former (illegal immigration) as a key aspect to national security, but they are, indeed, intertwined.

Lourdes on May 12, 2010 at 12:27 PM

… or would it have made a difference had the bomb succeeded?

Rhetorical, of course.

Midas on May 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Does this story, along with the new photo, mean the curly-haired woman on the cell phone in most unemployment stories finally got a job?

eeyore on May 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Good luck on the job hunt. My husband also just lost his job this past Friday. He survived several mergers, etc. and then poof, 15 years gone. Fortunately, he gets his regular pay through the middle of January 2011.

moonsbreath on May 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Thank you. I’ve got enough to fall back on for about a year. Good luck to your husband as well. My company has desired to chuck some of more experienced (and so expensive employees) and open a day care. It’s stupid and short-sighted, but that’s their lesson to learn. I’m looking forward to a few months off :-)

However, I am very actively looking, because if I don’t get a position by this Fall, I’m afraid that the economy will sour much more and quickly for the reasons I just cited.

MJBrutus on May 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Obama got his job, that’s all he cares about.

An Economy of One.

profitsbeard on May 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM

eeyore on May 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I don’t know, but I would hate to see her phone bill if she isn’t on an unlimited calling plan!

MJBrutus on May 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I think the switch in the top 2 is probably a result of folks who *have* jobs becoming ever-more-worried about *keeping* them, especially after the market rollercoaster last week, talks of more government debt and spending, increasing unemployment numbers, etc.

Midas on May 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM

… and wow, wtf is up with the HA servers this morning? Craaaaaaaaawling along…

Midas on May 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I am sorry to be the messenger of more bad news, but, the simple fact is that unions and other Leftwingers AGITATE the racial, ethnic emotions of certain easily-upset groups and persons for purposes of “diluting” or confusing the American public on the main issue of national security…

…and in doing so, are able to continue to exploit our national security while people are defending against various malicious accusations of citizens such as “you’re racist” and the reliably, routinely upset “hispanic ethnic supremacy” people and their groups.

Illegal immigration is an issue of crime and criminal behavior. It’s not a question of anyone’s race or ethnicity, though the Left needs to continue to fan that flame (lying that it is, with the accusations against citizens that they’re ‘racist’ and such).

What this accomplishes is a social breakdown that weakens national security. And our national security is exploited accordingly. Castro didn’t endorse Obama for no reason.

Lourdes on May 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I can always look forward to a brisk business of creating Road Warrior vehicles after civilization collapses.

You’re going to miss that arc welder when the electric grid shuts down Bishop.

Rovin on May 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Me thinks, Americans main concern,is just surviving there treacherous voyage aboard the Obama Titanic!!!(sarc).

canopfor on May 12, 2010 at 12:36 PM

NEWSFLASH… the Economy is JOBS!

Kaptain Amerika on May 12, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Well, for those of us who pay attention, we know Obama’s top priorities are Illegal alien amnesty and long term economic dismantling. His “financial reform” bill and amnesty are the 2 things he is talking about most and therefore in the “regime’s” crosshairs.

I would say yes, those are the 2 top issues for me as well. Why? It is like a goalie in hockey, if he is aiming up top, you cover the top, aiming for the 5 hole, drop to the ice. And in November we can tell a lot of them to get the puck out of here.

jeffn21 on May 12, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Johnnyreb on May 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Well thats because the fiscall prudent German, Austrians & Swiss understand the disaster looming ahead. So the question is why doesn’t the Fed/USGov’t?

Or do they really see it coming and are deliberately steering us into the abyss? Below is my comment from yesterdays thread with some color commentary added:

Well, as bad as this is, we knew it was coming. What we don’t see coming is whats really going on with the Fed issuing (as per yesterday) “whatever it takes” to prop up Greece/EU. With our money.

The proverbial “tip” of the iceberg.

Meanwhile, AIG is underwriting the Credit Default Swaps on that debt,basically offering insurance against Greece/EU not welching on the debts and failing to pay us back. Those CDS’s are then offered on the open market where they are traded by people, betting for or against, the probability of the Greeks/EU paying it back. At the market open this AM the premium for CDS’s soared meaning if AIG has to make good on its insurance the price of the premium is included, expanding it’s risk exposure. Basically by continuing to underwite in this climate they are doubling , tripling, quadrpling down. With more of our money.

The other 9/10ths of the ice berg.

But wait, it gets even better, the market players (and in particular, the TARP banks) are heavily betting against the Greeks/EU and the Euro surviving and that they’ll default. With yet more of our money.

This is the HMS Titanic.

What could go wrong?

This a Ponzi scheme of the highest order where the same cast of charachters walks away with all of our money without us having anything to do with it.

This is the bottom of the north Atlantic.

Why is our Gov’t Through the Fed & AIG backing and insuring the Euro, and then betting against it through Goldman Sachs, B of A, Morgan, Citi, etal?

Are we seeing the Cloward/Piven strategy of manufactured crisis(again)creating a circumstance for progressives to capitalism is at fault so they finish ushering in their socialist dystopia? The Fed promising yesterday to do “whatever it takes” to prop up the Euro essentiaal just bought and paid(on credit) for the whole European Union, then insured it for more value than it is worth through AIG and thaen are wrecking it through the TARP banks.

This no more than one GIANT insurance scam!

Archimedes on May 12, 2010 at 12:51 PM

A country that is so divorced from mortal threats is not one that will have long lasting security.

eaglewingz08 on May 12, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Who did Gallup poll illegal aliens?

Dr Evil on May 12, 2010 at 12:53 PM

With all due respect, has it ever occured to anyone that Gallup could be WRONG?

pilamaye on May 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM

With all due respect, has it ever occured to anyone that Gallup could be WRONG?

pilamaye on May 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM

They have been the gold standard of American polling for decades, but over the past few years they seem to have declined in overall quality. I’m guessing that is a result of their longtime former association with CNN.

Del Dolemonte on May 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM

pilamaye on May 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM
Del Dolemonte on May 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Bingo. Like my opinion of CNN, I can’t tell if G is biased, greedy or just messed up.

I was one of their targets for years and finally lost them.

IlikedAUH2O on May 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM

All of these items are connected to immigration, not competing concerns:

health care – illegals drive up costs and clog ER for routine care

corruption – the large numbers of immigrants feed groups like la raza and acorn who pay our corruptacrats.

federal deficit – forms in Spanish, welfare benies, drop out rates, WIC, medicaid, and crime are bankrupting our country

terrorism – a porous border is a terrorists’ BFF

Enforcing our immigration laws will help in all of these areas.

Laura in Maryland on May 12, 2010 at 2:06 PM

…and jobs is self explanatory as anyone who knows a high school or college kid that has tried to earn money mowing lawns or finding a job at McDonalds.

Laura in Maryland on May 12, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Bishop on May 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

I’ll save up for one of your Road Warrior vehicles!

NebCon on May 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Are we seeing the Cloward/Piven strategy of manufactured crisis(again)creating a circumstance for progressives to capitalism is at fault so they finish ushering in their socialist dystopia?
Archimedes on May 12, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Socialist dystopia?

Yeah, I’m ‘Borrowing’ that phrase for sure.

The big question is whether Obama is just utterly Incompetent of if he’s doing this on purpose.

Are there any Leftists around that can provide some insight into this conundrum?

Is Obama too incompetent or inexperienced to run things, Or is he running the country into the ground on purpose?

Chip on May 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

MJBrutus on May 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Sorry to hear that. My job is on the bubble and I am praying I make the next round of cuts. The last time I was laid off was during Clinton….and before that Carter.

What’s that tell ‘ya….dems suck at economics 101.

jbh45 on May 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

As one who lost his job last Friday, I cannot agree!

MJBrutus on May 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I just got a 6 month contract job but it took me over 4 months to get it.

As the saying goes, you have a new job now: looking for a job. Hang in there!

Mr_Magoo on May 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

or would it have made a difference had the bomb succeeded?

Bingo. I bet there are people who have no idea of what has happened.

xax on May 12, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Every time something happens on the stock market to affect 401(k) plans, the economy goes to the top.

J_Crater on May 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Hi Ed, very interesting post. You’re correct that the economy is the main issue. Immigration is related to the economy as well. This Gallup poll had people concerned about both legal/illegal immigration. WE HAVE TOO MUCH OF BOTH! Immigration laws were changed in 1965 under the Hart-Cellar Act. Now people from the Third world could come the U.S. by being Low skilled (Burger King, construction work, etc) Unskilled (Welfare programs, Burger King). Then Chain Migration was added, Birth right citizenship for illegal babies, H-1B visas, Diversity Lottery, etc. There’s lots of research from the Center for Immigration Studies that talks about all of this. We’re importing poverty legally/illegally. Many state colleges make money off of foreign students as well. Assimilation is also lacking today since the great wave of the 1920′s. When immigration was cut from 1 million back in the mid 1920′s to about 300,000 until the mid 1960′s assimilation increased and cheap labor was largely drained from the economy. An economist Richard A. Easterlin argued the baby-boom came about because of the tax cuts issued by the Democrat congress and the higher wages earned by people due to the unavailability of mass-immigration. This situation could be repeated if only you had a congress and a president with stones to do it. We are actually seeing events which may bring it about. Whenever I see morons like GOP strategist Andrea Tantaros (WHO I THINK IS HOT!) whose latest column calls for even more immigration, balkanization by promoting bilingualism…I kid you not! I started laughing. All of this was done by George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Reagan gave an amnesty, Nixon even came up with the term Hispanic and allowed bilingualism to flourish in 1969! History repeats itself an awful lot.

Humphrey007 on May 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM

So what exactly is the difference between the economy and jobs? Is the former more focused on what everything costs? Taxes? That’s an odd distinction.
Doughboy on May 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

And aren’t jobs the main concern with immigration?

Basically, three of the top five biggest concerns are: jobs, jobs and jobs. Which slot each synonym happens to occupy is just a function of which word has been repeated the most often by the media in the past week.

logis on May 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I want to know how many liberal Democrats are still “funemployed” and “lovin’ it.

trapeze on May 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Anyone notice how its the conservatives turn in AnninCAs political science class to write the comments?

BobMbx on May 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

You’ve got to admit that quality of liberal trolling has improved. It used to be all name calling and references to aberrant sex acts or other bodily functions. Y’know, “getting in their faces.” They’re much more nuanced now and AnninCA is pretty much at the forefront.

Django on May 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Basically, three of the top five biggest concerns are: jobs, jobs and jobs. Which slot each synonym happens to occupy is just a function of which word has been repeated the most often by the media in the past week.

logis on May 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM

The media are pushing unemployment of the national stage as much as they can to avoid making Teleprompter Jesus look bad. Look at any of the big news sites or network newscasts. Unemployment is no longer news and is not to be discussed if at all possible.

Django on May 12, 2010 at 4:33 PM

That should be “off” the national stage….

Django on May 12, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Soon to be #1: More gov’t handouts including the public option in response to taking it up the a___ by the health insurance companies.

Right behind in the #2 position will be the desire that our masters start using electric shears instead of the old hand-operated ones.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Terrorism at 4%?

Oh yeah, we’re getting popped again.

BallisticBob on May 12, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Jobs is number one according to Gallup. Let’s drill now and drill deeper. Is it a rewarding job (where you feel good after completing a task) or is government slave labor (where the input, methods, and outcome have no meaning or personal value)?

Again, I wish to remind people, creating a new job means to create a function that has not been identified or classified by the Department of Labor yet. New jobs are developed when a business creates an innovative way of doing something that requires a unique qualification to be cause a new position description must be written.

Filling a postilion that has been vacant for a period of time is nothing more than filling a vacant tasking position.

So let’s start getting creative, and create a new job that incorporates different functions.

MSGTAS on May 13, 2010 at 9:57 AM