The employer survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 213,000 new private sector jobs created in December. Local governments in states controlled by Republicans were forced to cut 13,000 police, firefighters and highway maintenance people for a net increase of 200,000 jobs. People in the Red States continue to pay the price for having turned democracy over to the criminal class, and the rest of us will pay in the long term. It’s true, at this rate of recovery it will take ten years to get back us back to normal, but that assumes no positive feedback from the jobs created. It also assumes no further destruction of the economy by the Republicans.
The other BLS survey, the household survey continues to show that employment numbers are recovering, and this lowered the jobless rate by 2 tenths to 8.5. Republicans continue to “fault” Obama for not keeping the rate below 8% as he had pledged, even though the last time it was this low was as George Bush was leaving office. If Red State Republican operatives hadn’t been able to eliminate 500,000 local government jobs, the current unemployment rate would be well under 8% and falling more rapidly than it is now. Good paying government jobs not only bolster the infrastructure which encourages growth, but also support other jobs in the service sector, increase home values and support the local tax base. All the things the Republicans deliberately sabotage in order to drive the middle class to extinction.
Deep down, Republican voters know this, that’s why they can’t agree on a front runner. The only constituency that gave Romney overwhelming support in the entrance polls at the Iowa caucus were voters making more than $100,000/year (this is big money in Iowa). The rest want that fictional Republican that doesn’t exist. Santorum isn’t well known, and was that proverbial last straw to grasp when going down for the final time. Reports are that Santorum actually won the caucus as discrepancies have appeared between the local counting of paper ballots, and the numbers reported by the state party. Republicans having a hard time totaling the vote numbers, who could imagine.
I don’t want to overstate the good news from the “recovery”, it has more to do with a natural tendency of an economy to right itself like a boat in heavy seas than any action the President has taken. The Republicans however, continue to drill holes in the bottom knowing full well the outcome.
We still need a trade policy, a manufacturing policy, an energy policy, a progressive tax policy, an education policy, single payer healthcare, and on and on and on. The fact we are doing this well is a testament to the strength of the economy that FDR built after wrestling it from the clutches from the corporatists; Marx called them capitalists, Mussolini called them fascists, Hitler called them his friends. FDR called Prescott Bush and his like from the Wall Street banks “economic royalists”, and he welcomed their hatred.
Obama has finally ignored the Republican filibuster and has started appointing people who will take on the economic royalists. We shouldn’t put too much faith in the “recovery”, but we should take it as proof that Republicans are the reason we need a recovery, and not some natural phenomenon, or the work of Democrats. What we really need is to take matters into our own Progressive hands. www.prairie2.com