Friday, January 6, 2012

Randi Rhodes; Jobs!

It's Friday, ya bastids!

The new jobs numbers are out. It seems that President Obama is beating the recession a lot more convincingly than Mitt Romney is beating any of his opponents. The private sector added 212,000 jobs last month. That beat the economic experts’ forecasts by 50,000 jobs. We’re doing better than the experts expected, and much better than the Republicans hoped. For all of 2011, government employment fell by 280,000, but the private sector added 1.9 million jobs. Republicans can shrink the size of government, but they can’t shrink the size of America!

If you thought that Rick Santorum’s statement about giving money to “black people” was the most racist thing you have recently heard from a GOP candidate, you haven’t heard Newt Gingrich recently. Newt said he would tell the NAACP, quote, “...the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” A little advice, Newt—when you give that speech to the NAACP, don’t wait for applause after you deliver that line. Newt might have outdone Santorum. Newt! This isn’t a contest to see who can be the most racist. Wait! This is the Republican primary—maybe it IS a contest to see who can be the most racist. The sad thing is that Newt Gingrich says things like this. The sadder thing is that, on a certain level, he doesn’t realize that it’s racist. And the saddest thing is that, on another level, he does know just how racist it is.

Rick Santorum’s coalminer grandfather had dirt under his fingernails. And that’s not the only dirt in Rich Santorum’s past. Rick likes to talk about growing up in a working class environment. Well, after his time in the Senate, Santorum made millions of dollars in ways that had nothing to do with working... or with class. Like any Republican, Santorum cashed in on his years in the Senate, as detailed in the article in Bloomberg. Santorum says “I come from a little different background than most Republicans.” But he ended up in the same place—in the pockets of the big corporations.

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President Obama addresses today's jobs report...

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