Archive for July 11th, 2011

By CFS

“Weak”, “dismal”, “bleak”, “punishing”, “horrific”.  These are just some of the headlines that graced newspapers over the last couple of days regarding the recently released June employment report.  This comes amid the corporate media’s attempt to set the narrative of a weakening economy.  But if you take a long-term look at historic employment numbers, the latest is not much different.

While the jobs report shows that only 18,000 new jobs were created in June, such low numbers happened many times throughout the fraudulant “booming” Bush years.  The blog Jesse’s Cafe American did a wonderful job of anaylizing the numbers.  Click the graph in order to enlarge the image.

Once the economy was on the road to recovery in 2003, the jobs report came in at roughly the same numbers no fewer than 5 time before the onset of the latest recession.  In fact, the trend in employment is generally in line with trends in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  Even in a good economy, because of the cyclical nature of hiring, bad jobs reports crop up on a fairly regular basis.  Is the jobs report good? Obviously not.  But is it the end of the world? No, it is but one of many cogs ever in motion within the economy.

You’ll see little of this type of actual analysis being done from mainstream commentators.

And of course, potential Republican candidates took no time in attacking the President over his handling of the economy. Perhaps the most ludicrous reaction came from Republicant Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson, calling for an immediate elimination of the corporate income tax and  immediate spending reductions of $300 billion.

Sorry Gary, but multi-national corporations aren’t just going to throw away 20 years of investment in a supply chain that stretches across the globe just to give little ‘ol Americans manufacturing jobs once again.  Hey Gary, was that a hail mary to try and get your name to actually show up in the Republicant polls?

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by jhwygirl

Missoula County Democrats will be hosting the city’s first candidate forum Tuesday night, 7 p.m., at City Council chambers on W. Pine, next to Sean Kelly’s pub.

Boy – they’ve done quite an update of their website and that link provides you with lots of information on the candidates – including links to a questionnaire that they were asked to return.

This is the first opportunity Missoulian have – and the candidates too – to meet and interact in a public forum. As new chair Starla Gade note on their website “ALL CANDIDATES were offered the opportunity to attend and to complete and turn in a Candidate Questionnaire. The candidates that stated they wern’t available were also offered an opportunity to speak at our September Central Committee Meeting.”

As of this posting, only Caitlin Copple (Ward 4) and Alex Taft (Ward 3) have accepted that offer at this time.

I look forward to seeing what the candidates have to say on all kinds of issues.

By JC

Reprinted without permission, and revised July 11, 2011

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June 28, 2011

REMEDIAL POLITICS 101 FROM THE CENTER:
LESSONS #1 THRU #9

When all is said and done, if you want to know why the politics in what should be a centrist country such as the United States has been dominated for 30 years by people who are in the middle, if you’re in the middle, look in the mirror. If not, look at the middle.

A quick perusal of the centrist “blogosphere” shows people who like to spout facts and figures, and who obsess over everything that happens, as if they’re doing play-by-play for a baseball game. But they seem to neither know nor care about the average person, and they definitely lack understanding of basic politics. It’s amazing how little they know, yet they act like experts, despite the fact that the only people who actually buy their bullshit are like-minded people who are gullible.

Yes, folks; a lot of the center left is JUST LIKE the center right in that way.

Most actual moderates are very cool, and very dumb, politically speaking. The center of the aisle encompasses a narrow array of different types of people, with similar experiences. The denizens of the center are almost all white, they’re seldom poor and some have college educations. They have very little contact with any of the people they claim to be advocating for, yet to listen to them, they know more about being poor or being a minority than the poor and minorities do.

The center of the political debate has been sitting in the middle for the better part of 40 years, primarily because a very noisy segment of our politics is ruining it for the rest of us. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m sick of it. It’s time we taught basic politics to the middle.

Consider this is remedial politics 101, folks.
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