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Have President Obama's economic policies helped make the economy rebound?

Mopvyzo 2012/02/16 13:20:59

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“For the first time since 1990, American manufacturers are creating new jobs,” Obama said at a Master Lock facility in Milwaukee on Tuesday, February 15, 2012. “That’s good for the companies, but it’s also good up and down the supply chain.”

Obama’s claim — an apparent bright spot in a sea of still gloomy economic news — is corroborated by government statistics, which show an undeniable rebound for manufacturers during his term, both in terms of productivity and employment of American workers.

When Obama took office in January 2009, unemployment in the manufacturing sector stood at 10.9 percent and spiked to 13 percent a year later, according to the Labor Department. But in the two years since, unemployment has fallen precipitously, now holding at 8.3 percent in January 2012.


3 7million jobs created since jan 2009

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  • Sissy 2012/02/16 13:49:54
    Yes
    Sissy
    +18
    And just think what MIGHT have been accomplished had the republican leadership rolled up their sleeves in '08 and worked with this President to clean up the mess they largely created? What's burning them now is that slowly but surely we are beginning to see a ray of hope and they can take absolutely no credit for any of it.

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  • Cyan9 Turings... 2012/02/16 23:20:20
    Cyan9
    People in politics give way more weight to both Keynes and Hayek than those actually in economics. Which reminds me of something Keynes wrote: "Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back".
  • jeepster4 Turings... 2012/02/17 00:02:53
    jeepster4
    What part of reducing debt during periods of prosperity and investing in infrastructure and other demand increasing expenditures during periods of low demand don't you understand? While you're at it explain how vast increases of the debt during periods of prosperity from 2000 to 2007 prevented the recession that began in 2007 and ended in 2009. http://blogs.wsj.com/economic...
  • Turings... jeepster4 2012/02/17 01:35:45
    TuringsChild
    +1
    Definition of 'Keynesian Economics'
    An economic theory stating that active government intervention in the marketplace and monetary policy is the best method of ensuring economic growth and stability.

    Unfortunately, 'active government intervention' is the surest means of destroying an economy known to man.
  • jeepster4 Turings... 2012/02/17 02:03:03
    jeepster4
    Don't tell me...tell the Germans or perhaps the Chinese. Fortunately since the beginning of government in all its forms, your personal opinion has amounted to very little.
  • Turings... jeepster4 2012/02/17 02:10:38
    TuringsChild
    Yes, because the Soviet Union did SO WELL with active govt intervention. Funny you should mention the Chinese. Their market is actually freer than ours.
  • jeepster4 Turings... 2012/02/17 04:01:08
    jeepster4
    Funny how you completely forget the Germans.
  • Turings... jeepster4 2012/02/17 18:42:31
    TuringsChild
    You miss the point. Sure, SOMETIMES the authoritarian in charge will get it right. But there are no guarantees, and success is dependent on the intelligence, efficiency, and good will of the bureaucrat in charge. You want to trust to THAT?? Good luck!
  • Cyan9 2012/02/16 20:22:11 (edited)
    Yes
    Cyan9
    +2
    Yes but the stimulus package should have focused more on public works even if that meant fewer tax cuts in the overall package. The construction sector peaked at over 25% unemployment and was a huge reason for why the recession was so bad.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/02/16 19:43:50 (edited)
  • 5/21/2011A.D. 2012/02/16 19:31:24
    No
    5/21/2011A.D.
    +1
    what a joke
  • captainquiggle 2012/02/16 19:25:17
    Yes
    captainquiggle
    +3
    The GOP seems to want to blame Obama for everything, so blame him for this too.
  • bob 2012/02/16 19:10:24
    Yes
    bob
    +2
    Go big O
  • C. C. Rider 2012/02/16 18:36:29 (edited)
    Yes
    C. C. Rider
    +2
    With out a doubt OBAMA has done it on his own, The cons are still licking their wounds that they lost and NEVER got over it. With vengeance beating in the con heart they still try every chance they get to hold this country as hostage hoping that their fear and hate mongering will get them back in office. It won't.


    republicans hokding the usa hostage republicans hokding the usa hostage
  • WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA 2012/02/16 18:25:48
    No
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    +4
    Fact, Obama was elected in 2008 and as of January 2009 he has yet passed a budget. Now before you say it is the Republican fault, try again. Until January 2011 it was all Democrats in all three branches. It was not until after the 2010 election that the Republican took over the congress. In 2011 and current year 2012 the Republican have passed a budget in the congress and had it die in the Senate. Yet the Democrats love to point fingers back at the Republicans for not having a Budget.

    What does that say to the American people that if a single party (Democrats) whom owned all three branches (Executive, Congress and Senate) and needed not one Republican vote to pass anything. They could not propose a budget and pass that budget. But blame the Republicans.

    http://www.shtfplan.com/headl...
    The Real Unemployment Rate: 21.5% not 9.5%
  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/16 19:26:30
    captainquiggle
    SO, is Obama responsible for job growth, or not?
  • WF - Ru... captain... 2012/02/16 19:28:54
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    More jobs have been lost. The white house boast about a 200,000+ job growth in the private sector, but forgot that the media has the real numbers. If you grow 200,000+ job and lose 420,000 jobs you are in the negetive. Not something to be proud of now is it.
  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/16 19:33:59
    captainquiggle
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/p...

    Seems the ad is all true, so who's to thank for Job creation? Obama, or not?
  • WF - Ru... captain... 2012/02/16 19:43:14
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    +2
    The Private sector is. Government does not create job in the provite sector, they create government jobs, and you can not grow an economy on government jobs.

    Elaine Chao: Real Unemployment Numbers Are Double

    Friday, 03 Feb 2012 04:24 PM
    By Martin Gould and Kathleen Walter

    America could be headed toward another Great Depression unless youth unemployment rates are drastically improved, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao tells Newsmax.TV exclusively.

    The rates among the young stand at 24 percent, she said, close to the level of general unemployment during the 1930s.

    “The Great Depression saw unemployment rates well in excess of 25 percent. While we are not there yet, the trend that we are currently following is very dangerous,” said Chao, the only Cabinet secretary to serve for the entire George W. Bush presidency.

    “From 2001-09, when I was Secretary of Labor, the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent. This administration is trying to get us accustomed to this new norm of over 8 percent, and that is so sad – 44 percent of the 14 million Americans who have been out of work are now characterized as long-term unemployed.

    “What we need is not more rhetoric that divides us, we need this administration to act in the best interests of this country and create more jobs by lessening all t...







































































    The Private sector is. Government does not create job in the provite sector, they create government jobs, and you can not grow an economy on government jobs.

    Elaine Chao: Real Unemployment Numbers Are Double

    Friday, 03 Feb 2012 04:24 PM
    By Martin Gould and Kathleen Walter

    America could be headed toward another Great Depression unless youth unemployment rates are drastically improved, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao tells Newsmax.TV exclusively.

    The rates among the young stand at 24 percent, she said, close to the level of general unemployment during the 1930s.

    “The Great Depression saw unemployment rates well in excess of 25 percent. While we are not there yet, the trend that we are currently following is very dangerous,” said Chao, the only Cabinet secretary to serve for the entire George W. Bush presidency.

    “From 2001-09, when I was Secretary of Labor, the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent. This administration is trying to get us accustomed to this new norm of over 8 percent, and that is so sad – 44 percent of the 14 million Americans who have been out of work are now characterized as long-term unemployed.

    “What we need is not more rhetoric that divides us, we need this administration to act in the best interests of this country and create more jobs by lessening all this talk about taxes, decreasing regulations and having some kind of fiscal discipline.”

    Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spoke to Newsmax at the Hispanic Leadership Network’s Inspiring Action Conference in Miami recently.

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    America could be headed toward another Great Depression unless youth unemployment rates are drastically improved, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao tells Newsmax.TV exclusively.

    The rates among the young stand at 24 percent, she said, close to the level of general unemployment during the 1930s.

    “The Great Depression saw unemployment rates well in excess of 25 percent. While we are not there yet, the trend that we are currently following is very dangerous,” said Chao, the only Cabinet secretary to serve for the entire George W. Bush presidency.

    “From 2001-09, when I was Secretary of Labor, the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent. This administration is trying to get us accustomed to this new norm of over 8 percent, and that is so sad – 44 percent of the 14 million Americans who have been out of work are now characterized as long-term unemployed.

    “What we need is not more rhetoric that divides us, we need this administration to act in the best interests of this country and create more jobs by lessening all this talk about taxes, decreasing regulations and having some kind of fiscal discipline.”

    Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spoke to Newsmax at the Hispanic Leadership Network’s Inspiring Action Conference in Miami recently.

    Story continues below the video.





    She attacked President Barack Obama’s policies, saying the current administration looks to Europe as the model for the American economy.

    “We used to make fun of Europe because their unemployment rate was well in excess of 8 percent. Well, here we are today.

    “Europe is not the model. We are now in a globalized economy and we’ve got to learn how to compete and we have to protect our own people.”

    Figures out on Friday showed that the unemployment rate had fallen to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in January. But the “real unemployment” rate – which includes those who have become so discouraged they are no longer actively seeking work and part-time workers who would like full-time employment is still above 15 percent.

    The figures also showed that a whopping 1.2 million people had dropped out of the workforce in one month, leaving the active labor force at 63.7 percent of the population, the lowest in 30 years. When Obama came into power that figure stood at 66.2 percent, figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.

    Chao said the president has to spend more energy on job creation and less on class warfare.

    “It’s really unfortunate that amid all of our economic woes that the president doesn’t tackle the real reason why there is no job creation.

    “The problem with this economy is that we are not creating jobs,” she added. “And we are not creating jobs because employers don’t have the confidence that this administration will understand what it takes to create jobs.

    “Taxes are too high, there are too many regulations and we’re spending beyond our means. That is putting a dampening effect on job creation.”

    She said too many laws and regulations are contradictory, confusing and add an extra, unnecessary level of bureaucracy to too many companies.

    Chao claimed the real unemployment rate is now nearly 16 percent when those who have given up looking for work and part-time workers who want a full-time job are taken into account.

    “We don’t need more laws or regulations. We need to enforce those that are on the books.

    “To spark job creation we’ve got to get rid of all this regulatory burden on employers. Regulations are a form of tax on the employer.

    But Chao said she is optimistic that with changes at the top at the next election things could turn around. “Elections have consequences,” she said. “This administration believes that a socialist model is the best economic model for our country and a great many Americans disagree as we saw in the November 2010 elections.

    “We will have another chance as a people to come and express ourselves and give voice to our concerns in November of this year.”




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  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/16 19:54:17
    captainquiggle
    For one, you neglect to mention that GOVERNMENT jobs are getting shedded and private sector jobs are on the rise.

    Government is getting smaller and PRIVATE SECTOR jobs are on the rise.

    Try and keep on subject here, because the subject is JOB GROWTH and who's responsible.

    When private sector jobs were on the downturn, it was the GOP that attacked Obama and Democratic policies for this, but now things are looking up and it's got nothing to do with them? How nutty that is, huh?
  • WF - Ru... captain... 2012/02/16 19:56:12
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    +1
    So you only see the positive job growth or 200K and don't take the 420K job loss into the equation?
  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/16 20:38:43
    captainquiggle
    You nitpick the job loss of 420k jobs in one year, but neglect to answer who was responsible for the over 3 million jobs gained. Why is that? That's the question we are talking about. Unless you have facts to state he hasn't created 3 million jobs, and those are fact-checked, I'm not sure you have a credible argument.
  • WF - Ru... captain... 2012/02/16 20:55:22
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    3 million jobs, don't make me laugh. In just December 2011 he boasted of the job growth of 200K. Think about the month of December, can you say Holiday help. Now take taht out of the equation and subtract the month loss of 420K. In one month the US loss 220K in jobs. And this was a good month for the Obama administration. So they like us to believe that 3 million jobs were create.

    The OffShore Industries lost over 5 million job after Obama forced the offshore drilling. You see, it not just the men on the off shore rigs that lost work, but the people who support those offshore workers. Remember 5 MILLLION JOBS LOST in one summer, and he claims 3 million.

    He give 1/2 billion dollars to Fisker to build electric cars here in the US. Fisker shows this wonderful manufacturing plant here in the US. The ink did not even dry before he move the company oversea with that money. Just Fisker company cost over 100,000 jobs losses plus 1/2 billion in US tax payer money.

    In fact all his green companies he loaned monies to have either gone bankrupted or left the US soil. Remember he loaned money to two solar manufacturing companies and they both are now bankrupted and have put more than 100k skilled worker on the streets. Yet you still believe he had job growth in the 3 million range.
  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/16 22:44:25
    captainquiggle
    Well, When you get an exact count of how many jobs were gained over the last 22 months, you can compare with what's already been fact-checked by people whose job it is to fact check these statements.

    Enjoy. I'm looking forward to a count.
  • WF - Ru... captain... 2012/02/17 18:24:26
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/12...

    Now how has he created more jobs if more people are out of work.

    The CBO own numbers show the private sector has lost of 20 million jobs since January 2009. Almost 1 million jobs lost each month.

    Again in 2011 the Gulf Coast lost over 5 million jobs, yet Obama talks about 3 million jobs growth. That by his own number is a 2 million job lose and that is only looking at the Gulf Coast States. There is still 45 other states that saw job loses.
  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/17 18:38:44 (edited)
    captainquiggle
    We are talking about JOB GROWTH and not about unemployment figures.


    Job growth numbers:

    http://www.bls.gov/news.relea...


    Fact-check.org verified the numbers. we can continue this all week, if you'd like, but the issue is Obama saw jobs increase under his tenure as president.
  • WF - Ru... captain... 2012/02/17 18:43:06
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    Check you facts
    If five states loss over 5 million jobs and Obama claim a 3 million job growth. That is still a 2 million job lose and only 5 state.
  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/17 20:47:51
    captainquiggle
    http://mollysmiddleamerica.bl...

    I knew you were going to go bonkers, so the math is done here.
  • WF - Ru... captain... 2012/02/20 17:08:00
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    Wrong answer
  • captain... WF - Ru... 2012/02/20 18:17:53
    captainquiggle
    lol. Ok, well you can argue this with yourself, then. I don't want to go back and forth with someone that's only going to work within the confines of their own "math."
  • Peewee ... captain... 2012/02/16 23:10:30
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    state and local gov't jobs are being shedded, not the federal gov't. They're growing.
  • captain... Peewee ... 2012/02/17 06:49:33
    captainquiggle
    The federal gov job grew by 29k. 3.1 million private sector jobs, too.

    So, what's the problem?
  • Peewee ... captain... 2012/02/17 14:10:48
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    I would rather see them be private sector jobs, producing something rather than bureaucracy jobs.
  • captain... Peewee ... 2012/02/17 15:08:39
    captainquiggle
    Well, when you already have 3.1 million, you're on the right track to gaining another 30k, right?
  • Peewee ... captain... 2012/02/17 15:45:07
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    I wish they were 30K manufacturing jobs.
  • captain... Peewee ... 2012/02/17 15:48:15
    captainquiggle
    So, what you are telling me is that Obama's a horrible leader because he produced 3.1 million private sector jobs and 30k government jobs instead of 3.13 million private sector jobs. OK.
  • Peewee ... captain... 2012/02/17 16:05:45
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    Please don't put words in my mouth.
  • Peewee ... captain... 2012/02/16 23:09:28
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    The private sector, in spite of the regulatory strangulation of the Obama administration.
  • captain... Peewee ... 2012/02/17 06:49:50
  • Prettie... WF - Ru... 2012/02/17 07:29:45
    PrettieReptar
    I raved your comment however, I don't think your unemployment number is accurate.
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/02/16 18:21:32
    Yes
    **StarzAbove**
    +3
    Yes. It's too bad the Party of No didn't do their part in this and help our country get back on its feet sooner. I'm sure they won't give the president any credit for this at all.

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