Friday a national report on employment was released by the Labor Department and many hailed the figures with a net gain of 200,000 jobs as good news. The political spinmeisters immediately rolled into high gear as if this was incredibly great news. Caution however is suggested, anytime the spinmeisters put the American public on a carousel of euphoria to enhance public opinion we must question facts. Before we climb aboard and ride in a circle let’s take another look at what happen Friday.
The new numbers were hailed as the lowest level of unemployment in two years. Considering how high the numbers have been with over 8,000,000 unemployed this is not exactly a time to celebrate the end of unemployment and misery. This is however the sixth month in a row that we have seen job gains of at least 100,000. At this rate with no new setbacks and no new people looking for jobs we could see unemployment at around 4% in March of 2015. Of course those assumptions are ridiculous and we all know it. More people will come of age, be graduating and begin looking look for work, at the same time people are working longer due to bad economic times. Combine that with other variables and that date looks more optimistic than a Senator running for President promising hope and change.
Sure the government statistic for unemployment has gone down but as usual there is more to the story behind the number. The unemployment number is not the entire out of work population, just those classified as unemployed. The government now does not report those that have been out of work beyond the time they collect benefits and by government calculations are not now seeking employment because they believe there is no work available to them. Those Americans are now classified as “discouraged workers” and estimates are this includes nearly 1,000,000 people.
It doesn’t take much to see that each month more people in financial hardship with no job are dropped from the rolls of the unemployed to become part of the success story for the spinmeisters heading into the next election. Yes we will hear about the direction of America.
In fact on Friday President Obama said, “A lot of families are still having a tough time. A lot of small businesses are still having a tough time. But we are starting to rebound. We are moving in the right direction. We have made real progress. Now is not the time to stop.”
We can all look around and see friends, neighbors, and family members struggling during these tough economic times. The spinmeisters can spew forth funny facts, and create delusional dog and pony shows but the time for real answers is upon us. The time to change leadership is here, not only in the office of President but in Congress as well.
Choosing to serve in Congress as a long term career choice should be an invitation to experience unemployment this November. They have created and perpetuated this mess, it is time for all career politicians to see a term limit and return to the real world. It is time for the American people to vote them out.
Abe Lincoln got it right when he said, “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time”. The American people have been fooled long enough it is time to speak with your vote.
Voting for an incumbent in this election is like making the same mistake and hoping for different results. Slogans of Hope and Change are not good enough this time. No, this time Connecticut voters must take action in the voting booth and make the change and not trust a career politician to do it for us.