Archive for January, 2011

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Where Were the Jobs?

January 10, 2011

Even as the powerless new Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi sure knows how to make Republicans crazy – by stating verifiable facts.  Here is a quote From her January 7, 2011 press release:

“Today’s jobs report provides evidence that the policies of the Democratic-led Congress are helping to create jobs and revitalize our economy – adding more jobs in 2010 than President Bush did over eight years. With so many Americans still looking for work, now is not the time to reverse course.”


Of course Republicans were outraged!  Of course there’s no way that can be true!

Well, let’s review those troublesome things known as “facts.”  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000 in December. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality and in health care but changed little in other major industries. Since December 2009,  total payroll employment has increased by 1.1 million, or an average of 94,000 per month. (See table B-1.)

OK – that gives us a starting point.  Surely things were better during the Bush Administration.  Right?

Not really.

From February 2001, Bush’s first full month in office, through January 2009, his last, total U.S. nonfarm employment grew from 132.5 million to 133.5 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s an increase, obviously, of just 1.0 million.


As some of us realize, 1.1 million is greater than 1.0 million.  It looks like Pelosi is right!

Here is an excellent graphic about the incredibly anemic job growth during the Bush Administration, also known as the “Lost Decade” of the 2000s.

Note that job growth was anemic throughout the decade, in spite of the allegedly “stimulative” effect of two wars and huge deficit spending, and well before the onset of the Great Recession.

Before anyone accuses me of engaging in tiresome Bush-bashing, please understand that it is not my purpose at all. It’s not even my intention to praise Obama and the Democratic Congress for 2010’s disappointing job growth, impressive as it may be in comparison to the Bush years.  No – I write this post because of the push-back and ridicule I see from “conservatives” who can’t handle this comparison.  Their responses range from disbelief to anger to outright hostility.

And I write this post especially to mock this man:

Where are the jobs NOW, Mr. Speaker?

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“Second Amendment Remedy”?

January 9, 2011

The image above is a screen grab from Sarah Palin’s takebackthe20.com website, before election day.  Click on the image for a larger view.

This is the Google cache of takebackthe20.com as of Jan 8, 2011 19:03:47 GMT.

As of Jan 9 at 11:00 AM CST, the takebackthe20 server “is not responding.”

Hmmm….

Friends, perhaps even Sarah Palin agrees that it’s time to dial the rhetoric back a notch or two.

– G

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The Blog in review – 2010 edition

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,900 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 305 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 350 posts. There were 202 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 18mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 27th with 205 views. The most popular post that day was Repug Speak Translated.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were rutherfordl.wordpress.com, google.com, My Comments, facebook.com, and alphainventions.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mosque, jim rogers oklahoma, thegreatspot.wordpress.com, blackwater, and mosque pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Repug Speak Translated March 2010
51 comments

2

Who is Jim Rogers? July 2010
37 comments

3

The Top Tax Rate (a little historical perspective) April 2010
10 comments

4

All Americans Pay Taxes April 2010
50 comments

5

Congresswoman proposes bill to ban private security contractors January 2010
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