Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has more in common with the average voter than it may seem, or so he said during a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida Thursday.
After listening to a group of unemployed Floridians discuss the challenges they face in the job market, the presidential hopeful -and multi-millionaire– cheekily divulged, “I am also unemployed.”
Romney’s remarks were greeted with laughter from the crowd, and prompted one man to ask the former governor and businessman if he is on the online networking site ‘LinkedIn.’
“Yes actually and I’m networking,” Romney answered. “I have my sights on a particular job that I’m working for.”
But not everyone appreciated Romney’s humor.
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the remarks “inappropriate and insensitive to the millions of Americans looking for work,” in a statement.
New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley also issued a statement calling Romney’s comments “completely unacceptable.”
“I am not sure that I can think of anything more out of touch with Granite Staters than ‘chuckling’ at unemployment as Mitt Romney did today in Florida,” Buckley said.
This could happen here, if things don’t get better!
We in Britain live in a country where the richest 10% are now 100 times better off than the poorest.
We live in a country where brutal cuts and enforced austerity measures are being put in place by our government- cuts and measures that hit the poorest, most…
In other news, the Obama administration has “pivoted” to “not jobs.”
So, what’s the point in even having a “jobs plan” when you aren’t even offering any paying jobs?
Please tell me who teaches these people who run our country how to act stupid!!
I’d like to meet this person…ahem, the party.
-Drew, Concerned American
If Republicans had any desire at all to create jobs, they’d want to present their ideas to the American people. The fact that there won’t be a response to the President’s jobs speech tells you everything you need to know about the GOP-Teaparty’s plans going into 2012 — hoping and working for disaster to make Obama a one-term president.
“Republicans are, and have been, entirely focused on job creation,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. “Every Member of Congress, and – more importantly – the American people, will provide a reaction to the president’s address. We trust in the good judgment of the American people, and the president’s proposals will rise or fall on their own merits.” — No formal Republican response planned after Obama’s jobs address | The Hill
First, there was applause when a certain governor from Texas mentioned how many people were executed in his state.
Next, there was applause when a gynecologist stated that he would let a 30-year-old man in a coma die because he didn’t have insurance.
Then, there was boos when a gay American soldier asked the GOP candidates point-blank if they would reverse his and other LGBT Americans’ rights…then applause when Rick Santorum stated that he would reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
What are Republican audiences cheering now?
The layoffs of thousands of government workers.
CHRISTIE: In August 1981, the air traffic controllers, in violation of their contracts, went on strike. President Reagan ordered them back to work, making clear that those who refused would be fired. In the end, thousands refused, and thousands were fired. [applause]
What is astounding about this appluase is this: the same Republicans that are cheering thousands of people losing their jobs are the same people that complain and grovel day after day that the nation’s unemployment is at 9 percent.
At the local, state, and national levels, GOP lawmakers have forced deep and steep budget cuts that have led to 500,000 people across the country losign their jobs and becoming unemployed.
GOP candidate Mitt Romney claims that government workers aren’t workers at all, and he says that he will lay off more.
And, there’s more: the GOP wants lots of postal service workers to lose their jobs also.
Explain this one for me: how does anyone, especially the GOP, expect there to be more jobs, when they are making it their initiative to get rid of as many jobs as they can?
What do you think the GOP should do about jobs?
Late last month, a national backlash forced Bank of America to abandon its plan to charge customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. But Huffington Post reports that the corporation has quietly been mining other sources of fees, preying on its most vulnerable customers to rake in millions in revenue:
Shawana Busby does not seem like the sort of customer who would be at the center of a major bank’s business plan. Out of work for much of the last three years, she depends upon a $264-a-week unemployment check from the state of South Carolina. But the state has contracted with Bank of America to administer its unemployment benefits, and Busby has frequently found herself incurring bank fees to get her money.
To withdraw her benefits, Busby, 33, uses a Bank of America prepaid debit card on which the state deposits her funds…Busby visits the ATMs in her area and begrudgingly accepts the fees, which reach as high as five dollars per transaction. She estimates that she has paid at least $350 in fees to tap her unemployment benefits. […]
In short, the same banks whose speculation delivered a financial crisis that has destroyed millions of jobs have figured out how to turn widespread unemployment into a profit center: The larger the number of people who are out of work and dependent upon the state for sustenance, the greater the potential gains through administering their benefits.
Millions of jobless Americans like Busby have little choice but to rely on the bank’s prepaid debit cards to collect their monthly benefits. Forty-one states have contracted with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and other banks to provide access to public benefits, allowing them to collect unlimited fees, both from the unemployed and state governments. South Carolina, for instance, pays Bank of America a fee for each transfer it facilitates on a debit card, and for handling direct deposit of unemployment benefits.
Families who are living hand-to-mouth are outraged to discover that banks worth trillions of dollars are taking such a big cut of their benefits, when they depend on every penny. The New York Times reports today that banks have been quietly raising fees on everything from replacing lost cards to monthly maintenance. BofA customers can be charged $1.50 for speaking to a customer service operator more than once a month, $1.50 for using an “out-of-network” ATM, and $0.50 for entering the wrong PIN number too many times.
Bryce Covert at New Deal 2.0 reported earlier this month that, “big banks are making a tidy profit by acting as middlemen for what should be publicly provided services.” U.S. Bancorp made $357 million in revenue from its unemployment benefit card division — more than one-fourth of its total revenue. Meanwhile JP Morgan “made $5.47 billion in net revenue for most of last year in the division that handles food stamp cards.”
Fed up with big banks’ exorbitant and never-ending fees, customers have been flocking to credit unions. One survey found that credit unions gained at least 650,000 new customers since September 29, the day Bank of America announced its debit card fee.
“WHY DON’T I JUST STRAP ON MY JOB HELMET AND SQUEEZE MYSELF INTO A JOB CANNON AND FLY INTO JOB LAND!?!?! WHERE JOBS GROW ON JOBBIES!”
My reaction to the conservative thoughts of those on welfare should help themselves instead of receiving government handouts. This post is especially accurate in the United States.
Down Goes Another GOP Talking Point: Unemployment Has Dropped in 41 States, Including Most Swing States
The unemployment rate dropped in 41 states in September, including many of the top swing states in the presidential race, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As we noted this a.m. in Morning Fix, the state-based unemployment numbers can actually be a better indication of how the voters that matter in the 2012 election (i.e. swing state voters) are viewing the economy than the national unemployment figures.
And just as President Obama got a relatively good national jobs report earlier this month, on Friday he got an improved state-based jobs report.
Among the states seeing a decline in their unemployment rate were:
* Colorado (from 8.2 percent in August to 8.0 percent in September)
* Florida (from 8.8 percent to 8.7 percent)
* Iowa (from 5.5 percent to 5.2 percent)
* Nevada (from 12.1 percent to 11.8 percent)
* North Carolina (from 9.7 percent to 9.6 percent)
* Ohio (from 7.2 percent to 7 percent)
* Wisconsin (from 7.5 percent to 7.3 percent)
The rate stayed the same in two states that already have among the lower unemployment rates: New Hampshire (5.7percent) and Virginia (5.9 percent).
Given the nationwide unemployment rate drop in September (from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent), it’s not surprising that a similar shift would happen at the state level.
In addition, as we noted this morning, if you add up the electoral votes in swing states that have unemployment rates higher than the national average and do the same for state below the national average, it splits about 50-50.
But if undecided voters in these states see the improving unemployment rates as a sign of economic progress, it could mitigate concerns about Obama’s handling of the economy.
At the same time, the overall jobs picture is very much a work in progress, and unemployment is still high across the country, which is a big reason Mitt Romney has a good chance at unseating Obama.
According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 157,000 jobs in January, with the unemployment rate ticking up slightly to 7.9 percent. Economists expected an increase of 170,000 jobs. The private sector added 166,000 jobs, while the public sector lost another 9,000 jobs.
BLS revised the number of jobs created in November up by 86,000 to 247,000, and December was revised up by 41,000 to 196,000. Due to revisions done to the 2012 numbers, 181,000 jobs per month were created last year, higher than previously thought.