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  1. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, about 1 year ago

    The truth can be ugly..
    A commission of decent people to look into this problem ?
    All the jobs have gone to India and China…and Mexico..Yet, has anything been done about this ?
    Or, what can be done ?

  2. wolfhoundblues1

    wolfhoundblues1 said, about 1 year ago

    Can be done? Yes. Drop some of the regulations. Starting with organic farms. And let freedom flourish.

  3. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 1 year ago

    What can be done? Borrow the money at 3-4% and upgrade the country’s flipping infrastructure. It’ll pay back the Nation 5 times over on a 30 year mortgage and everyone will benefit NOW and in the FUTURE, obviously…
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    But if Obama got even SOME of the credit PUBLIC WORKS would be bad for RepubliCons, wouldn’t it?
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    Right. I keep forgetting what’s good for the Country is bad for the gop.
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    Guess how I’m gonna vote though, goop, next election…

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 1 year ago

    @wolfhoundblues1

    Actually, organic farming requires far more human workers that does any other farming, or did you not even bother to look that up? And inorganic indoor farming for such as strawberries is even more human oriented because the systems needed must also be maintained. Besides which, I do agree with you that regulations should indeed be examined to determine just which regulations re needed to protect both workers and consumers from harmful products.


    By the way there is a resurgence in American manufacturing occurring right now. This is because (1) an element of some patriotism is at least happening, (2) Shipping costs are increasing by large amounts from such areas as China, and most importantly, the American consumer is looking more and more at the actual quality of the products said consumer buys, and Chinese products do not hold up too well in comparison to those made in the good old USA. However, this is not something that is going to occur over night, but it is going to occur over time anyway.


    There are times when it is somewhat tiring to have the continual pessimism of the far right, and then have the same far right automatically blame any bad news on President Obama. As a patriotic American I just get tired of it!!

  5. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    But but Obama promised 5% unemployment if we just spend spend spend on his magic green jobs. Never mind that if you took out all the evil jobs that deal with CO2 we would be at twice the unemployment. But hey those rich are to make jobs then turn over 50% of their hard work to the government. That will bring us back to 5% employment we had under Bush and Reagan.

  6. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @wmconelly

    Wow, borrow the money. What is this the 2nd, 3rd 15th “mortgage” you want to take out? Sure, we need to work on the roads and bridges, but isn’t THAT the whole point of the gas tax fund? What happened? Well, the first stimulus, the one that had to be passed right now or we would fall into oblivion was ALSO supposed to rebuild those bridges and roads. Again, what happened? Why do we still need to do that job?

    Go ahead a vote your conscience. That is your right as a citizen of this country. Just remember that neither party has ANY credibility when it comes to our money.

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    On Kamala Harris:

    It is truly tiresome that the President (or anyone for that matter) can’t make a simple complement without some small, inconsequential fringe gasp, froth at the mouth and call the complement sexist (or racist or homophobic or …..). Yes, there are sexist comments, but taken in context, ““She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country ….” doesn’t strike me as being politically incorrect. To me, it’s a complement. That a mind can automatically create a negative association between a comment and political correctness is aberrant. Mindset of this extreme, depending on the reaction of the party to the comment, sometimes strikes me as being more sexist, racist, etc. than some that have avowed bigoted attitudes.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Well this is as close to topic as I can find since the jobs report does have to do with economy and a budget.

    I do NOT care that the President seems to think one lady is attractive. Good golly cut the PC crap out.

    The Presidents budget proposal (here it is a full week into April and it is just now being examined. What happened to the law?) claims to “reduce” the deficit by 4 trillion dollars …….. uh over 10 years. So he claims 400 billion a year. “the weekly Standard” shows this <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-budget-includes-800-billion-tax-hike-73-trillion-new-debt_714606.html>budget breakdown using the same numbers available to the President.

    Don’t get me wrong. ANY reduction in the deficit is good. But people why are we arguing about the “DEFICIT”? When will we get it in our heads that spending more than you make every year is a BAD thing? Until you stop doing that, the debt will grow and our grandchildren into infinity will pay.

  9. lifebyc

    lifebyc said, about 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    Harley, you’re trying, but it’s apples and oranges. At least you’re reading more and parroting less. To progress!

  10. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    The deficit has already come down from $1,4 trillion dollars in the 2009 budget (the last budget that our current POTUS did not have anything to do with) to the current budget projection of some $900 billion. If all you were to do was to subtract another $400 billion from that deficit you would have a deficit of $500 billion, which is just about the average deficit of the GW Bush years. And nobody was complaining about those budgets at that time!


    However, there are already some three factors that could over the same time period reduce the deficits sown to at least zero. Factor #1 is a reasonable increase in the taxes of the wealthy and super wealthy who have (and still are) enjoying the lowest tax rates in the history of this country.


    The next factor #2 is the ending of our war obligations in the Middle East, which would then allow at least another $100 billion per year cut in our military budget. Of course, that is if we do not get heavily involved with some other war like in Korea. But there is at least some hope that we can start to allow the other nations of this sorry world to solve their own differences, hopefully at least!


    Finally, there is factor #3, which would actually be the greatest of these factors, and that is a continually improving economy. Many current economists are quite optimistic that this will happen in this same time period. Our energy supplies alone are increasing at a rate that will mean that within some five years we will no longer be a net user of energy raw materials from other less stable places on the Earth. Manufacturing costs in such places as China are increasing more rapidly that they are here, and shipping costs for goods from such places are increasing even faster. To say nothing of such up and coming high tech areas as Green Technology and Private aerospace (the space part in particular).


    And I am not being a liberal, but a high tech optimist when I bring these things up. This great country has seen difficult times before, and it will see them again, but I have a great deal of confidence in the innate abilities and general goodness of the average American. To me at least, that is what being a patriotic American is all about, and it has nothing to do in general with political affiliation, or just who is actually running the country!!

  11. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Why would a woman leave a swell fellow like you?

  12. DragonRydr

    DragonRydr said, about 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    Unemployment was never as low as 5% under Reagan or EITHER Bush. But thanks for dragging your delusional butt in here to blather meaninglessly again.

  13. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    " If all you were to do was to subtract another $400 billion from that deficit you would have a deficit of $500 billion, which is just about the average deficit of the GW Bush years. And nobody was complaining about those budgets at that time!"


    First off, people were complaining about the Bush spending and the wars, it just fell on deaf ears. Secondly, raising taxes is considered “austerity measures.” I seem to recall that austerity was not considered a practical solution to resolving economic weakness. Last but definitely not least is the constant unrealistic cheer leading by the Keynesian thinkers that our debt and spending are sustainable and we are showing definite signs of improvement. They are rationalizing a bad economy and trying to put a positive spin on our current situation.


    Employment percentage is going down because people are giving up and quit looking for work, the wrong way to lower the unemployment numbers. The quality of jobs being added isn’t at the same level of quality as it was. We have a critical shortage of people in the “trades” these days because people don’t want to get their hands dirty. We are also seriously lacking in engineers of all types, chemists, geologists, just to name a few.


    Business has adapted to the weak economic condition by economizing and delaying any expansion or capital improvement unless absolutely necessary. They are waiting to see how the ACA implementation is going to affect them and for the latest round of regulations to be defined and implemented.


    Housing is improving in some areas but not in all price ranges. A large part of sales made are to individual investors, foreign buyers and wall street firms. That’s not the element you want purchasing for healthy growth. the minute the markets improve they will dump these properties and move on. The program Obama is wanting to implement has frightening similarities to the standards that got us into the last housing bubble and ensuing collapse.


    A great website for following the progress (or lack of) is the calendar section of Bloomberg Business. Looking at the charts behind the “ISM” numbers, employment situation and GDP to name a few is a great way to stay current with our economic situation beyond just listening to headlines.


    http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  14. M Ster

    M Ster said, about 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    I agree and will add a 4th factor: Demand reciprocal import/export duties from ALL countries, including China. This will definitely accelerate the return of manufacturing to the US. The Japanese and Korean car companies build many of their cars in the US (those that will be sold in the US). Why not iPhones, iPads, laptops?
    (Unfortunately the problem is that politicians in both parties let this go on for far too long, no doubt due (at least in part) to lobbyists representing many of our biggest importers (retailers like Wal-Mart and electronics companies like Apple).

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @M Ster

    “Demand reciprocal import/export duties from ALL countries, including China.”


    That always sounds good on the surface, but remember they import a lot from us and it’s a fast way to start a trade war. The real issue is our economy is no longer based on manufacturing, plus the start up costs for capital investment are prohibitive in terms of competing with other countries. Besides, we still produce 75% of the products we consume. We can’t build DVD players that sell for $40 and the profit margins on ipads, iphones etc is not that great. Worse yet, when Steve Jobs was once at a dinner with Obama and was asked about this, his reply was: our products are produced overseas because the quality and consistency of production cannot be duplicated here for the same cost structure. Apple recently acquiesced to move production of their lowest selling desktop computer back to the states. Realistically, I’m sure they will buy Chinese parts and assemble them here.


    As the president often states, we are in a global economy and we must compete with higher quality products. That doesn’t happen with tariffs and duties, they have proven over time to be more detrimental to economic growth than beneficial. In certain instances, as with new technology, trade restrictions may have limited advantage but it typically doesn’t last for long periods.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/business/worldbusiness/20iht-wbmake.1.20332814.html?_r=0

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