Friday, June 1, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Jobs: Lessons from Europe

It's Friday, ya bastids!

The economy added only 69,000 jobs last month (+82K private sector / -13K public sector). It was less than half of what analysts expected, and twice as much as Republicans had hoped for. One of the main causes for the economic slowdown is the trouble in Europe, which is suffering under austerity measures imposed by conservatives. The Republican’s austerity approach to the economy can hurt us even when it’s being practiced thousands of miles away!

A bill to outlaw abortion based on the race or gender of the fetus has been defeated in the House. There is no problem of sex-selection abortion being practiced in the United States. We’re not Bronze Age Sparta, though Republicans are doing their best to make that happen. And besides, how can Republicans be talking about sex-selection, when their presidential candidate has five sons and no daughters? The supporters of this bill claim that sex-selection abortions are decimating minority communities and reducing the number of female babies. That’s how you know it’s a lie. Minorities and women are the Democratic base. Republicans saying they want to see more minority and female babies being born would be like Democrats saying they want to see more billionaire babies being born.

The Justice Department ordered Florida to stop purging the voter rolls. These purges aren’t meant to root out people who aren’t eligible to vote—they’re to root out people who are likely to vote the wrong way. The purge violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which you would expect from a program designed to take the state back to before 1965. And it disproportionately hits minorities, especially Hispanics. Well, that’s one way to solve the GOP’s problem with Hispanic voters. The GOP strategy in Florida is not to get more Hispanic votes… it’s to get fewer Hispanic voters.

Mitt Romney has been fighting attempts to focus on his record at Bain, and now he’s resisting efforts to look at his record as Governor of Massachusetts. What are we supposed to look at, Mitt—your record at prep school? Oops! When Mitt was running for governor back in 2002, he used the exact same pitch about how his business experience made him the perfect job creator. It was a lie then, and it’s a lie now. For once, Mitt Romney is consistent!

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Economic sabotage: It turns out that European austerity isn't all that European. Here's a quick look at public sector employment after previous recessions...

(h/t: Think Progress)

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