Jobs report: Only 88,000 jobs added; Update: “This is a punch to the gut”

posted at 8:33 am on April 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics came in well under even pessimistic expectations.  The US economy only added 88,000 jobs in March, while nearly a half-million people left the work force:

Nonfarm payroll employment edged up in March (+88,000), and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment grew in professional and business services and in health care but declined in retail trade. …

The civilian labor force declined by 496,000 over the month, and the labor force participation rate decreased by 0.2 percentage point to 63.3 percent. The employment- population ratio, at 58.5 percent, changed little. (See table A-1.)

Needless to say, this is quite a stinker.  The jobs added fall far short of the 125K-150K needed just to keep up with population growth.  The exodus from the workforce is even worse.  The new civilian workforce participation rate of 63.3% is the lowest seen in almost 35 years, since the fall of 1978 — an era not exactly known for a robust American economy.

It didn’t take long for Obama apologists to blame the sequester:

On the other hand, Jim also notes this:

The BLS upwardly revised the previous two months’ jobs data.  January’s figure increased 29,000 to 148,000, and February increased by 32K to go to 268K. Otherwise, the only other “good” news was a drop in the U-6 measure of underemployment and unemployment combined.  That dropped to 13.8%, the lowest of Barack Obama’s presidency — but that measure, like the U-3 topline unemployment rate, depends on the size of the workforce as a denominator.  With almost a half-million people dropping out of the workforce, a decline in this figure means less than it otherwise would.

CNBC offered this strange assessment in its spot report:

Friday’s report fell short of economist expectations of 200,000 new jobs, though it did confirm some of the weakness in recent reports.

It “fell short”? I’d say, considering it didn’t even make it halfway to those expectations.  And yes, it did confirm “some of the weakness” in earlier numbers.  Not clear why that last clause requires a “though” to link those two concepts.

The Associated Press does a little better, noting that this is the worst report in nine months for job creation:

U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown is a reminder that the job market’s path back to full health will be uneven.

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent. While that is the lowest in four years, the rate fell only because more people stopped looking for work. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively looking for a job.

The unevenness — and the food-stamp economy — continues.

Update: Via Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard, here’s the Austan Goolsbee clip Jim Pethokoukis referenced in his tweet:

Sequestration didn’t create this, and for that matter, neither did the payroll tax cut.  Consumer spending rose in January and consumer sentiment rose in February, remember?  We just have a lousy economy, strangled by regulation that keeps investors from putting capital into efforts that create jobs.


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Well that was unexpected!

Ukiah on April 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Not having to work for one’s food sure is helping to drive down the unemployment rate. Hell, fewer people out of work and not counted as unemployed want to work anymore, though the 6,722,000 (seasonally-adjusted) who fall into this category are 407,000 more than were in this category in March 2012.

Steve Eggleston on April 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

“unexpectedly”! Why does anyone use the ADP numbers?

Zaggs on April 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

“So when is this going to be reported as bad news?” she asked rhetorically.

Wow.

tru2tx on April 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Obama and the rest of the Democrat/media complex will be in overdrive today trying to link the sequester to this. It’s the only card they’ve got left.

Just imagine how crappy the numbers will be a year from now when Obamacare has kicked in.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Thanks to the millions added to disability and welfare, unemployment is no deterrent to a democRat president anymore.

wildcat72 on April 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Morning joe says WH can’t spin this crapola and said sequester is not s part of this….

cmsinaz on April 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I’m sure the MSM will say with one breath Obama’s plan is working brilliantly, then with the other say that Republican ‘obstructionism’ is keeping the economy from really taking of. Toss in the obligatory inference of racism, and the witches’ brew will be ready for serving.

Liam on April 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

FORWARD!

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

IT’S THE SEQUESTER WHICH WAS MY IDEA!11!!!11!!!

/Obama

Good Lt on April 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Obama and the rest of the Democrat/media complex will be in overdrive today trying to link the sequester to this. It’s the only card they’ve got left.

Just imagine how crappy the numbers will be a year from now when Obamacare has kicked in.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

ABC/Good Morning America already has.

HumpBot Salvation on April 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Maybe we should import one million low skilled workers. That’s the ticket!

ctmom on April 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Using unemployment rate as a gauge is becoming ridiculous. I wish someone higher up there would bring this obvious fact up.

Archivarix on April 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Thanks to the millions added to disability and welfare, unemployment is no deterrent to a democRat president anymore.

wildcat72 on April 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

It will be once those programs have to be cut back significantly due to the massive debt we’re accumulating.

The upward revisions for January and February at least soften the blow of the March figures a little bit, but the real scary number that can’t be spun is the labor participation rate. People are simply leaving the workforce and there’s no way we can survive for much longer with a continuously shrinking taxbase combined with an ever expanding welfare state.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

DOTUS Economics.

Blame everyone, and everything else but YOUR OWN JOB PERFORMANCE.

….but the gop couldn’t even field a candidate that could beat him.

PappyD61 on April 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

You know times are tough when even the FLOTUS is dealing with all of the challenges of being a “single parent”.

Perhaps her husband is one of the 13 million now on disability… you know, collecting a paycheck and not able to work.

singlemalt 18 on April 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Bend OVER!!!

ted c on April 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Maybe we should import one million low skilled workers. That’s the ticket!

ctmom on April 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

They can’t even flip burgers. In Massachusetts, you need a COLLEGE DEGREE and two years of experience to be a cashier at McDonald’s.

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM

How Orwellian is it to see the “unemployment rate” go down while the number of “employed” individuals goes down !?

Where is the House bill to officially mandate how to calculate the unemployment rate without excluding people SO discouraged that they’ve given up entirely ?

deadrody on April 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Here in Boston its great news…check the headline

All Hail the Messiah!

dmann on April 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Needless to say, this is quite a stinker.

Lol.

Dennis Miller yesterday was talking about a poll that reported one out of four people believed Obama was the anti-Christ. Miller said he didn’t necessarily believe Obama was the anti-Christ, but he did believe he was leading the country to End Times.

petefrt on April 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Come on, resident leftists, let’s get your take on things. We know you’re out there reading this, c’mon, settle in and explain this disastrous event. Another half a million people left the workforce, jeebus what a mess.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 8:51 AM

“The stock market is the real indicator of a healthy economy. Everything else is just Fox News propaganda!” – Average Leftist

visions on April 5, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Morning joe says WH can’t spin this crapola and said sequester is not s part of this….

cmsinaz on April 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

What’s more surprising is that the Morning Blow is still on TV.

RandallinHerndon on April 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

DOTUS Economics.

Blame everyone, and everything else but YOUR OWN JOB PERFORMANCE.

….but the gop couldn’t even field a candidate that could beat him.

PappyD61 on April 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Lay it off. No challenger, no matter how great, in any country, can possibly win an election against a tyrant who owns the media and controls the Justice Dept. Plus, it’s not that we had a choice between Washington, Harding, and Reagan among the runners-up.

Archivarix on April 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

It will be once those programs have to be cut back significantly due to the massive debt we’re accumulating.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Lol. Hey everybody! This guy thinks programs are gonna be cut! Hahaha!

happytobehere on April 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Come on, resident leftists, let’s get your take on things. We know you’re out there reading this, c’mon, settle in and explain this disastrous event. Another half a million people left the workforce, jeebus what a mess.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Hell, I already threw em a bone by praising the upward revisions for January and February. That’s the only positive news to take away from this report unless the left is going all in on the sequester fearmongering.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM

For those of you who still think it’s all the retiring baby boomers that’s driving down the labor force participation rate (and thus the unemployment rate), here’s the seasonally-unadjusted labor force participation rate by age group for March:

16-24 years old – 52.8% (worst March since 1966)
25-34 years old – 81.1% (worst March since 1983)
35-44 years old – 82.3% (worst March since 1984)
45-54 years old – 79.6% (worst March since 1988)
55-59 years old – 73.4% (3th-best March since records began in 1977, behind only 2009 and 2010)
60-64 years old – 55.0% (4th-best March since records began in 1977, behind only 2009, 2010 and 2012)
65-69 years old – 32.4% (2nd-best March since records began in 1982, behind only 2011)
70-74 years old – 18.3% (tied for 2nd-best March since records began in 1987, behind only 2011)
75 years old and older – 8.4% (best March since records began in 1987)

Steve Eggleston on April 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM

You think that’s bad? Just wait for the revision!

jhffmn on April 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I blame the sequester. And I blame global warming for the sequester. And I blame Bush for global warming.

The Rogue Tomato on April 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

McCain, Graham and Rubio are looking out for our best interests.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/05/immigration-bill-would-import-1-million-workers-per-year/

Wigglesworth on April 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

So, is it still Bush’s fault?

I can’t keep up with the bullsh!t excuses…

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Msdnc anchors will blame gop and the sequester….following wh talking points

cmsinaz on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I blame the sequester. And I blame global warming for the sequester. And I blame Bush for global warming.

The Rogue Tomato on April 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

You forgot to blame Karl Rove for Bush.

Archivarix on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Lol. Hey everybody! This guy thinks programs are gonna be cut! Hahaha!

happytobehere on April 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Eventually they will be. It’s called forced austerity. Unless the government would prefer to just monetize our entire debt obligations and confiscate everyone’s bank accounts and 401ks. Something tells me there wouldn’t be many states left in the union on that day though.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Wow. My vote was WAY off.

22044 on April 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

:) Randall

cmsinaz on April 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Oh geez only O-bots and the economic illiterate (oh those are the same people) could blame sequester. Even though sequester became official in March, real cuts won’t start effecting people until in May at the earliest if at all.

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Doughboy: While I will not laugh at you, there is nothing anywhere in Washington that shows that our current political class (or anything resembling them) will actually cut entitlements.

So, yeah, we’re on a train that _will_ wreck. The only question is how long.

Scott H on April 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I blame the sequester. And I blame global warming for the sequester. And I blame Bush for global warming.

The Rogue Tomato on April 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

You forgot to blame Karl Rove for Bush.

Archivarix on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

And Halliburton. And binders. And budgets.

Anything will do really. Because, bottom line, its not Obamas fault.

Gatsu on April 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Yes, just bring in those immigrants to fulfill all those jobs that are available. Lol. You are only a vote, immigrant. No one cares about our jobs, why would they care about yours?

RDE2010 on April 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

“You people hate my Preezy because he is black. You can’t find a single thing good to say about him. While you are dumping on him for this job report, you very clearly are ignoring the roaring stock market. No.President.Ever.Has.Had.A.Better.Stock.Market.None. Why can’t you give him credit for that? As for all of those people dropping out of the workforce, how do you know that is a bad thing? Now that we have the security of free healthcare, which you greedy people didn’t want to give us, lots of people now have the ability to pursue their passions. Just like Nancy Pelosi said, we don’t have to be wage slaves anymore. We can become artists and musicians and even dream.”

- Any Obamabot

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Eventually they will be. It’s called forced austerity. Unless the government would prefer to just monetize our entire debt obligations and confiscate everyone’s bank accounts and 401ks. Something tells me there wouldn’t be many states left in the union on that day though.
Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

We’ll keep spending and borrowing till the fall of the whole republic. We’re not gonna save this thing from itself. The GOP will have a chance again after it all comes crumbling down.

happytobehere on April 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

You forgot to blame Karl Rove for Bush.

Archivarix on April 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Ya gotta get Dick Cheney in that mix somewhere.

Oldnuke on April 5, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Oh geez only O-bots and the economic illiterate (oh those are the same people) could blame sequester. Even though sequester became official in March, real cuts won’t start effecting people until in May at the earliest if at all.

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Reportedly 24,000 retail jobs were lost. If that’s true, then this lousy number is due in large part to the payroll tax hike. It means people simply aren’t spending money. Maybe that’s in part because it’s tax season and everyone’s being more frugal. Then again, you could argue the opposite should be happening since many folks are receiving money back from the government.

So if this is due to the payroll taxes(not to mention federal income taxes for higher income earners) increasing, we’re unfortunately gonna see a lot more job reports like this.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

happy: I certainly will not give the GOP another chance after a collapse. The GOP’s last chance is to fix this before a collapse. If the country collapses while conservatives rely on the GOP to avert that collapse, the GOP does not deserve to survive as a political party.

Scott H on April 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Wow, and I chose over 250,000 on the poll the other day. LOL

astonerii on April 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The upward revisions for January and February at least soften the blow of the March figures a little bit, but the real scary number that can’t be spun is the labor participation rate. People are simply leaving the workforce and there’s no way we can survive for much longer with a continuously shrinking taxbase combined with an ever expanding welfare state.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

That’s exactly right – we’re headed to dark place to be sure. The question is the tipping point. Is it a snap move or a slow grind? I’d bet on the latter – beans and brass fellas.

volnation on April 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

ABC now calling the jobs report an “eyebrow raiser.” With fewer people working now than at anytime since 1979, I’d call that kind understatement nothing but more propaganda for the rat-eared devil.

But hey, who cares about that what with gays, guns, and illegals in the news? Why would we expect our president to address the economy when there are sodomites out there unable to “marry?” Folks that have been voting Democrat for years who want citizenship and the ability to do so legally. And of course the awesome push to get rid of the Second Amendment going so well in states controlled by commies.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Reminds me of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon

“Pardon me, but can you help out a fellow American who’s
down on his luck??”

ToddPA on April 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

“When is President Obama going to get some credit, and this is like Rodney Dangerfield. When’s he going to get some credit for this amazing economy that’s coming back? It definitely is coming back, maybe not like gangbusters, but the unemployment rate really dropped again today, and there really are a quarter-million new jobs out there.”

- Chris Matthews, 10 March 2013

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Global warming has run it’s course and just doesn’t have the punch it once had so the left needed a new rallying cry. Sequester! Causes everything from acne to zebra mussels.

Oldnuke on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

People are simply leaving the workforce and there’s no way we can survive for much longer with a continuously shrinking taxbase combined with an ever expanding welfare state.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

This is the scary version. It’s scary because it’s precisely accurate.

At some point, the takers are going to be told to eff off by the makers. It’ll go really badly, really quickly after that.

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Thread winner!

Oh btw, you are racist for pointing out that quote. ;)

Lance Murdock on April 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

easy to see this coming. Gasoline prices spiked last month. Stopping any economic recovery in its tracks.

The Gasoline price since early 2000′s has predicted the economic growth in this country far better than 1000 economists.

unseen on April 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

The Obama economy is OBVIOUSLY in the shite-r or the LSM wouldn’t have to spent so much time and effort to convince us otherwise.

Just saying.

Gunlock Bill on April 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Doughboy: It certainly is basic math that if you reduce people’s purchasing power, they must reduce their purchasing. :p

The fact that people don’t understand this may be one of the reasons McD’s wants college graduates to work their retail? :p

Scott H on April 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM

The US economy only added 88,000 jobs in March, while nearly a half-million people left the work force:

This is catastrophic. This recovery consists of nothing but people dropping out of the workforce and fake money being pumped into the stock market.

forest on April 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

ABC now calling the jobs report an “eyebrow raiser.” With fewer people working now than at anytime since 1979, I’d call that kind understatement nothing but more propaganda for the rat-eared devil.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

“So when is this going to be reported as bad news?” she asked rhetorically.

Wow.

tru2tx on April 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

We just have a lousy economy, strangled by regulation that keeps investors from putting capital into efforts that create jobs.

Four more years!

Utopia is within our reach!

visions on April 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Steve Eggleston on April 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Doggone baby boomers terkerjerbs!

forest on April 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I blame the sequester. And I blame global warming for the sequester. And I blame Bush for global warming.

The Rogue Tomato on April 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I blame Sandra Fluke’s inability/unwillingness to buy birth control.

Deafdog on April 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Orwellian indeed!

This calls for a toast with rationed Victory Gin!

Polish Rifle on April 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

At some point, the takers are going to be told to eff off by the makers. It’ll go really badly, really quickly after that.

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I’ve already done that. Outside of certain steel and jacketed lead items I’ve dropped off the buying scale, and considering the tax hit I just took and the size of the check I have to write to the federal government, I don’t know when I will be back.

Shiitestorm is coming, that’s for sure, so make sure you have a high-cap umbrella handy.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I’d kill to have that “jobless recovery” we were having back in 2004.

Chris of Rights on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

At some point, the takers are going to be told to eff off by the makers. It’ll go really badly, really quickly after that.

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

What do you mean “At some point…”?

I went Galt the day Obama took the oath…THE FIRST TIME. You can’t vilify people and expect them to stick around to foot the bill.

At the top of my blog are these six words:

Fund Your Utopia Without Me.™

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Consumer spending rose in January and consumer sentiment rose in February, remember? We just have a lousy economy, strangled by regulation that keeps investors from putting capital into efforts that create jobs.

ITS is the price of ENERGY. at close to $4.00/gal you could have zero regulations and the economy would still nosedive. the middle class, lower middleclass and poor simply do not have the wealth to sustain that high of energy costs. Therefore the extra money they would spend on items goes into the gas tank or the fridge (due to higher energy costs food inflation is out of this world) and not to Sears or Walmart. the well off don’t care don’t notice this at all it doesn’t matter to them if a tank of gas is $20.00 per fill up but that extra $20.00 /per fill up is destorying the economy.

unseen on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

happy: I certainly will not give the GOP another chance after a collapse. The GOP’s last chance is to fix this before a collapse. If the country collapses while conservatives rely on the GOP to avert that collapse, the GOP does not deserve to survive as a political party.
Scott H on April 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Conservatives have to rely on the electorate, and the electorate… chose poorly. I think we’ll probably be entertaining a different system of government than the “majority rules” thing we’ve got now.

It was a nice experiment though.

happytobehere on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I’m shocked the number was this low. I figured the new normal would be inflated numbers because of full time jobs being split into multiple part time jobs. Lots of new part time jobs are replacing full time work because of Obamacare.

Wigglesworth on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

“Hey, look over there: a fully automatic machine gun! No wait, over there: a couple of gay guys! Hold up… Have I mentioned illegal aliens yet? Squirrel!” – Average Dem

visions on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Just wait until private sector employees have to deal with the looming Obamacare costs.

And BTW what does the rat-eared bastard come up with for a budget (reportedly)? More of the same- all taxes no serious attempt at deficit reduction or balancing the budget.

Single moms like Mooch will do fine because she is a millionaire. But what about that single mom who is working an hourly job that is about to go away thanks to Obamacare?

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Four more years!

Utopia is within our reach!

visions on April 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Yep and we’ve always been at war with EastAsia. Oh and did you hear the latest? The chocolate ration has been increased from 3ozs per week to 2.5ozs. Doubleplus good eh?

Oldnuke on April 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

This is nothing more than the logical conclusion of the nonstop growth of government regulation for over half a century. Given that the regulatory machine went into hyperdrive under Obama, I’m a little surprised it’s taken this long. But it has. What’s worse, this is the result despite the fact that the Fed has been pumping an extra trillion dollars into the economy for each of the last three years.

Elections do indeed consequences… including electing either big government Republicans and Democrat statists.

Regulation vs. Prosperity… America goes gently into that good night

imperfectamerica on April 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

This is catastrophic. This recovery consists of nothing but people dropping out of the workforce and fake money being pumped into the stock market.
forest on April 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

If only we could jack up home prices again we could relive the 98-08 bubble!

happytobehere on April 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I blame the sequester. And I blame global warming for the sequester. And I blame Bush for global warming.

The Rogue Tomato on April 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

No, no, no, no…everyone knows it’s the Tea Party’s Rush Limbaugh’s Sarah Palin’s fault.

Chris of Rights on April 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

ITS is the price of ENERGY. at close to $4.00/gal you could have zero regulations and the economy would still nosedive. the middle class, lower middleclass and poor simply do not have the wealth to sustain that high of energy costs.

unseen on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I don’t know. Gas prices have been high for a while now. And they actually dipped a bit in the last month. So I’m not sure why suddenly that would cause a decrease in consumer spending. Maybe it’s a combination of things. High gas prices, high food prices, higher payroll taxes, higher health insurance premiums, and an overall stagnant economy all contributing to people having far less disposable income.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

unseen on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

It’s incredible that half of our population is 100% on board with $4.00+ gas. It’s not surprising that the Legacy Media has stopped reporting on it. If we had a GOP president it would be constantly on the news, every week.

visions on April 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I mean in more of an en masse setting. I don’t know what form it will take. After all, if you have a job, you’re pouring money into the takers’ pockets against your will.

I can’t give up my job, even if it would feel great to spite them. My buying has dropped off – though not completely.

It’s hard to starve the beast when the beast gets his before you even get paid.

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

happy: You have a problem, I think. You cannot complain about how ‘majority rules’ landed us Obama while at the same time complain how ‘special interest groups’ (by definition minorities) have too much power in this country.

Can you devise a political system that can thread that needle?

In the more general sense, I disagree with you, though. Conservatives, at least in 2012, relied on the GOP to deliver their message to the general populace, and the GOP… didn’t.

Conservatives need to stop relying on others–even/especially the people they elected to office to represent them–and fight for conservatism themselves.

Scott H on April 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

“Hey, look over there: a fully automatic machine gun! No wait, over there: a couple of gay guys! Hold up… Have I mentioned illegal aliens yet? Squirrel!” – Average Dem

visions on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

So, Allah is an “Average Dem”? lol

What will be the topic of Allahpundit’s QOTD tonight?

A. Guns

B. Gays

C. God

D. Immigration

E. All of the Above

F. None of the Above

G. Jackpot! Because, regardless of the subject matter of a poll, there will always be, at least, one Paulistinian, who shows up to say, “If you idiots had only voted for Ron Paul like we ‘TruCons™’ told you to, we wouldn’t have this problem. Hey, who’s up for a new 9/11 Commission?!?!?! Fire can’t melt steel, you know…and did you see the 5 Hasidic Jews dancing in the streets as the Towers fell??? They were the ONLY JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS that came near the WTC that day. All the other JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS, conveniently, stayed home. Hmmmm…..”

If you chose “A. Guns” yesterday, congratulations!

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Doggone baby boomers terkerjerbs!

forest on April 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Just wait until they start retiring en masse.

Steve Eggleston on April 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

If you chose “A. Guns” yesterday, congratulations!

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I was hoping for All of the Above :-)

Steve Eggleston on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

What do you mean “At some point…”?

I went Galt the day Obama took the oath…THE FIRST TIME. You can’t vilify people and expect them to stick around to foot the bill.

At the top of my blog are these six words:

Fund Your Utopia Without Me.™

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

You’re not the only one. I have been holding off on all major purchases – cars, home appliances, etc…until the rat-eared dog-eater is out of office. I’ve been paying down debt instead.

DRayRaven on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

At some point, the takers are going to be told to eff off by the makers. It’ll go really badly, really quickly after that.

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I honestly think that is going to be the crux of the 2014 midterm campaigns. One one side you are going to have a message of fiscal responsibility and austerity. On the other side you are going to hav a party of special interests who have gifted citizenship for illegals, taken the guns for the radicals, scuttled the Keystone Pipeline and killed the coal industry for the environmentalists, forced sodomite “marriage” on society for the gays, and will certainly do something for women parts for stupid females.

In short, 2014 campaigns will be the adults v. greedy morons with single issue focus. What scares me is that the greedy morons could well prevail.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

This recovery consists of nothing but people dropping out of the workforce and fake money being pumped into the stock market.

forest on April 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

In a nutshell.

petefrt on April 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Welcome to ObamiNation Spring 5.0, where gloom spring eternal.

Steve Eggleston on April 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

There are ways to starve the beast, some overt some not. But I can tell you right now that there are 2 less people working in this nation because I would like to hire them but I won’t, I can’t, and all because it would hurt my business more than help.

So a good paying job for a welder goes unfilled and some teenager who could be gaining some fine workskills and OJT in my shop is instead delivering pizzas somewhere.

Bishop on April 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

If only we could jack up home prices again we could relive the 98-08 bubble!

happytobehere on April 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Yeah, That’s why the Obama Campaign pressuring banks to make crazy loans to unqualified people again.

And I heard the Campaign will sign an EO mandating that all crops are to be irrigated with Brawndo too. It’s got what plants crave, it’s got electrolytes.

forest on April 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

In short, 2014 campaigns will be the adults v. greedy morons with single issue focus. What scares me is that the greedy morons could well prevail.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

The good news there is the greedy morons(aka most of the Democrat base) tend to stay home a lot more during midterm elections. So unless the Obama regime is prepared to engage in a level of voter fraud never before seen in this country, the GOP should do well enough in 2014 to at least hold onto the House and gain a few seats in the Senate.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

In short, 2014 campaigns will be the adults v. greedy morons with single issue focus. What scares me is that the greedy morons could well prevail.

Happy Nomad on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Why not? They did in 2012. There will only be more of them in two years.

Washington Nearsider on April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Nomad: Hasn’t that been the general strategy on each side since at least 2008?

Scott H on April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

What do you wingnuts expect? Obama isn’t a miracle worker. He inherited a mess. It takes time to dig out of the hole his predecessor left for him.

HumpBot Salvation on April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I was hoping for All of the Above :-)

Steve Eggleston on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Me, too. It’s ironic that Allah is the “Culture Warrior” of Hot Air, n’est–ce pas?

Resist We Much on April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Place sugar (energy) in a petri dish with some bacteria and see the growth that occurs. Now take 1/2 the sugar in the petri dish and gauage the growth. No matter the system all growth and rate of growth is dependent on cheap plentiful energy. No energy, no growth. the higher the cost of energy for any system including “human economic” ones the less growth you have. Gasoline prices spiked last couple of months to the highest on record for this time of year. Growth came to a stand still. Doesn’t take a rocket scienctist to figure out.

the cost of energy impacts all other costs. It raises food prices, it raises employment costs, it raises supply costs, it will even raise taxes.

If you want economic growth you must have cheap plentiful energy. When gas goes below $3.5/gal we have some growth anything above $3.5/gal and growth slows way down. A price of $2.5/ gal would give massive growth in our economy. no matter what regulations you had. With the higher energy the regulations do more harm.

unseen on April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

So unless the Obama regime is prepared to engage in a level of voter fraud never before seen in this country, the GOP should do well enough in 2014 to at least hold onto the House and gain a few seats in the Senate.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Obama regime…prepared to engage in voter fraud? They’ve already got the mechanisms in place and perfected. All they have to do is flip the switch.

HumpBot Salvation on April 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM

And I heard the Campaign will sign an EO mandating that all crops are to be irrigated with Brawndo too. It’s got what plants crave, it’s got electrolytes.

forest on April 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

that movie will be our generation’s 1984.

unseen on April 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Are any of us here really surprised by this? I know I’m not, and I doubt the American people are either, mainly due to them not knowing about it due to the lapdog media.

Clinton promised that an economic boom was right around the corner at the DNC.

Wonder where that is now?

Maybe next quarter eh?

Gatsu on April 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I don’t know. Gas prices have been high for a while now. And they actually dipped a bit in the last month. So I’m not sure why suddenly that would cause a decrease in consumer spending. Maybe it’s a combination of things. High gas prices, high food prices, higher payroll taxes, higher health insurance premiums, and an overall stagnant economy all contributing to people having far less disposable income.

Doughboy on April 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Our idea of a “recovery” is a huge increase in the price of houses. The housing bubble from 98-08 was so enormous it managed to create the illusion of recovery by driving the GDP with phantom money from “equity”. Slice off that housing bubble and we haven’t had a recovery in 15 years.

happytobehere on April 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

HumpBot: A less conspiracy-theory minded observation in the same vein is that OFA is now free to support midterm elections now that President Obama doesn’t have to run for reelection.

Scott H on April 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

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