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Thoughts of winter

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It has turned cold in Washington, with the nighttime temperatures often below freezing.  I woke up around 3:30 due to my sinuses.  As I sit in my living room so as not to disturb my wife with sneezing and coughing, I listen to the sounds - a Mount Vernon clock on the wall ticking as its pendulum goes back and forth, a cat or two padding almost noiselessly across the floor and down the stairs, and the blower for the furnace as the heat kicks in.

It is that last sound that disturbs me.  

I have heat -  and food - and roof over my head - and transportation - and the ability to pay our bills.

Those whose unemployment compensation has run out?  They may have difficulty paying their bills.  Soon they may not be able to afford to put gas in a car, or pay mortgage or rent.  Food will become scarcer.  And heat -  at some point, will their house remain silent because there is no money to pay for it?  My furnace is gas, but the fan is electric.  If I were in arrears on either bill, might we need to bundle up and pray the pipes don't freeze?  Might we be forced to live in car yet not be able to run the engine to stay warm?

We are near the nation's capital.  What if we were further north?

GOP Fighting to Kill Jobs, Keep Us Addicted to Oil

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RoadblockRepublicansNational Public Radio reported last week on how newly-elected Republican governors are pledging to reject federal funding for high-speed rail. Rejecting rail doesn't just mean more congested roads, more reliance on foreign oil, and more polluted air. It means that in Wisconsin, Gov.-elect Scott Walker may kill jobs in his own state:
Caught in the middle of the backlash are workers for companies such as Talgo, a manufacturer of high-speed trains that just opened a new  plant, bringing jobs to Milwaukee.

According to spokeswoman Nora Friend, Talgo will  have 40 employees by the end of November, and it plans to hire up to 125 positions. Friend says the company is now faced with telling its  workers they might be out of jobs when the trains they are making now are completed.

"If we don't have any more orders, then as a business entity, we have no choice but to shut down the facility," Friend says.

The story also highlights the DC media's nonsensical coverage of the national jobs picture. All you hear from pundits is that Obama isn't doing enough to create jobs. But in this & other instances, Republicans are proactively working to block President Obama & Democrats in Congress from creating jobs.

UPDATE: Matt Yglesias wonders if the White House has a plan if the GOP resorts to all-out deliberate economic sabotage.

New Numbers Show Private Sector Job Growth Continues

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One thing (of many) the media has been unable to separate during the Obama administration -- corporate whining that Obama is mean to them from objective analysis of the impact of progressive policies on business. Over at Washington Monthly, Steve Benen separates the wheat from the chaff, creating this chart looking only at private sector job growth during the Obama administration:

Do businesses really want to go back to the red days? Or maybe a better question: Are policies advocated by umbrella business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about what's good for all businesses? Or just about what's good for a handful of the Chamber's biggest donors?

More Ayn Rand Lunacy

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This video is a revelation. Take a look at the portion in the above video with the representative of the Ayn Rand Institute, who hawks for a more predatory system. It's hard to believe this person was invited to appear on this segment.  But there you have it from the laissez fair-promoting CNBC.

President Obama on “Sixth Straight Month of Job Growth in the...

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This morning, we received the June employment report.  It reflected the planned phase out of 225,000 temporary Census jobs.  But it also showed the sixth straight month of job growth in the private sector.  All told, our economy has created nearly 600,000 private sector jobs this year.  That's a stark turnaround from the first six months of last year, when we lost 3.7 million jobs at the height of the recession.

Now, make no mistake:  We are headed in the right direction.  But as I was reminded on a trip to Racine, Wisconsin, earlier this week, we're not headed there fast enough for a lot of Americans.  We're not headed there fast enough for me, either.  The recession dug us a hole of about 8 million jobs deep.  And we continue to fight headwinds from volatile global markets.  So we still have a great deal of work to do to repair the economy and get the American people back to work.

Tom Perriello Ad: “New Jobs”

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