"Structural" Unemployment Debunked

Michael Collins

“The last unemployment report said that for the first time in my lifetime, and I’m not young…we are coming out of a recession but job openings are going up twice as fast as new hires. And yet we can all cite cases that we know about where somebody opened a job and 400 people showed up. How could this be? Because people don’t have the job skills for the jobs that are open.” President Bill Clinton, September 2010

Former president Clinton took the lead in selling the notion of "structural unemployment" - a gap between employer job requirements and inadequate skills on the part of workers. Clinton's sales skills are considerable. The thoroughly unsupported notion stuck in the minds of the corporate media and some business leaders.

Blame the workers, those who lost jobs since the start of the recession. Clinton and the other representatives for the financial elite asked that we believe in just two short years of the recession, job skill requirements changed so much, workers couldn't be hired back. That was nonsense then and is nonsense now.

DXC Staffer receives Clinton Honors

DAYTON, OH – University of Dayton graduate student and Dayton Christian Center (DXC) Fellow Drew Formentini has been selected as a participant in the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative to be held April 16-18 at the University of Miami, FL.

Nick Benton's Corner: Hillary, A Champion of Women Globally

Posted with permission of Nicholas Benton, owner/editor of the Falls Church News Press

Hillary: A Champion of Women, Globally

by Nicholas Benton

Sen. Hillary Clinton's tour-de-force in the confirmation hearing on her appointment as Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee provided a picture window into the scope and depth of the transformative power the in-coming Obama administration will bring globally.

The 65-page transcript of the hearing is worth reading in full, a veritable textbook on American foreign policy, on how the new administration promises to reverse the incredibly damaging worldwide effect of eight years of George W. Bush lunacy.

Clinton may have preferred to be president, but in her role as Secretary of State, she will become an incredible force for good for the planet, hands down the most influential American woman since Eleanor Roosevelt, and maybe ever.

Hillary, Rahm and Other Wild Turkeys

by Jeff Huber

This year I'm thankful Dick Cheney and the Bush administration haven't destroyed the whole world. Yet. I suspect young Mr. Bush has lost his enthusiasm for the project, but I'm concerned that the Dark Lord's little helpers will keep the fuse burning right up to the closing bell. We dodged an October surprise, but plenty can still happen between now and January 20. NORAD and the FAA better keep close tabs on Santa's sleigh come Christmas Eve, that's all I can say. We don't need no stinking 12/24.

I'm thankful John McCain didn't win the presidential election. You hear some of the TV satire guys crying about what great material they'll miss out on without Gramps and Bering Strait Barbie in the White House, but I'm not complaining on that score. Joe Biden as vice president? Come on, he'll be better than having Chico Marx running around the West Wing (Getta you tootsie frootsie money quotes).

And Hillary as Secretary of State?


Is Contraception a form of Abortion

Christian Conservatives with support from the Bush Administration are extending their campaign against abortion and sex education to also try to turn back the clock on contraception. They now support legislation to prevent any institution that receives federal funding from refusing to hire doctors or health workers who refuse to provide abortion, contraceptives and information on birth control to patients.

Hillary Clinton's Speech Today

I tried to find a UTube of Hillary's speech today, but couldn't yet. I hope if someone does they will add it here. I hope the those who missed hearing it on TV or perhaps being there, do listen to it on video. It was a really great speech, which sets the stage the Democratic Party and Independants like myself to work together to defeat John McCain. He is now not only vowing to prolong the Iraq war indefinitely but supporting Presidential prerogative and the use of torture in interrogating prisoners, and he has pledged to appoint judges who will reverse Women's Rights to Choice.

Obama Clinches Nomination

CNN called the Indiana primary for Clinton at 1 a.m. today with 99% of the vote counted. At that time she had a 2% lead; however more than 1% of the vote in Lake County remained to be counted. He won by large margins in the four counties that Kerry won in 2004--which are considered to be Democratic party strongholds in a state that traditionally votes Republican.

In North Carolina he had a decisive victory with a 14% lead. Taking both elections together his vote count exceeded hers by more than 200,000.

Obama, Bitterness, Meet the Press, and the Old Politics

Robert Reich has given us permission to post from his blog. I highly recommend his blog in general, and I thought this post in which he takes on media spin and the elephant no one is looking out--ie the worsening economic melt down that will have us all feeling a lot less happy unlesss the ramifications are addressed quickly.

Obama, Bitterness, Meet the Press, and the Old Politics

The Clinton Myth - The Dem Primary is Over

It has been for a while now...

The Politico hits the reality nail on the head with this:

Story behind the story: The Clinton myth

One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning.

Her own campaign acknowledges there is no way that she will finish ahead in pledged delegates. That means the only way she wins is if Democratic superdelegates are ready to risk a backlash of historic proportions from the party’s most reliable constituency.

Unless Clinton is able to at least win the primary popular vote — which also would take nothing less than an electoral miracle — and use that achievement to pressure superdelegates, she has only one scenario for victory. An African-American opponent and his backers would be told that, even though he won the contest with voters, the prize is going to someone else.

People who think that scenario is even remotely likely are living on another planet.

Clinton's likely reaction to being told this truth... Well? Look below...

Depending on Mercy

Remember the saying from the original 1950's Superman TV series..."Truth, Justice and the American Way"? Boy, it might have been that way 50 years ago, but what about now?

A Death Almost Too Horrible to Believe

We're going to tell you the story of Patrick Cavanaugh, a 60-year old inmate at the Ely State Prison in Ely, Nev. Patrick was an insulin-dependent diabetic who was imprisoned at Ely for two years. During his time at Ely, Patrick was denied regular insulin injections, which, as many people know, is essential for diabetics to lead a healthy life. As a result of this deprivation of insulin, he developed gangrene. This didn't go unnoticed by prison staff: the smell of putrefying flesh was hard to miss. The medical staff could have opted to have the decayed, gangrenous limbs amputated, which would have saved Patrick's life. Instead, they did nothing, and Patrick essentially rotted to death.

Ann Coulter Spews Sewage

Promoted. Originally posted 2008-03-08 18:52:06 -0500.

It would seem the conservative crowd is less than pleased with the candidates on offer in the upcoming presidential election. We need to pay more attention to what the other party is saying and less time eating our own.

As Americans first, and progessives second, it would behoove us to listen to what the noise machine is gearing up for. In Coulter's Feb. 14th column "There's a Democrat Behind Door No. 1, 2 and 3 Coulter has this to say:

Hillary is, shockingly enough, the most conservative candidate among the top three presidential candidates.

Say what?! But then again, John McCain is not a crowd-pleaser ... at least his candidacy does not please the conservative crowd (Loyal Bushies). Coulter's Feb. 6th column tells us how McCain has failed the conservative "litmus test":

  • He excoriated Samuel Alito as too "conservative."
  • He promoted amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants.
  • He abridged citizens' free speech (in favor of the media) with McCain-Feingold.
  • He hysterically opposes waterboarding terrorists and wants to shut down Guantanamo.
  • He denounced the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
  • He opposes ANWR and supports the global warming cult, even posturing with fellow mountebank Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of solar panels.

The rumblings in conservative circles [gutter dive in the comments] seem to indicate that no matter which of the three [McCain, Obama, Clinton] win the White House, the conservatives will lose.

How Clinton Camp NAFTA Deception Swung Ohio Election

An investigation begun by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, reveals the startling information that it was the Clinton campaign that first contacted the Canadian government to "tell them not to worry because Hillary Clintons attacks on the NAFTA were mostly political posturing." And this is only the beginning of a story that not only calls into question Senator Clinton's victory in the Ohio elections, but underscores the ugliness of her smear campaign against Barack Obama.

Nick Benton's Corner: Will McCain Rule the Middle?

Benton's editorial posted with his permission.

Seems to me like Benton has moved considerably toward Republican lite in his editorials on the primary election. In this editorial he suggests that the increasingly ugly tenor of press attacks will force Obama into an impotent radical left stance, should he be the nominee--thus throwing the campaign to McCain.

It has struck me more and more how Hillary Clinton is following in the footsteps of her friend Joe Lieberman, and I am reminded of the supporters of Lamont, who won the primary because of his strong stand on Iraq only to be defeated by the then "Independant" Lieberman who is now an open endorser of McCain. Well I for one admire Lamont and deplore the failure of the the Democrats in the House and Senate to live up to their mandate to oppose the Iraq war, even though I recognize the difficulties they face while Bush remains in office.

I NOTE THAT SENATOR CHRIS DODD HAS ENDORSED BARACK OBAMA. Apparently he did not draw the same conclusions from the Lamont/Lieberman campaign that Benton seems to have from the 1972 election. Benton in his editorial harks back to the 1972 defeat of McGovern who was an opponent of the Vietnam war.

IMO opinion Benton's analysis is both simplisitic and wrong-headed because he leaves out the ghosts -- Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy -- strong opponents of the Vietnam war who were gunned down in 1968. Their assassinations not only threw the Democratic party and the peace movement into disarray but they created a rationale for violence on the streets, with groups like the Weatherman and the Panthers turning to violent protests, which indeed alienated most Americans.

Indeed these are the times that try men's souls, but I don't believe the answer is to turn away from what we know to be right, and temporize with principle, because we are afraid risking an Obama victory at the polls. Well that is my opinion folks. Before turning to Benton's editoral I would like to draw your attention to my comment to Jeff's post.