Paul Krugman in today’s NYTimes editoral describes the huge jobs problem America faces. Krugman states: ” There are six times as many Americans seeking work as there are job openings, and the average duration of unemployment — the time the average job-seeker has spent looking for work — is more than six months, the highest level since the 1930s.”
A key among Krugman’s suggestions is that local and state governments need some help since they can’t borrow their way out of trouble like the Federal government can. These agencies have direct impact on the quality of our lives in terms of police enforcement to education to the quality of our streets.
Krugman contends it is way past time for mere “symbolic gestures” and it is imperative that real job growth is promoted.
Hey, bloggers, can you spare an opinion?
Do you suppose it is really true that if the first pictured Mullah had been on his toes, the second one might not have escaped from Afghanistan in 2001? And further, Senator Levin contends, we might not now be fighting the war in Afghanistan if bin Laden had been captured in 2001.
Predicting the future is always a risky business, but will the number of books on the failed presidency of POTUS #43 be more than fifty by the year 2012? Seems possible to me… What do your divining rods say out there in the internets (you know, those bunch of tubes)?
Ooooops. Better late than never? Here’s that delayed open thread. 🙂
Today is referred to as BLACK FRIDAY and is the day you shop ’til you drop, find bargains galore… I sit these days out. Anyone else brave enough to venture out among the masses? If so, did you find those bargains you hoped for?
The ultra-conservative New York Post recently commented on the reversal of fortunes of Palin and Obama. This time last year Obama was the sensation, this year it is Palin’s turn.
To quote the article:
“This flip-flop in fortunes stems from many factors, war and recession chief among them. Yet ultimately, Obama has mostly himself to blame.
“He’s aligned himself with the left wing of his party instead of the ordinary Americans who identify with Palin. His Ivy League eloquence seems tired next to her wrong-side-of-the-tracks passion.”
It is stunning to me how people like Rupert Murdoch and his employees can get reality so completely wrong. Obama has not aligned himself with the left. He has bent over backward to not do so. Rather than being a non-partison solution, this strategy, is in fact, his major failing – i.e., refusing to work for and with his base.
On what alternate universe do conservatives camp out?