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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 25, 2012/ 9 Tishrei, 5773

Obama's jobs math doesn't add up

By Glenn Garvin



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) If you were playing one of those buzzword-bingo drinking games during the Democratic convention last week, I sure hope you didn't have the phrase "created 4.5 million jobs" on your card. Those words got repeated so often, by so many speakers, that you would have had to be locked up in maximum-security rehab halfway through the convention.

Unfortunately, as we learned back when Richard Nixon used to say, "I am not a crook" and Bill Clinton insisted, "I did not have sex with that woman," repeating stuff over and over does not make it come true. For the Obama administration to brag of creating 4.5 million jobs is the same thing as the Bush administration boasting that it cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq to 140,000: It all depends on when you start counting.

Any way you look at it, there are fewer Americans at work today than when Barack Obama took office. The unemployment rate at the end of the Bush administration was 7.3 percent. Today it's 8.1 percent.

That figure represents an improvement only against Obama's own track record — unemployment hit a high of 10 percent in the seventh month of his administration and was 9 percent or higher for two years of his presidency.

That grim picture gets much worse when you start looking at other measures of joblessness. What the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calls the unemployment rate measures only people who are actively looking for work but can't find it. People who give up their search no longer count as unemployed.

That can, and does, disguise the number of people who are out of work. When the bureau announced last week that the unemployment rate had dropped from 8.3 to 8.1 percent, reading the fine print showed that the number of Americans who are actually employed dropped by 119,000. The supposed improvement in the unemployment rate was an illusion produced by 338,000 people abandoning their efforts to get jobs.

They've got plenty of company: More than four million people have dropped out of the labor market since Obama became president. They've retired, gone back to school, gone on medical disability, or are being supported by somebody else. To be sure, some of those people would have left the market even if the economy was roaring ahead at full steam — particularly the first wave of Baby Boomers, born in 1946, who hit retirement age last year.

But even some of those retirees would probably have stayed at work if their salaries and benefits weren't in abrupt decline. A study released last year by former Census Bureau officials Gordon W. Green Jr. and John F. Coder showed that from 2009 to mid-2011, median household income fell 6.7 percent.

The bottom line is that the economy is squeezing out more and more workers. What economists call the labor-force participation rate — the percentage of working-age Americans who have jobs or are looking for them — is now down to 65.3 percent, the lowest level since 1981, the tail end of the recession that cost Jimmy Carter his presidency.

No matter how you measure it, unemployment is not entirely President Obama's fault. George W. Bush was in the White House when the recession began, and the jobless rate rose sharply during his final few months in office.

But what can be said, with perfect clarity, is that Obama doesn't know how to fix it. Back in 2009, he warned that unless Congress passed his $800 billion stimulus package, the United States would be wracked with 8 percent employment. Obama got his money, but nearly three years later, we're still trying to get unemployment down to 8 percent. And all the buzzwords in the world won't cover that up.

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Glenn Garvin is a columnist for the Miami Herald

Previously:



6/22/12: Bath salts controversy --- when politicians become pushers
4/26/12: When R2D2 and C3P0 go to war
2/16/12: The profound lies of Deep Throat
12/22/11: Great moments in history? Not so much
11/30/11: Giving bullies a veto on the First Amendment
09/15/11: ‘Bloodsucking Progressives Must Die’ video game is acceptable?
06/28/11: Send this one back where it came from
06/23/11: Doesn't this president remind you of someone?
05/26/11: A new standard of racial correctness
05/12/11: ‘Vast wasteland’ speech 50 years later
04/13/11: Bay of Pigs fiasco offers lessons for Obama's Libya adventure
03/03/11: Inconvenient truth for teachers' unions
07/10/10: Still looking to score
06/22/10: Ripe for fraud and abuse
05/25/10: Big Brother picks your pocket
11/04/09: Have conservatives scored a stealth prime time drama?
08/27/09: Left's been out for blood, too
08/13/09: What's not being celebrated
07/31/09: Pay-or-play means more lost jobs
07/16/09: OAS turns a blind eye to violations by left
07/02/09: Nothing so shocking about this coup
06/22/09: Libs' darling strikes out
06/03/09: Yes, America should read Sotomayor's speech in context
05/20/09: ‘Bloody’ mission goes awry
05/07/09: The problem is they aren't just goofin'
04/30/09: Why can't students say ‘guns’ in school?
04/08/09: When non-U.S. citizens vote
03/2e/09: Of course the AIG bonus boys — the ‘best and the brightest‘ — deserve their loot
03/12/09: No choice in Free Choice Act

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