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Salena Zito: Where Are the Jobs?
Real Clear Politics ^ | July 10, 2011 | Salena Zito

Posted on 07/10/2011 5:48:03 PM PDT by neverdem

Where are the jobs?

Not the stimulus signs, rhetoric about "shovel-ready" economic voodoo or propping-up of an anemic manufacturing sector, but the real jobs?

Polls at the beginning of July showed President Obama in an increasingly hazardous position with voters on jobs and the economy.

A McClatchy-Marist poll put his economic approval rating at just 37 percent among registered voters. A Gallup poll found U.S. economic confidence had plummeted by 7 percent since June.

Last year, Obama used Pennsylvania's Allentown Metal Works as a backdrop to tout his stimulus and job-creation success. A couple of months later, the plant closed.

Vice President Joe Biden told a Pittsburgh crowd that 250,000 to 500,000 jobs would be created each month by the start of last summer. The numbers never even came close.

To date, this administration's handling of our economy is a failure.

"Excepting some unanticipated major event, the election will largely ride on the state of the economy and public perceptions of how Obama has handled it," said Mark Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.

All the political opposition must do is seed as much doubt as possible, early and often, about Obama's economic leadership, and he will have a political problem more potent than his rhetorical skills.

On a "Factory Belt" tour last month, Obama spoke about new worker-training partnerships between government and academia in political battlegrounds Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

It was an attempt to project confidence in our economic future -- but it's hard to sell glacial-speed job growth.

"In the short term, there may be some support for the president because he is 'doing something' about the economy," explained Rozell, "but, ultimately, the real test is whether economic circumstances improve in time for election day next year."

In politics, perception is what...

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bipartisan; decline; default; globalism; obama; zito

1 posted on 07/10/2011 5:48:05 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

The jobs are up in Canada.

Their unemployment stats are going the opposite direction!


2 posted on 07/10/2011 5:50:45 PM PDT by himno hero ("Armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"... Barrack Obama's vision)
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To: neverdem

Baraq has the economic kiss of death.

The electric car factory he was pimping here in Indiana just went bankrupt.

http://www.ibj.com/electric-car-company-filing-for-bankruptcy/PARAMS/article/27872


3 posted on 07/10/2011 5:51:46 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: himno hero

We exported our jobs. You can visit them in China.


4 posted on 07/10/2011 5:52:06 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: Salena Zito

That’s probably racist, but I can’t find any errors. BTTT!


5 posted on 07/10/2011 5:53:48 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: nascarnation

Thanks for the link.


6 posted on 07/10/2011 5:55:45 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

I think Baraq’s been there (Elkhart, Indiana - up near Lake Mich) twice.

It’s sort of on the road to Chicago for him anyway, LOL.


7 posted on 07/10/2011 6:01:00 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: screaminsunshine

8 posted on 07/10/2011 6:18:51 PM PDT by conservativeimage.com ("Uh, let me be clear. Uh." - President Barack Obama)
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To: conservativeimage.com

No excuse. Come mow my yard for free. Collaborators should pay the price. That is a collaborator. No mercy.


9 posted on 07/10/2011 6:21:21 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: nascarnation

The funny thing about Elkhart Indiana is that he lost the vote there to John McCain and Obama is still not popular there. I have lots of relatives who live around the area.


10 posted on 07/10/2011 6:26:32 PM PDT by BBell
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To: nascarnation

Did you say he was pimping an electric car factory? That sounds pretty racist to me.


11 posted on 07/10/2011 6:30:18 PM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

To all nobama voters and to all nonvoters...If you are fired, tough luck, you collaborating boob.


12 posted on 07/10/2011 6:30:34 PM PDT by hal ogen ( of Rights.)
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To: hal ogen

I vote. I call it my license to bitch. If you don’t vote, STFU!


13 posted on 07/10/2011 6:59:43 PM PDT by BBell
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To: neverdem

The jobs are in China, India, Singapore,...


14 posted on 07/10/2011 7:21:52 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: neverdem

You linked to the printer friendly page. My 56K dialup modem thanks you.

nobama is a fool.


15 posted on 07/10/2011 8:35:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Salena Zito

Great article.

BUMP!


16 posted on 07/10/2011 8:39:17 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck
You linked to the printer friendly page. My 56K dialup modem thanks you.

Tell your modem it's welcome. I do it as much as possible.

You don't have to keep thaking me for it, but if you just want to drop the hint for everyone else, have at it.

17 posted on 07/10/2011 10:16:27 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Like reading Salena’s work. Good, common sense in her writing.


18 posted on 07/10/2011 10:25:24 PM PDT by Ghengis
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To: upchuck

Thanks!


19 posted on 07/11/2011 6:37:13 PM PDT by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: Ghengis

Thanks!


20 posted on 07/11/2011 6:38:22 PM PDT by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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