A few months ago when the Benghazi, IRS, and the Fast & Furious issues were front and center and prior to the whole PP-ACA (a/k/a Obamacare) rollout debacle, the democrats – particularly President Obama and his mouthpiece, Jay Carney, were saying that they are focusing on what is important right now and that’s creating jobs.
Given what a mess the other events I listed above are: Benghazi still unresolved will no further details, the IRS tax scandal still leaving lingering concerns, and the Fast & Furious issues also unresolved, they must have been putting some serious time into the whole job creation effort. Clearly there wasn’t a lot of time being put into the rollout of their banner healthcare insurance program since the evidence shows otherwise. So let’s see how they’ve been doing with job creation.
Ok, so we need 400,000 jobs created each month. The highest monthly job creation number in the last year took place last November when the economy added 247,000 jobs. A bit over half of what we need per month to reach full-employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we averaged 191,461 jobs added per month over the last year. Less than half of what we need.
This isn’t a surprise to some of us who believe that President Obama and his administration is dysfunctional and in way over their heads. Hope and Change isn’t leadership. Hope and Change isn’t a job creation program.
As a case in point – Gormogon Friend Jonathan V. Last posts over at the Weekly Standard a brief article highlighting yet another issue with the Affordable Card Act: it penalizes married couples.
this means that a married couple in New York making more than a combined $62,040 gets no subsidies from Obamacare. But two people who live together without getting married? They can make up to a combined $91,920 and still get subsidies from the government.
The government has a clear and compelling interest in promoting marriage: Virtually all of the research shows that stable marriages increase economic output, reduce poverty, shrink income inequality, lower rates of incarceration and drug use, and spur the creation of future taxpayers (aka babies). The tax code already discriminates against the government’s interest by providing an economic incentive for couples to choose cohabitation over marriage. Now Obamacare has come along to magnify the discrimination.
It’s not clear whether this perversity is accidental or by design. But it’s yet another line item in the argument against what is clearly the most catastrophic piece of legislation in modern American history.
How anyone can rationally still defend what this administration has done or failed to do is amazing to me.
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