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Conyers on Jobs: “We’ve Had It.” Lays Out Obama, Calls for Protest at White House
Crew of 42 - A blog on black members of the 112th congress ^ | July 27, 2011 | Lauren Victoria Burke

Posted on 07/30/2011 6:03:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

“[In 1987] We passed the first bill that allowed the government — in areas of high unemployment — to directly intervene and create jobs. Well, we’ve got the bill in here again and I’ve got nothing from the White House,” — John Conyers

At a press conference held by members of the House Out of Poverty Caucus Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich), the second most senior member of the U.S. House, was pointed in his criticism of the White House regarding jobs and cuts to Social Security the President put on the table last week.

“We’ve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that,” Conyers, who has served in the House since 1965, said. “My response to him is to mass thousands of people in front of the White House to protest this,” Conyers said strongly.

Though the debt ceiling debate continues, many Democrats continue to say the real issue is jobs and unemployment. Yesterday, the PEW Research Center put out a study showing the wealth gap between whites, blacks and Hispanics is wider than at any time in history. Conyers focused on jobs and the White House throughout much of what he said.

“We want full employment as a matter of government policy. Which was passed in 1987 when I stood with Hubert Humphrey. We passed the first bill that allowed the government — in areas of high unemployment — to directly intervene and create jobs. Well, we’ve got the bill in here again and I’ve got nothing from the White House,” Conyers told the audience. Several CBC members have called for targeted help for high unemployment in the black community.

The black unemployment rate is 16.2% and the unemployment rate among black males is 17%. Last week NAACP President Ben Jealous and National Urban League President Marc Morial met with President Obama at the White House for thirty minutes. No new initiatives targeting high black unemployment came out of that meeting.

The press conference featured the heads of several organizations that focus on public policy and poverty. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Dennis Kucininch (D-Ohio), Jerold Nadler (D-NY), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif) and Raul Grajalva (D-NM) also spoke at the press conference.

“I was the first member of Congress to come out for the 44th President. We’ve got to march on him. He’ll be before the Congressional Black Caucus on September 21st.” Conyers said referring to the annual CBC Gala. The President has addressed the gala each year he’s been in office.

Focusing on Obama, Conyers continued. “We want him to know from this day forward that we’ve had it. We want him to come out on our side not to watch and wait… We’re suffering,” Conyers said. Several members of the CBC, including, Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), and are beginning to speak out more publicly on jobs and the White House policy. Many have called for a targeted approach to the problem.

Conyers then spoke on depression level unemployment in his Detroit district where the struggles of the auto industry has caused some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

“What Obama hasn’t said to us is “make me do it” but we have to make him do it… This is one of the most important issues we’re faced with,” Conyers said...


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: boehner; obama; socialsecurity; unemployment
Cause a problem with government action and then demand huge outlays of government funding and interference to "solve" the problem? Rep. Conyers has that one down pat.
1 posted on 07/30/2011 6:03:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nobody in DC wants to correlate the rising debt ceiling with declining jobs.

The rising debt ceiling has two consequences....

more regulation ...

to occupy employees in expanding federal bureaucracies...which expand because “they have more money” and another layer of bureaucrats need their 20 year promotions... Each round of regulatory expansion is the effective equivalent of another targeted tax increase on the object of the regulation.

more taxes...

The rising debt ceiling has demands and expectations of creditors for new elements of “revenue raising” by the Feds...taxes or fees.

In this strangling environment job creation is simply NOT possible.

In fact the only logical conclusion..can be ..is that the Federal apparatus -initially an asset to the United States..by virtue of its abilities to raise an effective Navy in the late 1700’s, and early 1800’s to facilitate overseas trade on behalf of the States, has become nothing other than the States greatest liability at this point in time. In the absence of profound regulatory and taxation reform-which is not capable of coming from the same minds that created the problem..we may well be at the end of the line.

For DC to face this fact...means the end of the K St-Congressional Party cycle in DC-the one that keeps repeating “2.4Trillion” as their mantra.


2 posted on 07/30/2011 6:07:52 PM PDT by mo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Big Problem: We've amassed decades' worth of terrible debt.

Bigger Problem: The president hates this country and is actively working to destroy it.

Biggest problem: We The People elected an incompetent nobody who hates this country.

3 posted on 07/30/2011 6:08:33 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“We’ve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that,”

Scuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.
4 posted on 07/30/2011 6:10:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: mo

Regulations and taxation. Those are the keys to the jobs problem. Spending is the key to our budget problems.


5 posted on 07/30/2011 6:13:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
Scuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

Me too! Is this satire?

6 posted on 07/30/2011 6:14:01 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Barry! Compromise this!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

You saw that too?


7 posted on 07/30/2011 6:15:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conyers, your liberal policies destroyed Detroit.

Folks, I passed thru downtown Detroit several months ago into Canada. I have NEVER seen a city that looked like detroit. It looked like a war zone.


8 posted on 07/30/2011 6:16:33 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Unfortunately its probably a thinly veiled threat that the president better pay attention to him.


9 posted on 07/30/2011 6:16:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
I'm thinking it's finally sinking in to these professional politicians that the TEA party is a force to be reckoned with. The smarter dems will make nice with the republicans thinking it will save their jobs because they don't realize the TEA party wants the republicans gone, too. The republicans will demean the TEA party because they're a little smarter and know their goose is cooked.
10 posted on 07/30/2011 6:19:25 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: cripplecreek

I know, pigs are flying and You Know Where just froze. WOW, I am stunned.


11 posted on 07/30/2011 6:20:09 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“was passed in 1987 when I stood with Hubert Humphrey. We passed the first bill that allowed the government — in areas of high unemployment — to directly intervene and create jobs. “

...and what a difference it has made for Detroit!


12 posted on 07/30/2011 6:20:26 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: cripplecreek

That it is.

But, I have to say that I’m stuned. Conyers is a career man since 1965 who sees that The Boy-Queen is over.

Tempers are going to be pretty nasty over the next few hours.


13 posted on 07/30/2011 6:20:40 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: tennmountainman

I dug this up for another thread but it offers a fine example of what is wrong in Detroit and much of America.

The underused and over expensive people mover in Detroit is a perfect example of what happens when you blow money on Detroit. Riders only pay 7% of the operating costs.

http://www.mackinac.org/14989


14 posted on 07/30/2011 6:20:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"the PEW Research Center put out a study showing the wealth gap between whites, blacks and Hispanics "

Well, if you import a cupla million jobless, illiterate Mexicans each year, it tends to skew the stat.

yitbos

15 posted on 07/30/2011 6:21:30 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Which was passed in 1987 when I stood with Hubert Humphrey.

I believe Hubert Humphrey died in 1978. He may have been still voting in 1987, but I don't think he was standing.

16 posted on 07/30/2011 6:23:29 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: cripplecreek

It isn’t that often one of those guys tells the truth like that. Weird.


17 posted on 07/30/2011 6:27:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Barry! Compromise this!!!)
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To: All; 2ndDivisionVet
Mike Lee (R-UT) just made a similar point on the Senate floor when he called out an unnamed "colleague" for pushing the big Rat lie that Republicans gut Social Security in "Cut, Cap & Balance" or the Boehner bill.

I'm thrilled to see John Conyers said, “We’ve got to educate the American people...The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that.”

Yes, John, we DO need to educate the American people on these facts, on who is really doing what instead of allowing your party's talking points to create a false reality.

18 posted on 07/30/2011 6:29:58 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Paul Ryan on Reid's bill: "Let's cover the moon with yogurt" http://post.ly/2gTED)
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To: mo
For DC to face this fact...means the end of the K St-Congressional Party cycle in DC-the one that keeps repeating “2.4Trillion” as their mantra.

It would be nice to imagine that a fact is being faced but all we have here is Theater.

Cloward-Piven Theater to be exact.

New Group rights to jobs created as an expectation.
Economic collapse to hasten the violent demand for the new Right's delivery when the economy makes it impossible
Strong socialist government must arise to deliver.

It is all planned out in the progressive program.

19 posted on 07/30/2011 6:30:22 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
It is all planned out in the progressive program.

It can still be used against the democrats.
20 posted on 07/30/2011 6:46:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: mo

The ‘taxation and regulation’ is defacto Nationalization by the State.
As the State expands, commerce contracts.


21 posted on 07/30/2011 6:57:25 PM PDT by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My opinion of Conyers has gone up enormously over the past few days (see here). I disagree with him on most things but admire his willingness to move to the front of the Dem bus to say it.

I'll take a consistent liberal like Conyers over a RINO P.O.S. like Scott Brown who's a consistent statist, backing government spending and government intrusion.

22 posted on 07/30/2011 7:00:23 PM PDT by Vide
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
NAACP President Ben Jealous

Wait - that's REALLY his name? Seriously? Talk about a fitting name for the role!

23 posted on 07/30/2011 7:02:30 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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24 posted on 07/30/2011 7:30:12 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Budget sins can be fixed. Amnesty is irreversible.)
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To: Vide
As one of the most powerful Donkeys, Conyers and Congressional Black Caucus should DEMAND that the Kenyan create jobs. After all, he walks on water so he ought to be able to create jobs, right?

Ah, John, your boy the Dear Leader has been actively destroying jobs and the country for 2-1/2 years — or haven't you been paying attention. Barry has absolutely no desire to help the Americans he intends to destroy in the name of Saul Alinsky.

25 posted on 07/30/2011 7:34:19 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: mrsmith
That's a good trick, Mr. Conyers. Hubert H. Humphrey died in 1978 from bladder cancer. If you were standing with him, it had to be in spirit because he'd been dead for nine years.
26 posted on 07/30/2011 7:38:39 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Extremely good find!!!

YITBOS

27 posted on 07/30/2011 7:45:02 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: MasterGunner01

Think the congressman flipped a couple of digits. The Humphrey-Hawkings full employment bill was from 1978. He’ll bring it up on local lib talk radio here.

Sometimes he sounds like it was passed and Carter signed it into law, now it just needs to be used.


28 posted on 07/30/2011 8:07:31 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That will give john conyers something else to do as he
continues working on his project to get GWB impeached.


I wonder if his wife is out of jail yet.
29 posted on 07/30/2011 8:51:14 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: tennmountainman

There’s a reason Rush Limbaugh refers to Detroit as “New Fallujah”.


30 posted on 07/30/2011 8:59:57 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Have u passed thru Detroit lately?

I was shocked ...and scared when I passed through.


31 posted on 07/30/2011 9:01:52 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently Conyers wants to win a best actor Oscar!


32 posted on 07/30/2011 9:25:08 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: MasterGunner01

Weekend at Hubert’s?


33 posted on 07/30/2011 10:06:13 PM PDT by Freedom_Isn't_Free (in fact, it isn't even cheap)
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To: MasterGunner01

Weekend at Hubert’s?


34 posted on 07/30/2011 10:06:25 PM PDT by Freedom_Isn't_Free (in fact, it isn't even cheap)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...each year, a single federal regulatory employee (i) cuts GDP by $6.2 million; (ii) eliminates 98 private sector jobs; and (iii) destroys the equivalent of the economic output of 134 persons. Given that the total annual appropriations for regulatory agencies in the federal budget is only about $60 billion, the “cost per regulator” clearly shows the pervasive effect regulation has on the overall economy.

You might want to do something about high corporate taxes an the illegal alien problem too.

35 posted on 07/30/2011 10:42:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: FromTheSidelines; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; cripplecreek; sickoflibs; Liz; DoughtyOne; ...

” NAACP President Ben Jealous
Wait - that’s REALLY his name? Seriously? Talk about a fitting name for the role! “

John Honkee would have been better....


36 posted on 07/31/2011 7:05:48 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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