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Michael Collins: Questions for The Money Party - Negative Job Growth for 11 Years

  • Posted on: 21 June 2011
  • By: MichaelCollins

The Money Party is a very small group of enterprises and individuals who control almost all of the money and power in the United States.  They use their money and power to make more money and gain more power. It's not about Republicans versus Democrats.  The Money Party is an equal opportunity employer. It has no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests. Democrats are as welcome as Republicans to this party. It’s all good when you’re on the take and the take is legal. Economic Populist

Negative job growth for eleven years is the best evidence concerning our economic troubles.  There were 135 million jobs in 2000 for a workforce of 144 million.  Today, there are 139 million jobs for a workforce of 154 million.  That represents negative job growth when you factor in population growth.

The campaign script that has written itself...

  • Posted on: 11 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

But will will those Dems notice? From Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly's Political Animal:

THE KIND OF VOTE TO BUILD AN ELECTION AROUND

Note that House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) was asked on ABC yesterday how his party would have saved these thousands of jobs, including 3,600 in his home state of Indiana. Pence didn't answer, because he couldn't -- the Republican plan was to let those jobs disappear, and then blame President Obama when the economy got worse. (It's the same with the rescue of the American auto industry -- the GOP plan wasn't to save it in some other way; the GOP plan was to let it die.)

The campaign ads seem to write themselves in a situation like this. Indeed, this is a debate to build an election around -- with a struggling economy, Democrats proposed a fiscally-responsible plan to save hundreds of thousands of jobs, specifically helping our local schools. Republicans said we can afford tax cuts for billionaires, but not teachers' jobs.

It's not every day the two parties' approaches to government get spelled out so clearly, giving the public a stark choice between two very different ideologies.

Emphasis mine and Digby has a lot to say, excerpted below the fold, on this as well.

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Open Thread - The Economic Fun Fair

  • Posted on: 30 July 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

From political animation editorialist supreme Mark Fiore we get Jack visiting "The Economic Fun Fair":

While Ben Nelson may have been trampled by the Senators that did finally pass Unemployment Insurance extensions, seen any open thread worthy signs of other issues getting tackled anytime soon? Drop'em in comments...

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$42,000 Each That's What Bernanke Cost US Since 2007

  • Posted on: 31 March 2009
  • By: Chris White

Bloomberg circulated a report this morning on the total size of the bail out facilities run through the Federal Reserve and Geithner's Treasury. They estimate the total to be $12.8 trillion, or $42,105 for every man, woman and child in the country, 14 times the amount of currency in circulation, and just $1.4 trillion less than the Gross Domestic Product, which is what economists call everything produced and sold in the country last year. Since last November when the facilities under both departments amounted to $7.4 trillion, the amount has increased by 73%. 

I think there is something wrong here. What do you think? Do you agree? Or do you think it is OK that the Federal Reserve Chief has accumulated this kind of power without feeling compelled to tell anyone exactly what he is doing or how?

In Their Boots: Holiday Special

  • Posted on: 21 December 2008
  • By: jimstaro

Topic: Care Packages for the Troops; Jacob's Light

Originally aired on December 17th, 2008

Dorine Kenney lost her only child Jacob to the Iraq war. Eleven days after Jacob's death, on his 29th birthday, Dorine sent a care package to one of her son's friends still serving in Iraq. This single act spawned The Jacob's Light Foundation, an organization to honor her son and care for those still fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Military Suicide: The War Within

  • Posted on: 7 December 2008
  • By: jimstaro

Brave New Foundation: In Their Boots Episode 23

Topic: Military Suicide Featuring: The War Within: Chapter 1

Originally Aired on December 3rd, 2008 and Will Continue on December 10th, 2008

The War Within

A Marine Reservist seeks help from the Veterans Administration to heal his invisible wounds. But like too many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, his condition worsens, his medical needs go un-met, and he ultimately takes his own life. For the past four years, his family has been advocating to prevent other veterans from experiencing a similar fate.

 

Brave New Foundation: In Their Boots Webcast 21

  • Posted on: 21 November 2008
  • By: jimstaro

Promoted. Originally posted 2008-11-21 06:19:10 -0500. -- GH

Topic: Military Sexual Trauma Angie's Story

Originally aired on November 19th, 2008

Angela Peacock Army Veteran

Smita Satiani Sexual Assault Counselor Certified (State of CA)

Related Organizations:

RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

TS Nelson Publications

US Vets

Sgt. Angela Peacock

Army Sergeant Angela Peacock joined the military in February 1998. She wanted to travel, serve her country and gain some life experience. In 2001, while deployed in South Korea, Angie was raped by a fellow soldier. She was encouraged by her command not to tell, so she held it in, and in 2003 she took it to Iraq with her. She led her unit courageously, but silently struggled until she couldn't stay quiet any longer. Out of Iraq and back at home, Angie decides to take control of her PTSD - a result of both her military sexual trauma and combat stress - and take her life back.

Children Go Where I Send Thee: Die.

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008
  • By: rba



Photo: Breaker Boys © Louis Hine @ Child Labor - U. Iowa.edu

1938: For the first time, minimum ages of employment and hours of work for children are regulated by federal law

2008:

One afternoon last fall, the 17-year-old Guatemala native ran a machine to grind damaged pallets into mulch. When a co-worker at the Greensboro plant returned from another task, he didn't see Nery – until he looked inside the shredder. “A person shouldn't die like this,” said older brother Luis. “…He came with a dream and found death.” [Ames Alexander+Franco Ordonez/CharlotteObserver: Child labor going largely unchecked]

In Their Boots

  • Posted on: 8 November 2008
  • By: jimstaro

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2008-11-08 15:55:58 -0500. -- GH
Brave New Foundation: In Their Boots Webcast 18

Topic: Employment After Service Beyond Basic Training Chapter 1

Originally aired on October 29th, 2008

Beyond Basic Training After being medically retired from the Army, Iraq veteran Kevin Randolph and his family are without options. They move to a transitional housing facility, and Kevin must enter one of the worst job markets in recent history to support his wife and their new baby.

Texas Humor - Why I can't find a Job!

  • Posted on: 5 May 2008
  • By: avahome

Up and at 'em Atom Ant...it's Monday! Here's a little ditty for you from a buddy of mine in Ohio. I'm sure you all can relate.......

Why I can't find a job!

John Smith started the day early having set his Alarm clock for 6am. (MADE IN JAPAN )

While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA)

Was perking, he shaved with his Electric razor(MADE IN HONG KONG ).

He put on a Dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA),

Designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) And Tennis shoes
(MADE IN KOREA )