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“Unemployment Down In All States”

Year-over-year change in unemployment impressive.

In the month of May unemployment remained unchanged at 8.2% but there is some great news in the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May.

Only three states, Nevada, California, and Rhode Island are still in double digits in the unemployment rate compared with nine states just one year ago.  And thirty-four of the states are now under the national average.

Good news, right?

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“Job Killers”

Job Killers was posted on The Huffington Post on 10/21. To view it at HuffPost click on the link.

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Unemployment is still high — five people compete for every job!

This country needs jobs — badly — if we are to come out of this devastating recessionary event.

The ‘Great Recession’ has been unprecedented, destroying lives and families. It has been especially destructive on hard-working people; the middle class.

Restoring jobs is the most important issue to reinforce an economic recovery. Housing is also a drag on the recovery, but jobs will help housing begin to rebound.

When the Tea Party swept the Republicans into the majority in the House of Representatives and handed the gavel to Congressman John Boehner, he promised job creation would be one of the new House Majority’s priorities.

Has it been?

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“Congressman Issa Goes Postal!”

This article has been posted on The Huffington Post. To read it on Huff Post click the link here.

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The California Congressman tries to stop your mail!

We’re again being deceived by evil right-wing zealots — this time they’re lying about your postal service.

The insufferable Congressman from California’s 49th District is at it again trying to destroy one of our most efficient government agencies, a Constitutionally established entity (Article. I., Section, 8.) — The United States Postal Service.

The Founding Fathers understood the necessity of the fluid national distribution of mail, and it’s importance to democracy, over 235 years ago. Republican’s, polished at the art of deceiving the American People, are telling everyone that will listen that the Post Office is going bankrupt.

The Post Office bankrupt? How does that happen?

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“Key Elements to Lowering the Deficit”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post 9/6/11. To read it on HuffPo click on the link.

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Nearly everyone agrees — the deficit is a problem and must be fixed.

Fixing this recessionary deficit will take time. Lots of time… and sacrifice. Lots of sacrifice!

There is no agreement in Congress on how deficit reduction can be fairly accomplished but, honest discourse is an absolute necessity. A few reasonable adjustments could put deficit reduction on a positive path in the short-term. There is much more involved in developing a long-term solution, but it’s also easily achievable.

Short-term, seven key elements must be considered including raising taxes and closing loopholes to increase revenues. Anyone who tells you we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem, and refuses to raise taxes is either ignoring the truth or stupid.

What will it take to restore fiscal responsibility?

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UnAmerican Activities: “RePatriation 101”

Corporations want a tax break to repatriate foreign profits—again!

Republicans, global corporations, the Chamber of Commerce, and Republican lawmakers are claiming that a tax rate of 5% for corporations to repatriate their foreign profits will create jobs, stimulate capital investment, and grow the economy.

We’ve heard that song before—the same pathetic rhetoric—in 2004. But the corporations did not use the billions they repatriated from the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, to create jobs or grow the economy.

In fact, the biggest recipients—some of the biggest multi-national corporations in the world—laid-off thousands of employees after receiving this gift from the government.

Why on earth would we consider it again?

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“The Gang of Six”

Three Republicans and three Democrats search for budget compromise!

A bipartisan group, six Senators, have spent months pounding out a compromise they hope to persuade Congress to adopt; a plan that will reduce the deficit, create jobs, and turn the U.S. economy around.

Senators Mark Warner (VA), Dick Durbin (IL), Kent Conrad (ND) and Tom Coburn (OK), Saxby Chambliss (GA), and Tom Crapo (ID), after months of meeting behind closed doors may not be able to complete a deal as budget talks begin in earnest now that Congress has returned from its two week recess.

Since they’ve been meeting in almost complete secrecy it’s difficult to predict what their proposal will contain. Difficult to know what they agree on and what they differ on.

Unlike the Ryan Plan which was passed by the House a few weeks ago, the bipartisan proposal is rumored to contain some revenue increases as well as spending cuts. It will, like the President’s Deficit Commission, address the reality that serious deficit reduction requires growth in revenue which does not sit well with Republicans.

Will the bipartisan plan get bipartisan support?

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“Are Republican Governors Killing America?”

New Republican Governors are clearly misreading their mandate!

The People’ in many states are realizing the mistake they made in the 2010 elections and are fighting back.

Destroying working families by breaking the unions is not an isolated case. It’s not happening only in Wisconsin. It’s going down in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Idaho, Virginia, and New Jersey. Thanks to poster child, Scott Walker, it’s now obvious that this job-killing action is an ideology aimed at destroying any opposition to the corporatist take-over building for over 30 years.

Governors warn of catastrophic consequences of state deficits while giving away hundreds-of-millions in taxpayer dollars to corporations and campaign donors creating an even greater shortfall. They hope their citizens are too stupid to see what they’re doing.

Was this the mandate the voters gave Governors?

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“Where Are the Jobs, Mr. Speaker?”

Data from the weekly unemployment claims have a chilling affect!

The Department of Labor unemployment data for the weeks of January 13th and the 20th contained some frightening numbers, but most everyone focused on the more positive seasonally adjusted numbers in the two reports.

Seasonally adjusted initial claims on the 13th showed a large, but manageable, increase of 35,000 after the two holiday-shortened weeks. For the week of the 20th the number declined by 37,000 reversing all the negatives from the previous week’s rise. And seasonally adjusted continuing claims actually showed a surprising improvement, dropping 248,000 on the 13th and another 26,000 on the 20th.

Seasonally adjusted claims fell to the low four-hundred thousands, which is viewed by some as good news.

But, the unadjusted numbers were disturbing, showing little gain from last year’s totals. On the 13th initial claims climbed nearly 192,000; a total of 770,413 individuals filing for unemployment compensation. And though 212,504 fewer people filed on the 20th, 550,594 people signed up for benefits. Seasonal adjustments may no longer be valid given the depth of this unprecedented and lingering recession.

Over half-a-million hard-working Americans are still being laid off across the U.S. each week in construction, transportation, retail and the manufacturing and service industries. Healthcare is one of only a couple areas that are still growing and increased by 36,000 in December.

So, where are the jobs, Mr. Speaker?

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“Sanctimonious Commander-in-Brief”

This article has been posted at The Huffington Post and is available by clicking on the Huff Post link here.

The Tax Reform compromise may be President Obama’s Swan Song!

The release of the compromised tax bill, negotiated between the Administration and Republicans, has resulted in acrimony between Obama and the congressional members of his party.

His uncharacteristic display of anger over his tax deal was misdirected at Democrats who feel the agreement struck between the President and the GOP is bad on several levels. His anger should have been leveled at the Republicans who shamelessly held crucial parts of the tax bill hostage.

He insists that this compromise is “a good deal for the American people.”

Is it such a good deal; the only deal he could obtain?

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“The Fools On the Hill”

The newest article from The Cutting Edge is posted on The Huffington Post was posted on Monday, November 22nd. Click on the link to view the article on Huff Post.

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Many in The House of Representatives are not only fools, but hypocrits!

There are some things that must be passed during this Lame Duck Session and one of them is extending unemployment benefits for the millions of people who can’t find jobs. Many have been out of work for 99 weeks.

The House missed extending unemployment benefits by one vote on Thursday, November 18. Just one compassionate vote would have allowed Tier V benefits to those whose insurance runs out on November 30th.

The number of Americans collecting benefits for six months or more continues at record levels. And with unemployment steady at 9.6% there are five or six people seeking employment for every job that becomes available. This makes it almost impossible to find a job in the current market.

Despite these unprecedented employment dynamics the House was unable to continue assistance for hundreds of thousands frustrated job hunters in this country.

Who would be callous enough to cut-off benefits for over a million families before the holidays?

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