jan 2009 new pres,
feb 2009 empl figures above start, two weeks later
may take 20 yrs to undo dismantle recover from proven to fail gop policy
george double u bushhhh the worst pres in history
a lot of progress a lot done by the new pres in 3 yrs, great job mr. pres
yes we can
no we can't
save the auto industry
let the auto industry fail
"past three years the longest stretch of high unemployment in this country since the Great Depression"
The Congressional Budget Office:
The rate of unemployment in the United States has exceeded 8 percent since February 2009, making the past three years the longest stretch of high unemployment in this country since the Great Depression. Moreover, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the unemployment rate will remain above 8 percent until 2014. The official unemployment rate excludes those individuals who would like to work but have not searched for a job in the past four weeks as well as those who are working part-time but would prefer full-time work; if those people were counted among the unemployed, the unemployment rate in January 2012 would have been about 15 percent. Compounding the problem of high unemployment, the share of unemployed people looking for work for more than six months—referred to as the long-term unemployed—topped 40 percent in December 2009 for the first time since 1948, when such data began to be collected; it has remained above that level ever since.
Obama following FDR's failed policies, getting same failed result.
Now what was that Einstein quote about insansity????
The government "provides" nothing without first taking.
Exactly zero net gain. FDR's works program has been shown to have created 1 temporary government job at the expense of 1 private sector job. Each job government creates adds to the deficit, every private jobs reduces it. Creating govt jobs is a losing proposition proven by the length of the depression.
WASHINGTON — Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was more than four months delinquent in paying taxes on his Washington, D.C., apartment and had to pay a penalty and interest last week.
This was not the first time, records show.
Brown also was delinquent in 2006 and 2007 and paid penalties and interest, according to tax records from the District of Columbia.
"I was late," he said on a conference call with reporters when asked about the recent delinquency. "I misplaced the bill and I paid it as soon as I found out. I paid a penalty for being late, and it won't happen again."
When a reporter noted that it also happened five and six years ago, Brown said: "I misplaced it then. This is a small apartment. I'm not in D.C. nearly every week, I'm here when the Senate's in session, I'm here three or four nights a week. I paid the penalty. And in no way, obviously, was I avoiding taxes."
Brown bought the apartment in 1993 and appears to have paid the property taxes on time for a dozen years after that. But in 2007, Brown's condo was placed on a District of Columbia auction list for properties with taxes in arrears. Brown paid the bill and kept his condo.
Brown's fines have been relatively small, reflecting the size of his tax bill (fines are set by statute). The condo is valued for tax purposes at $222,280, and Brown owed $922.04 in property taxes for the last half of 2011. The taxes were due by Sept. 26, according to the District property tax office. His delinquency added another $76.96 as a late penalty and $46.18 for interest.
His delinquencies in 2006 and 2007 resulted in Brown having to pay $735.07 cumulatively in late charges and interest then, the records show. Each of those original tax bills, excluding interest and fines, was for less than $900.
Human Events, a conservative magazine and website, first reported on the recent delinquency this morning. It said Brown paid the bill Feb. 8 after being told by a reporter that he was late.
Brown won his Senate seat in 2006 after serving seven terms in the House of Representatives. He is up for re-election this year, likely to face Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in November. Brown's support for tax hikes for wealthy Americans and other policies that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes makes his personal tax lapses irresistible to his critics.
"It's shameful that Sherrod Brown is intent on increasing taxes upon small business owners and families in Ohio, while he evades them in Washington," Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Maloney said in a statement. "The fact that Sherrod Brown neglected to pay his taxes speaks to the larger issue that after 38 years in government he is out of touch with the everyday struggles and responsibilities of Ohio families."
Obama's spending might not be sustainable; however, it is darn necessary at this time. If the Repubs were in control, the whole world would now be in a major depression.
It is that thinking that turned a recession into the Great Depression thanks to Hoover and FDR's bad policy. Even worse to repeat it now after it proved to be a complete an utter failure.
Contraception ruling: Democrats accuse clergy of complicity with GOP at hearing
Published February 16, 2012
Feb. 16, 2012: Religious leaders take an oath before testifying on Capitol Hill about the administration's contraceptive policy and religious freedom.
Democratic lawmakers exchanged testy words with their Republican counterparts at a House hearing Thursday that intensified the debate over President Obama's recent mandate on contraception. One Democrat even called into question the good faith of the broad array of clergymen who served on the witness panel.
"I believe today's hearing is a sham," said Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., of the first of two session held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the day. His tone sharp and finger pointed, Connolly went on to declare the witnesses -- who included a Catholic bishop, a Lutheran reverend, an Orthodox rabbi, and two Baptist theologians, all opposed to the administration's recent ruling -- "these religious men are liars"