Your morning jolt: 80,000 jobs in June makes for a presidential contest

Republican Mitt Romney has had a tough week, but the next 24 hours will belong to President Barack Obama. From the Associated Press:

U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said in its report Friday.

The economy added an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter. That’s one-third of the 226,000 a month created in the first quarter. Through the first six months of the year, job creation is also trailing last year’s pace.

“It’s a disappointing report,” said George Mokrzan, director of economics at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. He said the job gains are consistent with sluggish economic growth.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be at the White House on Friday when President Barack Obama signs that bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes transportation funding and prevents school loans from doubling on more than 7 million college students.

Reed will be there as chairman of the transportation committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “Infrastructure projects represent some of the most vital and responsible uses of our federal resources toward restoring the long-term economic health of our nation and creating well-paying jobs,” Reed said.

A photograph of Reed standing next to Obama won’t be anything unique. The question is, what Republican(s) will venture into the frame with the president?

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Before the unemployment numbers hit, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign this morning squeezed out an attack on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s handling of the health-care-as-tax-or-mandate question. These were the president’s remarks to an NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, to be aired today:

“And the fact that a whole bunch of Republicans in Washington suddenly said, this is a tax — for six years [Romney] said it wasn’t, and now he has suddenly reversed himself. So the question becomes, are you doing that because of politics? Are you abandoning a principle that you fought for, for six years simply because you’re getting pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh or some critics in Washington?

“One of the things that you learn as President is that what you say matters and your principles matter. And sometimes, you’ve got to fight for things that you believe in and you can’t just switch on a dime.”

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The New York Times reports that the icy relationship between Mitt Romney and Wall Street Journal owner Rupert Murdoch has its roots in a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial staff during the 2008 GOP primary:

Romney and Journal staff members who attended said that despite being deeply prepared and animated — particularly on his love for data crunching — Mr. Romney failed to connect with either Mr. Murdoch or The Journal’s editorial page editor, Paul A. Gigot. Instead of articulating a clear and consistent conservative philosophy, he dwelled on organizational charts and executive management, areas of expertise that made him a multimillionaire as the head of his private equity firm, Bain Capital.

At one point, Mr. Romney declared that “I would probably bring in McKinsey,” the management consulting firm, to help him set up his presidential cabinet, a comment that seemed to startle the editors and left Mr. Murdoch visibly taken aback.

The Journal’s write-up of that meeting would later glibly refer to Mr. Romney as “Consultant in Chief.”

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Top members of the state House – Speaker David Ralston, Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, and Majority Leader Larry O’Neal embark on a four-day state fly-around beginning Sunday. They’ll be offering a sneak preview of the 2013 legislative session.

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One thing to ask of House GOP leaders is whether they have any plans to address the long drivers license lines that have blossomed because of a new requirement that all renewal applicants show up with a birth certificate or better.

As disasters are often used as a measure of federal efficiency, so does DMV traffic become a measure of state competency. From Channel 2 Action News:

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It won’t happen this year, but Georgia could be quickly pushed into some form of voting by Internet, at least when it comes to overseas military ballots. From the Associated Press:

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia’s secretary of state to extend the deadline to accept absentee ballots from military service members, their families and citizens living overseas in the event of a primary runoff election on Aug. 21.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones says “it is beyond dispute” that the state will violate election rules under the current system.

The Justice Department sued Georgia last month over the issue, and the case was heard Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Federal prosecutors argued that Georgia’s procedures are “inadequate to ensure that its eligible military and overseas voters can participate fully” in the runoff, should one be necessary.

Under Georgia’s election calendar, absentee ballots for the runoff election won’t be sent out until after the July 7 deadline for complying with the federal law, or 45 days in advance of the election.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said through a spokesman Thursday that his office will comply fully with the order.

“While we suggest it would have been more responsible for the (Justice Department) to have voiced their issues with Georgia’s system in any of the past three election cycles we have used this calendar, rather than in a lawsuit weeks before our primary election, our office will continue to be on the forefront of military and overseas citizen voting access,” the statement read.

Read the decision here.

The political import: Winners of congressional runoffs in the 12th and 9th Districts won’t be formally declared until on or after Aug. 31. That may not have any impact in the 9th District – specifically designed to produce a Republican candidate. But if the runoff is close, it could delay the declaration of a GOP nominee in the 12th District contest. And that would be good for U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.

Moreover, Kemp said he would work with Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly to fix the problem. While extending the length of runoff campaigns – and thus the cost — at this point seems unlikely, one possibility could be the quick creation of a federally approved Internet voting system.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at a series of claims about the health care overhaul, recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, that are now floating around on the Internet.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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116 comments Add your comment

Dose of Truth

July 6th, 2012
1:07 pm

Dumb and Dumber, you really are what your name proclaims. And every comment you post proves it. You totally ignored the other salient points in Ana L.’s post. Sure, Mayor Franklin deserves credit for the international terminal, but so does Mayor Reed. I think that was made clear when the terminal opened and Mayor Reed gave her a lion’s share of the credit. But you insist on trying to divide rather than unite. You remind me of one of the worst city councilmembers Atlanta had a while ago: Councilwoman Cathy Woolard. She was always trying to parse out credit. But I beleive it is amazing what our city can get done when no one cares who gets the credit. You would rather divide though. Dumb and Dumber, you cannot tear our city apart, divide our communities, and assault leaders who are actually working for the city. We won’t let you do that. You can support whoever you want, but you will still be who you are. An unhappy individual with an agenda that has little to do with progress for the city of Atlanta.

GaBlue

July 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

Dirty Dawg,

Nice breakdown. You’re right, our local media is complicit. I keep up with these things better than most, but did not hear of these changes until a week ago. Indeed, the timing is no coincidence.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
1:21 pm

Dumb and Dumber posted “I criticize Kasim because his eyes are on higher office”.

I guess you are referring to an Obama appointed position in return for his being a devoted lap dog. Reed has no higher office election chances in Georgia based on his party and his his record.

Dirty Dawg posted “this is all part of the MOFO GOP’s voter suppression strategy leading up to this November’s election.” Culling those from the motor voter rolls who illegally got drivers licenses based on easily forged documents is only ILLEGAL voter suppression. Democrats have reason to worry if it gets better like in Florida. Lots of Democrats would be in trouble if they lost the dead vote – especially in Illinois.

Dirty Dawg

July 6th, 2012
1:45 pm

Hey Centrist, I’ll bet you $10,000 that not a single, so-called, illegal will have been ferreted out during this process. All you Repugs want is a hassle at the DMV, and the news about it, so as to ‘turn off’ those that would need to renew.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
1:46 pm

Personally attacking a poster is a low class/no class tactic by those who cannot debate facts or issues. It is supposedly forbidden by the rules of this site which ban such posters, but only selectively applied.

If Dose of Truth (gross misnomer) followed my posts he would not have said I am for the “GOP’s cause”. I oppose Deal’s and other GOP politician’s support for TSPLOST, pushing for a religious theocracy, opposition to a Buffet Rule type tax, and am pro-choice – four big GOP issues. Just because I am not a liberal Democrat, does not make me a Republican.

Hollie Mae

July 6th, 2012
1:46 pm

Typical Dem approach, rather than close the borders and keep the threat out, we’ll just surround the DMV and catch them there.

Anyway, for three years we were told that people have trouble obtaining a birth certificate and they just don’t have a long form laying around, it is not readily available. Guess things changed, huh?

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
1:52 pm

“I oppose Deal’s and other GOP politician’s support for TSPLOST, pushing for a religious theocracy, opposition to a Buffet Rule type tax, and am pro-choice – four big GOP issues. Just because I am not a liberal Democrat, does not make me a Republican.”

Same here, does that make me a centrist?

Hollie Mae

July 6th, 2012
1:53 pm

How long do you Dems need before you are willing to move Obama into the loser column. This is the third summer of Recovery. Biden, if reelected, will be on his fourth next summer. At what point do you say this man has had enough time to straighten out this mess?

If you lost your paycheck on the roulette wheel three weeks in a row, most sane people would try the blackjack table on the fourth week. Most intelligent people would quit gambling altogether.

honested

July 6th, 2012
1:53 pm

Everyone to remember and thank Senator millar for placing the interests of ALEC and as chair of the ALEC Voter Suppression Committee, doing everything he can to make participation in Citizenship (including driver’s license renewal and the use of said license as ‘voter ID’) as difficult as possible for anyone who may vote against ALEC’s interests.

honested

July 6th, 2012
1:56 pm

And to the topic of the post, I much prefer even TINY job growth improvements to the steady, downward spiral of the shrub administration. Anyone who was in the workforce from 2001-2008 should be happy with every week that does not show things getting MUCH WORSE as we saw week after week after week.
And some of you want to return to that state of ‘mission accomplished’?

hiram

July 6th, 2012
1:57 pm

@centrist
You and td are the only ones here who “debate facts”.

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
1:58 pm

“You and td are the only ones here who “debate facts”.”

Classic!!!

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
2:07 pm

Congratulations hollie mae, you get the “most uninformed, ignorant comment of the day” award.

Check out Dumb & Dumber at 11:35 AM, for the origin of what you label the “typical dem approach.”

And yes, after 3 years things change. Despite the trouble that an elderly person has getting to the Vital Records Office, then waiting 2-3 hours, they went and got their Birth Certificate, even though it was an unnecessary hardship imposed to prevent a ‘crime of voter fraud’ that occurs less than Haley’s comet. You see it,just like the ‘typical dem approach’ your comment references, is a figment of repub imaginations,. DUH.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
2:24 pm

Thanks to whoever removed “Dose of Truth” personal attack post.

WOW

July 6th, 2012
2:28 pm

MAybe the same person will remove TD’s racist rants above

td

July 6th, 2012
2:33 pm

WOW

July 6th, 2012
2:28 pm

MAybe the same person will remove TD’s racist rants above

Throw out the race card. What have I said that was “racist”? Typical lib response. When you can not win an argument then attack the poster or just call them a “racist”.

td

July 6th, 2012
2:37 pm

Talk about who is really having a war on women:

780,000 More Women Unemployed Today Than When Obama Took Office

The number of women unemployed in June was 5,785,000, an increase of 780,000 from when Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009 – at that time, the number of unemployed women in the United States was 5,005,000.

The number of unemployed is for women ages 16 and older in the civilian work force and is seasonally adjusted, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS data also show that the unemployment rate for women in June was 8.0 percent, up from 7.9 percent in May. That’s also up from 7.0 percent in January 2009 when Obama became president.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/780000-more-women-unemployed-today-when-obama-took-office

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
2:40 pm

What have I said that was “racist”? You’re right to be outraged s td, because everyone knows only Black folks come to the DMV unprepared. No White person would be so inconsiderate as to hold up the line by not having the right documents and asking questions. We know you’re not a racist when you imply this.

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
2:50 pm

The number of jobs created over the last six months has averaged 150,000. The average monthly total of jobs created under bush and his repub cronies, 31,000 a month for the 8 years he held office. The country continued bleeding jobs because of his and the repub misbegotten policies and voodoo economics for a year after he left office.

Anyone paying attention knows that had this country had a congress interested in anything other than peering into women’s vaginas and doing everything possible to make Obama look bad, we would be well on the way to economic recovery.

As for the war on women, those that are employed are still making 78% of what their male colleagues are earning, thanks to the repubs resistance to the equal pay laws the dems have tried to get passed. And thanks too of course to the repubs former BFF, John Roberts and his four anti equality brethren.

WOW

July 6th, 2012
2:54 pm

1. Well get out of bed and get to the DMV office when it opens and you do not have to wait in long lines. I took my son to Cobb county for his learners and the line was out the door. It was mainly due to the Dumb masses (democratic voters) that did not have the proper documentation and all of them wanting to argue about it. I got sick of listening to it and drove to Cartersville and was in and out in about 30 minutes.

2. Since almost everyone in the Cobb DMV the day I went was African American and since African Americans vote 90% for the Dems then one can make a logical conclusion that it was Democratic voters that did not bring the proper paperwork. Before you make some stupid statement to the fact that it is a way for the GOP to suppress the vote, all the clerks the Democratic voters were arguing with were African Americans as well.

1+2 = there you have it.

2.

Road Scholar

July 6th, 2012
3:01 pm

HM: “How long do you Dems need before you are willing to move Obama into the loser column.”

Why are you feeling lonely?

Folks, would you think that, if someone was here illegally, that they wouldn’t give a damn in getting a drivers license? Filing taxes? Abusing the hospitals’ emergency room? Anything to “stay under the radar”?

td

July 6th, 2012
3:01 pm

WOW

July 6th, 2012
2:54 pm

Those are “racist” statements or are they observations about what I personally saw? It must be an awful existence to walk through life and see everything in different colors only.

Bless you heart.

Road Scholar

July 6th, 2012
3:02 pm

Oh, while I quoted you exactly like you wrote it, a question statement is usually followed by a question mark!

WOW

July 6th, 2012
3:08 pm

You brought out the colors so that is the way you see things, I just read your observations.

td

July 6th, 2012
3:17 pm

“Nonfarm payroll employment continued to edge up in June (+80,000), and the
unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported today. Professional and business services added jobs,
and employment in other major industries changed little over the month.

Household Survey Data

The number of unemployed persons (12.7 million) was essentially unchanged
in June, and the unemployment rate held at 8.2 percent. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks (14.4 percent)
edged up over the month, while the rates for adult men (7.8 percent),
adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (23.7 percent), whites (7.4 percent),
and Hispanics (11.0 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate
for Asians was 6.3 percent in June (not seasonally adjusted), little changed
from a year earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

In June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks
and over) was essentially unchanged at 5.4 million. These individuals
accounted for 41.9 percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.)

Both the civilian labor force participation rate and the employment-
population ratio were unchanged in June at 63.8 and 58.6 percent,
respectively. (See table A-1.)”

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm/

Please note this sentence:

” little changed
from a year earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)”

You need growth of 130,000 new jobs per month to break even due to people added to the workforce. We are not even holding our own by your numbers.

Former State Employee

July 6th, 2012
3:17 pm

FWIW….The entire GA Office of Secretary of State has gone straight to h@#$ ever since Cathy Cox stepped down to run for governor. I’m not surprised they haven’t implemented the law allowing our overseas good men and women to vote online. The Corporations Division is an absolute joke now! It takes nearly 2-3 months to get incorporated now when in the past I could get it done within a few hours or a couple of days.

The same “no customer service” is displayed in the Elections Division and Professional Licensing Board. I long to see the day where we elect a new SOS who cares about providing the best customer service to all Georgia citizens again.

Cynthia Tucker McKinney

July 6th, 2012
3:18 pm

This Owebama Economy is going like gangbuster! He’s an economic genius! All together, now:
Owebama Owebama Owebama Owebama Owebama….

Jim

July 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

Are there any new laws regarding hookah? Its getting way too big This professional video is an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARczJkBwYGE

Darwin

July 6th, 2012
3:24 pm

So…only Herman Cain can tell the Occupy Wall Street protesters that it’s their responsiblity to get their lazy fat a$$ of the couch and get a skill and find a job. The rest blame Obama.

hiram

July 6th, 2012
3:27 pm

The current unemployment stats are a direct result of the collapse of the real estate bubble, which can be attributed to the deregulation of banking/investment brokerage rules by both parties. The too big to fail bankers/investment brokers’ proxies have been, and are currently entrenched in positions of power all over Washington. The British are fed up with the corruption in their country and Bankers’ heads are rolling, but not so in this country.

“How Megabanks Corrupt Regulators, LIBOR Edition ”

http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/104660/how-megabanks-corrupt-regulators-libor-edition

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Darwin

July 6th, 2012
3:34 pm

Wow Centrist. I think you’ve defined the Republicans.

td

July 6th, 2012
3:40 pm

hiram

July 6th, 2012
3:27 pm

Do not forget about the community reinvestment act.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
3:42 pm

@ Hiram – Senator Dodd and Congressman Frank are both Democrats.

say what?

July 6th, 2012
4:07 pm

Everything is Obama’s fault? Really. I thought it was apathetic voters who continue to re-elect their representative although we, the American people, give Congress a failure rating of more than 75%. to make things better, stop blaming Obama, the problem is who YOU send to work with ANY president. Yep time to bring home (permanently) Chambliss, Price, Westmoreland, Lewis, Scott, Johnson, Isakson, Brown, every last one of them, regardless of your personal feelings. The economy and safety of America has no time for personal feelings, strictly business as to who can get the work done.No more voting along party lines, no color lines, no gender preferences- we need peple who are willing to work hard and with no intent to get re-elected.

And Obama must be supermanif he can destroy nearly three hundred years of the USA in less than four years. This is based on the constant lie of he has ruined America. Give much of that blame to the same people you continue to send back to office only to collect a check and favors for themselves.

WOW

July 6th, 2012
4:14 pm

Centrist your dribble makes no sense, especially considering there are more white people receiving benefits that African-Americans.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
4:15 pm

@ WOW – it is a percentage thing. And it is a joke with a little truth to it (like a lot of jokes). Lighten up.

The Jobs Report Is A Disappointment of Expectation Not Obama's Achievement

July 6th, 2012
4:24 pm

@clyde

July 6th, 2012
10:00 am
One other thing: in a couple of weeks the 80,000 June jobs will be revised downwards,like they have for the past umpteenth weeks,but only a few will notice.

_____________________________________________________________

Obama Created More Jobs In One Year Than Bush Created In Eight.

Overall economy is HEADED in the RIGHT direction.

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
4:27 pm

A white kid asks his white Tea Party politician dad, “Daddy where did you get the 2.1 million dollars to buy that roach motel?”

“Well son, us privileged white Tea Party politicians get special loans from banks”

“Do you have to pay it back?” asked the son.

“Hahaha, heavens no son, we could never pay it back, just say we stole it, hahahaha.”

“Daddy, are all black people bad?”

“Yes son.”

The Jobs Report Is A Disappointment of Expectation Not Obama's Achievement

July 6th, 2012
4:32 pm

“Instead of articulating a clear and consistent conservative philosophy, Myth Romney dwelled on organizational charts and executive management, areas of expertise that made him a multimillionaire as the head of his private equity firm, Bain Capital.”

_____________________________________________________________________

Here is Myth’s problem:

His expertise made “HIM” a multimillionaire

Here is the bigger problem:

His expertise made “ONLY” him a multimillionaire.

Jackie

July 6th, 2012
4:38 pm

Galloway the DMV lines are the result of Federal rules, not state rules. Are you really that dumb

Marlboro Man

July 6th, 2012
4:40 pm

Danny, that sounds like Tom Graves in your story.

Marlboro Man

July 6th, 2012
4:40 pm

Jackie, who runs the DMV ?

Shine

July 6th, 2012
4:50 pm

Anybody else tired of the GOP doom and Gloom machine? Come along way from where were three years ago. From losing 800000 jobs per month to gaining a hundred thousand or so is a 900000 job swing per month in the positive direction. DOW up about 4500-5000 points, retirement accounts gained back a lot of what was lost from kooky trickle down economics schemes and scams.

I will be voting to reelect President Obama in November. The first time I have voted for a democrat since Bill Clinton.

Raquel Morris

July 6th, 2012
4:56 pm

@Dumb and Dumber -

Keep speaking up. You are not the only Atlantan who wishes our Mayor would pay as much attention to governing this city as he does trying to get a job in DC.

hiram

July 6th, 2012
4:59 pm

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
3:42 pm

“@ Hiram – Senator Dodd and Congressman Frank are both Democrats.”

Research the causes and aftermath of the Great Depression, including the banking rules they put into place that stablized our economy until multiple administrations, from both parties, disassembled them. Remember the “savings and loan” debacle? The real estate bubble is just the latest in a series of crisis brought about by deregulating the banks, and they will continue until Washington is purged of the bankers – it’s that simple.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
5:00 pm

@ Jobs Report – Democratic spin about Obama creating jobs during high and continued unemployment (net loss of jobs) to Bush’s relatively low unemployment years when jobs couldn’t be created with few qualified to fill them will not work.

Unemployment under Obama has been at a historic high since the depression. The figures being manipulated don’t show those who stopped looking/ fell off the unemployment rolls after 24 months/ or are underemployed is part time and/or menial jobs below their education and training level. The electorate understands the economy is awful under Obama, and if he is re-elected as most incumbents are – it will be by a history making smaller margin. He will have lost his mandate along with control of Congress, and his FWORD socialistic policies are Dead On Arrival.

I prefer his re-election and gridlock over a Romney landslide which might get us a veto proof Republican Senate, which would be scary.

td

July 6th, 2012
5:01 pm

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
4:27 pm

It was funny until you added the last two SA sentences.

Mister.Earl

July 6th, 2012
5:03 pm

What? The employment numbers are not improving fast enough to satisfy the naysayers?

Bring on Richie Rich Mitt Romney and his merry band of corporate raiders.

DannyX

July 6th, 2012
5:06 pm

“It was funny until you added the last two SA sentences.”

@ td – it is a percentage thing. And it is a joke with a little truth to it (like a lot of jokes). Lighten up.