Economy added 216,000 jobs, unemployment down to 8.8%

Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

10:30 AM

PBO and VPB receive the presidential daily briefing.

11:00 AM

PBO meets with senior advisers.

12:00 PM

PBO tours Landover UPS Facility in Maryland.

12:20 PM

PBO delivers remarks at UPS Facility.

1:00 PM

Carney briefs the press.

1:15 PM

VPB meets with President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia.

2:00 PM  
2:35 PM

PBO meets with Sudan Special Envoy Ambassador Princeton Lyman.



WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Job growth accelerated in March, the Labor Department said Friday. Total non-farm payrolls increased by 216,000, higher than the 192,000 gain expected by Wall Street economists. The unemployment rate ticked lower to 8.8% in March from 8.9% in the previous month. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to rise to 9.0%. Average hourly earnings were flat at $22.87. Economists had been expecting a 0.2% gain. Earnings are up 1.7% in the past year. The average workweek was unchanged at 34.3 hours.


West Wing Week:


Few pretty good columns:

 Jamelle Bouie, The America Prospect:

…Reread his much-praised 2002 speech against the Iraq War. It doesn’t begin with a condemnation of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or even the war itself. It begins with this: “Although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances.” And after listing the circumstances where war was justified — in his signature cadence — he clarifies, “I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war.”

Dumb wars, according to the then-state senator, were “based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.” For the last decade, Obama has held to that view. In his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope, for example, he articulates a doctrine for the use of military force that would sound “smart” to his 2002 self: “No other nation on earth has a greater capacity to shape that global system, or build consensus around a new set of international rules that expand the zones of freedom, personal safety, and economic well-being. If we want to make American more secure, we are going to have to help make the world more secure.”


In his 2009 acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama tried to balance the honor of the distinction with his position as commander in chief of the most powerful military to ever exist: “I believe that force can be justified on humanitarian grounds, as it was in the Balkans, or in other places that have been scarred by war. Inaction tears at our conscience and can lead to more costly intervention later. That is why all responsible nations must embrace the role that militaries with a clear mandate can play to keep the peace.” Given the blood and treasure we’ve wasted in other dysfunctional Middle Eastern countries, liberal anger over the intervention in Libya is completely justified. But Obama hasn’t betrayed his supporters, and this war fits comfortably with decades’ worth of rhetoric from the president.

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Robert Shrum:

Obama’s momentous April

….In Libya, the president brilliantly passed the first test, securing a multilateral, Arab-sanctioned coalition that took control of the skies above the battleground just in time. He then endured domestic, often nakedly opportunistic criticism. Now comes the really hard part. Having intervened, the only acceptable outcome is victory – not the partition of Libya, and surely not the resurgence of a mad dictator.


But the politics doesn’t stop there. Most presidents facing a foreign crisis don’t have to contend with a simultaneous domestic threat. Obama does – in the form of a government shutdown or a refusal to raise the debt limit. The Republicans who control only one house of Congress are compelled more to demanding than actually negotiating, pressured internally to hold America hostage to a know-nothing Tea Party fringe.


Obama, on the campaign trail and in office, has displayed a remarkable combination of patience and then decisiveness. He’s won the big ones. But they don’t come much bigger than they have this month.

The Republicans have a sad sack of 2012 candidates. Their best hope may be a mayday for this presidency. But if I were them, I wouldn’t count on Obama buckling in Libya or bending to Boehner. Instead, for this president, for the country, and for progressive principles here and in the world, April could be both the most trying and, in the end, the best of months.


NYT Editorial:

Mr. Obama’s Energy Vision

It was instructive and depressing this week to watch President Obama and Congressional Republicans marching in completely different directions on energy policy. Mr. Obama reminded us that charting a clean energy future is not a pipe dream and that America can reduce its dependence on foreign oil. The Republicans reminded us how hard it will be to get there.

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That’s good:


DETROIT (Reuters) – United Auto Workers membership rose for the first time in six years in 2010, helped by a recovering U.S. auto industry and expanding to include workers outside that industry, the UAW said in a federal filing on Thursday.

UAW membership rose 6 percent in 2010 to 376,612 members, the first rise since 2004, when UAW-represented workers totaled 654,657.

Still, membership is way down since 1979, when it hovered near 1.5 million.

“This increase is a reflection of new organizing by the UAW, the recovery of the domestic auto industry and UAW members who won a first contract during the year,” said UAW President Bob King. “We hope to continue this growth in 2011 and beyond, as we fight to win a more fair and democratic process for workers to organize unions in the United States.”



That’s what friends are for:

7,000 U.S. military personnel to participate in 3-day intensive search for missing tsunami victims

The Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military began on Friday a three-day intensive search for those still missing three weeks after a quake-triggered massive tsunami wiped out a swath of coastal cities and towns in Japan’s northeast.

Using dozens of ships and helicopters, about 18,000 SDF personnel and about 7,000 U.S. military personnel will engage in the operation, with members of the police, the Japan Coast Guard and fire departments also taking part, according to the Defense Ministry and other sources.

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Finally, I’m using the bully pulpit to ask everyone – yet again – not to attack other posters, and definitely not to take it to a personal level. If you don’t like someone else’s posts, why not just ignore them? Seriously guys, I don’t have time to read every comment. I try to read as much as possible, but between real life and deleting tons of “Obama sucks” comments – I really don’t have the time for police work.

I’m really proud of what we’ve created here. Let’s try keep it this way.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.


96 thoughts on “Economy added 216,000 jobs, unemployment down to 8.8%

  1. Thank you BWD for yet another fantastic mishmash. I really hope the employment situation remains on this positive trend, and it appears that it will!

  2. Good morning all. Thanks BWD for the great start to my friday morning with all the great news.

    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Good morning everyone. Thanks BWD for all you do. I love having a site I can count on to catch up on all the positive news. You are a real treasure.

  4. Great news on the employment numbers. Slow and steady improvement despite all the bad news Libya, Japan, Egypt – hope it continues.

  5. All great reads today. BBC reports some civilian casualties in the Libya air-raid. pl poutrage all day guaranteed.

  6. Horrific, nightmarish Fl. Gov., Rick Scott, epitomizes the immoral ugliness that is today’s teabag Repub. Party. He announces a deep 15% cut for those working with the developmentally disabled and then appears at a photo-op for the Special Olympics. How low can he go?
    He explained the cuts in funds which aid those with cerebral palsy, autism and Down Syndrome were necessary to address the budget deficit. He did not explain his proposal of 1.5 billion in corporate tax cuts in light of that same deficit.

  7. Good morning, everyone. Great news for our President. Now I want him to come out and crow a little bit about these numbers. Just a little.

    The latest PL poutrage I see is about Jim Messina who’s working on PBO’s re-election. He also worked on his 2008 campaign. O’Donnell had some guy on last night from The Nation saying Messina did some ad years ago when he worked for Max Baucas that was homophobic. O’Donnell played and said he didn’t see it. I didn’t either. So now they’re trying to tell PBO who he should put on his re-election campaign? When they keep yelling for somebody to primary him? What the hell is wrong with these people?

    Regarding Libya, hope the reports that the crazy dictator is looking for a deal are true. It would be sooooooo sweet if PBO could announce that he was gone.

  8. BBC – US unemployment rate falls to new two-year low of 8.8%

    he US unemployment rate fell to a new two-year low in March of 8.8%, from 8.9% in February.

    It was the fourth monthly fall in a row. The unemployment rate has fallen by a percentage point during the last four months.

    Employers created 216,000 jobs in March, the US Department of Labor said, higher than market expectations.

    “This suggests the recovery is continuing,” said David Sloan of IFR Economics.

    Most of the new jobs were created in the private sector, in factories, shops and health care, as well as in education and several professional and financial services.

    The new private sector jobs offset job losses in the public sector, mainly resulting from cuts by local governments.

    Note the last line. The rethugs are killing jobs. That must be a dem talking point 24×7.

  9. They’ll attack Messina, but they’ll forget Ken Mehlman who worked on GWB’s 2004 re-election campaign that placed a specific focus on getting people to vote for Bush II by actively promoting homophobia. Homophobia won’t be a part of PBO’s re-election campaign, and the PL knows it. Go figure.

  10. They just throwing Hail Marys now. They don’t even believe themselves anymore. Their only luck is that the cables are so desperate for ratings, they’ll bring any idiot on if he promise to say something bad about PBO. At this point, it’s funny.

  11. Again thank you for such clear and positive reporting. I agree, let us not answer and follow up on the ‘rattlers’, for some the farthest they can see is the length of their hand. The President is on the right track, the brightest and best that that I have had the oppurtunity to vote for over these last forty years.

  12. And I still see no coverage of yesterday’s terrific AP poll numbers. TPM finally has a story up about the Harvard poll and the youth vote, but nothing on the other one. They are ridiculous.

  13. Amidst all the good news, it is important that we keep aware of the potential pitfalls, and you make a good point. A lot of the public looks at public sector jobs going down and shrug their shoulders, figuring that doesn’t affect them.

    They kind of have the Boehner attitude of “so be it” and think this is good as their taxes won’t have to go up. They ignore what the Republicans are not telling them, that there is a tremendous ripple effect. Loss of jobs in the public sector, if those people can’t easily find work in the private sector, results in loss of jobs in the private sector as well, as there is less money to be spent in local businesses.

    This, of course, is what the Republicans are really looking for. They know their best chance at retaining power in the House, regaining the Senate and possibly the WH is through the economy not only not getting better, but actually getting worse. The fat cats figure they can ride out another recession until the 2012 elections so they can tell the people that they will ride to the rescue.

    And this is the main difference between the majority of Dems and the majority of Republicans (speaking of office holders here, not voters). The Dems try to look at the needs of the country as a whole, the Republicans look at the needs of the elite.

  14. Thanks BWD for your continued good work here, i have shared this very informative site with many, hope that they all signed up to receive some positives on a daily basis.

  15. Good News in Wisconsin..1st Recall petition ready to go

    Democrats: We have the signatures in Kapanke recall effort

    La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted over votes to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers. If approved, it would be just the fifth recall election of a Wisconsin legislator.

    Recall organizer Pat Scheller said volunteers have gathered more than the 15,588 signatures needed and that they plan to take them to Madison after a noon rally today at La Crosse City Hall.

    It is expected to be the first completed of 19 active recall efforts registered between Feb. 24 and March 2 against 16 senators.

    Kapanke did not return messages Thursday, but has said the recall is “part of the process.”

    “I love campaigns. I just didn’t think I’d do one every year,” Kapanke said Saturday at the opening of a La Crosse County GOP headquarters.

    He has defended his vote for the bill, which stripped most collective bargaining rights from state, municipal and school workers, as a necessary step in balancing the state’s budget while minimizing layoffs.

    The filing comes just before the halfway point in the 60-day window the recall committee had to gather signatures in the district.

    The state Democratic Party provided infrastructure support but “not a single paid canvasser was needed to trigger the recall versus Dan Kapanke,” said party spokesman Graeme Zielinski, who credited volunteers for collecting more than 20,000 signatures in less than 30 days.

    “It took on a life of its own,” said Scheller, who filed the original paperwork to launch the recall effort.

    Scheller, a banker who describes himself as a “middle of the road” guy who isn’t a member of the party, said Kapanke “is a decent person, but I think he showed a lack of fortitude in supporting the bill without questioning any of it.”

    Eight Democrats who fled to Illinois for several weeks in an effort to prevent Senate Republicans from passing the bill are also targeted for recall — some by more than one committee. The other six senate Democrats, including Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, are not eligible for recall until 2012.

    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse political scientist Joe Heim said he was surprised by the speed with which the signatures were collected but cautions that it doesn’t mean Kapanke will lose his seat.

    “I don’t think it automatically determines the outcome of the election,” he said. “There’s a certain intensity of the people favoring the recall. … Whether or not that intensity stays through is another question.”

    There have been just four recall elections of Wisconsin legislators, according to the Government Accountability Board; only two were successful.

    Next steps

    Today’s filing will trigger a 31-day review period during which the GAB determines that all signatures are sufficient. Kapanke can challenge signatures during the first 10 days.

    Either party can petition a judge for an extension.

    Spokesman Reid Magney said the GAB may ask for more time in order to minimize the number of special elections.

    “We’re hoping for maybe a couple instead of 16,” he said.

    The GAB would order an election on the sixth Tuesday after determining the petition is in order. If there is more than one challenger, that election would be a primary followed by a general election four weeks later.

    Once an election is ordered, challengers can begin circulating petitions to get their names on the ballot. They would have 10 days to collect 400 signatures.

    Both parties have opened local offices in recent weeks. Republican chairman Bill Feehan said his party’s decision was in reaction to the recall effort, which he called a “foregone conclusion.”

    Democrats need three additional senate seats to gain a majority. Kapanke is one of three targeted Republicans who won the last election with less than 52 percent of the votes. In 2008, he defeated Democratic challenger Tara Johnson by just 2,507 votes.

    Despite a March 11 poll commissioned by the liberal website The Daily Kos that showed Kapanke trailing a generic Democrat opponent 55 to 41 percent, Heim says an actual election — held sometime in the summer — is another matter entirely.

    For one, Democrats have to run an actual candidate.

    “It’s easy to say you favor a generic Democrat,” Heim said. “Once it becomes a person they don’t necessarily get the support.”

    Charles Franklin, a UW-Madison political scientist and co-founder of, warned that poll at best indicates a tight race.

    Kapanke had about $9,000 in his campaign funds as of Jan. 30, according to his last finance report filed with the state.

    Heim doesn’t expect either party to have trouble raising money.

  16. The sad thing is that I honestly don’t have enough confidence in Florida voters in a non-Presidential year to vote this guy out in four years. That is, if Florida hasn’t literally been destroyed. I’m quite certain that all he’ll have to do is slap the word “liberal” in a bunch of campaign ads against his opponent and that guarantees him at least 40% of voters right there. And if enough independents haven’t been hurt enough by his policies, they won’t bother to vote or will stick with what they think is working because, hey, they’re ok, so whatevs about those state workers and those other poors and such.

  17. I’m working from home, and just now a news report flashed that a bill (proposed by Scott of course) that proposes drug testing for welfare recipients before they can get their benefits just passed committee and is going for a vote in our heavily Republican House and Senate. If they fail they can’t get benefits for a year. It just keeps going…

  18. Great point about a generic vs actual candidate. Do the dems have a viable one yet ?

    “I don’t think it automatically determines the outcome of the election,” he said. “There’s a certain intensity of the people favoring the recall. … Whether or not that intensity stays through is another question.”

    Words to live by. The voter enthusiasm has always been the Achilles Heel of dems.

  19. Hi everybody! Thanks for the good news.

    Good point about public sector jobs. I wa on the today show thi smorning (a show I usually can’t sotmach) two top stories that prove the importance of having government policies and regulations in place and inspectors to make sure they are enforced. First the thing with radiation in milk. Now, it may end up completely harmless, but I am relieved that we at least have agencies keeping tack of our milk. The EPA is one of them. If the GOP had it’s way, nobody would be inspecting our milk supplies–ever. The other was aobut our increasingly safe autos. Highway deaths are at their lowest since the 1940s. Our cars are a lot safer today. That’s because of government regulations and inspections.

    Public service workers do provide a needed service. it’s not necessarily exciting, and certainly not profitable. But, we’d be much worse off without them.

  20. Wht is interesting about this is that Scott’s wife owns a company that does drug testing. Gee, I wonder who will be getting the business. Also, and hopefully someone in FL can find out the answer, I heard somewhere that the testee has to pay for the cost of the test. My understanding is the ACLU is all over this already.

  21. Interesting that he barely eked out the victory in a Republican year when Dems weren’t all that organized or motivated and republicans were. That does bode well, although I wouldn’t count my chickens just yet.

  22. That’s good to hear. If the dems flip one seat, then the rethugs lose the veto majority, right ?

  23. Honestly they are grasping at straws now. First I admit I haven’t seen the ad they are complaining about so I have no idea if I would see anything homophobic about it or now. But, they do realize that the guy in charge of advertising works for a specific client, right? Every candidate works with the advertising guy to work out a strategy and to approve or suggest changes to ads before they are run. So who the client is makes a huge difference in what the ads look like. In other words, even if the ad that Baucus ran under Messina’s guidance was homophobic (which sounds like that is a big question mark) it doesn’t mean that Messina is homophobic or that the work he does for President Obama would be homophobic.

    My other question for the oh so tolerant whining class is even if the ad was homophobic does that mean the man should never be allowed to work for another Democrat ever again even if he never puts out another homophobic ad in his lifetime? Are we so intolerant that we refuse to give people a chance to learn and change? Do we trust the president so little that we think if someone were to propose a homophobic ad to him he would say “sure, wonderful, let’s air that!”

    It’s nothing more than today’s gripe. There has to be something to complain about every day or these people are just not happy. This one is just plain silly as are more and more of the complaints coming from them. It must really kill them that the economy is improving, unemployment is falling and the president’s poll numbers are holding steady or rising. They are losing influence everyday and are now just desperate to find something, anything, that they can get people’s attention back with.

  24. Unbelievable. Everyday I think, okay, what else can these cold, robotic politicians do? It just keep getting worse.

    I think the one thing that stands out for me is that most of their hate is focused on minorities the poor and the unions.

    It is the same in Washington DC. The republicans are undereducated, uncaring, truly despicable people.

  25. three seats need to be flipped to gain the majority. Regarding veto proof, it doesn;t really matter as Walker is not going to veto anything coming out of this Senate unless the Dems control it.

  26. I thought that was already standard operating procedure.

    A lot to browse and study. thanks dr

  27. I think a lot of people don’t know what the phrase public sector workers really includes. They have a picture in the head of the surly woman at the DMV who moves slowly,never smiles and seems to delight in sending people to the back of line because they forgot to completely fill out a form. If you ask them if we should fire teachers, firefighters or police in their town they usually will say no. If you ask them if they like having someone who checks to be sure their food is safe and that the factories that make it don’t have rats running around they would say of course. Ask them if they would rather have someone come by their house to pick up their garbage and recyclables every week or if they would prefer to just take a trip to the dump/recycling center themselves whenever they need to, I’m sure 99% would prefer the weekly pickup.

    The republicans know that people often think bureaucratic red tape when they think of public employees and not the essential services that they take for granted. We need to be sure we keep pointing out just what services get cut when public employees are let go and how much that inconveniences the public. When people complain about the potholes not being fixed quickly enough, sigh and say “Yes, it’s a shame they keep laying off the public employees who do the repair work. Obviously we don’t have enough to do the work we need to keep our roads safe.” When they complain about recalls of food items say “I wish they would stop cutting off funds to the government agencies that hire the inspectors who regulate and inspect these food companies. If we had enough people working for the government who could stop these problems before they got out to the public, just think how many fewer people would get sick.” The more we point out the consequences the more likely we are to sway people. Don’t rant about republicans just point out the harm they do. They know who is cutting the funds and the personnel.

  28. Lila, yes that is how those losers read everything. It seems anyone who has even been part of the dncc is the enemy. Any attachment to that organization meant you are dirt. That is a great part of why they hated Rahm.

    The purity test just climbs higher and higher.

  29. It’s not just the ad that they are upset about. Messina also worked for Rahm. They hate Rahm and I guess anyone who worked for him. This is just another useless compliant against PBO.

  30. So Auto Union membership it’s up it’s a very good news, but, but is Michael Moore going to take cridit for this? LOL.

  31. “RWANDA!” Wait…..

    “IRAQ!” Wait…..

    Republicans: “We LOVE bombing Muslim countries!” Wait…..

    “We HATE Obama who is bombing a Muslim country so we hate bombing Muslim countries!” Wait….

    So confused……

  32. And he has proposed mandatory drug testing for all public employees, new hires and existing employees, at least twice a quarter, I believe. which will reap huge financial benefits for “his wife’s” co., Solantic, which, surprise-surprise, does drug testing. And he cut funds to public clinics which were Solantic’s main competition

  33. Well what else can you expect from a man who rips government spending but defrauded Medicare out of a couple million dollars?

    You know, I thought 2004 represented the height of stupidity in our nation, but 2010 tops that by a ton.

  34. What? Kinda like Sister Sarah and the rape kits?It’s disgusting. Have to engage my father, the Republican in Fl…and ask him how that’s working out for him.What he fails to realize is that the “Republican” he remembers from the old days, is gone now.Since he’s not politically attuned,the “R” behind the name at the voting booth works for him. AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

  35. Yea, I thought that too..I know that when he was found out that he had to pay a fine of almost $2 BILLION…maybe that’s what I remember.That said, with all the retirees that live in FL, my parents included, don’t you think they would have been smart enough to question that little fact BEFORE they voted for him?? It simply boggles the mind.

  36. Great mishmash BWD! The UPS facility the president is visiting today is less than 10 minutes from where I live. Figures I’m on a plane to FL!

  37. I wonder just how much of an issue Sink made of that during her campaign. I know the politically astute knew about it, but was it really played up in the campaign itself. What he did was a definite contributor to the high cost of Medicare.

  38. Rham’s ads rocked! If Messina produces that level of quality, then yeah, I can see how the radicals wouldn’t want him to work for our President. We can be assured now that everything the radicals are against is something that is actually going to work.

  39. Great news! I know the PL will be working double-time now to spin all of this away. Why can’t they be happy about good news during a Democratic Administration?

  40. Good Morning All

    While folks spew the negative – let’s continue to spew the positive.

    The themes the president seems to be promoting are jobs, education, and energy/environment.

    There is lots of good news in those areas and most folks relate to those subjects more than Libya, was congress informed, or who works on Obamas campaign. So….

    Another Health Care success story

    Near the bottom of the article is a link to a page where I have been collecting all the stories I find from the White House, and other sources. There is bound to be at least one story that strikes a cord with your neighbors.

    The link is titled

    “Voices of Health Care Reform” stories

  41. This is just such spectacular news and an awesome mismash. Thanks so much for all that you do, bwd. It’s beyond my capacity to express just how much it’s appreciated.

  42. Proud, I checked out TPM also. Josh Marshall seems to have a bit of a problem with Obama.
    I look at him as part of the frustrati.

    Ever notice that rasmussen is the poll he typically has up. Gallup, not so much.

    I typically avoid the site, but check it out each morning for “real” news.

  43. Hi D-(:

    “On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. The workers were trying to form a union with AFSCME.”


    “Beginning with worship services over the April 1 weekend, and continuing through the week of April 4, unions, people of faith, civil and human rights activists, students and other progressive allies will host a range of community- and workplace-focused actions.”

    “It’s a day to show movement. Teach-ins. Vigils. Faith events. A day to be creative, but clear: We are one.”

  44. Thank you, creolechild. Just checked my zipcode, I think I’ll join the walk from Ebenezer/King Center to the State Capital.

  45. Here is one massive miscaculation by the union busting GOP governors: they seek to hurt the unions ability to fund Democrats by refusing to deduct union wages. Technology has made that irrelevant. Any union paycheck deposited into a credit union can have the dues deducted automatically. So they have punched a hornets nest with nothing to show for it.

  46. This probably has something to do with efforts to restrict, or eliminate, EPA funding:

    “On March 24, 2011, EPA made 42 health and safety studies that had been claimed and treated as confidential available to the public. In some instances, the information submitters proactively released the confidential claims in the associated studies. In other instances, the claims were released as a result of EPA action.”


    “These actions are part of the new practices EPA put in place in 2010 to review confidentiality claims for the names of chemicals addressed in health and safety studies to fulfill Administrator Jackson’s pledge to make more chemical information available.”

    “Under these new procedures EPA is moving to declassify many chemical identities so they are no longer secret. More chemical names associated with health and safety studies will be released in the future.

  47. Can anyone say backlash? The republicans have coordinated this attack nationwide in an attempt to make PBO a one term president. They took this strategy because they know they’ll have problems winning control of the WH and Congress in 2012 if they run on what they’ve accomplished since 2008. They’ve been accustomed to having their supporters vote for them and being able to do whatever they please after being sworn into their offices. The one thing they didn’t count on in this fight is that they are messing with their supporters’ income, and the economy is still struggling to recover.

    It seems that citizens are beginning to wake up to the fact that the republicans will not hold corporations and the 1 and 2 percenters responsible for paying their fair share of the costs of government, but they sure don’t mind giving our hard-earned money to them. It’s about time! We have been screaming about this for so long, trying to get them to pay attention for whom the republicans really work. Voters are only a means to an end for them. Republicans use the voters in more ways than one. They lie and use them to get elected, then, use them to get tax cuts and subsidies for those that don’t need them.

    Thanks so much for this, desertflower!

  48. Thanks, WiW,

    I’ve been visiting your blog and using info from there to post to my FB wall. There’s some very interesting and valuable information on your blog that all Americans need to know.

  49. I hope the people of Wisconsin have long memories…

    “With the most controversial parts of his budget repair bill still in limbo, Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday rolled out the rest of his plan — a proposal that includes $165 million in debt restructuring and an additional $176.5 million in Medicaid funding.”


    “Cullen Werwie, Walker’s spokesman, said officials delayed the fiscal bill’s release while they ironed out refinancing details and waited for new Medicaid numbers. Medicaid needs increased about $24 million between the time of their original proposal and Wednesday’s rollout.”

    “Refinancing the bonds will cost the state about $37.5 million in interest over the next 10 years, Werwie said.”

    “This is the budget adjustment bill the Legislature should have been considering all along,” said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha. “It addresses shortfalls in important programs without pushing an extreme policy agenda.”

  50. Afternoon, BWD! I came down to write my response before reading the thread comments as that always takes me a long time. 😦 Just wanted to say that you have a right to be proud of what you have created here. This is a really warm place to gather, and it would be a shame to spoil it with personal attacks. I would also like to think that ‘family members’ and welcomed visitors would not want to add to your work load with arguments that need policing. I give my promise to always watch what I say, or sign off quietly when I feel the urge to break the promise. 😉

  51. Youch!….

    “Less than a week before Tuesday’s election for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, former Democratic Gov. Patrick Lucey on Thursday resigned as honorary co-chair of Justice David Prosser’s re-election campaign and endorsed his opponent, state Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.”

    “Lucey said in a statement that he has followed Prosser’s campaign “with increasing dismay and now alarm,” adding that ‘Prosser has lost that most crucial of characteristics for a Supreme Court Justice — as for any judge — even-handed impartiality.'”

    “Lucey also cited Prosser’s ‘disturbing distemper and lack of civility that does not bode well for the High Court in the face of demands that are sure to be placed on it in these times of great political and legal volatility.'”

    “He said Kloppenburg ‘has adhered throughout the campaign to even-handedness and non-partisanship and has exhibited both promising judicial temperament and good grace even in the heat of a fierce campaign.'”

    “Lucey had served as honorary co-chair of Prosser’s campaign with former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.”

  52. Fantastic idea- spend money doing drug testing, that will certainly help with balancing the Florida budget, right?
    Sigh… I should stop expecting “conservatives” like him to actually be logical…

  53. Yes – I believe he had to pay a billion in fines, so he must have bilked billions out of Medicare.

  54. Before I go read other comments today I just want to say how much I appreciate your blog and your editing out the sucks comments.

  55. One thing I have noticed with my Mom who is going to be 87 years old this month is as she is getting older she doesn’t remember much in the present but remembers the distant past quite well. I am thinking there are probably many seniors in Florida that may be in a similar situation. They may be voting Republican out of habit and thinking of the party in past years even though the immediate past should convince them otherwise. It actually takes constant reminding and stories of what is happening currently with photos to keep the horror of what is happening today in her mind. So I wonder about seniors who do not have those around them reminding them.

  56. I heard that he transferred ownership of the company to his wife — IN DECEMBER.

    Seriously, Floridians — how did you elect this guy who defrauded Medicare in the biggest case in history? Who pleaded the 5th 71 TIMES!

    How are we losing to people like this?

    I must say I was pretty proud of my fellow Illinoisans who would not vote for the tea party Republican nut for governor, and no one was particularly thrilled with Gov. Quinn. We are saddled with Mark Kirk as Senator, but at least he does a good imitation of a ‘moderate’.

    But Illinois said resoundingly ‘no’ when it came to our governor.

  57. I have come to the decision that the media and most associated with it just lives on controversy so both the Left and the Right become important in producing the controversies the media needs. When both extreme sides of the parties are against him that may show that he is in the middle which is where most people are. It however looks like everyone is against PBO when you watch the news since they use the extremes as their weathervanes.

  58. Well, I don’t know if it was a resounding “no”, but considering Quinn’s favorables at the time, I guess any win would be considered resounding.

    As to Kirk, he only gets along with the imitation because the media doesn’t call him out on it. If Alexi had, maybe the election would have gone differently. That election along with Bean’s loss, tell me that a lot of the losses last year were due to inept campaigning added to voter anger.

    The only person who did a great job of campaigning last year was Obama, and he wasn’t on any ballot.

  59. His ads were pure genius.

    And even though Rahm hasn’t been sworn in yet, he is impressing the hell out of me here in Chicago.

    Let’s be clear: if he cleans up 1/10th of the corruption Daley fostered he’ll be a huge success. Rahm Emanuel, who ideologically may not be my favorite progressive on the planet, is deeply committed to governance. He wants Chicago to run better, run more honestly. And yes, that will require that city workers start working for a living (let’s not equate collective bargaining in WI with Chicago unions please).

    I think he’s going to be a great Mayor.

  60. And those retirees STILL voted for him.Just like AZ…how hurt do you HAVE to be before you start believing what your own eyes and ears tell you is true? Never ceases to amaze and bewilder me.

  61. Yea, I saw that. The one that he accepted without the fanfare, that they saw as “Lack of transparency?” Goobers.

  62. Great mishmash BWD, as always your work is without equal. I tuned in to MSNBC today and realized that I can’t stomach it anymore, and this is coming from a person and lived and died each word during the run-up to the Presidential election. I don’t even visit crooksandliars or d-whatever anymore, I’m through with them all. Obama’s approval rating is above 50% and the jobless rate is dropping like a rock, but do we hear anything good being said about President Obama? Hell no we don’t! (I’m looking at you, weeper of the house). I know this comment seems to be rambling, but I’m just over and done with the haters.

  63. Hi CC, Thank you for this. It was a day I will never forget. Just home from the hospital with my new born son. Turned on the television and the world changed.

  64. I suspect that PBO did not want to hear the howling from the left that he is not transparent.

  65. Well put Faith. The PL/Republican-teabagger formula is really very easy to understand: What ever action the President takes they are against it. Once I figured this out I am no longer surprised their actions/reactions.

  66. BWD: Thank you for this oasis of positive information, hope and sanity. I always feel uplifted after visiting this site.

  67. “Eight Democrats who fled to Illinois for several weeks in an effort to prevent Senate Republicans from passing the bill are also targeted for recall…”


  68. Just another fan here to let you know how much I appreciate this positive place you’ve created. It’s so nice to come to a blog that doesn’t have the vitriol that is found on so many other sites.

    Thanks also to all the commenters who’ve left links – it’s hard to read everything so to find it in one place is nice.

    Thank you.

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