President Barack Obama on Friday hailed the Labor Department’s January employment report, calling it “good news.” Speaking in Arlington, Virginia, he declared that the economy is “growing stronger” and “the recovery is speeding up.”
This supposedly “good news” will be used to justify doing nothing to seriously address the jobs crisis and proceed after the November elections with the imposition of unprecedented austerity measures that will further shred social programs for working and poor people.
Obama’s words will be cold comfort to the 12.8 million workers acknowledged by the government as being unemployed, including the 5.5 million out of work for more than six months and the 4 million who have been unemployed for over a year. Adding the 8.2 million people recorded last month as working part-time but wanting full-time employment, and the 2.8 million wanting work but having given up looking, the ranks of the “underemployed” remain at the depression level of 24 million.
My son and C.I. have both called out two pieces on Iraq at WSWS. They have not blackballed it. This came up while we were doing the writing for Third and I mentioned that I hoped it wouldn't be a problem with anyone to continue highlighting them. Mike and C.I. both said to continue to highlight Patrick Martin, Bill Van Auken, Barry Gray and the others (the many others) that do solid work. I do understand why Mike and C.I. are ticked off over those two Iraq pieces.