February 13, 2013

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On the permanent campaign of President Obama…

The State of the Union speech last night, and for the rest of this week, he's on the campaign trail. What's he doing? He's running against the powerful forces trying to stop him from fixing these problems. He's not governing. And that's how he is able to create and maintain the illusion that he has no relationship whatsoever to what actually happens. Unemployment -- nothing to do with him, even after five years. National debt, deficit -- nothing to do with him. Budget cuts that might be harmful, there are no such things, by the way, nothing to do with him.

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December 7, 2012

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On the supposedly good economic news that the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7%…

Half a million Americans have left the private sector job market, thus the private sector job market universe has shrunk, and that's why the unemployment number goes down. So 544,000 people hired at the government level in all states, cities, local governments, what have you, and the exclamation point is, 73% of the new civilian jobs created in the US over the last five months are in government. Seventy-three percent of new jobs created in the last five months are in government. This is according to the regime's own numbers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So it's clear to see exactly what's happening. The transformation in the country that's taking place. Money and people are being taken out of the private sector and transferred to the public sector, to the government.

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October 10, 2012

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On the striking drop of the unemployment rate to 7.8%…

I predicted a year ago that this unemployment number would be reported at this time under 8%. How did I know? Because it's not an economics issue; it's all political. It's one of the easiest predictions I've ever made, that the unemployment would go down. All I had to learn was that no incumbent ever been elected, reelected with the unemployment rate over 8%. Well! Guess what's gonna happen in the month leading up to the election? The unemployment rate's gonna be under 8%. With this bunch in the White House, you'd be fool not to predict that.

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October 5, 2012

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On breaking news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.8%…

There you have it, folks. The economy's back. The stimulus worked. The job council's programs all worked. Obamacare worked. Look at all the jobs, 114,000 new jobs created, and as I told you last December, this would happen. The unemployment rate under 8%. It's 7.9, but it doesn't matter, 7.8, 7.9, whatever's after the decimal point doesn't matter. It's the seven that matters, and the reason it does is that no incumbent president has ever been reelected with the unemployment rate over 8%. It's that simple. So they had to get the number down, and they found a way to do it.

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September 5, 2012

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On delegate chants of “Four More Years” at the Democrat convention…

Forty-seven million on food stamps, and Rahm Emanuel actually said it --“Four more years!” -- and they started chanting that in the convention. And I said: "Right on, that's what we want to hear." Four more years of this? Forty-three consecutive months of unemployment over 8%, four more years? Sixteen trillion, national debt. Obama responsible for more than a third of that. Four more years. Twenty-three million Americans unemployed/underemployed. Four more years. Taxpayers pay for late-term abortions. That happened before you started watching. Four more years. A trillion dollars for a stimulus. Unemployment never gets under 8%, four more years. Not one Democrat ever voted for any Obama budget. Four more years. Take God out of the Democrat Party platform? Four more years. We didn't hear any of this. We didn't hear any credit-taking. We didn't. In fact, we didn't hear last night any plans for the future. All we heard was that Barack Obama is still the Messiah. The theme of that convention last night? "Barack Obama is still the Messiah!" You know what I found interesting about Michelle's speech? Her man has been president for four years and she felt it necessary to tell everybody who he is.


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June 15, 2012

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On the Obama administration’s ongoing re-election strategies…

They’re just throwing everything up against the wall, hoping something’s gonna stick out there… First, war on churches. Second, create, as part of it, a phony Republican war on women. Then go after Mitt Romney, Bain Capital. Then come out for gay marriage. And now – don’t deport the young illegals, give ‘em work permits. What’s that gonna do to the unemployment number? Are we gonna count ‘em, looking for work, or not? If we don’t, the number won’t change. If we do, the number will go up. What’s it gonna do to those of you trying to get work, to learn that 800,000 new illegals are in the job market, who’ll work cheaper than you do? And what’s next, is home mortgages, and student loans. Those are the next two things that are gonna fall, throw it up against the– You watch!


June 8, 2012

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On President Obama being quoted as saying “The private sector is doing just fine." …

How out of touch do you have to be, to say when the real unemployment rate is over 11% – “The private sector is doing just fine.”? The private sector is doing just fine. Now maybe he’s not senile but he certainly is obsessive-compulsive. ‘course we could be looking at this from the wrong end, folks. Some of you gotta be open to all possibilities. Maybe in Obama’s mind the private sector IS doing just fine. I mean there’s a story, another story out there today that the number of people on food stamps has doubled. Under Obama. That, to him, might be the private sector doing just fine. There might be 88 million adults not working but they are eating. Private sector’s doing just fine. He may look at it that way. Maybe that’s exactly what he wants… The private sector doing just fine is a lot of people not working, but eating, with their cell phones on, and their TVs on, depending on government for all of that. Maybe that’s what he means by “The private sector’s doing just fine."

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May 4, 2012

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On the dropping of the “official” level of unemployment to 8.1%…

Barack Obama has decided that the only way to lower the unemployment rate is to kill off jobs. The unemployment rate went down one-tenth of a percent from 8.2 to 8.1 percent, but the number of people who left the labor force is at an all-time high. It’s over 88 million Americans not working. The Labor Force Participation Rate – that is, the universe of all jobs available – is skyrocketing upward, and that means fewer people are counted in the equation, which means the unemployment rate is plummeting… we’re not moving in the right direction. It is sick, folks… it’s just unacceptable, what has happened to this country, what is happening to the jobs in the entire private sector here.


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December 2, 2011

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On government reports that the national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6%…

The regime needs this, and when we finally get to under 9%, it’ll be 8-point-something, but the point-what won’t matter. The only number that’s going to matter is the “8” – [it] can be 8.9 – it won’t be 8.9, it’ll be “8”. Well it’s 8.6, but it doesn’t matter, it’s “8” and predictably the media’s all over it and that’s the headline… they’re not gonna dig deep and find out how it happened… the truth of the matter is… it’s a corrupt number… folks, the number of people who have quit looking for work in the last few weeks is 315,000. Those are the people who have thrown up their hands after 99 weeks. Or more. Of being unemployed. And they’ve said “I’m quitting. I’m not looking.” So they’re not counted. Therefore, the universe of jobs available in the country is down by 315,000.

September 2, 2011

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On the wretched economic condition of the United States under President Obama…

This is the United States of America, and we now know we’ve got somebody running this company, who believes that its greatness is illegitimate, and we’ve got to pay the price for it. In truth we have an effective unemployment rate in this country of 20%. Black unemployment 16.9%. The 9.1% number is government disinformation. And to the people who’ve been out of work for a year or longer, this is not a recession, this is a depression. I don’t care how the government defines it. That’s what this is. When one out of every five adults is struggling to survive in the greatest nation on the face of the earth, this is a disgrace. When we can’t produce a single job in the month of August, a GDP of 1%, the Chi-coms are growing at 9.5% – the Cubans are outgrowing us – this is unacceptable. This is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, this is a disgrace, and it is a disgrace because none of this is necessary. None of it.

July 18, 2011

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Mark Steyn is filling in for Rush today… On economic signs of the times under the Obama Administration

Sales of ovens and stoves are at their lowest in twenty years. So if you want to stick your head in the oven and light the gas because you can’t stand the way the economy’s going, you won’t even be able to do it in a new oven… And while we’re giving out all these numbers, here’s my favorite number of the day. It’s an absolutely ingenious statistical comparison from Mark Tapscott in the Washington Examiner. According to Jim Messina, his campaign manager, through the second quarter of 2011, President Obama now has 552,000 contributors to his 2012 reelection campaign. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that during the same two quarters the US economy generated 260,000 jobs. In other words, Obama attracted twice as many campaign donors as his economic policies created new jobs.

May 6, 2011

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On media coverage of the unemployment rate.


The unemployment rate's up to 9%, and they're celebrating. They're talking about some of the strongest job growth – 244,000 new jobs, 62,000 of them from Micky D's. Sixty two thousand from McDonald's. Now remember, in the past, those jobs have been impugned by the Democrats and the left, as meaningless, futureless, hamburger-flipper jobs, without health care... if we'd had our news media of today, back in the days of Herbert Hoover, we would've never had a depression. Because it would've never been reported as a depression.

May 27, 2011

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On Obama's political vulnerability in 2012.


What a political target. There's nobody that wants more unemployment. There's nobody that wants higher taxes. There's nobody that wants more of the same in the housing market. Is there? There's nobody that wants higher gasoline prices, there's nobody [that] wants what's happening with higher food prices to continue... there's nobody that wants more of what Obama's policies have led to, is there?

June 22, 2011

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On Democrat party plans to accuse Republicans of intentionally inflicting economic harm on the country to improve their electoral chances in 2012.


Obama and the Democrats: You own this, kids! You have done this. Your fingerprints are all over it. The unemployment. The home foreclosures. The stock market. The coming inflation. The massive deficits. The subprime mortgage business. The fact that peoples' homes are underwater. You did this, there is no question you did it, and you are going to pay a huge political price for it in November of 2012. You can try and blame this on the Republicans all you want. In the process you are indicting yourselves…