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Why Washington Isn't Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages
Business Insider ^ | 06/04/2011 | Robert Reich

Posted on 06/04/2011 4:19:16 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan

The silence is deafening. While the rest of the nation is heading back toward a double dip, Washington continues to obsess about future budget deficits. Why?

Republicans don’t want to do anything about jobs and wages. They’re so intent on unseating Obama they’d like the economy to remain in the dumps through Election Day. They also see the lousy economy as an opportunity to sell Americans their big lie that government spending is the culprit — and jobs will return if spending is cut and government shrinks.

Democrats, meanwhile, don’t want to admit the recovery has stalled. They worry such talk will further undermine consumer confidence or spook the bond market. They don’t want to head into the election year sounding downbeat. And they don’t think they have the votes for anything that will have much effect before Election Day anyway.

But there’s a third reason for Washington’s inaction. It’s not being talked about — which is itself evidence of the problem.

The unemployed are politically invisible. They don’t make major campaign donations. They don’t lobby Congress. There’s no National Association of Unemployed People.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: debt; default; economy; jobless; lobbying; qe; teachers

1 posted on 06/04/2011 4:19:19 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The only thing smaller than Reich’s height and manhood is his brain.


2 posted on 06/04/2011 4:22:34 PM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Republicans don’t want to do anything about jobs and wages. They’re so intent on unseating Obama they’d like the economy to remain in the dumps through Election Day.

Got to that line, looked up to see who the author was and instantly stopped reading.

Reeeeeiiiiiiiisssha, can go suck eggs.

3 posted on 06/04/2011 4:23:09 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Woah, Obama will appease Trump, but not Lakin? Thanks LSM)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

4 posted on 06/04/2011 4:25:28 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Why even give a stage to this creep? Just the same old line of crap . . . no wonder there’s so many duped people out there listening to the “other side”

Reich couldn’t be objective about anything


5 posted on 06/04/2011 4:25:30 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat ("Celebrate 'Civility'")
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To: Abbeville Conservative
The only thing smaller than Reich’s height and manhood is his brain.

Do you think he's jealous of Rep. Weiner?

6 posted on 06/04/2011 4:28:47 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Abbeville Conservative
Dang, I knew he was short but...

Robert Reich (4 ft 5.11″)

http://www.blindloop.com/index.php/2010/02/5-shortest-politicians-of-the-world/

7 posted on 06/04/2011 4:29:32 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Woah, Obama will appease Trump, but not Lakin? Thanks LSM)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Bet he is. He should compare himself to Mickey on Seinfeld. He might have some competition. LOL


8 posted on 06/04/2011 4:30:37 PM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Get your economics information from Danny Devito — it’s more reliable.


9 posted on 06/04/2011 4:32:39 PM PDT by Blado (Audemus jura nostra defendere)
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To: Blado

I forgot the Barf Alert.


10 posted on 06/04/2011 4:35:31 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
There is no fix.

The Republican cutting will send us into a deflationary depression and the Democrat's printing and spending will send us into an inflationary depression.

Either way, we're doomed.

There's no way back from here.

We've already passed the point of no return.

Prepare now.

11 posted on 06/04/2011 4:36:16 PM PDT by blam
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The best thing the government can do about jobs and wages is NOTHING! As a matter of fact they are the cause of the loss of jobs and lower wages.

Get the government out of areas the Constitution never cited they could govern and let the free market become free of the EPA, IRS, Homeland Security, etc...

It would not be long that America would regain it’s lost manufacturing power and gain in all standards of living and advancement over countries that have enjoyed less government.


12 posted on 06/04/2011 4:36:44 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

And here you have the reason = treason.
See the hugging and crying, makes you want to vomit all over them!!!

http://www.drudgereport.com/


13 posted on 06/04/2011 4:38:38 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Just wow. His prescription for our economic situation is that the government is TOO SMALL. Figures, I guess.

These ivory tower liberals live in an alternative universe.


14 posted on 06/04/2011 4:40:10 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: BuckeyeTexan

“Several steps need to be taken right away. Initiate a new WPA for the long-term unemployed.”

Yep. The quintessential “solution” for government-induced economic failure: a government public-works employment project. And proposed by a quintessential Communist, well at least a quintessential munchkin Communist.


15 posted on 06/04/2011 4:40:24 PM PDT by catnipman
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Their ranks are filled with women who had been public employees, single mothers, minorities, young people trying to enter the labor force

There's the punchline. Republicans hate women.

16 posted on 06/04/2011 4:46:34 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Rather than try to reduce the number of jobless unmarried mothers, we should reduce the number of unmarried mothers.

Bring back shame, instead of the proud “my baby daddy” we hear in welfare lines (which also have proud women with $300 ghetto weaves).


17 posted on 06/04/2011 4:52:33 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Republicans don’t want to do anything about jobs and wages.


Almost a true statement. The correct statement is the Republicans can not do anything about jobs and wages.

The Democrats and their friends in the media demonize any attempt by Republicans to bring sanity to our financial crisis.

18 posted on 06/04/2011 4:56:06 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (California does not have a money problem, it has a spending problem.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Sir, the government cannot do anything about jobs, unless you want to declare war on europe and we draft all the illegals. Removing the illegals would open up jobs for real americans. But that is about it. When you have an over supply


19 posted on 06/04/2011 4:58:58 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Just how full of crap is shorty??


20 posted on 06/04/2011 4:59:55 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Reich is simply another political operative. A true conservative will gladly do what it takes to fix the economy. A conservative simply won’t agree to fix the economy with what has injured it time and again: huge spending, huge taxation, huge regulation, and huge government intervention in private lives.

If that’s the prescription by the liberals, then this conservative won’t put a smiley face on “compromise” by sitting at such a table with other sell-outs.


21 posted on 06/04/2011 5:02:01 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Right. The Republicans took back the house in January, and all of this is their fault, including the failed “stimulus” that none of them voted for but this demented little dwarf’s DemocRat buddies rammed through anyway.

What’s worst is that 30% or so of the voting public thinks he’s right...


22 posted on 06/04/2011 5:05:16 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

4 ft. 11 inches.

I didn’t know they stacked crap that high.


23 posted on 06/04/2011 5:31:44 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Robert Reichchchchchchch as Rush would say. Not a balanced article IMHO.


24 posted on 06/04/2011 5:33:56 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
There’s no National Association of Unemployed People.

He's been talking to Mrs. Pivens.

25 posted on 06/04/2011 5:36:08 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
"Why Washington Isn't Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages"

Here's the truth about why. Sustainable revenues come from a large manufacturing base. Men would have to be hired to work in such real industry. It's in style to keep men out.

See ya on the other side of the default.


26 posted on 06/04/2011 5:43:25 PM PDT by familyop (Shut up, and eat your brains!)
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To: Venturer
4 ft. 11 inches.

4 feet, 5.11 inches or 4'-5" rounded off...that, is really short!

27 posted on 06/04/2011 5:43:43 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Woah, Obama will appease Trump, but not Lakin? Thanks LSM)
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To: blam

how about 15-20 % paycut for fed employees not in the military?


28 posted on 06/04/2011 6:04:56 PM PDT by mriguy67
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To: BuckeyeTexan

FLEECE TRADE JOB SUCKING SOUND

POLITICIANS, CAN YOU HEAR IT NOW?

We're talking 15,000,000 jobs. See your party's Politician, ask him if an election placebo would be right for you. Green jobs, tax cuts and another small business pizza shop won't cut it.

29 posted on 06/04/2011 6:07:27 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Washington SHOULD be obsessed by the budget deficit. At the rate it’s going the government will be completely incapable of gather enough funds to run more than a third of itself in just a couple of decades. If we hit that day this recession is going to look like a national vacation. Increasing the deficit today to hire a few more people just brings crash day forward.


30 posted on 06/04/2011 6:08:26 PM PDT by discostu (Come on Punky, get Funky)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The USA is worse than broke, you little troll. We have no future because our lousy government has promised everyone a free ride on their free pony, and we have 70 TRILLION dollars in unfunded mandates that we will never be able to pay off. A baby born today owes over $50,000 of national debt. We can’t even pay the interest as it eats up our economy.

Reich’s obtuse comments prove that any idiot can teach at Harvard.


31 posted on 06/04/2011 6:13:15 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: BuckeyeTexan
[What do these jobless have in common? They lack the political connections and organizations to get the ears of politicians, and demand policies to spur job growth.]

But all of them can walk into a booth a pull a lever for ABO—anybody but Obama.

32 posted on 06/04/2011 7:04:59 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Carville ... to Clinton: ‘I always ask the question: why does a dog lick his d**k? Because he can. Why don’t we balance the budget? Because we can’t.’”

- The Agenda, Bob Woodward, p. 21.

Same goes w/ jobs. Today’s Washington isn’t doing squat about jobs because it can’t.


33 posted on 06/04/2011 7:12:45 PM PDT by flowerplough (Obama: "Get back inside '67 borders." / Helen Thomas:"Go back to Poland and Germany!")
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Robert Reichhhhh....leader of the Lollipop Guild, a mind unsullied by any contact with the real world.
34 posted on 06/04/2011 7:19:30 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: BuckeyeTexan
They’re so intent on unseating Obama they’d like the economy to remain in the dumps through Election Day.

Not true. Many Republicans are invested in the economy, and stand a lot to lose if the economy stays in the doldrums. What proof is there the Republicans want to take a stock market loss, lose business etc., crash the country's ecomomy just to get in the White House?

35 posted on 06/04/2011 7:22:16 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I know why. Look at any economic basket case in the world and notice the luxurious lifestyles of its political leaders. That’s why.


36 posted on 06/04/2011 7:30:19 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: xzins
A true conservative would implement this solution I suggested here on Free Republic some time ago:

A seven-point plan for economic recovery and growth

37 posted on 06/04/2011 7:42:20 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

When it comes to economics the only person I disrespect as much as Paul Krugman it is his troll counterpart Robert Reich.When these two idiot savants start talking I stop listening.


38 posted on 06/04/2011 7:48:08 PM PDT by chuckee ( gives too much credence to the UK's)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
The unemployed are politically invisible. They don’t make major campaign donations. They don’t lobby Congress. There’s no National Association of Unemployed People.

Did they lose their right to vote when they lost their job?

39 posted on 06/04/2011 8:06:05 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Malignant little dwarf.


40 posted on 06/04/2011 8:26:20 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Pelosi: Obamacare indulgences for sale.)
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To: mriguy67
"how about 15-20 % paycut for fed employees not in the military?"

A more positive thing to do would be to cut them off the payroll entirely...but, either one of the moves will/would be deflationary especially with an economy that is 70% driven by consumer consumption. There are a lot of federal employees.

I read an article yesterday that stated that the USA had 107,000 fewer students in school K-12 last year but that the teacher count increased nationwide by 87,000 last year.
Wonderful, huh?

41 posted on 06/04/2011 8:27:33 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

That damn teacher count is a major problem. the boomers are retiring, the next bulge is a few years off if ever. the unions are hellbent on full union member employment. TIme to throw the union bosses into ovens.


42 posted on 06/04/2011 8:31:49 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: freedumb2003

Quarterly Depo Provera (contraceptive) shots to continue receiving payments is an ethical and minimally intrusive option. No forced abortions or sterilization, but if you want more kids, you have to be able to support yourself first.


43 posted on 06/04/2011 8:37:41 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Lurker

There is a “Union” for the unemployed.


44 posted on 06/04/2011 8:41:33 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: catnipman

Has he ever seen pictures of those men in the camps back in the day. Do you think men would leave home and work for meger wages on a .gov construction job today. Of coarse not. They would be payed UNION wages and not have to move and live in tent camps. Good Grief The Liberals are stuck in the 1930’s.


45 posted on 06/04/2011 8:53:00 PM PDT by therut
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Why blame the Republicans when the Democrats are in charge of this disaster and have been all along?


46 posted on 06/05/2011 6:06:59 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: blam

Producing things of real value seems like a good way to start—oil and gas come to mind


47 posted on 06/05/2011 7:09:14 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Las Vegas Ron
"Got to that line, looked up to see who the author was and instantly stopped reading."

Me too, I did exactly the same thing, except I skipped to the article comments section. I was happy to see RR getting his butt kicked.

48 posted on 06/05/2011 7:19:32 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: blam

You are probably right, but government federal, state and local all needs to srink back to 1980’s level. Whatever it takes it takes, it simply must be done. Personally I’d like to srink back to pre WW1 levels. Yes pre the great progressive Wilson levels.


49 posted on 06/05/2011 7:24:35 AM PDT by jpsb
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