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A Million the Hard Way

October 3rd, 2008 | by Jet Netwal |

We interrupt this ‘Palin didn’t fall on her face rah-rah low bar extravaganza’ to share one of those annoying little economic indicators that loom in our world today.

According to the survey of business establishments, 150,000 jobs were lost in the private-sector in September, the most since March 2003. Goods-producing industries shed 77,000 jobs, while services cut 82,000. — WSJ

Also noteworthy:

The number of people working part-time because no full-time job was available rose by 337,000 to 6.1 million. — WSJ

Last night, we watched Sarah Palin tell us which questions she’d answer and which ones she wouldn’t. It’s easier that way. It’s also arrogant and childish.

As Vice President in the real world, you don’t get to avoid the tough questions, ignore the difficult issues, and just blather on about whatever you feel like. In the real world, you have to think, ask questions, retain, extrapolate, multitask and ultimately make difficult decisions that affect more than 7,000 people. The real world in on track to lose one million jobs this year (that’s 143 jobs for every man, woman and child in Wasilla, AK). The conversations going around those kitchens tables, provided these families still have one, aren’t going to be about drilling now to maybe see some oil in 10 years. They are about eating this week.

The reason John McCain pulled his campaign out of Michigan is because “drill baby, drill” doesn’t matter in a state where 1 out of 8 people is on food stamps. They simply cannot care about 10 years from now. They aren’t looking at 10 weeks from now. In the next 10 hours, it’d be really good if they could eat something.

Food stamp applications are on the rise in Florida too, a state with a service industry base.

According to the survey of business establishments, 150,000 jobs were lost in the private-sector in September, the most since March 2003. Goods-producing industries shed 77,000 jobs, while services cut 82,000. - WSJ

The thing about those service industry jobs is that most of them don’t pay for shit. The world is not driven by wealthy bartenders and theme park attendants. This is why McCain is slipping in Florida. His 7 houses and 13 cars would be cruel irony to the wait staffs of the numerous closed restaurants in the state, if they spared time from their frantic job searches to give it a thought. McCain can’t afford to lose Florida. Increasing number of Floridians can’t afford McCain. Drill off our coasts, spoil our beaches, and sink our service based economy - this will not help us.

What would is building an environment where we can harness the sun and sea for renewable power resources, create good jobs and keeps the money here, within our communities. This is what Obama talks about, and the ideas are good for Florida. Florida is going blue, and it has very little to do with the craptastic ads McCain is running here, and everything to do with real vision for changing our base economy. We need those industries and jobs, we need to be less reliant on tourism to drive our bus, and we need an export to replace our dying citrus industry, crippled from citrus greening, a disease that came here from China. In 10 years, Florida orange juice will be wiped out. Floridians would like to not be wiped out with it.

These are some of the questions, and last night, we saw what we needed to see. When Sarah Palin talks to the nation, it’s only about her topics, on her time line, and in her best interests. That’s a wrap.  After 8 years of arrogance, I think we’re through here.

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  1. 10 Responses to “A Million the Hard Way”

  2. By Catharine on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    What do you want? She spewed the words “job creation.” Like, once or twice, even. I mean, she’s only been at this for, like, five weeks.

    God, you liberals are so…. demanding.

    ~C~

  3. By Lisa on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    I have to listen again to see how many times Biden said “Middle Class”. Maybe more tha when Kerry said “diversty”

    Middle class M.A.

  4. By Lisa on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    Pelosi is speaking right now boy does she sound like an idiot when she realizes she can’t blame Bush.

    Giving all the democrats all the credit for the bill. If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny.

  5. By Chris Radulich on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    That’s because she is liable to hurt the poor republicans feeling and then they will go running home to mama crying.

  6. By Lisa on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    No it’s because she realized they are to blame as well and was called out on it. See Americans are smarter than she gives us credit for.

  7. By Jet Netwal on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    Meanwhle, we still have hungry unemployed people…

  8. By Lisa on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    In a perfect world everyone would be employed. I know what it’s like. Been there as well with no healthcare and the IRS sending letters for money from taxes on our unemployment and threatening to sieze our property.
    Yep I lived too and it was scary and it was during the Clinton administration when unemployment rates were higher than now.

  9. By Jet Netwal on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    Your compassion is commendable.

  10. By Lisa on Oct 3, 2008 | Reply

    Thank you. Too bad compassion doesn’t create jobs

  11. By Chris Radulich on Oct 4, 2008 | Reply

    apparently neither does the republican party

    U.S. president Ave. annual increase by term

    Franklin Roosevelt 5.30%
    Franklin Roosevelt 5.20%
    Lyndon Johnson 3.90%
    Jimmy Carter 3.10%
    Harry Truman 3.00%
    Bill Clinton 2.60%
    Kennedy/Johnson 2.60%
    Franklin Roosevelt 2.60%
    Bill Clinton 2.30%
    Ronald Reagan 2.20%
    Richard Nixon 2.20%
    Roosevelt/Truman 1.80%
    Nixon/Ford 1.70%
    Ronald Reagan 1.50%
    Dwight Eisenhower 1.40%
    George W. Bush +1.1% ** as of Aug. 2008}
    George H. W. Bush 0.60%
    Dwight Eisenhower 0.40%
    George W. Bush 0.00%
    Herbert Hoover -9.00%

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