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How’s the left-wing, ivory-tower, we-know-best elitist Obamanomics working for you? Here’s the news.
First-quarter gross domestic product numbers for 2013 were recently revised -- downward from 1.8 percent to 1.1 percent. For perspective, four years into the recovery from the last deep recession in ‘81-’82, the economy grew at 4.1 percent.
What about the declining “labor force participation rate”?
This counts the percentage of civilians 16 years and older working or actively looking for work. When President Barack Obama took office, the labor force participation rate was 65.7. Today it is 63.4, up 0.1 from April’s 34-year low. Frustrated, many able-bodied and able-minded would-be workers have simply given up looking for jobs.
The number of people receiving federally subsidized food assistance today exceeds the number of full-time, private-sector working Americans. The number of Americans receiving foods stamps (now called SNAP) has reached 47.5 million, increasing an average of 13 percent a year from 2008 to 2012. Almost 9 million disabled American workers currently collect federal Social Security benefits -- double the number of disabled in the late ‘90s -- many admitting that they could work, but choose not to look.
Just to break even -- to keep pace with new entrants into the market -- the economy must produce 150,000 jobs per month. To date, Obama’s four years of recovery have produced 4,657,000 jobs -- an average of 97,020 per month. At this juncture in the ‘80s, following the last big recession, the economy had produced 11.2 million new jobs, or 233,333 per month.
Even left-wing media outlets like ABC and The Washington Post cannot pretend that this is normal. About the advance estimate of the most recent quarter’s dismal 1.7 percent growth, a Post business writer said: “It isn’t even mediocre. It’s terrible. It’s a sign of the diminished economic expectations … that it’s anything to crow about at all. ABC called this latest report “disappointing.” Of course, neither ABC nor The Washington Post attributed the disappointing results to anything President Obama has done.
But President Ronald Reagan took an entirely different course than has Obama. Reagan dramatically lowered taxes, reduced the speed of domestic spending and continued deregulation policies of Jimmy Carter. The economy took off, and three years into recovery, had produced an 8.9 percent increase in civilian employment -- almost 9 million jobs, with a post-recovery GDP that averaged over 5 percent.
The Reagan recovery was no aberration. Spending and tax cuts between 1922 and 1929 gave us the so-called “roaring ‘20s,” when unemployment fell from 6.7 percent to 3.2 percent, and real gross national product grew at an annual average rate of 4.7 percent. Similarly, when President George W. Bush lowered taxes, the economy took off, and the unemployment rate went down to a low of 4.4 in 2006.
Democrats brag about the robust Clinton economy. But President Bill Clinton inherited an economy in its 22nd month of recovery. And Democrat historians ignore the economy-damaging measures that Clinton attempted -- most notably HillaryCare -- but could not pull off because Republicans stopped him.
Seventy-four percent of small-business owners say they plan to reduce hours, put off hiring or fire people to minimize the impact of ObamaCare. ObamaCare kicks in at 50 employees and applies to full-time workers. So employers keep the number of workers under 50 and-or reduce hours to less than full-time (30 hours or more), and they get around ObamaCare. What this does to the economy and job creation is another story.
In 2009, Obama’s economic team outlined the path of the economy “if we do nothing” versus the path of the economy with Obama’s plans for stimulus and ObamaCare. Team Obama predicted an unemployment rate, at this point in the recovery, of 5 percent -- with his “stimulus.” If Obama did nothing, they predicted, unemployment would reach 5 percent by the beginning of 2014. Today unemployment is at 7.4 percent, artificially low considering the number of people who have given up.
What will it take for them to say they were wrong? How many more Americans must remain unemployed or underemployed before the left stops blaming G.W. Bush, the GOP-led House or global warming?
Historically, the deeper the recession, the higher the bounce back. Since World War II, this recovery has been by far the weakest. The question is why.
Our history shows that burdening the productive through higher taxes, especially during sluggishness, hurts the economy. Imposing billions of dollars in new federal regulations, as this administration has done, hurts the economy. Placing nearly one-seventh of the nation’s economy -- via ObamaCare -- under the control of the federal government hurts the economy.
This is an arrogant administration led by a man distrustful of the private sector and devoid of experience in it. Obama is cheered and emboldened by a compliant media that would “report” relentlessly on the “jobless recovery of President X” were these the economic numbers of a Republican president. Stacked with power-assuming administrative “czars,” the Obama administration fancies itself enlightened and noble, in complete possession of the wisdom needed to know from whom to take and to whom to give.
Therefore, to paraphrase former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “What difference do these bad numbers make?”


Here’s Larry in his own words, triangulating the differences between the Reagan recoveries compared to Obama’s. And he also points that Clinton took office amongst a 22 month economic recovery from HW Bush.


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Sheran commented on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 19:51 PM

I already have friends finding out the hard way! Employers are finding ways to fire women in their mid 30's due to "Obamacare" It cost a lot more for women to be insured than men or children. As for "Medicaid" do a cold call, ask, do you accept Medicaid? If you find one that says yes! Let me know.... I have a very dear friend still looking.

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 20:02 PM

Sheran, thanks for your response and te truth will set us free. Did you check out Larry in his own words? It is the truth about the failed policies of Obama! "The Boy King"

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 20:05 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. was proud overlooking the progress of America on January 20, 2009 and he was rolling over in his grave on March 23, 2010!

Sheran commented on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 20:53 PM

President Lincoln is rolling in his grave as well, don't ya think... SNAP is for the very poor! Watch the movie based on Dr. Ben Carson "Gifted Hands" and listen to the wise words of his mother...

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 21:51 PM

Yes ma'am, I will see it soon and Abe I agree Abe is disappointed too as he sacrificed his life for the freedom of all Americans.

HMJC commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM


They will never see it is bad change because if they acknowledge it; they acknowledge that they are part of the problem! All of these "jobs" that are being created...2/3 part time with no benifits which will result in further hardship because this class will be penelized for not enrolling in a healthcare exchange. Double Jeopordy anyone?

SledgeHammer commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 16:05 PM

The first problem with this blog is believing that the US is in recovery. There has been any change in that.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 16:35 PM

Hate to break up such an outstanding conservative hog waller but you tough talking boys and girls might just have found your next presidential candidate. Course, like most conservatives they will eventually have to do the same thing in order to get elected at the national level, he had to sell a part of his conservative soul. Please meet your candidate that some of us liberals even like....a little bit.


Sheran commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 19:05 PM

Naw, Jimmy. Christy messed his self up when he slobbered all over Obama after Sandy.

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 19:31 PM

When liberals say they like a Republican you can forgot about him or her winning because they will always vote for the progressive big government handout Democrat. Christie is a good man but I don’t think he could win; it will take a principled Conservative or Republican Libertarian to win in the general election. Romney came close and he is a moderate Republican. Herman Cain could have won the general against Obama that’s why they smeared him to hurt his family and credibility. Why do I say this look back to the 2000 re-election of Bobby Rush in Chicago he mopped the floor with Obama with his street creed and exposed the empty suit of Obama when he challenged Rush for his seat in the House of Representatives. Herman would have taken the racism and cynicism out of the debate and Obama would have been toast.

Check out the New York Times article below:


Check out these statements from Bobby Rush about Obama:


So Bring on the Ben Carson’s and Rand Paul’s because these are the type of leaders that can win a general election .

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 19:34 PM

Christie brought back Jersey Shore with BHO support. Yall Conservatives are bankrupt when it pertains to humility.

Christie did what was right for his constituency.

Your conservative dingy is taking on water, sweetness. Your only choice in 16 will be Rand Paul. Only because he believes as his father does that the Gov't should not prevent you from putting whatever you want inside of YOUR body.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 19:44 PM

I hear all that and I raise you one (just one) Marco Rubio agin a rested tanned and relaxed Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prepare for another national defeat my Republican alligator gar fish friends.

Sheran commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 19:54 PM

Funk, I say Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee....

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 20:38 PM

Sheran, I say with that combination America would be blessed and on the road back to prosperity for all!

Sheran commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 21:06 PM

That's the way "We The People" need it now! The feds are now figuring this out "go pee first"...


Sheran commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 22:09 PM

No Sir! We're Bushed out.... as the Dem's are Clinton out.............

Sheran commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 22:30 PM

We are tired of fighting the Bush war, Obama took the credit for Osama bin Laden.
Clinton took the blame for Benghazi the death of AMERICAN'S for Obama.... No Sir...

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 08:19 AM

Sponge Bob anyone?

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I would relish a Carson-Huckabee ticket to run against the Democratic nominee(s)
in 2016.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Yep, I think you are right here Sebe. The possible monkey wrench in the bike spokes is what will Joe do?

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 16:15 PM

I hope you are right Sebe. Joe's already had two spins at the wheel during the presidential primaries. I hope that he does not run. From my Demo perspective Jeb would beat Joe hands down. In fact, Jeb might could beat Hillary! The Republicans have to get their act together first: what to do about the Tea Partiers, their stance on immigration and gays and lesbians. They have the gun lobby and the evangelicals right now. This election, in 2016, is theirs to lose, unless they implode or nominate a Far right candidate.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 16:20 PM

...if they, the Republicans, play that "who is the most Conservative" game again they will fall on their sword via their primary process.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 16:31 PM

I just don't see Hillary going the distance. With that said the same was said about obama but Ms. Clinton has a full closet of skeletons and contridictions to dredge up. As for the GOP, unless they unite as a party and fully get behind their canidate whomever it ends up being, as JM would say, the DEMS by a nose...

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 19:01 PM

HI HMJC: your comments are always appreciated.

My Opinion: Sin has no currency within The Demo juggernaut to spend. Whom are you (we) to judge?

Again: Unless the Republicans get their house in order: No abortions regardless, NO immigrants without jumping thru hoops of fire, No Bob can Marry another Bob slop, more guns for teachers, and A break with the gun lobby, then their house of cards will surely crumble. Again.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 19:45 PM

Yes, Sebe, Camille Paglia has been a fire breathing Demo Feminist Contrarian for a long time. And yes, we Dems tend to fight it out amongst ourselves up to the time to nominate our candidate. Then we come together and hopefully reunite unless we get suckered punched by some Watergate thinga majiggy. Karl Rove is the Devil Incarnate.

HRC will take her hits. However we Baby Boomers are a very large demographic already aligned for support from gay rights (Camille is a Open Lesbian), immigrants, minorities, Mary Jane etc. etc.'

This one is for the Republicans to LOSE. But I'm a betting they are holding two pair...Aces and Eights, all clubs. A dead man's hand.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Hi Sebe. YES the 2016 is for the Republicans to lose, unless all this tripe about BHO's incompetence is something many here are just making up. Ain't all or most of the Conseratives comments on these pages something they believe and support with links to sites supporting their positions? All I keep seeing is what BHO CANNOT DO: lead, enforce lines drawn in the sand, can't reel in the IRS, can't manage the NSA, can't fix the economy, stuck on Gitmo, effect transparency in guvment, protect American Embassy's and on and on!? As many of the Conservatives here and some Independents with conservative tendencies seem to suggest: BHO and the DEMS ain't got nuttin to run on in 2016.

So Yes, by that particular political yardstick, how in Jehovah's name can it NOT be for the Repbublican's to lose?!

Yes, many of us on the left want HRC to run. But a wise man once said on these pages that it's a long time til the election and the trifecta "scandals" have not played out yet,(something about drip-drip as I recall). Plus all the negatives Karl Rove will dig up on Hillary and, so once again, YES...2016 is for the Republicans to lose.

Course it might not even matter WHO we put up in 2016. Once the Republicans implode even Barney Frank could win in a walk.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Come to think about it, Old Barney could reach across the aisle and garner most all of them Republican Log Cabin Boys! You know about that particular GoP bunch don't ya?!!

Ah yes, true Bi-partisanship is within reach for all Americans!!!

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 16:08 PM

Well Sebe then, are you saying that there will be NO MENTION OF BHO'S RECORD?! Not even the Economy?!! and the Republican's ain't a gonna use the Gipper's: "Are you better off now than you were 4-8 years ago??! What about all them 'scandals'? All this is water under the bridge as far as the GOP goes?

I don't think so, my friend.

Forget the "anointing" of HRC. If the Republicans wise up and get their act together, come to terms with the changing populace and demographics, sell some sort of semi-coherent economic scheme, decide what to do with the Tea Party...whew...lot's of ifs ain't it... and if they sell some more of their heretofore sacred Conservative values, regarding Gays, Pot and women's rights, got one more...and IF they nominate the "right" candidate, then YES, my friend the whole she-bang will be theirs to lose.

Now, I truly do not believe that they can get thru all them ifs. I think they are going to implode and splinter off in different directions.


JimmyMack commented on Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Well, Sebe, I guess the Big Fix is in then huh? Why even campaign, primary, nominate, or have an election?!

The Media is in charge. The Republic is Dead and there is No hope.

That's one far out message your sending out Sebe. A bit paranoid, but a message nevertheless.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I guess them times are here for the GOP and its sympathizers.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 13:21 PM

Hi Sebe. We will agree to disagree then on this one. What about the Tri-fecta tho? I thought this was the Democratic Death Knell for 2016.

Oh Well.

The Dawgs play Clemson on National TV at 8:00 p.m. 8-31-13 in Clemson. Then we get the Evil Genius between the hedges the next week. I am really more worried about the Cocks than I am Clemson. Clowney is a genetic mutated monster that relishes destroying QB's.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 16:38 PM

sebekm commented on Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 00:14 AM

The Dem candidate in 2016 will be favored to win. The leftstream media wouldn't have it any other way. BLAME BUSH I & II only worked because the media continued to sell it day after day. The President is still getting a pass, and the only way they would ever give even-handed coverage to a GOP candidate is if that candidate was a black female. Even then, the left would label her as an Aunt Thomasina, and paint her as a traitor to their cause.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Well, Sebe, I guess the Big Fix is in then huh? Why even campaign, primary, nominate, or have an election?!
The Media is in charge. The Republic is Dead and there is No hope.
That's one far out message your sending out Sebe. A bit paranoid, but a message nevertheless

Chief, your’e right the Democrats are the favorite on all general elections out the gate because of the Lamestream media and Tim Grossclose the author of “Left Turn” has scientific research to prove it.


JM, I agree with your first two sentences because of personal experiences and Grossclose scientific proof. There is extreme bias for a conservative in the Republican party. We even had the IRS suppressing conservatives ability to get out the vote the last 3 years and even though BHO won it was by 2 million votes that was even less than Dubya’s. The main reason the Democrat progressive party wins a general election today is because of media bias by the left. Here is even more reasons why below:

Uploaded on Aug 26, 2011
Seven of the top eight news channels plus nearly all the talk and comedy shows and nearly all the printed news have a liberal bias yet most people can't see through that nor see how much it influences elections. Tim Groseclose, author of "Left Turn" claims he's come up with a scientific method to measure it.

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