Tea Party on Jobs
Tea Party groups organized a counterprotest that day. I was grateful for their support, but having seen how some of the union protestors accosted Republican legislators and officials, I worried how they might respond to a sizable contingent of conservatives. I spent much of that day praying for the safety of folks on both sides, and asking my staff for regular updates. Thankfully, while there was some yelling back and forth, nothing happened.
Unemployment: The December unemployment rate was reported to be 8.5%. But if you add in the people who have been looking for so long that they have stopped looking and they are discouraged, and you add in the 8 million people that are underemployed, the real rate of unemployment is 18%. It's a matter of how you want to count it.
Economic growth: Our economic growth in the last 3 years has been anemic. In 2011 alone, it was less than 2%. If we were really in a recovery, our GDP growth should be around 5% per annum. And that's still only half of what countries like China are experiencing in terms of their economic growth.
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