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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Democrats Have No Plan to Create Jobs

The bounce expected from Barack Obama's Democratic Convention speech collapsed the following day under the reality check that the current unemployment figure is 8.1 percent. And 40.7 percent of those have been out of work for 27 weeks or more. Those numbers tell only a small part of Obama's failure to deliver on his promises. The real unemployment figure is closer to 19 percent because the official count doesn't include (a) the 8 million unemployed who have given up and stopped looking for a job, or (b) the people who have had to settle for part-time work, or (c) those who had to take lower-paid jobs well below their qualifications, or (d) the 11 million who are out of the workforce collecting Social Security disability checks. The plight of young Americans is even worse. For 18-to-29-year-olds, the unemployment rate is 12.7 percent.

The majority of jobs lost during our current depression were well-paying jobs, while the majority of jobs that Obama brags about increasing are lower-paying jobs. The National Employment Law Project reports that most of the job growth Obama bragged about was lower-paying jobs with hourly wages of $7.69 to $13.83. The jobs with the fastest growth were retail sales, where the median wage is $10.97 an hour, and food preparation jobs that pay $9.04 an hour.

Even those jobs would be welcomed by unemployed Americans, but many of those fastest growing jobs are taken by immigrants, legal and illegal. Obama's refusal to enforce the laws against illegal aliens and his prosecution of states trying to do what his administration is failing to do, plus his illegal order to give work permits to 1.7 million young illegal aliens, add up to a direct attack on the job opportunities of millions of Americans.

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