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Monday, September 10, 2012

Obama Should Make Ronald McDonald His Jobs Czar


Here’s the Nonsense:  America is better off today than they were when Obama took office because he’s created 4.5 million new jobs and is planning on doing more.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  There’s nothing positive about the economic efforts of this administration. President Obama’s claim to creating 4.5 million new jobs is, as usual, manipulated numbers trying to make people think things are fine.  The real numbers are dismal and Obama’s plans for his second term are downright scary.  America will continue it’s decline into the abyss of economic doom if we continue to follow him.

Not only has the Obama administration had dismal job growth during its term, the type of jobs that have been created are much lower paying than those that have been lost.  Most of the jobs are in areas such as food preparation, retail sales, customer service and home health.  With that kind of record and the plans he has for the future, President Obama might be best served making Ronald McDonald his jobs czar.

As President Obama twists, spins, and dances his way around the facts while campaigning for reelection, it would do us some good to clear up some of the myths of his record and clarify just what his plans are for the future of America.  He and his minions have consistently claimed that he has created 4.5 million jobs which is correct only if understood through the twisted and distorted lens of the Obama administration.  A lens, by the way, that would make images in a funhouse mirror look quite accurate. 

According to CNN, “The figure of 4.5 million jobs is accurate if you look at the most favorable period and category for the administration. But overall, there are still fewer people working now than when Obama took office at the height of the recession.”

The 4.5 million number they quote shows private-sector job growth since January 2010, which is after a huge loss of jobs had occurred.  The nonfarm payrolls were at 106.8 million at that point compared to the 111.3 million they hit this past July.  CNN’s story also said:

While that is indeed a gain of 4.5 million, it's only a net gain of 300,000 over the course of the Obama administration to date. The private jobs figure stood at 111 million in January 2009, the month Obama took office.

And total nonfarm payrolls, including government workers, are down from 133.6 million workers at the beginning of 2009 to 133.2 million in July 2012. There's been a net loss of nearly 1 million public-sector jobs since Obama took office, despite a surge in temporary hiring for the 2010 census.

In my new book, No Tomorrows:  How To Halt America’s Imminent Collapse And Return To The American Dream – And Why It Must Start With The 2012 Elections, I identify and provide solutions to the 3 core problems that have placed America at a point of imminent collapse.  One of those problems is our lack of ability to elect true leaders in our nation.  I identify what a true leader is and show the character traits we must seek in those who will lead us if we are to solve this crisis and keep America from destruction.  A key character trait is integrity and willingness to do what is right regardless of the cost, even if it means losing one’s job.

We don’t see that kind of integrity in this administration and the jobs numbers are just one example of the continual parade of lies and deception that are presented to the American public in order to twist and manipulate the image put forth to American citizens.

Not only are the jobs numbers phony, but no one is talking about what is happening to the type of jobs that are being created.  Americans are losing career jobs, jobs that they have built their lives on to raise families, save for the future, and provide opportunity for their children.  The middle class in America is being decimated and eliminated.  Middle income jobs are being lost and the new jobs being created are low-paying jobs that, for the most part, have been known for years as entry-level types of positions. 

According to a story by CBS News:

Although 60 percent of the jobs lost following the 2008 financial crisis were in mid-wage occupations such as construction, manufacturing and office management, relatively few of those positions have come back, according to the National Employment Law Project. Instead, most of the jobs created during the U.S. economy's fitful recovery -- 58 percent -- have been in low-wage professions including retail sales, food preparation, home health and customer service, the New York-based advocacy group said Friday in a report.

The story goes on to say:

"The recovery continues to be skewed toward low-wage jobs, reinforcing the rise in inequality and America's deficit of good jobs," said study author Annette Bernhardt, policy co-director at NELP, in a statement. "While there's understandably a lot of focus on getting employment back to pre-recession levels, the quality of jobs is rapidly emerging as a second front in the struggling recovery."

As a businessman I look at the economy in our country and I have to wonder where these people come up with the idea that we are in an economic recovery.  I don’t see it and I have yet to talk to a business owner who feels we’re in recovery.  Denial is a bad thing and a true leader faces reality and deals with it to solve the problems.  Once again, this is not something that this administration does.  Instead, they try to sell us on the idea that things are fine and if we think differently than they do, then we must be out of touch.

Mitt Romney may not be perfect and I’m sure he doesn’t have all the answers.  But I do know that his successes in business are because he’s willing to face reality, find solutions, implement them (even if at times they are painful), and move forward to success.  America is in dire need of leadership and without it we will not pull out of the tailspin we are in.  Our future is very bleak if we do not start to do something about it with this election in November.

Obama has a plan for our economy if he is reelected.  Given his record, the fact that he’s planning on doing more should scare Americans to death.  It’s time for change in Washington unless we all want to look at those entry level jobs like Ronald McDonald is famous for as the career positions of the future.