Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

Economy Grows, But Still Waiting For The Trickle Down

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November was another great month for job growth this year, topping out with over 300,000 new jobs created. 2014 is shaping up to be the best year for job creation since the mid-90s boom times. But after 57 months of consecutive job growth under President Obama, the best streak since records have been kept, along with the economic gains that fueled that job growth, unfortunately average Americans are still waiting for the wealth created in this economy to trickle down to them. Sure, job creation is good, but wages have been stagnant. So, where have all the economic gains gone? You…
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Boehner, Fellow Republicans, Are Not Climate Scientists, But They Are Denialists

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Human beings are amazing. And I don’t discount myself from that statement, but I try really hard to not assume I know something to be true when it is in direct conflict with the experts of a given field. But for Republicans and conservatives, they have no problem “knowing” they are correct about something, even when they admit they are not experts. Why Republicans Always Say ‘I’m Not a Scientist’ — NYMag — Asked by reporters yesterday if he accepts the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, John Boehner demurred on the curious but increasingly familiar…
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Uninformed, But Headstrong: Obama Derangement Syndrome Revisited

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“Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything.” – Robert E. Rubin, former Treasury Secretary I like that quote, because it’s the way I feel about many things. I’m rarely certain of anything, and I’m humbled by the complexity of our world. Because of this, I do not think I have all the answers. When I write about issues I think are important, I believe I do so without strong ideologically bound convictions, and I eschew party identity, because I have no such affiliation. If I have core beliefs, they are rooted in a desire for truth…
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Talking Absolutes: The Language Of Free Market Conservatives

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Free market conservatives say government cannot address the problem of poverty. They say government can’t create jobs. They assume all people who are not making a living wage must not be working, or working hard enough, and so that means they are undeserving of any government assistance. And they say government cannot give to someone unless it has taken from someone else. But the problem with all of these “beliefs” is that they are all absolutes. There’s no room for granularity. It must be “this,” and if not, then it’s “that.” There’s no middle ground. I find it suspect for…
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Inexplicable Republican Opposition To Extending Unemployment Benefits

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Okay, I did say it’s inexplicable, but let me take a stab at it anyway. Republicans are opposed to extending unemployment insurance because it does not solve the problem of joblessness. Fair enough, I can agree unemployment benefits do not lead directly to job creation, but that itself is not a reason to deny people those benefits. It’s not like jobs aren’t being created because unemployment insurance is a thing. But in complete contrast to their first reason for opposing jobless benefits, Republicans are also opposed to extending unemployment insurance because, well, it creates a legion of lazy people who…
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