1. Alex

    September 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I can answer your question very easily. Nothing will get better in this country till we get rid of Obama. He is a job-killing machine.

  2. david esmay

    September 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    More jobs were created in the first two years of the Obama administration than eight years of Bush’s. You need to stop watching Fox, it’s a brain killing machine.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    September 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    To not admit the problem does not help the unemployed. Even the AFL-CIO admits Obama has been a failutre for labor. Obama must go!!! There has not been more jobs created and you know it.

  4. Jimmy

    September 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    David, you continue to make these ridiculous statements without any basis. There have been 2.5 million net jobs lost since Obama took office, and the unemployment rate has gone to the highest since the great Depression not even including the millions who have quit looking entirely. Boy, you are in your own little warped Obama world with goggles on.

  5. Vin Right

    September 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Rob, overall you are correct, cutting the number of people in education is counter productive. That being said our public school systems have been a center of waste and inefficiencies. We know what works, much smaller class sizes and effective discipline in schools. Provide that and the number of children left behind will decrease dramatically. The second reason/ slash ability to turn away children who lack the behavioral skills needed for the classroom is the greatest reason for success in charter schools. Charter schools also have other inherent advantages over traditional schools. Sarah Ovaska’s chart from August 31, shows only Wake County cutting from non teaching positions, why? We need to stop pretending to be serious regarding public eduction by creating layers of bureaucracy and get serious about it. More troops on the ground made a difference in Afghanistan and more teachers, well placed, will make a difference in the classroom.

  6. david esmay

    September 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Jimmy, maybe you should visit the U.S. dept. of labor website, the center for budget and policiy prioities website, OMB, CBO, or any one of a number of non-partisan organizations that collect hard data without pushing a political ideaology. Frances, what’s the alternative? Elect another supply side economic conservative to cut spending, repeal regulation of the finance industry, repeal healthcare reform, subsidize big oil, and pass more corporate trade deals that donot benefit the average worker? Thirty years of trickle down economics has only reduced the wages and benfits of the American worker and concentrated the wealth of this country. From Reagan to Bush to Bush, republican adiminstrations have done nothing but borrow and spend, and now we are paying for the result. and now they claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility? It is the height of hypocracy. Frances, I am unemployed, I spent my entire adult life, except for four years in the army and three and a half in college, building manufacturing plants, distribution centers, office buildings, and schools, all over this country and what happened to my industry began in 2001 and crashed in 2007.

  7. Ricky

    September 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    “Vin Right” – Smaller classes are needed, for sure. So cutting funding for education doesn’t make sense. 68 percent of total positions lost since 2008 in the NC school workforce come from teacher and teacher assistant positions. As for effective discipline in schools, it’s not really effective discipline if the greatest reason for success you can come up with is the ability to turn away students who lack behavioral skills. That’s like saying the solution to poverty is to form a nation with just wealthy people.

  8. david esmay

    September 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Vin Right, if you look at the recent statistics released by the dept. of education there is a strange correllation, the states with the highest increase per pupil spending are among the states with the lowest unemployment rates. Even in tough times these states avoid cutting education, they see for what it is, an investment, not something to attack.

  9. Vin Right

    September 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Rickey, You’re totally wrong about your solution to unemployment. In a country you propose you could never find cheap domestic help or lawn care, construction cost would go out the roof, and who would work in chicken processing plants? It would only work if you allowed large numbers of illegal immigrants in who you could then kick out whenever it was inconvenient to have them in your country.

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