Well, we seniors, the VA and military got paid, after all. We didn’t default. The small group of Tea Party freshmen in The House won their maneuver, a trick, unless it pays off with an improved economy that further guarantees the longevity of our “AAA” Rating. And, now for trick number 2: FIND A WAY TO FORCE CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT TO FINALLY CREATE REAL JOBS… IN LARGE NUMBERS! Do you know how many Americans are unemployed?
Household Survey Data
The number of unemployed persons (14.1 million) and the unemployment rate (9.2 percent) were essentially unchanged over the month. Since March, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 545,000, and the unemployment rate has risen by 0.4 percentage point. The labor force, at 153.4 million, changed little over the month. (See table A-1.)
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (9.1 percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (24.5 percent), whites (8.1 percent), blacks (16.2 percent), and Hispanics (11.6 percent) showed little or no change in June. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.) [BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS]
Where do you fit in these stats? [Retired, myself.] President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have been promising us JOBS for 7 months. Lots of talk, but, 14.1 million Americans are not bringing home a paycheck, paying FICA into Social Security and paying sorely needed income tax. [The Republicans were wrong. We have both a spending problem AND a revenue problem.]
We need a super scheme devised by the Tea Party or, maybe, Progressive Democrats which will jumpstart the top 2% of the population into taking a leap of faith and start hiring and training Americans for a new economy. Can we finally have those green jobs you politicians love to talk about? Will investors finally join T. Boone Pickens in his project to convert us from oil to liquid gas? This is a wonderful opportunity! Need money to go back to school? There are grant programs. See if ClassesUSA is any good. Also, Education Connection. You might explore Good Blue Collar Jobs in Demand for 2011.
I am sure that Progressive Democrats have just learned a lesson from the amazing feat of organization and tenacity we have just witnessed by The Tea Party. Consistent with the Sociology I studied years ago, the leaders of The Republican Partyin Congress have latched onto
the Tea Party and usurped their movement and success. Progressives, now is the time for you to shine! Anything Republicans can do…Democrats can do better!!!
BTW, Trick #3 is Education!
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