From The Rachel Maddow Show:
If the White House hopes to see initial unemployment claims drop just before the election, officials got their wish. The new figures from the Department of Labor — the last report before Election Day — show a move in the right direction.
Reminder from Think Progress: At the same point in his administration, President George W. Bush’s record wasn’t as positive. Through 44 months, the private sector had lost more than 1 percent of its jobs (under Obama, it has gained 0.46 percent), and the only reason Bush could claim positive overall growth was because the public sector had grown by almost 4 percent. […] Under Obama, the public sector has shrunk by more than 600,000 jobs, increasing only while the government conducted the 2010 Census. Without those losses, the unemployment rate would be near 7 percent. The unemployment rate would be lower still had Republicans not blocked the American Jobs Act, which economists estimated would have added more than one million jobs to the economy.
US STOCKS-Dow hits 5-year high on jobs report | Reuters – The Dow Jones industrials index climbed to its highest level in nearly 5 years on Friday, after a surprise drop in the unemployment rate pointed to continued improvement in the U.S. labor market. The S&P 500 rose for a fifth straight day and was also on course to close near a 5-year high.
WASHINGTON — A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including a hospital president, doctors and nurses, with Medicare fraud schemes in seven cities involving $429 million in false billings. […]
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that that in addition to the newly announced criminal charges, her agency used new authority under the Obama administration’s health care law to stop future payments to many of the health care providers suspected of fraud.
42 vs. 24. More jobs created under Democratic presidents.
I suppose Jack Welch thinks we fixed these numbers, too.
It’s time for a new economic patriotism. Rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. Read the President’s plan. Compare it to Governor R—
—well, in truth, does Governor Romney have a plan? Last we checked, there were still “details” he had to work out with Congress. Details he didn’t need to share with the likes of us.
Kinda like his Tax Returns.
"When you’re put to the street like that, no one can imagine what it’s like to have that ripped from under you in just a matter of minutes."