The Big Question: What do the jobs numbers mean for GOP, Dems?


Alan Abramowitz, professor of political science at Emory University, said:

This month’s jobs numbers are encouraging for the president and congressional Democrats but it’s going to take several months of solid job growth and declining unemployment to move public perceptions of the economy. If that happens, it should help hold down Democratic losses in the midterm election.


Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said:

The latest jobs numbers mean that we have to do more to boost employment. We have known how to do this for 70 years. The basic story is that the government has to spend money to increase demand. The concerns about the deficit are really painful. People who want to work and have the skills can't get jobs because the Washington policy-wonk crew were inept at their jobs and the politicians are a bunch of wimpy twits who are afraid of being called "fiscally irresponsible."

In the real world, there is nothing fiscally irresponsible about spending government money to create jobs. It is fiscally and socially irresponsible to leave millions of people out of work. We are also being irresponsible with our children when we allow inept economists to throw their parents out of work.

If the boys and girls in Congress can't find the backbone to spend the money to get people back to work, how about work sharing? Germany and the Netherlands have used work sharing to keep unemployment from rising even though they have suffered steeper downturns than the United States. The folks running economic policy in Washington can't be that much stupider than the politicians in Germany and the Netherlands. We should be able to do work sharing here too.


Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at U.C. Irvine, said:

The better the economy gets, the fewer seats the Republicans will pick up in November. One month of data do not, however, a trend make.



Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, said:

The official unemployment rate remains unchanged, and they've added all these Census jobs and other government make-work to pump up the jobs-added rate and put lipstick on a pig. What this shows is that: 1) government efforts to pump up the bubble are failing, as expected, and 2) the Obama administration is trying to spin failure as success, also as expected.


John F. McManus, president of The John Birch Society, said: 


The unemployment rate nationally is still at an admitted 9.7 percent.  This is widely considered to be a lower figure than the number actually unemployed.  This issue will be loom large in the fall elections, maybe larger than the healthcare measure that remains detested by more than those who applaud it. 
 
So, the latest jobs figure will mean losses for Democrats and gains for Republicans. Losses not only in the fall elections, but losses in support, registration, enthusiasm, etc.  Many Americans are considering themselves "independent," not part of either party,  It isn't generally known but the Massachusetts electorate is majority independent with Democrats second and registered Republicans a distant third.  Independent voters won the surprise victory for Scott Brown.  Where people can registered as independents, many more will do so.
 
The obvious stirring amongst many Americans is a good sign for the country. Republicans have an opportunity to score heavily with disaffected Democrats and independents.  But if the Republicans offer programs and candidates who claim they can bring socialism to America more efficiently than Democrats, they will throw away their chances for advancement - and they will continue the march toward national destruction.  The country needs leaders who will work for less government, not more.  How much less?  Read the Constitution.



 Damon N. Spiegel,
entrepreneur and writer, said:

While it is always nice to see an increase in the job numbers for any party, and more importantly, in this country the reality is that 160,000 new jobs is less than a dimple in the overall problem and not something we can go to the bank with.  Every month there is a different stat for new housing starts and resells –one month they show the biggest gain in five years and the next month they show the biggest decline.  It is a shameless month to month number that can change and fluctuate at any moment.  One month of data is not enough data to have any meaningful use just like one year of cold weather doesn’t mean we’re entering the ice ages.  I’m sure over this Easter weekend the democrats will hit the airwaves and pronounce they are the reason of this unimpressive job gain and the republicans will point to the fact that unemployment still remains at 9.7% and of the 162,000 jobs created more than 80,000 are either part time or temporary positions.  For the democrats this will be a good weekend but come November if the unemployment rate continues to steady around the 9 percent area this month will mean nothing when they get voted out of office.

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