The job report and political bullshit

Well, the new jobs report came out today, and people are—undeniably—struggling. Unemployment is at 8.2 percent, a paltry 80,000 new jobs were created last month, talk increases of the Federal Reserve having to step in more aggressively.

Bad.

Bad.

Bad.

And yet, here’s what irks me most of all. One day before this came out, the Romney Campaign proudly announced that it has raised $100 million in June. One. Hundred. Million. Dollars. To spend on a friggin’ election. A friggin’ election. And please, don’t jump on me for being some partisan liberal. I feel the same sick twisting in my stomach every time we hear about Barack Obama attending a $40,000-per-plate fundraiser or pulling in his own $X million.

People seem to say the unemployment rate has zero crossover with political fundraising, but I strongly disagree. Specifically, I would love to hear the candidates asked: You talk about the poor, and the suffering, and “putting people back to work”—yet you raised $100 million in a month specifically for the benefit of your own campaign. Wouldn’t that sort of massive cash flow be better spent, ahem, not on you?

One other thing: I loathe Mitt Romney (here, I’ll be a lefty hack). I really do. Just try and find a happier guy, RE: a sagging U.S. economy. He talks about his 59-point plan, but never utters one thing that wasn’t offered by George W. Bush (tax cuts … tax cuts … tax cuts). And yet—and this is the funny thing—Romney refuses to mention Bush. Ever. Why? Because what’s the benefit? Most Americans agree he was, at best, a tremendously bad president who ruined a perfectly good surplus and dragged us into two unnecessary wars.

Man, I’m pissed.

4 thoughts on “The job report and political bullshit”

  1. Once you accept that politicians from all parties are worthy of sneering and not admiration you’ll be much better off. Once you stop waving pom-poms for Team Blue you’ll realize that your former team is, more-or-less, the same war mongering, civil liberties encroaching, huge government, drug war fighting, crony capitalist, Wall Street-controlled blight on the United States that Team Red is. I understand it’s hard for people to give up the fun tribalism that comes with saying “Go Democrats!” or “Four more years!” but it’s liberating.

  2. I’d be pissed too if I were as misinformed as you. If they still kept track of unemployment the way they did when Carter took us down this road it would be 11.5%. If Romney has any chance to knock off this guy he’ll need hundreds of millions more than Obama because Obama has the three networks and the associated press working around the clock for him, not to mention hollywood. the fact that nobody can vett the guy without being called racist is insane. He campained on being a centrist who will reach accross the aisle and mend the divide between races and be the most transparent administration ever. What a joke, this guy needs to go now.

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