The pic to the right doesn't really relate to the post, but it was funny, so laugh, you unhumorous pricks.
Okay, let's get to the rat killing (I'm quoting John Wayne, not describing Obama). The big news today was the job numbers. In may, we gained a whole, whopping 431,000 jobs. 411,000 of those jobs, of course came from temporary Census workers, which means when the inquisition ends in a couple of months, expect the loss of 411,000 jobs.
This leaves a measly 20,000 jobs. With 15,000,000 people still unemployed. Actual private gains were around 41,000 jobs, primarily in manufacturing (which is dying due to union labor demands), temporary workers (more in a minute) and mining (that filthy stuff Obama wants to run out of business). Sadly, the temp labor is the best of the three because it means demand is up, and companies are producing more stuff, which requires more labor (yay). But employers don't want to commit to the monstrous costs to hire a person right now (with minimum wage, paid leave, health care, Social inSecurity matching, and an expectation of more shit piled on (cap and tax on the tail end of the oil spill in the Gulf (RE: crisis as opportunity))).
And so, out comes this Pollyanna-on-crack assessment from the White House. Not that I blame them for trying to staple some rose-colored glasses on the situation (I sure as hell would if it were an election year. Here's the beginning of the spin:
Today’s employment situation report shows continued signs of labor market recovery. Payroll employment rose for the fifth month in a row, and the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 9.7 percent. While these are encouraging developments, we clearly have a very long way to go until the labor market is fully recovered. It is essential that we continue our efforts to move in the right direction and generate steady, strong job gains and continuing declines in unemployment.The problem with this is that Obama's sum total of action and words has been an assload of speeches, an idiotic giveaway "stimulus" program that mainly was designed to grow (intrinsically unproductive) government jobs and keep unemployment below 8.5 % (that number may not be right (as I'm quoting from memory), but it was wrong nonetheless), and that unholy, immoral, unconstitutional, piece-of-shit monstrosity unpopularly known as Obamacare, which (among it's myriad flaws) makes employing people more expensive (by mandating health insurance). In short, he's spoken about the value of small business, the need togrow jobs, the urgency of the matter. And his actouns have been to grow government and hobble (like Kathy Bates in Misery) businesses as they look at the price of labor.
Oh, there's a couple more things that he's done for jobs. There's the whole oil spill debacle. Inactivity there has helped put fishermen and shrimpers out of work. It's destroyed beaches, thus killing jobs in hotels and beachfront businesses. And then there's the whole ban on drilling, which puts the thousands doing the jobs out of work.
So explain how Obama is trying to create jobs? Self-sustaining, productive jobs? I'm really stumped here.
And finally, to pile on to the fun of a President who was "involved" "from day one" and just made his third speech ("just words") at the oil spill in Louisiana today, enjoy his first month of fighting the oil spill in the Gulf: