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Since: Sep 09

Madison WI

#126 Jan 23, 2011
Obama owns the record for the longest period of unemployment above nine percent since the great depression....Congrats on futility. No wonder he is moving to the center and concedes his economics have failed.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#127 Jan 23, 2011
Jeffrey MacDonald wrote:
Obama owns the record for the longest period of unemployment above nine percent since the great depression....Congrats on futility. No wonder he is moving to the center and concedes his economics have failed.
Actually, I believe the record still belongs to Ronald Reagan.
Soros funded NPR

United States

#128 Jan 23, 2011
Chicago Guy wrote:
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Actually, I believe the record still belongs to Ronald Reagan.
RR had the economy rockin after two years, Obama has the economy stifled. Nine percent unemployment is not going away for a long time so Obama will add to his record.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#129 Jan 23, 2011
Soros funded NPR wrote:
<quoted text>RR had the economy rockin after two years, Obama has the economy stifled. Nine percent unemployment is not going away for a long time so Obama will add to his record.
Actually, unemployment was still over 10% in January of 1983-- and Reagan's Approval Rating was 10 points lower than Obama's.

But don't let facts confuse you.
Scared Mother

Saint Paul, MN

#130 Jan 23, 2011
Chicago Guy wrote:
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Actually, unemployment was still over 10% in January of 1983-- and Reagan's Approval Rating was 10 points lower than Obama's.
But don't let facts confuse you.
Now, the bad news for Obama: At this point in Reagan's presidency, a recession was still raging, and unemployment was still surging. It ended up topping out at 10.8 percent in December '82, then began falling precipitously. By Election Day 1984, it stood at 7.4 percent -- essentially identical to what it had been on Election Day 1980, but such a marked drop from its '82 peak that voters rewarded the president with a 49-state landslide.

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Since: Jan 11

Woodbury

#131 Jan 23, 2011
Chicago Guy wrote:
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Actually, I believe the record still belongs to Ronald Reagan.
thx for playing!!!!

Episode: The Madeleine Brand Show for December 2, 2010

Longest stretch of unemployment over 9% since the Great Depression
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Unemployed Americans line up to enter a job fair on the first day of the Labor Day long weekend in the City of El Monte outside of Los Angeles on September 4, 2010. US unemployment jumped to 9.6 percent in August, the Labor Department said, showing the recovering economy is still struggling to create jobs.


Good and bad news for the economy from reporter Steve Proffit:

Good news - the stock market is up, consumer confidence is rising, and the holiday season is shaping up to be a good one for retailers. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records.

Bad news - sustained high unemployment. Tomorrow's monthly jobs report is expected to show the economy is creating some jobs, but not enough to lower the unemployment rate, which has now been over 9% for 19 months.

http://www.scpr.org/programs/madeleine-brand/...
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#132 Jan 23, 2011
Scared Mother wrote:
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Now, the bad news for Obama: At this point in Reagan's presidency, a recession was still raging, and unemployment was still surging. It ended up topping out at 10.8 percent in December '82, then began falling precipitously. By Election Day 1984, it stood at 7.4 percent -- essentially identical to what it had been on Election Day 1980, but such a marked drop from its '82 peak that voters rewarded the president with a 49-state landslide.
Why is that "bad news" for Obama??

What is shows is that Reagan was in a much deeper hole than Obama, but then rallied in spectacular fashion.

Right now the GOP is in prime shape to implode, and the economy is picking up. Idiots like Bachmann continue to spew vitriol and blame, but are doing NOTHING to step up the plate to help fix things. The GOP also continues to trot out House members like Bachmann and Pence as potential candidates-- but neither will fly in a national race, nor will the country elect a House member to the highest office in the world.

I'd say the bad news is for GOPers.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#133 Jan 23, 2011
Livinn Woodbury wrote:
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thx for playing!!!!
Episode: The Madeleine Brand Show for December 2, 2010
Longest stretch of unemployment over 9% since the Great Depression
Download
Unemployed Americans line up to enter a job fair on the first day of the Labor Day long weekend in the City of El Monte outside of Los Angeles on September 4, 2010. US unemployment jumped to 9.6 percent in August, the Labor Department said, showing the recovering economy is still struggling to create jobs.
Good and bad news for the economy from reporter Steve Proffit:
Good news - the stock market is up, consumer confidence is rising, and the holiday season is shaping up to be a good one for retailers. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records.
Bad news - sustained high unemployment. Tomorrow's monthly jobs report is expected to show the economy is creating some jobs, but not enough to lower the unemployment rate, which has now been over 9% for 19 months.
http://www.scpr.org/programs/madeleine-brand/...
Well, I can't find the month-by-month data for the early 80's to prove or disprove your point.
But the unemployment average for both 1982 and 1983 was over 9%-- that's just a fact:
http://www.bls.gov/cps/prev_yrs.htm
Either way, it seems to render the assertion somewhat meaningless, as the recession in the 80's was just as bad.

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Since: Sep 09

Mpls

#134 Jan 23, 2011
Chicago Guy wrote:
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Well, I can't find the month-by-month data for the early 80's to prove or disprove your point.
But the unemployment average for both 1982 and 1983 was over 9%-- that's just a fact:
http://www.bls.gov/cps/prev_yrs.htm
Either way, it seems to render the assertion somewhat meaningless, as the recession in the 80's was just as bad.
all recessions are bad, most times the economy rockets back after one. It has not for Obama as he has extended this recessions with marxist policies.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#135 Jan 23, 2011
Tank Murdoch wrote:
<quoted text>all recessions are bad, most times the economy rockets back after one. It has not for Obama as he has extended this recessions with marxist policies.
He turned it faster than Reagan did his.

The reasons we have anemic growth in recovery are numerous and scary; the unbelievable housing bubble made recovery in the housing sector nearly impossible, the global picture has unprecedented effect on our aspirations, and the current tax rates have led to a decade of ballooning revenue.

Don't worry about Obama, though-- he may not win in a Reaganesque landslide, but he'll win reelection decisively, if current trends hold.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#136 Jan 23, 2011
"deficits", not "revenue"

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Since: Jun 08

Woodbury

#137 Jan 23, 2011
Scared Mother wrote:
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Now, the bad news for Obama: At this point in Reagan's presidency, a recession was still raging, and unemployment was still surging. It ended up topping out at 10.8 percent in December '82, then began falling precipitously. By Election Day 1984, it stood at 7.4 percent -- essentially identical to what it had been on Election Day 1980, but such a marked drop from its '82 peak that voters rewarded the president with a 49-state landslide.
When Reagan was president, the Fed was able to lower interest rates to stimulate the economy; the Fed doesn't have that particular option right now.
Ann

Saint Paul, MN

#138 Jan 23, 2011
President Bachmann or President Palin - both sound good to me. Let's elect both of them.
Bree

Saint Paul, MN

#139 Jan 23, 2011
Our nation needs Bachmann. I think Bachmann and Palin would be a great 2012 Presidential ticket. With one of them President and Vice President.
Gemini

Shevlin, MN

#140 Jan 23, 2011
Thomas Jefferson wrote:
Michelle, please return all the farm aid the government has so generously provided for you, your family and your rich farming friends. Start working 50 hours a week and pay the same percentage of taxes that the working stiffs enjoy. It seems disingenious to the founding fathers that you block help to the working middle class while holding out your hand for $$ from the government and all those special interest groups.
PS--George thinks you should go back to Salem.
And while you're at it, don't take your government care anymore. It isn't like you are in Washington working for the PEOPLE so why should the taxpayers pay for your health care. She is such a looser!!!
Gemini

Shevlin, MN

#141 Jan 23, 2011
Brenda wrote:
With President Palin or Bachmann our country would be so much better.
You are so clueless. God help the USA!!!!!
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#142 Jan 23, 2011
Darwinian wrote:
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When Reagan was president, the Fed was able to lower interest rates to stimulate the economy; the Fed doesn't have that particular option right now.
All the more reason that the GOP push to cut new infrastructure spending is damaging and ill-advised.
Tea Party

Wayzata, MN

#143 Jan 23, 2011
Nothing against Michelle, but T-Paw's #1.
www.iowansforpawlenty.com
maybe its u

Saint Paul, MN

#144 Jan 23, 2011
MinnesotaGuy wrote:
She wants to run? Good. Go for it. Let someone else represent the 6th so that our state is no longer a national laughingstock.
There are no greater laughingstocks than Franken and Ellison that you liberal a s s e s elected so I'd come up with a new talking point numbnuts.
MFB

United States

#145 Jan 24, 2011
suzie on vacaton wrote:
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Kind of like Obama, the Sen from ILL, running for President! Or like Biden running for both Senator and VP!
Then she needs to be honest and announce herself as a candidate. If that is the case, she wasted a lot of everyone's time and money running for re-election to the House.

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