Jobs and the Economy: Issues Regular People Actually Care About

By: Monday April 15, 2013 1:13 pm

While it seems Congress has forgotten that we have been suffering with unacceptably high unemployment for years regular Americans have not. Once again the top concern for Americans is the economy followed a close second by unemployment. From Gallup: The issues that Washington is currently focused on (immigration, gun control, deficit reduction) all barely rank [...]

Only 6 Percent of Americans Call Deficit Most Important Problem

By: Monday November 14, 2011 9:13 am

What the American people are most concerned about are jobs and the economy. What the American people are only barely concerned about is the federal budget deficit. From Gallup: An overwhelming 66 percent of the country thinks unemployment or the economy  is the most important problem facing the country right now. That compares to the [...]

Money for Directly Hiring People Popular, Payroll Tax Cut Not Popular

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 12:39 pm

While the Republicans have made it clear President Obama’s American Jobs Act is dead on arrival in Congress, most of the individual provisions meant to spur job creation in the bill are broadly popular according to Gallup. From a political perspective at least, the Obama campaign should be able to score some points with voters [...]

In Retrospect Obama Should Have Focused More on Jobs

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 10:22 am

I don’t mind being attacked for my views. After all, I try to be thought-provoking, bring a new perspective to issues, and offer creative ideas that might not be popular. What I do find strange is being attacked in the New York Time by Jonathan Chait for what I consider a completely noncontroversial statement: in [...]

Obama Pushes for Modifications to Medicare and Social Security

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 12:25 pm

At a town hall meeting in Illinois, President Obama reaffirmed that he will personally push for Congress to make Medicare and Social Security cuts part of any talk about deficit reduction or job creation. From the White House Transcripts: When folks tell you that we’ve got a choice between jobs now or dealing with our [...]

It’s Okay to be Scared Now

By: Sunday August 14, 2011 8:32 am

So the two jobs plans under consideration are put on a show and score a “win” by paying off the Chamber, arming the North Koreans and offshoring 160,000 jobs with another NAFTA deal, or put on a show and pretend to care about passing legislation that will never happen.

You know at some point people might get wise to the fact that Obama is the most powerful political figure in the world, and he does have options beyond being a corporate tool who lets his campaign manager rearrange the national lawn furniture.

Gallup: Obama’s Job Approval Hits New Low

By: Friday July 29, 2011 11:30 am

Currently President Obama’s job approval rating stands at only 40 percent according to the latest Gallup poll. This is the lowest support Gallup has yet found in their polling. From Gallup: Part of the problem for the President is the likely the result of the debt ceiling fight, which has made the American public very unhappy with [...]

While DC Debates Deficit the American People Worry About Jobs and the Economy

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 1:44 pm

Given that the federal deficit is basically the only thing that almost every major political figure has been talking about, the fact that the deficit only ranks as a top issue with 16 percent of the country is truly remarkable. I suspect the issue wouldn’t even rise above single digits if politicians and pundits hadn’t been continuously force feeding the public deficit hysteria for months.

7 Times As Many Rank the Economy as Top Concern Over Deficit

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 8:13 am

Congress is in a full blown austerity mode right now and any deal that comes out of these negotiations is likely going to be really bad news for regular people. That is why I suspect any deal will just happen to be reached at the last minute, so Congress will “need” to quickly pass the bill with effectively no public debate or time for scrutiny.

The Federal Deficit Isn’t a Top Concern for Regular Voters

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 8:32 am

One would think given that the level of deficit hysteria in Washington has reached such a fevered pitch that the American electorate was clamoring for our elected officials to make the federal debt their only priority. The reality according to Gallup is the opposite. The American people are almost exclusively worried about the economy and [...]