Economy, jobs grow, again frustrating GOP predictions of doom

jobs-ap-photoBloomberg, reporting this morning’s strong jobs numbers:

“Employers added 280,000 jobs in May, the most in five months, further dispelling fears that a first-quarter slowdown would take hold, figures from the Labor Department showed Friday. That followed a revised 221,000 April advance.

Hourly earnings climbed from a year ago by the most since August 2013, while an increase in the number of people entering the labor force caused the unemployment rate to creep up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent. The report bolstered the case for Federal Reserve policy makers to begin raising rates this year.

 “This only reinforces the view that the economy is a lot healthier than the GDP data imply,” said Joe LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, whose projection for a 275,000 gain was among the closest in the Bloomberg survey. “How weak can the economy be when we’re generating this kind of job growth?”

And as the New York Times points out:

“The proportion of the working age population that is employed — which some economists consider a bellwether of how the economy is performing — rose to 59.4 percent. It is the highest point since the recovery began six years ago.”

In summation:

That’s now 63 consecutive months of job growth during which we’ve added 12.6 million jobs. We’ve added 5.6 million jobs in the last two years and 3.1 million in the last year, indicating that the pace of job growth is increasing.

Somehow, the news brings to mind a prediction from that noted economics expert Rush Limbaugh back in September 2012:

“We’re doomed. If Obama’s re-elected, it will happen. There’s no if about this. And it’s gonna be ugly. It’s gonna be gut-wrenching, but it will happen. The country’s economy is going to collapse if Obama is re-elected. I don’t know how long: a year and a half, two years, three years.”

“I know mathematics, and I know economics. I know history,” Limbaugh said at the time. “I know socialism, statism, Marxism, I know where it goes,” he said. “I know what happens at the end of it.”

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ZAZ
ZAZ

Where's the drunk idiot gotalife. I'll check in later. Gotta work so the moochers have money.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

DiA, you asked in reply to Cherokee's


>>And often those problems aren't obvious until the 20th or 21st or 22nd week. 

>You have evidence to back that claim up, I suppose?


Here's some evidence--

Why do some women wait so long? The answer is that comprehensive fetal testing, such as anatomical sonograms and ultrasounds of the heart, are typically performed just before 20 weeks of gestation. Such scans are critical for uncovering major birth defects, such as anencephaly (severe brain malformations), major heart defects, missing organs and limbs, and other severe birth defects. Fetal development is a complex process that often goes awry. Roughly 2 percent of all pregnancies are complicated by a major birth defect, and of those about 0.5 percent have a chromosomal defect, such as an extra or missing segment of normal DNA. Birth defects are a leading cause of infant mortality, and in many cases of severe birth defects, no medical treatment can salvage a fetus’s life or result in any measure of normal future health.

I am a pediatric cardiologist and work in a tertiary care center specializing in high-risk pregnancies. When helping families cope with major birth defects, our medical team tries to educate families about the full range of choices available to them, including advanced treatments that can help many major birth defects. But we also are clear about the severe challenges that other fetuses may face as newborns, and the limitations of modern medicine. Many loving families choose to continue their pregnancies, and we do our best to help them in every possible way. But some families faced with severe fetal disorders—severe brain defects, entirely abnormal gut structures, devastating chromosomal problems—choose not to carry to term and request referral to an abortion provider.



http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/07/texas_abortion_ban_after_20_weeks_prenatal_testing_reveals_birth_defects.html

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

"When Walker created WEDC in 2011, he named himself Chairman of the Board.

Although it was a privatized agency, WEDC was in charge of a staggering amount of taxpayer dollars: $519 million in bonds, grants, loans, and tax credits in 2011-2012 alone, and the WEDC board is ultimately responsible for those dollars. While experts debate the role state government plays in job creation, one set of jobs Walker can more precisely lay claim to are those created by the economic development corporation he governs.

In 2012, new reports indicated WEDC had lost track of $12 million in loans because it never asked businesses to pay back them back. The federal housing authority demanded changes at WEDC after determining it had spent some $10 million in federal funds without authorization. A damning 2013 audit by Wisconsin's professional, nonpartisan state audit bureau made headlines when it documented dozens of ways in which the new agency was breaking the law. The audit showed that WEDC made awards to ineligible recipients, for ineligible projects, and for amounts that exceeded specified limits.

WEDC promised to clean up its act and reported to the legislature and the state audit bureau in October 2013 it had addressed all the concerns raised in the May 2013 audit.

But a new May 2015 state audit shows the situation is even worse."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Numbers_R_Us

he named himself Chairman of the Board

oh, so that's his private sector experience. Here I thought he only had that part-time job with IBM while in college.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

"During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker famously promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term.

Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, ... Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity.

Walker missed his jobs goal by 43 percent. Now we know why."



DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

"America Rising will continue making the case that Secretary Clinton has major problems in the areas of trust, ethics and honesty, and if recent polls are any indicator, the America public is starting to agree,” America Rising said in a statement. “With her unfavorable ratings at their highest point in 14 years, there are lots of reasons for concern at Team Clinton. No wonder they felt the need to re-set their campaign less than two months after its official launch.”

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@DownInAlbany


America Rising is a Political Action Committee (PAC) that produces opposition research on Democratic Party members.[1] It is located in Alexandria, Virginia. It was founded in March 2013 by Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign manager, Matt Rhoades.[2] Political strategist Tim Miller left the Republican National Committee (RNC) to join the clearinghouse. As of January 2014, between the PAC and the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) run by fellow opposition research veteran Joe Pounder, the organization employed 47 people, full or part-time. CNN reported that America Rising would be split into two entities: a super PAC that aimed to spread negative stories about congressional Democratic incumbents and candidates through digital channels and earned media, and a LLC that would house a video library to be shared with GOP candidates, the RNC and other right-leaning groups. To avoid making illegal in-kind corporate contributions, the LLC would likely need to charge candidates for access to the library.[3] Pounder and Miller estimated it would have a budget of between $10 and $15 million for the 2013-2014 election cycle.[4]

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@DownInAlbany ""America Rising will continue making the case that Secretary Clinton has major problems in the areas of trust, ethics and honesty"


And will continue to fail to make that case.


Y'all have had over 20 years to burn her, and she's still whipping every one of your prospective candidates in head-to-head matchups.


If you couldn't dent her in 20+ years, you're not going to do it now.  She's like Reagan; coated with Teflon.  Nothing sticks.


td1234
td1234

No wonder our kids are coming out of public schools having not learned anything. 


"A federal judge in New York has struck down a test used by New York City to vet potential teachers, finding the test of knowledge illegally discriminated against racial minorities due to their lower scores.

At first glance, the city’s second Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST-2) seems fairly innocuous. Unlike the unfair literacy tests of Jim Crow, LAST-2 was given to every teaching candidate in New York, and it was simply a test to make sure that teachers had a basic high school-level understanding of both the liberal arts and the sciences.

One sample question from the test asked prospective educators to identify the mathematical principle of a linear relationship when given four examples; another asked them to read four passages from the Constitution and identify which illustrated checks and balances. Besides factual knowledge, the test also checks basic academic skills, such as reading comprehension and the ability to read basic charts and graphs.

Nevertheless, this apparently neutral subject matter contained an insidious kernel of racism, because Hispanic and black applicants had a passage rate only 54 to 75 percent of the passage rate for whites.



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/06/ny-teacher-exam-thrown-out-for-being-discriminatory/#ixzz3cTWMeedW

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234  Our sad little racist td just loves stories captioned under the banner "Everything is Racist".  Mislead with some dailycaller racism nonsense is just his style.  The simple truth is this:


But the test was found to fail minority teaching candidates at a higher rate than white candidates. According to Friday’s decision, written by Judge Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan, the pass rate for African-American and Latino candidates was between 54 percent and 75 percent of the pass rate for white candidates. Once it was established that minority applicants were failing at a disproportionately high rate, the burden shifted to education officials to prove that the skills being tested were necessary to do the job; otherwise, the test would be ruled discriminatory.


So you have to look at the entire test and then meet the statutory requirements.  It has NOTHING to do with kids failing public school except in the racist td mentality. 

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@KUTGF    Yet you're the one throwing the race card out there. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Bulls_3y3 LOL..... nice try.  LOL.  is that all the lameness you can come up with. 

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF So you believe knowledge of the subject matter one is teaching is not "necessary to do the job"? 


Very nice. 

td1234
td1234

@Numbers_R_Us So it is "racism" to bring up a story that shows black and Hispanic teachers fail a teacher certification test at a higher rate than white teachers so therefore a judge throws the test out? Wow, just wow. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 No sweetie......  that is not what the judge determined.  Knowledge is important.  A test which is biased is not a test of that knowledge and you have not proven that it was.  See there was a standard to meet, sweetie, and the state failed to meet it. 


Now if only you displayed the "knowledge" that you demand others show for yourself. 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 @Numbers_R_Us If you would bother reading as well, you would see that Bulls_ accused KUTGF of throwing out the race card.  I merely corrected him by pointing out that your post did indeed refer to racism first.  Hence, the racism topic was broached first by your post.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Can you point out the bias is the example question given? The bias appears to me as knowledge of the subject matter. 

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex @td1234 You can choose to read it or not, nobody cares but it is very telling that the progressives are personally attacking the poster rather than defending the decision. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234

having not learned anything

I'm supposed to keep reading after seeing something as stupid as that, why?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Umm... sweetie, the bias was found in the entirety of the test not necessarily in the only two questions your link to a story under a "Everything is Racist" banner selectively discusses.  If you were truly concerned, you could read the case and look at the evidence.  But you are not.  You are just trying to stir your racist message as part of your morning dog whistle.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Give us some examples as to what would be racially biased and why they would be? People can make up whatever they wish to and pronounce it as bias based on the number of people that pass or fail the question. There is no real scientifically based proof. All it shows is the knowledge base on a particular question is not one that blacks and Hispanics do well with so by that fact alone it must be a biased question and therefore a biased test. 

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex If you FEEL offended then you do not have to read the post. Big deal, nobody cares is you feel offended. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Sweetie, is the story you linked to at the Daily Caller not under a big red banner "Everything is Racist"?  And yes the story is about discrimination. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Sweetie, take it up with the social scientists and the judge.  I am sorry your education was so lacking and deficient you cannot make the important distinctions of goals, objectives and testing methods, etc.  You went for the racism dog whistle and now you are trying to dance away. 

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF SO? Pointing out the fact that progressives use the race card to get equal outcomes is not racist. It shows at what ridiculous links progressives will go to get their way. I would call it a frivolous lawsuit to begin with just like Hillary's frivolous lawsuits over voter id laws. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Yes we all know you are a racist as you have demonstrated here repeatedly.  You have not pointed out your "fact" what you have done is, based solely on a news story under a Racism banner", is try to make it into your dog whistle cause.  You have no idea regarding the evidence or the issues of the case and you want to take it and make it into something that fits your racist world view.  Again, you show your smallness. 


But please tells us more about the "ridiculous LINKS progressives will go to get their way".....  What links? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Are there any studies out there that prove Republicans can feel pain?


http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/08/politics/abortion-20-weeks-ban-house-vote/


As the technician scanned her belly to determine the gender of her baby, Christy Zink could not have been more excited about her pregnancy.

At 21 weeks, the pregnancy had been going well. But the look on the technician's face as she examined the images told Zink that was no longer the case.

Further scans revealed that the fetus' brain was badly malformed. Two hemispheres should have formed by then, but the right side of the brain had not developed at all.

The prognosis left Zink, a writing professor at Georgetown University who was then 39, and her husband with a terrible choice: carry the baby to term and raise a child who would be in constant pain, need to be hooked up to life-sustaining machines and would require permanent hospitalization.

Or have an abortion. Since she was 21 weeks pregnant and could only find a doctor willing to perform abortions up to 22 weeks, she and her husband had a week to decide.

"It was the hardest decision that my husband and I ever had to make," Zink recalled in a recent interview, six years after they opted to end the pregnancy.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@Visual_Cortex Republicans are in a constant state of agony due to their failed efforts to make everyone as miserable as they are.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Numbers_R_Us @Visual_Cortex

It takes a special kind of person to work so very hard to try to make a small number of your fellow citizens' lives miserable, just to be able to tell your base that you... well, that you tried* to make a small number of your fellow citizens' lives miserable.


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* I am assuming that any such criminalization would be vetoed, and that the veto couldn't be overridden. But let's not discount the cowardice of Democrats in the equation.


Oh and a fun fact? Absolutely no stories you'll read in the mainstream press will ever refer to what the GOP are doing here as "criminalization." Because "liberal bias"!

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@Visual_Cortex @Numbers_R_Us 


Andrew Sullivan did a great series a year or so ago - about late term abortions.  Several women wrote  in and told their stories.  Without exception they were stories of great sadness - women who desperately wanted to keep the baby.  But the babies had horrible problems - they would have lived only a short time, or they had no faces, or they had already died in the womb.  As you correctly note, republicans want to force those families to extend their suffering, rather than being able to end it, and grieve, and get on with their lives.


And often those problems aren't obvious until the 20th or 21st or 22nd week.  Very sad.

ZAZ
ZAZ

@Numbers_R_Us @Visual_Cortex You folks and your self-righteous and pathetic rants. You couldn't care less about any of this………..you want other people's stuff without doing anything. A bunch of clowns and mooching idiots!

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@Numbers_R_Us @DownInAlbany @CherokeeCounty @Visual_Cortex 

I assumed that would be his response.

And no, I know that you can't make law based on people's stories in a blog.

But the point is, there are real people who would - and are - being made miserable because of Republican adherence to theory, rather than reality.

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

 MISURATA, Libya — As the Islamic State scores new victories in Syria and Iraq, its affiliate in Libya is also on the offensive, consolidating control of Moammar Gaddafi’s former home town and staging a bomb attack on a major city, Misurata.

The Islamic State’s growth could further destabilize a country already suffering from a devastating civil war. And Libya could offer the extremists a new base from which to launch attacks elsewhere in North Africa.


hillary, hillary, hillary!