Or nearly three years. Forget my vacation, where's Barack's work on the economy. No where to be found. Andre Damon (WSWS) reports:
The unemployment rate rose for a third consecutive month in June, as the US economy added far fewer jobs than new workers, according to the latest jobs report released Friday by the Labor Department. The report confirms a new downturn in the labor market amid the Obama administration's campaign to cut government jobs and spending.
The US economy added 18,000 jobs, less than one-fifth of the 105,000 that economists predicted in a poll conducted by Bloomberg News. The unemployment rate hit 9.2 percent, up from 9.1 percent in May, and 8.8 percent in March. The number of unemployed people grew by over half a million over the past three months.
The White House responded to the report with a press statement calling for more spending cuts. "We’ve got to rein in our deficits and get the government to live within its means," said Obama. "The sooner that the markets know... that we have a serious plan to deal with our debt and deficit, the sooner that we give our businesses the certainty that they will need," he said.
And POLITICO reports:
President Barack Obama has put raising the Medicare eligibility age on the table in the budget and debt talks with GOP congressional leaders, a Democratic official familiar with the talks confirmed Monday. Obama said he would only agree to the change if it was part of a major deal on spending, and it demonstrated his commitment to taking on "sacred cows," the official said
I swear Barack is a bigger disappointment than even I thought and I expected nothing.
At Third, the following -- and Dallas -- worked on the latest edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And we came up with:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- Truest statement of the week III
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: The illegal Libyan War
- TV: Social Media Failure
- He's no leader
- Radio highlights
- Conscientious Objector found guilty in the UK (GBS...
- Libyan War (Workers World)
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"