Don’t let the just-released jobs report fool you. Of course it’s only 7.7%. A slight drop from 7.8%. But if we were to calculate all those folks who dropped out of the job rat race, or are working part-time (if at all) the true unemployment rate is double.
Twelve million Americans (I stand corrected. CNS just put this out today: 89,304,000 million Americans) are still looking for work.
Want a good laugh for today? Everybody needs a good laugh every once in a while. Then read this Friday’s Wall Street Journal article from Peggy Noonan. Click here to read her weekly opinion. Ms. Noonan, who was a staunch Obama supporter back in 2008 has miraculously arrived at a different conclusion and observation. Here’s a snapshot of the new America under President Obama as seen through Ms. Noonan’s eagle eyes:
But it’s a jobs crisis that’s the central thing. And you see it everywhere you look.
I’m in Pittsburgh, making my way to the airport hotel. The people movers are broken and we pull our bags along the dingy carpet. There’s an increasing sense in America now that the facades are intact but the machinery inside is broken.
The hotel has entrances on two floors. I search for the lobby, find it. Travelers are milling about, but there’s no information desk, no doorman, no bellman or concierge, just two harried-looking workers at a front desk on the second level. The man who checked me in put his phones on hold when I asked for someone to accompany me upstairs. As we walked to the room I felt I should explain. I told him a trial attorney had told me a while back that there are more lawsuits involving hotels than is generally known, and more crime, so always try to have someone with you when you first go to your room. I thought the hotel clerk would pooh-pooh this. Instead he said, “That’s why we just put up mirrors at each end of the hall, so you can see if someone’s coming.” He made it sound like an amenity.
The hotel security system is now a set of strategically placed mirrors? Wait! There’s more:
Things are getting pretty bare-bones in America. Doormen, security, bellmen, people working the floor—that’s maybe a dozen jobs that should have been filled, at one little hotel on one day in one town. Everyone’s keeping costs down, not hiring.
What that hotel looked like is America without its muscle, its efficiency, its old confidence.
Oh, you think that Ms. Peggy Noonan? Thanks to Obamacare, there are no more jobs in America. No one is hiring. Get it? In order for businesses to stay in business, they have to keep their costs down. How do they do it? By not hiring, of course.
More from Peggy:
Mr. Obama is making the same mistake he made four years ago. We are in a jobs crisis and he does not see it. He thinks he’s in a wrestling match about taxing and spending, he thinks he’s in a game with those dread Republicans. But the real question is whether the American people will be able to have jobs.
We had a candidate running for office who claimed we had a job crisis AND he could have resolved it by putting many Americans back to work. But most everyone, including you Ms. Noonan, jumped on the liberal bandwagon pitting rich against poor, black against white and putting this do-nothing Obama back in office for another four years.
Enjoy watching your precious America decline. You ain’t seen nothing yet. As more and more people suffer and struggle and go without, I hope Mitt Romney and his wife get to enjoy many more days at some distant Disney Park with their 20 grandchildren. I hope those two fine people laugh their way all the way to the bank each and every day.
America, you were forewarned but you destroyed each and every messenger that came your way.
Without a job, you’re nothing!
Plain and simple.
Now, Peggy Noonan, go cry a river someplace else! You are part of the problem. Reap what you have sown.
And so the beat goes on.
PS: Oh, and make sure you vote Republican across the board next time you vote. Without them, we are most assuredly doomed.